Sal Terranova and Camden Templeton are cousins separated by upbringing, the Atlantic Ocean, and a common language. Then fate (with help from a run of bad luck and a dead uncle) throws them together in the least likely of places: Texas. Exiled in this strange land, they must band together in order to save the family bookstore from financial ruin, from its own insane employees, and probably from themselves. This is the story of what happens when The Sopranos meets Fawlty Towers...in a bookstore.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"The Last Word" is here!

I am thrilled to announce that The Last Word is now available. The editing and formatting wasn't nearly as fun as writing the thing, but the dream has become reality. Here's a short synopsis:


Sal Terranova and Camden Templeton are cousins separated by upbringing, the Atlantic Ocean, and a common language. But fate, a run of bad luck, and a dead uncle have thrown them together, and together they must save the family bookstore from financial ruin, from its own insane employees, and probably from themselves. This is the story of what happens when The Sopranos meets Fawlty Towers...in a bookstore.


To check out the book you can click the banner at the right, or you can choose one of the links below. The paperback is currently available on Amazon, but will soon be available at Barnes and Noble and other bookstore in the near future:


Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692235388


Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L75YLEI


Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-last-word-20


Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-word-paul-combs/1119853163?ean=2940149693375


I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Last Word and the World Cup

With the World Cup in full swing, I have written a new short story featuring some of the characters from my upcoming novel The Last Word. Here's a short description:


Camden Templeton is a Brit trapped in soccer-ignorant Texas. But she is determined to dodge baseball and NASCAR in order to watch the infamous World Cup 2006 final...the match with the head-butt seen round the world. This short story is a stand-alone vignette from the world of the upcoming novel "The Last Word."


In honor of the US Men's National Team's first match, this story is free on Kindle through Monday. Here's the link: "Camden and the World Cup."


Go USA! Vamos Espana!






Sunday, May 25, 2014

Update on "The Last Word" and a New Story Collection

Things are heating up on The Last Word front; my editor has sent back edits for roughly half of the novel, and I have been wading through them. My reaction is split pretty evenly between agonizing over a suggested change and wondering how I could have so many typos and still be considered literate. In any case, we are still on target for a Fall 2014 release, with the only question being whether it will be early or late fall.

On a different publishing note, last week I published The Collector: Stories, a short book of flash fiction, short stories, and the first three chapters of The Last Word as a preview of what's coming. Some of the stories have appeared in online journals before, and one in a print anthology, but this is the first time you can get them all in one place. You can find the Kindle version here, and the paperback version here.

Putting the story collection together has been a valuable experience as I move forward with publishing The Last Word. I have learned a few things that will make that process, and hopefully the end product, much better.

Now back to working on the edits...writing is re-writing, and all that drivel.

The Last Word is coming...stay tuned.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

GOAL!!!!!

Goal!!!!!!! (said in the voice of a Spanish soccer announcer). The campaign for "The Last Word" just hit 103% of goal! Thanks to everyone who has joined me on the journey to make this crazy dream a reality. The manuscript goes to the editor on May 12.

There are still 3 days left in the campaign, so you can still support the project and get some cool rewards, including the signed, limited edition hardcover edition that will be created specifically for this project. Be part of the story.

http://pubslush.com/books/id/2173

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Week to Go!

Time for an update on the Pubslush project as we head into the final week of the campaign. With 7 days to go we are at 81% of goal. The project will wrap up on May 1, and whatever has been raised will go toward editing, cover design, and all the other stuff necessary to bring to novel to the world.


There is still time to pick up some one of a kind rewards (like a signed, very limited edition hardcover copy of the book) and be part of the story. Here's the link:


http://pubslush.com/project/2173


In a week this blog will move to chronicling the next phase of The Last Word: pre-publication.


It continues to be a wacky, wonderful ride.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At 70% of Goal...and I've Found an Editor

It's been a busy week since my last update, and a lot has happened...all of it good.

Campaign midpoint update: with 15 days remaining we have hit 70% of goal! My gratitude to everyone who has supported the project goes beyond words (and I'm rarely speechless).

Book-coming-to-life update: I have found an editor. She will start work on May 12; in a stroke of good fortune her schedule opens up not long after the campaign ends. This is a tremendous relief, as sometimes editors are booked months in advance.

There's still plenty of time for you to be part of the story. Rewards include signed copies of the novel and a limited edition hardcover version. Check out the project here:

http://pubslush.com/project/2173

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"The Last Word" Project Reaches 55% Funded

It's been a great few days. The Last Word project is at 55% of goal 9 days in! Thanks to all who have partnered with me so far.

As I have written before, this crowdfunding campaign will cover things like editing, cover design, and printing...all of which will help bring the novel to the world. The most popular reward so far remains the signed, limited edition hardcover version of the novel, though the signed paperback is gaining some momentum.

You can be part of the story at http://thelastword.pubslush.com. It is certified 100% zombie-free.

Please check out the page and support indie publishing. I will post more updates as the campaign progresses.