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!

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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!

 

 

As Promised: 2018 Publishing Schedule

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I’ve been promising a prospective schedule for 2018, and finally, here it is!

Please excuse the delay, but (as you are probably aware) my family and I have had a 95% total life change—new hemisphere, country, job, school, etc. And the transition is far from complete, and the list of crap I have to get done (aside from my writing, which is more important to me than most of that other stuff) tends to get longer instead of shorter.

But rest assured, I have a bunch of stuff in the can for 2018. I realized not long ago that most of what I publish one year was probably written the previous year. Or even years before that. Much like big-time cheatin’ publishing, I imagine, although I’m generally getting stuff out in 12 months or less, while big publishers take 2 or 3 or more years to make their giant clunky machines work.

So here we go…

For one thing—or seven things—I have the GREEN-EYE SEQUENCE. Seven stories, from shorts to novelettes, that will be released over the year, generally one per month, and culminate into Green-Eyes Monster, a collection that includes all seven (and at a collective, bargain price).

If you’re reading this, you may choose to wait until the big collection volume comes out. Or you may not, up to you. Maybe you’ll just pick and choose the ones that sound best along the way.

If you’re signed up as a patron of mine on Patreon, you’ll get each story as they release. (Which you can sign up for at only a dollar a month (or more, if you wish), for those interested… Check out Patreon.com and https://www.Patreon.com/jdbrink for more info…)

The Green Eye Sequence will include the following stories (in no particular order):

Green-Eyed Monster. A short story first published by Meerkat Press in their Love Hurts anthology in 2016. It was inspired by a contest that provided an image and asked for people to write a story to go with it. I did but failed to keep the story short enough to submit. So it went on to be published in a bigger way by Meerkat Press. Oh, darn.

Platypus, an Orwellian dystopia. I first wrote this novelette in 1999 as the thesis story for my Bachelor’s of creative writing program at Bowling Green State U. I have updated it a bit recently for its worldwide debut.

Kiss of the Maiden. This short story can stand alone but was actually the first chapter of a proposed novel for a major sci-fi wargame universe. Sadly, they weren’t interested. (It’s a huge, globally loved universe and I’m sure they received thousands of submission. In fact, they are no longer taking outside submissions at all.) I’ve since taken out all the universe specific stuff that might chain it to that publishing company. At that time, I had envisioned a series of novels, and still do! Add them to the list of ginormous writing projects I still need to get to.

Hunted. Another story originally intended for that same media game universe, now geared up to be all my own. And as I am right now finishing up the final rewrites on it before sending it on to my copy editor, I am foreseeing a possible trilogy of novellas for this hero and his sci-fi mysticism as well.

Moondance. A noir-detective, urban fantasy story first published by Crimson Streets, an online magazine that started a couple years ago. In fact, if you’re really chomping at the bit, you could probably find it there now. It’s a fun little tale, for which I struggled terribly to find a good title. This one… works okay, I guess.

Snake Eyes. Written specifically to be included in this collection. It was an idea I had years ago—kind of a crime story with a single strange scifi element—which I was reminded about when I found a tattered little notebook in a coat pocket I hadn’t worn in several seasons. So this winter I sat down and made it happen. It also makes a good bookend for the collection with the title story “Green-Eyed Monster” since they’re both “eye” stories.

– And finally, The Proposal. This pulp-era dark fantasy short just got picked up by Doug Draa for Weirdbook magazine and will be published around November. So some of my eventual release dates will be contingent on that. I may end up publishing some of them in the spring and then some in the fall.

The main event for this year, however, is a book I’ve been working on and off for a couple years now. The sequel to Hungry Gods, Deus Ex Machina is a novel that’s part superhero story and part James Bond adventure, featuring rookie outlaw spandex hero Spitball and the Identity Crisis Universe. I’m planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help get this book off the ground. And I’ll definitely let you know when that’s going to happen. (All contributions and spreading of the word are greatly appreciated!)

DXM is 80% written right now. Hoping to have it done and in your hands by this summer. (If this whole world-shifting of my whole life cooperates with that plan.)

Other stuff not necessarily published by me:

The two-part space pirate adventure Littermates comes out in Cirsova magazine this year, too. Part one, I believe, will be in the summer issue, then part wo in the fall. That’s basically two short stories making up one novelette. And all related to the debut of Captain Leonidas Hawksblood and his motley crew in Cirsova #3 a couple years ago. I intend like a six-book series for them at some point.

So that was my planned 2018 as of New Year’s day. Then, just recently, a new deal has come up too.

Michael James Ploof and Traveling Bard Publishing have, just weeks ago, offered to republish the Thunderstrike Saga books under their label and have vowed to bring their resources to bear to market it and get it the audience it deserves.

I finished the big fantasy novel Tarnish the very month my son was born. He’s seven now. In seven years, Tarnish has floundered and been barely noticed. With Traveling Bard in my corner, I’m hoping to finally get some eyeballs on those books And if that does happen, if it takes off well, then the other books in that line I’ve had in mind for 7 years will finally have a reason to get written. So… squeeze those into my schedule too.

If only I were a full-time writer! I could actually crank out all these projects in months instead of years!

Prioritizing is the hardest part. What should happen next? I plan to get them all written, but which should be next? I guess reader reaction will fuel those decisions.

And by the latter half of 2018, I hope to start writing whatever that next book is. Will it be superheroes book 3? Fantasy book 2? A new sequence of space pirate tales?

It’s shaping up to be an exciting year for me and my dreams. So welcome to 2018!

(I know, it’s March already. Just go with it.)

