- Narrated By Kevin Pierce
- Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
- Release Date: 11-13-13
After more than a decade of using GoDaddy.com for hosting, I finally decided it was time to move on. I run several WordPress sites, including this one. Recently, there was a vulnerability in WordPress that allowed a java-injected malware to screw up the feeds on a great number of WordPress sites. GoDaddy was one of the hosts hit hard. They were absolutely no help. I know what I’m doing, and the guy I got for support was clearly first level – and held me on the phone for hours – then when I sent in the screen shots the actual network engineer asked for, I never heard from them at all. They won’t admit they allowed the problem, and they won’t take any responsibility for it. That’s fine. They make most of their money on domain registration, selling services, etc… their site has become a web of things you have to say no to before you get what you need… I’ve moved all my sites to a secure, dedicated home that doesn’t put every new domain in a folder on the same hosting – that actually provides support when we need it, and that is co-located with our store.
The sites for all of the imprints have not yet gone live, but they will come back eventually – I think. Keeping them all up separately, while providing more visibility, has proven a bit more burdensome than I expected, and I may draw it all back into this blog, where our newsletter is located.
So… for now… direct your sites here for all updates involving Crossroad Pres. If you would spread the word – anyone who wants to be on our newsletter list (no more than a couple a month – never intrusive) can send an e-mail to email@example.com with ADD ME TO THE LIST – please spread that around. The more the merrier.
You can, as always, find our newest titles at the following links. The titles in our online store are lagging behind as we have fought to catch up some previously Amazon exclusive titles across other sites, and to get a lot of new material available in a very short amount of time. Bear with us – everything is getting better.
-David Niall WIlson
March Madness has set in, and we have a LOT of new titles rushing through the gates. Check out the new books!. Descriptions can be found in this post for many of our recent titles, and you can purchase them at your favorite retailers using the links below, sorted newest first for convenience.
Closing Time & Other Stories
By Jack Ketchum
From Award-winning author and storyteller Jack Ketchum, a collection of bleak stories of loss, and pain. This is the author’s newest collection, and includes his Bram Stoker Award-Winning novella – Closing Time.
Also included: Returns / Damned If You Do / Station Two / Elusive / Papa / The Fountain / Do You Love Your Wife? / At Home With the VCR
Those Rockports Won’t Get You Into Heaven / Olivia: A Monologue /
Brave Girl / Honor System / Lighten Up / Hotline / Monster / Consensual / Seascape / Snarl, Hiss, Spit, Stalk
Star Hounds – The Infinite Battle – Book 1
By David Bischoff
Laura Shemzak. Irreverent, rebellious, beautiful. A woman with an impossible mission: to rescue her beloved brother, the most brilliant physicist of the Galactic Federation, from the clutches of alien invaders, the Jaxdron. To succeed, Laura must gain control of a top-secret Mak XT “blip-ship”. And to do that, she is forced into an uneasy alliance with an unlikely band of rogues.
Star Hounds – Galactic Warriors – Book Two
By David Bischoff
After the events of Volume One, The Infinite Battle, ace-pilot Laura Shemzak struggles to save her brother from the alien Jaxdron — while dealing with her own problems with brooding Starship Captain Tars Northern. And what of the moody and dangerous alien Shon’till’s search for his lost race, the Frin’Ral? CHECK IN ON THIS BATTLE-FILLED FLIGHT THROUGH THE STARS — AND ABOVE
Star Hounds – The Macrocosmic Conflict – Book Three
By David Bischoff
A dystopian future. A beautiful, wild female pilot on the run from an odious Federation. A handsome, troubled pirate with a secret. Aliens who enjoy bizarre apocalyptic games… Mix them together — space adventure with thrusters on full!
By Hans Holzer
From the Hans Holzer Digital Collection – his famed work on Reincarnation. -Authenticated case histories of “ordinary” Americans who have lived before: -Pamela Wollenberg, a twenty-year-old girl from Harvey, Illinois, in a previous incarnation the daughter of a Scottish nobleman, killed herself in a leap from the tower of her castle. -AND MANY OTHERS!
By Hans Holzer
Psycho-Ecstasy presents a revolutionary new method for becoming a new you – without psycho-therapy, without drugs. Hans Holzer explains, in easy-to-read language, how to use “PSE” to understand the essential duality of life, and then provides the exact phrases which, when repeated, can help you reach a state of true personal fulfillment. INCLUDES a ten-point program for sexual ecstasy!
The Black Hole Book
By Alex Miller
“The Black Hole Book” is your guide to the mysteries of Deep Space in astrological interpretation. These celestial powerhouses are revealed as important formative agents, both in our character and in the events unfolding in the world around us. With extensive interpretive material on Black Hole interaction with each planet that can be applied to the birth chart.
