First, a quick note to let you know that for a few more hours, you can get my humorous fantasy novel Distopia absolutely free on Kindle.
Distopia is chronologically the first of the Dis books, and you can enjoy it whether or not you’ve read the other two. But seriously, it goes back to $3.99 sometime tonight, so go get it!
Second, I wanted to give everybody an update on my current works in progress. Sometimes I get so busy on all the books and other things I’m working on that I forget to tell people what’s going on.
For those who supported the Mercury Shrugs Kickstarter: the book is done and is currently in the hands of the beta readers. I hope to finish revisions by the end of March. Then I’ll need a couple of weeks for editing, cover design and formatting, so I should be able to send out the ebooks around the middle of April, and the paperbacks a week or so after that. It will go on sale on Amazon two weeks after the Kickstarter supporters get their copies.
After Mercury Shrugs, the next book I have coming out is The Big Sheep, a sci-fi mystery that takes place in near-future Los Angeles. Basically, think Blade Runner meets Sherlock. This is my first book with a non-Amazon publisher (Thomas Dunne is a Macmillan imprint), and I’m rather excited about it. I’ve gotten great responses from advance readers, including some guy named Hugh Howey, who called it “As original a plot as I’ve run across in a long time.” He also said “The Big Sheep is a sheer delight!”, but I’ll admit to twisting his arm a little for that one, because I thought it would be funny to have the author of Wool use the word “sheer” in a review of a book called The Big Sheep. Because I am simple.
The Big Sheep will be available (in hardcover, no less!) on June 28. You can pre-order it from Amazon now, but I would recommend holding off for a few weeks because in April I will have information on how you can pre-order a signed copy from Schuler Books in Grand Rapids.
And since The Big Sheep was part of a two-book deal, I am already hard at work on the sequel, titled The Last Iota. The Last Iota picks up where The Big Sheep leaves off, and centers around a desperate search for a set of very valuable coins that may hold the secret to the financial collapse that preceded the events of the first book. Illegal genetics laboratories, world-shaking conspiracies, celebrities, a Middle Eastern coup, urban warfare in Los Angeles, murders, explosions, ham sandwiches–you’ll find all of these and more in The Big Sheep and The Last Iota. And there’s a lot left to explore in post-Collapse Los Angeles, so don’t be surprised if this ends up being a trilogy.
Finally, yes, I’m still in Costa Rica. I head back to the U.S. on March 16. Haven’t had time to post many updates on my adventures (such as they are), but I’ll try to do a few more Costa Rica posts after I get back.
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