And the perils of only being able to write in my free time is the long, extended periods of inactivity where I am doing nothing but making money to eat. Just a quick post to pop in and say I’m alive, and still writing.

A Lack of Privacy

Josiah Allen has been many things in his life, and has done things that he can’t even talk about without violating a plethora of confidentiality agreements. It’s all part of being tied up in covert missions and operations that most people in the world would call spy work.

He’s used to a certain lack of privacy in his line of work. It’s inevitable and just another thing that the new recruits he’s going to be training need to learn to deal with. It’s not an easy task, and there’s a lot of adjustment to go through. For most recruits it’s not an easy one to make.

Dean Rankin just doesn’t happen to be like most recruit though, and Joe finds himself being treated to quite the show by the handsome recruit one night when reviewing files.

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Day nth of Nook Press Publishing: White Flag

So, I was going to do this update before my trip, but decided I’d rather wait a bit more to see what’s happening. Long story short? I’m not publishing directly through B&N.

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Home Again

It’s great getting away for a bit to see family, but the best part is always the end when you get to come home. I’ve had some story ideas scratching the back of my mind and it’s awkward typing it all out on the phone. So, I’m happy to see my computer again. Just need to unpack and clean and get food first.


Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords

Ghosts in the Basement has been entered into Smashword’s summer promotion! So, when you purchase it through their site you can enter the promo code SSW25 for a discount. This offer is only valid at Smashwords and will end July 31, 2013.


Day 1 of Nook Press Publishing: Utter Failure

Nook Press is the new way to publish through B&N. My experience with the platform is pretty limited, but that might be a good thing for me in the long run.

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Amazon Release

And there goes Amazon!

They’ve been pretty reliable with their twelve hour review time for first time publishing. Something like six hours for edits to be reviewed and approved. Not bad all things considered. Though I really do wish you had the option of editing as submission while its waiting to be reviewed. Nothing sucks worse than finding out you accidentally uploaded the wrong version and you can’t touch the thing for twelve hours to fix it.


Nameless Release

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Tired and overworked, all Neal wants to do is pass along the details of his latest job to a foreign spy so that he can get some well deserved rest before the next coup needs to be quelled. It’s a plan doomed to failure as the intense man he meets up with takes an odd interest in Neal himself.

Ugliest cover or what? Surprisingly hard to find stock to use for this one.

Spies set in a post apocalyptic world. There will definitely be more from this world as soon as my head stops pounding so much. Anyway, now released on Smashwords and All Romance eBooks! Amazon and B&N release to come after, like Neal, I’ve gotten some sleep.


DJs are the new Bard

DJs are highly skilled and sought after musicians. They travel the world in caravans that carry the instruments they play with. They can perform live as bands, or they can hook up into an existing electrical grid and play music from Before. The music from Before is all stored on small electronic boxes that only DJs know how to run. The box and speakers are hooked up to a grid and can be played for days on end.

DJs are trained in a school in the east. They’re taught how to play a variety of instruments and how to run the electrical equipment. Before leaving the school they are allowed to select a number of songs from a seemingly vast and limitless archive that is tightly guarded by the school. More songs can be taken for a fee. The DJs are only limited by the memory of their storage boxes (souped up ipods) and the amount of money they earn playing for the crowds.

The richest DJs are often kept by the ruling class and have permanent setups with them. Holding a DJs electronics hostage is a good way to get money and/or get stabbed by a very angry DJ. Sabotage is rife among the young DJs and there are tales of some having everything destroyed by others jealousy.

This info dump was brought to you by an overactive imagination that plots out the tiny little things that will never matter in a short story so why the hell am I stuck on it anyway?


It Never Fails

Finally, I have enough info to begin writing my zombie story. I’ve got a good start on the first few chapters even. So, what happens as I’m waking up this morning? I get attacked by a short story idea that demands to be written. Now.

So, I’m off to deal with spies and assassins in a post apocalyptic world that hasn’t quite reverted back to feudalism. Yay for my mind.


Zombie Free Radio

Beginning rough draft of my next book, Zombie Free Radio now. Hopefully I have a decent enough grasp of radio broadcast now to not look like a total idiot. Thanks to pirate radio forums and blogs I just might be able to pull this off.