(9/10/15) ― The Forbidden Tomb hits #1 on Amazon's bestselling thrillers list. And the action list. And the crime list. And a few others lists as well. That means the first two books in the Hunters series have hit #1 in the same year. (The Hunters did it back in January.)
(8/15/15) ― I was a featured author at the Mystery Writers Key West Fest. I'm not positive, but I think I was the only sober person on the entire island―and that includes children. I swear, I saw a four-year-old drinking a Corona and a baby drinking a daiquiri.
(7/06/15) ― A new version of The Plantation was released in the US & UK.
(7/02/15) ― The original film option for The Hunters has been extended for an additional twelve months. (Translation: the movie is moving closer and closer to production.)
(4/11/15) ― I have started the process to reacquire the US rights to The Plantation. The rights will revert back to me on July 6, and I plan to release my own version of the book in the US and UK shortly thereafter. More details to follow in the coming weeks….
(3/01/15) ― The American version of The Forbidden Tomb was officially released today.
(1/31/15) ― The Prisoner's Gold will be released in the UK & the US on October 8, 2015.
(1/23/15) ― The Hunters hits #1 on Amazon's bestselling thrillers list. And the suspense list. And a few others lists as well. Lucky for me, I'll always be able to remember the date that I hit number one on Amazon for the first time. It's as easy as 1/23.
(12/19/14) ― Takeshobo (one of the largest publishers in Asia) has acquired the JAPANESE rights to The Hunters and The Forbidden Tomb. I have never been published in Japan, so I am extremely excited about this deal.
(12/15/14) ― During the past week, the audio versions (U.S.) of five of my books were released by Audible. The titles are: The Secret Crown, The Death Relic, The Einstein Pursuit, The Hunters, and The Forbidden Tomb. Now all of my books are available in audio… finally!!!
(12/13/14) ― The Einstein Pursuit reached #2 on Amazon's bestselling thrillers list. It also reached #2 on the suspense list. These are my highest rankings on Amazon yet.
(12/11/14) ― The U.S. audiobooks for The Hunters and The Forbidden Tomb are now available. Click the book title to be taken directly to the Audible site.
(12/05/14) ― My UK publisher officially accepted my manuscript for The Hunters 3 (aka The Prisoner’s Gold). That means I’m officially on vacation until 2015.
(10/25/14) ― The Hunters is now available for pre-order on Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo.
(10/11/14) ― Good news, America! The Kindle version of The Hunters is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released one month from today.
(10/09/14) ― The UK paperback of The Forbidden Tomb was released today.
(09/30/14) ― The History Channel (UK) has selected The Forbidden Tomb as its book of the month for October. If that wasn’t a big enough honor, this is the first time the History Channel has ever allowed their logo to appear on a book cover.
(09/16/14) ― The Einstein Pursuit was released today as an Amazon Exclusive. It is available in ebook or trade paperback. (Click either link to visit Amazon.)
(08/05/14) ― The Prisoner’s Gold is the new title for the third book of the Hunters series.
(07/28/14) ― The casting process for The Hunters movie has officially started. I’m not allowed to reveal any names, but I’d be thrilled with any of the actors that we’ve approached thus far.
(07/04/14) ― I added two new action videos to my multimedia page.
(07/01/14) ― Reg Poerscout-Edgerton (Sherlock Holmes, Casino Royale, Angels & Demons) has signed on as casting director of The Hunters. For more details, go to the movie page.
(06/27/14) ― The title for the third book of the Hunters series is: The Merchant’s Gold.
(06/25/14) ― The Einstein Pursuit will be released in NORTH AMERICA on September 16.
(06/2/14) ― I just agreed to a six-book AMERICAN AUDIO deal with Audible/Brilliance. It includes the previous three books (The Secret Crown, The Death Relic, and The Einstein Pursuit) in the Payne & Jones series and the first three books (The Hunters, The Forbidden Tomb, and book #3) of the Hunters series. Release dates are not yet known.
(05/23/14) ― I added a Cast & Crew page for The Hunters movie to my website. Right now it’s nothing but crew, but be sure to check back for casting news.
(05/17/14) ― John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard, Behind Enemy Lines) has signed on to direct The Hunters. The screenplay was written by Robert Mark Kamen, who created the Taken series, The Transporter series, and The Karate Kid series. For more details, go here.
(05/12/14) ― The Death Relic was named the 2013 mystery/suspense novel of the year by Affaire de Coeur Magazine. Thanks to everyone who voted for it!!!
(04/25/14) ― I have a confession to make: I’ve been a very bad boy in recent months. Check out all the details in the latest stop on my blog tour.
(04/24/14) ― To help promote the UK release of The Forbidden Tomb, I was asked to participate in a blog tour. The first one can be found here.
(04/24/14) ― The UK hardcover and ebook of The Forbidden Tomb is now available.
(04/16/14) ― Film rights to The Hunters have been optioned by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s new UK-based production venture. For more details about the film, please visit my movie page.
(04/03/14) ― The Einstein Pursuit will be released in NORTH AMERICA on June 1, 2014. The Hunters will be released one month later on July 1, 2014.
(04/02/14) ― Cherche Midi will release the FRENCH version of Sign of the Cross on April 10. To learn more about it, please visit the publisher’s book page.
(01/03/14) ― The UK paperback of The Einstein Pursuit is now available.
(10/31/13) ― Buchmann acquired the POLISH rights for The Lost Throne and The Prophecy. They previously released The Secret Crown with much success.
(10/17/13) ― The Forbidden Tomb is the title for the second book in the Hunters series. It will be released in the UK on April 24, 2014. (The US release date is still pending.)
(08/20/13) ― The UK hardcover of The Einstein Pursuit is now available.
(08/06/13) ― The US paperback of The Death Relic was released today.
(07/29/13) ― Interested in the POLISH version of The Secret Crown? Here’s a link to a Polish book site. Unfortunately, I don’t speak Polish, so you’re on your own.
(07/18/13) ― The UK paperback of The Hunters is now available.
