Read an excerpt from Violet Haze, coming soon to the Corwint space opera series

Violet Haze – Caleb’s side-story

 

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In Violet Haze, we follow Caleb’s path to emotional self-awareness during the time period surrounding the Mechatronic rights movement. The events begin thirty years prior to the start of the series, and will follow Caleb all the way to his reawakening by Jenadri and Trip in Book 3, Tracing The Stars. His struggles to understand Organic emotions and the fight for equal recognition among Organics collide as he falls in love with Violet and learns of her connection to an underground Mechatronic movement.

Excerpt:

The street outside Franklin’s shop was vacant, the marketplace a block over nearly just as empty. Eyes followed them as they boarded the bus in silence. One expression held judgmental anger, but most held unexpected compassion. It was clear, from the whispers Organics forgot Mecha were quite capable of hearing, that the citizens of Easton were both appalled and unhappy with the rioters’ actions.

In a daring move, Caleb met one woman’s eyes as he openly took Violet’s hand in his. The woman’s gaze darted to the hands then back up to Caleb’s face as he let the expected wall of indifference fade. His bold statement was awarded by the woman’s smile. The whispers he heard as he left the bus, hand-in-hand with Violet, uplifted his hope that things would improve, despite the horrible actions of a few.

“Caleb,” Violet looked down at their joined hands as they walked. “People are staring.”

“Let them stare.” Caleb no longer cared. “Let them see, Violet. Let them know that it wasn’t just machinesthat were destroyed last night, but living beings with consciousness, emotions and people who cared about them. Let them not forget that it was murder.”

Violet took in a sharp breath, coming to a halt. He stopped with her, afraid he’d gone too far. Her grip tightened around his fingers as her other hand raised to his face. With a swift, graceful movement, she elevated to her tiptoes and kissed his cheek.

As her heels touched pavement again, Caleb felt his feet leave the ground. It was the most incredible sensation he’d experienced so far – beyond the strong heat of anger or the deep well of sorrow. This was something unimaginable. Indescribable. Wonderful.

“I-I…” Violet stammered, her fingers touching her lips. “I don’t know why I did that. It was an automatic response to the pride I felt at the words you spoke, and the way you hold my hand so openly. Is… Is thisaffection?”

Pulling their joined hands to his lips in a gesture he’d seen before, he kissed her fingertips with a smile. “I believe so, yes.”

His gaze dropped to her mouth as her thumb traced his bottom lip. The peck on the cheek wasn’t enough. He wanted more.

Pinning her hand against his chest, he slipped his arm around her back and lifted her upwards. The brilliant purple within her irises glistened in wide-eyed shock, her electronic pupils dilating as he held her close. With a sighing release of air from her core and the most elegant tilt of her head, she offered those lips to him freely, and he took them without a thought concerning the crowd who had gathered to stop and stare as two machines became more than the sum of their parts.

There was nothing mechanical in the nature of that kiss. No script written by the hands of Organics could so eloquently form such a perfect symphony. And, there was music. It filled Caleb’s every process, firing across his synapses in an electrical storm that seemed without end.

Publication date TBA -
But, I’m hoping sometime in September

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Review: Reunited by S.J. Pajonas – 5 Star Sci-fi

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Renuited
Series: Nogiku (Book 3)
By: S.J. Pajonas
Sub-Genres: Romance / Colonization

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Rating: 5 Stars

Review

Reunited is the third book in the Nogiku series, and is not a stand-alone. It must be read in order, but the journey to get to this book is well worth it. I’ve previously reviewed Book 1: Removed (5 stars) and Book 2: Released (4 stars). While book 2 left me a little wanting in terms of story and pacing, book 3 grabbed me from page one and renewed my adoration for the series that was formed by book 1. Although categorized as a New Adult Romance science fiction, I found book 3 to be mature enough to fit into the Adult category, and it lacked the angst-drama typically associated with New Adult. Also, the romance is great, but it isn’t so overwhelming that general science fiction readers would be turned off by it.

So, all that intro out of the way, on with the review!

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Authors and Triberr: You’re Doing It Wrong

*sigh* So, not even a day after my “Authors and Twitter: You’re Doing It Wrong” post, I’m back with another dose of advice after watching so many bad Triberr tweets today. I also got a tweet from an author who said they’d been threatened by other Triberr-mates when all their posts weren’t being shared. That’s beyond redonkulous.

Authors, it’s time to get real, realize it’s not all about you and your content, and stop taking social media for granted. It’s time to be grateful for what syndication you do get while not harking on those who decided not to share one of your posts. It’s time for Triberr to be effective again. Continue reading

Review: The Forever Man – Futuristic Noir Mystery #scifi

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The Forever Man
By: Pierre Ouellette
Sub-Genres: Noir / Mystery

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Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review

This sci-fi noir reads like a movie script – which was both a good and a bad thing. The book is written in the odd, seldom used present-3rd person, which makes it sound like a director on set giving direction to both the camera man, the effects crew and the actors. It leads to a whole lot of telling and very little showing. What ‘showing’ there was, however, was excellent.

This book has diamonds in it. Gold nuggets of literary magic. It’s a shame they are hidden under a somewhat large pile of debris.

