First off, Pulphouse, the famous magazine of quirky speculative fiction, is coming back to life. (Yay!) And…guess who sold a story that will appear in the very first issue? I am quite excited about the return of Pulphouse and really looking forward to seeing that story in print. (Should be out January 2018.)
Next, I have also sold stories to three different anthologies in the Fiction River series! No idea yet when they will appear, but I will update here when I know.
Work continues on Soul Code, slightly delayed by Life Stuff. Nothing bad, just timesucks. And the day job doesn’t help either. Someday…
I had never heard of this until today, I swear! A German sub has been found on the sea floor off Scotland. It was scuttled after being captured, the German crew assuring their captors that a sea monster attacked and damaged it so badly they could no longer dive.
It appears Fluffy the kraken came by his German-hunting talents quite naturally…
If by chance you ordered the boxed set of Light in the Darkness, had it cancelled, and did NOT get the email from Amazon about it being reinstated, yes, it is back. And fabulous. Note that the 99 cent price is only good for the preorder! Once it goes live the price increases. We still don’t have the final word on how much, has to do with file sizes and all. You try jamming 12 full novels in one computer file! Even if you sit on it like a suitcase, it isn’t easy.
Update: The price increase happens when the full file is uploaded, which will be October 8. The new price then will be $1.99 –still a raging bargain–but if you want the ultra cheep rate preorder now!
On the off-chance that you preordered Light in the Darkness: a Noblebright Fantasy collection and got an email from Amazon about “the publisher cancelling”, no, we didn’t. There has been… let’s call it confusion in the minds of Certain Large Parties. Unilateral actions were taken. Emails and phonecalls are being made to get things working again. The boxed set is ready to go, all the authors are on board. We WILL get it to readers, one way or another, and at the promised promotional price of 99 cents. Unfortunately, re-pre-ordering may be necessary. Sorry.
Adventures are nasty things that make you late for dinner. (sigh)
Alive! Yes, really. It has been touch-and-go, but the breathing thing continues unabated. Busy. Currently hard at work on Book 3 of the Scent of Metal trilogy, in between day job, new cats, and the ongoing quest to replace my collapsing Depression-era garage. (Seriously. It is a quest, with random monster encounters and quest tokens and buried treasure.)
Another project is in the works, but this time most of the effort has been shouldered by the inestimable C.J. Brightley. The Noblebright Fantasy boxed set is coming soon to an ebook source near you! My fellow authors include C.J.Brightley, Lindsay Buroker, Francesca Forrest, Kyra Halland, Angela Holder, Ronald Long, Mike Reeves-McMillan, T.A. Miles, Christina Ochs, Sherwood Smith, and Emily Martha Sorensen.
And the best part? Twelve stunning books plus extra short stories, all for a mere $.99! Preordering is available right now, for delivery October 18. My contribution is The Last Mage Guardian, plus the previously never published short story “Wolf of Shadows.”
We’re trying to make the concept of Noblebright a movement, something you can search for. We’ve got a website, and more collections are being thought of down the line. This is similar to the Human Wave movement, but more focused on fantasy.
Noblebright is intended to be a positive reaction to the negativity of grimdark. It’s not syrupy, precious nonsense. It isn’t papering over reality with illusion or denial. Real, imperfect characters that do their best in an imperfect world, who make mistakes but get up and try again. Noblebright means, at the very least, in a dark world there is still hope.
Summer, and rumors of Summer…which means you must always have a good book within reach!
The Scent of Metal is a mere $1.99 (now with new cover art!), and Jinxers only 99 cents! (Prices good through Monday). Check the other terrific reads we’ve collected for you… space travel, dragons with issues, werewolves with problems, musketeers getting fed up with vampires, vampires getting fed up with demons, fay detectives…really, we’ve got something for everyone.
By Peter Grant
On Sale from May 28-30
Nineteen-year-old Steve Maxwell just wants to get his feet on the star road to find a better homeworld. By facing down Lotus Tong thugs, he earns an opportunity to become a spacer apprentice on a merchant spaceship, leaving the corruption and crime of Earth behind. Sure, he needs to prove himself to an older, tight-knit crew, but how bad can it be if he keeps his head down and the decks clean?
He never counted on the interstellar trade routes having their own problems, from local wars to plagues of pirates – and the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve’s left a world of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead…
By Sarah Hoyt
The France of the Musketeers has changed. Decades ago, someone opened a tomb in Eastern Europe, and from that tomb crawled an ancient horror, who in turn woke others of its kind.
Now Paris is beset by vampires, the countryside barren and abandoned. The Cardinal has become a vampire, the church is banned, the king too cowed to fight.
Until now, the three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis have stood as a bulwark against the encroaching evil, their swords defending the innocent and helpless.
But last night, in a blood mass, Athos was turned into a Vampire. And a young vampire orphan has just arrived from Gascony: Monsieur D’Artagnan.
Things are about to get… complicated.
The Amazon link is live, and the other sites that allow direct preorders should be up shortly. Actual publish date is April 29, and with luck, the paper version will also be available by then.
While I’m working on book 3 I will be redoing the look of The Scent of Metal to match the series style and adding a teaser chapter, so don’t worry if you see the book listing change. Same book, different wrapper.
The book is with the editor now, and depending on how bad the carnage is among the commas I should have the ebook done and available at the usual fine retail establishments by mid to late April, and paper book shortly thereafter.
Isn’t this luscious?? And below the jump, a sample chapter for your delectation. Ware the commas….
A guest post at the blog of editor and fellow writer Chris Andrews, about my quote instant success unquote…and never giving up. Check it out!