Say no to Black Friday, yes to supporting indie authors

I do not like Black Friday. I hate that it’s crept into Thanksgiving Day. I’ve worked retail, and my father still does. You will not find me in any store this whole weekend.

Instead, I’ll encourage you to purchase ebooks. Let the computers do all the hard work. I’ll even sweeten the deal for RIP: Choices After Death — and some other authors’ books.

As I’ve mentioned before, I originally wrote RIP as a television series. The four novelettes in Choices After Death all first existed as teleplays, and I stil have them on my flash drive.

They’re rougher than what you’ll see in the book. I wrote the scripts around 2010 and 2011, so the ideas have had some time to percolate and my own skills have continued to develop. The pilot is fairly well polished and fared pretty well in a couple of contests, but things start looking messier after that, especially by the fourth episode. Some plot points are different, and not a good different.

Still, I’ll embarrass myself for your entertainment. Download RIP: Choices After Death by the end of Saturday, Nov. 30, and I’ll send you PDFs of all four RIP television scripts, warts included. Just email me at daniel (at) or Facebook message me the confirmation code, and I’ll reply ASAP with your PDFs. (I will not collect your email addresses.)

That’s one option. Here’s another, which also expires at the end of Saturday.

Check out these authors I’ve interviewed. If you order any of their books, ebook or print, even just one, send me the confirmation code and I’ll send you the first RIP novelette, “Touch,” as a PDF, MOBI, or ePub (just let me know your preference, please). (This promotion is all on me. They’re not even aware of it, so please send all complaints and criticisms my way, not their way.)

As for my other series, Earths in Space, there’s really no need to run any new promotion, because one is already in progress. For a limited time, you can get it free at Story Cartel. Leaving a review somewhere will earn you a shot at winning one of three $10 Amazon giftcards.

So how does all this sound? Let’s stay away from Black Friday and instead just support some nice indie authors.

What’s going on with these covers?

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What’s going on here? We’ve got RIP with a back cover and Earths in Space with a new cover that combines Vonnegut-esque font with 1980s video game aliens?

Whatever does it mean?

It means I’m going into print.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful covers designed by M.W. Messina.

Get to Know…Caitlin Hensley (plus: giveaway!)

Beast_WithinParanormal fantasy author Caitlin Hensley is releasing a new book right now. Might be a good time to learn about it, right? And be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the interview for a chance to win the first book in her series, Paranormal Legacy.

Welcome, Caitlin.

Tell us about your newest book, please.

Beast Within is the third book in The Inhuman Chronicles. It deals with a series of visions that the main character, Haily, has been seeing for weeks, ever since the last book ended. And while worrying about the meaning of her visions, Haily must work together with her friends to stop a bloodthirsty dragon from destroying the world.

Yes, more people should endeavor to thwart bloodthirsty dragons. World would be a better place. How did you come up with this idea?

To be honest, it’s been in my head for as long as l can remember. I first wrote the book when I was a tween, and I’ve been rewriting it for years, up until the present day. And now it’s finally ready to be read. Continue reading

RIP’s Journey Across the Internet

RIP: Choices After Death has been enjoying a pleasant jaunt across the Internet.RIP-V1-final

First, fellow Virginia author Drew Avera was nice enough to interview me. Do I think Superman or the Incredible Hulk would win in a fight? Find out here!

Reviews, freebies, and more gave RIP a 5/5 rating, stating, “This book was fantastic. It pulled me in from the very first line. This isn’t your typical ‘ghost story’ it’s an action packed adventure.” Certainly made my day.

Another gracious author, Kristen Duvall, interviewed me the next day. Learn about a short story I wrote at age eight. It’s every bit as epic as you might expect.

Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles hosted me for a guest post, in which I discussed the development of Serissa and how integral she is to the story. After all, a guy beating up ghosts is fun, but it’s not enough of an idea for a book or a series.

Yesterday, Bookish Randomness hosted for another guest post, and this one was all about music. I listed ten songs I kept listening to while writing RIP. YouTube links are included.

And, of course, there’s a Rafflecopter. Enter for a chance to win a RIP e-book. Or, if you’d like to let someone else win, you can always just go ahead and download it. I will not object.

This last link is separate from the blog tour, but my editor, Todd Barselow, was recently interviewed here about his work.

