Writing In Suburbia #36: All The Promises Will Be Broken
This week I talk about all the promises you will hear from other writers, from editors, from publishers, from anyone and everyone in the industry, and why those promises mean nothing. Not until the signature is on the contract!
I also talk about the Authors For Action: Kill The Bill event! Go get tix now!
Quick announcement about two new releases.
First, there is my latest novel, Drop Team Zero! Set in the same universe as Salvage Merc One, this novel is part of a companion series, but isn’t a sequel to SM1. New characters and totally separate story.
With the War treaty signed, the Galactic Fleet is now on permanent stand down. But a treaty doesn’t mean an end to the violence, corruption, piracy, or tyranny in the galaxy. The Galactic Fleet’s solution is a crack team of Special Ops Marines: Drop Team Zero.
Made up of the absolute fighting best from humans, alien races, hybrids, and even AI androids, Drop Team Zero is called on to handle the worst of the worst, missions that others would tag as pure suicide. But when Drop Team Zero arrives, the only threat of suicide is for the ones that stand in their way.
The next new release is the audiobook of Dead Team Alpha! Lots of teams happening today! I know folks have been waiting patiently for this to be in audio format, so thanks for sticking with me, y’all!
In the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested wasteland, there is one beacon of safety in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains: The Stronghold.
For decades, the inhabitants have fortified and defended the Stronghold from zombie hordes, building their society and culture on military precision.
And chosen from the best of the best is Denver Team Alpha. DTA is the elite strike force used to rescue survivors and refugees that have made it to the hellish wasteland of Denver below. But because of the unbelievable risks, and high mortality rate, DTA has come to stand for something else: Dead Team Alpha.
Now DTA will be put to the test as something far worse than zombies comes at them out of the wasteland.
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Wow, this post is just chock full of exclamation points! !!!!
Friday Night Drabble Party!
One more Friday means one more Drabble Party!
I don’t mean “one more” as in the last Party. No, no, no. I’ll be writing drabbles for y’all even after I step into the grave. I’ve made a certain deal with a certain someone to make sure that happens. Wink, wink.
Anyone else smell sulfur? No? Okey doke.
But, let’s be serious for a minutes. Blood Cruise. A literary tale of high seas horror with international crime bosses, ex poker players, covert ops agents, a giant tentacled killing machine, and a story with soul and morals and… Okay, okay, it’s a blood drenched book about a killer octopus. Nothing literary about it.
BUT IT IS $.99 FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS! HURRY! HURRY! HURRY!
Now…on to the drabble.
A Messy End
The Labor Minister fretted over the reports that sat open on his desk. He stared at the numbers, unsure of how to proceed.
Should he tell the Prime Minister? Or just hide the reports? Call a press conference?
No. Only one honorable solution.
The Labor Minister stood, turned to the window, grabbed the latch, and shoved. It refused to budge.
He was surprised maintenance actually sealed the window. It was too late for the previous six Labor Ministers, but it saved him a messy end.
“Now, where is that revolver?” he wondered aloud as he searched his desk drawers.
Disclaimer: Mmmmm, yeah, I’m going to need those TPS reports today.
Black Friday Night Drabble Party!
So, instead of a drabble, I’m going to talk about Indies First Small Business Saturday. I know, I know, it’s not as exciting as ripping someone’s throat out over a 40″ HDTV, but bear with me here.
Indies First is an idea created by author Sherman Alexie as a way for authors to give back to their local, independent bookstores. Basically, all across the country (and world) authors are volunteering their time to help sell some books! I will be a part of this at my local bookstore, Malaprop’s. Come find me from 11-1 on Saturday the 29th. I’ll be available to help you find that perfect gift for the book lover, or book liker, in your family or circle of friends.
Want to know more about the event? Here is a statement put out by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. Have a read and I hope you head to your local indie bookstore! Maybe you’ll run into me!
Friday Night Drabble Party!
Oh, yeah, it’s Party time!
But, I don’t have much time because I gots to be writing/editing my middle grade scifi/horror series! Yes, folks, you heard that right, I’m writing for the kiddies!
I WILL WARP THE MINDS OF EVERY GENERATION!
I think your kids will dig the new series. It’s Goosebumps meets the Scooby Gang set in deep space! Huzzah!
Now, on to the drabble!
Beware The Moors!
“BEWARE THE MOORS!” the old man cried.
“Does he mean the swamps?” I asked my companion.
“The swamps?” my companion replied.
“Well, yes, swamps. Are not moors a type of swamp?”
“BEWARE THE MOORS!” the old man cried again before pissing himself.
“Well, that’s unfortunate,” my companion said. “Shall we go?”
“But what about the moors? Are they swamps or not?”
“They can be made of wetlands, but are primarily grasslands like highland savannas.”
“BEWARE THE MOORS!”
The ghostly apparitions rode towards us with their scimitars swinging in the foggy night.
“Oh, those Moors.”
Disclaimer: BEWARE THE MOORS!