Upcoming Sale Reminder! Plus The Dragon Awards!

Just a weekend reminder to mark your calendar for the upcoming 24-hour Sale on April 19th! That’s only eleven days away! For a single period of 24 hours, every book I’ve ever written will be discounted. Even Colony! Here’s the breakdown:

One Drink: Free!
Dead Silver: 75% Off!
Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection: 50% Off!
Colony: 25% Off!

If you’re looking to fill out your collection, or perhaps to share one of your favorites with a friend, April 19th will be the day to watch!

Also, don’t forget about The Dragon Awards! Nominations are still open, and will be until June 24th of this year! Time to let the world know what you found to be the best book, game, show, or more of the last year! And, while we’re at it, Colony is eligible for nomination, so if you think it’s worth it, you can nominate it!

Anyway, enjoy your weekend, and mark your calendars!

2016 in Review—What’s My Progress So Far?

Sands and storms, it’s time for one of these already? Even more alarming, this nears marking the the third anniversary of Unusual Things?

Boy, the days really fly, don’t they?

Well, it is what it is. Time marches on. Which means that once again it’s time to take a look back at my goals, accomplishments, and the like during this year and see what I’ve gotten done. It’s time to put 2016 under the microscope and look at some hard data.

Honesty? I expect that I got less writing done this year … though I published more, and definitely worked just as hard. It’s just a byproduct of what I worked on. 2015 was lots and lots of writing, while 2016 ended up being the year I published a lot of that writing. Which meant that I spent a lot of time trapped in the editing process.

Plus, I started working a second job every week to make ends meet, which also cut into my writing time.

I mean, that’s not bad. But both definitely slowed my pace, and while my “total” word count for productivity stayed pretty good (remember, I count editing as a 20% wordcount for tracking reasons), my actual wordcount for words written probably dropped for the year.

Granted. Next year I think I may see a bit more equilibrium. Maybe. Right now I’ve only got one book in editing, and one that I’m working on. Then again, next year may be a repeat of this year: two releases, lots of editing.

I guess I’ll find out. For now though, let’s take a look at 2016.

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The Labor Day Sale is Here!

At long last, it’s live! Everything I’ve published on Amazon.com is now either discounted or free! Just in time for anyone who wants to kick back and dig into a good book while waiting for burgers to be done, a bus to arrive, or really just any activity at all where you can think a good book or few might come in handy.One Drink Cover

One Drink? Free as a bird. You can grab Jacob Rocke’s original outing for absolutely no cost. 100 pages of ghostly wolves, smirking shamans, and philanthropic werewolves, with no DRM whatsoever. Click the image or the link, and get cracking.

Of course, why pick up just one adventure with Jacob Rocke in it when you can get two?

Dead Silver FinalDead Silver, starring Rocke’s shaman friend Hawke Decroux, is only $2.99 through next Monday. The bigger, grander, more fleshed-out sequel sees Hawke heading to the town of Silver Dreams, New Mexico to help Rocke catch a particularly troublesome chupacabra bothering the town’s livestock. When he arrives, however, Rocke is nowhere to be found, and the chupacabra attacks have taken a brazen, deadly turn. 451 pages of adventure and mystery in the New Mexican desert, completely—as usual—DRM free. Click the image or the link to face the desert.

And since you’ve got two already, why not complete your set?

Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection is just $5.99 through next Monday. Ten fantastic Unusual Eventstales are contained within its 515 pages, each one different from the last. In the Unusuals Universe, a young teen struggles with the pressures of high school and the sneaking suspicion that there may be more to the mysterious malady plaguing him lately than most would think, while a mother works to come to terms with her new “condition” courtesy of a trip to South America. In the far off wild of Alaska, two men end up stuck in a tree thanks to a curious bear with little to do but talk to pass the time. Elsewhere, a killer stalks the streets of the Indrim Empire, hunting her prey, and a young woman recounts her pursuit of her city’s own armored superhero in search of an interview. Ten stories, 515 pages, all DRM free. It’s nothing ordinary. It’s Unusual Events. Click the image or hit the link, then open the pages and begin your journey.

