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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

For this week’s ebook promotion highlight, I’m featuring the Dystopian Book Fair promo and the Wide World of Sci-Fi & Fantasy  ebook fair!

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If you’re looking for free dystopian stories, look no further!

Dystopian Book Fair

(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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Trying to find a new sci-fi or fantasy book to get into? This promo has a wide selection of ebooks available at multiple retailers:

Wide World of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Fair

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

For this week’s ebook promotion highlight, I’m featuring A New Year of Free Epic Fantasy promo and the 2019 YA Releases  ebook fair!

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If you’re looking for free epic fantasy stories, check out this promo:

A New Year of Free Epic Fantasay

(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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This promo includes a variety of books that were released in 2019. Varying prices, but it’s a good way to see what came out in the past year. 😀

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Weekly Book Promotion Highlight

The weekly ebook promo highlights are back! 😀

For this week’s ebook promotion highlight, I’m featuring the January Free Books promo and the Wide World of Fantasy  ebook fair!

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This promo has a large selection of speculative ebooks… all for free!

Portal to Fantasy - January Free Ebooks

(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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This promo has all sort of fantasy books. There’s a variety of prices, with several on sale. The main thing is that they’re all available at multiple retailers, not just Amazon. 🙂

Wide World of Fantasy Book Fair

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I hope you find a good book! 😀

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

It’s that time again! (Actually, it’s technically two months time again… so I’ll summarize the past two months).

First of all, Happy New Year! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). After discussing the plot with Isaac, we ultimately decided to cut a couple of the planned sub-plots in order to focus more specifically on what should be the stronger plot. Thanks to holiday travel, we now have quite a few ideas for the updated outline. I’m scrapping the original rough draft I did for this one and starting fresh.

The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Still not enough data to know for sure if the new cover is doing better, but it does look like a possibility. Ultimately, I plan to update the other two covers and see how those do.

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision.

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). On the bright side, I’ve discovered that it might fit well into the gaslamp fantasy genre. I’ll be keeping that in mind once I return to revisions.

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). First few chapters need revisions, and then the rest of the rough draft needs to be written.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): First part of rough draft needs heavy revision, and then rest of rough draft needs written.

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

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Almost finished with the Hahven-Alia cross-over story. A new story will be starting soon.

The Restless Sands of Neel Book CoverThe Restless Sands of Neel (Ro’nor’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): The cover for this story is complete, and the title is The Restless Sands of Neel. It will be a novella, around 23,000 words. I have notes back from the beta-readers, so I’ll be applying their suggestions, doing the read-aloud, and then proofreading it. Release date is scheduled for late January, and the pre-orders are in the process of uploading to the various sites.

Next up for revision is Hahven’s story. The plan is to release a Legends of Cirena short story or novella every two months starting with The Restless Sands of Neel. 🙂

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: I’m currently 8,000 words into the rough draft, and intend to finish it by the end of January.

Book four has a chosen fairy tale, but needs outlined.

Game Design: Currently on hold due to Isaac’s classes, though a bit of beta-testing occurred for one of the games during the holidays.

Space Adventure Comic: I had a little moment of productivity a couple months ago, which gave Isaac and me enough to work with in terms of ironing out a few more details regarding the presentation. I still need to apply those notes, though.

It’s quite a ways off from publication, but here’s another peek at one of the rough pages (still needs words added… and polishing for lighting…):

SBibb Space Comic Page Sneak Peek

 

Emberverse (Working Title): 71,000 words total complete for NaNoWriMo, for the first six short stories. Started as a for-fun project, but I’m really enjoying putting this one together. It’s a series of short stories, each one ranging between 8,000 to 15,000 words. I’m planning to release it as a serial, with each episode containing two of the short stories. They’ll also be illustrated using Daz renderings I’ve created:

SBibb - Emberverse - The Awakening

(To see more sneak peeks from Emberverse, check out my new Instagram account).

