Zenyatta, Again! (AND MORE!)

As a little last surge before I take it off Amazon, my Zenyatta book will be free Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! You can get it here. I have a bunch of new things that will be released on Amazon later this year and early next year, and since I’m taking my writing in a new direction, it only makes sense to stop with the Zenyatta book. I love it, and it was really enjoyable to spend time working on it, but that’s the past. I might bring it back now and then, but I suggest if you haven’t read it yet (and you want to) you take advantage of the free giveaway.

Onward.

I have three novels that will be released over the last few months of 2013 and throughout 2014. No details on exact dates yet as some re-writes, edits, and cover art are still needed, but I can give you a little bit information on them. The one I am finishing up now is a thriller about a corrupt Catholic priest who gets in over his head with a gambling ring. There’s some murder, some jail time, a jail break, and ultimately some redemption–although it might not be for who you think deserves it. I don’t have a title for this, but I am leaning toward Degen. Degen is a term some people on the 2+2 forum use for problem gamblers, and although this aspect is only a brief part of the book, it really does sum up the theme of the book pretty well.

Another book, this one a dark fantasy/horror. An actor finds an artifact during a movie shoot and it slowly begins to eat away at his sanity. However, in exchange for a little blood and the madness that ensues, the actor is offered stardom and immortality. Not a bad exchange, right? WRONG! I don’t have a title for this yet. It’s about half written, I just have to figure out how to work out some loose ends.

Third one. I have this file saved as “Riley” on my computer, but that’s certainly not the final title, just the main character’s name. Riley is an interesting kid. He just moves into a new house, makes some new friends, and they go exploring in the secret room they find in the new house’s basement. But wait! It’s not an innocent secret room. Centuries ago, a malevolent alien explorer crashed a space ship into where the house was later built. When the boys go exploring, they find that the malevolent crashed alien is still alive, and not very happy. The alien has some psychic powers, but prepubescent children are not affected by them! This is also about half written.

I lied. There are four books. BONUS! My western short story that I wrote forever ago took on a life of its own a while ago and became a not short story. It became a not western, too. I really really like this story. It was largely inspired by the Clint Eastwood classic “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” but imagine that Clint Eastwood’s character is really Doctor Who with a wicked case of amnesia. This is pretty much done, just needs some edits. I think this book might be my best story, so if you only read one of these books, this is the one to read. However, I keep writing this book and I keep editing it and I don’t think it will ever be done. Interpretation: SEQUEL.

Also, I have some short stories that I’m in the process of editing. But who reads those?

2015 also has at least one novel release lined up. “The Annuity,” a book I started writing about three years ago, will be finished maybe. This is a good one. Horse racing, some serial killing, some insurance selling, you name it, this book has it. This is pretty much done, but I want to wait a bit longer before I release it because no author should ever release five books in the span of one year. Did you hear that James Patterson?

Advertisements

e-Readers

The Kindle is the greatest invention ever. Okay, maybe not EVER, but it’s definitely the best thing that’s happened to literature since the widespread availability of the paperback. A Kindle costs a bit, even the paperwhite is $119 right now, but books are dirt cheap, or even free. When I use my Kindle, I read so much faster than I do with paper books. And there’s a wider selection, too. There are so many great authors I’ve discovered through Amazon–Jeff Strand, Joe Konrath, Scott Nicholson, just to name a few. Yes, I could go to the library and get the new Stephen King books, but why bother when I could read something just as good without leaving my home.

I’m currently without an e-reader thanks to Ethan (my 3 year old) throwing my Kindle Fire and breaking the screen. Still, I’m missing it incredibly. The Kindle is great, and I’m sure the Nook and all the others are really good, too. I prefer the Kindle just because it has a wider selection, but definitely do the research on your own.

I’ve published on the Kindle before, and I can attest that it’s really easy to do. Formatting isn’t tough and your book, once submitted, can be live in about 24 hours.

So it’s been a while

I haven’t updated my blog in a while, as you can tell by the four months in between posts. I went through a few months where I wasn’t writing at all. I didn’t have a computer for some of it, and other parts of that period, I just had no stories in my head.

Well, that’s changed. I have a brand new thriller I’m working on. It’s one of the more original things I’ve written and it’s not science fiction or fantasy or any of that. Just a corrupt priest, some serial killers, and some organized crime. It’s fun to write so far. I have 6 chapters done so far.

It always seem like when I get one idea, I get a million. Hopefully this time I can actually finish a novel, and then do something productive with it.