So while our free promo is still going on, I figured it'd be a good idea to set aside this little block to tell you about another little freebie that's going on right now, which is a quaint little slice of dystopian fiction called Suspense by Jason Letts.
SUSPENSEBy Jason Letts
Spencer Nye can’t control the rage bubbling under her skin over the world around her. The trouble is, by the year 2102, the world has solved most of its great problems. Without hunger, war, greed, or even money, people obsess over the glamour of the Culture Industry and its mega-celebrity Idols, who vie for followers over the social networks of Connect.
But Spencer discovers there is plenty to fix within the Idols’ competition for more popularity. She becomes a diehard and promises to do anything to help her Idol, a dreamy movie star named Cleary Mintz, bring his vision of hope and purpose to the world. When she stumbles onto a threat against his life, she’ll have to fight harder than she ever thought possible or lose the man who means more to her than any other.
Suspense, the first book in a new dystopian trilogy, contains 76,000 words and is recommended for ages 16 and up because of depictions of violence and some sexual themes.
The second book in the trilogy, Expense, is now available on Amazon! DOWNLOAD FOR FREE NOW!
As I've said before, I count myself extremely lucky that I've been able to get to know and converse with a great many accomplished and upcoming authors. These are my friends, advocates, and support system. They help lift me up when I'm feeling down, and they also enrich my life by allowing me to get lost in the worlds they create. So I'd like to take this opportunity to help give a few of them (and their recent news) the props they deserve.AMANDA HOCKINGI consider myself quite lucky that I've gotten to know this wonderful, talented, and supportive woman. She's a great author and an even better
person. If ever I need advice or simply to shoot an idea off of her, she's quick to reply and assist, even though she's busier than hell. As for news, Amanda's Trylle Trilogy series has been optioned to be converted into screenplay by Terri Tatchell (she of the team that wrote District 9, quite possibly the best movie of 2010)
. What, you say? An independent author having an Oscar Nominated Screenwriter
converting her work? This is fantastic news, and I'm super-pumped about it. Amanda deserves every iota of success she gets, and I hope she gets tons more.To read this announcement in Amanda's own words, visit her blog.DANIEL ARENSONRecently I had the privilege of reading his book, The Gods of Dream.
Dan is an author I've come to know well over the last year. I love all his work. Even if it doesn't completely mesh with me, I can still see the natural ability he has as a writer. He's another one of the most supportive folks I know, and his talent needs to be out there. As for The Gods of Dream, I reviewed it on my blog, Journal of Always. Go check it out, and then buy it. It's a fantastic book, and I put my reputation as a reviewer on the line in saying I guarantee you'll get something out of this special work of fantasy that you might not have expected.E.J. STEVENSE.J. is another talented and compassionate writer. She runs a very popular blog dedicated to everything paranormal, From the Shadows. She is an ally to all writers, constantly filling her site with author interviews and book reviews - something very time-consuming, especially for one with their own books to write and promote.
She's also a super-sweet person, and yet another willing to take time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions or be an ear if I need one.Her good news is this: E.J.'s publisher recently discounted the ebook versions of first two books in her series
, She Smells the Dead
and Spirit Storm
, to $2.99 and $3.99, respectively. I can personally vouch for both books (I read SStD, and am almost finished with Storm). They are beautiful bits of escapism and innocent, otherworldly charm. And at that price, they're a bargain. I suggest them to anyone with a soft spot for paranormal romance or young adult fiction. Good work, written by a spectacular person...and one who needs our support.Well, that's all for now. Look out for more shout-outs on this blog next week, 'cause I'm thinking of making this a staple feature of the TRO blog.Peace!RJD
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.