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Old 03-21-2013, 10:58 PM
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My novel - let me show you it!


Inspired by iiandyiiii's similar thread and the positive response (I picked up his book and am looking forward to reading it!), I'd like to invite you to check out my horror/urban fantasy (in my case that does not mean vampires!) novel "The Forgotten."

Marketplace page is here. Book is 461 pages, $2.99 for ebook, $13.99 for trade paperback.

Reviews are welcome and appreciated. I love to write but I'm quite terrible at marketing and pretty nervous to put it out there. Thanks for looking!
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:30 AM
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Congrats! I think nearly everyone believes they have a book in 'em, but few can get it out. I always wonder at reporters asking writers, "Where do you get your ideas?" I've long thought that ideas were comparatively easy to come by - the hard part was the long slog of crafting the rough ideas into a cohesive plot and having believable characters introduce and experience it. Way to persevere.
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Hell, it only took me 22 years or so to get my first two books published on Amazon for Kindle...the third one seemed to just GUSH out of my brain at a mere fourteen months! I'm hoping the next one doesn't take quite so long now that I have the hang of it.

If anyone likes millitary science fiction and/or space opera/cyberpunk, you can check them out:

The military sf series, consisting two books so far (I am working on a third right now):

Duty, Honor, Planet
http://www.amazon.com/Duty-Honor-Pla...3951477&sr=1-1

and Honor Bound

http://www.amazon.com/Honor-Bound-Du...3951477&sr=1-2


And the cyberpunk/space opera Birthright (which will eventually have a sequel once I get it written):

http://www.amazon.com/Birthright-ebo...3951477&sr=1-3

Duty, Honor, Planet and Birthright are 99 cents, and Honor Bound is 1.99 for Kindle.

Duty, Honor, Planet and Birthright are also available at Barnes and Noble for Nook for 1.99 each.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Rick...d=Rick+Partlow

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:28 AM
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Congratulations! I'll definitely take a look.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:50 AM
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Cool, thanks! Hope you like it!

I've been writing forever, but most of my stuff for the last 20 years has been in the Shadowrun universe, which means I can't publish it for money due to those pesky trademark and copyright issues. But when CreateSpace and Kindle publishing got popular and I realized how easy it would be to put something out there if I could just come up with an idea, I decided to take my main character from the SR stuff, transplant him into a non-SR world and remove all the SR bits, and give him his own story. Like iiandyiiii has offered, I can also answer questions about the process of preparing a manuscript to be published--I'm more comfortable in print than in e-books, but yeah.

I'm really curious to know what folks think of the book. My friends like it, but you never trust your friends to give you honest feedback. I generally don't put myself out there for the world unless I'm reasonably sure that I've got a decent product, so the fact that the SR game people seem to think I can write adequately was a real confidence booster.
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Nice. I hope you sell lots of copies.

I recently got a contract to have my first two novels republished by Fantastic Books and I'm currently going over the galleys to Staroamer's Fate. No idea about the publication date, but I would assume some time this summer. It will be on Amazon and BN.com. Probably trade paper to start, but the contract does include provisions for electronic publication.

I'll certainly be mentioning it when it's available.
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I should have posted this ages ago. More sales this month already than all of last month! (Which sounds way more impressive than it should, but every sale is appreciated. )
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In honor of the sequel coming out soon ("soon" being as soon as I finish the editing and the cover is finished), I'm happy to offer my fellow Dopers a chance to read The Forgotten for free in PDF form. If you're interested, send me a PM and I'll send you a code you can redeem for a free copy.

Right now I'm more interested in getting the word out than in making money, so if you read it and like it, I'd love you forever if you'd consider giving me a review (even a small one!) on Amazon. And tell your friends, too!

Here's the Amazon link for book details and some positive reviews. Remember, PM me for a free code!
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PM sent! I’ve actually had my eye on it for a while, but I have a hard time justifying spending money on books right now…

I even tried for it through interlibrary loan, but no dice.

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Old 04-29-2013, 12:30 PM
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PM sent! I’ve actually had my eye on it for a while, but I have a hard time justifying spending money on books right now…

I even tried for it through interlibrary loan, but no dice.
Coolness--code sent! Hope you like it.
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Good job! I am always impressed by people who not only have the stories in their heads but the will to write them out. One of these days I'll get that second part done...
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Sorry, I meant to come back today and thank you for the book, but I was "inspecting" it to see if it downloaded okay and I ...fell in. I'm nearly halfway through and enjoying it very much.
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Hooray! Happy to hear it.
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Bought it...will get back to you...um...eventually! (My reading stack is taller than I am, but you might just get to take cuts!)
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Another great review on Amazon! If it was one of y'all, thanks!
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Took me a bit of a while -- I read slow.

First, I have to tell you... My reaction upon finishing the book was to break out in laughter. Why? Because all the way through the book, I had the feeling that it was a "Shadowrun" book. It just had that Shadowrun feeling. And I kept wondering if you'd be offended when I said that. So, getting to the end, where, in the acknowledgements, you say it was Shadowrun inspired... I laughed! It WAS a Shadowrun book!

