Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Go Bananas for the Year of the Monkey! Contest #1

Hey everyone!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I'm going to try something silly this year! Okay, fine. Sillier than usual. I've decided that I'm bucking normal conventions for advertising and marketing and just doing a whole bunch of giveaways, free book promos, and other crazy stuff.

Each month, I plan to host a giveaway using either Rafflecopter, or Amazon instead of another Goodreads giveaway. The idea is that I can be more flexible in my prizes and I can also add on extra 'instant win' type items in the way of free ebooks and the like.
Below is the entry widget for the first contest, which is a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Kind of Like Life, my YA sci-fi adventure. Do enter and do tell others to enter as well, but note that the Rafflecopter giveaway is open only to US residents over the age of 18.

Additionally, make sure to check my author page every Saturday in January to see which of my books I'm giving away for free in kindle format!

Well, what are you waiting for? Enter!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Look Both Ways: the Obligatory Year End Blog Post

2015 is nearly over. Aside from being fifteen years deep into the era known as "the future" and me being firmly supplanted in middle age, what does this even mean? Loads of things, I guess, but I'm going to focus on a few things as they pertain to me because I am completely selfish that way.

On a personal level, 2015 had its ups and downs. I had some personal triumphs as well as setbacks. Though I am not one to talk about my personal life in a public setting, I would consider it a dishonor if I did not mention the most difficult moment of 2015 was losing Penny, our oldest dog, back in October.

I can only hope to look as pretty at 98

I wish I could say we've found a balance since then, but I'm still coming to terms with the loss and I know I'm not the only one who notices the imbalance. She was certainly one of a kind and she is missed.

Sorry for the downer, but life doesn't always give us sunshine and roses. Which is why I will continue my full metal assault on negativity. On both a personal and professional level, I plan to go out of my way to spread positivity, peace, and balance, even when doing so is difficult.


As an author, this has been a wonderful year in that I've finally found a community of like-minded individuals over at SupportIndieAuthors who are as tired of the negativity in the world as I am. Together, we have carved out  a positive space for all Indie Authors to meet and help one another. I can't say enough great things about this group and I'm looking forward to growing with them as we reach our first anniversary.

In my own writing, hoo boy! 2015 seems to have been the year of impatience. I managed to complete and publish three books in my current series, Rise of the Discordant, as well as reformatting the entire Eyes series for print. Yet even as I worked, other ideas were knocking at the door.

That is why going forward into 2016, I have no plans to promise anything besides the final book of the Rise of the Discordant series. At some point, not even going to spitball when, I will publish Frack You. But beyond that, 2016 will be the year that I work on what is most important and to me,what is most important is writing the best stories that I can.

In the works are a romantic sci-fi about a woman who finds out she is heir to the throne on an alien world, a young adult sci-fi thriller about a girl who finds out she was part of a secret experiment and is now being hunted, and an 18+ space opera about a woman who joins a group of underdog vigilantes not because she is a hero who believes in their cause, but as a means to get revenge against her tormentors.

I'm looking forward to giving status updates on whichever project I happen to be working on, obviously, but don't hold your breath. The last two years have been fun, but these next projects are going to hearken back to the style of the Eyes series and Kind of Like Life, which means much longer, more thought out ideas that will require a lot of planning and revising.

Of course, this does not mean that you won't hear from me or that you won't find new material. I will continue to update you all here on what path the robot apocalypse will take next and I even have a short story that I plan to post soon. And as always, I will continue to highlight amazing Indie Authors, so you will always have something to read, even if it isn't from me. ;)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

SIA Presents: The Ghost of Christmas Book Blast! Meet the Authors!


Happy Holidays! Tis the season when once again, the good folks over at Support Indie Authors are hosting another free book event. On Saturday, the 19th of December, forty authors will be offering more than fifty books in a wide variety of genres absolutely free! What better way to de-stress, decompress, and take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays than to curl up with a good book? Once again, all of the free books will be listed on the official Book Blast website:

www.freebookblast.com



As is our tradition, each of the authors participating in the book blast has told us a little about themselves. Each name links to the author’s Goodreads profile, so feel free to give them a follow if you like what you see. Below are interviews for ten of the forty participating authors. At the end of this post are links to three other blogs with the additional thirty authors. Please be sure to visit each and thank you for continuing to #SupportIndieAuthors! 


What could he possibly be reading???

