Time for one more episode in November! I squeaked it in!
Speaking of time, this episode is all about how I structure and schedule what I will be writing over the next few months. I go into detail on how I pick my projects and how I recover when the best laid plans get off track. This is a good one for those of you that struggle with budgeting your time.
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!
That’s right, my fine feathered people (you are feathered, get used to it), there is a new Jake Bible novel that has been released into the wild.
The wild, wild OCEAN, that is!
May I present: Blood Cruise!
Look at that cover. LOOK AT IT! How can you not want to buy this book?
Ben Clow’s plans are set. Drop off kids, pick up girlfriend, head to the marina, and hop on best friend’s cruiser for a weekend of fun at sea. But Ben’s happy plans are about to be changed by a tentacled horror that lurks beneath the waves.
International crime lords! Deep cover black ops agents! A ravenous, bloodsucking monster! A storm of evil and danger conspire to turn Ben Clow’s vacation from a fun ocean getaway into a nightmare of a Blood Cruise!
International crime lords? Deep cover black ops agents? A ravenous, bloodsucking monster? And more! MORE! THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL! ALL THE FUN! SO MUCH FUN AND BLOOD AND ACTION AND BLOOD AND POKER AND BLOOD AND GUNS AND BLOOD!
So get to the clickety-clickety on that fine, fine cover and prepare to be transported on a…wait for it…BLOOD CRUISE!
That is right, folks! Metal & Ash is finally available in audio form!
The third book in the Apex Trilogy is now ready for your listening pleasure. I know it has been a long time coming, so I am sure there are several of you out there that have been waiting in anticipation for this release. Anticipate no longer!
Get to the clickety-clack and pick this baby up! Also, lest we forget, audiobooks make GREAT holiday gifts! Give the gift of Jake this season!
What began in the wasteland of Dead Mech, and continued alongside Europe and Asia in The Americans, now has its epic conclusion in Metal and Ash.
Commander James Capreze and his team of mech pilots must no longer battle just zombies, cannibals, religious cults, and the ever-dreaded dead mechs. Now, they will be put to the test by the forces of the Three, as the evil alliance bent on dominating every inch of the world attacks from two fronts, forcing Capreze to split his forces and make alliances with those he had been sworn to defeat. The wasteland becomes the setting for an epic fight for basic human survival like it hasn’t seen in hundreds of years.
Will 50-foot battle mechs be enough against hundreds of thousands of techno-zombies ready to wipe everything living off the scorched map that is the wasteland? Join Capreze, his mech pilots, the refugee Americans, end every denizen of the wasteland as they make one final stand to keep the Three from bringing humanity’s downfall. Alliances are formed and broken, mech pilots are made and murdered, secrets are revealed and agendas destroyed, and thousands of bodies fall and rise again in the Apex trilogy finale: Metal and Ash.
In this episode I talk about how there is no one way to be a writer. How we all have our own process. I also talk about pot pie because pot pie is yum.
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