On Amazon.com the other day, I published a new e-book, Porcupine County. Or, rather, three old books in a bespoke new suit. Porcupine County packs the first three Steve Martinez mysteries in one handy e-volume—Season's Revenge, A Venture into Murder, and Cache of Corpses.
Price $9.99. That's a $2 savings off the combined $3.99 for each e-novel.
The purpose is not to squeeze more royalties out of these old books, but to honor the Friends of the Porkies, the nonprofit organization that benefits the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in upper Michigan. (Of course the Porkies are called the Wolverine Mountains in the novels.)
The Friends do good things. They keep the roadsides in the park absolutely immaculate, and police trash on the trails as well. They run a fine Folk School that teaches people folk arts. They sponsor an artist-in-residence program for visiting writers, artists and artisans, putting them up for as many as two weeks in a cabin deep in the woods. Late every August The Friends sponsor the highly successful Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, which draws thousands of people from all over the Midwest. They also provide volunteers for many other activities in the Porkies.
Every nickel from the sales of Porcupine County will go to the Friends. It's tax deductible, of course.
The book is also available in Nook form.