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The Jenkins Cycle Binge Edition: front page on iBooks

What a great Tuesday. I woke up to discover my boxed set featured on Apple iBooks. I’m actually in the process of lowering the price to 7.99 in preparation for a promo of book 1 this weekend (so as not to “rip off” anyone who thinks they’re getting a $5 deal), so if anyone’s interested in picking up the book, maybe hang on until tomorrow, after it’s 7.99 everywhere.

P.T. Hylton made the astute observation that there are 3 “Awesome Indies” being featured right now on Apple: Harvey Click, Carol Ervin, and P.T. Hylton. In this screenshot, you can see Carol’s book just to the right of “The Martian,” and my boxed set below it. We’re cornering Andy Weir to steal his mojo!

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Interviewed by E.E. Giorgi

Recently I was interviewed by award-winning author E.E. Giorgi. I’d already planned on reading her book “Chimeras” because so many authors have recommended it, including P.T. Hylton and top-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Her book has also got an impressive amount of “Vine Voice” and “Top 500” reviews.  So I’m particularly honored that she’d ask me about my new book, Thief’s Odyssey:

http://chimerasthebooks.blogspot.com/2015/02/cultural-empathy-and-sociological.html

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P.T. Hylton News — “A Place Without Shadows” is now available

PWS_web_cover-188x300I read an early copy of this book and was floored — what an incredible sequel in a fun, fascinating series. For those of you who haven’t read book one and would like to know a little more about it, here’s my review: Regulation 19.

Both books are fast reads, and you sort of forget you’re reading a book — which is great, because we all hate books right? 🙂

Haha, kidding (now go buy my books).

 

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Weekly word count (hat tip to Kristine McKinley)

ralphieKristine McKinley is a rather brave author.  The other day, she bravely posted all kinds of statistics pertaining to her writing. I thought it’d be a neat idea to post my own numbers (below). Though I don’t have the kind of detail she’s been keeping, still, it was a good week.

Word count as of last Sunday: 9500

Word count one week later, today, Saturday: 22,000.

I’ll be honest and say I wouldn’t have posted this if I didn’t feel like bragging.  My normal word count has been horrible. But recently, thanks to various podcasts I’ve been listening to, and my recent interview with P.T. Hylton, and his videos where he talks about his own progress, things are turning around.

 

 

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More Regulation 19 news….

So P.T. Hylton’s reviews are starting to come in.  I’m watching them like a sports fan.  He’s gotten 3 “5 star” reviews since his book went free on Saturday.  The last one is pretty dang good, and telling — the reviewer admitted to frequently putting down books without finishing them.  I told you people Hylton was great 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FSG8Y522F0Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00J83J844

I’m sure most of the folks who come to my blog are self-published authors like me.  So you know you have to read to get good. You need to see what other folks are doing, how they deal with certain turns in a story, how they transition from place to place.  Regulation 19 — as well as any book over in my “Awesome Indies List” — are great sources for all that.

I love my Robert B. Parker and Jim Butcher, but I get a real thrill learning from folks who’ve bucked the system and went indie.

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P.T. Hylton’s book “Regulation 19” is free

regulation19I think this is the first time he’s made the book free.  I do know his sequel is done, and in the final editing, and should be ready by September.  That said, if you were leery of buying a book from a newish author, now’s your chance.

Please note: the reason authors put books out for free are:

1) To get reviews (hint)

2) To get more exposure (another hint)

If it was my book out for free, I’d probably be all like “Hey my book’s free, hope you like it…no big woop” while secretly hoping for reviews and word of mouth and the NY Times picking it up and/or Oprah calling my house begging to interview me. But since it’s not my book, I can be a little more obvious on Hylton’s behalf, so if anyone know’s Oprah or whatever, tell her about my book, and never mind P.T. Hylton…

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First Draft of the Regulation 19 Sequel is Complete

Very exciting.

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New Awesome Indie: Regulation 19, by P.T. Hylton

regulation19The only way “Regulation 19” could have been better is if it was called “Regulation 20”. An incredibly memorable read, it mixes elements of thriller, mystery, sci-fi, and (possibly) fantasy. As Einstein once said, “When you mix sci-fi and mystery together and dribble in what may or may not be fantasy, you’ve got yourself a damn fine novel.” And I agree.

