Lots of P&P News

Episode2Some tasty P&P news for you today. Episode 2: Flight to the Fort is now live and available for sale. If you pre-ordered it, the book should be appearing on your Kindle at any point.

I’ve posted Episode 3: House of the Healer for pre-order as well. It’ll release on Christmas Day. Here’s the blurb:

Episode3After surviving a brutal cultist attack on her village, Ruia led the other survivors to the safety of Fort Sekhmet with the help of Tjety, a Ranger of Mayat. With Tjety’s life now hanging in the balance, can Ruia gather enough help and learn to use her newfound hekau magic to heal Tjety before the forces of darkness close in and snuff out all hope?

And if that’s not enough, in order to celebrate both those items as well as my birthday (which was on the 19th), I’m using one of my Kindle Select free days to make Episode 1: Ranger of Mayat, available for freesies today. So go get yourself a copy and then grab Episodes 2 and 3 if you enjoyed the read. Thanks so much for your support!

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P&P2 sneak peek at genrereader.com

The good folks over at www.GenreReader.com posted an exclusive preview of Pistols and Pyramids #2: Flight to the Fort yesterday. Hop on over there and give it a read and then, if you’re so inclined, pick up the book when it comes out this Friday. (P&P3 goes up for pre-order on Friday as well!)

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Speculative Fiction Showcase Interview

As I mentioned on my Facebook page, the good people who run the Speculative Fiction Showcase ran an interview with me today on their blog. Go and have a look, won’t you?

Quick update–Episode 2 is nearly complete (but is still available for pre-order). Episode 3 edits are in progress and the pre-order for that will go up on November 20. Episodes 4 and 5 are deep in edits as well and on track for January and February releases, respectively.

Happy Thursday to you!

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Loreena McKennitt @ The Birchmere, October 27, 2015

20151027_195131I’m not interested in this blog being nothing but writing and publishing. Thought you’d be interested in a little more than that, so…here are a couple pics I took at the Birchmere venue in Alexandria, VA last week. Loreena McKennitt toured the US for a limited time, and for just the second time in 8 years, was in the DC metro area (she played at the DAR Constitution Hall back in 2007).

This tour was just her, cellist Caroline Lavelle, and guitar and bouzouki player Brian Hughes, both longtime collaborators with Loreena. The performance was fabulous, and intimate, as only the Birchmere can really provide. I was fortunate enough to snag great seats right by the stage for my wife and I.

I’ve b20151027_195824een following Loreena for almost 20 years now, and I have to say that she’s one of the few musicians I know of whose live performances are better than her studio-produced albums. And I might be a fanboy with rose-colored earplugs in, but whatever. :)

And to round this out and actually reference some writing, I’m listening to her music a lot and thinking about writing a series inspired by her music. Maybe something like a gothic dark urban fantasy or the like. Will have to noodle on that some more.

Have you heard Loreena’s music? Are you a fan or not a fan? Would love to hear from you.

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Pistols and Pyramids #2: Flight to the Fort now available for pre-order

Episode2 At some point during the evening, Amazon approved the pre-order details for the second book in the Pistols and Pyramids series, Flight to the Fort. Here’s the product description. Onward to episode #3!

Tjety, an exiled Ranger of Mayat, and Ruia, a young fisherman’s daughter, team up to guide the survivors of a bandit attack through the dangerous and rugged Kekhmet frontier. Can they reach the safety of Fort Sekhmet before foul cultists and their horrible mummified creatures can capture them?

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Pistols and Pyramids #1: Ranger of Mayat now available!

Episode1With great excitement, I’m happy to announce that the first episode of my weird western series, Pistols and Pyramids #1: Ranger of Mayat, is now available for purchase on Amazon or borrowing through Kindle Unlimited. Episode 2 will be available for pre-order as soon as Amazon approves the details. Happy days!

The Scales Are Out of Balance

When Tjety, an exiled Ranger of Mayat, discovers a ransacked village along the lawless northern Kekhmet frontier, he marshals his training and divine hekau magic to hunt down the ruthless cultists responsible for the attack. But can he find them before their prisoners are twisted into mindless slaves serving a necromancer bent on shattering the tenuous balance between order and chaos?

