Worlds

Skyla System

The Skyla System is the fictional universe in which the Gunship series, Fleet series and The Colony take place. It’s a mashup of military science fiction, western and fantasy themes. Orc wielding swords against steampunk vampires? Yea, we’ve got that. Begin the story today:

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Jacento

Fictional city where zombie cowboys like to hang out. It’s our world, two decades after the zombie outbreak. And trust me, anything goes. Begin the story today:

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Heroes

This series is set in an alternative universe which is part fantasy and part steampunk. There’s a bit of magic involved, and one of the lead characters just happens to be a detective who drinks too much. Begin the story today:

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Arcstead

Arcstead City is the fictional world of my series American Superhero. The mayor and his champions fight against Frank Nemesis, who has an army of baddies at his disposal. Shady detectives, lion men, vampires and biker gangs, just to name a few. Begin the story today:

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The Gunship Giveaway.

*UPDATE* Gunship: Reflections can now be found HERE!

 

 

So, in case you haven’t heard, Gunship: Reflections is going live this Monday(5/21). A lot of authors throw together promotions in order to spread the word during a book launch. Giving away Kindles, autographed books or even vital organs. I have pretty much seen it all. And while you may fancy my spleen, I’m pretty sure I need it. So I had to come up with something a bit different.

My promotion is pretty simple, and all you have to do is #RT the book link on Twitter when it goes live. I am going to be giving away TEN sets of autographed photos(pictured above). Each set includes a glossy photo of all three trilogy book covers and they will be autographed as follows. Gunship/Amanda Elizabeth Glimmeria/Scott McGregor and Reflections/myself. You heard right. Gunship will be autographed by THE Sarah Blaine that appears on the cover, Glimmeria will be autographed by THE Adam Michaels who appears on the cover and Reflections will be autographed by the guy who wrote the novels. Sorry, the pictured frame is not included 🙂

How do you win? The TEN people who send out the most RT’s of the new book link from Monday 5/21 to 7/1 win. It’s that simple. Please don’t spam your followers, it’s tacky. And yes, I realize that’s over a month long. Amanda lives out of state and is(out of the goodness of her heart) autographing hers by mail, so it will take until 7/1 to have them ready. I will select FIVE members of my “Inner Circle”(as a thank you to your already dedicated RT’s) and FIVE Twitter followers.

On 7/1 I will contact the 5 members of my “Inner Circle” who sent the most RT’s and the 5 Twitter followers who sent the most RT’s, get their mailing address and send them a collection. I pay shipping, and have even purchased matching Sharpies for the signatures. This way you can frame the art and hang them(that’s what I do), or sell them on EBAY and maybe fetch enough for a Big Mac combo. The possibilites are endless. So get your #RT finger ready everyone, because sometime early Monday morning I will begin posting the official link to Gunship: Reflections!

Why I will never be traditionally published.

For those of you in a hurry, the short answer is because I choose not to. For those reading who have a few moments, read on. I am about to explain in detail why nobody should be going the traditional route.

 

For those of you who don’t already know, the original Gunship manuscript actually got a bit of attention from TOR Books. Did they shower me with candy and flowers? No. Did we sing the “Ballad of Serenity” together over the phone? Afraid not. In fact, we never spoke on the phone. After reading about a third of the story they sent me a single email. Never extended an offer officially, but the fact that it had even been read by them means I beat the odds. You see, for years upon years traditional publishing companies were the gate keepers. They held all of the keys in terms of a career in writing.

It was that very email which sent me onto the path of self-publishing. You see, it was made clear to me up front that a TOR Gunship would include no Dalton James, have no Hunters and Amanda Elizabeth would never appear on the cover. She didn’t have the “right look” for science fiction. It was explained that in order to pull as many sales in as possible, I would have to write the story a bit more on the normal science fiction standard. Reach a larger group of potential readers. In other words, Tor was asking me to change Gunship so we could all make more money.

A couple of problems here. First off, I don’t write for the money. I write because the characters in my head force me to. Second, I can’t do normal. I’m not your typical gator logo wearing author who golfs on Sunday. I am a strange cat, obsessed with the idea that science fiction and steampunk can be mixed with a western theme and still kick ass. I’m also obsessed with Bille Piper, but that’s another story for another day. In other words, I will never water down my product for the dollar(formally known as the all-mighty dollar, but with the economy these days). My readers are not the generic kind, they are intelligent enough to see the humor in Gunship and cool enough to know that whiskey drinking vampires trump little green men in silver spaceships.

I don’t blame TOR for trying to make money, it would be my guess that other traditional publishing houses think the same way. And it’s also a big reason as to why they are falling like houses made of cards. No, my fan base isn’t massive, not everyone can sit down and read the Gunship series and “get it”. But those who do, have jumped in and helped me promote it with zeal. And because of them, last month Gunship: Dual Strike hit the #10 spot in science fiction(Kindle) briefly. That means a lot of TOR authors, in no uncertain terms, got their asses kicked. Some authors feel the need to be accepted, they need a traditional publishing company to pat them on the head and say “good job” while picking their pockets of hard earned royalties. I don’t. You’ll also hear a lot of “buzz” that self-published authors write poorly or aren’t that bright when it comes to marketing. In many cases this may be true.

Of course, there are the rest of us. Self-published authors with the taste of blood. Let this be a letter of notice for the traditional publishing companies across the world. We are coming.

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I was a Tardis virgin, so to speak.

Yes, I write science fiction. I also throw out a blog here and there(just in case anyone reads this drivel). My platform to bitch, point fingers and so forth. However, nothing comes to mind at the moment, so I thought I would simply explain what a crazy couple of weeks it has been.

Doctor Who. Yep, finally took the plunge and began watching this show. I stepped out of my normal comfort zone of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and Stargate to try something new. I was a Tardis virgin, so to speak. My honest opinion so far, it rocks. The upside to this franchise is amazing. Rose is hotter than forty Hades, the Doctor(season 1) can act his ass off and the intro theme(Tardis theme I think it is) has started to haunt my every thought. Only downside to this show that I have seen so far is less than decent acting by a few secondary characters. I would accuse the guy Rose “dates” of not being able to act, but it’s more than likely only jealousy talking. Her mom on the other hand, cannot act worth a damn. Over half done with season 1, and so the journey continues.

Hope no virgins reading this were offended by it’s title. Everyone gets offended so damn easily these days. Wait, what’s this? Blog material for next time?