Thank You, Readers!

As you may know, Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect became available for the Kindle this past Saturday, and thanks to the amazing response, this happened:

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That’s book three sitting at the number 10 spot on the Kindle top 100 paid best-seller list for my genre (superheroes). Yes, for the first time, one of my books cracked a top ten list!

I can’t think of a better way to mark one year since the release of the first AF novel, Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins. Yep, it’s been a whole year since I dove headlong into the great self-publishing experiment, and I definitely have no regrets. In fact, this weekend’s big win kept me motivated in a huge way, and I knocked out a nice chunk of book four.

Yep, work is well underway for Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer! This is one of the AF stories I’ve been dying to tell. It’s going to be a bit darker than its predecessors, but I trust everyone will hang tight for what’s sure to be a wild ride. My goal is to have it ready to go by March 2015, so stay tuned!

Blog Tour – Mayra Calvani’s “The Luthier’s Apprentice”

Hey there, regular readers. Doing something different today in the form of providing a blog tour stop to help out fellow indie author Mayra Calvani, whose new book The Luthier’s Apprentice is out now.

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Here’s everything you need to know, including where to pick up a copy…

The Luthier’s Apprentice (Violinist Detective Series, Book 1)

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…

Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery

Sound good? Then click the link and grab your print or e-book copy now!

The Luthier’s Apprentice (Violinist Detective Series Book 1)

And now, a little about Ms. Calvani herself:

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The WriterWriter’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.






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Black Magic Women – 99 Cents!

Just a quick reminder today that the Kindle edition of Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women is on sale for 99 cents for three days, now through Thursday! Read it and get ready for the release of Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect. The print edition should become available at any time on Amazon, and the Kindle edition is locked for release on September 27, and is now available for pre-order.

Pasts Imperfect – On Sale Next Week!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]All the gruntwork is done, now it’s time to unleash the literary kraken: the print edition of Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect will be available next week!

I unfortunately cannot specify a date, because the CreateSpace/Amazon system has to do its thing once I pull the trigger, so it can take up to 24 hours for the book to appear once I give final approval. I expect the print edition will be available as of Wednesday, but that’s approximate.

And remember, if you’re a Kindle owner (or have downloaded the Kindle app to your phone, tablet, or laptop), you can pre-order the Kindle edition right now! Order it today, get it automatically on September 27.

If you need to catch up to be ready for book three, make sure to grab the Kindle edition of Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women next week when it goes on sale for 99 cents — Tuesday through Thursday only!

Creator Interview: Dean Calusdian

StockingDeadCoverHey, everyone, it’s time for another author interview, but this time around I present to you Dean Calusdian, who recently released his first graphic novel, The Stocking Dead.

Dean, tell everyone a little about yourself.

I’m a freelance artist, playwright, a stage director and filmmaker. I like to try a little bit of everything. My artwork has been on such divergent things from record album covers to olive oil bottles.

The Stocking Dead. What’s it about?

It’s “Night of The Living Dead” meets “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” On Christmas Eve a zombie plague spreads throughout Christmasville turning the residents into flesh eating fiends, and small band of elves fight to survive.

What was the inspiration for this project?

After years of doing haunted houses, and being known for creepy art, I had tried something new by creating a large walk-through Christmas display. After two years, and the occasional observation that my Christmas display was still more creepy than cute, I decided to try something new. So purely for the fun of it, I started The Stocking Dead. I had no real intention of ever publishing it, it was more of an exercise to just spend several hours drawing every day.

I know you’ve been working on The Stocking Dead for quite a while now. How long did it take you to complete it?

Over three years. At least a year to write and pencil it, another year for inking and a year to color.

Did you do all the art by hand or did you have some digital help?

The pencils and inks were done traditionally on 11x 17 bristol paper, then those were scanned and the coloring was all done in Photoshop.

You’ve employed a rather tongue-in-cheek marketing campaign that’s so far included fake billboards and Stocking Dead pogs. What’s the thinking behind that?

