The March around Jericho was indeed over. I feel good and have sworn off doctor visits (and hospitals and lithotripsy). The insurance paid up, although the amount left owng is still depressing. We finally received the title work for Shelby's car, but the mileage is still wrong. We no longer have a snake in the basement, but neither do we have a new lawn tractor. That, I suppose, can wait until the spring. We do have a new refrigerator, and, as an added bonus, our neighbor came over and finished the wiring in our house. Our 100+ year old farmhouse now has all new electric from top to bottom. A project we had begun over a year ago. But it did make for a week of getting up at 3 a.m. to work on the business before the electric was shut off for the day. Which made posting updates, sporadic as they have been, on the Slushpile a low priority.
In the midst of all this, we have been making progress. The biggest announcement is that we've, finally, settled on a new printing company, which will reduce costs on our production side of things. This is something I had hoped to have in place before shipping any titles to Midpoint, but with the summer being well, what it was, it like everything else was delayed. But it is settled now, and I'm one happy camper about that. And we still have plenty of orders to fill and plenty of books to print (now at a better price) and ship.
Our second big announcement is that, despite everything, James Spurr's newest title An Eagle and its Talons was officially released on November 1st as scheduled. Preorders for it have been good.
In the summer of 1914 love finds Jeanne DeReadt in the form of a young and handsome Belgian lieutenant. The young lovers go on a clandestine picnic with their friends, and the idyllic day and evening will be forever burned into Jeanne's memory. By date's end, WWI has begun, Belgium is invaded and they are at gunpoint before a German officer.
The mechanizations of a small country desperately trying to remain neutral at the onslaught of the Great World War have far reaching impacts on its citizens. From Jeanne's rash cousin Emiel to her first love Michael, all will be measured with unerring precision by the scales of war. Horrific crimes against humanity during Belgium's rubber and ivory trade are unearthed, and this same contempt of fellow human-beings is revisited on a country as a whole.
In the midst of this, Jeanne is left with struggling to save her father, feed her family by smuggling food and accept the loss of her own youth and innocence. For this one season, no one escapes the Eagle and its Talons as its shadow sweeps ominously over all of Europe.
We turn our eyes now to what is next: new author Karen Gonzalez's work Six Weeks at Ryder:
More info on her book as we get closer to the release date of May 1st, 2014.
We also have some re-releases of second edition books coming on that date: Skylar Hamilton Burris' Conviction: a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, An Unlikely Missionary and also her new work When the Heart is Laid Bare. James Spurr's second editions to be released are his Great Lakes Great Guns Historical Series on the War of 1812 Sworn for Mackinaw, One Sloop and Slow Match and Reflections in the Wake. And my own title In the Brief Eternal Silence will also get a new life as a second edition. These were all good sellers prior to our being into Midpoint distribution, and they certainly deserve to have a wider audience now that we do have access to a greater amount of retailers.
Following shortly thereafter are Veronica Hart's next title The Reluctant Daughters, Chuck Dowling's continuing dual series on Military, To Keep Our Honor Clean, and King Arthur, The Time of the Eagle, respectively.
That will take care of our scheduled works (except for Chuck, he's got books 3 of each series - and possibly more - in the pipeline). I'm also expecting more works from reader favorite, D.L. Havlin. So what happens then? I'm going through submissions now. We have the whole second half of 2014 to fill and I have some great works that I'm reading -- so stay tuned!