New Novel in Detective Jack Stratton Series
And Then She Was Gone
is available for pre-order today
I'm pleased to announce my latest Detective Jack Stratton novel is now available for pre-order. And Then She Was GONE is a riveting new suspense novel that keeps you guessing until the end. The novel begins with Jack getting ready to enlist in the Army when he's swept up into his first case. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll let the book’s blurb do the talking for me:
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light…
The silhouette stood at the edge of the woods like a spider watching a fly enter its carefully crafted web. Only a few more steps and she’d be within grasp.
Stacy Shaw has her whole life ahead of her. New job, new house and now she’s pregnant; everything she’s ever hoped for is finally coming true—but on a warm summer night on the way home from work she vanishes…. As the police race to find her, the details don’t add up. Conflicting facts emerge as her story twists and turns, sending the trail spiraling in all directions.
A hometown hero with a heart of gold, Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother, but now his life has taken a turn for the better. He’s headed for a career in law enforcement when his foster mother asks him to look into the disappearance. Jack quickly gets drawn into the baffling mystery where everyone becomes a suspect—including himself. Caught between the criminals and the cops, can Jack discover the truth in time before he becomes the next victim?
Grab your pre-order copy of this brand new novel in the highly-acclaimed, wildly-popular Detective Jack Stratton Series and be one of the first to start reading this electrifying whodunit today!
Adjusting to civilian life is a real, and very serious struggle. Jack knows this. Unless you have experienced the intense physical and mental training, the camaraderie, the discipline, the honor and passion of being in the United States military, it can be hard to wrap your mind around the struggle of adjusting to being in the “real world.”
There are a few factors that go in to becoming acclimated into civilian life – and the most important factor is finding another purpose – finding a career. It’s important to find a good fit as a veteran with a distinct set of skills.
That being said, the first step is to figure out what those skills are, and that could really depend on what your job was in the military. Were you on the medical team? Were you an officer? Technology? Weaponry? Whatever the case may be, find it and start there. Sometimes the cards are not dealt the way you’d like, and you end up grabbing the first job available and it’s a huge culture shock – the lack of discipline, the lack of respect that surrounds civilian life.
Once you find your niche, the second important task that needs to be done is to communicate with your superiors. Not too many people understand military life and all that encompasses it. The best thing any veteran can do is communicate with their supervisors, and even the peers they’d be working directly with. Are there any subjects to steer away from? Are there any triggers? How do you work best? Are you a leader? Do you take direction well? All of these are very important questions that need to be answered to make a veteran’s transition as seamless as possible.
Although Detective Jack Stratton knew exactly what he wanted to be after his time in the Army – he still had a large learning curve to overcome once he got home. He experienced death and trauma that not too many Americans can relate to, let alone time in combat. But with the help of his family, friends, and colleagues, he was able to become the rugged, limit-pushing detective we all know and love.
All the luxuries we have in the United States – the freedom, the safety, the democracy, the wealth – is because of our troops fighting both oversees and at home in the Reserves. They protect us, they care for us, they love us, and they’d die for us. The very least we can do is provide for them after their time in the military is over.
To all our past and present military personnel, thank you.
Along with the struggle on maintaining a love life, Detective Jack Stratton knows a thing or two about the dangers of being an officer!
In the sometimes thankless job of a police officer, responsibility is your number one priority. It can be a huge burden, and in the same capacity, it can be an honor. Not even taking the erratic hours into consideration and the emotional toll it takes on someone, but it also requires time to decompress. And for some cops, letting go seems impossible. Even when an officer isn’t on the clock, he’s always mentally on duty. To be an officer, it is not simply his occupation, but part of who he is. It affects how he sees the world and the people in it, what he thinks about, and even how he moves.
Another huge consideration is the need for adaptability and routine. The life of an officer is unpredictable and he can be called out to work at a moment’s notice, so it’s essential to be able to adapt to different circumstances on the fly.
Now the most important aspect about the life of Detective Jack Stratton is the danger, not just for him but for those he loves as well. When he walks out the door for work, there is no guarantee he will return home safely.
While the life of an officer is a sacrifice, the reward is immense. It is a way of life…the life of a hero.
Are you excited to hear more about the world of Detective Jack Stratton? Stay tuned for more updates on the next book, Just Jack!
To Detective Jack Stratton, love, like life itself, is both a mystery and an adventure - and in Jack’s case, a downright DANGEROUS one! Now if you know Jack, you know that Jack isn’t afraid of danger, he’s drawn to it like a moth to a flame. The hotter and more intense it gets, the better.
