This week is The Big One: the 2nd edition of Miles of Files launches on Mar. 10th, almost 15 months to the day of its initial release!

When I won a book cover design from 99designs, I immediately thought of Miles. I was never quite as enamored with the original cover design as those of my other two books. I think this new design captures the novel much better – the humor, the focus on money and business…even the Tampa skyline in the background.

I hope you’ll all get a copy for your Kindle on March 10th, specially priced at $1.99 for the launch. March is jam-packed with events to promote the new edition. The blog tour kicks off with Anne R. Allen’s blog on Mar. 12th. Here’s the entire schedule for the tour:

Feel free to drop by any of those blogs on the appropriate dates. A couple are in the U.K., so the timing may be a little off from the U.S. Some of the posts are interviews, while others are articles I wrote as a guest blogger. Comments are most welcome.

Just before the blog tour ends on the 27th, I’ll be the guest on Mar. 24th on the Start Writing podcast hosted by fellow writer Joseph Bendoski. Joseph’s podcasts are “dedicated to learning to improve the craft of writing,” and we had a nice conversation about craft, and about the books themselves. During the podcast, you’ll hear him tell me that my prose is some of the best he’s ever read! Good times.

Finally, if you’re in Florida, I’ll be signing copies of the new Miles of Files at the Local Authors Meet ‘N Greet on Saturday, April 1st from 2:00-3:30 pm at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. in Tampa. Hope to see you there!

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