Apropos of nothing, I thought I would share with you something that has been lurking in the back of my mind for several years now. I’m sure that every fiction writer dreams of his/her stories being adapted to either small screen or big screen, but I’m not sure how many of them daydream about possible “extras” to put at the end of the final credits, for the benefit of those who stay all the way to the end.
I am one of those few. Since the Makkarios series was initially envisioned as an anime, this is what I had in mind for the end of the credits of the second installment: the men of the team as a band, performing “Eli’s Coming” (for obvious reasons). Rai would be the lead vocalist, of course, with Lavi as second vocalist and keyboard player; Tru would be on electric guitar and vocals, Damek on bass, and Ronin on drums. It amuses me now that, whenever I hear the song “Eli’s Coming,” this is the scene in my head. For those of you who have never heard the song, I refer you to the Youtube clip below.
Now that the Makkarios series has been made available on the iBooks platform, I have turned my attention to the same for the Last Book of the Kings series. Several years have passed since I last revisited the first volume of this series, The Keeper House Unending — the first of all my novels, in fact. Now that I’m looking at it again, I’ve discovered that I have a problem.
[So embarrassing!] It is terribly obvious that a seventeen-year-old wrote this. I can hardly read it without flinching. Or squirming. Or both, to be honest, though I’m not sure how that actually works in physiological terms. It is almost as bad as the time I rediscovered the spiral notebooks of my actual first novel, which will never see daylight unless in those few moments while I try to get the match to ignite against the matchbook cover. Those I wrote when I was fifteen and, though technically they qualify as plain teen fiction, are far more of a fantasy than any speculative fiction I’ve written since then.
So I find myself wondering the following: does this mean that I have grown as a writer? Or have I just grown as a critical reader? One can recognize literary rubbish without being able to write good stories, after all, just as a music lover can detect bad pitch without being able to sing a note. And so the natural contemplative’s eternal process of self-examination goes on…
But in the meanwhile, for those of you who have an active life outside that of the mind, I have begun an experiment in nonfiction. It is called the One Word Devotions series and will consist of brief “exegetical” devotions, intended to instruct as well as to give fodder for the meditative processes. You may find it here on Amazon; it will not be made available in ebook format, because that defeats the purpose of the book.
Summa (Makkarios vol. 5) is now live on Kindle! Follow this link to buy your copy now.
Also… on Christmas Day, the Kindle versions of the first four volumes of the Makkarios series will be on sale for just 99¢! If you’ve missed any of the previous installments of this fantasy series, or if you know someone looking for a new series to read, here’s your chance to purchase the entire set on Kindle for less that $10! How’s that for a deal?
It has been a busy October! At last, just in time to begin preparations for NaNoWriMo, I am pleased to announce the release of Makkarios: Angel of Matat, book four in the contemporary/paranormal fantasy series of the same name. It is available in Kindle e-book format as well as paperback.
Haven’t had the chance to read volumes one through three? Beginning at 8:00 am Tuesday (October 28, 2014) and ending at 11:00 pm Friday (October 31, 2014), the Kindle format of all three will be on sale:
Volume 1 — Makkarios: Come Together
Volume 2–Makkarios: Learning Curve
Volume 3–Makkarios: Children of Fortune
And afterward, November! National Novel Writing Month, here I come!
The Kindle versions of all three Makkarios novels will be on sale in publication order, beginning today! Follow this link to purchase the first book, Makkarios: Come Together at its special weekend sale price: Friday, $.99; Saturday, $1.99; Sunday, $2.99. The sooner you buy, the better the sale price! Come Monday morning, Come Together will be back at its regular price of $3.99– but this weekend is only the beginning. Next weekend, beginning Friday (12/13/13) the same sale will take place for volume 2, Makkarios: Learning Curve! Friday will see Learning Curve priced at $.99, Saturday at $1.99, Sunday at $2.99. Then, on the weekend leading up to Christmas Day, Makkarios: Children of Fortune (volume 3) will be on sale for FOUR days: Friday at $.99, Saturday at $1.99, Sunday at $2.99, Monday at $3.99. If you know anyone who is looking for a little Christmas break reading, be sure to pass the word along. This is a great opportunity to introduce a friend to the Makkarios fantasy world.
Hooray! We have the trade paper edition now ready for order: