Book Release

Nominations & Edging Toward a Release Date

Good morning Archer’s Aim followers, PH here this week with a few more updates for my writing projects this year. Last week I reported on a few points of progress with the book and there are a a few more updates this week.

I started work on that new beginning for RM and it’s coming along steadily as I make sure to express all the important details necessary for this opening scene. It’s a bit of a shift with some increased action involving more characters upfront, but it should set the stage for the book – and the series – pretty well once I have it completed. Having some changes to the opening stages based on some of my world-building in recent months will also provide more of a guide for what needs to be added in other parts of the book.

I’m also turning my sites on a few small projects with The Bow of Hart Saga. First of all, I’m not entirely satisfied with the cover I used for the series bundle, so I’m working on an updated version that should be a bit more friendly to the eye.

Secondly, I do have a goal of releasing An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow into print this year. I’m beginning work on those releases and looking forward to the entire series finally being in print. On this list is an overall goal that meets several goals together. I’m thinking seriously about attending a local science fiction and fantasy convention during the summer. My hope is to have all those print editions ready to make an appearance as well as some freebies to hand out to the crowd. If my schedule will allow the release of Reformed Mage by around the convention or just before that time it would be good, otherwise it should be out in the fall. That part of the goal is still up in the air, but I am thinking seriously about the release of a new book and the timing.

 

Of course, I still have quite a lot do with this book including settling on a cover concept with my artist. Cover art will be a concern in March or April to make sure that I have that soon enough. In terms of cover art, first comes the needs for the print books, then will come the new cover. Of course, depending on the progress of the first three books of the Reformed Mage series, I may be getting three covers ordered very close together.

I received news week that my audio publisher has re-branded from Podium to Podium Audio. Not a big name change but authors and narrators have a chance to be directly featured on the new website so I’ve submitted information to be included. The publisher has been excellent to me all the way and I’m looking forward to possibly working with them again with another series if possible.

One last item of note; the deadline for the Nebula Award nominations is upon us. As a member of SFWA, I have the privilege of nominating up to five works per category. I don’t have nominations for every category but I did include three for the main award for novels. I’m not telling which books my choices included but I’m pleased to have gotten them sent from among the many titles (including an indie book) I enjoyed this year which I thought were deserving.

It’s a busy time of year, but work is progressing nicely and I look forward to sharing more about the projects and releases as the year goes along. I’ll be back next week with more information and I hope to have a a few minor pieces ready to begin sharing about Reformed Mage in the next several weeks. Thanks for reading today and checking in on my progress. Please share this on your social media or re-blog it. Your questions and thoughts are always welcome so please leave those in the comments section. If you are interested you can also join one of my private groups on Facebook for Goodreads where I’ve posted plenty of information about my current books and will get more in depth with my works in progress – just ask to be added in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

New Dystopian Release: A. I. Insurrection

A.I. Insurrection – The General’s War Press Release. Feb, 15th, 2018

  1. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it’s the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia, unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it.

A.I. Insurrection, the new release by Michael Poeltl, author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, takes the author back to his roots of dystopian sci-fi. “This novel investigates global utopia and the struggle to maintain an unrealistic hold over everything and everyone,” Poeltl explains. “Certain aspects of humanity will never be satisfied with the thousand shades of grey a utopia will provide, no matter the spin. When faced with the threat of their robot slaves rebelling, distrust in the system begins to infect the general public, opening the door for a new world to emerge, and new leaders to rule.”  Discover how quickly a near-future utopian society can become a dystopian nightmare fueled by fear as the A.I. populace of United Earth become sentient and demand their freedoms.

Raymond Bellows, United Earth Chancellor, challenges the A.I. claims until an astonishing truth is revealed by Host: SENTA, one of hundreds of millions of individual robot Hosts who teams up with the Chancellor while struggling to discover her new-found awareness.  A secret coup schemes to over-throw the peaceful government, while a separate threat of human/tech hybrids who think the current regime is anything but idyllic arise from the Shadow net, taking direction from the mysterious Allfather avatar. In a three-sided war, humanity and humanity’s creation fight to claim their own place in an ever-evolving solar system.

