Crossroad Press – New Titles for February!

Crossroad Press – New Titles for February!

February has been a busy month for us so far.  Check out the new books below.  You can find all new titles at Crossroad Press / Amazon.com / Barnes & Noble.com – I’ve listed these links here, rather than linking every title separately.

Miraculous Journey – by Anne & Whitley Strieber

Since she had a brain hemorrhage in 2004, Anne Strieber, the wife of famed writer Whitley Strieber, has lived a life of miracles, and in this book Anne and Whitley share their stories of her near death experience, her miraculous recovery and the life of miracles that has followed. Now, Anne faces an even greater challenge, a brain tumor. Excellent care and a holistic, joyous approach to the challenge has given her a real chance against what is usually a devastating disease. The Striebers, who have been happily married for 42 years, bring the wisdom and the love of their long marriage to their new challenge, and find that, in adversity like this, it is possible to find the true miracle of why we live our lives in the first place. Life is the miraculous journey, death at once an end and a joyous new beginning. For anyone facing serious illness, or just wondering how to cope when they enter this inevitable stage of life, the Miraculous Journey offers wisdom and support, and for those dealing with strokes and brain tumors, it is full of treatment insights, valuable knowledge and comfort.

Transformation – By Whitley Strieber

The author of Communion has seen a new vision of this magnificent, mysterious, and fiercely alive universe through the shattering effects of an assault from the unknown. The visitors are sweeping up from where they are buried under layers of denial and false assurance to say: There is something more to us and our universe.

Breakthrough by Whitley Strieber

In his worldwide bestseller Communion, Whitley Strieber told of his remarkable encounters with alien beings, and convinced millions of us that we are not alone. But that was just the beginning of his incredible true-life odyssey.

Since then Strieber has been led by the visitors on an astounding journey of revelation, and with their inspiration, has discovered a passageway to profound personal insight. He has seen them enter the lives of others and witnessed the extraordinary effects of their presence. And he has received their vast wisdom about the wonder of life and the rich, almost totally unexplored experience we call death.

Powerfully moving and stunning in its implications, Breakthrough gives us a truly illuminating look at these mysterious, yet prescient, agents of change and reveals their inspiring message of hope for our chaotic and troubled world.

The Secret of Orenda – By Whitley Strieber

Orenda: Feel the Magic

Deep in the forest there lives the world’s greatest and most beautiful secret. Known only to a few initiates, the people of Orenda continue the ancient ways of magic from mankind’s lost past. But even the wildest places are under threat, and this ancient tribe, who know nothing of the modern world, are discovered—and become a sensation.

Must their magic die, absorbed in the hectic modern world? Lawyer Mary Russell says no. Chief Charles Hay says no. Worldwalker Jim Hyam says no.

But the world says yes. And the world comes, in planes, in SUVs, in off-road vehicles, with cameras, forms to fill out, laws to follow and guns to make sure.

Who will win? Feel the magic.

N.D.E. (Near Death Experience) The Lazarus Initiative – By Steven Savile and David Sakmyster

From Steven Savile, International best-selling author of SILVER and the JACK STONE THRILLERS, and David Sakmystery, award-winning screenwriter and author of THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE and CRESCENT LAKE, a new, page-turning, supernatural thriller.

After a Near Death Experience (an ‘NDE’) radically transforms the life of
eccentric billionaire Nicholas Sheridan, he becomes obsessed with understanding the experience, recreating the conditions that opened the gate to the unknown.

