Got my first International Review. That’s pretty cool!

And it’s a good one, by the Australian author of Guns of Perdition herself, Jessica Bakker.

Oh. My. God. This book, West of Prehistoric, by Erik (Tracer) Testerman was BRILLIANT. The highlight of my 2020 reading journey. It came out of nowhere – I hadn’t heard anything about it – and perhaps that’s why I had no real expectations going in, but within two pages, I was already blown away, and knew this was going to be a helluva book.

What’s it about? Well, think Red Dead Redemption 2 meets Planet of the Apes, then has a threesome with Jurassic Park. The resulting love-child, is West of Prehistoric.

Ex-outlaw turned rancher, Jed Smith, is minding his own business working on his ranch, when he’s suddenly (and brutally) attacked by a dinosaur. From that moment on, the weird, the west, the carnage, and the awesome, don’t stop.

An excellently fleshed out cast of characters join Jed as he seeks to first understand the dinosaur/ape menace that threaten the west, and then to stop them slaughtering every human they come across. Action is crammed into these pages, but there’s still room for fantastic character development, wry humour, and yes, some romance. You know an author has a great handle on character development when he makes the reader love and care about the main character’s horse!

Though West of Prehistoric is Testerman’s debut novel, he feels like an old-hat at writing – there’s nary a jangled sentence or misplaced word to be found. And while the premise of West of Prehistoric might seem simplistic on first glance, it’s actually absorbing, engaging, and addictive. I had trouble putting this one down.

It’s pretty clear this is a setup for a sequel or possible trilogy, and I can only hope Testerman draws this saga out for a few more books – I for one, will be lining up to get the next instalment when it comes out.

Yes, it’s weird western. Yes, there’s gore. However, even to those of you who aren’t into this genre or gore, I’d suggest grabbing a copy and giving it a go, because at the end of the day, this is just a wonderfully told, greatly entertaining story.

Purchase HERE

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Did you see that? She called it BRILLIANT… in all caps. (I added the bold.)

Awesome!

First Week After Publishing – An After Action Report.

The response to my book going to print has been overwhelming and humbling.

Just, wow.

I don’t know exact sales numbers, and won’t for some time. But they seem phenomenal so far coming from a basic nobody-newbie author using a few internet forums and word of mouth.

For a cool example, my dad took a copy to read while waiting for his dental appointment and the dentist asked about it. After reading the back cover the guy was so intrigued that he snapped a picture of the front with his phone so he could order a copy after he fixed my old man’s teeth.

Then from the forums, people bought multiple copies for themselves and others. A couple people bought THREE COPIES EACH! Other folks wanted signed copies. Luckily, I’d ordered a stack of books for myself but the day I received them I had to sign and ship them all out the next morning. That’s crazy.

I’m kind of egotistical, but it’s humbling that people would actually want my autograph on something. All I can say in return is that I promise to try and make it big so these will be worth something one day.

And the reviews have already been rolling in. Slowly though, because Amazon is kind of weird… I’ve been told by people that they left a review, only for it to show up a few days later while others show up seemingly immediately. But that aside, it means people are opening my book, getting sucked into the story, and finishing it within a couple days.

Feedback like this is incredible. That was the goal all along, to tell a story that draws folks in, entertains them for hours, and leave them wanting more.

And I have more. The sequel is ready and waiting.

All I need are enough sales to convince the publisher to pick it up.

So buy more copies, send them to your friends and family. If they like dinosaurs and/or cowboys, I promise they’ll like this book because it’s got both. Tell them it’s a mix of John Wayne, Jurassic Park, and John Wick.

If you want a signed copy, shoot me a message using the Contact Page. They are $14 plus $3 for S&H. $17 total. If you want a message written in it, I can do that. If you want me to show off my amazingly lacking but still astonishing art skills, I can draw you a picture in the cover as well. Whatever. So long as you’re happy and you tell your friends about the book and leave an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

And FB reminded me via Memories, that Oct 5th was two years ago to the date that I posted on FB that I’d written a book. Yeah, it was a rough draft with a rough title, but it still counted. 🙂

How crazy that two years later I’m holding a finished copy in my hand.

Well, I would be holding it, if I had any left over from signing. :/

Anyways, here’s the link. Buy away!

EDIT – Amazon is now sold out. It looks like they won’t be shipping anymore until Oct 19th. That’s a pretty amazing feat! Thanks for all your support! (Oooh, it does look like Barnes&Noble has some copies still available though on their website!)

C’mon you apes! Do you wanna READ forever? (Book PUBLISHED!)

This was the reaction when I told people I wanted to write a book about an outlaw who discovers a lost world entrance in the wild frontier of the Wyoming Territories…. And that there was dinosaurs in it:

This was the reaction when I told people I’d finished the book and people began to read and critique it:

This was how I felt when I finished the publication process:

And this is how I feel today, with the book finally released on Amazon.

So look at this! Here it is in all it’s glory! Woop!

It’s 1885.

Jedidiah Huckleberry Smith spent his entire life searching for the raider who mutilated him as a child. Finally, giving up on a trail long grown cold, he leaves his outlaw past behind and starts over in a remote town in Wyoming.

One dark night his ranch is attacked by a mysterious and ferocious beast from a world lost to time. Only Jedidiah’s savagery and skills save him.

Now, teaming up with a beautiful but naïve paleontologist, they stand between his adopted town and its destruction by an army of barbaric prehistoric apes and dinosaurs. But Jed’s past has come back to haunt him. The man he searched for is discovered in a position of power, and Jed must choose…

Revenge for his past, or the salvation of strangers.

Either way, bullets will fly, and blood will be spilled.

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If you buy it, I’d love you forever if you leave an Amazon or Goodreads review. Even a one sentence that says, “This book doesn’t suck” means a lot and helps sell more books in the future. (How many times have you looked at a book with no or few reviews and passed on it because no one else risked reading it first? I know I have.)

And since the sequel is already completed, well – the more this one sells the more likely the publisher will pick it up. If this one doesn’t sell… no sequel folks. It’s just not worth the investment by the publisher. So I’m holding the sequel hostage. MWhahaha.

Right now the Kindle version is available for either the price of $0 if you have Kindle Unlimited, or $3.99 if you don’t. The Paperback is $13.95. (Sorry, I didn’t pick the price. I was really hoping it’d be under $10.)

Personally, I’m gonna buy about 20 of them. And guess who is getting an autographed copy for Christmas? (My entire extended family!)

And finally, this is how I feel as I try to ignore the awesomeness of this moment and work on the third book in the series:

Book Editing is Done

Back to the publisher it goes!

Whew. Let me tell you, that was fun. (I say that in jest.) I feel like I’ve read this book over a hundred times now for editing and writing. I could probably recite it from memory. Each pass has been worth it though, it’s made the product better and better. And that’s the goal.

But people are going to absolutely love West of Prehistoric. Just like the people who read the earlier draft versions said last year.

“This Book Doesn’t Suck.” – Reviews and Thoughts From Random People on the Internet.

One of the coolest feelings I’ve had, is that it’s probably been a half year or longer since I read WoP last, and reading through it now, I’ll get to a part and realize, “Wow, this is good!”

I’ve managed to impress my future self with my earliest writings. That’s outstanding!

But man, I’m ready to get back to work on the 2nd book, which is essentially done, and the 3rd book, which is still very much a work in process. Time for something new and exciting.

Anyways, hope everyone had a good weekend!