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Yes, we are crazy

Author Mike Dellosso shared a very amusing insight about writers on his blog today. It deals with the mental stability (or lack thereof) among us folks who spend our time imagining things no one else understands. A sample:

We create worlds that don’t really exist. Towns, buildings, and people to inhabit those places. We give those people personalities and lives and histories and then we converse with them in our heads. Sometimes we talk out loud to them. We spend time with people who don’t really exist.”

All very true. I was at a statewide library convention for Wyoming a few years back and Ellen Hopkins was our speaker. When she talked about having conversations with her characters, one of my co-workers looked at me, grinned, and asked if I do the same thing. I said, “No, but I do overhear their conversations and write them down.”

It’s true. When I write dialogue, after starting with one character’s statement, the rest of it flows easily, as if I were sitting in the same room with these people. Never mind that they exist only in my imagination, as pencil and ink scribbles on paper, and as bytes in a Microsoft Word document. 

Mike is right. It takes a special kind of crazy to be a fiction author. I’m thankful I’m in good company.

http://mikedellosso.com/2014/04/09/the-dirty-secret-fiction-writers-dont-want-you-to-know/

Chapter-A-Week features “Sandstorm”

The first half of the prologue to Sandstorm: The Second Sark Brothers Tale is now up on the Chapter-A-Week Book Club’s Facebook page Sandstorm--Front%20Cover--Smaller[5][1]today. Sandstorm follows the adventures of brothers Winchell and Copernicus Sark as they search for a powerful ancient relic among the desert cities of the Caminante, with betrayal and intrigue around every corner. Enjoy.

I’ve got part of a third Sark brothers book stashed away, tentatively titled Broadside, with a more nautical environ to it. It’s on the back burner to other projects right now, but I’m itching to dive back into this world again.

Castalia House and Quantum Mortis

After a hiatus of a month, the Quantum Mortis titles are returning to availability. Vox Day has more to say about that, and the new publisher Castalia House who gained the rights from Marcher Lord Press:

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-revolution-continues.html

My link to Gravity Kills is now back on, but you’ll notice that A Man Disrupted is still in need of fixing. I still highly recommend getting GK because it’s a good intro into the world of Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower, MCID, and his augment/AI partner Baby.

Meanwhile I’ve finished off a 75,000 word fantasy story tentatively called The Bloodheart, which I started with a single piece of concept art on New Year’s Day 2013. It was satisfying to complete it almost exactly one year later. Now I’m diving back into QM 2, which is about 38,000 words (or roughly halfway) through the draft I’ll be turning in to Vox.

Oh, there’s also a superhero story in the early stages. Very early. That means I get to draw maps. And as anyone who’s ever traveled with me knows, I think maps of any kind are fantastic.

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Change in publisher

My publisher, Marcher Lord Press, has a new owner. As of Jan. 1 Steve Laube, veteran literary agent and supporter of all things Christian sci-fi and fantasy, is the new boss. I’m excited to see what Steve has in mind for the publishing house and wish Jeff Gerke, our founder and former intrepid leader, the best in his new endeavors.

As you may have read at Vox Popoli, the Quantum Mortis books will be unavailable for a short time. The new incarnation of Marcher Lord Press has turned over the rights to the authors and as Vox points out, “I have reacquired all the publishing rights to the Selenoth and Quantum Mortis books and will be re-releasing them through the publishing arm of Alpenwolf. Alpenwolf will continue to release hardcovers as well as ebooks and the books will continue to feature covers from the two artists who provided the six existing covers, JartStar and Kirk DuPounce.”

So the links I have here will not function, until such time as the books are up and running at Alpenwolf. However, it appears the hardcover of  Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted is still available, at least for the time being: http://www.amazon.com/A-Man-Disrupted-Steve-Rzasa/dp/1940163110/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_imgnr_9

All of my other books are still available both from the MLP site and on Amazon, so feel free to get those!

Apologies for any inconvenience and thanks to the many readers who have already made A Man Disrupted and Gravity Kills a success. Rest assured there will be a second QM later this year. Enjoy 2014.

Hardcover is here!

Ah, finally. Got my box of author copies of Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted. This is the first time I’ve seen my work in hardcover form, which is excellent. Something about that dust jacket just gives me the chills.

Don’t forget–you can also get QM as an e-book for $4.99 and the novella Gravity Kills exclusively as an e-book for $2.99. Both are available from Amazon and you can get the hardcover book from Marcher Lord Press.

They’ve already gotten great reviews. And QM 2 is well underway — about 10 chapters or 23,000 words under my belt so far. Stay tuned!

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Cold is just cold

I grew up in New Jersey, so this whole dealing with bitter cold temperatures in winter is new. My dad was telling me a couple weeks ago that the local South Jersey news warned of a winter chill coming on — with temps as low as 32.

Yeah, they’ve got nothing on Wyoming. It’s been in the single digits and negative temps since Tuesday. And we’re not supposed to break the 10 degree mark until Sunday. Maybe.

While I was on the phone during a work break with Vox Day, co-author of Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted, I spotted this paperback book on the shelves in our library’s staff room:

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Ice! was about a global ice apocalypse, and predated the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” by about three decades. I took it home later and breezed through it that night. Won’t lie, I skipped massive parts — especially when the main characters talk at length about how society is fragile, civilization could fall apart at any moment, blah blah blah…

I gave the book 3 stars on Goodreads. Not a bad book, but not the best either. I found the twist at the end intriguing but overall the book was too depressing. Yes, it’s about the end of the world but there has to be some silver lining at the end of the story for me. The good guys have to “win.” At least in a small way.

Just…don’t finish out the dark and gloomy last chapters when its -10 outside and you hear the wind making your house creak. Because it sounds a helluva  lot like the glaciers cracking their way through Times Square.

‘Quantum Mortis’ now available

The date has finally arrived. Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted and its accompanying novella Gravity Kills are now on sale through Marcher Lord Press Hinterlands imprint and Amazon. Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted is available as an ebook for $4.99 but I’m excited to get my hands on the hardcover edition from MLP for $22.99. This will mark the first of my novels to be published as a hardcover and that’s pretty cool as far as I’m concerned. Gravity Kills is available in ebook format only for $2.99.

Check out the full cover and book jacket for Quantum Mortis: A Man DisruptedImage

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