Thanks to all who have hosted me!

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What time is it? Rafflecopter time!

Let’s have an event in which we give something away. A giveaway, if you will.

For a chance at winning one digital copy of RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death, please enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Ghosts are people, too, but not all ghosts choose to be good people.

Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”

Get to Know…Pete Wurdock

BendingWaterCoverasJpegPlease welcome fiction author Pete Wurdock for today’s interview. He’s here to discuss his short story collection, Bending Water and Stories Nearby.

Welcome, Pete!

Tell us about your book, please. 

My new book is titled Bending Water and Stories Nearby. It is a Northern Michigan short story collection.

Do you have a favorite story in this collection? Which one and why?

I am a little partial to a story called “Buckshot.” It takes place sometime in the 1970’s and tells the story of two hunters (brothers) who find themselves far off the beaten path while hunting in the UP. One of them accidentally shoots himself and while the other is able to summon help on the CB radio, his greatest challenge is keeping his brother alive until help comes. In true to life fashion, their whole life flashes in front of them quickly during their conversation which leads up to the final moments before help arrives. But does it arrive on time? Continue reading

Get to Know…T.M. Opperman

TM Opperman coverPlease welcome fiction author T.M. Opperman, here to discuss her debut novel, writing, and other fun stuff. Welcome, TM!

Tell us about your book, please.

My debut novel, By Any Other Name, is a novel about a woman’s journey from religious closed-mindedness to a place of forgiveness and love. Set in a small town in the Rocky Mountains, my book explores the inevitable fall from grace that anyone trying to live a “salvation-by-works” life will encounter.

What appealed to you about writing faith-based fiction?

Honestly, I didn’t set out to write a faith based novel. I started with two characters and let their story unfold. Too often people are cruel to one another in the name of religion and I wanted to talk about that. I have begun a spiritual journey of my own, this book being the catalyst really. I knew that one of my minor characters used alternative spiritual practices such as meditation and yoga to express her devotion to God and from doing my “book research” I have adopted a more alternative approach to my own spirituality. Continue reading

Get to Know…Drew Avera

reich front cover revised Meet Drew Avera, author of the dystopian science-fiction novella Reich. Welcome, Drew!

Tell us about your latest book, please.

In the 158 years after Hitler’s death (AH158), Germany has become the utopian state that he had originally envisioned. The Aryan Dynasty has conquered the free world at the cost of billions of lives. Hitler has become the patriarch of a new religious fervor, one that even he did not see coming. The wastelands that surround Germany are the only threat awaiting the German citizens. That is at least what everyone is taught. This is a story of how misplaced power can lead to tyranny, but it could be Germany that falls victim to a new Reich.

How did you come up with this idea?

My novella Reich is a story about revolution. I wondered what it would be like to have two opposing sides and neither one of them be the ‘good guy’. I developed the story the way most writers do; I asked “What if?” In this case, what if World War 2 ended differently? It kind of snowballed from there. Continue reading

Get to Know…Romeo Matshaba

the romantic dreamer (front)If your name is Romeo, clearly you’re destined to write romance. Romeo Matshaba joins us for today’s “Get to Know…” Welcome, Romeo!

Okay, first of all, you write romance and your name is Romeo? Is this a pen name, or did you just feel obligated to do something romantic?

Indeed, well after countless encounters with people who referenced my name in conjunction with romance, the line between passion and obligation became somewhat fuzzy. Besides imagine someone named Romeo who wrote a horror book: that would make a stubborn cat to laugh out loud.

You should write horror just to mess with people’s minds. Tell us about your book, please.

“The Romantic Dreamer” is, I believe, the first of its kind. It combines various facets of literature into one epic romantic novel. It is primarily about the very last romantic in his journey to find the one who we live to find; to find his true source of happiness.  Continue reading

We Must Evolve

Coming in 2014…

Earths in Space vol. 2: We Must Evolve

In which Amena wonders, “Hey, I just saw solid evidence of evolution on that really ancient Earth with the weird critters. Maybe some other Earth has super-evolved weird people. Yeah, I’m going to get my hopes up for that, and there is no possible way the universe will disappoint me.”

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the first volume, Where Are the Little Green Men? It’s available at your favorite online bookstores.