Status Updates

Status Updates

Main Focus: "Sky-Island 1827-E" (Steampunk Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 74% (19 chapter estimate)

Side Focus: Foul Mouth 5 First Draft = 17% (100k estimate)

Back Burner: Gush (Fantasy YA) Novel, First Draft = 8% (13 chapter estimate)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

FM4 Apple iTunes Link and Small Update

Linkage:  The Headless Hunny by Richard Raley on Apple iTunes

Update:  First, thanks to everyone who bought a copy of FM4 so far and to everyone who plans to.  March 2014 is officially my first $1000+ month as a writer and has seen FM4 float between 5k and 10k on the Amazon sells charts.  Despite a few of the reviews contemplating that it's a shame King Henry isn't a bestseller yet (FYI "Foul Mouth" in the title with over 200 f-bombs per novel probably has something to do with this), I actually am in a spot to be envied by many Indies and that's all due to having such a loyal, fanatic, duct tape threatening readership.  Special thanks to everyone who took the time to review FM4, it really does help the book get noticed among all the new releases and your five minutes to write that gushing paragraph is appreciated.

One of the things you fans might not know about releasing a book is that checking up on the numbers on KDP quickly enters the zone of gambling addiction, so after a novel is out and everything seems to be stable, I like to take some time away from the net to focus in on the next work, instead of clicking refresh like a lab-rat after nicotine pills.  So this will be the last update for awhile as I go about finishing SKY-ISLAND 1827-E and beginning FM5.

Still plenty ahead from me in 2014, so keep an eye out here and on the twitter!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The King Henry Tapes FAQ #2

SPOILER WARNING!!!  This could have spoilers for every book and short in the series, including FM4, you've been warned.

So I wrote an FAQ for the series just after I finished FM2 and I figured it's been a couple years and a couple books and things have changed a bit since then, so why not another one?

Q:  Change?!?!  What do you mean change?  NOTHING CAN CHANGE, WRITER SLAVE, LEAVE IT ALL THE SAME!

The story itself is still the story I outlined back in...2009?  I feel old now...  The themes and the attitude and the plot are still all how I envisioned them, but structurally the realization that 12 school stories was stretching that half of the story way too much is a biggie.  Also a few characters that I thought wouldn't be as important or as involved keep finding themselves with extra scenes (T-Bone, Miranda, Hope) while other characters I thought would be more involved have been slowly cut back (poor, poor School Eva, she was supposed to have a much bigger part).

The places of FM4 and FM5 got switched, I think it's much more natural now and much less of a whiplash.  A lot of the Meteyos and Divine Chamber stuff that I thought wouldn't evolve until later in the series all came out much earlier.  The FM1 Prophecy isn't nearly as important as I thought it would be, although it's always been a bit of a red herring mocking prophecies in Fantasy fiction, so perhaps it's still done its job.

Q:  What do you mean no 12 school stories?

Only going to be 7 of them now, they'll be stopping with FM7.  Which is good, because after FM7...shit gets real.  There was a couple big updates about that decision, go search the blog for them if you're interested in my angst over the issue.

Q:  But still 12 books?

Yes, this hasn't changed.  There will be 12 books in The King Henry Tapes and then a 3-5 book wrap up series with multiple POV characters including King Henry.

Q:  What's FM5 Called?

The Mancy Martial Artist.

Q:  Any extra hint on FM5?

School = Plutarch.
Mainline = King Henry.  T-Bone.  Pocket.  Vegas.

Q:  Any hint on when FM5 will---

LEAVE ME ALONE!

Q:  Will there be any more short stories or novellas?

No plans or desire to write them.  I prefer writing novels and I'm writing well enough now that the wait between books shouldn't require a shorter work to hold you over.

Q:  Why did you end FM4 like that?  I hate you so much.

First of all, I don't think calling it a cliffhanger is accurate.  There's side stories and greater stories within the series left hanging, but there's always greater stories left hanging in this series.  That's how I get you addicted.  When it comes to the main plot and the main issue King Henry was dealing with however, it's resolved.  It's not cathartic, it's like watching your parents yell at each other, but it's resolved.

