Final Week for Giveaway

oneeyedjacksThis is the last week to sign up for a free ebook copy of the urban fantasy, crime-noir novel One-Eyed Jacks.

If you’re an Amazon customer, it’s really just a matter of clicking a button.

Well, probably more than one click, but the mouse does most of the work.

The only catch is that you follow me via Amazon, which I believe means you’ll just get a notice once in a while that I’ve put out something new.  That’s it!  Easy-peasy!

Click here to go there now and check it out!

Urban Fantasy Giveaway: One-Eyed Jacks Are Wild

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Click this very line to enter an Amazon giveaway!

I’ve got TEN ebook copies of One-Eyed Jacks lined up to go.  Simply follow the link, click the button to follow me on Amazon (meaning you’ll get an email from Amazon when I have new releases, stuff like that), and then sit back and relax.

Ten winners will be drawn from all entrants on February 1st.  And then, well… if you’re one of the lucky ten, you’ll have yourself a free ebook.  Easy as that!

Clock’s ticking.  Draw your lucky card right now.  You’ve got nothing to lose!

The End of Circus Sale: 99-Cent Ebooks

I originally (just days ago) called this the “End of Civilization” sale, before the actual election results.

Now, in the aftermath of the election, you may or may not think that first title is appropriate.  Either way, I prefer not to offend anyone’s political sensibilities.

But we can all agree that no matter who you voted for, we’re all just really damn glad the Most Ridiculous Show on Earth is finally over!  So I’m changing the name, but not the deal.

For a limited time,

EVERY J. D. BRINK TITLE WILL BE $0.99. 

(Unless it’s already free, and a few are!)

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You can find them all on Amazon and anywhere else you find books!  Try these links, and if you’re fave spot is not one of these big ones, try the Fugitive Fiction button farm or your favorite web-dimension directly.  (Be aware that some websites may be slower to catch up to the price change than others.)

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Treat them like Pokemon: collect them all while they’re cheap!  And once you’ve read them, if you don’t mind, spend a couple of minutes tracing back where you found it and leave a quick review.  Or you could drop one on Goodreads.  Good or bad, a review is great for your fellow readers, and for the author too!

Election Results: The End of Civilization Sale!

With the election finally (finally!) coming around the bend, we can see Armageddon closing fast.  As such, I figured it was time to throw an End of Civilization Sale! 

For a limited time,

EVERY J. D. BRINK TITLE WILL BE $0.99. 

(Unless it’s already free, and a few are!)

 

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You can find them all on Amazon and anywhere else you find books!  Try these links, and if you’re fave spot is not one of these big ones, try the Fugitive Fiction button farm or your favorite web-dimension directly.  (Be aware that some websites may be slower to catch up to the price change than others.)

Amazon

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iBooks

Kobo

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All I ask in return is that you get out there and vote!  (Notice I haven’t said anything about which candidate—the way this thing is going, we’re doomed either way…)

Well, I might also ask that once you’ve read one of my books or stories, that you stop back where you found it, or on Goodreads, and leave a quick review.  Good or bad, a review would really help me out!  And other readers, too.

 

Free Halloween Horror Story

Just a reminder: my short-short story Mime is always available for free!  That includes now, during the spookiest time of the year.

Crime-noir meets ghost-horror in this flash fiction story.

Mobster thugs Pauli and Mouse come across a street clown late at night who seems to know more than he’s telling.  Maybe too much.

But you know the best thing about killing a mime?  No one hears him scream.

Then again, by the time this story is over, it won’t be him screaming.

This flash fiction story is also featured in Eating in the Underworld.

Find it FREE on: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, & more.


You can also revisit my rather Halloween flavored story Moondance at CrimsonStreets.com, an e-zine of modern pulp fiction and it’s always free to read.

Also now free, but not necessarily Halloweenie, is The Quest, a fantasy novel that also happens to be part one of the Tarnish Trilogy.

Praised for its unique storytelling, engaging detail, and heart-felt characters, Tarnish stands alone in the annals of fantasy fiction.

Everyone knows the stories of the Colors Three.  That trio of adventurers who traveled the breadth of these realms in the post-war years, stalking the traitorous Crescent Moons and bringing justice to those downtrodden left in the Dread Duke’s wake.

Tavern masters have been spinning those tales for ten years.  Ian the Black and Trevor the Red are ten years older.  More so, for the warrior’s life is a hard one.  And Gregor the Golden?  Most likely dead along a mountain pass, in search of more glory than any mortal man needs.

Who, then, will defend Redfield when evil rises from the Blood Marsh?

