Is there a ghost in the code?

Too bad reprogramming a haunted airship doesn’t come with an instruction manual.

Halloween is almost here, and now, Whispers in the Code is back! And it’s free. 😀

As a way to try introducing more readers to the Glitch series I’ve made the first book perma-free (free for the forseeable future).

It’s available on most major retailers, too. That was one of the big things I’d been wanting to do for a while… pull it out of Kindle Unlimited and offer it wide again.

(The current exception to the wide retailer list is BN.com, where it hasn’t reuploaded yet, but I think they might still be dealing with the hacking that messed up their system. Unfortunately, that one’s out of my hands.)

Without further ado…

Whispers in the Code!

And it’s free! 😀

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Apple Books | Kobo | Smashwords

(If it’s not showing up free in your region, please let me know)

The next two books are also available at the same retailers for $2.99 (and hopefully equivalent prices in other currencies) each.

That said, if you read Whispers in the Code and like it, the price on the complete collection is only $4.99, meaning you can get the complete story for less than if you buy the last two books separately. 😉

And, in case you’re not as familiar with the Glitch saga…

Here’s the blurb for the first book!

Too bad reprogramming a haunted airship doesn’t come with an instruction manual.

Blinded by love, Tim helps his girlfriend steal a valuable artifact from the rebellion—an artifact used by its rightful owners to create a monstrous, living airship that will end the war and restore world order.

Thanks to his ability to mentally control computers, his new allies bring him into their highest ranks…

With a catch.

They need his powers to complete what they started. The airship should have been devastating—a marvel of technology enhanced with super-human powers from the memory-wiped people they hooked into the vessel’s computer.

Instead, it has glitches.

Fragments of human memories wreak havoc in the airship’s internal code. Their tormented whispers invade Tim’s thoughts.

His superiors need him to figure out why.

To impress them, and thus secure his place at his girlfriend’s side, Tim needs to remove those “ghosts…”

Before one of the airship’s glitches traps his mind as just another whisper in the code.

Descend into the madness…

If this sounds like your kind of read, go grab a copy! It’s free. 😀

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK) | Apple Books | Kobo | Smashwords

Enjoy!

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No more random ads! (Hopefully)

I’d been thinking about upgrading to a paid WordPress plan for a while now. The main reason was to remove ads from the blog. I’d known they were lurking there, usually somewhere between posts.

Recently, though, I noticed that one of the other authors I followed through WordPress had a random ad that would be at the end of his email, and it got me thinking about the existence of ads on my blog.

I don’t see them regularly, since I’m signed in.

So I signed out, headed over to this blog, and…

Yipes!

O_O

There were so many of them! And they weren’t even the related ads that could at least be interesting.

And they were interrupting the middle of my content…

All right then.

Ads going bye-bye.

I signed up for a very basic paid plan, enough to remove the ads from the site. So far, so good. Hopefully this looks a lot better (and is easier to read) than the previous version.

And, hopefully, there won’t be ads showing up in the emails for blog subscribers. (If you do see them, please let me know so I can check with WordPress and see if there’s a way to disable them.)

Anyway, have a great week…

I’ve got some exciting book news coming up. 😀

(Also, don’t forget to sign up for the free YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy BookSweeps giveaway! Only a couple days left before it closes.)

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Want a chance to win 50 YA sci-fi and fantasy novels?

I’m currently in the process of moving the Glitch saga wide again (no longer in Kindle Unlimited) and preparing the third book of the Distant Horizon series for a year-long pre-order.

To celebrate, I’ve included Distant Horizon in a large BookSweeps giveaway…

And it’s really easy to enter.

Just click on the banner (or the link), and sign up with your email from there.

No purchase necessary, and signing up for author newsletters is optional.

Also, it’s open internationally. 😀

BookSweeps YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels Sweepstakes

https://www.booksweeps.com/giveaway/october-2020/ya-scifi-fantasy/

There are over 50 YA science fiction and fantasy novels. Two winners will get all 50 novels, and one of those two winners will also get an ereader.

