Ghost of Christmas Present

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To continue with my Dickens/Scrooged theme…

The Ghost of Christmas Present. What’s happening right now. (Aside from starting a new job, first Xmas home in about 11 years, etc.) Basically, my big project right now is my IDC Campaign.

I’m excited to finally present the new book and new look for my Identity Crisis Universe (IDCU) titles, all fun romps through a slightly more realistic, grown-up superhero land. Consider it all to be PG-13, give or take. My new series/universe catchphrase is “Capes aren’t just for kids anymore!”

There are three series in the IDCU: the Identity Crisis (IDC) series, starring Spitball and the Phenomenal Five (living and dead… and undead, in some cases); the Secret Origins (SO) series, spin-off stories giving more background on various characters in the universe; and the Identity Crisis 2029 (IDC’29) series, which started out as a one-shot novella that I’ve since decided should be the first installment in a trilogy of its own, although I haven’t progressed on it as of yet.

The first book in the IDCU, Hungry Gods, has been my most successful book ever and was first published nearly four years ago. I’ve been working on the sequel, Deus Ex Machina, off and on for about three years. Finally, it will go live exactly four years to the day from HG’s original debut: January 31st, 2019. (But it is available now  for pre-order, if you’re interested…)

So, the IDC Campaign. What’s that?

Honestly, I’m still wading in and figuring it out. As I’ve probably said, I haven’t had as much time for admin/infrastructure in the writing biz as I’d have liked, but I’m making a go of it right now. Kind of building the airplane in mid-flight, as it were.

STEP ONE: Cover Convergence

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Over the last few months, I’ve been working to revise and recover (re-cover?) all these IDCU books so that they look the same. (That decision was finally made back when my Sun Tzu inspiration hit, which I blogged about and then included in my indie writers’ survival guide TSC4IW…) With the help of the talented Henry Ponciano, I have now assimilated all the IDC and SO covers to follow the same visual theme. This way, passersby will know at a glance that all these books are related, even though they are in different series.

(Invasion (IDC’29) will follow before long. That one’s on hold for now. Henry actually did the current/original cover for that one, too.)

The sad part about revamping covers that there are some I like and will miss. (And some I don’t like and won’t.) I’ve been planning to have an “obituary page” on my website at some point, featuring all the covers that have moved on over the years.

If you’d like to check out any of these books, you can click here:

STEP TWO: Make Them Easy to Get

The first part of making them easy to get is “going wide”. I know a lot of people swear their allegiance and financial futures to Amazon, but I’m not one of them.  So if you prefer Kobo, iBooks, B&N, even your local library, you can do that.

The second part is putting the first book on sale.

For a limited time, Hungry Gods is only $0.99!

(And if you like it, you might consider leaving a review that says so and then moving on to another IDCU book.)

And for those who do prefer Amazon, I’m giving away 21 copies of Hungry Gods there.

The drawback is that there’s only 1 winner for every 100 entrants. I’m not super thrilled about that method, but that’s Amazon’s new way to doing things, I guess. I prefer the lottery draw after a certain date, but Big A’s new thing (from what I can tell) is 99 people enter and don’t win, #100 does, rinse and repeat.

The other drawback is that it ends on December 21st! Which I didn’t realize when I set it up a week ago and got too busy to anything with it! CRAP! So go there now and try your luck!

(UPDATE: Amazon and I both screwed up, in my view. I didn’t get the word out in time, but they didn’t award any prizes to those who actually did sign up. Hmmm…)

Which means, the more people that enter, the more who will win. So if you want one, it actually helps to tell other people to join in too!

And if you don’t want to leave it to chance, you can score it for cheap right now! Free or a buck, now is the time to grab it. After this free-for-all is over, the price will go back to $4.99.

I’ve already mentioned another aspect of Step Two, which is putting Deus Ex Machina up for pre-order.  Pre-orders tune up the cyber-gibberish algorithms to help make a book more visible. (Apparently doesn’t work on Amazon anymore though–they like to dismantle everything that helps authors for some reason…) So if you know you want to read something and it’s on pre-order, you could actually be helping the success of that book by pre-ordering it before it releases. (And we appreciate that immensely.)

I’ve also set Silk Spider: Behind the Eight-Ball, an IDCU short story, at FREE on all sites. And it will likely stay free so that more folks will be willing to give the IDCU a try in the future.

STEP THREE: Tell All the Good People!

Which is what I’m doing now!

But my voice doesn’t carry very well. Which is why I deeply and truly appreciate it when you pass this news along.

If you know anyone who likes superheroes, science fiction, or fantasy… If you’re a social media butterfly who always posts your most delicious findings…. If you feel the holiday spirit and just want to share, share, share in this time of giving… Please let other people know what’s happening here.

