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Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Book Digest (Part 2)

This is part of a monthly feature with new releases and free/discounted books available for Kindle and other eReaders. If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more, please let me know in the comments. I might set up a mailing list for these if there's enough interest.

Book 1 in Carol Ervin's Mountain Women series, The Girl on the Mountain, is on sale for 99 cents only.

Untrue things are rumored of May Rose, but it’s true she’s too pretty for her own good. Her husband has disappeared, and now she’s on her own in a rough town ruled by one of the lumber companies logging the last of West Virginia’s virgin forest.

Get it for 99 cents.
Carol Ervin's website.

John L. Monk's supernatural thriller Kick is FREE, the first one in the Jenkin's Cycle series.

A supernatural thriller with a vigilante twist, Kick is the first book in a series of supernatural thrillers. If you like Quantum Leap and Every Day, you'll love this gritty and original take on the body-hopping hero story. Vividly written, Kick is a wild ride with a sharp sarcastic wit and a flawed yet likable main character.

Get it FREE.
John L. Monk's website.

The first book in Ann Christy's zombie series Between Life and Death is FREE.

Emily’s life is death. In the two years since nanites started wiping out the population, she’s sent a thousand deaders and in-betweeners to their deaths. Between fighting for her life and hiding in a tiny, windowless office at night, she’s just trying to get one more day of life. .

Get it for FREE.
Ann Christy's website.

International bestselling author Peter Cawdron has a new release, Free Fall, for only 99 cents.

Jackson is an astronaut testing a prototype interstellar craft in deep space. When he returns home, there’s no one to greet him. Earth has fallen silent. Now he must decide—stay in orbit, watching a dead planet roll slowly by beneath his windows, or land on Earth and fight for life?

Get it for 99 cents only.
Peter Cawdron's website.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Latest work

Light in the Forest, © Elena E. Giorgi 2015
So I made a new composite. Hadn't made one in a long time. It's not perfect, but it felt good to be working on an image again. :-)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Free and Discounted Book Digest for the month of November

I'm starting a monthly feature with new releases and free/discounted books available for Kindle and other eReaders. If you enjoy these posts and would like to see more, please let me know in the comments. I might set up a mailing list for these if there's enough interest.

Garek Rohan just released book 2 in his YA series Chronicle of the Five.

Every gift comes with a price. When fifteen-year-old Cayden Baine accepts the promise of regaining his vision, it isn't long before he discovers that the cost may be more than he can pay.

Get Book 1 for 99 cents.
Get Book 2 on Amazon.

Scavenger-Evolution final front
Timothy C. Ward's Scavenger: Evolution is on sale for 99 cents only this week.

Scavenger: Evolution is the story of a family torn apart by the loss of their infant who must turn to each other and a talent with sand diving to stop a new apocalypse. The first apocalypse covered their world in sand, and as they run for their lives, they discover the technology that has been dormant for hundreds of years, since the last time it was set free.

Get the ebook edition $0.99 only. 
Get the paperback for $9.99
Email tim(at) to request a signed and personalized copy (ships to US only).

The latest installment in the Future Chronicle anthologies produced by Samuel Peralta is out. Only 99 cents for a limited time only and it features great authors like Rysa Walker, Ann Christy, Lucas Bale, and Tracy Banghart

Get it for 99 cents only.

Ann Christy has a new series out, Perfect Partners Inc., and the first book is FREE while the second one is only 99 cents.

Perfect Partners, Incorporated promised Hazel a match with perfect compatibility. A PePr is meant to complement their human, filling in all the gaps to create the ideal couple. They're meant to be something no human could ever hope to find in another human. It's just not turning out that way for Hazel. 

Get the first book FREE.
Get the second book for 99 cents only.

Chrys Fey's 30 Seconds is on sale for 99 cents only until November 20.

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.


G.S. Jennsen's new Aurora Rhapsody book, Sidespace, is now available for preorder for 99 cents only.

Humanity is saved. But its troubles are just beginning. To achieve their extraordinary triumph over the invading Metigen armada, humanity put aside its myriad of political and social conflicts and united against a common foe intent on annihilating civilization. In victory, unparalleled peace and prosperity are theirs for the taking--if they can keep hold of them...

Get it for 99 cents only.

G.S. Jennsen's website.

Daniel Arenson's Alien Hunters is FREE.

The skelkrins. Predators from deep space. Creatures of claws, fangs, and unending malice. They swarm across the galaxy, slaying all in their path. Planets burn in their wake. And now they're heading to Earth.

