Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gonna Kill GodKill...

While it was a novel idea to brush off the dust from my first novel Godkill which I wrote waaaaay back in 1989, I've decided to kill it for a few notable reasons:


#1) The main character rose to divinity by fooling the Muslims of the world and after watching what the author of Satanic Versus and the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, I decided a fatwā against me would be a bad thing... 


#2) The main concept of the story could get me killed by the other end of the spectrum.  The main character is supposed to try and find a way to kill God...  What the fuck was I thinking back then?


#3) A movie called Dogma came out in 1999 (10 years after I wrote Godkill) and there's all kinds of similarities, for example I have a small golden demon who is foul-mouthed and perverted named Loki, Dogma also has a character named Loki... In my story Gerard has the army of hell and evil gods helping him battle the forces of good to try and kill God. In Dogma they jumped God to put him in a coma so angels could exploit a loophole and get back into heaven.  Very different stories but I remember when I watched the movie (which i thought was funny as hell) and said outloud, "Sonofa BITCH!"


#4) Some of my thinking all those years ago was plain stupid.  Embarrassing and just a little creepy...  The main character put his girlfriend in suspended animation and shrunk her down and carried around in his pocket for safe-keeping.  Seemed logical at the time, but when I was telling my wife about it, she just looked at me and said "That's fuckin' creepy" to which I have to agree to a point.


#5) Too many things that didn't make sense.  Too much convoluted plot twists that were very very very bad.  My wife points out "Hey you were only 18... give yourself a break..."  


I could go on and on, and maybe at a point later on I'll revisit it, but for now the only copy in existence is hanging on my display...  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SIGNATURE EDITION PROCESS DAY

So what makes the SIGNATURE EDITIONS of Convergence 2012 so cool?  Well they are signed on the cover with metallic ink, and the cover and first page are emboss sealed.  The first page is also signed with whatever you want it to say.  I had the books for the winners of the Goodreads.com contest and my daughter snapped pics while I was working on them and now am sharing with you...
The books arrived (20 of them... 10 for the Goodreads.com winners and the rest need a good home...)

Clean work space to sign and emboss-seal them...

My son watches me, making sure I do it all correctly...

He got bored and walked away as I kept signing...

The 10 copies for the Goodreads.com winners are finished...

Now for the emboss-sealing...  It requires a LOT of strength to press through the cover...

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the custom hand-made bookmarks...

Here's a sample of the bookmark...

All packaged up and ready to go...
If you want to snag one of these bad boys, just hop over to the SIGNATURE EDITION page...


 

Monday, January 2, 2012

And the winners are....

Winners of the Jan 02 2012 autographed book giveaway on Goodreads.com are:
01) Lexi W. of Greenwood, ME
02) Julie F. of Montevideo, MN
03) Larry K. of  Lebanon, OR
04) Michelle S. of Columbus, NE
05) Theresa W. of Caledonia, NY
06) Adam S. of Falls Village, CT
07) Lori H. of  Fort Wayne, IN
08) Jennifer H. of Jacksonville, FL
09) Beau S. of Sanford, MI
10) Bobby J. of Scottsdale AZ


I'm getting my copies in hand on the 4th end of day and will be shipping the copies out on the 6th.  I will be emailing each winner with instructions I need from them (double checking shipping info, etc.).  Each book will be emboss-sealed with the mark and also autographed in two locations (cover in metallic ink, and inside front page black ink) [as is standard on all my signature editions.


There were 590 people who entered and to you, I say "Thank you for your interest" and since I personally hate losing I am offering a free digital version from smashwords.com


The code you will need to use on checkout is: RD95Z  This code will only be good until 01/09/2012 (one week).  You enter the code after you add the book to your cart at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/74575

Act like you are going to buy the book, add it to your cart and then there will be a part of the order process where you can enter a discount coupon code.  (I think you also need to create an account but you're getting a free book out of it...)


Again, congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered!