Monday, April 7, 2014

Mark Taylor Omnibus for just 99 cents???

Yesterday I put my boxed set, Mark Taylor Omnibus, on sale for just 99 cents. I didn't immediately advertise it because, well, I'm just a little nervous about whether I did the right thing. I mean, 4/5 of my books are in that one set. Will it kill sales of those books? Bottom line, I did it to celebrate and help get out the word that March Into Madness is now available. 

Am I crazy? I guess time will tell. Meanwhile, you can take advantage of my momentary insanity by getting all four books for 99 cents. I'm not sure how long the deal will last. It depends on when I come to my senses...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Into Madness: Book Four of the Mark Taylor Series

Did you know March Into Madness is now available?

After thwarting a disaster in the nation's capital, Mark Taylor captures the attention of the CIA. Mark doesn't trust the agency—not with his history with them—but he agrees to demonstrate the miraculous camera in the hopes of creating a team to help him ward off future catastrophe. 

Mark realizes too late that he should have listened to his gut instincts when he finds himself held in the bowels of DC against his will while agents of the CIA, intent upon learning the secrets of his psychic abilities, use him as a test subject.

Here's from some of the early reviews:

"After Deeds of Mercy, I couldn't wait for book four of The Mark Taylor Series. I knew it would be good, but I didn't think it would be better. It IS better. If it was possible to give a higher rating, I would. M.P. McDonald has a way of making you love her characters and you feel exactly what they are feeling." ~By 
Farmwife "Pam"

"The Mark Taylor Series keeps getting better and better."By DonP

"Every time I finish one of these books, I miss Mark like he is a real live person."~ by PJF "Paula"

"There's lots of action in this outing, tornadoes, car accidents, kidnapping, a shootout, that kept my heart in my throat, but there's also some thought-provoking moments, particularly when Jim's son learns a little more about what Jim has done at the CIA. I love how there are no easy answers to the points raised."~ By Laura Henry "BrokenAnkle2"

Just a reminder that there are only two more days to get March Into Madness for the March Madness price of $3.99. In April it will move to a regular price of $4.99.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Some Good Reads...

I love to read, but I've found that while I was writing books in the Mark Taylor Series, I always felt guilty for reading when I should have been writing. I know, that's silly, but one reason I love finishing a book is I can read guilt-free for at least a few months. Now that March Into Madness is done and for sale, I can breathe a little easier. I'm still writing, but there's no pressure to get the next book out since the book I'm writing now isn't part of the series.

So, here are a couple of my latest reads that I think others might enjoy. First is Sand, by Hugh Howey.
It's dystopian and reminds me a little bit of Mad Max, but the unique twist in this is that great cities are buried beneath hundreds of feet of sand, and sand divers, using some sci-fi kind of technology, are able to dive deep beneath the sand and literally hunt for buried treasure. It's a dangerous job, but the rewards can be great since most of technology has been lost to the deep dunes. The book follows the story of one family of sand divers who not only search for buried treasure, but also search for the secret to their father's disappearance years before. His abandonment tore the family apart, and I found this part of the book as interesting as the action involving the diving.

I think there's a sequel coming to this one and I know I'll be watching for it.

My next read is one I read in a day. It's called The Martian, by Andy Weir. The cover caught my eye and I was intrigued by the description about an astronaut accidentally left behind during a manned mission to Mars. I remember taking my sons to see a movie about a mission to Mars, but the movie was disappointing because it was all about some kind of scary creatures on the planet. I was hoping for something that would show me what Mars might really be like. This book fits the bill perfectly. There are no monsters--and there doesn't need to be because just surviving on the planet all alone, without even communication, is a scarier prospect than any monster.

I've always loved survival type books starting with My Side of the Mountain , which I read in 4th grade. A boy decided to spend a year alone in the Catskills mountains and getting all of his food from the environment. He even created his own shelter. Then I was a huge fan of the Clan of the Cave Bear Series, and mostly for the same reason. With The Martian, the style of writing is very different as much of the book is written journal style, but it's a very easy to get used to, and that's coming from someone who doesn't normally care for first-person point of view. There is a surprising amount of humor and I found myself laughing out loud as I read it. Some readers may not care for all the technical talk as the character explains the chemistry and engineering behind some of his jerry-rigged the equipment available to him to meet his needs. While I may not have understood it all, I didn't find it distracting.

Well, these are my latest reads. What have you been reading?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Giving Away The Mark Taylor Series: Books One & Two

Happy Tuesday! To celebrate the release of March Into Madness, I'm giving away my two book boxed set--FREE! The Mark Taylor Series: Books 1&2
Includes Kindle Bestseller No Good Deed