Thanksgiving Treat: Free Superheroes in Time for Justice League and Thor

Just in time for Superhero season–oh, and Thanksgiving and Black Friday too. All these occasions combined, plus my desire to try out BookFunnel as a free ebook delivery service.

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So right now (and in the near future) you can click on this easy link and–BAM!–go straight to the landing page to download an epub or mobi/kindle file for Masks. Here’s the story on the story:

A doomsday cult has risen in Mesa City.

Signs of the Never-Ending Serpent haunt alleyways and nightmares, and the police seem powerless to stop it.  Medicine Man and Coyote stood against them and Coyote paid the ultimate price.  Her partner hasn’t been seen since.  Gone off the deep end, they say.

Is there no one who can save us from the End of Days?

Red Mantis doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s no stranger to combat.  And the mysterious Shadow Puppet appears impervious to death and everywhere at once.  But when faced with the true horrors of the Never-Ending Serpent, will these rookie saviors prove friends or foes?

Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Native American kids growing up on the wrong side of Mesa City, where it’s not cool to root for superheroes.  No wonder: the patron cape of the neighborhood is currently on a rampage.  Probably not a good idea to steal his car, then, even if it is for the right reasons…

Masks is a triple play of action, adventure, and pure pulp fun.  Combining the classic conventions of the genre with gritty new twists, this trio of superheroic tales is sure to please comic book fans young and old.  The featured story “Medicine Man” also earned an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest.

So THANK YOU for reading, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, good luck fighting the starving masses on Arena Day (Black Friday), and when you’re all done, sit back and relax with a free digital copy of Masks!

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Silk Spider, Wasteland, and Sky

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Thanks to a tweet that’s now about 3 months old, I found that Mr. J. D. Cowen had reviewed my Silk Spider story on his blog, Wasteland and Sky. (Or maybe it’s called “And between the Wasteland and Sky” or is that just a quote…?)

I only hit up Facebook occasionally, and Twitter rarely. Back in August, Mr. Cowen reviewed Astounding Frontiers magazine, as well as my story and one by Dominika Lein, all as part of his quest to find more pulp fiction. He tweeted about this and included me in the tweet. Today, November 4th, I discovered that tweet from August.

Oops.

That’s me and my cyber aversion.

Better late than never though! Thanks J.D. for the kind comments–glad you liked it!

 

Just in Time for Thor: Ragnarok

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Is it that time already?! The movie kind of snuck up on me. I’ve been busy.

But that’s not the only surprise I found tonight…

I had submitted a superheroic story to Steve Beaulieu not long ago and didn’t know what to expect after that. Probably my own fault for not taking the time to pay more attention. And were it not for my wife posting a silly picture on Facebook and telling me to check it out, I would not have bothered to go on there (I hates me some Facebook) and, therefore, would not have seen the update from Steve saying that the book was coming out next week!

So as you, me, and every other nerd in the universe gear up for Thor: Ragnarok, you might consider a collection of new superhero–and supervillain--stories coming out at the same time.

Me and 12 other writers all have great tales to tell in Collateral Damage.  There’s also a paired collection of 12 misadventures from the bad guys’ points of view called Ha-Ha-Ha. 

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Both of these are up for pre-order on Kindle Unlimited for only $0.99 right now.

But wait, there’s more!

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Click here to see the whole series of four on one nice spread.

What a nice surprise, just in time for another superhero movie season!

Speaking of which, I’ll have a fun picture to share on Halloween (or the day after). Assuming I can squeeze into my damn costume after this week! (Been doing a lot of sitting in class and eating greasy shit. Not pretty…)

 

Progress–and Breaking My Wrist

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Last night, in the wee hours, I published the above ebook: Frozen Heart.

This is actually a novelette (about 9,000 words), not a full-blown novel or what most might call a “book.” And it’s not new.  I wrote the first version of it (I think) while I was in nursing school, circa 2007.  It also appears as one of three sci-fi stories in my mini-collection (“book”) The Scythe of Kronos.

So it’s not new.  And it might not be what you’d call a full-blown book in and of itself.

You see what I did there?  I criticized and tore myself down.  Despite having accomplished something that millions of people talk about doing and only thousands actually ever accomplish.

Why do I do that???

In adding this new standalone publication to my roster of works published, I made a surprising discovery: so far in 2017, I have published about 122,500 words.  

That’s a lot of words.  More than many (maybe even most) indie authors get published in a year.  And it’s only August.  If I manage to get the novel done I’m working on by New Years, that’ll add 70,000 to 80,000 more to the total.

That’s something!

And yet for some reason, it’s hard for me to acknowledge that.  It nearly breaks my wrist to pat myself on the back.

It’s much easier for me to ridicule myself for not getting more done.

Ready for more of that?

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So of that 122,500 words, only about 73,000 are “original words.”  Now, that does NOT mean I stole them from someone else.  It’s just my way of saying that 49,500 of them already appeared somewhere else.  Like Frozen Heart, which is in that other book I published earlier this year.  23,000 of them make up the novella Secret Identities, which was first published in the anthology Hiding Behind the Cowl a couple months before I put it out again as Book 2 of my Secret Origins series.  (So in that 122,500, I’m counting it twice, because it was published by them and me; it exists in the world in two different places.)

The optimist in me says that I should count every individual publication of each work.  The pessimist says that I shouldn’t.  So I do both.

And that’s okay, because both numbers are way better than I expected.  (If only I could convince myself of that!)