The plot:

I’m not telling you the plot. The plot is a mystery, to be honest. That’s what’s so damn maddening about this book—I never knew where the story was going beyond what I’d just read. Every page brought new information. Every chapter was like this gargantuan mystery/thriller/sci-fi (fantasy?) looming above me, laughing, and taunting and saying, “Try again Mr. Smart Guy!”

Ok, quick point on the plot and I shall say no more: it’s about a town in Tennessee. Something’s happened regarding the town. There are good guys, there are bad guys, there’s a REALLY bad guy, and that’s all I’m going to give you. Except for one thing: one of the characters is named “Frank.” You learn this right up front, so that ain’t gonna help you.

The writing:

P.T Hylton eschews both plodding pseudo didacticism and/or the emollient locution typifying some of indie-publishing’s more inchoate scribblers—and after you’ve read the book, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way. Furthermore, he writes like his ass is on fire. He writes so well he makes me want to slap my momma’s English teacher. P.T. Hylton’s writing is “invisible” – you don’t know you’re reading a book, you just know you can’t stop grinning and your wife’s given up on you coming to bed anytime soon. Hylton’s pacing is so maddeningly sneaky and miserly in the way he parcels out the juicy bits that I’m just a tad jealous of him. Everything in the book furthers the plot. Not a moment is wasted on nonsense because there simply isn’t time for that. If you go back and watch those Jim Butcher videos about scene->reaction->scene->reaction, Hylton seems to have channeled Butcher in the way he approached “Regulation 19”. When I interview him, I’m going to ask him about it. Also, he had near perfect editing. What’s not to love?

Depth of character:

The characters in the story all had their own voices and motivations. There weren’t any talking heads saying stuff like “as you know, bla bla bla can run 60 miles an hour” or whatever. There’s also a sort of manliness to the guys in the book, which almost makes me think P.T. Hylton was either in the military at some point or possibly in prison for armed robbery. Probably a military prison. When I do my interview with him, I’ll ask him about his “jacket” (he’ll know what I mean).

Disclaimer:

P.T. Hylton reviewed my book, “Kick”. He also did a book giveaway featuring my book. I kinda wish he hadn’t done these nice things. I would have told him not to if I knew his book was gonna be so amazing. I’m telling you all this because I believe in full disclosure. Would I have read his book if I hadn’t followed his blog, if one thing hadn’t led to another? Probably not. There are simply too many books out there to choose from, and these days I don’t get as much reading in as I’d like (sorry James Patterson, I’ll read something by you one day, I swear). But I have read it, and on my honor I promise you this was one of the most memorable sci-fi/mystery/(possibly fantasy) books I’ve read in a long time.

Awesome Indie Project:

One of the rules of the Awesome Indie Project is that if I know someone even slightly, or if they’re friends or whatever before I pick up their book, then I can’t add them to the list. This was meant to keep me from giving-in to the natural desire to help my friends. The problem is, awesome indies like P.T. Hylton get skipped over for the crime of being nice to me. I don’t want people to stop being nice to me or stop approaching me and saying, “Hey John, what’s up?” So I need to nix this rule. Just keep an eye out for the disclaimers, and give P.T Hylton a chance—he’ll blow your mind.

Without further adieu, I’m adding “Regulation 19” to the Awesome Indie list.

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P.T. Hylton speaketh again!

I love this guy, something about him. He’s just cool. I liked him before he read my book and 5 starred it, and did the contest where he gives away 4 in an entire month, but whatever, now I love him like a billion times more….hmm, maybe I need to walk that back a little.  I like him like a neighbor who lives across the street, firm handshakes only, manly head nods like “yo man, mad props” and “sup” and “I enjoy ultimate fighting, how about you?”

Check out his latest video — lots of fun.

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Re-blog: writing in the cloud on a Chromebook

pthyltonP.T. Hylton, author of “Regulation 19”, has this to say about writing in the cloud on a Chromebook.  He also makes fun of Best Buy, which is fun and appropriate.

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