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[News] July Update


Welcome to summer 2020.

Are we having fun yet?

I haven’t posted in a bit because, well, there has’t been much to talk about that isn’t depressing as all get out. From the covid cases, the BLM movement to the assault on women going through the author community and the gestapo pulling people off the streets of Portland.

My apocalypse bingo card doesn’t need more squares.

The states are re-opening and the covid cases are going up. Masks aren’t political. They’ll save your lives. Period. Darwin is rolling in his grave right now.

The conventions are canceling and 2020 has become the shelter in place year. If anyone was writing a post-apocalyptic or virus novel than you’ve got some great story fodder to play with.

Any of the conventions I may have appeared at have either canceled or gone virtual this includes the Rhode Island Author Expo for which I’m on the committee.

But there’s hope! Expo like the rest will be going virtual so when I know more so will you.

To that end, since I’m not going to conventions this year that doesn’t mean you can’t get Where Weavers Daire my awesome sci-fi novel.

It is still available through every ebook dealer and the paperback is available through local stores, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

If you are local fan and haven’t gotten the book then please support local shops first then Amazon/B&N. Check out this post to find the books locally.

If you’re looking to get free ebooks check out these giveaways:

[Plotting About] March 2020 News

Welcome to March.

With Daylight Savings Times only a few days away we’re 1/4 through 2020 where does the time go?

Emerald City Comic Con my home away from con appears to still be going on even though a great multitude of dealers have canceled due to Corona Virus. They’ve started issuing refunds which is a first for ECCC but I remember when 9/11 happened and a con credited everyone to 2002. I honestly think they’re waiting for Washington State health official to officially tell them to cancel. Me thinks this is due to insurance? Act of god-type of insurance clauses?

Check the hashtag #eccc2020 for ongoing news.

Speaking of cons, Boskone 2020 went well. The dealers room was busier on Friday then I’ve seen in the past.

Appearances

I’ll be at the Warwick Public Library Author Meet & Greet on March 28 with 40 other authors of the Association of Rhode Island Authors.

RI Author Meet and Greet at Warwick Public Library

Some other appearances by local authors coming up:

3-14-20 – J. Michael Squatrito, Jr and Errick Nunnally at Barrington Books RetoldFacebook Event Page

3-28-20 – Christopher Paniccia at Barnes and Noble in Smithfield, RI. – Facebook Event Page

Book 2 Update

Work on book 2 continues. The book is going to be a prequel to book 1 and the plan for now is to offer it a free ebook while the paperback will obviously be full price. It’s going to be slightly different in scale while still featuring action, mystery and adventure themes.

The When Riders Crosleigh K BAR count:

RKB Picks

A collection of books, television shows, movies and comics I’d recommend to everyone.

In the books category we start off with . . .

If you’re looking for a new space opera series in the theme of Firefly and The Expanse then I recommend reading Becky Chambers‘ Wayfarer Series it is right up your alley. It won the Hugo for best new series and rightfully so.

I’ve just started reading Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir and finding it very enjoyable. The next book in the series, Harrow The Ninth will be due out this June.Translunar Travelers Lounge Issue 2 is now available on Amazon.

 

In television . . .

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is a great sci-fi book series that has been turned into television series on Netflix. Season 2 just became available last week now staring Anthony Mackie as the lead.

Check out Locke and Key comic written by Joe Hill and art by Gabriel Rodríguez. It is now been turned into a television series on Netflix. (Comixology link). The comic delves deeper into the backstory so I’d recommend reading the trade paperbacks first then watch the series.

Lastly, I am so not okay with this. Started off as a comic book and is now on Netflix. It’s Jean Grey the early years and it’s perfect with its short episodes cuz it gets the point across without plot filler.

Free Book Giveaways

Book Spotlight

A few books to spotlight this month!

Reviews

If you’ve read Where Weavers Daire to please leave a review on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Bookbub | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords.

Every little bit helps!

[Plotting About] January News

Welcome to 2020

Long time no post.

