New #Superhero #Ebook on #KindleUnlimited

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Eight tuxedo-clad felons are committing copycat robberies, mimicking infamous criminals from the late ‘90s.  Normally, the Phenomenal Five wouldn’t bother with something as mundane as bank heists.  They’re superheroes.  They’re supposed to fight monsters, thwart terrorists, and jail supervillains.

That’s what Silk Spider tells herself, but the team has her on the case nonetheless.  She’s putting her detective skills to work, as well the vast resources of a superhero HQ.  

She’s also jonesing for a cigarette.  And when she catches up to this new Eight-Ball Gang with her bullet-proof corset and denied urge for nicotine, she’ll make them sorry they ever put on their masks.  

Behind the Eight-Ball is a supercharged, superheroic story of crime and justice, action and adventure, fantasy and science fiction, set in the mature spandex world of the Identity Crisis Universe.

That’s the latest story from the Identity Crisis universe.  It was originally written as three chapters in the forthcoming Twilight of the Gods books.  But it makes a great story all by itself.

For the first 90 days it’ll be exclusively on Kindle Unlimited (click here), so if you’re a subscriber it’s free for you there.  After that, it’ll be everywhere: B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc.

The paperback chapbook (only about 60 pages) is also in process.  You can order it for $5.49 right now via Create Space (click here), and on Amazon in the next few days.

(Forgive the hashtags in the post title.  Trying something new.)

Sci-Fi Boxed Set Still Available on a Planet Near You

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The Out of This World science fiction bundle is still out there!  It may have run out of time on Bundle Rabbit, but now it’s a little closer to the planets you visit most often: namely, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo!

You get 16 ebooks for less than ten bucks!  You can’t beat that deal with a Klingon stun baton!  (Do Klingons use stun batons?  Probably not.)

Here are your links.  Get it while you can, before this super deal goes supernova!

Amazon

B&N

iBooks

Kobo

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Deals!

Just a reminder of what’s happening for a limited time:

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Beginning August 15th, you can get 16 exciting science fiction titles worth $69 for as little as $9.99!  I’m talking about the “Out of This World” ebook bundle on Bundle Rabbit.

Bundled books include works from best-selling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, Douglas Smith, Blaze Ward, and even me!  You can choose your own price and donate some to charity.  It’s win-win!

Stock up on your fall reading right now for less, because this amazing deal will only be around for a limited time.

Click here to find its home on Bundle Rabbit and here to find its page on Facebook.

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The Kickstarter for Cirsova issues #3 and #4 is up and accepting all comers!  There are rewards to be had for both meager and generous contributions, not the least of which is knowing that you’re supporting a quarterly indie magazine and the authors who publish within its pages.

I myself, Captain Leonidas Hawksblood, am one such author.  Or rather, one such lively buccaneer of the Vast Empty Sea.  Join me and my crew—Mister Pug, Soot, Pidgeon, Spleen, and Comely John—aboard the Lion’s Share as we venture off for daring-do across the black canvas of stars.  Assuming The Lion’s engines don’t fail us and torpedo tubes can spit for all their worth.

Rewards via Kickstarter are greater than those without, so don’t delay!  You can’t get a better piece of the pie without stealing it, and then you’ll be running for the rest of your days.  Trust me, I’d know!

Click here to go to the Kickstarter Page.

 

Steeped in the Mire

The hardest thing about writing, I think, is the tenacity.  The keeping at it to complete a book, or at least a long one.  Short stories I can turn out fairly quickly.  Even some short books I’ve been able to get out in a surprisingly short amount of time.  But the longer books…  They take more endurance.

I’ve been working on Twilight of the Gods, which is a prequel of Hungry Gods, and the more I work on it, the longer it gets.  There are a lot more characters with a much, much bigger plot going on.  This one’s going to be a superhero epic!  But, damn, does it take a long time to write!

Which wouldn’t be an issue if I were a full-time writer.  Then my job would be to entertain all you fine folks!  I could do so much more!

