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message 1: by stephanie, MOD (new)

stephanie | 974 comments Mod
This thread is now open for Jim to get his book: INCOGNITO out to the public...Go for it Jim...


message 2: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Sarmina (iwrite0530) | 81 comments Jim - what is the link for obtaining Icognito?
Vickie


message 3: by Jim (last edited Jan 07, 2018 06:58PM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Okay, here I am and I am almost ready to rock. Thanks for stopping by to check this out. Vickie is the first person to come down! How'ya doin', Vickie? I've got a FREE book for you called INCOGNITO: Life on the Lam. ** SORRY THE FREE eBOOK IS OVER ** This is the first on in my espionage thriller series. It runs about 30,000 words. So it's a "short" followed by another short, followed by another short in the series, until it makes a long. Right now I'm giving away the first one in the series.

Why? Because it took forever to write the thing and I am finally done and ready to move on to the next ones. The first time, I wrote it in the past tense. Ultimately I decided that present tense is the thing. I want it to move along and carry the reader with it. Kinda like skiing or surfing or downhill roller skating. Yunno. When you're off, you're off and there's no stopping or turning back. So you can tell me what you think as you read. Did it work? ;) or not? :(


message 4: by Jim (last edited Jan 07, 2018 07:00PM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments So here's how you get INCOGNITO: Life on the Lam: Amazon link to come soon


message 5: by Farshana (new)

Farshana | 23 comments So Jim, let us know how to get ur book?


message 6: by Farshana (new)

Farshana | 23 comments okay got it


message 7: by Jim (last edited Jul 07, 2018 10:30AM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Following 9/11 a legion of top secret operators were dispatched to protect the American homeland at all costs. Operating in the dark–independent and unsupervised–these solitary soldiers jumped into the fray. Years later and unable to sustain congressional scrutiny, this risky operation and all of its operatives have been terminated . . . save one.

Jack Studder is still out there hunting down America’s enemies, but unaware that he’s targeted by those he’d sworn to protect–the politicians who created him.

To read a preview sample, click here: http://adamjames.blackdogebooks.com/


message 8: by Jim (last edited Jan 07, 2018 07:02PM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Now I'm gonna be sitting here all day watching multiple computer screens for comments and book requests. Yup. They are already pouring in. Woo-hoo! And I am sending 'em out like hot cakes!

In another window I am also working on the second book in this series, called INCOGNITO: The Honey Trap. This one is set partially in La Romana in the Dominican Republic. For any of you readers familiar with that area, I'd like to hear from you! It's gonna be a busy day.

Look for The Honey Trap SPRING 2018


message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments So I wasn't really sure that Stephanie was going to give me this great opportunity to make a spectacle of myself. Thanks, BoomBoom! I had to get up at the crack of dawn this morning to go downtown to the library to pick up my Eclipse Sunglasses. They had 1,000 pair and I was sure they would go fast. So I got my coffee and the latest book I'm reading (The Switch by Joseph Finder) and shot right down to the library an hour before they opened. Uh-huh. Sure enough, there was a crowd forming already. Turns out folks were gathering at the front door and at the back door. Man, when the doors opened it was like a stampede. People racing up the stairs. Actually, it wasn't like that at all. Everyone was very nice and polite and the whole thing went off quite well. Our library has three events before the Big Eclipse, and I will be going to all of them. I am an astronomy and astrophysics buff.

In fact I have been building an Astronomical Observation Tower over my garage. Please don't rat me out to the building inspector. Up here in Montana we get some pretty dark skies (except for my neighbor's night light in the backyard).


message 10: by stephanie, MOD (new)

stephanie | 974 comments Mod
Watch them glasses Jim Bob...


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Thanks for all your requests! I'm sending the PDF (or request the Kindle) as fast as I can!