People like Bennett North have posted about their New Year’s Resolutions.

My resolution is simple. Get book #2 finished.

Book #2 was supposed to be out last year but I found out something about myself: I’m not a book a year writer.

Book #2 is going to prequel. It is not going to be a Hunger Games prequel focusing on Coriolanus Snow, I can assure you, it’s not going to chronicle orphan Annie’s rise to power, either.

Instead, it will be focusing on the bloodthirsty evil I mentioned in book #1, Where Weavers Daire.

You remember him, right? That scene in Melinda’s lighthouse? Yep, him.

The word count bar returns!

The When Riders Crosleigh K BAR count:

If you haven’t read Weaver then Book #2 is going to be an easy read since it’s not a direct sequel to Where Weavers Daire.

Remember to leave a review!

Speaking of Book #1, I should mention that if you have read Where Weavers Daire then feel free to drop a review at any of these fine websites below:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Bookbub | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

Reviews help me as an author out a lot and look very pretty on the back of the newly updated back cover.

Appearances 2020

My appearances page has been updated:

Boskone 2020. 2/14/2020 – 2/16/2020I will be at the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) table in the Boskone Dealers Room.

Cumberland Library Local Author Expo – 2/15/2020. I won’t be there but members of ARIA will be.

Warwick Public Library Author Meet and Greet – 3/28/2020

Barnes and Noble – Smithfield, RI – 4/5/2020.

Now, back to work.

[Plotting About] When Riders Crosleigh News

Summer News

Hello all, long time no post.
Welcome to August. Where’d the other seven months go?

Upcoming events!

1. East Providence Arts Festival: The Looff on 8/10/19
2. Necronomicon on 8/23/19 – 8/25/19.
3. Rhode Island Comic Con on 11/1/19 – 11/3/19
4. 7th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo on 12/7/19

Book 2 News


If everything had gone according to plan, book 2 should’ve been being edited by now and done but instead I found out something: I’m not a 1 book a year writer.
For those who manage to write and published 3 of these per year I salute you. There’s a metric crap ton of planning involved in just 1 book but getting 3 pushed out in a year is a lot effort involved. People often say: I didn’t know there was that much work involved.
Real life happens and here I am still working on getting chapters together so book 2 due date is 2020 and we’ll see what happens.
Book 2 won’t be a direct sequel. It will be a stand alone so you don’t need to read book 1.

I am very happy to report that people are buying the physical copies at Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, RI so much so they went through their original four of five copies (yes, the same ones in the picture above) and I’ve since dropped off more.
This is a good sign since it takes a lot just to sell 1 book per year in book stores.

Where to find Where Weavers Daire in the New England Area

Stillwater Books, Pawtucket, RI
Wakefield Books, Wakefield, RI
Inkfish Books,Warren, RI
Books on the Square, Providence, RI
Pegasus Book Exchange in West Seattle even has a copy on their shelves.

Where to find Where Weavers Daire everywhere else

Books2Go

Join my Mailing List!

I’ve updated my mailing list through Mailchimp. There’s currently a direct link in the sidebar.
The plan is to offer free novellas or short stories since Alex White has been doing it.
I didn’t budget myself any money for advertising last year I’ll be jumping on the Book Funnel band wagon soon so I hope to grow my mailing list a bit.

Consignment Requests

If you’re a book store looking to add a sci-fi book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.
Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3
 

February Updates

Welcome to February

Work continues on Where Riders Crosleigh.
I’ve updated my appearance page to include Boskone which is this coming weekend where myself, J. Michael Squatrito and Christopher Paniccia will exhibiting in the dealers room at the Association of Rhode Island Authors table.
Boskone Panel
Boskone is great convention to go to if you’re in the area. It’s more geared towards authors instead of comics and has three days worth of panels to attend.
Boskone Panel
If you can’t make it to WorldCon then Boskone is a great alternative.
R K Bentley and Nat Segaloff

[NEWS] Where to find my awesome space opera book

Where to find Where Weavers Daire

This sticky post lists where to find the eBook or paperback copy of my space opera novel Where Weavers Daire.

