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[Plotting About] August News

Welcome to August!

Photo taken by Mary Robinette Kowal of myself and Lauren Harris.

Ebook Box Set News

On August 10, there is a ebook box set coming out that includes myself and five other ARIA authors.

Three of these authors should look vaguely familiar since I’ve been interviewing them for my newsletter.

A boxed set of firsts!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors proudly presents their first ebook box set! Each author has contributed the first book of an ongoing series. From the sandy wastelands of far-off world filled with magic, machines, and men to war torn edge of space to aliens invading Earth. There’s a little something for everyone. We hope you enjoy sit back and enjoy the ride.

This boxed set includes:

R. K. Bentley – Where Weavers Daire

A. Keith Carreiro – The Penitent, Part One

Tabitha Lord – Horizon

Paul Magnan – Kyu, The Coming of Dis

Christopher Paniccia – Heaven’s Gate

Debra Zannelli – Sisterworld

The ebook box set is available everywhere on 8/10/22.

RKB’s Picks


Jungle Cruise is available on Disney+ as well as the your movie theater. From the trailers you may have gotten a Mummy or Pirates vibe and that’s not wrong. The movie does harken back to the sword and sandal antics of the Mummy. The copy and paste CGI legion of mummies isn’t used, thankfully. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt star in this lovely swashbuckling tale.

If you can make it out to the theater then I would recommend seeing it there instead of paying the $29.99 on Disney+. Or invite friends over and make it a family movie night.


Fear Street Trilogy on Netflix, I was late to watching this and came away very impressed. I’m not really a horror buff but occasionally like a good scary movie and found this one to be rather enjoyable. The trilogy of movies is not family friendly and is Rated R for good reason.

Book 2

Book 2 continues to move along and it was my hope it was going to be out next week but alas that isn’t the case.

It has become painfully clear, pandemic or not, I’m not an author that can push out a book a year and back in December 2020 when I gave myself until August 2021 to publish book 2 it was wishful thinking until work went to 5 days a week instead of the 4 days we’d been having. The credit card bills are happy along with my credit score. My creativity isn’t even if I am making progress it’s not just the fast progress I expected.

For those not signed up for my mailing list you can read the first three chapters of When Riders Crosleigh over here on Wattpad.

I’m posting scenes in chronological order once a month via the mailing list and will upload each new chapter to Wattpad once it’s completed.

I will recommend getting the ebook box set above, the other five books are well worth your time.

eBook Giveaways!

An awesome collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of August!

Novel Spotlight

If there are any authors that wish to have their novel in the spotlight or are part of free book giveaway, it’s best to go through StoryOrigin and I’ll get it into the next email that goes out September 1.

[Author Interview] M. A. Guglielmo

Welcome to the first of many author interviews.

M. A. Guglielmo is this month’s author. She is member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. Her third book in the From Smokeless Fire Trilogy, Price to Pay is available for pre-order and arrives on 6/17.

You can follow Maria through her social links:

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Amazon Author Page | BookBubWebsite


Author Bio

M.A. Guglielmo is a neurosurgeon, mother of two awesome daughters, and a lifelong fan of speculative fiction. Her Italian grandmother may or may not have been able to cast the evil eye on difficult neighbors, and she loves telling a good story, especially if magical curses and witty villains are involved.
  1. Tell me about yourself. What inspired you to write?

I live in Rhode Island, the US state voted most likely to be used as a unit of measurement, with my two awesome daughters, and a dog and cat who I swear have watched too many Tom and Jerry cartoons. In my day job, I’m a neurosurgeon. So I can say with some authority that writing fiction isn’t brain surgery. Some days it feels harder, though!

  1. How did you get into writing?

I started writing seriously about seven years ago, after I finished reading out loud a middle grade fantasy to my daughters and started to make up a new version of the plot. It was so much fun I decided to start sketching out the story. After writing a fifty-page outline and the tossing it aside when the actual writing began, I learned my first writing term—pantser.

  1. Describe your desk / writing space.

I usually write on my couch, trying to hold onto my laptop with my dog on one side of me and my cat on the other. There’s also a lot of hot tea.

  1. Do you have a writing routine, or do you write when inspired?

I’ve recently adopted a strategy of ‘touching’ my work every day. I open up my Scrivener file of my current work in progress and do something, even if it’s only rereading and lightly editing my last session. It’s worked surprisingly well.

  1. How do you come up with the title to your books?

I have a (usually terrible) working title before I begin writing. My published books have all had their titles changed by the editor and marketing team, so I try not to get too attached to my working title.

