You Snooze, You Lose

For the first time ever, I’m running a “countdown sale” on my novel, A CURSE THAT BITES DEEP.

Friday January 12 …. it’s 99 Cents! That’s 75% off, folks!

Saturday January 13 it goes up to $1.99, still a great bargain.

Sunday January 14, it will be $2.99, but still a good deal at 25% off.

Price reverts Monday. You snooze, you lose.

Murder, mayhem, suspense, a little romance, and ghosts? How can you go wrong?

But it is 99 cents for Today Only!

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Book Release / Giveaway!

Judgement day

At long last, my second novel, A Curse That Bites Deep has been published.  To help celebrate the release, I’m giving away several kindle copies through Amazon.

Ah, as with most things associated with a curse, there’s a catch.  Follow me on Twitter.  Not a big deal, the giveaway will guide you.

Here’s the link: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/21b5f6291cccaac8

 

If you happen to win, please favor me with a review.  If you don’t happen to win, hey, you can still be bitten by the curse, and $3.99 is not really that much … it’s likely cheaper than a latte.

More information at http://thefensk.com

 

Great News!

Judgement day

My latest novel, A Curse That Bites Deep, will be published October 1!

My publisher, in association with most of the major eBook retailers, have decided to offer the a 25% discount on eBook pre-orders until the official release day. On the first of October it goes back to normal price.

That’s a crisp one dollar bill off, folks!  It will reserve your copy and it will be available on release day.

This is a sequel to my debut novel, The Fever, and continues the story.  Ah, but things take an evil turn in this one.   People are dying, suspicions run high, and poor Sam seems to be in the thick of things.

More information and quick buy links can be found on my web page:http://www.thefensk.com

If you have already caught THE FEVER … you won’t want to miss this continuation.
If you haven’t caught THE FEVER … yet … well, there is still time!

 

A Continuation …

The pre-release of my novel A Curse That Bites Deep is in full swing.  Well, except for Amazon. All of the other major ebook retailers have their pre-buy links up and you can reserve your copy for a 25% discount.  Links are available on the “buy” button on my web page:  http://thefensk.com

Hopefully Amazon will get with the competition and activate it soon.  Then I’ll be able to market the book in earnest. 

The book is a sequel to The Fever and everybody is back. Well for a while, anyway. There is evil afoot and Sam seems to be at the center of it all. There are a few surprises and a few murders and a good mystery to be solved.  

I’m looking for reviewers so if you review books and might be interested drop me a line … 

There’s an email link on my web page as well as more information about both books and me. http://thefensk.com 

WeekendCoffeeShare: The Find

img_6284If we were having coffee I’d have to tell  you about the find.  I mean, we all seem to spend half our lives trying to find something, either our glasses, the car keys, or the remote control.  Sometimes it’s something we hung onto for six years and threw away as useless only last week.  Sometimes, it is something we weren’t even looking for.  Those are the best, especially when it is something significant or remarkable.

That’s what this conversation is about, something I found that was both significant and remarkable.  And I wasn’t looking for it, either, but I’m glad I know where it is now.

What I found was the original note I wrote detailing the basic premise of my novel, The Fever.  I remember the fact of writing it but here was the remarkable thing: I didn’t know I had dated it.  I don’t date anything, but I did this time.  It was written 30 years previously THAT SAME WEEK.  I’d come across it from time to time but hadn’t seen it since long before I wrote the novel.  The mere fact of writing it down pretty much committed the few facts I jotted down to memory, but the note itself had been floating around the house for quite a while.  I hadn’t planned on writing anything that day in 1986.  My wife and I had gone to San Antonio for a weekend getaway.  She was several months pregnant and had decided to take a nap after some of our running around and I retired to the hotel bar to let her sleep for a short while.  Bored, I asked for some stationery and wrote down a page of notes.

There wasn’t a lot of detail but at the heart of it was this:  “Shift to flashback – ten years earlier.  Scene: Jail holding tank (Austin?) Protagonist is incarcerated >> befriending grizzled old-timer who has been manhandled by police during arrest.  He was punched in the throat and is coughing up blood. Our hero holds his head up and gives him water and talks to him but he is dying.  At this point he is told certain details of the lost Franco mine in West Texas.  They seem to be the muddled words of a dying wino but the hint of truth rings clear.  The information seems to be a bit more than an empty legend.  The man dies and the information is quietly filed away.”

The novel has all of that, although I later found a bit of Texas folklore to use as the goal — not sure how I concocted the “Franco” mine, but it was the idea I think.  But the injured wino in jail, making his deathbed confession remained the catalyst of the story over all the years of speculation, writing, and revision.

The note ended up with: the hero beginning to … “research the legend.  The information he was given jives with the legend — and then some.  The fire burns in his breast now and he tries to find every and any shred of evidence he can.  He studies historical records, oral histories, geologic maps, & topographic maps >> IF it exists — maybe he can find it.”

All remained central to the story.  Even the “fire burns in his breast now’ … later naturally applied itself to the title: The Fever.

It’s ironic I find it right now too, I’d tell y ou … here, right on the cusp of the publication of the sequel to The Fever.  I never envisioned an extension to the story, but now there is not only an extension, there is even a third book in the works.

All from my decision to take a short break in a bar in San Antonio Texas.


Thomas Fenske is a writer living in North Carolina.  He is the author of The Fever and A Curse That Bites Deep (Due out October 1).  More info:  http://thefensk.com

 

 

Coming Soon!


Just got the cover for the new book, A Curse That Bites Deep. This is a sequel to The Fever and continues the story.  Yes, there’s the whole plot line about the  gold mine but it is a great murder mystery too.   The book will be available in October, with eBook preorders starting in September.

I suggest you subscribe to my mailing list so you won’t miss the publication news. I’m running a giveaway, for  a  paperback  copy of THE FEVER to one lucky new subscriber who joins my list between now and August 15.  Sorry, US mailing addresses only.
Go to http://thefensk.com and click on the subscribe button, then click the link in the verification email.

Is It or Isn’t It?

Somebody asked me the other day about the headline on my website:  “Not Just Another Lost Gold Mine Story”

Well, beyond the obvious answer (it isn’t!) … there is a story behind the comment. 
I had entered The Fever in a contest where the winners would be considered for distribution to movie and television producers. Hey, I thought, The Fever would make a great movie! In fact, when I was first attempting to write the story, I seriously considered doing it as a screenplay instead. But in the early days I was just as successful in avoiding writing a screenplay as I was in avoiding writing a novel.  

Anyway, one aspect of this contest was that they would give you feedback on your submission. They did. They pointed out that it looked like a good story and all but it seemed to be “just another lost gold mine story.”

“Great,” I thought to myself, “I knew I should have rewritten Freaky Friday instead!”  

Oh, I’m fairly pragmatic about such things, and saw this feedback as more of a problem with my submission materials rather than the quality of the work itself. I think submissions like this are a bit like grant writing, there is an art to it and it is a skill I haven’t quite mastered, along with writing book blurbs and good headlines I guess. 

 But there you have it … I wanted to emphasize the fact that it ISN’T just another lost gold mine story. The hero Sam realizes he has become stagnated and his isolation is holding him back. He finally figures out that he HAS to change or he’ll never find what he’s looking for.  

I think that’s good advice … I probably need to change the headline and blurb to something new before too long.  

Thomas Fenske http://www.thefensk.com