I’m pretty sure it’s going to be classified as gaslamp fantasy… sort of like steampunk, but with a heavier emphasis on the paranormal/magical.

It will likely be a while before it releases, since I want to get a few more of the short stories complete before beginning to release them.

Marketing: I’m planning to make a bit bigger push with the BookFunnel promos and tweaking my newsletters over the next few months. Probably not all at once, but I’m starting to look at how to improve those. In addition, I intend to return to doing the weekly book promo highlights on this blog.

I’ve also started an Instagram account which will primarily have short excerpts from work-in-progress projects and various renders I’ve been working on. At the moment, most of them are from the Emberverse project (so if you want to keep up with that project, definitely follow me there).

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

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Proofreading a manuscript, and working on formatting/cover design for two separate projects.

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

Time for the Infinitas Publishing monthly status report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline needs review.

SBibb - Whispers in the Code - New Trial CoverThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): We’re temporarily testing a new cover for the series, starting with Whispers in the Code. If sales do better, then I’ll swap out the rest of the covers in the series. If not, then I’ll switch back to the original for the time being.

Also, Whispers in the Code is free from Oct 30th to Nov 3rd.

Afterward, it will be 99 cents throughout November.

If you haven’t already got a copy, now’s the time to grab it. 🙂

Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): With Deceived now published, it’s on to book two!

We’re expecting two or three more books in this series, and possibly a brief crossover between this series and Distant Horizon #3.

At the moment, we have a rough outline of book two, but the outline needs revision before we begin the rough draft.

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: I’ve managed to input a few more of Isaac’s notes into the manuscript between projects, though there are more to go.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The print edition has been finalized! Click here to order the paperback!

Next up, writing book four.

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). The first chapter has been revised from Isaac’s notes and I have an idea of where additional revisions need to be remade for the next couple of chapters. Then I’ll need to continue writing the rough draft.

Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): I’ve got an idea for how this story is going to go, but I need to revise a few scenes and continue the rough draft. At the moment, I’m expecting this will be the final story in the series, but we’ll see.

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

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Recently finished the story of the Anethian priestess of Harethn, the god of travel, in the Darden Isles… though she might have gotten to travel a bit further than she expected.

Getting ready to start a new series. A cross-over has been voted on, so now we need to decide which characters will show up. 🙂

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): I’ve almost finished revisions. Just a couple small polishing tweaks still need to be made, and then I’ll be sending it out to beta-readers. 🙂

I’m hoping to finish revisions on the next couple LoCCA stories before the end of the year, that way I can put them up for pre-order early next year.

I also have an idea of what the covers will look like, and I have a proof cover created for Ro’nor’s story.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Now has an outline! Still needs a bit more detail, but there’s enough there that I can start the rough draft. I’m planning to write this in November for NaNoWriMo.

This one will focus on the fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin. 🙂

I also have ideas for book four, though it still needs an outline.

Game Design: Currently on hold now that Isaac’s classes have started back up.

Space Adventure Comic: I’ve begun rendering scenes for the comic, though it’s been a bit slow going since the scenes are fairly large.

Add having to send the new laptop in for repair earlier in the month, and progress has been slow.

However, there has been progress, so that’s a plus. 🙂

SBibb - Space Adventure Web Comic Sneak Peek

Marketing: In mid-September we had a booth at Geek U.P. in Houghton, MI. This was a blast, and we had a lot of fun. We had our books and games available for sale, played several rounds of Phalanx with con-goers, and I also offered a few of my Daz-creation prints for sale.

A friend snapped this photo for us while everyone was on dinner break, which is why you don’t see many people walking around behind us (and it was one of the few times we were free). There were several really awesome cosplays there, too. 😀

Geek UP 2019

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

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Finished blurb work for one author and I’m now in the progress of proofreading a manuscript for another author.

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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Deceived – Now Available!

Deceived by the government. Exposed by her powers.

