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The Match of the Century


I’ve had to step back from social media this past week. It’s not for anything bad. It’s just quickly becoming a time sink where I spend more time responding to… whatever somebody is butthurt about this week instead of writing. It’s why I like this website. My home, my rules, and people don’t have to see it flash across their screen unless they willingly come here in the first place.

I’m currently working on Book 1 of the Epic Fantasy series I’ve been babbling about for the past few months. It’s coming along, albeit slower than what I’m used to. However, while my co-author has it and is looking things over, it gives me the free time to finish up my SHA’DAA: ZOMBIE PARK novella, which also features two other authors. I’m the “anchor” of the book, meaning my story is the last one. I’m hoping it sees print before June 2020.

Speaking of book releases, FREEHOLD: RESISTANCE seems to be doing very, very well in sales. Not as many reviews as I’d like to see but overall, I’m happy with how well this anthology is doing. I’m pretty sure Baen Books is ready to put out another one, possibly in 2021. I know this because I signed a contract last week for my short story set in it. 🙂 That actually brings the total of traditionally-published short stories to 4, making me SFWA eligible. Well, technically I’ve been eligible for a few years now, but… meh. My feelings regarding them have been addressed in the past. No need to rehash the hate.

HOWEVER, I did want to congratulate Lois McMaster Bujold on being name a Grandmaster of Science Fiction and Fantasy today. I mean, she’s been one for years in my book, but only now for some reason did the SFWA see fit to award her for her amazing books. This LINK HERE will show you just how many books and stories she had written over the years, as well as the amount of awards she has been nominated for, and won.

Meanwhile, A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE will be coming out in the next week or so. I’m super excited about it, though I’ve curtailed my usual social media blitz that I usually do because soon after, GUNBOAT DIMPLOMACY will also be out. Then, three weeks after GUNBOAT DIPLOMACY is out, the audiobook of SONS OF THE LION will be released. Phew! My publishers like to keep me busy.

Not sure who’s going to win that battle. On one hand, Peacemaker Hr’ent is a master at armed and unarmed combat and is one of the most dangerous aliens in the universe. On the other, the pure adorableness of Georgie the baby kaiju is going to be tough to beat. This one is going to be the match of the century.

Hmmm…. I feel like I’m missing something. Oh yeah! I’m still working on WINTERBORN, Book 5 of the Kin Wars Saga. Other than that crazy 2018, I’ve been average about one book per year for this series and this one seems to be right one track. I know a lot of readers hate that but I have a lot of different things going at once, and sometimes I have to turn on the slow burners to keep everything going. However, given the… nature of Book 4’s ending, I can understand people’s impatience. I would say “I’m sorry” but that would make me a liar. So while I didn’t hit my goal of having it done by December, I do know that it’s right there and needs a few weeks of intense focus on my part to finish it up.

I had a 500,000 words written goal for the year and, barring some insanity this month, I’m going to miss it. I should be coming in at around 425,000 words, which isn’t too shabby. But it’s not my goal. Perhaps 2020 I can break 500,000 finally?

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Hugo Season


So apparently it’s Hugo season again (didn’t we just do this?), though this year I’m thinking “Yeah, I lost a lot of time and energy last year dealing with that public smear campaign. I’m not even going to pay attention this year.”

Seriously. In 2014 I managed to get a ton of writing done. 2015? Jack squat. Oh, I wrapped up a few short stories, and got most of Kraken Mare done, but when it’s compared to 2014? Nada. Zilch. Zero. Zip.

I liked it better when I was beneath the radar of the most virulent Defenders of Justice and collecting many royalty checks. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciated being included on so many ballots for the Campbell Award. Yes, this is my second and final year of eligibility, but I really don’t care at this point. As I said earlier, too much energy was expended trying to defend myself and my friends from random attacks and accusations of racism (which still makes me laugh).

I hope my friends do well again this year. I truly do. When I get my voter packet, I’ll read all the works and vote, as I usually do. But getting involved? No thanks. Being nominated? No thanks.

I’d rather just continue to get paid.

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Too Stubborn


Air! I can breathe!

In all seriousness, it feels like I’ve been drowning in my writing the past few months. Ever since Eric and I wrapped up Kaiju Apocalypse III, it seems like my head has been underwater when it comes to writing. I may have burned myself out a bit (writing 4 books in 4 months will do that to anybody) and needed a break, but I proscribe to the “Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 3:00” writing schedule. You know, treating it like a job? It’s a good habit to get in to, quite frankly. But because of my schedule, and the fact that I mentally cringe anytime someone says “kaiju” around me, I’ve been writing utter dreck lately. This is while I’m trying to prepare the first two Christian Cole novels for publication (The Green Jewel and The Midnight Crew) and get a few short stories I owe to John Manning off to him (which I haven’t done yet, FYI), and help promote an anthology which just came out that I have the first story in (Terror By Gaslight, which has the first Tobias Fox story in it, Nightwalker).

