Monday, November 7, 2011

Still Rolling...

Already Gone has been out for two week, and the response has been fantastic. The book hit the ground running on day one, and it's still going strong. This one is easily my fastest selling novel so far, so thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy or is planning to.

I've been busy working on the new book, so I haven't put together a signing schedule for Already Gone yet. If you'd like your copy signed and you don't want to wait, go ahead and email me at, and I'll give you the information on where you can send your books.

In the meantime, I went on KMTV's The Morning Blend today to talk about the books, movie stuff, and writing in general. If you'd like to see how it turned out, here's a link:

The Morning Blend

I also did a interview with Suspense Radio last week. Here's that link:

Suspense Radio.

Here's another interview I did earlier this week. This one with Jedidiah Ayres over at the Barnes & Noble, Ransom Notes blog.

Ransom Notes

And finally, in case you haven't seen it, Duane Swierczynski wrote a great guest review of Already Gone for the Kindle Post blog.

The call is coming from Inside the house.

As always, thank you all for supporting the books.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Already Gone

Today, my third novel is officially published.

If you’d like to read a few early reviews, you can find them below:

Review #1

Review #2

Review #3

Review #4

Review #5

I also wanted to say thank you to all the people I’ve met over the past few years who have stepped in to help me along. I feel lucky to be able to do what I do, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the friends, editors, publishers, publicists, marketing teams, critics, radio show hosts, producers, screenwriters, reviewers, and especially the readers who have taken time out of their lives to read my stories. I’m humbled by the support, and I hope you enjoy Already Gone .

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Two days...

October 25th, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Big Week

My novel, The Grove, hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list this week.

I really want to thank the readers out there who picked up a copy and made this happen. This was a huge milestone for me, and I’m still in shock and still grinning like a fool.

Lost in that great news, I also released a collection of my early, dark suspense stories on Monday. The collection is called The Walls Around Us, and it’s available as an ebook through Amazon. If you're interested in seeing what I was writing when I first started, this will show you.

Next Week is Bouchercon, and I have a few appearances lined up.

First, I’ll be reading at Noir @ the Bar on Wednesday night, 9/14. The reading starts at 8:00PM, and the address is: Meshuggah CafĂ©, 6269 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO. (314-726-5662). The guys have been on me for a couple years to come out and do one of these, and I’m excited the stars have finally aligned. Now I can see for myself if the rumors are true.

On Thursday 9/15, I’ll be on the BAD SEED (Sex, Violence, and Everything that makes a book great) panel from 9:00PM – 10:00PM along with Christa Faust, Chris Holm, Scott Phillips, Benjamin Whitmer, Jonathan Woods, and S.J. Rozan. Scott Montgomery from Austin’s Book People is moderating this one, and from what I’ve been told, there’s a bar in the room. This one should be fun.

On Saturday 9/17, I’ll be on the BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (The Troubled Protagonist) panel from 2:30PM - 3:30PM along with Chelsea Cain, Kevin Guilfoile, Sophie Hannah, and Katia Lief. Jordan Foster is moderating this one.

I hope to see everyone at the panels. If not, I’ll be in the signing room after each one if you want to stop by and say hello.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Short Story Collection

Available Now

Monday, May 30, 2011

BEA 2011

Last week Amazon pulled out all the stops and generously brought all their authors to New York for Book Expo America. There were Limos, beautiful rooms, nice restaurants, and rooftop parties with this view.

And this...

There were agents and publishers and writers everywhere you turned. I had a chance to meet several Amazon authors for the first time, as well as other writing and publishing friends who I haven’t seen in quite a while.

Basically, it was a hell of a week.

Amazon had a few big announcements: The hiring of Larry Kirshbaum to run their New York office, a new $164 3G Kindle, and of course, Barry Eisler jumping from St. Martins to sign on with Thomas & Mercer.

All the blogs I’ve seen seem to focus on Barry’s decision not to self publish in favor of Thomas & Mercer, but I can’t speak to that. My experience with self publishing is very limited and goes way back to early 2009 B.K. (before Konrath). A lot has changed since those days, so I’ll let other people talk about what his decision means. Personally, I think he made a great choice. Amazon is fantastic to work with, and I couldn’t be happier to be publishing on the Thomas & Mercer imprint. Having a writer like Barry Eisler on board raises everyone’s profile, which is good for us all.

Plus, I’ve heard that angels fly from his hair when he laughs. Don’t hold me to that one though, it’s just a rumor.

