Book Signing – February 25th

A quick update…

Isaac and I will be participating in a book signing at the new Reader’s World in Warrensburg, MO, on Saturday, February 25th from 1 – 3 pm. (See their Facebook page here). There will be several local authors also signing their books, so there’s a bit of something for everyone. Isaac and I will have Magic’s Stealing and Distant Horizon available. Feel free to stop by! 🙂

Click on the covers to find out more about the books:

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In other news, we’re just about done getting new cards ready for Battle Decks, as well as preparing a new game to demo at Stealth Con. And I’m in the process of proofreading The Shadow War before formatting it (updated release day is March 16th). 🙂

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Thoughts on Publishing – Infinitas Publishing Status Report

Hello there! I’ve been super quiet for the past month, but don’t worry, that just means there are plans in progress! (And holidays… that took up a bit of blogging time, too).

So,  here’s the latest news, plus a bit of catch up on the previous month. I’ll keep it short, since I’ve got to get back to editing The Shadow War.

UCM Holiday Market (November 2016): This event went well. We sold a few of our Phalanx boards and a couple of books. It’s a local, one-day event that took place at the University of Central Missouri. It’s a lot of fun, and best of all, the booths are free. A current faculty/staff/student has to sponsor the booth, though, and since Isaac and I have both graduated, we want to give a shout out to Scott for sponsoring us. Thank you! 🙂

Distant Horizon: Distant Horizon has been gathering quite a few good reviews over at Goodreads. Thank you to everyone who has read the book and reviewed it. 🙂

Glitch: This is a spin-off novel from Distant Horizon (it follows Tim as he deals with the Legion Spore… a vessel made from a merging of shapeshifters and technology). Glitch is in the editing phase–tightening up the prose, fixing continuity from the earlier drafts of Distant Horizon… etc. It’s on temporary hold while I finish up The Shadow War.

The Shadow War: Isaac finished reading the The Shadow War and found several plot holes and mix-matched motivations I thought I’d fixed, plus pointed out issues that weren’t flowing along with the plot as I had described it to him. So I went back through and did some major edits, tweaking character motivation and reworking the ending. This is the main reason I haven’t been very active on the blog lately. I’m still making a few changes to the last chapters, but it feels considerably stronger than before. Overall, I’m pleased with how it’s coming along.

The downside of this is that I may be pushing back the ebook pre-orders to mid-March. I’m going to see where I’m at in my edits by the end of this weekend, and then I plan to post an update as to what the updated release date will be. I’ve been debating on whether to keep to the original date or push it back, and as much as I want to release on the original date, I’d rather wait a few more weeks and have time to do the fine-tuning and proofreading that will make for a smoother reading experience. The Shadow War is my major writing/editing focus at the moment.

Stone and String: Stone and String is now available on multiple platforms, so you aren’t stuck reading it on Kindle if you prefer a different format. Enjoy!

The Multiverse Chronicles: Trials of Blood and Steel: Still on hold, but I’m planning on returning to edits once The Shadow War is complete. I’d like to edit one episode a week until all of the remaining episodes have gone through a basic polish, and then I’ll send them to our beta-reader before continuing the release of the series online. In the meantime, the first fifteen episodes are up.

Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel: Isaac and I have been working towards a special edition of the game that we can have available at local events and conventions. We’ve started moving forward with that project, and we’ve got a surprise planned for that as well. I’m really excited about it, and I look forward to revealing more about that as we get closer to Stealth Con.

WIP Game: Isaac has been hard at work creating the art for a prototype version of our next game we plan to release. It’s still in the beta-phase, however. More information on that once we’ve ironed out a few more of the details.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration:  Working on finalizing a book cover before creating a proof for another.

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Now… back to editing The Shadow War!

That’s all for now, and I hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂

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“Stone and String” is Now Available on Multiple Platforms

Isbibb-stoneandsting_cover_blogf you’ve been waiting for “Stone and String” to become available on other platforms, you can rest knowing that the wait is over!

I’ve removed “Stone and String” from Kindle Select and uploaded it to Smashwords, which distributed it across several platforms. Enjoy! 🙂

 

BN.Com ~ iTunes ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords

Amazon (US) ~ Amazon (UK)

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In the world of “The Wishing Blade,” everyone is born with two strings of magic. One strand is life, and the other is death. Very few can manipulate them.

Among the Cantingen Islanders, children are tested for this ability during their first rites of magic, a ceremony which determines what magic they have and their future as a mage. But when Edyli’s little sister, Akymi, dies in an accident before those rites can occur, Edyli does the unthinkable. She uses magic to return Akymi to the living. As a result, she finds herself in a land of weblike strings… the afterlife.

Edyli refuses to give up seeing her sister’s first rites. With the help of a mysterious immortal and sheer determination, she has every intention of seeing her sister once more, even if it means incurring the wrath of Madia, the goddess of the dead.

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Author’s Note: This is an 8,000-word short story based in the universe of “The Wishing Blade” series. Though the stories are related (“Stone and String” takes place at the same time as the events of “Magic’s Stealing”), “Stone and String” stands alone.

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Thoughts on Writing – Using a Roleplay Game to Develop a Novel’s Backstory

Now that Distant Horizon is out in the world (Yay!), I thought I’d talk a little about how the story came about–specifically, how a role-play game led to the creation of the backstory of Distant Horizon. Granted, a lot of the campaign stories aren’t visible in the first book,  but they still played a role in the backstory of the world.

It started in 2010…

Actually, no. Let me go back just a tiny bit further. It started with tabletop role-playing that involved a group of friends in college. We all lived in the same dorm, so we met in the evenings to play various games with different people taking the part of gamemaster. At times we had several games running throughout the course of the week. How late they went into the night depended on how early we had to get up for our first class the next morning.

I was introduced to RP games through the Savage Worlds system, starting with a fun-though-inevitably tragic (the sacrifice of my favorite giant zombie dog, Snuffles…) zombie apocalypse. I had intended to watch the other players while completing my physics homework, but before the game began, I was intrigued by the various miniatures and the gamemaster’s premade characters. He had extras, so I asked to join in.

The rest is history. I eventually decided to run a few of my own games. After the first failure (where I’d had a whole story plotted out… which was, of course, destroyed as players will destroy any plot by not going the intended direction), my primary games were a Star Wars game (I amassed quite a few of the RPG books and had them spread out across the table or floor during these games for reference), and a couple superhero games.

For the superhero game, I, Isaac, and a group of friends brainstormed what powers we might have. We placed the powers into four categories, then rolled a D4 (four-sided die) and a d10 (ten-sided die) to determine what our powers were. We fiddled with the system a bit (the base we used was Savage Worlds), and did a bit of “winging it” when determining how the powers worked.

Soon we had a team of well-meaning but absolutely terrible superheroes who caused far more destruction than good. One of them obliterated a bank robber’s head with sonic scream. (*Sigh. You were supposed to take him alive.*) One nearly electrocuted himself at a hidden night club after attacking a dancing mech. (Your job was to buy a special edition teddy bear from a vendor there, not assume the whole place was hidden front for a Japanese mafia.) One bent reality… (And he was the most sane of the group). The other kept getting distracted because he wouldn’t stop flirting (But hey, we need NPCs (non-player characters) who can help out with questions, right?). Needless to say, they drove their team leaders crazy… once by driving their car right out the top of the Super Bureau’s headquarters.

In relation to Distant Horizon, I can firmly say that these guys are part of the reason that the supervillains were able to convince everyone that the superheroes were the bad guys. But that story arc came later.

In a different campaign that ran about the same time, the superheros were a smaller team, and rather more effective at their missions… including to the point where they were sent to recover a set of special pendants that had strange powers, including the ability to slow time when four of the five pendants were in close proximity. *Cough.* These pendants make an appearance in Distant Horizon, as the most powerful members of the Community now have them in their hands.

In a different shorty-campaign that used the same power set but was run by my husband (mostly because I’d just had my wisdom teeth removed and I wasn’t in the mood to do much talking or heavy thinking), a group of airship pirates stole an airship and went through a few too many portals in attempt to uncover a precious jar of blueberry jelly… which might not have actually been blueberry jelly. They might be the reason the Community exists in the Distant Horizon universe. There was a lot of tweaking to that story arc, though the blueberry jelly reference remains.

In most these cases, there are a lot of seemingly random events (okay, it was probably pretty random even at the time), but it provided a rough basis for a background… one which Isaac later twisted and developed as the basis for Distant Horizon.

That being said, there’s a lot of stuff from the original campaigns that are not being included in the novels for the sake of plot and consistency, but overall, the games were a lot of fun and helped to build a semi-consistent world of powers. We could see which powers were broken (a much later campaign that used alchemy/enchanting proved where that needed a lot of fixing), develop out how different factions might interact, and then extrapolate from there to consider where it might go next. And now we have fodder to reference in regards to the origins of the world which can help enrich the setting.

Now, you won’t see much of these plots in the first book. Most of the characters are far enough removed from these events that all you’ll hear is an occasional reference. Still, it helped build the power system and let me drop clues that will become more relevant in later stories and companion novels.

Once I finish Little One’s story, (a Distant Horizon prequel I plan to work on after Glitch and Fractured Skies have been released) then you’ll see a lot more references to these campaigns. I had quite a bit of fun placing in those Easter Eggs in the rough draft. But that one also has a more quirky (though dark) tone than some of the other stories set in this world.

Isaac and I have continued to use role-play games to develop stories and worlds, but I’ll have to go into more detail about that in another post. For now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this one. Have you ever used RPGs to help flesh out a story?

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Thoughts on Publishing – Infinitas Publishing Status Report

Wheee… it’s been a busy month, and I almost forgot to write up a status report. So here we go, an end of the month report! (Which means I should probably try to schedule the December report sometime mid-month. We’ll see if that happens or if it ends up being end of the month again).

Here it is!

Mid-Missouri Artists – Arts and Crafts Show: This was a local, one-day show Isaac and I attended. It went well, and we enjoyed talking to everyone there. We sold 4 copies of the Phalanx game, the cloth board edition, 1 copy of Magic’s Stealing, and 3 copies of Distant Horizon. I still need to run the numbers, but I’m pretty sure we broke even on the cost of the booth, and might have made a little profit, too. (Note: I factor in the basic costs of the individual items when figuring out the break-even point, as well as taxes and credit card processing fees). We also gave away 1 copy of Magic’s Stealing for the show’s raffle. Plus, the local newspaper ran a small article about Infinitas Publishing, so that was neat, too. 🙂

UCM Holiday Market: A local, one-day event that takes place at the University of Central Missouri. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th. We plan to have our current books there, as well as the remaining cloth boards of Phalanx. We’ve gone there before to sell art prints while I was majoring in photography at UCM, but this is our first time selling  our books and games.

Distant Horizon: The book is out and in the wild! Woot! (Seriously, I’ve read through it so many times that I’m glad it’s finally complete).

We did a book blitz with YA Bound Book Tours during the last week of October/first week of November, which helped get the word out about the existence of the book. In the meantime, a wonderful author friend helped us get the word out about review copies through an email form, and we’ve gotten quite a few reviews on Goodreads from that mailer. Thank you to everyone who has read and reviewed Distant Horizon so far! You’re awesome! 😀

(Note: YA Bound Book Tours still has the request up for bloggers interested in review copies, so if you missed out on the mailer and want to request a free copy of Distant Horizon in exchange for an honest review, take a look ).

Glitch: This is the next book I plan to work on based in the world of Distant Horizon. It’s technically a companion novel, but it follows what happens to Tim after the end of Distant Horizon, and overlaps book two (Fractured Skies) in the series. Since Fractured Skies has major spoilers about the end of Glitch, and Glitch only has minor spoilers about Fractured Skies… I’m going to try getting this one done next. The good news: the first draft has been written and semi-polished for story plot. Bad news: It needs a lot of tightening and edits for continuity. The tone is also a bit different, as well, as Glitch is intended to lean more into the horror spectrum.

The Shadow War: Ebook pre-orders are up, with the release day set for February! This is the second book of The Wishing Blade series, and I’m in the polishing stages. Or… I’m in the polish-and-let-Isaac-rip-apart-the-plot-holes stage. After he’s finished reading the manuscript, I’ll attempt to fix the holes so that we don’t have as many “How It Should Have Ended” moments (which, if you haven’t seen the clips, which poke at the popular sci-fi/fantasy movies, you should totally look it up on Youtube. They’re entertaining and have rather useful points for writers to keep in mind). Anyway, The Shadow War is my major writing/editing focus at the moment.

Stone and String: I’ve got a few short story ideas in mind for this particular storyline. I had planned on writing them for NaNoWriMo, but got side-tracked editing The Shadow War. The freebie promotion days on Kindle Select recently ended (we had 13 downloads and 1 review… thank you!), and I’m planning on pulling it from Select at the end of the month. I’m hoping to put it on Smashwords sometime in December, which will open the ebook’s availability across multiple platforms.

The Multiverse Chronicles: Trials of Blood and Steel: On hold. At the moment I’m focusing on the bigger projects, but I want to return to it at a later date. (Note… if you’ve read it thus far and want to see more, let us know! Nothing like having readers show interest to let us know which projects we should be prioritizing). 😉

Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel: We’ve got a few ideas of how to lower the base cost of the game so that we can have copies available at local conventions/events. At the moment, it’s only feasible to have it available to order online. More information on that in the future.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration:  Finished one cover today and I’m aiming to finish another cover/formatting project at the end of the week. I’ve been scaling down the amount of projects I have here so that I have more time for Infinitas Publishing projects.

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That’s all for now, and I hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂

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The Shadow War – Now Available for Pre-Order

If you enjoyed reading Magic’s Stealing, then good news! The pre-order for the next book in the series, The Shadow War, is now avilable for pre-order!

The book is still in progress (The Shadow War has been through three beta readers, and now Isaac is reading it), but I expect to have it completed by February 2017. Actually, I’m hoping to have it done sooner, but being realistic, I’m trying to give myself a bit more time to complete the project. Once it’s finished, The Shadow War will probably be about 47,000 words long, though the final word count may vary.

Since I was running the promotion for “Stone and String” on Kindle (a short story set in the world of The Wishing Blade), I wanted to make sure I had the second book of The Wishing Blade series available to pre-order. The series starts with Magic’s Stealing, and continues in The Shadow War.

Now, for the book cover!

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The Shadow War

Young Adult / Middle Grade Fantasy

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The kingdom of Cirena is under attack from an army of shadows—beings who can only be hurt by magic or fire. But magic has been stolen, and as the shadows spread, infecting all they touch, the last two ribbon mages race to the nearest port city to warn them of the impending invasion. One of those mages, Toranih, is among the few who can see the Trickster-cursed army, and she’s determined to get magic back—no matter how much she distrusts it. But when she is captured by shadows and a secret is revealed about her future, her only chance of survival may be to fight the shadows from within.

Available for Pre-Order:

Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ BN.com ~ iTunes ~ Kobo~ Smashwords

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Enjoy! 😀

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Stone and String Available for Free for a Limited Time!

When I released “Stone and String” on Kindle, I went ahead and decided to try out Kindle Select, since the short story isn’t part of a series (though it is part of the world of The Wishing Blade). As such, I get five days to have the story available for free.

I started the promotion a couple days ago, and it’s supposed to end on November 27th. So if you want to read it, now’s the time to pick it up. 😉

“Stone and String,” an 8000-word Fantasy Short Story

Download for free on Amazon (US)!

Download for free on Amazon (UK)!

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In the world of “The Wishing Blade,” everyone is born with two strings of magic. One strand is life, and the other is death. Very few can manipulate them.

Among the Cantingen Islanders, children are tested for this ability during their first rites of magic, a ceremony which determines what magic they have and their future as a mage. But when Edyli’s little sister, Akymi, dies in an accident before those rites can occur, Edyli does the unthinkable. She uses magic to return Akymi to the living. As a result, she finds herself in a land of weblike strings… the afterlife.

Edyli refuses to give up seeing her sister’s first rites. With the help of a mysterious immortal and sheer determination, she has every intention of seeing her sister once more, even if it means incurring the wrath of Madia, the goddess of the dead.

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Download for free on Amazon (US)!

Download for free on Amazon (UK)!

After the promotion I plan to remove “Stone and String” from Kindle Select and release it on Smashwords (which includes BN.com, Kobo, iTunes, etc). This should happen sometime in late December However, the price will return to 99 cents.

Enjoy! 🙂

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