So I have a new book out, and it’s called “Underpowered Howard.” LitRPG, which means it’s set in a virtual game world where attributes and scores and points and all that matter. A little like Scott Pilgrim or Ready Player One, but with more attention to numbers. There’s a lot more to the story than math, though, or else I never would have written it. It’s funny, has great characters, and I tried to inject a degree of literary depth into the story beyond what one might expect.
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About a month ago, I published a collection of my short stories, as well as rehashed “funny” blog posts, and some mostly humorous poetry I’d written over the years. This wasn’t to make a quick buck, because nobody buys this stuff, but I’d hoped to put something out for readers tired of waiting on another book and wanting a quick John L. Monk fix. All I’m saying is, if my grandmother were alive today, even she wouldn’t have bought it. That’s how bad sales are. Which is totally fine. I’ll get that Lamborghini one day — but it will not be THIS day.
Here’s the link if you wanna upstage my poor, dearly departed grandmother.
Are you a reader who likes good writing — great writing? Literary writing that isn’t incredibly annoying because it takes 12 pages to describe the shade of pink someone is wearing and the backstory around it?
I recommend Harvey Click a lot because I’m amazed that he’s not a household name at this point with his horror. But he also wrote a very weird literary/magical/humorous novel that I tore through, despite it having a surprisingly “unlikable” main character. Get this: I plan to read it again. I can’t think of very many authors I’d say that about to be honest. David Eddings … Raymond E. Feist … Cormac McCarthy … Nathan Lowell recently … 1 book by Stephen King (The Long Walk) … Larry Niven (Inferno) …
That’s about it. Anyway, here’s the book. Again, if you’re looking for something compelling as hell, but way different than the straightforward schlock Big Publishing dishes out to us, you might like:
Hey folks, if you’re curious how my voice sounds when I’m really nervous, check out my appearance on Hank’s awesome podcast (available on youtube, or wherever sold in stores).
Hey all three of you! Just doing my required “Yes, I wrote another book” post. My guess is you were wondering when it was coming and I’m here to tell you, “It came! It came!” Yes, Hard Mode is out, sales are humming a-long, and I’m feeling pumped. Get it? Double ententre, double the fun. (Now that’s what I call “beating” a dead horse.)
In all seriousness, this is book 2 of the “Chronicles of Ethan,” a completed series in the “LitRPG” and “GameLit” genres. A story about a man who enters a game world in a future where old people “retire” into a computer-based existence. Each book publishes at the same time as the audiobook, which took some work, but it came out great. Really great narrator, too — Travis Baldree.
If the story tempts you, hover your pointer over the link below and poke it vigorously!
Almost a year ago, I was invited to participate in a charity anthology that gives the proceeds to “Pets For Vets.”
I was asked to write a short story in the “Hell’s Children” universe, and did — from an animal’s perspective. You’ll delight and cringe at Max, the chimp, as he deals with life in a world with no adults (but lots of pesky kids).
Harvey Click caught my attention a few years ago when he wrote an amazing book called “The Bad Box.” Ever since then, I kid you not: I read everything he puts out. This time around, he wrote a collection of short stories. Now, I gotta warn you: his stuff is pretty dark. As in “Lisa on a bad day” dark.
You’ve been warned!