Yunno, this is a good day to stay inside--downstairs in the dark in Bunker One! Usually, we have great weather here in Montana, but right now Fire Season is in full swing and we seem to be ringed by fires. The smoke is pretty thick and stinky out there. Reminds me of this one time in Pasadena . . . My baad! I certainly hope this smoke and haze doesn't interfere with my Eclipse viewing. Last time I remember seeing a full-on Eclipse was when I was in the third grade. It was pretty freaky and I've never been the same since.


message 12: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments I saw one around the third grade. We must be the same age. Lol. Anyway, our teachers took us outside with a pinhole in a piece of paper to look at it. I'm a teacher today...I can only imagine the law suits parents today would file.


message 13: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth wrote: "I saw one around the third grade. We must be the same age. Lol. Anyway, our teachers took us outside with a pinhole in a piece of paper to look at it. I'm a teacher today...I can only imagine the l..."

Yup. It was waaay back. It got cold and the birds went nuts!


message 14: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments The ancillary BOTM site has been updated: http://botm.blackdogebooks.com/


message 15: by Andre (new)

Andre Gonzalez (AndreGonzalez) | 8 comments Hey Jim, not sure what your intent is as far as distributing your book long term, or even short term for that matter. I use a couple sites to automate this process, one is $20/month, another is $20/year! Feel free to send me a PM if you'd like to hear more!

PS. My wife and I spent a day in La Romana as part of our honeymoon cruise, and all I know is that it is literally the hottest place on Earth. Whenever I hear someone say "Oh, it's so hot!", I correct them and say, "This isn't hot, La Romana is HOT!"


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Thanks, Andre!


message 17: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments The book requests are coming in (PDF or Kindle) and I am sending them out like hotcakes! Whew! I was afraid nobody would want one. It's like when a writer has a scheduled book talk somewhere and shows up to face a room full of empty chairs. Whoa! Crushed again!

Now the INCOGNITO series is for adult people. Certainly not for the kiddies. There are a few "sensitive" parts. Nothing like Jake has in his book. But sensitive just the same, if you catch my drift. Now I'm not trying to put up a WARNING! or anything. I know that won't deter any of y'all. Heh. Heh.


message 18: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments Lol


message 19: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments Jim i read in kindle format and i am interested in reading your work as well. How might i be able to get one of your incognito kindles if one was available if not then will need to download an app for the pdf files any suggestions on a free kindle app that's good for fire 8 thank you...JANE


message 20: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments Jim. I loved the opening! The setting was REAL! I visualized and even tasted bad cold coffee that he was sipping.


message 21: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth, I spent a lot of time in that nasty cold alleyway setting that scene up. HAHAHA! When he started to run, I was like, "Get outta there! Go! Go!" I had a lot more about that crew of nitwits (the watchers), but had to let that go!

Jane, I don't know what all Kindle reader apps run on a Fire8. I have an ancient Kindle reader that I just love. No bells and whistles, just books! I did discover that my old Samsung tablet runs the PDFs quite well. I was surprised. Now all the Kindle reader apps are FREE at Amazon. You should be able to download one to your Fire8. Somebody else here might know more about that sorta thing.


message 22: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments I hope everyone in Boston is okay with the flash flood warning. Gadzooks! I just finished binge-watching the entire season of American Gothic on Amazon. It was set in Boston! Loved the accents there! They stretched that series out to the bitter, bitter end. Whew! Ya gotta know when enough's enough. Yunno?


message 23: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments And prayers up to the Minnesota school explosion. Still can't find 3 people.


message 24: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Just returned from an amazing talk about the Eclipse. Roads leading into the zone of totality will be gridlocked! Where I am the sun will be 95% blocked. I hope I can get some photos. I'very already picked up the special glasses!


message 25: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments They told us it won't be visible in Texas. I don't understand. I'm no science teacher. Lolol


message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth, it's kind of a geometry thang with triangles and such. It does get a little complicated. The really amazing thing is that all this repeats in cycles with the earth and moon orbiting around the sun with the earth spinning around at a cock eyed angle to the plain of the ecliptic. See all the planets revolve around the sun as if they are all peas on a plate. The plate is called the ecliptic. Why it's not called a plate or vice versa beats me. Perhaps there's someone Out There who will drop down and explain it to us.


message 27: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments Jim wrote: "Ruth, I spent a lot of time in that nasty cold alleyway setting that scene up. HAHAHA! When he started to run, I was like, "Get outta there! Go! Go!" I had a lot more about that crew of nitwits (th..."