All you’re doing is telling your friends where they can find a book for a buck, or even for free. They might just appreciate that.

And so will I!

Thank you for reading this far, thanks for your support, and good luck for those who will try for the freebie.

Next up: the thing that all men fear…

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A Turkey Day Gift

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you in the U.S., today is the first day of Eating Season. I hope you have your sweat pants on, ‘cuz that waistline won’t look the same by day’s end!

This post started as an email to only those on my mailing list, but then I figured, It’s Thanksgiving! And I’m thankful for every set of eyeballs that land on this blog, too, so why not share with everyone?

I have to get to work on the sweat potatoes here shortly. This will be my first Thanksgiving back home since my exit from the Navy. I’ve been in twice now and both times–a total of almost 14 years–I spent most holidays far away. So it’ll be nice to have my nuclear family able to finally join in the festivities with my greater family.

And I’m making the sweat potatoes! They may be disappointed, though, because I’m not planning to follow the recipe my mom’s been following for the last several decades. I’m reducing the extra sugar content and going my own way with real (not canned) yams! Gasp! Oh no! Why did Jeremy have to come home and ruin Thanksgiving?!

But before I get cooking, I want to get at least one chapter of Deus Ex Machina revised. I’m on chapter 9 right now and have set a deadline of December 10th to have all 37 or so completed and ready for the editor. DXM is book 2 of my Identity Crisis series, following the superheroes and zombies novel Hungry Gods. I hope to have DXM up for pre-order by the end of December, maybe even by X-mas.

To that end, here’s my THXGVG gift for you: a FREE ebook download of Hungry Gods. If you haven’t read it yet, give it a shot. If you’re not sure if you like superheroes, give it a shot anyway. It’s free, right? No strings attached, I promise! You might be surprised. My books aren’t written for children and are probably a bit different than the vast majority of spandex books out there. HG is part capes, part horror, and part humor. And again, it’s free, so it doesn’t hurt to try!

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Download it before your trip so you’ll have an escape from Aunt Suzy and drunken Uncle Sammy! Share it with your family so they can get an escape too! Let Sammy and Suzy fight it out with drumsticks while the rest of you are hiding with your e-readers in the next room. 🙂 And it’ll give you something to read while you’re waiting for the Black Friday riots to quiet down.

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

J. D. Brink

Now on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and more: Moondance

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As of today, June 20th, my short story Moondance is open for business. If you preordered it, it should be on its way to you by now.

A rare item of great value. A beautiful woman shrouded in mystery. And a hard-boiled private eye with supernatural instincts and a nose for trouble.

No, this isn’t The Maltese Falcon.

But if detective Larry Talbot is tracking you on a full moon night, you’ll wish you had wings.

Classic noir, urban fantasy, and a howling good time.

Click here for the universal link, and select your favorite retailer (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc) from there. 

Enjoy!

Supercriminals, the Walking Dead, and Space Pirates!

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Cirsova #8 is out now! This Hugo-nominated magazine features fun and fantastic fiction in a great range, from Conan-style sword and sorcery, to weird tales of horror and the occult, to space opera on a galactic scale!

I’ve only read a couple of stories so far in this issue, but I have to honestly say I’m impressed. It’s good to see the editor–Mr. P. Alexander–taking the risks that he has. There are two tales that kind of surprise me, both stories I’d expect to also find in the more mainstream spec fic mags. The reason they probably aren’t in those mags? Because they have action, excitement, and fun, along with being written from less common SF perspectives.

Which stories am I talking about? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. There’s something for everyone in the pages of Cirsova, and issue 8 keeps pace with (and possibly exceeds) all those before it.

And did I mention space pirates?!

Yes, another installment of the adventures of Captain Leonidas Hawksblood appears here too, the first of a two-part story. I plan to write whole books featuring the crew of The Lion’s Share someday soon. In fact, as I was mowing the lawn last night, I came up with yet another episode for these misfit anti-heroes. But I have a few other projects to finish and holes to fill before I get to them.

In the meantime, check out Leonidas and all the other heroic adventurers in Cirsova #8! Click here to find it on Amazon. 

Here’s a list of this issue’s contents:

Novelettes

  • Slavers of Venus, by Nathan Dabney
  • Promontory, by Jon Zaremba

Short Stories

  • Littermates (Part 1 of 2), by J.D. Brink
  • Brandy and Dye, by Jim Breyfogle
  • Breaking the Accords, by Amy Power Jansen
  • The Dream Lords, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • Only a Coward, by Jennifer Povey
  • Party Smashers, by Ken McGrath
  • Going Native, by J. Manfred Weichsel