MUSE SONG Release and Sale

Muse Song is now available for purchase. From now until January 13, 2017, it will be on sale for $0.99 at all e-tailers. It will then go up to full price of $3.49 so grab your copy at the discounted price while you can. If you enjoy what you read, please leave a review at whatever retailer you use.

You can find buy links here.

Thanks again for all the support!

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Muse Song ARC and Pre-Order

For those of you interested in receiving a free copy of MUSE SONG prior to release, you can sign up to receive an Advance Reader Copy at this link.

By submitting a request to receive a copy, you agree to post a review on either Amazon or Goodreads on the day of release.

If you would prefer to wait and pick up a copy on release day, January 10, 2017, feel free to pre-order it from your favorite e-tailer. The book will be available through Amazon, B&N, Kobo and iTunes.

I am excited to share this novel with the world. It’s been quite the labor of love over the last seven or eight years and I am glad it is finally being released into the world.

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Kindle Scout Results and Looking to the Future

Well, Kindle Scout is over and while I ended up with about 2 1/2 days on the Hot & Trending list at the end of the campaign and had 445 page views, I did not get selected for publication. But, that’s okay. Kindle Press is extremely selective in what they publish, as any publisher should be, and I was ready to put this work out into the world on my own anyway. I would definitely consider doing another Kindle Scout campaign if I have a work that fits within their criteria again. After all, I’m hoping to have the sequel ready to go by end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.

But focusing back on “Muse Song”, I will be publishing it in both print and ebook in early January. I’ll be releasing it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo. Once links are available I will be sharing them on the series page. I intend to release the book free for the first 3-5 days to garner some interest before raising it back up to full price.

For anyone interested in getting a copy ahead of release, I will be sharing a link to request an Advance Reader Copy next week. My mailing list will be receiving this information before anyone else so if you want first crack at it and you are’t already on the list, I’d suggest signing up now.

I would just like to thank everyone again for supporting me in the crazy adventure. It means the world to me.

Posted in Muse Song, Writing

Kindle Scout – Week 1

9 days down, 21 to go. I launched my Kindle Scout campaign for Muse Song on October 12, 2016. For those not in the know, Kindle Scout is a reader-powered platform run by Amazon which gives authors the opportunity to have their books published through Amazon’s Kindle Press. Readers can signed up for free (you just need a valid Amazon account) and nominate books that interest them based on cover art, description and opening chapters. If a book is picked for publication, anyone who nominated the book gets a free copy shortly before publication. This works out well for both readers (who doesn’t love free books?) and authors (they get a lot of free buzz ahead of launch day). And if the book isn’t chosen, readers are still notified by Amazon when the book becomes available for purchase.

My first week’s stats are not overly impressive. I’ve had 142 page views in the first 9 days of my campaign. Most of the traffic has been through Kindle Scout’s pages (rather than external sources). I’ll be honest, I haven’t done much this first week in terms of promotion. I shared the launch on my Facebook page and tweeted a bit, but I know I need to step up my game. And that is where you come in. I need your help to move this campaign forward. Please feel free to share the link (below) to the campaign with your friends and anyone who might be interested in getting in on the ground floor. Please keep in mind that in order for your nomination to count, it needs to be in your list of nominations at the end of the campaign (November 11).

So to cast your vote, please click the picture below!

Nominate

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COVER REVEAL: MUSE SONG

As I’ve mentioned before, I am in the process of putting out my first young adult novel which is the first in a trilogy. As of now, I am currently in the process of setting up a campaign on Kindle Scout (I will be posting a longer, more in-depth post about that process once the campaign is live) but I wanted to share the cover art for the book before it goes live.

I am very proud of the cover art (done by the fantastic artists over at Deranged Doctor Design). It was an extremely easy process and I am so thrilled with what they managed to come up with. I will definitely be using their services again for the rest of this series and other future works.

Posted in Cover Reveal, New Releases

I’m Interviewed by C.L. Wells

I apologize for being away for so long. I’ve spent the summer battling a second draft of my latest project (more on that in another post).

But I wanted to share with you an interview I did with reader and author C.L. Wells. He was kind enough to review “Pains and Penalties” and then asked if he could do a brief interview with me for his blog. You can find the interview here.

Also be on the lookout next month for his latest releases. I’ll be sharing them with you!

Posted in Author Interview

TV Upfronts Week 2016

So I figured I would take a little time to chat about something near and dear to my heart,but not writing related: TV Upfronts Week.

For the uninitiated, upfronts week happens in the middle of May every year and is when the broadcast networks (ABC< CBS< Fox, NBC and The CW) announce their upcoming schedule for the next year. Cable networks have their own set of upfronts too, but since the broadcast networks are still the bigger game in town, they get the focus. Along with seeing where you favorite shows end up in the line-up, you also get sizzle reels for the newly ordered shows. This allows viewers to get a glimpse of what's up and coming and decide what might interest them. (For those who are curious, Jen and I over at More TV Please will be doing a post at the end of the week rounding up what's new and what looks interesting to us). Typically, the networks make their final decision on existing shows the week before. Networks have different trends. For instance, the CW renewed their entire line up (at the time) a few months ago and when CBS does their renewals, it usually comes in a big chunk covering most of their schedule. NBC, Fox and ABC hand out their renewals in fits and spurts. But what's most interesting this year is the sheer number of show being cancelled. As one article put it, Thursday has been deemed "Bloody Thursday" because 12 shows were cancelled in one day. All told, 17 shows have met their end in the last two days. Of those, 11 were freshman shows. I can't remember a year when so many new shows got the ax. This year, people are also talking about some of the shocking non-freshman cuts such as Nashville and Castle. Personally, I believe Castle outlasted it's time by a least a season. I can't say one way or the other on Nashville as I've never watched it. But I do think this goes to show just how much network leadership affects what we get on our TVs. ABC recently had a shake up at the top and I suspect all of the ABC cancellations was in part to allow the new president to start fresh with their own crop of shows. Once next week wraps up and we have our post up, I'll share a link to our recap and review of what's new on More TV, Please.

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Geeks and Things is Here!

As I promised a few months back, I’ve got a new project in the works. The first novella in a five-part cozy mystery series has gone live as of March 22nd and it has been getting a lot of attention. Set in a small Massachusetts town, Pains and Penalties introduces the world to Kalina Greystone, amateur sleuth!

As I sit here typing, it currently sits at #3 in the Two Hour short reads mystery, suspense and thriller and the Cozy Mystery Craft and Hobbies categories on Amazon. We’ve also crossed over 1,000 free downloads.

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded a copy of the novella so far. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to see these numbers. And I hope that as time goes on and the rest of the series unfolds in the coming months that people will come back for more.

Posted in Geeks and Things, New Releases

New Year, New Look!

Things are a’changin’, folks. With the new year upon us, I’ve decided I’m going to be doing a bit of redesign of the website to support the launch of a new writing endeavor. So, in the next couple of months I will likely be going offline for just a little while to get everything updated and ready to go.

As things get a little closer for the new writing project release, I’ll be sure to share the juicy details. i’m very excited about this project and hope you will be, too.

I’ll also be starting a newsletter for readers to subscribe to for news and other tidbits. I am really hoping 2016 is going to be a good year for me and my writing career. I appreciate all of your support.

Posted in Misc, Website

Spot the Bottle Episode

I’m cross-posting this little piece I put up on the TV recap blog that my friend Jen and I run.

If you watch a lot of TV like I do, you’ll start to pick up on the way shows are filmed and structured. Thanks to a rather informative DVD commentary on Leverage season 2, I learned that most shows will likely have what’s called a “bottle” episode during their run. In short, a bottle episode is a story told on a fairly self-contained shooting location such as a pre-existing set. This means you don’t have to spend money on scouting locations or paying to film at actual places. It’s the big money saver for a show inching too close to being over-budget. More often than not, the shows that tend to do bottle episodes are ones that have bigger need for special effects like genre shows. Sometimes, too, it’s because the show has spent too much money on other locations or guest casting. Since these types of episodes can be good for character studies, I thought I would discuss a few episodes from brand new shows and the one that started it all.

