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"Speaking With Your Dragons" concludes

February 20, 2018
Posted at 11:36 am
Updated: February 20, 2018 - 11:49 am

Well, the entire series has now wrapped up, and the earlier discrepancy between FineStories and SOL (which both seemed to like the other stories), has meshed, as the scores for "Speaking With Your Demons" has now shot ahead (I'm guessing due to the unexpected twist in the epilogue).

I'd previously complained about the final scores, before realizing I was looking at the fractions, and missing the 8 before them. :)

For a while, I was worrying about the silence about the story, and the lower ratings for the second book, but it's nice to find it ended on a positive note.

My next story, "A House in Disarray", a detective story set in Manhattan, is ready to go, but I'm delaying it's release to finish off the next book, Not-Quite Human 2, "Lost With Nothing to Lose". It's much longer than the original, and thus is taking longer to finish up. :(

New Book Giveaway & Book Notes

December 7, 2017
Posted at 1:22 am
Updated: December 7, 2017 - 9:49 am

A couple words about my new book, "A House in Disarray", a police drama/detective story set in Manhattan with no science fiction.

Unlike my earlier "Demonic Issues" stories (currently posting), the Smashwords version of the book does not have the previous issues with the graphic images not printing. In other words, without the awkward double negative, the book looks terrific. I continue having lesser problems with smashwords, notibly each page contains an extra blank page and the graphics are all shoved to the left, rather than centered as the story formatting dictates. (I fixed the latter by making the graphics span the width of most devices (other than PCs). The former used to post an extra two pages, so it's a little better, but hardly perfect.

I'm currently investigating posting via Draft2Digital, and so far, they seem to be much better at handling formatting. They also have a handy feature where they'll notify you whenever a new book appears (if you sign up for it, that is).

Also, like most of my books, I've got a book giveaway on Goodreads for it. This time, I'm giving away eight copies and is open to anyone in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia. The assumption is that, if you win, you get the free book in exchange for writing a review, either on Goodreads or elsewhere, but that's a beautiful $9.99 book for free. The contest can be found at: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/267975 (you have to copy & paste the address into your browser, or visit the goodreads giveaway page and search for "Crumbly Writer".

Note: Since they have no preorder option, the D2D version of my book won't be available until it's official launch date of Dec. 16th.

New Story, New Book

November 29, 2017
Posted at 10:26 am
Updated: November 29, 2017 - 11:43 am

"Speaking With Your Demons", the sequel to "The Demons Within", starts posting today. The story was delayed as I struggled to get my next story ready to publish (add to the queue for my SOL readers).

Unfortunately, that effort went awry. I tried to publish a "Box Set" (the entire 6 volume series in one discounted volume), but it's taking a lot more effort than anticipated (Duh!).

Instead, I've released a long-shelved story, a police drama about a lesbian detective investigating her boss, the NYPD Police Commissioner.

That book, "A House in Disarray", is now available for pre-order on both Amazon and Smashwords at a significant discount ($4.99 now, the price jumps to $6.99 when it's published on Dec. 16th).

With the new book out of the way, I can work on Not-Quite Human 2, "Lost With Nothing to Lose" and the "Catalyst Box Set", while I have the next SOL story ready to go.

The Demons Within: Epilogue

November 1, 2017
Posted at 10:05 pm
Updated: November 6, 2017 - 9:48 pm

Well, that wraps up this story, and leads directly into the next, "Speaking With Your Demons".

The story is ready, but I'm holding off while I try to get my next book ready to publish, so I won't post "Speaking" until January.

Meanwhile, the book is available on Amazon, Smashwords and lulu (the Createspace.com store has officially closed).

The Demons Within, Ch. 17

November 1, 2017
Posted at 12:07 pm

Judging from the responses (few new votes but a drop in scores) that readers weren't entertained by the minor diversion in the story in the latest chapter. That's understandable, especially since it was such a small chapter, thrown in just as everyone is anxiously awaiting news whether Phil will survive his surgery or not.

Still, as you might imagine, it does serve a bigger role in the broader story. Tonight's update will answer many of your questions ... sort of. For the rest, you'll have to wait for the final epilogue (as always)!