#1 Again!

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Once again, The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth went to #1 in Dark Fantasy. This time it only made #4 in Sword and Sorcery. It placed in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, and #10 in Horror! So that’s twice in the top ten of all horror.

Thank you all!

We meet again, Mr. Martin.

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Kindle Daily Deal: Actuator!

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Today, The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth is being featured as a “Book Deal of the Day” on Amazon! So for a short time you can get it on your kindle for just $1.99. I know most of my blog subscribers probably have or know about this book already, but it’s a great day to recommend it to friends or share THIS LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Actuator-Fractured-Earth-James-Wymore-ebook/dp/B00EI77VS0/

See the Daily Deals Page. Note: This link will only work for today, after that it will have other daily deals. Yesterday, I checked it out and saw the same spot my book is in was occupied by Kurt Vonnegut!

Fractured Earth is also being featured today on Scifi365.net. It’s a cool mailing list where they send you deals on science fiction e-books (some free, most cheap). When you sign up they give you 20 free e-books as a bonus. They are mostly classics, but there were a few I really liked. The difference between these guys and other freebie mailing lists is that they vet every book. That’s right, he read the Actuator before he decided whether or not to feature it. Luckily, it passed! So, for all my blog followers, I highly recommend signing up for this mailing list. You can find it at http://www.scifi365.net.

If you just want to see today’s e-mail blast from them, featuring a nice review, just go to the post online.

Thanks for all your support!

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

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The Darkworld Series
Prequel Novella: Fear’s Touch
Book One: Darkness Watching
Book Two: Walking Shadow
By Emma L. Adams

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Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…

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Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy novels for children and young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an insane number of books. At the age of 21, she signed a publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press for the first book in her creepy urban fantasy Darkworld series. DARKNESS WATCHING was published in October 2013, and four more novels and a novella will follow. She chats about writing and other book-related things at her blog, From the Writer’s Nest, and looks forward to sharing more tales from the bizarre depths of her imagination.

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Borderlands Anthology Paperback!

After a long wait, I present to you…

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The Actuator 1.5: Borderlands Anthology in TRADE PAPERBACK! And somewhere along the way, it also became available for the Nook at B&N.

It was a great experience working with all these authors. We have a LOT of great reviews up now, too. If you’ve been waiting for the physical copy, wait no more!

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This is probably a good time to give you an update on The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur, too. I have the first round of edits back, and I’m working through them now. So, hopefully the next book in the series will be out in a few months.

Between by Lisa Swallow

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What do you do when you are attracted to two men and both have the power to kill you with a touch or a kiss? Can Rose trust either of them – or anyone in her new life?

Ghosts? Demons? Angels? Or something more? The supernatural you find living and working in this English city are a little different to those you usually find in the genre…

Rose survived the accident that killed her friend. The problem is the life she returns to scares her more than the night she almost died.

When Alek and Finn enter her world, Rose discovers the after-effects of the accident are worse than she thought. The slow recovery and fogged nightmares aren’t the only changes she needs to cope with.

Rose has an immediate and intense attraction to arrogant housemate Alek. This confuses her as much as the chilling effect of her enigmatic work colleague Finn. As Rose struggles to cope with her new life, she learns that her connection to the two men threatens all their futures

Alek has lived years closed off from people. He didn’t expect someone like Rose to come into his life and challenge the reality he grips onto.

If Finn doesn’t fix the mistake he made, his life is in danger. His desire to help and protect Rose makes his task difficult, especially when she’s the mistake he needs to fix.

When Alek’s past catches up, Rose disappears. Trapped between the living and the dead, on the edge of Hell, Rose is unable to find her way back. Alek and Finn could help her – but are they prepared to risk the consequences?

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ABOUT LISA SWALLOW
Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a side of snark. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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Ode to My Editor

For a long time, I hated editing. I don’t mean that I just thought of it as an enemy or even a nemesis. I mean, it vexed me and stood like an inexorable sentinel between me and my dreams. Most of my journey as an author has been overshadowed by it.

I wrote a dozen books before I got one published. The first few were awful, and they improved slowly. I should have written half that many and then applied myself to editing them. Why didn’t I? Because I had no confidence in my editing abilities and it was just more rewarding to write another novel than edit a past one. Oh, I went through them and made changes after the fact. I just didn’t have the skill, nor did I know how to acquire it. Eventually, I read a lot of books about editing and grammar and went to enough classes at writers conferences that I knew I had to just buckle down and do the hard work. However, no matter how hard I tried, I was never happy with it.

When I finally managed to get a book published, I vowed to edit like a mad man. Same with subsequent books. I was thrilled when each of my books came out. Then, my heart was broken as my publisher told me they had to be rewritten and rereleased. I worked so hard on one of them that the suggestion to do another edition caused me real distress. But none depressed me as much as The Actuator.

After I did a full edit myself, they sent it to Cait Spivey. As she talked to me about what I needed and expected for this round of edits, I told her, “Don’t hold back. Don’t sugar coat it. Tell me every suggestion, no matter how harsh or trivial.” When it came back and I saw the sheer number of edits and depth of changes in them, I had to put it away for a few days and try not to curl up into a fetal position and cry. At the same time, I contacted my publisher and told them, “I don’t ever want another editor besides her again.”

When I finally sat down to dig into the edits, I quickly realized how amazing these notes were. I laughed and cringed as I slowly worked through the comments and suggestions. Recently, I got back the edits for Actuator 2. Once again I find myself grinning, sometimes at myself. For the first time in my life, editing is a communication. For the first time, I feel like I’m getting suggestions from somebody who really understands me as a writer and my work as something more than a string of sentences needing grammar and style changes.

I found myself transformed. I started looking forward to edits, instead of dreading the slow grind through box after box of comments. I can’t wait to start each new chapter.

Alas, that such an ideal editor should continue on til death. It would be too simple and perfect to be real. So, of course, fate calls her away. I support her goals and the places she hopes to go. I only wish it did not have to be so soon. Still I can’t complain. I’ve learned to love editing… and that will be a gift that stays with me, wherever our separate writing paths lead.

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Thanks, Cait! I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me.

Check out her website and her books on Amazon.

Even though she’s no longer with my publisher, she’s still editing. You can find her at Bear and Black Dog Editing. Naturally, it gets my highest recommendation.

Beyond the Shadows by Anna Hub

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“A violent shudder travelled up my spine, each vertebrae snapping together like a zip lock, all my muscles tensed but I couldn’t tear myself away from the image …”

If your shadow was trying to consume you, how would you run from it?

What if you were afraid of something you could never escape?

Selena Parker’s journey into the unknown begins in her dreams, but the consequences are carried back into her conscious life and she soon realises paranormal forces are at work. Her shadow has become more than just an image, it is a gateway to a sinister new world where mysterious creatures roam and she is confronted by danger that challenges her will to survive. She finds the man whose fate is linked inexplicably to her own but she knows nothing of him and doubts his true nature. Her only option is to place her life in his hands while they search for a way to stop the shadows claiming them forever.

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When I was a child I wanted to be an author, it seemed like a perfectly attainable dream to me then, but of course I grew up and realised that writing was not the best way to make a future for myself. So I discarded the idea and decided to do something normal.

When I studied nursing I thought I’d found a place for myself, but within six months of working in that field I knew I needed more. So in July 2007 I bought myself a lap top and started writing in my spare time. It took me two years to complete my first book and by the time it was finished I felt as though I’d learnt enough to pursue the dream.

My love for writing has grown rapidly since then and now I know that it’s something I can’t live without. It’s a place where there is no limit, no exact destination and my mind is free to exist in many worlds.

It’s a beautiful sanctuary.

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