“The Shifting Sands” free starting tonight – plus: “Redeemer” update!

As I said in yesterday’s post, I have completed uploading the revised edition of “The Shifting Sands” complete with new cover and the first ever print edition of the book. To celebrate this, the Kindle edition of “The Shifting Sands” will be available free on Amazon for the next two days, starting at midnight tonight.

After that, starting Monday, the Kindle edition of “Firedancer” will be free, and then “Snake Charmer”.

The sci-fi short “The Duel” will also be free this weekend along with “The Shifting Sands” because why not?

Now, onto some progress reports on the final installation of “The Serpent’s Song” series:

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“The Shifting Sands” in Print With New Cover – and Free Book Giveaways!

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And with little fanfare, there is the new cover, designed by artist Don Graham after reading a description of Mike Ritz and the ideas I wanted to convey: a soldier trapped in two worlds.

The reveal of this cover also serves as the reveal for something equally important: “The Shifting Sands” is now in print form! It has taken me a while to get to this point. If you recall, I never intended to publish “The Shifting Sands” at all. It was simply a labor of love for me.

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Update and excerpt from “Redeemer”

It has been a long few months since I last updated. The introduction of my son to my family has, understandably, had some dampening effects upon my time and ability to write. As life has resettled into a semblance of normalcy, however, I am picking back up.

I have continued working during this long break. Just not as much as I would like to. For example, I created a blog on the game I have talked about several times, “Star Citizen”, which is designed as a primer for new players. You can view it here: http://bsvcflightschool.wordpress.com. I have also done some new work in the fan fiction set in that universe, “Transitions” – not posted yet, but I have been working. The earlier works are available here: https://ariccatron.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-bengtsdotter-stendahl-voyage-corporation-1192-words/.

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A tease from “Redeemer”, the final book of The Serpent’s Song

It has been some time since I have posted here.  But I have been working.  I did a review of my previous books, to include some minor editing, in preparation for completing The Serpent’s Song.

So, with that in mind, I thought I’d offer a little glimpse into what is to come.  This is just a part of the first chapter of “Redeemer”, and it doesn’t contain anything I would consider a “spoiler”, but read it at your own discretion.

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Is Science Fiction/Fantasy discriminatory? Yes, the industry seems to think so…

Q: "So, why do you write these strong female characters?" A: "Because you're still asking me that question." - Joss Whedon.

Q: “So, why do you write these strong female characters?”
A: “Because you’re still asking me that question.” – Joss Whedon.

I don’t normally dodge too far outside my own writing and musings on my writing on this blog, but this article in The Guardian brings up something that bugs me: there is this idea that science fiction and fantasy is the realm of straight white men and somehow discriminates against those who are not in that demographic.   From the article:

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“Snake Charmer” is done – that is right, complete!

Writing is finished, editing is going through a final stage.  In the meantime, for those who have been getting it in parts, Part VI is live and will be free all weekend – from Friday to Sunday – on Amazon.

Who I Am Not: Part VI of Snake Charmer

Who I Am Not: Part VI of Snake Charmer

Progress on “Snake Charmer” – almost ready to release first 3 parts.

Thanks in part to the commitment of Camp NaNoWriMo, I have reached a point in “Snake Charmer” where I am about 1/2 way through the story.  This has also put me in the position to be able to release the first three parts of the story, at about 60-70 pages each, on Kindle.

Doing it in parts like this affords some positive benefits:

  1. For those who absolutely can’t wait for “Snake Charmer”, they get a chance to read it as soon as possible.
  2. If they pay attention to promotions or use the Kindle Lending Library, they could – in theory – get all of “Snake Charmer” for free.
  3. I get a chance to “edit as I go”, making sure all of it lines up right and has the right tone.
  4. I get feedback from readers as I go.
  5. Very important one: the free promos of the books helps to generate interest in them.  It may also generate interest in “Firedancer” and “The Shifting Sands”.
  6. One of the cornerstones of Amazon Marketing is “Quantity is everything” – the more books out there with your name on them, regardless of length, the more likely your name becomes one people recognize.

So I will be spending the weekend not writing so much as formatting for Kindle.  I hope to have the first part out next week, the second part the week after, etc.

I have also found, in the past, it helps to motivate me to write even more when I break it down into smaller parts.  Don’t know why – maybe the task seems less daunting or it is because I know there are people out there waiting for the next segment of the tale.  It worked well with “Firedancer.”

So, keep your eyes peeled!