Rift in the Races: Draft Progress and Cover Update for April

I took a little five day vacation break, and now that I’m back, I feel refreshed. After three months writing pretty much every day, it was nice to step away from the keyboard for a few days and go see what the sun looks like. I had no idea that thing was so bright. It turns out, it even has this strange warming effect when its rays strike your skin. These are the things we forget when we dwell constantly in the dark cave of our writing dens. (Which I love and am very glad to get back into… that sun is a hot thing and turns our pale flesh pink with its cosmic violence!). (Uh… why am I talking like Golem now?) So, anyway, now I’m back, and wanted to let everyone know where the draft is and where the cover art is as of the end of April. Continue reading Rift in the Races: Draft Progress and Cover Update for April

Galactic Mage Book Two – Cover Art Underway

So, because I am the luckiest bastard on the planet when it comes to cover artists extraordinaire (took me three stabs to spell that, oh you cursed squiggly red line you!), I can now officially announce that cover art is underway for Rift in the Races (book 2 of The Galactic Mage series).

I’ve had the concept for the cover pretty well chewed on, thought through, mulled over, sketched out, and any other verb-preposition combos you can think of that speak to that sort of thing for quite some time, so when Cris Ortega contacted me and told me she was ready to fire up book two cover art, I squealed like a little girl and rapidly sent off my sketches.

I suppose I should be more cool than that, be (pretend I am) all laid back. It’s probably better marketing strategy to tell you something different, something like:

Of course I yawned when I got Miss Ortega’s note and then swirled the cognac in my huge crystal snifter while saying something delightfully droll to the two enormous Irish Wolfhounds reclining loyally at the foot of my over-stuffed leather throne chair. Then I laughed, “Hah-hah,” in that throaty way fancy highbrow artists do when sitting before a crackling fire and enjoying the lofty airs of being too cool to get excited about this stuff anymore.

If I were trying to cultivate my authorial coolness factor, I would say that. However, I am not there yet, so I still love this stuff, and I’m still stoked to have an artist of Cris Ortega’s caliber working on my book cover again!

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Book Review: The Fringe Worlds – The Human Chronicles, Book One, by T.R. Harris

Rating: Hot Princess

Book Review: The Fringe Worlds (The Human Chronicles Book One) by T.R. Harris

As promised, here is the next installment of my monthly book reviews. And, also as promised, I made not only an attempt to work in an indie book, but I actually did work one in (I picked this one because the second book in the series got the link-love in an an i09 article on science fiction books that TGM was also in—they used my cover art!). So, I tried it. And, I loved it. Again. That’s two good indie reads in a row. So, here’s my review of The Fringe Worlds (Book one of The Human Chronicles) by T.R. Harris:

Let me begin by repeating my previous sentiments of adoration for this book. Continue reading Book Review: The Fringe Worlds – The Human Chronicles, Book One, by T.R. Harris

My Take on Indie Publishing – 90 Days After Releasing The Galactic Mage Book One

Well here I sit, exactly three months since putting out my book, and I am completely blown away. I cannot believe how unfathomably cool readers are, how cool people who read ebooks in particular are. The completely mind-blowing acceptance of indie authors in the reading universe is so amazing, and I really believe that the publishing industry will never again be the same. It can’t possibly be—unless big money figures out a way to crush it (which they are trying to do).

A few years ago, and on back into the darkness of time, publishing your own book was like painting a black X on the front door of your authorial career. “Beware!” declared the stigma, “This dude sucks! Nobody wants him. His work is diseased and foul. It will never sell.” Continue reading My Take on Indie Publishing – 90 Days After Releasing The Galactic Mage Book One