Links to download for FREE on Daniel's webpage

The Legacy Human, the first book in Susan Kaye Quinn's Singularity series, is on sale for 99 cents only

The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.

Get it for 99 cents only.

Susan Kaye Quinn's website.

Author G. Wakeling has a new book release out, RENOVO, for $2.99

Up to her eyeballs in debt, Dr. Rachel Galliance jumps at the chance of a last-minute rotation on Mars, despite being terrified of hypersleep. This is her last chance to get life back on track, and it's only one stint on Mars - how bad can it be?

Buy Renovo on Amazon.
G. Wakeling's website.

Vincent Trigili first book in the Lost Tales of Power series, the Enemy of the Enemy, is FREE.

Vydor is riding a wave of success, but now his ship, the Dragon Claw, is being sent to investigate a mysterious event deep within the Empire’s space. A secret research colony has fallen silent and the forces sent to investigate were never heard from again. 

Get it for free on Amazon
Vincent Trigili's website.

And finally I would like to do a shout-out to my friend Therin Knite who offers fantastic and very reasonably priced book formatting, so go check out her website for more info:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG: 5 things you need to do before self-publishing

This is a monthly event started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh and organized by the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Click here to find out more about the group and sign up for the next event.

Huge apologies to the group, as I have taken one long hiatus. I took the summer off on purpose, as summers are always busy, but I confess that the past two first Wednesdays of the month slipped right by me unnoticed. Ugh, where did time go?

Anyway, I'm back and I do have something to post today. Lately, I've had many emails in the form of: "Hey, I see you're an indie writer. There's this book I've been meaning to publish, what's your advice?"

And while my response would be, "Let's meet for lunch because this is going to be a loooooong conversation," I did manage to put together 5 Extremely Important (yes, capitalized) things every new writer should take the time to do. Here they are:

1) Shop for a really nice cover: the only books with awful covers that sell have a lot of sex; so either put steamy hot scenes in your book, or invest in a nice cover.

2) Be smart about categories and key words: these are important to make sure your book gets the maximum visibility in the Amazon categories.

3) Tell people about your book: Use all platforms to advertise the book launch. Start a little earlier with cover reveals etc. to generate some anticipation. Don't just say, "Hey, I wrote a book." Tell people why they should read it. What's new about it? Why is it compelling?

4) Start building a mailing list: the best way to do that is by offering a free story and then advertise the "offering" on FB groups and book blogs. You can see what I did here.

5) Offer free review copies of your book to book review bloggers and readers who are willing to post a review on Amazon on launch day or shortly after. This last point is of utter importance. The sooner the book starts garnering reviews, the better.

So those are my 5 "essentials" so to speak. Truth is, there's no "winning" formula. But until you get out there and try it, you'll never know what works and what doesn't. Speaking of which ... I have a new book coming out next week. ;-)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

How one vaccine can protect you from more than one disease

The paper I'm discussing today came out last May in Science but, as you probably noticed, I've been busy posting about other things and neglected the science aspect of the CHIMERAS blog. Apologies to my science readers.

Viruses are pesky little things that have the innate ability of inserting genetic material into our cells. As such, they are capable of permanently changing our immune system: for one thing, our immune system learns to recognize the pathogen and that "memory" will be used to prevent future infections. Viruses can also alter the expression of certain genes within the infected cells, shutting off the production of proteins that would otherwise prevent the virus from replicating.

Viruses that infect preferentially cells from the immune system are particularly nasty. HIV, for example, gradually depletes the host's reservoir of T-cells (the "sentinels" of the immune system) until patients die of a common infection simply because their body can no longer fight pathogens.

HIV is not the only virus that attacks the immune system. Measles is another one. The virus enters cells through a receptor that's expressed on the surface of many immune cells such as dendritic cells, macrophages, and lymphocytes. All of these cells have a very important function: they retain "immune memory." What does it mean? Every time the immune system encounters a new pathogen (a virus, a bacterium, etc.), bits of proteins from the pathogens are presented to the immune cells. The immune cells create an "impression" of these proteins so that they can bind to them and destroy them. using a metaphor, they create a "mold", a special receptor that binds to the pathogen. Lots of cells with the special "mold" are created, so they can bind to the pathogen, capture it, and destroy it. A whole army of cells needs to be created in order to get rid of the million viral particles in the body, but once the infection is over and the full army is no longer needed, only a few of these cells with the special "mold" are saved. These few are the ones that preserve the memory of the specific pathogen, so that next time it enters the body it is recognized immediately and destroyed before it can start the infection.