Weird Fantastic Detective Stories

I’m a bit behind on pushing this out, given the massive life upheaval happening this past month and the month or more to come.

But I’m happy to share that I have been invited to include one of my works in another book bundle, this one focused on–you guessed it–out of this world detective stories.

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Here’s the low-down:

In the tradition of classic pulp crime fiction these talented writers are sharing their takes on strange and weird detectives in strange  worlds: 

Paranormal detective, Amanda Dark, seeks answers at the haunted Moonrise Diner from the ghost of her dead uncle.

Dean Wesley Smith asks the question, can a ghost and a superhero find true happiness and sex and stop a few killers along the way?

When Helmie—a pampered Persian cat worth millions—goes missing, the estate hires not one but two investigators to find him.

Lead detective Maeve Hemlock arrives at a crime scene at the banks of the Incantation River to find the remains of a human liver containing magic residue. What creature would kill and leave a liver behind?

A vampire princess detective fights for the survival of her race. 

These fantastic crime stories and more can be yours to enjoy for one low price.

Pay a minimum of $2.99 USD and receive all 10 ebooks.

And of course, there’s my story, Silk Spider:

Kicking the habit ain’t easy. Kicking the crap out of copycat bank robbers… helps with the jitters.

Silk Spider, femme fatale of the Phenomenal Five, is on the case. She’s putting her detective skills to work, as well as the resources of their nationwide HQ.  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 story of pulp action and dark humor, set in the mature spandex world of the Identity Crisis Universe. 

 

Ten stories for 3 bucks! Find this deal on:

Bundle Rabbit

Amazon

B&N

Kobo

iBooks

 

 

A New Years Gift For You

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Thinking about buying that Swords, Superheroes, and Space Opera Bundle (available for a limited time), but not sure if you’d like author’s work enough to buy hundreds and hundreds of pages for the price of but one ebook?

(That’s a loaded question, if you hadn’t noticed.)

Tell you what. How about a free sample?

If you follow this link, you can download Masks from Bookfunnel for free right now.  My gift to you.

Not sure if you want to do that either? Geez, you’re kinda picky…

Here’s a quick sample. If it pleases you enough to want to read more FOR FREE, then go get your free copy. And if you like that one, maybe you’ll spring for the other EIGHT BOOKS for only SIX BUCKS.

CHAPTER ONE

RED MANTIS

The nondescript grey van turned left, without signaling, and rolled lazily into an alleyway.

Another car followed from a distance: a small, red Prius with the headlights switched off.  It was a hybrid model, capable of prowling the streets nearly silent on battery power.  That’s what the driver told himself, at least.  Truthfully, the payments were kind of steep on a gym teacher’s salary in Mesa City, but he loved that car.

Tonight he wasn’t a gym teacher, though.  He was a superhero.

Red Mantis allowed ten seconds to pass after losing sight of the van.  Then he crept the Prius to within a block of the alley, gliding along the curb.

There was no other activity in sight.  It was past ten o’clock at night, after all, and this was a small business neighborhood.  There were no residents here.  No one to notice any suspicious activity.  No one to hear a young girl scream.

He eased to a stop, threw it in park, and turned off the engine.

From across the street, Mantis could see that the alley was flanked by a small adobe-faced shop on the left and a larger, dark building on the right.

Papito’s Tailor and Dry Cleaning was a square, one-story structure with a large, darkened front window.  The mechanical centipede of the rotating dry cleaner’s rack made an ominous shadow on the other side of the glass, but there was no obvious movement inside.

The other place was a much larger lodge hall, three stories of dark brick.  The Honorable Brotherhood of the Sunset Horizon, the sign read.  The lodge crest looked Native American in theme: a red semi-circle resting on a thick black line, irregular, like a brush stroke.  A falcon or hawk soared above and a sinuous snake crawled beneath.

“That even sounds like a cult,” Red Mantis mumbled to himself.  “Why hasn’t anyone looked into these guys?”  He peered over his steering wheel.  “Huh.  Maybe that’s why.”

A smaller sign read: “Food Pantry: Tuesdays 5-7pm” and “Bingo Night: Thursday at 7”.

Maybe I’m chasing the wrong suspicious van

He looked at his watch, its face spun around to the underside of his left wrist to allow for the rigid plastic brace that was strapped to his forearm.  The digital display read 10:14:49, alongside the time zone and his current pulse rate, which was an excited 92 and anticipating more.  (Let’s face it, the watch had probably cost more than he’d needed to spend, too.)

He’d now allowed twenty-seven seconds to pass since the van had left his sight.  Too long.

Without another second of hesitation, Caesar Hernandez—the Red Mantis—popped out of the driver’s seat, adjusted the crimson plates of his segmented combat armor, pulled the pointy-frilled mask down over his face, and burst into action.

 

Welcome 2018, Celebrate 2017

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2018 has arrived! HOLY POOP, how did that happen???

Now that the holidays are over and life is beginning to return to normal, how’s about something to read?

Right now you can get everything I published in 2017, and then some–that’s NINE books–for only SIX BUCKS. 

That includes the first two books of two different series, plus a complete trilogy and its prequel! And then some!

Click here to go straight to its home on BundleRabbit.com. You can then buy it from there (in which case you can elect to send some of your purchase price to charity) or click links to B&N, Kobo, or iBooks.

(Notice there’s no Amazon on there? Nah, they can sit this one out. They got enough of your Christmas money, right?)

I encourage you to grab this while you can. Because this is specifically a 2017 bundle, it will soon fade away!

Thanks for the support and happy new year!