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2013 holiday book buying guide to regional science fiction and fantasy

Originally posted on Bull Spec:

Whew. Even though I’ve been updating the 2013 book preview during the course of the year, there were still quite a few things I learned about only recently here in late 2013, and of course plenty I missed ahead of time and during the year. So! Like I’ve done in 2012, 2011, and 2010…, here is my run-down of 2013 in regional science fiction and fantasy, and as always, let me know of the (likely many) omissions and errors, and! in a first this year, come by the 2013 Bull Spec regional author holiday book expo on Saturday, December 7, at Durham’s Atomic Empire from 3 pm to 8 pm, where a score of the authors below will be gathered to personalize books, chat, and there will also be comics, books, games, collectibles, and indeed beer on hand as well. And! The trusty Underwood manual typewriter which…

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Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

First Reviews Are In

And they’re good!

I love how Liz B characterizes Murder & Mochas as a genre mash-up.

I love genre mash-ups, so this was a really fun read. It’s noir mystery meets Southern gothic meets sci-fi, plus a lot of humor. The main character, Kurt West, is a tough but loveable bounty hunter who also happens to be a hired gun for North Carolina’s alien affairs bureau (the only one in the country, because it’s a state issue and none of DC’s damned business!). The only inter-dimensional portal that allows aliens to come to Earth, on diplomatic missions and tourism trips, happens to open into Chapel Hill, NC. A lot of the humor comes from the setting of all this interplanetary intrigue in a small college town in the American South. The locations in the book are all real, too, and it’s clear the author knows the town and its environs really well.

The story takes place over a few days as Kurt has to solve the murder of an alien diplomat before the murderer can escape off the planet, while also trying to catch a human bounty for his full-time boss and dealing with obstructionist alien diplomats and a whole bunch of colorful “ET” characters (lizard aliens who will tell you anything you want to hear for a mocha and an omelet, for example). There’s also a cool Mos Eisley-esque alien bazaar located in a fourth dimension within Chapel Hill that he frequents when he needs to talk to shady types.

Overall, a really good read, and a cool concept for mystery and sci-fi fans.

Kevin Dawson’s first line cracks me up. I wish I had thought of it.

Kurt West is a new type of gritty hero, flawed and not perfect, a regular guy we can all relate to (he doesn’t get the girl). This book is a fresh take on the whole aliens on earth scenario with multiple genres stirred together for added fun. A tight dead line, sarcastic bounty/alien hunter with a soft side , voluptuous aliens, large caliber firearms, alien technology, carcinogen belching V8 engines, omelet eating lizards, an alien bazaar area that’s like the wild west, and beer; what’s not to like?

It’s an awesome read, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. The only downside was not being able to find a book two…

You can Murder & Mochas  ebook on Amazon and the paper version at CreateSpace.

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Murder & Mochas Is Now For Sale

I couldn’t be more excited!!!! 

A Southern noir sci-fi detective story, Murder & Mochas bounces a sarcastic and gritty detective off aliens and life in a small southern town to produce a fun, page-turning mystery.

Click here for the Kindle edition.

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The print version will be available soon.

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I Have Pushed My Baby From the Nest

Time to see how she flies!

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I just finished uploading Murder & Mochasmy debut novel!! It will be on sale tomorrow (well technically later today) on Amazon.

Woot-Woot!

I am happy, excited, tired, scared, but mostly a calm sort of happy. Probably calm just because it is so late.

It’s a little like raising a kid. I did some stuff really well and I made some mistakes. She’s not perfect, but she doesn’t need to be, she’s pretty good as she is and it’s time to see what she can do out there in the big world. I hope she does really well.

I made a strong run at getting the paper and ebook out tonight, but I didn’t quite make it on the paper version. I’ll finish up the formatting on that in the morning. That’s it for me for tonight.

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