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1 Rest in Peace, Sean Price

I listen to a lot of music.

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music. I’m not bragging. Not going to get into the naming game. But when I say “a lot,” understand that I am not exaggerating.

I dig rap. It takes me out of my daily life and exposes me to a life that I will never know. Lets me pry the lid off of a world that I will never be in. I dig many kinds of rap. The gangster, ghetto, pimp rap. The type of rap that talks about slangin’ drugs and buckin’ 9’s and movin’ weight (selling lots and lots of drugs). The gritty, grimy rap. The rap that talks about how much money the artist has, how great he is, how much money he wastes and the super luxury cars he drives and the watches and chains and diamonds and all that.

And then there was Sean Price.

I stumbled across him one day on the internet. This was a few years ago. Winter. Working at a winter camp that required a daily cramped bus ride. Just wanted to block out the sounds of the city and the bus and the people and veg. So I listened to Sean P. Every. Single. Day. It was that good. Still is.

Later I listened a bit to his earlier stuff, with his rap partner Rock. Back when Sean P. was known as Ruck. But I never got into it like I did his solo work. Kinda like when someone reads a book first, then sees the movie, they usually feel the book is better, and vice versa. But I came into his music with the Jesus Price Superstar album. Followed it up with the Monkey Barz album. Spent a good many hours listening to them over and over again because they were just amazing.

I’m not a music journalist. I can’t compare this rapper with this lyricist with this supergroup and tell you why one is better than the other or any of that. I just know Sean P. was awesome. He was an amazing rapper and lyricist. An amazing writer. A journeyman who never made insane amounts of money, never had the fame that many think of when they think of successful rappers. He just wrote songs and made records and put out great music after great music. Not everything was awesome, but overall, his music was.

And he died today. In his sleep. At home, with his family. His wife and three kids.

I doubt his family will ever see this. Too many pixels being spread out today to speak about the man’s passing. But I hope they, and Sean P, wherever he may be, understands this: Sean Price, you will be missed. You touched people you never knew, people you never imagined of. Like an English teacher and soon-to-be new father, living half-way around the world from his home, taking the bus to work, trying to make ends meet and keep his head down.

You will be missed.

 

RC

 

ps – if you don’t like rap music, i’m not going to encourage you to try and start with sean p. If you try it, great, if you don’t, then that’s okay, too. however, if you do like rap music and you haven’t listened to sean price, get to whatever store you like and take a listen.

 

Joan is Live!

TFOJoanv1.0coverSo, the Joan book is going live as we speak. It is now available at Amazon. Submitted to Kobo, Barnes and Noble and Apple. I will update this page and the Books page as I have time and access. (Links all updated)

If you like the book, be sure to sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t already, as well as leave an honest review. I’ve heard it said that reviews are the lifeblood of indie writers. Can’t say for sure if that’s totally accurate, but it’s right up there with water and air.

This book will be the last of the Fixer Origin stories for awhile. I had a lot of backstory for both Duke and Joan that I wanted the readers to know about, but right now, the focus will rightly turn back to JC Bannister and the team as a whole. These books were fun and exciting and challenging to write. But The Fixer episodic serial thriller stories are my focus and will remain that way for the rest of the year. I’ve got major plot points for Season 2 in mind and will be mapping it out over the next week or so (yes, while I am on vacation). Season 3 major plot is already in mind as is Season 4. Aiming to get Season 2 and 3 done this year. I may have a standalone novel in the works for this year also, but I’m going to keep that one close to my vest for now. Gotta focus on The Fixer. JC is a patient man, but even he has his limits.

Why don’t I do a Fixer Origins for JC? Because The Fixer is his story.

Why don’t I do a Fixer Origins for Theo? Because that would be a tome of debauchery. Just kidding. I have some ideas for him, but if I ever do a full origin story for him, it will be next year at the earliest. A short story, however, or a small collection of shorts, that may be possible. Okay, crap, now I have to make a collection of shorts for Theo because he just sat himself in the front of my brain and isn’t going to move until I get it at least scribbled down.

But, like I said, Season 2 and 3 are going to be the focus. Sorry, Theo, but your stories are gonna have to wait, buddy.

 

SO. Buy the Joan book. Leave an honest review. Buy the Duke book if you haven’t. Leave an honest review if you haven’t. Sign up for the mailing list if you haven’t. And if you haven’t, then what in the Sam Hill are ya waitin’ on?

 

Joan Cover Reveal

TFOJoanv1.0coverThis is the cover of my most recent release. Should be live in Amazon and others shortly. Will update with links.

Happy Birthday, America

file6661278870459Happy Birthday, America.

That’s it.

Well, not quite.

Joan’s book is progressing. Hit a logjam, which I will explain later. But it’s about broken loose. Still on schedule. Not gonna tell you the details. But it’s good.

After Joan – Season 2. Fleshing things out. Excited.

And I’ll leave you with this. One of my favorite writers is James Clavell. Big, terrible, gigantic over-inflated books. But fun. And, did I mention, big?

In the front matter of one of his books, perhaps my favorite, Noble House, he had this as a dedication: “I would like to offer this work as a tribute to Her Britannic Majesty, Elizabeth II, to the people of Her Crown Colony of Hong Kong…and perdition to their enemies.”

I’m going to steal it, as all good authors do, and change it.

Happy Fourth of July, America and all her people. God bless you…and perdition to her enemies.

 

2 Duke is live!

Hey guys. Duke is live. Finally. Links are below. I will be updating them as the book goes live across the various platforms.

