Cover for Broken Quill – The Reminiscent Exile #2

Well ain’t this exciting:

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Yes, that is a badass eye patch and wistful bottle of scotch. Looks like long, dark times to come for our intrepid, drunken exile–Declan Hale.

Drawn and designed by the incomparable Vincent Chong, of course, who also created the cover for Distant Star. As you can no doubt tell, there’s somewhat of a resonance between the two covers. I think I prefer this one, however, as Broken Quill is turning out far better than I’d hoped.

Current word count: 42,174

Estimated word count: 70,000

Estimated completion date: October 27th, 2012

Better get writing!

Joe

Distant Star Closing in on 2k Sales!

Ladies and gentlemen,

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank any and all who have purchased Distant Star, my first novel, in the five weeks since it appeared online in various bookstores and in various formats.

As it stands right now, I’m at 1940 sales – and sixteen positive reviews on Amazon! You don’t hate me, or my stories, and I love you for it.

The surge of sales through June and the positive response has had me furiously working on the follow-up to Distant Star – Book Two of The Reminiscent Exile.

Broken Quill.

I’m hoping to have a first draft by late August/early September, off to the editors before December, and hitting the shelves come January/February 2013. Things step up a notch in Book Two. We learn a lot more about Declan and his sordid past, as well as meet a whole cast of new characters who have been pulled into his dangerous web of war and regret.

Also, a duck explodes.

Thanks again, dear readers,

Joe

Initial Concepts for Nostalgia Comic

In NostalgiaBoner!, we’ll meet Whiskey, a 24-year-old man, and his robot sidekick, Blitz. Together, they solve mysteries in a world populated by throwbacks from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 21st century.

Here’s an early piece of concept art for the main protagonists:

Whiskey & Blitz

NostalgiaBoner! Protags

Now let’s see. Considering a few weeks ago I couldn’t draw a darn thing, I think that looks pretty good. Definitely room for improvement. I don’t want to rush this, and ruin a good idea, but before I start throwing the first story arc together certain things need some work:

  • Blitz’s claw hand looks far too much like a banana
  • Whiskey’s eyes need work
  • Neck too long…
  • And the backgrounds, props and such will be a whole other game.

Better get back to work!

-joe

Good News, Everyone!

Just a quick note to say that, after a day and a half of learning how to map domains and edit non-user friendly DNS settings, the new page is up and running!

We’ve got a space for books, reviews, general blogging, and a special section for my up and coming web comic – NostalgiaBoner! A taste of the 90’s, set in the modern day – a world that has forgotten and moved on. Should have the first strip up soon. Just have to learn to draw, edit, and colour. No rush.

The final piece of good news is thus: my first novel, Distant Star, will be published and available as an ebook on June 7th, come hell or high water. This has been a year in the making, and I’m more than ready to have the book out there in the world. Print editions will follow at a later date, but not much later.

-joe