Book Trailer – Vassal of El 2020

Greetings!

Video editing software has changed a lot over the years. They have more bells and whistles than the old windows movie maker. I took the plunge two years ago and got Filmora’s video editing software. I’d wanted to do one for Inner Demons (the only book trailer I outsourced) and it would be handy for Alien Redemption. Then I decided I should start working on redoing some of my old book trailers.

 Well….after months of searching for pics and editing the thing off and on, I finally finished one! Lol.

So I reveal to you, the 2020 Vassal of El Book Trailer! Huzzah!

In case you want to do a comparison (bwahahahaha), here’s the original trailer from way back in 2009. *GASP*

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Virtual Tourist – The Council 8/16/20

Good morning!

This past week had some bad news – the company I work for has been sold. Closing is expected in three to four months. No one had a clue. The worst part is that in a roundabout way, we were told it’s our own fault. We worked too hard and made the company too attractive, so this other company had to buy us. Go figure…. 😛

I finally got the Landing Pages for the Grand Experiment active. The first is with a specific domain for Alien Redemption here. I created this one with the free MailChimp landing page creator. Some good things about it and some bad, but it’s free, so one can’t really complain. The second is using a WordPress plugin to recreate the page in my primary site. It fought me tooth and nail but finally got it done last night. I never did figure out how to add the MailChimp integration, so had to get creative. (Might only be available on Pro, but the plugin site did not make it clear (or I am blind and I just could not find it! :P) That one you can see here

I’m doing a week of $5 a day with Facebook to see if it will drive traffic to the first one and see if any traction occurs. I will need to get with the publisher to make sure if it converted any sales or not. Then I will try a different venue for the second one. The budget is super low, so I can’t get carried away. But, hopefully, something will work! It would be sad to sell out and cave to some of these more aggressive techniques and still get nowhere. 😛

The Council

The Council - CorridorThe posh corridor on the second floor where all the guest rooms are located.

The Council - Mother's RoomThe room assigned to my mother. Our host likes to theme each guest room with specific art to send a message. Most are not all that nice. 😛

The Council - balconyOpen balcony area outside my room. Several of the rooms share the balcony area, though some are cut off by obstacles you can’t get around. Still, a lovely view, is it not?

The Council - Front DoorThe imposing front door – hell made tangible.

The Council - view from dining areaThis is the view from the dining area. Unlike most dining rooms, this one is open at the end. No rails to impede the view – assuming you dare get that close to the edge. Eek!

The Council - The Edge!All that awaits below should you step too far. 😛

The Council - view of the dining area from outside On the edge of this area, like several other spots, you can allow the game to show you a moving vista of the area or object. This is during that tour and you can now see what the dining area and the house look like from the outside. 

The Council - The LibraryThe rounded tower you can see in the picture before this one is where the library you see here is located. In the game, you can only go around one passage, but seeing the whole thing is just amazing. Books! So many books!

The Council - The library - down viewDownview of the library. The place is huge! Not the awesome work on the iron rod walkway. Who wouldn’t want this library! Drool.

The Council - art galleryThe art gallery hallway linked to the library. Note the giant gyroscope – did our host steal that from Alexandria? (See the Virtual Tourist post from 8/2/20. :P) A lot of stuff in this room, in the entire house, appears to be the original works or some darn excellent forgeries.   

Thanks for your time! Until next time! 

Virtual Tourist – Assassin’s Creed – Origins 5/3/20

Morning!

I am running late, but with some luck, I will get this post done on time!

Support Small Businesses

Remember to support small businesses during this time of uncertainty. (Like my publishers!) We’d all really appreciate it! I think Zumaya will try to set up a promotion in the next week or two. Get ready for possible deals. 😛

Assassin’s Creed – Origins

Hubby and I played an interim game between the two Assassin’s Creed games, but it ended up being just a preview. I may still share, as I enjoyed what we played, but this new (for us!) Assassin’s Creed is too gorgeous not to share!  

