The second part of my 3-part science fiction adventure, Liquid Blue, is now available at the retailers listed below.
In addition, check out the cover art for Part III, which I hope to have complete in September.
You’ve seen the cover reveal, now you can read the book (at least Part I). Click on over to Amazon and pick up this quick read (~17,000 words or 1/3 of a novel) for just $0.99. While the book will eventually be available for Nook, iPad, and the like, if you’re impatient you can head over to Smashwords and pick up the appropriate book file there.
While I’m at it, I’ll give you a peek at the cover for Part II, which should be ready for publication in July. Enjoy!
While I’ve been waiting for the next round of revisions to Danny Dirks from my editor, I’ve knocked the dust off an older sci-fi project that I’m going to release in smaller parts. Above, you’ll find the cover for the first part, I’ll be releasing shortly. I’ll have part II ready by August and part III will wrap up book 1 in the fall.
Below is a brief description:
The year is 2074. It’s been 60 years since first contact. Sixty years since the creature entered Dr. Nigel Llewellyn’s office and handed him the device that would spark man’s venture into interstellar travel. His great-great grandson, Caeden Llewellyn lives in a mining colony on Jupiter’s moon, Callisto. It is on the giant gas planet that man mines the mysterious element that makes instantaneous travel and their technological advances possible; Llewellium, better known as Liquid Blue.
Part I finds Caeden on a school field trip that goes terribly wrong.
The first part is now available on Amazon and Smashwords.
The book cover was created at Canva.com. I purchased the rights to use the artwork for all 3 parts for $3. While it’s not exclusive, I think it’s pretty nice for pretty cheap.
So, by now you might have heard about the whole Slate article kerfuffle over shaming adults for reading YA (ie, young adult) books (I won’t link to it. It doesn’t deserve the added traffic). In response, everyone and their brother has come to the defense of some of the most popular writing of the day. And why not? Just because writing is targeted to a particular audience, doesn’t make it any less poignant if done properly. YA novels are entertaining and typically focus on a time in our lives when we felt most vulnerable.
To be honest, I never read the article. Why? Because I saw through the title for what it was: link bait. I’m going to denounce one of the most popular reading trends of the day. Watch how quickly the hate mail and comments come flooding in. It’ll be our most “popular” article ever! So, I ignored it. Apparently, I was the only one. Sigh! And, I guess I’m not surprised. Should I be more offended about an article that belittles my chosen audience? Perhaps. But, honestly, has that article changed anyone’s mind? Do you now feel shame when reading your YA novel? No, and you shouldn’t. Do you know why? Because the argument fails at its core.
The simple fact is, if you’re reading, you have already won. Reading is good for you. It’s proven. Reading can prevent Alzheimer’s, make you smarter, make you less stressed, and improve your memory, among other things. Read what makes you feel alive. Read what touches your heart and motivates you to be a better you. Read whatever makes you want to keep reading! Whatever you do, don’t ever fall into the trap of believing that reading and shame should ever go hand in hand. Read on.