The Brain to Books Holiday Giveaway and CyCon Sampler is here and running through 12/18! There’s a very nice giveaway and registration for it has begun. Additionally, there are several Facebook events throughout the whole event. Most of all, you can see a bunch of good books featured all weekend! Jump straight to the SF & F section of authors from here! While you’re there, you can check out several authors and books including my own title, The Bow of Destiny. Enjoy and don’t for get to register for the giveaway and attend the Facebook events!
Today, I’m happy to host Adam Dreece who is releasing his latest science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. I invite everyone to read his post and check out the blurb – it’s got quite a nice recommendation from, well, remember Odo from Deep Space Nine? I think everyone should be interested. Take it away, Adam…!
I’m one of those authors who loves hiding Easter Eggs in his works, particularly for my favorite shows and books. I also do cameos for fellow authors and close friends, every now and then, someone notices but not usually.
One of those fandoms of mine that I embed is Firefly, as I’m a big Nathan Fillion fan. I didn’t get to enjoy Firefly when it originally aired, only seeing it a few years later but being immediately drawn in. I love cross-genre stuff, and the Western Space Opera idea was a great example. With my series, The Yellow Hoods, I crossed Steampunk and Fairytale, with The Wizard Killer, I created a Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy setting, with a sci-fi twist on the use of magic.
On the surface, my new book, The Man of Cloud 9, looks like a straight forward science fiction tale set 70 years in the future. The world’s been ravaged by climate change, making society lose its appetite for innovation, and then we have Niko Rafaelo come along. Cut from the same cloth as many Silicon Valley types before him, Niko’s a driven genius who can’t let go of a particular idea. This is a story about his rise, his vision, and then his conscience and the consequences. It’s an intimate story, centered around a few people. It’s science fiction novel, with almost that short story intimacy.
When I needed place for Niko and his right hand, Sandra, to go when they left the office, I decided it would be a burger place, called Fillion’s. It’s located on Castle, and of course the owner’s name is Mal. Niko and Mal have one ‘on screen’ moment together, and as always, I try to keep my fandom below the radar, not wanting to steal the moment.
It’s one thing to give a nod to a favorite show, and it’s another to let it over power the moment. In addition to my love of Firefly (which has a definite nod in Book 4 of The Yellow Hoods), I pay homage to the Dragonlance Chronicles novels, which I loved as a kid.
The Man of Cloud 9’s got little in common with Firefly on the surface, but underneath, they’re both about the people. Just in the case of The Man of Cloud 9, there’s one who truly is the gravity of that people universe. Check it out today.
“Adam Dreece continues to surprise, enthrall, and sweep us, his avid readers, along – with his elegant prose and insightful story telling. If you, like I, enjoy the sci/fi fantasy genre, you can’t do better than THE MAN OF CLOUD 9.”
- Rene Auberjonois, Avid Reader, Actor/Director
Niko Rafaelo is a brilliant and driven inventor, determined to flip the late 21st century on its head with a new take on a banned technology, nanobots. In a world that has been battered and bruised for decades by endless natural disasters, Niko’s ambitions are seen as reckless and wasteful. Following in the footsteps of his Silicon Valley heroes, Niko’s startup takes the planet by storm. But what happens when the corporate beast and Niko’s conscience conflict? And what is his ultimate goal?
“a truly unique voice and story”
- Readers’ Favorite
Find The Man of Cloud 9 at:
Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. The paperback will be available on Amazon in the next week. However, signed hardcovers are available from Owl’s Nest books. You can catch up to Adam via these links:
Last week, I wrote about what Wattpad can do for you now and I’m following up today with more information. As mentioned last week, I uploaded a prequel short story to The Bow of Destiny entitled, What Is Needed to my Wattpad. Today, I’ll share some a bit of what I’m doing with it and other content as well as some pointers and ideas from other blog sites and news articles.
What Is Needed has done well in the last week with a number of reads, several votes and some nice comments. One thing I did during the past week is add it to a fantasy genre club that allows weekly posts of content. When using one of these clubs, keep in mind that there may be rules on posting (how much) as well as how to do so. My experience was very good.
This week I’ve added another story to my Wattpad, Trading Knives. This is another short story prequel to my upcoming book that I’m giving some play on Wattpad before it goes to online retailers for free in a few weeks. Give it a look but remember it’s still being edited so there will be changes, however, comments are helpful. As just a hint, this story is about one of the main antagonists in The Bow of Destiny so enjoy a little darker story.
1. Joanna Penn hosted a guest post by Ashleigh Gardner, head of content with Wattpad. The post details aspects of marketing with Wattpad.
2. Indies Unlimited has also posted a blog entitled, Wattpad for Writers, which is very helpful as well.
3. Suw Charman-Anderson wrote an article for Forbes that discusses serializing your writing on Wattpad to attract an audience.
4. Molly Greene shared on her blog about how to get started on Wattpad – it’s a nice guide to make a quick, effective start.
5. Publisher’s Weekly also weighed-in on how Indie authors can build an audience using Wattpad.
These are all wonderful pieces that can help you puzzle out what you can do on Wattpad with your writing. Remember, Wattpad now has over 40 million readers – yes readers. It’s not just for writers and it’s proving to be just as important a social media outlet as Goodreads, the former being for more direct interaction with your content in progress and the latter more for book reviews.
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.
Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.
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P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.
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