Super-Powered Spy Novel Finished!

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I just uploaded the final draft of Deus Ex Machina to all retailers! After being in the works for years, this book is finally complete!

*cue flashes of lightning*

*cue maniacal laughter*

If you’re a fan of Hungry Gods, then the book you’ve been pestering me about is finally here! If you’re not an HG fan yet, there’s still time to score it for only 99-cents! (But only days remain, my friends, only days!)

If you want your shot at scoring a free advanced reader copy (ARC) of Deus Ex Machina, all you have to do is sign up for my Conspiracy Theory Newsletter. I’ll be putting out the word in the coming weeks on where all my subscribers can download the book for free.

To find Deus Ex Machina at your fave online retailers, click here. 

To find Hungry Gods at your fave online retailers, click here. 

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Funny Business at Amazon

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So last week I set up a giveaway for the first book in my Identity Crisis series, Hungry Gods. Supposedly, the way it worked was, for every 100 people entered, there would be a winner. Well, because I didn’t get around to pushing it out until there were only two days left, I only get 131 entrants.

But that should have meant 1 person won a book, right?

Apparently not. Amazon reported to me that 131 entered and no one won.

And I have no idea why. 

I may roll the money I already put into it for a re-do, but that might only be open to subscribers to my mailing list. As in, the first 21 people to respond will be the winners. (Thus no more funky, unpredictable odds.)

We’ll see. I’ve inquired as to what happened and will go from there.

If you want to join my Conspiracy Newsletter and get in on the next round of action (plus more news and special offers), just click here. 

Superheroes for X-Mas

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In case you missed the last “Ghosts of Christmas Present” blog post the other day, or just didn’t quite get through the nice, long version, here’s the abridged edition:

IDC Campaign.

I’m excited to finally present the new book and new look for my Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) titles, all fun romps through a slightly more realistic, grown-up superhero land. Consider it all to be PG-13, give or take. My new series/universe catchphrase is “Capes aren’t just for kids anymore!”

 

If you’d like to check out any of these books, you can click there these links. Hungry Gods is up for only $0.99 right now, while Deus Ex Machina is brand new and up for pre-order right now.

You can also try your luck to score the first book for free on Amazon. I’m giving away 21 copies of Hungry Gods here.

The drawback is that there’s only 1 winner for every 100 entrants. I’m not super thrilled about that method, but that’s Amazon’s new way to doing things, I guess. I prefer the lottery draw after a certain date, but Big A’s new thing (from what I can tell) is 99 people enter and don’t win, #100 does, rinse and repeat.

And the femme fatale, superhero short story Silk Spider: Behind the Eight-Ball, is now FREE on all sites. So you can sample, then nibble, then chow down on some superhero/sci-fi fiction for big kids.

Please enjoy the Christmas goodies and tell all your friends to do so as well!

Ghost of Christmas Present

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To continue with my Dickens/Scrooged theme…

The Ghost of Christmas Present. What’s happening right now. (Aside from starting a new job, first Xmas home in about 11 years, etc.) Basically, my big project right now is my IDC Campaign.

I’m excited to finally present the new book and new look for my Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) titles, all fun romps through a slightly more realistic, grown-up superhero land. Consider it all to be PG-13, give or take. My new series/universe catchphrase is “Capes aren’t just for kids anymore!”

There are three series in the IDCU: the Identity Crisis (IDC) series, starring Spitball and the Phenomenal Five (living and dead… and undead, in some cases); the Secret Origins (SO) series, spin-off stories giving more background on various characters in the universe; and the Identity Crisis 2029 (IDC’29) series, which started out as a one-shot novella that I’ve since decided should be the first installment in a trilogy of its own, although I haven’t progressed on it as of yet.

The first book in the IDCU, Hungry Gods, has been my most successful book ever and was first published nearly four years ago. I’ve been working on the sequel, Deus Ex Machina, off and on for about three years. Finally, it will go live exactly four years to the day from HG’s original debut: January 31st, 2019. (But it is available now  for pre-order, if you’re interested…)

So, the IDC Campaign. What’s that?

Honestly, I’m still wading in and figuring it out. As I’ve probably said, I haven’t had as much time for admin/infrastructure in the writing biz as I’d have liked, but I’m making a go of it right now. Kind of building the airplane in mid-flight, as it were.

STEP ONE: Cover Convergence

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Over the last few months, I’ve been working to revise and recover (re-cover?) all these IDCU books so that they look the same. (That decision was finally made back when my Sun Tzu inspiration hit, which I blogged about and then included in my indie writers’ survival guide TSC4IW…) With the help of the talented Henry Ponciano, I have now assimilated all the IDC and SO covers to follow the same visual theme. This way, passersby will know at a glance that all these books are related, even though they are in different series.

(Invasion (IDC’29) will follow before long. That one’s on hold for now. Henry actually did the current/original cover for that one, too.)

The sad part about revamping covers that there are some I like and will miss. (And some I don’t like and won’t.) I’ve been planning to have an “obituary page” on my website at some point, featuring all the covers that have moved on over the years.

If you’d like to check out any of these books, you can click here:

STEP TWO: Make Them Easy to Get

The first part of making them easy to get is “going wide”. I know a lot of people swear their allegiance and financial futures to Amazon, but I’m not one of them.  So if you prefer Kobo, iBooks, B&N, even your local library, you can do that.

The second part is putting the first book on sale.

For a limited time, Hungry Gods is only $0.99!

