I’ve been using the moments when I just can’t write anything new (and that happens…my mind can shut off like a switch after a certain number of words) to work on a long-overdue project.  The Crimson Worlds series was my first, and its lead novel, Marines, was my debut novel.  Digging through the files, having new edits done, updating the covers-it all has me thinking back to the days when these books, and the whole adventure of writing, was new.

I was, and still am, stunned at how these books were received.  I am extremely fortunate to have had, and to still have, a truly extraordinary group of readers, and I have the reviews, emails, and posts on my Facebook page to prove it.  I’ve said it many times, and I will say it again.  You are all the reason I do this, and I am profoundly grateful for the support I’ve gotten from all of you.  Yes, I do have the occasional bad review-some of these are actually quite amusing in the intensity of their venom-but all of my books are rated at least four stars, and most are solidly mid-high 4s, so I know a lot of you have enjoyed them.

I’ve learned a lot over the past five years, and I have to say, I feel like my newest books, like the Blood on the Stars series, are better written and crafted (and certainly better edited), but the Crimson Worlds came first, and without the response to it, there would have been no Blood on the Stars…or anything else I have in the works.

For those of you who found me with something more recent, the Crimson Worlds books are chance to look back and see where I started.  For those who’ve read the adventures of Erik Cain and the others, all I can say (again), is thanks for your support.  Never doubt it is you who are at the center of all of this.