(06/07/13) ― Buchmann released the POLISH version of The Secret Crown.
(05/14/13) ― The Record Editorial Group released the BRAZILIAN version of The Lost Throne.
(04/15/13) ― The UK paperback of The Hunters will be released on July 18.
(04/12/13) ― I just launched a new contest on my Facebook fan page. All finalists will receive an advanced copy of The Einstein Pursuit. The eventual winner will receive books signed by Boyd Morrison, Jeremy Robinson, and me. For more details, click here.
(03/28/13) ― The Einstein Pursuit is the title of the next Payne & Jones thriller. It will be released in the UK on August 29 and in the US in early 2014.
(03/13/13) ― Cherche Midi acquired the FRENCH rights to The Hunters and Sign of the Cross. This is my first French deal, so I’m pretty excited about it.
(02/10/13) ― Gabo Publishing acquired the HUNGARIAN rights to The Hunters. It will be published in hardcover before the end of the year.
(01/10/13) ― The U.S. hardcover of The Death Relic was officially released today.
(01/07/13) ― Great review of The Hunters in the Daily Mail (UK). You can read it here.
(01/03/13) ― The Hunters is now available in the UK & Australia. You can order copies here.
(01/02/13) ― Here’s a Q & A for the upcoming release of The Death Relic: click here.
(12/20/12) ― I recently recorded a holiday message (in 1080p) for all of my fans. There’s a decent chance I’ll win an Emmy for it. You can see it on YouTube.
(12/03/12) ― The video trailer for the UK hardcover of The Hunters was launched today. Click the link to see it on YouTube. (The music is really cool so crank the volume!)
(11/29/12) ― The winning cover design for the UK hardcover was officially unveiled on my Facebook fan page. To see a high-resolution version of the cover, click here.
(11/13/12) ― I just added two book events to my Events page. Hope to see you there!
(10/26/12) ― Thanks to everyone who participated in the UK cover contest. If all goes well, my publisher will announce the winning design later this week.
(10/19/12) ― Starting Monday the 22nd, fans will have a chance to vote for their favorite cover for The Hunters. The best part? All participants will have their names listed in a special section of the UK hardcover. For more details, please visit my Facebook fan page.
(10/11/12) ― For the latest information about my upcoming series The Hunters, please visit my Facebook fan page. I’ll be dropping clues (and having contests) on a regular basis.
(10/08/12) ― I found some additional photos of Boris Johnson (the mayor of London) reading The Prophecy at a library event. They can be seen here.
(07/31/12) ― The U.S. paperback of The Secret Crown was officially released today.
(06/25/12) ― I finished editing the manuscript of THE HUNTERS. I might be biased, but I think it’s one of the ten best books ever written by someone in my immediate family.
(05/18/12) ― Sainsbury's (UK) has selected both The Prophecy and The Secret Crown for their Summer Reading promotion, which will see the books featured in 250+ stores. The promo starts on June 21 and will run until the end of August.
(05/11/12) ― I just got the word from my editor at Headline (UK): THE HUNTERS will be released in hardcover and trade paperback on January 3, 2013. Happy New Year!!!
(05/09/12) ― On May 11 (Friday), I will be participating in an internet chat from 2:00 - 2:45 pm (EST). For more details about the Q & A, please visit the BookClub.
(04/19/12) ― After several months of hard work, I turned in the manuscript for THE HUNTERS. It is the first book in a brand-new series that will be released by Hachette UK. As soon as I have a release date, I’ll be sure to post it here.
(02/07/12) ― Gabo Publishing acquired the HUNGARIAN rights to The Secret Crown. It will be published in trade paperback before the end of the year.
(01/31/12) ― After years of rejection from the Fatherland, one of my books (The Secret Crown) will be published in POLISH, the language of my ancestors. Buchmann (a company that publishes Tom Clancy, Nelson DeMille, and many others) acquired the rights.
(01/18/12) ― On January 20, I will be a guest on Studio 10, a morning talk show in Tampa. It airs from 10-11:00 am on WTSP-TV (CBS).
(01/12/12) ― The Secret Crown is officially released in the United States. Over the next two weeks, I’ll do several events to promote the book.
(12/17/11) ― British paparazzi catch Boris Johnson (the Mayor of London) reading The Prophecy. A national scandal is sure to follow. Click the link to see the shocking photo.
(12/05/11) ― A friend of mine just opened a new site that is selling signed copies of all of my books and other Chris Kuzneski collectibles. Please check it out: ulster-archives.com.
(10/11/11) ― The Death Relic debuted at #9 on the London Times bestseller list. This is my fifth consecutive book to reach the UK top ten. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy.
(10/04/11) ― I updated the address of my Facebook fan page. It can now be found at the following address: www.facebook.com/chriskuzneski.books.
(09/29/11) ― The Death Relic is officially released in the UK. A nation weeps with joy.
(09/28/11) ― Check out my recent Q & A with the Greek newspaper, Τα Μετέωρα. If you can’t read Greek, just stare at the photo that accompanies the interview.
(09/22/11) ― The Kindle version of The Death Relic is now listed on Amazon UK. To pre-order the e-book, click this link. It will be auto-delivered on September 29.
(09/15/11) ― Next week I’ll be giving away a signed copy of The Death Relic. To be eligible for this fabulous prize, you must register for my free newsletter. Talk about a win-win.
(09/05/11) ― Book Club Associates (BCA) in the UK will feature The Death Relic in their October catalog. (Or catalogue, if you live in the UK.)
(08/29/11) ― One month from today, The Death Relic will be released in the UK. To read the first chapter, please visit the excerpt page.
(08/25/11) ― I’ll be speaking and signing books at the Mystery Florida conference in Sarasota this weekend. If you’re in the area, stop in and buy some books (preferably mine).
(07/28/11) ― Target stores in Australia will be featuring THE CHRIS KUZNESKI COLLECTION, a three-book box set, starting September 1. To see a photo of the collection, click here.
(07/05/11) ― The U.S. paperback of The Prophecy was released today. If you’d like to order it, please visit my Buy The Books page.