After recruiting others with similar experiences, they discover amazing connections, common visions and dramatic abilities among people who have come back from the dead. But what they haven’t bargained for is that the gate opens both ways. Something has escaped from death and is hunting them. Something hungry…

“With NDE, Sakmyster and Savile trek across a dark line into very strange country. Equal parts smart and chilling, this is a powerful and important novel.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of EXTINCTION MACHINE and FIRE & ASH

“A wild and gripping ride through the afterlife, virtual realities, real world horrors and everything in between, NDE reminded me of Neil Gaimain’s American Gods wrung through The Matrix.” –Stel Pavlou, author of DECIPHER and GENE

 The Dawning by Hugh B. Cave

In the all-too-immediate future, the day has finally come when crime, drugs, and pollution have made the cities of the world virtually uninhabitable. Gangs roam the streets at will, the police have nearly surrendered, and the air and water are slowly killing the residents who remain. But one small group of survivors has decided to escape the madness. Packing what they can carry, they head off to what they hope will be the unspoiled wilderness of northern Canada, intent on making a new start, a new life. But nature isn’t that forgiving. For far too long mankind has destroyed the planet, ravaging the landscape and slaughtering the animals. At long last, nature has had enough. Now the Earth is ready to fight back, to rid itself of its abusers. A new day has come. But will anyone survive…

Disciples of Dread by Hugh B. Cave

The lush island of Jamaica is a wonderful vacation spot — but Mark Donner’s not on vacation. He’s running for his life from the Disciples of Dread, an international terrorist organization whose leader wants to use Mark to trap his psychically gifted twin brother, Vincent, an American espionage agent.

Concealed on Jamaica, Mark should be safe but the island holds dangers he cannot imagine. Somehow Mark has attracted an enemy far more deadly than the terrorists. Obeah magic — dark, evil magic — is used against him in supernatural attacks that grow ever stronger.

Running out of time, stalked by human killers and things unknown, Mark Donner must tap his hidden psychic talents to save himself — and the woman he loves.

Curtains of Blood by Robert Randisi

London, 1888. A knife flashes in the fog. A madman has begun the most notorious and shocking series of murders in history. With each new discovery of a woman’s mutilated body, the citywide panic grows. The police seem unable to stop the killer, even when he taunts them with letters. Letters signed…Jack the Ripper.

In another part of London, the reign of terror has touched a young writer and theater manager named Bram Stoker. The police have closed his theater’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and suspect its star of being Jack the Ripper. His livelihood endangered, Stoker sets out on his own to find the real killer. But Jack wants just as badly to find Stoker. When the madman and the author meet face to face, a new chapter will be written in the annals of horror.

The Black Mariah by Jay Bonansinga

Tearing through the Tennessee night with their gasoline tank near empty, two hardened truck drivers are pursued by an immortal curse that announces itself on their CB radio and threatens to strike furiously if they stop their wheels.

Murder Most Fowl – A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

Following Booked for a Hanging, Anthony Award-winner Bill Crider brings back his amiable, computer-phobic sheriff Dan Rhodes to investigate a murder that may or may not be related to a recent wave of emu-rustling. For an officer of the law, Blacklin County, Texas, used to be pretty peaceful, but now, what with the emu-rustling, cockfights, and protests at the new Wal-Mart store — not to mention murder — Sheriff Dan Rhodes has his hands full. Hit hard by the collapse of his little hardware store, Elijah (“Lige”) Ward has taken to chaining himself to the Wal-Mart doors and generally making a nuisance of himself. And when Lige’s dead body turns up, floating down a river in a portable toilet, Rhodes finds he has quite a case to investigate. What was the connection between Lige and chickens? Lige and the Palm Club? And was he involved in the area’s emu thefts? It seems that raising emus (“taste like steak, not chicken”) is a booming business, so much so that emu (“calmer than ostriches and more resistant to disease”) are being stolen left, right, and center by would-be emu ranchers with little respect for the law. From theft to murder, the local crime spree seems unstoppable. But with a little help from the computer foisted on him by aging deputies Hack and Lawton, plus some good old-fashioned detective work, Rhodes just may be able to straighten out his county.

