Virtual Tourist Yakuza 0 7/21/19

Greetings! 

Yes, I dropped off the face of the planet again. Seems a rather common occurrence anymore. 🙁 While I am doing better than I have been, I am not 100%. Sundays have been elusive for some reason. The fact it’s quarter-end close and we’re doing it in two separate systems hasn’t helped! (There’s been loads of overtime the last couple of weeks.)

Conventions!

I will be going to my first convention this year in a couple of weeks! ArmadilloCon will soon be upon us!  Looking forward to it. 🙂

Promotions!

Smashwords is holding a July ebook special offer. Both Crossed-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons are on sale at 50% off! If you’ve been curious about my books, this might be the perfect time to try one of them out! 

 

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles Inner Demons

 

Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 - Maharaja

Street view of one of the main roads. The Maharaja dance club is across the street. A gaggle of schoolgirls as well. 

Yakuza 0 - Food Display

Tasty looking food display! Not all the businesses are actually there, but does make for some nice scenery. 🙂

Yakuza 0 - tacrics

This is Oda. He works for Tachibana Real Estate. He says he’s not a yakuza, but he sure knows a lot of their tactics! 😛 

Yakuza 0 - Interesting club front

Interesting club front. lol. 

Yakuza 0 - Darts

Kazuma takes all the mini games very seriously. Here’s his game face for playing darts! Brint it!

Yakuza 0 - Karaoke Bar

One of the toughest battlefields – a karaoke bar! (You either get to sing or cheer them on. Not for the weak! So hard! 

Yakuza 0 - Whiskey

This is the second Japanese game I’ve played where they educate the players about certain types of alcohol. Bizarre!

Yakuza 0 - Temple

When one of the game hints told me to seek out a rather unusual Shinto priest, this guy was NOT what I was expecting – white suit, clown face, and green bushy hair. He has free packages of goodies, which include costumes (not yet far enough to be able to see them or wear them). More important is the shrine itself. Doing certain things in the game gain you CP points. (Eating all the food at a restaurant, completing goals like walking 2 miles, etc.) You spend those points here. 

Yakuza 0 - Bob U

Close up of the biggest and oddest looking priest ever!

Yakuza 0 - Producer KazumaFashion change for a sub-story. This is what a producer of a film looks like. (When we meet the real guy, he’s wearing the exact outfit! lol)

That’s it for this week. Hopefully, we’ll get to go to the movies on Friday. This quarter-end has been brutal and since we’re going to the merged company’s BOLO system 100% for Aug, close for that should be insane. Ugh….

Have a great week!

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles Book Trailer 2

With the second edition and new book cover out for Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles, it was time to update the book trailer video!

Check it out! Some familiar items and new tricks!

 

Hope you enjoy it! 

Mini Movie Reviews – 6/9/19

Life has been super crazy. I doubt it is going to slow down any time soon. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Godzilla: King of All Monsters

Godzilla: King of All Monster – Hubby and I had been looking forward to this one. We were not disappointed. If anything, I was thrilled! Now that Toho (the company who makes the Godzilla movies in Japan) is on board, we got a few extra excellent bits. First off, the full-fledged traditional Godzilla call (I believe we had it before, but it’s even better now because…) as well as both of the most popular Godzilla themes.  They also bring Mothra’s music in as well. Pictures of the original twins and loads of other nostalgic bits (like the oxygen bomb – which was the weapon used on the original black and white Godzilla film.) 

We get several familiar monsters back and a few new ones. The makeover on Rhodan was awesome! King Ghidorah also rocks! He’s got some nifty new powers, too! Godzilla still has a move or two up his sleeve as well. Make sure to sit ALL the way through the credits. There is more to come! Booyah! All the monster action you could want. Super acting by everyone involved, too! Rating: 3.75 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

The Secret Like of Pets 2 The Secret Life of Pets 2: All our favorite pets are back, and we also meet several new ones. They took an unusual direction on this one, starting you off with a quick catch up to set up the new situations, then going off in three different seemingly unrelated storylines that will eventually come back to merge for the final piece of the tale. 

Gidget still kicks buns, so all is right with the world! Lol. I do love her. There are so many cute moments in this film. Baby Ian coming into Max’s life and how he ensnares the dog’s heart was so adorable! Loved how everything going great is the reason unexpected problems pop up for Max. Loads of fun stuff to be had here.  I liked this one better than the original. 🙂 Rating: 3.5 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admissions.)