(07/01/11) ― The Death Relic will be released in the UK on September 29, 2011.
(07/01/11) ― The Secret Crown will be released in US hardcover on January 12, 2012.
(06/15/11) ― Today was my deadline for The Death Relic. I finished the manuscript with twenty-seven minutes to spare. Waiting any later than that would have been rude.
(05/09/11) ― Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, an anthology that features my essay on Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best Critical/Non-Fiction category. Winners will be announced at Bouchercon 2011.
(05/04/11) ― JOTA acquired the CZECH rights to The Secret Crown. This will be my fifth book with JOTA, so I guess they were happy with the previous four.
(04/08/11) ― Huge news from the UNITED KINGDOM. I just agreed to a new four-book deal with Headline Publishing. (It is a part of the Hachette UK Group.) This deal includes two books in the Payne & Jones series, and the launch of a brand-new action/adventure series called THE HUNTERS. To read the press release, please click here.
(04/05/11) ― I will be attending the Mystery Florida conference in Sarasota, FL, at the end of August. Go to my events page for all the juicy details.
(03/30/11) ― Target stores in AUSTRALIA will be doing a three-book box set of my earlier novels (Sign of the Cross, Sword of God, and The Lost Throne) as part of a promotional campaign. Once I get a release date and a price, I'll be sure to post it here.
(03/27/11) ― The Malta Independent, a national newspaper in Malta, recently did a special feature about my books. For more details, you can read the article here.
(03/26/11) ― Huge news about my writing career will be announced at the upcoming London Book Fair. Once the details are made public, I will post the information on my website.
(03/10/11) ― The title of the next Payne & Jones thriller is THE DEATH RELIC. It will be released in the UK in October 2011.
(02/20/11) ― I just finished proofreading the typeset pages for The Prophecy. Berkley will release the American paperback in July 2011.
(01/20/11) ― Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, an anthology that features my essay on Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). If it wins its category, I’m going to run on stage and grab the trophy before any of the other contributor can snatch it. This is my only chance to take home a statue.
(01/01/11) ― Happy New Year to everyone! Now that the holidays are over, I’m going to get back to work -- just like everyone who has a real job.
(11/10/10) ― Mauri Spagnol acquired the ITALIAN rights to The Prophecy. They will publish it in hardcover under their Editrice Nord imprint.
(11/05/10) ― WHSmith Travel and High Street will run a special promotion for Sword of God during December. The trade paperback will be sold in the UK at discounted prices (£3.99 - £4.99) to generate interest in my backlist for the holiday shopping season.
(11/04/10) ― I was interviewed by Jim Sanders on Arirang Radio, an English language radio station in South Korea. The main topic was Sword of God, which was partially set on Jeju Island, South Korea. If you’re interested, the interview will air on November 8.
(10/15/10) ― ITW has asked me to participate in its first-ever roundtable discussion, which will be a new feature on the ITW website, starting November 1. The first panel will be filled with ten bestselling authors, including Andrew Gross and Linda Fairstein. The topic will be, “What is the primary job of a thriller? Entertainment? Escapism? To provoke thought?”
(10/13/10) ― The Secret Crown rises to #10 on the London Times bestsellers list. This is my fourth book in a row to hit the UK Top Ten. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy!
(10/07/10) ― To promote the release of my new book, I was recently interviewed by History Times. To check out the Q & A, please click here.
(10/05/10) ― After only three days of sales (versus a full week for the competition), The Secret Crown is #18 on the London Times bestsellers list. If daily sales continue at the current rate, the book might crack the Top Ten next week.
(09/30/10) ― Penguin UK officially released The Secret Crown. Payne & Jones went out to celebrate, but didn’t invite me. If they keep this up, I’m going to stop writing about them.
(09/29/10) ― Gabo Publishing acquired the HUNGARIAN rights to The Prophecy. It will be published in trade paperback within the next 18 months.
(09/27/10) ― Got some exciting news from Penguin UK. Waterstone's has selected The Secret Crown as one of their "books of the year." WH Smith's Travel has named it as their "read of the week." And ASDA has selected it as their "paperback of the week." How sweet is that???
(09/25/10) ― Here are some of the international release dates for The Secret Crown:
- Australia (October 25)
- India (end of October)
- New Zealand (beginning of November)
- Singapore (September 30)
- South Africa (end of October)
- United Kingdom (September 30)
(09/08/10) ― If you’d like to listen to my interview on Suspense Radio, click here.
(08/25/10) ― I’ll be interviewed on Suspense Radio on Friday, August 27, at 9:00 p.m. Click this link for more details.
(08/24/10) ― BBC Audio just announced the release dates of The Prophecy. Cassettes will be available in the UK on January 4, 2011. CDs will come out on February 1, 2011. To view the cover art, click here and scroll down.
(08/16/10) ― I started working on a secret project. More details to come next month.
(08/12/10) ― Penguin UK just sent me the final cover art for The Secret Crown. As always, they’re rushing my books to print in the UK. The official release date is six weeks away!
(08/01/10) ― I recently added a new feature to my website. It’s called a VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR. So far, it’s been getting rave reviews from my readers. Make sure you check it out.
(07/29/10) ― The Lost Throne made the New York Times mass-market list. Thanks to everyone who bought one. To celebrate, go out and buy another copy!
(07/21/10) ― My American book tour is officially over. Thanks to all of the stores & libraries for hosting my events, and thanks to all of the readers (including one from Belgium and two from England) who showed up to meet me. Let’s do it again next summer!
(07/08/10) ― The American hardcover of The Prophecy was released today.
(07/06/10) ― The American paperback of The Lost Throne was released today.
(06/21/10) ― WH Smith Travel (UK) will feature The Secret Crown as an airside exclusive, releasing it in their airport locations up to six weeks before the official publication date.
(06/14/10) ― I finished writing The Secret Crown and sent it to my publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Now I’m going to sleep for a week....
(05/09/10) ― The Secret Crown is the title of my next Payne & Jones thriller. It will be released in the UK in October 2010 and in the US in Summer 2011.
