I’ve decided to try something different for my next novel. I’ve launched a Kindle Scout campaign for SUBTERRESTRIAL. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the process, readers have the opportunity to determine what Kindle Press publishes. Authors upload their covers, the first 5,000 words of their book, and a little about themselves. Scouts (readers) then vote for the books they believe to be worthy of publication. If their chosen book is selected, then Scouts get a free copy of the eBook prior to publication so they can read it before anyone else. Authors, in turn, gain increased visibility and access to the Amazon marketing machine. I would appreciate it if you would swing by the Kindle Scout site and register as a Scout. Read the first chapter of SUBTERRESTRIAL and, if you enjoy it, cast your vote. Thank you, as always, for your enthusiasm and support. Each of you means the world to me. Oh, and rest assured, regardless of the outcome of the campaign, there will be a limited edition hardcover.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my friends and readers for voting SUNBLIND the best novel of 2014. Words can’t express my gratitude. I hope you all understand how very much each and every one of you means to me. It’s an honor to even be nominated, and to take home my second RCA? Man, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Congratulations to the other nominees: Tim Curran, Greg F. Gifune (congrats on taking home the RCA for Best Novella!), and Ed Kurtz. To stand beside such talent is humbling.
You can read the press release HERE!
First off, thanks to all who participated. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and seeing the faces on the other side of the books. I truly mean it when I say that without you, they wouldn’t exist.
And now, without further ado…
Most Creative, as judged by J.G. Faherty, finalist for the Bram Stoker and International Thriller Awards:
Andi will receive a signed, limited-edition hardcover of CONDEMNED. Since Andi already has this book, she and I can figure out an alternate prize.
Most humorous, as judged by Jeff Strand, multiple Bram Stoker Award nominated author of books you really should read:
Jason won a copy of the book in the Joker’s hands, so he and I will have to work out a substitution.
Most serious, as judged by William C. Rasmussen, author of THE SILENT PASSENGER and coauthor of INFINITY TWICE REMOVED:
Bruce won a copy of a VECTOR BORNE, which he already has, so he and I will have to work out a substitution, as well.
Andi, Jason, and Bruce…please email me so we can work out shipping and prizes.
Thanks to MommaCat for helping to make this contest possible. Remember to check out her book review blog CAT AFTER DARK!
And if you’re looking for some fantastic fiction, please try something by my celebrity judges, who were kind enough to select the winners:
I’ve updated the contest page to include new entries from Bruce and Kimmy! Check them out HERE!
We’re down to two weeks left to enter and the odds are definitely in your favor! Enter now for your chance to win!
There are still a few copies of CONDEMNED in limited-edition hardcover at Thunderstorm Books! And the eBook is coming! T-minus three days and counting!
The signed, limited-edition hardcover of CONDEMNED is now available at Thunderstorm Books! They’re nearly gone already, so if you’re on the fence, don’t wait too long. The book not only features Thunderstorm’s stunning production values, but, like FEARFUL SYMMETRY and THE COYOTE, includes an insight into my process. While an original, handwritten manuscript page was tipped into those two, CONDEMNED features a red-line proof, which is the third phase of the writing process for me. This ought to show you how much changes from one version to the next. I hope you enjoy it the behind-the-curtain view.
As far as the story, several early readers have said it’s my best work yet. I would say it’s my most “human” story, and for that reason, one that will always be special to me. I hope I’m able to bring Detroit and its colorful history to life for you.
And there’s still time to enter the contest for your chance to win a free copy of this lavish deluxe edition!
To celebrate the impending release of CONDEMNED, available in limited-edition hardcover this weekend and eBook a week later, may I present a contest for the ages:
An author is nothing without his readers. As I’ve said on countless occasions, my writing career wouldn’t be possible without all of you. I consider each and every one of you an extended member of my family. So here’s the thing…I want to see you! I’ve read your names on emails, reviews, and posts, but now I want to put faces to those names and hopefully “meet” those of you who’ve chosen to lurk in the shadows.
The contest is simple:
- Send a picture of yourself with one of my books or the cover of one of my books on your e-reader to Momkitty@gmail.comby midnight EST on January 30th, 2015. Send as many entries as you want!
- Your picture will be uploaded to both michaelmcbride.netand catafterdark.WordPress.com. Each picture counts as an entry into the contest.
- A winner will be selected for each of the following categories by guest judges (to be identified after the fact, so there can be no bribery or coercion):
- Most Creative
- Most Humorous
- Most Serious
- (All decisions are final.)
- Here’s what the winners in each category will receive:
- Most Creative: a deluxe, oversized copy of Condemned, limited to 72 signed hardcovers (from Thunderstorm Books)
- Most Humorous: a deluxe, oversized, signed limited-edition hardcover of The Coyote (from Thunderstorm Books)
- Most Serious: a signed, limited-edition hardcover of Vector Borne (from Bad Moon Books)
- And because I love you all, every participant will receive a free copy of my newest eBook, Firebug. We’ll send it in an email confirming receipt of your photo.
What I need from you:
In addition to your photo, please include a brief statement permitting the usage of your unaltered photo and likeness on both michaelmcbride.net and the Cat After Dark blog, and their respective social media pages. Send your photo to Momkitty@gmail.com or post the image onto your own social media page and send a link to this address.
Check back frequently to see the new faces uploaded to the gallery. Winners will be posted at both michaelmcbride.net and Cat After Dark on Monday February 2nd, 2015.
Thanks and good luck to all of you!