New short story, “The Most Beautiful Island in the World,” is out!

the most beautiful island in the world cover

That’s right. Just in time for Christmas, I have published the third of the four short stories from Fantastic Depths, called The Most Beautiful Island in the World, with a cover designed by jimmygibbs.

If you don’t know what this story’s about, here’s the blurb:

“After the destruction of his island’s once beautiful civilization and ecosystem, King Igici believes he may have finally discovered the solution to all of his people’s’ problems.

When his solution to these problems appears to fail, however, Igici begins to doubt his own ability to save his people. It does not help that his childhood friend, Gikil, expresses severe skepticism toward his plans to save his nation, thus eroding his already shaky confidence in himself.”

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Even if you are not much of a fantasy reader yourself, this short story would make a GREAT last minute Christmas present for any fantasy readers you know, whether friends or family members. At $2.99, it’s a steal!

Anyway, keep an eye out for the fourth and final short story from Fantastic Depths, titled Not Malicious. Just Unlucky, which will be available before the year’s out. Stay tuned.

New short story, “The Gift of Valgink,” now available! (Plus a special announcement!)

the gift of valgink ebook cover

As part of my mission to publish all four of my short stories from the Ambage anthology Fantastic Depths, before year’s end, I have published the second short story I contributed to that collection, a rather quick read (mere 11 pages in PDF) titled The Gift of Valgink.

Here is the sales blurb for those who don’t know what it’s about:

“Backed up against a cliff, with nowhere to run to, Desdar Bandas—a human slave who is only one year away from freedom—must figure out how to save his life and the life of his elvish mistress, Kencha, from a pack of violent, bloodthirsty smoke wolves.

Yet when it turns out that Kencha has stolen from the pack a sacred object of immense value to the smoke wolves, Desdar is forced to choose between his freedom and Kencha’s survival.”

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Regarding the special announcement mentioned in this blog’s title, sometime after Christmas but before New Year’s I will write up a post detailing all of my writing and publishing plans for next year. I have a lot of awesome plans, but I don’t want to announce them just yet, as I want to keep the focus on this year’s last few releases before I bring attention to next year’s plans.

Anyway, keep an eye on this blog for the announcements of the releases of the next two Ambage short stories, The Most Beautiful Island in the World and Not Malicious. Just Unlucky, as well as the release of the Prince Malock World Omnibus, all of which I will get up before year’s end.

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“The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock” Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale for 99 cents on all major ebook platforms!

Hi, everybody!

With the onset of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, everyone everywhere is running deals like crazy. Now’s the perfect time to buy great gifts for your friends and loved ones at really great prices.

So I thought I’d get in on the holiday deals fun as well.

Starting today, Friday, November 28th, to Tuesday, December 2nd, you will be able to buy the first novel in the Prince Malock World series, The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock, for a mere $0.99. Normally $7.99, this is an almost 100% drop in price, as close to free as you can get without it actually being free.

But again, I must stress that this price will only be from November 28th to December 2nd. After that, the price will go back up to $7.99 and will likely remain that way for the next half year.

Here are the links to all of the ebook platforms you can buy The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock from:

Amazon

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Google Play

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Remember: this book is normally $7.99 and is now going to be $0.99 for the next five days. After that, the price is going straight back up, so if you want to get it now for slightly less than a dollar, click on the links to whichever ebook platform happens to be your favorite and buy it RIGHT NOW. This promotion won’t happen again for a long time, so don’t put it off, buy it today, whether for yourself or as a gift for a friend or family member.

New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas has come and gone (too quickly, in my opinion) and New Year’s Day is less than a week away.

Most people — perhaps even some of you who are reading this right now — will be making resolutions for the New Year. How many of these we will actually follow through with varies; nonetheless, New Year’s resolutions are a part of our culture for better or for worse.

Personally, I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions. I cannot even remember what my resolutions for 2013 were, if I made any. It’s too easy to join a gym with the intent of getting in shape and then a week later falling back into your old routine. I find it better to keep my goals open as things happen

Nonetheless, this year I have decided to make one New Year’s resolution. I decided to make it only one because it is a pretty big one and I don’t want to distract myself with other resolutions, especially because this particular resolution has been a dream of mine for a while now.

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is:

To publish my first novel.

Yes, that’s it. To publish my first novel. Nothing too fancy or crazy. It’s pretty ordinary if you think about it. Especially with the ease of self-publishing nowadays, making it so that almost anyone — whether they can write well or not — can publish a novel.

Still, I have realized that in order to make bigger steps in my writing career, I will need to publish a novel. I will probably self-publish it, ’cause that seems to be the way to go right now, although I have been looking into small presses, too.

However I choose to go about publishing it, I will publish it. This will be my year, the year where I take a large step forward in my writing career.

I hope all of my blog readers will be with me as I get the novel ready for publication. I do not have a release date for it yet, but I can assure you it will come out next year.

And I know it will be awesome.

What do you think of New Year’s resolutions? Did you make some for 2014? How did 2013’s resolutions work out, if you made any?

-Tim

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish Merry Christmas to all of my blog readers. I am not going to be online today in order to spend time with my family, as well as enjoy my Christmas present, heh. I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas take the time to do the same.

I set this post to post itself automatically today. It’s a feature I’ve never used before, but one I might use more often next year if I like it.

-Tim

What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a mere two days away. Soon it’ll be here and then it’ll be gone and then Christmas will actually be upon us and things will most likely get even crazier than they already are.

For me, I think my Thanksgiving is going to be a quiet family event this year, as it usually is, and probably even quieter than usual because we’re dealing with an annoying (though not nasty) cold. I hope we’ll all be better by then, but I have a feeling at least one of us will be sick on Thanksgiving, unfortunately.

Yet just because I am sick doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to be thankful for. I have a lot of things to be thankful for (in no particular order):

1. A nice home to live in.

There are a lot of people who don’t even have that. My house isn’t the fanciest or biggest, but it keeps me warm at night and is livable, so I have little to complain about. Plus, it was built in a beautiful part of Texas, so I have the generally beautiful weather and scenery to be thankful for as well.

2. A wonderfully supportive family.

There are unfortunately a lot of people with families who don’t support them and their dreams. That my family wholeheartedly supports my dream to become a professional, full-time writer makes me lucky and I am thankful for them every day.

3. Writing.

Writing is a huge part of who I am. If I were to lose the ability to write — whether through losing the use of my fingers or lacking writing supplies or something else — I am honestly not sure what I’d do. I couldn’t not list writing on a list of things I am thankful for without it feeling incomplete.

4. My health.

Yes, I just complained about being sick, but honestly it’s just a minor cold that will probably go away in a day or two. I’ve been lucky to avoid the major diseases, like cancer, and also major injuries. This is one thing I don’t think I’m as thankful for as I should be, to be honest, so I’ll be sure to be more thankful for this later.

5. The Ambage.

I am thankful for my writers’ group because it was through them that I was first published. Plus, they’re just an overall cool group in general. You guys are awesome.

These are just some of the things I am thankful for. I could probably be here all day listing the things I am thankful for, but I think I’ll stop with these five. Maybe I’ll list some more things later in another post.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

-Tim