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In our last chapter, Josh was writing checks his body couldn't cash. Yep. I got the flu. Big time. About 90 days ahead of schedule AND after I had committed to gettting a flu shot that very week. Which seems pretty damned unfair, but there you go. (How is it that the flu gods know this stuff?)

So...things are running behind schedule a bit. I do still plan to have Kick Start -- Dangerous Ground 5 --  out at the end of the month (Thanksgiving weekend, if all goes well). There's a snippet over on my blog. AND another snippet over on Amber Kell's blog -- that second bit takes place before Kick Start opens.

On the translation front, The Darkling Thrush is now available in French through MxM Bookmarks (you can see the lovely cover in the previous LJ post). It's had a name change, the title, The Shadow of the Sword, named for the legendary grimoire Colin Bliss searches for. Interesting, oui?

Coming in December is the no-longer-secret Adrien English surprise. You can find out more about that right here, along with a glimpse of Catherine Dair's wonderful cover art.

Also in December...per your requests, last year's holiday codas collected in one convenient package. There will be an additional few codas as well AND as promised, Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, Ginn Hale and moi are all putting together holiday codas for our Irregulars stories. Those will be made available on my blog the first week of December. I've had sneak peeks at Ginn and Nicole's stories and they are utterly delightful, as you'd expect.

Oh! Speaking of collections, my Petit Mort stories (previously published through JCP) are now available in one tasty little digital batch. Sweet Spot can be purchased for about a dollar a story through Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, B&N, and Amazon.

Finally, on the audio book front Death of a Pirate King is now available through Audible.com. This is pretty much everyone's favorite title in the series, and Chris Patton does a marvellous job with it. I think you will be very pleased. Only one more book to go!  We also have In Sunshine or In Shadow, a collection of thirteen short stories read by four very talented narrators. Finally, Armed and Dangerous, the Dangerous Ground collection of stories is now complete and headed toward the sales channel.

I think that's about it for now. I can't stand here lollygagging if I'm going to hit all these deadlines. Have a terrific Monday!  GET YOUR FLU SHOTS.


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Nov. 11th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon. I had my flu shot, but since the flu gods were not pleased I outsmarted them... I couldn't lift my arm for a week.
I enjoyed Death of a Pirate King and look forward to The Dark Tide. I look forward to your new releases!
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Andy, I honestly don't know whether to laugh or cry for you. WTH?!
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
LOL But how my luck usually goes it could have been much worse than a stiff and sore arm :) I did injure my knee again. I have learned my lesson I am not to ever, ever clean the attic. Not a problem at the moment as Harvey is still on the loose in the attic shower. Harvey is a really big spider. I need at least a shovel to go after him.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
And I just read about the CYOA Christmas Surprise - awesome! I can't wait to read it. I have had CYOA stuck in my head lately - have an idea for my own if I can sweet talk Ali into writing it with me.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's turned out to be the most complicated project I ever tried to do. And that is saying something!
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
But so much fun! CYOA are allowed to be a bit silly and crazy. I am slowly working on Ali - give me a year and I'll get her to write it.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
I hope readers have fun with it. They may just find it disappointing and strange. It IS pretty strange.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
But again, that is the nature of CYOA. And those that loved reading CYOA or like the silly/strange will love it. I look forward to it. I can't believe I missed the post on it. It would be a lovely book to curl up with in front of the fire on Christmas. I saved The Dark Tide for Christmas and that tested all my control but was worth it.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I'm trying to make it fun. People who love CYOA will definitely get a kick, I think.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
It'll be awesome :)
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
I would say I feel your pain re the flu, but somehow I've managed to reach the tender age of 39 without catching it (and no flu shots either)

I hope you're feeling better and I'm looking forward to Kick Start
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
You know, I never used to get sick (years of teaching built up an powerful immune system). But now that I work at home, I've caught the flu for the past THREE years. Every damn year. Sometimes I catch it back too.

So I figure I better give in and get a flu shot.
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)

You are clever! You make one feel like rebuying everything!
And of course I'm looking forward to the new production!

