Seven

NuLo Books On Sale This Week

If you haven’t yet explored the seedy underbelly of the dying city called NuLo, you're in luck! All this week (9/12 - 9/16), my novel Seven is just 99¢, and the novella Quinboy is FREE.

 
 

Skirting the uncertain waters at the nexus of dystopian science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, Seven is the story of a girl who might be psychic and might be psychotic (or maybe both!), while Quinboy is a prequel novella exploring the backstory of supporting players from Seven.


Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo

Seven and Pug must cross the dying city of NuLo, evading the clutches of wolves and cyber-witches, priests and madmen, in a desperate race to counteract a virus before it transforms Pug into a monster. But what lurks in Seven’s head may be the greatest monstrosity of all.


Quinboy: A Tale of NuLo

Danny is in trouble. An orphan recruited into a gang of street thieves, his first job ends in disaster. His best friend is injured, and the man he tried to rob lies bleeding on the pavement. With nothing to show for his efforts, Danny can expect only punishment from Pipejohn, the cruel gang-boss.

Discover NuLo

If you haven’t yet explored the seedy underbelly of the dying city called NuLo, you're in luck! All this week (6/13 - 6/17), the novel Seven is just 99¢, and the novella Quinboy is FREE.

 
 

Skirting the uncertain waters at the nexus of dystopian science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, Seven is the story of a girl who might be psychic and might be psychotic (or maybe both!), while Quinboy is a prequel novella exploring the backstory of supporting players from Seven.

 

Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo

Seven and Pug must cross the dying city of NuLo, evading the clutches of wolves and cyber-witches, priests and madmen, in a desperate race to counteract a virus before it transforms Pug into a monster. But what lurks in Seven’s head may be the greatest monstrosity of all.

 

Quinboy: A Tale of NuLo

Danny is in trouble. An orphan recruited into a gang of street thieves, his first job ends in disaster. His best friend is injured, and the man he tried to rob lies bleeding on the pavement. With nothing to show for his efforts, Danny can expect only punishment from Pipejohn, the cruel gang-boss.

NuLo Leap Year Sales Event

This week only, 2/29 through 3/6!

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If you haven’t yet been introduced to the dying city of NuLo, there’s no better time to do so than this week. During the special Leap Year sales event, you can get the Kindle versions of both NuLo titles at reduced prices.

 
 

Skirting the line between dystopian science fiction and paranormal/urban fantasy, my debut novel, Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo, will be available on a Countdown Deal at prices as low as 99¢. That’s 75% off the cover price. Even better? Quinboy, a prequel novelette examining the origins of the Quinboy gangsters in Seven, is FREE until Friday.

 

SALE DETAILS

 
  • Monday, 2/29 - Friday, 3/4: Seven priced at 99¢, Quinboy free to download
  • Saturday, 3/5: Seven goes up to $1.99 (50% off)
  • Sunday, 3/6: Seven goes up to $2.99 (25% off)


 

Seven and Pug must cross the dying city of NuLo, evading the clutches of wolves and cyber-witches, priests and madmen, in a desperate race to counteract a virus before it transforms Pug into a monster. But what lurks in Seven’s head may be the greatest monstrosity of all.

Danny is in trouble. An orphan recruited into a gang of street thieves, his first job ends in disaster. His best friend is injured, and the man he tried to rob lies bleeding on the pavement. With nothing to show for his efforts, Danny can expect only punishment from Pipejohn, the cruel gang boss.

NuLo Reboot

With the launch of Quinboy: A Tale of NuLo, the NuLo setting now has two books. To help unify the branding of the series, I'm updating the cover of my first novel, Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo. The changes are rolling out across the various markets the book is sold on as we speak. And yes, reading the tea leaves here, you can safely make the assumption that more NuLo books are in the pipeline.

(Click on the covers to be taken to the individual book pages. There you'll find descriptions of the books, a sample chapter from Seven, and links to buy the books at a variety of marketplaces.)

Quinboy Launch Announcement

It's been just over a year since my debut novel, Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo, introduced readers to the dystopian city of NuLo. Now it's time to revisit that dying city with Quinboy: A Tale of NuLo. This new novelette explores the backstories of Tatterdan, Rapscallion, and the Quinboy gang they founded as orphan street kids.

Did you ever wonder why the Quinboys in Seven spoke in such a stilted, theatrical manner? Were you intrigued by their distinctive facial tattoos or the Harlequin motley they wore? And why were they so strong and fast? All will be revealed in Quinboy: A Tale of NuLo...


The weak don’t survive in Dockside NuLo…

And that means Danny is in trouble. An orphan recruited into a gang of street thieves, his first job ends in failure. The man he was supposed to rob lies bleeding on the pavement. His best friend is injured. Worst of all, Danny has nothing to show for his efforts, and Pipejohn, the gang boss, expects results.

Quinboy is the sordid tale of one boy’s struggle to survive. It is a story of murder and intrigue, of drugs and theater. It is a story of the terrible things the strong do to the weak, and what happens when the weak fight back.

 


Quinboy is available now as a free ebook for newsletter subscribers (sign up today to pick up your free copy!) and is on sale now at a variety of e-bookstores. Check out the book page for Quinboy for a complete list of markets where the story is available for the low, low price of 99¢.

Print at Last!

The long wait for print is over! Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo is now available in trade paperback from CreateSpace and Amazon at the limited-time launch price of $9.99 (though it appears Amazon is offering a bit of an additional discount at the time of writing). To coincide with the launch, I've also dropped the price of the ebook version to $2.99 across all platforms. Pick up your copy (or copies!) today. 

Compile. Review. Compile. Review

Such has been my lot over the last couple of days as I inch ever closer to having Seven ready for print with CreateSpace. I can't imagine how much worse the process would be without Scrivener, the writers who love it and share their techniques for its use, and the ever-so-helpful denizens of the forums over at Literature & Latte (the developers of Scrivener).

Still, there's a lot of painstaking detail that can't be automated away, so I've spent hours comparing fonts, font sizes, line spacing, header styles and arrangements, and murdering orphans and widows. (Not as bad as it sounds! Honest!)

But I'm closing on having the interior looking the way I want it, which means it's time for a little sneak peak at the work in progress...

Sample interior pages. Click to enlarge.

Sample interior pages showing chapter title styling. Click to enlarge.

With the interior just about wrapped up, all that's left is to rework the existing e-book cover for print and to create imagery for the spine and back cover. I've pretty much settled on the design style for the next version of the cover, but expect there to be another poll (or series of polls) to help me determine which title font is going to work best.

Stay tuned...

All Aboard the April Express

March was a bit quiet around here. Between the weather, illness, and other unforeseen circumstances, some delays were inevitably tossed into the production schedule. Disappointing, to say the least, but it does make for a busy April as I try to get caught back up.

So what does that mean to you, dear reader? Well...

New Short Stories

I promised the second of my short story/novella collections by the end of the month, but illnesses and over-bookings on the editorial front put the kibosh on that plan. That said, I'm happy to announce that it looks like The Rune Painter & Other Tales will hit Amazon by this weekend. 

"Just Amazon?" I hear you grumble...

Next Up: World Domination

Don't fret! I've got some irons in the expansion fire as well. Seven is Amazon-exclusive until April 7, but I will roll out to Kobo, Nook, and iBooks (as well as other, smaller booksellers though Smashwords) when that deal expires. Expanded availability will probably come in fits and starts as some of the vendors are easier to work with and format for than others, so keep checking this site or my Facebook page (you do follow me there, right?) for updates.

Hark! What's that? A muttering from the wings about print?

Print is In Progress

I'm in the process of wending my way through the complexities of CreateSpace in order to have Seven available in trade paperback. I can't yet guarantee when the process will be complete as I'm not sure how many rounds of corrections I'll need to go through, but as I receive and examine proof copies, I'll be sure to post updates (and perhaps some pictures and video...if you're nice!).

"But what about new words?"

Bit demanding, aren't you? Anyway...

Last Verse of Song

I'm in the home stretch on the first draft of my second novel, tentatively titled Song of the Severed Lord. This will be the first book of a trilogy about the Dreambetween, a consensual dream-space shared by the members of an extended family and spanning centuries, perhaps millennia, of that family's sordid history. I'll still need to do a few rounds of revisions and get the manuscript in the hands of beta readers and editors before I'm ready to publish, but I'm planning on a late summer release at this point.

"Anything else?"

