I know it’s been a while since I’ve been able to check in here. That’s because not long after I started this new blog, an emergency home remodeling project hit my house (and I also got involved in one at my partner’s new house, where I spend a lot of time). I went from subterranean termite treatment to tenting for dry-wood termites, to having my kitchen gutted to repair a broken drain and pipe. I am now in the process of building an entirely new kitchen from flooring to cabinets and countertops. These home projects—plus a few book projects that I’ve had to keep under wraps—swallowed me up for the past few months, and made it impossible to spend any time writing new blog posts.
Although I’m still not done painting bedrooms or meeting with contractors, I’m back, and am excited to finally be able to tell you about one of these book projects.
I am thrilled to be working with WildBlue Press again, this time to release a newly revised and updated version of one of my most popular books, DEAD RECKONING. This book tells the story behind the case of the murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who were tied to the anchor of their yacht and thrown overboard—alive—by the transgender killer, Skylar Deleon.
The Kindle ebook is now available for pre-order here, and will be delivered to you on August 27.
I have written several blog posts about the new update for WBP, which I won’t duplicate here, but if you want to know more about the story and the book, here is a link to the first blog on the WBP site, which also features some book excerpts. As the pub date gets closer, WBP will put up the other blog posts, to which I will link here once they are available.
The original edition of DEAD RECKONING was originally released in 2011, and was re-issued with a short update—about half as long as I’d hoped—in 2016. Then, sadly, it went out of print.
I got my rights back to the ebook and print versions, and took this opportunity to dig back in, bring back entire sections from the last edition, which ended up on the cutting room floor (they were cut for space/cost reasons). I also added a bunch of new info, including a Cast of Primary Characters, which will help readers keep track of the key players.
In addition, I added some new, recent photos, because so much has happened and so much time has passed since the Hawkses were murdered in 2004. Because it costs more to publish a bunch of photos in the actual book, I worked with WildBlue to create a great big online photo gallery with nearly 50 color photos, including new shots that were not in the original edition. The photos in the original book were all black and white, so even if you’ve seen them before this will be a fun new feature. Here is a link to the photo gallery.
If you want to pre-order the book on Amazon before August 27, please go to this page.
You can also buy the book here.
One caveat, if you want an audio version of the book, please note that I didn’t get the rights back for that format, so you will be getting the 2016 updated version of the book.
I'm also really excited to have such close collaboration with WBP for a new cover that communicates Skylar's motive for killing the Hawkses: money to pay for gender confirmation surgery.