Billy Cole is the sixteen-springs-old son of Ian the Black.  Maybe older.  Being the heir of a legend is a heavy burden to bear.  And though “Billy Strong Back” is used to hard labor, it takes more than strength to become a man.  And more than a sword to become a hero.

You can find it here (the audiobook, btw, is not free): Amazon, AudibleB&N, iBooks, KoboSmashwords, & more.

Evolution of a Book Cover

A quick museum display on how the final (as in final, like I’m not making more changes, I swear) cover for One-Eyed Jacks came about.  (You know, that urban fantasy, crime-noir novel that’s up for pre-order right now…)

So it started with a sketch I made for what I was looking for.  Then I had to find an artist with much more talent than myself to make that sketched-out dream come true.

Years ago (2010, maybe?), my friend Dan Michael drew these two possible plans as further developments of the drawing I sent him at that time.  But, alas, 2010 wasn’t Jack’s year.

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Jump ahead to this year, 2016.  I sent a new drawing with more Asian flare–the skeleton wore a samurai helmet–to Henry Ponciano, who had already done a fabulous job on the cover for my book Invasion.  He sent me three sketches to pick from:

henrysketches You can guess which I ultimately went with, though it wasn’t an easy decision!  He then worked that up to this png image, which has no background (as per my request):

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Now, way back in the day, I used to have some talents for the visual arts.  Like in high school.  Maybe a little in college still, but since then…  If you don’t use it, you lose it, right?  So now I suck.  But I still like to try.  So I started playing with Henry’s awesome image and I came up with these book covers.  Well, these and at least a dozen others, of multiple fonts, colors, and styles, but these two I called “done”.

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The one on the left has a great texture to it, but as Dan pointed out (still acting as a design consultant), it’s so rough that as an actual playing card, you’d never be able to shuffle it into the deck–it’d rub all the other cards the wrong way.  So I softened that a bit.  Then I changed fonts to make it look more like handwriting on an actual playing card, which I kind of liked.

Dan was working on this version (which I really like!) when my wife finished the one below:
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In the midst of all this, my wife America decided she’d better help me out before I pushed out a could-have-been-awesome book cover with my own less-than-awesome design skills. So she put her considerable talents to use for me (*cough-cough-finally!-cough*) and produced the cool cover you see here.  And in a relatively short amount of time, too.  This is the cover now published by Fugitive Fiction:

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I’ve actually skipped a few evolutionary steps here, but you get the idea.  There isn’t a huge difference from one to the next on the whole, but the overall effect of each is quite different.

To pre-order the ebook now at a reduced price (now through October 31st), click one of the links below:

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If you’re reading this after Halloween, 2016, you can still use these links to find the book at its normal price, which is $4.99 (US).

Pulp, Noir, and Asian Mythology for Pre-Order Now!

Fourteen years in the making, the first short novel (now not quite as short) I’d ever written is finally ready to be published!  And you can pre-order it today at a reduced price!

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Rails End, California. 1980s. As a former Vegas magician, Jack knows the world is full of shallow illusions. That’s why he’s grinding out a new life for himself as a smuggler, counterfeiter and debt collector for a local crime boss, and trying to stay off of everyone else’s radar. 

Unfortunately, keeping a low profile just isn’t in the cards for the Jack of Spades. After a little trouble in Chinatown, Jack’s employer decides to send him on a working vacation. He’s to retrieve some stolen museum pieces on the island of Saipan. But Jack’s not the only person on the job and the other interested parties are more than they appear.  Hell, they may even be more than human…

Urban fantasy, crime-noir, and Asian myth merge in this darkly entertaining novel of pulp adventure. 

 Find it at these retailers now at $2.99.  Once the book officially launches on October 31st, the price goes up to $4.99.

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(Note that this new cover may not appear on some of these sites quite yet.)

 

 

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!

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Now Free on Amazon: Mobsters, Horror, and Scary Clowns

My short-short story “Mime” has been free everywhere else for literally years, but it’s just NOW available for free on Amazon.com.

So if you’re exclusively Amazon (or nearly so) and haven’t checked it out, now’s the time!

It’s only been there for a few days and it’s already ranking high!

— #13 (out of thousands) for Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense reads under 30 minutes

— #16 for Organized Crime

Click here (or either of those linked lines above) to go there now!

Last Day for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Kickstarter

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As I write this, there are only 32 hours left on the Cirsova Kickstarter.  The funds built up for this will provide for next year’s issues of science fiction and fantasy adventure.  And as a contributor, you have a chance at scoring issues #3 and #4 this year, for yourself and/or for someone else, in PDF, softback, and/or hardback editions.

And the Kickstarter has already reached its goal, which means any reward you pitch in for now is guaranteed!

Click here to go there now!