I don’t know if my funky marketing campaign will actually yield sales, but it’s a lot more entertaining for me, than to keep posting “Buy my book! PLEASE!” I’m actually having a great deal of fun creating a campaign that is its own ridiculous (and mostly fictitious) adventure.

I have a really hard time with self-promotion, so inventing “Stocking Dead Central” and their terrible marketing and public relations divisions was much easier for me.

For the print edition, why did you choose to have a large quantity of hard copies printed rather than use a print-on-demand approach?

Unlike a novel that’s completely prose, the on-demand printing costs of a 116 page fully illustrated color graphic novel are super high. It was about an average of $16 a copy, and that’s before any type of mark up. Although I’ll be living with boxes upon boxes of graphic novels, ordering a huge amount of offset print editions was the only way to make it affordable for the consumer. We currently have a cover price of $11.99.

How can people get their hands on a print edition?

Currently you can order it from Amazon, or direct from us at The Kindle version is also currently available (right here: The Stocking Dead). The coolest of comic stores will be carrying it. We’ll also be selling it, along with some of my other artwork at SuperMegaFest in Framingham MA, and RI Comic-Con.

Is this a one-time project, or do you have another graphic novel in your future?

Right now this is a one shot deal, if it’s successful maybe in another three years we’ll do our follow up book…World War X-Mas.

Secret Origins – 99 Cents!

AF CoverHey, kids! Been thinking about jumping on the Action Figures bandwagon but haven’t gotten around to it? Well, now is a great time to fix that, because for three days (today through Thursday) the Kindle edition of Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins is on sale for 99 cents! Click on the preceding link to read chapters one and two for free, then click on the following link to jump over to and buy Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins!

If you like it, you’ll want to hit Amazon next week when Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women goes on sale for 99 cents, and then you’ll be ready for the release of Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect later this month! You can pre-order AF3 for the Kindle now at Amazon, and it will be delivered automatically on September 27 (print edition release date is still TBA).

Want A Free Signed Copy Of Book Three?

Thought that might get your attention.

Here’s the deal: the big push leading up to the release of Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect begins this week, starting with tomorrow’s three-day $1.99 sale on the Kindle edition of Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins. Next week Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women will go on-sale, and then book three hits Kindle on September 27 (and you can pre-order that right now).

I’ve decided to further goose the offerings with a special giveaway offer. Now, read the following bit closely, because there are conditions…Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]

This contest is open to people who:

  • Read Secret Origins and/or Black Magic Women;
  • Liked the book(s); and
  • Has not yet left a review on or Goodreads

Here’s all you have to do: leave a review, and e-mail the link to your review to (or use the contact form on this site to send the link). The prize is a signed copy of book three!

I’m not going to give away just one signed copy, however; I plan to give away one signed copy for every ten reviews I receive. Winners will be chosen at random from the entries received. I’d love to have at least 100 entries so I can roll my ridiculous d100 to pick winners, because I’m a dork like that.

I suppose some of you have some questions. I’ll answer them here.

What if I’ve already left a review?

Then share this blog post via your favorite social media outlet and help spread the word. Share it, get a screencap of your share, and e-mail that to me as a JPEG. I’ll consider that one entry, as if it were a review, for calculating the number of books I give away.

Why is it only open to people who liked the books?

Well, I don’t understand why someone who didn’t like them would want the next book, but frankly, part of the goal here is to encourage people to leave positive reviews — honestly positive reviews. I’ve sold a lot of copies, but only a tiny percentage of buyers have bothered to leave a review, and reviews are important to independent authors, hence this little incentive. If you didn’t like the books, please don’t bother to enter the contest.

What if I’m not comfortable writing reviews?

Got you covered. Go read this post, which provides some handy hints for writing reviews, then go give it a try. The quality of the review does NOT affect your chances of winning a copy. A star rating and a sincere sentence or two is good enough for me.


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