Hackers are coming

I read this article in the New York Times and spent a morning gloating. After all, back in 2011, I built my first novel, Fatal Score, around the likelihood that there would be a cyber war and groups of good (white hat) and bad (black hat) hackers would be roiling cyberspace. How clever of me.

Then I spent the afternoon of that day thinking, Holy Shibbit—if an ordinary citizen could come so close to reality, why haven’t we been building that national firewall I predicted in Fatal Score? We apparently have known for years that security is weak, or at least uncoordinated and sporadic. Now, here we are.

And then there’s the Russian oligarch thing. We’re surprised at this vague force involving itself in cyber warfare? Really? It seemed an obvious evolution in Fail Deadly, which I’m currently sending out to agents. (sidebar: if anyone would like to be an advance reader, let me know through the ‘Contact’ tab.)

Am I clever? I’d like to think so. Of course, there is the fact that I can’t install a disposal and Google Drive won’t give me back the files I put there. But the cyberwar that’s coming is also an obvious development. I can only hope that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes involving huge resources and people at least as clever as the hackers.

It’s Been a While

Heavens! It’s been a while. I have the shopworn excuse that I’ve been busy. Releasing Mayfield-Napolitani #2, Skins and Bone is the main issue. Plus rewriting #4 (Fatal Cure) and beginning work on #5 (Working title: Hack Attack).

I’ll be doing an Amazon ‘count-down’ sale on the Skins and Bone ebook starting on October 20 … that means $0.99 on the 20th, with prices rising over the next several days back to $2.99.

Sidebar: Please, if you have read either Fatal Score or Skins and Bone, take a few minutes to write a short, honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Denizens of the writing advice community, of which there are many, tell me reviews are critical to success because the black-box algorithm at Amazon prizes them.

If you haven’t read Fatal Score, you can get an ebook free HERE. If you haven’t read Skins and Bone, mark your calendar for October 20th!