State of the Book

Maelstrom of Fate is now available in print format on Amazon, at least. It may take a few days to show up on Books-A-Million or Barnes and Noble. The only reason I can come up for why it or last year’s The Daedalus Enigma haven’t shown up on Kobo is the erotica tag both books received on Smashwords. Just a theory, though.

Make no mistake; the books are NOT erotica, but they both have at least one scene which falls in that category. I am the first to admit I did not write this series for children or the overly sensitive/easily offended.

Meanwhile, I’m considering adding a character profile for Hell’s Breath Island. The island is sentient, and it’s personality does make itself known in these last two books. I found a great photo to use for it on one of the pirate groups I’m a member of on Facebook. Photo courtesy of Patrick Yanaton; used with permission.

Hell's Breath-photographer Patrick Yananton

Don’t forget to come by Hallowcon October 27-29 if you’re in the Chattanooga area then. I will be offering signed copies of all my books for less than the current retail. Some of the prices are just the original retail rates and/or convention bundle discounts. The printer my publisher uses raised their rates back in September. Maelstrom of Fate will retail at $18.99, but I will be selling copies for $15+tax at Hallowcon ONLY. Starting next year at Chattacon (which has moved from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to The Chattanoogan) all single copy prices and bundle discount prices will reflect the new retail rates.

I will produce and post three new excerpt readings videos in the coming month or so (as free time allows) for Maelstrom. I also plan to add it to my Take a Pirate Home for Christmas ad campaign and will probably do a video for that, as well.

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Maelstrom of Fate Ebook Release!

Maelstrom of Fate is now live as an ebook. Print edition will follow soon. I’ve added the purchase links for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords to the book’s landing page. (Just click on the Books and Short Stories button in the menu and follow the drop down to the bottom.) If you are searching for the book on Smashwords without using the link on this site, you will have to disable all parental controls to find it. Like The Daedalus Enigma last year, it received an Erotica tag which blocks it from general viewing.

I’ve already sent out .pdf copies to a couple of reviewers. If you are a reviewer and would be interested in reviewing this book, please let me know in the comments here or on my Facebook page.

I am also contacting my publisher to get the title corrected on the Amazon link. I found it listed as Maelstrom of Fatex (Waves of Darkness Book 8). It is, in fact, book 7; and there is no “x” anywhere in the title. I haven’t even started seriously plotting an 8th book yet. That will be part of the next story arc, Search for the First. (Book 7 concluded the Sisters of Power story arc.)

Maelstrom of Fate proposed coverAlso, a quick reminder; I will have copies of all seven titles at HallowCon in East Ridge, TN, October 27-29. I will be offering signed copies of Maelstrom of Fate at below retail as a convention special.

Long-running Scripts Suck Ditch Water

Finally was able to make this post. All weekend I’ve been unable to access the add post feature on this site due to a long running script which resulting in WordPress not responding.

I am nearly through going over the PDF my publisher sent me for approval for Maelstrom of Fate. Once I get it back to them and the needed corrections are made, it should be on to publication. I should definitely have print copies available for HallowCon. I have ten copies each of the previous six titles already on hand to take to the con with me. As is my usual practice, I will be offering convention exclusive book bundle deals.

I also added a landing page under the Books and Short Stories tab for Maelstrom of Fate. It only has the blurb and the cover art right now. I will add purchase links, video readings, and reviews as they become available.

Maelstrom of Fate proposed cover

Book Report & Pricing

The original artwork is now in my publisher’s hands, and I’ve already received a proposed cover to approve. Progress is being made.

Next step: editing.

Also, pricing on the print editions will be going up. I was informed last week that LSI, the printer my publisher contracts with, is raising their printing rates. I will keep pricing on the print copies I have in inventory at the original rates for HallowCon. I don’t have any more events this year after that. The new prices will be charged at Chattacon next January.

Ebook pricing will not change.

If you plan to attend HallowCon, this is your last chance to get signed copies at the lower price. I’ll also be selling copies of book 7, Maelstrom of Fate, at below retail for this convention. I plan to have 10 copies each of all seven titles in the Waves of Darkness series available.

That’s 70 books.

For the love of all you hold holy, don’t make me have to haul all that back home after the convention.

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House Hunt Bumps Book Cover… Again

Yup, this was another weekend of just household errands and a LOT of real estate site browsing as well as a house showing. No painting was accomplished, but I’m about to poke my publisher after I finish this post. I also want to make sure they weren’t in Harvey’s path (they’re in the Austin area NOT the Houston area, at least).

Plus, I’m trying to think of panel topic suggestions to give Joe Dog for HallowCon, since he asked all his guests for such. He’d like to have the suggestions by Labor Day weekend. It’ll also help him promo the con at DragonCon.

Also, I’ve started on a between-the-episodes vignette for season 3 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe. It will be part of the bonus material for the third omnibus, of course… and it will be quite naughty.

To say I’m mentally scattered right now is a bit of an understatement.

Gonna Keep It Brief and Mysteeeerious

Almost no progress was made this weekend on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate. Other, more pressing matters took priority. Don’t worry; it wasn’t anything of an emergency nature; but it was very time sensitive and cropped up unplanned.

I may have a non-book related announcement to make in next week’s post; it depends on the outcome of this weekend’s unexpected events.

I’ll leave it to you to speculate what the heck I’m going on about.

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I will say I got quite a bit mapped out in plot points and notes for season 3 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe this week. It helps to have notes, but I refuse to do an outline. I prefer a more organic approach to my writing. I tend to use a blend of plotting and pantsing. I really need to get the ball rolling on shopping the serial to publishers, but I’m facing the editing process on Maelstrom in the next few weeks if it’s to be out on time. After October, there will be activity toward getting TAoPaW launched and into yer grubby little paws.

Well Crud

I still haven’t had time to make any progress on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate. I’ve got so much stuff planned out in my head to do; but this month has just been plain too weird to really accomplish anything.

Apparently I’ve built up a considerable sleep deficit, and the account has come due, so to speak. This weekend has been eaten up with naps. The entire week has been riddled with stress over a family member’s medical issues and helping in caring for said family member. So yeah, no painting for me.

On a brighter note, writing on The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe has picked up again after my brief hiatus to catch up on some of my reading. I’m currently working on episode 23 and have had a few ideas which will carry the serial well into a third season’s worth of episodes.

Realistically speaking, I will probably have to wait until after the final edits and looking over the galley of Maelstrom before I can give serious attention to querying publishers about TAoPaW.

I would also like to organize my research questions for my dystopian, There Is No Arizona, and contact a few experts I’ve been pointed to.

Now if I could just get my hands on one of those time travel charms like Hermione used to keep up her heavy class schedule….

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