(05/02/10) ― Putnam has started to arrange my summer tour. Please check the events page on my website for all the details. Hopefully, I’ll see you soon.
(04/06/10) ― I just added the cover art for Thrillers: 100 Must Reads to the bottom of my media page. The book, which will be released in hardcover on July 5, features my essay on Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October.
(03/17/10) ― According to the latest sales figures, I have officially hit the half-million mark for books sold in the UK. I’m not sure, but I think I get a gold plaque or something. Sweet!
(03/03/10) ― The SPANISH version of The Lost Throne will be released in July 2010. This is my third book with Planeta, the largest publisher in Spain. Last year they published La Señal de la Cruz and La Espada de Dios with mucho success.
(03/01/10) ― BBC Audio has acquired the BRITISH audio rights for The Prophecy.
(02/26/10) ― I just learned The Lost Throne won the Bronze Medal for Popular Fiction at the Florida Book Awards, which is America’s most comprehensive state book awards program.
(02/16/10) ― Editrice Nord, the ITALIAN publisher for The Lost Throne, has decided to change its title for the Italian book market. It will be called “Il Trono di Dio” (The Throne of God.)
(02/04/10) ― I’ve posted the American cover art for THE PROPHECY. To view it, click here.
(01/13/10) ― Great news! I just found out The Prophecy has cracked 100,000 copies in the UK. Amazingly, that means all four of my British releases have eclipsed the 100k mark. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy or recommended my books to someone else.
(12/10/09) ― JOTA acquired the CZECH rights to The Prophecy.
(12/09/09) ― My agent (Scott Miller) just finalized a new two-book deal with Putnam/Berkley. The books, which will feature Payne & Jones, will be released in America in 2011 and 2012.
(12/08/09) ― Thorndike Press released the large-print American edition of The Lost Throne. If you’re interested in ordering the book from Amazon, click this link.
(11/20/09) ― The Prophecy has been selected as the “Pick of the Month” by NewsLink, a retail company that operates over 150 stores in Australia and the Pacific Rim. NewsLink outlets (including Virgin Entertainment and Watermark Books) are quite common in malls and airports -- which is great for me since the holidays are just around the corner.
(11/13/09) ― I just approved the American cover art for The Prophecy. (FYI, it looks awesome!) As soon as I get permission from Putnam, I’ll post it on my website.
(11/04/09) ― Putnam will release the American version of The Prophecy on July 8, 2010.
(11/03/09) ― Thanks to a few new releases (damn you, John Grisham!), The Prophecy slips to #6 on the British fiction list. But sales are still strong, so I’m still ecstatic.
(10/28/09) ― After a strong week of sales, The Prophecy has climbed to #6 on the main UK list. (This includes all books sold -- fiction, non-fiction, paperback, and hardcover.) The names ahead of me are Dan Brown, James Patterson, and Danielle Steel. Not bad company!
(10/28/09) ― In addition, The Prophecy jumps to #4 on the British fiction list. This is the highest I’ve ever been on the charts, eclipsing my previous record of #5.
(10/23/09) ― Anu Elara acquires the SLOVENIAN rights to Sign of the Cross, Sword of God, and The Lost Throne. The books will be released in order, starting in 2010.
(10/22/09) ― By the end of the year, all of my books will be available on the iPhone.
(10/20/09) ― Based on only two days of book sales (versus a full week of sales for the competition), The Prophecy landed at #12 on the London Times bestsellers list. If daily sales continue at the current rate, the book might crack the Top-5 next week. (Fingers crossed.)
(10/15/09) ― Penguin UK officially releases The Prophecy. Payne & Jones have no comment.
(10/13/09) ― Dave TV, a popular British television channel owned by the BBC, is recommending The Prophecy to its viewers ― and everyone else, too. Dave’s official stamp of approval (in this case, a fancy red sticker) will appear on the UK book cover of The Prophecy.
(10/05/09) ― Modern Times acquired the GREEK rights to The Lost Throne. This is my third book with the publisher. They also released Sign of the Cross and Sword of God.
(09/28/09) ― Here are some of the foreign release dates for The Prophecy.
United Kingdom ― October 15
Australia/NZ ― October 26
South Africa ― November 1
India ― November 15
(09/25/09) ― When Berkley releases the American paperback of The Lost Throne in July 2010, it will be published under the “Berkley Premium” imprint. This means the book will be printed in the slightly larger, easier-to-hold, size that is fairly common for recent bestsellers.
(09/18/09) ― Although The Prophecy won’t be released in the UK until October 15, several major stores (Tesco, ASDA, Morrisons, and WHSmith) have slotted it for their bestseller charts. This is based on book orders and advanced sales. Furthermore, WHS Travel has chosen it as its “Read of the Week.” If everything falls into place, this should be my biggest seller yet!
(09/09/09) ― I was recently asked to do a guest blog for the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in South Florida. My humorous essay is entitled “Dan Brown and Me.” If you’d like to read it, click this link.
(08/17/09) ― Jon Kassir at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles has agreed to represent The Lost Throne. In other words, he’ll be in charge of shopping the book to producers, directors, and film companies. Obviously there are no guarantees in Hollywood, but this is an important first step in the long journey to get a movie deal.
(08/13/09) ― I finished proofreading the typeset pages of The Prophecy, and turned in my notes to Penguin UK. That means I can shift my focus from writing to promotions. With that in mind, I’ve been asked to write a 500-word essay about the creation of the book. My essay will be available on the Penguin UK site and will be featured in their October newsletter.
(08/06/09) ― BBC Audio will release the cassette version of The Lost Throne in the UK on October 8. (Yes, I said cassettes.) And for those of you with fancy CD-playing gizmos, you’re going to have to wait until November 5. As of now, no word on vinyl albums or 8-track tapes.
(07/23/09) ― Today was the official publication date of The Lost Throne, my first American hardcover. Over the next four days, I’ll have five book events in the state of Florida. . . .
