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You can get your own zombie PI for under two bucks. Kensington Books is running a special through June 25—DEATH WARMED OVER, the first Dan Shamble Novel for $1.99 at Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and other major eBook retailers.
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Five new military SF novellas by five high-profile military SF writers. FIVE BY FIVE. WordFire Press released this volume as an eBook last year. Now, for those of you who prefer to read in hardcopy or listen to an unabridged audiobook, FIVE BY FIVE is also available.
This has been years in the making. My friend Steven L. Sears (co-exec producer of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, co-producer of SWAMP THING, SHEENA, etc.) and I came up with this concept about a decade ago, “human POWs in an alien concentration camp” with our main character, a human prisoner who refuses to reveal his past and who doesn’t want to be rescued because salvation could be worse than rescue. A man called only “Joe Human.”
Yes, it’s the dragon business—three medieval con-men working their way from kingdom to kingdom, spreading rumors, planting fake dragon footprints, convincing the gullible people that a monster is terrorizing the land…and then selling their services as professional dragonslayers. But each con doesn’t always turn out as expected.
That’s the premise of a new novel I started writing last week, a humorous fantasy that fans of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI should enjoy, as well as fans of Douglas Adams and Robert Lynn Asprin.
After coming home from Comicpalooza in Houston, I started writing a new novel last week, THE DRAGON BUSINESS (more details in a forthcoming blog), managed to get the prologue and three chapters written—then it was back to packing up numerous boxes of books, suitcases, posters, promo cards, loaded the car, and then Rebecca and I drove off to Denver for our first Denver Comic Con.
In the early 1990s when I was launching my career as a novelist, I began work on an Apple //e, then graduated to a Mac. For my first four novels, I had computer text files (ASCII) of my manuscripts…but I was distressed that my publishers could not accept them. They didn’t have the facility. Instead, my first four novels were *rekeyed by hand* from the printed manuscripts (which introduced a whole host of new typos, no matter how clean MY manuscript was in the first place).
Rebecca and I just came home from our weekend as author guests at the Comicpalooza show in Houston. We had an excellent table and looked forward to meeting a lot of fans.
Frank Herbert published his first novel in 1956, the highly acclaimed futuristic thriller, The Dragon in the Sea. Despite the success of Dragon, though, Frank Herbert spent the next several years writing novel after novel, unable to get them published. Then he wrote Dune, a novel that was also considered unpublishable…and eventually became the best-selling science fiction novel of all time.
What do you do if you need a Zombie P.I., but you live outside the US or Canada? Now Dan Shamble has finally expanded his territory worldwide.
We’ve just released all of Dan Shamble’s adventures in eBook format worldwide on Kindle and Kobo. Readers around the world can enjoy these monstrous cases in the Unnatural Quarter for approximately $1–$5 US (depending on currency). Jeff Herndon created amazing new covers for the entire series. (He’s working on HAIR RAISING right now—I’ve seen the sketches. It’s going to be awesome!)
Publishing is changing faster than the tide can go in and out, and authors are climbing to higher ground, building boats, or getting washed out to sea. Many of us are putting up backlist titles as our own indy eBooks, while writing frontlist titles for traditional publishers. Much has been posted about do-it-yourself eBook publishing for ambitious authors, but we’ve been out of the loop on the eBook versions of our titles from major publishers. Until now.