Winning Can be Murder – A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

It’s been a while since Sheriff Dan Rhodes’s football days, but things haven’t really changed, at least not with state playoffs coming up and excitement for the local high school team heating up to a fever pitch. But then coach Brady Meredith is found shot to death in his car, and his murder leads to troublesome rumors concerning illegal betting, black market steroids and the sheriff’s old nemesis, a biker named Rapper, who has reappeared in Blacklin County. Too many coincidences for Rhodes’s comfort. Especially when another corpse makes it a second down for a killer determined to lead Sheriff Rhodes into a game of sudden death.

A Stabbing for Sadie by Wednesday Lee Friday

A sometimes terrifying, often intriguing, and always thought-provoking glimpse into the mind of Sadie, a victim of child abuse, drugs, and the vagaries of fate as she sinks into mental illness and battles her own special kind of demons. A Stabbing for Sadie is a wonderful journey through the twisted mind of a casualty of abuse, who lives with her own monsters, and fights to survive every day. It delves into notions and nightmares that haunt this strong and sometimes funny woman as she copes with false accusations and true horrors. This is a riveting, edge-of-your-seat thriller as told from the other side. A Stabbing for Sadie will leave you breathless, wondering what you would do, and wondering what’s on the mind of the person standing next to you…

Skull County, U.S.A. by Charles Colley

SKULL COUNTY, USA tells the story of a U.S. President, about fifteen years from today, chased by killers, running for his life in a blizzard, across Grand Mesa in western Colorado, the biggest flat-topped volcanic mountain in the world.

In only two days, at 5 PM on Monday, Congress will vote, per his demand, to kill all trade with China, ending, he hopes, the ten year Depression that is an outgrowth of the political and economic woes that we face today.

As bullets fly, as the snow begins to rage, a former Army nurse, still healing from the Afghanistan War, leads her band of lady elk hunters on their version of “girls night out” Colorado style, into a complex plot involving Chinese and American gunmen, $10 million in cash and the fate of America’s and the world’s economic survival, as they save the President, rushing toward safety and that monumental Monday vote.

The Crusade Against Darkness by John Defilippis

This third volume of the epic fantasy series, “The Medallion of Mavinor,” picks up where “The Birth of Malgyron” left off. Now that Cidivus has come to rule and the Age of Darkness has officially begun, everything is going perfectly according to plan for the Evil One. For even as a rival kingdom falls to the evil that has arisen, conditions in Mavinor quickly deteriorate under the new regime. The few heroes who managed to survive the onset of darkness are forced to come together and somehow figure out how they can restore light to the world. But the more they learn, the more they realize it may already be too late. All seems lost when one of their best men abandons the cause, but as other unlikely heroes begin to emerge and dissension grows among the ranks of evil, a ray of hope begins to shine in the darkness. When the forces of good finally mobilize in an attempt to reclaim Mavinor, they realize that they cannot afford to fail in their crusade or the world as they once knew it will be gone forever.

Hostile Takeovers By Michael A. Black

Something’s happening in the underworld of Cook County. Tensions are rising between two rival drug lords, and the streets are their battleground. Sergeant Frank Leal and his former partner, Olivia “Ollie” Hart, get involved when one of their informants turns up dead with his ear cut off. When one drug lord decides its time to eliminate the competition completely, the takeover becomes very hostile indeed. As blood flows in the gutter and retaliation rules the day, Leal and Hart have to stop two criminal armies before they meet in an all-out war with the innocents caught in between.

Mama Fish by Rio Youers

Technology is a 21st Century god. It’s a monster.

And the old ghosts stir…

Business brings Patrick Beauchamp to Harlequin, MA. The town he grew up in. It is his first time back for twenty years. Harlequin has changed, but even so … the old ghosts stir.

The secret—such a terrible secret—still lives in his heart. It is here, in Harlequin. She is here.

Patrick will never forget Mama Fish.

Harlequin High, 1986. Kelvin Fish was the oddball, the weird kid that no one would talk to. Except for Patrick, who was determined to learn more about this strange child, and to befriend him. But Patrick would get more than he bargained for…

Mama Fish is a story about the paths we choose … about the changes in society, and in ourselves. It is told through the eyes of Patrick Beauchamp, a loving family man who, at his heart, is troubled by much darkness … a man quite literally caught between the ghost and the machine.

Uncle Adolph by Jeffrey Sackett

It is December of 1927, the dead of winter in Linz, Austria. Geli Raubal is almost nineteen years old, and she feels that life is passing her by. She lives an unpleasant existence with her stuffy, provincial mother and her insufferable, oh-so-proper younger sister in a backwater town in what she regards as the middle of nowhere. Thus she is overjoyed when her mother receives an invitation to come to Munich, Germany, to act as housekeeper for her bachelor brother. Geli’s uncle is a man some twenty years older than she is, a man who is becoming increasingly important in the politics of Weimar Germany, a man who inspires both devotion in his followers as well as hatred in his enemies, a charismatic man whose piercing blue eyes and towering oratory can both mesmerize and horrify. Her uncle is Adolf Hitler.

In Munich, and at her uncle’s alpine villa on the Obersalzberg above Berchtesgaden, Geli becomes acquainted with his strange circle of friends: Joseph Goebbels, an idolater who found God in Adolf Hitler; Hermann Goering, a World War One air hero who led the Richthofen squadron after the Red Baron’s death, and is now Hitler’s ruthless right-hand man; Heinrich Himmler, a quiet, subdued, reptilian man whose calm exterior masks as an inner demon; Ernst Röhm, leader of the S.A., the Brown Shirts, the private army of the Nazi Party; Rudolf Hess, a slavish devotee of the Führer to whom Hitler dictated Mein Kampf while in prison: and many others.

In the bloody politics of Weimer Germany, with Nazis and Communists murdering each other on the streets as the democratic parties stand by and watch in impotent dread, all political groups prepare as best they can for whatever contingencies may arise. But the one thing that no one could anticipate, neither red nor rightist nor republican, is that Adolf Hitler and his niece Geli Raubal would fall hopelessly in love.

This novel tells the true story of the strange love affair between Geli and her Uncle Adolf, an affair that began in 1927 and ended in heart-rending tragedy in 1931.

The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics UPDATE!

The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics UPDATE!

2014 OlympicswebThe eBook editions of the Complete Book of the Winter Olympics by David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at the Crossroad Press webstore.  If you buy from Crossroad Press please remember to select from the available formats using the check boxes at the bottom of the product page.  The print edition is in final proofing and will be submitted for processing to the printer tonight.  I expect that the print edition will be available for order by sometime next week.  If you need the book more quickly than normal creation and shipping would allow for (this is a Print on Demand title, until there is an order it’s not created) – let us know.  For an additional charge we will be able to expedite both printing and shipping.  This book will be available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble shortly after approval, and through Crossroad Press immediately after the final proofs are approved.  I will announce that the moment it happens, and will put up the order page at the Crossroad Press Store.  Thanks for your patience.  This is a big, important project, and it’s been quite a ride getting it ready…

 

Crossroad Press Best Sellers Lists SEP 2012 – SEP 2013

Crossroad Press Best Sellers Lists SEP 2012 – SEP 2013

I like to look back over the year and see how things have gone, where, and why.  In doing this, I would be seriously remiss in not making note of the many creative talents who have made it all possible.  With that in mind, I present, the Best Selling Crossroad Press titles from September 2012 to September 2013 – The Top 25 in eBook, Audiobook, and Print – as well as the top ten for each  in Horror / Mystery-Thriller / Science Fiction & Fantasy – I could have broken it down farther, but I think this gives a good over-all picture.  I will also post the top ten lists in their respective Imprint sites as we are moving forward into 2014 with all of our new imprints live and posting regularly… Welcome to the new year!

