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Red Litten World arrives October 6th, 2015

On October 6th, It’s Time To Return To Lovat

“…legend said that it had come from a mysterious inner realm beneath the red-litten world—a black realm of peculiar-sensed beings which had no light at all, but which had great civilisations and mighty gods…”

H. P. Lovecraft & Zealia Bishop, The Mound

The sharp scent of ash lingers in the air, the city’s cold streets feel deserted, and the revolver rides heavy in the pocket of our hero. In the distance, a jazz band warbles through an ancient tune from a crackly radio speaker. You can feel the tension on the wind, it sparks across your skin like static. But, the wait is nearly over. On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 you’ll be able to join Caravan Master Waldo Bell in my next book, The Bell Forging Cycle, Book III: Red Litten World.

As I promised yesterday, you can check out a free sample chapter right now! Read it over at the official website: redlittenworld.com (which is the best reading experience, IMO) or you can read it right here on my blog. I hope you enjoy it. The goal with the Bell Forging Cycle’s prologues has always been to treat them like the cold open of a television show. Set things up, get the plot moving and hint at what’s to come. As you can probably tell from Red Litten World’s prologue, things for Wal are going to get very interesting.

While I’m very excited to share the sample chapter with you, there’s more. As of today, Red Litten World is currently available for pre-order for Kindle users! Really! Just click here and you can preorder the Kindle edition for $5.99 and it will automagically appear on you device launch day.

There’s a lot more to come. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing a bunch of fun little things. Check back often, add Red Litten World to your to-read list on Goodreads, and please tell your friends!

It’s high time we to return to Lovat.

Friday Link Pack 06-05-2015

Friday Link Pack 06/05/2015

Wow, what a week. I come down from Lilac City Comicon and right into a whirlwind of a cover reveal. However, today is Friday. That means it is time for the Friday Link Pack where I share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Let’s get to it…

WRITING:

Amazon.com Announces The Most Well-Read Cities In America
And guess who is at #1?  Spoiler Alert, it’s my hometown. The emerald of the West Coast, the one, the only: Seattle, Washington! YAY! Hometown pride aside, there is some interesting revelations in this list. I can’t tell if Vegas reading the most romance is the sweetest or saddest thing.

Physical Attribute Thesaurus Collection
I really like these collections from Writers Helping Writers. When I write it’s common for me to forget the simplest of words and I find these Thesauruses useful when I need help loosening up. I actually own a few books from their Thesaurus collection, in both physical and ebook editions. Highly recommend them.

The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I am a stickler for good typography. I appreciate a well-designed book and it all starts with the type. It has always hurt my heart a bit when viewing books on the Kindle. However, there is some big upgrades coming and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal
Yesterday, I announced the new cover for Red Litten World, book  three in my Lovecraftian urban fantasy series, The Bell Forging Cycle. The response across the internet has been stellar, twitter has blown up, and I’ve been getting some great emails. I can’t wait to share this one with everyone.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal Giveaway
Along with the cover reveal, I am doing a giveaway. Win signed copies of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road, as well as a Bell Caravans patch, swag, and a $50 Amazon gift card. Entering is easy and there are a lot of ways to increase your chances to win. Do it today!

ART:

Kari-Lise Featured In Beautiful.Bizzare Magazine, Issue 009
The latest issue of the pop surrealism magazine, Beautiful.Bizzare has arrived and inside you’ll find a feature on my incredibly talented wife and partner, Kari-Lise Alexander. I highly recommend checking it out.

The Art Of Sandeep Karunakaran
I’ll occasionally stumble across a great artist on DeviantArt. This week the sci-fi/horror work of Sandeep Karunakaran really stood out. It’s a fun blend of the terrifying with an animated style that I really appreciate. I think you will too.

Maskull Lasserre Carves Skeletons Into Souvenir Sculptures And Decoys
Stumbled across Lasserre’s work last week and wanted to save it for the next Link Pack. Something very satisfying within these pieces. It’s as if Lasserre is revealing a secret world we all hope exists.

RANDOM:

I Won A $5,000 Magic: The Gathering Tournament On Shrooms
I’ve never done shrooms, but this article is hilarious regardless. As my friend Rob pointed out, this is the Magic: The Gathering version of James Blagden’s Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No. [Thanks to Rob for sharing this.]

Clever Glass Fountain Pen Lets You Write With Any Liquid
Okay, it probably says a lot about me that the first thought I had when I saw this was: BLOOD! I don’t know if it says anything good. But there you have it. [Thanks to Lola Landekic for sending this my way.]

Seinfeld’s Never-Before-Seen Fourth Wall
I’m a huge Seinfeld fan, so finding out little details like this really makes me happy.

WEIRD WIKIPEDIA:

Devil’s Footprints
“The Devil’s Footprints is a name given to a phenomenon that occurred in February 1855 around the Exe Estuary in East Devon and South Devon, England. After a heavy snowfall, trails of hoof-like marks appeared overnight in the snow covering a total distance of some 40 to 100 miles. The footprints were so called because some people believed that they were the tracks of Satan, as they were allegedly made by a cloven hoof. Many theories have been put forward to explain the incident, and some aspects of its veracity have also been called into question…”

LOVECRAFT STORY OF THE WEEK:

Medusa’s Coil
What starts with a pleasant drive ends in B-movie schlock.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

the struggle

Old Broken Road

What Are Readers Saying About Old Broken Road?

Old Broken Road has been out for nearly a month, and reviews are starting to appear! Yay! What are readers saying? Check out some of my favorite quotes below:


“A smoldering delight!”

