Dragons, Swords, Magic, and Wizards!

The Myths and Legends Fantasy Storybundle

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Kevin J. Anderson (of Dune fame, among many others) has curated a new superpack of fantasy ebooks over on storybundle, and he’s invited me to take part!

These thirteen books cover a range of classic fantasy types, from epic quests, to modern retellings of classic myths, to humorous encounters with Little Folk, to lit-RPG adventures, to sea monsters, ancient curses, and saving the world. These indie-published authors include Cat Rambo, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, M.L. Buchman, J.T. Evans, Christopher Katava, Stefon Mears, Alex Singer, Meyari McFarland, Linda Nagata, and, yes, J. D. Brink!  There’s also the Undercurrents anthology edited by Lisa Mangum, stories of “what lies beneath” (proceeds from this anthology benefit the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Superstars Writing Seminar).

If you’re not familiar with how Storybundle works, you name your own price and get the whole batch instantly delivered to your e-reader. For as little as $5 you get the base bundle of five novels, or for $15 or more you will receive all 13 books, enough to keep your reading life filled with magic all through the summer and beyond.

As always with storybundle, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to benefit a charity, in this case the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. When you pick up a copy of the Myths and Legends storybundle, you’ll receive a lot of great books for around a dollar apiece, you’ll support indie authors, and contribute to a very worthwhile cause. Everybody wins!

But this bundle will be available for only a limited time. After June 7, it goes away.

Go to https://storybundle.com/fantasy to grab this fantastic deal while it lasts!

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End of Days

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Before I go pick up the U-Haul van, I need to make a last-ditch effort on this Kickstarter campaign for my new novel, Deus Ex Machina. Please see below for a quick blurb and to see what you can earn by pitching in just a few bucks to help our cause.

U-Haul? you say.

Yes, after three months of eating on card tables and sleeping on the floor, we finally got our new house! The house my son will grow up in. Of course, we’ll still be sleeping on the floor for a while, as our worldly possessions are still en route from the Navy. Hence, a van is enough to get our things moved today.

Which I have to go pick up now! So while I work on that, please take a moment to read what’s below and check out the LAST 48 HOURS of my Kickstarter.

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This is it, folks! The final 2 days for the Deus Ex Machina Kickstarter campaign.

We still have quite a ways to go, but it’s not as far a leap as it seems. Our goal is not a big one. Twenty more contributors could make this happen. Or twenty folks who told twenty other folks. It’s still very much in our grasp.

And what’s at stake?

I have three primary objectives here: fantastic cover art, eagle-eyed editing, and cool voice narration for the audiobook. And I’d settle for the first two if that’s all I could get.

But Kickstarter is an all or nothing system. If we don’t reach our full goal, the whole thing shuts down.

What’s in it for you?

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Books! A whole superheroic universe for the nerd in your life! And we all know some superhero fans these days. Capes are like video games—they’ve finally come out of your parents’ basement and gone mainstream!

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So please take a moment to check out the campaign, your reward options, and the new video I made for it, which sums up the situation nicely. (Just click here!)

We only have about 48 hours to make this happen.

THANK YOU!

Sci-Fi Bundle: Projekt Uprising

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I’ve been so busy, I’m just now getting around to pushing this out.

Here’s a science fiction bundle featuring three more fantastic indie authors: Blaze Ward, Eric Gutierrez Jr., and Stefon Mears.

Dive deep into this bundle and witness an uprising.

Your favorite science fiction stories are now bundled together in one package for your reading pleasure as well as picking up a few new stories for your collection.

Included are powerful characters and equally as powerful villains that will have the entire world on edge when they collide.

Pay a minimum of $2.99 USD and receive all 4 ebooks.

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You can find it on BundleRabbit, Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

Four books for 3 bucks ain’t bad!

Avengers? Avenge this!

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I created a Facebook Ad to run for the next 21 days. That’s through May 7th, which is the last day of my Kickstarter. I haven’t had much luck with FB ads before, but we’ll see what happens. (All Russian propaganda aside…)

Maybe they’ll help generate the momentum we need to get this project off the ground and pumped into the algorithm! The more “popular” a campaign is, the farther up on the list it appears to folks randomly searching for ways to help out on Kickstarter. 🙂

 

Mythology References

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I’ve been a big mythology buff for as long as I can remember. I can still envision the cover of the Greek myths book I repeatedly borrowed from the school library when I was in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. An orange cover featuring Perseus holding Medusa’s head. The style was suspiciously similar to the Harry Hamlin’s pose from Clash of the Titans. (The original, classic movie, not that crap show they peddle now. Which was my fav movie from ages 5 to 8 or so.)

