Many thanks to Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin over at PJ Media, who included my new novel Gods and The City in their Book Plug Friday post. There are plenty of other intriguing titles listed there, so check it out. As the title implies, it’s a weekly post, so bookmark that page to keep track of new indie releases.
I’ve got a promotion through eBookSoda that’s set to hit on May 1, but readers of this blog can get an early jump on it. The e-book edition of Rules of Force, the first volume in my Connor Rix series of SF thrillers, is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. The eBookSoda push arrives on Thursday, but the price decrease has already gone through at most of the major outlets. No waiting! Alternately, you can purchase the print edition and get the e-book for free.
Rules of Force
Connor Rix was there at the beginning, when the second-generation Brazilian steroids first arrived on the scene, along with the blood boost packs. It was his job to keep the newly-superhuman rowdies under control and shut down the most poisonous of the new modification labs. Not an easy job, but unbreakable bones and state-of-the-art optical implants sure help.
But now the list of bio-engineered miracles available to the public has grown as broad as the desires of mankind. And one man is leaving a trail of bodies across the Texas Republic as he brutally takes control of the market in human modifications and suppresses all competitors. What will it take to stop him? And what price must Rix pay to bring the man to justice?
Fortunately, Rix isn’t working this job alone. He has a nearly 7-foot giant on his team with a one-of-a-kind exoskeleton boosting his strength off the charts. And then there’s the night owl who never sleeps (or so she says) but that’s not her only modification. The woman Rix wants to make his wife is along for the ride too, if she can keep her fears in check.
These four must square off against an army of Modified enforcers to bring down the man who seeks to rule the bio-enhancement trade. All they have to figure out now is if their famous benefactor is a friend or foe….
Two subjects that are close to my heart—books and beer. Circle Brewing Company is one of Austin’s fast-growing independent breweries, and Books on Tap is an independent bookstore in the making. They teamed up this weekend at Georgetown, Texas’, annual Red Poppy Festival, giving a glimpse of what’s to come.
Books on Tap plans to combine a craft beer tap wall with the charm of a locally-owned bookstore. The people behind it are renovating a building on the town square in Georgetown, so this should be one bookstore with a lot more character than you’ll find in your average shopping center. Austin is practically overflowing with quality microbreweries, so the tap wall alone will be worth visiting. And after following Books on Tap’s Facebook page, it’s clear these people know their literature. It sounds like a great concept, as discussing books over a pint is one of life’s fundamental pleasures. They already have an online store operating, and plan to open the storefront later this year. Picture me raising a glass to their success.
A thousand years in the past, humanity was attacked by hostile aliens and reduced to a handful of survivors. At the moment of greatest peril, the new gods of mankind were raised up. They pushed back the invaders and carried the shattered remnants of the human race to outposts where the survivors could rebuild human civilization.
The greatest of these redoubts is The City, a domed jewel on a small moon circling a stormy gas giant planet. The god Tower is its protector.
But when The City is assaulted by a power that rivals even that of the guardian god, the burden of protecting mankind’s future will fall to others. And what can mere men and women do against forces that can reshape and manipulate the universe itself?
Talia is a Radiant Acolyte in the temple of the gods. She knows the secrets and history of mankind’s protectors better than anyone.
Mik is a skilled technician who can see through the dazzling magic of the divine forces that power The City to the truth that lies beneath it.
Upon these two will fall the burden of protecting mankind’s future.
But the cost may be the very things that make them human.
The year might be ending, but I’m not quite done wringing the life out of it yet. I’ve got several things on the burner that I thought I might share.
First, I’ve got a new cover for my novel Follow The Chupacabra. I didn’t think my first cover really conveyed the feel of the book, looking too much like the cover for a horror novel, among other problems. My designer did a great job with the original cover—it was my concept, after all, and I acquired the base illustration that he heroically doctored to make presentable—but I think my original cover concept was just flawed. Follow The Chupacabra is a contemporary fantasy that brings the legendary creatures of the American Southwest to life. The new cover, by Laura Gordon at The Book Cover Machine, captures the otherworldly feel of the book, and hints at the alternate worlds inside. What do you think? (And by the way, this e-book is still on sale for 99 cents through the end of the year.)
I’ve been pretty quiet about my next project, but it is coming together nicely, and it won’t be long until it’s finished. It may not be on sale by the end of the year, but certainly an early 2014 release. And in this novella, I dive into classic space opera. I’ve been a fan of that genre as long as I can remember. I love the grand scale of SF stories that span the galaxy, with faster-than-light starships grappling with plentiful alien races. This type of book has fallen out of favor lately, as our depressed nation embraces the post-apocalyptic (and who can blame us?). But I wanted to create a story that unapologetically jumped out into the larger universe and was just pure fun to read. So, picture the remnants of the human race huddled in domed cities on far-off worlds. They survived near extinction 1000 years ago in a war with hostile aliens, but now are protected by mysterious god-like beings. But when a new power arrives in force, even the gods of mankind may not be able to stop them. And our best hope lies with a devoted acolyte of the city’s guardian god, and a maintenance worker who knows all the secrets that sustain The City—and maybe even the gods themselves.
What else? I’ve registered for a table at Staple, the independent media expo in Austin, Texas, on March 1-2, 2014. I’ll be selling and signing all my novels, so come on down and say hey. (Technically, I haven’t received confirmation yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be in.) This event is a great way to support those of us creating books, comics and artwork on our own. There was some very cool stuff for sale last year. Hope to see you there!
If you’ve been thinking about buying a copy of my contemporary fantasy novel Follow The Chupacabra, now is the time! I’ve put the e-book on sale for 99 cents through the end of the year. It’s on sale across all platforms—Amazon, B&N and Smashwords, although the price drop may be slow to arrive at Apple, Kobo and Sony. Even better, that means that if you purchase the print edition through Amazon, you get the e-book for free.
Feel like following the chupacabra on a mind-bending journey? Here’s the teaser:
When do you allow yourself to believe the unbelievable? What will it take for a man to accept that mythological creatures are, in fact, part of the real world?
Ray Lenstrom faces that dilemma when a dark visitor, the chupacabra of legend, comes calling. The beast and its mate are unlike anything he has encountered before, and the implications of their arrival will cause him to question everything he has ever believed.
Ray has only one place to turn—a mysterious woman cut off from the rest of humanity who may hold the answers. She may also be the key to rebuilding his shattered life.
As Ray embraces the adventure of a lifetime, he’ll discover that reality is larger than he ever dreamed, and forgotten planes of existence lurk at the end of every path. Hidden elemental powers command the shadowlands of Earth, and bizarre creatures of legend travel endless pathways in a multiverse of alternate worlds more terrifying—and more beautiful—than any he has ever known.
Follow the Chupacabra is a 57,000-word contemporary fantasy novel where the vivid legends of the American Southwest come to unforgettable life.
Amazon’s Kindle Matchbook promotion just went live, and I’ve entered my novels in the program. If you haven’t heard, what this means is that if you purchase any of my books in paperback form through Amazon, you can get the e-book for only 99 cents extra. The program is retroactive, so if you’ve ever bought any of my paper novels through Amazon, you can get the e-book for 99 cents. Nice way to buy a paper copy for a gift and get the e-book for yourself for a buck extra. Each book page on Amazon has the Matchbook link, so it’s easy to do. To check it out, just click on the book covers in the sidebar.