There are some of you that already know this, but we are in the process of packing up for a move out of the rental house that's been sold out from under us and into an apartment complex across town. The new place will be closer to work for both of us, so this is not necessarily a bad thing, and it's even cheaper. We're allowed to bring our dogs since they're under the weight/size limit, though we had to put down a cleaning deposit for both. Under ideal circumstances, we would have preferred to make the move this past weekend due to it being the last of the month, but the apartment wasn't ready for us and the owner of the house was gracious to allow us until next weekend to make the move. We've already made a good dent in boxing up the place, though some of it will have to go into storage since we have more stuff than will go into the apartment.
It's unlikely I'll be able to get anything further written on the stories for a while so we can unpack and set up the new place, but once the dust has settled, I have plans to get back to the tales as soon as I can.
I have just spent the opening months of 2013 reading back through the Sunset of Furmankind manuscript, making edits, adding material and generally expanding some sections of the story. Some of the changes were based upon reader comments I've received since the story was first made available to the public and others came to me as I read back through the story as a whole. Along with nearly twenty extra pages of material scattered throughout the story, I commissioned Elizabeth Jackson to create a new front cover to go along with the revised and expanded book. Liz is the one who has created the wonderful covers for my two works-in-progress, Second Chance and A Wilder West. The new artwork depicts Brian Barrett VS Jonathan Sunset to represent the internal struggle between the opposing sides of his personality throughout the changes he must face.
The new edition of the book is now for sale online through Lulu Press as a giant trade paperback, and all of the chapters on the website now reflect the new material. I am still working on the ebook versions for Kindle, Nook and Sony readers, but these will take some time as ebook formatting is a whole 'nuther animal. I hope to have both versions available soon, so be sure to watch for news and updates.
I cannot lie when I say that I enjoyed the little extra income from sales of the ebook versions of my books, but it was my original intention to offer them as free downloads just as my webpage books have always been free to read online. I priced them as low as Amazon, Lulu and Barnes & Noble allowed ($2.99), but now I can now fall back upon my original plans.
The printed books are still available through Lulu Press for those who prefer a solid physical product, but for those who have Kindle, Nook, Sony and other e-readers and would like to take our stories along for convenient reading, you may now download all of my ebooks for free from my website.
However, unlike purchasing them through Amazon or Barnes & Noble, these will not automatically download over the air to your readers. You will need to side-load them onto your units, but these are the same files that I originally uploaded to my online stores. All have been tested on my Nook and my wife's Kindle and they all seem to work just fine.
The download links for each ebook are located on the same library pages as the online versions of our stories.
Sunset of Furmankind is undergoing a recent final revision for changes based upon reader comments as well as other edits the author felt necessary to shine and polish the story a little more. In addition to internal updates to the story, the front cover of the book will also be updated with new art by Liz Jackson to reflect the internal struggle of the main character's dual nature. Not to worry, Ashley Leuthardt's fine portrait of Jon will still grace the cover of the book on the back with the story and author information. Once the revisions have been completed, the new story chapters will replace those on the website and a new version of the printed book and ebook files will also be made available. Stay tuned.
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