I've been interested, honored, and highly amused (respectively) by three reactions to my books over the past few days.
First, a few days ago BuzzFeed published an article titled '21 Conservative Writers To Read At The Beach'. I was surprised (but pleased) to find my books listed at number 18 on their list. I don't consider myself a 'conservative' so much as a small-ell 'libertarian' (in the US sense of that term) with several elements of classical liberalism (again, small-ell) in the mix; in other words, somewhat right of center, but avoiding extremes on both sides of the political equation. Nevertheless, I'm glad the author saw fit to include me among writers such as Karina Fabian, Larry Correia, Sarah Hoyt, Kate Paulk, John Ringo and Tom Kratman, all of whose books I've read. I'm honored to be numbered amongst them. I hope some of BuzzFeed's readers will see fit to take up its invitation, and take my books on vacation with them.
Next, fellow independent author Alma Boykin chose to review my memoir of prison chaplaincy, 'Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls', on her blog. I'm very grateful to her, as that book has sold slowly and the publicity is therefore welcome. (The slow sales weren't unexpected, of course - unlike my novels, it's in a field which doesn't attract strong reader demand and deals with a subject that many people find at best uncomfortable, at worst really off-putting). Nevertheless, it was a labor of love for me to write it, in the hope that I could help at least some of those confronting the world behind bars in the USA. I hope her review will help some of them to find it. Thanks, Alma!
Finally, I laughed so hard that I almost snorted hot tea through my nose when I read this recent one-star review of my first novel, 'Take The Star Road'.
Comparing this atrocity to the work of Heinlien (sic) is like comparing festering garbage to a meal at a Michelin Star restaurant.
Without a doubt, the worst book I have ever attempted to read. The narrative has all the skill of a seventh grader writing about their summer vacation. I am offended that anyone had the gall to charge actual money for this pig slop. It was so wretched that I gave up on it after the second chapter. Do yourself a gargantuan favor and do not buy this trash masquerading as literature.
This is about a book that has so far, as I write these words, attracted 91 five-star, 67 four-star and 23 three-star reviews, as opposed to 8 two-star and a mere 4 one-star reviews (including the one above).
I have a pretty good idea who wrote that review. If I (and others) are right, it's someone who's been identified as a troll by several other authors of my acquaintance, some of whom instantly remarked (when they learned about the review) that it has all the hallmarks of his grammar, vocabulary and phraseology. I don't know for sure, but I thought most of you would find it as entertaining as I did. Fortunately, most of those who've read the book clearly don't agree with him - it's still the top selling volume in my Maxwell Saga series.
I'm working hard on Maxwell Book 4, which will hopefully be published in September. Book 2 of the Laredo War trilogy is scheduled for December, God willing. Thanks for your support for my books thus far, and I hope you enjoy the next ones as much as you've clearly enjoyed the earlier volumes.