Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer 2018: Update and some freebies!

Yes, I know it's not technically summer yet. But I'm already exhausted. And there's a long way to go.

After an extensive campaign, I have finally acquired my building permit for my small addition! I started back in March, and after a series of modifications, finally got approval a couple weeks ago. I've already begun construction. Well, demolition, which this week consists of cutting, hammering, breaking and moving large chunks of concrete. Last week, it was the tear-down of a two-story redwood deck that I built almost fifteen years ago. Can I just say that I wish I was a millionaire right now, so I could pay professionals to do some of this miserable work? I know, don't we all?

Oh, well. The labor is good for me. I've been too lazy the last couple years. Plus, it's a teaching opportunity for my kids, which is really the best reason for doing anything. In fact, I had my teenage son and daughter both helping me demolish some concrete this afternoon. This brief tutelage ended about twenty minutes after it began, when my son hit the garden hose outlet with a 10 .lbs sledge hammer and sheered it clean off. Water came out in a wild gush that he tried in vain to hold back with his hands as I ran to shut off the water at the street. I sorted frantically through my plumbing supplies to find what I needed to enact a repair. Thankfully, the break was clean, and in such a place that I could reuse existing materials without a trip to the hardware store. The repair only required some soldering work. (Thank God for small miracles, right?) Strangely, after all the excitement, my kids lost interest and returned to their seemingly never-ending stream of Netflix anime. I don't blame them. I'd rather be doing that, too.

So, in the midst of the chaos that is my life this summer, I have been working on revisions to Valkyrie Smith Book Three, and I have a few plans for my next Iron Horse novel revision. I have also been planning some promos. Here's the part you've been waiting for:

First, I'm giving away my short stories this week. Starting tomorrow and running through the weekend, you can pick up a Kindle version of my fantasy shorts for free. That's it, the whole collection: FREE. Just look me up on Amazon, or check the links on my fantasy books tab. Also, next week, beginning on Sunday, June 10th, look for The Clockwork God -free- and the rest of the series will be running at promo prices.

'And what else?' you say... Well, I've been experimenting with recording my own audiobooks for the Hank Mossberg series. I played a sample for my wife and she loved it. Problem is, I don't have the slightest ability to do an Irish accent, so how can I play Butch? Should I just play it straight, with no accent? Or should I humiliate myself by trying something beyond my ability? Hmm.... Maybe I'll have some more time to work on that skill later this year. Speaking of, that's when Valkyrie III and Iron Horse V should be available. But I don't need to tell you how to stay updated, do I?


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A new cover for Breeze

Well, it has been a few years (or more) since I made any changes to my Tinkerer's Daughter covers. I've been pretty happy with them for the most part, and I think I can credit the ongoing success of this series in part to the covers' abilities to draw readers in. The first step to selling a book is, after all, enticing someone to pick it up.

I think it helps to revisit old covers, descriptions, and maybe even the stories themselves from time to time just to make sure improvements aren't warranted. There's always room for improvement and depending on the situation, it may or may not be worth the time and trouble. In this case, the cover to T1 was decent. At the time I published it, I think the art was comparable in quality and appeal to most of the market. The market has grown since then -it has become more sophisticated, more mature, and the art has as well. I've been thinking for a while now that this cover needed a little sprucing-up, and it just so happened that I had some time on my hands this week.

Here's the original (or at least, most recent) cover:

And here's what the new updated version looks like:

Pretty fancy, huh? Like I said, it's not a major change, but you can see how zooming in on the main figure makes a stronger cover, at least in the fantasy genre. This new font is unique like the old one, but perhaps more visually appealing, and the color treatment and beveling makes it seem more integrated with the artwork. Overall, I think the effect looks more professional and polished than the original, even if the artwork itself is virtually unchanged. What do you think?



Monday, February 19, 2018

New Promo this week

Should be Dead is running at a promo price of just $0.99 this week. Grab a copy at Amazon before the price goes back up!

Nothing more to add at the moment. I'll post a writing update here soon. In the meantime, have a great week!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valkyrie 2 now live!

The Devil's Road is finally live on Amazon. The introductory price is just $0.99US on Kindle, but that price WILL go up, so grab it now. Here's the link for Kindle. You can also buy it in paperback for just $9.99US. It is currently available on Prime at that price! It is also available in the Kindle Library for KU subscribers.

I don't have the international links at the moment, but if you go to your country's Amazon site and search "Valkyrie Smith" or "The Devil's Road" it should come right up. The prices will vary due to currency exchange rates, but they should be roughly equivalent to the US price. (The system takes care of that automatically, so the price may vary from week to week for not just this, but all of my titles.)

That's it for now. Have a great week and enjoy the new Valkyrie story!



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valkyrie 2 Revealed!

...And it's about time! All I can say is I'm sorry. 2017 was a rough year, and things that would normally take weeks ended up taking months. Books I expected to finish last summer are only just now coming to fruition. Valkyrie is one of my most popular characters, and I should have finished this book long ago. She deserves better and so do her fans. I promise I'll get number three out much faster next time around. In the meanwhile, It is my hope that book two will not only live up to everyone's expectations, but maybe even raise the bar a notch.

I know I haven't been posting here very often lately, but I'm so close to hitting the "upload" button on Valkyrie II that I just had to give you some details. Without further ado, here's a first look at the cover and the description:

The Devil's Road



Description: 

"Valkyrie’s search for the serial killer who murdered her family leads to an isolated Montana town with a shady past. It seems to be a quiet, peaceful place now -the sort of place where folks don’t lock their doors at night- but something evil still lurks just beneath the surface.

Valkyrie is close. She can feel it. The Collector is here, and this time she’s determined to catch him. But will the local police chief distract her with his investigation into the town’s rash of abductions? Is it possible that these murders could also be the work of the Collector , or is it just another diversion from her real goal? Valkyrie’s resolve is being tested, and this time what she learns about the killer will change everything."

 So after a long, long wait, I'm happy to say this book will finally go live this month (Feb. 2018). I'm waiting to approve the paperback and final edits, which means The Devil's Road may very well be available next weekend (2-10-18), or the following week at the latest. 

In related news, my young adult action/adventure novel Shadow Born will be free on Kindle at Amazon this weekend, and book two in the series Shadow Rising, will be reduced to $0.99. Also coming soon is the fifth and final book in my Iron Horse steampunk series. I'll save the details on that for a later post. 

Thank you everyone for your patience. Let's have a great 2018!