What Am I Working On, and What Am I Reading?

It “feels” like I’m working on two things at once, which is often the case when you finish a book and get ready for its launch. In this case, my book, Fan Mail, is done and in preorder status. It actually launches March 30th in paperback with the ebook launching shortly thereafter.

If you wanted to get Fan Mail now, there are two ways to do so. It is currently available on NetGalley, a site for bloggers, reviewers, and librarians. NetGalley is an innovative, easy-to-use website that provides digital galleys free of charge to professional readers. Publishers upload the title, plus any marketing and promotional information, and invite contacts to view the title on NetGalley. Readers can also find new titles through NetGalley’s catalog, and request to review those titles from the publisher. Galleys can be read online, downloaded to a computer, and read on a Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or another device. Readers also have access to the Press Kit, where publishers offer their marketing materials, book trailers, tour schedules, author bios, and Q&As, cover art and photos, and more. The site is being used by reviewers, media professionals, booksellers, librarians, and educators; by international publishers and agents looking to purchase rights, and by our sales reps when promoting your title to retail accounts.

If you like to read, NetGalley is a good site to be familiar with. You can find it at:


Once you are on the title page, you can press DOWNLOAD or SEND TO KINDLE. This early preview edition is protected so it can only be read by you, and will expire. Contact support@netgalley.com if you need help.

The second way to get a copy of Fan Mail is by preordering it through my publisher, Black Rose Writing. Purchase Fan Mail prior to the publication date of March 30, 2023, and use the promo code: PREORDER2023 to receive a 15% Discount!

If you’d like to view the book trailer of Fan Mail, you can see it here: YouTube: https://youtu.be/MS5VjTzCvM4 Literary Titan: https://wp.me/p3cyvH-dj5

I have also lined up two Blog Tours for Fan Mail. One begins March 30, and the other begins in mid-May. These are conducted by professional bloggers who read and review the book, and then post it on Goodreads, Amazon, and B & N. I will also post their reviews on Facebook and Instagram for my followers.

Now, as to what I’m working on …

I am over 30,000 words, about 105 pages, on a first draft of a book tentatively titled, At Any Cost. It is a thriller-crime novel featuring my detective trio of Pat O’Connor, Jamie Graff, and Paul Eiselmann, along with a few of the adopted boys in the Evans family, George, Two, Brian, and Brett. It is actually a follow-up, a sequel of sorts to my book, Caught in a Web, about MS-13, gangs, and revenge. At Any Cost returns the reader to a pure thriller-crime genre, with much less of any other storyline.

The tagline I’m playing with is: The secret was to protect them from death and revenge, and the secret lasted almost two years. But someone told the secret, and two of the four are dead. Will George and Two be next?

I hope to have it completed by late spring, early summer, then off to the publisher or agent. So far, so good, and I’m pleased with what is happening with this story, and I think readers will be pleased, too.

What am I reading?

I discovered an Indie author, Mark Dawson, who hails from England. A terrific writer. His character, John Milton, is reminiscent of Jason Bourne or McCall of the Equalizer TV show, but more “human” and more flawed. I flew through the first four books of the series, and now I’m in book 5, The Sword of God.

It is a tremendous series that keeps you guessing. Many unforeseen twists and turns that keep the pages turning. If you like action-adventure-thriller, this might be one to check out.

I have never read two works of fiction at the same time, and this is the first time I’m reading both a work of fiction and a work on nonfiction. While I am reading Dawson’s book 5, I am also reading James Patterson by James Patterson. I enjoy his folksy way of storytelling. The chapters are short and to the point, much like his works of fiction (Alex Cross or Michael Bennett series), each chapter captures a moment in Patterson’s life.

I’ve learned much from him through his work of fiction, but with this autobiography, it is nice to get to know the man behind the fiction.

Balancing promotion of my book Fan Mail with writing my newest At Any Cost, while reading two books can be challenging. But I like the challenge. When I feel I need to promote Fan Mail, (or any of my other books) I will. I always write each day for at least an hour or more, but it is necessary to take the time to read. As Stephen King is fond of saying, (paraphrasing), “If you don’t read, you won’t have the tools to write.” That quote I take to heart, and I believe it has helped my storytelling.

Thanks for following along. I’d like to hear what you think. For your convenience, I’ve put the links to my social media below, along with links to my books I’ve mentioned above. So until next time …

Social Media Contact:

Author Website at https://www.jrlewisauthor.blog

Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author

Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI /

Blog at: https://www.simplethoughtsfromacomplicatedmindsortof.com  

Fan Mail

A barrage of threatening letters, a car bomb, and a heart attack rip apart what was once a close-knit family of adopted brothers. Randy and Bobby, along with fellow band member and best friend, Danny, receive fan mail that turns menacing. They ignore it, but to their detriment. The sender turns up the heat. Violence upends their world. It rocks the relationship between the boys and ripples through their family, nearly killing their dad.

As these boys turn on each other, adopted brother Brian flashes back to that event in Arizona where he nearly lost his life saving his brothers. The scars on his face and arms healed, but not his heart.

Would he once again have to put himself in harm’s way to save them? And if faced with that choice, will he?

Amazon Link: amzn.to/3eNgSdS Black Rose Writing Link: https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/fanmail

Caught in a Web: A PenCraft Literary Award Winner! Named “One of the Best Thrillers of 2018!” by BestThrillers.com 

Caught in a Web is also available in Audio Book, Kindle and Paperback! http://bit.ly/2WO3kka

They found the bodies of high school and middle school kids dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. A violent gang, MS-13, controls the drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors. They send Ricardo Fuentes to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay. Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKF7696

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