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Welcome, new folks!

Hi, there. I've had a number of people join the mailing list recently. I want to make sure everybody gets their free Frosthelm book, Traitors Unseen. If you haven't gotten it, you can get it free here (the site will ask you to sign up for this newsletter, which you're already getting) or here from Smashwords. It's also on Apple BooksKobo, and Barnes & Noble. Please, enjoy with my compliments.

Got Trouble? I do.

But hopefully the good kind! This is one of my favorite moments in my writing process - the day when my book goes from a faint concept through a long stretch of daily accretion, revision, and thought, and then becomes a real object in the real world that I can pick up with my real hands. Even six books in, this is a special moment, and I'm such a dork I usually take a picture of it in my car outside Office Depot. Here you go:
 

The next step is that my wife, Christina, is going to give it a read through and fill it with her usual very helpful comments and suggestions, which manifest as a forest of post-its along the side. This is a crucial step in my process - Christina has helped bring all of my books to life. She's thoughtful, creative, and a great editor, and she reigns in some of my poor choices and stupider tendencies (although nobody alive could put me entirely on the right course). I'm probably going to take a month or two and try to send out some queries to agents. I tried that back in 2012 or so with Flames Over Frosthelm, and it's a tough process - lots of waiting, summary rejection, and silence. If I get nowhere, I'll get a cover done and release it myself, maybe in June or July.
 

What's next?
I'm also ready to get to work on my next sci fi book. I anticipate writing the first couple pages tonight, although after that, my weekend will be taken up by the 50th running of the Ludum Dare 48-hour game competition. I always have fun with this. The group of programmers votes on a topic, and then you have 48 hours to make a completely new computer game from scratch, including design, coding, graphics, sounds, and interface. It's a lot of fun, even if it cuts down on sleep. If you're interested, my games list from the eleven times I've done it are here. But on Monday, after the 48 hours are up, I'll be back to writing stories, not code.

See me look like a doofus
Book blogger Raul from Raul Reads invited indie authors to do a one-minute elevator pitch on his YouTube channel, and I took him up on it. It was a little scary - I'm not accustomed to being on camera, but I gave it my best shot, and included some Pop-Up Videos style commentary as I did. You can see me and the other five authors on Raul's channel here.

Some stories to try

I'm part of several author collectives, and we share each other's work to try to help all of us reach more readers. In many cases, the books we share are are free or discounted. Sometimes, they ask that you sign up for a newsletter like this one.

First, I have a whole sci fi series, starting with Chase: The Boy Who Hid by Z. Jeffries. Right now, you can get the four books of the Hide and Seek series free on Amazon. It's a YA sci fi series centering around Chase, a precocious 14-year-old who inherits a bunch of high-tech gizmos leading to secret powers from his grandfather, powers which he employes in a top secret government-sponsored game of tactical hide and seek.
 


 

Second, I have a free sci fi novel, Stratton, from Edita Petrick. Two young women make their way to the backwater space post of Stratton, but they're soon caught up in politics, interstellar intrigue, space pirates, and a fleet reluctant to admit them because of their unusual gifts.
 


 

Next, I have two large book collections for fantasy books that are free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. They include novels and whole series. First is Magical Escapes, a ton of books with really neat covers. Apparently empowered female leads are on point this month.

Next is The Fantastic Kindle Universe, another huge group of fantasy books and series. If you love fantasy, and especially if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, check this one out.

Next, I have a set of Free Fantasy Ebooks, with tons of novels, stories, and novellas, all free for everybody, not just Kindle Unlimited folks. There is a ton here to try out, with not a penny to pay. Have a look!
 

Finally, I have a set of 27 free audiobooks for reviewers. These are all different genres. Authors are volunteering here to give free audiobooks to people who review them. If you've never done an audiobook review and don't have a track record, you might not get picked, because the reviewer codes Audible gives out are somewhat scarce, but there's no harm in looking and requesting - many authors will give a code to anybody who asks. Please, stop by and see if there's something you'd enjoy.

 

Thanks!

I really appreciate you being part of my little literary community here. I'm excited to be finishing up one project and starting on a new one, at least after I get whatever game I am to make this weekend finished. I'll share that with you next time.

If you have read The Woeling Lass, please feel free to share your thoughts about it in a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Bookbub - it hasn't been reviewed yet, and I'd love to have some comments up there. Of course, if you want to talk to me about it, write me any time - I love hearing from readers.

Thanks again, and may the Bloodmother watch over you - 
Dave

 

 
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