Weekly Update – September 19

First, thanks to the producers of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for hosting me again as their guest author last weekend. It was another great time and I’m already looking forward to next year. In the meantime, go check out some of the other authors who will be there during the next three weekends of the run.

WRITING PROJECTS

Well Behaved Women: I’m at 64,000 words and I’m into the climax. Not sure if I’ll wrap up draft one this week but I’m going to make the effort.

Copyright 2017 Patricia Lupien

The Adventures of Strongarm & LightfootBlades of Glory: In case you missed it, here is the awesome new cover art for book three! If you like it, you can jump over to artist Tricia Lupien’s Redbubble store and get it on a variety of merchandise — and you’d be supporting an independent artist!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: The first few chapters are written!

Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War: Fourth draft finished, ready for editing.

Action Figures – Issue Eight: Crawling from the Wreckage: Third draft written.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Rough plotting in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): I’ve reviewed about three-quarters of the book and sent back my notes. I probably won’t get much done on this this week because of work but I hope to finish up the review process by the end of next week. In the meantime, check out the product art for the audiobook — which, you might notice, is an adapted version of the Secret Origins novel cover.

APPEARANCES and EVENTS

  • Friday, January 12 through Monday, January 15, 2018: Arisia at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. I’ll be back selling books and, hopefully, speaking on several panels.

MISC

 

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Podcasts And Pimpery

A quick post today, and probably my last at least through Christmas — and the giving spirit is the sort-of theme of this entry, which focuses on a couple of things tangentially related to me.

First is a new podcast series The Writer’s Blueprint by Jonathan Krieger, a friend of a friend, and the debut episode features an interview with me. The series is about the challenges of becoming a full-time working author and will feature, along with author interviews, tricks and tips for getting your writing out there. Go give it a listen!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00009]The interview name-drops J.M. Aucoin; my wife Veronica’s business, Storied Threads; and my cover artist Tricia Lupien — who is the subject of my next plug. She recently added several new designs to her RedBubble shop, including some of her Action Figures art. Of particular amusement to me: the cover for Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect (which you can get on many products sans the text) is behind a “mature content” filter, presumably due to the presence of blood.

Go support both of these independent creators!

It’s Not Always About Me

Just a quick post today, because I’ll be spending most of the day at Hartford ComicCon, scouting the place with my wife as possible vending venue for Storied Threads next year.

Yesterday I assaulted everyone with news about the release of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, so today I’m giving some space to a couple of my fellow indie authors so you can learn about their stuff.

First, my friend J.M. Aucoin’s Jake Hawking collection, Jake Hawking and the Bounty Hunters, is on sale for one week at 99 cents to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which starts today (arrr, yo ho). Click on the cover image below to jump to Amazon and order that.

And then Mark Aberdeen has just released the second installation of his Dex Territory series, Knight and Dex. Once again, click the cover image below to go spend some money on him.

If you absolutely must indulge your need for Strongarm & Lightfoot, the best way to do that (aside from pre-ordering the Kindle book, hint) is to hit artist Patricia Lupien’s RedBubble store and pick up something with her awesome cover art on it. It looks something like this:

Art and Copyright Patricia Lupien
Art and Copyright 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.