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Zeus, Inc. is out there circulating amongst bloggers and reviewers and turns up now and again. Today, I found a blurb from Zeus, Inc. on Hooked In A Book.

I’m looking forward to reading a review there soon, too!

Go check it out.

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I just thought I would write a little update as there’s a few things going on in my life and with the writing. I have been busy working diligently on The Book of Revelations: Prophecy, but as several people are asking me about a sequel to Zeus, Inc., I’m considering taking a break in November (if BOR isn’t complete) and spending time on the sequel. I already have ideas for it and Alex Grosjean is never far from my thoughts. Why November? Why, NaNoWriMo, of course! I wrote the first book during NaNoWriMo, so it only seems appropriate the sequel comes out of that, too.

Also, if you’re bored this Labor Day weekend (unfortunately, I’ll be working), go stop by Dragon*Cant. It’s an online convention set up for those who could not attend Dragon Con. Zeus, Inc. is actually part of the Merchants Circle there!

I have been writing a lot for, as well. So here’s a full list of what I’ve covered so far.

I also did an interview with Jason Chen from StoryBundle for DVICE.

There’s a new review or two posted about Zeus, Inc. on Amazon. I have a few blog reviews coming up soon, too – I’ll post them when they’re live. Being a self-published author is certainly not easy (as I’m discovering), but it’s very rewarding.

Oh, and I’m going to Paris in a week. I’ll probably be posting here every day while I’m there, with photos of food I’m eating (so you can all be extremely jealous), as well as little things that come along that interest me. This will be my third trip there and my fourth trip to Europe, but I’m still as excited as the first time I flew overseas. I will also being taking a great amount of notes as I’m pretty sure part of the Zeus, Inc. sequel will take place there. Like I said, I have ideas!

I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend. I hope to squeeze in some time to play The Secret World myself. Because all work and no play makes Robin go crazy.

LABOR DAY SALE! Zeus, Inc. available for just $0.99 on Smashwords. Use coupon code FY62Q

from_ashes: (We're all stories in the end)

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While some of you are getting ready for Dragon Con, many of us are not able to attend. But never fear, because there’s Dragon*Cant, an online con for those of us who can’t make it to Atlanta, but still want to be a part of the con experience.

And Zeus, Inc., will be available as part of the Dragon Cant Merchants Circle.

Check it out here.

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A huge thank you to my fellow writer over at Android Dreamer for putting up a blurb about Zeus, Inc. Check it out here:

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Be sure to stop by the Rae29 Book Read N Review Blog today and see the promotion for Zeus, Inc. And don’t miss the interview I did for the site, too.

Also, be sure to check out the latest great reviews of Zeus, Inc. on Good Reads.

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Hey, everyone! My interview (my first!) is up over at Literary Plus. Be sure to go check it out. I also have a new 5-star review over at Smashwords and on Good Reads. Here’s just a little snippet:

“The author’s writing style is crisp and realistic. To avoid giving away any plot spoilers, all I can say is everything isn’t what it seems. If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’re going to enjoy this book.”

Also, I’m still waiting for Zeus, Inc. to be processed over at Google Books. Apparently, it’s going to take awhile. I’ll keep you updated on when that happens.

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Are you on Twitter? Follow me and find out how you can win a free copy of Zeus, Inc. (Hint: you’ll need to re-tweet something). The winner will be notified tomorrow and given a code to purchase the book for free on Smashwords.

Happy Tweeting!

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Joseph Brentwood is a man of charm and mystery. Over 50 years ago, he single-handedly created a new form of sustainable energy and founded the company of Zeus, Inc. In those years, those who have been closest to him have noticed something odd – he seems to age slower than other humans. He is the father of Aleisha Brentwood, Zeus’ Vice President and Alex’s best friend.

And now? Mr. Brentwood has gone missing. Find out who took him and why, by reading Zeus, Inc. now available at the links below:

Smashwords | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Well, it’s Day Zero here in my world. And although some of you have already bought the book, the big push begins today. Buy a copy of Zeus, Inc. at one of three online outlets:

Smashwords (all formats) (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)

It will also soon be available on iBooks.

If for some reason, though, you are unable to purchase a copy of the book (or live in a part of the world where it’s not available), please let me know. I would gladly take payment via PayPal and send you a copy via email.

Also, keep an eye on this space, I’ll be introducing other characters from Zeus, Inc. in the days to come.

Meet Pip

Jul. 31st, 2012 12:00 pm
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Phillip “Pip” Smith is the head of security for Zeus, Inc. He’s a tall, handsome fellow, but there is something about him that Alex immediately does not trust. And she’s pretty sure he knows more about Mr. Brentwood’s disappearance than he’s letting on.