As for why I didn't give you the same feeling I did with FM3...well, I'd feel like a failure as a writer if every book in the series did the same thing.  Some endings are going to make you fulfilled, some endings are going to pump you up, some are going to make you sad, and some are going to make you want to strangle me.  Within the 12 books there's probably going to be a couple actual cliffhangers, so...deal with it.  FM4 however, isn't one.  It was just a kick to the fuckballs.

Q:  Is Annie B okay?

She's fine outside of having a bit of a hurt pride.  She'll be back.

Q:  You have a bad habit of writing a book about a specific set of characters or villains and then having those characters disappear for awhile, can I assume "back" doesn't mean FM5?

Yup.  Again, I try to have every book different and mixed and not the same thing book after book, which is why sidekicks and villains appear and disappear.  One of the bad habits in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal is to have the same feel for every book in the series so they just kind of mush together.  I want my fans to be able to look back 10 years later and say, oh yeah, FM3 was the Valentine/Curator Book and FM4 was the Annie B/Divine book, and FM5 was the...har, har, I torture you.

Helpful?  No?  Yes?  If you have any other questions, leave a comment.  I'll probably just RAFO you, but asking doesn't hurt.  I guess you fans could also use this thread as a FM4 spoiler discussion thread if you want.

Monday, March 17, 2014

FM4 IS OUT!!!

Well, the more insane/rambunctious/dedicated among you fans have already used the fact that Amazon takes an estimated 12-24 hours to propagate books, meaning you can search/refresh like a coked-out hamster to snag early copies.  Usually I put the files through the day before and they just sit there unknown until I post links, but THIS TIME I got people already buying the thing before it's even released, so in the interest of fairness to the more innocent and rule following among my fan base...WE'RE DOING IT LIVE!

FM4 is released six hours early.

Yay!

Beef jerky and Dr. Pepper for all (as long as you buy it for yourself)!

Linkage:
Amazon:  The Foul Mouth and the Headless Hunny by Richard Raley on Kindle
Amazon UK:  The Foul Mouth and the Headless Hunny by Richard Raley on Monarchy Loving Kindle
Smashwords:  The Foul Mouth and the Headless Hunny by Richard Raley in 7 Different Formats

As always, Smashwords takes a couple weeks to get the novel out to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc.  I too wish it was instant, but it is what it is and I'll have those links for you when they become available.  Or, if you're an advanced Nook or iPad reader, you can buy directly from Smashwords itself and download the book in your chosen file format.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Rockets" is actually called Sky-Island 1827-E, Plus Cover and Blurb

So yeah, I've been working on this one on and off for two years now as a side project with a few challenges I made for myself (If I told you the challenges, that would give away the surprises!).  It's the first novel set in a world I made called the World of the One Path.  Basically a steampunk/dieselpunk world influenced by stuff like Star Wars, Firefly, BSG, Babylon 5, little bit of Wheel of Time and Dune for flavoring.  Except instead of other worlds and spaceships, you have WW1/2-esqe sky-ships traveling between floating islands in a world that's literally turned inside out.

There's more going on...obviously, and the eventual epic trilogy I want to write in that world will reveal more, but for SKY-ISLAND 1827-E you have a much more focused story of one little moment in a very big war with very big stakes.

Blurbage:
The 13th Sky Watcher has been given the most important mission in the Clocker War. A mission without personal glory. A mission not of sharpguns, rolling landships, or thundering cannons, but of telescopes, mathematics, and watchful eyes. 
Alone in the wilderness, with only a few miles of floating rock to call home, they have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no hope for relief if things go wrong. Daily, the Clocker Triumvirate launches rockets across the skies to rain down on the homelands and colonies of the Democratic League. The only advanced warning, the only hope that the rockets may be intercepted, comes thanks to the 13th’s constant vigilance. 
Yet when a mysterious, slow-moving dot appears in the sky, Captain Benjen Rahjain knows that this time telescopes won’t be the answer to the 13th’s problems. 
Pick up a gun, boys, sharp or blunder! The Clocker War has found us at last!

Coverage:

Look for it sometime later this year.  Also, might be a sample chapter of it in FM4.