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On April 23rd, I will be part of an all-day chat and interview hosted by Bitten By Books.  The occasion is the release of Sapphire Blue, and I’m excited!

If you want to stop by on Wednesday and say hello and participate in the chat and, I dunno, hang out with me, please do!  You also get a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card…

You can RSVP right now for the event by following this link.

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I have been neglecting my Immortal series for a little while longer than I probably should have.  I apologize!  I’ve been busy with Fixer and Sapphire Blue and Surviving Hector and life in general, and this means everyone’s favorite character– Adam, the immortal man– has been getting entirely too little attention.

Worse than that, new readership has slowed down.  And again, this is my fault for not rolling out the third book.  By the time October rolls around it will have been two years and four months since the last book– Hellenic Immortal– came out, which is far too long a time to wait.

Hellenic_Immortal20I’ve been looking over Adam’s history and I realize that his life from 1350 until roughly 1870 isn’t covered anywhere, not even in the new novel.  And since this is (needless to say) a fertile period, I’m going to do what I can to write some short stories for him within this 500 years.  These would be extended flashbacks of the sort you are familiar with if you’ve read the books.

And if you haven’t read the books, now is the time!  The prices have dropped, and you’ll have a third book in your hands by the end of October.

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In the meantime, here is the front cover proof for the third book!

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GeneDoucette_SurvivingHector2500Here is an exclusive excerpt from the just-released short story Surviving Hector, available now!

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(i) The Man in the Room

Anita had always been a heavy sleeper, which was why it took several minutes for the stranger in the bedroom to wake her up.

Aloysius had made it a running joke that Anita could sleep through anything. When it was time for a baby, he’d say, he would have to handle the night feedings because the baby’s mother could sleep through a five-alarm fire.

It was funny, sort of, and true, sort of. She’d slept through two fire alarms in her dorm in college, but on both occasions she had not only been asleep but drunk. On neither occasion was the fire anywhere near her, so it wasn’t ultimately a big deal except for when her husband decided to bring it up.

When it bothered her—being reminded of how soundly she slept—she argued that she would rather not wake up to feed a baby anyway, especially if he was willing to do it, and anyway it wasn’t like she could help being a sound sleeper. This would sometimes lead Aloysius to come up with a list of other things Anita should really not sleep through, but everything he named—other than fires—was either not important enough to wake up for or so dreadful she’d only be waking up to experience her own immediate death.

Amazingly, not one of the options involved a stranger sitting in her bedroom.

She first became aware of the man when he slapped her on the face. It wasn’t a heavy blow by any means, and the fact that it was gentle yet still woke her implied he’d been doing it for a while.

Once awake enough to sense the slap she spent a few moments trying to justify the sensation by running through all of the things in her life that could have been mistaken for a leather-gloved hand stinging her cheek. Nothing came to mind, so she opened her eyes.

“Ah. Finally,” the man said. The sound of his voice woke her more violently than the slap had. She rolled over and sat up, and for a half-second her body couldn’t decide whether to vault from the bed and for the door or to cover up her negligee-clad body with the blanket. She ended up opting for the latter.

“Jesus Christ, what—”

“Shhh,” he said, pressing the barrel of his handgun to his lips. “Not too much noise, please. No one would hear you, but it’s unseemly.”

The man was sitting in a metal folding chair taken from the supply they kept in the garage, to be used when the company anticipated exceeded the number of chairs already available in the dining room. That usually happened around the holidays, so when she saw it she thought of Christmas, and for about a heartbeat she entertained the notion that the stranger was Santa Claus, breaking into the place on the off-season.

The man was not very Santa-ish. He was rail-thin and balding, with baggy eyes and a wide nose, wearing black slacks and a black turtleneck under a slate gray jacket. His most remarkable aspect, given where he was sitting, was that she had never seen his face before.

Her hand roamed across the bed to her left, and found the space there unoccupied. She would have turned to look—it was a king-sized bed, which was plenty big enough for her to feel alone even when she wasn’t—but didn’t want to turn away from the gun for even a second.

“No, he’s not there. And thank you for not getting hysterical.”

“I’m…” she whispered, then stopped and licked her lips when she found she had insufficient saliva to speak. “I’m a quiet hysteric. What do you want?”

“Excellent question. Right to the point, I like that. Now please pay attention. Your name is Anita Harrington, and you work for the A.D.A. Your husband Aloysius Harrington does not. He is a commodities broker, and I don’t care about him beyond the fact that he has good hearing. He’s not lying next to you because this good hearing of his led him downstairs when he heard an unfamiliar noise. That is who I am: an unfamiliar noise.”

