Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Death's Valley Paperback Proof

The paperback proof for Death's Valley arrives today, and after it is examined and checked, the paperback version should be available either later this week or early next week (provided no glaring errors are discovered!).

Best to you all, and thanks for contacting and asking about the next book.

Leonard D. Hilley II

Death's Valley is LIVE on Kindle

Death's Valley is LIVE on Kindle for those who have been following the series and anticipating the release of the next book.  Here's the back book jacket:

"Everyone dies . . . eventually," she said.

Mitch Niles' first investigative assignment for the Kat Gaddis Agency lands him in the dark city of Salem, Oregon. The two gruesome murders in Salem point to the grim speculation that more shifters or genetic monsters have emerged. But Niles' discoveries place his life in direct danger as he uncovers more grave secrets in the dead of the night.

The shutdown of GenTech and Mech Cybernetics had left one miscreant scientist still on the loose--Alpha. The hunt to find him continues so they can shut down his operations before his genetic soldiers mature.

After Matthews escapes from prison, Lydia goes rogue, accepting her life as the assassin General Idris created her to be.

Lucian nears death, as the genetic enhancers that keep him alive are no longer working.

Hired assassins pursue Joe-Shadow-talker for the alien skull and are more than willing to kill him or anyone else that gets in their way.

"Leonard D. Hilley II writes with a dark veracity, giving real life to a world slightly askew. There's always a sense that something is lurking in the shadows, just beyond the 'normal' world."--Paul Counelis, writer for Rue Morgue

Intrigued?  Want to nab a Kindle copy?  Go here:  http://www.amazon.com/Deaths-Valley-Darkness-Series-ebook/dp/B009YOIX5M

From the Other Side of the Desk

Recently I was hired to teach at a junior college, and for the first time, I find myself on the other side of the desk as an instructor.

I thought I would be nervous, but I didn't suffer the apprehension I believed I might.  So far the experience has been quite enjoyable.  Normally, I have a hard time remembering names, but I determined early on to change this.  And to my surprise I learned each student's name on the first day of class and remembered them all.

As I prepare lessons, my mind races back to the days when I sat listening to the best lecturer I ever had--Mr. Ranson at Northeast State Junior College in Rainsville, Alabama.  Don't get me wrong.  I had a LOT of great instructors over the years, but he ranked the highest due to his speech delivery process.  I still remember a lot of what he lectured about in Western Civilization, even though almost 20 years has passed by.  He was an outstanding lecturer and had he taught other courses that I needed, I would have gladly taken them, just to hear him lecture.

Here's hoping I can follow suit as I begin this new journey.