Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cozy up with a book blog hop giveaway.

Welcome to everyone making the rounds. I'll be giving away two signed copies of Slow Boat to Purgatory to the winners. Just follow the blog and leave a comment with your e-mail. Winners will be chosen by random.

Be sure and scroll down from this post and tell me what you think of the concept cover for The Arimathean, the followup to Slow Boat to Purgatory.

Thanks and good luck!


Here it is. The first concept cover for The Arimathean.

Please feel free to comment. Font will be changing to match that of Slow Boat.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Maurice Franklin, Wood Turner

A wonderfully written piece about a singular human being...

"Make no mistake, Maurice is a virtuoso. When rooms at Windsor Castle burnt out a few years ago, the Queen asked Maurice to make a new set of spindles for her staircase and invited him to tea to thank him for it too. “Did you grow up in the East End?” she enquired politely, and when Maurice nodded in modest confirmation of this, she extended her sympathy to him. “That must have been hard?” she responded with a empathetic smile, although with characteristic frankness Maurice disagreed. “I had a loving family,” he told her plainly, “That’s all you need for a happy childhood, you don’t need palaces for that.”"

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The Wood Turner

H/T American Digest

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Meet the Author thread on Amazon...

I have posted a link below to a thread I started on Amazon. It is a place where readers can come to ask questions, make comments and get updates. There have been some fun questions and comments already. Come on over and join the fun!

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Meet Author Vernon Baker

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Beyond cool...James Bond car show in the U.K.!

I've posted the link below to a cool story about a car show in the U.K. featuring the cars from the James Bond films. As a kid the James Bond films were my introduction to the espionage/spy genre and while my current literary focus is of a slightly different bent I have never purged my system of the love of these movies.

There are some great shots of Bond's DB7. A similar car, black on black, makes an appearance in "The Arimathean".

Now, how many books do I have to sell to get my own DB7?

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James Bond Car Show

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gustatus Similis Pullus: Mystique of the Templar

Many thanks to my friend and fellow writer Paige Pendleton who interviewed me on her blog. It's always fun to talk about the Knights Templar!

Gustatus Similis Pullus: Mystique of the Templar:             What is the fascination with an order of knights long dead?  I first saw the co-option of the name Knights Templar last Aug...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

7400+ Free Copies of Slow Boat To Puragatory!

Well, the final tally appears to be almost 7500 free copies of Slow Boat To Purgatory "sold" during the three days that it was on promotion. This included over 420 copies in the U.K. and 16 in Germany which were my first "sales" in Germany. It also seems to have brought in a significant number of regular sales so far.

I am very excited about all the new readers and hope to hear from many of them as they read the book.

Work on the followup to Slow Boat is moving forward with some really nice progress this past week. Of course, Gaspar, Alex and Dominicus will be back and they'll be doing battle with some new enemies both human and non-human. There will also be a couple of new characters who will figure prominently in the story.

I'll be posting some preliminary cover designs soon and look forward to everyone's feedback on those.

Thanks again to everyone who helped during the promotion and to all the new readers welcome aboard The Slow Boat!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

6000 FREE copies of Slow Boat in the last 48 hrs!

Over 6000 copies of Slow Boat To Purgatory have been downloaded for free on, U.K., Germany and Spain, in the last 24 hours. Thank you to everyone who has spread the word and welcome to all the new readers.

It is my hope that you find the book satisfying, fun and interesting. As always please contact me at or here at the blog. I thorughly enjoy hearing from readers with comments and critiques. The book will be free a little longer so there is still time to climb aboard The Slow Boat!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Slow Boat to Purgatory is FREEE!!!!!

Slow Boat to Purgatory is now part of's lending program for prime members. AND...To celebrate the New Year, Slow Boat to Purgatory is free for a limited time for everyone starting January fourth! Spread the word to your friends!