Back to the measles virus. This nasty pathogen has a special receptor that allows it to enter the cell membrane of "mature" immune cells [1], i.e. cells that carry that special "mold" for a particular pathogen. By infecting and killing those cells, the measles virus effectively erases immune memory, making the host prone to be reinfected by pathogens it has already encountered. So, on the one hand, the virus stimulates immune responses that will protect from future measles infections. On the other hand, however, it erases some of the existing defenses against other pathogens. It's called the "measles paradox." Immune memory of previous pathogens is eared and replaced by measles-specific immune responses. [2]

A study published in Science last May [3] corroborated this finding by looking at child mortality data from England, Wales, the United States, and Denmark during the decades immediately preceding and following the introduction of the measles vaccine. The researchers showed that immune memory loss caused by measles infection lasted from 6 months to several years, and that vaccination against measles significantly reduced child mortality caused by non measles infections.

To further corroborate their analysis, the researchers applied the same techniques to pertussis, which is also known to cause immunosuppression. This time they found no correlation with the incidence of pertussis and non-pertussis infectious disease mortality, corroborating the hypothesis that it was the measles vaccine to cause the drop in mortality.
"MV infection and vaccination produce strong and durable herd immunity against subsequent epidemics. Our results thus suggest an extra dynamical twist: MV infections could also reduce population immunity against other infections in which MV immunomodulation could be envisioned as a measles-induced immune amnesia; hence, measles vaccination might also be preserving herd protection against nonmeasles infections [3]."

[1] Tahara, M., Takeda, M., Shirogane, Y., Hashiguchi, T., Ohno, S., & Yanagi, Y. (2008). Measles Virus Infects both Polarized Epithelial and Immune Cells by Using Distinctive Receptor-Binding Sites on Its Hemagglutinin Journal of Virology, 82 (9), 4630-4637 DOI: 10.1128/JVI.02691-07

[2] de Vries, R., & de Swart, R. (2014). Measles Immune Suppression: Functional Impairment or Numbers Game? PLoS Pathogens, 10 (12) DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004482

[3] Mina MJ, Metcalf CJ, de Swart RL, Osterhaus AD, & Grenfell BT (2015). Long-term measles-induced immunomodulation increases overall childhood infectious disease mortality. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348 (6235), 694-9 PMID: 25954009

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bestselling author and talented writer Nicholas Sansbury Smith has been a guest on CHIMERAS numerous times. That's because his series, Extinction Cycle has some really cool science built into the premise and plot. I've already blogged about how Nick uses epigenetics to create a new kind of "zombies", but today I wanted to invite him over to talk about something else: author success. With two bestselling series and a publishing deal under way, Nicholas is certainly a successful hybrid author, i.e. an author who publishes both through the indie and the traditional platforms. To him, this is the best of two worlds (and I agree). It's proven by the fact that his first book, Extinction Horizon, still stands strong, with over 1,000 reviews, and the newest in the series, Extinction Evolution ranks in the top 10 Amazon categories for horror, medical thriller, and genetic engineering.

So, what's the secret? Well, I've known Nick for over a year now, and I can tell you that his is no secret: he's a hard-working, driven, and extremely dedicated writer. No ads or luck will beat that. He's also very humble, which is a rare quality these days. Nick just shared a few tips on his website for aspiring writers, which, if you think about it, they are sort of obvious: write the best book you can; research both your genre and the authors that write in that genre; polish your book (i.e. hire an editor!); get e jaw-dropping cover (i.e. hire a designer!). Some are less obvious and you hear less talk about it, but are equally important: manage your time well, as marketing requires as much effort and work as writing; invest time and money in your work; build a brand.

I asked Nick a couple more questions to add to his original post.

EEG: You mention listings to promote books (i.e. The Midlist, BookBub, FKBT), but what about Facebook and Twitter ads? Do you want to comment on that?

NSS: I'm not a fan of twitter for selling books for a variety of reasons, but it boils down to one thing--research shows they don't work. Facebook ads are, in my opinion, the future of book marketing. A good Facebook ad that targets the right audience will net you a positive ROI and help a book climb the rankings. For more information on building a successful ad, I highly recommend Mark Dawson's courses.

EEG: For those who can't keep up with all the networking, which platform has been most useful to you between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogger?