Will she drown in the Community’s deception?

This prequel novella to the Distant Horizon series is now available as an ebook! 😀

Deceived takes place about two years before the main events of Distant Horizon, and follows Galina, a character who was mentioned early in the Distant Horizon as having never returned after taking the Health Scan.

It’s the first book in a series of novellas, and takes a closer look at what happens to the students who fail.

Long story short?

When Galina turns herself over to the health clinic after believing she’s infected by a hallucinogenic plague, she discovers the truth might not be what it seems. Will she drown in the deceptions?

Read Deceived to find out!

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Note: Deceived serves as a good introduction to the Distant Horizon universe if you want to test the waters and get a feel for how the world works before diving into full-length books like Distant Horizon, or jumping head-first into the commotion with the Glitch saga. ;-D

Deceived is only 99 cents until October 1st, after which it will go to full price.

Grab it on sale while you can! 😀

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Alternatively, sign up to the Distant Horizon Universe newsletter to receive Deceived for free as a thank you bonus, along with twice-monthly sneak peeks, behind the scenes updates, and special promotions. 🙂

Deceived - Newsletter Signup

Click here to sign up and start reading today!

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Deceived

YA Dystopian Novella

Deceived - Book Cover

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Deceived by the government. Exposed by her powers.

The Community concocted a lie to conceal the truth about her—and students like her.

She’s in their grasp.

But she’s not going to sit back and let them hurt her or her friends.

Can she escape?

Or will she drown in the Community’s deception?

Begin your dystopian journey into the Community’s dark secret… read this thrilling novella today!

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Begin your dystopian journey into the Community’s dark secret…

And explore one young woman’s determination to protect her friends.

Read Deceived today!

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Or read free with newsletter signup. 🙂

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Enjoy! 😀

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Infinitas Publishing – Status Report

I managed to miss a monthly Infinitas Publishing status report last month, so I’ll be covering both July and August (and about half of September) this time around. Lot’s to report! 😀

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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Outline still needs review.

The Glitch Saga CollectionThe Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Now available in Kindle Unlimited!

The series is no longer wide at multiple retailers, but this is a test run to see how it does in KU. If there don’t appear to be results, then I’ll probably move it back to multiple retailers.

In the meantime, if you’re a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited, you can read Tim’s story at no additional cost.

Deceived - Book CoverDeceived: Galina’s Saga – Part One (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Since I made The Glitch Saga exclusive to Amazon, that meant I needed a new newsletter reader magnet. I was hoping to have this done last month, but the order of projects meant that I just now put it up for pre-order.

That said, the outline has been written, rough draft written and revised and handed to Isaac while on a trip, edited, and then sent to beta-readers, read-aloud, proofread and now up for pre-order! It’s been sent out to Distant Horizon Universe newsletter subscribers, who received it for free as a thanks for being a subscriber.

I plan to release it to the public on September 22nd. I’m releasing it at 99 cents until October 1st, when I plan to raise it to $2.99 later.

This is a novella (23,000 words), and is the first in a series of novellas following the character of Galina (who is mentioned in Distant Horizon). The cover is complete and title chosen (“Deceived”).

It’s now available for pre-order at most major online retailers. 😀

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

Lady Black’s Story: Isaac and I brainstormed ideas for this story… but for now, we’re realizing that we don’t have a good way to tell her backstory within the scope of the current universe for the cover we originally planned to use for this.

So her story is being put on hold. Not to say that it won’t ever be told, but it’s going to need a lot more refinement and a different cover if we do tell it.

That being said, we’re tinkering with other ideas for a story to use the cover we originally picked up for her story. Nothing set in stone, but we’re considering going a bit further back and focusing on Patricia Black’s story (thus making it a Multiverse novel instead).

Still a lot in the air on that one, though.

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

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

Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes input into manuscript, and then revisions.