(And if you like it, you might consider leaving a review that says so and then moving on to another IDCU book.)

And for those who do prefer Amazon, I’m giving away 21 copies of Hungry Gods there.

The drawback is that there’s only 1 winner for every 100 entrants. I’m not super thrilled about that method, but that’s Amazon’s new way to doing things, I guess. I prefer the lottery draw after a certain date, but Big A’s new thing (from what I can tell) is 99 people enter and don’t win, #100 does, rinse and repeat.

The other drawback is that it ends on December 21st! Which I didn’t realize when I set it up a week ago and got too busy to anything with it! CRAP! So go there now and try your luck!

(UPDATE: Amazon and I both screwed up, in my view. I didn’t get the word out in time, but they didn’t award any prizes to those who actually did sign up. Hmmm…)

Which means, the more people that enter, the more who will win. So if you want one, it actually helps to tell other people to join in too!

And if you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can score it for cheap right now! Free or a buck, now is the time to grab it. After this free-for-all is over, the price will go back to $4.99.

I’ve already mentioned another aspect of Step Two, which is putting Deus Ex Machina up for pre-order.  Pre-orders tune up the cyber-gibberish algorithms to help make a book more visible. (Apparently doesn’t work on Amazon anymore though–they like to dismantle everything that helps authors for some reason…) So if you know you want to read something and it’s on pre-order, you could actually be helping the success of that book by pre-ordering it before it releases. (And we appreciate that immensely.)

I’ve also set Silk Spider: Behind the Eight-Ball, an IDCU short story, at FREE on all sites. And it will likely stay free so that more folks will be willing to give the IDCU a try in the future.

STEP THREE: Tell All the Good People!

Which is what I’m doing now!

But my voice doesn’t carry very well. Which is why I deeply and truly appreciate it when you pass this news along.

If you know anyone who likes superheroes, science fiction, or fantasy… If you’re a social media butterfly who always posts your most delicious findings…. If you feel the holiday spirit and just want to share, share, share in this time of giving… Please let other people know what’s happening here.

All you’re doing is telling your friends where they can find a book for a buck, or even for free. They might just appreciate that.

And so will I!

Thank you for reading this far, thanks for your support, and good luck for those who will try for the freebie.

Next up: the thing that all men fear…

Book Lovers’ Box: October Creep-Fest

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You may have heard of subscription services where you get goodies in the mail every month. You may even be a member of such a service! All you do it sign up and every month, like clockwork, you get a nice package chock full of goodies, all related to that month’s theme.

I’d heard of these but never signed up for any.

And, to be honest, I still haven’t. But if you’re a book lover, there is a virtual service like this especially for you.

It’s a digital box stuffed with stories and novels, coming to you every month. This month being October, the box is naturally brimming over with rotten corpses and cursed heirlooms!

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I’m talking about the Pikko’s House Book Lovers Box. There are literally thousands of happy readers signed up for this service, and you can join them. Just check out https://www.pikkoshouse.com/box/  Past themes include a mythology box, end of the world, sci-fi box, fantasy, romance… You name it, it’s a theme. This month not your thing? That’s okay. Take the goodies, share them with someone else, and wait for next month, when you’ll get a dozen or so books you do like!

I’ll let the curator describe it herself; she’ll do a better job than I can:

What is a digital subscription box?

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what a digital subscription box is. Think one of those cool curated subscription boxes you get in the mail, only this one doesn’t come in the mail, it comes via email.

You see, the thing about real subscription boxes is, while they’re fun to open, in the end they essentially amount to clutter (except for the delicious snack ones, cause you just eat those).

So instead of a physical box, I’m offering a digital box of fun things for people who love to read. Free ebooks, ebook deals, tips for writers and freelancers, book giveaways, extended versions of my webcomic, SimpleMarkup, that sort of thing. It’s still got that bit of a mystery surrounding it that’s so attractive in subscription boxes but without any of the physical downsides.

By signing up, you get access to the current box. Soon, I’ll also add archive pages for book-cover puzzles and comics. Join the fun!

As I said, October is Halloween themed: “Spooks and Ghouls.” And there’s 16 authors with horrible relics for you to enjoy!

  • Wicked Innocents by S.H. Livernois (ARC, limited to 80 copies)
  • Blood and Chaos by Bob Williams (99-cent series)
  • Between Life and Death: Dead Woman’s Journal by Ann Christy (free book)
  • Ruin: Kano’s Necromantic Comedy by Karl Radle (free review copy)
  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Box Set by J.L. Bryan (set of 3 free books)
  • Must Love Ghosts, Season 1 by Charity Tahmaseb (BookFunnel freebie)
  • Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater (99 cents)
  • Vitaortus by Dea Schofield (free novel)
  • Black Candle by by H.P. Bayne (BookFunnel freebie)
  • The Blood Singer by Patrick McNulty (BookFunnel freebie)
  • Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson (free series starter)
  • Infection by Philip Harris (free series prequel)
  • The Raventree Society, Episode 1 by J.E. Purrazzi (BookFunnel freebie)
  • The Secret Diary of Helen Blackstone by Michele Pariza Wacek (BookFunnel freebie)
  • Hungry Gods by J.D. Brink (free novel)
  • Hawk Hallow by J.D. Oliva (BookFunnel freebie)

Yeah, one of mine is in there too. 🙂

If you’re interested, hop on over and check it out. Some of those goodies come in limited quantities, so it’s first come, first served. Enjoy!