Mixed news, gang! The digital copy of Pendulum Shift is now live! Absolutely zero problem if you’re a tablet enthusiast with a penchant for fantasy adventure. Just click here to go to the online bookstore of your choice.
But, uh, for those of you who enjoy the feel of paper pages turning in your hands, there’s gonna be a slight delay for the print edition. Amazon flagged it for slight format errors, small things I won’t bother you with here, but which once again made me pine for the yesteryear of CreateSpace. Those errors are fixed but resubmitting for publication takes me back to the bottom of the queue.
Rest assured, sometime this weekend the print edition will LIVE! And as an added bonus for those who are willing to endure the wait, I’ve set up a Matchbook price to where if you get the print edition you can download the Kindle edition for free.
Back cover of the print edition. Not showing the words for those who want a completely spoiler free read of Pendulum Heroes.
Meanwhile, those of you who signed up for the newsletter know I was running a contest to give away an ARC paperback of Pendulum Shift. The winner is a Goodreads user named Phil. I was supposed to announce this yesterday but I was dealing with Amazon and waiting for him to get back to me. Everything in its own time I guess. Or is it can’t rush the slow taste? Either way, things are happening as we speak. Sorry for the delay… I didn’t realize Pendulum Shift was going to be this shifty!
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.
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!
Pendulum Heroes became live today. The “Look Inside” feature is now active, so now you can see the first few chapters. No need for me to try to describe it, you can watch Mike Morrow vex about how he looks like a chupacabra lizard dude and Richard Bates go from fifteen to fifty and catch a Carrie-style shower. Watch Jason Streible figure out life as a one armed archer and see Melvin Morrow become mortified at the sight of a beautiful brown skinned warrior maiden in a chainmail bikini… mortified because he is that sight now!
Some of you have preordered it already and I appreciate it. Everybody else, go check it out on Amazon or the platform of your choice. Look inside and enjoy the start of a crazy awesome adventure!