Hey gang—I apologize for the lack of funnies on the site today. I have some important things to share… and I can’t promise that I’m not going to get a little misty-eyed. (Sorry in advance.) I promise you’re going to get a new Predator mash-up later this week. First, we have to talk.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out to support the release of my debut novel, THE FOURTH CHANNEL. The book has been out for seven weeks now. Back when I was getting ready to release TFC, nearly a dozen author friends came out of the woodwork, offering to feature my book on their blogs. I also had more than a half-dozen book bloggers who agreed to read and review my book. Okay, the publicity was a pittance in comparison to the fanfare Jim Butcher gets, but I was thrilled!

Sadly, when I released my book, almost all of the support disappeared. The only promotional support I had came from two of my close author friends, Candice Bundy and Steven Montano. I had none of the professional promotion the “experts” said I was supposed to have.

But something unexpected happened. And I admit that I’m getting a little teary as I write this, but it must be said:

You guys game out in full force and bought my book.

This may sound strange, but I was totally taken aback by what happened. In the first week of my release, I hit the comic fiction charts on Amazon.com. I even nabbed a “hot new release” spot in the category.

TFC Hot New Release

I take screenshots of my book because I’m a nerd.

And when I thought my five minutes of fame was over, you started sharing the news of my book. Amazon took over and the book just kept growing. It’s still growing. As of today, THE FOURTH CHANNEL is in the Top 5 Comic Fiction chart on Amazon, and the Top 50 Contemporary Fantasy (for the last week it’s been ping-ponging between #35 and #41). I’m nowhere near being a New York Times Bestseller, but I don’t give a crap. I’m on a list in the middle of Sookie Sackhouse, Iron Druid, and Dresden Files! I never dreamed of this, guys. NEVER.

I’m trying to figure out a way to express just how grateful I am, but the best I can offer is a thank you from the bottom of my heart.

So, thank you.

Along with that, I have another favor to ask. I need more reviews on my book, especially on Amazon.com. If you’ve read THE FOURTH CHANNEL and enjoyed it, would you please take a few minutes to pop over to Amazon and leave a review? It would help me a lot. Just click on Kari & Stubby below to go to the TFC page on Amazon.com.

TFC Cover

Click me!

A few of you have been asking about a sequel. Yes, I’m working on a sequel. I’m still in the early stages of writing, so I don’t want to say much about it yet, but I’ll be sure to fill you in when we get closer. The book starts two and a half months after TFC ends. Hopefully in the next book we’ll answer the biggest question on everyone’s minds:

Will Mikelis’s knives ever get wrestling names?

You’re just going to have to wait and find out.