New Release: Thief’s Odyssey

Lindy Moone:

John L. Monk has done it again!

Originally posted on John L. Monk:

thief_blog Cover Art by Keith Draws https://keithdraws.wordpress.com/

Two years ago, I wrote Thief’s Odyssey from a sense of frustration with Hollywood movies that depict thieves. Often they were bang-bang bank robbery stories (tons of them), had overly elaborate stories relying on a magical hacker to open the vault (Die Hard), the steps involved in breaking in somewhere were impossibly timed (Hudson Hawk, Oceans 11-25), or the breaking-in relied on a lot of messy destruction and vandalism (The Score).

By the way, I loved Hudson Hawk and The Score.  But I wanted to write the kind of story that really fleshed out the myth of the “Master Thief.”  Someone who looks at what he does as almost an art, does it for the challenge alone, and isn’t constantly promising his girlfriend, “This is the last job, baby, I swear…then we’re get that white picket fence.” …

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A bit more about the antrollogy…

What’s black & white and (d)read all over?
Definitely the first, possibly the only, Indie Author Charity Antrollogy! Coming soon!

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Submitted for your perusal: a smorgasbord of trolls.*

Literal trolls, literary trolls. Trolls in space, trolls in cyberspace. Trolls that are naughty, trolls that are nice. Troll detectives, trolls that have lice. That’s just the way it is, with trolls. 

Some of the authors are well-known. Some are just not well, not well at all. Some are hiding under their beds, or possibly bridges. Some should be. That’s just the way it is, with authors.

Our international authors have something in common: they have contributed their work for a cause. All net proceeds from this book will go to Equality Now. Since 1992, Equality Now has worked for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world.

Please watch Joss Whedon’s speech about why he supports this worthy cause — and if you watch from the beginning, you’ll get to see Meryl Streep introduce him! (It’s worth it.)

Thank you in advance to all the wonderful writers who are contributing troll stories for the anthology. And — who knew? — even troll haiku!

Our publisher, The Etling Press, is the brand new publishing division of the award-winning San Francisco design firm, Reflectur. They will handle all the nitpicky financial details, and at materials cost! The Etling Press is so new that they don’t even have a separate website or a logo yet. But Reflectur has many, many years of experience with pro-bono work for charity — and they have their own on-site events venue, The Box SF, in downtown San Francisco.

The authors? So glad you asked. Here they are now. Please follow their links to learn more about them and their writing (while I work on the missing links):

Edward M. Grant  Bob Summer  Duncan Swallow  Mark Capell  Kelly Ferguson  John L. Monk  Lindy Moone  David Lawlor  E. A. Linden  A. A. Leil  J. Matthew McKern  F. Scott Kimball  Victoria Leybourne  Rinelle Grey  Sandra Stephens  Meribeth Hutto  David Perry  Jim Harris  James A. Jeffries  Petur HK  Gregg Fedchak  Cora Buhlert and Tobias D. Robison


 

*All but two of these stories were written for this antrollogy. All but one are making their debut here. We hope you’ll enjoy the stories and will follow their authors’ links to your doom. (Just testing whether you read this far. You did.)


(cover copyright 2014 Lindy Moone)

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Download your FREE COPY of Dell Zero

Lindy Moone:

Dell Zero is FREEEEEE! Very good writing, unique take on dystopia. HIGHLY recommended!

Originally posted on Carol Ervin's Author Site:

From reviews: DZ-wordle2

“Dystopia with teeth” 

“A captivating heroine”

“A story that feels just one step removed from the world we live in”

CLICK HERE: FREE FOR KINDLE DECEMBER 26-30.

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Santa – the Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Lindy Moone:

Thank you to David Lawlor for a year of great blog posts about the history we were never taught in school. (You know: the interesting stuff!)
And to all a good night…

Originally posted on historywithatwist:

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
(A Visit From St Nicholas)

Ah yes, we’re gearing up for that time when children all over the world await the arrival of the big man with the beard and the red suit – and that’s all that need be said to know of whom we speak. All I have to do is recall the movie Miracle on 34th Street and a warm fuzzy glow warms my tummy…

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10 Things that SUCK (and ROCK!) about Being an Indie Author (Part 1)

Lindy Moone:

“Congratulations” and “commiserations” are synonyms in the publishing game. Poor Christina didn’t know that for sure, not until now. Not until she published her first book. So congratulations, Christina. Writing well is the best revenge.

Originally posted on A Spark in the Dark:

I’ve finally come full-circle in the indie world. I’m sure you’ve heard me banging pots and pans and trashcan lids about self-publishing my first novel, an Upper YA Dystopian/Sci-fi with Biopunk elements, titled “The Treemakers.” I’ve stocked up on air horns, whistles, and megaphones, hired an entire junior high school cheerleading squad, and rented a helicopter for next week with plans to hurl these babies into the streets, while caroling topless and wearing Santa hats on my . . .

you know. . . . BEING INDIE

I’ll inform you of the outcome . . . possibly after I am out of jail.

*lip fart*

SO. Yeah . . . .

I’ve learned some stuff, and I’m pretty damn sure there’s tons more I’m going to learn (starting with the helicopter thing). But for all you guys out there who are more newbie than me, or even some of you seasoned indies who…

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These Trolls are Killing Me but at Least They are Publishing Stuff!

