I’ve been promising to do a promo post for me and friends and readers of this blog and failing spectacularly, mostly due to my brain having fallen out of my ears.
Seriously, at some point one or more of you are going to need to point out the fact that the thing you DON’T do when your schedule is already full up is arbitrarily add more stuff. “Daily blog and five shorts due this month? Piffle.Scheduled for two novels? No fear, add two more! Then add an episodic one on weekends! Not enough? Add an how-to-write column at pjm on Tuesday afternoon. Then start editing old shorts and just recovered novels to put out. More! More! More!”
I keep telling myself this is insane, but myself knows self lies for a living… I don’t believe a word I say.
The distressing result is that things tend to break down, and I can’t force myself to work for sometimes hours at a time. And then when I come back to work I’m so out of it that nothing non essential gets done. Hence the forever-breaking-down blog tour — yes, I know I still have three or four appearances to do! And forgetting to promote you good people who deserve it. (Also failing to do my web site, or even rebuild the “My books” section under this blog.)
Which brings us to today. This weekend there was a rather sharp breakdown — mostly a conjunction of physical stuff and a really bad sinus hopefully-not-quite-infection-yet, which had me sitting in front of the computer, staring at the screen going “Okay, now I–” then realizing this had taken three hours, somehow (I blame Terry Pratchett’s monks of time. They’re overactive in my life.) I will be putting stuff up on the subscriber space, but later today. First, I must do my post for PJM because my editor needs time to look it over before it goes live tomorrow afternoon.
Some stuff DID get done, like my finally getting the RIGHT opening for Through Fire and editing a short story and a novella to go up. But it was not half what needed to be done.
Anyway, so I’ll hope you excuse me this half hearted post. To compensate, I’ll list my “Free Soup” for the week, followed by things people have asked me to link.
Ill Met By Moonlight, the first book of my Shakespeare trilogy is free until the second of May. We will also bring out the new edition in paper soon. If these continue to sell well, I will do a kickstarter for the next three. If there is enough interest. The cheap option for these is The Magical Shakespeare Omnibus, three books in one.
After the second of May I’ll take short stories free while I continue to revise The Musketeer’s Seamstress. (Edit really, but heavy edit, as it was really badly edited before.)
My friend Ellie has her romantic suspense novel Wedding Bell Blues out for free. She just released a paranormal romance Hunted. While paranormal romance will never be my thing, it held my interest and didn’t get thrown against the wall, which from me to a paranormal romance is high praise indeed. Be advised.
Travis Corcoran has The Aristillus Series a pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI…and really, really big guns. (Sounds like fun — SAH) Free chapter here. (I hear the first hit is always free — SAH)
Elizabeth McCoy has Queen of Roses. She describes it as a story about an indentured servant on a cruise (space)ship, her fellow servant (the pilot), the crew, the passengers, and the stowaways. Bit of a fluffy SF, bit of a cozy mystery (I’m told).
Alma T. C. Boykin, our very own TXRed has Justice and Juniors out, the second one of her Cat Among Dragons series.
Sabrina Chase has The Scent of Metal out. I will confess I haven’t read Sabrina’s books yet — but I have heard raves about them from people I trust, and also I’ve read her blog, and know the woman can sling words like a pro. They’re on my list.
Tom Bridgeland has Iron Magic out. (NICE cover!)
David Carrico asked me to mention 1636, The Devil’s Opera, his novel with Eric Flint.
If you’re not reading Older Son’s Robert A. Hoyt’s Ninja Nun comic, shame on you. And if you have a few spare dimes to throw in his kitty, I’m afraid they go for school books and such fribbles. I’m trying to convince him to run a fundraiser….
J.J. (James) DiBenedetto has asked me to mention his novels and been really patient in waiting. His Author Page on Amazon is here. The first novel is Dream Student. (And James, if you read this: bigger name and title!)
Russ Mitchell has Malik The Pawn. (Heed me, for I’m the voice that cries in the desert — make thee the name and title bigger — SAH.)
Wesley Morrison has Let No False Angels out.
Celia Hays: Only A Paper Star (a short story collection.) The Heart Of Texas, collection of essays about interesting events and people in Texas history. Travels With Blondie— about being a single parent in the military.
Mary Catelli has a short story in Warrior Wisewoman edited by Roby James.
S. T. Gaffney has China Harbor — quoth her husband Frank: Set in an island off the coast of China in 2012, which was the future when she wrote it, but then what is the future when you’re dealing with time travel anyway? It features a female scientist, as written by an actual female scientist. And yes, she’s heroic, and no, she doesn’t kick butt and shoot people. It’s a great read from many angles, including a full-on immersion in another culture, and a unique look at the laws of time travel.
J. A. Marlow – The String Weavers From J. A. Marlow —“The String Weavers” is the first book in my String Weavers series. Disappearing food. Music no one else hears. An alien dropped off by a giant flaming bird… Abducted from Earth, Kelsey Hale finds herself in the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universes. She must not only survive, but also rescue her father from a dangerous group of unknown intent. In the process discovering a family secret that will change her life forever.
Mike Weatherford didn’t give us links, so we’ll wait till he does it in the comments. (Hey, Mike, did you know there are at least three people with your name writing? No? Well… some seem to do art and stuff.)
I know there are other people who asked me for mentions, who got lost in the shuffle because it’s been SO long. Sorry. This year has already been a year. If you mention stuff I forgot in comments, I shall link here on updates.
And now I’ll go write weekly column for PJM before my editor starts pulling out his hair by the roots.