So far, the mechanics work a lot smoother than Black Flag. They’ve also added a neat feature with the iconic eagle and gives the player an aerial view and other fun goodies!

Anyway, here we go!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Logo

I loved how they merged the normal Assassin’s Creed logo with the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Looks awesome! 

Assassin's Creed - OriginsA super cool combo of data streaming and hieroglyphics. Too cool! 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - DessertIntro film – showing us the unforgiving desert. As with the other one I played, they dump you in the middle of things without context, which is slowly revealed during gameplay.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa villageThe prosperous village of Siwa. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

A royal visitor – and the moment things began to go wrong. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried templeA year has passed since Bayek noticed the masked figures with the royal caravan. Bayek is a Medjay for the Siwa village before tragedy struck. A Medjay is a protector and policeman of sorts. (I kept thinking they were saying magi! DOH!)

Assassin's Creed - OriginsIsn’t this gorgeous? The detail is outstanding. You even burn cobwebs with the torch. Bayek has just dispatched the first of the five men responsible for corrupting the country and destroying all he held dear. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried temple statueI loved that he apologized to the gods for infiltrating their temple and pilfering some treasures. It was also fascinating to hear him say ‘ancients’ when that is how we think of him in 48 BCE or so.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall carvings

Just look at the awesome wall paintings! The neat columns! Such gorgeous work!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall decorSuch intricate work. Though you can’t take it with you, there are a ton of wonderful representations of actual items you’d see in the bigger tombs. Wait until I share the pic of the cat mummies! Squee!

 

I’ve put Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons back for free at Smashwords if you need reading fodder. But if you can spare the cash, please support my still existing publishers! Much appreciated! 

 

 

 

Alien Redemption – Readers Favorite 5 Star Review!

After working 70+ hours this week for QE Close, I got a bit of good news! 

Readers Favorite gave Alien Redemption a 5 Star Review! Woot!

Readers Favorite 5 Star Review for Alien Redemption

Here’s the press release!

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Science Fiction book “Alien Redemption” by Gloria Oliver, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0855BBBJP.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Scott Cahan for Readers’ Favorite

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver is a science fiction novel about mankind’s discovery of an alien race. The story follows Claudia, a doctor who has been disgraced within her profession. In her efforts to escape her past, she ends up working on a merchant spaceship called the Holiday, under the nefarious Captain Bennet. They fly across the galaxy to a planet that is home to a previously undiscovered intelligent race of beings. Claudia is intrigued at the discovery, anxious to learn from them and protect them. Captain Bennet, on the other hand, has evil plans for the beings that have humanoid bodies along with wings and feathers. Claudia soon finds herself their sole caretaker and protector, even as the Captain kidnaps them and forces them into a despicable life of servitude.

I found Alien Redemption to be one of the most original science fiction novels I’ve ever read. The story is simple yet nearly perfect in its execution. Gloria Oliver’s style of writing is fluid and very natural. I was easily carried away within the story as I turned the pages. The characters are believable and real. Claudia is so well fleshed out that I found myself fully invested in her thoughts and dilemmas. Many of the other characters were equally effective, especially Captain Bennet and the First Mate, Stevens. The most stunning story element of Alien Redemption is the avians, the name most often used for the aliens. I won’t give away any story details here, but suffice it to say, they’re handled very differently than aliens are in most other sci-fi stories. Alien Redemption is a fresh and satisfying science fiction read that I am happy to recommend.”

You can learn more about Gloria Oliver and “Alien Redemption” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/alien-redemption where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

 

Virtual Tourist – Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag 3/22/20

Morning!

Let me get the mandatory stuff out of the way first!

Alien Redemption Trade Paperback

Alien Redemption is now available in trade paperback! You can find it both at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. B&N even has it on special at 10% off. Amazon will deliver it and B&N is offering curb side pickup for all online purchases.

Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag

Havana on a foggy night.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - HavanaAnother part of Havana in daylight. Of all the places Edward has visited so far, this one is the most advanced. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - NassauIn comparison, Nassau has a long way to go. This is the main pirate port.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Pirate CaptainsThree pirate captains! Edward is in the middle, and Black Beard is on the right.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Dry TortugaThey do such awesome things with the water in this game! It’s like being in the Caribbean for real. Edwards just took over on the forts dotting the area. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Captain KiddCaptain Kidd talking over a plan he’s concocted. He’s an enigma and makes Edward consider things he wouldn’t normally think about. (He has secrets!)

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - ruinsRuins in one of the many islands in the area. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - waterfallsGorgeous waterfalls. They even have a hint of a rainbow! 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - the real worldThe real world – view from the office.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - artworkGorgeous artwork on the way to the boss’s office.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Boss's OfficeBoss’s office. There’s good money in DNA extracted pasts used for entertainment.

Stay safe and clear of the virus. Support your local small businesses so they can financially survive past this challenge. We’ve never experienced something like this. It will bring out many feelings, but let’s not take them out on people who had nothing to do with it. We can make it through as long as we stay calm and together!

Till next time!  

 

 

Alien Redemption Book Trailer

Greetings!

As always, I am behind! I did finally remember to update the book trailer for Alien Redemption.

I made a few tweaks and added the cover. Feel free to share it around. 😛

Enjoy!

P.S. The publisher forgot to update the sale price for the Nook over at Barnes and Noble. Their lapse is your gain! Get your copy while the lower price lasts! Bwahahahaha!

P.S.S. Sorry I’ve not posted a blog post in a few weeks. I had spent an hour prepping one when something went wrong and I lost the whole thing. I was too bummed to do it over. DOH!

Alien Redemption on Pre-Order for Kindle and Nook

Greetings, all!

Turbic Station - Alien Redemption

I’m reaching out to let you know that Alien Redemption is up for pre-order on Kindle and Nook!

The release date is 2/28/20.

Not only that, but both are currently discounted to make the offer even more enticing!

Just click on the icons below to see the reduced pre-order price. 🙂

Kindle - Amazon

Barnes And Noble

Sample chapters are available as well, so you can get a taste of what to expect. 🙂 Click here.

The Holiday - Alien Redemption

Don’t forget that Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons are currently free at Smashwords to celebrate the release of Alien Redemption! Just click on the cover below to get there. 🙂

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles

Inner Demons

It would be awesome if you would leave reviews, inform others, or forward the blog post around. I would appreciate your help!

Thanks so much! 🙂

 

 

Q1 2020 Alien Redemption Release is Coming!

Alien Redemption - Alien World

Alien Redemption is almost here!

Yep, better late than never. 😛 End of February is the current target date. *fingerscrossed*

Sample chapters are up! Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. Give them a look!

Zumaya Publications has assigned the cover to Charles Bernard! YES! Love, love, love his work!

I am super looking forward to seeing what he does for the cover. Squee!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have him assigned to do several other covers of mine. Check out his fabulous talent!

Cross-eyed Dragon TroublesInner DemonsIn the Service of Samurai 

Awesome, right

I hope to do a cover reveal soon! Also, to celebrate the impending release of my first science fiction novel, the reprints for Inner Demons and Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles ebook versions are FREE through the end of March 2020!

All I ask is for help spreading the word about Alien Redemption. If you can, I would love to see reviews/tweets/pics/FB posts on what you thought about the two free books or the upcoming release of the new novel. Whatever you can do would be fabulous! 

Without your help, I am nothing. So thank you in advance! 

The Free Books are at Smashwords – available in ePub, Mobi, lbr, PDB, and their online reader. (Let’s celebrate!)

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles at Smashwords

Inner Demons at Smashwords

Thank you!!!

Alien Redemption - Rocket Punch bar

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!