Pip is mysterious and tends to keep to himself, but Alex is determined to find out all of his dirty little secrets.

So what is it about this one that makes Alex curious? Read Zeus, Inc. to find out.

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Hey, everyone! Be sure to check your email as I’ve sent messages to the three winners of the book giveaway. Please respond as soon as you can and I’ll get a copy of Zeus, Inc. to you asap.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the mailing list, too. I promise not to spam you needlessly, but I will use the list to keep you updated from time to time.

And remember, you can get your own copy of Zeus, Inc. on August 1st at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Amazon!

Meet Alex

Jul. 19th, 2012 10:30 am
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Alex Grosjean is one tough cookie. She started her career in law enforcement, leaving college to enter the police academy, much to the chagrin of her family. She eventually started her police career with the Memphis Police Department and worked her way up from a traffic cop to missing persons. Then something happened and Alex quit.

But Alex needed to pay the bills. After an incident with a lost pet, Alex got her private investigator license and started tracking down cheating spouses and corporate spies.

But this time, Alex might be in over her head. Joseph Brentwood, CEO of Zeus, Inc., has gone missing. It’s not enough that Zeus is responsible for solving the world’s energy crisis, though. Mr. Brentwood is also the father of Alex’s best friend, Aleisha. When Aleisha asks for help in locating her missing father, Alex finds that she cannot refuse.

There’s just one problem. Alex will be forced to face her past before she can face her future.

Alex currently lives with her mother in Olympic City, TN, a suburb just outside of Memphis and the headquarters of Zeus, Inc.

Learn more about Alex in Zeus, Inc. on August 1st, 2012.

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I would just like to remind everyone that there is still time to enter to win one of three copies of Zeus, Inc. And it’s so simple! All you have to do is sign up for the mailing list. I’ll pick three lucky winners on July 25th. Final edits are made and the book is ready in a variety of formats. I’m really looking forward to getting it out there.

In new book news, I’ve been working steadily on the first book in The Book of Revelations series. I know, I know, I previously called it a trilogy, but I think maybe I need to just see how long this is going to end up being. I have so much detail running around in my head. But tentatively speaking, the first book will be titled The Book of Revelations: Prophecy.

I have been enjoying diving into this new futuristic world, which is definitely more science fiction than that of Zeus, Inc., which only takes place in the near future. Researching scientific concepts and theories and trying to think of applications for them is mind-grueling work, but I find that I quite like it. I suppose I really am a science nerd. I have taken some inspiration from a few Ridley Scott films, but only enough to jump-start what I want to write about.

So what’s it about? It’s about a war between humans and synthetic beings that takes place about 300 years from now. The first book will be about how the war began and will lead up to the story of a young girl named Raissa Ward, who may very well be a savior of sorts. There will be themes of faith and hope and love and family. It will also deal with loss and death and the high cost of war. I’m hoping there will be flying cars, but there are definitely robots.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll notice I talk about it  a lot. I’m very excited about this novel and the possibilities it entails. Science fiction is so imaginative and now that I’m writing in third person, I feel it really opens me up more to the story and the characters. Today’s writing session introduces us to the 96th president of the United States, Albert Lee. He’s a swaggering almost Wild West sort of character with a great intellect and a lot of balls. And I wrote a speech that he gives to the media, a momentous speech that sets up the beginnings of the war. It’s just a rough draft, what I wrote, but I’m very proud of it.

On most days, when I set out to write, my first thought is “I don’t think I can do this.” Every time, that’s what I’m thinking. But I force myself to sit down and just start typing. In that way, I always end up surprising myself. Yes, I do have days where writer’s block kicks me in the butt (yesterday, for example), but I never let that convince me to just stop. I officially have the writing bug now, and I don’t think I could stop, even if I wanted to.

Anyway, that’s my latest update and where I’m wanting to go with this whole writing thing. I hope you all enjoy Zeus, Inc. and I look forward to hearing feedback once it’s released. August 1st can’t get here fast enough!

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a Happy 4th of July (at least for you Americans) and tell you about my upcoming book giveaway. I’ll be giving away three copies of Zeus, Inc. to anyone who signs up for the mailing list before July 25th. That’s a whole week before the book is released! It will be available in the following formats: mobi (Kindle), Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others), PDF, RTF and LRF (older Sony readers).

And all you have to do is sign up for my mailing list (see mailing list sign-up on the right of my website). Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email with a link to click to verify your subscription. Once verified, you’re entered to win!

Also, please be sure to like my author page on Facebook, as well as add the book on Good Reads(and follow me there, too!)

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August and September are going to be rather exciting months for me. With the novel releasing on August 1 highlighting all, I’ve also got a trip to Memphis to see Duran Duran in concert and a trip to Paris coming up after that. So much to look forward to this fall!

