A Letter to Neil Gaiman, reprise

A letter to Neil Gaiman about an amazing woman I never met, but know I would have liked to. I dedicated “Hopper House” to her.

Belly-up!

It’s been nearly a year since my sister Gretchen died, and I still don’t know quite what to do with myself and this blog. It may go the way of the dodo. In the meantime, I’m writing and illustrating again, and the antrollogy will soon be republished with two new stories and a couple of fine new Easter Eggs. But now, in honor of a year’s passing since her passing, here is a reprise of my post about Gretchen, A Letter to Neil Gaiman:

Dear Neil,

The odds that you are reading this are slim. Very slim. I probably won’t finish writing it, but if I do, I almost surely won’t be brave enough to send it to you. If I am uncharacteristically brave, what then? I send it, and it never reaches you; it slips between the cracks of your magically real life and goes to Neverwhere — or wherever…

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Finally available in paper–

Save a pixel, buy a paperback! The latest from Awesome Indie Carol Ervin. Take that, trees! 🙂

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For readers who are dedicated to physical books, I’m happy to say The Women’s War is now available in paperback, both from CreateSpace and Amazon. It may take a few more days to be available from Barnes & Noble and other distributors in the US and abroad. Women's-War.Final

I’m a Kindle reader now, but back in the day when I browsed bookstores, I always read the cover copy and the opening paragraphs. You can do that easily with Amazon’s “look inside” feature on physical books, and if you have some kind of kindle e-reader (free for computer, ipad, and phone) you can have a free sample of an ebook sent to your device.

I know the decline of brick and mortar bookstores is an unhappy fact for some readers, but for those of us who do not have a bookstore in our neighborhood, or for those who prefer having a 3″ x 5″ library of thousands of…

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Awesome Indies Everywhere

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about the Awesome Indies or included new ones into their mighty ranks. Mainly because of that stupid rule I created when I first started the project. Basically, I said I wouldn’t add anyone who “didn’t need the help” or something like that. Total hogwash. Let’s face it: everyone needs help. Publishing is tough. From now on, even indie powerhouses get a seat at the table.

Another change is I’m no longer limiting the list to people who write so-called “full length novels.” Novellas are allowed. And I only post the actual books that I’ve read by the author, not something else they’d rather see placed here.

With the administrivia out of the way, here are the new Awesome Indies:

All of these books had great stories, great editing, awesome presentation, and made me want to read more of their stuff. And they’re all independently published.

 

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Interviewed by author C.W. Thomas about Hell’s Children

Where do the ideas come from? How is the sausage made? Find out that and more:

http://cwthomas-fantasy.blogspot.com/2016/06/author-interview-john-l-monk.html

Fun interview. I laughed, I cried, yada yada, bada bing bada boom, pichow, bang bang! Ugh, he got me … he got me … *gasp*.

Lying motionless…

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Kick — The Audiobook

Kick-AUDIOBOOKIt’s been a long time in coming, but it’s finally available: Kick, the audiobook. Narrated by Steve Phelan (a TV actor in L.A.), and written by me (a TV watcher in Virginia). I’ve already gotten some initial feedback on the audiobook in praise of Steve.

Tracy writes, “The narrator, Steve Phelan, was a perfect choice, by the way. I’ll be looking for more narratives by him.”

I think Tracy has great taste, don’t you?

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Author jitters!

Awesome Indie Carol Ervin launched a new book! She’s amazing, if you haven’t read her. She’s even more amazing if you had. Go check it out!

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It’s LAUNCH DAY, and launching a new book is always scary. My immediate launch worries are probably unfounded–mainly that parts of pages or even chapters may be lost in translation from one digital file format to another. So I check and recheck. Fortunately, both Microsoft Word (the original document format) and Kindle Direct Publishing (which converts the file to an ebook) have always been very reliable. Women's-War.Final

I have other worries which you might imagine, the kinds of things that would be my fault, but let’s not get into those.

The new book is number four in the Mountain Women Series. I hope it can be a stand-alone, though there’s a lot of past history for a new reader to catch up on. At the suggestion of my friend Michele, this time I included a list of characters in the front.

The new book is The Women’s War, and here’s what it’s about:

In 1918, Winkler…

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New Release: “Hell’s Children: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller”

hells_ch_smallThe name says it all, and then some. I’ve had a post-apoc book itching away inside me for a very long time, ever since reading all those “Death Lands” books by James Axler, “Lucifer’s Hammer” by Larry Niven/Jerry P., “One Second After,” “Alas Babylon” — and many more. In a way, those books got together in my head, did the hinky-pinky, and out popped “Hell’s Children.”

The book is different than “Kick” or “Thief’s Odyssey” in that it’s written in 3rd person, not 1st. It’s also told from the perspective of a 14-year-old kid named Jack. Here’s the product description:

The world has gone to hell and it isn’t coming back.

It happened in a year: starvation, gangs of kids with guns, and every adult in the world dead from the Sickness. Houses are now mausoleums. Civilization lies in the hands of children who’ve never had to feed themselves or survive a winter without gas or electricity. Most will die. Others — a bare few — will tread a different path.

Fourteen-year-old Jack Ferris is a survivor — because his parents raised him that way. Leveraging qualities rare for his age, he must lead his desperate companions to a secret refuge. Too late, he learns that safety is a mirage, and that the high price of hope is paid in blood.

So yeah, it’s a little grim, haha. Don’t blame me — blame all those authors I mentioned. They ruined the world with nuclear bombs and stuff. In my world, the bombs are still there, waiting to be found by descendants of the survivors. I’m merciful, see?

If all this fun stuff interests you, pick it up and give it a read.

Here’s the link again: Hell’s Children: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller

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