• Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    Home and Exhausted

    Assignments and Email Tomorrow… Long two-day drive from the Oregon Coast to Las Vegas. I had forgotten just how long, actually. But great to be home. Last twenty hours of Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter. And we are nearing the next stretch goal which adds another free book for everyone plus a choice of Pop-Up Writing Class worth $150. So sure hope we can make that. It would be very cool. And thank you, everyone, for the support of my series. Means a great deal. And one blast to the past. One of my most famous short stories, a story I have made over $20,000 on and counting is called “In…

  • Challenge,  publishing

    Back in Boise

    Headed Home to Vegas… Tomorrow, Wednesday… So I will be responding to assignments on Thursday in the workshops, but all of Week #3 workshops have been launched, a real feat from this iPad. (Grin) And wow, with almost two days left as I write this in the Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter (links in posts below), we are gaining on the 4th stretch goal! That one has another one of my off-brand series books to read and a choice of a Pop-Up worth $150. So I sure hope we can get to that. Thanks for passing the word. Long day today. Spent three hours in the warehouse this morning with Allyson…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter Almost To First Stretch Goal

    Only $310 Away… I want to thank everyone for the support so far. Been fantastic. And we still have 12 days to go. With the stretch goals above this first one, writers will get a choice of a $50 lecture and then the next stretch goal a choice of a $150 Classic Workshop. Above that is a Pop-Up choice worth $150 and above that it will really be amazing. Readers for each stretch goal get books to read. A couple I wrote you might never heard of, actually. Can’t believe we are so close to the first stretch goal. That is so cool. Thank you!! So here is the link…

  • Challenge,  News,  publishing

    Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter Hit Goal!!!

    In Just 24 Hours!! Wow. That is so cool. Thank you, everyone! Going to finally get the entire series into hardback and all supporters will get an early copy to read of BOTTOM PAIR, the new novel. That will be available to early readers from the campaign later this fall and published for everyone later in the winter. Remember, there is a nifty new workshop only available through this campaign called How to Write Mystery Series. A number of people have asked if it will be different from what Kris taught in her in-person (and Study Along) mystery workshop. And different from the now classic Writing Mysteries Workshop and the…

  • Fun Stuff,  publishing,  Recommended Reading

    Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter Launched

    Fun New Campaign… JUST LAUNCHED!!! We’re trying to get The Cold Poker Gang books into hardback. And I have a new novel in the series called BOTTOM PAIR coming out later this year. So if you want to get an early read of BOTTOM PAIR, you can do so through this Kickstarter Campaign. Plus limited edition signed hardback set of all eleven of The Cold Poker Gang novels. Plus a limited edition signed hardback of BOTTOM PAIR. And a very, very limited set of Cold Poker Gang chips, with the special decks of cards in a metal case. On top of all that, there is a special workshop that you…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff

    Cool Deck of Cards

    Been Wanting to Do This For A Long Time… Finally, just tonight, after designing and ordering a nifty set of Cold Poker Gang chips in a nifty case last night, tonight I put together a Cold Poker Gang deck of cards. All eleven book covers randomly placed on 54 cards. Next week we are firing up a Cold Poker Gang Kickstarter campaign to help us get all eleven books into hardback and also to give fans of the series an early look at BOTTOM PAIR, the eleventh novel in the mystery series.  Plus we will have limited signed editions and a few limited poker chip sets and these decks of…

  • Challenge,  Recommended Reading

    New Novel Out

    Heads Up: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery… That’s right, I almost never announce one of my books here, but a lot of people have asked me when the next Cold Poker Gang novel will be out, so it published yesterday. There, I announced one of my own books. Don’t expect me to do that much this next year. I am gaining speed again so will publish too many things to do that. However, I will have a writing web site that will be different and I will announce that around the first of the year. There you can track what I am publishing. So anyhow, here is the sales copy…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Research and Study

    We Study In All Sorts of Ways… Normally I don’t say much about my reading or other activities except when I am detailing out a few days while writing a project in a challenge. Like the five day novel challenge. I do a little more detail on the short story challenges about the life around writing them. But not all of it by a long ways. But tonight I’ll tell you what I did for a few hours. I found myself studying a puzzle mystery form. Castle, the very first season when it was great, was a great puzzle mystery series pretending to be set in a police station. Not…

  • Challenge,  On Writing,  publishing

    Cold Poker Gang Novels

    Amazing Video For My Cold Poker Gang Novels… I love writing this series and have a new one in the works called Side Pot that I will track the writing for everyone here once I finish the book I am working on. This short video really catches the flavor of the series. If you love mystery and cold cases, give the series a try if you haven’t already. You can see the entire series and get links to purchase here. —————- REGULAR WORKSHOPS… This weekend I will be sending out the information to those signed up on the March regular workshops. All workshops have openings. Sign up directly through Teachable…