Now Available: Trace the Stars

Trace the Stars

My short story, FIDO, has been reprinted in a space themed charity anthology. All proceeds go to help poor students get into the Doc Smith Symposium (also known as the LTUE Writers Conference). It just came out today, so I’m heading to Provo, Utah, for the release party panel today. I’ll be there all weekend if you want to come get a copy of Thug #1.

Oddly, this is one of my favorite short stories. Get it now!

On an unrelated note, I made an animated gif for an online ad. I’ll just put it here for fun.

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Now Available: Thug #1

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It’s finally out!

This book has been a longer than usual journey. I’ve had illustrators start and quit. I’ve bounced it off several publishers. It’s gone through a few big rewrites. Eventually, the art and publishing came together, and it’s now available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback!

Superheroes and villains constantly battle for control of Denver, Colorado, so somebody has to do the heavy lifting. CJ Cruz found his niche working for whichever super-flavor-of-the-day happens to be running the show at the time. Since most of the self-labeled heroes claiming to be on the side of justice don’t hire henchmen, he usually winds up doing the street-level work for supers operating outside the law. His family and priest just think he’s a gangster, but CJ knows his motivation is pure. He keeps on the windy side of law enforcement by following a few simple rules, the first of which is keep your head down and never be the boss’s right-hand man. People tell him he should get a new job, but he likes working around supers. Besides, except for intimidation and roughing-people-up he doesn’t have any other skills necessary to make rent and pay child support.

Get more information on the THUG #1 Page.

My friend, Holli Anderson, has a superhero themed book out new today, too. So we are doing a double release cross promotion. If you get both of the e-books from Amazon, we’ll mail you a copy of the CHOOSE YOUR OWN APOCALYPSE anthology with both authors’ signatures! We both have short stories in it, of course. So what are you waiting for?

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Send a screen shot to jameswymore (at) gmail.com with your mailing address.

Then just sit back and enjoy some amazing super powered stories with some incredible art by John Christian Perkins!

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If that’s not enough, you can come and get autographed paperbacks this weekend at the Immortal Works table at LTUE or next Wednesday, February 20, at our Double Release Signing Event. 🙂

 

Thug #1 Double Release Party

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My good friend, Holli Anderson, and I both have new Superhero themed books coming out the same day! So, naturally, that calls for a party! You are invited!

It’s Wednesday, February 20, at the Grantsville City Library – 42 N Bowery St, Grantsville, Utah 84029. 6 PM Mountain Standard Time. If you’re in the area, join us!

Oh, and in case you haven’t seen it yet… COVER REVEAL!

Assembling a Cyberpunk Heist Team by Jodi L. Milner

As part of a blog swap (see my last post), Jodi L. Milner wrote these fun instructions, which I think you’ll enjoy.

Assembling your Cyberpunk Heist Team

By Jodi L Milner

Listen, if you’re reading this you are already up to no good. Kudos. I like your moxi. Chances are you’ve got plans, big ones, the kind that needs cash. We’re not talking about rummaging up enough coins to sleep in a real bed, that’s nothing. If you take my advice, you’ll never have to sleep on a pile of cardboard again.

We’re talking credits. Those penthouse-dwelling corporate yes-men got ‘em. You need ‘em.  The cybernetic enhancements you want won’t pay for themselves, and without ‘em you might as well start selling your brain space to the highest bidder.

To pull off a successful heist, you need a team.

The Mastermind – That’s you, sweetheart. Someone must know what’s really going on and drive this crazy bus all the way across the bridge. If you’re reading this, you better have a plan and charisma. You’ll need both to pull this off.

The Money – Great plans need credits. You’ve got to have credits to steal more. Watch out for this guy, he’ll be the first to stab you in the back. The best place to find Mr. Money? The DMV. Thanks to papa government’s stubborn insistence to cling to last centuries tech, all license and ID renewals still require in-person biometric data gathering.

The Metal – Get yourself a robot, the dumber and stronger, the better. They come in handy for carrying heavy bags, breaking through doors, and blaming stuff on. My personal favorite place to find one is at Walmart. Ever since they replaced the senior citizen greeters with robot thugs there is a whole new population of underpaid disgruntled robots to choose from.

The Motherboard – You’re smart, but you’re not that smart. You need a regular wiz kid, or even better, one with integrated fiber-optic circuitry and a high-speed network connection. If you play your cards right, this kid will crack codes, hack passwords, and hunt down all the intimate details of your mark. Find your motherboard anywhere where the drinks are cheap and the network is fast. I recommend choosing a teenager young enough to still believe they know everything and old enough to not get themselves killed.

The Magnet – Every organic being has a weakness and your magnet is there to exploit it. Both smart and sexy, the magnet must to be irresistible to your mark as well as completely loyal to you. Don’t use one of your exes, trust me on this. I personally prefer using restaurant staff working to make ends meet between movie auditions. They tend to be the perfect combination of desperate and good looking.

The Maniac – Every brilliant plan has a dash of crazy, and this guy is your man. He is essential for when things go wrong, his ability to improvise and adapt to ever-changing conditions can make the difference between success and failure. Interestingly enough, these guys tend to be good with explosives, go figure. Finding a good maniac is quite a challenge as every single one of them tend to be very different from the next. However, scammers and heist planners out there all tend to know at least one dependable maniac. Use your connections and find yours.

There’s one more person that you have to consider when assembling your team, and this person is quite possibly the most important person to put research into.

This person is your mark.

