Saturday, August 30, 2014

What To Do With A Long Weekend

It’s Labor Day weekend.

The excitement mounts, the blood starts rampaging through your veins, and, suddenly…

It’s over.

You’re left wondering, “Where the heck did the time go?”

A friend of mine said that his work was sheer hell, and weekends were sheer hell of boredom.  Now, I know for a fact that he’s got a couple of novels in the works, so I answered his Facebook post with this:  “You’re already sitting at your computer…write something!”

That’s my suggestion to all of you.  Don’t waste your time this long weekend with boring television or vapid Internet surfing!

If you aren’t inclined to write, then pick up a book and read.  It’s as simple as that!  A book can take you to faraway places, or right around the corner.  It can introduce you to people with good character…and people that are absolutely evil!  It can make your heart race with excitement, or make it melt with a heartwarming kiss.  It can teach you how to do something, or tell you about something that happened in the past.

So, pick up a book.  It doesn’t have to be a space-sucking paper edition, either…an eBook can do those things, too.

Speaking of eBooks, I’ve mentioned that I still have three stories that are Amazon-exclusive, simply because I forgot to “uncheck” the box that made them that way.  So, as a result, I have one novel in a Kindle Countdown Deal right now.  Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – A Justice Security Novel is on sale right now for 99 cents, through Monday.  Beginning Monday, it will still be on sale, but for $1.99.  Next Friday, it goes back up to its regular $2.99 price.

Also, beginning Monday morning, September 1st, The Best Of Justice Security Volume 1:  A Three-In-One Omnibus has its own Kindle Countdown Deal.  It begins at $2.99, remains that way for three and a half days, then is still on sale for $3.99.  The following Monday, it returns to its regular $4.99 price.  So, with that, you’ll be able to get all three Justice Security novels for the price of one!  Good deal, right?

Check ‘em out, and…

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Michael (T. M. Bilderback) Petition

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Got Some New Stuff!

My excitement is growing by leaps and bounds!

I have two new things to talk about today!

First up, the new Audiobook!  Don’t Come Around Here No More – A Tale Of Sardis County is now live, and available for your listening pleasure!

It’s the first story in my series Tales Of Sardis County.  It’s a fun romp that introduces Sardis County, a place where the magic is real.  The basic plot of this story is:  three high school seniors, attempting to complete their social studies project, discover an open doorway to Hell in an old man’s basement.

Don’t Come Around Here No More is narrated by Patrick Peterson.  Patrick has narrated several of my stories, including the short story, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.  He’s done a tremendous job on this one, and I think you’ll enjoy listening to it!  It’s available now at and, soon to be at Apple’s iTunes.  Click here for the link to Amazon.

The second big piece of news would have happened Sunday, but Amazon has had some glitches in its KDP system, which caused a delay in the U.S. release until late yesterday.

Junior’s Farm – A Tale Of Sardis County, my new novel, is now available at Amazon for your Kindle reading.  It’s also available at Barnes & Noble, Apple’s iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, DriveThruFiction, and Smashwords.  This was a fun novel to write!  It’s the second story in the Tales Of Sardis County series, and features some new characters.  It’s more of a romance this time, with magic thrown in…and some threats to the romance from some members of the Giambini crime family!  The last time the Giambinis appeared was in the Justice Security novel, Jackie Blue.  The front page of my website has links to all of the places that offer this novel, but if you want the Kindle version from Amazon, just click here.

There you have it – two pieces of exciting news from the T. M. Bilderback universe!  I hope you enjoy the stories as you…

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

When You're Hot, You're Hot

Country singer Jerry Reed had a huge hit in 1970 titled, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.”

That’s how I’m feeling right now.

It’s ridiculous to feel that way, but I’ve finished two novels in the course of about a week.  One took a month and a half, and the other had been close to being done when I put it on hold to write the month-and-a-half one.

What a feeling of accomplishment that is to me!

The novel that I just finished, Junior’s Farm – A Tale Of Sardis County, is coming out this week, and the print edition is already available at Amazon right now.  The eBook is ready to go anytime, as soon as I receive the cover that I commissioned.

