Saturday, November 3, 2012
Jen Meyers! https://mobile.twitter.com/jmeyersbooks/status/264728790335365122
Free ebooks Daily! https://twitter.com/FreeEbooksDaily/
Free Kindle Books and Tips: http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/2012/11/02/4-free-kindle-book-offers-3/
Kindle nation Daily! http://kindlenationdaily.com/
The eReader Cafe! http://www.theereadercafe.com/2012/11/fridays-extra-batch-4-kindle-freebies-1.html
I'll list more as I catch 'em. Thanks for the help.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I know, I know, worst blogger ever. I used to be good at this stuff, I swear. But now there's something to tell:
ITEM! Tomorrow I leave for Toronto Canada and at 4:30pm I'll be reading from my books at WORLD FANTASY CON! If you want to hear my voice read my words, then you should come. Of course, it helps to have paid $200 to be a "member" of WFC, but hey.
ITEM! Tomorrow and through Saturday, KALI: THE GHOSTING OF SEPULCHER BAY is free. That's right, just like I did a couple months ago to coincide with the WorldCon show in Chicago, I'm giving KALI away during WFC. Mostly though, it won't be con-goers grabbing it, but people on the Internets who see the link and like YA ghost stories. So, if you're so inclined, spread the word. I'll be your biggest fan.
ITEM! My other book, BETA TEST, is still only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle. But for how long?? I dunno. Seriously, no idea.
ITEM! I need to go to sleep. I gotta drive to Canada tomorrow. Glad I was able to get the safe open and get my passport out.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
It's also the last day I'm GIVING AWAY KALI. That's right, the books' been free for a couple days and will continue to be a free Kindle download until Midnight (Pacific Time) tonight. So if you want to give the book a download, now's the time to do it.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Speaking of KALI--hopefully big doings for that book in a couple of days as I swoop into Chicago to attend WorldCon.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
But if you're prefer, here's a link to a PDF file that includes the entire first chapter! Take look at what Kali would look like if it were a print book.
Monday, August 20, 2012
It's called Kali: The Ghosting of Sepulcher Bay, my first foray into the world of YA (that "young adult" in case you missed the crappy movie with Charlize Theron). It's the tale of a 15-year-old girl named Kaliope "Kali" Stergakos who has a severe ghost problem. In that they happen to possess her body when she sleeps. And that's not even the worst thing she's got to deal with.
This book is exclusively available at Amazon for the Kindle. At some point I'll go into why I decided to essentially become my own publisher with this book (part of the reason: I love this book, and I think other people will too). And why I went with Kindle Direct Publishing as the platform to start with. Eventually, I will likely expand the book to other ebook platforms, but that's a few months away.
So, please, if you own a Kindle ebook reader, or any devices that supports the Kindle reader software – an iPhone, iPad, Android phone, even a full-fledged computer running Mac or Windows, they all have Kindle software available—I hope you'll give KALI a try. At only $2.99 I think it's priced right and if you like some rollicking good teen adventure with some ghostly chills, it should be just your ticket.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hey, remember when I wrote that book, BETA TEST, and it went on to become a big-ass best-seller? Good times.
Of course, now it's time for BETA TEST's second act! (Not a sequel. God no. I don't have a sequel. Yet.) I mean it's time for the SUMMER OF BETA TEST MARKETING!
Starting tomorrow, I launch a blog tour (thanks to Bewitching Blog Tours) aimed squarely at letting the world know, once again, that there's a funny, scary, thoughtful novel out there full of adventure and romance and dinosaurs. And a platypus.
As part of this SUMMER OF BETA TEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN EXTRAVAGANZA (I changed the name just now), my publisher at Hadley Rille Books is dropping the price on ebook versions of BETA TEST to only 99 measly cents! That's right, for less than a buck you can put this novel on your Kindle or Nook.
So I ask you—spread the word. Repost, retweet, re-status-update this info. Even more important, if you have read BETA TEST, write a review of it for me on Amazon or Good Reads.
And by the end of the summer, I promise, I'll have something else out there for your reading pleasure.
Friday, April 6, 2012
It's four months since BETA TEST came out and this month things got interesting in areas I never expected. Locally I've been approached to come talk about the book with a college class and with librarians!
The first group is the Science Fiction and Religion class at my ol' alma mater, Ithaca College. I'll go in for a couple of classes later this week. I will be forced to confess my lack of "belief" in a diety and wholesale ignorance of 90% of scripture, then we can dive right into just how BETA TEST touches on religion anyway, because that's how I do.
Second, I'm gonna speak in may with a group of librarians from the South Central Regional Library Council who are reading the book as part of their monthly discussion series! And later this year I'll be heading home to Hornell to talk to the library there, too. (That's the library I used growing up, where I once read so many books in one summer I won a plane ride over the Canisteo Valley, and later read all the 87th Precinct novels they had on hand. Good times.)
If you've got a bookstore, class, library, or group that wants to talk BETA TEST with the author, I bet he'll show up. Hell, even if it's by Skype.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wow! I had no idea this was coming out. Chris at Downtown Books & Coffee--the one guy there I haven't met in person--gave BETA TEST a rave review in his weekly video recommendation! Thanks, Chris!
And I'm very glad you got over you aversion to my chapter titles, which are indeed all movie titles. It took me hours to pick them out.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
It's no April Fool Joke -- For this weekend only, BETA TEST is only99₵ in ebook format for Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook! This goes for all the books from my publisher, Hadley Rille Books. Check out the whole list, and get some great reading super cheap before the prices go back up to normal.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A reminder -- tonight at 6:30, I'll sign copies of BETA TEST for anyone who wants to stop by RiverRead Books at 5 Court Street. There are copies at the store now, and I'll be there to scribble on them all you want. I may even do a reading if people want that.