That’s… a lot. I can see why my creativity has been flat-lining as of late.

Today, however, I woke up sort of refreshed. I didn’t sleep particularly well, but it felt as if a cloud over my motivation had lifted. Of course, I’m a little pissed off at the states of Colorado and Virginia right now, and hate and anger usually fuels my writing, so there is that. But for the first time in awhile I’m able to actually sit down and focus on writing itself, and not simply putzing around pretending to be a writer (other writers know what I’m talking about). It’s produced some decent material, most of which will make it into the final submitted piece.

I’ve also been informed that, due to the high sales of the Kaiju Apocalypse trilogy, combined with the surprising success of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn, I am no longer eligible to enter the “Writers of the Future” contest. Now, considering that I’ve never entered it any way, nor really considered entering seriously (those are some good damn writers, while I’m… meh), receiving that email was sort of surprising. I was wondering if it was a scam of some sort, but it seems to be legit, which brings me to the next question: who really gives a crap enough about me to be preemptive like that? Flattering, yeah, but spooky all the same.

I’ll have the second Murder World book (Murder World: Kaiju Dusk) ready by… Christmas? Which means publication in February? Hard to say right now. There is a lot going on in the publishing world that is making me a little nervous. And if I’m nervous, mid-listers who rely on writing as their only source of income have to be absolutely terrified. I know I would be, if I wasn’t so shallow and carefree in nature (heh).

No word on either Hand of God  or Wraithkin yet. I was hoping to hear something about the former by now, and I expect to hear something about the latter in the next few months. In the meantime, I’ve been toying around in the Wraithkin universe and am coming to realize that I created one complex universe, quite by accident. If someone ever says that I must really know politics to create such a nation like the Dominion of Man, I’m going to apologize and start laughing.

There was some other serious stuff I was thinking about talking about, then I remembered that I have an article due for the Mad Genius Club this Friday, so I figured I could save it for that. Nothing political (I think), more of a “this is cool” kind of thing. Who knows, maybe someone will learn something?

Won’t be me, though. I’m too stubborn to learn.

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Kaiju Writing

Meet the Character — Vincente Huerta


(I was tagged in this by Amanda S. Green. She introduced her favorite character, Ashlyn Shaw, star of Vengeance From Ashes, here.)

As I walked into the bar, I began to wonder just what the hell I was getting myself into this time. Sure, I’m the author, and I create these people, but some of them seem to be able to slip the reins and run around without proper supervision. Vincente Huerta, the main character from Murder World: Kaiju Dawn, ship captain, smuggler, and all around pain in the ass, was one of those characters. He was brash, arrogant, and really needed to be smacked in the mouth. Unfortunately, this interview called for just one character, so there was no Jasmine to help me keep him in check. Which was a shame, really. I could use some backup when dealing with guys like him. It keeps me from killing them.

I spotted him fairly easily. He looks just as I figured he would: slightly overweight, thinning hair, in dire need of a shave. Taller than I expected, though, and much bluer eyes than any man with that Hispanic-sounding of a name should have. Contacts, perhaps? I wouldn’t put it past him.

He looked up as I approached. I almost grabbed a nearby bar stool and hit him right there. I have no idea why, I just did. He had this… smugness about him that I desperately wanted to beat out of him. I mean, seriously. He gives off that “I’m an ass, beat me with a baseball bat” vibe. For once I understand what a Charisma roll of 8 is really like.

“You’re late,” he told me. I looked at my phone, confused.

“No, I’m right on time,” I countered.

“In my line of work, if you’re on time, then Customs gets you. Always be early.”

What a load of crap. I’m being lectured to by my own creation. I seriously need to kill this asshole off.

I joined him in the booth and watched him pound back a shot of bourbon. Cheap bourbon, I’ll add. The man hasn’t found much work lately, and times were lean, even for the most effusive of alcoholics. I ordered water from the passing waitress, who nodded in my direction before sending a scalding look at Vincente. I smiled. Nice to know that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to smash his face in.

“So what did you want to talk to me about?” he asked.

“Well, for starters, tell me about your past.”

“Nothing interesting there.”

I pull out my notepad and look it over. “Considering I have your life story right here, I’d say that you were lying.”

“If you have everything, then why are you bugging me about this stupid interview?”

I swear to God I’m going to break his nose.

“Look, Vincente… I just want to hear it from you. For instance, I have you being married twice. That caused some consternation with me, since I don’t think that was meant to be.”

“Tell me about it. We managed to null that marriage less than ten hours after it happened. Glad that woman agreed.”

“Which woman?” I asked. “Mooney?”

“No, not her,” he growled. “The other.”

