Wow. It's been almost two months since I've posted here. TWO MONTHS! Can you believe that???Anywho, since it's now closing in on the end of November, I figured it's time to come at y'all with some much-needed updates as to what's going on in the world of TRO.First of all, I've had three short stories appear in different anthologies over the last two months. The first is a tale called CHORUS (inspired by one of Jesse's drawings), that appears in J.L. Bryan's DARK TOMORROWS alongside Amanda Hocking, Joel Arnold, and S.W. Benefiel. The second is one of the favorite
tales I've ever written, a little ditty called 39 DAYS
, which leads off the Daniel Pyle-edited UNNATURAL DISASTERS
compilation, including the likes of the fantastic Scott Nicholson, William Meikle, and J.A. Titus. And finally, I wrote a disturbing short titled ONE GOOD TURN
that is included in the Holiday Special Ebook Edition of SHOCK TOTEM MAGAZINE.
In this issue it's the staff who gets to shine, as the editors and reviewers (moi!) steal the show, our voices heard loud, squishy, and (mostly) clear.
In other news of a more US
variety, I'm right now putting the finishing touches on the 3rd Rift book, DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL.
From there it's on to editing and proofing, and Jesse then has to get his ass in gear with the cover and illustrations. This is both an exciting and nerve-wracking project, as it's so different than either of the first two books. However, I'm confident it's still a good book - I'm thinking it's the best of the bunch so far - so we'll see how that plays out. The release date is (fingers crossed) January 5th.After that, it's on to the second installment of THE GATE. For this one, I've collected stories from 10 fantastic writers - a few carryovers from the first issue, plus some rather exciting additions. The
tentative release date is February 15th, though with the unexpected snowfall at the beginning of the month setting Jesse back a bit, it might end up being closer to the end.This is a REALLY busy time for us. Personally, my schedule is jam-packed with projects, which means my partner's is, as well. Interested to see what my plan is from here on forward? Here's a list of what I have
slated to be released through January 2013:January 5, 2012 -
DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL: THE RIFT BOOK IIIFebruary 15, 2012 - THE GATE 2: 13 TALES OF ISOLATION AND DESPAIRMarch/April 2012 - THE FOREVER MAN (working title)(novella)July 2012 - THE SUMMER SON: THE RIFT BOOK IVNovember 2012 - THE GATE 3: 13 STORIES OF MONSTERS AMONG USJanuary 2013 - THE MIRROR OF SOULS: COVENANT BOOK 1So there
you have it. That's six planned releases in a span of 12 months. Too ambitious? We'll see...Peace, folks, and we'll chat soon.RJD
My good friend and fantastic author buddy Dan Arenson joined me in promoting our respective books on E.J. Steven's From the Shadows
blog. It's really quite entertaining, if I do say so myself. Check it out by clicking the link below!Ken from Silas meets Gloriae from Blood of Requiem
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Just wanted to drop by and let everyone know that The Fall, which has been on sale for 99¢ for a month, will be returning to its regular $2.99 selling point come Monday, June 13th. That means you have two more days to pick up the fantastic first book of The Rift for its bargain-basement price.Purchase The Fall for your kindle here
Yes, folks, the new book is up and running - on Amazon and Amazon UK in ebook format, that is. The paperback is still a few days away, but it'll get here, I promise.
So, here's the cover and description:
"Ken Lowery is a man at odds with his life. He hates his job, is disappointed in his marriage, and feels resigned to leading a mundane existence.
That all changes when his wife brings home a rambunctious Black Labrador puppy named Silas, who forges a remarkable connection with Ken and begins to heal his inner turmoil. When some neighborhood children start to go missing, he takes it upon himself to protect those around him and is thrust into a surreal world where monsters roam. Not everything is what it seems to be, he soon discovers, including his new best friend."
