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Absurdly Easy Kindle Contest Ends Tomorrow at 4:00 PM PT!

March 07, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

Update: Contest is closed!

There are THREE Kindles up for grabs in my absurdly easy Kindle Book Launch Contest for Armageddon’s Princess.

One of them the spectacularly nifty Kindle Fire HD. The cool 8.9″ one.

Three Easy Ways to Win a Kindle

1) To enter in the drawing for the Kindle Fire, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber. That person will get the Kindle Fire. To subscribe to my blog, go to the left hand side and fill out the form that looks like this:

Blog Subscrbe

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

2) To enter the drawing for the one of the Kindle Paperwhites, all you have to do is subscribe to my monthly newsletter by clicking here and filling out the form. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber.

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

3) To enter the drawing for the other Kindle Paperwhite, all you have to do is comment on the Book Launch Post. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one commenter.

Note that could take 24 hours for your comment to get out of moderation.  Only one comment will count towards the drawing, multiple comments from the same person only count as one entry. Be sure to comment on the book launch post, not this one.

Launch Contest Q&A:

Q: Where is the contest valid?
A: The Untied States, Canada and the United Kingdom only. Sorry, Amazon limits me on which stores we can buy and ship from.

Q: What versions of the hardware?
A: The 8.9″ HD Fire 16 megs Wi-Fi with special offers, and the Wi-Fi Paperwhites with special offers

Q: Can I enter all three contests?
A: Yes. Please.

Q: How will the drawings be done?
A: Names are printed and cut out, folded, and put in a hat. We’ll hold the hat above someone’s head, and she’ll pick a lucky winner. We will drawn an alternate name, if, when we contact the first person, he/she does not have an US, UK or Canadian shipping address.

Q: What’s to stop me from unsubscribing when the contest is over?
A: Nothing!

Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about science fiction, fantasy, books, libertarian topics and announcements.

Q: What will be in the newsletter?
A: Mainly announcements and links to popular posts. Lightweight stuff, but a good way to get info on upcoming projects and releases.

Q: How can you run such a cool contest?
A: Because I’m a capitalist pig!

Kindle Fire HD

The Making of Book 2’s Cover

March 04, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, Setting, The Craft  0 Comments

Armageddon’s Princess is a science fiction murder mystery that stands alone. I spent an enormous amount of time and effort to make sure readers have a complete end-to-end storytelling experience without purchasing the next book in the series.

I gotta tell ya though, book 2, The Wælcyrie Murders,  is kicking some serious ass, and here’s Duncan Long’s blog post on the creation of its awesome cover. Click on the cover to go to Duncan’s place and check it out:

Click here to go to Duncan's post.

The Absurdly Easy Kindle Book Launch Contest!

February 25, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce  2 Comments

Update: Contest closed!

Actually, there are THREE Kindles up for grabs in my absurdly easy Kindle Book Launch Contest!

One of them the spectacularly nifty Kindle Fire HD.

Three Easy Ways to Win a Kindle

1) To enter in the drawing for the Kindle Fire, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber. That person will get the Kindle Fire. To subscribe to my blog, go to the left hand side and fill out the form that looks like this:

Blog Subscrbe

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

2) To enter the drawing for the one of the Kindle Paperwhites, all you have to do is subscribe to my monthly newsletter by clicking here and filling out the form. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber.

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

3) To enter the drawing for the other Kindle Paperwhite, all you have to do is comment on the Book Launch Post. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one commenter.

Note that could take 24 hours for your comment to get out of moderation.  Only one comment will count towards the drawing, multiple comments from the same person only count as one entry. Be sure to comment on the book launch post, not this one.

Launch Contest Q&A:

Q: Where is the contest valid?
A: The Untied States, Canada and the United Kingdom only. Sorry, Amazon limits me on which stores we can buy and ship from.

Q: What versions of the hardware?
A: The 8.9″ HD Fire 16 megs Wi-Fi with special offers, and the Wi-Fi Paperwhites with special offers

Q: Can I enter all three contests?
A: Yes. Please.

Q: How will the drawings be done?
A: Names are printed and cut out, folded, and put in a hat. We’ll hold the hat above someone’s head, and she’ll pick a lucky winner. We will drawn an alternate name, if, when we contact the first person, he/she does not have an US, UK or Canadian shipping address.

Q: What’s to stop me from unsubscribing when the contest is over?
A: Nothing!

Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about science fiction, fantasy, books, libertarian topics and announcements.

Q: What will be in the newsletter?
A: Mainly announcements and links to popular posts. Lightweight stuff, but a good way to get info on upcoming projects and releases.

Q: How can you run such a cool contest?
A: Because I’m a capitalist pig!

Kindle Fire HD

Fan Service for the Ladies

Anthony Says: “Enjoy the Decline!”

February 21, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce  0 Comments
Enjoy the Decline!

Enjoy the Decline!

I finished Captain Capitalism’s (Aaron Clarey) Enjoy the Decline last night.

There are many books out there about how the United States is doomed via the ills of socialism. These books lay out their case, provide evidence the decline, and leave a reader with some type of “that’s all there is folks (you’re screwed)” or “here’s what we can do politically to win (but you’re still screwed).”

