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#NewRelease: Darkside Seattle: Mechanic

It’s so pretty. All grease-stained and, hm, that could be dried blood. Maybe.

Mechanic–no relation to Jason Statham–is the third novella in the Darkside Seattle collection. This time, we dive into the barrio side of DeeSeat. Mead First controls the zone, but the Acosta family is its heart and soul.

Isabella Acosta counts as an elder in the barrio because she’s managed to survive to 39. She’s an honest auto mechanic who also chops cars because you do what you have to on the Darkside.

Someone wants to take advantage of her, and the moral flexibility that comes from growing up in DeeSeat. Isabella isn’t going to take that lying down.

Available on Amazon and Kobo, in ebook and print. Its first event will be Miyakocon 3 in Salem, OR.

January Round-Up #amwriting #superheroes #cyberpunk

And look! There’s the branding for the superhero stories.

As promised, the January story is no longer available for free. If you missed it, Frigid Shame, a story from the Maze Beset universe, is now available on Amazon and Kobo for 99 cents.

Alice, a former medical school student turned ice-generating superhero, has some issues, and she needs to sort them out. Winter, it turns out, is her new favorite season, whether she likes it or not.

Next month’s story will take us to the Asian-inspired culture of Ilauris in a story titled The Price of Tea. If you’d like to make sure you find that story while it’s free, be sure to sign up for my newsletter, and you’ll get an email shortly after the story is posted every month. Link in the menu bar above.

In other news, the books of the Maze Beset trilogy have received a facelift. Again. Lots of folks complained because they liked the old blue cover for Dragons In Pieces. I heard you. That cover didn’t work because too many folks thought it said “epic fantasy,” but I’ve gone back to a simpler blue scheme, followed up with a simpler red scheme and a simpler green scheme.  Click through on the cover to find them all on Amazon.

If you purchased a copy of the yellow cover for the first book, I still have a few copies of the second and third, and will continue to bring them to shows until I run out for folks who want a matching set. I don’t have any more copies of the original red and white covers for book 2 & 3, though. There was an incident with an overwatered plant next to a cardboard box on my desk…and that was that for my small back stock of the old covers.

But wait! There’s more! The next Darkside Seattle novella is available for pre-order on both Amazon and Kobo.

Isabella lives in DeeSeat. She breathes it. People respect her family for doing the right thing and standing up when others would lay down and die. Even when it gets them killed.

Gangs rule DeeSeat, or so they want to believe. Isabella just wants to survive, and she’s tired of having to fight so hard for that.

Mechanic is the third novella, but you don’t have to read them in order. Street Doc, Fixer, and Mechanic each stand on their own. Next on my DeeSeat plate is Hacker, a story about a man with a VR problem.

And finally, if you like my stuff and want to help me out even more than just buying my books, Clockwork Dragon–the authors co-op I helped found and am part of–has launched a Patreon. We have no idea what we’re doing, but I’m sure we’ll figure it out. For just $5 a month, you’ll automatically get an ebook of every novel-length release from four different authors, myself included, at least two weeks in advance of the release. For 2018, we expect that to net you at least 7 books. Before publication.

Cheers!

New Release: Fixer #books #ebook #cyberpunk

The Darkside Seattle collection is full of grit, grime, and blood. Each novella tells the story of an important character in the setting. This second installment rises above the seedy underbelly of Seattle. Way, way above.

Victoria Godhand’s father built Godhand International Incorporated from the ground up. She’s been his right hand since she was sixteen. Now thirty-one, she’s the Chief Nepotism Officer and busts her ass to get things done in the glitzy world at the top.

As you might expect, things do go as well as she’d like.

Fixer is available on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

This collection isn’t a series. The stories can be read in any order. If you missed the first installment, Street Doc is available on Amazon. I’m expecting to release the third installment, Mechanic, by the end of the year.

I use a separate pseudonym for this collection because it’s different from everything else I write, and it’s not at all appropriate for kids. If you love my YA, this is not that. It’s nothing like that at all. If you want something else like Spirit Knights, try the Maze Beset trilogy of superhero fiction instead.

Cheers!

#Cyberpunk New Release: Introducing Darkside Seattle

I’m tired.

Between the start of a new school year, a bunch of conventions, finalizing a few projects, and driving a lot (still! again!), September has been quite a month. Here’s the cool thing I’ve been working on for a while without saying one effing word about it:

Ladies and gentlemen, meet my new cyberpunk novella series. Darkside Seattle is a character-driven series of origin stories depicting a grim, cybered future full of complex people who want to be good guys. Government surveillance is cranked up to 11, the rich are very rich, and the poor eat PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCT.

Hideo had everything–a beautiful wife and daughter, a penthouse suite, and a career as a highly skilled surgeon. Emphasis on “had”. Now he’s stuck where no one wants to be: Darkside Seattle. Crumbled buildings, broken roads, and failed lives litter his struggle to find a way out of this mess.

Now available on Amazon!

I plan for this series to have 8 novellas and at least 2 novels over the next few years. It has supplanted Chowndie, the book that may never be, in my priority list. I still hope it can come together, but I’ve accepted the fact it’s just not working. But this series is. With luck, I’ll have the second installment this winter, and both Spirit Knights book 4 and The Greatest Sin book 5 this spring.

Book Review: Faces in the Water by @TonyaMacalino

Faces in the Water (Shades of Venice Book 1) by Tonya Macalino – 4 stars

Who created that slide of silk across your skin as you reached for your cinematic lover? Who recorded the crushing weight of the grizzly as you fought for your life in the fictional wilderness? It is Lone Pine Pictures’ Alyse Kate Bryant who wraps your body in the story only your mind was privy to before.

A brilliant sensory immersion artist and a wild daredevil, Alyse will do almost anything for the perfect sensory file, but the violent death of her father has her teetering on the very edge of reckless sanity.

For just one night, Alyse seeks refuge in the arms of a beautiful stranger.

And her recklessness finally has consequences.

Now Alyse finds herself trapped in the flooded ruins of Venice, a quarantine camp for the carriers of Sleepers’ Syndrome. But it can never be that simple. Because the Sleepers’ Syndrome carriers who populate the camp are no longer as human as they seem.

The city of legend is bringing its legends back to life.

They come now, Alyse.

Run.

This is a ponderous, cerebral book that strays outside my typical fare primarily in its style. It delves into the main character’s psyche while exploring a cyberpunk premise with a twist. While there is action in it, the conflict mostly takes place inside Alyse’s head. It has a sprinkling of political intrigue, as well, and plenty of relationship dynamics.

Although the writing itself isn’t to my taste, I liked the characters and the premise, and the story follows an interesting path. With the focus on Alyse’s mental state, very little actually happens, yet much of it is gripping anyway. Some of the sequences seem like hallucinations, and I was never truly certain exactly how much of what she experiences is truly real, and how much is all in her head.

This book does contain generally tasteful erotica content, which comes as no shock, given Alyse’s profession. There’s also a significant amount of swearing, which some folks find objectionable.

In all, I recommend this book for anyone who likes literary sci-fi on the soft side with a female protagonist.