I recently discovered “Kick” on Amazon and absolutely loved it. I stayed up late to finish the book and was so tired the following day at work, but it was worth it. I purchased “Fool’s Ride” the next day and read it as well. Just wondering, when will you release another in this series? I’ve downloaded “House call on Queasy Street” but I’m really craving another of your Jenkins Cycle books. Jennifer in Northern California
Heya Jennifer. I’m so happy you enjoyed the books. I can’t believe you read my Queasy Street story 🙂 So far it hasn’t been much of a hit (hehe). I plan more Jenkins books. I have a book coming out any day now, but it isn’t a Jenkins book. It’s a novel I wrote some years back about a thief. Modern day, nothing supernatural, but still a lot of fun (I hope).
Thanks for responding. So what is the name of your not-supernatural thief book? On Amazon Kindle?
I love responding! And thank you for those wonderful reviews! 🙂
My thief book is called “Thief’s Odyssey.” It’s a first person narrative, like Kick, and it’s a little more hard-boiled. I’ve always loved movies about thieves, and wanted to explore the technical aspects of what it would be like to be a super thief (as opposed to a bum who breaks into houses and steals TV sets for drugs or whatever). It will be released exclusively for the Kindle. I hope to get it out this weekend, but if not then early next week, at the latest.
Hi, I got Kick on nook free friday a couple weeks ago, and now I have just finished Hopper House after reading Fool’s Ride a couple days ago. The concept is intriguing and the books are hard to put down. I hope we can expect more of them!
Hey man, glad you liked the books! I hope to write more of them, but right now I’m working on a separate project. I will say that comments like this, and the emails I occasionally get, are a big reason I’ve written 3 books in the series (and not just 1 or 2) 🙂
Thanks again, man!
I can’t express how lucky I feel to have stumbled onto the Jenkins books….all 3 of them, and then Thief’s Odyssey. I feel just like I did when I found Robert Parker at the beginning of his amazing career. So many hours of pure reading bliss…and sadness when I was finished with each book…then anticipation for the next ride. Please keep doing what you’re doing. You’re too good not to explode onto the Best Sellers scene. And don’t ever forget you have fans out here waiting for the next ride.
Wow, what a nice note. Thank you very much! Means a lot. I love Robert B. Parker, have read all his Spenser books 🙂 Again, thank you.
I came across your name when searching for a narrator for Time Management, a novel. I liked Steve Phelan’s reading of Kick. I’m a fellow indie author and would like to pick your brain about how, or if, you do much marketing and, if so, how you go about it. I released the book one month ago. It’s had 15 really very positive reviews, but sales have been very slow.
Heya Scott. Best of luck getting a narrator. For me, the path to a good launch began 3 years ago and didn’t actually happen until about 2 weeks ago. I highly recommend you read 2 books:
1) write to market
2) launch to market (both by Chris Fox)
I essentially followed that plan. The path to a good launch, paraphrased, starts with the selection of genre, story, etc. There are some other things, like doing Amazon advertising (which I did, by “keyword” through their tools available in KDP Select) and Facebook ads (Mark Dawson is a great resource).
Check out all those podcasts I have in my podcasts tab. I also listen to all of those for tips on how to succeed. It’s how I found out about Chris Fox.
Cheers, and best of luck 🙂
Hello! I just purchase your “Kick” novel from Audible, and absolutely LOVED it + the narrator was EXCELLENT! Any chance that you will be releasing the next two books in audio format (fingers crossed)? Please? I have recently been mostly purchasing books in audio format – due to failing eye sight – and It’s been fantastic to be able to read (well, listen to) my favorite genres (sci-fi and urban fantasies) in audio. I realize that audiobooks are probably very costly for a writer to put out, but I really loved your book and just hoping that the next two can be in audio as well (plus any other books you have available on Amazon). Thank you very much for allowing to post.
Additional audiobooks are planned, but not currently in production. You’re right — they are a bit costly, haha. Especially for an indie author. I do want to use Steve Phelan again, because I agree, he is awesome. And he’s agreed to do the work. It’s all about timing, really. Ol’ Steve’s a Hollywood actor and he’s always doing auditions and films and stuff. Which is pretty cool.