Thank you again and that is all I do on my kindle is read but I will try finding a pdf app that I can use that I will also feel comfortable with as well... In meantime will stick with mobi files or kindle books since those are what I am use to...


message 28: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments Will we be able to find this listed on Goodreads to add to our bookshelves and use towards our yearly book goals...


message 29: by stephanie, MOD (new)

stephanie | 974 comments Mod
Yes,


message 30: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments What a great start to this one...hook line and sinker from the very beginning... Now just to be able to locate it on Goodreads list to add it to my currently reading bookshelf... Can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the book since it started off so good...


message 31: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Janeandjerry wrote: "Will we be able to find this listed on Goodreads to add to our bookshelves and use towards our yearly book goals..."

Not at the moment, but soooon. I have much infrastructure tasks to accomplish with Amazon and GoodReads, etc. And I'm the type that puts off in favor of sleeping in the shade beneath a tree. However, I will git 'er done, as we are fond of putting it up here in Montucky!


message 32: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments Omgosh Jim. You crack me up. Smh. You are Hangul...as we say down here in Textucky.


message 33: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Janeandjerry wrote: "What a great start to this one...hook line and sinker from the very beginning... Now just to be able to locate it on Goodreads list to add it to my currently reading bookshelf... Can't wait to see ..."

Certainly glad you liked the beginning. As I said to Ruth, I have spent a LOT of time in that nasty, cold alleyway writing and rewriting that opening. I am probably like most of you when it comes to openings. It's do or die right there with those first few lines. Yunno. It either sings or it dunt.


message 34: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments As I was reading I could smell the dampness. (Is that such a thing?). I saw the humidity rolling down the walls. It was truly amazing Jim.


message 35: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments So I got a very late start with y'all today due to a variety of things going on. Eventually, I did manage to send out more books between drinking my morning latte, which I'm still at. It was a YUGE one.

First off, I had to go to the dentist for a "try-in" on the replacement partial that I lost up the in Canada last month. Jake! Let me know if you find it! Then there was waiting in this YUGE line for the morning latte. Thursday is $2 Latte Day at Black Coffee here in MSLA and the line stretched out the door and down the street. Yunno. Everybody looking at their "smart" phones. I don't have a smart phone. I got a dumb phone. $99 a year with enough minutoes to yack away for an entire month straight.

After the latte, I get back here to discover that the Internet is DOWN. Gadzooks! I dunno 'bout you, but that gets me a going, along with the caffeen from that $2 Latte. However, that presents an opportunity to go to the recycle and then on to Costco. I scarf up those little samples like a rat in a bakery in the middle of the nite. Then on the way home, some nitwit had set fire to an island in the middle of the Clark Fork of the Columbia River, which flows straight through the middle of town. Remember A River Runs Through It? Yep. Same place. Same river. So traffic was backed up and this YUGE firetruck drove down the opposite side of the road like a streak. Very exciting stuff here. Then I had to take Max to the woods, where we stop and greet every dog we see. Then I had to water the garden and the parched trees out front. See, there's no end to it. Which is a good thing, if you catch my drift.

Then I was finally able to get back online and send out books and start this whole rant. Thanks, Stephanie, for the opportunity to make a spectacle of myself.

More later... Cheers, y'all!


message 36: by Jim (last edited Aug 03, 2017 12:50PM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth wrote: "As I was reading I could smell the dampness. (Is that such a thing?). I saw the humidity rolling down the walls. It was truly amazing Jim."