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The new full cover!

I know, I know: I haven’t written an original post since August. Just reblogging my brains out… and working on the antrollogy, which I’m illustrating myself because I suffer from delusions that it will all work out someday. So I redrew the cover, because it needed to match the interior illustrations. As usual, it’s not finished, but whaddya think?

Then you might as well see one of the interior shots:

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Of course, I realized that the illustrations were all the WRONG SIZE for the paperback, so I’m redrawing them, cuz THAT doesn’t take much time.

Meanwhile, lots of the “trolls” have published new books since we started this project together, and over the next few weeks I will try to devote some blog time to each of them.

So now you know why I reblog. In case you missed it, here’s my last original post, from August. At least I’m reblogging myself today. (Probably not something to brag about. I’ll go blind!) This post was instigated by Christina L. Rozelle, who has an intriguing new book coming out soon — The Treemakers. I will keep you informed! Meanwhile, if you’d like to read her chapter 1, you can check it out here:
http://christinalrozelle.com/2014/10/30/the-treemakers-chapter-1/

BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS TO SORT OUT EEYORE:

I’ve been asked by Christina L. Rozelle, author of The Truth About Mud (the second-longest story in my troll anthology), to post “Why I Write.” If you have blog-hopped here from there, thank you for coming. If you have hopped here from elsewhere, please hop on over to the link above. (Not now! Sheesh!)

Of course, there are lots of answers to Christina’s question — a different one for every day. A month ago I might have answered glibly, “Because it’s fun to wantonly use adverbs,” and run away — figuratively, of course, since my ass was firmly planted in this chair and it was hot, so my elbows were hopelessly stuck to the desk. (They still are.)

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Here’s me, showing my panties to a cabbage

I started writing (actually printing) as a four-year-old, when I made up stories about the family that lived in my closet — the closet I shared with my little sister. In that family, everyone had their own room, even the Mommy and Daddy (why should they have to share, after all?) and a sock doll named Eegie and Tuffy the cat. (Who, it must be noted, had the biggest room.)

Today, I could say I write to bask in the glow of reviews (which, frankly, are few and far between, possibly due to my habit of aggressive non-promotion). Yesterday’s new Hyperlink from Hell reviews, my first on Amazon UK, included such head-swellers as:

“The cleverest piece of fiction I’ve ever read.”

(and)

“Somewhere in the multiverse there is a version of me who hasn’t read this book. I feel sorry for her.”

A couple of days ago, if asked why I write, I might have said “Because writing and reading are comforting” and referenced my novel-in-progress, Riding the Bull, the sequel to the above-lauded (and larded) book. In RTB, a character relates this quote, from A. A. Milne’s Piglet, in The House at Pooh Corner:

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, while we were underneath it?”

“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.

 (See? Comforting!)

Here’s that same character explaining why she became a psychiatrist:

It’s partly thanks to Pooh and Piglet—and lonely, depressed “Eeyore” the donkey—that I became a psychiatrist. I made a list of promises to my mother before she died; the first was to “Take care of Daddy.” The last was, “And if nobody fixes Eeyore, Mommy, I’ll sort him out.”

I was six. I still have that list, and everything’s checked off but Eeyore.

So I write because it’s comforting, and to make things right.

I also write because I’m kinda smart (the Internet says my IQ is 134, so it must be true!), and because I’m kinda dumb (too befuddled to be a waiter, for example; I really admire people who can do that), and because it’s fascinating — to me, at least — to see those two sides of me duke it out on the page. (This is not a pretty spectator sport; it’s hard to see exactly what’s going on — kind of like two bulldogs fighting in a bag.)*

My brain works, when it works, in mysterious ways. I am a curious sort. Just yesterday I was wondering if anyone else’s panties suddenly, irrevocably roll down when they stretch, yawn, or sneeze — and the median age when people give up the valiant fight and start wiping from the front. So I write to explore the gap between the odd way my mind works and the way individual readers’ minds work. I want to know if anyone “gets” me, I guess. (And if they do, I worry about them. I really do.)

But mostly I write for the money. I sold one book this month, so far. In Germany. I made .30 Euro. (Methinks I’ll buy a pony…!)

Or maybe a donkey.

I guess I must write… because it’s fun. Nothing else comes close. (Except, of course, painting pictures on a closet wall.)

*Please do not worry about the bulldogs. They aren’t real.


Peske’s “Little Girl in Red Dress” courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Other illustrations are Ernest Shepard’s drawings for A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series.

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Three Steps For Awesome Indie Success

Lindy Moone:

John is the awesome-est!

Originally posted on John L. Monk:

I woke up this morning to polish off the last 500 or so words in this week’s word count (and then some), when I came to a rather profound and marvelous conclusion — the Awesome Indie Project is officially a success. Since the project began, there have been a number of cool developments.

  • I’ve become friends with most of the authors. I send them news/tips, and they send me news/tips. I promote them, and they promote me (though I never ask).  Two of them have become friends with each other. And most of them reblog, retweet, and re-facebook anything I have to say about the other Awesome Indies.
  • Recently, Carol Ervin (the second Awesome Indie added) turned around and cross-promoted the other indies (and me too, though I’m not in the list) in her 3 part blog series: “Indie Authors: Where are they Now?”
  • Every single Awesome Indie has now…

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