(07/19/09) ― I normally don’t read reviews of my books, but today I stumbled across one in my Sunday paper, the St. Petersburg Times. Thankfully, it was very positive, or else I would’ve been forced to hide from my neighbors. To read the review, just click here.
(07/07/09) ― My British publisher will release The Prophecy in the UK on October 15, 2009. As soon as I get the release dates for Australia, India, and South Africa, I’ll be sure to post them on my site. (It won’t be released in America until Summer 2010.)
(06/23/09) ― The Lost Throne has been selected as a featured alternate of the Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, and the Mystery Guild. It will also be featured in a cross-club enclosure for several other book clubs. In other words, you can buy it everywhere!
(06/19/09) ― I just received a shipment from Putnam, containing copies of The Lost Throne. Since this is my first American hardcover, I’m pretty darn excited. Unfortunately, there’s very little time to celebrate. I have to put the box away and get back to work on some minor edits for The Prophecy. It’s being released in the UK in less than four months. . . .
(06/15/09) ― Alex Clarke, my editor at Penguin UK, read my manuscript of The Prophecy, and he absolutely loved it! Did you hear that noise? That was the sound of me breathing easier. For some reason, I always get nervous when I submit a book to my publisher, so this is a huge relief. Deep down inside, I think all writers are insecure. And if they aren’t, they should be!
(06/14/09) ― A lot of people have asked if I have a Facebook page. If you’re interested in checking it out, just click here.
(06/07/09) ― I just finished the first draft of my next Payne & Jones thriller. It is called The Prophecy and will be released in the UK in November. As soon as I finish this sentence, I’m going to sleep for a week. . . .
(05/29/09) ― Booklist magazine, a publication by the American Library Association (ALA), just sent me a great review of The Lost Throne. They said it was “reminiscent of Robert Ludlum” and thought fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry would love it. Hopefully, librarians across the country will order one. (Not one book total; I meant one each.)
(05/22/09) ― I will be attending ThrillerFest in NYC from July 9-11. On Friday the 10th, I’ll be on a panel with Lee Child and Jeffery Deaver, discussing the use of technology in thrillers. Please don’t warn them, but I plan on shocking my fellow panelists. Literally. I’m going to sneak a taser on stage and zap them until they can’t speak. Let’s face it: that’s the only way the audience will listen to me. I mean, I’ve sold a few books, but not like those guys!
(05/14/09) ― Jodi Rosoff will be handling publicity for Berkley’s release of The Plantation. For more information, please click here.
(04/23/09) ― Michael Barson, the Co-Director of Publicity at Putnam, will be in charge of media relations for The Lost Throne. For more information, please click here.
(04/15/09) ― I had a pleasant surprise on tax day. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a refund check, although that would’ve been awesome. Instead, I received a box of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) for The Lost Throne and The Plantation. Both books will hit North American stores in July, so these copies were printed in advance for critics, bookstore employees, and cheap-ass friends and family members who won’t pay for one of my books. (You know who you are!)
(04/12/09) ― During the past month, I’ve been in serious work mode. Unfortunately, that will continue for another six weeks or so since my deadline for The Prophecy is June 1. (The Payne/Jones thriller is slated to be released in the UK before the end of the year.)
(03/19/09) ― BBC Audio has selected Jeff Harding, an accomplished stage and film actor, to narrate the British version of The Lost Throne. To hear samples of his work, click here.
(03/17/09) ― It’s official: All of three my books have sold over 100,000 copies in the UK. Considering the size of the British market (as compared to the U.S.), I’m totally thrilled!
(03/11/09) ― Putnam just sent me the new American cover for The Lost Throne, and it looks incredible. I liked it sooooo much that I immediately added it to the front page of my website.
(03/03/09) ― Editorial Planeta acquired the SPANISH rights to The Lost Throne. This is my third book with Planeta (the largest publisher in Spain). Last year they released La Señal de la Cruz and La Espada de Dios with mucho success.
(02/17/09) ― Mauri Spagnol acquired the ITALIAN rights to The Lost Throne. They will publish it in hardcover under their Editrice Nord imprint some time this fall.
(02/01/09) ― The Pittsburgh Steelers (my all-time favorite team) won Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. Thankfully Payne & Jones hooked me up with a ticket, and I was able to go to the game. To view some photos from my memorable day, click here.
(01/21/09) ― Jota Publishing acquired the CZECH rights to The Lost Throne. This is the same publisher that released Sword of God and Sign of the Cross in the Czech Republic, so I’m excited about our continued partnership.
(01/18/09) ― The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing in Super Bowl XLIII. Somewhere Payne & Jones are smiling. And probably drunk.
(01/16/09) ― BBC Audiobooks must really like The Lost Throne. Last week they purchased the UK audio rights. Today they won an auction for the large print rights in the UK.
(01/13/09) ― Brilliance Audio has announced the approximate release dates for my American audio books, which will be narrated by Dick Hill. They are as follows:
April 2009 - Sign of the Cross
June 2009 - Sword of God
July 2009 - The Plantation
July 2009 - The Lost Throne
(01/09/09) ― BBC Audiobooks has purchased the UK audio rights for The Lost Throne. Since they will be doing an unabridged version, the majority of buyers will be libraries and, I’m guessing, people without televisions.
(01/05/09) ― Brilliance Audio, the publisher who owns the audio rights to my books, selected award-winning narrator Dick Hill as “the voice” of the Payne/Jones series. As soon as I get some release dates for the audio books, I’ll be sure to post them on my site. In the meantime, feel free to listen to some samples of Dick Hill’s work.
(01/04/09) ― After resting for a month, The Lost Throne mustered up enough energy to creep back into British bestseller’s list. In Sunday’s London Times, my book jumped eight spots to #10. This type of jump is most likely because of word of mouth (or a very large bribe.) Thanks to everyone who has been spreading the word (and the cash.) Keep up the good work!!!
(01/03/09) ― International Thriller Writers asked me to participate in a new anthology called 100 Must Reads, which will detail the best thrillers of all time. The editors (Hank Wagner & David Morrell) asked me to write an essay on Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October. To help me prepare, I contacted Mr. Clancy over the weekend, and he was kind enough to give me some valuable tidbits about the book. Once I’m done, I’ll post the essay on my website.