I'm very skeptical about flu shots. Maybe they make sense for elderly people which should really try everything to avoid the flu. For the rest of us, the probability they really work are so low, some 20% as far as I remember, that I don't see why should someone bother to get them.

JFYI: I'm celebrating today my one week flu-ersary ;-), but basically I was KO only one day.

Be well (I really mean it ;-)!

Nov. 11th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I used to feel the same way, but I really don't seem able to withstand germs anymore. I pretty much catch everything that comes my way. And then I have it forever. :-(

Of course maybe the solution is simply leave the house more often. ;-)
Nov. 12th, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
I used to get the flu every couple of years. I've had shots annually since the Ontario government started to supply them for free in 2000. Haven't had flu once since then.
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
I am eager not to have the flu again. VERY eager.
Nov. 11th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better. The flu sucks donkey balls.

You should be able to create an ebook version in an epub creating software. There is an open source one available (FREE) called LibreOffice Writer. (I found the info here: http://opensource.com/life/13/8/how-create-ebook-open-source-way ) It said hyperlinks were possible which is all you need for a choose your own adventure novel. Once you get the epub created, you can covert it to kindle format, so that should make it available to a good portion of ebook readers. I haven't tried it though, so I might be blowing smoke out of my ass. ;-}

I also found another option while I was looking which looks really cool as well.


and this is the FREE software that let them create the ebook:


I didn't look into it very deeply, but it looks promising. I think you can either save it as a computer-read file for free, or they charge you a small fee to convert it to a kindle file. Don't know if this will work for epubs or not. There might be some commercial software out there that you can buy to do the same thing if you think you might do something similar in the future.

It was just an idea and my $.02. I hope you can find something like that though since I don't do paper books anymore. It would also be good for all the people in other countries that are hit with outrageous shipping charges for paper books.
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wellll, this looks pretty interesting. The thing is, I don't do any of my own formatting. And this might be just a little more intensive and complicated than any of my support folks are willing to tackle. But thank you for these links! There are possibilities here.
Nov. 13th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
I would be willing to tackle setting the ebook up for you. If you're interested, email me at dana dot armstrong at gmail dot com and we can discuss the particulars. I haven't tried anything like this before, but I worked as an IT consultant for 10 yeas (10 years as the main computer guru in offices before that), and I'm very proficient with word processors. I'm also decent with basic web pages (which is relevant due to the links, etc. in the book). I would consider it a learning experience with an eye to maybe charging for similar services in the future.
Nov. 14th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
Well, maybe once I stagger to the finish line I'll drop you a line!
Nov. 11th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Josh, I should check before you have a flu shot. If you've just had flu you will already have the antibodies and therefore the immunity to this season's flu. I don't know, but I think it might overload your body to have more injected and so do you harm (as well as being unnecessary). If it was a really bad cold rather than flu then you should get the shot as long as you no longer have any fever, since they are different viruses.

I'm fascinated by the CYOA Adrien and Jake, especially since I've never seen a CYOA before! And I'm holding a credit especially for the Armed and Dangerous audio.

Has Chris P started The Dark Tide yet??
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:34 pm (UTC)
I doubt if Chris has started yet, but he's generally right on schedule with delivery. The real hold up now is ACX. They're taking longer and longer to approve projects for the sales channel. I think there will be an enormous backlog before the holidays.
Nov. 12th, 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Really really looking forward to more of the Irregulars!

Hope the DIY Adrien book does well - that's a fascinating idea!

I got my flu shot...
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
I've now read three of those Irregular codas, and they are such fun!
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Very much looking forward to the CYOA book (I can't even imagine how it would be made into an e-book...) LOVED those books growing up, combined with my love for the Adrien English books now = Heaven.
Hope you're feeling better!!!
Nov. 12th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
It's pretty crazy, I have to admit. We're now at the stage of trying to tie up all loose threads without letting them split into other threads. :-)
Nov. 14th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that! And now I shall sit all nice and impa-, um, patient until it is released. :-P
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