Friday, March 13, 2015

The cover for Fracking Justice is done - time to publish

WATKINS GLEN, New York - Canandaigua artist Amy Colburn finished her magic this week with the cover art (and type mockup) of the cover for Fracking Justice, my second novel which is scheduled to be published by June 1.
Amy Colburn

An earlier, working cover of Lady Justice toting a rifle led to her much more clever idea of using Lady Justice in front of a gas explosion - and with fireworks off to the side.

If you look at the image of Lady Justice carefully, you can see the slightest hint of a smile.

Now that the cover is in the hands of Mill City Press, the worker bees there will be pressing ahead with the layout of the inside pages and the balance of the book jacket. Adm. Sylvia Fox and I are scrambling to get the endorsements for the back cover.

In the meantime, an audiobook version of The Fracking War is being recorded at musician Scott Adam's studio in Hector, NY. And as soon as that gets wrapped up, I will be reading Fracking Justice into the microphone so that it can be released as an audio book at the same time as the book and e-book.

At some point this summer, I'll start on book three of this series of novels, Fracking Evil. And there's plenty of good - or should I say evil - material to work with.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"The Fracking War' to make an appearance on ABC-TV program called 'Boom'

WATKINS GLEN, New York - The Fracking War will be on the set - and in the hands of a female character - in an early scene of the ABC-TV pilot of a new series called "Boom," an examination of the North Dakota Bakken oil fields.

I've seen the script and signed the rights for the book to be used.

The young woman (described as stunning in the script) is supposed to be wearing a T-shirt that says "No Fracking Way."

I am not fracking kidding.
Don Johnson

The pilot stars Don Johnson and Delroy Lindo and looks at the struggles going on in Bakken oilfield towns with all the things that have been making news for the last few years.

So, how did The Fracking War end up in the pilot?

Luck and a great connection.
Delroy Lindo

Last winter in Mexico I had breakfast with a fellow who has been reading my various blogs (including this one). When not traveling south of the border, he works as a prop guy in Hollywood. When plans to use The Monkey Wrench gang as a prop in the pilot for Boom fell apart, he remembered The Fracking War and offered it up to the script writers as an alternative.

They bit!  And in a small way, The Fracking War has now gone Hollywood.


Maybe Johnson or Lindo will pick up the book on the set, get interested, and want to do a film or series based on it.

Where do I sign the release for that?