James O. Born
Next week my newest novel, Scent of Murder will be released by Forge/MacMillan. It's been a long time since I really promoted a release. I was spoiled by working with Lou Dobbs on my last book because he did all the promotional work from his TV show. It was great.
I like talking to people and doing book signings, but sometimes all of the other stuff can become overwhelming. (Ask Jackie and her current tour for the fabulous )
In the end it's all worthwhile. I'm proud of the book and happy it's coming out. That's really the bottom line. And I'm lucky to have this blog and all my friends who write for it and read it for support.
If you get a chance to share any of these photos or the cover, I would appreciate it. That's how the word gets out. I've heard several authors say you win over readers one at a time. In order for readers to become aware of you they need to see something about your books that interests them. Maybe it's the subject matter, maybe the author bio or maybe something odd like the research you put into it.
I said before on this blog that I've talked to a lot of dog handlers to understand exactly what goes into a police K-9 unit. I've gathered enough information for a dozen books if everything works out right. I've also changed the tone from my earlier novels to focus more on the dogs themselves rather than just the police work. I'm hoping the book appeals to both dog people and people interested in the intricacies of law enforcement investigations.
The next month promises to be filled with a lot of interesting events. Aside from the book signings I will be at the University of Central Florida book Festival on April 17 and 18 And the South Carolina book Festival in mid-May. Both of those stops include teaching a work shop on how to write a novel. And I will referred to my blogs over the past year quite a bit during the class.
The Palm Beach Historical Society is hosting me on April 15 in the historical old courthouse where my father sat as a circuit judge for many years. I'm speaking at the popular Writers Live program hosted by the Palm Beach County library system on April 22 at the West Boynton branch.
I will be traveling to New York and several other stops around the country, but the bulk of my energy will be in my home state of Florida.
Just using the blog as a chance to talk about my new novel and show off a few photographs from my research. My thanks to the Jupiter Police Department for informing me with K-9 "Jimi" and my friends Tony Martindale and Frank Finelli for filming it.