•July 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Nervous Thursday Epilogue

•July 23, 2009 • 5 Comments

First off and most importantly, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who chimed in on Twitter & Facebook with their well wishes and prayers and quick smiles. I’m very privileged to have such a large group of awesome friends who care enough to say a little something or even spend a few moments sending positive vibes our way. Seriously, it’s incredibly humbling to read your tweets and comments and come home to hundreds of emails. You are all amazing and my family and I thank you for your warmth and caring!

Everything went great today. Will was in good spirits and I got a good night’s sleep, which made it easier for me to act like a giant goofball and keep him smiling. My wife was amazing as she always is and we got Will down to the hospital in good time, driving in from outside of Boston.

We knew going in that Will had a fantastic surgeon assigned to him. Dr. Mandel is actually the CEO of Children’s Hospital in Boston and having met the man a few times, he’s absolutely fantastic. His confidence, demeanor, and way with kids is astounding. He’s the kind of guy who makes you feel great just being around him. Definitely a plus.

As we waited, we knew the anesthesiologist would be coming around to visit before the surgery as well. We overheard one of them talking to the family next to us and cringed. Every other word out of her mouth was “pain” and “hurt.” All we could think was, “Please don’t come over here.” When our dude showed up, he was awesome. He totally picked up on the “magic journey” vibe we were using with Will and our silly wisecracks, and in no time had Will laughing and smiling. My wife and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Children’s lets one of the parents come into the OR and wait with their child, so I got suited up in my funky hair net, respirator, and coveralls and went in with Will. (And yes, I’ll post the obligatory pic of us in my typically ridiculous fashion) Once we got him on to the bed proper, they got him squared away and put the mask over with the grape smell that he liked. Thirty seconds later, he was out.

That was the toughest moment for me, having to leave him there and walk out of the OR. I knew he was in the best hands possible, but the idea of leaving him behind…yeah, definitely a toughie.

Outside, we waited and about an hour later, Dr. Mandel came out and gave us the good news that everything went perfectly. Again, his demeanor was incredible. Can’t say enough great things about him and his team.

We went in about twenty minutes later and Will was already awake, eating a cherry popsicle. He was a little out of it, naturally, but seemed well enough to request an orange popsicle after that. By about 11:45 we were in the lobby getting ready to hit the road for home. But not before the obligatory gift shop stop where we grabbed him and his brother some balloons, and a few other gifts.

And that’s it. Nothing too serious, but you’ll forgive me if I don’t go into exact detail about what this procedure was for. It’s not germane to the conversation at hand. And I think it’s enough to say that everything went exactly as it should have, much to the relief of his cool, calm mother and his neurotic father, lol…

Once again, thanks to everyone who chimed in. It means the world to me.

Nervous Thursday

•July 22, 2009 • 10 Comments

So my youngest son goes into the hospital tomorrow and I’m nervous.

Now, this isn’t something serious (thank god), but he does need to go under general anesthesia. I’m not nervous about the procedure itself, because it’s pretty minor. But I’m nervous because this is the first time he’s going to have to deal with being scared of something he’s got to go through. In other words, mom and dad can’t handle it for him.

I’ve often told people that when I was younger, I thought I knew what fear was. I’ve been in plenty of bad situations and have gone through many encounters and met plenty of bad folks along the way that pretty much gave me a fairly good idea of what fear was and how to best handle it. Well, I also tell people that I was wrong to define it only based on myself. Because as soon as I became a parent, fear took on a whole new meaning. Any parent will tell you that there’s nothing quite so scary as suddenly realizing that your children will have to go through their own bad times and face their own forms of evil…without you around to rely on. The best any parent can do is to try to prepare their children as well as they know how and hope for the best.

So tomorrow’s one of “those times.” My wife and I have tried to make it fun for him, but I know that when he wakes up tomorrow and we drive in to Children’s Hospital, the poor little guy will have that gnawing fear in the pit of his stomach. It’s a feeling I know all too well. My little man is going to have to take a deep breath and walk through it.

I’ll be taking my own deep breath as well. Probably a lot of them.

DANGER-CLOSE Available Again!

•July 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Originally published in hardcover in 2004, I’m happy to report that DANGER-CLOSE is now available as an ebook for the first time!

For Jake Thunder, a paralyzed ex-US Air Force special operations commando, everyday life is a battle. A hard-boiled, hard-drinking womanizer on one hand, Jake also tries to learn from the wisdom of his Native American past while trying to revive his dead legs through holistic acupuncture treatments. When a knockout blonde strides into his office and demands he figure out who killed her sister, he doesn’t dare refuse – especially after he gets a good view of her legs. But a simple “whodunit” soon becomes a tangled web of deceit, familial backstabbing and black-market baby dealing involving everyone from the Russian Mafia to the Defense Intelligence Agency – all of them gunning for Jake!

