Sunkiller Update

Doc Vandal book 5, The Sunkiller Affair, is almost draft complete. I’m about 53,000 words into it and have three or four scenes to go. It’s taken longer than I liked to get here, but I’m pleased with the results so far.

I’ve also started blocking out the sixth book, tentatively titled The Ziggurat of Doom

Inspired by late night watching of the History Channel, it brings Doc and company into contact with the mysterious Annunaki, and raises questions about the very nature of history itself…

 

Giant Robots in Print!

I just finished submitting Giant Robots of Tunguska for print publication. It should be showing up on Amazon in the next day or two. As usual, the paperback will be $9.99 and feature the cover art of Carlos Balarezo.

Giant Robots Are Go!

Giant Robots of Tunguska is now live in the Kindle Store.

When Vic’s cousin appears on Doc’s doorstep, it’s not long before the team is plunged into an adventure that will take them half way around the world on a mission of life and death.
Vic’s reaction to a strange alien mineral has made her the strongest being on Earth. It’s also killing her. Her only hope lies underneath a Soviet labor camp deep in the Siberian wilderness. Driven by a need she cannot comprehend Vic leads the team into a war zone with the fate of the very planet on the line.
Meanwhile, Doc and the rest have to try and save Vic without sparking a world war.

…and what about those Giant Robots?

Don’t forget… The Sunkiller Affair is on the way.

Quick Sales Note

As more of a writer than a marketer, it can be hard to talk about sales and marketing. I launched Attacked Beneath Antarctica with as much of an advertising blitz as I could afford, and then dropped the price on Against the Eldest Flame to $0.99 as a cheap way to get into the series.

So far it seems to be working. My free promotion on Against the Eldest Flame got almost 300 copies out into the wild, and that’s just the beginning. Freebies are fun, but what matters are sales and paid reads.

That’s where I’m actually seeing the benefits. Against the Eldest Flame is selling steadily; the numbers aren’t huge but they’ve been pretty constant. I’ve also been selling copies of both sequels, with Attacked Beneath Antarctica moving slightly faster than Air Pirates of Krakatoa.

It’s looking good, and now I’m getting ready to publish book 4: Giant Robots of Tunguska.

Keep an eye out for it!

Pulps and Politics

When I started working on the Doc Vandal series back in November of 2009, the last thing I thought was that I would have to consider current politics. I picked the late 1930’s for a reason, and part of that reason was because good and evil were clearly delineated.

Nazis were bad; punching Nazis was good.

Now it’s almost eight years later and I’m working on a story about the German-American Bund and Nazis are in the news on an almost daily basis. If I was to listen to some people, I’d be expected to give the Nazis the benefit of the doubt under the guise of freedom of speech.

I’m not going to do that.

Public display of Nazi symbols isn’t free speech; it’s a threat.

In Doc Vandal’s world everyone understands that.