6.16.2014

Dear VSL Readers, Belinda and I clicked the final boxes and uploaded the long-awaited Novel, The Lisbon Portfolio, to Amazon.


It takes about 24 hours for a book to upload and go through the Amazon process to become a Kindle book. We should see it show up on the Amazon.com site and on my Amazon Author's Page by tomorrow evening (Tues. the 17th of June). I'll post the link as soon as it becomes available.  The link is now live: The Lisbon Portfolio.  We are publishing it first as a Kindle Book and as soon as that goes smoothly we'll start formatting the printed version and get it up onto Amazon as quickly as we can. We'll branch out from there. 

Here's the elevator speech: Our hero, Henry White, has been earning his living for the past seven years as a professional photographer specializing in documenting corporate events and shows. In his previous career he was an intelligence field researcher, working for a government agency, until his anxiety got the better of him and he resigned. His cover as a researcher was: a corporate photographer. The difference now is that he needs the money and the assignments and--- there is no safety net.

While on assignment for a multi-national, technology company in Lisbon, Henry White gets pulled back into a web of danger and intrigue by his old boss from the agency. After stumbling into the middle of a bloody and dramatic confrontation between multiple bad guys he'll need all of his wits and training to make it out of Lisbon alive. And he'll risk life and limb to keep a terrible new technology off the underworld weapons market before it makes nuclear war a very local issue for everyone.

The story takes place in 1999, just at the moment when digital cameras started to replace film cameras in the weathered shoulder bags of the first few adventurous, professional photographers. Henry must balance his need for this paying job, and his need to keep a few demanding meeting planners happy, with his duty to help prevent an escalation in miniaturized weapons technology from hitting the marketplace. 

The story weaves a very authentic look at the everyday life of a working photographer, on an assignment in a foreign capitol, with an action-packed, fast moving, deep dive into a thrill ride of fictional action and adventure. 

The book will be available for only $9.99

I'm so thrilled that I'm finally able to share this story with all of my friends. Thanks to everyone who encouraged and prodded me to resist resistance and to finish it. And thanks to Steven Pressfield for writing The War of Art. His book made all the difference in the world to me. 

I hope you'll buy a copy of The Lisbon Portfolio, read it and comment about it. I'd love to hear what you think!

Best to all my readers, Kirk

edit 6-17-2014: We've been live on Amazon.com for less than a day and we've already cracked the top 10,000 books for Kindle. Thank you!


28 comments:

Anonymous said...

This one goes in my cart the minute I find it on Amazon. Way to go!

Wolfgang Lonien said...

What an exciting journey in itself: to write a novel (and one with a good plot as it sounds), to publish it, and to make it kind of print-on-demand, with no other publisher than Amazon. Consider it ordered. It's the only Tuck book I don't have yet, and I'm eager to read it.

Robin Wong said...

Nooooooooooo!!!

"This title is not available for customers from your location in:
Asia & Pacific"

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and good luck!

G Gudmundsson said...

I have bought a copy. Look forward to reading it. Will let you know.

Congratulations on this step in your career!

Michael Matthews said...

Got it! Congratuiations!

When the print edition comes out, I'll remember to order it via your Amazon link. My enthusiasm got the better of me in the wee hours of the morning and I ordered the Kindle copy direct.

Bad reader! Bad reader!

Kirk Tuck said...

Michael, I love it. Ordering the Kindle book is a wonderful thing. Let's me know someone out there is reading it. :-)

Robin, we'll get you taken care of one way or another and quickly. I'd love to hear your comments after you read it.

G. Gudmundsson, Thank you very, very much!

gj said...

Just got the book from kindle. Can't wait to read it! Love your blog.
Greg Johnston
Canada

Kirk Tuck said...

Thank you Greg! I hope you enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

I am through the first 50 pages and I'm riveted. Well done!

Travis said...

Congratulations, Kirk! Can't wait to read it.

Just FYI, the book description has a mechanical error:

"The LIsbon Portfolio"

I assume the carried capital letter in Lisbon isn't intentional.

Gregg Mack said...

I suppose I now need to purchase a Kindle, 'cause I certainly want to read your book, Kirk.

Kirk Tuck said...

Hi Gregg, Just so you know you can get a Kindle app for free so you can buy and read Kindle e-books on your iPad, Surface Tablet, Android device or Mac or PC computer. Lots of options. And I promise we'll get the printed version out as quickly as we can.

Kirk Tuck said...

Travis, Thanks for letting me know. I'll fix it but it can take up to 24 hours for the fix to show up on the site... Appreciate it.

Brad Burnham said...

Sounds like a good thing to keep me busy on my flight to Iceland next week.

Paul said...

When I went to get a copy, it was offered as a free loan since I've got Amazon Prime. I opted to buy it instead - the least I can do considering how much I enjoy your blog - but it made me wonder if you get paid when someone has it on loan instead of buying. Anyway, looking forward to reading it.

Anonymous said...

What a coincidence... I got a new kindle for Father's Day. Good timing, it will be one of the first books I buy for it. Is it meant to be read with a dry martini?

Kirk Tuck said...

Paul, The loan program to Prime members gives writers a chance to get the book out to a wide audience and hopefully get a nice buzz going. I do thank you very much for actually buying a copy and I'll wait, impatiently, to see how you like the story.

Thank you!

Kirk Tuck said...

To Anonymous just above: Yes, a good martini or a nice, complex red wine.

Hopefully you won't need strong coffee. :-)

Mike Rosiak said...

Some long plane trips next couple of days. Begone, Sky Mall! I have your book.

WilliamJns said...

Congrats on the release of the book! I have a vacation scheduled in the Fall and I am going to wait for the paperback. If, for some reason, it is not ready by then, I'll download the Kindle version to read on my iPad.

Kirk Tuck said...

Sigh of relief!!! The first review is up and it's FIVE STARS!
Thanks Michael.

Mike Rosiak said...

Kirk,
Good yarn! I started it on the flight to Dallas this morning, now about a third through.

I find myself proofreading, and have started to bookmark pages with (small) flubs. Would have sent an email if I knew your address. Are you interested in getting what I find?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for checking in Mike. As to errors, you find them and I'll fix them. Let me take a moment here to curse auto-correct in all the new writing tools...

Glad you are enjoying the story!!!!!!!

santa said...

??????? iBook ???????

Robin Wong said...

Kirk,
Yes please!!! Let me know what I have to do.

Gregg Mack said...

I am happy to tell you that I decided to buy my first electronic tablet, an iPad mini with Retina display, and 24 hours after that I purchased my very first Kindle book - your book, Kirk! I very much look forward to reading it later this summer when we go on our vacation.

Kirk Tuck said...

Hi Gregg, I hope you have an absolute blast reading the book. You'll love reading it on a retina iPad !!!! Belinda worked hard designing the overall look. Call me when you get back I'd love to have coffee and hear your review!