Meanwhile, yesterday I had a fantastic interview with Bill Jaker of OFF THE PAGE on WSKG Radio. Bill's the best book interviewer ever, I swear, he was asking me questions that were astounding me -- he found depths to my writing I didn't even know. We even got a write-in question from someone in my old home town of Hornell. If you want to hear the full 45 minutes of my pontificating about the innerworkings of my book -- with lots of SPOILERS -- you can listen to it online at http://wskg.org/episode/beta-test.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Two stops for me around Binghamton, NY, this month -- first on March 20th I'll be heading to the studios of WSKG radio, the local NPR powerhouse that serves up content along the entire southern tier of New York state, to be on OFF THE PAGE, the show that interviews local authors! It'll air live at 1pm, and repeat in the evening at 7pm, so tune in if you're in New York. I'll post a Web address later that'll feature the streaming online version of the interview.
Then the next night, March 21st at 6:30, I'll sign copies of BETA TEST for anyone who wants to stop by RiverRead Books at 5 Court Street. Can't wait! See you there.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Fire up your Amazonian ebook readers, kids! BETA TEST is officially available for Kindle right now. (We're working on some formating issues, but nothing that should impact enjoyment. Go forth and download.
BTW, the cost? Only $2.99. Buy it for a reader you love. Or TWO.
UPDATE: BETA TEST is now available for order or pre-order on Amazon.co.UK and Amazon.ca (for United Kingdom and Canada, respectively), as well!
I was very lucky to make a dear friend at WorldCon in 2009 in Montreal. Katrina Archer is a another grad of VP, but from a different year, and yet all of us from year XI consider her one of us, one of us, one of us. She's a writer and software engineer and project manager in the world of video games and hell, she once worked at Pixar long enough to get her name on patents they filed, which I find unspeakably cool. She also speaks French, which is sexy as hell, and invaluable when you're in Montreal, not because people there don't speak English, but they like you more if you have a French-speaker with you. She also caught H1N1 that year, which sucked.
Maybe 2009 was just better for me. It was also the same year I pitched BETA TEST to my publisher, so it has a lot of significance. Which brings me around today: Kat featured me in a guest post on her blog, where she has a feature called Prime Writing to showcase authors. Take a look! She even blew up the book logo big on the top of the page.
Friday, December 16, 2011
There exists on the Web a page where my name now share space with authors like N.K. Jemisin and Richard Kadrey and S.M. Stirling. It's because author John Scalzi -- author of OLD MAN'S WAR, president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and sometimes instructor at my old workshop alma mater of Viable Paradise -- let me guest post on his widely read blog called Whatever today, as part of his ongoing "Big Idea" series for showcasing new authors with new books. I got to pontificate about the idea of BETA TEST, where it came from, and how I sat on it for years. Scalzi introduces me by saying:
Not every writer comes up with an idea and immediately moves on it. Some let the idea sit and develop — or let life get them to a point where they’re ready to take it on. Take Eric Griffith and his novel Beta Test. The idea was there, but were the conditions ripe for the writing? Griffith explains when he knew when it was time to take Beta Test to gold master.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
While I work on getting the local store to set something up, at least nationwide people can pre-order BETA TEST on Barnes & Noble, starting today! Amazon's also got it ready for pre-sales. Both are still only showing the hard cover, but eventually the trade paperback and Kindle/Nook ebook versions will join it. I'll keep you posted.
Also, for those of you who don't live in my old home town, the radio station I worked at as a teen did a nice interview with me for their morning Newsmaker's show. You can find it online -- skip ahead to the -8:45 time stamp to get to me and skip the stuff that comes first.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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Friday, September 23, 2011
But it's much worse for those who work there. Check out this list from the fired employees of some dead Border's store somewhere <via GalleyCat>. It's a riot. Because it's true. Especially the Nicholas Sparks comment.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I use the word "was" because, well, Murray died.
I was going to go back outside and tell him, and his girl-friend who was hanging the posters, that I didn't find Murray in my garage. I made it to my porch in time to see people across the street come out and tell the girl-friend that they'd seen the cat dead on the sidewalk a couple days ago. I don't know any more details than that.
What I did see was the girl have a huge breakdown, sobbing and clutching both her boyfriend and those other neighbors, as the news of cat's death struck home. It was horrible. I slunk back into my house rather than look like some leering ghoul.
I'm no cat person. I like cats, but can't imagine having an animal that generally disdains humans. I've known some pretty great cats in my day, in fact I'd even count Murray among them, because that feline was damned friendly. Maybe too friendly. I worried about that.
And moreso, I wondered: Why is this cat here?
Object lesson in it all, hopefully learned by my neighbors, who still have a female cat who also hangs around my front door to say hi, and maybe learned by anyone who reads this: KEEP YOUR DAMN PETS INSIDE.
Guess what? You might think "Aw, he wants to be free to roam!" but you are the human. You set the rules. Just like no Labrador has to be 150+ pounds just because you think, "Aw, he's always so hungry though, and besides, he's big-boned!" no cat you consider a pet needs to go outside. Period. Especially in a neighborhood like mine with lots of vehicle traffic, not even 100 yards from the busiest road in town.
And if you must, walk the cat on a leash. I don't care if you look like the entire toolbox, you tool. You want the pet? Take responsibility. I feel your pain at the loss of an animal... but I feel far more pain for the kitty who probably died horribly, because you were lazy.