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CONTEST!


So I decided to try something different this time around with the release of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn. I’m going to run a contest.

That’s right, a contest.

Running until Friday, June 6th at 10:00 PM EST, everybody who buys (or has already bought) a copy of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn and sends me a screen-shot of the receipt is entered to win a free book of mine of their choice, print or ebook (unless, you know, it’s out of print… then it’ll have to be an ebook).

The drawing will take place Friday once the submissions are closed. Once the winner is announced, I’ll either ship it you them or give it to them in person (if they’re at a convention I’ll be attending in the near-future).

Now, a few notes.

When you send in your screenshot, please put it in the body of the email and do not send it as an attachment. It’s easier for me to keep track of everything if it’s in the body of the email itself.

Once you’ve purchased Murder World: Kaiju Dawn, if you share it on Facebook and send me another screenshot of it (again, in the body of the email) you get a second entry into the contest. Write a review on Amazon.com about Murder World: Kaiju Dawn and get a third entry, which greatly increases your odds of winning.

Send your screenshots to cordova829@[removeme]gmail.com

Good luck to all!

MW KD cover

Lost Words


Yesterday I had this wonderful 1800 word update ready to go up and I promptly deleted it all by pushing the wrong button. Since I don’t type up blog posts first on a word document, then paste it here, everything was completely loss. Angered (at myself, because when I go dumbass, I don’t do it by halves) I went ahead and just said “Screw it” and went to play World of Tanks instead. I felt a little better afterwards, but not that much.

Kaiju Apocalypse is doing well on Amazon, though it has slipped a little bit this week. It got into the 4,000’s (overall Kindle books) over the weekend but, since May is jam-packed with new releases from the “Big 5” bigger authors, sales predictably slipped. I hope it gets back on track this weekend, which is the usual time that ebooks see an uptick in sales. Don’t forget, the print version of Kaiju Apocalypse is available now as well. Sure, it’s short, but at least I can sign it.

Speaking of Kaiju Apocalypse, the sequel is currently being written with co-author Eric S. Brown. Right now the title is simply Kaiju Apocalypse 2 (because it’s original, right?) but it should change before we send it in to the publisher. I’m hoping for Kaiju Armageddon , but I doubt I’ll get it. Eric’ll probably name this one, since I named the first Murder World novel.

Oh yes, there will be more books in that series. I’m currently plotting it out while Eric works on KA2. Murder World: Kaiju Dawn was a fun book to write, and I hope that the sequel, Murder World: Kaiju Darkness can top it. After that, who knows? Kaiju books are a lot of fun to write. Who knew that I’d find a nice little niche for me here?

Wraithkin is with the editor. Not sure when that is coming out, but my guess would be end of this year or early next. October 2014 would be amazing, January 2015 would be challenging (sales are usually better before December, and then get better after February). I should probably continue working on Darkling as well (second book of the series). It’s sitting at around 12,000 words (I’ve started with writing Andrew’s scenes first, unlike Wraithkin, which started with Gabriel) and I’m weaving my way through it. Have to be careful how I navigate here, since Darkling is going to be much, much darker and bleaker than Wraithkin could ever hope to be (and considering the crap I pulled on my heroes in the first book, that’s saying something). Eventually (assuming they like Darkling as much as they liked Wraithkin) I’m going to wrap up the initial trilogy with Deathlord.

Yep, I said initial trilogy. You see, while it would be tempting to write a prequel series about how the Dominion of Man came into being, it’s going to be much more fun to cause the entire known galaxy to burst into the flames of war. As I said a long time ago, though the heart of this series is a love story, there is something darker afoot in the undertone of the books. Not entirely sure what (I have three scenarios, and all lead to a “happy ending — of sorts) this is, but it’s there. I can feel it.

Go buy my book! Yes, I have no shame. What, you expected a demure approach to this “selling” thing?

 

Cover Reveal! Murder World: Kaiju Dawn


Similar in appearance to Kaiju Apocalypse (but a different universe and story altogether, I promise) here is the rough draft cover for Murder World: Kaiju Dawn. Co-authored with Eric S. Brown again (we make quite the team — this is the third book we’ve collaborated on in the past 8 months), it should see a release over the next few weeks.

Murder World KD Draft

 

Thoughts?

Sold! And Please Tip Your Waiter


That turnaround time has to be some sort of record.

Murder World has a new title and a home. Severed Press (those who brought you Kaiju Apocalypse by myself and Eric S. Brown) bought it Wednesday morning (less than 12 hours after we finished it), and we decided to go with a different title. It’s now Murder World: Kaiju Dawn.

Why did we do this, you ask? Well, two reasons. The first is marketing. With Murder World, quite a few people asked me if I had written a Marvel novel. I had no idea that the name was shared by anything until someone pointed me in the right direction. So… slide in the secondary title of Kaiju Dawn and suddenly it’s an easy genre to guess (is giant stomping creatures of death a genre yet? It should be).  Secondly, this leaves us open to write the sequel, Murder World: Kaiju Darkness.

I’m an evil man, what can I say?

