Godzilla Likes My Book!

I bet that got your attention, huh?

My friend Lauren, who took the photo I use as my official author photo, did up a silly thing for Tumblr to show her love for my books.

Photo by Lauren Dubois. I suppose Toho Studios should also get a mention.

Photo by Lauren Dubois. I suppose Toho Studios should also get a mention.

To view the full thing, go here. I hope it amuses you as much as it amused me.

As you’ll see, Godzilla is ready for book four. Fortunately, he won’t have long to wait, because it drops tomorrow! You can still pre-order it for the Kindle, and the print edition should be ready for sale later this week.

Godzilla isn’t the only one eager for the next book. Over the weekend, pre-order sales drove Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer up to the number two slot on Amazon’s best-seller list for Kindle e-books in the comics & graphic novels / graphic novels / action & adventure category!

Cruel Summer – Back Cover Art Reveal!

Hey, everyone. I’m taking a few minutes out of my writing weekend — I’m already cranking out Action Figures – Issue Five: Team-Ups — to show off the finished color art for the back cover of Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer, courtesy of my artist Tricia.

Art by Patricia Lupien.

Art by Patricia Lupien.

Oooh, foreboding!

This means the cover art package is almost finished, which means the print edition of book four will be available soon! I’ll let you all know when it becomes available for sale on Amazon.

If you can’t wait, and you’re a Kindle user, you can still pre-order book four, which will be released this coming Tuesday!

Thank You, Northfield High!

Back in January, I mentioned that a student at Northfield High and Middle School in Vermont asked the school librarian, Cheryl Kissel, to add Action Figures to the school library catalog. I donated copies of the first three books, and this week I finally got some pics of my books in the library.

Photograph by John Duprey.

Photograph by John Duprey.

Why did it take so long? Well, according to Cheryl, “I wanted to get some with all of the books but, up until the other day, there was always at least one checked out!” I cannot ask for a more flattering explanation.

Photograph by John Duprey.

Photograph by John Duprey.

Big thank-yous go out to Cheryl, my father-in-law Ted Fullard, and a student I know only as Dan for making this happen. A bonus thank-you goes to John Duprey, who took the photos for this blog post. Go give the guy some love and check out his website.

I’ve already made arrangements to send book four to the school as soon as the print edition is ready, which should be soon. My cover artist, Tricia Lupien, is finishing up the back cover as we speak. Here’s a tease of the back cover image…

Artwork by Tricia Lupien.

Artwork by Tricia Lupien.

Finally, a cheap plug: the Kindle edition of Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins is on-sale for 99 cents through today, so grab it now!

Cruel Summer – Pre-Order Now!

Here we go, readers…Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer is now available for pre-order on Kindle! Here’s the cover, courtesy of my ever-reliable cover artist Tricia Lupien…

AF 4 Final

What’s book four about? Here is the official blurb…

His name is uttered in terrified whispers. He’s the bad guy the good guys fear. He is the King of Pain, and he’s come to Kingsport to put another hero in the ground.

The Hero Squad faces their deadliest foe yet, a mysterious killer who hunts within the superhuman community, leaving dead bodies and broken minds in his wake. The Squad is next on his hit list, and the King of Pain will push the young heroes to their absolute limit — and one of them might not survive the experience.

Get ready for the darkest chapter in the Action Figures saga as the Hero Squad prepares for the greatest fight of their lives — a fight in which there are no winners…only survivors.

Yep, things are going to get dark for the Squad, so brace yourself. The Kindle edition will be available on Tuesday, March 24 (print edition release date TDA).

If you’ve only now discovered the Action Figures series, now is a great time to jump on, because Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins is on-sale this week! The Kindle edition is available through Friday for just 99 cents — three dollars off the normal price.

To grab either book — or Black Magic Women or Pasts Imperfect, for that matter, go to the Buy Now page and click the cover images to be taken directly to Amazon.

A Busy Birthday

Yep, today’s my birthday, but I’m going to give you a little gift.

First, I wanted to let everyone know that my editor has finished her work, and tomorrow I will begin final edits and formatting so Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer is on-track for release later this month.

And now for the gift: a sneak-peek at the cover-in-progress, courtesy of my ever-reliable cover artist, Tricia Lupien! This is the flat color version, meaning Tricia has yet to go in to do any shading or color effects. That should be wrapped up later this week, then I’ll have a full cover reveal for everyone to view with awe and admiration. Enjoy!

Art by Patricia Lupien.

Art by Patricia Lupien.

Sunday, Snowy Sunday

Taking a few minutes out of being trapped at home by a blizzard (AGAIN) to toss out a quick update on Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer. There’s not much new to report, really, but it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, so I’m rectifying that.

On a brief side note, the radio silence has been due to an insanely busy few weeks, between working shows with my wife (Veronica of Storied Threads) and attending stage combat seminars to get my fighting chops back after a long hiatus. I haven’t swung a sword since last year’s Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s Robin Hood Springtime Festival, and this year’s show will be here before I know it. And who knows? Maybe it will stop snowing by then.

Back to business. I’ve seen some preliminary cover artwork from my artist, Tricia Lupien, and it looks like another killer piece is on the way. Quick plug: you can grab a couple of her past AF pieces, along with some of her other artwork, on a variety of items over at her Redbubble store.

Everything is on track for a late March release, and as a lead-in to the new release, I’ll be making the Kindle edition of Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins available for just 99 cents the week of March 9 through March 13. If you happen to be a new reader, this will be a great time to jump into the series.

If you’re more patient, you could always wait until July, when Secret Origins will be part of a collection of superhero-themed e-books that will be available through StoryBundle. It’s a cool site that provides indie authors with an opportunity to connect to new audiences, while offering readers a chance to find some new reading material at a great price.

That’s all for now. Back to work on Action Figures – Issue Five: Team-Ups, and maybe back to shoveling out my driveway. Again.

Secret Origins – Back On Kindle Unlimited!

Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer went out to my editor this weekend, so with some time to kill before it comes back to me for a final read-through and formatting, my mind turns toward marketing and promoting the book before its late March release.

Even though I’ve been at this indie author thing for a year and a half, marketing remains an ongoing experiment as I tweak old approaches and explore new avenues for promoting my work. A while back I removed the entire series from Kindle Select, Amazon’s promotional program for e-books, because it seemed to be impacting sales — which, to be blunt, is where the money is. Book “rentals” through Kindle Unlimited do send money my way, but not as much as a sale, and the royalty rate has been falling (royalties for rentals are paid through a collective fund. Don’t ask me to explain how it works).

In theory, this move should have resulted in more sales, but that hasn’t been the case, so I’m putting Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins back on Kindle Select. That means if you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you effectively get to rent the book for free! Click the image below to head over to Amazon and pick it up.

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