What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Superheroes
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Nice
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
The life of a superhero is not all glamour and fame. The truth is that they just want to live as close to normal lives as they possibly can, and they’ve found a man who they believe can offer that to them. Not only does he promise to find cures for their “powers,” but he offers a retirement plan as well!
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
My mother and I make trays and trays of Christmas cookies and candies every year, but my favorite is probably the fudge or the chocolate covered peanut butter balls. In addition, no Holiday Season is complete without white almond bark covered oreos, homemade snickerdoodles, and my mother's homemade sugar cookies (the best EVER!)
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
My grandmother always used to give to the ASPCA, so that would probably be mine as well. I've always had a heart for animals and it breaks every time I see an animal purposefully neglected or injured. https://www.aspca.org
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Science Fiction
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Nice
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
A jihadist trained for a suicide mission on the moon, begins to question his own beliefs when he falls in love with a coworker, a cat-like bipedal alien named Quenby and realizes that he must choose between his mission or love. At once a poignant human/alien love story, a science fiction thriller, and a foray into the realms beyond the veil called death, this novel explores the questions of what is truth, the power of love, and what lies beyond this present life.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
Curling up with my three Maltese dogs in my lap.
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
The Salvation Army. I never pass by their little red baskets without putting something in. http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Romance
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Nice
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
Cassie Stockwell's one night stand throws her into a world of wolf-shifters, their Guardians, and the menace out to destroy them all. It's up to Jace Miller to keep her safe and convince her he's worth more than one night - he's worth forever.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
Candy Cane Cookies
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Fantasy
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Naughty
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
A story of magic, monsters, cabbage-fairies, jester-pirates, earth born Gods and fated love.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
I can only list one? Oh no, now I have to make choices :( !
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
The National Autistic Society - http://www.autism.org.uk
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Only a Sith thinks in absolutes.
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
 My books are young adult fantasy. Two are swords and sorcery, the other a dystopian future with a powerful female MC.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
Nothing is underrated in my world, but lemon sugar cookies are a MUST!
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
A local group called Union Relief which gives Christmas presents to kids whose families can't afford them.
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Science Fiction, Religious, Paranormal
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Naughty
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
 "The Picture of the Ghost" is a novellette about a team of ghost hunters that get it all wrong. "Gretchen's Shoot" is about two sisters have to work through a serious misunderstanding. "The Empath" is about a young man with a amazing ability.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
Wassal. I am always so pleased when someone offers it to me. I need to learn to make it.
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
Big Brothers / Big Sisters www.bbbs.org
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Fantasy, Erotica, Humor & Satire, Elfrotica
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Naughty
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
Do the novels you read contain naked elf protagonists, magical sex powers, steamy Minotaur orgies, and no regard for the fourth wall? If your answer is no then perhaps you are reading the wrong novels. *Contains m/m content and vigorous monster banging.*
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
Stocking Stuffing (Giggle)
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
The Ovarian Cancer Society of Canada
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian/Apocalyptic, Teen & Young Adult
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Only a Sith thinks in absolutes.
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
The Eyes of The Sun offers action, adventure, a little bit of romance, and a whole lot of genetically enhanced vampires. Kind of Like Life is a YA sci-fi thriller with one hell of a twist. And Going Green is the most lighthearted romp through the zombie apocalypse you will ever read.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
I really like fruitcake and I can't figure out why it's got such a bad rep.
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
There are so many great charities, but one that sticks out is Hope for Paws. This is an animal rescue based in Los Angeles that finds and rehabilitates animals that are suffering either on the streets or in kill shelters. They also document every step of the way and host videos that would make even the hardened of hearts cry. Check them out at http://www.hopeforpaws.org
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Science Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Nice
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
Join the adventures of alien scientists Quigbat and Zort, with their accidental companion from Earth, Marcy. "Aliens in the Gift Shop" follows their first and disastrous science mission to Earth. "Aliens and the Race to Earth" continues their exploits as the three try to save Earth from a deadly weapon.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
Peppermint Mocha
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
World Vision provides child sponsorship and humanitarian relief for the poor and needy of the world. www.worldvision.org
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?



What is your name?
What genre or genres do you write in?
Literary Fiction, Historical, Time Travel
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Only a Sith thinks in absolutes.
Tell us a little about the book(or books) you are offering.
Time travel is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Every four and five years, invisible, time travel doorways open and close. Any person or creature caught within the magnetic, gravitational pull awakens incoherently to a future world.
What is your favorite underrated holiday treat?
I think holiday treats are pretty much on even footing, but my favorites are fruit pies, especially my mom's peach cobbler. It's my all-time favorite. The holidays are that much more grim without it.
In the spirit of giving, tell us about your favorite charitable organization.
The Dawn Saves Wildlife campaign. It's the only brand I buy. http://dawn-dish.com/en-us/dawn-saves-wildlife
Where can readers find out more and connect with you?




And that's just the beginning! Learn more about all of our authors by visiting the links below!



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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Unconventional Wisdom

Continuing with the theme I began in my last post, and in response to the need for yet more positivity in the world, I'm going to break from my whimsical musings of robotic shenanigans. You see, it's December, which means that you can't watch TV,browse the internet, or even leave your house without being bombarded by advertisements for the latest and greatest consumables. Ads are everywhere. It's a fact of life. People have things to sell and December might as well change its name to Consumber.

Which is why I'm going to stop all advertising of my products for the month.

Well, full disclosure: I am going to stop advertising for products that people will need to *pay* for. Very soon we will be having yet another Book Blast and yes, I will promote the heck out of those free books.

But I am not going to ask anyone to spend money. I've replaced the pinned tweets on both of my Twitter accounts with messages of joy for the season . This is not a marketing stunt and I fully expect to suffer an economic loss, but that is okay.

I'm not asking others to join me and I know damned well that no major retailer is going to follow suit, but wouldn't that be amazing if they did? If we woke up one day and all of the sidebar, header, and footer ads were gone? If we turned on the TV and all of the commercials were for free puppy snuggles?

Perhaps one day, after the robots have knocked out our communications network, we might finally have a break from our commercial breaks, but what would it matter at that point? So instead of waiting for the robots to destroy everything that makes me happy, I'm just going to spread the word of joy, happiness, and peace, and leave the solicitation of profit for another day.