The next installment of the Pendulum Heroes series is around the corner. It feels like a long time coming, and I’ve had several readers pinging me to see what happens next, mostly in the form of “What about Rich?” I’m not going to spoil anything here, but I will tell you the answer involves witches, vamp-beasts and cutthroat discounts for marble art. No spoilers because the wait is *almost* over. Pendulum Shift arrives May 31.
Some of you may have missed the start of it all, my debut novel Pendulum Heroes. Well, to celebrate the arrival of book 2 and get you up to speed, I’m hosting a free giveaway weekend on Amazon. If you’re signed up for Kindle Unlimited it’s already free, but for those of us who spent our KU membership money seeing Avengers Endgame (guilty!) you can still get it free from May 24 thru May 27.
And the book 2 celebration doesn’t stop there! Already read the highly rated (4.7 stars on Amazon!) Pendulum Heroes? Can’t wait for the second book? I got you too! You can win a free Advanced Reader Copy of Pendulum Shift before it’s publication date. Just sign up for my newsletter and you’ll automatically be entered into my Chosen One Contest, where Destiny (i.e. a random number generator) will choose the lucky subscriber on May 23. The ARC has a back and spine, which means more custom artwork featuring this handsome reject:
Sign up form for the newsletter is either at the top of the page or you can just click here. I’ll drop more updates as the contest and free weekend approaches as well a link to preorder the e-book (apparently Amazon isn’t keen on setting up preorders for paperbacks).
See you all in the trenches and on the other side of the portal.
My first post of 2019 is one of triumphant fashion. For those of you who still haven’t succumbed to your that growing, gnawing, ghastly curiosity and gotten yourselves a copy of my novel Pendulum Heroes, featuring gamers stuck in their avatars, it’s now available on NetGalley. Some of you may remember my last post where I mentioned the extreme expense of NetGalley… fortunately my active membership in SFWA not only proves I can write stories that are entertaining to someone other than me, but also affords me the opportunity to feature my novel on their NetGalley page for a fraction of the cost. I think this is one of the best perks available for indie novelists like me.
And for those of you who want a teaser, a small taste of my brand of gamer fic, my flash fiction story The Familiar Monsters recently dropped over at Daily Science Fiction. This makes my eighth time appearing over at DSF and it’s always a pleasure to see my story debut over there. They make little fanfare about it, so I kinda know as it hits my inbox or people come from all over the webz to tell me they dug it. This one’s my first gamer fic to appear on the site and you can see that, just like in the vein of Stephen King when he says it’s never about the monster, with me it’s never about the game.
So if you’re new to this sub-subgenre, try it out on me. But hurry on the NetGalley thing… it’s only on there for a limited time. Sometime next month it’ll go away, I dunno when exactly and February’s a short month, so act now or act now-ish, just as long as you don’t act crazy in the DMV… don’t be that person.
And of course, you can always just drop over to your favorite distributor and buy a fun new novel.
As I write this my Pendulum Heroes Goodreads Giveaway has exactly 187 entries. If you don’t know the significance of the number, a quick Google will tell you about it and confirm to you that I’m hypothetically killing it in these trenches. Not bad considering that my sole advertisement is telling folks it’s there on Twitter, Goodreads and of course here on the gristle. We’ve got just a little less than a week left before the giveaway ends, so now’s the time to enter if you haven’t already.
Also of pretty cool note, the site All Author has entered the Pendulum Heroes book cover into their Cover of the Month contest for August. The cover rocks and I think it’s miles ahead of the competition on the site, but I need your help on this. If you dig the cover too take a moment to go to Pendulum’s All Author page and +1 it. No need to register for the site or sign up for some kind of mailing list, it’s just a matter of clicking the link and hitting the vote button.
My top competition
Meanwhile, let me update you guys on what I’ve been doing. I know I said I was going to focus on the novel but I took these last few weeks off to engage in a Codex writing contest. They keep the tools sharp and they’re too fun to not put some words to. That said, you guys should expect some flash stories from me later this year.
Did all of you notice the title? I wanted to make a point and put a mark in the web-sand the difference between hypothetically killing something and literally killing something. Am I the only one irked when someone says “It was literally killing me” or “I was literally dying” or “my head was literally exploding” and I’m like “ARRRRGHH! I’M NOT A GRAMMARIAN BUT DAMN, DO YOU KNOW WHAT LITERALLY MEANS?!!” So I’m doing my small part to make “hypothetically” cool again. I think part of the problem is that it’s too damn long. And you can’t shorten it to “hypo” because you could mean a dozen words and that’ll just confuse everyone. I would literally piss off people with hypoglycemic, hypochondria, hypothermia and that’s a huge demographic that never did anything to me. Notice the usages. Plus, “hypothet” that sounds cool. That hypothet works. Try it for yourselves. Let’s literally destroy the world’s liberal use of literally.
So less than a week left to enter to win a free epic genre-savvy adventure novel, so don’t put it off. Click here and enter!
Also, don’t let the cover wither in obscurity when it looks better than a lot of covers gracing the front page. Only takes a second to click, so go vote!
HELP IT WIN!
Gristlers! July is starting off in epic fashion. Epic as in atmospheric steampunk war story featuring killer cyborg monkeys on an airship. Yes, people, my story “A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds” is finally out in the latest issue of Lightspeed! And they really gave the story and yours truly the royal treatment. Lightspeed made the story this month’s feature and the issue’s cover art, illustrated by the very talented Saleha Chowdhury, is derived from the story. They also podcasted the story, which makes for the second time a story of mine’s been narrated. It’s pretty cool hearing your words spoken back to you, and Stefan Rudnicki did a wonderful job creating atmosphere and also has a real knack for sound effects… he has a killer killer monkey impression!
Lightspeed didn’t stop there. They also gave me an Author Spotlight interview, where Gordon White asks me how I came up with this story and some of the aspects and psychology of the characters and their motivations. It’s definitely worth checking out after you read the story and want to know the behind the scenes. You guys will never guess how this idea of attack monkeys spawned.
Lotta links, right? Ok, let’s recap.
Want to read the story? Click here.
Want to listen to it instead? Click here.
Want to know why the monkeys straight from the source? Click here.
And as always, feel free to come back to the gristle and let me know what you thought about this or anything else. Happy July folks!