Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Flood finished

Just wanted to let you know that the rough draft of Flood is done. I think I already mentioned that this draft will see some heavy revision, considering a few changes that I made about halfway through, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out. As I start revising it, I'll post some of the opening sections so you can get a feel for them.

Also, I'll be releasing a short story (as yet untitled), that will also be set in the world of Apsia and deal with some of the events following Fold Thunder. The short story is meant to supplement Flood, but it will not be necessary to read the short story to read Flood. They will be separate.

So, I'll be starting the rough draft of the second book in the "Flesh and Fell" series this week. It will be code name Wanton. I'm very excited about this book; I'm going to be implementing some great things I learned while writing Flood, and I think it will give me a chance to try some even more interesting ideas. It will follow on the events of The Dew of Flesh, but it will also introduce some new characters.

Ok, that's enough for now. Starting Wanton. Revising Flood.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Wandering Fire

I recently finished The Wandering Fire and I loved it. I'm not sure that I loved it as much as I loved The Summer Tree, but I still loved it. What I found particularly strong in The Summer Tree was Paul's story--it was intensely beautiful and compelling. In The Wandering Fire, Kevin's story came as a close second, but I think for me it was slightly less satisfying than Paul's.

In any case, I'm already reading The Darkest Road and enjoying it greatly. Kay has a very particular style that I find well-suited to the stories that he tells, but what I've found more interesting is that, unlike some trilogies, this series is: a) clearly constructed as an interdependent trilogy, and b) does not have quite the same pacing across the books as most trilogies I've read. I'm going to think about it a little more, because I find Kay's approach interesting, but I'm not sure I find the series' pacing quite as effective as the books themselves. Still, a great read.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Indifferent Kindle Live

Just a follow-up to let you all know that Indifferent is live on Amazon. Things certainly move much faster now than they did back in May, when I released Fold Thunder.

Also, I wanted to let you know that the *rough* draft of Flood is almost done. It's going to need some heavy revision; about halfway through I realized I needed to change some of the characters, but I just kept writing from where I was. That means going back and reworking the first part. Still, it's on track for an early 2012 release.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Indifferent For Sale

I just wanted to let you all know that The Indifferent Children of the Earth has been uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords (and via them, to BN.com and a variety of others). It should be available in the next day or so on Amazon. As with the last two books, I am unable to set the price to 'free' on Amazon, so I have set it for its normal retail price. At Smashwords (and other sites) it will be free.

In the next day or so, I'll be putting up the files here as well, in case you'd like to get it directly from the website. I hope you'll all read this book--I loved writing it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dew Free

Great news--I just saw that Dew of Flesh is up for free on Amazon. Go grab it if you haven't yet!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Indifferent Sneak Preview

Good news: Indifferent will be up for sale, for certain, in about two weeks. That's just in time for the holidays!

As I've done in the past, I'm going to paste below a preview of Indifferent. Unlike in the past, though, this time I will be including the whole first chapter--but not until I say a few more things.

First, the book's full title is: The Indifferent Children of the Earth. It is book one in The Sophistries of June. I know I've mentioned these things before, but I wasn't sure if I'd given the full title or the full name of the series.  It is a contemporary (urban?) fantasy; there is the potential for calling it YA, but that's not my intent. I think mainly the age of the protagonist (high school) leaves that possibility open. In other words, I didn't write it as 'YA.'

Here's a sample of the probable cover:

One more thing: you all know that I believe in giving away books for free as promotion. That's why Dew of Flesh is still free. Here's the problem (and it's the same thing that happened with Fold Thunder): I have no control over how Amazon prices my books. Or better said, I have relatively little control. I've contacted them, made efforts to get the prices on Fold Thunder and Dew switched, but I've had no luck, for a variety of reasons. Needless to say, it's frustrating. I will follow the same strategy with Indifferent, but there's no telling how it will play out on Amazon. It will, of course, be available here on the 'Books' page as soon as it's up for sale. Plus all these books are available at BN, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.

And, of course, Flood is moving along nicely. Approximately halfway done, perhaps a bit more. It's hard to tell at this point, since my endings tend to balloon somewhat. But it's around halfway.

So, without further ado, the first chapter of Indifferent (remember, still in revision):

Journal Entry, per Doctor Lumley’s request, Thursday 18 August

Dear Doctor Lumley,

You want me to tell you who I am. This is waste of time. Just because Mom and Dad think—

I have nothing to say, nothing I want to—

I was born in West Nyack, New York, to Josué and Esperanza León, 29 June, 1995. There. That’s something true. Something I can share with you, in the ‘safe space’ you’ve created for me with this moronic—

My name is Alex—

My name is Alejándro, with an accent, you stupid piece of—

You think keeping a journal will do what? Show me a part of myself? Help me be honest with myself? Help me remember what happened in the accident? Two weeks in a coma wasn’t enough to help me forget. Hell, the rest of my life in a coma wouldn’t be enough. Dreams. Aye, there’s the rub.

Honesty. That’s the problem. Right now, I’m too honest with myself. I know who I am. I know what I did. Why my parents look at me the way they do. The silences, thick and fatty as the chuck roast growing cold on the dining room table. The mania for gardening. The incessant click-click-click of that damned old-fashioned type-writer in the study, day after day without a single page to show for his efforts. Pats on the shoulder that make both of us cringe, because we both recognize the transgression in that touch. There, are you getting enough? Enough insight for one day? What does Freud say, tell me? What of Lacan? There aren’t even words for—

Fine. Twenty minutes of staring at this damn page, line after line. Here we go. Lock me up after you read this, or give me pills that will turn me into one of those drooling, tv-loving drones that wander the big-box stores. Either would be a relief.

I killed—

It was my fault that he went there, that night. My fault that I didn’t stop Christopher earlier. I was blind, you see, blind because of—

Here. Here it is. On the tip of my tongue. Unpack my heart with words, like a—

This is the part of the story you never hear. This is the story of the hero who lived when he should have died. But I’m not a hero, I’m a—

My name is Asa Alejándro León. I was the most talented quickener to be born in a hundred years, with the exception of Christopher. I crafted my first focus when I was twelve. In a single night, I rode a quickening from New York to Los Angeles, and then from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. I burned like a falling star across an ocean darker than wine. I shattered the moon with a word. I killed my best friend. I killed my brother. Or I let him die. They’re the same, really.

I am sixteen years, one month, and twenty days old.

I am broken.

I need a car. I need a girl. I need a life.