Nate Barham is working on book three of the “Alora’s Tear” series. It will be called “The Voice Like Water” and be available summer 2016. We’ll keep you posted!
Mark Rounds is hard at work, polishing the sequel to his exciting first novel “Hell Is Empty and All the Devils Are Here.” I was one of the beta readers and can tell you it is action packed from start to finish! If you enjoyed the first one, you’ll love the second. Tentative release date is March 2016.
Here is advance copy in Mark’s own words:
“At This Hour, Lie at My Mercy All Mine Enemies” is the sequel to “Hell is Empty.” This is the second chapter of the story of Chad Strickland, his family and friends as they try to survive the onslaught of a virulent plague. The setting is in the near future in Central Washington. Chad, his family, and his friends old and new, were in a gravel pit at the top of the Vantage grade in central Washington. Chad’s hot rod Camaro had been shot up pretty bad by the plague infected people holding the bridge as had his friend, Chris Vaughn. But his friends and family and the Bikers Against Child Abuse chapter out of Wenatchee, Washington had banded together to cross the bridge; the BACA members to rescue one of their kids and Chad’s family to find a new home after being hounded out of their homes in the Tri-Cities. Their world had collapsed when they took in Chris Vaughn and Amber Hoskins. Amber was a remission case from the Plague that was bringing civilization to its collective knees, and Chris was her fiancée. Now this unlikely band of allies faces a new day.”
Reviews posted on Amazon are an incredibly important tool for any independently published author. Most of us wear a lot of hats when it comes to our writing careers: writing, researching, formatting, maintaining a web presence, promotion and marketing. If we are particularly talented we may do our own covers as well. We also help other writers by offering advice, passing along names of people who can edit for us or do covers, or set up a website, and we beta read drafts of manuscripts before they are sent to an editor. Basically a huge amount of work goes into putting a book together from idea to publication.
It is all for naught if no one finds our work and reads it.
People find books by searching the Internet, Amazon, and other book sites for new titles. But when they come to a new author they have to decide whether to take a chance on them. After all, why buy a book if it isn’t going to be worth it? Professional reviews are helpful, and indie writers seek those out as a tool to get themselves noticed or verified. It’s a little like the peer review process in science. Having another professional read and comment or critique your work and send it out there can be very helpful (or devastating, depending on the review).
The other path is through reviews by readers on Amazon. How many times have you decided whether to buy something (book or otherwise) after reading the user reviews? They’ve probably influenced you on more than one occasion. So, I’m asking you to leave a review on Amazon for any book (particularly the independently published ones) you choose to take a chance on. Your reviews will help others to decide to buy or not buy, take a chance on or bypass our work.
Hi everyone! I’m going to Radcon on Friday February 12–this coming weekend! I’m offering a three day promotional sale of “Dreams of Fire” on Amazon during Radcon (Feb. 12-14) where you can download it for free! If you haven’t read it, or have and think a friend might like it, now’s a good time!
I hope some of you will attend Radcon 7 at the Red Lion Inn in Pasco, WA. It will be a fabulous time: hall costumes and cosplay galore, a masquerade, art show, dealer’s rooms, panels on writing, art, music, cosplay, gaming, science and more, several game rooms for table top and computer games, movie rooms, and more.
Radcon is family friendly so if you have kids you can bring them along. There is some child care for very little ones, otherwise, they can costume (it’s like Halloween in February!) and enjoy the spectacle. If you’ve never been to an SF/F convention, it can be a little overwhelming, but it’s a fun place to be.
See you there!
I have been invited to be a pro guest at RadCon 7 in the Tricities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) of Washington this February 12-14! This means that I will be on a couple of panels about writing and one science-related topic. I will also do a reading from “Dreams of Fire” and an excerpt from the upcoming “Sylvan Dreams” (book 2 in the Maple Hill Chronicles) and/or a short story. I will also be selling and signing copies of “Dreams of Fire.”
The science panel is “The Psychology of Scientists,” and I’ll be on it with Mark Rounds and Manny Frishberg. We’ll talk about how scientists view the world and how that can be a good thing and how it can clash with how non-scientists see the world. I hope it will be a lively discussion!
The writing panels include: Making Time to Write, Platform Building in the Digital Age, and To Outline or Not to Outline. Other panelists include Sam Knight, Tom Gondolfi, Kaye Thornbrugh, S. Evan Townsend, Maggie Bonham, David Brown, Tonya Macalino, Siana Wineland, Esther Jones, Peter Jones, and Jeanette Bennett. Click on their links and visit their pages! I’ve been going to panels at conventions for several years now and seen and admired many of these people for a long time, and I’m excited and nervous to be on the same side of the table with them!
About RadCon 7: It’s an amazing convention that has grown a lot since its first inception in the 1990s as a gamer’s convention. In the 1990s my husband, and I were part of PESFA and helped put on Moscon in Moscow, ID. It was always good to support fellow conventions like MisCon, RadCon, and Incon. My earliest memory of Radcon is of a small group of gamers meeting in a huge empty cafeteria and playing games together. There might have been fewer than 100 people at that first one. Last year Radcon had more that 2500 people, occupied the whole Red Lion Inn of Pasco and was a full service convention with art room, dealer’s rooms, 5 tracks of programming, many authors, editors, artists, scientist guests and pro-fans, masquerade, movie room, anime room, and several gaming rooms for role-playing, miniatures, and computer gaming! People love to cosplay at Radcon so the halls are full of people in all kinds of costumes. It is a wonderful 3 day convention and well worth the time and money to go. Here’s the link for Radcon 7 Check it out!
As the new year begins, I find myself in Poughkeepsie, NY rather than the Palouse. My mother fell in December and is taking longer (at 80) to recover than expected. So, I am taking care of her and working on the silver lining. Pluses include spending time with my mom who is a wonderful person and paying back some of the many years she took care of me, offered sound advice, and took in our younger son for his senior year so he could attend the high school of his choice for that year.
I also get to spend time in the beautiful Hudson Valley and stock up on visual memories of what things look like here (for Maple Hill!!), make notes, work on details and story lines for Maple Hill Chronicles, and pick up reference books on local history for when I go back west.
Poughkeepsie missed all the snow from storm Jonas! We had a couple of tiny flakes in the middle of the afternoon but nothing on the ground. New York got 2 feet and is still digging out.
By the way, THE THREE ARTS book store in Poughkeepsie has 3 copies of “Dreams of Fire”! So if you live in the area and want a signed copy and don’t want to wait for Amazon to send it, you can go there! The Three Arts is a lovely little bookstore across from Vassar College in the Arlington shopping district and has been there for over 50 years. It is crammed with a selection of general books (fiction, non-fiction, children’s, YA, SF/F), calendars, notecards, and specializes in books and historic prints of the Hudson Valley and New York State. The proprietor, Walter Effron, can hunt for special order books as well. Check it out!
Hello to everyone we met on the train, Colleen and Greg, Shirley, Gina, Laverne, Xinbo, Austin, and the lovely couple from the cabin! We so enjoyed meeting you all and talking with you about everything. For those of you who wanted to write: do it. Find a group of people on line or in person who are supportive and encouraging and write. Keep at it even if it seems like there are so many hurdles. Take them one by one and you will achieve your dream.
We picked up our son in St. Paul and it was wonderful to see him after three and a half months. My mom and our younger son met us at the train station with huge smiles and it was so good to see them. I got some writing on “Sylvan Dreams” while on the train. If it turns out to be a creative space for me, I may have to spend more time on trains like Charlie and the MTA!
To everyone who reads this post: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families and friends. I wish you happiness and peace in the New Year of 2016.
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Tracy’s new book, “Girl With Guitar,” a YA (young adult) high school band story about Nicky Fischer, a tenth grader with a lot going on in her life. She wants to win the Battle of the Bands contest more than anything but has to put together a band first! Enter a rumored arsonist, an abrasive freshman oddball and a popular jock. Check it out!
The first two episodes of “Shades of Adventure” a role-playing game in the Traveller universe are now available! There will be seven or eight more episodes translated into pdf format for you to peruse. These are the adventures of a motley band of misfits who landed on the planet Shade and helped improve the local politics and battled pirates in Shade’s star system. The adventurers include The Commander, a tree-like, eight tentacled star captain, General Lobo his/her close confederate, Amanda Kingsley a jack of all trades, Alistair a weapons specialist, George Frost a shrewd negotiator, Grace Kiva a young woman on her first tour of the galaxy, Ping a successful career military man, and Grandma Gasket a tough old lady who has seen and done much.
Please go to the RPG blog page and click on each episode to view the pdf. Let us know what you think by posting a comment here.