October Book Release Update

Published October 3, 2014 by jnaomiay

Facebook is telling me that it’s been 23 days since my last post.  I realize I’ve been quiet lately, but to tell you the truth, it’s because I’ve been hiding under my bed.  It’s cramped down here, especially with Smokey sharing half the space.  The ceiling height, which is just really the bottom of my box spring, is not very high either, making it extremely difficult to type.

Why am I hiding under my bed, you may ask?  Or, you may not.  You may not care at all what I do.  In any case, I will tell you it is because I am living in fear of terrorists, ebola, enterovirus 68, and because the rock upon which my domicile resides is currently under a Boil Water Alert for the second time this week.

Of course, if you are living in Cali, you’d probably be thrilled to have a Boil Water Alert.  Boiling water is certainly better than having no water at all.  This reminds me of a story from the annals of family history regarding a previous great Cali drought in 1896 or thereabouts.  This was coupled with a turned-over cart of laboriously grown watermelon, malaria, and a few other maladies and crises common to 19th century west coast pioneers.

Those of you who are SpaceNavy Cadets may recall that I have used a similar scenario in not one but two books.  If you know one of those two titles where a melon cart flipped over, PM me and I’ll grant you a reward.  Probably, it will be an audiobook code of your choice from the selection I have available.

And, speaking of audiobooks, My Enemy’s Son is due to arrive in retail outlets shortly.  In fact, it’s been more than the requisite three weeks that ACX normally requires.  They’ve initiated a Trouble Ticket to find out why the heck it’s not live yet, as apparently it’s been lost in the Matrix.  It’s very good though.  In fact, Rebecca A. Reynold’s renditions of all the characters are simply amazing.  You’ll be able to check it out with your KU account or purchase it at all your favorite audiobook shops.  If you haven’t listened to Rebecca’s narration of The Boy, definitely go get that first.  Oh!  Rebecca has also started working on Book 3, Of Blood & Angels.  Hopefully, we’ll have that out of the Matrix on the virtual bookshop shelves by next spring.

In addition to the audiobooks, I will have a short story releasing later this month or early next month as part of an anthology.  Three lovely and talented ladies and I have teamed up to produce a collection of stories from several different genres but all relating to murder, men, and midnight.  My story is titled Space Shopper, and yes, it does relate to murder, men, and midnight since space is just a vast expanse of midnight, no?  The whole book should be a lot of fun and it will be either free or bargain basement priced so that everyone can enjoy it.

Also on the proverbial drawing board is Book 16 of The Two Moons of Rehnor series.  It’s almost half way done so if all things stay the same, it should be released in December 2014.  For those of you who have read Fairy Tales, you will note I took a step backward and diverted from the main story line in that one.  This one, which is still unnamed, will return to the main story line, and quite possibly finish it.  But…and this is BIG BUT, as I have said this twice before.  It depends.  As my author friends out there all know, the story lines are dictated by the voices in our heads, which preclude any rational decision making.  If said voices decide they’re not done, then, they aren’t.  If I decide to remain beneath my bed for the rest of my life, unable to cope with the disastrous realities of Planet Earth, I may keep writing tales of Senya and Rehnor forever and ever.  If you want to read them, it’s up to you.  If you don’t, as my beloved and late mother always said when I turned up my nose at her lovingly prepared platter of roasted beef tongue, T ma nishtana? which technically means, What has changed? But in our family colloquialism was actually defined to mean, So what?  You don’t like how I slaved all day in the kitchen for you?  Fine.  Don’t do me any favors by eating it.

However, all that being said, I do intend to put a period on the end of book 16 and try to divert my attention to the spin off series The Angel Complex, and/or Time Tripping Adventures, and/or something else.  A preview of Book 16 is posted on my website www.jnaomiay.com and I’ve also put it in the back of Fairy Tales.

So that’s it from SpaceNavy Command.  Onward and upward, tally ho, and all that.  If you are in the once great, US of A, only a month until voting day, and I encourage you to exercise your civic duty by getting out there and voting every one of those bastards out.

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Coming soon to audiobook…

Published September 9, 2014 by jnaomiay

The Two Moons of Rehnor, Book 2, My Enemy’s Son! Voice artist Rebecca A. Reynolds does an amazing job of voicing both the many, many male and female characters in this novel. You’ve got to hear the conversations when they are speaking to each other. She literally had me rolling on the floor with laughter. It’ll be part of the Kindle Unlimited program as well as available through Audible, iTunes and your favorite ebook retailers. In the meantime, start the series by listening to The Boy who Lit up the Sky. Trust me. Rebecca’s performance is simply unbelievable.

Something New!