Stitchers

“Stitchers” is one of ABC Family’s new shows and has become one of my favorite summer shows this year. It centers on a young woman, Kirsten, who has a rather unique medical condition which makes her have no sense of time or emotion. This allows her to be able to insert her consciousness into the recently dead to try and solve cases. If you haven’t already guessed it is a procedural with a genre twist which is something I really enjoy. The episode in question finds Kirsten and the team quarantined in the lab after a scientist who had been testing a deadly disease on herself gets loose.

This episode really screamed “bottle” to me. Even from the trailers I could see that it was going to be in one location and give the characters a chance to really dive deep into their relationships. We see Cameron come clean to Kirsten about his past (including that he had heart surgery and his parents always worried about him). We see Linus (one of the other tech guys) try to keep calm while saying goodbye to his parents. And we see Kirsten, who has recently been proposed to, make the choice not to call her possible fiancé amidst the crisis. This episode definitely felt the most character-driven of the season and while it didn’t push the overall plot forward in the same way that the finale did, it gave us more insight into the people we see each week.

Killjoys

“Killjoys” is another new summer show that I’ve really come to enjoy. Set in the future, it follows bounty hunters as they work their warrants and deal with their pasts catching up to them. This is pure science fiction and it makes me long for the days of “Firefly”. Although, to be honest I think I enjoy this more than “Firefly” some days. This show’s bottle episode I think was the strongest of them all. It leads directly from the prior episode and does a lot to fill in some blanks and set up the overall plot that’s been slowly looming over our characters’ heads since the start of the show. After one of the team, D’Avin, gets activated as a sleeper soldier and hurts his team, he and Dutch (the leader of the team) get stuck on their ship while Johnny is down on one of the planets holed up as a violent storm passes through.

Not only do we get more backstory on our characters but they are also forced to confront the drama going on at present. Thanks to Dutch and D’Avin sleeping together, things are not working with the trio and Johnny sets out to fix it. But along the way, as he deals with a crisis of his own, he realizes he needs to stop fixing things for other people. They need to take responsibility for themselves. Another aspect of this episode I felt was strong was how it relied on several supporting characters to move the action forward. And they were all characters we met in the pilot. We even got a little backstory on a couple of these lesser players which should prove to come back into play later on in the series. The producers and writers of this episode really used the fact that they didn’t need to use new sets to dig into the meat of our characters.

Leverage

Season 2’s “The Bottle Job” is what started it all for me. It’s set in primarily one locations (McRory’s Bar) during an Irish wake at which the team has to run at least 3 cons in the span of the episode. The team manages to run the Wire compressed into a couple of hours as well as conning the mark into staying put thanks to snow. Finally, the gang ends up conning the mark out of all his money and making him confess to several crimes to the local law enforcement frequenting the bar in a card game.

Much like other bottle episodes, we get some new pieces of information about characters and plot that set up the back half of the season very nicely. This episode shows us the beginning of Nate’s downward spiral into alcoholism which ultimately leads to a rather nasty result come season’s end. It was also fun to see the team work in such a confined space. They had to make sure they didn’t blow their covers since they were in such close proximity to the mark. And I loved how we got to see the team integrate people we hadn’t necessarily seen before within the cons themselves such as the local cops involved in the card game.

For me, at least, having a little bit more insight into how a show is put together and structured makes it more enjoyable. Sure it means that the show in question has to pinch pennies but it often times results in a lot of fun and some very nice character beats that you wouldn’t otherwise see. So next time you’re watching one of your favorites, pay a little bit closer attention and you might just spot the bottle episode amongst the run-of-the-mill.

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