In Hungry Gods, I named the three major sections of the novel (I generally subscribe to the three-act structure) after aspects of Greek epic poetry: Gods and Monsters, Patron Goddess, and The Underworld (as in “journey to the underworld”). And the story fit these three headings quite nicely.

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In Deus Ex Machina, I’m sticking to the pattern. This time, I leaned on Hindu mythology. Partially because the main bad guy is a James Bond-style supervillain from India. And partially because I plan to use that same thematic structure in all the books of this series, as well as a few other related books. (For example, I’ve already started writing Twilight of the Gods, which refers to and borrows from Norse mythology—you know, Thor, Loki, and Ragnarok.)

DXM’s three acts are called Brahma’s Oasis, The Tenth Avatar, and Shiva the Destroyer. (At least, they are right now. This could change in the final draft.) It helps that Hindu has a holy trinity of sorts and these refer to those three gods.

Not sure what the heck I’m talking about? Not a big Hindu buff? Neither was I. And it was great fun researching those stories and traditions in order to build my new novel. I won’t use everything I read about, but it all provides a background in my mind from which I can draw to make these characters. And to provide confusing references from the eccentric villain of the story that no one else in the book quite gets either.

Hopefully it’ll inspire you to look up some heroic Hindu epics yourself!

Deus Ex Machina, live on Kickstarter right now! Click here to become part of the legend!

Superhero Kickstarter Launch!

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At long last, it’s gone LIVE! 

YOU can be a part of the superheroic sequel to the zombies and spandex hit Hungry Gods. Contribute as little as two bucks and you’ll get a reward! (But more is encouraged.)

No sense in repeating on here what the Kickstarter page can tell you better. Check it out here.

And even if you choose not to support financially, please support this project socially: Share it! A nerd near you will be glad you did!

THANK YOU for sharing and for the support!

Last Chance: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Superhero Books Coming Down

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This is the last week to grab the Swords, Superheroes, and Space Opera Bundle, which includes hundreds of pages of said fiction for only $5.99. This bundle was originally created to include everything I published in 2017 (plus some bonus material), so I think pushing it three months into 2018 is far enough.

It includes:

  • Silk Spider: Behind the Eight-Ball
  • The Thorne Lagecy
  • The Scythe of Kronos
  • Medicine Man
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Frozen Heart
  • Masks
  • Secret Identities
  • Tarnish: Thunderstrike Edition, which includes all of Tarnish plus The Prince of Luster and Decay

That’s a lot of fiction! And if you were to buy them all individually, that’d be about 29 bucks!

Now, some of those works repeat within the bundle: some of the short stories appear within the longer books as well. This is because I thought there’d be tiers of purchase, where you could buy at one level and get just the shorts, or spend a few bucks more and get all of them. This wasn’t the case. Bundle Rabbit had since changed their structure on that.

Which is fine! It just means you get more for less!

Please also note that this bundle is not available on Amazon. For some reason they don’t like me sticking all of the Thunderstrike books (or those thus far, anyway) into that one volume. (Maybe it’s too good a deal? Don’t worry, they’ll like the next announcement, then.) So they aren’t carrying the bundle. Instead, you can buy it at these locations:

Like they say in bootcamp, “Do it, do it now!” Because this bundle is coming down on April 1st. (And no, this isn’t an April Fools joke.)

But that’s not the only change coming on April-One.

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The Tarnish Trilogy is coming down too. I must confess, Tarnish does better as a complete volume. The trilogy format simply doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped and I’m planning to remove that. Tarnish the unabridged novel will continue to be there (at least for now–stay tuned for more on the possible publishing deal with Traveling Bard Publishing), but the trilogy format I plan to remove from reality. This will also mean taking down the Thunderstrike Edition. So if you want them, get them while you can!

Even with that done, the three paperback editions for the parts of the trilogy will still appear on places like Amazon, because there are some of them floating around out there. And they may even become collector’s items some day! So if you’re into that, you might want to buy paper!

Step one for this process is getting ACX to discontinue the audiobooks for parts 1, 2, & 3. (The Tarnish audiobook will remain and is going strong, however.) If that doesn’t work out, it might put a damper on the rest of my plan. I’ve already got the audiobook narrator onboard and have submitted the request to ACX.

The biggest loss, for me, will be that those cool covers will go to waste. I actually made those (altering licensed photo-art from someone else) and I really like them. Now I’d wish I’d saved them for something a little more substantial.

Here are the Books2Read Universal Links for these endangered books, in case you’re interested. Clicking these will show you where you can find them everywhere else:

That’s all for now. Thanks for joining me on these adventures!