For a Few Credits More: Released

510QAdWwRNL._SY346_It’s been a great week in my camp; my wife finished a prolonged underway on her ship (sort of), and my first published book is out! Well, to be fair, it’s not just my book. It’s an anthology with a number of best selling science fiction authors featured. I’d talked about this book, For a Few Credits More, a while back. If you missed that post, you can read about it right here.

The book is based in the best-selling Four Horsemen Universe (4HU). What’s great about the anthology (outside of being able to write in it), is that it gives new readers a chance to test the waters. There’s a bunch of books published in the series, which I highly recommend. I have a feeling after you give the anthology a read, you’ll be building a mech-suit in your garage and taking it to some dastardly aliens.

My story, which I co-authored with J.R. Handley, is titled Luck of the Draw. The story follows a man who is trying his best to disappear, but just can’t shake his bad habits. This leads to him being forced into a high-level contract, dealing with his ghosts, and doing his best to stay alive.

The anthology is already getting some great reviews, and I was tickled to see one of the reviewers mentioned Luck of the Draw specifically. So thrilled was I, that I took a screenshot and placed it below.

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Thanks, Ken (if you’re reading this, then shoot me an email, so I can thank you via the interwebs). Please, give the book a read and leave an honest review. You can snag it by clicking/touching this link, or clicking/touching the image of the book at the top. Now, I have some other books that need to be written; no rest for the wicked. Thanks for reading!


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Feature Friday #6 (Bloggers & Books)

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Where the heck did the week go?  I feel like I was writing a Feature Friday post yesterday.  Regardless, it’s always a good day when I’m writing about other bloggers and writers. For all of you NaNoWriMo heroes and heroines—I hope you are beating your keyboards into submission.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, this is quickly shaping up into my favorite month to read blog posts.  There is a tantalizing mix of hope, despair, fear, and excitement bouncing about the blogosphere. As I treat this website as a time capsule of sorts, let’s snag some of my favorite posts from the day and wish these writers well on their journey.

spotlight-facing-rightThe first blogger and blog post I wanted to talk about encapsulates the many emotions these intrepid writers experience.  Linda Smith wrote the post, The Month of Living Dangerously.  It’s an honest look at the topsy-turvy world many of these writers are living in right now.

Linda does a few things that really caught my eye in this post.  She writes honestly, talks about setting realistic goals, and is including her family in the process. The last part of the post where she talks about her granddaughter being hit by a lightning bolt of inspiration still has me smiling.  Great stuff!

spotlight-facing-rightThe next blogger I wanted to spotlight is Patricia M. Robertson.  Patricia’s post, Ready, Set, Stop! NaNoWriMo is What You Make It, is a great breakdown of what the month is all about.  It’s about more than just pushing out words, it’s about growing as a writer.  For those of you who are unsure about all this NaNoWriMo hullabaloo, give her post a read.

What I really enjoy about Patricia’s post is her ability to address the “big picture” in her writing career.  Much like her, I enjoy the excitement radiating off of other writers.  It’s a contagious thing.  Though she may not be able to partake in the insanity of NaNoWriMo, she is still using it to charge her writing.  In my opinion, that’s a win!

spotlight-facing-rightThe last spotlight is for Austin Ezell.  If you needed a no-nonsense description of the what NaNoWriMo is about, he’s got you covered with his aptly titled post, National Novel Writing Month.  There are a couple reasons I linked Austin’s page.  First, I wanted a solid post detailing what the month is about.  Secondly, checking out his “About” page I realized we are conjoined spirit writing animals.

If his schedule is any indication of what we can come to expect from his blog page, we are in for series of fun posts.  Fatherhood, check.  Dungeons and Dragons, check.  Gaming, check.  Sharing tips from his own experience as a writer, check.  Sneak peaks into his future books, check.  It’s many of the elements I look for when I search out a blogger.  If you’re a regular reader here at QE (thanks), I imagine you are going to want to follow Austin as well.

thanksI wanted to take a moment to thank all three of these folks for (1) being a source of inspiration, (2) taking life by the horns, and (3) making me smile.  It’s people like you who make me happy to spend a chunk of my time here in the blogoverse.  Best of luck to you all!

hourglassThat’s it for today!  I’ll be happy if I never type “NaNoWriMo” again (all that shift+letter nonsense is making crazy!). If you would like to be featured next Friday, contact me.  It always helps if you let me know what specific post you would like to be featured.  My goal with Feature Friday is to connect like-minded individuals with one another.  The blogoverse is a giant place, and it’s nice to be able to provide some navigation. Until we cross quills again, keep reading, keep writing, and as always—stay sharp!

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#IndiePrideDay 2016: Support (Update)

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Below are books I have currently purchased from fellow WordPress Warriors to support indie authors.  I still have money left to buy more!  Read the original posting below, and be sure to toss me a comment if you have a book for me to snag.

Stuart Aken‘s book Joinings: A Seared Sky

Kent Wayne’s (DirtySciFiBuddha) book Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter

Jacky Dahlhaus‘ book Succedaneum: Living Like a Vampire

Ritu Bhathal‘s book Poetic RITUals

Jenn Moss’ (Rough and Ready Fiction) book The Horned Gate

Meghan Palmer‘s book Devolution: Mermaid Underground

Angelina Kerner’s book Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted

Alexis Rose‘s book Untangled: A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph

Jacob Power’s (Jacob Power Design) book Frank Winston


 

Today (July 1st) is Indie Pride Day.  What does that mean?  It means all those indie authors out there will be doing their best to hashtag and promote themselves to victory.  I wish you all the best of luck.  I am a big fan of independently published authors and read books based on their merit, not the power of their publisher.

If you didn’t know this was happening, and you are self published, you should start dropping hashtags with your work like it’s the cool thing to do (#IndiePrideDay and #IndieBooksBeSeen).

So here’s what I’m going to do.

First, I’m going to toss a literary bone to a good friend of mine M.L.S. Weech.  Weech is a fellow member of the Brown Pipe Gang (a writer’s group) and indie author.  He wrote a great post about his experience self publishing and it’s worth sharing.  You can find it here.  You can also check out his book The Journals of Bob Drifter.  You message him and he will probably sign a copy for you and sprinkle magic pixie dust on it for you too.  You can also check out his book here on GoodReads and see if it is something you would enjoy – I know I did.

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Secondly, I’ve set aside 50 dollars (I know, big spender) and will purchase a copy of your digitally self published book if you leave a link to it in the comments box with a brief description for visitors to read.

Promote yourself.  Tell us about your book.  I can’t promise I will read it right this second, but I will read it eventually (and/or my wife will) and leave you a honest review.  The rub is I have only set aside 50 bucks, so it’s a first come first serve kind of deal. Regardless of whether or not you make the cut – you can at least have another way to shamelessly promote yourself.

The point is this – as budding authors breaking into the field, and readers who enjoy the medium, we should be helping each other out.  It’s staggering to see how many readers out there won’t even give an indie author a chance.  One hand washes the other.  Even if you don’t have a big budget, take some time and find an indie author (many of their eBooks are free and many more just cost a couple dollars) and give them a try.

That’s it for today.  Tomorrow we will start hammering away on writing tips again and get back into the old grind.  Until then, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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