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:
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!
Greetings 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. 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!
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!
The 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:
Stay tuned for the big release announcement!
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!
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!
Quite a few people have asked me if I’m writing the next Superior novel. I’m gratified for the questions, because generally, it means people are excited to see more. But my answer is, “Not yet.”
There are a few reasons why, and I’d love your feedback about those reasons.
I remember reading a quote by JRR Tolkien, addressing why it took him so long to finish the Lord of The Rings. He said “I had many other responsibilities as well, during those years and I did not neglect them.”
Like Tolkien, I too, have many other responsibilities, and I’m trying not to neglect them. This means that my time for writing is somewhat limited. It also means that the Lake Superior Mysteries is not the only place where I am spending creative energy. Therefore, I really only have enough “in me” so to speak, for one novel a year, plus all the other writing and work I do as a pastor. When I finally finish a novel, I find I need a couple months of down time to recharge.
There’s another reason I haven’t started the next Superior novel. I’m torn. I actually have a number of fiction and non-fiction books that “want to come out.” The truth is, when I started, I thought I would write only one mystery. I’m glad it didn’t work out that way, but the other books are still waiting.
Here’s what else I have that wants to come out as a book:
· A mythical history (fantasy) of the world before the Great Flood of Noah. One of my favorite twists is that Noah is afraid of water. I have at least three volumes worth here. I’ve had the ideas for this for more than 10 years.
· A creative memoir of my life growing up in Papua New Guinea. I’ve been thinking about this for about 15 years.
· A book on a particular area of theology and biblical interpretation that concerns me. Also a ten-year plus concern.
· A practical book on marriage.
I’m not done with the Lake Superior Mysteries. I’ve grown fond of Jonah and the others, and fond of the book sales, too. But maybe Jonah needs to wait a little longer before his next adventure. I’m not settled on that, just musing about it.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.
As promised, you can now purchase the Print edition of Superior Secrets! If you want a signed copy, contact me directly, or comment on this post.
Right now it is available here. (or click on the picture to the left). Within the week, it should show up in Amazon “proper,” as well as many other book outlets!
(sound of trumpets, or drums, whatever you prefer):
At long last, here it is folks! Superior Secrets, the third Lake Superior Mystery featuring Jonah Borden, is available on Kindle, starting today! Unfortunately, the print version is not yet ready to go, but we anticipate that happening, as planned, by the first week of December.
In case you didn’t know, you do not have to own a kindle device to get it. You can read a kindle book on any android tablet, ipad or computer. All you need is the free kindle app.
PLEASE…spread the word!
Click on the picture, or here, to buy it!
In case you are new, here’s the skinny:
It’s wintertime on the North Shore and the snow is thick on the ground. Jonah Borden, the coffee-guzzling, wisecracking, mystery-solving man of the cloth, is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Leyla Bennett. But just a few weeks before they do, Leyla decides to go undercover in a new cult to get an exclusive exposé which would make her name as a journalist. However, as time goes on, Borden is worried that her commitment to the troubling new religion and her devotion to its evil, charismatic leader are more than just professional.
When Borden confronts the cult leader, he is turned away and threatened. Meanwhile, mysterious hunting accidents begin happening around the town of Grand Lake. Assisted by his friends, Jonah tries to find a way to get Leyla out. What he uncovers is bigger than any of them had guessed. Now, he’s in a race to save his own life, and those of his friends, before a powerful enemy finds them and destroys them.
Superior Secrets is set amidst the wild beauty of Lake Superior. Featuring a cast of unique, memorable characters, this is part of the Lake Superior Mystery series. None of the books have to be read in order.
Tom Hilpert writes character-driven mysteries with humor and flair. He loves cats, as well as dogs, and is kind to little children. Go to http://www.tomhilpert.com for more information, or “like” his Facebook Author page.
SUPERIOR SECRETS is almost ready! As you can see, we have a cover!
As we put the finishing touches together, I am reminded again of the need for a killer book description to lure in new readers. Here’s what we have for Superior Secrets:
It’s wintertime on the North Shore and the snow is thick on the ground. Jonah Borden, the coffee-guzzling, wisecracking, gourmet-cooking man of the cloth, is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Leyla Bennett. But before they do, Leyla joins a cult, ostensibly in order to complete an investigative report. However, Borden is worried: there are signs that her commitment to the new religion may have become more serious.
When Borden confronts the cult leader, he is rebuffed. Meanwhile, mysterious hunting accidents begin happening around the town of Grand Lake. Assisted by his friends, Jonah tries to find a way to get Leyla out. What he uncovers is bigger than any of them had guessed. Now, he’s in a race to save his own life, and those of his friends, before a powerful enemy snuffs them out.
Superior Secrets is set amidst the wild beauty of Lake Superior. Featuring a cast of unique, memorable characters, this is part of the Lake Superior Mystery series, but none of the books have to be read in order.
I could use a little help here. I’m wondering if there are any of you, who have not read any of previous Lake Superior Mysteries, who could evaluate this description for me? If you haven’t read the books, does this description get your attention? Does it tell you enough? Does it say too much? I deeply appreciate your feedback!
If you have read any of the previous books, I welcome your feedback too, but try to be objective: would this description interest you if you knew nothing about the series?
Thanks so much!