Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America Civil War Pretty Much Worth Fighting About


I just came from seeing Civil War.  Being in Japan, I'm 13 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast, so it was a late showing here and still probably before most folks in the States could see it.  In fact, I could have gone to a midnight showing last night, which would have been Thursday morning/afternoon back home.  But only getting a few hours of sleep before a training course Friday morning didn't sound like a good idea.

So how was it?  Well... It was good.  I hesitate to say very good, but it WAS very good.  Just not great. Not quite as great as I'd hoped it would be.  I actually liked Winter Soldier better. There was more of a cool conspiracy plot to movie #2.  The main pay off of #3 is the volume of characters and seeing them all together, even if they are fighting each other.  But it was very well done, no one was eager to slug it out.  Very well done, and you could even draw some political overtones from it all if you were so inclined.  It just wasn't GREAT.  I didn't leave as jazzed as I had arrived.  

I hate spoilers.  I'd much rather enjoy the surprises in the theatre than get them ruined by someone on the internet, so I'll leave none here.  I will say that one of the aspects I had the most doubts about going in--Spider-man--was all very pleasantly surprising.  Really, really nice the way it all turned out, and way more screen time than expected. 

The movie blended both the original comic series (which I have stashed somewhere, probably stored away with most of my other possessions) and the new Cinematic Universe very well.  And the movie left off in a similar way: with irrevocable changes to the Marvel Universe. They broke it, but that's good!  

Certainly a worthy, emotional, fan-satisfying superhero flick, but it didn't quite the meet the hype for me. But I guess they rarely do.

So go see for yourself!

(By the way, it's not too late to take advantage of Superhero Season Savings...  up to 75%.  Click here for details, or just scroll down this blog.)

  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Superhero Season Sale: 5 Days Only

Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman have made truly made this summer a Superhero Season.  And I'm feeling festive...


Now through Saturday May 7th, you can score both my superhero e-novels for cheap, exclusively via Smashwords coupon code.  Not a Smashwords member yet?  No problem, it's free and easy to join, and you can get ebooks formatted to Kindle, Nook, PDF, whatever you prefer.

So first up: Invasion.  Click here to go to it's home page and enter this coupon code at purchase: KK67N.  Instead of paying $3.99, you'll get it for $0.99.

Next: Hungry Gods.  Click this line to go to it's SW page and enter JG56E as a coupon code.  You'll get it for $1.99 instead of $5.99.

Five days.  That's it.

And feel free to tell your friends. :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Urban Fantasy and Horror Book Bundles


I recently joined Bundle Rabbit and to my amazement, Hungry Gods has been invited into TWO different book bundles, both starting this weekend!

What's a book bundle?  It's a package deal where you pay one low price for several ebooks at once.  You might get five or six ebooks--or ten or twelve--for the price of one, all following the same general genre or theme.

This weekend, I've got TWO of them for you, hosting a variety of books.  And both feature award-winning, best-selling authors!

And on Bundle Rabbit, when you purchase an ebook bundle, you can set your own price and some of it goes to charity!  There are two levels to each package.  For a minimum amount you get the first 5 or 6 books, and for another amount you get all 10 or 12 books, and still at the price of just one!

So check out these bundles and see which one you might like, or buy both!


First up, starting Friday April 29th (so already active): The Zombies and Monsters and Gods Bundle



The Zombies and Monsters and Gods Bundle is for those who love zombies, monsters, gods, superheroes, and all things supernatural.
Some of the books have serious themes, some are sardonic, and some make fun of the genre. All of them are action packed and fast moving.
These are the books in the bundle:
I Hate Zombies. by Shantnu Tiwari
Hungry Gods by JD Brink
The Wolf at the End of the World by Douglas Smith
Dragons in Pieces: by Lee French
Afterburn by Karen L. Abrahamson
The Bureau of Substandards Annual Report by Sabrina Chase
Glamour of the God-Touched by Ron Collins
My Girlfriend, the Zombie by Rebecca M. Senese
Caught Between Monsters by Stefon Mears
The Raven and the Dancing Tiger by Leah Cutter
Pay at least $5, and get the first five books.
Pay at least $12, and get all ten books (worth $44!).



$62 worth of fantastic fiction for a price you choose.
Novels, novellas and short stories guaranteed to make you feel uncomfortable, create that sense of ‘something-isn’t-right-here’ or just plain scare you. The ‘Chills, Thrills and Spills’ bundle covers horror, thrillers and fantasy and is sure to keep you awake at night. What more do want from a good book? Well, here - for a price you choose - you can have a dozen.
Pay more than $12 and you’ll get access to no less than six additional novels, including a short story anthology featuring Kelley Armstrong, James Alan Gardner and others. Plus a collection from an Aurora winner author. Oh, and a USA best-selling writer in the form of Dean Wesley Smith.
Indulge yourself in the ‘Chills, Thrills and Spills’ bundle and, while you may not sleep tonight, you’ll enjoy every delicious, spine-shivering moment. From zombie-meets-superhero mash-ups to ghost detectives, banshees, psychopaths and vampires, the ‘Chills, Thrills and Spills’ collection is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.

Click the titles above to go check out these great deals and discover some of your new favorite writers.  Both last for a limited time!

I'll be breaking these down more while the sales run.  But you don't have to wait for that.  Just chck them out for yourselves! 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fantasy Audiobook Review and Giveaway


Audiobook Reviewer has listened to and posted a review of Tarnish: The Complete Trilogy Edition.

The general impression: "This was a surprisingly excellent fantasy coming of age story."  (4.5 stars)

I'm assuming the "surprising" part is because it was so much better than the average run-of-the-mill stuff, not because she expected it to be bad...  

Clicking any of the these hyperlinked lines will take you to their site to read the review.  And if you scroll down, you'll find there's also a giveaway for 5 free Audible.com downloads on the site!  

So why not read the review and enter to win your own 15-hour fantasy adventure?  It's win-win!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Final Four Days to Enter Book Giveaway

Scroll down to my last post or click the handy box to the left to enter the Goodreads paperback giveaway!

('Nuff said.)