But it’s not.  My actual job is much more demanding, with much more responsibility beyond myself or even my family.  In fact, both of those things are considered secondary to the greater goals of the service.  So in order to feed my family and stay out of the brig, I need to dedicated most of my time and energy at my “real world” job.

But, hopefully, I’ll be transitioning away from that job next year.  I’ve officially put in a request to get out of the Navy (yes, I have to request it, it isn’t an automatic thing) next summer.  I could go on for days about the goods and bads of being in the service, and I’m very proud of what I’ve done, the people I’ve worked with and for, and the places I’ve seen in over twelve years of selfless service.  But ultimately, I just don’t want to do it anymore.  It’s a young man’s (or woman’s) game.  I have a family now, and dreams other than those issued to me.  It’s time to move on and make a new life.

The bad side of that decision is that my whole life is about to be turned upside down, dropping me and my family into a situation where nothing is guaranteed anymore.  Uncle Sam won’t be there to protect us and nurture us anymore (or throw us into war-torn territories, for that matter).  Which means, I NEED TO START LOOKING FOR A JOB!  So that’s also going to draw precious time away from what I’d rather being doing, which is writing for a living.  Of course, at this point, we’d all starve to death if I hinged our future on that.

(Part of that starvation I’ll contribute to pirate websites and those who download from them, since I’ve just been alerted to another one benefiting from my hard work while I go unpaid for my labors.  Don’t do it, people!  You enjoy an artist’s work?  Then pay them for it!  Is pitching the artist or author a few bucks really that terrible?  Why pay some internet asshole instead??!)

Anyway, the point of my rambling (mostly to myself) is that my superhero epic is going to be delayed more than expected.  I may even push it back a month or so further so that I can shift gears and get a short novel I wrote 13+ years ago up and running and out into the world.  It’s an urban fantasy-noir-Asian mythology story that I’ve been afraid of working on because it’s so important to me.  But now I’ve realized that being afraid of screwing it up and therefore not ever getting it published, isn’t doing me or any potential readers any good at all.

So while I’m working on my resumes and job hunting, I may find time to get that shorter project done.  If so, I’ll let you know.  And then it’s back to the epic, one page at a time.

Thanks for “listening.”  And if you hear of any good nursing jobs opening up next summer—or even better, any creative jobs where people get paid to do what they really love (supposedly they exist, but I just can’t imagine—it’s called “going to work” because you have to do it, not because you love to do it, right?)—don’t be shy about sharing.

(It’s not that I don’t enjoy nursing, but it’s not my dream job.  I’d much rather turn out 4-5 books a year instead of just one per year, you know?)

Okay, better quit rambling and get something else done today…

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p.s.  Another delay in getting more novels out (none in over a year now!) is that I spent a lot of last year writing short stories.  Two of which have been published in the last several months, two more are coming out this fall, and three more are out to editors, awaiting judgment.  “So I’ve been writing, honest I have!” I insist, reminding the stern glare from the mirror…

p. p. s. Amending this the next day: In looking through my old notes on the noir story I mentioned, I see that the first draft of Solitaire was finished almost 14 years ago to the day: 07 August 2002.  Wow.  Now I have to get that story done before any more years go by!

An Out of This World Ebook Bundle

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Beginning August 15th, you can get 16 exciting science fiction titles worth $69 for as little as $9.99!  I’m talking about the “Out of This World” ebook bundle on Bundle Rabbit.

Bundled books include works from best-selling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, Douglas Smith, Blaze Ward, and even me!  You can choose your own price and donate some to charity.  It’s win-win!

Stock up on your fall reading right now for less, because this amazing deal will only be around for a limited time.

Click here to find its home on Bundle Rabbit and here to find its page on Facebook.

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Superheroes in Space… and in our ears

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The audio version of INVASION is now in production!

The talented folks at The Voices in Our Heads are working as we speak on bringing these outer space, superheroic adventures to life.   I just listened to the first chapter and it sounds awesome!  It should be complete and out for sale this winter.

