I had a great visit with Randy Wayne White and his wife, Wendy, several nights ago at the famous Doc Ford's restaurant on Sanibel Island, FL. I purchased his latest book, Night Moves, his most recent Doc Ford adventure. I'm looking forward to digging in this weekend.
As you know, Randy is the New York Times, best-selling author of a series of novels about the adventures of Doc Ford, a marine biologist, who lives on Sanibel Island, FL but goes far beyond Sanibel and investigates matters that take him to the Caribbean, Central, and South America. If you haven't read him yet, be sure to start this week.
Thanks for your suggestions about the writing process, Randy. I will keep at it!
I finished another draft of Blood Moon Rising--It will be coming your way soon, Tris (agent). I'm looking forward to a submission to the publisher this fall.
I changed the title from Blood Moon to Blood Moon Rising. Sounds better and catches the spirit of the book more.
I am finally done and am just making some last minute grammatical corrections--the exciting stuff.
My thanks to all of you who have waited so patiently for my books to come out in publication. It's a slow process. I have long ago decided not to self-publish but to go the traditional way of publishing: working through an agent. Tris has been working hard to shop my books and has had some success in getting the first one read. Thanks, Tris! Here's hoping Blood Moon Rising will do well.
And a big thanks to my wife and muse, Karyn. She has been a patient reader and insightful critic through the writing process. Without her I would be lost.
Stay tuned for more. I plan on getting back to book three: A Cold Winter's Moon. Cooper has come to terms with his failure to find his kidnapped son, Maxie. But it's a new day for him. The search is on again and he has help from several of his old friends, Richie, Huck, and Boyd.
I talked with Mark Armstrong from knot10.com about the Meridian 541 Sedan. What a boat. He was good enough to spend some time with me discussing the specifications and capabilities of this beautiful yacht. Thanks, Mark!
In Blood Moon Rising, Cooper and his posse hijack this boat from the Russians to chase down their super yacht, a reconditioned trawler that they are using as a floating hospital for removing organs from their kidnapped victims to sell to an international clientele. More real than you would dare to believe.
It's a lucrative business--the selling of body parts--grossing billions of dollars a year. And why not. An arm could bring in as much as $100,000.
I don't mean to add to your nightmares. But that's the reality of life today--a world awash in the international trade of people, mostly women and children.
More about Blood Moon Rising and Cooper's latest adventures. Stay tuned.
And thanks again, Mark!
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Blood Moon Rising, Cooper's second in his trilogy, is now out andready for purchase on Amazon or B&N and other bookstores. Says one critic, Tris Coburn, "Coop's a cross between DeMille's Mac McCormack and Connelly's Bosch.
It's even better than the first ~ Cooper gets closer and closer to solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.
One review from Jack Driscoll, award winning author of Lucky Man, Lucky Woman says:
"The novel is so richly cinematic that I read it while simultaneously imagining each of the chapters and scenes playing out on the silver screen... the suspense high-tension from beginning to end."
"Lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue,"
I'M THRILLED THAT I JUST RECEIVED THE FINALIST AWARD FOR MY SECOND BOOK, BLOOD MOON RISING.
THE ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD IS GIVEN OUT SPARINGLY AND I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY (AND HARD WORKING!) AUTHORS TO BE PROVIDED THIS HONOR.
I FIND THAT THE MORE I WRITE, THE BETTER AND BETTER I GET TO KNOW MY CHARACTERS. I SLEEP WITH THEM.
COOPER IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR, DIRECTING ME HERE AND THERE, WITH A WATCHFUL EYE.
RICHIE IS WATCHING MY BACK WHENEVER I NEED HIS HELP.
HUCKSTER CROWE IS RIDING SHOTGUN AS HE MAKES OUR WAY THROUGH THE DEEPEST PART OF THE EVERGLADES
COME MEET MY WACKO CHARACTERS AND SEE WHO YOU LIKE BEST.