I’m not dead yet!

Hey folks,

I’m sure some of you have wondered what has happened to me. Others probably don’t even remember me, it’s been so long. In fact I bet some of you are looking at this in your email program, thinking, “Who is this from? Why am I getting this?”

[To answer that: at some point, you signed up to follow this, my blog. You probably enjoyed reading one of my Lake Superior Mysteries, and in a moment of weakness, decided to follow my blog. I would surely love it if you would continue to follow it. Do any of these books ring a bell?]

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The bad news is, something indeed has “happened” to me. I’ve had a number of health struggles over the past few years. The good news, I don’t appear to be dying any faster than everyone else – I just have a bit more pain in my body than the average Joe.

Anyway, this is to let you know that I’m going to be a bit more active in blogging, and in social media in general. To that effect, I have revamped my website (even though I don’t remember “vamping” it in the first place….) and I would like to move my blogging apparatus so that it’s integrated to the new website. I don’t believe there is anything you need to do. Just be aware that your “membership” here is going to be shifted over there (“there” being http://www.tomhilpert.com). Your information isn’t being sold, or traded, or whatever. You’re just getting put in boxes, and moved to my new house, and haphazardly unpacked. Have no fear: you will still get the same high-quality mindless blather that you’ve come to expect from me.

See you soon!

T.

 

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GETAWAY TODAY!

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Hooray! Today is the day! Superior Getaway is on sale in the Kindle store. Please feel free to share the link, share on facebook, twitter etc.

Happy reading to you all!

Tom

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018WNKAMO

FIRST DRAFT IS IN THE BAG

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here – but that’s because I’ve been busy writing! The First Draft of the Fourth Book has come forth! Editing will commence immediately. In the meantime, I can use help from loyal fans and disinterested bystanders who like my posts only so I’ll like them back: I would like you to help me choose a title.

Here is my rough draft of the book’s description:

>>>>>It is generally considered bad form to visit a brothel during your honeymoon, and it’s even worse when you’re a pastor. Even so, at the time, it seems to Jonah Borden like the right thing to do. Besides, it only happened twice.

It all starts innocently enough, with a big tip to an undeserving waitress. Her efforts to thank Jonah and his new bride, Leyla, backfire ridiculously, and soon they have lost their passports in a scam, and are stranded in Greece.

As they try to extricate themselves they find they are only in deeper, and soon the newlyweds are battling hardened criminals just to survive. When they find out that they are not the only ones, the stakes get even higher. <<<<<

Here are some thoughts:

Superior Getaway

Superior Honeymoon

Superior Vacation

Superior Absence

Superior Stakes

Superior Scam

Superior Smuggler

Superior Morality

I’d love your comments, votes, or suggestions for something else. Use the comment section below. If that doesn’t work, or if you don’t want to use the comment section, you can email me here: tomATtomhilpertDOTCOM. The reason I spelled it out like that is avoid scammy-robots. Put in the symbols – don’t use the spelling like I did.

Thanks for your help. Hope to give you something in time to occupy your holidays this year!

Tom

My YA Fantasy is here. You could get it free!

Front Cover 6AGreetings my amazing friends! My YA (young adult) fantasy novel, The Forgotten King is now live on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple (Search “Tom Hilpert The Forgotten King in the iTunes store) and Smashwords.

I am offering it for FREE to anyone who signs up to my email list between March 14 and March 21.

Just go here to sign up: http://eepurl.com/PtO61 I promise I won’t spam you. In fact, I’ll only write you five or six times a year, because mostly, I write books, not email newsletters. Smile After you sign up, I’ll send you an email with a  coupon code for Smashwords. Once there, you can download whatever format you prefer.

Please pass this on to everyone you know, especially teens and young adults, plus everyone you don’t know.

All the best!

Tom

Old books made new, new books…being written!

My dear and wonderful readers,

I have a few fun items to share with you!

FIRST, I am in the process of writing the next Superior Mystery. I just finished with a scene in which Jonah cannot obtain coffee. It was a tough, emotional piece to write.

Unfortunately, writing takes time, and I have other responsibilities also. Look for this book in summer or fall of 2015.

