Hey fellow writers. A new contest, The Great Novel Contest, is opening in January. I know. I know. Many people believe that the Internet is filled with scam artists, myself included. (Not that I’m a scam artist but that I agree the Internet is filled with them!)
I researched it and “talked” with the guy who runs it. (No I didn’t work him over too badly.) It’s totally legit. They even have a New York agent judging the thing, Terra Chalberg. My publisher, The Columbus Press, will publish the winner’s novel.
Even if you don’t win, you still have a chance to win street cred as a runner up or finalist. I’ve won a contest in my day and attribute it to helping me snag a publisher for my novel, www.capitaloffensebook.com. So polish your novel and submit. Tell them Kurt sent you.
Check out the contest details at http://columbuscoop.org/2014_great_novel_contest.php.
After a week break, Part Two: Fight of my crime thriller Capital Offense begins its online release today!
Kurt Stevens (also the name of my main character) is in the thick of it. There’s no turning back now. He only has one option – see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Don’t miss a minute of the action. It’s completely free, with new chapters released every weekday at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.
The pace of the book gets faster and faster as it progresses. The characters have been built, the setting is established and the conflict is there, now it gets real and the characters can really take off in this world. I’m confident that you’ll love it.
If you have even half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, you’re in for a real treat.
It’s all at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com. Check it out today and bookmark it. You can also get notifications of new chapters by “liking” the book on Facebook, or following me on Twitter.
Part One: Flight of my debut book, Capital Offense, is now available as an e-book from Amazon.com!
Find Capital Offense: Part One: Flight on Amazon.com here.
Capital Offense is released 100% free online, with new chapters every weekday, at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com. For those that prefer the comfort of reading on your Kindle, or want a way to catch up with the action, the Kindle book is a great option.
The complete novel will be released online through January 31, and will be released as a Kindle book in three parts over the same time frame. Once the entire book has been released, my publisher will also distribute it just like normal as a print book or e-book through regular channels.
Part 2 kicks to life (or death) on Monday, October 21, 2013 at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.
Grab Capital Offense: Part One: Flight and get caught up on this exciting, fast-paced crime thriller today!
Thanks for supporting my work, and thanks for supporting independent publishing.
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My publisher, Columbus Press, is currently running a contest on the Facebook page for my book, Capital Offense.
All you have to do is “like” the Facebook page, and the click the “giveaways” tab to enter. One person will be chosen and sent a gift card. Nice!
Find the Capital Offense Facebook page here.
The contest ends at the end of the day on Friday. So get there and take care of business. Unless you don’t like awesome ice cream.
Capital Offense takes an ordinary man, Kurt Stevens, and throws him into a mystery that he needs to solve using whatever means necessary. That scenario is becoming more and more believable. For example, in Seattle it is now possible for private citizens to track someone’s movement on the freeway by requesting data on a license plate. Link is here:
Privacy concerns aside, this is a venue for regular people to become detectives in their everyday lives. The more power that we have to investigate, the more power that we have to end the violence in our lives.
Don’t forget to check out the latest chapters of Capital Offense at www.capitaloffensebook.com.
I want to start out by saying that this isn’t a diatribe about climate change. That’s been done to death and I don’t care about it. I just want to explain why I set my book Capital Offense, www.capitaloffensebook.com, in the fall.
First of all, violent crime tends to occur more often during summer months, at least in Texas, but I think in Columbus, OH as well. Here’s a link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415828/.
But as the days get shorter I think there’s a transference of that violence away from the overt, on the street type, toward violence that occurs in the darkness, behind closed doors. That’s the world of Capital Offense. It’s a brooding violence with occasional fits of blind rage. It’s the blending of the contract killer and the maniac. Somewhere in the middle there’s something truly terrifying.
I love what I’m reading at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com, but when is the book available? Good question.
After the complete book is posted to the web site, my publisher, Columbus Press, will release the book in January in traditional (print and e-book) formats.
Why are you making me wait? Another good question. The reason is that I want you to be tuned in. I’m trying to build suspense so that more people will return each day to see what’s happening next with Kurt. I also want you to tell your friends so they’ll tune in. And then, if you’ve been entertained, I hope that you’ll support my work and purchase the book.
My publisher and I also agree that it’s time for the publishing industry to evolve, and offering this content for free online, and putting the reader first, is a great step.
If you’re finding it difficult to read on your web browser, consider subscribing to the content via Amazon’s subscription service here. Either way, enjoy www.capitaloffensebook.com.
I judged the Twitter contest this week. What a thrill. There are a lot of creative people around. Help us pick the #flashfiction champion in @ColumbusCoop‘s Micro-Fiction Contest. Vote on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/capitaloffensebook for the overall winner.
And remember, stay up with my novel by checking out the site every day to read the latest of Capital Offense!
Here’s a press release from my publisher:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PO Box 91028
Columbus, OH 43209
Columbus Press’ Capital Offense Entertains 1,000+ Readers in First Week
COLUMBUS—September 16th, 2013—Columbus Press may have an internet sensation on its hands. The company released the first installment of Capital Offense, a Columbus-based serial novel, on September 2nd to a wide and growing audience. The site—www.capitaloffensebook.com—reached well over 1,000 viewers in its first week. And the number is projected to grow. A new 500-1,000 word segment is posted weekday mornings to keep readers coming back for more.
The first-person narrative begins when Kurt Stevens, the executioner for the state of Ohio, discovers his wife Tonya dead in their bathtub. Kurt is driven from his Hilliard home as the cops comb the crime scene, convinced that it was not a suicide. When he arrives at the London Correctional Institute for a scheduled execution, he receives a mysterious phone call from the land line in the booth. As the suspicion around him grows, Kurt is forced to find a way out of the prison without being seen—and find his wife’s killer without being found.
Readers are also finding exclusive content—including clues, photos and video—through the novel’s many social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Capital Offense will be posted online through January 31st, when it will also be released in traditional formats.
While many people have found Capital Offense and are eagerly reading each installment, some people haven’t had the good fortune to find it. I’ve been asked by many people how to find the latest chapters. Of course I have no intention of making the book a well-hidden secret, so I will provide all the links for getting the latest information.
The main website is: www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.
You can also follow in Twitter (#CapOffense) and Facebook:
Not to be left out, the book and my author page is also on GoodReads:
Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7230908.Kurt_Stevens
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