Here’s the blurb for the book.  You can find links for it on my Identity Crisis portfolio page.

A mix of superheroes, space opera, and pure pulpy fun.

The future of the Identity Crisis Universe hangs in the balance.  While on a mission to assist NASA, the Earth’s greatest super-trio find themselves suddenly thrust onto the frontlines of an interstellar war. 

The heroine Ballista is an orphan of alien gladiator circuits.  Nuclear colossus Adam Smasher is the most powerful man on the planet.  And Symian’s genius could only be born from the unfettered jungles of the Congo.  Together they are the future’s greatest (dysfunctional) superhero team. 

Now they stand with one foot in the airlock and the other on the edge of deep space.  To save the Earth, do they stand their ground or take the fight across the galaxy? 

Who was it that said the best defense is a good offense?  (Can’t remember?  Oh well, Adam will take credit anyway.)

J. D. Brink brings you another series of mature spandex and pulp adventure to grownup fanboys and fangirls everywhere.

This book is about to be featured in a bundle too!  You’ll be able to get $57 worth of sci-fi adventure for about 12 bucks, starting mid-August.  Stay tuned for that…

 

Superhero Progress Report

blu & grey hero miniWe’ve now made the turn: we are halfway through 2016.  (More than halfway now, ‘cause it’s taken me weeks to write this.)

Holy poop, how did this happen?!

Time flies when you’re working your too busy to notice, I guess.

Aside from the perilous schedule of the day job and family time, I have actually gotten quite a bit of writing done so far this year.  My general goal has been 10,000 words a month, though that number is somewhat misleading.  It’s more a measure of work than actual, printed words.  It also includes writing blog entries and newsletters, like this one.  And it counts revision work at one-half value.  (I know that doesn’t make sense to you, but it’s a way for me to confirm with my demanding boss—me—that revising is work and still counts for something.)

Though I’m still not going to publish Twilight of the Gods when I originally wanted to.  I was hoping it’d be done by now, but it just hasn’t happened.  Too many real-life changes to adapt to, too many side projects and distractions.

And bouncing back and forth between Twilight and Deus Ex Machina didn’t help either.  Deus Ex Machina, by the way, will be the third book in the Identity Crisis series (with a return of Spitball as the star hero).  I started both books in the latter part of 2015 and couldn’t decide which would come out first, so I went back and forth too much.

I’ve also been working on this new blog/author’s website.  And I’m still posting to my old one (found here), but eventually I’ll convert over and leave it behind.  I wanted a new look and a new start.  Something sleeker, cooler, and more professional.  And so far, so good.

So now that I’ve settled on Twilight of the Gods as book two for sure, I’m about 35,000 words into it.  That’s about the first third of the book.  I’m projecting it’ll be about 80,000 words long or more, but I won’t really know till I get there.

I was also hoping to get the final manuscript to my copy editor, and the final page count to my cover artist, by the end of September.  And having just plotted out the likely course of chapters and events through the second section of the book…  That seems unlikely.  This sucker is going to be pretty epic.  Hungry Gods started as a short story that just kept growing as I went and ended up a fair-sized novel.  This baby started out knowing it would be big, and my stuff tends to end up bigger than planned.

Why is that?  Because as I write, things develop and evolve of their own accord.  Characters and events take turns I didn’t see coming.  And things I know have to happen, have to happen naturally.  I can’t rush it, I have to build to it in a realistic manner.  People don’t change on a dime.  You have to give them good reason.  Otherwise the story is rushed and unbelievable and crappy.  And I don’t want to put out a crappy story.

So when will it be done?  I honestly don’t know.  At this point, I’m crossing my fingers (and setting in my mind) that I’ll have it out in time for Christmas.

But I’ll leak little bits as I go.  For example, if you’re getting my Conspiracy Newsletter, you’ll be getting an exclusive look at the prologue of the book.  If you’re not, why not?