This category will include posts about my marketing efforts as an author. I’ll share links to articles dealing with marketing in general. But also some dealing with social media information and tips. Sometimes I’ll even share pictures I’ve created having to do with novels in progress or other endeavors related to marketing.
Let me get the mandatory stuff out of the way first!
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.
Havana on a foggy night.
Another part of Havana in daylight. Of all the places Edward has visited so far, this one is the most advanced.
In comparison, Nassau has a long way to go. This is the main pirate port.
Three pirate captains! Edward is in the middle, and Black Beard is on the right.
They 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.
Captain 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!)
Ruins in one of the many islands in the area.
Gorgeous waterfalls. They even have a hint of a rainbow!
The real world – view from the office.
Gorgeous artwork on the way to the boss’s office.
Boss’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!
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!
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!)
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.)
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. 🙂
Street view of one of the main roads. The Maharaja dance club is across the street. A gaggle of schoolgirls as well.
Tasty looking food display! Not all the businesses are actually there, but does make for some nice scenery. 🙂
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! 😛
Interesting club front. lol.
Kazuma takes all the mini games very seriously. Here’s his game face for playing darts! Brint it!
One of the toughest battlefields – a karaoke bar! (You either get to sing or cheer them on. Not for the weak! So hard!
This is the second Japanese game I’ve played where they educate the players about certain types of alcohol. Bizarre!
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.
Close up of the biggest and oddest looking priest ever!
Fashion 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….
Life has been super crazy. I doubt it is going to slow down any time soon. Wheee!
Mini Movie Reviews
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!
Mini Movie Reviews
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
Still, inside a dream, this is the view from Yennefer’s apartment.
A view of Kaer Mohren in the dream.
The dream turns into a nightmare. The Wild Hunt is here, breaking the dimensional barrier to come into our realm.
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.
Look at that gorgeous sky!!!!!!
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.
More of the tavern and a view of my mentor.
Nilfgaard outpost in White Orchard. The conquering side. Locals are not thrilled at their presence.
Captain at the Nilfgaardian outpost. He’s trying hard to be patient with the locals, but that patience is being tested.
A 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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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!