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Authors Band Together to Help a Friend in Need

Today’s post is by my wife in honor of her friend, author Bryan Fields.

I first met Bryan going on five years ago and have been one of his beta readers on two of the novels in the Dragonbound series as well as one of his other novels. Bryan has been battling cancer for the last couple years and recently received a diagnosis of glioblastoma—the same type of cancer that took Senator John McCain—Bryan’s third primary cancer since 2015. He is now receiving hospice care and is at home with his family.

A group of authors have banded together to promote Bryan’s work—to help somehow support Bryan as he faces this new diagnosis. Over the next weeks, each participating author will post on their social media and blogs (if applicable) to give Bryan the most comprehensive exposure we can.

His stories are good. His characters are compelling. I find myself wanting to read all the way through in one sitting. Life with a Fire-Breathing Girlfriend is the first novel in Bryan’s Dragonbound Chronicles and is a great introduction to his storytelling style; however, it is not available in Kindle format at this time.

You can find the full synopsis and purchase the novel here:

If you prefer Kindle format to paperback, Hearts Before Diamonds is another well-written story available in both Kindle and paperback formats.

You can find all of the works he’s published here:


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Zack Jackson & The Secret of Venus

Making its debut in print Thursday, August 2nd, is the fourth novel in the on-going Zack Jackson series, Zack Jackson & The Secret of Venus.

Join Zack as he returns to for his second year at Cytherean Academy and reunites with his friends Ix and Jenny.

“Breaking news from Cytherea!”

“Cytherean Security is cooperating with troops from the Devoran Defense Force in a city-wide search for a 14-year-old student. If you see or know the whereabouts of Zack Jackson, please report immediately to the nearest authorities. Under no circumstances should you approach the suspect, he is considered armed and dangerous.”

It was natural for Zack to assume his second year at Cytherean Academy would bring fresh challenges and new friends. However, he never imagined being pursued as a criminal by the Devoran military. Meanwhile, something stirs beneath the city, in the crushing depths under the churning, acidic clouds.

What are the Devorans hiding about the secret of Venus?

You can buy it directly from me if you’re attending Gen Con, otherwise, you can purchase it for your Kindle or in print from

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Zack Jackson & the Secret of Venus Cover Art

Once again, Joshua Pinkas has come through with some excellent, nay, AMAZING cover art for the next book in the Zack Jackson series.

We get a great view of Cytherea at the bottom right as well as an awesome… well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what’s going on.

Zack Jackson & the Secret of Venus will be available on Kindle and in print early Spring 2018.

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Cyber Monday Sale! (through Friday)

Scars of the Sundering, books 1 and 2 (Malediction and Lament) are only $0.99 for Kindle. Book 3 (Salvation) is FREE!

Scars of the Sundering is an epic fantasy trilogy telling the tale of the minotaur Pancras and his friends, the drak twins Kale and Delilah, as they venture out into a world that, until recently, considered their kind to be mere monsters.

They must deal with more than just the prejudices of the neighboring humans as they stumble into political plots and ancient evils unveil themselves.


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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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