Book Trailers

The Stringer Official Trailer

Hey, I have perhaps mentioned that I write things for a living. Sure, I’d write even if no one paid me, but since people DO pay me, I like to promote the things I write because mo’ money means mo’ liquor and a much greater chance of dying the way I’ve always dreamed: pantsless in a hospital under the name John Doe with a liver the size of a football.

Towards that end, here’s the shiny new trailer for The Stringer, an Ustari Cycle novella set after the events of We Are Not Good People that y’all should read:

About the novella:

Learn the Words. Get the blood. Rule the world. A stand-alone short story in the Ustari Cycle.

Most people never learn what a Stringer is—and their lives are better for it. Lem, however, gets to learn about them and possession by alien intelligences the hard way. A must-read in the gritty supernatural series that includes We Are Not Good People from the “exhilarating, powerful, and entertaining” (Guardian) storyteller of the Avery Cates series.

For blood mages, the twenty-first century means hiding in the shadows, keeping society unaware of their incredible powers. The power-hungry sort plot quietly to manufacture tragedies bloody enough to give them the gas they need to cast something monumental. Lem and Mags, down-and-out bosom buddies to the end, try to be good, bleeding nobody but themselves, skating by on small Cantrips, cons, and charms.

So when the siren song of easy money comes their way in the form of helping out a friend, clearly no good will come of it. Blood mages are not good people. And neither are Stringers—alien intelligences that can take over a body and run it ragged. Stringers: they aren’t subtle, aren’t content to skulk in the shadows, and aren’t a houseguest anyone wants. Lem is about to learn what a possession hangover feels like—if Mags and his more tentative allies can figure out how to stop the demon without killing him.

Go on BUY IT. DO IT. DOOOOOO IIITTTTTT.

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New Avery Cates Short Story Coming

Walled_coverSo, Avery Cates is not only my first published book series, it’s also a character close to my heart and one I thoroughly enjoy writing. And while I’m busy with a lot of other projects, sitting down and writing an Avery story always remains in the back of my head, so I’m giving in, slowly.

A few months ago I published The Shattered Gears, a short story that was also the nub of a new Avery adventure. Since then I’ve written The Walled City, which will be released as a short story on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play on June 15th, 2015, again for 99 cents. It’s a direct continuation of the story from The Shattered Gears. It’s available for pre-order now, in fact!

I have a whole story arc laid out, and what I’m going to do, until someone tells me to stop, is write chunks of the story and release them as novella-length pieces. Each piece will be a standalone story as well as a piece of a larger story. When all the chunks are out, I’ll combine them into the complete novel and release it separately.

Why not? This way I’m not trying to write a whole novel while trying to write six other things, but I still get to play in my favorite universe and sell some writing. It’s a win-win, I think.

Feel free to spread the word to any Avery fans out there. Here’s a little video trailer I made for the new story:

Any questions, just shoot me an email!

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We Are Not Good People Giveaway & Trailers

I’ve been informed that my publisher will be giving away copies of We Are Not Good People at Comic Con in San Diego next week – stop by Booth #1128 and ask about it.

They’ll also be running some of my trailers for the book on video screens at the booth:

Trailer #1:

trailer #2:

Trailer #3:

Hopefully they can turn the volume so loud people will come, zombie-like, to the booth to see what all the cool fuss is about.

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New Book Trailers

I continue to enjoy making book trailers for folks. Book trailers may not be the most necessary things in the world, but I think they’re fun and effective if done the right way.

Here’s a trailer for Lynn Viehl‘s new series, Disenchanted & Co.:

Lynn wanted a tongue-in-cheek approach, and I think we hit the mark.

Here’s the trailer for Monster Night by P.B. Azeltine & M.E. Drewry:

I wanted to get a breathless, young feel to this while keeping a sense of drama or tension.

Both of these were a lot of fun to work on. What’s fascinating to me working on book trailers is the challenge of capturing the voice and feel of a work in an audio/visual format – which often requires some creative use of the text.

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Book Trailers Galore

In my spare time I make book trailers. Here’s two new ones.

I Was a (M)Ad Man by Richard Gilbert: I’m a big fan of Mad Men, like everyone else in then universe. I also understand it’s fiction and doesn’t really depict the 1960s or even the Ad business accurately. This book by Richard Gilbert, who was actually working on Madison Avenue during that era, does:

Dominus by Christine Fonseca. This one was a lot of fun for different reasons. I like getting into the feel and spirit of a book and coming up with all the elements to give you a feel for it in one minute. It’s a wholly different challenge than actually writing the book. I think I nailed it on this one:

Go buy books.

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