If you subscribe to my newsletter (if you haven’t already), you’ll definitely get notice if there are any new audiobooks in the Jenkins series. You’ll also get other notices, so you’ll have to up with that (my new books, for example).
There is one bright spot: my audiobook for “Hell’s Children” will be coming out somewhere around September/October 2016. Totally different than “Kick,” but if you like that sort of stuff (post-apocalyptic fiction) then awesome.
Thanks for reaching out!
Thank you so much for your reply! Looking forward to “Hell’s Children” and again, thank you!
My pleasure 🙂
Hello – just heard your interview on Rocking Self-Publishing – so flipping good! It was awesome of you to share your strategies (actually in depth) and to even share some of the numbers you are seeing (which is motivating for newer authors like myself). After about 8 months of self-publishing (plus working full time and finishing a masters) I just had my first month of $100+ dollars. It’s a farcry from where I want to be, but its a step in the right direction.
I’m going to listen to some of the other interviews you have posted. Thanks again for sharing some great info. Have a great day!
David — congrats on your $100+ month. That’s a big deal and worthy of pride 🙂 Thank you for listening and glad you liked the show. Keep on keepin’ on.
“Kick” is highlighted today on eBookDaily.com:
That rocks — thanks 🙂
I enjoyed Kick very much on my Nook. I was trying to purchase Fool’s Ride on my Nook as well but could only find it on B&N in paperback and in fact, It doesn’t even show Kick as a Nook option anymore. Do you have any advice?
Jonathan, I’ve had to pull my books from B&N (sadly). Business reasons. I may go back one day. Until that time, please send me a note and I’ll reply back with the .epub files for books 2 and 3, free of charge 🙂
Great interview on the Rocking Self Publishing pod cast. Inspiring and insightful stuff.
Congrats on your success.
Best Tony V.
Thanks a lot, Tony! Glad you liked the show 🙂
I enjoyed the Hell books greatly (finishing the second in two days). I don’t know if you plan to write a third, as I feel it could end quite perfectly over his parent’s graves or continue for decades of Jack’s life. Whatever you decide is rihht for tje story thank you for it.
Hey there, thanks for reaching out. Very glad you liked book 1. Yeah, I actually write my series books in such a way that they can continue or end there, so as not to leave readers hanging in the event of my untimely demise 🙂 Or something. But I do plan on writing another — but no ETA.
I just finished your novels on the Dark Age series, and THAT was worth reading as an “apocalypse survival reading book”, loved it ,thank you
That’s awesome, glad you liked them 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!
Hello I just wanted to ask if this dark age is only going to have 2 books in the series, or are you going to write another I really enjoyed them.
Nick, for now, just two. My hope is once I’m able to go full time as a writer I’ll be able to write more of them. Sadly, in publishing, it’s always the new thing that sells, so writing a 3rd book in a slow-selling series won’t get me out of my cubicle. Same with my other series, “the jenkins cycle.”
Glad you asked, sorry to disappoint.
I wanted to leave a review on Amazon about the Mythian trilogy, but it wont let me. I wanted to give it 5 stars and let other people know to READ it. I loved it. Never a dull moment and full of adventure. I stayed up late for two nights in a row reading it because I couldn’t put it down. Part of me loved the story line and characters and the fact it took me back to all the fantasy sword and sorcerer RPGs I use to play on my PS2 lol.(yeah I’m that old) but also a part of me loved it because I would give just about anything if that was the way I could go into “retirement” some day. Great writing Mr Monk. Thank you for taking me on an adventure 🙂
Vickie, wow, thank you so much for reaching out 🙂 Very happy you liked it so much! Also disturbed that Amazon won’t let you review it … Was there some error? Perhaps you could try reviewing book 1, then 2, then 3 (kinda thing) vs. the “omnibus.” Just spitballing…
FYI, there is a sequel on the way soon, no date set yet, but this year. Not from Ethan’s perspective, but from that of a necromancer named “Howard.”
