News time! After much delay (entirely my fault), the sequel to The Man Who Crossed Worlds is nearly here. The ebook edition will be available June 21st 2013, with the paperback soon after. Woot!
The sequel, titled The Man Who Walked in Darkness, follows freelance Tunneler Miles Franco as he deals with the aftermath of the events of The Man Who Crossed Worlds. Here’s the blurb:
Miles is back for another round of hardboiled pulp action in the two-fisted sequel to The Man Who Crossed Worlds.
Freelance Tunneler Miles Franco is having a bad time of it. He’s facing a trial that could see him spend the rest of his days in prison. Hallucinations of dead men haunt him day and night. And to top it all off, one of his bandmates has been poisoned by a toxin from another world.
Miles doesn’t take kindly to people killing his friends. Now he’ll have to walk the darkest road he’s ever been down. With corrupt corporations on one side and fanatical interdimensional gangsters on the other, he doesn’t hold out any hope he’ll come out of this alive. But he has a promise to keep.
And Miles will burn every last world to the ground if it gets him answers.
That’s not all. To celebrate the release of the new book, the first Miles book will soon have an all new and updated cover and paperback version. And keep an eye out for a special price on the Kindle edition of The Man Who Crossed Worlds in about a week.
And remember, if you want me to email you as soon as the book is out so you can get your grubby little hands on it, sign up for my New Release Mailing List.
Catch you all soon!
I have great news! Don’t Be a Hero, my superhero novel, has been shortlisted in the Best Novel category of the 2013 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Thank you very much to all of you who were kind enough to nominate me.
The next stage is voting by members of SFFANZ and Au Contraire. If you are member of one of these groups and would like a free digital copy of Don’t Be a Hero to read before casting your vote, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and format preference (Kindle, EPUB, PDF).
Thanks again, everyone. You guys are the best.
Smashwords is an ebook retailer that offers ebooks in a variety of formats, including EPUB (for Kobo, Nook, and iBooks) and MOBI (for Kindle). To get 50% off either of my novels, just go to the store page for Don’t Be a Hero or The Man Who Crossed Worlds and use the coupon code REW50 at the checkout.
Get in fast, because the deal ends at midnight Pacific time on March 9. And be sure to check out all the other awesome books on sale for Read an E-Book Week!
I have a soft spot for kaiju (giant monster) movies. You know, those Japanese ones with the guys stomping around model Tokyo in a rubber suit? Ever since the original Gojira (Godzilla) was released in 1954, Toho’s Godzilla series has been the most popular kaiju films both in Japan and internationally. Everyone in the world knows who Godzilla is.
Now, Godzilla’s pretty cool, but he’s not my favorite kaiju . Ever since I saw some of his films on old MST3K episodes, my heart has always belonged to one monster. The Guardian of the Universe, Friend to all Children. Yes, the giant flying turtle extraordinaire, Gamera!
So you can imagine my excitement when this box arrived for me in the mail.
Yes. Flush with the recent cheque I received for my book sales, I decided to splurge on one of the beautifully crafted Gamera figures from the Sci-Fi Revoltech line. These figures are made in Japan and are highly posable, and they’re not cheap. Basically, they’re toys for nerds. The sort of thing you snatch away from the grubby hands of small children to play with yourself.
This particular figure is from Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, part of the Gamera reboot trilogy from the ’90s. (Some of the best kaiju movies in existence. Seriously, check them out. You can grab the whole trilogy on Blu-Ray from Amazon for ridiculously cheap.)
I’ll spare you the details of the childlike squeal of glee I uttered when I opened the box and pulled out my new Gamera toy. He was beautiful. Gloriously detailed. And he has barely left my side since I got him. Dear readers, I want to introduce you all to my pal Gamera.
Isn’t he wonderful? I realize many of you will be shaking your heads right now, wondering what I’m so excited about. But screw you, Gamera is awesome. Don’t judge me!
Ahem. Like I said, Gamera is a giant turtle. And you know what turtles have? Shells.
Look at that detail. A lot of care went into sculpting Gamera. But he doesn’t just look pretty. Gamera is a hell of a character. Check out the other antics Gamera gets up to when I’m trying to write:
Gamera using his fireball attack to defend my desk against the Legion hordes.
Gamera reading some quality literature.
Gamera reading some better literature.
Gamera sneaking up on his old rival, Mobile Suit Gundam RX-78-2.
Gamera meeting a strange new creature.
Gamera making friends with the strange new creature.
Gamera contemplating what it really means to be a giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle in a world that just doesn’t accept him.
Um, yeah. I blame all of you for these shenanigans. By buying my books, you support this nonsense.
Seriously, I have actually been writing. The next Miles Franco urban fantasy book and an unrelated noir crime novel are both with the editor at the moment. In the meantime, I’m hard at work on another superhero novel set in the Don’t Be a Hero Atomverse, tentatively titled Heroes Die First. I just passed 30,000 words the other day (Don’t Be a Hero was around 120,000 words total) so I’m making good headway. Especially now I have Gamera by my side to inspire me.
Stay classy, everyone. Say goodbye, Gamera!
Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, New Zealand’s premier science fiction and fantasy awards, are now open! Since my superhero novel Don’t Be a Hero was released in 2012, it is eligible for the Best Professional Novel category. But to stand a chance of getting this award I need your help!
If you read and enjoyed Don’t Be a Hero, I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to send in an email nomination. The author must be a New Zealander (like me) or a New Zealand resident, but you don’t have to be — the SFFANZ accepts nominations from any living person on Earth. Every nomination helps!
All you have to do is cut and paste the information below, add in your name and email, and forward it to: email@example.com
For further information, or to see other authors you can vote for, go to: http://www.sffanz.org.nz/
Here are the details you need to nominate Don’t Be a Hero for Best Professional Novel:
Book Title: Don’t Be a Hero
Author: Chris Strange
Type of work: Novel
Year of release: 2012
Publisher: Cheeky Minion
Author Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Category: Professional – Best Novel
Genre: Science Fiction
Your name: [Insert your own name here]
Your Contact: [Insert your email address]
Send email nominations to email@example.com
Thanks so much for your help everyone. You guys rock!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
Thanks for all your support this year. You guys have made this year awesome. I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones and that you got some sweet presents.
See you all in 2013!
A bit of extra news: I’ve got a guest post called Pop Culture and the Superhero up over at The Akamai Reader. Great fun with a great host.
And if you missed it, Don’t Be a Hero is now available at the following sites:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009YNGBXY/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009YNGBXY/