Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wandering City Blues - Available NOW!!!

Friends, fans, family, I'm proud to announce that Wandering City Blues, the first volume of my sci-fi series Fogworld, is available now on Amazon for both paperback and Kindle!  WCB is published by A Carrier of Fire.  Here's the most important info for new readers.

If this is your first time to the blog, welcome!  Wandering City Blues is a noir-inspired detective story with a sci-fi twist.  In the near future, 13 unique colossi come up from the depths of the ocean and begin to roam the earth.  Along with them comes a poisonous red-orange fog with a 1,000-foot ceiling that kills slowly and randomly like cigarettes.  As the fog covers the globe, humanity decides to leave the surface and build cities on the backs of the huge creatures, up where the air is still fresh.  The main story of the book takes place 99 years later.

If you'd like to read the first two chapters of the book for free, please click here for the first chapter and follow the link at the bottom of the page to the second chapter.  If you like what you see, please come back here and click this link to purchase your own copy from Amazon for $14.99 plus shipping, or visit ACarrierofFire.com to order a signed copy for $20 inside the U.S.

Also, we're doing two launch events this week with one-of-a-kind giveaways at each party!  First, tonight (Wednesday the 26th) I'll be at Comic Logic in Ashburn, VA from 4-7pm signing copies, then that night at Ashburn Pub (in the same shopping center) from 7pm to about 11 with custom cocktails based on WCB, live DJ'ing, the giveaways and more!  That's our local launch; our global launch is at Virginia Comicon in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday the 29th.  I'll be attending a panel for the book in the main panel room at 1pm and I'll have a table at the con all weekend representing A Carrier of Fire.  There will be plenty of giveaways at the panel as well, so you're not missing your chance if you can't make it to Ashburn tonight.

Thank you as always for your love and support.  This is a huge endeavor for me and A Carrier of Fire and every page view, every social media interaction, every book sale mean more to us than you could imagine.  So tell a friend, review the book on Amazon, come say hello in person and have a good week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Signed Copies / Giveaways / Kindle.

What's up everybody?  I've noticed my weekly page views on this blog have gone back down from 150 to about 12, which is odd, but I'm sticking with it!  We're only two weeks away from the local launch of Wandering City Blues at Comic Logic and The Ashburn Pub in Ashburn, VA (see last week's blog for details) so I wanted to run a few things by you folks.

First, I'm still taking pre-orders for signed copies within the United States.  I meant to set up UK pre-orders by now but I haven't had the chance - plus the cost of a book plus shipping to England is $39 USD which is something like 31.50 GBP.  If you live in the UK and you really want to fork over that kind of cash, you can PayPal me at jonny.lupsha@gmail.com with your mailing address.  Otherwise, there will be order links up to Amazon closer to Halloween.  While I'm on the subject, I'm on the road this week (so yes, I wrote this last Friday and scheduled the post five days in advance) so no matter where you live, if you order a copy of Wandering City Blues right now (from ACarrierofFire.com) I'll be able to ship it first thing Monday, October 17th.  After the local launch on the 26th, Comic Logic in Ashburn will also have an inventory of pre-signed copies of WCB available for $15.

Second, I did a live Facebook video last week and talked about the book, the music, world-building and (perhaps most importantly) giveaways!  At each of the major launch events (Comic Logic & Pub 10/26, VA Comicon 10/29) I will be giving away one signed "Proof Copy" of WCB.  This is the first-order, warts-and-all test edition of the paperback itself.  That means super limited edition.  I will also be giving away one signed poster of the Comic Logic release at each event - posters that will never again be printed.  Again, this means they are incredibly rare.  But perhaps the most exclusive/limited prize is that I have exactly one handwritten copy of the original outline for Wandering City Blues that I used as a guideline throughout my last year writing the book.  This includes ideas that were never used, so you can get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see how the original plan for the book compares to the final product.  I'm also giving away a handwritten promo for the launch events that I personally aged and photographed for social media, and several CD copies of the fictional podcast / radio drama MJM: The Fogworld Chronicles performed and produced by myself with 2 Fat Guys Podcast.  Set within the Fogworld universe, MJM is a trilogy of seemingly cherry-picked episodes of an East Coast podcast by three guys, each episode hitting on a major moment in history leading to life on the theriopolises.  The entire CD takes place over the course of about a year.

Finally, I wanted to mention that there absolutely will be a Kindle version of Wandering City Blues available on or by October 29th.  There's no pre-order page now, but it will be on Amazon.  Pricing TBD, but I think I'll charge a bit less than the paperback because you don't get a physical copy to show off on your bookshelf and there aren't production costs to make up for on anyone's end.

Have a good week!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Live Video / New Ad!

Happy...Tuesday?!  Whoa, wait, whaaaaaat?!  This week's blog is coming at you a day early to prep for a live event I'm doing tomorrow.  Here's the information.

At 10am Eastern time on Wednesday, October 5th, I'll be broadcasting live from my living room to talk about Wandering City Blues for a while.  I'll be taking questions, showing off some of the prizes I'm giving away at my launch events later this month, spinning a couple songs that inspired the book, doing a brief reading, unloading never-before-heard details about the project and more!  Tune in at facebook.com/ACarrierofFire - or don't.  That won't stop me.  I got nothing else to do tomorrow; I'll entertain my damn self on video all morning.  Ha!

With the full-on launch of the book only about three weeks away, I'm doing my best to ramp up promotional stuff.  Consider this a reminder to come to my local pre-launch at Comic Logic in Ashburn, VA on October 26th.  I'll be there around 3 p.m., so you can be the first to buy a copy of Wandering City Blues and get it signed, check out the awesome shop itself, hang out with me and talk or get an early start on the party at The Ashburn Pub in the same shopping center, which starts at 7 p.m. and goes until whenever we all get tired and go home.  The party at The Pub will have live DJ'ing, a cocktail menu inspired by the book and invented by Pub owner Kevin Bednarz, more copies of the book, me, both my friends and my parents!  Both events will have free giveaways too, including but not limited to a rare test copy of the book, a signed poster, a CD of the fictional podcast / radio drama that's set in the Fogworld universe and some of my original handwritten notes/promo material for the book.

Immediately following the event on the 26th, the worldwide launch of WCB is officially slated for October 29th.  So look forward to another major event on October 29th at VA Comicon at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA.  I'll have a table at the con all weekend, where I'll have plenty of copies of WCB in stock, but on Saturday the 29th, the con will host me on a panel about the book where there will be nearly identical giveaways to the Ashburn event.  Check back here for details on the time and room number or visit VAComicon.com for more info as the date approaches.

Finally, here's this sweet new ad that we're putting up on Facebook and Twitter today.  Enjoy!