Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jackal of Nar ebook ready for pre-order

After a very long wait, the ebook for The Jackal of Nar is now available for pre-order up on Amazon.  The Tyrants and Kings books were originally supposed to be released as ebooks last month, but for some reason that schedule slipped to September.  Well, I just noticed that Amazon is now listing Jackal on Kindle for pre-order.  Cool!  That's the good news.  The bad (or perhaps just confusing) part is that neither The Grand Design nor The Saints of the Sword is listed for pre-order yet.  Not sure what's going on there, but will keep an eye on it and raise some hell if I have to!  Nicely, of course :)

Naturally I put in my own pre-order, as I always do when one of my books comes out.  I have an entire box of first editions of Jackal up in my attic, but having it available as an ebook--at long last--feels like progress.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The best part of being an author is hearing from readers

 It's even better when they send pictures.  I got this one the other day from a young fan who has been reading my books.  She's holding up the postcard I sent her.  How cool is that, right?  There's been a lot of heavy, personal stuff going on in my life lately, and this picture put a smile on my face.  I never get tired of emails from readers, or of the occasional pics they send me

And all this got my thinking--if there's a writer or musician or podcaster or whatever out there that you really like and appreciate, let them know.  I'm not talking about the J.K. Rowlings of the world--they already get tons of feedback.  I'm talking about the smaller ones, the ones that don't get a lot of attention.  This is something I started doing a long time ago, and I almost always get a reply back filled with genuine thanks.  Believe me, positive feedback helps, and artists really do need it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Who gets to decide what a story is really about?

I was just listening to a radio show in which the guest asserted that the classic horror film The Exorcist is actually about the country being possessed by the "spirit of the 60s," and if the U.S. could have just forgotten about all that free love and justice stuff things would be all right.  Apparently, he got this notion from the last scene of the movie, in which we see the mother and the previously possessed little girl dressed like little versions of Jackie Kennedy.  And of course, they're just fine and dandy.

Huh.  Honestly, I had never heard of this before but the idea fascinates me.  Still, I wondered immediately what William Friedkin (the directory of The Exocist) would have to say about that.  Or William Peter Blatty, who wrote the original novel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Neverland's Shadow

Quick update--Grim Oak Press says pre-ordering for the Signed and Number edition, as well as the regular hardcover edition, will start on September 3rd.

As I think I mentioned recently, I've been working on a short story for an upcoming anthology called Neverland's Shadow.  I have two weeks left until the deadline for the story hits, and I'm confident I'll make it.  The story is mostly done, but then I'll need some time to "knock of the crumbs," as a good friend of mine likes to say :)

Anyway, the anthology is supposed to contain stories from the antagonist's viewpoint.  I've played with that theme a little bit in my own story, sort of my own interpretation of the theme.  I saw the lineup of authors for the anthology some time ago but was asked not to talk about it until it was made official.  Well, the lineup was announced yesterday by Shawn Speakman, and I've reposted it here for you all.