NSS: Again, I would say Facebook. Bloggers can definitely help a book, but sometimes it's more trouble trying to find a blog that will promote a book than it's worth. I'm an advocate of spending as much time on writing as possible and focusing the rest of your time on marketing avenues that work. For me it's Facebook. I'm not an instagrammer : )

EEG: What online resources do you recommend for aspiring authors?

NSS: I typically follow authors in my genre to see what's working for them. I also find networking to be a great way to share tips.

EEG: Thanks so much for these insights and congratulations on this fantastic series!

Find out more about Nick's books on his website and sign up for Nick's mailing list for an exclusive giveaway of Team Ghost velcro patches, book cover posters, and signed paperbacks!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tails of the Apocalypse: the apocalypse from the animals' POV

I've been posting a lot about anthologies lately. Sci-fi anthologies are a great way to sample the work of new authors, and as you know, one series I've been involved with is the Future Chronicles, produced by the one and only Samuel Peralta. Today I'm proud to introduce another anthology I'll be part of with a short story set in the world of the Mayake Chronicles. If you're familiar with my dystopian series, you'll immediately recognize the name in the title: "Kael Takes Wings" is the story of how the trained falcon Kael became part of Athel's and Akaela's family.

Tails of the Apocalypse is a collection of dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories featuring animals. I read them all and I can tell you, this is one anthology that will make you cry and smile at the same time. It features bestselling and talented authors such as Nick Cole, Michael Bunker, David Bruns, Jennifer Ellis, Hank Garner and editor-in-chief Chris Pourteau, the mind behind this anthology. Oh, and the amazing artwork of Adam Hall. This amazing line-up of authors though is not the only reason why you'll want to buy this anthology. There's another good reason: $1 from every purchase goes to Pets for Vets.

Tails cover"There are a number of unique aspects of this anthology, but the thing I'm most proud of is our partnership with Pets for Vets."
That's how author-editor Chris Pourteau talks about his latest project, Tails of the Apocalypse. Described as The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey, the collection includes short stories written by 14 of today's most innovative independent authors. Tails of the Apocalypse examines world-ending scenarios‚ from nuclear war to natural disasters to planetary pandemics featuring animals as main characters.

The idea came to Pourteau last spring after publishing his own short story, "Unconditional" about a dog searching for his boy, lost to the zombie apocalypse. The overwhelmingly positive response from readers made him think that maybe he'd hit a cultural nerve. And the idea for Tails of the Apocalypse was born.

Over the next six months, he recruited his writers--including four USA Today bestselling authors--edited their stories, developed cover art, and produced an anthology that R. J. Pineiro, author of The Fall calls: "One of the most original and captivating collections of end-of-the-world "tails" shown through the eyes of an amazing cast of unforgettable furry and feathered characters."

Giving Tails a Purpose

Even as the anthology took shape, Pourteau felt like he was missing something. The point of these wonderful stories about animals caught up in dystopian situations was about giving voice to those without the ability to speak for themselves. He decided he wanted to donate some of the profits from his self-funded project to an organization that helped animals.

It was one of his authors, David Bruns, also a US Navy vet, who suggested Pets for Vets. From the beginning, it was great fit. The name and the mission of the non-profit immediately resonated with Pourteau. And as Bruns and Pourteau have worked to drum up awareness of their project, they’ve found that the cause resonates with others as well.

Founded by animal trainer Clarissa Black, Pets for Vets matches shelter dogs with military veterans. Personnel train the animals as special companions for veterans suffering from emotional trauma, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"Three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year," says Ann Black, president of Pets for Vets. "And it's estimated that 20 percent of returning vets suffer from PTSD. Bringing them together provides a loving home for the pet and a caring companion for the vet. It's a win-win."

The Big Idea

Pourteau plans to donate $1.00 to Pets for Vets from every copy of Tails of the Apocalypse sold through the end of the calendar year, regardless of format‚ e-book, paperback, or audiobook. I'm honored that Pets for Vets allowed us to adopt them as a cause," Pourteau says. "My goal now is to write them a big check on January 1st."

Want to Lend a Hand?