Available in eBook or paperback through Amazon.
Weaver is available everywhere / Gumroad
It’s also available at these fine bookstores:

Rhode Island:

Stillwater Books (either in store or through their website)
Wakefield Books
Inkfish Books
Books on the Square

Seattle

Pegasus Book Exchange
If you’re a book store looking to add my book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.
Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3

[Appearance] Stillwater Books 11-24-2018

C’mon down and buy local!


Saturday 11-24-2018 is shop local day in Rhode Island and what better way to do that than to come down to Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

RSVP on the event’s Facebook page


I’ll be having a book signing at Stillwater Books from 1pm – 3pm.

I’ll be talking about the writing process and what inspired me to write my debut novel.

Physical copies of Where Weavers Daire will be available in store or they can also be found here.

Free homemade brownies and soda!

NaNoWrimo, Write-Ins and your novel

So with NaNoWrimo just mere weeks away, it’s time to makes plans! Plan your novel! Pants your novel! No one cares if it makes sense as long as you get the 50k in the kitty before November 15th it’s all good!

Also, plan to go to a write-in.
Wait, what’s a write-in?

A NaNoWrimo write-in is a public gathering of NaNoWrimo participants. Among many things done at these write-ins is participants type away on their laptops until they all get sick of each other or their work in progress.
Yes, you heard me, writers gathering in groups and typing away.

This may sound odd but it’s fun and you’ll find you get more work done in the end.
A brief background on myself, I started NaNoWrimo in 2004 in Rhode Island and gradually worked my way up to becoming an Municipal Liaison (ML) and in 2014 or 2015 stepped down so someone else got the fun job.
An ML’s job is essentially to herd cats, er, participants, send out emails to the region, hold a mandatory Kick-Off and Thank God It’s Over (TGIO) parties and schedule write-ins even if no one shows up.

A write-in is essential to your NaNoWrimo experience for several reasons.
First, so you know you’re not doing this alone. The comradeship helps as November rolls on and the writers who were hot to trot three weeks ago all of sudden dwindle to nothing by the time Black Friday comes round.
Second, because coffee shops.

I was never a really big coffee drinker in junior, high school and college. I’m one of this morning people that can roll out of bed at 6am and start working without the caffeine.
So, when I started to frequent places like Panera, Reflections, Brewed Awakenings, the now defunct Borders Café, Blue State and Elephant Room (now Schastea) and so on, I figured out what I liked and what I didn’t. This helps later on in life when you’re writing to make a buck and can’t get any work done at home.

Besides the drinks, being an ML is meant looking for places where if need be the entire group of writers (10-15 on a good night) could de-camp for three hours and write without ticking off the owners. Doing these events taught me to look for several things like seating, electrical outlets and parking.
Along with all this, I learned to keep a surge protector in my bag at all times just in case which has saved me on more than one occasion.

Thirdly, write-ins are fun because if you hit a brick wall you get to people watch and listen to for instance a comedy stand-up act about Muppets and fisting.
Lastly, it’s fun to see your fellow writers and swap war stories about losing a thousand words or how many words they gained. Word Wars are started this way and it’s fun to have someone nipping at your heals. This hobby can be very lonely at times unless you manage to hit pay dirt and begin a professional career out of it.

It’s what helped create the writer group I started some eight years ago and out of the core group, myself included, five of us have gotten short stories published or in my case published novel that took me seven years to finish because as much I as I thought I was writing it I wasn’t put my ass in seat, cut the cable tv, the PS4 and the twitter feed to finish it.

So, when November rolls around as it does every single year, check the regional calendar and see if there’s a write-in. Bring your laptop, the charger and your noise canceling headset and go to write-in. Get a lovely NaNoWrimo sticker for which the ML should have many and start typing.

You’ll surprised at how much writing you’ll get done with everyone else is tapping away on their keyboards.