Don’t miss your chance to enter!

BookSweeps YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Giveaway - Distant Horizon

Good luck! 😀

(Had to resist the urge to say “May the odds be ever in your favor,” given that I’m reading A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes right now).

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the October Monster Fest ebook fair!

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Looking for monsters or aliens for an Halloween-themed read? Check out this ebook fair:

October Monster Fest Science Fiction and Fantasy EBook Fair

(Note: Various prices, some may be available at multiple retailers and some may only be available on Amazon or in Kindle Unlimited.)

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the Autumn Fantasy Giveaway and the YA SciFi & Fantasy giveaway!

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Looking for a free fantasy ebook to read? Check out this giveaway!

Autumn Fantasy EBook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Enjoy young adult science fiction and fantasy books? Don’t miss this giveaway! 

YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the World on Fire Dystopian Giveaway and the October Book Review Fantasy Book Fair!

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Enjoy the grim adventure of a dystopian story? Check out this givaway:

World on Fire Dystopian Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Can’t get enough fantasy? Check out this ebook fair!

October Book Review Fantasy Ebook Fair

(Note: Various prices, some may be available at multiple retailers and some may only be available on Amazon or in Kindle Unlimited.)

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Wow, what a summer. The last time I did an Infinitas Publishing Status Report was… *checks blog* April?

O.o

Apparently I need to catch up on posting stuff.

The good news is, it’s that time again! I may have been scatter-shot active in posting on the blog, but things have been happening. 😀

Without further ado… the updates!

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Back in April I was only at 8,500 words. I managed 50,000 words by the end of April, through Camp NaNoWriMo, and then I slowed down again for a couple months. I made a point to at least write a sentence every night before bed to make sure I kept up with at least some progress.

I made another push in July’s Camp NaNo, and as of July 31, I completed the rough draft at 119,000 words. 😀

It will likely require extensive revisions (especially since I need to figure out the time frame to make sure I got the seasonal plants and weather correct), but it’s sitting aside while I work on the rough draft of book 4.

Also… I’m planning on listing a year-long pre-order soon, so there’s a semi-hard deadline of completing the book by mid-October of 2021. That said, I’m hoping to have it done sooner, but a year gives more time for unexpected delays.

Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). As soon as I completed the rough draft of Starless Night I moved straight into writing the rough draft of Changing Tides.

Originally I was going to make them into a single book, but realized I had enough material for two, and that Starless Night had a good ending point based on Jenna’s goal. So I went ahead and split them back into two books.

Writing for Changing Tides has been going in spurts and slow segments, but the rough draft is currently sitting at 34,000 words.

I have a rough storyboard pinned to a cork board, but some sections of the plot may still need to be ironed out before I get much further. (Isaac and I have the beginning and end, and here-and-theres of the middle).

My goal is to get the rough draft finished before moving on to other major projects.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): After going back and forth on cover design, and discovering the magic of Photoshop brushes, I finally made one more cover design choice and completely redid all three covers.

I’ll probably make a blog post showcasing all of the new covers, and I need to update them on the main Infinitas Publishing website, but you can see them now on Amazon. 🙂

On that note… The Glitch saga is coming out of Kindle Unlimited!

Once it’s three-month term ends in mid-October, I’ll be moving it wide across multiple retailers once again. It never really took to KU.

Expect to see it at most major online retailers in early November. 😀

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision. (That said, once I finish the Distant Horizon drafts and revise them, I’ll want to work on this soon after to make sure everything coincides properly).

Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).

Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)

The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised. Like Galina’s saga, this is one I’ll probably want to work on before releasing Distant Horizon 3 and/or 4, as there may be references to events that occur.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written. Possibly needs updated outline.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs revision and the rest of rough draft written. I’m itching to work on this because I’ve got ideas for it, but I want to finish the Distant Horizon draft (and the Legends of Cirena revisions) first.

