A New Year

2017 ends with three new titles and several events!Second Battle KDP

In time for Saint Patrick’s Day, I re-released The Second Battle with Four Phoenixes, complete with a dramatic new cover. It opened to some reviews that delighted me.

Later in the year, Adam and I finally got the second book in the Finn the Hero series, Finn and the Fish, out for readers. It spent some time in its Amazon category rubbing shoulders with Tomie dePaola and Rick Riordan, so that was fun.

Finn and the Boys Ebook CoverAnd last, right before the holidays, I released Space Bugs, the first book in my new hi-lo YA series called Space Cadets. Trying not to be sad about the sales on this one because it is, after all, for a pretty niche audience–struggling or reluctant teen readers. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it will be perfect for those who need books like this.

This year, I also made a concerted effort to reach out to events where author’s table their wares. I shared a table with a fellow author at the Kansas Book Festival on the Capitol lawn in Topeka. It was good have a presence there and to chat with fellow authors in the state. I also attended the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, with a table at the Authors Pavilion.Space Bugs KDP Cover

Then towards the holidays, I tabled at Kansas City Comic Con. Didn’t make my table fee back for that, which honestly surprised me. It was a matter of the right audience, but the wrong venue there, I think. It was hard to compete with all the shinies at the other vendor booths.

I had a great deal more success at our local Holly Holly Holly Days women’s arts and crafts event. To make it even better, I did a little networking (do people still network?) with a woman who just opened a local boutique shop with local artists and artisans. Consequently, all my titles are now for sale at 3 Wishes in Merriam, Kansas.

All in all, it was a very productive year, and now I’m looking ahead to 2018. Assuming the world doesn’t end in a cataclysmic inferno (and I’m not taking bets on that) my biggest priority is to get Wolf Moon out to readers. No more excuses, and I’m posting here to keep myself accountable!

If that happens, then Finn and the King and a new Space Cadets book can follow. Bring on 2018!


Holly Holly Holly Days!

This weekend, I’m tabling at a local women’s craft event. That’s been going well, but myHHH Table point here is something completely different.

I met a woman who was helping with the event who said her daughter was so very excited that I was there because Cat Moon was on a reading list at her school.

“Wait. What?” I said. Yeah, Moreland Ridge Middle School in Blue Springs, Missouri, has my book on a reading list. I cannot even imagine how that’s possible, and I was completely and utterly gobsmacked.

Yesterday, I got to meet the girl. She confirmed that her librarian had the book on her reading list, but she hadn’t read it yet because she was still on the waiting list. Pretty sure I sucked my breath in embarrassingly loudly.

My book. My beloved Cat Moon has a waiting list at the school library at a Kansas City metro area middle school. I can’t even.

I’ve emailed the librarian at Moreland Ridge to get more information, as well as to check that they have the new and improved version, and not the borked one my first publisher put out. I definitely want libraries with those to get new ones.

Now, no matter how many books I sell, it can’t top that!

Double Release Weekend!

I’ve been gearing up for some of local events this fall. They’re the kind where I pay a fee, set up a table, and try to sell some books.

KCCC Booth

My book at KCCC. Tons of fun!

The first was in September, where author friend S. C. Hallen and I shared a table at the Kansas Book Festival, right on the lawn of the state capitol building. It was fun to be at the capitol for something other than our wretch

ed politics and having to safeguard and defend our public school. But that’s another story. Do check out S. C.’s Guardians of the Heart series when you get a chance.

A couple weeks ago was Kansas City Comic Con. It was a ton of fun, mainly because my vendor fee came with two passes, so my Number Two kid hung out with me most of the weekend to spot me potty and boredom breaks and serve as a my general factotum. I was able to get the second Finn book published and delivered in time for that event. Which was awesome, but the highlight was still getting to pet Gary Fisher (Carrie’s dog) and tell him what a good boy he is.

Well, I had to publish the book on CreateSpace so I could order the paperbacks for the table, and a weird thing happened. A couple of people who had been waiting on it noticed it was available and ordered it–and spread the word. Before I knew it, without even officially releasing it, Finn and the Fish was up to #23 in the Children’s Mythology category! It doesn’t represent enough sales to keep me in the lifestyle to which I’d like to be accustomed, but it was fun to rub shoulders with Rick Riordan and Tomie dePaola for a few hours.

Then I figured, well, why not get Space Bugs up and going in time for the third event? So my graphic artist, the amazing Vanessa Hull, got the cover together, and we hit print. Our Kansas City local Holly Holly Holly Days Women’s Craft Fair is next weekend, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have it in time for that. Holiday books jobs are underway, I guess, and CreateSpace was taking its dear, sweet time “processing” it. I finally got a tracking number from UPS, and it should be here Wednesday, well in time for the Saturday event. Whew!

So that’s two new books released at the same time, sort of by accident and on a whim. For those keeping score at home, that makes five books available on Amazon now!

Happy Release Day, Bury the Rabbit!

BURYtheRabbitFrontThe final book in the Rabbit in Red trilogy is now available! If you’re a fan of horror–YA or adult–this series is for  you. Steeped in allusions from classic and popular horror stories, movies, and characters, the Rabbit in Red series pays homage to the genre. Fans of the genre will have a ball recognizing their icons woven into the story.

The third and final installation is out today. You can order the paperback from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

Prefer digital? Joe encourages you to read on the TAPAS app, the his preferred digital reading app. Go here, and use code JOEC820Z to get 200 bonus coins.

Or get your Kindle copy here.

Here’s what Joe has to say about the completion of this work of the heart:

I started writing this series in the summer of 2014. It’s been a long, wonderful journey. The first book came out fall 2015, and now– October 2017– we bury the rabbit.

Some of you have been with me since day one. Some of you are just now finding the rabbit. I want to thank all of you for reading and celebrating my series. I couldn’t have kept up the energy and the momentum without you.

I hope you read and enjoy it.

Is this really the end? (Does a horror franchise really ever die?) I won’t answer that today, but the next book you will see from me is in a very different world. It’s called PIT OF DARKNESS, and I hope to get it to you in 2018.

All the best,


Congrats, Joe, on today’s release and on the completion of this enjoyable series!


On Sale for the Summer–The Second Battle

Need a good read for laying out by the pool or on your Second Battle KDPlawn chair? The Second Battle is on sale for just $.99!

According to the prophecy, Lugh is destined to kill his own grandfather. Determined to escape his fate, he runs the risk of drawing all of Ireland into war.

The story of Cath Maige Tuired has enthralled people since the 9th Century. With this fictionalized retelling, the exciting battle for Ireland between the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Fomori reaches a new generation of young adult readers.

You can find it on Amazon or on Smashwords!

Here’s an excerpt:

Manannán cleared his throat. “There is one other who will have a role in this, when the time comes.”
So you keep saying,” dismissed Miach, “but we never see him. It’s not a thing we can count on if you never tell us anything.”
Manannán nodded. “True, but don’t discount what I say.”
Aengus sent the three other young people back to Tara, cautioning them not to arrive at the city gates together. He waited with the older man outside the cave.
Manannán spoke first. “I assume you realize Cridenbél is a spy,” he said. “He might be blind, but he hears everything.
Aengus nodded. “I know. We’ll have to take care of him.”
Take care of him? How?”
Aengus smiled grimly at the older man. “I’m going to kill him.”