While rabble-rouser economist Clarey maps out his case in fluid prose, the book shifts to an upbeat philosophical treasure-trove of libertarian practicality, and that makes Enjoy the Decline unique. Clarey doesn’t so much preach about the old and true saying “control what you can control and don’t worry about what you can’t” than beats you over the head with it. He slaughters a sacred libertarian and conservative political cow every two pages.

Leave no doubt this is a book about personal philosophy via the identification of major life issues (career, wife, etc.) and the approach to those issues. So when I say practical, I mean practical. Do this. Don’t do that. Focus on this. Don’t focus on that. Husbands, here’s how to relate to your wife. Wives, here’s how to relate to your husbands. When he says “enjoy the decline,” that’s exactly what the book is about.

Here’s the synopsis:

The “End of America?”

Most likely.

The “Demise of liberty?”

You betcha!

The “Destruction of Western Civilization?”

Of course!

But why let all of the above get you down? Learn to “Enjoy the Decline!”

“Enjoy the Decline” is mandatory reading for all conservatives, libertarians, Americans, and lovers of freedom who are mourning the slow, but sure death of their culture and their country. America is over. Freedom will be curtailed. Liberty is dead. And above all else, it is inevitable.

But the answer is not to get depressed and give up hope. The answer is to change your attitude and learn how to “Enjoy the Decline.” You get one life on this planet and Aaron Clarey explains how to get the most out of it even though socialism and tyranny are all around you.

From learning how to adapt your psychology to learning to let go and take advantage of the socialist system, “Enjoy the Decline” carries the freedom loving American through the 5 stages of grief and puts them on a path to enjoy their life regardless of what is happening to their beloved America.

Dark, macabre, and morose, but truthful, helpful, and practical all the same, it is guaranteed to make you happier than your socialist counterparts even though they have everything they want.

Make leftists, liberals, and progressives miserable. Enjoy the Decline!

I give Enjoy the Decline five bacon strips out of five. It will the most optimistic red-pill you’ll ever swallow. You can go here for the Kindle version, and go here for the print version.

Guest Post by Sarah A. Hoyt: Holding Daddy’s Hand

February 19, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, Not Exactly Random, Plot, Setting, The Craft  1 Comment

smallsarahThe wise owner of this blog said recently that The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress needs no reboot, and I’m not stupid enough to argue.

In a way he’s absolutely right. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress is perfect of itself, vying with The Puppet Masters for my most favorite Heinlein ever, which is to say, vying with Puppet Masters for my favorite book of all time.

Which happened to be to our purpose, nothing. Meaning what Heinlein wrote was perfect for Heinlein and for his Universe, but when I finished Darkship Thieves, both my publisher and I decided it was time to open a can of whoop… er… behind on the Self-Satisfied Good Men of Earth.

Partly this was born of logic. After all, well, once you have that complete control, you are certainly going to be hurting the society that hosts you. Any parasite that grows to large is going to do that and government is always a parasite, in the sense that it creates nothing, and can’t live without its host. (Whether it benefits the host on the other hand, is something we might discuss. I mean, I hear these days that intestinal worms are good for you, they decrease auto-immune disorders. Maybe a small, controlled government decreases incidences of tyranny. I don’t know. Maybe we should have a small government and try it.)

Partly this was born of the fact that my publisher and I are both blood-thirsty broads with a nasty disposition. The Good Men annoyed us, and therefore, the Good Men must come down.

So… I was left to plot revolution. When in this type of situation, I go to Heinlein whose writing can be defined as “teaching young people how to plot revolution.”

Well, I can’t say I’m young, but yes. So I did read The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. And I thought “Okay, then, now let’s try it without a supercomputer.” “Let’s try it without a closed system like the moon” and “Let’s try it without the people we’re fighting against being at the bottom of the gravity well.”

The result was, of course, an unholy mess. In fact, it was such a messy mess, I couldn’t contain it under the Darkship Thieves series except very loosely.

The revolution starts with the escape from Never-Never at the end of Darkship Thieves of the disowned son of a Good Man. It starts not because he has high ideals, but because he would like to stay alive. (The high ideals come later.) It will end – because it’s across the whole Earth – twenty some years later, in a battle royale. In between there are many revolutions. The one in A Few Good Men is in the seacity of Olympus and its land-dependencies. The one in Liberte seacity – the next book, Through Fire – goes SERIOUSLY wrong.

And meanwhile Eden, the center of Darkship Thieves and Darkship Renegades is finding the limitations of a society with no written law (which is relevant considering we’ve decided to ignore our written law. Er… I mean, it’s complete science fiction, never mind.)

Darkship Renegades came out in December. A Few Good Men comes out in March. I have contracts in my hands for Through Fire and what might turn into Darkship Vengeance.

A friend told me I was writing Heinlein homage, but I don’t think I am. I’m also not writing Heinlein reboot, because when it comes to writing science fiction, compared to him I am but an egg.

