Have you ever wanted an award-winning author to help with your writing?
We’re in the last 30-odd hours of the Kickstarter for Devils’ Field, the new Jessie Shimmer novel from Lucy A. Snyder… but even more than the book itself, there’s still pretty awesome additional rewards to be had.
For example, the backer reward at the $120 level is a critique from Gary Braunbeck, who is writing the introduction for the book.
"Gary A. Braunbeck is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers working in this genre — or any other. His brooding, poetic prose reaches a deeper level, and impacts both the characters and the reader."
– Bram Stoker Award-winner Brian Keene, author of The Rising, City of the Dead, and The Conqueror Worms
I have been lucky enough to be in a class taught by Gary, and let me tell you, if I could get this reward, I freaking would.
Go to the Kickstarter right now! It’s at:
Win a SIGNED copy of the two new releases from K.W. Taylor!
Introducing A New Urban Fantasy Series From Alliteration Ink
“My name is Sam Brody, and I like to ruin fun.”
Sam’s adventures begin with the standalone prequel novella The House on Concordia Drive. His job on late-night radio is to debunk the existence of things that go bump in the night… but this haunting isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Up against the reputation of an infamous documentary and fighting to keep his personal life together, Sam has to discover if the case is a hoax, a ghost, or something… else. Perhaps the best investigator of a haunted house is a haunted man.
Then things kick into high gear with the full-length novel The Red Eye, as Sam continues to pull back the curtain on paranormal hoaxes, exposing the charlatans posing as psychics, vampires, and alien messengers.
Sure, he started out hoping that someone would prove that there was something “more,” but after all the con artists and fakes, that hope’s gone.
Sam Brody definitely doesn’t believe in the supernatural.
With one phone call, he discovers the supernatural believes in him.
The books are available at http://redeye.alliterationink.com or at online booksellers near your screen!
The Poison Pen: Lucy A. Snyder is interviewed by DJ Grandpa’s Crib
Lucy Snyder and I sat down and spoke with DJ Grandpa about the Jessie Shimmer series, writing, and how we all like seeing strong women, kick-ass women, and the difference between the two. The bit with Lucy and I starts at 14 minutes and 9 seconds; we hope you enjoy the interview, and if you haven’t already, check out Devils’ Field.
DJG gets his first tarot reading from Adriane Ruzak of Roll the Dice Fantasy RPG, and then beats some serious bad guy behind with Devils’ Field author, Lucy A. Snyder & Alliteration Ink publisher, Steven Saus.
(If you can’t see the embedded audio player above, check out the episode at bedrockcommunications.blogspot.com/2014/03/dj-grandpas-crib-poison-pen.html)
Streets of Shadows is Open For Submissions
You think you’re safe. What a joke.
You don’t think about the places you pass every day. The side streets. The alleys. Under bridges. The shadows. All you’d have to do is take a step to the side. Then you’d know.
From editors of Dark Faith, Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon, comes Streets of Shadows, a collection of stories at the intersection of urban fantasy and crime. These tales of the dark and magical side of the urban landscape will be published by Alliteration Ink in late summer 2014.
Currently attached authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Massey, Tom Piccirilli, and Lucy A. Snyder.
We’re looking for stories with depth that push the boundaries of their genres. Stories that make you think, that comment on the human condition and the social order. Stories that are rich in their language use. Stories that entertain and thrill. Stories between 2000 and 4000 words for which we’ll pay 6 cents per word.
Submissions will be accepted from 3/3/2014 until 4/3/2014. Unsolicited stories received outside this time frame will be deleted unread.
Please include a cover letter with your submission and only one story at a time. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as you tell us up front (and immediately withdraw the story if you sell somewhere else).
All submissions must be emailed as an RTF file to Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon at StreetsOfShadows@gmail.com.
We still aren’t using DRM, your eBooks are still yours
Over at the Digital Reader there is a somewhat worrying report: Adobe is forcing an upgrade/change to DRM schemes. This means that even if you’re buying directly from a bookstore:
One thing Adobe seems to have missed is that there are tens of millions of ebook readers on the market that support the older DRM but will probably never be upgraded to the new DRM. Sony and Pocketbook, for example, have released a number of models over the past 5 or so years, most of which have since been discontinued..
It gets worse, actually.
If you look hard enough you can still buy many of the ebook readers released in 2010, 2011, and 2012 as new, and you can also find them as refurbs or used. They work just fine today (albeit a little slowly by today’s standards) but when July rolls around they will be little more than junk.
And that includes ebook readers owned by libraries and other cost conscious institutions.
There is one bit of luck, though.
That way you can read the books you bought, however you want.
That’s only fair.
Check out Defective by Design for more general information about DRM and how to avoid it.
And in the meantime, keep reading.