Changes

Changes

Friday, about 400 authors received an email from Booktrope, our publisher. It shook our world. As of May 31, 2016, Booktrope will close its doors. On that date, the 1,000-something books of those 400-some authors (including mine) will no longer be available through that publisher.

So, on June 1, 2016, readers will no longer find those books available online.

This was a shock.

Many, or most, of the authors in this publishing family depend on income from their book sales to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Some are scrambling to get another publisher, some will go the self-publish route, others may just give up. Changes come hard for some.

I’m still processing this. I have only been with the company a year. We released Sudden Mission in August, 2015, and Nasty Leftovers in March, 2016. Both books have had some success and good critical reviews, and won awards. But it seems we just started this journey.

I’m with an incredible team that helped get both novels into shape for publication and I do not want to lose that. I’m making an effort to keep that team together as I go forward. I love the covers and artwork. The editing and proofreading were top-notch. I reached out to my team and we are working out details.

What things will look like after May 31 is anyone’s guess. I’ll know more as the business relationship with Booktrope dissolves and we get more information from them in the coming week.

So, in the meantime, Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers will remain available through the end of May on Amazon, Nook, and iBook. After that, I cannot predict how soon or if the books will return. I promise, I am working hard to sort this out and keep you informed of the progress.

The one thing I can guarantee now is that the books are still available until the end of May. If you want copies in e-book or print in the Vox Dei edition, get them this month. All the links are on the Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftover pages on this site.

Stay positive and keep writing.

 

Nasty Leftovers

Nasty Leftovers

The sequel to Sudden Mission, Nasty Leftovers, is “edit complete.” It is off to the proofreader and on its way to publication. The planned release date is later in March. I will post the firm date when we get it.

Nasty Leftovers is no longer a working title, so we’re going with it. The story follows Paul Shannon and Amy Grossman as they go Ina mission to clean up Washington, D.C. It gets a bit grittier than Sudden Mission, and Paul and Amy face new and dangerous challenges.

Here is a short excerpt:

“This demon, the one you called your master here, had a very tight hold on you,” Paul said. “We need to know the name of this demon.”

“I guessed you would be back to ask that.”

“So, do you remember the name?” Amy asked.

“Yes,” William said. “Do you really understand what you ask? That name, that is just the beginning.”

“Yes,” Paul said, “we’re prepared.”

“I very much doubt it. He rules here. He has hellhounds, and imps, and he plans to use those hounds to drag you two to hell.”

“Kicking and screaming, I’m sure,” Paul said, smiling at Amy.

“Don’t get cute, Paul,” William pointed his finger at Paul’s chest. “This is serious. Once you and Amy are in hell, my master will possess more and expand his rule on Earth. He plans to earn great favor from Satan for taking you two.”

Things get intense. Nasty Leftovers is part dystopian SF&F, action/adventure, thriller, and spiritual warfare. Of course, there is a strong Christian theme throughout. It is categorized as young adult, but is suitable for most younger readers. The language is clean, but parents may want to preview the content for some younger readers.

If you read Sudden Mission, Nasty Leftovers should flow seamlessly. If you haven’t, Nasty Leftovers stands alone with references to Sudden Mission that provide clarity without giving too much away.

The world–or possible future–I created in Sudden Mission continues to play out in Nasty Leftovers. Thing are getting worse and the prognosis is that it will continue to get worse before it gets better.

In the third installment, which is in the planning stages, the infrastructure finally collapses. The government is still struggling to restore some semblance of order in the Capitol, but its influence doesn’t reach beyond the Beltway. Even the gangs and bandit bands are dwindling as the resources in and around larger cities are used up. Paul and Amy are blessed to be part of a robust, cooperative, Christian community.

That is, until a visitor arrives with horrible news. And, aliens return.

I’m having entirely too much fun.

Keep writing.

 

Free Week

This week Sudden Mission ebook is free on Amazon.

It is part of the Pre-Funk the Holidays promotion from BoPrefunk the holidaysoktrope and Vox Dei Publishing. Starting Monday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 14, Sudden Mission and a number of other books are free. This is an excellent time to pick up a copy of the ebook for yourself or someone else. For more free ebooks available from Booktrope this week, check out:

https://runawaygoodness.com/prefunk/

After Saturday, Sudden Mission ebook goes back to the sale price of $2.99.

Throughout the month of November, the books listed in the Runaway Goodness link above are also available on Amazon’s kindleunlimited program. If you subscribe to kindleunlimited, you can read Sudden Mission or any of the ebooks in this promotion just by checking them out.

Keep writing!

On Sale

Just a heads up today. Sudden Mission ebook is on sale on Amazon this month (November) for $2.99. It is part of a promotion this month from my publisher, Booktrope and Vox Dei Publishing.

FB_wk1My book is not the only one, though. There will be a lot of Booktrope books on sale this month and you can check it out by getting on Runaway Goodness, or on Amazon. The Amazon link shows you all the books Booktrope has on the November promotion.

It’s called “Pre-Funk the Holidays.” The whole list, including Sudden Mission, is listed at this location:

https://runawaygoodness.com/prefunk/

Enjoy!

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and need a cheerleader, follow me on Twitter (@rapier57) and let me know you are writing.

Keep writing.

 

 

Cover Reveal: Sudden Mission

Sudden Mission Cover

Here is the cover for Sudden Mission! One of my early readers/editors saw this and said, “It’s perfect!” Below is part of the press kit for the book with marketing contact and information about Vox Dei.

 

About Sudden Mission

Satan, once one of God’s favorites, now His Adversary, grows impatient with the plan and begins to harvest souls. In a fell swoop, he throws reality out of whack and the world into chaos. God calls on Paul and his friends Amy and Joe to set things right. The young teens journey through a messed up world—with a little help from an angel—struggling against everything the Adversary can throw in their path to accomplish their Sudden Mission.

With their world and their parents’ lives hanging in the balance–and the Adversary sending everything from zombies to samurai to stand in their way–Paul will discover if he has the strength and faith to set things right again and stop Satan’s harvest.

Publishing/Marketing Contact

Kathy Marks
Book Marketing Manager
Booktrope Publishing

kathy.marks@booktrope.com

ABOUT VOX DEI

Our name rhymes with Fox Day. We’re an imprint of Booktrope, a new type of publishing company founded in 2011 in Seattle, WA that’s pioneering a model called team publishing. Our mission at Vox Dei is to provide books for a primarily Christian audience that edify and entertain, encourage and inspire. While Christian themes are woven throughout our fiction, our purpose is not to preach a sermon but rather provide a quality alternative to the secular market for entertainment. Our non-fiction titles are intended to help readers explore the Bible in a more personal way and grow in their walk with Christ, while being informal in voice and approach. Whether fiction or non, our goal is to shine the light and love that is central to the Christian faith into a dark and messy world. Learn more at voxdeipublishing.com.