If you want to see more Superior Mysteries, more often, the best thing you can do is tell other people about them. The more popular they are, the more time I will have for writing.

SECOND, there IS a new book, written by yours truly, that will shortly be available. I have extensively edited my very first novel, written nearly fifteen years ago. Formerly it was known as Galedor. The new title is The Forgotten King.

Here’s the cover image, hand-drawn by one of my daughters. This isn’t the completed cover, just the main image, but I think it’s awesome!

 

Forgotten King BThe Forgotten King is a fantasy fiction novel geared for youth and young adults. As far as I can tell, most of you tend to be a little more – ah, mature – than the target audience for this book. Even so, I think you may find it worthwhile for three reasons:

  • In the first place, I don’t actually know your – shall we say – maturity level. Perhaps you are in the target audience for this book.
  • Next, even if Young Adult Fantasy fiction is not your style, I bet you know someone who loves it. I would deeply appreciate it if you would consider telling the teens and young adults in your life about The Forgotten King.
  • Third, perhaps, in spite of your expectations, you may enjoy this book. I’ll be fair: my own grandmother did not like it. But quite a few other people who are not typically readers of fantasy have enjoyed it. As I revised the book, I found myself delighting in these characters once more; they certainly have their moments.

One final fun thing. My daughter, who is a Lake Superior Mysteries fan, if only because she finds me more amusing in print than in person, has created some “fan art.” Through her ingenuity, you can purchase a ceramic coffee mug which has printed on it: “Elixir of the Gods: Jonah Borden approved.”

You can find it here:

http://society6.com/product/elixir-of-the-gods_mug?curator=nojohi

Stay tuned for the big release announcement!

How To Tell If You Are In A High Fantasy Novel

I will soon be re-releasing my original fantasy novel, written 15 years ago. This article made me laugh and cry at the same time!

How To Tell If You Are In A High Fantasy Novel.

Tell Your Family friends: Just in Time for Christmas, a Superior Deal

Hey folks,

My first mystery, Superior Justice is on sale for $0.99 today only! Once you’ve read that, you won’t want to miss out on the other two, [which are priced normally, so that I can buy my kids some Christmas presents 😉   ]

Please tell your family and friends! You can get it on Amazon here:

http://tinyurl.com/k8gk7ro

The deal is also at Free Kindle Books and Tips today:

http://wp.me/p2b82w-6qi

JONAH BORDEN-STYLE MUSIC!

I am very excited to let all of you know that my lovely and talented wife is about to release her first music album in more than ten years. If you like some of the music that Jonah Borden listens to, you will like Kari Hilpert. Of course, Jonah has a wide range of tastes. Kari falls into the singer/songwriter category, with a unique, hopeful, inspiring voice. Her songs are deep, often thoughtful, and her whole style is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Patty Griffin and other singer/songwriter types. Steely Dan, she is not.

Jonah Borden aside, Kari Hilpert is MY favorite musician, by far Smile

There are three free sonMaybe It's Time Covergs available for download here, and three more you can you listen to on her website, here.You can pre-order the album on iTunes here, or on Amazon, here. The actual release date is October 1st. If you pre-order, rather than wait, it will actually help her ratings once it is released.

Go on, get out of here, and go get you some music!

More is here, more is coming…

It breaks my heart to hear from readers, asking if I have any other books, when they have only read one or two!

As of 2014, there are three Superior Mysteries: Justice, Storm and Secrets (written in that order).

Many of you, of course, have read all three, and for that I thank you! The normal message I get from you folks is: “When will #4 be available?”

2014 has been an ADHD year for writing for me. I finished a theological work, started writing a memoir of growing up in Papua New Guinea, started producing an audiobook version of Justice and (drumroll please), outlined TWO MORE Superior Mysteries.

Of course, outlining isn’t writing, but rest assured, there is plenty more to come from Jonah, Leyla and the crew.

In the meantime, please keep telling people about these books, and if you haven’t already, write some reviews on Amazon and on Goodreads. This series is entirely “reader supported.”

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please read the others!