(01/01/09) ― Happy New Year’s to everybody!!! To celebrate, I spent the entire day working on my website. Do I know how to party or what? Anyway, I added some new pictures to my photo section. If you want to see them, just click here.
(12/19/08) ― Great news from New York & London. My agent (Scott Miller) and foreign agent (Claire Roberts) just finalized a new two-book deal with Penguin UK. Since I owed Penguin UK another book from my previous deal, they now have me locked up through 2011. In other words, Payne & Jones will be kicking ass for another three years. . . Merry Christmas to me!!!
(12/05/08) ― Today I had a photo shoot with Daniel Portnoy, a photographer from Miami. He came to Tampa to take my author photo for the American cover jacket of The Lost Throne. All in all, I think everything went well. As soon as I get the photos, I’ll be sure to post some.
(12/01/08) ― Der Club, the German version of Bookspan, has acquired the German paperback book club rights for Sign of the Cross. (In Germany, the book is called Arcanum.) In addition, the German audio version of Arcanum was released in a six-CD set.
(11/25/08) ― For the third consecutive week, The Lost Throne will remain in the British Top Ten. This week it comes in at #8, although it’s only a few hundred copies behind #5. (The rankings are really tight from 5 thru 8.) Books are still flying off the shelves, so I’m still thrilled.
(11/19/08) ― For the second consecutive week, The Lost Throne will remain at #5 on the British bestseller’s list. The only American authors ahead of me are John Grisham, James Patterson, and Danielle Steel. Since all of them had #1 bestsellers before I even learned how to read, I can’t complain about the pecking order. In fact, I’m honored to be on the same list as them.
(11/18/08) ― Artemis acquired the TURKISH rights to The Lost Throne. This is the same publisher that released Sword of God and Sign of the Cross with much success, so I know they’ll do a great job with it in Turkey.
(11/14/08) ― The last few days I was in New York City, meeting with the great people at Putnam and Berkley. Everyone was pumped about The Lost Throne, and their excitement was contagious. Even though it rained the entire time, it was still a wonderful trip.
(11/12/08) ― The Daily Sport, a national publication in the UK, has selected The Lost Throne as its Best Book for November. They called it a “frantic-paced thriller,” and said if you “think of Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code, you’re in Kuzneski-land.”
(11/11/08) ― After a strong week of sales, The Lost Throne will move up to #5 on the British bestseller’s list. My goal for this book was to crack the UK Top-5, so I’m thrilled with the news. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy. Feel free to buy several more as gifts!
(11/04/08) ― I just got some amazing news. The Lost Throne will debut at #13 on the UK bestseller’s list ― even though its official release date isn’t for another two days. Apparently some stores made my book available on November 1 (instead of November 6), and in three days of pre-sales, it reached the charts. If this pace continues for a full week . . . WOW!
(10/28/08) ― British release dates for The Lost Throne are as follows:
United Kingdom: November 6, 2008
India: November 2008
South Africa: December 2008
Australia & New Zealand: February 2009
(10/27/08) ― Groupo Editorial Record acquired the BRAZILIAN (PORTUGUESE) rights to The Lost Throne. As soon as I get more details, I’ll be sure to post them. In the meantime, I’m going to a Brazilian steakhouse to celebrate. . . . Mmmm, grilled meat. : )
(10/16/08) ― Momentum is building for the UK release of The Lost Throne. Advanced orders are much larger than my last book, Sword of God, which debuted in the London Times Top 10. Needless to say, I’m thrilled with the possibilities of a large opening weekend.
(9/24/08) ― I’ll be speaking at Bouchercon 2008 in Baltimore, MD, on October 10. The panel discussion will focus on the use of religion in crime fiction. For more information, check out my events page.
(9/08/08) ― Brilliance Audio acquired the North American audio rights for my fifth book, a thriller that hasn’t even been written yet…. Damn! I guess that means I have to get back to work.
(9/05/08) ― Berkley/Jove announced the new-and-improved version of The Plantation will be released in North America on July 7, 2008.
(9/04/08) ― Putnam announced the American release date for The Lost Throne. It will hit bookstores on July 23, 2009.
(9/03/08) ― Brilliance Audio purchased the North American audio rights, at auction, for all four of my novels including The Lost Throne. As soon as I get more details, I’ll be sure to post them.
(7/24/08) ― I just returned from England where I participated in the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. In addition, I spent several days in London where I met half of the Penguin UK staff and filmed a number of interviews for the November release of my new thriller, The Lost Throne. Things couldn’t have gone better. In fact, the sun even shined for an entire afternoon ― which I’m told is a record in London.
(6/24/08) ― Droemer-Knaur, my German publisher for Sign of the Cross, reached an agreement with Weltbild, a German book club (with several stores of its own.) They will publish a hardcover German edition of SOTC in December 2008.
(6/16/08) ― The Lost Throne will be released in the UK on November 6, 2008. It won’t be released in the US until Summer 2009.
(6/12/08) ― I just heard from Alex Clarke (my British editor) and he loves my new book. To be honest, I can’t tell who is more excited, Alex or me! Actually, I think Alex is. Since The Lost Throne is scheduled to be one of Penguin UK’s major releases this fall, they would’ve been pissed if I had to rewrite the damn thing. Thankfully, that isn’t necessary, so both of us can finally breathe easy.
(6/01/08) ― After many months of hard work and sleepless nights, I turned in the first draft of my new book, The Lost Throne, to my American and British editors. And not a moment too soon. It was due on June 1, and I sent it off with about fifteen minutes to spare. Talk about cutting it close! The Brits will be releasing the book in November, so I’m sure I’ll hear back from them soon.
(4/30/08) ― Artemis Yayinlari, a major publisher with its own distribution network, has obtained the TURKISH rights for Sword of God. Considering the subject matter of the book, this really surprises me. After all, Turkey is a Muslim country.