Obligatory Marketing Stuff!

Sales channels are finally showing the 2nd editions! Yay! Here’s the list so far (though due to Smashwords, the ebook versions will be showing up in even more outlets! Double yay!)

I still need to update all my website pages for these though. 🙁 Too much to do and so little time!

Inner Demons

Barnes and Novel Trade Paperback

Nook

Amazon Trade Paperback

Kindle

Smashwords

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles

Barnes and Novel Trade Paperback

Nook

Amazon Trade Paperback

Kindle

Smashwords

 

 

The Inevitability of Change 2019

2019 is proving to be a challenging year full of chaos and change. Change is not something we can always control. Sometimes it can lead to better things, and at others, not so much.

Two major items hit in the last month related to the author side of my life.

ConDFW

The first change, which was back in February (though I didn’t realize it until this week), was that one of my favorite conventions put on their last round this year. After 17 years ConDFW will be no more. I had no idea this was their last year, and I wasn’t able to attend this year and be part of the final event due to health reasons.

They went out with a bang! Which was wonderful. But I regret not having been there.

This convention meant a lot to me. Back in the day, it was the first literary fantasy/science fiction convention I ever attended. It was the year I realized I had no choice but to get out there and network if I wanted any chance at a writing career. (I tend to be something of a wallflower and quite shy.) It was at that first convention that I first met Selina Rosen, Melanie Fletcher, and Jeff Turner. Meetings that had significant impacts on my life as they led me to Yard Dog Press and Zumaya Publications and my first publishing contracts.

I wish Dan Robb and all the other wonderful people who’ve worked so hard to put such a fun convention together many thanks for all the years of hard work. Kudos guys!

Mundania Press

Mundania Press

The second change to hit this month was the closing of Mundania Press and their subsidiaries.

For the last couple of years or more, changes by Amazon to make the most of their self-publishing services , weird algorithms, the economy, and a ton of other factors have dried up revenue streams and forced many to go out of business.

Mundania having to close has orphaned two of my novels – “Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles” and “Inner Demons.” While all rights have reverted to me, it also means I need to find new homes for these two books.

I’m looking into several solutions to see which way (or ways) I want to use to bring them back in print. So do not despair! But it was definitely a shock to hear of the closing.

My fellow authors and the writing and publishing community are awesome, and several people have reached out to me with suggestions and even possible new homes for the two orphaned novels. It will mean a ton of work, research, and patience, but it’s time to look forward rather than back.

I will keep you all updated on what direction I end up taking. It could even end up being one of the best things that could have happened, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment. Wish me luck!

Virtual Tourist -Wither 3 10/14/18

Morning!

Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Venom

Venom – the film is a bit slow as they set up the pieces, but once Venom connects with Eddie Brock, the wild and fun ride begins. Full of snark and adorable bits, it plays down on the horrific elements of what Carlton Drake and the symbiotes have done and are trying to do. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - view from a dreamStill, inside a dream, this is the view from Yennefer’s apartment.

Witcher 3 - Kaer Mohren in the dream

A view of Kaer Mohren in the dream.

Witcher 3 - Arrival of the Wild Hunt

The dream turns into a nightmare. The Wild Hunt is here, breaking the dimensional barrier to come into our realm.

Witcher 3 - Geralt wakes from the nightmare

Geralt wakes from his nightmare to frustrating reality. He’s been trying to chase down Yennefer for over six months now that his memories have returned.

Witcher 3 - dawn on the first day of the game

Look at that gorgeous sky!!!!!!

Witcher 3 - tavern

Loved the little details in the first tavern we visit. Beautiful colored flowers painted in the walls. A bit of color to push away the dreary existence in the middle of a war-torn area.

Wichter 3 - tavern

More of the tavern and a view of my mentor.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaard  outpost in White Orchard

Nilfgaard outpost in White Orchard. The conquering side. Locals are not thrilled at their presence.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaardian captainCaptain at the Nilfgaardian outpost. He’s trying hard to be patient with the locals, but that patience is being tested.

Witcher 3 - a new dayA new day? Could be the end of one as well. Lol. I can’t remember. But a lovely view either way!

