As John Pilate attempts to settle into a quiet life with his new wife and family, he is tormented by ghosts of past and present in Pilate’s Ghost, the much-anticipated third installment of the mystery thriller series by J. Alexander Greenwood.
Pilate’s Ghost joins John Pilate a few weeks after events of Pilate’s Key as he promotes a book about his near-fatal experiences at Cross College. A mystery man threatening to kill him and his family dogs Pilate, who is still dealing with the fallout of those events and the suspicious citizens of Cross Township.
Pilate’s Ghost (2012 Caroline Street Press) will be available to haunt readers on Halloween 2012 in paperback via Amazon.com, Lulu and local booksellers. In the Kansas City area, it will available at Mysteryscape Bookstore in Overland Park. It will be an Ebook exclusively in the Amazon.com Kindle Store.
“If you like Dennis LeHane, John D. MacDonald, Robert B. Parker and similarly rugged but charming guys in trouble, you may want to take a peek at this series.,” said Cheri LeBlond, owner of Mysteryscape Bookstore.
Book one in the John Pilate Mystery Series, Pilate’s Cross, was published in 2010. Inspired by a true-life murder at a small college in the American Midwest, Pilate’s Cross was nominated for several Global Ebook Awards. It will be re-released as an audiobook in 2013.
Pilate’s Ghost is the second novel Greenwood has released in 2012. Pilate’s Key was released in February and named a semi-finalist for Best Mystery/Thriller in the Kindle Book Review Awards.
Pilate fans may find this new book familiar–yet simultaneously a jarring departure from the first two books, including critical favorite Pilate’s Key, set in Key West, Florida.
“It’s an odd thing, writing the third book in a series,” Greenwood said. “I suddenly understand–in my own very small way–how the people behind (movies) Alien3, Return of the Jedi and even The Dark Knight Rises must feel: audiences want more of what they loved before, but in order to be an effective storyteller, you can’t root everything in the same place. I mean, Luke and the gang couldn’t hang around on Hoth; Batman had to move on from the Joker. In that vein, John Pilate can’t stay in Key West, either.”
“Greenwood offers a fresh take on the mystery thriller with his John Pilate Series. His novels are populated with flawed and neurotic—yet instantly likable—characters who find themselves thrown into maddeningly entertaining situations,” McIntyre said. “Greenwood writes fun, accessible fiction that leaves readers asking for more.”
Greenwood has an idea for a fourth book in the series, but hastened to add, “It’s up to the fans if I write it. If response to Pilate’s Ghost is strong, I’ll certainly bring Pilate and his pals back by fall of 2013. But for now, I’m working on some other projects, including What the Gardener Saw.”
What the Gardener Saw is a multi-media story created for tablets including the iPad, created by artist David A. Terrill. Greenwood collaborated with Terrill on the novella that is drawn from the characters and world Terrill created. It is slated for 2013 release. Terrill also created the cover art for Pilate’s Ghost and the previous covers in the series.
“What the Gardener Saw is about as far from the world of John Pilate you can get,” Greenwood said. “But it’s heaps of fun and I think it will set a new standard for storytelling in the electronic tablet format.”
To order Pilate’s Ghost or any of the John Pilate mystery series books, visit PilatesCross.com or Amazon.com. In the Kansas City area, visit Mysteryscape Bookstore at 7309 W. 80th in Overland Park.
Join the John Pilate Facebook community at Facebook.com/Pilates.Cross.Book.
October 31, 2012
$14.99 / 220 pages/ 978-0-9883201-1-6/ Trade Paperback Original
$3.99 / 978-0-9883201-0-9/ ebook
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About J. Alexander Greenwood
J. Alexander Greenwood won the 2011 Shelf Unbound Short Story competition for his popular story Obsidian (available on Amazon.com). His debut novel Pilate’s Cross was nominated for several Global eBook Awards. His second book, Pilate’s Key was a semi-finalist for the Kindle Book Review’s Best Mystery/Thriller of 2012.
He is a former actor, director and radio show host. Greenwood has been interviewed by countless blogs in the United States and Canada, and appeared on radio and TV talking about the books and the burgeoning e-publishing movement. Greenwood is the grandson of acclaimed historical fiction novelist Robert E. Trevathan (Ballanger, Red River Angel).
He resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and daughter.
Check out this interview I did with the Kansas City NBC affiliate about the road I took to independently publishing my novel, Pilate’s Cross. The reporter had read an earlier blog post about my decision and thought it would make a nice story. I think he did a great job and thought you might enjoy watching it–whether you’re into marketing, writing, ebooks, mystery thrillers or just PR guys with very small offices.
I’ve enjoyed writing and marketing my book. Several book clubs have read it and it has received generally favorable reviews. As I work on the sequel and other writing projects (when work and life allows) it’s really gratifying. Sales have been okay (I had a book signing in Omaha–what a blast!), and though I may not be getting rich I’m having a great time.
So to all you “Someday I’d like to write a book” folks out there…there’s never been a better time to do it and actually have a shot at getting your work in the hands of potential fans. Go for it.
Getting (or giving) a Kindle, Nook or iPad this holiday season? Then how about a fun book to go with your new ereader? As featured on KCUR Radio, Pilate’s Cross is garnering some great reviews and enthusiastic fans. Based on a true story, this quirky mystery has been called “a total winner, ” “a page turner” and “intriguing” by readers.
