Unveiling: Diana

It’s been up on Instafreebie for a couple of weeks, just to get links sorted out for various promo sites where it was going to live this month, but today was the first day I sent out notice that Diana is up and available for download.  I don’t think that it’s going to be available as long as Rage has been, but Rage officially retired today and I’m (still) working toward getting it available on Amazon.

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So.  Someone reminded me how important the story of Justin was to Samantha’s history, and it was kind of a shock how much I’d overlooked it.  Here, not so much.

Diana is my favorite part of the 4-part Book of Carter, because… this is when he gets Diana.  Much like Kha’Shing, this is a sword with a personality and an aura that you just can’t escape, though Diana is a much more muted creature.  It’s a story that is core to Carter’s development into the man that we meet in the Sam & Sam books, and it’s the one, I think, where I hit the most surprises.  Carter has, at every turn, surprised me with his struggle with his identity, with his brash disregard for anyone but himself and then his sudden bursts of insight and humanity.  He has always been one of my favorite characters (In my head, he’s always played by Lee Pace…  He is more personified than any other character in the Anadidd’na universe.) but he had a mystique to him that was part of the distance Samantha had from who he was at his core.  She knows a lot about him – more than anyone else – and she trusts him with everything, but he has managed to keep her away from his most core self, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to find, when I went plumbing those deeps.  He’s more than I’d hoped for, and the events that surround his trip to hell to get Diana are unexpectedly different than what I thought they would be.

So.  The last book is Departure, and that should be available in February.  When it goes up, I’ll take Justin down.  I’m expecting to continue generating bonus content and free short work – once the Book of Carter content finishes scrolling through, watch for a ‘FREE’ section up top, here, to keep track of what’s available.

Happy reading!

Justin!

My blog is a little behind my newsletter today.  One of them has to go out first, and the newsletter won.  I announced that Justin was available at InstaFreebie (it is!).

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Yay!

As with all of the prequels right now, they aren’t available to buy yet (they will be soon… I’ll talk more about this in a minute) so the only people who get to read them are the ones on my mailing list.  InstaFreebie requires that you sign up in order to get your copy.

Bonus, y’all.

But what surprised me was an e-mail I got from one of the readers I know best, who said she was really excited about this one.  And all of a sudden, I remembered how important this story is.  All of the prequels are *really* important.  That’s why I had to write them.  Carter and Samantha have all of this history, and all of these really important things that happened to them, and those were stories that I needed to get written down.

But Justin.

Justin is a big deal.  And I’d kinda forgotten that amidst all of the other stuff that I’m doing right now.

Now, this isn’t for sale yet.  It has an InstaFreebie exclusive cover, and it will probably not go on sale until the middle of January at least.  It’s possible it doesn’t make it to Amazon until February.  But it’s also only on InstaFreebie for a limited time.  So grab your copy.

Eventually, there are going to be four books in The Book of Carter: Rage, Justin, Diana, and Departure.  Once they’re all available, I’ll bundle them together and do a smidgen of editing to remove the constant explanations of who and what things are (translating angeltongue over and over again, among other things) and put them out in The Book of Carter.  Miss one of the first four?  Want to review the full set?  Let me know.  I’ll start putting together a review list for the book and get you a copy before it goes up for sale.

I’ll eventually do a full blog on it, but the long and short of reviewing for me is this: reviews are necessary for me to be successful.  Good or bad, I need them.  I will not require that you write a review in exchange for *anything*, a review copy or anything else.  I will not tell you that you should like, or review as though you like, anything I write, but I would kindly ask, if you *hate* everything I write… why are you here?  No.  My writing doesn’t fit everyone, and I have no issue with that.  Not all of my writing fits everyone, even if all of the rest of it did.  That’s okay.  The point of a review is for you to flag down other people who are thinking about reading something I’ve written and going: hey, this is what you need to know to make a good decision about whether or not to read this.

It’s not about me or my writing.  It’s about helping me and the people who would genuinely enjoy my work find each other.

So.  Contact me or comment here if you want a review copy, and I’ll get you on the list.

Yay, Justin!

Read MY book, not THEIRS

Amazon says that Urban Fantasy writers are my competitors.