I like the way it moves from horror to fantasy to adventure. I like the way it builds, and the way it progresses logically. I like the gradual empowerment of the protagonist. He builds in strength, competence, and character. I like all of the characters: the secondary characters are all well-developed, strong, believable (well, you know, believable once you accept that it's a fantasy story!) and comfortably three-dimensional.

The villains are a little faceless. But not "cardboard." Just "othered." But, in a horror environment, that makes sense.

Superb writing style. Nice prose, strong dialogue, great pacing. Heart-pounding chapter breaks!

One or two of the plot developments push "coincidence" a bit too far. Things that happened for no reason might better have had explanations. "I just happened to be nearby" is too convenient. This didn't really bug me; it didn't detract from reading enjoyment. But you know us Dopers! We tend to over-think things!

Your fifth book, eh? Looks like I'm gonna have to make the effort to collect the others! Also, a nice review on Amazon will pop up soon: watch for "Silas Sparkhammer." It's nice to be in the company of a real pro!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:55 AM
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Trinopus, your comments made my evening! That's funny that you saw the Shadowrun roots in the story--I freely admit they go deep. My five other novels (which are free on my website, magespace.net, and they're *huge*) are all set in the SR world, and Dr. Stone is the main character in them--same basic personality, different details. I've been freelancing for SR for years, and was lucky enough that his SR counterpart actually became a real part of the SR canon. I asked the line developer to change his "real" name so I could use him in my own work, and since it had never appeared anywhere in the game, he was kind enough to do that. So I get the best of both worlds!

Anyway, I really do appreciate your kind words. Even though I have had a pretty good following for my SR novels over the years, this is the first time I've put something fully original out there on my own for people to see. It's gratifying that reviewers seem to focus on the things that I've always enjoyed the most: characters, dialog, and keeping people from putting it down. I'm starting to feel like I can be a little bolder with my marketing, confident that people might actually enjoy the book.

I agree with you that there are a couple of coincidences that probably could have been fleshed out a bit better--that's one of the things I'm focusing on in Book 2, which was beta-edited by a very finicky fellow author who delighted in pointing out everything he felt I did wrong. Hopefully I'll be able to fix them and make an even more solid story.

Thanks again! I'm looking forward to seeing your Amazon review!
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Hey all,

I'm getting ready to publish book 2 in the series, and I'd like to use quote snippets from the Amazon review for Book 1 on the first page. (I was going to put one on the back cover, but there wasn't room.)

I know I don't technically need permission since the reviews are publicly posted, but if anyone who left a review objects to a snippet of it being used in this way (along with the name you posted the review under), please let me know ASAP and I'll be happy to remove it from the page.

Thanks! I'll post another thread when Book 2 is available. Should be within the next couple of days for the ebook, and the next week for the hardcopy.
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Easy answer: yes, certainly, use anything I've written here or on Amazon.

Slightly more complicated answer... It couldn't hurt *my* career if you quoted me under my pen name... PM me perhaps?
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Easy answer: yes, certainly, use anything I've written here or on Amazon.

Slightly more complicated answer... It couldn't hurt *my* career if you quoted me under my pen name... PM me perhaps?
Thanks! I think I want to use the names that appear on the Amazon site, though, just to keep everything on the up-and-up in case anybody wants to go check.

Hope that's okay!
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Perfectly cool. May you be blessed with...ah...better sales than I ever had!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:21 AM
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I'm happy to announce that "The Threshold," sequel to "The Forgotten," is now available for sale! You can get it here for Kindle and here for Nook. Hardcopy is coming in a few days after I finish checking over the proof.

I've got an announcement thread in the Marketplace forum, but here's the blurb:

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The Evil was only the beginning...

It's been less than a month since Jason Thayer, his sister Verity, and mage Alastair Stone discovered a monstrous conspiracy to take over our world one mind at a time. The battle in San Francisco struck a major blow—but it didn't eliminate the threat.

Not even close.

Where do the Evil come from? How did they get here? As Jason, Verity, and Stone delve deeper into these questions, they make a shocking discovery about the nature of the Evil—and what happened five years ago that brought them into our dimension.

What they find sends them on a desperate cross-country race from the wilds of West Virginia to the dark neon wonderland of Las Vegas as they attempt to stop the Evil at its source before it's too late.

From a new colony of Forgotten to a powerful and mysterious gray mage with unclear motives, they will find help in their efforts—but will it be enough?
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If you read the first one, I hope you like this one too!
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Purchased! Will review. Congratulations!
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Thanks much! Hope you enjoy it
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SWEET!!!! I've been waiting for this!! Hurry up with that hard copy. I prefer real books.
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Oh and feel free to do whatever you want with my review (mine is the pure awesomness one).


Today has been a great day. This just made it even better.
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SWEET!!!! I've been waiting for this!! Hurry up with that hard copy. I prefer real books.
As it happens, I just finished proofing the hardcopy today, so here ya go!

The Amazon version won't be up for a few more days yet, but the price is the same.

Hope you like it!
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Not that fast!!! I don't get paid until Friday!!
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