Life is fire. The fire of passion and the fire of loss. Beautiful fire... and ugly fire. The fire of shame burning through a soul gone astray. And the fire wielded by the hand of a mage.
Kai and Jericho have controlled the Eternal Empire for several years, now. For Jericho, life couldn't be better. He has a home, and he has the constant companionship of the man he loves. But Kai wants more. He longs for the excitement of adventure, the challenge of making a difference.
Nobody saw the firestorm on the horizon.
From stability, insanity. Powerful change is coming fast. Can Kai and Jericho survive it?
So there you have it, my bestseller available for free until Saturday. And just 'cause it makes me feel good, check out the screenshot I took last night. It's not changed much this morning, except for going up even higher in the Kindle Store ranking.
Dark Brotherhood Poll
- Listening to: hail trashing my truck
- Reading: Firestorm
- Watching: Farscape
- Playing: Skyrim
- Eating: nothing yet
- Drinking: soon will be booze...
Okay, just had to blow off a bit of steam in a public way, or that was going to keep me up all night bitching to myself. I feel better now. Goodnight!
High Desert Escape
Anyway, look out, 'cause here they come. Hope someone likes something.
Not to mention Six Whole Days to do whatever the hell I want with. I think I'm going to like this!
Check out the comments for what I like best about this cool scene.
This looks like somewhere I want to be.
Anyone ever use Bryce? Then you know why this scene is so amazingly cool. (For those of you who don't use Bryce, it's a huge pain in the ass to make a scene like this. Powerful program, just not the easiest thing ever to use.)
Cool, weird, and totally makes me wish I could produce art like this.
Not Bespin, but it makes me wonder what's the story here.
Again, I like this one because it just screams "Story!" at me. Where is this place? What's it's history? Will we ever know???
Ooh! Knight! Castle! Misty brooding landscape with a single bright spot! Coolness.
Dark, a little bit creepy, and mysterious.
Another place I would like to be.
Looks like something amazing is likely to happen in the near future...
Here's your public service announcement! Smashwords is celebrating Read An Ebook Week right now with major sales throughout the entire site. So if you need something to read, now's the time to go get some ebooks. Mine are all hanging out in the "dirt cheap" range, I think the most expensive is at $2.50 and they get cheaper from there.
Look out, world. There's more of my writing coming to get you. Dawnfire, the third and final volume of the Hidden Game series, is now available on Smashwords and Amazon. There is also an omnibus edition of the entire series, and Smashwords coupons for half off the first two books (Luminous, code AV38N, and God's War, code JR27Q) if you don't like omnibus editions. The coupons are good until December 1, 2016.
For today's feature, I think I'll poke around in my sci-fi favorites and pick out some cool scenes, ones that make my imagination go "Ooh!" Digital art is great for fantasy and science fiction, and there are some absolutely amazing artists hanging out here on dA. Of course, I'm sticking to images that don't have hundreds of comments, so hopefully the artists can get at least a little bit more exposure.
What can I say? Awesome concept, really cool colors, nice use of light... just plain cool! And I love the hat.
I just love the whole idea. Pure coolness.
Better watch out, you don't want this guy pissed at you.
This place is filled with possibilities and stories just waiting to happen. I like the notion of a city--and a huge vine--grown up around the rocketship that brought people to a new world.
Pure, shiny, alien coolness. So weird, and such a perfect setting for the aliens!
I love lighthouses.
It takes a lot to get me to like any kind of character in a jar, but this image did it. I think it's the pretty lights that got me.
This is one of those things I love, but would never think of on my own. It just wouldn't occur to me to have that cool background, or that shirt.
I had a couple more to add, but suddenly dA is getting spazzy, so I guess I'll save those for later.
Normally, I am hyper-critical of my own work, and I tend to think it sucks. I post stuff here hoping that people will tell me what sucks, which helps me improve. But since improvement is gradual, I don't always see it.
Last weekend was the end of my vacation, and I reached the point where I'd actually finished the work on my websites and was ready to take on redoing some old, cringe-worthy ebook covers, because working on the websites basically forced me to confront how awful some of those things were.
Now I'm going to embarrass myself by putting the most astonishingly horrible ones out for public display. Bad! Bad! Bad! But I will also show off the new versions, which make me feel like the past four years of focusing on 3D in general instead of writing as much as I'm supposed to wasn't such a bad idea after all.
My first self-published ebook cover evolution:
The most shockingly horrible cover attempt I've redone so far:
That's chronological. The damn things actually got worse as I tried to come up with better ones for this story! *sigh* At least I like the new one.
And the moral of the story is:
If you think your work sucks, well, maybe it does. But if you keep at it, trying to learn and focusing on improving what you do, it's definitely worth it.