If you do your job right, the mark will never know he’s been had. If you do your job poorly, he’s the guy who will dog your every step until you’re behind bars, or worse, erased.

The ideal mark is someone who has staff who cares for his mundane needs. He has people who go to the bank, to corporate meetings, and pick up his current girlfriend from her flat for him. Bonus points if you’re mark just happens to be the head of the company that sells the drug which destroyed your family.

Research your mark well, know everything about him. Know his weaknesses, his strengths, his favorite candy bar, and his favorite brand of toilet paper.

With a solid plan, a skilled team, and an ideal mark, you are set to pull off a successful heist.

50650227_1976827169291357_4497815702287155200_nAbout the Author

Growing up, Jodi L. Milner wanted to be a superhero and a doctor. When she discovered she couldn’t fly, she did what any reasonable introvert would do and escaped into the wonderful hero-filled world of fiction and the occasional medical journal. She’s lived there ever since.

These days, when she’s not folding the children or feeding the laundry, she creates her own noble heroes on the page. Her speculative short stories explore the fabric of dreams and have appeared in anthologies and magazines, while her novels weave magic into what it means to be human.

She still dreams of flying.

Check out Jodi’s blog & website.

Follow her on Facebook.

Look her up on Twitter.

Also check out Jodi’s book, Stonebearer’s Betrayal.50853103_563592630776657_751250485138161664_n

A secret society of immortals tasked to protect the world.

A demon bent on revenge.

And a girl brave enough to fight for her family when the two collide.

When Archdemoness Wrothe stirs the ashes from a long dead war, it rekindles a fire that threatens to burn the world. The immortal Stonebearers have the power to bring her down, if they learn of her awakening in time.

Katira didn’t believe the legends. It wasn’t possible for a person to bend the very fabric of reality or live forever. She didn’t believe in the dark mirror realm either or that forces were at work to destroy the waking world.

That was before the first demon shadow hound came for her.

 

Toxic Fans and How Not to be One, with James Wymore

Jodi L. Milner, Author

Every single one of us has that one friend who hates things with an unusual passion. You know the one – and if you don’t, it might be you. The conversation will start with a casual discussion about the most recent movies they’ve seen and the next thing you know, they are ranting about some aspect of the show that you frankly could care less about.

This is a toxic fan – and James Wymore isn’t one of them. Trust me. He’s got opinions a plenty about recent reincarnations of certain franchises, but he also has that wonderful thing called perspective. As an author who has
solved the puzzles and fought to find what makes his fans happy, he gets it.

James and I are friends and fellow authors at Immortal Works press.

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Cover Reveal: Thug #1

Coming February 12 from Immortal Works Press:

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Superheroes and villains constantly battle for control of Denver, Colorado, so somebody has to do the heavy lifting. CJ Cruz found his niche working for whichever super-flavor-of-the-day happens to be running the show at the time. Since most of the self-labeled heroes claiming to be on the side of justice don’t hire henchmen, he usually winds up doing the street-level work for supers operating outside the law. His family and priest just think he’s a gangster, but CJ knows his motivation is pure. He keeps on the windy side of law enforcement by following a few simple rules, the first of which is keep your head down and never be the boss’s right-hand man. People tell him he should get a new job, but he likes working around supers. Besides, except for intimidation and roughing-people-up he doesn’t have any other skills necessary to make rent or pay child support.

For long time followers of my blog, you know I’ve always loved superheros and comic books. Although I almost had a gig writing a monthly comic, it fell apart. So I went back to what I know… novels. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of super logos, illustrations, and sound effect graphics to make the whole thing feel as much like a comic book as a novel can. Some might say it’s almost a multi-media work.

The cover art and interior drawings are all done by the extremely talented John Christian Perkins. While you wait for the upcoming release, here is an example illustration from chapter 9:

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Less than a month away!

More Mormon Steampunk and a Renewed Submission Call

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Available now: PUT YOUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL!

This is volume two of the Mormon Steampunk series by Immortal Works. Originally, it was meant as a single anthology, but with so many submissions, it became three. I’m not actually in this one… meaning I edited the first one, ALL MADE OF HINGES, and my story will be in the third one, PRESS FORWARD SAINTS. However, I recommend it, because all these stories are a blast!

All Made of Hinges E-book CoverWe had so many authors express interest after ALL MADE OF HINGES came out, saying they didn’t hear about the original call for submissions, that the publisher decided to make yet another volume. So I’m including the official call below.

If you read, get PUT YOUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL. If you write…

 

A Mighty Fortress: Mormon Steampunk Volume IV Call for submissions

Immortal Works (editor Holli Anderson) hereby calls for submissions for an anthology of MORMON STEAMPUNK to be called A MIGHTY FORTRESS.

Here is the deal:

  1. The writer’s religious affiliation is completely irrelevant. We don’t care; we don’t even want to know.
  1. The story does not have to be set in any particular world. The story must be in some sense “Mormon” and in some sense “Steampunk.” We’ll try to interpret those categories both broadly.
  1. If your story is faith-promoting (Mormonism is “true” in the story), we’ll stop reading it. If it is mean-spirited (Mormons are all idiots), we’ll also stop reading it.
  1. Stories should be at least 2,000 words long and generally no more than 8,000 words.
  1. The deadline for submissions is April 23, 2019 or until filled.
  1. Authors will not receive up-front payments. Authors will share in the revenues from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complimentary author copy.
  1. Send submissions to hollia (at) immortal-works.com. Include the words “A MIGHTY FORTRESS SUBMISSION” in the subject line.