The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy
By Joseph McMoneagle
Joseph McMoneagle is now known as the best Operational Remote Viewer in the history of the U.S. Army’s Special Project—Stargate. His intelligence collection results have never been surpassed and rarely equaled. This remarkable memoir chronicles his military career, his early life, and gives a wonderful birds-eye view into US Military politics.
Finder: The True Story of a Private Investigator
By Gary Provost
In the last two decades, Private Investigator Marilyn Greene has found more than two hundred people — sometimes discovering in hours or minutes a person missing for years. In FINDER, Greene shares her news-making triumphs, the joyous family reunions she’s made possible, and the chilling cases of dead ends.
Edited by By Elizabeth Monteleone & Thomas F. Monteleone
Borderlands 2 is the second volume of the most exciting anthology series of the Nineties. Visionary, provocative, disturbing, intelligent, and innovative describe the fiction found in Borderlands. You won’t find any of the familiar bug-bears and boogeymen here. No ghosts or vampires need apply. None of the tired old symbols which have defined darkly imaginative fiction will be found here.
By John McCarty
When Julie Hauser came to Massachusetts, she wanted to start life anew after the death of her son. Now, in a desperate bid to be reunited with him, Julie must ally herself to a dreaded force long absent from the world, while confronting the savage thirst of a vicious killer stalking the countryside. Recommended by the Horror Writers of America for a Bram Stoker Award as Best First Novel of 1990.
WESTERN & MILITARY ADVENTURE
Staghorn – A Matt Tierney Western (#3)
By Tim Champlin
Matt Tierney finds plenty of adventure when he rides the riverboats from New Orleans to the Dakotas. And he finds plenty of danger between the high-and-mighty prince, the gambler with a gleam in his eye, and the beautiful lady of the waterways.
M.I.A. Hunter: Invasion U.S.S.R
Book 9 of the M.I.A. Hunter Series
By Stephen Mertz
MISSING: Lee Daniels, American journalist statined in Moscow. The Soviets deny any involvement — but the U.S. government knows better. There’s only one way to get Daniels out of Russia: brute force. An ex-Green Beret Mark Stone is just the man for the job. It’s the mission of a lifetime. The ultimate enemy. From Moscow to Leningrad, the K.G.B.’s deadliest agents lay in waiting.
By T. J. MacGregor
Detective Deirdre O’Malley thinks she’s got the best of both worlds in Hidden Lake. An old-fashioned, no-crime small town set right in the middle of busy Fort Lauderdale. But then there’s a murder. Who’s the killer? Deirdre is a rational woman. But in this gripping novel of non-stop suspense, no one, not even a straight-thinking cop, can afford to doubt the validity of certain psychic phenomena.
Blood Moon – Book One in the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman
Former FBI agent and psychological profiler Robert Payne is on the trail of a serial killer..A 12 year old girl has been murdered and mutilated, and the detective assigned to the case wound up dead. Now Nora Conners, the girl’s wealthy murder, has hired Payne to solve the murder and bring closure.
Voodoo Moon – Book Four of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman
Psychological profiler Robert Payne is drawn into a circle of intrigue and murder and he investigates the murder of man’s girlfriend, whom he claims was killed by an arsonist who burned down an asylum long ago, and disappeared. With TV Psychics and the local police, Payne must unravel the past to solve the case in the present.
Hawk Moon – Book Two of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman
Two beautiful Indian women are found dead with their noses cut off – an old Indian practice to punish infidelity – in this suspenseful second mystery by best-selling author Ed Gorman. The mutilation murders stun the quiet Iowa town of Cedar Rapids and call for the special skills of criminal psychologist Robert Payne, who uses clues from the crime scene to piece together a psychological portrait of the killer.
Harlot’s Moon – Book Three of the Robert Payne Mystery Series
By Ed Gorman
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Catholic priest has been found half-naked and dead in a seedy motel room, with his tongue cut out. Ex-FBI profiler Robert Payne has been called in to investigate by his childhood friend Steve Gray, now a monsignor. With a fund-raising drive coming up, Steve wants to squelch a scandal. But all the signs point to unholy doings in the tightly knit parish.
YOUNG ADULT / MYSTERY
By Rob MacGregor
When a suspicious barn fire claims the life of her aging pony, Merlina Lund inadvertently triggers her inherited psychic talents to track the arsonist. The deeper she digs, the more dangerous the quest turns as she closes in on the truth about the Cosa Caballo, a mysterious horse mafia centered in her pristine equestrian village.
PERFORMING ARTS / PLAYS
A Glass of Water
By Eugene Scribe
Don’t look now, but…what dramatic form would you expect the French to impose on English history? Bedroom farce, of course. Good Queen Anne and the Churchills, Winston’s ancestors, are here in Eugene Scribe’s nineteenth-century classic, riding high as the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.
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 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…
As 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
If 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.