The Actuator RPG

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At long last, it’s finally finished! The full version of The Actuator Role-playing Game mod. You can use this guide to turn any RPG into a multi-genre campaign. It comes with two free short stories set in the Actuator universe as well. What’s better than that? It’s FREE!

Published by Final Redoubt Press on RPG Now, you can download the entire game here:

THE ACTUATOR RPG

If you want more information, check The Actuator Book Page or The Actuator RPG Page.

Special thanks to Robert J. Defendi of FRP for his amazing help. Tell your friends and family, then get reading!

 

Sci-Fi Super-Sale!

 

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Today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, December 15 – 16, Curiosity Quills Press is putting all their science fiction e-books on sale for just 99 cents each! That means if you haven’t been keeping up with the Actuator series , you can get the FIRST THREE BOOKS for just $2.97. Not only do they have the amazing new covers, the interiors have been updated. So now there’s a new story by yours truly in the Borderlands Anthology, and a free short story included with Fractured Earth. What a great day to be alive! Here are the individual links–

The Actuator: Borderland Anthology

The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth

The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles (New this week!)

Want more information about the series before you commit? Check my Actuator Page.

Remember, books made great GIFTS! You can gift them from Amazon. By then the sale will be over and they will think you spent tons of money on them. Spread the love!

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If you aren’t up for starting a whole series, or you want something a little more in the literary sci-fi area, check out Theocracide. You can’t go wrong at this price, and it’s guaranteed to leave you thinking.Under a Brass Moon Cover

If your not looking for anything deep or even as long as a book, you can get this fantastic collection of sci-fi and steampunk. I have four stories in this anthology. Under a Brass Moon is a gigantic collection of awesome you won’t want to miss. The paperback is $23.00, but you can get it for less than a buck!

 

Go to Amazon now and get Theocracide or Under a Brass Moon, or both for just $1.98!

How Long is a Story?

Today I guest blogged on Forever Writers. It’s all about the arbitrary classifications publishers enforce on stories (genre, audience, word count, etc.) and how the Actuator series shatters them all! Check it out!

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Cover Reveal- The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

Coming soon (like Monday, December 12 soon) to an Amazon near you!

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Yeah, it’s as good as the cover!

Evolution of a Cover

The Actuator 1- Fractured EarthIt’s amazing how things evolve over time. When the first Actuator book came out, this is what it looked like. I’ve always loved it, and it gets plenty of attention from people at signings. However, editing shortcomings required us to put out a new version of it within the first year. We added a fairy (Xenwyn) to distinguish it from the first edition.

actuator-1-ebook-coverThis cover served us well for a long time, but eventually my publisher wanted to rebrand the entire series. What they came up with next AMAZED me!

In a more classic sci-fi vein, and geared to better attract the gaming crowd as a LitRPG story, this new cover just blows me away. Here for the first time.

 

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Isn’t that stunning?!!! Here are the other two books in the series so far and their new covers.

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And book 2.

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All these beauties should be up on Amazon this Monday… or soon thereafter. 🙂

Walmart.com stocks my paperbacks!

 

Now you can get the paperbacks of my books on Walmart.com! They are cheaper than on Amazon.com and you can get site to store shipping for free. Here are the links:

Theocracide

Salvation

The Actuator: Fractured Earth

The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

Happy shopping!

If you’ve read them, please follow these links, rate, and review my books. I’ll send you a free e-book or short story. 🙂

 

 

How many words make a story?

 

I remember the first time I checked out a really big book from the library. Not just a novel, this thing was gargantuan. Noble House by James Clavell. I think half of my motivation was just to prove that I could read such a huge tomb. In retrospect, I wish somebody had caught me and recommended War and Peace instead. Still, I finished it, and that was important to me at the time.

Since then, I’ve read and written stories of all different sizes. Some of the most powerful, ideas that have endured in my memory to this day, were crafted with very few words. For a while, most of the industry seemed ready to declare short stories extinct. Only a few magazines held out against the falling market, and writers largely considered those venues resume builders. Then Amazon revolutionized publishing and opened a way for people to get anthologies (or even stand alone novellas) out with very low overhead. Luckily, the dying art was given new life.

It was especially fortunate for me, since I managed to get into some of those anthologies and build enough cred to sway a publisher to take a chance on my longer works. I believe if nobody made any more short stories, we’d lose something very important and valuable. While I like books for the journey they offer, I feel in many cases the books are inflated beyond the needs of the story. This might be to raise the price of the book, or to extend the escapism time it provides. However, I think we’ve all read a long book or series and thought, “That could have been done in half as many words (or books).” Fans may argue that they want 20 books set in their favorite world, but I feel those massive collections are only one facet of the many possibilities for transmitting stories via fiction. In fact, the most powerful ideas can only be shared in much smaller works.

I guess that’s why I knew the Actuator series had to be done with stories of many sizes. It isn’t only a study in the meaning of various genres, it’s a study on the impact of differing story lengths. Thus, it is over 20 authors, working in different story sizes with characters intertwined through the larger arc. I didn’t realize it when we organized the series and pitched it to Curiosity Quills Press, but the whole thing is not just a multi-genre thriller. It’s also an exploration of every facet of written story telling. It will be nearly half a million words by the end.

Book 3, Chaos Chronicles, is just a few months from release. It contains some of the most imaginative, unique stories in the series yet. It started out as another anthology in the same setting, but once I read the amazing work in it, I knew we had to bring those characters back in for the finale (book 4). I can’t wait for you to read it!