Top Twenty-five eBook Titles

The Man – Irving Wallace
The Books of Blood, Vol 1 – Clive Barker
Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
The Man in the Window – C. Dennis Moore
Fins – Ashley Knight
The Second Lady – Irving Wallace
Fathom – Ashley Knight
The James Bond Bedside Companion – Raymond Benson
Ladies’ Night – Jack Ketchum
The Woman – Jack Ketchum
Forever – Ashley Knight
The Parting- David Niall Wilson
The Seventh Secret – Irving Wallace
Stranglehold – Jack Ketchum
Too Late to Die – Bill Crider
Hexes – Tom Piccirilli
The Books of Blood, Vol. 4 – Clive Barker
Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro
On the Strength of Wings – Marthayn Peligrimas
Velvet Dogma – Weston Ochse
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
SGA-20: Secrets – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Harlot’s Moon – Ed Gorman
Top Ten Horror eBooks

The Books of Blood Volume 1 – Clive Barker
The Man in the Window – C. Dennis Moore
Ladies’ Night – Jack Ketchum
The Woman – Jack Ketchum
Stranglehold – Jack Ketchum
Hexes – Tom Piccirilli
The Books of Blood, Vol. 4 – Clive Barker
Lake Monsters – Joseph A. Citro
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
The Books of Blood, Volume 2 – Clive Barker

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller e-Books

The Man – Irving Wallace
The Second Lady – Irving Wallace
The Seventh Secret – Irving Wallace
Too Late to Die – Bill Crider
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
Harlot’s Moon – Ed Gorman
Small Felonies – Bill Pronzini
D.O.A. – Dave Pedneau
The Weedless Widow – Deborah Morgan
Bohemian Heart – James Dalessandro

Top Ten Science Fiction / Fantasy eBooks

Fins – Ashley Knight
Fathom – Ashley Knight
Forever – Ashley Knight
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
SGA-16 Homecoming – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
SGA-20 – Secrets – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
SGA-21 – Inheritors – Melissa Scott, Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
SGA-17 – The Lost – Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
SGA-18 – Allegiance – Jo Graham & Amy Griswold
Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold

Top 25 Audiobooks of 2013

The Books of Blood, Volume 1- Clive Barker
Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Unabridged) – Jim Bernheimer
The Hellbound Heart: Abridged Edition – Clive Barker
The Books of Blood, Vol 2 – Clive Barker
The Black Stiletto – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Black & White – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes – Raymond Benson
Dark Dixie – Ronald Kelly
Lyncanthropos – Jeffrey Sackett
The Hellbound Heart (Unabridged) – Clive Barker
The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus – Clive
Barker
The James Bond Bedside Companion – Raymond Benson
The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel – Sam Torode
Hand of Isis – Jo Graham
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
Lost Things: The Order of the Air – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Save My Soul: A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two – Zoe Winters
Blaze of Glory – Weston Ochse
Midnight Eyes – Sidney Williams
The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector
Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1 – Zoe Winters
Kin – Kealan Patrick Burke
The Hereafter Gang – Neal Barrett Jr.
Sleep Disorder – Jack Ketchum

Top Ten Horror Audiobooks

The Books of Blood, Volume 1- Clive Barker
The Hellbound Heart: Abridged Edition – Clive Barker
The Books of Blood, Vol 2 – Clive Barker
Dark Dixie – Ronald Kelly
Lyncanthropos – Jeffrey Sackett
The Hellbound Heart (Unabridged) – Clive Barker
Midnight Eyes – Sidney Williams
The Light at the End – John Skipp & Craig Spector
Kin – Kealan Patrick Burke
Sleep Disorder – Jack Ketchum

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller  Audiobooks

The Black Stiletto – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Black & White – Raymond Benson
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes – Raymond Benson
The Fan Club – Irving Wallace
The Prize – Irving Wallace
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder – Jeff Markowitz
The Man – Irving Wallace
Graveyard Plots – Bill Pronzini
A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
Blood Moon – Ed Gorman