The other novel is still “in the works”, even though I’ve finished writing.  It’s the new Justice Security novel, and it’s a whopper!  I’m hoping that news about it comes soon!  Right now, all I will say is that it’s a novel of around 42,000 words, and the bad guy is Esteban Fernandez.  You die-hard fans won’t be disappointed!

In the meantime, I’ll be working on some other projects.  I don’t have all of my projects listed on the front page of my website, so don’t be surprised if the numbers on the progress meters don’t change every day.  It only means that I’ve spent some time writing on another project.

Patrick Peterson has completed the recording of the Audiobook version of Don’t Come Around Here No More – A Tale Of Sardis County.  It should be available sometime in the next week or two.  I can’t wait for you to hear it – it’s a blast!

So, yeah, I’m feeling pretty hot right now.  I know that there are other authors that write faster than I write, and that’s okay.  But, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished this year, and proud of what I’ve given you, the reader.

Know why?

I’m an entertainer.  That’s what you pay me to do.

So, please…

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Michael (T. M. Bilderback) Petition

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ya Gotta Keep At It!

Do you remember when I would encourage you to write something every day?

I still encourage that, and I’m a firm believer in it.

Do you know why?

Practice makes perfect.  The more you write, the better you get, and the faster you get.

My previous novels were being completed approximately one every thirteen to fifteen months.  This year, I will have completed two.  Minimum.  And it’s quite possible that a third one could be done, but I may be too hopeful in that respect.  But, at least one more short story could be done by the end of the year.

Hey, who am I kidding?  If the story flows properly, that third novel could make it this year, because there are still four months left!

So, now you know why I encourage you to make time for writing.

Write something, even if it’s only a sentence, or a paragraph.  It doesn’t take much.  Before you know it, you’re lost in the story, your fingers are flying across the keyboard, and what you’ve written is growing at an alarming rate.

Junior’s Farm – A Tale Of Sardis County is almost done.  I should have the writing finished within the next couple of days, and, then, it belongs to you, the reader.  I’ll give you a clue:  this story is more romance than magic or action.  I hope that you, as a reader, enjoy it.

And to my followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, et al:  Sorry.  I don’t take a lot of time on those forums, because I am trying to write faster.  Don’t feel ignored, and don’t take it personally.  I’m just busy.

And I like it.

It give you the chance to…

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For The Readers

Over the past year, I have completed seven short stories, one novella (or novelette, if you prefer), and one novel.  I’ve published a three-novel compilation of the Justice Security novels, and a collection of the short stories.  I’m almost done with another novel, and if you’ll look at the New Story Progress Meters on the front page of my website, you’ll see that I have one short story, and three more novels in the works.

I’ve been writing like a mad fool, and have accomplished a lot more in the last year than I ever imagined that I could.  And, the more I write, the faster it goes.

The reason that I’ve tallied these up isn’t to brag.

It’s because of my die-hard fans, especially the fans of Justice Security.

I get requests for new Justice Security stories, and questions about when a new one will be coming out, all the time!  And I’m so grateful that the group of characters in these stories are gathering steam and becoming popular.

Reading the reviews of the first full Justice Security novel, Mama Told Me Not To Come, people either loved that one or hated it.  There was very little in-between.

Then came the first short story, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, with its theme of sacrifice and love, and the second full novel, Jackie Blue, that hinted at the depth of Joey’s feelings for doing the right thing, and the reviews changed.  They became four-and-five-star reviews.  People began responding to these characters.

And, while a lot of the storylines are over-the-top, as the series progresses, the characters are gradually showing their true colors.  We’re gradually seeing what they’re really made of, and how much they care for other people, and how much they care for each other.

And the action, hopefully, is unexpected when it happens in these stories.  They may seem over-the-top, but I try to base every explosion, every shootout, and every death in a way that makes it seem that it could happen…and, often, does happen.  Maybe the deaths I write about don’t happen so much in the U.S.A., but in other parts of the world, where human life is cheap and disposable.  I just place them in the U.S.A., in Justice Security’s unnamed Southern city, to give you an example of what ordinary people can do when they have to.

So, to the fans of Justice Security, thank you.  Those stories, and the ones to come, are for you, and I hope that they bring pleasure to you for years to come.

And I’m writing as fast as I can, just so you can…

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Michael (T. M. Bilderback) Petition