That I can’t review their products, because obviously I’m biased because I sell a competing product.

That I would be bonkers to give my readers a list of 100 books by other authors that are all $1 or less.

Which I do.  Gladly.

Find a book you love.  Find an author you love.  Dude.  Find an author you love more than me.  All of these things are great.

Because Bella Forest is not my competitor.

The Avengers are.

I, Zombie is.

Facebook is.

Because you work.  You have a family.  You have a household that must be vacuumed and mowed and painted.  You have no more than X hours any given day that you use to entertain yourself, and the things that you spend those hours on (and to a lesser degree, the things that you spend those dollars on) are the things that edge out reading one of my books, not the fact that you know about a bunch of authors whose stuff is kind of like mine and you can’t wait to read.

If you read, and if you find that when you read, you find things that you really, really enjoy, books stand a chance of winning out over Arrow and Deadpool.  If you never really enjoy reading, and if you tend to roam around and never find a group of authors whose work you love, you’re going to quit reading.  And then it doesn’t matter how much you love my work, you’re going to get caught up in NCIS reruns and you’re going to get a rewards card at the AMC and you’re going to miss my next release.  And then you’re going to forget about me entirely.

I think that the indie writer revolution has made books newly competitive in an era of Netflix and 3-D movies, because there are *so many*.  It means that you have to know where to find the ones that you like, but so many indie authors are publishing two, three, four, or even more books a year.  As you find writers you love, odds get better and better that they’re going to have a lot of books to read, and you are going to keep looking for books.  In the meantime, I’m going to write and release more, and it’s my hope that as you continue to meet authors you love, I stay up high enough on the list that you’ll keep reading my stuff, too.

But these aren’t my competitors.

They’re my co-conspirators, and we’re trying to get you so addicted to our work that you never, ever leave.

Rangers boxset!

So, things keep stacking up.  I’ll have a blog on it in a day or two explaining where I’m headed, but this is here so I wanted to get it posted:

Rangers Origin, books 1-4 is now available on Amazon at a 30% discount to the price of the four books individually.

All the demonic hack ‘n slash, none of the going-to-get-the-next-book.  Score one for the good guys!  Buy your copy here.

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Portal Jumpers: Scouted!

If you want to check out my Scout campaign page and nominate my work (please, only if you enjoy the sample; I mean that!), you can check it out here.

Remember: if I get picked up by Amazon publishing as a result of the campaign, you’ll get a free copy of Portal Jumpers!

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Want a free book?

That’s the best pitch I’ve got for a pretty-cool program I’ve signed up for with Amazon, where I’ll be listed starting tomorrow.  Wanted to talk it through in concept, the whys, the hows, before I started plastering links for it everywhere – support my book!

So.  Amazon Scout.  I’ve known about it for a while and, like everything else in the last year, any thought I had of getting into it was postponed until now.  I got HDM: Miami done, Portal Jumpers was up next. Continue reading “Scout”

OK Go #1

I will post lots and lots of OK Go.  I love them, and I hope to find them in concert someday.  They are in competition for my favorite group, and they have no competition as my favorite video group.  Here, they blow away the old performers’ adage: never work with children or dogs.

English!

With some additional digging, I’ve found some additional videos in English of Henning May and his musically talented compatriots.  Some day, I’m going to string together the ideas into a short story.  It’s just right there.  Loving it.  This is on my writing playlist, at present.

 

Moriarty

Grinding through Gorgon as my April NaNo project, and it’s every bit as big and complex as I expected it to be.  Finished the rewrite on Houston, which is going to need a new handle, because it isn’t just in Houston any more, and making steps toward getting both Miami and Portal Jumpers set loose into the wild.

Need to get my books list updated after pushing everything last year; sorry about that.

Video.  Moriarty.  If you haven’t watched the BBC modernization of classic Sherlock, you should.  This is the dude who plays Moriarty, and while he actually doesn’t get much screen time, you don’t realize how *big* he uses it until you see it all compressed into one place.  Zounds.

What I’m reading: Write.  Publish.  Repeat. by David Wright, Johnny Truant, and Sean Platt

What I’m watching: Sherlock series by BBC