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    Okay, another book promotion, my latest creation – 17th, overall… Seems everyone is launching a new book, and I can say without any resentment whatsoever, congratulations to all those authors.

    What makes THE PICKETT FACTOR one of the best books I’ve written? ‘Oh, how do I love thee, let me count the ways’!

    First of all, it’s a book about crimes NOW being investigated that have taken place in the past few years in my backyard, that is, in the state where I live. Yes, it’s a book of fiction depicting actual crimes, still unsolved to this day, that span the last five years, crimes that a small, beautiful town of national prominence should not experience. Of, course, in my fictional narrative, all crimes covered are solved. Not so in the real life drama…that factual ending is yet to come.

    Second, instead of the state where I live, I’ve moved all the action to the state of Pennsylvania, a state of which I have familiarity, a state where I attended college and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree. While in college, and during a course in ‘Criminalogy’ my class visited some of the penal institutions in the state, not the least of which was USP Lewisburg, a site that holds the ‘worst of the worst’ kinds of criminals and predators. It was important NOT to have the action in the book take place in the actual state and town of its origin because of the on-going investigation that is taking place.

    Third, while I love all the books I’ve written, THE PICKETT FACTOR was the most enjoyable book to write and read of any I’ve penned – yet, as I start thinking about the others, so many come to mind, and I begin to feel guilty. Let me just say, all my books were enjoyable writing experiences, and from the reviews, I can also believe they were fun reads. In my humble opinion, certainly some of those books should be in the main stream of publishing. I blame my marketing ineptness in this digital world for the fact they are not.

    Fourth, in this book, I’ve tried for some humorously folksy chatter along with the very serious business of criminal investigation taking place. That added to the enjoyment of the writing. It’s my hope the readers will also enjoy the sometime ‘comic relief’ in the narrative…it rather fits my style. Oh, and one other tidbit, there should be no ‘exclamation marks’ in this book. If there are, we have a mysterious occurrence.

    Fifth, content-wise, it is hard to imagine a reader putting down this book while reading. The crimes portrayed are enough to keep a reader flipping the pages… Briefly, to summarize, five years ago, a police officer for the small town in question was ambushed and murdered on the way home from his shift. Two years later, a mother of four children, the baby of the four from her live-in boyfriend, disappeared and has yet to be found. The father of this missing mother is killed in what was termed a ‘hunting accident’ while out with his grandson. No one in the small town believes it was an accident. In 2014, a mother and daughter are slashed and shot to death in their bedrooms. Add to this mix a murder in 1979 that could play into this overall complex of crimes. There are also at least two or more drug groups operating in the small town, hoodlums who brazenly flaunt the law and attack citizens. I’ve tried diligently to find the connections in this most unique and thrilling set of crimes 

Finally, the reader will enjoy the fictional attorney in the neighboring town and his old college pal, the fictional chief of police of the subject town’s police department, working together to solve these mysteries. There is romance, love, and family on display in this book as well. Being a fictional book, there will be conclusions drawn by an author’s imaginative mind. I dare say, when and if these criminal elements are one day truly solved, the ending to THE PICKETT FACTOR will no doubt pale by comparison. Just so you know, this book’s ending is rather spectacular.

One last word, I would welcome, PLEASE, all those in ‘the neighborhood’ to help me launch THE PICKETT FACTOR. The request is most humbly posted on knees that are bruised from the kneeling.

Can you help me to make this a successful launh?


If the blue background works, fine, but WHICH COVER WOULD YOU SELECT FOR THE TITLE? Let me know. Thank you.

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Billy Ray Chitwood – October 22, 2018

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20 comments on ““The Pickett Factor”

  1. Best wishes on the new launch, Billy Ray. I like the last cover and yes I will aid you in your launch activities.

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    1. Thanks, John. I appreciate all the help I can get… Hope Bailey is just going through some ‘doggie days’ and the ailment is just something minor. Thus, I pray. ♥

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      1. Afraid not, Billy Ray. We are into phase two of the treatment plan with no improvement. Thanks for the good wishes.

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      2. Thank you, Billy Ray.

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      3. You’re welcome, good John. All the best. ♥

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  2. John Dolan says:

    Cover 4 of the Pickett Factor is my personal favourite, BR. Good luck with the launch … and of course I will be purchasing a copy 🙂 Best, JD

    On Sat, 27 Oct 2018 at 02:43, The Final Curtain1 – BR Chitwood – MUSINGS: Authors – Books – The World wrote:

    > Billy Ray Chitwood posted: ” THE PICKETT FACTOR Okay, another book > promotion, my latest creation – 17th, overall… Seems everyone is > launching a new book, and I can say without any resentment whatsoever, > congratulations to all those authors. What makes THE PICKETT FACTOR on” >

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    1. Hi, JD, thanks, good friend…wishing you all good things! ♥♥♥


  3. Congrats on the new book, Billy Ray. I like covers 3 and 4 and can’t decide on a favorite. Both are very cool. I wish you the best of luck with your launch. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Diana. My best wishes. ♥

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  4. C.E.Robinson says:

    Good luck with the launch, Billy Ray! I like number 4, the print is centered and my eye goes right to it. Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine, and all best wishes. ♥


  5. D.L Finn, Author says:

    I would have to day between 3 and 4. Three showing the murder content and 4 showing the person wondering about the murders. I can help with your launch. Congrats on #17!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Denise. Thanks for helping…you can piggy-back off my blog post Monday or Tuesday. You’re wonderful… ♥♥♥


      1. D.L Finn, Author says:

        I will give it a try. Haven’t reblogged before!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Can’t find your reblog…don’t worry with it, Denise. You’re a busy lady. All my best. ♥

        Liked by 1 person

      3. D.L Finn, Author says:

        I found I can’t reblog…it goes to another site. So I blogged a link over on my blog! Never too busy to help:)

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Yes, you are…you’re everywhere, doing so much, and I appreciate all that you do for me. lovely lady! ♥♥♥

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