Top Ten Sci-Fi / Fantasy Audiobooks

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Unabridged) – Jim Bernheimer
The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus – Clive
Barker
Hand of Isis – Jo Graham
The Parting – David Niall Wilson
Lost Things: The Order of the Air – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Save My Soul: A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two – Zoe Winters
Blood Lust: The Preternaturals, Book 1 – Zoe Winters
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
Fins – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker & The House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman

Top Twenty-five Print Editions

Aliens in the Backyard – Trish & Rob MacGregor
Vermont’s Haunts – Joseph A. Citro
10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Child’s Teacher Diana Grycan
Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Not Yet Dead – Joseph A. Citro
The Horror… The Horror: An Autobiography – Rick Hautala
A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
Steel Blues – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Forever – Book III of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
City of Knives – William Bayer
The Monarchs – Stephen Mark Rainey
The Quest of the Thirteen – John DeFilippis
Fathom – Book II of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman
Ask the Dice – Ed Lynskey
London Macabre – Steven Savile
Artifact of Evil – Raymond Benson
Blood Diamonds – Ed Lynskey
The Case of the Claw – Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Holy Terror – Wayne Allen Sallee
The Ravens of Falkenau – Jo Graham
Nightjack – Tom Piccirilli
Dragon Island – Shane Berryhill
Years Without Hope – Werner I. Juretzko

Top Ten Horror Print Editions

Vermont’s Haunts – Joseph A. Citro
Not Yet Dead – Joseph A. Citro
The Monarchs – Stephen Mark Rainey
London Macabre – Steven Savile
The Holy Terror – Wayne Allen Sallee
Nightjack – Tom Piccirilli
Crescent Lake – Dave Sakmyster
Nevermore – David Niall Wilson
Incursion – Aaron Rosenberg
Heart of a Dragon – David Niall Wilson

Top Ten Mystery / Thriller Print Editions

A Minor Case of Murder – Jeff Marcowitz
City of Knives – William Bayer
Ask the Dice – Ed Lynskey
Artifact of Evil – Raymond Benson
Blood Diamonds – Ed Lynskey
Crescent Lake -Dave Sakmyster
Blood is Pretty – Steven Leiva
The Heist – Michael A. Black
Defenders of the Faith – Chet Williamson
Sins of the Flash – David Niall Wilson

Top Ten Sci-Fi / Fantasy Print Editions

Lost Things – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Fins – Book I of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Steel Blues – Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
Forever – Book III of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
The Quest of the Thirteen – John DeFilippis
Fathom – Book II of the Fins Trilogy – Ashley Knight
Chase Tinker and the House of Magic – Malia Ann Haberman
The Case of the Claw – Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Ravens of Falkenau – Jo Graham
Dragon Island – Shane Berryhill

Audio and Print Books – Thanksgiving Where it’s Due

Audio and Print Books – Thanksgiving Where it’s Due

audioAs of today, we have 69 print books and 347 audiobooks.  I have posted a thank you to most of the folks involved with our main product – eBooks – at my own website – http://www.davidniallwilson.com – and I don’t need to repeat those here.  Here I want to thank two individuals in particular, a company, and a community of professionals – as a group because they number so many…

Print books at Crossroad Press would probably exist without Aaron Rosenberg, but they would be fewer and farther between, would cost a lot more than they make, and would not have his very professional and very particular perfectionist’s touch behind them.  It’s incredible, if you think about it.  I have begun learning to use the program Adobe InDesign that is behind the interiors of our books.  Aaron, is a master.  I can tell you that just to get ready to design the interior takes a couple of days of intense, mind-numbing formatting – and that’s just the beginning.  From there, you have design points – fonts, matching the covers and looking stylish, headers, and any number of things most people take for granted, like a single line not getting orphaned at the top of a page… Aaron has been the final hand on every book we have published – has designed the covers and banners for The Scattered Earth and O.C.L.T. series – as well as writing three of the books in one series and two in the other.