Obligatory Promotion Section!

If you’ve not seen it yet, please take a look at the first book trailer for Alien Redemption!

If you like what you see, please consider”liking” the video. Sharing it would be even better! I need to start getting the word out, despite the book release being months away. Promotion is the hardest part of being an author. So any help would be much welcomed! Thank you!

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Alien Redemption – Coming in 2019 – Book Trailer

Greetings, all!

I decided to get an early start on promoting my SF novel Alien Redemption. The current publications date is set for sometime in 2019. The book will be published by Zumaya Publications through their Otherworlds Imprint.

So to get you excited about the project, I’ve created a “Coming in 2019” book trailer!

Enjoy!

Let me know how you like it!

The Meg and Starting on a Book Trailer for Alien Redemption!

Morning, all!

I am going to go in a different direction this week. Since my SF novel “Alien Redemption” will be getting published in 2019, I need to start now in getting the word out and doing things to promote it. (With my lack of time, this will be tough! They always say you should start at least nine months in advance. Oi!)

So I figured I would occasionally share what I’m doing to prep for that. Before that though, let’s do our weekly Mini Movie Review! 😛

Mini Movie Review

The Meg The MEG – The beginning of the film was really well done. They set up the hero, give us a glimpse into what has scarred him and then we start five years later. The Mana One and the mini-subs and our descent below the frost level are fantastic. Seeing the first view of this hidden underwater world was great! The whole section there, including the rescue, etc. was well worth it. It’s only once that’s over that it goes into what you initially expected, contrived situations to get people in the water. 😛 Meiying (Sophia Cai) was super adorable! She also adds much to the film. There are loads of familiar faces. Red herrings, weirdness, and more abound. It also has loads of JAWS in-jokes/homage. A million times better than Sharknado. 😛 Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

Alien Redemption – Getting pieces for the Book Trailer pt 1

(And realizing I have not made a page at the website for this one yet. DOH! Something else for the To-Do List! :P)

So the first thing you have to do is try to find photos that somewhat resemble your vision. This could mean hours trolling through the different photo sites to locate those you can purchase rights on to use. I got pretty lucky yesterday and found a lot of what I needed at Adobe Stock.

I will need to do a lot of work on the pics I found, but it’s one step closer to getting the book trailer done. 🙂

Here’s the original I decided to use for the Holiday (Captain Ricardo Bennet’s ship – and the location where many things happen in the first half of the book).

spaceship

I was looking for something that looked like a merchant class ship, and this one filled the need famously.

I needed to add stars and the name of the ship to the photo. Luckily I was able to find a tutorial for how to add a starry sky! Yay!

The Holiday - merchant class

You can’t see the stars on this one. Too shrunk down. You should be able to click on it to get a bigger view. Let me get a different cut as well.

Side Cut of the Holiday

You can see the name and the stars.  It was bizarre how the artist had tapes with H’s on different areas of the hull. Almost like this was destined. No? 😛

Next is Turbic Station:

space station

Not the exact vision in the book, but close is good! It will give you an idea of the place. Turbic Station is at the edge of the Dominion in what is called the Fringes. The last bastion of civilized/charted space. They know it too, and you pay for the privilege. 😛

Currently, I’ve only added stars to the background. May add some neon for the upper area where the exclusive part of the station serves rich clientele wanting to get away from all the restrictions of the civilized worlds.

Turbic Station at the Fringes

Lovely, no? 🙂

I have a ways to go! Had hoped to have a gif ready of the Holiday dashing across the screen, but I need to work on the angles. Maybe next time. 😛

Next week ChibiChains and I will be at Animefest! If you are there, please come to the Dealers Room and say “Hi!”.

Have a great week!

Small Business Saturday 11/25/17

Greetings all!

I wanted to share a fun promotion that happens right after Black Friday.  It’s called:

Small Business Saturday!

Basically, it’s a day use to promote small businesses. Independent companies doing their best to make headway in the world. This day is for showing support to these small companies and all the innovation and uniqueness they bring so we have more choices in what we buy.

As an author published by small publishing companies and with my daughter trying to run a handmade chainmail jewelry business, Small Business Saturday affects me in multiple ways.

