Two Giveaways You Don’t Want to Miss!

DS front coverIf you are an avid reader, chances are you’re already a member of Goodreads. With the release date for Deadly Savage fast approaching (April 26), we are running a giveaway for a signed copy. Follow the link below to enter.

Pro-Russian militia have captured the heart of Minsk in a bold and swift strike, holding a number of civilians as pawns in a plot to break NATO. Unfortunately for the militia and their Russian backers, Peter Savage is among the hostages.

“Cracking action, brisk pace, timely topic…” Kirkus Reviews

“With inventor ingenuity, Savage must seek and destroy a bio-warfare device before it unleashes an airborne death capable of pulling the US into a nuclear conflict. Deadly Savage will leave you breathless, and worried, because it just might happen.” Gary Stout, Goodreads Reviewer and author of Serial Samaritan and Arrested Innocence

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Deadly Savage by Dave Edlund

Deadly Savage

by Dave Edlund

Giveaway ends May 13, 2016.

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at Goodreads.

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Contest ends on May 13. Or, you can double down and increase your odds of winning by also entering a separate contest hosted by the International Thriller Writers Neverending Giveaway. Best of luck, and may the odds be with you!

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Enter to win a signed copy of Deadly Savage!

Combat King IIIf you enjoy entering books giveaways, but find the odds of winning on Goodreads a bit discouraging, visit the Neverending Giveaway on the International Thriller Writer site. While you’re there, reply enter the contest to receive a signed copy of the action-thriller Deadly Savage, scheduled to release April 26. The winning entry will be selected on May 1.

Deadly Savage is book #3 in the award-winning Peter Savage DS front coverseries. Like the first two novels, this is a fast-paced thriller with elements of science and political intrigue. This time, the plot is centered in Minsk, Belarus. Pro-Russian militia have captured the heart of Minsk in a bold and swift strike, holding a number of civilians as pawns in a plot to break NATO. Unfortunately for the militia and their Russian backers, Peter Savage is among the hostages.

Synopsis: Coveting its former satellites States, Russia launches an audacious plan to repatriate the Nations of Eastern Europe. Only NATO stands in their way, and the Kremlin is determined to break the U.S.-European military alliance for good. When pro-Russian militia capture key buildings in Minsk, Peter Savage is caught in the crossfire. As Peter ITW format 2wages a guerrilla offensive against the militia, he uncovers a deadly plot based on a global vulnerability engineered decades ago by former Soviet rulers. With thousands of civilian lives at stake, can he intercede in time?

Not into contests? Deadly Savage is available through major book retailers including i-Books, Kobo, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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A Giveaway and a Contest!

DeadlySavage_KirkusReviewDEADLY SAVAGE is only weeks away from the release, but if you’d like a chance to win a free copy in advance of the release date, enter the giveaway on Rockin’ Book Reviews. There you will also find a review of the novel by Lu Ann Worley—@LAWonder10—and answers to some intriguing questions (Lu Ann is a very good interviewer)!

But don’t delay, the contest ends on March 15, so you don’t have a lot of time.

As a bonus, for readers of this blog I am offering a lucky recipient their choice of any Peter Savage novel, Bone low-levelfree. You may select from CROSSING SAVAGE, RELENTLESS SAVAGE, or DEADLY SAVAGE in trade paperback (U.S. mailing address only) or Kindle ebook—your choice. To enter, reply through the “Contact Us” page on my official website, and tell me who your favorite character is from a Peter Savage novel (other than Peter Savage himself) and why. And don’t forget to state which book and format you request if selected the winner. This contest closes on April 15, and I’ll announce the lucky winner through a blog post. I might even share some of the comments submitted, so be creative! Good luck and cheers!

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If My PC Could Talk…

FBI 1In the age of internet, research has become very convenient—unlike the old days of card catalogs and perusing the stacks of dusty tomes in the library basement. Right from the comfort of my desk, I can search all matter of topics. I like to think that my searches are private, but know that privacy on the internet is a myth.