“Come on Vincente,” I prodded. “What’s her name?”

“You’re the damned writer, you spoil the sequel.”

He had me there. I hated spoilers. Especially when they were my fault.

“Okay fine. We’ll try talking about something else then. Tell me about your ship.”

For the first time, he takes an extreme interest in the interview. “My ship? She’s beautiful. I converted the interior holds into airtight, individual storage bays and added an armored personnel carrier for those smuggling rendezvous where I might get shot at. She’s got the best communications ‘net on the market, and that includes the black market, and my engineer can get her into skip space with hardly a bump. She’s the real deal. You looking to rent her out?”

“No, not really.” I was sort of confused by his response though. I was pretty sure that he no longer had the Fancy and was, in fact, in the market. But then again, the guy is a born liar.

“A shame. I need the money,” he said as he began to slide out of the booth. I looked at him, surprised.

“Where are you going? I have a few more questions to ask you.”

“Sorry chief, gotta run. My permit’s about to expire and this here rock doesn’t do credit the way they used to. Plus, I think I owe the dockmaster money.”

I watched him walk away and I couldn’t help feeling that I’d gotten the shaft. Sure, he answered a few questions, but this wasn’t what I had been hoping for. I wanted to have my readers get to know him, and instead–

“Here’s his tab, sir,” the waitress slipped me Vincente’s bill as she passed by. “He said you’d take care of it.”

Son of a bitch. I hate that guy.

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Kaiju Publishing Writing

On Sale Now


There are some nice deals going on this week.

Kaiju Apocalypse is currently on sale for only $0.99. This is would be the perfect time to get the first book in the series and try it out and see if it’s up your alley.

Kaiju Apocalypse - Published 2014
Kaiju Apocalypse – Published 2014

Also on sale is Murder World: Kaiju Dawn for only $0.99 as well. You really might want to grab this gem, since it has one of my favorite characters of all time in it. We’re still writing the follow up books to this, but rest assured that the sequel will be out this year.

Murder World: Kaiju Dawn - Published 2014
Murder World: Kaiju Dawn – Published 2014

Come on, what are you waiting for? For less than two bucks you can get two exciting Kaiju novels.

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Good Enough


Before you freak out and grab your pitchforks, I’m hard at work on Murder World: Kaiju Dusk. Really, I am. It’s coming along nicely, and I think everyone will be pleased to know that Captain Vincente and his crew is back for a second round. Eric and I should have this novel done by the end of July. In the meantime, you can still pick up a copy of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn on Kindle for a mere $0.99. That’s way less than a cup of coffee, and less than a reprocessed cheese and “pink stuff” burger from a fast food restaurant. So pick up a copy of the book instead of another greasy cheeseburger. Your intestines will thank you.

That was a short pitch. Huh. Maybe I should try to offer something more? Ehh…. no, I think that’s good. A $0.99 book. Yeah. Good enough.

 

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Murder World: Kaiju Dawn Deal


Murder World: Kaiju Dawn  is currently on sale for a mere $0.99 right now on Amazon Kindle (Prime members get it for free, as always). You really, really should buy it. Then review it. Then tell all your friends about how you’d sell your second born for the sequel (first born is a bit steep).

MW KD cover

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Another Cover Reveal


I wonder if people are getting tired of these yet? This is Kaiju Apocalypse III (not our most original of titles, we know). This is the final book in this series of novellas, and this was Eric’s baby (I suck and only contributed a little). On the plus side, this coming weekend Eric and I are going to be getting together to plot out Murder World: Kaiju Dusk and Murder World: Kaiju Darkness. That should make a few people happy, since everyone seems to love a certain character in this series.

 

Kaiju Apocalypse 3

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Please


My brain couldn’t get into the mood for writing Kaiju Apocalypse III today, since this flu thingy has been kicking my butt this week. Instead of calling it a lost day, though, I decided to work on this fantasy idea my Muse has been beating me over the head with the past two weeks. I mean, I’d kinda outlined it before (okay, I drew up some geographical maps and created an 8 pointed magic system) and talked a bit about it, but I’d never actually tried writing it. I think because I was fighting my Muse again and trying to make it an urban fantasy thing when it needed to be a classic fantasy piece.

So I started I, Godslayer today and immediately put down 2,000 words. It sort of surprised me at just how much my Muse apparently wanted to write this story. So hooray for my foray into humorous high fantasy?

I see that quite a few people have purchased Murder World: Kaiju Dawn but very few of you have actually written a review up on Amazon for it. Is it really too difficult to say “This book sucked” or something else (preferably, “This book rocked!”). Everyone has been in shock over the fact that some Kardashian wrote a book and lamenting the fact that they had it ghost-written as well, and that this hurts “real” authors. No, that doesn’t hurt real authors, actually. The fact that people call it a piece of crap and managed to write 61 one-star reviews is what hurt “real” authors. I mean, people say the book sucks and jeer the fact that they can’t write, and yet they still push the sales up and give it reviews. You want to keep sh*t like this from happening, every day reader? Give a book your enjoyed a rating on amazon. It helps and also validates to the author that people have, you know, read the book.