  1. What was the hardest scene for you to write? Which scene was your favorite to write?

The heroine of my From Smokeless Fire, Zahara, is a demonic jinni more interested in shopping and sweets than haunting. In Price to Pay, the last novel in the trilogy, Zahara has to overcome her party girl of the paranormal persona and become the reluctant heroine of the story. I was surprised how bittersweet her difficult decisions were in the novel, and how strong a character she shows herself to be. Those were more difficult scenes to write.

My favorite scenes to write were when Clifford, a flying cyborg Great White, made an appearance.

  1. What inspired your book/series?

The mythology behind the novel is the story of Harut and Marut, two overly proud angels—or jinn in some versions—who are sent down to earth to show humans how to resist temptation. They fail, in rather spectacular fashion, and are punished by being hung by the feet until the end of the world. According to some sources, the two gave the gift—or curse—of magical knowledge to humanity.

  1. What are you working on next?

I’m starting a new project set in a fantasy version of ancient régime France, with a sexy necromancer hero who has to work with two of his worst enemies to save a princess who’s not what she seems to be.

  1. What authors or books have influenced your writing?

I love the writing styles of more literary authors like Neil Gaiman and N.K. Jemisin, and the storytelling power of writers like S. A. Chakraborty and Martha Wells.

  1. If you could live anywhere, in this world or fantasy, where would you live?

The best fantasy worlds are way too dangerous for my taste! I’d love to have a second home in Morocco and a jinn muse for my writing, though.

  1. What is your favorite meal?

Mmmm…pasta.

  1. Coffee or tea? Wine or beer?

Green tea and red wine.

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Curious, creative, and overbooked!


 

[NEWS] April News

April News

Convention News:

I’ve never been one for April Fool’s Jokes so no big surprise awaits for you.

It looks like between the last newsletter and now, Necronomicon 2021 and RI Summer Comic Con in Rhode Island has been canceled. I think it’s all for the best. Even with the vaccines rolling out it’s going to be a while before the convention scene is back on its feet and most of the conventions are still going the virtual route.

I’m going to assume WorldCon DC isn’t going to happen even if they’re still looking at hotels since the one they were supposed to have it in has filed for bankruptcy.

Now, as for why San Diego Comic Con decided to say: Let’s throw a con on Thanksgiving weekend, I haven’t the faintest idea why.

When Riders Crosleigh Update

The When Riders Crosleigh K BAR count: 36008, goal is 120000.

While book 2 is plugging along and the price of the ebook version book 1 is $0.99 on every electronic platform.

I was playing around with a boxed set template for eBooks 1,2+3. I realize I haven’t even finished book 2 but it’s fun to play around in Photoshop.

Music News:

If you haven’t seen Dark on Netflix and are looking for a Stranger Things fix, then go watch Dark. If you liked Dark and enjoyed the music by Ben Frost, seasons 1+2 are up on iTunes and make for great ambience music if you’re looking for something spooky.RKB’s Picks

RKB’s Picks

 

The Irregulars on Netflix bears a striking resemblance to The Nevers that will be appearing on HBO/Max shortly. Both series take place in London and involve supernatural events going on. The Irregulars has two things going for it: 1. It takes place in the Sherlock Holmes-universe and 2. Joss Whedon isn’t involved with it. I’m two episodes into it and enjoying it, sure some of the plot lines are clunkers, the wide-eyed Prince being the primary culprit but no show is ever perfect right out of the gate.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are two episodes into their six episode run and the banter we got during Civil War between the two actors is back. Yay! The great thing about this series is that it’s not trying to copy what WandaVision did. While WandaVision covered what happened after the death of Vision in Infinity War, this series covers what happens after Captain America needs to be replaced since the events of End Game. It also takes a couple of deep cuts into the super soldier serum when Captain America was on ice. And as always: the animated credits that started in Captain America The First Avenger and continued through Winter Soldier and Civil War are worth watching.

eBook Giveaways!

An awesome collection of sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of April!
A collection of discounted sci-fi eBooks are available in the month of April!

Novel Spotlight!

If there are any authors wish to have their novel in the spotlight or are part of free book giveaway, it’s best to go through StoryOrigin and I’ll get it into the next email that goes out May 1st.

[Plotting About] When Riders Crosleigh – A Plodding Prologue

Welcome to September 2020.

For those who signed up for my mailing list I’ve been posting a few pages a month of the first chapter of the next book in the Stuk on the Hollow Series, When Riders Crosleigh.

The recent September mailer we came to an end of the prologue.

I decided to post it up on Wattpad in its entirety.

The cover is temporary and it has not been professionally edited.

The novel is a prequel so it takes place before, during and after Where Weavers Daire.

Hope you enjoy.

[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

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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