Readers and Fans,

As you’ve heard me say in the past countless times, you are what matters most. Without you, there is no Logan West. I am forever in your debt that Logan and his band of merry men and women have graced the pages of four world-class thrillers. Unfortunately, at this time, Logan and his task force are going on a hiatus. Consider it a temporary vacation. He is not gone, as I have at least two outstanding tales to tell in the Logan West universe, including an Amira Cerone origin story that has been in the works for more than a year.

Also as you know, I am ruthlessly direct and honest, to the point that I’ve often been criticized for disclosing too much information. But that is who I am, as a recovering alcoholic and former Marine, and in that vein, it is why I’m the one telling you this know, especially since it was mentioned in a Cincinnati Enquirer article this past week.

Publishing is a brutal business, and all authors have gone through rough times, both personally and professionally. And there comes a time in every career – and that time varies – where a decision has to be made. And based on a variety of factors, for me, that time is now.

As a result, I am writing a standalone thriller that will be a true Matthew Betley roller coaster, but it’s one that anyone who lives in suburban America will be able to relate to, with the intent to draw in new readers, not just ones in the geopolitical action thriller genre. I am keeping all details under wraps, and I’ll be taking a break from the amount of social media posts I do. Politics has become noise, and I need to focus on what’s important.

I know there will be disappointment, but trust me when I tell you that you won’t be disappointed with the new story. It’s going to be a true, intense thriller written in the only way that I know how to write them with the potential to be the biggest thing I’ve written.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Like I said earlier, you are what matters.

Semper Fidelis,

Matt

28 Comments

  1. Steve Ditmars on September 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Matthew,
    Good luck with your new venture. I will be standing in line to buy it when it comes out. Take the time to do the things that you need to do, that are important to you. We readers always hunger for the next story, but we can also be patient.

    Semper Fi

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Steve. The book turned out beautifully. I think you’ll love it. I’m hoping for a 2021 publication date. We have a lot of balls up in the air right now, and of course, it’s 2020. So all best are off. Lol. All the best, Matt

  2. Maureen Tuohy on September 29, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I have not written to you much but I am a reader and a fan. Just like my all-time favorite, Michael Connelly, changes directions at times an author must be true to his feelings…beliefs…self…? I will be reading the new book when it comes out.

    My son was a Corpsman with the 5th Marines in Iraq in 2004ish…still keeps in touch with his guys. He would love to be an author and although he is in law school now and his bride is in the JAG Corps in the Army I think it is on a burner somewhere.

    I am so glad to hear you are working on your alcoholism…I admire you for doing that…must be quite difficult and an added pressure to your work on the new book.

    Best, Maureen Tuohy

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks, Maureen. I appreciate that. 5th Marines went through a lot in Iraq in 2004. I used that time period in both OVERWATCH and FIELD OF VALOR for a reason. Send him a “semper fidelis” and my best for me. As for being a recovering alcoholic, at this point 11 1/2 years sober, it’s a fundament part of who I am. I just keep on doing it one day at a time. I’m fortunate that my sobriety is strong. Stay tuned for the new book – it’s a doozy. All the best, Matt

  3. Leo on September 30, 2019 at 1:35 am

    I guess Logan is on daddy duty for a while… πŸ™‚

    I’m sad to hear that Logan West will be put on hold, as I was really looking forward to the Amira origin story. That said I’m sure your next thriller will be just as awesome and I can’t wait to read it! And when Logan West is ready to re-enter the stage, I will still be here.

    On another note, although I have never had problems with alcohol/drugs/etc in my life, your sobriety story continues to inspire me to cut my own bad habits and to be a better person in general. Thank you for inspiring me to live a better life, and I eagerly await your next book! (I hope you can manage at least one book tour stop in Virginia, hint hint)

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks, Leo. I appreciate your loyal readership. Trust me – you’ll enjoy the standalone. More importantly, I’m humbled that I have had any impact on your life at all. I continue to fail plenty but keep trying. All the best, Matt

  4. Kathryn Burkett ( Kitty ) on September 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I’ll miss Logan of course, but I’ll read everything you write..Even if you decide to re-write the Dictionary. You are that good! Looking forward to….whatever. LOL Much love, respect ……and Semper Fi!

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:44 am

      Thanks, Kitty. I just saw this. πŸ™‚ I didn’t realize I had a bunch of comments sitting in my website queue. You’re going to love the new standalone. Trust me. Thanks for being a fan from the beginning. Stay safe and healthy. Best, Matt

  5. Anne Saller on September 30, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Excited about your next book and hope that you will plan to visit Book Carnival when it ready. Really enjoy your writing style.