Published September 4, 2014 by jnaomiay

Here’s something new and different, okay maybe only a little different, but still…Introducing the new Angel Complex series with book 1, Karma Can Kill You, available only at Amazon and free with Kindle Unlimited!

Maddie Warren’s life is a mess. After seven years, she’s still mourning the tragic and sudden death of her husband, Phil. Her midlevel management job at an accounting firm bores her to tears, and every night she paces the floor of her condo, a victim of chronic insomnia.
If only she could be just starting out again like her administrative assistant, Jen, married to a hunky fireman husband, and new homeowners of their first bungalow.
Jen’s attempts at fixing Maddie up with their friend, Scoop, just don’t seem to work. Maddie is convinced that love will never find her again, until one fateful Saturday.
During a day of shopping at the big box store, between the Super Whip-o-Matic demo, and the table of bite-sized samples of the latest fusion cuisine, Maddie collides with an old high school flame, a guy she would prefer not to remember.
This chance meeting sets Maddie’s life on a course that will change her forever, but there is nothing Maddie can do about it, because her fate is controlled by someone else.





SdK Board Meeting Minutes – Aug 2014

Published August 11, 2014 by jnaomiay

SdK Board Meeting Minutes

Aug 2014

Attendees:  Jim, Steve, Rent, Arsan

Location:  SdK Tower Executive Conference Room

Jim:  Okay, guys, let’s get started.

Steve:  Where in the hell is everybody?

Arsan:  Hell.

Rent: Seriously?

Arsan: (shrugging)  Maybe.  Probably.

Jim:  Guys!  (Jim pounds the gavel.)  I have only a few items on our list.  Let’s see how quickly we can finish this up.  There’s a preseason game on in twenty minutes and it’s still Happy Hour over at the Corral.  Drinks and Wings half price, you know.

Rent:  I’m in.  I love their Rope ’em & Ride ’em Cowboy Spaghetti.

Steve:  You would.  Where’s Naomi?

Jim:  (clears his throat)  Actually, guys, she’s not coming today.

Shock and awe around the table.

Steve:  She’s got something more important to do than meet with us?

Jim:  Well…

Steve:  (Steve waves at the near empty room, and the enormous conference table.)  So we’re supposed to have a board meeting, the three of us and Junior?

Arsan: Hey!

Jim:  Steve, calm down.  Naomi left instructions, and she specifically said Arsan needs to be included in everything we do.

Arsan:  Uh huh.  Uh huh.  (Arsan high fives himself)

Rent:  He’s actually a lot older and wiser than he looks.

Arsan:  Hey!

Steve:  Who is your agent, kid?  Are you using the same dude the Big Man’s got?

Arsan smiles smugly.

Steve:  Sheesh.  I bet your contract’s worth a lot more than mine.

Jim:  Steve, give it a rest.  I’ve seen everyone’s contracts and they’re all fair.

Steve:  Yeah?  How much does the Big Guy get?

Jim:  Well…He is THE BIG GUY and his contract is commiserate with that.  Anyway, let’s get back to the business at hand.

Rent:  Yeah.  We should just be glad we’ve got the contracts we do.  Especially after what happened to the entire Korelesk family.  (Rent shakes his head and blows out air from between his teeth.)  Nasty.

Silence around the table for a moment.

Jim:  So, (Jim clears his throat again), Naomi wants us to announce that Fairy Tales was just released, and is available only on Amazon.com and it is eligible for Kindle Unlimited.

Arsan: (Standing up and dancing) Oh yeah!  My book.  My book.  Oh yeah!  It’s all about me.

Steve:  Shut up!

Rent:  Actually, it’s about more than just you.

Arsan:  Mostly me though.  You guys aren’t even in it.

Steve:  Shut up!

Arsan:  He’s just mad because his wives keep leaving him.  Right, pops?

Steve:  Who was your mother again?

Arsan’s face turns bright pink.

Rent:  Be careful, Steve.  You know he’s One of Them.

Steve:  Yeah, but he can’t do the finger thing.

Jim:  (pounding the gavel)  Guys!  Arsan, sit down and behave yourself.  Now, Naomi also wants me to announce that the audiobook for My Enemy’s Son will be released in early September.  Rebecca A. Reynolds is narrating it again and she’s done an awesome job on all the voices.

Steve:  So who cares?  None of us are in it.

Jim:  I am.

Rent:  Actually, you’re only referred to as playing in a pee-wee football game and joining your grandparents for dinner.

Steve (laughing):  You tell him, bro.

Jim:  Are you done, Steve?  I’ve got more announcements to make.

Steve:  I don’t know, Jim.  Am I done?  Are we all done?  Is Naomi trying to tell us something by not being here?  How many meetings has it been since the Big Guy was here?  Maybe, it’s over.  We’re all washed up and in denial about it.  What do you think, sport?

