West of Prehistoric – Audible book is OUT!

This is awesome. It actually came out on Nov 9th, but Nov 10th is my Birthday and more importantly the Marine Corps Birthday… and Nov 11th was Veteran’s Day, so I kept quiet about it until the 12th.

And on the 12th, I bought my copy and a new truck to listen to it in. (I kid you not.)

That’s right, I spent entirely too much in an entirely ridiculous and financially stupid way to listen to a 14 hour audio book that I wrote.

To be fair to myself, the newest vehicle I’ve ever owned was the 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 that I traded in for this one. And I bought that big truck when it was already 13 years old. Any my Wrangler is a 2001 that I’ve had since 2005… so a bad financial decision involving a new vehicle was well past due.

But forget all that.

The truck is cool and all. (Fully functioning radio and heat?!)

But the audio book is way more cool.

I’ve listened to the first couple of hours and I’m super impressed.

TJ Clark, the narrator, did a fantastic job.

So, go buy it. I believe it’s on sale right now for under 8 bucks instead of the usual $21.

I highly recommend it.

As for the third book. It’s still on track to be submitted to the publisher by the end of the year.

Then I may take a bit of a break to work on an unrelated novel, because I need to round out my writing cabinet with a bit more than a single series.

Hope everyone has a fantastic fall.

Enjoy the pretty leaves and the ability to conceal carry pretty much anything you wish under your jacket. (Up to and including a FAL.)

Happy Columbus Day!

Cheers to the explorers of uncharted lands, settlers of the wilderness, and conquerors of lesser civilizations.

Remember the phrase, Vae Victis. Which means, “Woe to the vanquished.”

In modern words, “It pays to be a winner.”

I was going to type out a post, but then I came across this jewel by Matt Walsh and decided it summed up my thoughts pretty well.

And recall the phrase ‘Vae Victis’. Woe to the Vanquished.

Below is the sort of shit that the Vanquished Civilization would write.

Ah yes, learn of the transgender civil war soldier… Because -THAT- is the sort of heroes modern woke-folks need to lead our people into the future and prevent our culture from being wiped off the face of the planet.

-sigh-

I went hunting with the wife…

Got a nice Corsican Ram this time, from the same place I went a few years back, Caryonah Game Ranch where I hunted a gorgeous Painted Desert Ram.

I won’t go all into a review again, the Caryonah Link above will do that. But the place was once again, exceptional. And this time I got to enjoy it with my lovely wife by my side.

Some explaining is needed for my wife. She’s not a hunter. I’m not really much of one either, although I’ve gotten a bit more into it the last few years. But she really wanted to see what the fuss was all about, and since we both desperately needed a vacation, she let me return to Caryonah with her in tow and experience the hunting lodge for herself.

And she loved it. The entire drive back she was googling and planning for our next trip back.

(Yeah, I married a winner!)

I’ve been a legit author for exactly 1 year now.

I forgot to post this yesterday, but it’s been 1 year since my first book, West of Prehistoric, was published.

Sept 18th, 2020 to Sept 18th, 2021…

That’s pretty awesome.

I owe many people a great deal of thanks.

First, to my lovely wife who told me I should write a book and then stuck by me 90% of the time when I was writing it. The other 10% of the time was telling me that I was spending too much time fretting about it.

Second, to the internet forums. NC4x4.com, CarolinaFirearmsForum.com, and FalFiles.com. Without you three reading my book prior to publishing, then supporting me by buying multiple copies, requesting my newbie signature, and spreading the word, plus in general not telling me to get lost – I owe you a great deal of thanks. You formed the earliest basis of my reader group and I am eternally grateful.

Third, to all my readers who took a chance on a newbie author with a crazy idea about a novel for a lost world adventure set in 1885. From those who read it on kindle unlimited, to those who bought the electronic version, to those who bought the paperback – thank you! I’d never have gotten as far along as I am now in my fledgling writing career if it hadn’t been for your support.

And finally, the future is bright.

I’m not going anywhere and I plan on entertaining you all for many more years.

Thank you.

XOXO

Erik ‘Tracer’ Testerman

My most brutal Publisher rejection letter.

Since I’m on the verge of hitting 100 reviews, likely keeping my 4.7 star average, and having sold WAY more copies than most newbie authors… I’d like to share the most brutal rejection letter I received when I was looking for publishers.

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Acquisition Reviewer Notes:

Zane Grey meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when prehistoric beasts, including myriad dinosaurs under the control of a race of huge, carnivorous bipedal apes, living in a parallel world, discover a portal into the human world where they proceed to wreak unspeakable and savage havoc in the Wyoming Territory of 1885, beginning with the spread of outlaw cum respected rancher, Jedediah Huckleberry, and gradually moving to a tense showdown in the little town of Granite Falls.

To be successful, any book, I think, must create a world in which the reader is able to suspend disbelief, if only within the pages of that book. Obviously, the farther the subject is from the known world, the more difficult it is to create that acceptance, and with a book that is this far from the “known,” the task is huge. It simply doesn’t work for me. While the characters are, to some degree, compelling (Jedediah Huckleberry makes a very good anti-hero), the author just tries to do too much, and it’s just too hard for the reader to buy in. The ending, which leaves so many loose ends tangling, makes one think that the author finally grew just as weary of the whole thing as his reader does.

It would appear that the author here is striving to occupy a niche, and in that, he is surely successful. The problem is that he is alone in that niche. I simply can not imagine a reader group who would join him there.

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Hey there, Publisher… How you like my reader group now? 🖕🤣🖕