- Where do I start?
- Must I read a series in order?
- What formats are available and where?
- Why are some books marked “Out of Print”? Repurchasing revised titles.
- Tell me more about “Read by Author” Audio?
- What is Buy Direct From the Author all about?
- What’s up with Poughkeepsie anyway?
- Other questions? Give a shout!
- No, really! Where do I start?
1. Where do I start?
Which series to read first? There’s no right answer; it depends on what you like. Start with the READING ORDER page.
2. Must I read a series in order?
Nope! There are no cliffhangers between my titles. Every book can be read on its own. For those who like watching characters grow and change from book to book, then yes, reading each series in order is more fun.
There is one “super group” of series all of which have a shared “world.” Characters occasionally move from one series to the next. Like my books, each series may be read stand-alone. However, there are wonderful little connections between them. The READING ORDER page will give the basic layout of The Emily Beale Universe. For the superfans, I’ve created a definitive reading order.
3. What formats are available?
Every book is released in eBook and print. Selected titles are also released in audio and large print. Print and audio are typically not available for preorder, but will be purchaseable on release day. We are making an effort to make all titles available in audio (so keep an eye on the newsletter for new releases).
4. Why are some books marked “Out of Print”?
On July 15, 2021, thirteen (13) titles that had been published by my traditional publisher were reverted to me. These were: the 7 books of The Night Stalkers, the first 4 books of Firehawks, and the first 2 books of Delta Force. That means that the publisher took the books out of circulation (Out of Print) and gave me back the rights to re-release them. This is not a small project.
We are replacing the covers (military rom covers rather than semi-naked men), and rereading to clean up the text (the stories will not be changed, but the typos, military inaccuracies, inconsistencies, etc. will be). I also expect some new novel-sized stories will find me as I go through these, and audiobooks for everything. I will also be creating new covers to match the new look on all of the other books in the related series. We began re-releasing these titles in December 2021 and will release the others as fast as we can.
Do I need to repurchase these titles? What about auto-updates?
Regrettably, we are unable to use Kindle’s auto-update for the original 13 titles. We don’t have access to Sourcebooks (the traditional publisher’s) version of the book or any of their sales records. These 13 titles are only available as a new purchase. For most people, even these changes are minor enough to not justify a repurchase.
All of the other titles, once edited and re-released (look for new covers as an indicator) may be updated for free at the user’s request. These titles have edits that are minor enough that Amazon won’t allow me to “push” out new copies, but they should offer the “Update Available” notification.
5. Tell me more about “Read by Author” audio?
I’m a HUGE fan of audiobooks read by the author. Why? Professional narrators can do a wonderful job of bringing characters to life with myriad voices and advanced skills.
But an author, with some training and a bit of practice, will bring something to the reading that I find far more important than a merely great read. The author will naturally read the voices and the sentence rhythms as they were put on the page because the author heard those words in their head long before they managed to write them down. No professional narrator can match what the author intended.
That’s what I love about listening to read-by-author and recording my own audiobooks.
You can shop titles HERE. I literally “wrote the book” on the topic: Narrate and Record Your Own Audiobooks: a simplified guide. And a whole page about my evolving audio recording booths is HERE.
6. What is Buy Direct From the Author all about? (Returning soon)
What does the Reader get?
- Your choice of formats: Kindle, Epub, Print, or Audio.
- Great deals, boxsets, and occasional exclusives.
What does the Writer get?
7. What’s up with Poughkeepsie anyway?!
The town of Poughkeepsie keeps popping up in my stories. Why? I lived there for six years (7th-12th grade) across the road from IBM’s original plant, the old pickle factory. It’s the sort of town that reminds me of the W.C. Fields quote: “I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.” I once described it as: “An okay place to live but I’d hate to visit there.” Besides, with a name like Poughkeepsie (Poe-kip-see), how could I not make fun of it.
8. Other questions? Give a shout!
9. No, really. Where do I start?!
There’s no one true answer. It depends on what you like. Here are a few teasers to help you decide:
- Plunge into harrowing action-adventure technothrillers with Miranda Chase (a military air-crash genius).
- Find out why TV’s national chefs are dying on-air by joining Kate Stark in the Dead Chef foodie-thriller series.
- Seeking adventure and romance with the dogs of the Secret Service? Sniff out the White House Protection Force romantic suspense series.
- If military romantic suspense leads the charge for you, find true love while flying high with the US Special Operations helicopter regiment of The Night Stalkers. Soar with helitack wildfire firefighters in Firehawks. Or, to hunt for the heart’s connection with the very best warriors in the world, join Delta Force.
- Contemporary romance warms your heart? Go for a romantic stroll through the small town of Eagle Cove along the Oregon Coast, wander through the fashion and food center of Seattle’s Pike Place Market in Where Dreams, or find true love under Montana’s Big Sky at Henderson’s Ranch. Even explore a traveling B&B that can only be found by those who most need it by checking in at Love Abroad.
- Did I mention that the Software that Runs the Universe is going to Hell…literally! Deities Anonymous will take you on a fantastical romp.
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