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Salvation coming to Kindle on July 14th!

Your Salvation arrives on July 14th. Scars of the Sundering, book 3 available on Kindle.

Life has a way of sweeping you to unexpected destinations, as Pancras discovers as he continues his investigation into the Lich Queen’s return. Enlisting the aid of Justicars, the stern knights in the service of the Divine Tribunal, he tracks a growing army to Badon Hill, the site of the Lich Queen’s last battle.

Returning to Muncifer and burdened with the truths discovered in the Valley of the Iron Giants, Delilah and Kale must bring the megalomaniacal archmage Vilkan Icebreaker to justice. Delilah takes it upon herself to keep the vast arcane secrets she carries safe from the archmage while Kale struggles to balance his desire for adventure with his responsibilities to his mate.

As their worlds collide and their enemies advance, the twins and Pancras have their mettle and faith tested as the fate of their world hangs in the balance.

Salvation is the conclusion to my Scars of the Sundering trilogy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Signed copies will be available at Gen Con along with my print-exclusive offering, “Burble’s Big Day.”

In addition to Gen Con, I will be at TeenCon 2017 at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library this Saturday, July 15 from 10am – 3pm.

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Sale of the 43rd Century!

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In honor of ConQuesT 46, from 8AM May 21st (that’s today!) through 8PM May 25th, all THREE Zack Jackson novels are on sale at Amazon for only $0.99 for Kindle!

Follow the link and start your adventure in the 43rd century today!

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An Experiment for the 43rd Century…

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Well, it’s not really a experiment that will be that long reaching, but what I’ve done is pull all the Zack Jackson novels from Smashwords, DriveThru Fiction, and Kobo. Since I released Zack Jackson & The Cult of Athos back in 2012, I have had ZERO sales in from those three vendors on this line. So, effective immediately, they are Kindle exclusive and part of Kindle Unlimited. I intend to keep them there for the rest of the year, at least.

This will enable me to take advantage of their promotional tools and attempt to get some movement on these titles. They sell well enough at conventions and signings (as do all my titles), but I’ve heard YA is a very challenging market in ebooks. My experience is bearing that out.

There is another Zack Jackson novel on the horizon, but I’m committed to getting the Scars of the Sundering trilogy finish first. The first novel, Malediction is in the editing/revisions stage. Lament‘s first draft is finished. I still need to write Salvation. I figure Spring 2016 will see the fourth Zack Jackson novel, Zack Jackson & The Secret of Venus.

I’ve added all the convention and signing appearances I have scheduled so far this summer to my calendar on my Facebook page. Stop by anytime and check them out (and maybe give the page a “Like” if you haven’t already; it helps get my posts there seen by more people).

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Zack Jackson Promotion

Sci-fi has a long history of celebrating diversity, so in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day*, today and tomorrow you can download the Kindle version of Zack Jackson & The Cult of Athos absolutely free! Just click the link and it will take you right to the Amazon page for the Kindle version. If you prefer print, you can buy it at Amazon or at CreateSpace.

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* Yeah, I know MLK day was yesterday. Kindle Direct Publishing has a little monthly calendar on which you can set up your promotions and I did not notice it is set up as a Monday – Sunday calendar. Who uses those? I can’t remember the last time I saw one actually being used. All the ones my office uses are Sunday – Monday, ’cause you know, SUNDAY is the first day of the week! So, this promotion was delayed a day. Sorry.

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REVIEW – The Kindle Fire

I pre-ordered my Kindle Fire the day they were announced and received it yesterday. I have a 3rd generation Kindle Keyboard, so I considered this an upgrade so my wife and I wouldn’t compete over the Kindle. I knew going into it that the Fire wasn’t an iPad Killer; it’s designed for a different type of user.

It’s my first time using an Android-based device. UI response can be a bit wonky, and like many reviews said, it’s sometimes a bit slow to reconnect to WiFi after being asleep, though I’ve noticed that it’s improved since yesterday (night-time OS patch, perhaps?). I figure UI wonkiness will get patched soon; it’s a new product, customized OS, so there’ll be wrinkles to iron out.

A lot of my friends are gamers, and I own a lot of gaming-related PDFs, so how it handled PDFs was going to be the big determinator for me on whether or not I would keep my Kindle Fire, or just get a Kindle Touch. Default PDF handling isn’t great. The screen makes them look pretty, but they don’t make good use of real estate, so you have to zoom in to read anything (unless you have electronic microscope eyes). There’s also no ability to search within the PDF (that’s a KILLER downside).

BUT, there’s an app for that. Since I didn’t want to invest any more money while I was evaluating the product, I went cheap and got Acrobat Reader for it (free). Sure, you now have to open a PDF while in an app rather than opening the file directly, but you have to do that on a PC anyway. Reader allows searching within PDFs. Navigation is better in Reader, as well. I’ve heard there are paid apps out there that do a better job with PDFs than Acrobat Reader, and since Reader is good enough for my needs, I think I’ll hang onto my Kindle Fire. If you’re using multi-column PDFs as a reference at a game table, it’ll work fine. Reading them might be a little annoying, but if you have a single-column layout PDF, there’s absolutely no problem reading them.

Reading prose isn’t as pleasant as an e-ink screen, but I knew that going into it. Video looks great. Web browsing works well; I understand that’ll improve as more people use it and the Silk servers get more info cached.

It’s not a perfect device, but the form factor is nice (it fits in the front pockets of my Dockers). It weighs less than a pound (not much, but still), and it’s easy to work with. File organization isn’t as robust as I’d like; I want to organize my bookshelf by Author within Genre, and I can’t really set up my own organization scheme (maybe I haven’t discovered how yet). For some reason, some of the books I sideloaded (ebooks I bought from Baen or Smashwords) show up as documents rather than books, and I can’t organize document within folders. Apparently, the issue has to do with tags in the metadata. The Fire categorizes these files as documents instead of books, despite the facts that they’re .mobi files. I can fix it myself with Calibre, but I shouldn’t have to. I expect some, if not all of these issues will be resolved with OS updates; I can’t imagine Amazon keeping the OS static.

The Fire feels sturdy, looks good, and fulfills my needs in a tablet device. I can see using this as a replacement for my laptop when I take short trips; unless I need to write extensively, I can do everything on my Fire I can do on my laptop. The 8GB is sufficient for me since I don’t plan on storing music on my Fire (I have an iPhone), nor do I plan on storing video; I’ll just stream what I need from Amazon Prime or Netflix (free app; and we already have a subscription).

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