It is just that I grew up IN Heinlein’s books, and as such it’s difficult to escape certain assumptions about how the world works, and how the future will go. Not ALL assumptions, of course, because we’re not the same people. But in general, we seem to be in accord about what matters: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I’m no more doing Heinlein homage than your kid does you homage when his walk is a lot like yours. It’s not that he sat out to imitate you. It’s that he learned to walk while holding your hand.

And in a way that’s what I’m doing – writing space opera, holding daddy’s hand.

There are worse things I could do.

(And because I promised Anthony I’d mention it – I’ve corrupted my entire family with Portuguese Kale soup. This is difficult since we are, of course, on a low carb diet, so the potato base to thicken the water is right out. BUT I make broth from spicy sausage. Then I boil and mash some cauliflower. And then I drop in the julienned Kale. Particularly good on a cold, cold night in Colorado.)

[Admin: Thanks Sarah for stopping by! Links to Sarah’s awesome  latest and upcoming books are here: The Sporadic, Spasmodic, Self Promo Post]

A Few Good Men

Don’t You Dare Post This on Facebook

February 18, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft, The Wife Unit  0 Comments

Anthony: Wow, I would have never caught this problem unless I saw the printed proof.

Wife Unit: What do you mean?

Anthony: (shows Wife Unit printed proof copy) See this font in the header on each page? It’s in small caps, but on the printer’s high-resolution printer 10pt Garamond in small caps looks washed out.

Wife Unit: It does look washed out.

Anthony: It’s the same font and size on the copyright page, but that looks fine. It must be the small caps at high res. (flips to copyright page) See?

Wife Unit: (pauses)

Wife Unit: (sobs)

Anthony: (?)

Wife Unit: (sobs)

Anthony: (a very confused man with a crying wife over a book’s copyright page)

Wife Unit: (sobs) That’s (sob) so (sob) sweet… (sob)

Anthony: (figures out the Wife Unit is crying over the Dedication of the book to her, which is the page opposite of the copyright page)

Anthony: (must not roll eyes must not roll eyes must not roll eyes)

Son #1: Why is mom crying?

Anthony: Because she’s a girl.

Wife Unit: Don’t you (sob) dare post (sob) this on Facebook (sob)!

Anthony: Of course.

crying woman

Red Pill Libertarian Science Fiction

February 11, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  3 Comments

You can’t buy book 1, Armageddon’s Princess, yet, but here’s the cover art for book 2: The Wælcyrie Murders.

I classify book 2 as red pull libertarian science fiction. Sexy time is had. The Princess goes a bit nanners (again). Bad Guys do bad things, and Good Guys do even worse. Also: boobs, high tech weapons, swoon-worthy boyfriends and large explosions.

Coming in Spring 2013.

The Wælcyrie Murders Cover


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Soon, My Precious!

January 16, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

Those fabulous people at Deep Mountain Studios (one must say that in a movie trailer voice) say the novel is finally off to the proofreader.

Armageddon’s Princess will be available soon.

Yay!

In related news, I saw the concept sketch with the color pallet for cover two. We had to change artists, which makes me sad, but the new artist is like spooky good, which does not make me sad. It’s a different art style than the first book, of course, but I am certain you all (my 27.3 readers) will like it.

Onward!

Happy New Year and Anthony’s Best Book of 2012 Award

January 01, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, Characterization, Plot, Setting, The Craft  0 Comments

Hello my 27.6 readers!

Happy New Year. I plan on making a year in review post, but I consider this a special category. What new book in 2012 did I feel was the best?

I read a considerable amount this year, despite my terrible Goodreads updates. Most of this goodness was on my Kindle, and the Kindle Paperwhite has accelerated my book reading with its pure design awesomeness. At $119 + cover and some unobtrusive, actually useful ads, this is a reader’s device and I am a reader.

But, I digress.

Out of all the books I read, one stands out as the winner and yes, you can rank books from the best to the worst.

Ken Kiser’s Fifthwind is the clear winner of 2012. From a storytelling standpoint, it’s a throw-back to the Sword and Sorcery days of yor before everything got pretentious, message-y and emo. As epic fantasy, it is a stunning debut. The novel also has great pacing, obviously edited with loving care and delivers across the board on action, world-building and best of all, a refreshingly masculine but not arrogant protagonist. Check out the reviews on Amazon.

Read More…

Bonded: Three Fairy Tales, One Bond by Michelle Davidson Argyle

November 08, 2012 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Atmosphere, Awesomesauce, Characterization, Plot, Setting, The Craft  2 Comments

Yummers yum yum!

Bonded is out, and I just ordered my hardcover edition because I am a sucker for beautiful prose in a beautiful physical book.

The first story in this novel, Cinders, was unexpectedly flawless, and I’m not surprised to see it snatched up by a publisher and put into a novella collection. I can’t wait to read the other two stories, and it’s all I can do not to order the Kindle edition and read it this weekend.

If you are a lover of prose so good it’s sensual, if you appreciate the bittersweet truth to the human condition and like storytelling that extracts the pure heart of a fairytale, then I also suggest getting Bonded. Cinders was that good, and there is no doubt the others will be right up there in the literary clouds of whipped awesomesauce.

Michelle is an excellent writer but these are the stories that push her into that otherworldly zone of awe.