>As you’ve probably noticed over the last month and a half, Saturdays have become promotion days for MGC. Sometimes it will be self-promotion. Others will be guest blogs by authors who have new books coming out. Sometimes, we’ll even throw in an open floor. Today, I’m going to step in and do a bit of promotion for the MGCers who have titles coming out from Naked Reader Press this month and nexzt.
In a land with a weak king, in a time when murder was often disregarded, four men made sure justice was served.
First up — and I’m really excited about this — is Death of a Musketeer by Sarah D’Almeida.
This is the first in the series and it has never before been released in digital format. Now, I see some of you scratching your heads and wondering who this D’Almeida chick is. Well, if you take a look at her Amazon author page, you’ll see that she looks pretty familiar. Actually, it’s no secret that Sarah D’Almeida is one of several pseudonyms our own Sarah A. Hoyt writes under.
Computer hackers are nothing compared to Legion. Its source is unknown and it continues to baffle programmers and defeat firewalls and antivirus programs. Nothing seems able to stop it. Could Legion possibly be intelligent? Or is it something else, something totally unexpected?
Up next is a wonderful short story written by Dave Freer and Kate Paulk. Legion: The Enemy Within came out earlier this month and, as with all NRP titles, it is DRM-free and available not only at the NRP site but also from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
A boy’s search for the truth sends him on a journey to find his grandfather’s downed plane. Suddenly trapped in an alternate South Africa, faced with pirates and worse, he refuses to give up. His quest to clear his grandfather’s name turns into a desperate race against time. It’s a race he can’t afford to lose.
Our next title is Dave Freer’s middle school/early YA novella, Without a Trace. It is currently available for early purchase as an uncorrected e-arc (advanced readers copy). The edited version will be available for purchase the second half of March. If you like a rip-roaring adventure, or know someone who does, Without a Trace is for you.
The day she died Mackenzie Santos’s life and her perception of the world changed forever. Everyone else thought her return to the living was a miracle. She knew better. How else could she explain away the dreams she knew were symptoms she was losing her mind? And if that weren’t enough, she’s now in charge of the investigation into the most brutal murder she can remember in her time with the Dallas Police Department.
Nocturnal Origins is by, well, me. Yes, me. The blogger currently hiding under the bed because self-promotion isn’t something I’m comfortable with. It will be available from NRP the first half of March.
And don’t forget that Kate Paulk’s unique take on the Dracula legend, Impaler, comes out in March as well. For more information on Impaler, as well as a snippet or two, check out Kate’s website. You can also find more information on Impaler at The Naked Truth and here on MGC. One word of warning, do not expect any sparkling vampires or emo werewolves in this novel. As far as Kate’s concerned, the only time vampires should sparkle are when they’ve stepped into the sunlight and are bursting into flame.
With the exception of Legion: The Enemy Within, each of these titles will also be breaking new ground for NRP. Each of these titles will also be released in print as well as in digital formats.
(Full disclosure here — for those who don’t know, I’m the senior executive editor for Naked Reader Press.)
>Holyohmygodwait a second!!!Did you say I can get Impaler in print?When?IwantiIwantitIwantit!!When when when?!?!?!?I'll probably buy the other stuff too…
>Jim, yes, I said you could get Impaler in print. As for the when, it will be either late March or early April. It depends on production time. I promise that Kate or I will announce it here, on fb, on The Naked Truth and from the highest lamp posts we can find, the moment the print version is available.
>Yay! Now I can buy lots and share! I'm the only person in my extended family who will read e-books.Amanda, have you looked into POD companies based in, or with outlets in Australia? Between the costs of shipping and tariffs on books it might cost less total if the work could be done there.I don't know how other parts of the world compare.
>Jim,Thanks for the vote of confidence. Last time you asked, all I knew was that print was being considered – and I'm just as keen to have it in my hot little claws!
>Amanda,How about you announce Impaler, and I announce Nocturnal Origins – because I can easily rabbit on about how good THAT is, while telling people how great my stuff is is just wrong.
>Matapam,That's my Christmas presents for the year sorted, too. Although I'm trying to cut down on the ever-expanding book clutter with ebooks, it doesn't seem to be working very well.I'm sure the Naked Reader people are looking at the best ways to get a good quality product at a price that gives me a decent share and them a decent share. If you've got solid data on pricing and such, an email to them wouldn't go astray, but I wouldn't expect Amanda or any of the other NR folks to discuss their internal doings on a public board.
>Amanda, wishing you all the best with this venture. And here's hoping NRP picks up lots of new readers!
>Pam, we're hoping lots of folks buy both formats ;-)As for the other, we're working on it and that's all I want to say about it right now.
>Kate, sounds like a good plan to me, especially since I think Impaler is a great book — and I thought that before I went to work for NRP and had the opportunity to buy to for the company.
>Rowena, thanks. It's been a lot of work for all of us, but it's been worth it.
>Amanda said: especially since I think Impaler is a great book You're understating the case, I suspect. I have a bone-deep (relgious-in-nature) problem with vampire stories. And I'm a humor-and-action person by nature, not a horror-reader. But the snippets Kate has posted thus far make me want to try to read this book ANYWAY.As for the rest? Payday's still a couple days away ….
>Amanda! Do not climb lamp posts and cry from their tops. Use a ladder, or (in most cities) simply take an elevator to one of the top floors and yell from there. Remember, safety first, even if it isn't nearly as poetic an image. Shouting from the lampposts only works in movies. 🙂
>Stephen, it really is a wonderful book. I've been lucky in that I've seen it from the get-go, so I know how hard Kate has worked to make it as historically accurate as possible even while putting her own spin on the story. But what I like the most is that she has made the story her own. This isn't the standard vampire story. If you come into it expecting Bela Lugosi or sparkling vamps, you'll be disappointed. That said, that is exactly what makes this story as good as it is — it is a new take and well-written too. What more can you ask for?
>Mike, but I like climbing lamp posts. They give me such a great view of the street. Besides, they're the perfect perch from which to toss down my water balloons and shout my so-called wisdom to the masses.;-)