AetherCzar (Hans G. Schantz) has graciously included Shadow Captain in his Black Friday Sale. With over 190 books free or $0.99, I’m sure there’s something for everyone.
I generally like Moleskine notebooks. I don’t have any good reason for it. They feel right in the hand (do you know that bit in Princess Bride, the book, about a sword’s balance? Like that). The fancy limited editions make easier for me to keep tabs on where particular ideas might be: alot of the early concept work for Star Master is in the yellowish orange Gundam notebook, my initial reactions to seeing Orgoglio e Preguidizio for the first time are in the green and beige Oz notebook, but also some of them were later transcribed to the blue 007 notebook, which also houses an awful lot of fantasy mystery brainstorming, and so on. I’ve even found a velvet-covered one at a price I could live with. Even so, I find myself asking, why is there a furry moleskine? And why is it sold out?
Thanks to the auto-narrator function at Google Play, I now have audio book versions of four of my novels available:
Right now I am working on polishing Shadow Captain’s sequel. I hope to have it published by late December of this year, at which point it will spend 90 days in Kindle Unlimited so that the KU readers of the first book can enjoy it. The audiobook for the sequel will be made available around the time it comes to Google Play, sometime in 2023. Once I have Shadow Captain’s sequel completed, the focus will be on re-editing the Ancestors of Jaiya novels in preparation for their audiobook release, and on a new project to be announced later.
I began making up stories at a fairly young age, 5 or 6 years old, I think. At that age, my family moved around a fair amount, lived out of hotels from time to time, and some of our videotapes didn’t necessarily have the whole movie on them.Continue reading “Where Did THAT Come From: Why Such a Jumble of Influences”
Dean F. Wilson has pulled together an impressive sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99!
He has graciously agreed to include my ownrelease, Waking the Dreamlost, in this sale. It is the second book in the Jaiya series of urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels, and the first book is free on all vendors. You can find Waking the Dreamlost under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on this link to check out all the discounted books!
You may be hearing from me about these promotions a few more times this year, possibly as often as once a month. I hope you can find some new reading material at a price you can afford. Happy Shopping!
Mauti and her brother Embo have had their memories damaged by an evil psychic. Now Embo is desperately traveling from planet to planet in search of his missing fiancee, and Mauti is trapped in a dead-end job working for a shady politician. The mysterious duelist Roukazor may be Mauti’s only chance of escape, but Embo thinks Roukazor is the one who attacked Mauti’s mind. Can they trust him? They may have no choice if they want to survive….
Vella is a new piece of the Amazon/Kindle family, geared towards serialized fiction. I’ve started a serial called Thorn Master, set in the Star Master universe. It deals with the adventures of Roukazor and Mauti, the parents of Shenti, the mysterious spy from the Star Master series. This takes place about 27-30 years before the events of the first Star Master book. You can read the first couple of episodes for free here. I am currently working simultaneously on Thorn Master and Star Master Book 2, and hope to have the first draft of Star Master Book 2 completed later this summer, with an eye towards publication somewhere between December 2021 and February 2022.
Dean F. Wilson has pulled together a massive sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99!
He has graciously agreed to include my own new release, Waking the Dreamlost, in this sale. It is the second book in the Jaiya series of urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels, and the first book is free on all vendors. You can find Waking the Dreamlost under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on this link to check out all the discounted books!
You may be hearing from me about these sales opportunities several times this year, possibly as often as once a month. I hope I can help you find some new reading material at a price you can afford. Happy Shopping!
Three Books in One!
Hello! I hope you and your families are all well in this time of uncertainty. While on administration leave due to COVID19, I finally found time to replace the cover art on the original Jaiya Series and compile the three individual novels into one volume. This compilation is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Google, and Kobo. Just click on the name of the bookstore of your choice to be taken to it. I’ve included a synopsis for the collection below.
Journey to the country of Jaiya, in a world not quite like ours. Here, humans ride trains, drive cars, and use cell phones, but they share their world with insect people and trollfolk, and stranger things lurk in the shadows…
Marrying a Monster: As a favor to her parents, Rina agrees to come back to her hometown and take part in an old local custom: a symbolic marriage between the town’s women and the Mountain King, a mythical guardian spirit no one really believes in. But the Mountain King really exists: a monstrous being that feeds on fear and suffering. Rina’s only hope for survival may be Vipin, the dashing scholar hunting the Mountain King, but Vipin is hiding a few secrets of his own…
Waking the Dreamlost: In a place like Jaiya, a woman can’t just back out of an arranged marriage to a bigshot, even if her amnesia keeps her from remembering when and how she agreed to it. Her engagement to a politician makes Itana a target for terrorist attacks, but a former soldier named Marish keeps rescuing her, and gives her a chance at real love. She doesn’t remember hiring him to find out who is stealing her memories, but he is determined to finish the job…or die trying!
Loving a Deathseer: In a place like Jaiya, a servant has to obey his employers’ every whim, even if the whim isn’t in the job description. Erno spends his days rushing around while his wealthy employers bark orders at him. By night, he cases out his employers’ homes and sells the information to his burglar friends. He has only three rules: don’t get close to anyone, don’t let anyone get hurt, and don’t let anyone get framed for the crime. But his latest job will plunge him into a world of political intrigue,and test his rules to the breaking point. His only chance at redemption lies in the love of a persecuted young woman named Zeni, with the power to foresee his death….
I am going to try to do a lot of dictation this year, because my word goals are extremely ambitious, so I thought I’d link to a few books I’ve found helpful. One caveat: everyone’s hardware and software needs are different, so don’t take anything any of these books say as gospel in terms of exactly what you need to buy to make it happen. Everyone recommends Dragon Naturally Speaking, for instance, but I have so far stuck to just the existing speech-to-text option in Windows 10.
Dictate Your Book, by Monica Leonelle: This one offers a lot of good, basic advice on the nature and process of dictation. One of the more interesting exercises has you practice with public domain texts, like excerpts from Alice in Wonderland, to get more comfortable with the punctuation commands for your software of choice.
On Being a Dictator, by Kevin J. Anderson and Martin L. Shoemaker: Anderson goes hiking and talks out his books as he walks, while Shoemaker dictates into a microphone in his car on his daily commute to work. Between them, they offer a lot of insight into figuring out how to work dictation into your daily routine, and what kind of equipment and software (or human transcription services) you might need, without insisting that you need to buy exactly what they use or do exactly what they do.
Fool-Proof Dictation by Christopher Downing: The best book I’ve found on the process of training yourself to tell your stories out loud. Some of the training exercises are a little out there, but you can stick to the ones that work for you if you prefer.