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Goodreads Giveaway Ended

March 22, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

The first giveaway for Armageddon’s Princess is over. 893 (!) people entered the 40 book giveaway. W O W !

Deep Mountain Studios will print out the mailing labels today and some of the books may even go out in the post this afternoon. Once mailed, it usually takes 3 to 10 days for a book rate package to arrive via USPS.

I love Goodreads and sending these books out makes our day. Goodreads does many things like organize your library and keep track of books you’ve read. One of the things it does well is connecting readers who like to read (and buy) to writers who like to publish (and sell). I love seeing what other people read and review. I’ve found some really super awesome books and people on Goodreads.

Click on the button to go to Goodreads!

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Bunny McBoobs, My First Book Failure

March 15, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Characterization, Not Exactly Random, Plot, The Craft  4 Comments

I wrote a book and it was fan-fiction. I wanted to see if I could plot without worrying about characterization.

And I could! I promptly shoved the book under the bed after having one of the kids draw a cover for it. Literally, it’s under the bed.

My second book I completely threw caution to the wind. I wrote a near-future science fiction book about a hot blonde teen girl named Bunny who was a polymath with an eidetic memory, living in a Washington coastal town during an economic downturn. The town had a nasty past, an “interesting” relationship with the local Indian tribe and… a vampiric alien.

It was a weird-ass book, but man, after a revision, I nailed the character voicing and the action scenes. I was fearless and it was way off the rails.

And I realized I could not sell it. This was not a book to launch a writing career as a novelist.

This book was important in that it was the first book I sent to beta readers. It broke through that wall most writers put around themselves when they are in that “this is a bit of crap but its good enough to get feedback.” zone. On one hand, you have to set your fears of your writing chops and worry that you’re using your friends aside and get feedback.

On the other, you need a dose of reality.

After the revisions I realized that I loved that book. I loved it very much. But I didn’t love it enough to sell it. In a sense, I picked the wrong book to write or the right book at the wrong time. This was a failure, in a way. I spent almost a year on it.

Ah, well. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not learning anything.

But someday I will come back to Bunny. Cause Bunny rules.

Bunny McBoobs

Bunny McBoobs

Winners of the Absurdly Easy Kindle Book Launch Contest!

March 09, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  1 Comment

The unapologetic capitalist pigs at Deep Mountain Studios thanks everyone who entered the Armageddon’s Princess book launch contest. We printed out the entrants to each contest, folded them and put them in a hat, in which they were drawn out after a steak dinner by a nubile (and perky) teenager wearing her varsity cheerleader uniform (true story).

The winners are:

Newsletter winner of a Kindle Paperwhite: Brandie Booth

Comment winner of a Kindle Paperwhite: Neil Hoopman

Blog subscriber winner of a Kindle Fire HD: J Bridget Chicoine

Thank you all for your support and entries!

When Cheerleaders Attack

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

Short Book Review: The Wilder Shores Of Marx: Journeys In A Vanishing World by Anthony Daniels

March 05, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

Click to buy on Amazon.The Wilder Shores Of Marx: Journeys In A Vanishing World by Anthony Daniels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now available as a Kindle book, The Wilder Shores Of Marx: Journeys In A Vanishing World is a gripping, disturbing travelog of Dr. Anthony Daniels’s trips to some of the worst places on earth all bound up in one commonality: communism.

In a smooth style with intelligent, descriptive prose, Daniels pens a highly relevant book even when a country he’s visited no longer looks that way today.

Heartbreaking and wistful. This book highlights as no other there is no cure for the human condition.

Highly recommended for people looking for the truth rather than a reinforcement of rose-colored glasses.

Damn, I love my Kindle. Without it, this book would be lost in obscurity, rather than readily available to anybody who wishes to employ critical thinking.

View all my Goodreads reviews.

Click to buy on Amazon.

Click to buy on Amazon.

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.

Short Book Review: Empire by Michael R. Hicks

March 02, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

EmpireEmpire by Michael R. Hicks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Empire is a coming-of-age story told in the backdrop of alien strangeness, war and ultimately love.

I am a total sucker of science fiction come-of-age books. Awesome.

There are a few point-of-view switches that are awkward, but one must read this book to understand just how refreshingly creative it is.

Hicks is a master storyteller, and Reza, the main character, is about as sympathetic and ideal as they come, all in the backdrop of classic science fiction action-focused goodness.

Highly recommend. If you have a Kindle, be sure to snag the omnibus version of all three books.

As an aside, try to spot the underlying gender relations thematic in the series. Brilliant.

View all my reviews on Goodreads.

There’s a Goodreads Giveaway for Armageddon’s Princess

February 27, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

If you’re a member of Goodreads, you can enter the Armageddon’s Princess Goodreads Giveaway and have a chance of getting the spectacularly pretty physical book. Even if you already have the book, you should enter, and if you win, you can give the book to someone else.

If you’re not a member of Goodreads, it’s cool stuff and easy to join. If you’re a book reader, it’s a great community/tool set.

Here’s how Goodreads works:

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.

As a reader, I find about 20% of the books I read on Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Armageddon's Princess by Anthony Pacheco

Armageddon’s Princess

by Anthony Pacheco

Giveaway ends March 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Armageddon’s Princess Book Launch and Contest!

February 22, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  23 Comments

Book Announcement and How to Get It

Here at Deep Mountain Studios, I’m super excited to announce my science fiction mystery, Armageddon’s Princess, is now available for to buy!

Click here to buy from Amazon: Print Edition.

Click here to buy from Amazon: Kindle Edition.

You can also buy the book right from my Amazon store here on my website!

Click here to buy the print edition from Barnes and Noble.

Add my book to you bookshelf on Goodreads (as a reminder to buy later)!

Go here to enter the Goodreads Armageddon’s Princess Giveaway for a chance at a free print book!

And finally, Amazon Prime members can download it to their Kindle (from their Kindle) for free!

Catchy Book Synopsis

ANGRY PRINCESS IS ANGRY.

Investigator Lexus Nancy Toulouse, ex-soldier extreme: finds her Libido Generator is on the fritz, learns her old warship wants to “get back together” (despite the fact she already has four husbands!), loses whatever war-torn sanity she had left in a crime reenactment and becomes the Princess Concubine to the mysterious Empress. Then, while trying on lingerie, someone tried to blow her up and she regenerated all the way back to a teenager. Now there will be lots of blood…

AND NONE OF IT HERS.

And an Awesome Contest! For Kindles!

Update: Contest ended!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD  and two Kindle Paperwhites.

Yeah, you read that right. To enter these contests, all you need to do is:

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 this 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.

Pretty simple, isn’t it? There are no fancy point system, no complicated rules. Sign up to win, have a chance to win.

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!

Ready?

Oh, and please buy my book. Buy 100 copies. Give them to your friends. Have those friend buy 100 copies. ANTHONY WINS BOOK LAUNCH! See, it’s that simple.

Actually, purchasing the book and leaving an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble would be a bit of the awesome, really. Unless you hate it. But I know you will love it. I hope.

And please: share this contest with everyone! Share! Share with all the peoples!

Ready? Set? GO!

Armageddon's Princess book cover