Saturday, July 4, 2015

2015 Smashwords Summer Winter Sale

     The sale will be taking place from July 1st to July 31st of 2015. For one month only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will be providing readers with discounts on ebooks using coupon codes. Books could be 25% off or FREE!! You can check out the page for all of my Tin Universe stuff on there here where you will already find many releases that are free all the time but for this sale I'm also offering Tin Universe Middle Grade series books for FREE. So this is a good chance to get caught up before the next book in the series, book 3, comes out in December.

So you can start at the beginning,
The book that started it all.

Or the first  two Tin Universe Middle Grade books,
Which are also FREE all this month.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Catching Up After Moving

Today starts 3 days of trying to catch up on 2 weeks of writing, emails, and other such put on hold during our recent move. 
Mar is on the way with breakfast and I’m picking out music. 
This is how worlds are born. 
This is the ways writers delay. 
To Do List: Catch up on updating Tin Universe Daily, on Tin Universe Monthly(or decided to put it on hold for rest of year), on emails, and place all old Smashwords stories on websites.
trying to get shit done...honest....


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Did You Know I Have Written Two Middle Grade Books

    and that's the quality of writing in that title post that you will find in the first two books in my Tin Universe Middle Grade Series.

Tin Universe, Middle Grade Series #1

Someone is zombifying athletes at Clear Cut High School in Utah. Lucky the school has its own young superhero in the person of Mildred Betbeze to try and figure out what's going on. Pep rallies, cheerleaders, new kids in the neighborhood are just some of things our hero and her sidekick slash best friend Aisha have to deal with in the first book in Tin Universe's new middle grade series.

Tin Universe Middle Grade Series #2

The second Tin Universe middle grade book bring Mildred and her friends a story where Sasha investigate strangers in town, Aisha is just happy someone else is dealing with sidekick leftover duties, and Mildred deals with Clear Cut wildlife going weird, including the football team.

     The first draft of book 3 is in the hands of my editor right now (release December 2015) and I'm currently writing the zero drafts of books 4 (2016) and 5 (2017). I hope you give these books a try. The whole series will be 7 books in total. I'm having the most fun I've ever had writing anything writing these stories. I'm working with a great editor and I think this is my best work yet so yes from time to time I will write a post reminding people that these books exist :)


Monday, May 4, 2015

Tin Universe Monthly #23

A First Shot Fired: Part Five
and April installments of Tin Universe Daily
all for the low price of FREE!!
*Plus this month a bonus 8 page comic book script story from the unpublished Tin Universe archives.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

All The Rage

5 out of 5 stars
     I haven't written a full book review in a while. Just too much going on. Too many books to read that I could be reading that I'd have to stop reading if I'm writing a review. Then again somethings must be talked about, must be discussed, must to spoken of. Some talents are too much of a glimmer on the surface of this world not to talk about, some works of art need to be pointed at and given yells  of "You need to read this... NOW!" Such a talent is Courtney Summers, such a piece of art is All The Rage.
     Below is a cut and paste from a entry a few days ago when I started reading this book:
     I don’t really read much realistic fiction. I like to escape, I need to escape, but there are some writers I am right there ready to take part in their creations when they appear such as Laurie  Halse Anderson, Nova Ren Suma, and Courtney Summers to name a few. The reason these writers stand out in my mind? Others are squeak hammers; these three are those climbing ones that would go straight through your skull. I’m thinking about this as I’m reading All The Rage by Courtney Summers sitting in the library after work. If I’m going to read realistic fiction I don’t need no after school special rated for the age group and time slot, which is usually before school even lets out. I want; I need to feel scratchy, played, twisted, punched in the face to pay attention, called to think, and questioned about myself and the world, by myself and the world. I love writers, artists who have no interest in me being comfortable, except when they are playing with my little bitty brain holder. Love when a book can make you have to put it down for a bit so you can think, because dammit you really need to think on this. Art that crawls under your skin and you see the pages as an elastic gift which flips between the eyes we need and this is where powerful art lives. So I’m going to sit here and read more. Sometimes I look up and wonder why the world around me isn’t noticing what’s going on? Can’t they see? Don’t they feel what’s going on here?
     I finished this book after many moments during reading it when I was left shaking. Shaking because of things I remember what a story a friend told. Shaking because I've read story after story about the reality, the cold hard truth of what kind of world we live in. Courtney Summers can do that to you with her writing. She can shake your life.
     There's a scene in Some Girls Are that had me stop reading it for a week because it hit me so hard.
     You should go read that too. My review is here.
     All The Rage is a book that keeps your mind from focusing. I don't know if I can explain it. From the formatting of the chapters, to the places where different type setting is used, different ways of approaching the story, it stirs you away from getting your feet planted. What Courtney Summers does in tackling the subject of rape culture is never for a moment do you forget this is about a person; which is what news agency's do time after time when covering stories. The writer of this story isn't playing to dramatic points and this isn't done I think to keep you from guessing whats coming but to show you the reality of the pain, the reality of the reality.
     Most writers would tackle this like a gun shot wound on a kids show, no blood, no gasping for life. Courtney Summer goes at it like a finger poked deep into the wound. There's pain here, there is falling, there's standing, there's cruelty, and there's numbness that's is honorable. There's a numbness that is there that no can understand from out of it.
     All The Rage is also about the armors we wear to give a little fuck you to the world when it wants you to be strong in demanding fashion. Being strong is a personal choice. Being weak is a personal choice. The way of dealing is a personal choice that belongs to that person. Not yours, theirs. I love Courtney Summers characters because she isn't crafting you a birthday card friend and Romy Grey isn't one. She's a person. The writer says here is a person, deal.
    Ok, I suck at reviews. I just write and ramble but this is a great book. Go and buy it. Check it out at the library. Give it to friends, talk about it with friends.
     After reading the last words of this story and thinking two things came to mind- If you want to be a ally don't get angry when someone points out your mistakes like when you might need to back off. and two- This persons pain, its theirs to own in whatever way they want to own it.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 2015 Lootcrate

     This months Lootcrate was so cool. t-shirt, drives, ties, and cards to play with. When I got the box I thought it was really small and it must just have a bunch of pins or something. No, this small package was full of big fun.

Again, as always the box was really cool.

Now, I finally have a bow tie and it's a RPG one with dragons on it. Now just to lose some weight so I don't like like a fat Pee Wee Herman wearing it.

Holy Stark sigil !!!

This is really cool.

See what I mean, awesome.
And Mar grabbed it right away.

And here comes some Princess Bride greatness with this deck of cards. One of my all time favorite movies.

And the crown goes to.

I've never played D&D but I love this shirt.

Mar put in her claim to this Harry Potter luggage tag right off.

And more Game Of Thrones fun with some magnets.


Friday, April 24, 2015