I really need to thank Dans Arenson and Pyle for their work beta-reading this manuscript. And of course I need to thank Jesse for the fantastic cover, Mel Rico for the lettering, and my wife for putting up with me. Last but not least, thank you Leo, my one-eyed yellow Lab, who was my true inspiration for writing this story.You gentle readers can purchase the ebook at, as I mentioned earlier, Amazon and Amazon UKPeace, folks, and we'll talk to you soon....RJD
So who's in the mood for some music?It's now April second, and I'm sure there are a few intrigued souls out there who are now wondering, "Where the hell is the singing? The bongos? The unabashed, falling-on-your-knees worship of the winner?Honestly, it's going to take a little while for this to happen...or for a winner to be chosen.The last 40 days have been quite interesting - which, if you ascribe the the old Chinese parable, isn't necessarily a good thing. Mercedes and I have had massive sickness and personal
trauma, suffered from exhaustion and walleye from staring at a glowing monitor for much too long. Writing 2500 words a day for 40 days definitely seems doable when you start out, but when life intercedes, things can get dicey. And not all of us are as prolific as Amanda Hocking. Woe is us.But before anyone goes
and thinks I'm starting a pity party, I'm not. All I'm trying to say is that because of these outside (and inside) stresses, the fine Mercedes and I have decided to push our Gauntlet deadline back to May 1st. But that, my friends, is final. There will be no more extensions after that.Now, there will be one (self-imposed) revision to the rules, however. Due to the extension, the fact that I've made some FANTASTIC progre
ss, and the reality that I don't have to deal with the added stress of a child growing inside me and the complications that can arise from that, I now have to not only complete the full manuscript, but also a pair of edits. In other words, if Silas
isn't in the hands of my betas come May 1st, I lose. As for Mercedes...I'm not holding her to anything but getting her novel and essays finished. If she wants to add more stress to the mix, it's all up to her. Personally, I think she has enough to deal with. But in all honesty, she probably thinks the same thing about me.
Check up on her blog, A Broken Laptop
, if you want to hear what she has to say about it.So there you
go, folks. I know it's disappointing that you have to wait another 30 days for the satisfaction of observing out utter embarrassment, but hey, we gots to do what we gots to do.
So here we are, everyone. This is the official one-week mark since the start of the contest between Mercedes and myself. Here are the numbers as they stand this moment:
Start: 1996 words.
2/27 - 22,137 words.
Words this week - 20,141
Words to go - 77,863
Well, that was a good start. My initial goal was 25k last week, so I fell a bit short. That just means I'm going to have to kick it into overdrive this week.
Time will tell. Off to write now.
So here it is. My official first day of the competition between Mercedes Yardley and myself. Every Sunday I will be posting an update as to my progress with Silas, the book I must complete by April 1st. So here it is...
Words written - 1996
@ Words needed for completion - 100,000
Words to go - 98,004
What a haul! See you next week with more updates.
Okay, so this weekend Jesse and I are getting together to assemble the print version of Dead of Winter. It's en exciting time, folks.
However, that's not what I'm here to talk about today.
I am here to announce that starting January 12th, I will henceforth be working on a new book. This will be more of an urban fantasy/paranormal romance/horror novel, aimed at a slightly younger audience. It is the first book in a series I'm calling Covenant, firmly titled The Mirror of Souls. I won't get into the plot right now, because that's not what's important.
What is important is that I'm giving myself three months to write this book. That's right, folks, my goal is to have the first draft complete by April 12th, 2011, and have an eventual release date of June 1st. If figure if I hold myself to writing 2000 words a day, five days a week, I can pump out a resonably polished manuscript in 90 days. That's the goal, anyway.
Now, for any concerned about the 3rd (still untitled) installment of The Rift, you needn't worry. On April 13th, whether I've finished the new project or not, I'm going to start the rewrites. Our tentative release date of next December will not change.
So, that's what's happening with me. Keep reading, keep being awesome.
So 2011 is here at last. Time for some updates!
It turns out the full release of Dead of Winter will only be delayed for a month. Jesse is hard at work on the illustrations, and we'll be getting together the 15th of January to put it all together.
Also, for some even better news, the prices of both books will be dropping. I've decided that I didn't use my space appropriately last time. We will be changing the format of the first book (along with DoW) in order to drop the page count, which in turn will drop the price. Look for both to be in the $10 to $13 range. Condensing makes them that much more affordable...not to mention appearing more professional. Which they are, by the way.
As a final note, after the release of the final DoW version, we'll be hard at work constructing the print for The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales. This one should come in the $5 to $6 range - a small and affordable book of shorts.
So we'll be seeing you soon, folks. Remember to post reviews on Amazon or Goodreads whenever you finish a book. We need your support. There wouldn't be an us without you.