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Just Your Average Everyday Friday


My post over at the Mad Genius Club is now live. I went to an interesting place during my thought process and delved into sociological change throughout history. I probably could have written about 4,000 more words on the topic but I have a book due.

I finished Best Laid Plans last night and managed to get it in to the editor with 90 minutes to spare. I normally don’t cut deadlines that close, but yeah, it was touch and go there for awhile. Heard back some positive comments of Chosen of the Red God and that makes me happy. Now, to finish Kraken Mare before Libertycon rolls around.

I also got The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats in the mail a few days ago, the advanced reader copy of Mark Hodder’s final novel in his Spring-Heeled Jack series. I’m interested in seeing how he ties this series up. I’ve enjoyed it immensely, even though I haven’t reviewed any of the books over at Shiny Book Review. Part of it was that another reviewer was supposed to review them, and never gave me back the books when she decided not to. Another is that I just haven’t had the time lately, as evidenced by my barely making my deadlines.

Hugo voting is now open. I’m sending Murder World: Kaiju Dawn and Hill 142 for the voter packet. Since they are two of my favorite things that were published in 2014 I figured they would both be good representatives of my writing style. I just have to remember to do it this weekend. I’ve been forgetting dates and such lately since my new daytime job has been slowly devouring my usual writing time.

I really want to go see Age of Ultron tonight but I have an early day tomorrow. Maybe I can go Sunday? I don’t know. We’ll see.

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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.

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.

 

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

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.

 

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