Recently I found myself immersed in learning the construction of artillery shells and fuzes (yes, it is spelled with a ‘z’). And that led to research on military explosive and detonators. More than once I hoped that my efforts would not be captured by a government oversight program run by the NSA. After all, why in the world would anyone want to know the detailed construction of 155mm shells; the components and assembly of fuzes; and the relative effectiveness of TNT versus composition B?

If my PC could talk, it would have tales to tell—how I once found the specific coordinates of the Presidential Palace in Caracas. Or researched the terminal ballistics of military .50 cal ammunition. Oh yes, and the months spent enriching my knowledge of the various strains of smallpox, including incubation period, lethality, and symptoms. I’ve even comeNSA 2 to know President Putin fairly well from his many public statements—all research from the comfort of my small office.

By now, I’m sure you’ve made the connection between these seemingly nefarious activities and my fiction writing—all in a day’s work. And so far, the FBI has not knocked on my front door and invited me to chat over a cup of coffee. Although that would no doubt be interesting, it is not an engagement I’d look forward to. Of course, I’ll continue to carry out my research, in blissful hope that I scoot under the NSA’s search parameters.

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A Case of Writer’s Block

old typewriterI’ve been hard at work on the fourth Peter Savage novel, and made excellent progress over the holidays. It seemed like I was well on my way to having the first draft done in January. And then it hit me.

Wham!

The ending just felt weak, uneventful, ho-hum.

That is simply unacceptable. So, I stepped back and imagined myself with the characters. After a week of restless nights (often, my best ideas come to me in the early morning hours, shortly after midnight) a finale started to congeal—starting from my subconscious and working slowing, like a blossoming flower, into my conscious thought.

Unlike the first three Peter Savage novels, I did not have an ending decided when I started writing the fourth novel. Book #4 began with a grand idea—a terrible event that actually occurred in 1967 and still has ramifications today. The plot shows the dangerous directions governments may tread if lead by paranoid and charismatic politicians. History has witnessed this many times in modern history.

Matthew Reilley, a fantastic action-thriller author, has said that he knows the beginning and the ending when he sets out to write a novel. My error here was not having the ending firmly resolved in my mind at the outset. So I’ve found myself struggling for the last few weeks trying to figure it out—and finally (heavy sigh) the conclusion is now clear.

Thankfully, I’m back to writing.

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Reflections on 2015

Diesel and books (2)Once again we near the end of another year, and it is time to count my blessings. On a personal side, we adopted Diesel from the Humane Society in May of 2015. He is a red pit bull, a juvenile when we brought him home to join our pack of three dogs. He fit right in, making himself at home in no time.

In partnership with my publisher, Light Messages, we released the second book in the Peter Savage series in April, titled Relentless Savage. Fortune smiled on me as right away ibooks selected Relentless Savage as a best new mystery & thriller novel. Then, in late spring, Crossing Savage was awarded a Ben Franklin Silver Medal (popular fiction) and was named a finalist in the INDIEFAB awards (thriller/suspense). Good news continued coming in and just before Christmas Crossing Savage topped the charts on Kobo’s Top 50 list and, as of this writing, is still ranked #1 in Fiction & Literature (Action & Adventure), Mystery & Suspense (Thrillers), and Fiction & Literature (Thrillers).

While I’m on book news, I am very happy to announce that the adventures of Peter Savage and friends continue with the completion of Deadly Savage—scheduled for release in early 2016 (ebook in April, paperback in May). As before, we will host some giveaways prior to the release dates. Stay tuned here or on my Facebook page for more information.

Finally, in November I achieved a goal I had been working toward for several years when I ITW format 2was admitted as a member of the International Thriller Writers. Also in November, I began teaching a continuing education course titled “You’ve Written Your Book, Now What?” This course is aimed at helping new authors learn the ropes of publishing and marketing their novel.

Definitely a full year, a good year. And a special thank you to all the fans of Peter Savage and James Nicolaou. Your support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.

With 2016 just a few days away, here is my New Year’s resolution: to be the person my dogs think I am, and to deliver another exciting adventure that thrills my reading fans.

Best wishes to all for a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

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Holiday Wishes to All!

Murphy with books3The Holidays are upon us again. I hope you have time to relax and spend some quality time reading and visiting with those you hold dear. I have several new books stacked up including an advance review copy from a fellow thriller author—really looking forward to it!

