Cover Reveal: THE LAST KEY

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At long last, the much anticipated climax of the Actuator series draws near. It’s due to be released November 17th in e-book and sometime after that in paperback. If you haven’t been keeping up, you can find the rest of the books here.

THE ACTUATOR 4: THE LAST KEY

The Actuator, a machine capable of literally changing reality, was created to make a utopian paradise. Before it happened, a saboteur used it to transform the world into patches of every kind of genre fiction, scattering the keys necessary to put it back across the globe. Everyone alive found their lives radically altered, some living in fantasy realms with real magic and others in incomprehensible horrors. Thrown into chaos, people struggled against aliens, pirates, orcs, and vampires. Many died. Only a handful of people on the planet, called Machine Monks, even knew why it happened or how. Now they have to put it all back before humanity is destroyed.

Continuing their quest for the Actuator keys, the Machine Monks realize their cause is becoming hopeless. An army of half-machine men is rapidly spreading over the face of the earth, converting anybody they don’t kill to their cause. With superior numbers and technology, their leader will not stop until every living human is subdued and loyal to him.

Keeping the first key with him, preventing anybody from using the Actuator to change the world, the sociopath rampages. Even if they could get all the keys, the small group opposing the tyrant don’t know what to do when they get to the final one—a key they’ve never seen before. If they don’t find the answers fast, the world will be lost.

(Oh, and Happy Friday the 13th!)

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Buy SCHISM and get money back!

Schism is on sale for just 99 cents! If you buy it soon, Amazon will send you a $1 kindle credit you can use to buy any other e-book. That’s better than FREE!

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Also, if you act fast, I’m offering the first two people who buy it and message me on Facebook with a picture of the purchase a code to get the audiobook FREE, too. Here’s where you’d go to message me: James Wymore’s Facebook Page. Also, we should be friends if we aren’t already.

What are you waiting for? Get it now!

(Note: I think Amazon is running this promotion for anybody who buys a kindle e-book. You can only get it once, so it won’t work again if you got it already. Technically, you can get it for any book. So, if you have SCHISM already, you should still buy something. I recommend HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley, which is also on sale for 99 cents today. If you post on Facebook and tag him, he’ll send you something else free, too. It’s like Christmas in October… which is like a movie, I think. Who loves you? I do.)

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Schism Audiobook

Schism Audiobook

Now Available: Schism Audiobook!

Actually, I have to confess, it’s been out for a while. The reader, Zach Bjorge, has an amazing voice talent. You won’t want to miss this story. It’s shorter than most books, so the audiobook is only about as long as a movie… a really great action movie!

Preview:

On the scorched world of Schism, all life survives in huge trenches, protected from the heat of the torrid sun.

In these chasms, human colonists often find themselves at odds with the indigenous humanoids called Spiders. Jake’s airship, powered by ancient technology, takes advantage of the unique terrain, but makes him valuable to both sides of local warring tribes. The captain and crew of the Sky Turtle are forced to risk everything in a fight between these followers of opposing elemental magics. If they fail, it could cost them everything.

If you start a new Audible account, you can get it FREE! If you don’t want one of those, just buy the e-book and then you can get it via whispersync.

Enjoy!

 

What’s in a name?

It’s been too long since I wrote a legit blog. Time is relentless in its march. Still, I want to talk about names. Really, I want to discuss made-up names and words of all kinds. Maybe the benefit of what I’ve learned will help you in your writing endeavors. If not, at least it should be interesting.

If you’ve been with me from the beginning, you probably remember the tragic first edition covers on my first two books. I’m embarrassed to show them now, but it makes a point. (Just to ease my mind, I’m putting the newer versions, too.)

 

 

To this day, the Space Balrogs won’t call my first book anything except, “The Cracide.” Which is what the title looks like on that initial cover. Since then, I’ve learned it’s best not to title a book after a made-up word at all. Not only because I get confusion by people who think the book is about killing God as some kind of anti-religious statement (which it isn’t, it’s about killing a Theocrat who claims to be God), but a lot of people aren’t attracted to the title at all because it inspires confusion more than curiosity.

I went to a book signing where Terry Brooks shocked the entire audience of fans by informing us that Shannara is pronounced Shan-uh-ruh, not Shuh-nar-ra. Every person there had been pronouncing it wrong for decades. I’m guessing after a lifetime of correcting people’s pronunciation of his title, he wishes he hadn’t used a made-up word in the title, too.

Exacting Essence isn’t much better. It sounds cool (to me), but nobody knows what it means. So again, it causes confusion instead of curiosity. So, by making bad decisions in the past, I’ve learned to title books using only common words people already know. It is much more likely to inspire them to want to learn about the book. Here are some better book titles.

 

Uniqueness in titles isn’t as important as getting the reader’s interest. Common words can make a really good title.

I think this has also affected how I think about made up words in the book as well. I have a few in Salvation, because it’s a straight up fantasy and monsters and towns need names. But even though there have to be made up words in it, I think I would advise authors to use as many common words and when they are made up, spell them in a way that’s easy to understand.

Schism is the name of the planet. An actuator is a legitimate machine part. The sense of something familiar being used in a new and “magical” way is more intriguing, I believe, than if I named the planet Blarghdorugh and the machine R.T.C.I. (Reality Transforming Computer Interface). There is a place for fancy made-up words, of course, but less is definitely more.

So what brought this up now? My work-in-progress involves me deciding what to call a city, the people in it, and various aspects of their culture. So I have been revisiting some of the wisdom I learned by past mistakes. The title will not be a word I make up. The city must be called something that sounds like a real city, named as real people would name one. And the characters will have names that are “futuristic” in the sense that they are names people might really use as a result of a real societal evolution… not Zaphanianna or some other nonsense that readers can’t pronounce. It’s unlikely that after people used the name Matthew for thousands of years it will suddenly disappear in 100 years and nobody will be giving it to newborns.

If I save just one author from making the same mistakes I did, this blog will have been worth the effort. 🙂

3 People Made My Weekend

This last weekend at Salt Lake Comic Con’s Fan X was amazing. I only had one panel, but we had a blast. I sold a decent number of books, too. What made this convention so much more awesome? Three people.

Each of them came to me and said something similar. “I bought your book last time and I loved it, so I want more.”

Wow!

It’s happened before, but not so many so close together. The real kicker is, they each had a DIFFERENT book they liked which brought them back: Salvation, Theocracide, and Fractured Earth.

Thank you. A million times, thanks!

I know there are fans out there who read e-books, so I don’t get to meet them at the con. I appreciate all of you. It was all worth it if even a few liked them enough to come back for more. 🙂

Chaos Chronicles Paperback

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Now available in paperback! The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

This book includes amazing stories by 9 authors. It isn’t “optional” like the Borderlands Anthology, though. These stories are machine monks, separated from the main group, and their struggles after the saboteur comes back to wreak more havoc on the world. It’s part of the main story line, so you absolutely must read it before the series climax comes out later this year. If you are following the Actuator series and only want your books in paper, the time has finally arrived.

Read more about the series on my Actuator page or…

Get it now!

Actuator Audiobook!

The Actuator: Fractured Earth is now available as an Audiobook! Read by Roger Wayne of Tantor Audio, you can get it on Audible or as a book on CD.

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They went with a different cover, but it’s the same Actuative goodness. The audiobook is $24.99 on Audible, but if you have the e-book already, you can get the audio through Whispersync for just $3.49! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you should buy the e-book, then the audiobook either way. The book on CD is $29.99. Either one, comes out February 28.

I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’m super excited for my first audiobook to be out!