I would love for there to be 30 reviews on Murder World: Kaiju Dawn by the end of the day. That would be awesome. It’s not going to happen, though, and I believe this is because the average reader would much rather tear down a novel they hate instead of talking up a novel they enjoyed.

And before you cough and say “Jason, what about your review of Catching Fire?” you should recall that I was practically gushing over The Hunger Games. So hold on a second before calling me a hypocrite, mmkay?

And write a damn review.

Please.

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Ewww


Since Kaiju Apocalypse II is being released this weekend (or next week, not entirely sure at this time), Eric and I are working on the third book and final book of the series right now (untitled, but I’d lay money on something like Kaiju Apocalypse III. Fits the theme, ya know?). We also happen to be working on Murder World: Kaiju Dusk as well, which we’ll talk about while at Libertycon this year (plotting and planning some details, mostly just hanging out). I think it’s safe to say that I have quite a few books coming out this year (4 so far, and 5-7 more scheduled). It’s nice, but it’s terrifying at the same time. You always have that niggling little voice of doubt in the back of your head telling you that you are way out of your depth.

Okay, so mine carries around a bullhorn. Big whoop.

The contest is still live. So far, a whopping 7 people have signed up. Now, I know I’ve sold more copies than that of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn, so you people need to get off your butts and enter before it’s too late.

Tomorrow I’ll be over at the Mad Genius Club for my monthly rant. Yep, first Friday of every month I go over there and try to talk about writing (thought lately it seems that everything else but writing gets talked about). I’ll use .gifs to make it fun, though. I always try to make it fun, especially things that make people very uncomfortable talking about.

…I would have been an interesting proctologist.

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Oops


So far, only a few people have signed up for the contest and purchased a copy of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn. I mean, if you look at MW:KD, what’s there not to love? Bad ass women, big brawny men, massive Kaiju, nuclear explosions, science, spaceships, mercenaries, psychos, and did I mention the bad ass women? Ah well. You should buy it and then send me the screen shot so you could possibly win a free book of mine of your choice.

There is a new review up at SBR. I reviewed Kal Spriggs’ The Fallen Race. Not a bad book, just a slow starting one. Literally, once you hit the halfway point, it flies.

I also got sunburned while out in the garden today. Not sure how, since my usually tan look hides it well. Oops.

 

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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

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Price Drop


In anticipation of the release of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn, Amazon is currently offering Kaiju Apocalypse for a mere $0.99. That’s pretty awesome. You should totally buy it now that it’s cheaper than a crappy McDonald’s double cheeseburger (I think, I could be wrong about the price of a double cheeseburger and the quality of said item).

And if you’re wondering if I get less royalties at $0.99 than I did at $2.99, my response is “Basic math says yes. Basic economic suggests I will get more due to sheer volume. Assuming people listen to my sales pitch sage advice. This is a price drop that I was looking forward to, and hope that it will attract the casual buyer.

Murder World: Kaiju Dawn - Published 2014
Murder World: Kaiju Dawn – Published 2014

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Too Much Gloat


It never ceases to amaze me just how much an author will research just for one freaking line in a book…

I actually got to utter this sentence tonight while working on Kaiju Armageddon. I mean, between researching the vagus nerve and then radio wave transmission to Ceres and the asteroid belt, I’ve really messed with the NSA tonight (oh, and my peek at where Camp David was on Google Maps probably made them squirm a bit as well). Ah well. I’d shout “For science!” but it’s more like “For Death and Destruction In Page-Turning Action!”

Hey, I never do things by halves. My science may be weird at times, but it (usually) works. Hell, look at Corruptor. I talked about using VR to treat PTSD over ten years ago (yeah, book came out four years ago, but it was finished in 2004).

Anyway, the final proof of Murder World: Kaiju Dawn was turned it this weekend. Thanks to my coauthor for actually looking it over, since I was at the point that I was going to find this editor and do bad things to their flower bed. Murder World: Kaiju Darknessfor those interested, is being plotted when I’m not writing Kaiju Armageddon.

Heh. You know, it’s kind of funny. I had a college professor tell me that I never was able to grasp the meaning of some author’s stories and it was a good thing I was a History major because this writing thing wasn’t for me. Hold up, let me gloat for a moment… one… more… okay, done.

Okay, back to work. I want you people to see just what craziness Eric and I are throwing at you next. In order to do that, I need to actually complete this book. Gloating is not healthy.

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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?