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Seeing your book up for sale is like what I imagine sending your child off to university is like. You’ve raised the little thing since it was a twinkle your eye, put up with its tantrums and dirty diapers, watched it grow from an ugly, mewling humanoid to something that has a consciousness and dreams all of its own.
Then you kick the little bastard out the door into the real world and get back to that life you used to have. Except without it at home, the place seems empty, lonely, and you start to think, Hmmm, it really wouldn’t be too bad to have another one, would it? I’m still young enough, right?
So anyway, my pulpy urban fantasy novel THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS is available now on Amazon. It’ll be a couple of weeks before it’s up on all the other sites, so for everyone else, hold tight. In the meantime, check out the free prequel short story, THE MAN WHO COULDN’T BE BOUGHT. You can download it as a PDF, EPUB, or MOBI.
It’d make my day if you could check out a sample of THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS on Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, not a problem. You can download the free Kindle app to your computer, iThing, or Android device and go from there. Check out my page No Ereader? No Problem! for more on that.
Stay classy everyone.
THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS IS AVAILABLE NOW AT:
You know how sometimes you get really busy all of a sudden and little things like reading comics and blogging fall by the wayside?
You know how you keep meaning to come back to it as soon as the busy period has passed?
You know that feeling that you get when it has been so long since you’ve updated your blog that you start to feel guilty about it and so you avoid it even more?
So obviously I’m way behind on reading all of DC’s new number 1s. Most of the comics have a few issues out by now, and I haven’t even finished doing the first 52. That’s what I get for trying to do this during exam periods.
On the bright side, though, my urban fantasy novel THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS is in the final stages of proofing. It should be released in December alongside a prequel short story, THE MAN WHO COULDN”T BE BOUGHT, which will be available free from wherever it can be made free.
Here’s the pitch for THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS. In the coming weeks, look out for more information and excerpts from the book.
Stay classy, everyone.
All freelance Tunneler Miles Franco wants is a bit of freedom and a couple of bucks to rub together. So when the cops haul him downtown for illegally smuggling the natives of another dimension to Earth, he’ll take any chance he can get to stay out of the pen. And funnily enough, the cops have just the job for him.
A mysterious interdimensional drug-smuggler is staking his claim on Miles’ city, and a drug war is about to kick off that will make the city look like the set of a post-apocalyptic horror movie. As a Tunneler, Miles knows all about interdimensional transport, and the cops need his help cutting off the drug lord’s supply before it reaches Earth.
But it doesn’t take long playing police lapdog before Miles realizes this ain’t no ordinary drug he’s dealing with. Snooping around in gang business is a dangerous job in a city where everyone’s on the take and the gangsters play for keeps.
And there are a lot of ways a nosy Tunneler can disappear.
THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS is a heart-pounding, stomach-kicking, noir-drenched urban fantasy novel.
So brutal, and yet so awesome.
It’s a hell of a feeling, seeing your characters for the first time. Of course, you see them in your head all the time, and you do your best to get those images onto the page, but it’s never quite the same as actually seeing the character with your own eyes.
As the sort of guy whose stick figures send small children running in terror, it amazes me how visual artists can convey so much information instantly. So when the cover art for my upcoming urban fantasy novel popped into my inbox, I was practically doing a jig (you don’t want to see me dancing; trust me, it’s not a pretty thing).
The cover is both fun and dark, full of motion and action, and unashamedly pulpy. Most importantly, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
In short, it IS my novel.
I offer my sincerest thanks to my artist, Hiep Ha Dzung, for creating such awesome artwork. I’m incredibly grateful to have had the chance to work with him.
Perhaps if people are interested I’ll do a blog post in the future about how I went about commisioning an artist. But for now, without further ado, I’ll show you the artwork. I hope you like it as much as I do.
All Miles Franco wants is a cold beer and a bit of peace and quiet. What he’s got is an empty wallet, a shoebox apartment in a city run by gangsters, and a job that looks set to put him in an early grave. Miles is a freelance Tunneler, a man who can open portals to transport people from Earth to an alternate dimension known as Heaven. Not the real Heaven, you understand, the one with angels and harps and lists of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. This Heaven is a hell of a lot stranger.
When the cops haul Miles downtown for smuggling the natives of Heaven to Earth illegally, they offer him a choice: help them bring down a mysterious drug lord and his interdimensional drug-smuggling operation, or face a long stretch in the pen. Which, of course, is no choice at all.
But when Miles starts playing police lapdog, he soon figures out this ain’t no ordinary drug he’s dealing with. Some nasty people are willing to spill a lot of blood to protect their interests, and Miles is about to learn that nosing around in gang business is a dangerous job in a city where everyone’s on the take and the gangsters play for keeps.
So much for that peace and quiet.
THE MAN WHO CROSSED WORLDS
Coming Fall 2011