The first two volumes in the Teristaque series are finally ready for purchase. You can read them right now if you’d like, or if you can wait a week. The kindle editions of Kal’s Fate will be free and Kal’s Quandary will be 99 cents. The sale will last through 12/21/21-12/25/21 (Merry Christmas!).
If you have been keeping up with the series and already own parts 1 through 8, part 9 can be purchased here.
This has been my longest running writing project. Part 1, Kal’s Fall, was published before I knew what I was doing, even before I could afford an editor. However, Kal’s Fall had done something for me that no other story had done before that. It got me my first sale, not just one or two, but a dozen. I was thrilled and felt like a success. Up to then, if a story had sold, it was because someone I knew bought it. These sales were strangers who decided to take a chance on li’l ol’ me.
However, followed by the high of seeing my sales numbers sky rocket to the moon (okay, so I could pay for a cup of coffee with that first royalty check), I felt instant regret. See, at the time, I was writing short stories, and challenged myself to produce one a month for a year. Kal’s Fall was baked in that challenge. So here I was selling people a story for 99 cents for the equivalent of the first chapter of something much bigger.
So, I wrote more, Kal’s Truth (which was based on a dream I had and Kal’s Fall was a preamble to get me to where I could write about the dream). Then came Hayden’s Mistake because I wanted to write more about Kal’s homeworld because I felt as if I left it too early. Then Kal’s Revenge, and so forth. I dropped Kal’s Fall to permafree because I knew more about writing and didn’t want people to pay 99 cents for what felt to me like a preview.
Finally, here I am in 2021, still thinking about the story. Still pounding out pages. I know where it’s going, but I don’t know how it will end. Maybe it will be 12 parts or 542. I don’t know when or if I’ll ever be done writing this series. This hits on everything I love about space opera science fiction.
What brought upon this repackaging and rebranding of this series was when I began reading it out loud on my podcast per listener request. I noticed that the first few stories really needed some rewriting. When I compared Kal’s Fall (Part 1) to Sarge’s Secret (Part 8), I noticed how much I had really grown as a writer. I wanted to bring the caliber of my writing now to the stories published as far back as 2014. So while Kal’s Fall felt like it took a chainsaw to edit, the stories got easier to handle up until Sarge’s Secret where I changed a few words here and there, mainly out of preference.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
It’s Black Friday again, and you know what that means? I giveaway half my catalog for free! But before I get to that. I need to make money somehow. Maybe consider preordering my new book Kal’s Fate. Also, the kindle edition of every series that I’ve written is $2 per trilogy for the next five days. That’s 9 books for $6! The first one will be free, book 2 and 3 will be 99 cents. Without further ado, here’s the list of two buck book series.
Time Burrito: Pete and his pals travel through time for the perfect breakfast burrito. Tuners: Jon finds out he has the ability to travel between dimensions and unfurls the mystery of the murder of his mother. Atmospheric Pressure: Olson lives in a city sealed off from the outside world where people go missing in the night.
Finally, the list of the free books. You can find them here. With any luck, it took you to my Amazon profile where the price is sorted from low to high. If not, sort the price from low to high to get all the free books.
It looks like I shall be returning to release books on Patreon, and for my first one. It will be a rerelease of the The Teristaque Chronicles with completely new artwork. For this venture, if you purchase Volume I of the rerelease on Patreon, I will throw in a copy of Volume II as well. That’s a grand total of 9 short epic space opera stories, that all link together including the never been released 9th story in the saga.
Here’s what you’ll get in the Patreon Edition: Teristaque Volume I (Formerly Stories I-V of the Teristaque Chronicles) Teristaque Volume II (Stories VI,VII, VIII, and never before release IX of the Teristaque Chronicles).
If you want a taste, the old Teristaque Chronicles will be free on kindle this weekend, so if you want to collect the old version before it goes out of print, now’s your chance! Be sure to sign up on Patreon before Nov 25th to get the special edition!
The reason I am resuming operations on Patreon is that it turns out that Kindle Vella was a bust. There wasn’t enough engagement from readers to make sense for me to continue writing for the platform. I will finish out the stories that I have up there out of courtesy for those who are reading them, but will probably stick to the ebook and paperback release model.
For those of you who supported my Vellas. I truly appreciate it. I do plan to finish writing them and will have weekly episodes till about Feb/March of next year. So if you want to finish My Three-Year-Old is a Barbarian and Other Parenting Problems follow it here.
Last but not least, I’m doing a free giveaway in October of Atmospheric Pressure. You can get a copy here.
I’ve been trying to give you a little more than just “Hey lookey! Here is what I have coming out” blog posts. Though admittedly, I’m not always good at that. So today instead of just telling you about my upcoming book sales (I’ll get to that). I’m going to tell you about a guy who spent 72 hours with deadly snakes to prove they were friendly, and (spoiler alert) he survived. No joke, I read about it here.
I wasn’t actually all that surprised by it. Most wild animals are fairly indifferent to us until we start messing with them. That doesn’t mean you should finally take up juggling raw meat in lion country. It just means don’t mess with a wild animal to increase your chances of survival. But always remember, just because they are indifferent doesn’t mean they still won’t attack.
And now that I’ve shared that tidbit with you. Enjoy the entire Atmospheric Pressure series for $2. Then on August 1st. A metric shit ton (as opposed to the American measurement of shit) of my books will be on sale till the 7th of August. To see the full list. Go here and sort by price on August 1st.
Lastly, if you’ve read my Vellas and enjoyed them. Consider reviewing them? You can find them here.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Kindle Vella from a reader’s perspective because it is so new. So here’s my best to answer those questions.
First off, it only works on the Amazon website (and the IOS app) as far as I know. So if you have a phone with an Amazon or kindle app, you’ll need to pull up the link in your browser. You unlock the stories (starting with the 4th installment) with tokens.
Tokens – You get 200 for free just for trying it out. That’s enough to unlock episodes 4-12 of the barbarian story. After that, it costs money. But fear not, each story you unlock will cost you pennies. So to keep up with both of my stories it’s going to be at most 50 cents or so a week, most likely a quarter.
Thumbs-up – There is a thumbs up button on the bottom of every story. So if you really like something, you can thumb up every episode. This will surely play a role in the vella’s visibility on the site (which helps the author).
Faves – If you pay for tokens, you can start faving the serials you like the most once per week. Think of a fave as a super thumbs-up. That’s not only supporting the author you like, but also ensuring others will discover it.
International readers – I’m sorry peeps overseas, not yet. While I’m sure they will roll out Vella everywhere, it’s seems it’s only available in the US.
That’s all I know for now. I’ll update this page when I know more, and here’s a reminder of the stories I have up on Vella right now:
My Three-Year-Old Is a Barbarian and Other Parenting Problems Some jerkwad moon mage shoves the consciousness of Petra’s three-year-old into the body of a full-grown barbarian. Petra’s stuck in a halfling. There are pissed-off rangers, angry giants, a pompous vampire, and a necromancer out to kill her and her child. Despite being caught in a world where everything threatens to shuffle off her mortal coil, the hardest part is convincing a hulked-out man that the battle axe is not a toy, orcs are not cuddly, and that he should use the potty. New episodes every Friday.
The Theft F hired me to do a straightforward job, but there was a slight snag in the operation when what I stole was stolen from me. Three goons showed up at my door to not so politely tell me that I have 24 hours to deliver F’s goods or my body will never be recovered. New episodes every Wednesday.
Thank you for your support. Here’s a cool barbarian picture: