I am ridiculously excited to get to share this with you.
I asked Kristie Good of Crash Bang Labs to do the Con Job cover art, in great part because she is also a longtime geek and would understand the flavor such a cover needed. Kristie does comics as well as artwork, so check them out on her site.
She obliged with very fun, manga-inspired front and back cover art. The front features our protagonist Jacob and his friend Sam, and the back shows their friends Jessica and Zach in their costumes. I have the front here for you today.
Are you ready? Can I get a drum roll, please? Continue reading
(Photo credit: dsearls)
So to review, I noticed late last year that I had a really great year running, with over 9,000 books in paid sales. I did some very simple projections and realized that I might just break 10,000 paid sales by the end of 2013. So I announced on Facebook that if the magic number were reached, I’d release a free unpublished short story for my readers.
As we drew nearer to the deadline, I formalized the promise and sweetened the pot with another short story.
So, did we make it? Continue reading
Bonus: you’ll learn to count with kanji in the paperback edition of KITSUNE-MOCHI.
Want a sneak peek? Here’s a glimpse from chapter 3 of Kitsune-Mochi (sequel to Kitsune-Tsuki)…. Continue reading
Sometimes there’s a really great line which just doesn’t work.
In this case, the line (from Kitsune-Mochi) doesn’t work because there’s no one to have the conversation with, or at least not at this level of informality and honesty. And the voice is wholly wrong for the rest of the book. But this exchange which never happened captures the mood and motivation exactly. Continue reading
Aarrrgh! It’s offic’ly Talk Like a Pirate Day! And in honor, we’re goin’ t’ look at a burnin’ question: Why d’ our pirates talk like this?
Of course, thar aren’t a lot o’ recorded pirate speeches. Even court records o’ tried and convicted pirates don’t capture t’ dialect o’ t’ accused. What we think o’ as “pirate speak” developed rel’tively recently in modern media.
One of my own corn fields. This stood probably nearly 8 feet tall when taken in July.
Today’s Teaser Tuesday comes from the short story, “A Short Walk Home.”
I don’t know why I even reacted; it was just a rustle, probably an opossum or raccoon. But I became newly aware I was beside a corn field, not soybeans, and I couldn’t see a thing in there. Soybeans can hide rabbits; corn can hide axe murderers and zombies.
…I know, I know, my Hoosier roots are showing.
Yes, yes, it’s coming — the sequel to Kitsune-Tsuki! While Kitsune-Tsuki was a novelette, Kitsune-Mochi is a full novel.
I’m having a tough time with this one, though, due to the fact that my cover designer Jess was a little too awesome. I’d thought to stay with the same cover theme as Kitsune-Tsuki, but she gave me options, and now I’m having a hard time deciding between these two: Continue reading
Drummer James Roddick of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, defending Lieutenant Menzies during hand-to-hand fighting in Kandahar, 1880, signed and dated ‘ W. Skeoch Cumming/1894’ (lower left), pencil and watercolour, 28 x 42½ in. (71.1 x 107.9 cm.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are two reactions I get from pretty nearly all my beta readers and critique partners, regardless of the story:
“I don’t know exactly what your characters look like; don’t you ever describe them?”
“Holy smokes, your action scenes are really detailed.”
These may be phrased in various ways, but the general gist is almost always there. And it’s a problem for me. Continue reading