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Back To The Basics

One thing no writing manual will ever teach you is balance. How do you balance your imagination with the business side of things, on top of your other life responsibilities, and do it all without working yourself to madness? I can tell you it’s really, really, ridiculously hard to do–and I have it fairly easy, all things considered.

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I have a fellow author to thank for this one, so thank you, Randy Brown, for inspiring this story. Function {LIVE;} (note the correct coding syntax) was supposed to be a short story I’d planned on publishing on my blog. It turned into a 9,600 story with a really freaking awesome cover page, which I just couldn’t allow to go to waste. So I figured, why not make it widely available?

And so, about 5 minutes ago, that was exactly what I did. The short story (novelette?) is now available at Smashwords for FREE, and I expect it to migrate to most other outlets as well very soon. You’ll find the links on the book’s page when they become available. Unfortunately, it is unlikely I will be making this one available on Amazon, since they frown upon Indie freebies, and I already have one on there toeing the ToS line, so for now at least, if you read on Kindle, and you want to have this story on your Kindle, you may need to download the MOBI version of the file from Smashwords.

BlurbSoftware updates are a standard operational routine for XR-47, aka James. As an Artificial Household Assistant, James receives periodic updates both from his manufacturer and his software engineer owner. Nothing special. Until one batch file changes everything. Where do we draw the line between artificial intelligence and autonomous evolution? Can robots truly live, or even comprehend the complexity of what it involves? James is about to find out.

Enjoy!

A Birthday Gift From Me To You

Yes, it really is my birthday today, and yes I really do have a gift for you. 🙂

For one day only, ALL of my books are FREE at Smashwords! Each book has a unique coupon code associated with it, which you’ll see when you click on the book’s page. You’ll need to enter that code at check-out to redeem. This promotion is not available at other retailers, but it’s also not limited to quantity while it’s running, so feel free to share with all your friends!

Here’s the link to my Author Profile where you can find all of my books at once. Or, to make it easier, here are the individual books:

Dragonblood (high fantasy romance)

  1. The Royal Wizard
  2. Dragonblood

The Beast (dark-ish fantasy, Beauty and The Beast)

  1. Bastien
  2. The Beast
  3. The Beast Series (includes both novellas in one)

Blood and Shadows (sci-fi futuristic paranormal romance)

  1. Blood Moons
  2. Blood Trails
  3. Blood Debts
  4. Blood Hunt

The Rebel Court (fantasy erotic romance, Snow White)

  1. Catch Me

Stand-Alone (various genres)

Book News

An update on what’s going on in the book world of moi:

Virtual is now FREE wherever eBooks are sold. If you haven’t read it yet, this is a quirky little novella with elements of contemporary romance, sci-fi, and thriller. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll never look at your toaster the same way again. Go on, give it a try! You can even leave a review if you’re feeling adventurous. 😉

The Blood and Shadows series is also on sale. The first three books are priced at $0.99, $1.99, and $2.99 respectively. This one is all sci-fi, shape shifters,  and mind readers, falling in love, having hot sex, and trying to save the world. Okay, that last is a bit of a stretch, but you get what I mean.

Next up in The Rebel Court series is Dearest Love, which just got sent off to my lovely editor. I am in love with this one! Beau and Lily have history together, and their chemistry is just amazing. If you signed up for this erotic romance series mailing list, you’ll automatically be getting Dearest Love, starting August 1, 2017. One chapter per day, as promised.

If you haven’t signed up yet, do it now, because once the first chapter goes out, all other sign ups will have to wait until the next book in the series to get in on the action. As with Catch Me, the novella will become available for purchase as a complete eBook after the last chapter is sent, so if you don’t want to parcel it out, feel free to wait. But I gotta tell you, there are perks to being on that mailing list. *hint hint*

And last but not least, look for a new Here There Be Monsters short story in the next few days. If you missed the previous ones, there’s a handy list of links in the sidebar for your reference. Sometimes the summers get pretty hot, so I figure why not cool off with some macabre/horror chills? 😉

Until next time!

Into The Fire

This seems to be becoming a trend, so I figure why not take advantage of inexplicably random flashes of inspiration? You may have noticed a new list of links in the sidebar titled Here There Be Monsters. Every link there is a short story posted on this blog. I’m predominantly a novelist, but every once in a while I get a story idea that isn’t quite enough for such a high word count, but it’s still itching to be told. Lately, those ideas seem to be interrelated in one way or another, so I decided to put them all in one section.

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