Today is T-minus five. The Great Leap Forward is set for Thursday, February 9. That’s the date the e-book should appear alongside the print version of Fighting Back. It’s also the day I hope to see my novel catapulted to number one in sales rank in the biblical fiction category. I’ll be making an appearance on a nationally syndicated radio show in support of the book that morning. There will also be a blog appearance or two, and a Facebook launch party with an “ask me anything” segment. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, but are planning to, please do so on February 9. That would really help me out. And if you’re still wondering whether this is a book you would enjoy, here is one more random reason to buy:
The fight scenes are real. I was reading the first few pages of a novel yesterday. A group of people were camping when a grizzly bear attacked. Women and children were in peril. Fortunately, a heroic man raced out of the tress and launched a flying kick at the bear, knocking it off its feet. Wait. What?!? A large female grizzly can weigh up to 800 pounds. Males can weigh more than twice that amount. Either sex is powerful enough to wrestle moose and elk to the ground. I can’t picture a man kicking one over. The fight continued. Man and bear both got to their feet. The bruin stood on its hind legs and swatted at the man, who made a sweeping motion with his arm and blocked the blow. A grizzly can rip a door off a car. That swipe should have taken the guy’s head off, and he blocked it? I closed the book at that point. It may have been a perfectly wonderful story, but that unrealistic fight scene made me unwilling to read further.
All the fights in my novel happen between people. (No bears were harmed in the making of this book.) I made sure the fight mechanics were realistic by interviewing a boxing trainer and a Mixed Martial Arts fight coach. I watched scores of YouTube videos, from UFC matches to street brawls. Sparring partners helped me with choreography by going through the moves at speed to make sure the scenes worked. The result is realistic fighting that still manages not to be too (wait for it) … grisly.
Tomorrow: Location, location, location!