Then today I got the contract in the mail for Wraithkin. This has been a long time coming (six years, two months since I began this novel) and it’s a very nice feeling to have this book out there. The publisher, Naked Reader Press, is one I specifically chose for this book. I like their writers and their editors, and that means quite a bit to me in the grand scheme of things. I mean, if you can’t stand what a publisher puts out there for the world to read, then why in the heck would you want them to publish your book?

So two books sold in the week, Kaiju Apocalypse is still hanging around in the Top 100 on Amazon (go awesome people!) and there is, more than likely, another Murder World book on the way. This has been a rather good week.

All About


First off, I wanted to thank everyone who bought a copy of Kaiju Apocalypse this weekend. Cracking the Top 100 in multiple genres was… well, it blew my mind. The sales are still going (#18,000 or so last I checked… if you bought it, by the way, have you reviewed it yet? That helps even more!),  and you can still buy it and cause it to jump in the rankings, but I wanted to thank you for helping make me squee like a Chibi girl seeing Japanese tentacle porn for the first time.

Too much? Too soon?

I’m working on Murder World this afternoon. It’s about… 1/2 to 3/5 finished by my rough estimate (roooooough estimate). I’m still debating throwing something massive in there which would cause it to be a much longer book or not. Eric’s not a fan of the idea, but I can’t seem to shake this image of an Indiana Jones-type of temple, complete with my very own Mola Ram and some very pissed off gods. Just a thought I was toying around with. I may write it up separate and let him decide if he wants it in or not after the fact.

Jason: Surprise! I added a Temple of Doom!

Eric: Dafuq?

Jason: Yeah, totally! I got multiple gods, a Mola Ram-like dude, and Jasmine’s going to–

Eric: …whatever. We’ll talk later.

Hmm… you know, now that I’ve talked it out with myself, it may not be such a good idea after all. I need to think this one through a tad bit more before I jump the shark here.

Anyways, go buy the book if you haven’t already. Review it if you haven’t already. Do the hokey pokey if you haven’t already.

Hah! That’s what I’m all about.

Kaiju Day 3


I’ll be out all day, but I woke up to something wonderful this morning.

Yeah, totally made my day/year. If I ever have kids, the first one may be named “Kaiju”. Don’t forget to review it after you buy it.

Kaiju Day 2


So one of my friends posted the following on Facebook:

Hey folks, does your life not have enough excitement? wah wah music plays> Do you long for the days of being able to pick up a book and lose yourself in the heroic struggles of man against 300 ft. tall alien/dragon/dinosaur things?  Was ‘Pacific Rim’ a religous experience?

Then what the hell are you waiting for? Click, don’t drag, over to your local Amazon website! You too can own your very own, extremely handy copy of Kaiju Apocalypse!

http://www.amazon.com/Kaiju-Apocalypse-Eric-S-Brown-ebook/dp/B00JW4BRX4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398343306&sr=1-1

Only $2.99! Less than a 20 oz cup filled with steamed milk and 2 oz of espresso! Less than a gallon of regular unleaded! Less than an hour with a Tijuana—<Cheery trumpet music plays> WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. PLEASE STAND BY.

Jason Cordova and Eric S. Brown will LITERALLY ROCK YOUR FACE OFF! (Will not literally rock your face off) Reading the words aloud will GET WOMEN PREGNANT (Pregnancy may not actually occur) Buying this book will make you talk like a BAD JAPANESE STEREOTYPE!!!! (Probably not, unless you are actually Japanese. And even then, only if really really drunk.)

KAIJU! APOCALYPSE! KAIJU APOCALYPSE!!!!”

So… can you top that? I tried and found myself not being able to. Can you?

It’s Here!


kaiju apocalypse rough draft

Big news today!

Kaiju Apocalypse is out and available via ebook over on Amazon. Best part about this? Amazon Prime members get it for free!

Yeah, thought that would get your attention.

So go forth, buy it, pay for my kitties’ kibble (and Sophie’s treats).

If you don’t, you probably don’t love kitties and puppies and, more than likely, hate rainbows and jelly beans too.

Another Cover Reveal


By far a favorite cover of mine. Kaiju Apocalypse, coauthored with the amazing Eric S. Brown. Coming soon from Severed Press.

kaiju apocalypse rough draft

Novella Sold


Kaiju Apocalypse, a novella I wrote with Eric S. Brown, was sold this morning to Severed Press. I’m very happy at this, since it’s been about a month since I sold anything and I was beginning to get antsy once more. Now I’m working on two things — Prince of the Rotted, my Babylonian zombie story, and Murder World, another SF book with Eric.

I also got word last night that The Finder’s Keeper did not win the 2014 Darrel Award for Best Short Story. It was First Runner-up, which is good. I was just surprised and happy it was a finalist at all, really. Congratulations to Victor Lorthos, whose story Angels in Gas Stations won.

Next up… uh… huh. I’m not sure what’s coming out next. It may be Kaiju Apocalypse, since it was a pretty clean final draft we sent in. It also could be something else, like one of the Sha’Daa stories (I’m sure Sha’Daa: Pawns will be out before June, and Sha’Daa: Facets will be out soon after that).

Staying busy is good. One way or the other.