(4/15/08) ― I recently saw the preliminary cover art for the British version of The Lost Throne, and it looks awesome! Penguin UK will release the book in the British market in November 2008, several months before Putnam releases the hardcover in America. This is due to my great success in the UK, and the fact that Berkley will be releasing a new-and-improved paperback version of The Plantation in Spring 2009.
(3/17/08) ― Stylos, a publisher in Serbia with its own distribution channel, acquired the SERBIAN rights to Sign of the Cross. It will be released within a year.
(3/14/08) ― ERA, the publisher that had great success with Sign of the Cross, just obtained the BULGARIAN rights for Sword of God. The book is slated for release within the next year.
(2/6/08) ― The Australian/New Zealand trade paperback version of Sword of God will be released tomorrow. To learn more, please visit the Penguin Australia site.
(2/1/08) ― Maroon Books outbid several publishers to acquire the INDONESIAN rights to Sword of God. It will be released this year.
(1/30/08) ― The Indonesian version of Sign of the Cross was just released by Serambi Publishing in Jakarta, Indonesia.
(1/23/08) ― The largest publisher in Spain, Editorial Planeta, acquired the SPANISH rights to Sword of God. This is my second book with Planeta, which previously released La Señal de la Cruz. They will release SWORD in November 2008.
(1/15/08) ― Mauri Spagnol, one of the big three publishers in Italy, acquired the ITALIAN rights to Sword of God. They will publish it in hardcover under their Editrice Nord imprint, and eventually release it as a mass-market paperback.
(12/17/07) ― Modern Times, the GREEK publisher that released Sign of the Cross, has picked up the option on Sword of God.
(12/12/07) ― Jota Publishing, one of the largest publishers in the Czech Republic, has acquired the CZECH rights to Sign of the Cross and Sword of God. They will release both books in hardcover within the next 18 months.
(12/1/07) ― Sword of God was released in India and South Africa.
(11/16/07) ― Mill Books, a brand-new publisher in Portugal, just acquired the PORTUGUESE rights to Sign of the Cross. The coolest part? My book is going to be one of four foreign titles that will help launch the company.
(11/13/07) ― Great news from Moscow. Randall Klein, one of my foreign agents at Trident Media, sold the RUSSIAN rights to Sword of God. They were acquired by AST, the company that will be publishing Sign of the Cross in Russia in Fall 2008. This is my first foreign language sale for SWORD, so I’m pretty excited.
(11/13/07) ― Today is the official release date of the Spanish version of Sign of the Cross, also known as La Señal de la Cruz.
(11/10/07) ― For the fourth consecutive week, Sword of God is in the British Top Ten.
(10/30/07) ― Another week and more good news from London. Sword of God is up to #6 in the latest U.K. charts.
(10/25/07) ― For the second consecutive week, Sword of God is on the New York Times bestseller list.
(10/24/07) ― The American version of Sword of God will soon be available in the five major e-book platforms (Mobi, Sony, Adobe, MS Reader, and Palm.)
(10/23/07) ― Wow, I love the British! Sword of God is up to #7 in the latest U.K. charts. Somehow my book is ahead of new releases from Thomas Harris and Clive Cussler. That’s right: Jonathon Payne is kicking Hannibal Lecter’s ass!!!
(10/18/07) ― I just found out that Sword of God made the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #33. This is my first appearance on the New York Times list, so I’m thrilled.
(10/17/07) ― A number of fans have asked me if there are major differences between the American and British versions of Sword of God. And the truth is, there are. Penguin UK contracted me to write an additional 10,000 words for their version. That’s roughly 50 extra pages. My main focus was fleshing out the character of Shari Shasmeen and the members of her archaeological team. In addition, I extended the conclusion of the story, adding a twist that fans of Sign of the Cross will enjoy. If you read both versions, let me know which one you liked better.
(10/16/07) ― Wonderful news from London! Sword of God moved up to #10 on the British charts, which means it jumped 18 places after a full week of sales. If this pace keeps up, it will be negative 8 in next week’s rankings!
(10/10/07) ― Even though Sword of God was only available for three days in the UK, stores sold enough copies to place it #28 on the British bestsellers’ list. Next week, when my book is available for a full seven days (like the rest of my competition), I should move significantly higher. At least I hope so.
(10/4/07) ― Sword of God was officially released in the United Kingdom. Since I live in the States, I rely on my British editor (Alex Clarke) to give me updates on its progress. And let me tell you, I’m still shaking my head in amazement over all the publicity. Waterstone’s and ASDA named it one of their paperbacks of the year. WH Smith selected it as its “Read of the Week.” Sainsbury’s will feature Sword in next month’s catalog leaflet, which has a print run of eight million copies. And Tesco placed it in their Top-10, where it will be featured in more than 400 stores during the coming weeks.
(10/1/07) ― I am the author of the month, according to MyShelf.com. To read their feature interview or their wonderful review of Sword of God, just go to their site.
(9/25/07) ― Sword of God was officially released in North America. If you haven’t bought a copy, what are you waiting for? Books are best enjoyed when they first roll off the press. Why? Because you can get high from sniffing the fresh ink.
(9/20/07) ― Wow! The great news keeps on coming. Today I agreed to a new book deal with Putnam, which will release my next two novels in hardcover. For the past 15 consecutive years, Putnam has led the publishing industry with more New York Times bestsellers than any other imprint. So I feel honored to be a part of its stable of authors that includes Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Robert B. Parker, Nora Roberts, and Stuart Woods.
(9/20/07) ― As part of the Putnam deal, my books will continue to be released in paperback by Berkley, the publisher that I’ve been with for the past two years. Both imprints are part of Penguin USA, so we’re all playing for the same publishing team.
(9/13/07) ― Penguin Australia will release their mass-market edition of Sign of the Cross on Jan 7, 2008. A month later they will release the trade paperback edition of Sword of God. Both books will have the same cover as the British version.
(9/20/07) ― Booket, a division of Editorial Planeta, announced the release date of the Spanish version of Sign of the Cross. It will hit stores on November 13, 2007.
