One more Friday down, a bajillion to go! Or something like that. Time is confusing.
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Now, on to the Drabble!
Dead Or Dormant
“Is it… Is it a…god?” Teller asked, one gloved hand to his chest, the other on the butt of his pistol.
“No, Teller, it’s not a god,” Basko replied as he checked the readings on his handheld scanner. “It doesn’t even register. The thing is dead or dormant.”
The two crewman stared at the behemoth that was collapsed across the hillside. Above them red clouds swirled endlessly, creating a vertiginous feeling that threatened to send both of them to their knees. Finally, they turned and hiked back to the shuttle.
A massive eye opened, filled with relief. Close one.
Disclaimer: My god, it’s full of scifi writers!
Bell Bridge/BelleBooks is a small publisher that has been putting out consistently great work for the past sixteen years. That’s a nice track record for a small publisher which is why I considered signing with them. As a dozen new small presses enter the marketplace each year, finding one that has actual longevity and sales is a plus.
The deal is for three books: one stand-alone urban fantasy novel and two urban fantasy novels in the same series (although they will be stand-alones and not dependent on each other). They’ll be published over the next year/year and half, so be on the lookout for announcements!
What’s the first novel? Well, I’m glad you asked!
It’s actually an idea I have been playing with for some time. Here’s the pitch I proposed that got me the gig:
“Stone Cold Bastards–
Genre: urban fantasy/action adventure
Imagine the Dirty Dozen as a team of gargoyles that must defend their Sanctuary against a raving horde of demon-possessed humans that want nothing more than the destruction of the entire human race and all that is good. Imagine that.
Stone Cold Bastards is set in a world where Hell has released its demons, leaving most of humanity a puke-spewing, blue-skinned, head-spinning mess. Humanity’s last hope? A team of misfit gargoyles, come alive and ready for battle during the End of Days. Unfortunately the gargoyles could care less if humanity is wiped out. The only thing they will fight for is their Sanctuary that they had perched on for centuries as stone carvings. Luckily for some survivors that have found the Sanctuary, the gargoyles’ protection extends to everyone that can make it inside the walls and away from the demon hordes.
But when a wandering gargoyle and a small child, who apparently holds the last hope for humanity, show up at the Sanctuary, things get tricky. Will they be given protection or left out in the Hell that Earth has become?
Stone Cold Bastards offers rip roaring action, over the top violence, and pulpy good fun of the Lee Marvin kind in an urban fantasy setting.”
How’s that work for ya? As soon as I have a publication date, I’ll let you know!
As for the other two novels, they’ll be urban fantasy also since that is a genre that Bell Bridge has found quite a lot of success with. Announcements for those will be soon.
Why’d I sign with another publisher when I already work with Severed Press and Permuted Press? Good question. In fact, it’s a question that I’ll be answering on the latest episode of Writing In Suburbia. If you want more in-depth details then I suggest you subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss the episode when it drops later today (subscription info below). Cool? Cool!
That’s it! Looking forward to working with Bell Bridge Books and all the great people there!
This week I talk about how it is perfectly normal to feel raw and exposed and emotionally vulnerable when you share your writing with others. It gets easier, but it takes time. I also clarify my opinion on HB2 and where I’m coming from with that subject.
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That is correct, folks, there is a new release by yours truly (that’s me)!
Let me introduce to you: Fighting Iron!
For Clay MacAulay, none of that matters as he roams the land in a war machine from a time gone by. He wants nothing to do with small desert towns or brutal dictators. He only has his sights set on a new life. Unfortunately for Clay, too many ruthless people want what he has. They want the war machine he pilots. They want the battle mech that shouldn’t exist anymore.
They want his Fighting Iron.
But they will have to pry Clay’s cold, dead body out of that pilot’s seat before they can take it from him. And he plans on fighting them every massive mech step of the way!
A far-future mech western, Fighting Iron is a rip-roaring scifi adventure filled with six-shooters, plasma canons, rough and rowdy saloon brawls, showdowns, corrupt landowners, and fifty foot battle machines ready to crush everything in their path!
Get to the clicking on that pic, y’all! Time to read some badass mech fiction!
On the latest episode of Writing In Suburbia I talk a little about why perfect continuity may not be the best thing when dealing with a long timeline. I also rage against humanity, as I am known to do.
Bonus: cold coffee!
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