In The Flesh, Hummingbirds In My Garden and The Geek Girl Project

In The Flesh Cover Art

In The Flesh Cover Art

In The Flesh Cover Art

Since we’re getting a lot of new traffic and I’d like to keep people updated. I wrote a science fiction novel called In The Flesh. No zombies I’m afraid but I think you’ll find that the title is appropriate nevertheless. It’s available on Amazon, Kobo for the Droid, and Barnes and Noble for the Nook as well as on iTunes (my apologies but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to link the iTunes page to this blog).

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Mankind’s ancient curse has ravaged the world and even crept to the very doorstep of The Temple of The Three Waterfalls. Generations-old treaties have spared the temple and those who call it home. Evadne, only daughter of the Holy Sybil, is content to remain hidden away in the remote mountain temple and study her craft.
But things are changing in the outside world. The emissary of a foreign prince has been sent to take Evadne away. Whispers of strange prophecies are heard from behind thick stone walls and the rumor of a powerful oracle to the east has the temple soothsayers involved. Change is on the wind.

Far away from the temple two brothers have discovered a lost continent. The promise of long lost technologies and treasures has the prince racing to stake his claim. They are not unopposed, for there are those who fear this discovery will bring about the end of the world.

Hummingbird in my garden.

Hummingbird in my garden.

On to Gardening! I seem to have a nesting pair of hummingbirds in or very near my garden. How exciting is that? I love watching them dart around and drink from the flowers. I could watch them all day long. They’re so beautiful and tiny.

The weeds are making a strong come-back and I have to get to weeding to keep them from taking over again. If I do that I will have space for a few more plants. I think, what I’d like to do is get a few more hummingbird friendly plants for my little garden. I was watering the flowers the hummingbirds seem to really like, the crocosmia Lucifer and one little humming bird was feeding right next to me and I didn’t even realize it. She was so close to me! Then I turned to water another section, all unaware she was so near, and startled her. I saw two of them hiding in one of the evergreens though so I think they’re a nesting pair. I’ve heard that hummingbirds are pretty territorial and these two weren’t chasing one another or scolding each other, so that is why I think they’re mates.

Finally, as many of you may know, I also write for a wonderful blog called The Geek Girl Project. Well this Saturday they are running a special, and unique, review of Pacific Rim that I submitted to them. It explains how I came to be such a fan of Kaiju and Godzilla in particular and why I’ve been so excited about Pacific Rim as well.

I’m going to try to get an update about Godzilla 2014 together for you later on today or tomorrow. Keep an eye on the Godzilla Encounter site. The SDCC is about to get into full swing and there are supposed to be some exciting reveals there. K.

In The Flesh Now On Nook and Inspiration for War In Flesh

This weekend I finally decided to enter the jungle of self-publishing head on and get In The Flesh uploaded to the various distributors for the Android (Kobo), the Nook (Barnes & Noble) and iPads/iPhones/iDevices of all sorts, which meant iTunes. Since I was doing the full tour I decided to take this opportunity to correct the cover art for my POD (print on demand) version, this of course meant wading into the formatting bog of Createspace.

So with editing machete in one hand and FAQ’s in the other, Google my faithful guide I set forth into the tangled undergrowth of formatting and uploading, verifying and proofing that I knew from previous attempts to penetrate the labyrinthine depths awaited me. True I had been defeated before by clunky, if not impossible to follow interfaces and failures of proprietary software to verify and validate but this time I would prevail.

To my surprise Barnes & Noble had updated and simplified their self-publishing interface and my ePub uploaded with nary a hiccup. Unlike last time when the same file type crashed and crashed and crashed, leaving me no choice but to retreat, defeated and discouraged. My confidence bolstered by this unexpected reprieve I moved on to Kobo. To my growing delight, once I found the way to login to where I needed to (which took an hour but now I know how to find it so it’ll be a piece of cake in the future), the upload of my ePub went as smoothly as a cat drinking cream.