We're calling our project Tails for Vets. If you'd like to be part of the Tails for Vets movement, here's how you can help:
  1. Join the Tails for Vets Street Team
    Get email updates and shareable content by joining the Tails Street Team. Facebook banners, a "badge" you can post online to show your support, and chances to win paperback and audiobook copies of Tails of the Apocalypse are all available to the Tails Street Team.
  2. Buy the Book Tails of the Apocalypse launches on November 20th, but you can preorder on Amazon now. Remember: $1 from every purchase goes to Pets for Vets.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

David Bruns brings in the 13th installment of the Apocalypse Weird

Another great author joins the ranks of the Apocalypse WeirdDavid Bruns, author of Weapons of Mass Deception and The Dream Guild Chronicles. And his new book, The Seal Bearer, has a surprise: David brought back one of my characters from my own AW book, Immunity! Can you guess which? David is going to tell us right here on Chimeras.

Welcome, David!

DB: I asked to guest post on Elena’s blog today to make an open confession to the world: I stole one of Elena’s characters for my new novel. You know what else? I don’t regret it, not one little bit.

But I should probably start at the beginning.

Elena and I have both written for the Apocalypse Weird multiverse, a place where we’re encouraged to “borrow” from one another. In fact, that’s one of the big draws of writing in a collaborative world like Apocalypse Weird.

Let’s Talk About the General.
One of my favorite evil characters from Elena’s AW novel, Immunity, is General Naga, a mysterious figure from the Orient. Elena first introduces the general through dialogue:
“He’s from Thailand, or Vietnam, maybe. And I’m not even sure he’s a real general, you know? He wears a uniform but I think he’s more of an extremely wealthy Asian who doesn’t quite know what to do with all his money and so he decided to donate it to H7N7 research.”
Well, if you’ve read Immunity, you know that the general’s plan was more apocalyptic than philanthropic. Elena writes Naga into a brutal torture scene and drops a few tidbits about his association with drug production in the Golden Triangle.

Naga 2.0
My AW novel, The Seal Bearer, takes place in Southeast Asia, home territory for General Naga. Starting on the island of Singapore and heading north through Malaysia, Thailand, and into China, The Seal Bearer is sort of an apocalyptic roadtrip.

I used to live in Singapore and have traveled through the region many times, so I was completely comfortable with that part of the world as my setting. What I needed was a bad guy. Not just any bad guy, but one who would light up the page with his crafty malice. Then I remembered General Naga. One email to Elena later, the general was making a debut in my story.

Naga 2.0 is an elusive character. Everyone talks about him, but the general doesn’t actually make appearance in the flesh until chapter 27:
“Trent knew the man before any introduction had been made. The general studied him with eyes that glittered under low-hanging lids. The man had heavy jowls and a lumpy body that poked bulges in his black uniform in the strangest places. He licked his thick lips with a deliberate slowness as if savoring the taste of a fine wine.”
As I folded Elena’s General Naga into the story, something odd happened: The more I wrote, the bigger he grew, until the general was the main character on the side of darkness.

Trust Your Instincts
Okay, I didn’t exactly steal General Naga. I did get permission from Elena before I used her character, but consider this: She trusted me to treat her artistic creation with respect. I mean, I could have done anything to her character.

Instead, I took the character foundation of General Naga and added to him. If either of us wants to use the general in a future novel, we’ll have a much richer character to draw on.
To me, that kind of sharing between fellow authors is one of the best things about writing in a multiverse.

The Seal Bearer, is available on Amazon now. Here’s what you can expect:
In the lucky 13th installment of Apocalypse Weird, we take the apocalypse to Asia...
For billionaire gaming tycoon Trent Baird, the in-and-out business trip to Singapore was just a blip in his otherwise self-absorbed existence. Do the deal and get back on a plane to LA. 
But when a global pandemic traps him on the island nation, the situation goes sideways fast. Martial law, rumors of zombies, and a girl named Karma, who claims the tattoo on his chest is a talisman in an ancient war against evil. Abandoned by his friends, Trent takes the only escape option left—a thousand mile overland journey to a mysterious hideaway deep in the Himalayas. 
As he fights his way north, Trent faces the awful truth. He is the Seal Bearer, and dark forces are coming for him.
EEG: Congratulations David and thanks so much for guest posting on Chimeras today! Check out David's website and get free books when you sign up for his newsletter!

I should also add that my friend and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Martin helped me a great deal when researching the background story for General Naga.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Colors

Are you catching some fall colors where you live? The southwest has been blessed with rain all summer thanks to El Nino, and since the fall has been unseasonably warm, we've had some stunning colors that are lasting a really long time this year.

Here are some shots. Hope you enjoy. :-)

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Two new preorders

Remember this beautiful image from my talented friend Gretchen Chappelle?