One Drink‘s sale extends through Friday, while Dead Silver and Unusual Events are available at their discounted prices until Monday, the 12th of September.

 

Don’t Forget Monday!

Actually, this post serves two purposes. First and foremost, it’s a reminder that starting Monday, everything I’ve published will be on sale. You can check the details here, but the short of it is that come Labor Day, you’ll be able to get my entire library for less than $10. Over a thousand pages worth of reading. If you’re looking to catch up before Colony comes along, Monday is the day.

But that’s not all, and thus we move to step two of this post. Monday is also going to feature, as it has been in the past, the rise of yet another Being a Better Writer post!

Yeah, pretty standard for this site, but seeing as I broke the chain while I was away, I figure a good reminder can’t hurt.

So now, on to other news. Work is back in full force on Colony. About halfway through the second Alpha, should be mostly done with it sometime next week, at which point the story will move into Beta! Still aiming for an October release, so warm up your kindles! I’ll have a bit more information on pricing and the like, as well as a cover to show off, soon, but for now it looks like the Beta is going to weigh in at around 330,000 words. Yes, that translates, based on your publisher, to a book that’s between 1,000 pages (Amazon, who go by 330 words per page on average) and 1,430 (Tor or one of the other big pubs—can’t remember which—who estimate a 233 words per page average). Unless something crazy happens and I cut a chapter or two (unlikely based on Alpha feedback so far), that’s around what the final copy will be.

In other words, this is a big book. Any wonder it took so long to get this close to release.

But I’m close. And speaking of which, I want to get another 10,000 words edited on it today, so I’d best be off.

Catch you Monday, and enjoy your weekend.

Incoming Sale!

Readers, I am now officially back! Back at posting (Patreon post about fishing coming fast!), back at editing (Colony is aiming at an October release, so time to get my work in gear), and back home (Ah, computer desk, how I have missed you). The trip home occurred almost without a single hitch … and that lone hitch was an inexplicable case of my luggage somehow teleporting on ahead of me and arriving a full twelve hours before I did (I suspect a secret shadow flight that my bag was placed on by mistake, perhaps serving Unusuals).Yes, everything is as it should be.

Well, except for one thing: No matter how I try to spin it, I still did lose roughly three weeks of editing time on Colony with this trip. Which is a little harsh. I could have had the second Alpha done by now. That’s a delay on my end, and a delay for you readers anxiously waiting on your end.

Now granted, I did make a nice paycheck while I was up there. But that doesn’t really give anything to you guys for waiting patiently over those few weeks. So I figure, why not mitigate that a little?

So boom, sale. Starting Monday, September 5th, my entire collection is going to be discounted. All of it. That’s right, even the new stuff. What can you expect?

Well, for starters, One Drink, my first book, will be completely free MondayOne Drink Cover, September 12th through Friday, September 9th (which is all the further Amazon will let me make it free). One Drink introduced readers to Jacob Rocke, the Unusuals Universe, and a strange case involving a vengeful, ghostly wolf. As my first-published, it’s not exactly the most impressive thing I’ve ever written by a long shot (it’s only got 4 stars on Amazon and Goodreads) … but it is a fun, quick read that gives a good idea of what’s to come, and like I said, it’s going to be free.

Of course, a free book is all well and good, but One Drink has been free before. If you’ve already read that one and are looking for a longer, more in-depth read, then I’ve got good news for you: The sequel, Dead Silver, is going to be half-off for this entire upcoming week. From Monday, September 5th to Monday, September 12th (again, Amazon limits how long I can have a book on sale) you’ll be able to pick up Dead Silver at 51% off. Yup, normally $5.99, Dead Silver is going to be $2.99.

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