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over is on hold. I’ve stopped advertising the Facebook group since I haven’t had time to maintain it. I’m not sure if I’ll try to revive it once I get everything back on track or call it good after I finish the Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over.

That said, it was definitely fun while it lasted. 🙂

Since the last Infinitas Publishing Status Report I’ve published The Scars of Her Past and The Dragons of the MistThat completes the single-character arcs. The next arc, currently in the process of being edited, will return to Livena with cross-over appearances from Nuaka.

Title and release date to be determined.

SBibb - The Scars of Her PastThe Scars of Her Past (Alia’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Sent to beta-readers and published in late May.

If you like fantasy thrillers, check this out. Tone-wise, it’s similar to The Cursed Halls of Kalecen, with a bit darker of a story than most of the others in this series.

SBibb - The Dragons of the Mist CoverThe Dragons of the Mist (Zynia’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Revised, sent out to beta-readers, and then published in mid-July.

This returns to a more light-hearted tone, with a look at the dragons of the Darden Isles.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatting for print.

Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. I’m about halfway through. (25,000 words) On hold.

Game Design: On hold. We need product shots of updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter. On the bright side, thanks to doing some online Cirena role-play games with friends, we’ve been getting a few ideas for flavor tweaks to make to our Cirena board game we’ve been working on in the background.

Space Adventure Comic: We’ve been making slow progress on this, but there’s definitely been progress. We’ve created a loose storyboard for the first episode, and Isaac is in the process of organizing and updating the characters and ships we’ve decided on thus far.

We’re going to completely redo the first scenes, no longer worrying about the original renders I made. (We’ll call those concept art). But Isaac has a lot of plotting for where the story could go past the first episode (and even the first season, which he has an end for), so we know where it’s heading. We just need to start piecing the first panels together. In the meantime, I’ve been using a mix of Daz and Substance Painter to design the elves’ home planet.

Emberverse (Working Title): Sort-of on-hold? The first episode has been revised because, since the Writers of Warrensburg moved their critique group online, I was able to attend again. (Woot!) I’ve been bringing pieces of the story there for their feedback. With the first episode having finished being critiqued during the last meet, I now need to go back through the feedback and make revisions, none of which looks too difficult. 😀

That said, I now need to start revising the next episode, which might take a bit longer since I think it’s Jekk’s, and his is one of two that need major revisions.

This has been a side project, and I’m kind of hoping to write season two during NaNoWriMo this year, but it depends on how the other projects go.

Regardless, I don’t plan to start releasing any of these until the majority of it is finished, and I want to focus on finishing a few of the currently open series (Distant Horizon (two more novels), The Wishing Blade (two more novels?), Stone and String (one more novella?), Legends of Cirena (three more novellas), and Huntress (one more novel) before releasing a new series.

Marketing: Um… I finally remembered to post new weekly book promo highlight posts. I’ve got the next month already scheduled since I was proactive and actually scheduled newsletter promos in the middle of the month. If I can devote 30 minutes to an hour toward marketing each day, that ought to help a lot.

I’ve also been weeding out my Amazon ads, and I’m trying to focus on keywords that have gotten clicks before, with an emphasis on very low bids (maximum of 5 cents per click). “Drip” ads, rather than high-spending ads. At this point, all of the US ads have been revised, and my next step will be to update UK and other international territory ads.

Instead of ads, which I haven’t really been maintaining well and thus have been losing money on, I’m testing paid newsletter promos (ex. Fussy Librarian) on perma-free books. Right now, my only perma-free story is “The Wind Mage of Maijev,” but I’m planning on making Whispers in the Code perma-free once I pull it out of Kindle Unlimited.

I finally culled the Distant Horizon Universe mailing list of inactive subscribers, taking it down by almost half (but being quite happy that about 30 of the “inactive” subscribers opted to stay when I sent out the email asking who wanted to stick around–I know the past few months have been hectic and not all emails register as open). So it’s back to being around 900 subscribers but the open rate is looking decent again.