“Do you have a name? Or should I call you that?”

“You can call me Hector. Nobody else does, and I only thought of it three seconds ago, so you will not find anything about me by knowing this. It’s better than you with the gun, however.”

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Want to know what happens next?

Surviving Hector: a short story is available for $0.99 on your Kindle– and it’s FREE if you are a Prime subscriber.  Order your copy now.

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As I was looking through the Huffington Post Books page last week, wondering what to write about next, I came across an article by a fellow blogger there (I’m not going to link to it) that annoyed me.  The point of the article was that print will never die because the author found a classic novel in a second-hand store for $0.45.  It was the second weirdest argument in favor of print I’d ever heard.

The first, for the record, is “I just like the feel of paper.”

Sudden, unplanned rant

PLEASE STOP SAYING YOU JUST LIKE THE FEEL OF PAPER.  You sound silly, and it makes me wonder what the hell you’re doing with the books other than reading them.  It also means I assume you don’t really read, because if you did, you would know what it’s like to try and read a 500 page hardcover book while holding a coffee in one hand and a subway rail in the other on a moving train and having to turn the page with your face.

Say you don’t want to buy a Kindle because you don’t think you’ll use it, or say you don’t actually read books, but enough with the feel of paper.  Reading is not a tactile experience.

Back to the point

After reading that article I decided to write my own about print and the possible death of it.

…up until very recently a writer had little choice, because the big publishers were the only ones who could get books into bookstores. Big publishers are still the only ones to get books into bookstores, but that’s not nearly as important because there are no people in those bookstores any more.

Read: The Ten Thousandth ‘Death of Print Publishing’ Column

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If you absorb your books via Amazon Kindle, and you like what I write, you’re in luck!  It turns out I went and wrote a short story recently, and it’s available right this very moment!

It’s called Surviving Hector and it’s based on a screenplay I wrote a few years back by the same name.  (I am really fond of the name.)

How do you get it?  You click on this link here: Surviving Hector and buy it, and then it will download to your Kindle and yay, then you own it.  You can also look it up on your Kindle directly, I hear.

Self-publishing

This is my first effort at self-publishing my fiction.  As you all know (or should) my third Immortal  novel, Immortal at the Edge of the Worldis going to be here in October, and it will be released by my current publisher.  After that, it’s likely I will be self-publishing my novels, provided I can prove to myself that it’s a viable option.  This short story (and the next one I’m planning, which will be by G Doucette) is me sticking my toes in the pool to see what the water temperature is.

I am hoping the water is comfortable.

Twitter handles

I have created (and in one instance re-activated) multiple Twitter accounts in order to drive interest in my work and raise my Internet profile a little bit.  If you are on Twitter and would like to help, follow and share these accounts with me…

For the Immortal series @adamtheimmortal

For Fixergo to @fixernovel

For Sapphire Blue@sbluenovel

For Surviving Hector, @survivinghector

 

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Don’t forget, this sale ends today!

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Surviving Hector: a short story

In the next few weeks–I haven’t decided on a date yet–I will be rolling out a new short story, called Surviving Hector.  It will be available as an e-book on the Kindle.  (I don’t have an easy way to do this on Nook or Kobo or iBooks right now, but if there is a large enough demand I will pursue.)  Today I am proud to debut the cover, which was designed by Kimberly Killion of Hot Damn Designsand I think she did a fine job.

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Blurb

“You can call me Hector. Nobody else does, and I only thought of it three seconds ago, so you will not find anything about me by knowing this. It’s better than you with the gun, however.”

Before leaving work for the weekend, Anita’s boss gave her a file for safekeeping. Now the killer sitting in her bedroom wants the file, and is willing to kill Anita and her wounded, unconscious husband if he doesn’t get it. But if she hands it over, he might kill them anyway.

Alone, unarmed and dressed for bed, can Anita save her husband and herself? Can she survive Hector?

GoodReads page

I have already set up a GoodReads page for Surviving Hector.  If you have a GoodReads page take a moment to add it and spread the word!

Surviving Hector on GoodReads

Buying books

Have you taken advantage of the Sapphire Blue discount?  It’s on sale for $0.99 for only a limited time.

What is not limited is the new pricing for Immortal, Hellenic Immortal and Fixer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go pick up copies and tell everyone you know about them.  You should still do that.  Like, now.

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Roxy’s Reviews

If you haven’t already picked up a copy of Sapphire Blue there’s a new review for your consideration:

Hmmmm, how to describe this book?  Unique, erotic, and surprising.  Yep, that about sums it up for me.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I’d have to say the further I got into the book, the more surprised I became.

The review is here

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