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Thanks, Anne. I’d love to visit California. I’ve never done a West Coast book event. Who knows what book tours will look like when 2020 is over? Stay safe and healthy. Best, Matt

  6. Marty Owczarek on December 16, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Matt, hope all is well….. Can’t wait….

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:39 am

      Thanks, Marty. All is well, even in 2020. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

  7. Glen Williams on January 8, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Really bummed…. Though I am sure the next book will be fine, I am really bummed to hear about the hiatus of Logan West. I do understand the desire to seek a broader audience but I can can say that my friends and I who always read this at the same time, (Kinda like a book club with beer, wings and testosterone) felt special that we were part of the Logan West universe. I have enjoyed sharing these books with my brother (A former Marine officer and FBI agent) and have him tell me stories of the brotherhood and banter of his days in the military. That being said, Matt’s a great writer and I will be purchasing his next book. But don’t forget about Logan!

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, Glen. I appreciate that and understand. Believe me, it was not my first choice but a necessity of this business, which is only about $$ and sales. Having said that, I believe you’ll love the standalone I wrote, and more importantly, there will be another Logan West, one way or another. Stay tuned. And tell your brother “Semper Fidelis” for me. Best, Matt

  8. Jackie on January 23, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Matt, I don’t know if I want to kick your ass, huff and puff, have a fit or just sit down and cry, cry, cry….
    I discovered you by sheer luck, got addicted. Chose you rather than another Author named Greaney… even recommended you to The RealSpy Book Guy, Kevin…sang you and Logan many praises….
    BUT …..I feel you…..😒😒😒😒
    I wish you all the best, stay strong, positive, happy and healthy, never give up…
    Ok this old gir is done…. and never mind the bitching….. we love you…

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Stay strong, Jackie. It was a business decision. Having said that, I know you’ll love the standalone. Also, there will be another Logan West at some point, as I had two stories plotted it before I decided to leave my publisher. Stay tuned. There will be a Betley book in 2021. πŸ™‚

  9. Jim Sullivan on May 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Matt,
    I was in the Navy for 8 Years. I am also a recovering alcoholic. Sober since Feb, 2002. I am proud that you are addressing your addiction. I admire your efforts and I appreciate your service to our country. I enjoy your books. I have to admit that I prefer to read series but most authors seem to write standalones or Multiple series. Keep up the good work.

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Thanks, shipmate. Keep up the good path on sobriety. It’s better than the alternative. πŸ™‚ As for the books, authors write standalone in order to draw in readers who might not be reading their series – that’s why I did it. This is a brutal business, and publishers only care about $$ and sales. Trust me – I’ll be writing another Logan West book at some point. I had two stories planned before I decided I had to leave my publisher. I think you’ll like the standalone. Trust me. Fair winds and following seas.

  10. Abe on June 13, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I’m actually excited about a new setting
    I do like logan west, but I don’t like when authors stick to just one protagonist and that hero’s universe (it gets kinda boring)

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, Abe. I hope you love the new one when it comes out. Stay tuned.

  11. William Dee on August 19, 2020 at 10:39 am

    As a former Marine, I look forward to your books. Good luck and Semper
    fi

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Thanks, William. I hope you enjoy them. Buckle up. Semper Fidelis.

  12. Derek Richards on August 28, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Just read “Overwatch” – brilliant.

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:21 am

      Thanks, Derek. I appreciate it. Buckle up for the next three. They get more intense. πŸ™‚

  13. Carmell Nickols on August 29, 2020 at 8:10 am

    My husband loves your books and I can’t wait to get him you’re a new thriller that you’re writing.

    • Matthew Betley on August 29, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Thanks, Carmell. I appreciate that. The new one is finished. Just working out the details with a publisher. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

  14. Carl Sherrets on September 7, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Just finished Field of Valor and starting Rules of War. I’m sure that you hear this a lot but I really enjoy your writing style and your development of your main character, Logan West and his sidekicks, John, Cole and Amir. I am and avid reader and have read all of the books written by Vince Flynn (Kyle Mills), Mark Greaney, Brad Thor, Brad Taylor, Ben Coes, Jack Carr, and Don Bentley, just to name a few. You certainly hold your own in this genre. Since there is not as much to do in this time of COVID, thanks for your talent. Would love to meet you at a book signing sometime as I live just north of you in Dayton. Kudos, stay safe and take of yourself!

    • Matthew Betley on September 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Carl. I appreciate all of that. Unfortunately, I don’t live in Ohio anymore. I’m sadly on the East Coast. πŸ™‚
      Stay safe and enjoy the wild ride that is RULES OF WAR. All the best, Matt

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