Ranger of Mayat is the first episode in PISTOLS AND PYRAMIDS, an all-new monthly series best described as an ancient Egyptian-themed weird western with magic. And mummies. Lots of mummies.

Also available here: http://donsakers.com/dealersroom/

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Tonight’s movie: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

So I’d seen this movie before, a few years back, and wasn’t sure what I thought of it at the time. Watched it again tonight with my son to give my wife a bit of a quiet time break (Jake slept through most of it). I thought it was an interesting movie, enough that I plan to go out and pick up the novel it was based upon. I don’t know a huge amount about the history and myth of Jesse James and the personalities that revolved around him, but I can say the movie told a decent enough story and was really well acted.

The film had an impressive cast of actors, including Brad Pitt, Garret Dillahunt, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, and Ted Levine (among many others). Great to see good character actors lose themselves in roles.

One thing that struck me about the film was that the violent bits weren’t sugar-coated or minimized, except the very end. Other than that, the gunshots and the wounds were pretty much direct and if not in your face, then prominent enough to make sure you felt the impact. Not in a gory sort of way, but more of a “oh shit” sort of thing. I appreciated the level of effort.

If I had to give one knock to the film, it’s that it was long. Really long. Like 2.5 hours, and that’s about 30 minutes longer than it felt like it needed to be. It’s not a movie I’d watch regularly, but I did appreciate picking it up on Blu-Ray and watching it again.

If there’s  a writing tip I take away from it, it’s to have your characters make choices that make sense to them. Might not make sense to the other characters, but give the characters a personal depth and understanding of themselves, and make them make choices that fit who they really are, even if they don’t like that truth.

Anyways. Decent film. Check it out if you have some time and it’s cheap on disc or on streaming somewhere.

If you’ve seen it, what did you think about it?

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Summer wrap-up

So a lot has happened over the last couple months since my last anemic update. Biggest news is that my wife gave birth to our lovely son Jacob, and we couldn’t be more excited. He’s keeping us up a lot and keeping us busy, but he’s super-fun and I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life turning him into as big a geek as I am.

On the publishing front, I’ve pulled together all my business information and have my publishing DBA and bank account and so forth all set up, and I’ve been writing and editing and revising like crazy. My goal to hit 1 million new words is looking to be out of reach, but I should break through 600,000 by the end of the year. I call that a successful failure.

Of more immediate import is that the first episode of my new weird western series is nearly ready to launch. I have a great editor, a great cover designer, and a great artist all working hard to pull together some amazing stuff, and I am looking forward to sharing that very soon now. Expect the first episode’s ebook to be available for sale later this month, with episode 2 simultaneously available for pre-order. Print versions will follow soon thereafter, and I’m looking at adding audiobooks some time in 2016.

So things are moving forward and things are looking good! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the ride as I get this self-publishing thing rolling forward (finally!).

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July writing results

Slowly starting to get ramped up and into the swing of things. Big news is that a financial matter I’ve been waiting on to resolve has resolved, so this month I’ll be moving forward and filing my various business paperwork to get my pub biz up and running. After that’s in place, I start publishing stories! Woo!

And in relation to that, in July I took a page from Dean Wesley Smith and tried writing a short story a day in July. I managed to write and complete just 14 stories, so well short of the goal, but 14 more stories than I had at the start of the month. And some of them are in some interesting little series that I came up with, so it’ll be fun to see what happens with those.

So, July–14 short stories, approximately 70,000 words of content. That brings me to about 450,000 words for the year so far, most of which will end up getting published in some form by the end of the year, barring any surprises.

Onward to August!

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Updates to follow

Boy am I a bad blogger or what? Haven’t updated this stuff since February. I’ve been keeping my Facebook feed more regularly updated, but with the changes to FB, I’m not sure that’s the most viable means of getting contact with you, Dear Readers. So I’ll work on shifting efforts to this place.

Short summary–been writing, been setting into the new house, big news on the horizon. Just over a third of the way to my million word goal. I wrote about 300k from January to early April, then fell off the wagon a bit getting a lot of stuff worked on. Submitted a short story today, and on to the next project.

More updates to follow soon. Thanks for being patient, and have a lovely day!

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