Spring Break Giveaway


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Looking for something to read on Spring Break or on an upcoming vacation?  If you have a Kindle, or a device that can read Kindle files (so, practically anything), and you’d like to try my books for free, then mark your calendars.  Wednesday, March 6, through Sunday, March 10, I’m giving away the Kindle edition of my short story Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale and Forging Truth.  My goal is to give away truckloads, so tell your friends.

If you enjoy the books, I’d ask that you throw something up on Amazon to let others know to give it a read.  Reviews are an independent author’s bread and butter.  Without them, we just cannot get the ranking and sales that we need to survive.

I really, really hope you’ll enjoy the reads.  Thanks for helping me to Spread the Truth.

Sincerely,

Raymond

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Kickstarter Update #7: Forging Truth Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Meeting Caduceus

Chapter 2: Sightings

Chapter 3: Coming to Terms

Chapter 4: Searches

Chapter 5: In Training

Chapter 6: Paved With Good Intentions

Chapter 7: Meeting Aesculapus

Chapter 8: Invasion

Chapter 9: Recall

Chapter 10: House Calls

Chapter 11: Reunions

Chapter 12: In the Beginning

Chapter 13: The Boys Are Back in Town

Chapter 14: Brothers’ Keeper

Chapter 15: Over There

Chapter 16: Dead of War

Chapter 17: Enemy Mind

Chapter 18: All Together Now

Epilogue

Kickstarter Update #5: The Rewards, Part 2


Rewarding Truth: Companion Book (paperback) with Short Stories and DVD-Style Extras for the Truth Saga, Signed Paperback of Corrupting Truth, Kindle (or other digital) copy of Corrupting Truth, Signed Paperback of Forging Truth, Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus the personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth

What does a $60 donation get you? Well, on top of the rewards and “thank you’s” from the previous rewards, you now get a companion book that will give in-depth character bios, some commentary on various parts of The Truth Saga, some of Caduceus’ recipes, the lyrics to Sleepy Jake, and a smattering of short stories. Note: This will be available only to KICKSTARTER backers (and a handful of my closest friends and family) until June 30, 2013!!

Dedicating Truth: A short story dedicated to you in the Companion Book for the Truth Saga, Companion Book with Short Stories and DVD-Style Extras for the Truth Saga, Signed Paperback of Corrupting Truth, Kindle (or other digital) copy of Corrupting Truth, Signed Paperback of Forging Truth, Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus the personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth

For $75, you can now have a 5,000-word to 10,000-word story dedicated to you in the companion collection. Pretty snazzy, right? But for handing me $75 of your hard-earned cash, you definitely deserve it.

Funding Truth: Special Hardback, Limited Kickstarter Editions of Forging Truth, Corrupting Truth, and the Companion Book of Short Stories and DVD-Style Extras for the Truth Saga, plus Signed Paperback of Corrupting Truth, Kindle (or other digital) copy of Corrupting Truth, Signed Paperback of Forging Truth, Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus the personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth

$125 is quite a jump from $75, but hardbacks are expensive when purchased as print-on-demand. Unfortunately, at the moment I cannot do a bulk order. Hopefully, I’ll have some interest here. I know, there’s something to be said about holding a heavy volume in your hands. The sound of both the books spine cracking, as well as your own, as you lift it into your lap.

Creating Truth: Help me create a character for the series, along with his/her name and power set (within guidelines, of course). You will be credited for the assist. Oh, plus, you’ll get all the rewards from Reward #7.

The final reward is $150. It’s a pretty popular reward on here, as far as I’ve seen. It’s the opportunity to create and name a character in The Truth Saga. There will be the potential for Kade to cross paths with various metahumans down the road. Why not help me to come up with their core power sets? Have a clever name bouncing around for a hero/villain and no outlet for it? Let’s work something out. I’ll be sure to include a special note about the assist in the front matter of the book for you to show off to all your buddies.

And that is that for the rewards. If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to email me or post in the comments here.

Thanks!

Raymond

Kickstarter Update #4: The Rewards, Part 1


Aiding Truth: Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus a personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth

So, what does your $5 donation get you? I will gift you a Kindle or Smashwords copy of Forging Truth to read on the go. This is pretty much a breakeven donation/reward. This way, though, you get a personalized “thank you” from me through the really nifty Kindlegraph service. This can be kept in a file on your Kindle or on your computer. Not enough thanks? I’ll also single you out for a pat on the back on Nothing To See Here my author blog. Also, since I’m self-publishing again, I can have hundreds of pages in the acknowledgements section of Corrupting Truth set aside for yet another volley of thanksgiving. Shoot, I want you guys to know I appreciate you after all.

Helping Truth: Signed Paperback of Forging Truth, Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus the personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth. (NOTE: On this and any other shipped item, please, add $10 for International Shipping.)

For $20 I’ll tack on a signed paperback of book one. This is another breakeven deals. Pretty much you’re buying the product here but getting the extras along with it. As for the part about international shipping, I took a quick look around Kickstarter to see just how that was being handled, and $10 is what I came across. I guess that’s cool, as I received my first international patron today.

Supporting Truth: Kindle (or other digital) copy of Corrupting Truth, Signed Paperback of Forging Truth, Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus the personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth

A $25 donation will land you one of the first digital copies of Corrupting Truth. That’s what this thing is all about to me. Gaining momentum through those interested enough to not only read the first book in a new series, but to be willing to chance its sequels. This is also a breakeven reward.

Backing Truth: Signed Paperback of Corrupting Truth, Kindle (or other digital) copy of Corrupting Truth, Signed Paperback of Forging Truth, Kindle (or other digital) Copy of Forging Truth, plus the personalized, signed Kindlegraph, as well as a thank you shout out on my blog, and a listing in the acknowledgements of Corrupting Truth

$40 is a chunk of change, right? Have no fear, you’re getting what you pay for. Now we’re talking a digital copy of both books, a paperback of both books, and my undying gratitude. That gratitude is gratis just for checking out my project, but I still like to throw that out there.

Okay, that’s all for tonight. Tomorrow, I’ll try to pop in The Rewards, Part 2. Then, I’ll be out of state till Friday and probably won’t be able to do any updates till then. Before I go, though, I wanted to thank Keith Hall. He opted for the digital copy of Forging Truth. Thanks, Keith!

Later,

Raymond

Kickstarter Update #3: When Angels Meet Metahumans


I’ve explained The Truth Saga at different times as “When Angels Meet Metahumans.”  Stylistically, the first book, Forging Truth, does a good job of introducing that feel.  But, that book was primarily about Kade Truth and what’s going on with him.  Corrupting Truth goes quite a bit deeper into the metahuman side of things.

There is an underground world of metas operating, well, underground.  The Messiah Complex is a loose collection of super-powered individuals, in search of the next messiah.  If they cannot locate him amongst their “recruits,” then they are determined to craft their own.

How does Kade factor in with this group?  Willingly, at first, but then as things start to heat up, well … Curiosity soon turns to horror; and Kade is put to the ultimate test.

2011 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.