Happy Sunday! Today is October 1st. Can you believe it? Here in Massachusetts, September delivered mostly wonderful weather. Lots of warm days. In fact, yesterday was the first time that I had to wear regular jeans — as opposed to shorts — and socks. There were two times I wore jeans last month, but I hadn’t worn socks since around the middle of June. I just found my Sketchers to be even more comfortable than normal without them. I’ve never liked the way socks feel on my feet anyway, so I’m not very happy that I’m wearing them right now, but today is as frigid as yesterday. As Emma would say, il fait froid. But onto more interesting things…
For starters, you can now get Book of Shadows 2: Rising for free just about everywhere e-books are sold, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. You can even grab it from BookFunnel. The main reason why I decided to make Book of Shadows 2 free for the time being is that people were complaining that people with Kindle Unlimited could read it for free but those without it had to pay for it. There were also complaints about the book only being available from Amazon. So, I decided to make it free and available from several retailers. That said, I hope that nobody who bought the book will complain because I gave those of you who did so the short story Out and About in Paris as a reward. Plus, you were able to read it almost two whole months before anyone who grabs it for free now. If anyone who doesn’t have Out and About in Paris still wants to read it, you’ll have to leave a review of Book of Shadows or Book of Shadows 2 and send me a link.
Did you know that when I created Book of Shadows it was originally intended to be a television series? Not only did I write the pilot, I wrote four additional episodes. I would like those of you who are interested in reading them to be able to do so, but I’m not aware of any way to take teleplays and convert them to epub or mobi files without the formatting creating an unreadable mess. That’s because you have to use tabs to set the dialogue and character names towards the center of the page when you write teleplays, just like movie scripts, and tabs create a disaster when you format for e-books. That said, you can take a teleplay and convert it to pdf with the formatting intact. Would any of you be interested in reading them if made them available in pdf? I’m still thinking about what I should do with them, but I thought I should see if there’s any interest before I stress myself out trying to figure out what. When Book of Shadows 3 comes out, perhaps I’d make them available as a free bonus for people who purchase it. Or maybe I’d give away the first episode now. I’m really not sure. I don’t want to spoil anything, but one thing I will tell you is that they’re quite different from the books. The first two episodes are similar to the Casting, the first Book of Shadows volume, but beyond that they’re quite different. Also, I was still finding the characters’ voices when I wrote the scripts so they don’t quite “sound” like they do in the books. Emma is arguably more sarcastic than Lia in the scripts, for example.
In other news, I recently interviewed sci-fi author Jason Werbeloff for my music and pop culture website, Love is Pop. If you’re a writer or aspiring writer, you should find it especially interesting, as we spoke in-depth about writing and self-publishing. Of course, we also spoke about his excellent series, Defragmenting Daniel. I’m normally not a big fan of sci-fi, but I downloaded the first book in the series when it was listed for free in Freebooksy or the like and it quickly sucked me in. I loved the idea of this man who grew up in the poor part of town (the “gutter”) — where he was forced to donate organs to the wealthy — heading to the rich district (the “bubble”) and taking his organs back. I love a good vigilante story and when you pair that with a revenge plot I’m a sucker every time. Defragmenting Daniel was quite the page-turner, too. In fact, as soon as I finished reading book one I immediately purchased book two and started reading it. And when I finished book two I did the same with book three. I highly recommend them if you like sci-fi and/or good ol’ revenge.