Alternate Covers – A Brand-Defining Process

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Last May when I visited my publisher, Bethany House, in Minnesota, I had the incredible pleasure/delight of seeing the preliminary covers designed by Kirk DouPonce of DogEared Design. they had considered for Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1). Interesting to me was the fact that these covers were almost *exactly* what I’d asked for and hoped for with this  new series. What’s even more interesting is that I’d already seen/released the cover for Conspiracy, so as my mind worked past the question, “Why didn’t they use these?” – I realized a few things: MERIT – Each cover I saw (posted below) was great, amazing even. One or two I’m a bit envious of admittedly. They all would’ve worked and been a …

Tox Gear!! Get yours now!

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Hooah!! Check it out, y’all! Rapid-Fire Fiction has teamed up with the ultra-talented Emilie Hendryx of E.A. Creative. Not only is she a fantastic photographer, but she is a brilliant designer. I threw some ideas at her, and she created this simply perfect logo for The Tox Files. But then, we took it a step further–Emilie has a Society 6 Shop where you can pick up some Tox Files gear!! I’m super excited about these, and I’m sure you’ll be as pleased with your purchase as I have been!! Below are some of the items you can get. Emilie set up a Ronie Kendig – Tox Files Collection that will provide the different designs of the logo. Select one, then …

Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence – He’s InTOXicating!!

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It’s true – the professional reviews are coming in, and Tox is scoring big!!   Booklist Online said Conspiracy of Silence is a “. . .fast-moving, roller-coaster thriller. . .”   RT Book Reviews named Conspiracy of Silence a Top Pick! with 4.5 stars!   Kendig’s first book in her Tox Files takes readers on an explosive, action-packed global journey to stop a terrorist from releasing a deadly toxin with biblical origins. Kendig has pulled out all the stops in this highly entertaining read that has plot elements of a Tom Clancy or Dan Brown novel. This is a thrill ride with a story that barely stops to catch its breath before the action revs back up again. The hero, Tox, …

The Warrior’s Seal Releases!

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This day has been a very long time coming!! Eighteen months ago, I signed my first contract with Bethany House Publishers (a division of Baker Publishing Group), and TODAY launches The Tox Files with a digital-only prequel novella, The Warrior’s Seal. This 33k-word introduction to Tox and his team is just enough to satisfy as a solid story, but also a little too little in order to whet your appetite for the upcoming Conspiracy of Silence (December 6, 2016). GET YOUR COPY NOW!!! 

Dead Reckoning is BACK!

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HOOAH!! It’s been a long journey, but I’m DELIGHTED to announce that DEAD RECKONING is, once again, for sale! BUY NOW!!!  Two years ago, the rights officially reverted to me from the previous publisher. Last year, I contacted the inimitable Kirk DouPonce of DogEared Design  to create a new cover for my debut title, and he truly outside himself!! I begged–asked Kirk to do this cover because he has done my last six covers and has really helped to refine/define my Rapid-Fire Fiction brand. Though the covers to my fantasy novels, Embers & Accelerant, are not on his site, he was the designer–as well for the Quiet Pros series and The Tox Files. Head over and check out his crazy-genius skills. …

Accelerant Cover Reveal + Pre-Order Special

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I’m sooooo excited to share with you the cover for Accelerant!!! HERE IT IS!!       BACK-COVER COPY: He’ll destroy the world. But first he has to save it. The Nine Kingdoms bleed. Leaderless, ravaged, the land awaits deliverance from Poired Dyrth’s devastating campaign. But what if one blight can only be cleansed by another? The promised Fierian is known by many names. Judge. Destroyer. Scourge. And now one other: Haegan, Prince of Seultrie. Once a cripple, now a gifted Accelerant, Haegan can no longer run from the truth. But neither can he be reconciled to it. He knows only one thing for certain: as the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, he must return to the Nine …

Influencer Call!

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Well, Rapid-Fire Readers – You might remember that Operation Zulu: Redemption came out in digital format two years ago, and y’all told me you LOVED it!! And then we were all discouraged because there wasn’t going to be a print edition. BUT THEN!!! Then in January, I got the email that Zulu was finally going to print!!! What I didn’t expect was to get author copies for influencers. SO! That’s awesome for you!! Curiouser & Curiouser? Here’s the blurb for OZ:R – They never should’ve existed. Now they don’t.     Zulu, the first all-female special ops team, was set up to take a devastating fall. Fearing for their lives, Zulu members vanished with new identities. Isolated and haunted by their past, …

Printing Process – Trip to Bethany

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On May 17th, I had the extreme pleasure and honor of visiting my new publishing home, Bethany House Publishers, in Minneapolis. Putting faces to names and voices proved invaluable and wonderful. I knew from my experiences with BHP that there were a solid team, but after sales, marketing, and editorial meetings over the course of two days, I came away more convinced than ever that I made the right move. In fact, I wrote my agent, Steve Laube, while standing in the BHP foyer: “I love love love my Bethany family!” Bethany Press International, independently owned and just around the corner from BHP, is where the book printing is done–but not only for Bethany/Baker Publishing. Many of the publishers use BPI, …

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #30

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  Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 33 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes! The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. The hunt is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer) It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants. PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards and many authors are offering additional prizes! There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND. So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that …