Hi, everyone! I’ve created a new page for short stories from the world of HOW TO REMEMBER. The collection is called LOST MEMORIES and is available here. Check out the first story, "Choose to Forget," now. It’s about Trinity, a side character from the novel, an abused teen fighting for her strength back.
My amazing designer is developing a new cover for both HOW TO REMEMBER and the story collection. I can’t wait to show you what she’s been working on.
We’ve been sitting at 74 copies since before Christmas, so it’s time to get working. Share the link with everyone you know! And I’m going to be more active on Twitter, so follow me there at @caridubiel. Let’s do this in 2018!
Happy Holidays, y’all!
Just popping by to send you some cheerful, festive vibes! It’s certainly been a... year. A weird one, sure, but your support has kept me looking on the bright side, gave me the courage to take the leap and chase my dreams! A year ago, writing about death was a welcome escape from a dreary existence. Now, the project has opened up and become something that looks forward, something optimistic and even comforting. I’m still up the mountain, snuggled against the cold and getting my brood on, pushing to get the revised draft of Terminus to the editor by the end of January.
I’ll be posting more sample chapters and character profiles soon. In the meantime, check out this interview that I did with Christopher Lee for Indie Author Spotlight!
While Terminus finishes basting in editorial juices like a spooky holiday ham, I’d like to recommend some of the already-published Inkshares books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year. I’ve met so many quality humans during this process and the vast majority of us are in the same boat – indie authors taking our first steps into the wild world of publishing. It’s all about supporting each other. Check them out and show some holiday love!
Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry
A 13 year-old boy finds an easy-to-read, how-to manual for magic. Now he just has to prevent everyone else from stealing it.
The debut novel from my awesome editor. Engaging and expertly paced, Sorcery for Beginners makes use of its unique textbook format to build an unseen world of magic on top of our own. It engages readers in a wholly unique way, following the adventures of a relatable case of characters, while humorous asides add magical context to real world events. I enjoyed it as much at thirty as I would have at thirteen!
The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein
It’s the year 2147: a time of enduring peace on Earth. The Last War ended half a century ago. We can cure most ills, the air is pure, and teleportation is how we get around. Sounds great, right? So why does everyone suddenly want to kill Joel Byram?
You may have heard of this one. It was nominee for Goodreads Books of the Year and the film rights have been optioned by Lionsgate! Smart, charming, and fast-paced, Klein’s debut is a hell of a ride! Explores weighty questions of identity through a hero who’s chief skill is quick-thinking humor and an ability to manipulate the service machines that keep our world running. The overall conflict is delightfully twisted, but that would be a spoiler. Can’t wait for the movie, but everyone should definitely read the book!
The Last Faoii by Tahani Nelson
After her monastery is attacked and her sisters slaughtered, young Kaiya-faoii is left alone to fight back against a dark army and darker betrayal.
A great debut! Nelson has assembled a veritable army of sympathetic - and often tragic - heroes, that readers will gladly follow into the darkness. And it does get dark! War, family, mind control, the rift between the sexes, even the gods themselves... Nelson digs deep and the result is extremely satisfying!
The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz
Before the age of reason and science, magic ruled the world. Now, it’s coming back and if most of humanity gets wiped out in the process....well, sometimes you have to break a few eggs.
One of the most wonderfully strange and detailed worlds that I’ve visited in a long time. Weaves together strands of legend and history with a distinctly modern voice that left me both fascinated and cracking up.
The Last Machine in the Solar System by Matthew Isaac Sobin
He witnessed the end. Now he has a new mission. Hear his testimony.
This retrospective from a robot that witnessed the end of mankind is bittersweet and beautifully written, a great reflection on who we are.
Of course, I also have plenty of Inkshares books in the giant stack of to-read books by my bed. Can’t wait to crack these in 2018! Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn, A God in the Shed by J.F. Dubeau, Sunshine is Forever by Kyle T. Cowan, and Nemeton: The Trial of Calas by Christopher Lee.
Good stuff! I can’t wait to join their ranks and finally get Terminus into your hands! For now... time to get back to it.
Hope you have a great holiday and a happy new year! Cheers, y’all!
Readers! Thank you so much for your support. I’m so thrilled that TWO syndicates backed my book this month! Thank you so much to the Great Sci-Fi for the 21st Century and Beyond Syndicate and the Staff Syndicate. I can’t even tell you how excited and grateful I am.
I sent out press releases about the Holton award this week, so there should be some media coverage coming! Check out my Facebook page if you haven’t already: facebook.com/caridubielauthor
I’m also doing a giveaway that ends TODAY. You can still complete the reading survey and sign up for my email newsletter here: https://goo.gl/forms/VSrK7qmfa4tBZ5GH2
I have 214 responses so far! I am a huge data fan, so I’m really excited to go through all of those and share the results with my readers. If you want to sign up for the newsletter without doing the survey, you can do that too. Click here to sign up: https://mailchi.mp/4c50d1186a0b/signup
Happy weekend to everyone! I hope it’s a calm, peaceful one. It’s a non-working one for me, so I’m happy. Got some family time planned, as well as some reading and writing time. The only thing that would make it better is if I could get a babysitter so I could go see Star Wars...
The year is almost over! This should be my last update for 2017 so I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday period and New Year.
Things have been hectic in the world of Blood Capital. Inkshares and I are pushing hard to get the book ready for print, and it’s been all hands on deck. I’m still in edits, but things are getting pointy — the last week has seen long hours devoted to getting a sample of the book ready for sales reps from the major bookstore chains. There’s also been more progress on development of a final cover. As soon as I have that, I’ll be sending out a special update.
Everyone always asks how the book is going, and I love that people haven’t lost interest yet. I’m really excited by the way the story is developing with support from the Inkshares team and putting as much time and love into the project as I can. To keep me honest, and to keep you all in the loop, I’ve upped my game for tracking work on the novel. I’ve created a Tableau Public Dashboard which I update at the end of each writing session. Tracking of my hours is new, so there’s only three weeks of data for that, but hopefully it shows I haven’t been slacking. With a toddler and a demanding day job, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time. Thankfully, I love writing, so I’ve upped my coffee intake and am putting in the hours to get this done. Below is are some static screenshots of the dashboards, but if you follow this link you’ll get an interactive version.
PS: When I started the major rewrites as part of this developmental edit, I pulled most of the samples of the novel from the Inkshares website, as too many details were changing. Over the next month I plan to put a few new samples back up, so keep an eye out for a taste as to how the story as developed from those early days.
As always, thank you.
Hello everyone and happy holidays!
The publishing process is moving very fast now. Just finished with Inkshares’ copy editor, and now I discovered Mechcraft is on Amazon!
Still for pre-order only, but this all just got very real! Check it out and feel free to share the link with friends and family:
Have a great week, everybody
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Hello, lovely readers! Things are going well. I’ve been on vacation with the husband and kids for the last couple days. I’m writing, reading, and networking like crazy. It will be hard to go back to work!
I’ve got a lot of treats for you this December. The latest update is my Bookish Survey and newsletter. I am going to send a newsletter about once a month, and if you sign up, I’m doing a giveaway that ends December 15. Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/forms/Kha6H44DuG9qi6J53
I’m giving away a customized book box, so if you want some holiday goodies for yourself or a friend, this is a great way to get them... Books selected just for you by a librarian!
And as always, please share the Inkshares link, my book trailer, or pretty much anything :-) More to come!
Hey there, readers!
Despite my battling the start of a nasty head cold, yesterday’s signing event at Barnes & Noble went pretty damn good! I sold a decent stack of books, chatted with some cool people, and probably drank an unsafe-for-humans amount of coffee. Special thanks to everyone who came by, and to the awesome BN staff that let me set up shop for the day.
And of 16 names in the hat, the winner of the poster giveaway is... MAY KAYYALI! Thank you so much May for grabbing a copy of the book! I’ll be in touch with you soon.
And now to San Diego, AWAYYYY!
This coming Saturday, December 9th, I’ll be at the Mysterious Galaxy BookStore (hopefully minus head cold). Starting at 2PM, a handful of authors (including yours truly) will take turns getting on the mic and chatting about their books. Then we will split off into individual signing tables. Come join the fun! See the links below for more info:
ONE LAST THING! If you wish to buy a signed copy of the book, but you can’t make it out to these events, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have about 20 copies on-hand that I need to sell. If you order directly from me, not only will you get a PERSONALLY SIGNED copy, but I’ll also send it out ASAP in time for Christmas. Got a friend or family member who might like a silly space adventure? Drop me a line!