Much has happened this year for which I am thankful. First, many thanks to all the fans of Peter Savage. Your support is greatly appreciated. Deadly Savage was passed along to my publisher (Light Messages) and they did a fantastic job, as usual, with editing and cover design. It is scheduled for release in April (e-book) and May 5 for the paperback. In October I was accepted as a member of the International Thriller Writers! The application process was quite an ordeal, but I am really looking forward to engaging with the group (which includes just about all the big-name thriller authors) and sharing what I ITW format 2learn. Plus, I am now a Board Member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild and a continuing education instructor (my course title is “You’ve Written Your Book, Now What?”). Last, but far from least, we added a new member to our pack—Diesel is a red pit bull that we rescued from the Humane Society of Central Oregon. He is a wonderful companion and loves to snuggle.

4So, I wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Whether you are Christian or Jewish, Muslim or Buddhist, I extend this greeting in the spirit of friendship, love and peace. In closing, I offer this photo of the rare “cartridge in a bare tree”—just couldn’t resist putting a thriller twist on a classic and festive Christmas carol!

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Deadly Savage–Coming Soon!

DS front coverBook #3 in the Peter Savage series is in production, and will be available in early 2016. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the release and having the book available to fans of Peter Savage, James Nicolaou, and crew. I have so many people to thank for helping to bring this novel to completion–not the least of which is my military, weapons, and tactics adviser, Sgt. Lombardy (Marine and Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns).

Months ago I offered some clues as to the setting of Deadly Savage. Did anyone guess correctly? Here’s a short plot summary…

When militants invade the Belarusian State University in Minsk, Peter Savage and his father are caught in the crossfire. Held hostage by gunmen who look suspiciously like Russian soldiers, Peter uncovers a deadly plot to kill thousands of innocent civilians—and lay the blame at the feet of the United States government. In a desperate attempt to avoid a global war, Commander James Nicolaou and Peter are called to the front lines of a sinister campaign, and the stakes have never been higher.KGB HQ Minsk

Review copies are just going out to bloggers and group moderators on Goodreads. Advance purchase is not available yet on Amazon, but stay tuned for updates. Cheers!

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New Cover for Crossing Savage!

New CSI am very excited to share the new cover design for Crossing Savage. My publisher wanted to update the original cover to be representative of the Peter Savage series. The image hints at the major plot themes of energy and scientific discovery, as well as sinister forces lurking in the shadows.  I hope you like this design as much as I do!

With book #3 (Deadly Savage) in the series moving into production, I have reviewed a draft of the cover. It is fantastic–again visually conveying key elements of the story. More to come as the design is finalized. You can look forward to a cover reveal before too long.

Cheers!

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Never Forget

014Yesterday marked the 14th anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Center. For Americans, it was an emotional day as we remembered the many thousands who died that day, and the hundreds of first responders who have since suffered–both physical ailments and emotional distress. Personally, I had a difficult time settling my mind, but I kept coming back to one thought over and over–never forget.

On that September day 14 years ago, I was in London attending a conference. I recall very clearly… it was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and a colleague from Austria rushed up to me and announced that the Twin Towers in New York had been destroyed. My initial reaction was that it was a sick joke, but his face told me otherwise. Unable to concentrate on business, I left the conference center and walked across the street to a pub.

A TV was playing CNN. That’s when I first saw the video of the two planes slamming into the towers, and then the inevitable collapse. Somehow the bartender knew I was American, and placed a pint in front of me, no charge.

With the airspace closed, I was unable to fly home, and have never felt so removed from my family and helpless. The next day, the entire city of London stopped at 11 AM for a moment of silence. It was eerie, and the memory still chokes me up. I was exiting a subway station at that moment, and I am not exaggerating to say that everyone just stopped, stood still, and bowed their heads.

Three days later I was able to catch a flight, and en route to Heathrow Airport my taxi driver tried to strike up a conversation. He could see it was hard for me to talk about the attack. I can still hear his words echoing as if just spoken–“We’ll be there with America, shoulder to shoulder.”

For me these memories are vivid and painful. And of one thing I am absolutely certain, I will never forget.

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