Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Preorder My Next Novel, "Seizure" For Only 99 Cents!

As I said in my last post, I'll be releasing my next thriller Seizure on February 15, 2015. New info, I'm going to be trying out the new pre-order feature on Amazon for it. Right now, you can order it for only 99 cents. Once it's released, the price will go up to $2.99, so this is a good chance to get it at a reduced price.

Here's the description:
When Kent Reynolds' closest friend dies of a fatal seizure, he thinks it's just another tragedy in his life, like the death of his wife years earlier. But as more people die the same way, he uncovers a horrifying conspiracy. Someone has found a way to make computers trigger lethal seizures in anyone who uses them. And it's spreading around the world. Kent must race to find the truth behind the murders and stop them before the Internet becomes a weapon to wipe out Mankind.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Seizure" is Coming on February 15

My next novel, Seizure, is going to be released on February 15, 2015. It's the second in what will end up being a trilogy of computer related thrillers, along with Dead Links. I'll have more information coming soon, but here's an overview.
When Kent Reynolds' closest friend dies of a fatal seizure, he thinks it's just another tragedy in his life, like the death of his wife years earlier. But as more people die the same way, he uncovers a horrifying conspiracy. Someone has found a way to make computers trigger lethal seizures in anyone who uses them. And it's spreading around the world. Kent must race to find the truth behind the murders and stop them before the Internet becomes a weapon to wipe out Mankind.
Stay tuned for more details!

Oh, and speaking of Dead Links, it's on sale for only 99 cents until 1/23/2015. If you haven't read it, this would be a good time to get caught up.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NPR's Ira Glass Explains Why Your Writing is Not Good Enough

It's a common fear among writers that their work isn't good enough, that it's actually pretty bad. And while there's a lot of stuff out there on fighting through that and believing in yourself, the truth is that sometimes...you're right. Your writing isn't that good. But writer and host of NPR's This American Life Ira Glass explained in his series "On Storytelling" why that's not a bad thing. Sometimes, it's that very gap between your writing and your expectations that makes you a good writer. Here's the animated text version.


[Via Goins, Writer]
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Monday, January 12, 2015

New Release: "TOONS 4 - The Anime Way"

With all my recent releases out of the way, I finally had time to edit and release the next book in the TOONS series, The Anime Way. In this installment, Crafty Wolf, Bizzy Beaver, Lucky Elf, and their new buddy Meany Wolf journey to the anime-inspired world of Neo-Neeyo.

When the gang lands in the futuristic city, they stumble across the Cybotech Five, a misfit team of Japanese warriors who use their giant robot to fight an evil alien empire. It's a world of martial arts, robots, and people talking without moving their lips. But when the Cybotech Five's leader goes down for the count, it's up to Bizzy and the crew to save the city.

Download The Anime Way today at the special introductory price of only 99-cents today! If you're new to the series, I've also dropped the price on the first installment, Living in Looneyville. And stay tuned for the final installment in the epic showdown, The Wonderful WonderWoods!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Story: "Time Junkie" Series

One of the benefits of Wattpad is that I finally have a place to put all the stories I've been working on. Like "Time Junkie ." I really do want to finish this someday, but having ADD means I have a thousand little bits of stories like this floating around. So go ahead and check out the first two chapters for free.

Here's the description:
"My name is Jonathan McGill, and I'm a time travel addict." From the moment he first tried the drug krono, which sends you back in time while you trip out, he began a downward spiral into crime and corruption, all while living through the moments that led to his addiction."
Oh, and The Girl Who Played With the Dragon Tattoo's Nest is now up to chapter six. And I'm definitely gonna finish that.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Giant Sci-Fi and Fantasy 99-Cent Sale - January 1 2015 Only!

The first of January is a good day if you're looking for books to read in 2015. Almost fifty authors (including myself) are joining together to offer a giant collection of science fiction and fantasy novels, all for only 99-cents each. The Mad Science Fiction and Fantasy January Sale will be going on all day on January 1st, and my scifi/adventure novel Operation: Masquerade is included as well.

If you're not planning to buy any, you can still help out by Tweeting or posting on Facebook about the promotion.

You can cut and paste this to Facebook: Giant sale of SFF books on January 1, 2015. All only 99c, get 'em while you can! http://ctt.ec/8mqf6+ #scifipromo

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If you're having trouble deciding which novel to read, you can read author profiles on my book and many others at Patty Jansen's blog. But hurry! The sale ends at midnight!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 Children's Books You Didn't Know Were Racist

A recent debate over Pippi Longstocking removing racist scenes from the TV show has ignited a discussion over how incredibly racist some beloved children's books were. The movement to censor or take these books out of the childrens' shelves is a fairly recent one. When I was growing up in the seventies, I was given The Story of Little Black Sambo to read, and no one batted an eye at the offensive caricatures. It was a different time. A different, racist time. Now that we've progressed as a society, Alltime10 has created this look back at ten children's books that had disturbingly racist overtones.
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Supreme Court Keeps Sherlock Holmes in Public Domain

Fans of Sherlock Holmes can rejoice about a US Supreme Court ruling that keeps the Great Detective's stories in the public domain. According to Fine Books Magazine:
An ongoing copyright case closed on Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal about Sherlock Holmes stories in the public domain. The Court left intact a ruling from the seventh US circuit court of appeals that 50 Sherlock Holmes stories published before 1923 are no longer protected by copyright. An appeal to that ruling had been filed by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, but their last-ditch effort to preserve an undoubtedly generous stream of income was denied. The Estate can, however, still collect royalties on the final 10 Holmes stories, which were published between 1923 and 1927 and remain protected by copyright.
All this hoopla began last year when writer and attorney Leslie Klinger put together an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories from modern writers. Klinger was asked by the Conan Doyle Estate to pay a $5,000 licensing fee, which he refused. Klinger then sued the estate and a legal battle ensued.
In the meantime Klinger's publisher, Pegasus Books, refused to publish the book after threats from the Conan Doyle Estate to stop sales from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Presumably, the book - entitled "In the Company of Sherlock Holmes" - will now move forward with publication.
This is good, not just for those who want to read the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but also those who want original fiction and adaptations (BBC's Sherlock is excellent).

But what do you think? Should Sherlock Holmes be free or should it be licensed by the estate? Should other authors be allowed to create their own versions of the character?

[Image Source: "Sherlock Holmes Portrait Paget" by Sidney Paget (1860-1908) - de.WP. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons]
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mad Science Fiction and Fantasy 99-Cent Sale - Coming January 1, 2015

I'm teaming up with dozens of other authors for the Mad Science Fiction and Fantasy Sale in January! On January 1, 2015, my sci-fi adventure novel Operation: Masquerade as well as forty-seven other science fiction and fantasy novels will be on sale for only 99-cents each. Normally, my book is $3.99, so it'll be a great chance to grab it and a ton of other books for pocket change. More details coming soon, but you can check out the dedicated page at Patty Jansen's blog.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

100-Word Sci-Fi: "Earthling Dynasty"

This week's story was inspired by the random word "decoy."

Earthling Dynasty
by
Nigel G. Mitchell

Toby Conrad felt disappointed when the blonde standing at the bar headed for the door. But at the last moment, she looked over her shoulder and winked at him.

Toby ran out after her, and spotted the blonde walking into an alley next to a Chinese food restaurant. He followed her into the darkness. A blinding light pierced the sky. He felt himself lifting off the ground. He screamed as he vanished.

*

Kodoc watched the Earthling teleport into the dissection chamber. "She did it again."

"Of course." His partner Saadyn pointed at the golden-haired android. "The decoy works every time."

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