I see that Amazon now also has the cover image up for THE CONVICT'S SWORD. But more importantly: even though the book is not available until the end of July, the Amazon ranking is 19,000 on preorders. I'm astonished.
You must know that my books have never received any promotion, so I can only assume that they are gaining faithful readers on their own. My agent said once that it takes 7 titles in a series to establish it. This is # 6 for me, and I'm crossing fingers that this one will finally make a difference.
I spent this morning in the library, looking over all the mysteries on the shelves and getting depressed: so many books, so many authors, most in handsome hardcover editions (with gold lettering even). I felt pretty sorry for myself and did no writing the rest of the day. That's the trouble with this business: after a while you're tired of beating your head against the wall to no purpose.
But see: there are a few people out there who are surprisingly eager to get their hands on this next one. And suddenly I feel like writing again.