So if you get a chance, why not add your own voice in support of small businesses this year? Add #shopsmall to your posts on Facebook, Twitter and more. You could even buy from them! 😛

Here’s a list of some I’d like to recommend:

 

 Chibi Chains – homemade chainmail jewelry!

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Zumaya Publications

Zumaya Publications – We Support Irresponsible Reading

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Yard Dog Press – Publishing the fiction your REALLY want to read

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Mundania Press

Mundania Press – Extraordinary books by talented authors

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Uncial PressUncial Press

 

 

 

 

International Read an Ebook Day

International Read an Ebook Day

 

This weekend one of my publishers, Zumaya Publications LLC, is running a 30%-off sale on all titles in their company ebookstore. This is in conjunction with Overdrive’s International Read an Ebook Day.

GET $1.50 OFF ALL ZP’s EBOOKS AND CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL READ AN EBOOK DAY

 

Twenty years ago, some talented writers who were tired of being rejected by the New York publishers. They started a business selling the work of other talented writers in an electronic form.

Because their books cost much less than those coming from traditional publishers, they tapped a market of avid readers who were delighted to discover new authors and excellent reading. Thus the ebook industry was born.

 

Overdrive, the company that gets ebooks to your local library, has designated September 18 as International Read an Ebook Day.

In celebration of the industry Zumaya Publications helped pioneer, we are offering all of our titles at $1.50 off the regular price in our website bookstore.

 

Just fill up your shopping cart and use the coupon code 2017IEBD at checkout, and discover your new favorite authors. AND you can use the code up to three times now through Monday.

We have books for every taste. To see our offerings, choose one of our Imprint links below and see the titles available.

Happy reading!

Arcane Imprint Boundless Imrpint Embraces Imprint Enigma Imprint
Arcane Boundless Embraces Enigma
Otherworlds Imprint Thresholds Imprint Yesterdays Imprint ZP Logo
Otherworlds Thresholds Yesterdays Eclectica

If you want to find mine, specifically, you’ll spot them in the Otherworlds and Thresholds Imprints. 😛

 

New Release – A Lone Star In the Sky

New Release – A Future Classics Anthology Volume 2 – A Lone Star in the Sky

New Release - A Lone Star In The SkyReleased this week is the Future Classics volume 2 anthology – A Lone Star in the Sky.

Edited by William Ledbetter and Melanie Fletcher, the collection features stories from the members of Future Classics – a DFW Writers Group. I’ve been part of the group since around 2002! They even still talk to me! 😛

Here are the deets and the stories inside the anthology:

The Texans are at it again!

A man sent to stop the world’s first zero-G birth. A deep space pilot who runs headlong into Einstein’s theory of relativity. A synthetic human fighting for survival in a world that sees her as disposable. All these stories and more can are in A LONE STAR IN THE SKY, the second anthology from the Future Classics speculative fiction writers’ group of North Dallas. Featuring eighteen stunning stories of science fiction and fantasy. Including works by Nebula winner William Ledbetter (“The Long Fall Up”), and Nebula nominees Jake Kerr (“Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince”), and from Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (“The Orangery”). A LONE STAR IN THE SKY covers the gamut of speculative fiction and proves once again that everything is bigger in Texas.

Stories Included are:

“The Rings of Mars” by William Ledbetter
“Afterimage” by J. Kathleen Cheney
“Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince” by Jake Kerr
“The Damaged” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“The Lotus Eaters” by Michelle Muenzler
“Surfing USA” by Gloria Oliver
“The River of Lost Souls” by C.A. Rose
“Ghosts To My Fingertips” by Rachelle Harp
“Kosher Beef” by Rook Riley
“The Lark Ascending” by Melanie Fletcher
“The Life Expectancy of Cockroaches” by Michelle Muenzler
“The Wanderers” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“The Long Fall Up” by William Ledbetter
“The Queen Lorellai” by Gloria Oliver
“On Trial” by Rachelle Harp
“Lost in Whitby” by Melanie Fletcher
“Taking a Mile” by J. Kathleen Cheney
“The Old Equations” by Jake Kerr

I’ve got two stories in this one. “Surfing USA” which was first published in a CD Anthology back in 2004 and “The Queen Lorellai” which won Honorable Mention at the Writer’s Of the Future for Q1 2016.

Check us out and get a little Texas in your bloodstream! 🙂

Available from Amazon in both Trade Paperback and Kindle.