This left my self-publishing nemesis, iTunes. I went ahead and downloaded iBook creator and spent two days loading my novel into it. This should produce the kind of file iTunes will accept. It did produce a gorgeous format for my novel and I will be putting all of my future work through it for that reason alone. It took some doing and some tweaking of the cover art but it seems to have worked. I’ll know in a day or two.

So, gentle reader, as you may have noticed I now have links to In The Flesh for the Nook, Droid and Kindle. This is very exciting. The formatting of the POD version is such that the print copy will cost $17.99. It is a trade paperback. I couldn’t get it down to paperback size.

Also, because that is not enough exciting news there is more involving War In Flesh. I finished the editing, formatting and uploading around 11pm Saturday night and no sooner had I pushed the last “submit” button then inspiration struck. I spent a couple of hours writing an entirely new first chapter for War In Flesh and it is excellent. I even got started on a new second chapter Sunday. As always I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve written. K.

In The Flesh Soon To Have Wider Distribution

After having given up on Barnes and Noble for several months I went back today to see if I could figure out how to publish In The Flesh for the Nook. They changed their self-publishing interface in the interim and the new one is a breeze! I wish they were all this straight forward. Good job Barnes & Noble!

I have a very small ad appearing on the 7th and I’ve been making sure I get In The Flesh polished and uploaded everywhere I can. I just uploaded a revised edition to Kobo for the Android. I corrected the cover art for print on demand through Createspace and I’m just going to take a look at the Kindle version (which has been my go-to this whole time) to make sure I didn’t change anything while I was using it to update everywhere else. (Don’t ask, you don’t want to know.)

I have to say that not only do I love, love, love my new MacBook Air but I put In The Flesh though iBook Creator and wow did it pretty it up. I also, thanks to my wonderful husband, got Word to produce a table of contents so the Print On Demand version has that little nicety now too.

The Kobo self-publishing interface is a real pain, but not as bad as Createspace once you figure out the trick to it. As soon as In The Flesh is live on Barnes & Noble and iTunes I’ll include links for easy clicking. K.

Cover Art for In The Flesh and Editing as well as Release Date

I paid for my cover art last night and posted the banner ad the artist made for me to go along with it.  I also updated the about section of this page to have a very brief synopsis of the story.  This is so exciting.

Originally it was my intention to publish, self publish that is, In The Flesh as an eBook only.  The thing is I’ve now had two people ask me about physical copies.  One of my beta readers asked how she was supposed to get a signed copy if it was an eBook only.  That being said, and with the feedback I’ve gotten I think it would be worthwhile to make In The Flesh available for print on demand also.

When I self published The Shadow of The Hand of God I looked into publishing through Smashwords which would have made it available in many more venues than just Amazon.com.  I chose not to because it would have required stripping all of the formatting out of the book and that book is organized into discrete sections for a reason.  In The Flesh does not have that issue so I am once again considering going through Smashwords to make it available in iTunes and Kobo and many other eReader formats.

For the record, both books are very different.  The Shadow of The Hand of God is a memoir and a ringing condemnation of fundamentalism and what far right conservatism has become.  It is a cry out to everyone who has felt rejected by the modern church and a heartfelt assurance that you are not alone and not unloved.

In The Flesh is science fiction.  It is pretty hard science fiction.  It is accurately sub categorized as post apocalyptic which is my favorite genre.  It is, I hope, exciting and fun and interesting and everything good science fiction can be.  I also tried to give it the flavor of the early science fiction works from the 40’s and the 50’s but with quite a bit of updating and a modern twist.

Once I have editing done for In The Flesh I will work on a synopsis and pitch for the back cover and to use in any advertising I might do.  There is still quite a bit of finishing up for In The Flesh but I hope to have it fully ready to publish and available for purchase in March of this year.

For those who are wondering how tedious editing is—I’m going to go do the dishes.