Bestselling Religious & Horror

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Today and tomorrow, Windows into Hell is just 99 cents! It’s been tearing up the Amazon charts, ranking #8 in all Horror and #8 in all Religion & Inspirational. I’ve ranked in Horror before, but this is my first bestseller in Religion. Those are not even subcategories. Not only that, but the contributing authors have been all over the Amazon Top Authors page with yours truly ranking at #21 in Horror and #61 in Religious & Inspirational. That’s just now, it’s not even finished! With 21 reviews, not a single one is below 4 stars. If you want more information, check out my Windows into Hell page. This book is getting amazing reception, so grab it while it’s hot.

Thanks to all of you for your help!

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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!

99 Cent Sale!

windows-into-hell-coverMy publisher is putting all my books on sale over the next week. So, if you missed them, now is your chance to fill our your collection, cheap! Today (Monday, December 12) for the first time EVER on sale, you can get WINDOWS INTO HELL!

With a Stoker Grandmaster award winner, an international #1 bestseller, and a line-up of many incredible authors, this is one of the best existential works you’ll read.

And how much risk is it for just 99 cents?

 

 

 

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And if you’re not in the mood for deep thoughts, you can get something lighter. Who doesn’t like ghost stories, and nightmares, and monsters? Or better yet, a romance between a ghost and a monster? There’s all that and more.

I spent ten years world-building this story. Ten years of my life and you can get it for less than a buck. Try EXACTING ESSENCE!

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. 🙂

Free Story for Halloween

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Happy Halloween!

To celebrate, I have a new short story FREE right here for you. And if you prefer not to read it, you can watch me read it live with the Gangrene Band jamming in the background.

Or you can get the album FREE from Craig Nybo!

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And if that’s not enough Halloween fun, go get Immortal Works Press’s premiere book by Jason King and Jon Grundvig for just 99 cents (this week only): Thomas Destiny!

Not enough awesome for you? Go read another short story for FREE on IW’s site.

Want more geeky goodness? Check out this podcast about Halloween Movies with Dungeon Crawlers Radio, that I just happened to be on.

I love Halloween!

Cover Reveal: Windows into Hell

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This amazing cover art by Eugene Teplitsky and Curiosity Quills Press. I’m particularly excited about this anthology, because I think it has a powerful message. Based on A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck, this collection is different authors’ ideas about what hell might be like. In the very obscure genre we are calling “religious horror,” it includes work by a Lifetime Stoker Award winning Grand Master, an #1 International Horror Bestseller, the originating book’s author, and yours truly (among others).

It’s available for pre-order now!

If you can’t wait, start with A Short Stay in Hell now. Windows into Hell will be out in three weeks, but you can enter now to win a free copy on Goodreads! Just go to:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/205057-curiosity-quills-anthology-windows-into-hell

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I love short stories. Even though people sometimes say it’s a dying art, I really like reading and writing them. Sometimes a very short work can be extremely poignant. Here’s an example by one of my favorite authors: Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. I have a few free here, too.

I also love art. So covers are very important to me. (See my covers.) I often say how happy I’ve been with my publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, because they consistently do amazing covers.

So, I especially appreciate anybody who goes to the extra expense to do illustrations for each story in an anthology. The two at the top are the illustrations for my stories in the CQ anthologies. The artist, Ricky Gunawan, does amazing work. So, when I began editing the Borderlands Anthology for the Actuator series, I knew I wanted art for each story, but I wanted something unique to better match the feel of the story. We brainstormed several ideas. What we came up with was something I’ve really liked. In fact, we are using the same process for the upcoming anthology (which is what made me think of writing this post).

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We started by having each author select a stock photo they felt represented their story. This picture was chosen for  a ghost story set in Japan.

 

Then I took the color out of it (because they are printed in black & white) and applied a rendering process. I think it gives it a kind of computerized-painted look which goes well with the multi-genre nature of the Actuator series.

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Finally, I put the title and authors name onto the picture. It gave them a kind of “old movie poster” feel that seemed to represent the various genre clichés the stories are set in.

The final product feels both artistically consistent with the series and true to the feel of each story in the collections. I liked it so well, I used the same method on all the art in the Actuator RPG. (The full version is coming soon from FINAL REDOUBT PRESS!)

What do you think?