Monday, April 25, 2011

Switching gears

I've decided to switch focus from the Dead Winter novel to a collection of short stories. "Glimpses of the Afterlife" is going to be a compendium of short stories that envision 4,000 to 10,000 word accounts of the afterlife as told through angels, demons, and human beings.

I hope to get the collection of four to five stories out by the time I release Lucifer's Odyssey this summer. "Afterlife" should be priced at $.99 and give readers an opportunity to sample my writing style before taking a leap on a novel.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Looking for Speculative Fiction blogs on Indie SF/Fantasy?

Frida Fantastic is a new blog that specifically filters through indie speculative fiction. Frida tries to review at least two books a month in the categories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature.

If you are an author of speculative fiction, you can submit your book, but understand that she is likely to have a very long backlog and she never claims to read all books that come to her. Interested in submitting a review of speculative fiction? Frida is also soliciting guest reviewers.

The Scattering is another blog that specifically reviews and writes about indie speculative fiction. Independent authors that would like to submit to her blog can go to this page. Her focus appears to be in Science Fiction, but check out her site and you may find work that is similar to yours.

Good Book Alert has a half dozen reviewers interested in some good science fiction and fantasy, and they too specialize in indie and small press. They just got started on 4/13/2011 but they have been a part of other communities like Good Reads and Critique Circle and have authors recommending them already!

Are you guys following any speculative fiction blogs out there? Care to share what else you've come across?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lucifer's Odyssey Full Cover

I posted this on my Facebook, and several followers have commented on it. Special thanks to Ben White who pointed out some issues with the back cover and helped make it even better.

Cover art is by Christopher Steininger.

Editing has started with Derek Prior. Everything is still looking good for a July 1, 2011 release.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dead Winter

Unfortunately, my dissertation work has impeded me from focusing completely on The Winter Phenomenon, but I am still writing, and the novel is now up to 46,000 words. From the direction that the text has taken, I have come to feel that future books are inevitable on this particular setting, and it will definitely be a series.

However, in that case, "The Winter Phenomenon" appears to be a more fitting series descriptor. The novel title has been subsequently changed to "Dead Winter", and the second in the series is likely to be "Cold Winter" which will detail Travis Winter's story. "Warm Winter" is either going to be Ursula or her son.

In other novel news, I haven't heard back from Christopher about the Lucifer's Odyssey banner ads, but I'm not worried. Everything should be set for its release in July. As for "Cold Winter", that could launch as early as October to catch the Halloween and Christmas holidays!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cover Art for Lucifer's Odyssey

Christopher Steininger and I are nearing the final version of the cover for Lucifer's Odyssey. Here is the current incarnation:


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I have requested a few small changes, but for the most part, this is what the cover of Lucifer's Odyssey - my first novel - will look like. We're currently working on banners too. I'll post them when I get them in my hands.

In other news, I have been busy with work, but I did manage to add another 2k words to The Winter Phenomenon. As always, feel free to check out the samples on the Novels page and let me know what you think.