Soon I’ll need to cull the Wishing Blade Universe mailing list.

Eventually I should probably run another BookFunnel promo. I’ve done a couple GameLit/LitRPG themed ones in conjunction with another author over the past few months, but since I don’t have a GameLit story out at this point, I’d like to also do a promo focused on the genres/themes from my books.

I’m thinking about picking up a WordPress paid plan for this blog (no ads!), so I’m going to start watching for sales.

LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Both formatting projects complete. At the moment there are no new cover design or formatting projects. I will likely remove the cover design and formatting pages from this blog sometime over the next month.

Daz PA: Making progress in getting sets done. I had a nice burst of speed on these for the first couple months, but the last couple months slowed down a bit. I just finished revising and resubmitting a previously declined product, as well as making an adjustment to an earlier pose set now that I know more about how the poses work. I’ve recently started a new pose product, and then I have a character to revise and resubmit.

In the meantime, if you’re curious to see what I’ve released thus far:

Wonder and Curiosity Poses: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-wonder-and-curiosity-poses-and-expressions-for-genesis-8

SBibb - Dreadful Pirate Captain Promo PicDreadful Pirate Captain Poses and Expressions: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-dreadful-pirate-captain-poses-and-expressions-for-genesis-8

Secret Reflections Poses and Expressions: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-secret-reflections-poses-and-expressions-for-daisy-8

Flower Family for Daisy 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-flower-family-for-daisy-8

Temple Brethren for Ashan 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-temple-brethren-for-ashan-8

Insulting the Dragon Poses: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-insulting-the-dragon-poses-for-angharad-8-and-dragon-3

Frog Prince Poses: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-frog-prince-poses-for-bullwarg-hd-and-genesis-8

Rukodzi for Celani 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-rukodzi-for-celani-8

Natilda for Honni 8: https://www.daz3d.com/sbibb-natilda-for-honni-8

SBibb Natilda for Honni 8 - Promo Pic

Also, I’ve begun learning how to use Substance Painter. (Handy when trying to re-texture things or make my own textures).

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Happy writing and reading (Or 3D rendering if you’re into Daz)! 🙂

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the SciFi & Fantasy Giveaway!

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Find a huge trove of sci-fi and fantasy ebooks in this promo:

SciFi & Fantasy Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the Kraken Good Fantasy Giveaway, the Pick Your Prequel giveaway, and the A September to Remember ebook fair!

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Can’t get enough fantasy reads? Don’t miss this ebook giveaway!

Kracken Good Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Enjoy origin stories? This giveaway has a bunch of prequel options:

Pick Your Prequel Ebook Giveaway(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Enjoy both science fiction and fantasy? Have a look at this ebook fair!A September to Remember Ebook Fair

(Note: Various prices, some may be available at multiple retailers and some may only be available on Amazon or in Kindle Unlimited.)

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I hope you find a good book! 😀 

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

This week I’m featuring the End of Summer Fantasy Giveaway, the Free in Stores Sci-Fi and Fantasy Ebooks promo, and the Blended Genres ebook fair!

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Looking for a free fantasy ebook to read? Check out this giveaway!

End of Summer Fantasy Giveaway

(Note: The giveaway above is hosted through Book Funnel. Authors will usually ask for your email address, and in many cases, the author will collect these addresses for their newsletters.)

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Looking for even more fantasy or sci-fi ebooks?

Free in Stores - Fantasy and SciFi Ebooks

(Note: Check before downloading, but they should all be free in stores. Various retailers, some may only be available at one store.)

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Prefer to have a mix of genres? A little sci-fi in your fantasy? A romance sub-plot with your sci-fi? Check out this ebook fair!

 

Blended Genres Ebook Fair

(Note: Various prices, some may be available at multiple retailers and some may only be available on Amazon or in Kindle Unlimited.)

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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