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Wow! It’s the first of May and I’m actually on time to produce a May book release update. I love May. It’s always been one of my most favorite months of the year and not because my darling daughter was born in it, although that’s a good reason. No, May is synonymous with the birds singing me awake in the morning, the sun still hanging limply in the sky at eight in the evening and flowers everywhere in bloom. It’s also the time to plant tomatoes, although, invariably the slugs will eat them before the first of June, at which point I’ll plant them again, because no matter how many years I do this, I never learn.
May also reminds me of Vanessa Redgrave in medieval dress dancing around a maypole singing “It’s May. It’s May, the lusty month of May,” something I’ve always wanted to do, but was never brave enough to follow through with. ** Note- Bucket list item.
May also harkens the opening of boating season here in the boating capital of the world and since I am once again no longer boatless in Seattle, I look forward to a summer of adventures out on the water.
At any rate, book news from the writing desk is full of announcements.
First off, the Two Moons of Rehnor series is now once again widely distributed across the planet. All novels excepting Fairy Tales and Gone for a Spin are at all major ebook retailers and no longer exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited universe. ON May 3, Fairy Tales will follow the others transitioning over to iBooks, Kobo, B&N and the rest and on or about June 15, Gone for a Spin will do so as well.
I’m sorry to those of you in the KU program, but I’ve had too many asking for EPUB format and availability on devices other than Kindles. Please note, the novels are available through the other subscription services like Oyster and Scribd as well as available for sale to your local libraries through Overdrive and Ingram for paperback copies. Libraries are a great resource and most of them have the ability to take book requests from their patrons by filling out forms on line. There’s no cost to you for doing this as it’s already taken from you through your local property taxes.
Other release news is that the audiobook for Of Blood & Angels has gone live. It’s another fantastic rendition by the very talented Rebecca A. Reynolds and it is still available through Kindle Unlimited Program. I invite you to have a listen, but you will want to listen to The Boy and My Enemy’s Son first which are also available through all ebook retailers and part of KU subscription.
I haven’t made any progress on the Journey to Rehnor series as I’ve been busily wrapped in a new book/new series which was a higher priority. I’ll get back to the Journeys, hopefully during this summer and get two more segments out before fall in addition to the second book in the new series.
As to the new book/series, it is officially called “Return to Rehnor,” and the first book is entitled “Firesetter.” The setting is roughly two hundred years in the future after Senya went off for a spin and once again, Rehnor is the armpit of the galaxy. Other than that, I’m not going to reveal anything. Well, actually, I will reveal this: There is no one named Senya in it and neither is there anyone named Katie.
I’ve finished the first draft and am now diligently doing the hard part, snipping, adding, cutting, sewing, hopefully creating a new tapestry that will be as interesting as the last.
So, that’s the news from here. Happy spring to all.
March Book Release Update
Yes, I know it’s not quite March yet, but as it has taken me until the last week of February to pound out a February Book Release Update, I figured I might as well kill two proverbial birds with a single stone and get March out of the way too.
I’m sorry I’ve been so tardy in updating you, for those of you out there who care, but I’m still snowed under by a pile of tax returns neck deep upon my desk. Granted, this is better than being snowed under by eight feet of snow. Anything is better than being snowed under by eight feet of snow. By the way, off topic, my tulips are coming up and my camellias are in full bloom.. Ha ha. On the other hand, next summer, when we are suffering from a water shortage due to the lack of snow in our mountains, you can all laugh at me.
Anyway, back on topic, at the beginning of this year, I promised a new release to the Journey to Rehnor serials every month. Who I promised this to, I don’t know. Probably only me, as I’m probably the only one who cares. At any rate, I have failed in this task as book 3 of the Departure series won’t be coming out this month. Like I said, I’ve been waylaid by a mountain of tax returns, busily researching whether or not a Charter Yacht counts as a listed property and is eligible for MACRS depreciation. It does, in some circumstances. However, if you own a charter yacht and are taking tax advice from a woman off the internet, who writes realistic stories about two headed, triple breasted people, then, probably someone should take the charter yacht away from you. I can volunteer to do that.
But, I digress. Back to the status of book releases. So, as you may or may not know, I released books 1 & 2 of the Journey serials at the beginning of the year, each featuring a prominent family as they departed the imminently exploding planet Rozari. Book 1 was about the infamous de Kudishas, including Karukan, who would become the Infidel and Great Father in the Two Moons series, and the de Shrotrus. Book 3 is about the de Kirkuts, but unfortunately, they are still on the ground, undoubtedly suffering from radiation exposure, while the bombs are exploding around them.
Last week, I was entirely alone except for Smokey, as all other Ay’s were off doing what they do with people more interesting than me, which is fine, don’t get me wrong. At any rate, my goal was to send the de Kirkuts on their way. They aren’t. I was interrupted by another voice, who in no uncertain terms, demanded I write about him.
Oh no! I hear a chorus in my head, which sounds oddly like a quartet of Amy Jambors, shouting “No, not another Senya book.” At the same time, there is another group, who in perfect harmony, are also singing, “Yay, another Senya book.”
Well, I won’t say whether or not this is another Senya book. As you know, those of you who know, Senya went off for a spin. But, how long does one spin? Is it a forty-minute wash cycle and five minute rinse? Or, does one spin on speed cycle when one is in outer space? Perhaps, he is on an economy setting and has spun but is still waiting to air dry?
But, I digress again.