 

Amazon |  Kobo  |  Apple  |  Barnes and Noble

 

The price will stay at .99 for most of the weekend. Certainly through Saturday. After that it will pop up to 2.99 or higher. So get ’em while the gettin’s good.

And, as always, an honest review at the place you bought it at is highly appreciated. Independent writers such as myself live and breathe on reviews. Not because we like getting them (we do, actually) but because the more reviews the higher the standing in the rankings of the ebook stores.

Enough rambling. As one great writer is fond of saying – buy my crap.

 

RC

2 Cover Reveal

Okay, new thing. Cover reveal. Seen other writers do this, but since every release up until now has had the same cover, didn’t make sense for me to do so. But now that the Duke book is only a couple of days away and I’ve got the cover and it’s freakin’ awesome, I’m gonna put it up here for all to see.

 

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Yeah, I kinda like it. I know it would likely be better with one clear image. But it is something I wanted to try out. We’ll see how it goes.

 

Anyway. Just wanted to throw this out there. The book should be live on the 28th. I’ll keep you updated.

 

RC

 

Almost there

Duke is almost ready.

I’ve just finalized the cover art and it’s freakin’ awesome.

Going through final rounds of editing as we speak. Well, as soon as I stop typing this.

Shooting for a release date next week. Like the 28th. Or 29th.

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I’ll have links when it is live as well as other cool info.

I’m stoked.

 

RC

 

April Fools!

Okay, I admit, I don’t care much for April Fool’s jokes. I just fell for one a few minutes ago about some Marvel/Sony/Fox thing.

So, I’m not going to run one here.

Just wanted to say Duke is coming this month.

That is all.

RC

 

Upcoming

Quick update about what’s on tap in the next couple of months.

Although I wanted Duke’s origin book to be out early Spring, it’s looking more and more like mid-Spring. I’ve set a date for it next month, something I’m shooting for, but since I’ve blown past published release dates in the past (Episode 4 being seven months late is a shining example), I’m going to keep this one close to the vest. I will say, again, it’s mid-Spring. And it’s soon enough that if I don’t get my ass in gear I’m gonna blow past it, too.

The problem with that? It just pushes everything back even more.

And Joan’s pushing me to get her book written.

I’ve got Joan’s origin book scheduled for late Spring. So late Spring it’s almost Summer. But still, in my mind, at least, Spring.

And what should you, as the reader, expect for these two stories?

Well, they are both origin stories. They will go into some detail about the two characters and their backgrounds. What happened in their lives before joining up with JC. Likely some of the more important turning points in their lives that sent them down the paths that led them to where they are.

For Duke, this will go into his life as the son of a diplomat and a bit of his surfing life in Hawaii, pre-Army. It will mostly be dealing with something that was mentioned a few times in Season 1 – his Saudi complications. But it will also delve into the people who helped shape his life as well as some of the choices he made that put him where he is today.

For Joan, hints of her story were dropped throughout Season 1 – her chat with JC’s cousin’s wife, her 1-on-1 confrontation with Detective Garcia, her challenge to The Mexican, and JC’s confrontation with Agent Kowalski at the end of the story. Some of those will come into play, but a lot more will be revealed.

MAN! I wish I could tell you guys all the awesome stuff I’m cooking up. But I’ve got to keep my trap shut and not ruin it. I will say this – one scene in Duke’s origin story had been rolling around in my head for a couple of weeks. Near the end of the book. Walking to the subway today it suddenly crystallized. I spent the next hour furiously typing with my thumbs into my phone just to get the details down. It gave me chills, and at points, brought tears to my eyes. Not weepy tears of the boo-hoo variety, but the manly emotional tears I get when I watch movies about loyalty and family and father-son, brothers-in-arms stuff. As I’ve got most of Duke’s book plotted out (not written, mind you, but plotted) I’m kind of starting on the plotting out of Joan’s book. And getting ideas for dialogue. Nice Joan-isms. Very different than Theo-isms. But still very cool.

So yeah, it kicks ass. Both books.

One word of caution I want to pass on to you, my kind readers. The feelings and pacings of The Fixer Origin stories are going to be different than the regular Season writings. My goal with the episodes in Season 1 (and continuing seasons) are to make it feel like an action-packed mini-movie. I don’t always achieve that, but I’m writing them from the perspective of episodic television in some ways. The origin stories, however, are different animals. Duke’s story is, up till now, fairly slow. I’m likely going to re-edit it a bit and up the action a bit, but from the start I envisioned it more as a 1970’s, 1980’s type of movie. Something that laid the groundwork, built up the story and the characters, with bits of action interspersed of course, but then laid on the gunfights and car chases. Kind of like how Alien was much slower than Aliens, but still awesome. Or how Die Hard was slower than Die Hard 3, both equally awesome. Let’s not even discuss Die Hard 2.

In contrast, Joan’s book in my mind is going to be more action. I want her kicking ass from the start. Always on a mission. Always gunning for blood. Always ready to pivot away and pursue something else that will help her be more of a badass. I’ll admit something. In my mind, Joan is very much like Angelina Jolie in both Wanted and Salt. A very cold, calculating killer who is capable of both warmth and compassion as well as an extreme adherence to whatever her personal code may be. Joan, in my mind, doesn’t look like Angelina Jolie. But her character kind of is a mix of those two characters.

I’ll have some other possibly interesting news in the coming weeks. Doing what I can to turn up the heat on myself and my writing. Stick around. It’ll be nice ride.

 

RC