Let's give everyone something special here. This is a doodle of mine -- a crude dragon doodle colored to sheer awesomeness by my husband Brett, who's a Photoshop GENIUS. But this isn't an ordinary dragon...oh no. This is Obsidian, who shows up later in the tales -- first in a short story called "Dragon's Gift", … Continue reading Something Special
I'm excited!! Black Gate Magazine has decided to review The Severed Earth! They only review one (ONE) self-pub'd novel a month, and you have to go through a formal submission process. Black Gate isn't just a fly-by-night, either; it's had a lot of well-known fantasy authors published in its pages. So I'm excited...and extremely nervous, because … Continue reading Black Gate Magazine Will Review My Book!
Despite the health issues, I'm still struggling thru writing my Hardy Boys fanfic. I've gotten three full tales written, the first "Voodoo Doll" (based on the episode of the same name from the '70s show), "House on Possessed Hill" (a prequel, also based on another episode), and "In Excelsis Deo" (a full original 'Christmas' … Continue reading Teaser for the new HB fic, “The San Francisco Vampire”
Just got my free author's copies of The Severed Earth in the mail today, and they're GORGEOUS...and BIG. Ye gods, I wasn't quite expecting this to be that hefty! Though...well....in contrast, the first book of Wheel of Time was over 300k words, the first Game of Thrones was just under 300k, Fellowship of the Ring … Continue reading Got the author’s copies!
Wow -- someone left a five-star rating on The Severed Earth over on Amazon. That...floors me. I'm so used to thinking of these as just...well...I've been working on them so long, it's hard to see it objectively anymore. But it's humbling whenever anonymous strangers leave good words on my writing -- I mean, you expect … Continue reading Squeeing again!
The Severed Earth! $15.99 Trade Paperback on Amazon; the $9.99 Kindle version should be up shortly -- the files are still under review by KDP. Still working on the blankety-blank iBooks format -- man, I thought making personal copies for my iBook reader was a pain...I'm WAITING for the day when ebooks all use ONE … Continue reading IT’S OUT!!
The full first section, behind the cut! The Severed Earth will be out on Amazon this week! ________________ His mother was dead, but he hadn’t killed her.Vão stared into the hazy black-speckled sky. Crows circled his parents’ house and spiraled in the updrafts. Dead, gone, broken. Everything had been swept away on the wings of … Continue reading The Severed Earth — teaser/sample chapter!
I now have a "page" for my writer-self, separate from my private personal page. Anyone who's on FB, you can find the page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ChrisPrestaValachovic I'm also on Twitter @zenfrodo. I'm almost done with the format edit of Severed Earth! It should be out next week, end of June at the latest! (Currently, I'm sick, … Continue reading Facebook!
After seeing all the warnings about "YOU MUST HAVE YOUR COVER PROFESSIONALLY DONE"...and seeing what all those giving the advice considered "good" book covers...and seeing that the professionals charge upwards of $500+ to do said cover... Screw THAT. I've had art & design classes. I've impressed the hell out of my teachers in those classes. … Continue reading Book Cover for Severed Earth!
(first...yeah, I deleted that last entry. Just too much to go into now. But things have eased up a little.) Anyway...after getting nothing but conflicting advice & information about how to publish...after several years of writing, editing, tearing my heart out, dealing with all the health issues...I'm finally saying SCREW IT and going the self-publish … Continue reading Good news!