shorts

Long Weekend = More Time to Read

The third installment of my Singles Collection series, The Sack of Gotham & Letters From Paris, is now available for 99¢ on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Apple, taking their sweet approval time as always, will have it up on iBooks sometime in the next century.

Sigh...

On with the blurb!

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Two of the world’s greatest cities serve as the stage for two tales of alternate-historical fantasy… 

* The Sack of Gotham. It’s the early 20th century, and the Kaiser is coming! By Unterseeboot and by zeppelin, with twisted biology and the rune-songs of the Hexenmeister on their side, the German Imperial Army and Navy cross the Atlantic to invade America after their conquest of Europe. But the walls of mighty Gotham are protected by the miracle machines of American technomancy, including the devastating Tesla Cannon. 

* Letters from Paris. 1765. Paris. Stephen Cooper has run away from his family home in Massachusetts to apprentice with the famed magician and explorer Doctor Marlowe. But not everyone has the talent to perform magic, and there are many who fear and distrust magicians. And their apprentices… 

 
 

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Snow Day Escapism

For those of you snow-bound on the East coast today, I've got some new words available to take your mind off the weather outside and help fend off the cabin fever. A Desolation of Grass & Yesterday's War is the first of six volumes of short stories & novellas that I'm going to release this year and contains two military science fiction tales...

  • A Desolation of Grass. Twenty-five years in the Corps and what does it get you? A patch of grass on godforsaken and storm-wracked Ablene, hoo-rah! Sergeant Jak Galine leads a band of retired Imperial Marines in pursuit of a creature that has killed one of their own and threatens their families. But are they the hunters or the hunted?

  • Yesterday’s War. Cousins Archer and Brock are farm boys from rural Kansas whose world is destroyed by rocks falling from the sky. When they enlist to fight back, they find themselves launched on a mission of revenge that involves a 300 year journey in cryogenic sleep to reach their target. But will there even be a foe waiting for them?

Available on Amazon now and coming soon to other e-booksellers near you!


Shorts Ahoy!

Publishing Seven was a big step. It wasn't the first novel I've written, but it was the first that I thought was ready to set loose upon the world. I do have a handful of other novels buried in my digital filing cabinet (one completed and a half-dozen unfinished, if you're keeping score at home), and I expect that they'll see the light of day in some form in the future, whether that be through extensive revision/rewriting or by incorporating the characters and/or story-lines into a new project.

But in addition to those novels, I have over fifty shorter tales burning a hole in my back catalog, varying in length from flash-fiction (1,000 words or less) to novellas roughly a third the length of Seven. While not all of these are ready for publication now (and some probably never will be!), I have had enough positive feedback from writers' groups that I feel confident in publishing some of them.

But how best to release them? One at a time? In a massive collection?

How about we split the difference and sort of manage to do both at the same time?

Throughout 2014, I'll be adding some final spit-and-polish to these short stories and releasing them in six e-book installments, with each installment set to feature one novella or a collection of up to five stories. The word count for each installment will be in the 13,000 to 18,000 range (novella length), and they will be sold at 99¢ each. Though the stories will range across science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the paranormal (oft-times combining genres, as is my wont *grin*), each installment will feature stories in roughly similar styles and/or genres.

At the end of the year, the plan is to combine all of the installments, along with any other tales that I feel are worthy of publication but didn't fit into any of the installments, as a single large collection in both e-book and print format (prices yet to be determined). At least, that's the plan anyway. And what better time to start than now?

The first of the six installments, A Desolation of Grass & Yesterday's War, includes two long short stories, both broadly in the military science fiction vein, though there are elements of westerns, occult horror, colonization, coming of age, and space opera also on offer. It will be available as a Kindle book from Amazon in the next week or so and should be available across all the major e-book sellers (iBooks, Kobo, Nook, etc.) before the end of the month.

So keep your eyes peeled for the "new release" announcement or sign up for my mailing list to make sure you don't miss it. The mailing list will always be the first place to hear about my new releases, as well as sales, giveaways, and contests, and I promise it will never be spammy or unbearably frequent.