Friday, July 8, 2016

Smashwords’s Massive Summer/Winter Ebook Sale


Smashwords.com, one of the oldest ebook publishing and distribution sites, is having their annual “summer/winter” sale.  The “summer/winter” bit refers to their global reach: it’s summer for us in the northern hemisphere and winter for those in the southern. 

And this sale is massive.  Literally thousands of authors and publishers (including myself) are offering huge discounts on books found on on the site throughout the month of July. 

You read that correctly: Thousands.  Huge discounts.  July only.


All you have to do is go to a book’s home on Smashwords and look at the price box on the right side of the screen.  Under the regular price and the yellow and green purchase buttons, you’ll see mention of a coupon code. 

It’s right there on the screen, already spelled out for you. 

When you go to check out, just type in that coupon code and you’ll get 25%, 50%, 75%, or even 100% off the book. 


Take advantage while you can.  Stock up.  Try out something you were iffy about before. 

Hunt down specific authors or titles, or just browse and see what they’ve got.

What have I got up for sale?  Glad you asked…

Actually, almost everything of mine on has a coupon code, from 50% to 100% off.  It’s easier just to let you look for yourself.  Click here (or any of those hyperlinks above) to go my profile page.  Scroll down to see all my books and click on one you like.  Chances are, it’s got a coupon code attached.  (If not, there’s probably a reason.  Just try another.)


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Monday, July 4, 2016

200 Word Movie Reviews: Tarzan and Independence Day: Resurgence


We see a lot of movies here on-base in Japan.  For one thing, we’re married with children, so it’s about as much excitement as we get.  And we desperately need a reason to escape from the house every other week or so.  It’s also cheap as hell: $3 for most movies, $5 for 3D shows.  One of the amenities for being far-flung from home.

I’m going to start doing quickie movie reviews on here.  I could make them long and in-depth, but I don’t think your average cyber-reader needs all that.  Most just want a quick overview to see if it’s worth their hard-earned dollars.  Should they see it at the theatre, wait for the rental, or just avoid it all together?  I think 200 words are enough to say something worthwhile, while still keeping it brief. 

Of course, everyone’s tastes are different, but if you find over time that our sensibilities align pretty well, then you might just check here before forking over a big wad at the box office.

This past week we saw two movies: 


Independence Day: Resurgence

I didn’t go in expecting much, just a couple-hour escape from the house.  And that’s about all I got.

Basics: Bigger and meaner aliens return to attack an ill-prepared future full of pretty boys and girls. 

In 20 years’ time, you’d think they’d have come up with something better.

One thing that stood out to me was that just about all the main players were young and pretty (especially Liam Hemsworth), which automatically sticks in my craw.  If it looks like 90210, it probably is.  There were a few players from the first movie called back into service, all of whom were probably waiting for this for 20 years, as they haven’t been in much else since. 

There was a little bit of characterization and a redemption storyline, but like just about everything in the movie, it was pretty shallow.  A lot of the science of it seemed wonky to me, too.  It is science fiction, but at least get gravity right! 

On the plus-side, it was a bubblegum summer movie: lots of pew-pew and ‘splosions, with a little romance between beautiful people.  Don’t expect more than that, and you won’t be disappointed.

2.5/5 stars.  “Rent it.”


The Legend of Tarzan

It was good.  Though I wanted this to be more epic than it was.  Even though it pretty much had all the elements and the approach needed, there was still just something missing for me.  (Or maybe I’m just becoming a cold, dry-hearted curmudgeon in my old age.)

Basics: Lord Greystoke, famed Tarzan of the jungle, is called back to the Congo into a trap against some historically-accurate evil-doers. 

I liked that this story takes place after he’s been Tarzan and returned to life as an English lord (which doesn’t appear to agree with him too well).  We still get the Tarzan story but in a series of flashbacks, which is way better than spending the whole movie on something we already know.  And it gives us a more complex story that really is based on the history of Belgium colonial exploitation.  So it mixes true history and social awareness with fantasy and legend (realistically done, as much as swinging like Spiderman and communicating with animals through mating calls can be). Most of the acting is good; Jane’s okay.  And Tarzan mostly naked through the movie is a bonus for the ladies.  (Worked for my wife.)

I’ll round it up to 4/5 stars. “See it.” 


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 4th Fantasy Fiction for $0.99


For one week only, you can snag Tarnish: Thunderstrike Edition -- two books in one, normally $8.99 -- at deep discounts on Amazon.com.

The price drop begins at just $0.99 on July 4th!  

From there it'll slowly crawl back to it's original price over the next 7 days.  So if you miss it on the Fourth, it's not too late to get a great deal!

Act fast!  Click here to begin!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Werewolf Art to Go with My Detective Story

I just noticed on Crimson Streets that my urban fantasy story published there now has some art to go with it!  When it was first published back in March, there had been a problem with the artist signed up to do it and it became the only tale on CS without a visual aid, so to speak.  But that's now corrected.  Yeah!

Click here to see the picture and read the story (for free!).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Epic Coming of Age Fantasy on Kindle Unlimited


For a limited summer engagement, Tarnish: Thunderstrike Edition is now on Kindle Unlimited.  This extended edition includes the 400 page novel and the prequel novella, The Prince of Luster and Decay in one volume.  Click here to find it on Amazon.

Here are the quick-version blurbs:

Tarnish

Billy Cole is the sixteen-springs-old son of Ian the Black.  Being the heir of a legend is a heavy burden to bear, and though he wears it well, it takes more than strength to become a man. And more than a sword to become a hero.  When evil rises from the Blood Marsh, Wil Thunderstrike gets his chance at both.  Epic fantasy on a more personal scale.

The Prince of Luster and Decay
Sergeant Knox leads the Head Knockers, scout-saboteurs in the war against the Dread Duke and his armies.  After an ambush kills half the company, Knox and his boys are sent on a final mission to investigate the possible source.  And though the town appears empty, something waits for them there in the darkness.  And they’ll need both heart and steel to defeat it.