A little question about music…

black-podcast-imageFor those of you that’ve been listening to the podcast presentation of The Black, I’d like some feedback from you regarding the music I play for certain scenes in the book. Whenever the narrator takes us down to the ocean floor, I have a piece of music (thank you Kevin McLeod) that I play. Is it effective? Does it distract from the narration, or does it add to it?

Wondering about this because I plan on continuing to use the same score for the rest of those type scenes. Also considering mood music for later in the book. This will be doubly important when the book is released via audible.


A funny thing happened on the way to a discount…

So, kids, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that The Black was supposed to go on sale today for 99¢. However, that didn’t happen. Evidently there was some miscommunication between Bookbub, Amazon, and my publisher. Therefore, the promotion has been pushed back to January 16th. I’ll update the information in the next podcasts for Legends of Garaaga and The Black.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Pimpage–Jennifer Melzer and Matt Wallace

I’ve been a bit remiss in extolling the virtues of some writers I respect. Writers who are very good at their craft and produce excellent content. For that, I’m whipping myself with a wet noodle.

So here we go, kids.

Before I introduce the first one, I need to disclose something. Jennifer Melzer has edited many of my works, including Garaaga’s Children: Ancients. Strangely enough, however, I was watching her career long before she began editing as an additional profession. If you’ve never heard of The Goblin Market, go getcha some and check it out. That should be proof enough of what I’m saying.

Not only is Jenny a great writer and editor, she’s a damned decent human being. Her new book, Edgelanders, was just released. If you like fantasy, you should definitely visit the link and read a few pages. See if it’s for you. Chances are, it is. Regardless of my thoughts, go check out the history of this thing on the charts. It made quite an impact.

Now, it’s time for the terrifying. I say terrifying because Matt Wallace is quite possibly the most acerbic human being on twitter. He makes Grumpy Cat look like a friendly optimist. But besides his personal disgust with human-kind, he also writes some kick-ass fiction. Once upon a time, I reviewed his short-story collection The Next Fix. It is by far one of my faves.

And now, it appears as though he’s ready to savage the world with another piece of fiction. His new novel, Slingers, will appear on the scene tomorrow. You can read a preview of the book here. Did I mention Matt is also the author of The Failed Cities and Delve? No? Well I should have, because they are f’ing awesome.

These are two independently published authors you should investigate. You might like them, you might not, but I think they’re both worth a few minutes of your time.


New Website…

I have spent the last 12 months promising a new website. Due to the crazy work schedule, funding, and etc, I’m just now getting round to getting this up and running. So what does this mean?

In order to move way from my old hosting, I had to change the feed url. This means there may be some broken links in the podcast feed as well as on the site itself. I’m doing my best to find them and fix ’em. If you FIND a broken link on the site, please post the location in the comments. I really only need the file that it can’t find and the name of the post. But any help you can give me would be great.

In the meantime, y’all have a good one and be on the lookout for new essays, reviews, and etc in the near future.