“…lickety-split narrative manages to be both gritty and cheeky…[with] an effective surprise twist.” –The Kirkus Review (October 2004)

Available in 2 ebook formats: .pdf or .prc (Kindle) – please specifiy when ordering

Cover Art for THE FIXER FILES

•July 7, 2009 • 6 Comments

Here’s the cover art for THE FIXER FILES, the special ebook compilation of all of Lawson’s adventures to date:

THE FIXER
THE INVOKER
THE DESTRUCTOR
THE SYNDICATE
THE COURIER (novella)
THE KENSEI
RED TIDE (short story)
THE PRICE OF A GOOD DRINK (short story)

All for just $9.99.

THE EBOOK IS NOW SHIPPING – YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL WITH THE EBOOK AS AN ATTACHMENT ONCE YOUR ORDER IS PROCESSED! Only two formats will be made available: .pdf and .prc (which works with Amazon Kindle) – be sure to specify when you place your order.

THE FIXER FILES – Limited Time Announcement

•June 24, 2009 • 13 Comments

So, I’ve been getting a lot of email lately regarding when the Lawson Vampire books will be re-released. The simple answer is: I’m not yet sure. We’re looking for a new house, and these things take time. Some of you have expressed a strong desire (“blood lust” might be a better term) for wanting to read all the Lawson books RIGHT NOW.

Well, I have heard your pleas, and I respond.

Announcing – and ONLY for a VERY limited time – your chance to read everything Lawson Vampire that I’ve written – TO DATE (meaning there’s still a lot more to come) in a very special ebook compilation, THE FIXER FILES. This is NOT going to be available anywhere, except through me directly. This very special compilation includes:

THE FIXER
THE INVOKER
THE DESTRUCTOR
THE SYNDICATE
THE COURIER (novella)
THE KENSEI
RED TIDE (short story)
THE PRICE OF A GOOD DRINK (short story)

All for just $9.99.

The ONLY way to get this package is to pre-order NOW, direct through me, by clicking the BUY NOW button below. Only two formats will be made available: .pdf and .mobi – be sure to specify when you place your order.

This offer vanishes very soon. I don’t want to sell a ton of these because the books will be coming back out sooner than later. But for those who have been clamoring for all of this, this is your chance to get it and enjoy the coolest vampire around, my man Lawson. 5 novels, a novella, and 2 short stories. Pretty cool.

This item will ship in approximately ONE WEEK.

A Variety of Updates…

•June 22, 2009 • 7 Comments

Lots of stuff happening lately. Here’s a recap:

1. I’ve signed on with a new agent and I’m absolutely thrilled to have him in my corner. Joe Monti at Barry Goldblatt Literary will be representing my work. I’m totally stoked to be with BG Literary. They have a fantastic subrights department, have partnered up with an outstanding film/TV agency, and, for the first time since I started writing – I actually have an agent who reads my work and critiques it! (Yeah, I know – you’d think this would be the norm, but apparently it’s the exception…) After six years in purgatory, I am looking forward to warp-speeding my career ahead. More to come…

2. My official website now has a slick placeholder page and it should hopefully be operational at some point sooner than later. My web guru Nick is amazing at what he does, so please be sure to swing by and check it out.

3. While the ol’ website is being redone, the place to be for all my latest clips, interviews, breaking news, etc. etc. is over at the Facebook Jon F. Merz Fan Page. 1200+ fans and counting. We could use more members, so please join us!

4. I’ve been putting up some stuff on Amazon for Kindle ebook readers. Two novels and two short stories. Head on over and pick ’em up – they’re all very reasonably priced. You can see what’s available by clicking here! I do hope you’ll grab them.

5. I’ve been reading a metric ton of boys’ adventure stuff lately: Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series (which I happen to dig muchly), James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series (which I think sucks mightily and is insulting to the reader on a grand scale), Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series (gloomy, but very enjoyable) and re-reading John Flanagan’s Ranger Apprentice series (excellent stuff.) I also checked out Jeff Stone’s The Five Ancestors (waaay too preachy and stupidly violent to bother with the second book…ugh) and I’m about to start Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief tonight (heard great things, so I’m hopeful). Why so much boys’ stuff? Because my new agent is excited about my own boys’ adventure series and handed me a reading list so I can see what works and (ugh) what doesn’t. Have I mentioned that I happen to love my new agent? Well, he rocks more casbah than the Clash, baby. And that’s sayin’ sumtin.

6. This summer we’ll be finishing up pre-production on THE FIXER as we prepare to drive a boot up the butt of television by launching full production of season one in September. THE FIXER website will be getting an overhaul. We’ll be finalizing casting details and all the formal stuff over the next few months. Lots to do. Lots to write. Lots of world domination ahead.

To sum up: new agent (awesome); new website coming soon (much sweetness); join me on Facebook (all the cool kids do it!); buy my stuff on Amazon (very awesome); lots of reading (mostly awesome); THE FIXER (most assuredly awesome).

Now, if this freakin’ rain would stop and the temp would feel more like summer, I’d be all set.