Jude Hardin

Author, Drummer, Turtle Whisperer

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Cricket

This is a true story. I'm not exactly sure how to interpret it, but I promise that it really did happen.

 On my way to make a pot of coffee one morning, I nearly stepped on a cricket. It had somehow gotten through the garage door during the night, and now rested on a square of ceramic tile in my kitchen, its antennae twitching nervously and its glassy little eyes gleaming in the overhead fluorescent.

I stared at it for a few seconds, trying to decide what to do. I couldn’t just leave it where it was and hope that it somehow found its way outside. Not an option.

Finally, I tore a paper towel from the roll on the counter, picked the cricket up and carried it to the back of the house. I opened the door and gently placed it on the patio.

“There,” I said. “You’re free!”

But before I turned to walk away, a lizard darted from under the barbecue grill, gobbled the cricket up and swallowed it whole.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


A civilian contractor for the Department of Defense has created an implantable brain-computer interface that will make the fiercest warriors on the planet exponentially smarter, faster, and deadlier.

Codename: iSEAL

After years of painstaking research, the device is finally ready for human trials.

Desperate to be reinstated as a Special Forces candidate, twenty-four-year-old Nathan Brennan reluctantly volunteers for the study. Four weeks as a lab rat and his military career will be back on course.

Unfortunately, by the end of day one, he finds himself on the run from the police, the CIA, and a mysterious criminal mastermind named Oberwand.

With no memory of his past, and with little hope for a meaningful future, Brennan must utilize every weapon in his binary arsenal just to stay alive.


Saturday, March 22, 2014


What do Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels and private investigator Nicholas Colt have in common?

Billiards, bourbon, bad jokes…

And murder.

A homeless woman’s remains are found near Chicago twenty-six years after she disappeared. Her daughter—now retired in Florida—suspects foul play, and she hires Colt to fly up there and check it out.

A prominent Chicago physician is slain outside a convenience store, horribly mutilated. A senseless street killing? A robbery gone wrong? Or something much worse?

As the homicide cases and those involved converge, it quickly becomes apparent that Jack Daniels and Nicholas Colt are in for the most challenging—and deadly—time of their lives.

Joe and I had a lot of fun writing this book, and I hope you have a lot of fun reading it. It's available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and wherever fine ebooks are sold.

We did a Q&A over on Joe's blog, and I would be happy to answer any further questions regarding the collaboration or the book itself here in the comments.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


1. Write at least 1000 words of fiction a day.

2. Publish at least four novels in a brand new series.

3. Promote my backlist to the best of my ability, using Amazon’s promotional tools, my mailing list, and paid advertising services like BookBub.

4. Check my sales no more than once a day.

5. Stay positive. Focus on the writing, and try not to allow things beyond my control (see #4) to dictate my moods.

6. Maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise at least 30 minutes every day.

7. Read books that inspire me.

8. Be supportive of my fellow authors. Celebrate their successes.

9. Share whatever wisdom I’ve gained to new and aspiring authors who ask for advice.

10. Entertain. This is job #1, and there’s value in it, even though what I’m doing is probably not very important in the grand scheme of things.

What are some of your goals for the new year?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A First?

Today, November 26, 2013, I am releasing two brand new novels simultaneously.

BLOOD TATTOO  (A Nicholas Colt Thriller), and its follow-up SYCAMORE BLUFF (A Nicholas Colt/Diana Dawkins Thriller). The e-book version of each is priced at $4.99, so you can get both for less than ONE new release from a traditional publisher.

 Has anyone ever released two new novels at the same time? If so, I'm not aware of it.

In the old days, before the e-book revolution, such a thing would have been nearly impossible. Most publishers didn't want their authors releasing more than one book a YEAR, fearful that the market wouldn't tolerate multiple annual titles from a single author. But those days are long gone, and now it's theoretically possible for an author to publish ten (or a hundred!) books concurrently if he or she wants to.

With e-books, there is unlimited shelf space, so these novels will be just as available for instant purchase ten years from now as they are today. And e-books are priced lower than paper books, so customers can enjoy more titles for less money.

I should note that BLOOD TATTOO is also available in trade paperback, and that SYCAMORE BLUFF will soon be available in that format as well. Some people prefer paper and are willing to pay the extra price for it, and there's nothing wrong with that. You can even skip reading altogether and listen to the audiobook version of BLOOD TATTOO if that's your preference.

More choices = a better literary experience for everyone.

It's a great time to be a writer, and a book lover.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Coming November 26, 2013

After last year’s harrowing experience with a gruesome serial killer in Key West, rock-star-turned-PI Nicholas Colt has decided to hang up his investigator hat and settle into a nice quiet life of teaching guitar and spending time with his family. Or so he thinks…

Unfortunately, everything changes when an undercover Department of Defense investigator named Diana Dawkins comes crashing into his life. Diana tells Colt he has been recruited into The Circle, a super-secret organization—a mystery even to the CIA and the Secret Service—charged with protecting the country from terrorists at any cost. The only evidence of his involvement is a tiny spot—a “blood tattoo” on his left foot, invisible to the naked eye—that marks all members of The Circle. Diana needs Colt’s help, and she’s willing to pay him well for it.

Suddenly, Colt finds himself a key player in an elaborate effort to defend the President of the United States against an assassination attempt. His hush-hush missions for Diana and The Circle are becoming increasingly surreal—and deadly. Colt realizes he could lose everything, even the wife he loves. Will he be able to stop the terrorists in time? And at what cost?

Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Title, New Cover


Buy it HERE.