The Devil You Don’t Know RELEASED

It is live!  The Devil You Don’t Know is now available for purchase on all platforms.  I’m hoping that some of you have already delved in and gotten hooked.
http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Dont-Know-American-Praetorians-ebook/dp/B00V56OFQI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1435075644&sr=8-3&keywords=peter+nealen

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-devil-you-dont-know-peter-nealen/1122107089?ean=2940151965682

Thanks to the pre-orders, it’s up pretty far on the Amazon Kindle sales ranks right now, hitting the top 100 in both Organized Crime and Military thrillers.

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Lots Happening

So, the audiobook of Task Force Desperate is almost finished; a few final pickups and it will be ready to go.  It’ll be on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes exclusively.

The Devil You Don’t Know releases in 11 more days.  The final versions are all uploaded, and it will be on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo (yes, I’ve actually sold a few books on Kobo), as well as paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I just got the paperback proof today:

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Coming up, I’m starting in on outlining The Walker on the Hills, the next Jed Horn story.  There’s another project that might be in the works, but I don’t want to say too much about it yet.  Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into it, one way or another.

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Audiobooks and Other Coming Attractions

So, there is indeed going to be an audiobook of Task Force Desperate.  I’ve reached an agreement with Wyntner Woody, and he is presently in the process of producing the book.  He nailed the tone in the audition, and the first fifteen minutes that he sent me was just as good, if not better.  I think you’re going to like this.  Hopefully we can make an arrangement to keep him working on the rest of the series.

We’ve even already got the cover art for the audiobook set up:

TFD Audible Artwork

I’ve taken stock of a bunch of projects that are presently lined up.  I’ve got a lot of work to do.  I’ve got at least three (most likely more) more Praetorian novels in mind.  There’s a stand-alone pirate hunting story, partially inspired by Far Cry 3, just without the douchey affluent jackass trying to be meta about violence and gaming part.  Three more Jed Horn stories are lined up.  And I’ve had a sort of sword-and-sorcery story that’s been kicking around for about three or four years, that has now expanded into its own setting, with at least three stories set out in broad strokes there.  Finally, I’ve got a hard-SF story about technical failure and long odds 11 light years from home (without faster-than-light travel) that I mean to get to eventually.

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Audiobooks Might Be On The Way

I’ve just posted Task Force Desperate on ACX for auditions to turn it into an audiobook. I don’t have the time or the setup to do it myself, so hopefully I can find a producer/narrator who is interested in giving it a shot for half the royalties. If anyone knows a vet who is working on getting into voice work who would be interested, please point them to TFD on ACX. If this works out, it will be out on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Fingers crossed.

Update: Realized it might help to include a link to ACX in case anyone is interested in trying out.  Go here and get set up if you’ve got an audio setup and time.  No guarantees I’ll accept, but what have you got to lose?

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First Draft is Done

And, after 4,633 words worth of key-pounding today, I brought the first draft to a close.  It’s slightly longer than Alone and Unafraid, before editing, and my books tend to get slightly longer as editing goes on.

Whew.  A 123,455-word manuscript knocked out in sixty-five days.  I think I’m getting more practiced at this.

It’s still coming out on June 23rd.  For the Kindle readers, please go ahead and preorder (I’ll be getting the Nook and iBooks preorders up later; the manuscript has to be a bit further along before I can get it through the vetting process to get them on those platforms).  The reason I’m pushing the preorders is because they all hit at midnight the day it comes out.  That gives the book a good spike on Amazon’s stats, which gets it more visibility.  It’s one of the little tricks independent authors need to learn to actually get somewhere.

Now I’m going to go let my brain dribble out of my ear for a bit before I start editing…

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Preorder is Up

Real life has intruded on the writing schedule lately, but the draft is still over 75,000 words.

Also, the Kindle Preorder is up on Amazon. Release date is now June 23.

He is called “El Duque.”

No one knows his real name. Only vague descriptions and fuzzy photos of him exist. What is known about him is that he is the up-and-coming power in the converging underworlds of guerrilla warfare, spies, terrorists, and organized crime. He is known to have ties with Islamist extremists, Communist guerrillas, drug cartels, gun runners…if it is involved in global chaos, he has a hand in it.

Now Praetorian Security has been contracted to hunt him down. Jeff Stone and his team pick up the scent in northern Mexico. But the closer they get, the more elusive El Duque seems to become.

Jeff and his compatriots have long since learned that in the shadowy world of modern conflict, little is ever exactly what it seems. But as the manhunt leads them into some of the darkest, most lawless corners of the Western Hemisphere, they come upon an explosive revelation that changes everything.

No one is coming out the other side of this mission the same.

The Special Operations contractors of Praetorian Security go to the darkest corners of the world, to face the worst that the underworld of modern conflict has to offer.

Preorder it here.

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Snippet the 5th

A lone sheriff’s department vehicle showed up just ahead of the Harmon-Dominguez trucks. The firefight had been over for just over an hour. There were fire-trucks and ambulances just behind the sheriff’s vehicle. The deputy pulled up, got out, took a look around at us, walked over to the shattered cars and trucks full of bloating MS-13 corpses, and went back to his car without a word. The other first-responders went to deal with the overturned semi. The wrecker was half an hour behind the ambulances, who ended up just bagging up the bodies and driving away.

When the Harmon-Dominguez convoy finally got there, they slowed way down and hesitated for close to five minutes, hanging back a good hundred yards from the scene. When they finally crept forward to the crashed box truck, they were slow, hesitant, and gave off the appearance of staring fearfully at the sheriff’s department vehicle. I just shook my head.

We’d been contracted because some of the people Renton works with thought that Harmon-Dominguez was a front company for Mexican cartel interests. They wanted some inside reconnaissance, and we were it. And maybe my perception was colored by that knowledge. But these guys just seemed extra nervous around law enforcement, as they carefully backed up to Harold’s truck and opened the back doors of the new box truck.

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