I can reveal this. This new book, whatever it is, will take place on Rehnor but several hundred years into the future, after we left off. Poor Rehnor is in sad shape again, which is the way of things, is it not? I mean, when can we say with certainty that poor Earth is in good shape? The pendulum swings back and forth, does it not? Anyway, that’s what I’m working on now, and I’m taking my time with it since it’s a whole new adventure with new people.
I still want to meet my goal of releasing the revised and revamped Journey series this year, and so I’m setting a target for Departure 3 at the end of March.
As to the others, well, I do love Bitsy and Mona. They just don’t speak as loudly as … as that other guy. Right now, in Time Tripping Adventures #2, Bitsy has found a new job working as a travel agent in the Apple Valley Mall, which has attracted a great deal of unwanted attention from Mona’s sometime-boyfriend, Frank. The girls will have a fight during a ride in Bitsy’s Prius which will send them to somewhere in time with a mystery to solve.
Anne and Lizzy are still out there, too, in Book 2 of the Angel Complex series. After leaping off the balcony at the end of Karma Can Kill You, both Anne and Lizzy have landed in a swath of fresh cement. What they overhear while trying to extract themselves will send them on a whole new adventure of doing good deeds in order to earn back another feather. As to when they’ll be doing this? Uh…again, once these tax returns are cleared and the other guy shuts up, I’ll get back to them.
In the meantime, another note on the Journey series. Both Departure books are now exclusively at Amazon.com and part of the Kindle Unlimited program. Check them out.
The entire Two Moons of Rehnor series including all novels, novelettes, audiobooks (check out the just released My Enemy’s Son!), and the comic book, are available for free download with your Kindle Unlimited membership! What better way to read this long series without costing you an arm or a leg, or any other body parts.
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.
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.
SdK Corporation Board Meeting May 2014
Location: New board room in the rebuilt SdK Tower
Attendees: Naomi, Jim, Steve, Rent, Katie, Gabe, Arsan
Jim bangs the gavel and calls the meeting to order.
Jim: Thanks for coming everybody. I know you all had to quickly rearrange your schedules, but Naomi thought it was important that we have a quick discussion before she goes on vacation.
Gabe: Oh, that’s nice, Naomi. Where are you going?
Ooohs from around the table.
Katie: Is that dickhead going with you?
Naomi: If you are referring to Mr. Ay, then, yes. He’s coming too.
Katie: You know who I mean.
Naomi: Yes, I do, Katie, and if he wanted to join us, I’m certain Mr. Ay would be pleased to have him along. They both would enjoy each other’s company immensely, sitting on the lanai, drinking beer, smoking cigs, and watching the 24 hour football channel.
Katie (under her breath): There’s no accounting for Mr. Ay’s taste.
Steve: Where the Big Guy anyway? How’d he manage to get excused from this meeting?
Jim: He sent a note saying he’s busy.
Naomi: Actually, he’s off seeking something he can’t quite reach, searching for something he can’t quite find, and doing whatever needs to be done to secure permission to destroy the universe.
Ooohs from around the table.
Rent: Do you think he’ll get it? The permission, I mean.
Naomi (shaking head): I don’t know. It’s quite possible.
Katie: Right. And, it’ll be up to me, again, to prevent it. I should get a bonus for every time I’ve had to save the universe from him.
Gabe: Actually, the rest of us might have a hand in it too, right, Naomi?
Naomi: Yes, dear, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Book 14, Betrayal.
Katie (snorts) Yep. That’s apropos. Good name choice this time, Naomi.
Naomi: Thank you, Katie. I want to announce that Betrayal has just passed the censors and will be ready for publication much earlier than I originally anticipated. However, the censors have taken it to task and although it is chock full of provoking thoughts, as well as the usual collection of fruits and nuts, it is much shorter than I anticipated.
Steve: What does that mean?
Jim: It means they blacked out a lot of stuff. It wasn’t politically correct. The Rossorian Defense Alliance has lodged a complaint against us for blatant prejudice and bigotry toward Rossorians. We don’t have a Rossorian on our board and we don’t allow Rossorian cloaks as part of our office dress code.
Rent: I don’t have any problem with their clothes.
Steve: Yeah, some of those dudes are butt ugly. It may be better that they’re all covered up.
Jim: Orange is totally the wrong color when it comes to our new décor.
Naomi: In any case, it means that a significant amount of the text has been blacked out of the book. Instead of our usual 52000 word count, Betrayal has been reduced to 5.
Rent: 5 what? 5 pages?
Naomi: No. 5 words.
Steve: The whole book is 5 words?
Jim: Yes. Unfortunately, because of our overhead, we’re still going to have to sell it for $4.99. This means it’s practically $1 per word.
Ooohs from around the table.
Jim: But on a happy note, Amazon will like that. It reduces their delivery costs.
Naomi: At any rate, I’m going to release it around May 6, right before I go to Maui. Hopefully, by then, our legal team can find a loophole to allow all 52,000 words to be published.
Ooohs from around the table.
Gabe: Sounds lovely, Naomi. Have a restful vacation. Are you taking Princess Sara?
Naomi: No. I’m leaving her home. In fact, she’s one of the reasons I’m going. Teenagers, you know.
Steve: Yeah. Teenagers are a pain in the ass.
Arsan: (jolting awake) What?
Steve: Starting with you, junior.
Katie: Leave him alone. He’s positively angelic compared to you.
Arsan: (smiling) Thanks, Gra…
Katie: Don’t say it! I don’t ever want to be called that.
Jim adjourns the meeting.