Detective Jack Stratton has a “what you see is what you get” persona. He is a Johnny Cash of sorts; he loves deeply, but that leaves him to be vulnerable enough to be hurt deeply as well. What kind of woman would want to love a man like Jack? ...Someone capable of climbing over the wall he has built around his battered heart. ...Someone strong who can see past Jack’s defense system and take the risk of being loved by him.
Who could be Detective Jack Stratton’s perfect “partner in crime”?
What do you think of Jack’s love life?
Are you in love with an officer? I want to hear from you!
Awesome News! Amazon selected Jack and the Giant Killer to be a featured Kindle Monthly Deal – their biggest promotion. That means for the month of April, you can pick up Jack and the Giant Killer for $1.99. If you haven’t read book four in the series, grab it today, or share Jack and Alice with someone you know.
Now don’t panic! It’s all good.
Jack of Hearts is moving right along.
I haven’t set a release date yet but it’s coming. Part of the reason for the delay is that I’ve had my head in two books! See, while I was organizing all of the back story needed for Jack of Hearts, another book popped out!
Right now the working title is: Murder, Mystery and Jack. The events of the book take place before Jack goes into the army. It gives more insight to Jack’s life with Chandler, Michelle, Aunt Haddie and his parents.
To everyone who has written, thank you so much for all of the kind words and encouragement. I gather them up like candy from a piñata. They mean the world to me and add fire to the creative engines.
I’ll post more updates soon and some preview covers too.
Thank you again!
As you can guess from the date of my last blog post, blogging is not my strong suit but this I had to share; it’s a customized Dodge Charger! My friend customized the car for his K-9 service dog. Not only is the Charger hyped out under the hood, but it also blew me away by what is inside. It has a remote that opens the back door. With a click of a button, a 110 lb. gas-driven rod opens the door. The interior environment is monitored by an automatic temperature control system. If it gets too hot, a side fan attached to the window will turn on. There's even a back-up failsafe that opens the rear window in case of emergency. Customized water and food bowls along with a thick padded area is perfect even for a very large dog.
Needless to say, I almost set off the car’s security alarm as I hovered over it checking it out. Can you picture Jack and Replacement retrofitting the Charger like this? Couple all of those options with the sound system, and Lady will be riding in style! (See Pictures Below)
Keep checking your inbox, as I’ll have some exciting news coming soon.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a new Kindle FIRE Tablet. There are two separate contests running as I post this. One is a “Follow Me” giveaway on Twitter. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/1SiBxTe. And the other is a “Tell a Friend” contest on my Giveaway page. Here’s the link: http://christopher-greyson.squarespace.com/giveaways2/
Thanks again for reading my books.
Christopher Greyson is the author of the wildly popular Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Series. The series is about a rogue but lovable police officer who has a panache for finding trouble. Over 350,000 book lovers have read it.
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Jack Stratton’s back is up against the wall. He’s broke, kicked off the force and the bounty hunting business has slowed to a trickle. With no money coming in, Jack’s license to carry suspended, and no good job prospects on the horizon, Jack’s got it tough. He thinks things are turning around when Replacement gets a lucrative job setting up a home data network. That is until he discovers it’s for a handsome, jet-setting software tycoon. The “boy billionaire” as Jack begrudgingly refers to him, takes a liking to computer savvy Alice. Jealous, Jack thinks life can’t get any worse, but when the computer program the CEO invented becomes the key tool in an international data heist—things turn deadly. In this digital age of hackers, spyware and cyber terrorism—data is more valuable than gold. The thieves plan to steal the keys to the digital kingdom and with this much money at stake, they’ll kill for it. Can Jack and Replacement stop the pack of ruthless criminals before they can Data Jack?
New HD Kindle FIRE Tablet Giveaway
Who doesn't like a winner?
My first Kindle FIRE Tablet giveaway was such an overwhelming sucess, I am doing it again! Go to to the Giveaways tab to register. No purchase is necessary. Its just my way to say thanks to my loyal readers (plus I love giving away stuff). With this giveaway you can earn even more entries each day when you refer a friend or post a comment about the Jack Stratton series. Here is a link to the contest.
I can't believe that Pure of Heart is so close to being out. It is available for pre-order on Amazon. I'm always torn when I finish a book. I don't like to let go. I still have some buffing and polishing to do but it will be out shortly! Please see the blurb and cover bellow.