Heya, I just saw your review come in – very nice of you! Looks like they just take a while 🙂
I never write to strangers. Never! (Ok, if I’m being completely honest, I tried to write a letter to Atreyu from the Neverending Story when I was 9, but didn’t get very far. So I’m not counting that one.) I’ve read and re-read Hell’s Children & Hell’s Encore about 8 times. As I’m nearing the end of Hell’s Encore again (Greg just got picked up by the boat kids), I’m compelled to beg you to please for the live of God, write another installment to the series. In all fairness, I feel like my request is justified for the simple fact that the subtitle of Hell’s Encore implies there should be more than just two books. The story is great! It’s funny and compelling and heart wrenching. The character arch’s still have lots of run way. Once I hit post, you’re officially ranking higher than Atreyu in my book. If that means anything to you, please throw me a bone. If not for me, do it for Artex (stupid horse)…
I am beyond flattered that anyone would read my books, let alone 8 times. Here are stories I’ve consumed 8 times:
Master & Commander (movie, but about 1.5 times on the books, of which there are 20)
What We Do In The Shadows (TV show).
The Godfather 1&2.
My biggest problem with writing a book 3 is the utter failure of book 2 to sell enough copies to justify the investment in time. Right now, there are something like a thousand books published a day. Readers forget you very quickly, and I don’t write fast enough for them to stick around for books in a series. I even tried writing 3 in a row and releasing, and that did ok, but it still took a. year to write another book in the universe.
My plan: when I retire, which might be in a few years, I hope to revisit for a 3rd book (at least), just for myself and a few folks like you who enjoyed the other 2. There’s also another plan: I’m trying to get into screenwriting, and I think Hell’s Children would make a great movie, or possibly a TV show.
Big thanks for reaching out!
Mr. Monk, thank you for your response! I completely understand the shackles of remuneration that constrain artist. (I say this as an art major that now manages a call center for a large corporation). I love the idea of a tv series. There is an endemic infantilization of men that permeates our culture and Jack’s fast-track childhood and his relationship with the other children he encounters is thematic of something that I think a lot of people could relate to in a more accessible form of media. (I hear netflix will make anything! Haha) There’s a lot of noise in this particular genre and too your point people are crapping out 160 page “grid down good guy porn” every minute (sadly I’ve read a lot of it). Your work stands apart from this thrush, head and shoulders. I wish you the very best of luck. I have truly enjoyed knowing the characters you’ve created and treasure the time I’ve spent escaping into they world they live in.
Dude, I’m going to print out your comment and put it on my wall (in theory — my wife won’t put up with it, haha). But yes, you nailed it. Men in movies are emasculated fools, and women are stronger, smarter, wittier, better, etc. etc.. And yes, I know “Lisa” in my story is pretty damned smart and strong. She’s also a bit unhinged, and she’s staring at a clock ticking down on how physically strong she is. To be honest, I fear for her soul. 🙂 But she’s fun to write.
My name is Brad. My girl and I loved the audiobook kick. Was wondering when the second and third book of the series is going to come out on audible?
Glad you liked it! I’m actually trying to do a deal where I can have all 3 books done by a single author. No ETA though. Thanks for reaching out.
Just blazed through the Ethan Chronicles and Underpowered Howard, which I’ve obviously enjoyed. Will there be a sequel to UH?
Heya David. Super happy you enjoyed the books. Honestly, right now, I’m not sure about continuing with more books or leaving it as it is. I always try to write my books as if they could be the last book, or in the case of UH, a standalone. The reason being I hate the idea of leaving people hanging. Hope you didn’t feel as if you were hanging at the end of UH.
Right now I’m working on some other projects, not litrpg. If in a few months or a year I find Mythian calling me back, that’s when I’ll return to it. I think it’s a better experience for readers if they’re getting something the author was itching to write vs. something churned out, as it were.
Hope that helps — and a big thanks for reading. Means a lot 🙂
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