I’m so excited to announce that Icarus reached a milestone over this past weekend: 1,000 downloads! I can’t thank you enough for your time and support. It means more to me than you could possibly imagine.
Miller Brinkman’s story began back in 2010. I woke from a bizarre dream in the middle of the night, and I knew I had to get it down on paper before it faded away forever. I’d never written a book before, and had no idea how to even go about it, but I worked on it little by little every night for several months until the story was complete.
However, it took another six long years of edits and rewrites to shape the manuscript into something I could be proud of, and in January of 2017, Icarus was finally done. I hoped that Miller would find an audience, but I had realistic expectations.
As an independent author, I’m well-aware of the challenges that come with self-publishing, but I put my blood, sweat, and tears into it, and would’ve been happy even if only ten people ever read it. In passing the thousand-download milestone, Icarus has exceeded my wildest expectations, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has taken a chance on it. Sincerely, thank you.
So, what’s next? Hmm… you know, two thousand downloads has a real nice ring to it. 🙂
Round up the roadies and notify catering, because Icarus is going on tour! Well, it’s a virtual tour you’ll be able to follow from the comfort of your own home, but don’t let that stop you from partying like a rock star with your bowl of green-only M&Ms.
Icarus will be making six stops on this tour, and I’ll be there for each one, lurking in the comments to chat with you. Want to learn more about the Noble universe? Want to ask me about my creative process? Want to yell at me for the death of a particular character? No question is off limits!
The tour begins Monday, May 29, 2017 and will continue through June. Here’s a complete schedule:
My sincerest thanks to all the lovely bloggers who’ll be hosting Icarus during this tour. I’d also like to thank Goddess Fish Promotions for setting it up. I hope you’ll all stop by to say hello during the tour, and I very much look forward to talking to you!
In honor of The Invisible War‘s release this weekend, I’ve prepared a short reading from the book. This excerpt is from an early chapter, and puts you right into the action!
Miller Brinkman and a pair of officers interrupt a murder in progress and chase the suspect into what they believe to be a dead end. They soon discover that this heinous killer has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Since the story of Icarus takes place in the 1940s, somehow making a big fancy trailer didn’t seem appropriate. Instead, I’ve put together this little radio spot to capture the essence of the era. I hope you enjoy it!
After two weeks on the market, I couldn’t be more thrilled about the reception Icarus is receiving. The book currently has a five-star average rating on Amazon, and many readers have taken the time to write me and share even more detailed thoughts. I love it!
Based on the feedback I’ve received, Miller Brinkman seems to have resonated with readers. His character has drawn multiple comparisons to Indiana Jones, which is flattering. Readers have also expressed their satisfaction with “the twist.” I can’t say anything more about it without spoiling the surprise, but needless to say, Icarus doesn’t finish the way you think it’s going to. 🙂
But, hey! Writing is all about showing versus telling, so here’s just a few of the comments readers have left about Icarus:
Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you haven’t read Icarus yet, check it out!
The wait is over: Icarus is out now and available in both Kindle and paperback format. I couldn’t be more excited to share this story with you!
Icarus is a mystery with a sci-fi twist. I tend to think of it as Dick Tracy meets the X-Files. It’s a mixture of 1940s noir, coupled with the paranoia that swept the nation in the 1960s. A reader once said, “Imagine a Sam Spade novel as written by Phillip K. Dick,” and I couldn’t ask for a greater compliment than that.
I came up with the idea for Icarus a little over six years ago, and it’s been a long journey full of false starts and detours to reach this point. After many rounds of revision to get it right, I’m so proud of the final result, and I hope that you will enjoy it.
In celebration of today’s launch, please enjoy the first two chapters below with my thanks.
When a mysterious message prompts Delta to leave the crew unexpectedly, Max, Kort and K1RB pursue her to a mining colony on Quaris – a distant planet with a seedy reputation. To find Delta, the team must traverse a harsh, unforgiving environment; face certain death at the hands of murderous mercenaries; and uncover the powerful secrets hidden beneath the planet’s frozen crust . . .
It’s official: Icarus is coming to Kindle and paperback on January 27th, 2017!
It’s the winter of 1947 in Ashley Falls, West Virginia, and a teenage girl has gone missing. Local private detective Miller Brinkman takes the case, quickly uncovering a string of bizarre clues. A hidden diary, cryptic riddles, and buried secrets all pique Miller’s interest, but one key detail gives him pause: the girl’s parents haven’t reported her disappearance to the authorities.
As the case deepens, Miller’s investigation begins to poke holes in the idyllic picture of his beloved hometown. No longer certain whether anyone in his community can be trusted, Miller dives headfirst into a desperate search for the truth that extends far beyond the borders of Ashley Falls. He soon discovers that his missing persons case is not an isolated incident, but part of an otherworldly mystery—one that, if confronted, may threaten the very future of humanity.