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So, Amazon sent me a letter about Hachette…

Unless you’ve been reading under a rock, or writing in a cave of solitude, you’ve heard of the ongoing debate between Amazon and the publisher Hachette. For the most part, Amazon has been quietly letting readers weigh in and do most of the talking. Hachette, on the other hand, has been encouraging its authors, like James Patterson (on CNN, no less), to relay their opinion. Today (Friday), Hachette authors took out a full page ad in the New York Times to spread the word about what is going on.

In response to Patterson’s article (which, quite frankly, rambled and totally missed the mark) and the full page NYT ad (I’m really not certain what this was supposed to prove aside from that they can afford the $175,000 it costs to run it), Amazon today sent all of its Kindle Direct Publishing authors an email. This included me. What a strange thing to blink open my sleep-crusted eyes to as I blurrily stared at my buzzing Android. 

The key dispute (as usual) is Money. Hachette wants the right to charge $14.99 for its new releases in eBook format. Amazon wants to limit them to $9.99. Now, it seems, Amazon is seeking sympathy for its side in the debate from its rather large, and mostly independent, author base.

Here are my problems with this: 

  1. I am not a Hachette author, so I don’t feel I have a real say in the debate.
  2. I am an independent author – I don’t deal with publishing houses, like Hachette
  3. I don’t want to be dragged into this debate any further than expressing my opinion like I am doing now about how annoyed I am about being dragged in.
  4. I depend a great deal of my revenue on Kindle/Amazon sales, so asking me to weigh in on the matter is like asking the Pope to weigh in on Christ. I won’t bite the hand that feeds me, but I’m going to turn my nose up at it if it smells of crap.
  5. I really like Amazon – as a company, as a place to shop, and as a way for independent authors to get their books out there. I do not like what they are doing with Hachette.

Amazon – why did you send me this letter?

Okay, well – in the email, you practically begged me, a KDP author, to give my two-cents on the matter – so here it is: I don’t agree with what you are trying to do. You are turning into Walmart. Don’t. Be. Walmart.

Walmart has such ‘low low’ prices because they force manufacturers and distributors to give them those low prices – this leads to cutting corners, outsourcing, and minimum wage employees. This cuts out competition, negates the free market system (because Walmart is so big, they have no competitors… like, say… Amazon?) and floods the market with throw-away goods. (Yes, I shop at Walmart for certain things, I think they have good produce department and I like their home-goods section – but if I want quality items that last…)

Amazon – You are trying to tell us, the Authors / Publishers / Book-making people, what we can sell our books for. I can’t agree with this, even if Hachette wanted to charge customers $25 for the next Patterson book. You are going the wrong way with this whole debacle. Somewhere along the way, you forgot what you are – a vendor.

Amazon – you have the largest online retail store in the world, where I can get chocolate-covered coffee beans right along side a Chia-pet and a new vibrator (take from that shopping list what you will, I don’t judge). You have shelf-space that goes to infinity… and beyond! If someone wants to put a book on your shelf for $14.99, let them – then, let the readers decide to buy it or not.

Amazon – what you should be doing is asking Hachette to agree to charge the same price in every venue, not cheaper prices at Amazon. If Hachette wants to charge $14.99, then let them, but Hachette should charge that price at Barns & Nobel, too. This gives the power of price-determination back to who should have it – the consumer.

Hachette – If you want to charge $14.99 for your next book, you have every right to do so. Just be aware that I, as a reader, will never in a million years pay that much for an eBook. Period.

(My husband buys history books that sometimes cost that much, but he reads them over and over…) I don’t re-read books (okay, I have a very short list of books I may re-read) and Amazon has a valid point that eBooks have no used-bookstore value. Once I consume that digital book, poof, it’s just bytes on my Kindle. I can’t even arrange it on a shelf or my coffee table.

The point is – While I don’t think it is wise to charge $14.99 for an eBook, that isn’t Amazon’s decision to make, it’s the Consumers.

So, KDP, you asked me to weigh in. I have. Please refrain from including me in your contract debates with your other publishers in the future. It’s unprofessional.

Cheers,

C.E. Kilgore
An Author Without Genre
http://www.cekilgore.com

Updates

As expected, I’m not the only KDP author who went O_o this morning. Here are some highlights and recommended reads:

  • Chuck Wendig has appropriately named the whole thing “cuckoo bananapants“.
  • John Scalzi has a wonderful rebuttal to that ‘puzzling’ ‘propaganda’ email from KDP
  • Meanwhile, Matt Wallace holds absolutely nothing back
  • And Starla Huchton injects some seriously needed gif-humor into the debate
  • Other authors, and readers, are taking to Twitter – check out the #hachette hashtag or my own Twitter feed.
  • So Amazon wants self-pubbed authors to lobby Hachette to drop its prices to more effectively compete … against self-pubbed authors.  ” via @RobinDLaws
  • Dear Amazon & Hachette: I have no dog in your fight, but really. It’s bloody everywhere I look. Getting annoyed. As I’m sure are others.” via @charissaweaks
  • Reader Society has a discussion post you should check out

I’ll add more links as I come across them, and feel free to add your own in the comments. I think it is becoming increasingly clear that whomever wrote that KDP letter didn’t think things through.