The trip to Memphis to see Duran Duran has a story to it. The two women I’m attending with were my besties back in high school. And what brought us together? A band called Duran Duran (there, I’ve dated myself). And we were obsessed with Duran Duran. Unfortunately, we never got to see them live as the one show we were going to buy tickets to ended up getting canceled. Our closest city is Memphis (about 100 miles away) and it seems to have been a music wasteland even then. I’ve known musicians who have sworn they’ve only played Memphis once and will never play it again. For a city so steeped in musical history, it’s a darn shame.

That being said, fast forward to 2012 and a tour announcement that Duran Duran will be playing at the Memphis Botanical Gardens. I was literally in shock as I’m pretty sure this is their first show ever in Memphis (yes, after ALL these years) and so bought tickets the day they were available for the three of us. We just all recently reunited, thanks to Facebook and by me moving back to Missouri. So going to the concert together is basically a full-circle event for us.

Today, I indulged in the beauty that is William Shatner’s Priceline and got us a very discounted room at The Peabody Hotel. Now, Memphis isn’t known for swanky hotels, obviously. In fact, there are no 5-star hotels in Memphis and only two 4-star ones. The Peabody, however, has this local reputation as being rather swanky and judging from the lobby, it probably is. I’m sure it’s not the Four Seasons, but it is the most expensive hotel in the area. And they have ducks. Ducks that march through the lobby every morning and every night to/from the fountain there. DUCKS!  I have always wanted to stay there, though, and in my youth, when there were concerts in Memphis, this is where the rock stars stayed. So this is also a  sort of dream for us.

Finally, in September, there’s that little trip to Paris I’ve blogged about. This will be my third trip into the city and I’m excited to finally be able to visit and just relax. I’ve seen all the major sites, so I’m checking out some lesser known ones, though I do plan on returning to the Louvre (I hope I don’t regret it) and the Centre Pompidou (my favorite museum in the world).

Of course, this week, I’m still wrapped up with the play I’m doing with The Bootheel Community Theatre. If you’re local, please come out and see us!

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Thanks to everyone who is reading my book (or has it on the way via email). I expect some good constructive criticism within the next month or so! :P I’m mostly looking to fix typos, spelling, grammar, etc. I did go through and edit it myself, but I’m sure I missed some things.

As my cousin so greatly pointed out, this will probably not be the best thing I’ve ever written. That actually makes me feel a lot better. This is my first attempt, so I’m expecting it to be the worse thing I’ve ever written. It can only get better from here. I just hope the story is enough that people want to continue reading about Alex and her adventures.

And now, for the summary (again, with the help of my cousin, who is now writing his own book):

50 years ago, Zeus, Inc., and its CEO, the mysterious Joseph Brentwood, saved the world from a major energy crisis by discovering a new unlimited energy resource. Now, in 2059, Mr. Brentwood has gone missing and private eye Alex Grosjean has been hired to find him by his daughter (and Alex’s best friend), Aleisha.

Black-outs begin to occur all over the world and somehow Alex believes it’s tied to Mr. Brentwood’s disappearance. Her search leads her through her own murky past and into the depths of Hell itself, where she discovers that Mr. Brentwood is not who or what he seems to be.

With the help of an otherworldly man named Pip, Alex must save both Mr. Brentwood and the world. But will she be able to face her own guilty past in order to do it?

And even better, I made a cover! It took me forever to find a good stock photo that I felt represented Alex fairly enough and this girl was close. I found one on iStock I liked better, but it was $10 vs. $20, so I went with this one from Dreamstime. I like how it came out. The city in the background is Memphis, where the story takes place (well, sort of, it’s a future version of Memphis).


Next up? I’m researching the KDP program from Amazon. The only issue is that I have to give Amazon exclusivity on the novel for 90 days and I’m not sure if I want to do that or not. I’m going to ask around and see if it’s worth it. Maybe it’s a better option for a second novel? Anyway, I will be publishing to Smashwords, which will distribute to B&N, Apple, etc. And then I’ll have to submit to Amazon separately. But I guess this thing is really a go! I’m so freakin’ excited. I look at the cover and think “OMG, THAT’S MINE!”

Then, of course, I’m trying to decide marketing. I sort of want to just use my one website to market the book and all things Robin. Because I do not need yet another site to keep up with. Do you think that’s feasible? And that way, I can use the blog to promote it (and the existing reader base I already have built with the blog).

Still a little bit to figure out, but the formatting is done (until I upload it to Smashwords and see how well I did) and I now have a PDF version of the novel.

So now I’m going to wait a few months for reader feedback and go from there. Be on the look-out!

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