We are doing print editions for two reasons.  Authors love to have them to hold and sell at conventions, and fans like them to be signed – and because of the uproar our digital only company caused early on.  We must have print editions! The clamor was awful.  Now, of course, very few of those people seem to really want to buy print editions, they were just incensed that the books didn’t exist.  We will continue to do print editions of our new, original books, and I am determined to find good ways to market them.  That in mind, really glad Aaron is there…without him, it would certainly fail.

In audio, there is a very similar situation.  Jeff Kafer has been working with me since the very first audiobook that I was involved with – my own Roll Them Bones – which he narrated.  Back then, I had big dreams of changing the way audio was done.  I designed a royalty share program where authors and narrators shared the risks… Jeff and I managed to get our books into a lot of big distribution outlets.  Sales, however, were mostly through Audible, and they just would not pay us enough of a percentage for my system to work.  Before I move on to the people who changed all of that, I want to thank Jeff from the bottom of my 54 year old heart.  He has engineered and mastered the sound on every one of our audiobooks…as we have grown, hopefully we’ve started to make all of that worth his while…he’s a great friend and a consummate professional.  Again – without him, there would probably BE no Crossroad Press Audio…

And without the good folks at ACX who created a system where we could work with a huge talent stream of narrators to bring our titles to audio.  We got a fair shake on the royalties, as did the narrators who worked with us.  Sales still were (and are) an enigma.  What you would think would sell doesn’t, things you thought might flop – do not.  Through all of that, the engineers, rights and marketing, and everyone else at ACX have been incredibly helpful.  They have provided guidance, have helped us out when we really needed it, and have been unbelievably supportive and positive.  Here’s to a long and profitable relationship!

Last, but not least by ANY stretch – the community of audiobook narrators and producers – those we talk with regularly on Facebook, and others we’ve worked with over the years.  Some of the most talented voices in the business have worked with us – often for no more than the hope of profit over time.  Many times they worked under the rates bigger companies would / could pay them.  Often, they have become my friends. I have a great respect for the amount of work that goes into preparing, narrating, and worst of all – editing – the audio files that become the books we download and listen to.  It takes dedication, talent, and stamina.  I have my doubts as to whether, even granted a golden voice that I do not have, I could do what they do, day in and day out, and that they have worked with me, trusted me, and helped me build this company makes me VERY thankful.

So, this is our thanks to all of you who – behind the scenes – make the audio and print branches of Crossroad Press Publications possible.  We are better for knowing and working with you.

Sincerely (and we mean that)

David Wilson / David Dodd / Patricia Lee Macomber
Crossroad Press

Crossroad Press Open Offer to Book Clubs

Crossroad Press Open Offer to Book Clubs

srslyIf you run a book club, discussion group, cadre of like-minded readers or anything of this sort, and you are interested in reading any of our nearly 700 titles (and growing) we have a deal for you. If you see a title we have published that you would like to have your group read, or you see a new title announced that you feel would be perfect, we’d like to make it easier for you. If you are the leader of the group, contact us directly by EMAIL and tell us the title you are interested in, the number of readers in your group, and their e-mails. If you are not the leader of your group, either have that person contact us, or send us their contact information and we’ll contact them directly for you. You can also use the handy contact form below.  We will create a 20 percent discount coupon good for your group only to buy the title at our online store. We’ll send the coupon code to you, or to your members, and if you are interested, we’ll do our best to make the author of the title available for interview, discussion, or other interaction. Our hope is to a: get more readers comfortable with buying from our online store – where our authors benefit the most – as well as gathering more reviews and reader response. Sound good? Here’s one more thing – if you choose a book of ours that is also available in print, we will honor the 20 percent coupon on print editions as well.

Also keep watch – we will be announcing some free review copies of many of our unabridged audio titles as well, and might be able to arrange for those on a group basis as well.

Thanks for being readers.

Top Ten Crossroad Press Audiobooks as of 11-5-2013

Top Ten Crossroad Press Audiobooks as of 11-5-2013