Featuring a cool cover by the talented Mr. Terrill, this ebook will soon be available as a paperback, too. But with ereaders being all the rage, we hope you’ll save a tree–and some cash–and take us up on this special Black Friday offer: order Pilate’s Cross from the publisher website today and get 75% off the cover price. That’s right–get a copy of this quirky thriller for only $1.00! Just click here and use discount code JJ48P at checkout.
Still not sold? Check out the book trailer!
Offer expires this weekend, so hurry!
I’ll be interviewed on KCUR 89.3 FM’s Central Standard on Monday at 10 CST. Also appearing will be Paul Miles Schneider (besides being a gifted graphics producer at T2+Back Alley Films he has written the acclaimed novel Silver Shoes). You can stream it on the internet if you’re not in the KC area. We will be talking about book marketing, ebooks, book trailers and of course, our books!
Regular readers of this blog may recall that I published an ebook and recently premiered a book trailer. Pete Dulin of Present Magazine of Kansas City interviewed me about the book and the trailer. Here’s an excerpt:
PresentMagazine.com: How long did it take to write the book?
Greenwood: “I wrote the first draft in three months – six days a week, three to four hours a day. Yes, I will cop to the cliche’: I wrote that first draft on a laptop in the Starbucks at Country Club Plaza.
The finished book people are reading today on their iPads and Kindles took about eighteen months and six drafts. I did about four “polishes” on top of that.”
PresentMagazine.com: How did the idea for a book trailer come about?
“Readers have told me they thought they could easily see Pilate’s Cross as a movie. That’s why I’m so excited I got the chance to work with the talented crew at T2 + Back Alley Films of Kansas City.
This never would have happened without the vision of T2 + Back Alley Films CEO Teri Rogers. She’s a courageous innovator, always looking ahead to that next undiscovered country. When I told her about my book, she immediately suggested a trailer. Not many firms of T2’s stature are doing trailers. I had given a trailer some thought, but never dreamed a nationally recognized digital media agency like T2 would work with me.
The trailer really transports you right into the world of Cross Township – like a movie. I wrote a treatment and a script, and then T2’s team created a concept that I think just blows away most book trailers. Their concept and screen execution was teamed with Wheeler Audio of Kansas City to record actors and mix sound.
I will also join T2’s Paul Miles Schneider (besides being a gifted graphics producer at T2 he has written the acclaimed novel Silver Shoes) on KCUR Radio’s “Central Standard” show Monday, October 25 at 10 a.m. CST. (You can stream it on the internet if you’re not in the KC area.) We will be talking about book marketing, ebooks, trailers and of course, our books!
The latest marketing and promotional tool for authors and publishers is the book trailer–like a movie preview trailer, but for books:
In recent years, publishers, authors, teachers and students have been using the book trailer, a promotional video, to develop buzz and cultivate readers for a book. Some book trailers are similar to the familiar movie preview while others look like something you will see on MTV.
Some trailers focus on the story (many even tell you the whole story, like an overwrought PowerPoint book report!) some interview the author, and many more just confound me with their incomprehensibility. Of course, like anything, there’s a lot of DIY going on in book trailer production; with predictably dreary (dare I say crappy) results. For every compelling, well-produced trailer, you get about one hundred trailers slapped together with bad clip art, stock photos, bland music and cheesy graphics. Yeah, that makes me want to read the book. Not.
I don’t mean to be nasty, but if you’re going to represent your product–especially one I presume you spent years writing–do it right.
That said, I wrote a mystery thriller novel. Long story short, after a couple of near-misses with being signed by an agent over a two-year period I decided I could stick the book in a drawer forever or publish it as an independent ebook with Smashwords. I’m glad I did. Pilate’s Cross has sold more than a few copies (on iBooks, BarnesandNoble.com, Kobo and Smashwords), and hundreds more have sampled it. I still believe in the book and feel it could reach a broader audience if it could just rise above the crowd a bit.
Thinking along those lines, many of my readers told me they thought it was a book they could easily see as a movie. Well, I certainly couldn’t make a movie out of an indie novel, but a book trailer was in the cards. That’s why I’m so excited I got the chance to work with the celebrated digital media design company T2 + Back Alley Films of Kansas City.
Lead by CEO Teri Rogers, T2 + Back Alley Films is a nationally recognized digital media agency that creates all forms of new media content. Their specialties include motion graphics design, experiential design, augmented reality and other forms of new media, as well as original films and documentaries, digital production and postproduction.
The book’s cinematic structure made it an ideal project for T2, and I’m over the moon at their interpretation of the book. We agreed that it should be a book trailer that could easily pass as a movie trailer.We had some fun with the voice-over, though we resisted the urge to say “In a world…”
Have a look:
The trailer really transports you right into the world of Cross Township–like a movie. I wrote a treatment and a script, then T2’s team created a concept that I think just blows away most trailers. Their concept and screen execution was teamed with Wheeler Audio of Kansas City to record actors and mix sound for the trailer. (I voiced two of the characters–guess which ones?)
The trailer was truly a collaborative effort between T2, Wheeler and me. I just hope that the book lives up to the high expectations set by the trailer.
So, since the premiere on October 13, 2010 at PilatesCross.com I’ve received many nice comments about the trailer and renewed interest in the book. The trailer is now out there on several trailer sites, YouTube and Smashwords. It’s my hope that the crossover will aid in raising the book’s profile.
Book trailers are here to stay, I’d say, especially in our multimedia world. What do you think–are they here to stay or just a flash in the pan?