— Steve, on Goodreads


“…do as the roaders do, and let yourself be swept along to the edge of the map, where uneasy cartographers turned back and wrote ‘Here There Be Monsters’.”

—Sky, on Amazon


“New characters, new landscapes, and new horrors make Old Broken Road a worthy effort, and expand on the universe Wal, Wensem, and their crew inhabit. Loved every moment of it.”

—Sabih, on Amazon


“The dread will weigh heavily on you as you flip each page. But you won’t want to stop.”

—Justin, on Goodreads


“The strange journey across the Broken Road really put me in mind of some of my favorite Dark Tower novels… I found myself pretty well creeped out at times!”

— Raedia, on Amazon


“The spookiness and plot twists keep you on the edge of your seat. Great balance between an alien world and humanity as we know it.”

—Vanessa, on Amazon


Huge thanks to everyone who bought the book, and left a review. I really appreciate it and I am glad so many people are enjoying the book.

Have you finished Old Broken Road? Do me a favor and please leave an honest review. Goodreads is always a good choice, or leave one through the channel which you purchased the book. Reviews let me know what you loved/liked/disliked/hated, and they help out your fellow readers as well.

Haven’t picked up a copy of Old Broken Road? There’s plenty of places to purchase the book and most retailers have it on sale. Just click on one of the links below and you’ll soon be back in the Territories with Wal and the gang:

Buy a paperback copy of Old Broken Road through:

Amazon • Barnes & Noble • CreateSpace • My Store

Buy an eBook version of Old Broken Road for:

KindleKoboiBooksNookGooglePlayMy Store

Enjoy your journey! Thanks again for all your support and encouragement. There’s a lot more to come and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Old Broken Road Coming Soon!

Old Broken Road Is Out!

It has arrived. The wait is finally over. It’s October 14th. That means you can get your copy of Old Broken Road today! Yay! The trade paperback is available for purchase from the links below:

• Amazon • Barnes & Noble • My Store •

Barnes & Noble should have paperbacks soon. If you’d rather get Old Broken Road as an eBook you can download it from any of the following stores:

• Kindle • Kobo • iBooks • GooglePlay • My Store •

Make sure to mark Old Broken Road as the book you’re reading on Goodreads. If you’re tweeting about it or posting about the book on Facebook I’ve been using the hashtag #OldBrokenRoad. Don’t forget to tell your friends! Word of mouth is the best way for others to discover my books and allow me to keep writing.

Thanks everyone for your support. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I hope everyone enjoys it!

Old Broken Road Coming Soon!

Old Broken Road Is Coming Tuesday, October 14th!

Old Broken Road is out now!

That’s right, October 14th! Grab your keff and lace up your boots. Two weeks from now you’ll be able to join Waldo Bell on his next adventure: Old Broken Road.

That Tuesday the novel will be available digitally from Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, with Nook coming shortly afterward. Paperback copies are already in the works. I’m hoping they’ll be ready by October 14th, but if I can’t hit that date don’t worry, they’ll be coming soon. More on that as it develops.

Along with this announcement I have lowered the eBook version of The Stars Were Right to $2.99 pretty much everywhere. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first book now is a great time to grab it and start reading.

Get excited! There’s more to come. Check back often and make sure to add Old Broken Road to your to-read list on Goodreads, and tell your friends!

Exclusivity Is Bad: Why My Books Won’t Be On Kindle Unlimited

KindleUnlimited
You won’t find The Stars Were Right as a part of Kindle Unlimited, at least not for now. Currently, for indie authors to be able to offer their books through Kindle Unlimited the book needs to be enrolled in KDP Select which requires exclusivity with Amazon (you can see Amazon’s FAQ on KDP Select here). I recently wrote at length on the benefit of remaining platform agnostic; it’s something I fully believe in and I will continue to do what I can to make sure all my readers have full access to my books on the platform of their choice. So, until the requirement of exclusivity is lifted, no Kindle Unlimited for me.

I could write more on the topic, but instead of repeating what others have written I’d rather direct you to these fantastic articles by a few talented authors who sum up my feelings pretty well:

[UPDATE] Since there’s been some confusion I’ve gone ahead and added a few inline comments. I want to make sure I clarify my stance on KU and why I linked the following articles.

  • Hugh Howey: It’s 2011 All Over Again
    [!] I agree with Mr. Howey that there isn’t anything to fear from KU. It’s simply another channel Amazon is trying. However, I still believe that exclusivity is bad for the reader. Hopefully Amazon will lift the KDP Select requirement for KU like they did for the Lending Library.
  • Chuck Wendig: To Kindle Unlimited, and Beyond
    [!] My knee-jerk reaction was to initially compared this to Spotify as well, but Mr. Wendig is right, this isn’t Spotify. I did think Wendig’s thoughts about author’s gaming the system were good ones and something to consider.
  • Michael Sullivan: Kindle Unlimited’s Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens
    [!]
    Mr. Sullivan goes into details about how authors are able to get their books into KU, including KDP Select, special author’s who are allowed to enroll without the “exclusive” restriction (Howey), and specific licensing deal (Happy Potter.) I also found it interesting that there were a few books enrolled without consent (Hunger Games.) I felt Sullivan’s thoughts about this potentially creating a tier system among indie authors were valid and should be shared.

[!] I hope these updates have helped clarify my position. I’m not worried about KU upsetting the balance of indie authorship or effecting the changes we’ve been seeing in publishing over the last few years. I do find it unfortunate that Amazon is forcing most indie authors into exclusivity for the sake of acceptance into a new (and potentially lucrative) sales channel. In my mind that’s not fair to readers.