What else… I had two great signings in New York, one at the Library Journal’s Day of Dialog in the McGraw-Hill conference center on Monday, and another at the Amazon Publishing booth on the last day of the convention.

The Library Journal signing went great, and even though I was competing against an open bar, I still managed to sign quite a few books.

I was worried about the turnout for the second signing. Compared to the chaos of the previous couple days, the convention center was quiet and everything was winding down. Amazon had scheduled me to sign at the booth from 1:00 to 2:00, right before they kicked everyone out and locked the doors. I’d been told that there had been several people stopping by earlier that day asking about the signing, but I still didn’t think I’d make much of a dent in the 300+ books Amazon had waiting for me at the booth.

Turns out I didn’t have to worry.

People started lining up fifteen minutes before I was scheduled to sign, and the line just kept getting longer. I didn’t stop, or even slow down, until 2:30 when we ran out of books. One lady who handed me a book to sign told me the line was so long at one point that a couple of the other presenters were complaining about people blocking their booths, which made me laugh.

If only it was the norm...

Still, what a great way to end an amazing week.

Oh, and if anyone is interested, you can download the first three teaser chapters of my new novel, ALREADY GONE... HERE.

It's free.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thomas & Mercer

Today Amazon announced their fifth publishing imprint, Thomas & Mercer, and I’m thrilled that my third novel, Already Gone, will be one of the first titles they publish.

It was a tough decision to leave Tor/Forge, but I know it was the right one for me. Amazon’s dedication to their books and their authors is unmatched, and I couldn’t be happier.

Here are a couple dates:

Already Gone will be released in the US on October 25th 2011, and in the UK through Simon and Schuster on December 8th 2011.

The Grove will be re-released in the US through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 4th 2011. It will also be released for the first time in the UK through Simon and Schuster sometime in 2012.

Next week I’ll be in New York for Book Expo America, and I’ll be signing ARC’s of Already Gone at the Amazon booth on Thursday the 26th at 1:00. If you’re there, stop by and say hello.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A long overdue update

Hi everyone… Sorry for the long delay between posts. I blame edits, life, etc…

Anyway, a quick update.

I finished edits on my third novel. It’s called ALREADY GONE, and it’ll be released in the US and available in stores on October 25th this year, and in the UK, Australia, etc, on December 8th.

Here’s the cover and a short description:

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Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet – ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.

A raw, gripping thriller about the price paid for past sins, John Rector’s third novel is a live wire that crackles with the intensity of a man with nothing left to lose. When two men attack Jake in a parking lot and cut off his finger, he tries to dismiss it as an unlucky case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But when events take a more sinister turn and Diane goes missing, Jake knows he can no longer hide from the truth. As he embarks on a mission to find his wife, he realizes his dark past is refusing to stay buried, and that his future is about to unfold in ways he could never have imagined.

Taut and brooding, Rector paints a formidable portrait of a reformed man’s slow descent into a life he thought he had walked away from forever. As the intensity becomes almost unbearable, the pace quickens and the suspense applies an unrelenting, vice-like grip, as Already Gone hurtles toward its ultimate, explosive climax.

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In other news, The Grove was picked up by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who will re-publish and re-distribute the print version later this fall. Anyone familiar with my story knows The Grove was my first novel that no one would publish, so I released it myself. The Grove has since been a bestselling indie eBook, it was picked up by Simon and Schuster in the UK, and it’s been published by Amazonencore in the US. Now, with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt stepping in, The Grove has yet another life ahead, and that'll give it the chance to go wider and reach even more readers.

On top of that great news, I also learned that The Grove is going to be published in Turkey later this year. I don't have all the details yet, but I'll pass them along when I get them.

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Tomorrow, April 26th, is the official release day for the paperback edition of The Cold Kiss. I haven’t seen the actual book yet (ahem, ???), but I have all the faith in the world that a big box of books is going to land on my porch today so I can see them before they hit stores tomorrow.

That’s right, folks… all the faith in the world.

Here’s that cover…

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I also noticed Tor/Forge dropped the price of the eBook to a very reasonable $7.99, which makes me very happy.

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Ok, that’s about it for now.

For those of you in Texas, I’ll be in Austin this weekend for the World Horror Convention, and I’ll unofficially stop by Book People on Saturday to see friends and sign stock. If you’re around, come by the hotel and say hello. As with all conventions, I’ll be in the bar.

Until next time...