Out December 2:
- A wizard whose powers run the universe, who finds out schoolkids know something he doesn’t.
- Three kids whose secrets must stop a big-city mayor from taking over their village.
- A princess whose detecting skills, not her looks, may save her kingdom.
- A leprechaun who is more of an Irish mob boss.
- A young boy sucked into a wild west adventure.
- A girl whose origami has a life of its own.
If these don’t sound like the kinds of fairy tales you remember from childhood, that’s because they’re not. Here are thirteen all-new tales from children’s author Cj Lehi, illustrated by children from around the country. These are modern tales with a decidedly retro style, where once upon a time doesn’t always lead to happily ever after, but almost always means something good is going to happen.
Published on Amazon (more outlets and formats to come) is:
which is a discussion of why, when we have such incredible access to communications tools, we are so bad at using them (and how to do better). It’s been a top-25 Kindle book on advertising on Amazon, and is 5-star rated. It’s also ridiculously cheap. Consider a purchase, won’t you? Hard copy paperback also available (above), for only a little bit more.
Book #2 is also out:
which picks up where Six Channels leaves off, showing you how to develop the right attitudes and habits to make your communication even more effective. It also delves into the idea of sales metrics, and how to create machines in your business to allow you to increase your work while decreasing your workload. It’s possible. I’ll show you how we did it. You can do it, too.
Book #3 is slated for March 2015, called Seeing the Invisible Man. This is the (nonfiction) one I’m writing right now, and it’s going to be good. It’s mostly about how we in business have lost sight of what it is that our clients are buying. If you ever wondered what happened to customer service, this book will tell you.
If you want to get a sample of any of the above, I’d be happy to shoot one to your Kindle. Email me the Kindle link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published Christmas 2014 is a collection of more or less everything (that was any good) that I wrote in the two decades before that, called appropriately enough And the Kitchen Sink.
It’s poetry, essays (including this one), short stories, novelettes, novel excerpts, a whole host of things from a sometimes writing life. It includes a page or two from the novels below, which are nearing completion now, as well as a couple of short stories that will be appearing in collections over the next year. 400 pages of fun, and I hope you like it.
In beta readership (means the book is completed as a second draft) is Stolen Away, a middle-grade/young adult (and yes, I know there’s a difference, but this book doesn’t neatly fit in either category) novel about a young girl in a pre-industrial society dominated by an ancient religion, a religion she isn’t sure she can live with any more. Living without it has never been possible before, though, and maybe would have remained that way had she stayed home that morning, but she didn’t. She found herself stolen, abducted by river pirates bent on a much larger disruption of a society in need of renewal – or destruction. Before she can find her way home, she needs to find herself. And if she doesn’t, she won’t live long enough to find out anything at all.
Then there’s two-book set, It Would Take a Miracle and The Repairers, which ask the question: what if miracles are real – and you could prove it? Miracle is about a young man more naughty than nice, by the name of Niccolo Davos Archos Kanikedes, known everywhere and to everyone as Nik. Having had a…mishap…in getting his collegiate degree in Mesoamerican Studies, a topic even he acknowledges he pursued more for the grad assistant (a tall blonde named Hillary) than for the academic understanding, he finds himself at loose ends, no job, no prospects, and hits upon an idea that suits his peculiar skills. Accordingly, he starts the InterNational Institute for the Study of Miracle (INISM), a foundation organized to find conclusive scientific proof that God is really doing miracles, yes, even in the 21st Century.
No, really. It is. It says so right on the very polished and expensive letterhead. There are donors and everything. No, since you ask, Nik has no scientific credentials. But hey, he’s a smart kid.
What could possibly go wrong?
The Repairers picks up where Miracle leaves off, with Nik needing a miracle of his own. He finds himself out of luck and out of time, and in need of rescue, the kind of rescue only someone like Karen Moore can provide. A PhD biologist, Karen is persuaded to help Nik on one last quest to find the truth – a quest she may not survive.
Those books will be ready for querying early this fall.
Finished and in query now is the middle-grade realistic fantasy novel Knights of Insanity, about which I haven’t figured out what I can safely tell you yet. So shhhhh.
Also done is Cheating Death, already on query and full request. It’s the story of Sara Elizabeth Twopenny Rogers, the world’s most reluctant serial killer. She cheated death, but it turns out Death won’t be cheated.
Along with that work is done on The Vortigern Jack, a cyberpunk novel about an aging jacker named Ethan Kocsis, who delivers secure data in the near future Internet, called the Virt. The price of delivery is high, though, and measured in human pain. Ethan’s pain. If he can’t take enough punches, his company, his team, and his family will all pay a much higher price. Into the mix comes Vortigern, a shadowy, probably semi-legal company that promises Ethan a way out of the trap: a single assignment worth so much he could almost retire.
If they had told him the truth about it, that would have been nice. But it’s too late once Ethan figures that out; he’s already in Virt, and there might not be a way out. Vortigern Jack is in submission.
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