After being postponed for two years, the Muncie Comic Con is happening this Saturday, May 21st from 10:30am to 4:30pm!
They have announced several special guests, including:
Timothy Zahn (New York Times Bestselling author / Star Wars) Christina Blanch (Tales from the Crypt / Good Boy) Ethan Sacks (Star Wars / Old Man Hawkeye) Gavin Smith (Star Trek: The Mirror War / Dead Legends) Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty / Mars Attacks) Stuart Sayger (Army of Darkness / Shiver in the Dark) Matthew Hansel (Underdog / Marty and Spud) and more!
Check out their website for a full list of guests and vendors.
I have an author table at the event where I’ll be selling signed copies of Sorcery & Widgets at a special event price, along with a few other book-related items. Sorcery & Widgets is my collection of sixteen science fiction and fantasy stories, ranging in length from novelette to flash fiction and containing adventures with different characters in different worlds. If you like something new with each story, this is the collection for you!
You can purchase passes for the Muncie Comic Con on the event website, and the location is:
Heartland Building Delaware County Fairgrounds 2010 Wheeling Avenue Muncie, Indiana 47303
My story “Captain Sable’s Cats” has been accepted by MYTHIC magazine, and will appear in issue #19! While you’re waiting, you can check out the recently released issue #17–happy reading!
Free Story – This Week Only!
To celebrate the upcoming publication of “Captain Sable’s Cats,” I’ve made “Captain Sable’s Crew,” which is another adventure with some of the same characters, free on Smashwords through November 6th–enjoy!
If you haven’t read the summer sales announcement, check that out first: Summer Sales!
I’ve put together an order form to make ordering signed paperbacks of Sorcery & Widgets more efficient. Click the link above or the button below to reach the order form. If you’d prefer an ebook, check out the Smashwords sale. Both sales are through the end of July.
I have a handful of paperback copies of my story collection, Sorcery & Widgets, which I had intended to have for sale at in-person events last year. Since none of those events happened, I still have the books, and I don’t need this many copies of my own book! Instead, I’m going to sell them at my event price plus shipping, which makes them $13 each. We won’t get to chat in person like we would at an event, but you’ll still get a cheaper price than elsewhere, and I’m happy to sign and personalize the book before I send it your way.
***EDIT: I made an order form to make the ordering process easier. You can still send a message through the contact form if you prefer (the info is sent to me either way), but the order form will be more efficient.***
If you’re interested in a copy, send a message through the contact form on my website. I’ll write back to get the details about how you want the book personalized and send you an invoice, so that I can get it mailed to you as soon as possible, and you can start reading! I’m not familiar with international shipping, so I’m limiting it to U.S. only for now, but if you’re elsewhere and interested in a book, send me a message.
This sale will coincide with the Smashwords sale (see below), ending on July 31st. I only have a dozen or so copies on hand, so if there is an overwhelming interest, I’ll have to order more before I can send them out, but if you contact me to request a book before August 1st, I’ll make sure you get one at the sale price even if it takes a little longer.
July Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords:
It’s time for the Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords! During the month of July, you can get two of my ebooks at discounted prices: Sorcery & Widgets (which contains 16 of my stories) for 50% off, and my short story “Fish and Fools” (the only one not in the collection) for free!
Sorcery & Widgets
Explore new worlds—both magical and those among the stars—in this collection of science fiction and fantasy stories.
From novelettes to flash fiction, this collection features sixteen exciting stories. Mages, new tech, prophecies, superheroes, intersecting timelines, pirates, shapeshifters, dragons, spaceships, and more await within the pages of Sorcery & Widgets.
Are you looking for some variety in your reading this summer? Perhaps you like a mix of science fiction and fantasy with both traditional and urban settings, or you might be in the mood for short flash fiction that fits with your busy schedule, but when you have some time to relax, you want to delve into a longer novelette-length tale. If so, Sorcery & Widgets is the book for you, and you can get it on sale as an ebook or paperback during the month of July!
Fish and Fools
Inspired by the howling wind of the wildlands, the Bard carves a tale of misfits, monsters, and what it means to be a hero.