“I believe science fictions fans, myself included, appreciate the complexities of artificial intelligence, and the moral questions which accompany it, like: when is intelligence consciousness? The novel also offers an exciting potential new proof of life for sentience.” Poeltl declares with an air of cloak-and-dagger surrounding the surprise reveal behind his new book.

Goodreads ratings for A.I. Insurrection are settling in at a respectable 4.25 stars and has one reviewer saying: “A great read for anyone who enjoys extensively built worlds, philosophical questions, and an ol’ fashioned A.I uprising.” – Ari Augustine.

This is Poeltl’s tenth book and the first of 2018. For more on Michael Poeltl and his books, visit his website: www.mikepoeltl.com Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or join him on Goodreads.

Book Release: Jewel in the Mud by Harmony Kent

Fellow fantasy author, Harmony Kent, releases her non-fiction book today entitled, Jewel in the Mud. I’m pleased to host her today and hope you’ll have a look at this new book. 

Blurb

‘Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It relies solely on what you think.’

Have you ever felt angry? Upset? Hurt? Overwhelmed? Not up to it?

This book, with its pithy teachings based in Zen, will help you find the jewel in the inevitable mud of life rather than wallowing in that mud.

Not only does each day offer us a new start, a chance to press reset, but so does each and every breath. It’s never too late to be who you were meant to be, and your history doesn’t have to keep you trapped. And nor do you have to waste endless energy on worrying about all that the future may bring.

Written in an engaging manner, Jewel in the Mud invites you to search within and make your world the way you want it to be. It doesn’t give you strict instructions or homework, but instead, invites you to dive deeper, search further, and question your assumptions.

The book has handy thoughts for the week, and can be read in one go, weekly, or dipped into at random. In short, it has been designed to fit in with you and your needs.

Learn how to take control of your life with these Zen Musings.

Forward from the Book

What qualifies me to write a book such as this? Am I anything special? Have I learnt anything that you cannot?

In short, I am a Zen failure. I spent thirteen years in a Zen Buddhist Temple—ten of those ordained. And then I left.

End of story?

Not quite.

Before, during, and after, a few things happened to me along the way. And for sure, those thirteen years proved most fruitful.

I entered the monastery as a young (27 year old) woman lacking in confidence, painfully shy, massively inadequate, and terrified of everything … including my own shadow. Put simply, normal life just felt like too much, and most of the time, I found myself overwhelmed.

I think that those years of discipline I undertook voluntarily were, in some ways, the hardest of my life. But oh so worth it.

I emerged at just short of forty like the proverbial butterfly, utterly transformed. To use a clutter of well-worn cliches, I faced my demons. I popped the balloon. I dragged my skeletons from the closet.

After finding myself disabled and back out in the world, alone, at forty years old, I began life again, from scratch. Built it up from nothing. Honestly, it felt way scarier coming back out than it did going in. But by then, I’d learnt to feel the fear and do it anyway. And, after all, I had to do something with my life. Like find a place to live. Once I got the basics taken care of, it came time to set a course and go for it, always allowing for the vagaries of the wind, of course.

These days, I live a life of contentment and fulfilment. I am happy, confident, and successful. And such success I do not measure in material things or possessions, or even in any typical worldly way of measuring achievement. Rather, I have set my internal compass, and it is from there that I live my life.

Of course, I remain human and fallible, and I stumble sometimes. As do we all. That’s perfectly okay. It’s normal. We can’t get it right all the time. In fact, one of my Musings talks about just that: Week Nineteen—It’s Okay to Have a Meltdown. Just so long as you don’t pack your bags and move into your dark place, that’s all right. The trick is to pick yourself up when you fall down and get going again. Don’t stay there.

So, what are you likely to get out of this book? Well, that depends largely upon you. The best results will come from an open attitude and a willingness to learn, listen, and question.

It is my sincerest hope that this book inspires you to dive deeper, search further, and discover your own jewels in the mud of everyday existence.

Wishing you all good things

Harmony

Author Bio:


Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours and refuses to admit to her age.

If you catch her at work, you’ll see she also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. Not to mention being passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

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Please have a look Harmony’s new title as well as her entire list using one of the links above this line. My best wishes to Harmony on her new book!