Orphaned and living on the streets, Dean Walker has learned how to take care of himself. Wanted by the police, he hides among the shadows of the city. When he sees an old man being mugged, Dean tries to help, only to find out that the victim is anything but helpless and far more than he appears. The old man claims to be from another world that’s being destroyed. He’s traveled through the middle stone to earth seeking help. Certain that Dean is the one he’s been looking for, he convinces Dean to go back through the middle stone to try and save his world. Dean embarks on a journey where he faces dragons, wizards, and Krulgs who will do anything to stop him. But he’s not alone. Along the way, he meets an inquisitive Elvana, a courageous Dwarf and a beautiful Elven warrior. Together, the four friends set out on an epic quest where only the pure of heart can prevail.
Filled with action, romance, and humor, Pure of Heart is a fantasy thrill ride into a land filled with wonder and excitement.
Here is the cover:
I'm trying to blog more but so far with little success! On the other side of that coin, I'm working on Data Jack! With this book, it will be more of a thriller so I'm cranking up the music and going back to writing!
Thank you to everyone for all your support! Please continue to tell people about the Jack Stratton series.
2 Hours to go until it is available in the US!!! Thank you to everyone who is reading it! It is so neat to see people all over the world reading it. Thank you!!!!!!!!
Jack and the Giant Killer is available for Pre-Release on Amazon.
I'm still polishing off some burs and then it's off to the editors! You'll notice that I didn't use an apostrophe with editors and that's because I use two! Karen Lawson and Janet Hitchcock of The Proof is in the Reading do an absolutely wonderful job on the books. I recently had them go through all three again (They are currently on Jacks are Wild). I really strive to put the best books out there so I sent the first three books in for a wax and polish too!
I hope you love Jack and the Giant Killer. It should be out early October! The pre-release program is new on Amazon so I set the release date there as far back as possible just in case ;)
One favor to ask? If you haven't placed a review on each book, please do. They really help with sales.
Thanks again and I hope to be posting a "YEAH! IT'S AVAILABLE" soon.
As Jack and the Giant Killer gets closer to its release, I want to share the new cover with you. I'd love to hear what you think!
Also, please keep an eye out for my wife's series of books coming out VERY soon: Everyone Keeps Secrets. They are fabulous. You can visit her website here: Katherine-Greyson.com
I just wanted to give a quick Jack and the Giant Killer update. It's moving right along and I'm still gunning for a release by the end of summer. Look to see more of Undersheriff Morrison in this one.
Thank you for everyone who is giving reviews to all three books! All three now have over 100 reviews each and over 312 5 ***** Stars!
I recently had the pleasure of giving an interview on David Chuka's blog. David is an author who lives across the pond from me in England. He's a great guy and has a very nice site. David has written quite a few Children's Books that you can see on his Author's page and he's working on a mystery that I can't wait to read.
I really liked the questions David asked in the interview because they got me thinking. If you'd like a little more insight into the development process of the Jack Stratton series and you have a moment, you can read the interview here: http://davidchuka.com/author-interview-with-christopher-greyson/
I'm going to be covering more of Alice's back story in Jack and the Giant Killer. I'm working on it this morning and realized something... not to sound too crazy but Replacement surprises me at times. They way I write - I try to 'watch' the story. So... I'm writting and I have Jack and Replacement in this situation and she cracks me up. I don't want to give anything away but it's one of those defending Jack moments and if there is anything in this world that she's protective of -- it's Jack.
Jack and the Giant Killer is still on schedule to be released by the end of summer!
I just added some author photos. I don't have to many pictures of the little storyteller but here is one of my favorites.
This is the original inspiration for Jack's Impala. And yes... I loved that car.
The final author picture I posted is of a Dodge Charger. Jack's new ride.
After my last post, I'm even more hesitant to admit this... I cry.
I'm not talking about mournful crying; I'm speaking about happy crying. Like I cried when I got married, I cried when my kids were born.
It is such a strange thing for me because I was raised not to cry. My father died suddenly when I was a month old and with four brothers and one sister above me, you learned to be tough. Tears were not an option.
Growing up like that, you learned to fight. Not just fist fights, which I had lots of, but to fight for things. I know someone would say, don't use fight, use strive - like I was striving for the prize. That would be wrong and too genteel. I don't strive for something, I fight. I fight to be a better husband. I fight to be a better father. I fight to be a better writer.
I wake up at 4:30 am and write. I edit the book. I read it over and over and over. I listen to my beta readers. I get it proofread. I have it edited, then grammar checked, and the re-edited. Then, I do it again. I fought to make these books as good as I could and pour my heart into them.
I fought with my wife right beside me. She helps so much with the books. Ideas, editing, plot, dialog - she's right in the pit with me. She's emailed and crunched numbers and created a marketing battle plan that would make General Patton proud.
This morning I woke up at 4:30 and saw the best-seller rank and cried, “Jack Knifed” made the top 50 best-selling books on Amazon. I cried but then I dried my eyes and started writing...