Monthly Archives: October 2014

Things that Go Bump in the Night—Urban Fantasy Bundle

Published October 15, 2014 in Advice - 0 Comments

It’s that time of year to feast on great spooky stories—and Halloween means FUN as well as SCARY.  So, a batch of Urban Fantasy novels is just the ticket.

I’m curating a new Urban Fantasy bundle for, a remarkable collection of ten terrific novels by bestselling, legendary authors and rising stars. As always, at storybundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity (in this case, the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education, Mighty Writers, and Girls Write Now).

The Urban Fantasy bundle contains my original Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. collection WORKING STIFF, seven cases featuring everybody’s favorite dead detective—a special sneak preview, because the book itself will not be released until January!


And the bundle includes a new Harry Dresden book by Jim Butcher—WORKING FOR BIGFOOT, all three of Harry Dresden’s Bigfoot cases, never before collected. This book is not available anywhere else.  AND, Vicki Pettersson presents an original, never-released work THE REORDERING, which is not available elsewhere.  AND AND Carole Nelson Douglas put together a brand new collection of her popular Delilah Street Urban Fantasy stories, just for this bundle.


Other New York Times bestselling authors include David Farland with his novel NIGHTINGALE, Michael A. Stackpole has TRICKNOMANCY, and P.N. Elrod delivers THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.  Want more? Elizabeth Bear offers WHISKEY AND WATER, a novel of the Promethean Age, Rhiannon Paille has VILLAINS from her Ferryman and the Flame series, and Peter J. Wacks delivers HAIR OF THE WOLF.

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For Storybundle, you decide what price you want to pay.  For $5 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of five books in any eBook format—WORLDWIDE.  If you pay $14 (or more, if you feel generous), you’ll get the five bonus books as well.

The Urban Fantasy bundle runs for three weeks only. This is a great deal, and a great way to pick up a batch of books for those chilly autumn nights—and you’ll be able to get the Dan Shamble WORKING STIFF, Vicki Pettersson’s THE REORDERING, and the Harry Dresden WORKING FOR BIGFOOT books, which are not available anywhere else.


Nanowrimo Writing Tools bundle—12 books for $15

Published October 6, 2014 in Advice - 1 Comment

I’ve curated many novel bundles before, but this one is a very special toolkit for writers. has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more.  And you name your own price.

The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle is a treasure chest of books vital to your success not only in writing your novel in a month but in launching your long-term career as a successful writer. This is a toolkit, a drill sergeant, a mentor, and a cheerleading section, all in one.

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To help you write, and keep writing, there’s Million Dollar Productivity by Kevin J. Anderson, 500 Ways to Write Harder by Chuck Wendig, and A Novel in 21 Days by Mike Stackpole.

To hone your craft as a writer, there’s Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland, The Pursuit of Perfection (and How It Harms Writers) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing by David Farland, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler, and The Non-User-Friendly Guide for Aspiring TV Writers by XENA producer Steven L. Sears.

To understand the business of writing and to build your career, there’s Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Million Dollar Professionalism for Writers by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, and Charisma +1: A Convention Etiquette Guide for Writers, Geeks, and the Socially Awkward by Jessica Brawner.

At, you name your own price and receive either the basic bundle of six books (minimum $5 bid) or all 12 books (minimum $15 bid) which are vital books to hone your writing skills and your business acumen in the writing and publishing industry. Available in all eBook formats, and *worldwide*.  In other words, pay $5 (or more) and get the first six; pay $15 (or more) and get the whole batch. And a portion of the proceeds goes to two worthy literacy charities.

It’s something to read when you’re not writing!

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Concerts and Aspens

Published October 2, 2014 in Advice - 0 Comments

It’s been a fun two days, from loud music and crowds to utter silence and mountain beauty—and I loved both.

On Tuesday, thanks to the efforts of our friends David Boop and Peter J. Wacks, we got tickets and backstage passes to see the Dandy Warhols in the legendary Bluebird Theater on Colfax Ave in Denver.  The Dandy Warhols had been on the edge of my musical radar, but we were happy to see the concert; I spent the afternoon listening to a lot of their YouTube tracks, getting familiar with the music. As a point of connection, Peter and David had written a Veronica Mars novel, FAST TIMES AT NEPTUNE HIGH, which WordFire Press published through Kindle Worlds—and the Dandy Warhols did the VERONICA MARS TV theme music.

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We enjoyed the concert and afterward we all went back to chat with the band members (in a veritable dungeon beneath the Bluebird!)  Lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor and keyboardist Zia McCabe were both fans of our books, both big readers.


Courtney Taylor-Taylor tries to enjoy PAUL OF DUNE in the dungeon


Peter J. Wacks with Zia McCabe and Courtney Taylor-Taylor


And David Boop with Zia and Courtney

Rebecca and I got home late, crashed…and the next morning I headed out for a nice hike, wanting to get in some more mountains before the weather turned wintry. Unfortunately, a winter storm was indeed on the way, so I couldn’t go up to climb the mountain peaks I had expected.  Instead, I did a great hike in lower mountains with a spectacular view of Pike’s Peak. With all that wilderness and inspiration, I did a chapter and a complete story in CLOCKWORK LIVES—and some great stuff it was, too!  (I am really enjoying this book…it is wonderful to be back in Albion with old friends like the Watchmaker, Mrs. Courier, and others…)

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