There ya go! That's just what I like to hear! One never knows whether to put in too much or too little to create an image. Yunno. In San Francisco at night when the fog pours over Twin Peaks all thick and white, it acts just like snow, drifting and pulsing and piling up. You literally cannot see the front end of your car looking out. Ever experience Total Black? Ewwwwww. It's a heart pounder.


message 37: by Jim (last edited Aug 03, 2017 12:51PM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Speaking of smelling the dampness,--and I realize that right now Texas is like an oven and thar ain't no dampness down thar--one time I stuck my head down a copper mine shaft and the smell and temperature was overwhelming. That's probably why I have claustrophobia today.


message 38: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments We are at 51% humidity in Dallas. Sweltering come to mind. I won't even walk out to the mailbox. Lol.


message 39: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments Wow at 47% through this and really looking more into this Italian and Jack is he in or is he getting cold feet back and forth Damn good book High Five so far Jim...thanks


message 40: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Janeandjerry wrote: "Wow at 47% through this and really looking more into this Italian and Jack is he in or is he getting cold feet back and forth Damn good book High Five so far Jim...thanks"

Way to go. You're into it. Who's The Italian? Who is Jack Studder???


message 41: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments Uh oh. There's a test?


message 42: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth, I don't know what our humadidity is out there, but it's raaaly hot and smokey. MSLA is surrounded by forest fires and the smoke is nasty. There were many folks out running and biking this morning when I went off to the dentist. Whew. See, I don't know about most of that because I hardly leave here, except on $2 Latte Day! Now I know that you got the YUGE SKEETERS down there, in Taxas, too! This one time I was driving from New Orleans to San Diego overnight with the top down. I got tired and stopped for a nap and was attacked by these beasts of bugs. Had to speed up to 65 to keep them from landing!


message 43: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth wrote: "Uh oh. There's a test?"

You know it. There's always a test, huh? Do you teach English? How do ya like my massacre of the language?


message 44: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments Was reading this great book when was notified we have storms moving in the area this evening here in Miami, Oklahoma nothing severe which is always a good thing..now back to reading more on this great book...51% finished so far


message 45: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Oh, yeah, Jane. Now y'all get SERIOUS weather. I guess you aren't the Miami that's got the big beach and all.


message 46: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments I love the voice in the story. True dialect. That's what English teachers say!!!


message 47: by Janeandjerry (new)

Janeandjerry (JANEANDJERRYCULWELL) | 103 comments Jim wrote: "Oh, yeah, Jane. Now y'all get SERIOUS weather. I guess you aren't the Miami that's got the big beach and all."

Nope we don't have the beaches...we are the ones with the tornadoes that seem to hit around us...we are also just a few miles from Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma and just a few years ago our neighboring towns Picher, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri were hit by tornadoes that destroyed them both... We have the NEO Norsemen College here which is just a few blocks from where we live and several casinos one just down the street which can be viewed from right outside our front door...lol But no beaches...lol


message 48: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments Ruth wrote: "I love the voice in the story. True dialect. That's what English teachers say!!!"

Nuthin' but thanks. I'm trying.


message 49: by Jim (last edited Aug 03, 2017 02:53PM) (new)

Jim Crocker | 518 comments I'm a real wimp when it comes to SERIOUS weather. Maybe except for cold, which I have learned to enjoy. But tornadoes and floods? Fugedaboudit! Freaks me right out! And I have had close calls with both. One time working a project in the middle of Illinois, we're on the road back to Chicago and the airport. I'm driving a Lincoln Town Car. Always a black one. And we see the funnel cakes (clouds) on the western horizon and coming our way. So it's pedal to the medal and we're doing 120 in no time. Just flying. Nobody was on the road. They all knew better. We outran the things.

Like I was from California at the time and we just don't have that kinda thing there. I'm touring our facility in Illinois and the guide takes us down into the tunnel and calmly says, "Now this here is where we go when there is an alert." So I'm thinking WT*? Are we talking about Russian bombers or what? I hadda ask. She tells us that would be tornadoes! And I'm like, gadzooks nobody said anything about that when I signed onto this project. They would test the siren at noon every Wednesday. What an ominous sound wailing away. So what if there was actually a tornado at noon on Wednesday and everybody just kept nonchalantly strolling around as though nothing unusual was going on? Oy! I'm not good with any of that stuff. We had a similar set of sirens that would go on at night at our YUGE base in Vietnam. The one miles away would wake me up and I would sleepwalk to the bunkers fully dressed and ready to go. Uh-huh.


message 50: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 402 comments I'm wondering if Jane has felt the earthquakes. We've had 7 in three days. I felt two here. 4.8.


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