The Ashen Swarm is now available on the Kindle Store. It is priced the same as the ePub version at $5.99. However, if you happen to have already purchased the print version from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for 99¢.
The Jackal Prophecy has been made available on the Amazon Kindle store. This is kind of an experiment, and if it goes will I might add other books as well.
As a few typos and other mistakes (which were clearly someone else's fault…) in The Ashen Swarm came to my attention recently, I have corrected them and created a new edition. The eBook is available already, but the print version will still take a couple of weeks to finalize. Just a few minor things…and one kinda major thing…but nothing worth getting a new copy over if you've already bought it. Of course, if you want to buy a new copy, I certainly won't stop you! :)
My good friend Tom Bishop just self-published his novel An Omen of Triumph, which is in my opinion a very good read. Check it out here.
The Write Here in Ephraim conference is back on March 9th. If you like reading or writing, you should come! Read more about it on Shirley Bahlmann's site.
I'll be at a book signing in the Price Fresh Market on June 9th from 11 to 3. The address is 760 West Price River Drive. I'll only be selling Reiyalindis there, but if you have a different book you want me to sign you're welcome to bring it.
The Jackal Prophecy, which had previously been available only in paperback, is now also available as an ebook.
The Write Here in Ephraim event went very well last Saturday. Thanks to those who came!
The Write Here In Ephraim event will be held April 14 at the Snow College Greenwood Student Center. There will be a lot of authors there, and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.
You can go to the Facebook page for it here.
And here's a poster for it with all the information you'll need (click it for a larger image):
It’s amazing what can pass as a ‘good guy’ sometimes. Thieves, murderers, womanizers…they’re all called ‘good guys.’ It seems that the only qualification a character needs to be a good guy is to have someone even worse to fight.
Characters like that really annoy me. Are we really expected to root for a bunch of thieves and cutthroats? There aren’t really ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ anymore; it’s become more of a case of ‘bad guys’ and ‘worse guys.’
I like my good guys to actually be good (gasp!). They aren’t perfect, but neither are they career criminals. They have, strange as it may seem in the midst of today’s so-called good guys, actual moral values. I want a good guy to be the kind of person that other people can look up to. The kind of person I wouldn’t mind my kids turning out to be like.
Of course, good guys don’t always have to start out as good guys. I’ve used characters who start out as not-so-good guys, or even downright bad guys—but they become good guys. I can handle that. It’s the characters who are bad all the way through the story and never mend their ways—but still somehow get away with calling themselves ‘good’—that annoy me.
Characters have to have flaws, of course. It’s kind of mandatory. I think, though, that people take that rule way too far. Flaws, the literature ‘experts’ tell you, make a character ‘deep’ and ‘believable.’ So, naturally, people use that excuse to turn their protagonists into vermin. I guess that ‘flawed’ means they have to be crooks at heart. They have to have sordidly checkered pasts (and presents). They have to hop in bed with whomever is handy at every available opportunity. Instead of a flawed good guy, we end up with a bad guy who happens to possess one or two (sometimes questionably) redeeming qualities.
There are so many characters out there that I would really liked to have been able to admire…but unfortunately I really can’t. So, yes, another heartfelt ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the literary types who tell you what is and isn’t quality literature, because apparently it is now against the rules for good guys to be good.
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