…you’ll get a sneak peek at my secret, holiday-themed side project in your inbox next weekend!
The first snow is a magical thing. Hope descends in little tufts of down, the angels shaking out their wings. The world, crazy and disjointed and loud, becomes uniform and white and silent. A dream. A snow globe. A child’s toy. Life is innocent. Pure. Surreal.
The first snow is always when the dream comes…
to read the rest in your inbox next weekend!
For me, the winter holidays has always meant the telling of stories. Old favorites were revisited and new ones discovered–including and especially the stories I was writing myself.
Winter is my favorite time to write. When the world around me is dark except the one light illuminating my page, the stories feel so much more real.
This is also the time of year for revisiting favorite traditions. So, of course, I’m bringing back our tradition of putting my books on the best sale of the year: 30% off all paperbacks and 20% off the boxed set, Black Friday through Cyber Monday. If you’d like to introduce someone to the stories you’ve fallen in love with, this is the best opportunity to do it.
And because this time of year is all about discovering stories new and old, I’d like to do something really special. If you buy any product off my website during the Black Friday sale, I’ll send you the first chapter from my secret, holiday-themed side project!
Yes, I’m going to let you have a peek! But only if you click and shop!
So if you’re looking to share a story with someone this holiday season–and have a sneak peek at a brand new one yourself–now’s the time to do it.
The holidays are fully upon us. I’m so excited to be spending time with family and cooking up my Nana’s stuffing recipe. Also, my dog Angel gets to play with her “cousin” (a Black Lab) non-stop, so she’s very happy for the holidays!
If you love paper, have no fear. Next weekend, from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Nov. 26 – 29), I’m dropping my paperbacks to 30% off. That is THE weekend to get autographed books for your friends and family. Don’t worry, I’ll send an email to remind you!
And if you just can’t wait for Mailboat V, don’t forget that I’m releasing the chapters AS I WRITE THEM over on my Patreon page. For as little as one dollar per release, you can read up to three chapters per weekend. This weekend, my Patrons get to find out how Roland fared after the events at his house at the end of Book IV. We also get to see how Bud’s reacting to his latest encounter with The Man Upstairs, and how that causes giant ripples for Bailey. This weekend, I’m also including book club questions for us to answer in the comments!
Remember, all of those benefits are exclusive to my Patreon supporters, so head over now!
Through the course of writing the Mailboat Suspense Series, one thing has come to mean more to me than anything else: the light I see in your eyes when you read my books.
At readings, book signings, and book clubs everywhere I go, I see the same thing—this unmistakable spark of life, love, and hope. Those of you who’ve read the books know that they’re so much more than a mystery series. They’re a prism that scatters light and darkness across the canvas of your mind, promising that light will win out in the end, if only we can figure out how to hang onto hope, friendship, and our most authentic selves.
You might have guessed that I’ve been through some pretty dark places myself. I’ve walked through that darkness, found myself, and come out the other side determined to scatter light as far and wide as I can.
But it saddens me that, as the author, I get to bask in the joy and the fun of these stories all year long, while you only get to experience it once a year when I release a new book. I know how hard it is for you to wait while I carefully craft every word.
At the same time, releasing my new books and watching the light rekindle in your eyes is my favorite part—and I only get to experience that once a year, too. The time in between can feel very long and lonely.
Meanwhile, growing a business is no small undertaking, especially a creative business. It’s challenging enough to cover current expenses, never mind expanding. You know I have thrilling plans on the horizon—for instance, those audiobooks you keep asking me about.
Guys, I have a solution that can help with ALL those problems.
Let me introduce you to Patreon, a platform where truly avid fans can show their support for creators they love. Like a nobleperson of old, you can become a patron of the arts, helping keep the wind in my sails while I captain the ship toward that glittering horizon.
For as little as a few dollars a month, members of my exclusive Patreon page will get to read my next book AS I WRITE IT. I plan to release one to three chapters per week, allowing you to spend time with Bailey, Tommy, Ryan, and Monica all year long, just as I do.You’ll also be joining a community of TOP Mailboat fans. With every chapter release, you’ll be able to post your comments and talk with each other about what you loved, plot twists you never saw coming, and what you hope will happen next. I’ll be active in the discussions—and your comments will almost certainly affect the course of the story. You might not know this, but I love playing off your ideas. (Almost all of Mailboat IV was based off fan suggestions!)
Best of all, like the stalwart sailors you are, you’ll be taking an active role in helping me bring this story to as many readers as possible—helping me mount the brightness I forged from darkness at the top of a lighthouse. I’ve lost count how many people have told me that this story brought them to a better place, or inspired them to throw a life ring to someone else.
So come aboard! I can’t wait to see you on Patreon. The sunrise is waiting