Well, now that you mention it, this site will be undergoing a bit of a facelift and some significant rejiggering beneath the hood in the weeks ahead. Some links might be broken in the process, but I hope to have a more useable, useful, and interesting site on the other side. Or at least that's the plan.

So stay tuned. Fingers crossed that the April Express chugs along as planned rather than jumping the tracks, plunging down a ravine, and exploding into fiery bits of broken ambition.

Either way, it should prove entertaining...

Progress Report & Sneak Peaks

Two months and two releases into the grand, self-pub adventure, let's take stock of where things stand and what's coming next in the world(s) of M.S. Hund...

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This is a long game. That's what everybody's who's been in this boat and lived to tell the tale has to say about it. And it's what I tell myself. I'm pleased with how things have been going both in reader response and in sales thus far, but the real thrill of wider exposure that I'm banking on is probably years away.

And won't get here if I don't keep plugging away.

So I'm pleased to announce first that I'm 20,000 words into the first draft of my second novel, tentatively titled Song of the Severed Lord. I'm expecting this one to be longer than Seven, though not by much. Trust me, the grand epics are on the horizon, but the stories take as long as they take to tell, and this one feels like taking around 80-90,000 words.

Again, this is tentative, but I've worked out a rough draft of the blurb for the novel as well...

Lily Hammond is a sickly child who has never been allowed to dream. Her father, a physician and sleep researcher, has not only prevented her dreaming, but has discouraged her every instinct towards fantasy and imagination, especially when they concern her missing mother.

She’s about to find out why.

Following a mysterious and compelling song into the depths of her subconscious, Lily is plunged into a tale that spans over 200 years across the worlds of both Waking and Dreaming, in the process unveiling not only the dark history of the man who would rule the Dreaming realm but what he had to do with the disappearance of her mother.

And what he plans to do with her…

Thoughts?

Coming soon to a Kindle app/device near you!

Coming soon to a Kindle app/device near you!

I'm also happy to share the final version of the cover for the forthcoming The Rune Painter & Other Tales, the second installment of short stories in my Singles Collection. It was a close-run thing, but in the end, your votes picked cover #6 as the winner, and the more refined version is shown here.

The Rune Painter & Other Tales will feature three short stories of dark fantasy, featuring mist-dwelling energy demons, witches, hooded and veiled huntsmen, murders both intentional and accidental, and boats blessed with the blood and souls of the departed. It will launch at 99¢ in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space, my Facebook page, or sign up for my mailing list if any of that piques your interest and you don't want to miss the release.

Finally, I wanted to remind readers that Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo is still on sale through Amazon's Countdown Deals program. You've still got the rest of today to save 50% and the next two days to save 25% before it returns to full price on Thursday.

Thank you to everybody who has bought the book to this point or who is helping to spread the word, and I promise to have new words (and new worlds!) for you soon...

Seven on Sale for a Limited Time

Don't have a copy of Seven: The Haunted Girl of NuLo yet? Good news! It's on sale at Amazon now, but only for a limited time, as I'll explain in a bit. Already have a copy? Now's a pretty good time to spread the word to family and friends as they can pick it up at a bargain price.

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So how exactly does this work then? The Seven Kindle ebook, normally priced at $3.99, is currently on sale as part of Amazon's Countdown Deals program. The earlier you get in on the deal over the next few days, the more you'll save, as follows:

  • Friday & Saturday - sale price 99¢ (save 75%!)
  • Sunday & Monday - sale price $1.99 (save 50%!)
  • Tuesday & Wednesday - sale price $2.99 (save 25%!)

If you're going to read Seven on a Kindle or in one of the various Kindle apps (available for desktop computers and most tablets/smartphones), now is the time to buy.

If you're waiting for Seven to be available on other e-reader platforms (Kobo, Nook, iBooks, etc.), it exits the KDP Select program on Amazon next month. I'm planning to launch all subsequent work across all e-reader platforms at roughly the same time, so the long wait shouldn't be an issue going forward.

And if you've been patiently waiting for the print version, that's something I'm working on now. It's a bit of an intense and time-consuming process, but it's happening! I'm hoping to have the paperback on sale in the next month or so. Sign up for my mailing list so you don't miss the announcement.

As always, thanks for reading!