The New Program

Coming Spring 2017

The New Program - CoverHistory repeats itself…

In the 1940’s and 50’s, the United States Penitentiary in Odessa was home to a revolutionary inmate rehabilitation program: a fast, simple miracle surgery that could reform even the most hopeless case in minutes.  Recipients were rendered quiet, docile, and manageable.

The surgery was called “transorbital lobotomy.”

Now, more than sixty years later, Odessa is getting a new program.  It’s just as promising as lobotomy, with none of the mess.  And the Long-term Inmate Research and Rehabilitation group says it’s completely reversible.

They say it’s been a huge success everywhere they’ve tried it.

And that the details are classified.

Marcia Trembley, a correctional unit supervisor for USP Odessa, has worked with inmates for long enough to know that there’s no such thing as a magic bullet for rehabilitation.  She can see history repeating itself.  If only someone, anyone, would believe her….


You want announcements? #TheVolunteer

We’ve got announcements!

First off, as you may have already noticed, we’ve done some redecorating.  Lots of little tweaks here and there, on the book pages and things.  More changes to come.

Secondly: I’ve got a book cover for you.  It looks almost nothing like the book cover I shared way back in the olden days.

The Volunteer - Cover

So there’s that.  In the name of The Volunteer, I hereby lay claim to the hashtag #TheVolunteer too.  :Þ.

Third on the agenda…another book cover!

The New Program - Cover

Wait…what’s this?  This wasn’t even going to exist a week ago, but it exists now.  The New Program is a novella, similar in length to Break, and sharing a universe with them.  It’s going to be out soon, and it’s going to be free.  Permanently.  So we’ve got that going for us.

I’m fighting with myself right now on whether or not to just announce the release date for The Volunteer, but I think it’s going to stay under wraps for the time being.  It’s set, though.  And the book is done.  Looking forward to spring.  These are exciting times.

About that book…

A ways back I posted a cover for Headless on this very blog.  I posted a post about making the thing, and a post about how I decided I hated it after the fact.  A lot has changed since then.  I’ve gone through the book at least half a dozen times since then, and it’s changed in some pretty fundamental ways.  Those changes are so dramatic, in fact, that the book title had to change with them.  So here’s the new title:

There’s a new cover to go with it, but that’s a secret for the time being.  Expect to see it when I announce the release date for the book, which is forthcoming.  I’m totally getting there.  Way faster than George R. R. Martin.  Not that that’s a very high bar.

The other thing you might notice is that this particular title isn’t written in brain letters.  Turns out I hate those.  I was pretty sure I didn’t hate them before, but that was probably a bout of temporary insanity.  The new font is called Silk Remington by Jadugar Design Studio.  Only I stretched it out a bit vertically because I have to tweak all the things that I encounter.

The latest pass on The Volunteer (subtle transition to the new title!) is complete as of Tuesday.  I’m going to comb through it one last time, just in case, but I’m pretty sure we’re looking at a finished manuscript here.  Exciting times!  If I had to guess, I’d put the release date in May.  Which is less than a year later than I intended, and that counts as a victory.


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We’re getting there

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