Magebane: (Book Three of The Wishing Blade series) The paperback edition has been formatted, and the proof copy came in a few days ago! I’m currently in the process of reading the print edition to look for any sneaky typos that slipped through my previous round of proofreading.

That said, the print edition is technically available on Amazon right now, but I would advise not ordering a copy until I officially announce that the proofing is complete.

(It would be really nice if KDP Print would let us order author copies without publishing first.)

TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). I still need to revise the first few chapters from Isaac’s notes, and then adjust the outline.

Also, I have a bit more plotting for the series that will come after The Wishing Blade is completed… though there’s still two more books to go before we reach that point.

Stone and String 3: Figured out a new plot… wrote about 10,000 words… realized there were some major plot holes on the character side of things with that plot after talking to Isaac.

Made new plans, need to revise the current draft and then proceed from there.

On the bright side, I think we have a title: “Runes and Ravens!”

The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold… though I have some adjusted plotting in mind for it thanks to working on the adjusted plot of Stone and String 3.

The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: We completed the “Militant Merchant” story arc in July, and I took a hiatus during August to try to get other projects done while on break. (I was hoping to complete a rough draft for SAS #3 and/or TWB #4, but ended up working on the print formatting of Magebane and polishing Galina’s story/Deceived instead).

However, we have now started a new story line following an Anethian priestess on a mission from the god of travel to find his missing patron in the Darden Isles… a land where dragons once flew.

The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear - Cover“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear” (A Legends of Cirena short story): Published! Got the revisions made, did the read-aloud and proof-reading, and finished the cover.

Ro’nor’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): This is the next Legends of Cirena story I’ll be editing and polishing. No release date as of yet, though I have an idea of what the cover will look like. It still needs a title (though I have a few ideas for that, too). Unlike the first two stories in the series, this one is a novella.

Once this one is complete, I’m considering making an ebook “box set” of the the first three stories, along with a print edition collection. I’d like to have it ready in time for the holiday season, but we’ll see how things go.

“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)

SBibb - Huntress Book CoverHuntress: The print edition has finally been proofread and typos corrected! That means it is finally ready for ordering. 😀

Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs to be formatted for print.

Huntress 3: Took a while to finally hit on which fairy tales I want to use for this plot, but I think I now have it figured out (after switching plans a couple times). I’ll do a bit more research to be sure, and then start the outline. I’m hoping to write the rough draft during this year’s November NaNoWriMo.

(Plus, I have an idea for two spin-off stories that could show up in this universe, one being based on Beauty and the Beast, and the other based on a Rumpelstiltskin/Tam Lin crossover).

Game Design: While we haven’t made much progress in beta-testing our WIP games, we did make progress in updating the Phalanx game board that will be sold online through Game Crafter. Took a couple shots to get a box and board (in this case, we’re testing a game mat) we liked after they phased out the previous box edition we had been using, but we’re both fairly satisfied with the final results. (Now if we could just get the base cost down).

Plus, we ordered trial run tokens for that game we haven’t officially announced yet and is still in progress.

SBibb - Space Adventure Comic Preview

Space Adventure Comic: As of a couple weeks ago, all the characters for the first episode have now been finalized.

Next step… setting up the scenes to render. (That, and making a few edits to the script to fix a couple plot holes we found).

Then we need to figure out where to host the comic.

Marketing: I did a paid promo for the free books Fussy Librarian newsletter with Huntress. There was definitely a spike in downloads on the day it went live, though I stacked the promo on the days around it with free newsletter swaps so it wouldn’t be quite such a stark jump. Since then I’ve seen a minor increase in KU reads, and a few extra sales, but I’m not sure if they’re attributed to the Fussy Librarian promo or general sales. No new reviews yet.

However, it’s only been three weeks since the promo, so I’m not sure how long it might take for readers who are interested to pick up the free book they downloaded.

Thus far, general newsletter swaps seem to have been some of the best way to get word about the books out there.

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

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Happy writing and reading! 🙂

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