ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Empire of Salt Sold Out in U.S.!


It is with both pleasure and a little depression that I announce that EMPIRE OF SALT has sold out its U.S. printing. (Note: at the end is a special note to all fans.)

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On one hand, I'm thrilled that readers have been eager to read this title. From Buffalo, N.Y. to Los Angeles, CA From Vero Beach, FL, to Bonanza, OR I've had emails and pings from readers and sellers telling me how much they loved the book. Makes all those lonely nights sitting at the computer wondering if I knew what the hell I was doing all worth it.

Yep. Selling out is a dream.

But it's also scary. The world is in a tough economy. Everyone wants to move forward, not backward. We have a tendency to look for the next winner, rather than concentrate on the winner we have. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that Abaddon Books will do a second printing. After all, there are more places I want to sign. There are more places who want me to sign. Yvonne's new book Highborn is coming out at the end of the month and she wanted us to do a whole bunch of joint signings.

And here's the depressing part, and as all of you who have novels on bookstore shelves can attest, there's nothing like the feeling one gets when they go into a bookstore and see their paperback on the shelves. Selling out means no more Empire of Salt on the shelves. It means no more Weston in bookstores.

Now that's a sad thought.

But enough of that self-commiserating nonsense. Hey! MY BOOK SOLD OUT! How awesome is that? So let's focus on that awesomeness and give a shout out to Ben Smith, Abaddon's U.S. Distribution Coordinator; David Moore and Jenni Hill, editors; and Jon Oliver, Editor in Chief of Abaddon and Solaris. Thanks very much to you all for giving me a chance and letting me play in your books. It's been awesome so far. Hope we can continue having more fun together.

Now for the FANS! And this is pretty serious because I need your help. Do me a favor and drop a line to the folks over at Abaddon and let them know how much you appreciate Empire of Salt and how you want more books from Weston. It won't take but a second and it will make you feel good. You can either contact them on their blog here or on Facebook here.

Thanks everyone!

Weston Ochse
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  1. Or they can comment here, where my ever-watchful eyes are prying.

    Or email us on abaddonsolaris@rebellion.co.uk.

    Awesome news, Weston. We're well-chuffed over here.

  2. Thanks David! I'll let everyone know.

  3. More Weston, indeed. Selling out clearly indicates the need for another print run!

  4. That 1st review makes it sound like you made up Salton Sea and the rotting town near it. I saw a TV show about it. I wouldn't move there, even without zombies.