© Gretchen Chappelle
Well, it was inspiring. Gretchen was so gracious to let me license it for a book cover and I'm so excited to finally see it out there. The Gaijin Girl, a short story set in the world of the Mayake Chronicles, is launching this Wednesday. It's only 99 cents and if you happen to enjoy it, I would really appreciate it if you could leave me a review on Amazon.

"Twenty years ago the Gaijins lost the battle against the deadliest and most infectious bacterium ever engineered. To save themselves, the few survivors retreated to complete isolation, surrendering their lives and all human interactions to computers and artificial intelligence.

Now, two decades later, a sixteen-year-old girl eagerly awaits the New Queen’s ending of the mandatory quarantine, allowing the Gaijins to finally step out a of their forced segregation. Lilun longs to start a new life, away from the sterile prison of her virtual world and the control of her robotic mother. But what she doesn’t know is that the world outside has irreversibly changed ..."

In the meantime, Athel, Book 2 in the Mayake Chronicles, has gone up for preorder too. But wait, don't buy it yet: if you can commit to writing a review on Amazon by launch day, November 10, I'll send you a free ARC copy. Ready? Then sign up for my newsletter. I'll be sending out announcements on Wednesday.

And finally, the AI Chronicles -- a collection of AI short stories from some of the best of today's sci-fi writers, featuring my short story Narai -- is on sale for only 99 cents!! Grab your copy because they are going away fast! ;-)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Opening reception tonight

For all the locals in town, meet me tonight at the Fuller Lodge Art Center for the opening reception of my show, "Altered Perceptions." Here are some of the pieces you will see there.

Girl in Green © Elena E. Giorgi

Macondo Dreams © Elena E. Giorgi

Lauren © Elena E. Giorgi

Afterthoughts © Elena E. Giorgi

Doors © Elena E. Giorgi

Rose Petals © Elena E. Giorgi

Displacement © Elena E. Giorgi

Blown Away © Elena E. Giorgi

The Music Room © Elena E. Giorgi

Idyll © Elena E. Giorgi

Siren © Elena E. Giorgi

Ceci n'est pas une fraise © Elena E. Giorgi

Saturday, September 19, 2015

A couple of anthologies you should know about

If you follow me on Facebook, you know a few of my short stories have been featured in Samuel Peralta's successful anthologies The Future Chronicles. The latest installment in the series, is the Immortality Chronicles, which features my short story, The House on the Cliff. It's 50% off for a limited time only, and all proceedings go to the organization called FIRST BOOK, which provides books to children in need.

And if you're not familiar with the Future Chronicles yet but want to get a taste of the stories, for only 99 cents, you can grab the 'sampler' anthology, The Future Chronicles.

Another anthology I highly recommends is the Apex Book of World Speculative Fiction. I've read Book 4 so far, but I'm planning on binging on the first three as well. Top notch writing and ideas from international science fiction authors. Truly impressed.

Finally, a big announcement: the audible edition of Mosaics is finally available! And if you haven't joined my newsletter yet, now is the time (sign up here): by the end of October I will draw 20 random subscriber to whom I will gift a complimentary copy.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Facebook account

For reasons unknown to me, my Facebook account has been deleted. My Chimeras page is still there, but I can no longer post on it. It's linked to this blog, so this is my attempt to see that hopefully this post will get there to let you all know that if I don't reply to your comments and messages is simply because I'm currently unable to. I hope to get the issue resolved soon.

Thanks for your patience!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lots of good reasons to sign up for my newsletter

... if you haven't signed up already, that is. :-)

I've been working hard on the second book in my dystopian series the Mayake Chronicles and I'll have some really cool news for my subscribers soon. Here's some really good reasons why you should sign up:

  • ARC copies of the Mayake Chronicles Book Two are coming soon!! And you wouldn't want to miss an ARC copy, right?
  • In the meantime, the audio edition for my detective thriller Mosaics has been completed and is awaiting approval from Just like with Chimeras, I will have free review copies and I will give them away randomly to some lucky subscribers. 
  • Finally, the title for Mayake Chronicles Book Two is not set in stone yet. I'm undecided between 3 choices and I need your help. I will send the options to my subscribers and ask people to vote. And I will gift a signed paper copy of book 2 to a randomly chosen reader among all the voters. 
  • Oh, and of course, you get a free story when you sign up. :-)
  • I don't spam and only send sporadic updates when I'm about to release a new book, which, as you've seen, doesn't happen more than 2-3 times a year. 
Are you ready, then? Here's the link

See you soon in your inbox. :-)