You can find another Bard story, “Brimstone and Brine,” in Stupefying Stories #23, which was released earlier this year. For more information on how these stories are connected and a recommended reading order, see my piece “On Writing” on the Stupefying Stories blog–and as a bonus you get to see the full-color version of the interior art that accompanies the story along with the article. If you took advantage of either of the sales to get a copy of Sorcery & Widgets, you can find a third connected story, “A Prophecy and the People,” within its pages as well.
My story, “Brimstone and Brine,” is out in Stupefying Stories #23. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions, and the issue includes interior illustrations (in color in the ebook!) in addition to this fantastic cover art:
In “Brimstone and Brine,” the Bard carves a tale filled with adventure, sacrifice, and a demanding dragon. Along with my story, the issue includes eleven other stories of different lengths and genres. Check them out for yourself!
Smashwords Sale: Happening Now!
I’m late with my announcement, but Read an Ebook Week is happening this week at Smashwords–it ends Saturday, March 13th. I have two ebooks in the sale this year:
(And I’m happy to have reached the point where I have enough published stories that I can draw connections between the characters in them…)
If you enjoy “Brimstone and Brine” in Stupefying Stories #23, you can get another of the Bard’s tales, “Fish and Fools” for free during the sale (I think the sale coupons are automatic now, but just in case, the code is EW100). “Fish and Fools” was originally published in a now out-of-print issue of Stupefying Stories, but it lives on as an ebook.
Sticking with my theme, the Bard also makes an appearance in “A Prophecy and the People,” which can be found in my story collection, Sorcery & Widgets. During the Smashwords sale, Sorcery & Widgets is 75% off, making it only $1.49 (with the code EBW75). The collection includes a range of sixteen science fiction and fantasy stories from novelettes to flash fiction–something for every reader!
I didn’t realize the End of the Year Sale at Smashwords was starting early this year, and I’m behind on my announcements!
This year, you can get Sorcery & Widgets, my collection of 16 science fiction and fantasy stories, for 50% off with the coupon code SEY50. Only one of my stories on Smashwords, Fish and Fools, is not included in this collection, and you can get it for free with the coupon code SW100. The coupons are good through January 1, 2021.
Enjoy, and ring in the new year with some reading material!
If all had gone as planned this year, October 4th would have been my day to participate in a Local Author Meet and Greet as part of the Get Lit events at Promenade Park presented by Hyde Brothers Booksellers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Unfortunately, since all of the Get Lit events have been canceled, you won’t have the opportunity to listen to me read an excerpt and answer questions about my book in person.
Instead, today only, you can use the coupon code YS95L (the coupons might be automatic now, but just in case, here it is) to get an ebook of my science fiction and fantasy collection, Sorcery & Widgets, for free at Smashwords. Even though we can’t chat in person at Promenade Park today, you can read the stories on your own and let me know what you think through a review, a post, or the contact form on my website. I even made up some book-club style questions a while ago if you want to tell your friends and start a discussion. Either way, enjoy!
I’ve been releasing a lot of reprints and collected editions lately, but this one is new! “Recipe for a Mage” is a stand alone story, but if you enjoy it and would like to read more stories in this world, check out “H2O” and “Changing Keys.” Happy Reading!
The July Summer/Winter Sale has already started at Smashwords! Through the end of the month, you can get my collection of stories Sorcery & Widgets for 75% off. That’s 16 science fiction and fantasy stories for $1.50! As a bonus, you can also get “Fish and Fools” for free–it’s my only story not included in the collection, so with these two ebooks, you’ll have all of my published work! According to a recent email from Smashwords, the coupons for the sale are now automatic, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of the codes, just click the “Buy with coupon” button to get the sale price. Enjoy!
If you live in Allen County, Indiana, you can borrow the ebook of Sorcery & Widgets through the public library’s OverDrive app. Don’t be dismayed if you can’t find it in the regular ACPL catalog–for some reason, it doesn’t show up there. Just go to the OverDrive (or Libby) app and search for the title.
EDIT: Sorcery & Widgets is showing up in the catalog now, and you can find it here!
If you’d like to check out Sorcery & Widgets, but you live somewhere else, consider asking your local library to buy the ebook. I have my distribution network set up through Smashwords in such a way that my ebooks are available for libraries to purchase, which should make things easier on their end. I’d like to include a list of libraries that have my work in their collections on my website, so if your library does get any of my books, I would appreciate it if you’d send me a message through my contact page to let me know.