Yesterday was the holiday party at Mysterious Galaxy BookStore in San Diego! And apparently they let just about anyone in there. Look! Here’s some silly sci-fi writer peddling his wares...
Surprise! It’s me.
Many many thanks to everyone who came out, including some very awesome friends and family. Not to mention the dozen or so other authors signing books, mingling, and likely ingesting copious amounts of holiday sugar. Here’s just a small handful of folks in attendance...
Shared a table with these funny guys.
La familia. (Aunt and cousin)
Behind every creative dork is his mom cheering him on.
Even had a few hoodlums from the old day job show up!
I think we all wanted to take that insane tentacle tree home.
Somewhere there is video of me rambling into a microphone for a couple minutes. Perhaps I’ll share that around later. Huge thanks to Mary Elizabeth, David, Kelly and the rest of the Mysterious Galaxy staff for inviting me to join their little shindig. It was super fun, and I’m looking forward to partnering up with them again, hopefully in the near future. (Plans are a-brewin’...)
And finally, a massive thanks to my wife Meg. She not only cooked up a storm and entertained everyone at our Christmas party at home Friday night, but then worked a short shift the next morning, came home, and journeyed down with me to San Diego to support me at the book event. All on little-to-no sleep and fighting a nasty cold. She’s amazing, and probably reading this now, shaking her head at the disgusting levels of exploitative cheesiness. (Them’s the breaks. She knows who she married.) 😁
ONE LAST THING! (There’s always one last thing) Just another reminder that I’ve got a handful of these books left to sell directly to the world. I know I’ve been encouraging everyone to buy from the stores, but if you want to grab a copy from me, I’ll have it personally signed and in the mail for you before Christmas! Drop me a line at email@example.com.
And please, pick up a copy of Far Flung while you can! You’ll be making the coming year a great one for me and you, my readers!
It has been a while, but that’s because I have good news! The Knightmares manuscript has been trimmed down to a lean 134,000 words, and has had changes made that I feel improve the story dramatically.
The manuscript has been turned into the team at Inkshares, and I now await my turn to move into the actual editing process, which I don’t anticipate being too long of a wait. I have put in over 200 hours of work into this project since early September, and am excited to finally get this out into the world so I can concentrate on everything from my next story, the long anticipated book of short stories called Grace Falls and my next full length novel, Vexed, as well as marketing and promotion for The Knightmares.
Exciting times ahead!
Also...the cover is done...
Check out this beauty, eh?
Hope you like!
Talk soon, friends!
I’m sitting at my desk this lovely morning, watching the snow fall out the window of my mountainside home and feeling very grateful for all of you. This update is coming a little later than usual, and for that, I apologize. I was waiting to hear back on a few points so that this update could be a bit more substantial than the last few. And, it will be!
I have multiple exciting updates to share with you!
1) Developmental Edit Progress
Since my update at the end of October, I have concluded another round of developmental edit rewrites. The book is now back in the hands of my editor. He is going through one more time (he estimates this will take about two weeks), and then he plans to send the book to a beta-reader to get some third-party, objective feedback. We will then use that feedback to do one more pass before forwarding the book to a copy-editor.
2) Title change
While I like The Walls are Closing In (and we may still use it as a tagline for the book), we have decided that a different title is more marketable, provides a bit of mystery, and is catchier for the future selling of property rights (fingers crossed).
So, without further ado, the new title is:
3) Genre Change
We are making a few changes to the plot and market the book as YA(Young Adult). This will only marginally change the story but will double the audience. It allows us to not only market the book to fans of books such as 1984, Fahrenheit 541, and The Handmaid’s Tale, but also to fans of books such as The Hunger Games and Divergent.
3) Release Date!
The book has been assigned a tentative release date and an ISBN number (this second part is probably not exciting to anyone but me).
The Seclusion is currently set to publish on:
October 2, 2018!
This is a bit later than I had hoped, but I am beyond thrilled that there is an official trajectory. Between now and then I will be doing everything in my power to ensure that the launch is a success.
One last note - the first two chapters on the book’s page have been updated to reflect the changes that we have been making. Feel free to check them out!
Until next time,
Hello, Shadow King readers!
Hope your December is going well. I wanted to send you all a quick update to let you know that the development edit is done, and I’ve turned the manuscript back in to Inkshares! I’m very, very happy with how it has turned out and can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on a copy.
I’m hoping to get an ETA on when my project will kick-off soon, but I don’t have a hard and fast date yet. But as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to share the good news and any kind of timeline.
In the meantime, I’m working on two other things:
First, my funding campaign for "The Devil You Don’t" will close at the end of this month, and I’m pretty darn close to reaching Quill funding again. Several syndicates have endorsed the book, so if you haven’t checked it out, please take a look. I need just under 40 pre-orders before 12/31/17 to make the threshold--please consider sharing info about Devil with your fellow readers (or order a copy for yourself, I’m confident you’ll enjoy it!)
Second, yes, I have started dabbling on Shadow King 2 (clearly a working title right now). I’m planning to get started on this in earnest over the next few weeks.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and New Year, and I’ll update again soon.
All the best,
The Paperback Verison of Nemeton: The Trial of Calas is Live on Amazon!
I got the news from Amazon last night, the 6x9 paperback is available and will arrive in time for Christmas! You can purchase it here...
The Kindle Version is still available for $.99 or for free on Kindle Unlimited
Here is an excerpt from the book to give you a taste!
By my blood, I will not cease my service,
By my blood, I will break the bonds,
By my blood, I will bring forth justice,
For father, my people, and all.
As she sat in darkness, repeating her blood oath a warm light enveloped her. She sensed the stone draw from her the venomous anger and rage that had entrapped her. She focused pouring her anger, hate, and sadness into the stone and watched as it transmuted to singular purpose.
“Rage is a material, a material that can be forged into righteous purpose. Create a weapon within your mind, steel yourself and resolve to end that which was taken so much from you. If you do this, nothing will stand in your way.” said the warlock. “What you hold in your hands Samsara is the ancient stone of the Kings of Men. It will show us the way, it will show us the one who bears the mark of redemption, the one who will rend the bonds. It contains the memories of all things long since past. With it you cannot be defeated. It has chosen you to be the one, the steward of the throne, until the rightful body can take its place upon it.”
His words seemed to cause the stone to vibrate. Samsara gripped the stone. Falbanach spoke to her in the ancient language. As he did, she began to understand the stone’s power. It spoke to her. It showed her the ancient battles of the heavens, the past as it truly happened. In her hands was the power to change the world, she but had to have the resolve to use it.
“Listen to its wisdom and it will show you the proper path,” he said.
Samsara closed off all other thought. As she fell into the power of the stone, she saw a small glimpse of her future. She stood before her future self. Though her future did not speak to her, she could tell the place her path carried her was one not of brokenness or pain, but of righteous fury against the forces that had destroyed her world.
With her vows complete and her purpose realized, Samsara sat in the center of her cell in contemplation, forging a spiritual blade she would wield against the forces of chaos until she no longer drew breath. In her alchemical laboratory of the mind, she toiled and transformed herself into a living weapon.
Exciting news! My new author website is now live! Check out https://deborahmunroauthor.com to see all the great content.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with my web designer, Mary Ann Aschenbrenner of Waterlink Web to create a fabulous new website to promote my book, tell you more about me as a person, share my other publications, provide interesting and meaningful content on how to use social media for marketing, discuss science related to APEX (https://www.inkshares.com/books/apex), and provide a portal to connect with me on various social media platforms.
Greetings Supporters of Crow’s Gambit.