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Merry Christmas!

May the holidays bring you all happiness and good health. My thanks go out to all of you for a wonderful year and the chance to once again spend this Christmas at home with my family, of which I consider each and every one of you a part. And thanks to Bruce for the hand-carved ornament. As you can see from the Santa ornament below, this guy has skill. (Santa’s not actually wearing the jersey; that’s just a curious consequence of the angle from which I took the photo.)

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Oh yeah, and the eBook version of CONDEMNED is now available for preorder. The signed, limited-edition hardcover from Thunderstorm Books ought to ship well before e-release day.

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CONDEMNED

It’s my pleasure to announce that my new novel, CONDEMNED, will be released in January 2015. Thunderstorm Books is releasing the deluxe hardcover edition, limited to just 72 copies. An eBook will follow.

More details coming soon…

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John Connolly

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series and will tell anyone who’ll listen that he’s the best writer in the business. What few of you know, however, is the profound impact he’s had on my work. There was a point in 2006 or so when I was on top of the world. I’d sold the GOD’S END trilogy to Delirium in limited edition, Snowbooks in the UK, and Random House in Germany. I was feeling invincible. And then I read Connolly’s EVERY DEAD THING and realized just how far I had to go in every respect. My prose. My characterization. My plot lines. Everything. So I found myself faced with a dilemma…Either I continued to attack the market and struck while the metaphorical iron was hot, or I took a step back and risked losing my career momentum in order to better myself as a writer.

Don’t let anyone tell you I’ve done anything in life the easy way.

So I took six months off from writing and did nothing but read. I identified my weaknesses and attempted to strengthen them by learning from the modern masters. I devoured the Parker mysteries (five books at the time). I caught up with Dave Robicheaux. I studied Aloysius Pendergast and Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher and Sigma Force. I committed myself to becoming the author I knew I could be.

The result was a book called BLOODLETTING, and the real beginning of what I would consider (in the loosest of terms) “my career.” With each subsequent title, I’ve attempted to improve myself in some way. And while nothing I write will ever be good enough for me, I will continue to push myself harder with every book until my scribblings can stand alongside the works of amazing authors like John Connolly, who showed me what the craft was supposed to be.

And this past weekend, I finally got to meet him.

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A Quick Update

I just signed the contract for my next DarkFuse novella, coming November/December 2015. The title? SNOWBLIND: THE KILLING GROUNDS. And while it isn’t a sequel in the strictest sense, you can expect more of the same fun with Sasquatch that you enjoyed in the first.

More news coming soon…

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The limited-edition HC is in hand and it’s a beauty! Excellent work, as always, from my friends at DarkFuse. Thanks to all who ordered it. I hope the story lives up to your expectations!

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The Big Thrill, Part II

I’m participating in the weekly Thriller Roundtable in this month’s The Big Thrill, the online publication of the International Thriller Writers. This week I’ll be discussing the topic “How have your readers shaped your books?” with Sharon Linnéa,  Arlene KayToni L.P. Kelner, and C.E. Lawrence. Swing on by and have a look around. This topic’s right in my wheelhouse, so it promises to be a lot of fun! You can read it HERE. Oh, yeah…and there’s also an interview with me HERE. Happy reading!

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The Big Thrill Interview

Check out an interview with me in this month’s issue of The Big Thrill, the online publication of the International Thriller Writers. And while you’re there, sign up to receive The Big Thrill and keep up with the new releases from some of the best writers in the business.

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Read about the inspiration for SUNBLIND, and everything else you could ever want to know about it, before tomorrow’s release. And remember, today’s the last day to save 30%!

 

Only 1 More Day…

To preorder SUNBLIND at 30% off. After that, the book will return to regular price, over which I have absolutely no control whatsoever. So if you’d rather pay full price, then by all means wait until Tuesday to order what many people are calling my best novel yet.

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Here’s a new 5-star review from Frank Michaels Errington, if you’re on the fence.

 

Sick of Me Yet?

I apologize for inundating you all with news over the past few weeks. I can read your minds, you know. Why don’t you just save it up and give it to us all at once? That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? I wish I could, but some of these tidbits are simply too cool to sit on and I absolutely have to share them with you. Others, like this announcement, are time-sensitive and it’s important to me for you to have the opportunity not to miss out.

So…it’s my pleasure to announce THE NARRATOR, a novella I coauthored with Norman Prentiss, whose mantel sags under the weight of all of his Bram Stoker Awards. Thunderstorm Books has produced limited-edition mini-hardcovers, signed by both authors, in two editions (the leather-bound is already nearly sold out!).

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Something is wrong with Julia Linder’s sixth grade class.

One boy’s harmless tendency of getting lost becomes a crippling fog of disorientation. A girl’s mild twitch turns into an obsessive pattern of frightened raps and repetition. The symptoms are spreading and the source seems to be stories that seize upon the children’s deeply seated fears and intensify them exponentially.

But how can mere stories change their behavior?

Abbie is a bright girl at the heart of the mystery. The others are inexplicably drawn to her and become increasingly devoted to her with each passing day. Is it possible that Abbie is manipulating her classmates and using their worst fears against them?

The secrets are locked in tales from the past, where only The Narrator can find them.

 

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Thanks to Paul for the excellent review!  My favorite line?

“That’s the barest slither of the story, to give more away would be a crime and this without doubt is one of the best I’ve read from Michael McBride, he’s definitely on a roll following the excellent Sunblind and Ancient Enemies, all three highly recommended.”

Totally made my day!

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