11/21/17

Emaculum Audio Book is Here!

I might have missed the deadline on this by a tiny little bit…

So, first, the official announcement:

And second, an acknowledgement that this audiobook  might have taken a *tiny* bit longer than I intended. Like two years longer. Okay, like…um… three years longer. I could talk about all the reasons for this — delays from actors, life challenges, agent changes, my general stupidity, to name a few — but I won’t. The bottom line is that I dropped the ball on this. Thankfully, I have good friends.

Enter Lynn Roberts, a reader of my books who has followed me since the first of my Scourge books. Lynn’s helped me out in more ways than I can count. He’s been so awesome that I made him the captain of my street team, The Knights of Calas. A while back ago, I was bitching talking to him about the problems I was having with the audiobook. And Lynn stepped in one more time.

“You know,” he said, “I used to do some radio work. If you want, I could do it.”

Lynn doesn’t have an English accent, but he’s got an impressive, deep voice. And I know he is passionate about The Scourge, a quality that is far more important than anything else. Also, each of his biceps is bigger than my chest and he could kill me if I said no. So I played it safe and gave him the go-ahead.(Obviously I’m kidding–I was stunned and awed, and grateful that he would want to take it on).

Lynn sat in his makeshift studio for an ungodly number of hours, recording take after take of each chapter and sending them to me for approval. He had to suffer through my draconian criticisms and endless nitpicks for months, and he did it without a single complaint. I can’t thank him enough for his work. It’s because of him that this audiobook exists.

I’m sure some people will fault the book because Lynn does not have an English accent, like Nico Evers Swindell, who read Scourge and Nostrum (and did a fine job). But Emaculum is read by someone who loves the series, someone who has been consistently loyal to me, someone who stepped up to help me when I needed it.And if anyone complains about the accent, Lynn will probably crush their spine with his pinky toe. (That’s totally not true. Lynn is too classy for that. He would use the pinky on his hand.) Also, because the rights to The Scourge series have reverted to me (have I not talked about this? I guess I have another blog post to do), the first two audiobooks are no longer on sale.

So I guess Lynn and I will have two more books to do…

Hallelujah.

12/3/15
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Peers out from under the covers…

Yeah, no updates for a bit. My apologies. Life’s been a bit of storm these last couple of months, so I’ve been clinging to driftwood and trying to stay afloat. Just wanted to give a quick update on a few things…

Emaculum Audio Book

First and foremost, I wanted to announce that, after a year of false starts, Emaculum (book three of The Scourge) will be getting an audio version (finally!). Those who follow me are probably aware that I had some problems with deadlines with the first voice actor. It became so frustrating that I was actually thinking of doing it myself, but I have no recording equipment and I don’t have the time right now to learn how to do it properly (30 hours at the very least to record and edit it). I was despairing about the situation when the captain of my Street Team (The Knights of Calas) stepped up in an *epic* way and told me he would do it. And so, I present to you, Lynn Roberts, knight of Calas and hero of the Emaculum audio book! I’ll have a separate post about Lynn and his journey into audiobook recording soon. He’s great with accents, but he will be reading the book without an English accent. It might be a bit surprising when you first start listening, but I’m sure his powerful voice will get you into the story right away.

The Madness of Valatriste

I have 30 pages left to write in my current work in progress. Tentatively titled The Madness of Valatriste. It’s a fantasy with Spanish and French flavorings, lots of dueling, and a main character that is sanity-challenged. I’m having a great time writing it, but it has become a bit epic. I’ll have this one sorted soon and hopefully have my agent sell it to someone early next year.

Tristan Novella

The promised Tristan novella will be the next thing I work on, barring contractual obligations. Sorry for the delay on this one!

Viral Marketing?

So, someone put together a few graphics for The Scourge trilogy–just images with quotes from the books on them. If you are so inclined, feel free to paste them around on the internet for some viral type marketing. Just click through for the full-size version if you need it. If people pin them to Pinterest/Instagram/Facebook and such, they might gain some traction and help with the books. I appreciate any sharing of these!

As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or drop me an email. I’ll be back soon with some more updates and interviews. Thanks again for your support!

 

01/25/15
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Emaculum Print Book Now Available!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that the Emaculum print book is now available! At the time of this writing, it’s only available from CreateSpace. It will be available on Amazon in a few days, but if you want to get it now, please use this link.

I don’t make a lot on the print copies, but I think I actually get a little more money from the CreateSpace copies, so even when they are available on Amazon, I’d be grateful if you bought them from the link above.

Apologies that it took so long to get these printed. I’ll be offering a few signed copies for sale ($20) in the next few days, so contact me if you want to get your name on the list!

Thanks again for all of your wonderful support. And stay tuned for some more news next week.

 

08/5/14
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Release Day: The Scourge: Emaculum!

It’s here! The final book of the Scourge trilogy! Please buy early and often. And if you like what you read, don’t be shy! Please post a review on Amazon. Oh, and we’re having a book launch celebration on Facebook in ten minutes! Come on by, between 5 and 1030 EST for banter, trivia contests for prizes, historical facts and general rollicking!

 

 

Thanks again for all your support! Hope to see you at the party.

 

08/4/14
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Emaculum Cover Reveal

Hi everyone. I know this is a little late, but I’ve made a dozen variations of the cover over the last month, so it was only finalized today. So, without further ados or adont’s, I present, The Scourge: Emaculum cover!

Oh, and can I just mention again that EMACULUM GETS RELEASED TOMORROW!!!!

*’Home Alone’ Scream*

Crap! Still have so much work to do. Reminder that we’ll have a launch  party tomorrow from 5:30 to 10:30 pm on Facebook. Click here to sign up for the event!

See you tomorrow!

 

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07/26/14
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Emaculum: Online Release Party, August 5, 2014!

Hey everyone!

On August 5, 2014, there will be a Facebook party for the release of Emaculum, and the conclusion of the Scourge trilogy. The event starts at 5pm EST and will last until 10pm EST. My fiancee, Annabelle, and I, will host the party, and a slew of visiting authors will take part. (Click here to sign up for the event (make sure you’re signed into Facebook)).

It’s like this, but some of the guests will be scarier.

What exactly is a Facebook launch party? It’s a whirlwind of fun, prizes, online chats, trivia contests, and anything else we can come up with. Think “country fair” with more authors and camaraderie, and less carnies and clowns. (Although, knowing some of my writer friends, there may be just as many carnies and clowns).

Scott James Magner, guest of honor, will be releasing his story, Winter, on the same day!

So, who will be there? Well, historical fantasy author Scott Magner (Blood and Ashes, Winter) for one. Scott is releasing the second book in his Seasons of Truth series on the same day (August 5th, if you’ll recall) so this is kind of a joint launch party).

I’ll also have some of the original authors of The Mongoliad (historical fantasy): Mark Teppo (The Mongoliad, Sinner), and Joseph Brassey (The Mongoliad, Katabasis).

Other authors? How about the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award nominee, Anne Charnok (A Calculated Life)? and below is a list of the other participants:

Fantasy/sci-fi writers Michael and Linda Pearce, (Diaries of a Dwarven Rifelman, Rage of Angels).

Tony Wolf (the upcoming historical-fantasy graphic novel  Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons).

Urban Fantasy author Melissa F. Olson (Dead Spots, The Big Keep).

Kate Maruyama, genre-defying specialist (Harrowgate).

Fantasy author Roberta Trahan (The Well of Tears, The Keys to the Realms).

Historical fantasy author Adam Haviaras (Children of ApolloIMMORTUI).

Fantasy author and Emaculum beta-reader Robert J. Duperre (The FallDawn of Swords)

Award-winning author J Lincoln Fenn (POE) can’t appear live, but will have a post (Hawaii time makes a live appearance difficult. Let’s all feel sorry for J Lincoln Fenn, who lives on an island paradise. Poor J Lincoln Fenn ;) ).

Books will be given away. Prizes earned. Fun will be had by all. Except the carnies.

Each of these writers will have a turn on the event page, posting a short blurb about storytelling or history, and then opening up the comments to speak with visitors. These are all published, successful authors, so now’s your chance to ask them questions, gain nuggets of wisdom, and brush elbows with the literary elite.

As if that’s not enough,some of the authors will be giving away copies of their books or other prizes. I will be giving out prizes as well, holding trivia contests, posting snippets from Emaculum and photos of places Edward has traveled. Annabelle will be talking about her role editing all three books and the crazy, crazy long-distance relationship that she and I nurture.

So add an entry to your Google calendar, sign up for the event, and drop by on Tuesday, August 5, between 5pm EST and 10pm EST for a festive, merry, crazy carnival of fun. That’s right. I used three adjectives. It’s gonna be *that* good.

 

 

07/18/14

Emaculum Release Date!

It’s been a long time coming, I know. But I am putting a tentative release date for The Scourge: Emaculum. And that date is *drums and fanfare*

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014.

Watch this blog in the coming days for lots of announcements, teasers, giveaways, artwork, a cover release and naked pictures of Charlize Theron and George Clooney. Okay, I’m kidding: I won’t have any artwork. But there will be a party!

I’ll be hosting a Facebook launch party and I would like each and every one of you to come! More info on that soon, but I promise to have lots of great authors for you to chat with, and you’ll have plenty of chances to win swag like free books and gift cards and such.

Please help me generate some buzz by posting this release date to all of your social media outlets, emailing friends, commenting in discussion boards, nominating for book clubs, pirating tv and radio stations, broadcasting across Skynet. Whatever you have to do. I think I’m supposed to say “as long as it’s legal” now, so, as long as it’s legal.

Thanks again to all of you for your patience and support!

 

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