Arsan (shrugs):  I’m good either way.

Jim:  Well, I was going to save this for the last item, but since you brought it up, I’ll announce it now.  Naomi says there’s going to be a new book, possibly a new series.

Steve:  And, none of us are in it.

Jim:  If your agent hasn’t been contacted about a new contract, then no, you won’t be in it.

Rent pulls out his cellphone and texts his agent.

Steve:  Shit.  Is it another one about those girls?  Black Gold or whatever in the hell she called them?

Jim (looking through his notes):  No, this is something entirely new.  The working title is something like The Angel Complex.

Arsan (bolting from his seat):  Score!

Rent (shaking his head):  I guess I’m out.

Jim:  It’s early yet.  She doesn’t know who could show up later.

Steve: But, the Big Guy’s in it, of course, and wherever he goes, Captain DragonLady follows.

Rent:  Are you asking or telling?

Jim:  Well…

Steve:  I suppose there’s hope that we can be born again.  Right, bro?

Jim:  Anyway, ETA on that is sometime in September 2014.  Now, regarding the Two Moons series…

Steve:  Wait.  Are we just done then?  Is Naomi just going to leave us plummeting into a frozen lake?  That’s it?

Jim (checking his notes):  Hard to say.  She hasn’t indicated one way or another.  What she does want me to announce though is that all of the novelettes, the audiobooks, the comic book, Black Gold, and the Two Moons extended series books 11 – 15 are available to borrow through Kindle Unlimited which will save our readers a whole lot of money.

Rent:  Saving money is good.

Arsan:  My book!  Oh yeah!  My book!

Jim:  And, books 1 – 10 are available on other lending programs such as Scribd and Oyster so you can save a lot of money by borrowing from them too.  Also, some library systems are now able to carry books 1 – 10 if they are part of the Overdrive network.  Specifically, Naomi wants to thank the King County Library System and the Washington Anytime Library System for stocking ebooks from The Two Moons of Rehnor series.  If our readers are interested in getting the series in their libraries, they should contact their local librarian or go online to make a book request.

Rent:  Libraries are useful.

Arsan:  My book!  Oh yeah!  My book!

Steve:  Are we done?

Jim (checking his watch):  Yep.  Just in time for the kick-off.  First round of beer is on me.

Rent:  Rope ‘em & Ride ‘em Spaghetti, here we come!fairytales.jpg

Adapt or die?

Published July 29, 2014 by jnaomiay

This morning, I loaded 13 titles into Kindle Unlimited, titles that were spread out across the world in various channels.  My main collection, the first 10 novels of the Two Moons of Rehnor series, is still out there everywhere as after two years of working it, I’m just now starting to get into libraries and seeing some action on iTunes and B&N among others.  

Kindle Unlimited, however, is a game changer for both authors and readers.  If you are spending more than $10 a month on ebooks, then you must, without question, go into Kindle Unlimited.  For authors who are selling titles at $2.99 or less, Kindle Unlimited makes sense for you too as your royalties, especially on the 99 cent titles will dramatically increase (or so we hope).  For the higher priced titles, it could be deadly, cutting royalties in half or even worse.  Will the volume make up for that?  Hard to say.  We’ll see.

What it does tell us though, is that our ebooks should be lower priced, and to that end, shorter.  If, on average, I write 10,000 words a week, I could have a novelette, a serial episode, or some other short out there earning full royalties on a weekly basis, rather than toil away on a novel for several months or more that will ultimately earn the same.  It also tells us that quality may drop dramatically.  In the process of writing a novel, I reread it, edit, revise it, rewrite it, tear it up and start it over a minimum of a dozen times.  A short won’t get that attention from me as the story simply won’t require it.  Tying in what happened on page 1 to how we end up on page 250 is less important when the whole thing is only 30 pages anyway.  

So, ultimately, whether KU is a good thing or a bad thing, it’s simply too soon to tell, and I’m not smart enough to predict it anyway.  I’ll straddle the fence by loading all my novelettes and the “extended series novels” 11 – 15 into the program for the next quarter and see how they do.

Your thoughts?



Did you know….

Published July 16, 2014 by jnaomiay

You can now borrow some ebook editions of The Two Moons of Rehnor series from the library? Right now, to my limited knowledge, only the King County Library System (KCLS.org) and the Washington Anytime Library System are carrying them. But, if your library system uses Overdrive, you can request they purchase the series through their normal request channels. What a great way to stay caught up on this looooong series without costing you a penny!

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Note:  The good folks at the King County Library System also have The Boy who Lit up the Sky available in paperback!