(9/10/07) ― Great news from London!!! I just accepted a two-book deal with Penguin UK. Things have been going so well in the British market that a new deal made perfect sense for all the parties involved: me, my agent, my editor, and Payne & Jones.
(9/20/07) ― Sword of God received a terrific review in the latest edition of Publisher’s Weekly. Among their comments, they said, “This globe-crossing action thriller evokes the spirit of Dan Brown with welcome doses of Lee Child’s ex-military tough-guy grit.”
(8/22/07) ― Thanks to my appearance on Bulgarian television (BTV), Sign of the Cross is a Bulgarian bestseller.
(8/20/07) ― It’s only August, but I just received word that I’ve been named My Shelf.com’s author of the month for October. (I hope I’m not ruining their surprise.) Former winners include James Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Brad Meltzer, and Faye Kellerman, so this is a really cool honor.
(7/30/07) ― If you happen to be in Bulgaria, please turn on BTV, Bulgaria’s biggest television network, for a story on my novel, Sign of the Cross. This past Friday, I was interviewed by Kristina Vladimirova, and our conversation will air today.
(7/27/07) ― To promote the Dutch release of Sign of the Cross, I recently did an interview for Ezzulia, the largest book forum in the Netherlands. The ten questions section, called Kort & Krachtig, features my Q & A ― written in Dutch.
(7/19/07) ― The Bulgarian version of Sign of the Cross will be released on July 23, 2007. During the next week, I will be featured in Bulgaria’s largest newspaper and interviewed on BTV, Bulgaria’s largest television network.
(6/15/07) ― The Dutch version of Sign of the Cross was released by De Boekerij.
(5/19/07) ― For the sixth straight week, Sign of the Cross is in the British Top-20.
(5/01/07) ― Penguin South Africa and Penguin India released Sign of the Cross in their respective countries today. The books will have the same cover as Penguin UK.
(4/25/07) ― Slowly but surely, Sign of the Cross continues to climb the British bestseller list. This week it’s up to #11 in the United Kingdom.
(4/24/07) ― Hoping to capitalize on the success of Sign of the Cross, Penguin UK has decided to move up the release date of Sword of God to early October 2007.
(4/17/07) ― This week’s British bestseller list was just released, and Sign of the Cross has climbed to #12. Since this is my first book in the United Kingdom, I’m thrilled!
(4/11/07) ― Sign of the Cross is officially an international bestseller. It debuted at #19 on the British bestseller list -- even though the book wasn’t out for the entire week. Hopefully, with a full week of sales, the book will climb even higher on the charts.
(4/10/07) ― Penguin Books Australia will be publishing the trade paperback version of Sign of the Cross on May 7. It will be released in Australia and New Zealand.
(4/4/07) ― Eram Books acquired the ESTONIAN rights for Sign of the Cross. Eram publishes Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly, and others.
(3/29/07) ― I accepted a foreign deal with Kontinents, a major publisher in Riga, Latvia, for the LATVIAN version of Sign of the Cross. Kontinents publishes Dan Brown, David Baldacci, Brad Meltzer, Douglas Preston, and others.
(3/23/07) ― I just agreed to a BRITISH deal with Penguin UK for my next book Sword of God. It will be released under their Michael Joseph imprint, although I’m not quite sure when.
(3/1/07) ― Serambi Publishing in Jakarta, Indonesia, has acquired the Bahasa INDONESIAN language rights for Sign of the Cross. Serambi was the Indonesian publisher for The Da Vinci Code.
(9/20/07) ― Artemis Yayinlari, a major publisher with its own distribution network in Turkey, has obtained the TURKISH rights for Sign of the Cross.
(1/9/07) ― ERA, a publisher in Sofia, Bulgaria, whose client list includes Jeffrey Deaver and Vince Flynn, just obtained the BULGARIAN rights for Sign of the Cross.
(1/3/07) ― RAO Publishing in Bucharest just acquired the ROMANIAN rights for Sign of the Cross. RAO has an impressive roster of American authors (Dan Brown, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, etc.) so I’m in great company.
(9/30/2006) ― Sign of the Cross was released on September 26 and opened at #13 on the Barnes & Noble Fiction Mass-Market list. It eventually peaked at #7 in the country. Technically, this means I can refer to myself as a national bestselling author . . . Did you hear that sound? That’s my ego getting bigger!
(9/30/2006) ― Modern Times, a publisher in Athens, Greece, obtained the GREEK rights for Sign of the Cross.
(8/14/2006) ― I just agreed to a BRITISH deal with Penguin UK. They will release Sign of the Cross in April 2007 under their Michael Joseph imprint.
(7/30/2006) ― Sign of the Cross was recently named a featured selection of the Literary Guild, which has been in business over 75 years and is one of the largest direct marketers of books in America. They labeled SOTC as their “insider discovery,” a fancy way of saying that no one has ever heard of me yet my book is worth reading. In order to address my anonymity, they asked me to write a letter of introduction — one where I talk about myself and my book — which they will send to their millions of members.
(7/30/2006) ― One more note on the Literary Guild. They will be releasing a hardcover version of SOTC, something that won’t be available in stores. So if you want a hardcover, you’ll have to join their organization and buy it from them.
(7/30/2006) ― I accepted a RUSSIAN deal with AST, the largest publisher in Russia. AST (which are the initials of its three founders: “Andrei,” “Svetlana,” and “Tatyana”) publishes Dan Brown, John Grisham, James Patterson, Stephen King, and Michael Connelly.
(1/18/2006) ― I just got a GERMAN deal with Droemer-Knaur. They are part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, which owns many American publishers including St. Martin’s Press, Tor Books, and Henry Holt. They will distribute SOTC to all German-speaking markets. (1/18/2006)
(12/12/2005) ― Editorial Planeta, the largest SPANISH publisher, bought SOTC and the option for my next book. They will make SOTC available in Spain, Mexico, and several countries in South America.
(12/12/2005) ― I agreed to a DUTCH deal with Uitgeverij M, an imprint of De Boekerij. Amazingly, SOTC will be their lead thriller title in Summer 2007.