So here’s everything that’s come out so far this year (plus Cowl, above).  And the year ain’t done yet…

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And now I’ve spent time blogging instead of working on that novel.  Excuse me while I go inflict Reminder Scars on myself with the cat-o-nine-tails in the corner… 

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(Btw, if you click the images, it’ll take you to Amazon.  You don’t have to buy them on Amazon, they’re everywhere, but it was just easier to do that right now.  If you’d like to buy some, that is.)

 

 

Free Audiobook: Superheroes & Space Opera Collide

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My super fun short novel INVASION has finally come out in audio!  It’s been literally a year in production, but the result has been well worth the wait!

The great folks at The Voices in Our Heads have turned INVASION into an audiobook with voice talents Anthony Bowling and E. L. Loren.  They have brought my characters to life in a way I never could.  It’s been fun working with them and listening to how they’ve improved upon the black and white words that I had merely laid down on a page.

You can find the audiobook on Amazon, Audible, and iBooks now.

But wait, didn’t I say something about “free“???

Well, I do have some promotion download codes I could give out.  But they are there for, as I just said, promotional purposes…  Which means, if you were to get one of these free download codes, I would kind of expect (well, not really “expect,” but certainly hope!) that you’d take a minute to rate the book and/or leave a short review.

That’s fair, isn’t it?  I give you 3 hours and 13 minutes of entertainment for free, and you give me just 4 minutes of your time to write a very short and honest comment about what you thought of it.  (And you might also tell your friends, blog audience, whomever about it too…)

So how do you get one of these free audiobooks?  Well, if you’ve managed to read this far down the page, you’re already on the right track!

The FIRST TEN PEOPLE to email me asking for a chance to listen to this book for free will get themselves one of these limited-edition, highly coveted download codes on Audible.com.

You don’t have an Audible account yet?  No problem! It’s an Amazon company, so if your Amazon account doesn’t get you access (I’m actually not sure if it does or not), you at least know it’s a trustworthy and reliable distributor of entertainment.

So email me at jdbrink@brinkschaostheory.com and just ask for it.  It’s yours!  (While supplies last, that is.)

p.s.  There is some adult content in this one.  I’d rate it at least PG-13, maybe R, for language and a few bouts of brief sexual content (nothing explicit, but I wouldn’t read it to my 6 year old, I will say that.)

Superhero Sequel, Kickstarter, & Visual Aids

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A quick buffet of flying updates.

Tonight I (finally!) completed the first 12 chapters of the sequel to Hungry Gods, which will be entitled Deus Ex Machina.  HG was my 2015 “rookie superhero infiltrates zombieville” novel.  It was also a successful Kickstarter project.  DXM is returning hero Spitball on a new James Bond-style mission with lots of spandex-inspired fun.

After 2.5 years, I’m finally almost ready to launch book 2.  I actually started writing it at least a year ago, more like 1.5-2 years ago.  But I lost interest and wanted to work on a bunch of shorter stuff, so that’s what I did.  Now I’ve found renewed fun in it and am pushing forward.  (And fighting the urge to set it aside once again to write far-flung space pirate adventures.  Those might come after this, then…)

So now that I’ve hit this milestone (section one—first 12 chapters—completed, which is probably about 40% of the book), I’ll soon be launching another Kickstarter to help fund the editing and cover art.  (Meanwhile, I’ll be floating the above to represent this book.)

I’ve also been working on my visual aids/organizations for my existing books/series/universes.  Below is the Identity Crisis superhero universe thus far.  (I actually have several more books for the IDCU in mind—as well as a zillion not in this vein—but I’m an active duty military member with a family so…  it’ll take me a while to get them all written up.  But hopefully not another 2-3 years between books!)

So this is meant to show the books in series, as well as show standalone stories that are also inside other books.  For example, Medicine Man and Puppet Theatre exist as standalone stories, but you can get them inside Masks too.  Is that obvious?

Also, Silk Spider is a standalone story and not part of the 2029 series (of which Invasion is currently the only book).  Is that clear or do they seem to be lumped together?

Maybe if I get rid of the series headers (in red/pink) and just let the cover design and title description bit show they are in series?  What do you think?

Feedback is appreciated!

Okay, it’s after 4am here right now so I need to get to bed!  (On night shifts now, so my internal clock is all messed up.  And if the language here sounds goofy, that’s why!)  Good night!

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New Superhero Ebook: Young Adults, Native Americans, Kick-Ass Cover

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Some of you may have seen my previous cover art tinkerings for this story via my Patreon page or Conspiracy Newsletter.

They were not very impressive.  Oh, I had the right idea, just not the visual talents to pull it off.  My wife keeps asking to help with my covers and I generally say, “Yeah, that’d be great, but I want it done sometime this year…” and then muddle my way through it while she browses the gossip on Facebook.  She finally got tired of hearing that and proved me wrong, resulting in the super-cool cover you see here!

Here’s the description of Medicine Man:

Is the Raven a trickster or a hero?

The Coyote is dead.  And her partner, Medicine Man, is on a rampage through the underworld.  Now is a good time for villains in Mesa City to keep their heads down.

Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Navajo kids growing up on the wrong side of the tracks.  In Shadowtown, it’s not cool to root for superheroes.  Even so, stealing the high-tech car of a vengeful crusader on the warpath is probably not a good idea…

But sometimes good kids do what they have to to survive.  And sometimes the healing magic we need most comes from unexpected places.

This young adult fantasy adventure earned an Honorable Mention in the international Writers of the Future Contest.  It also appears within the pages of the costumed mini-collection Masks and is a tale of the Identity Crisis Universe.

 This one is only available in ebook and is already up on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and more of your favorite retailers.