The second part of the Redux Project is now live!
Base Metal expands the world of The Sword and gives alternative context to First to Fight, spinning up the coils for the coming release. Highlights of this volume include a parasitic/symbiotic AI that lives in the main character's brain, even more banter, and the utterly incorrect use of an anti-materiel laser.
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Book One of "The Sword" Redux Project is now live!
Sergeant Brian Clausen is a straightforward man. He's a soldier. His team solves problems, stops bad guys, and goes home victorious. But his newest mission is not what it seems. Beset by deception and hidden grudges, this mission will threaten far more than his life.
Join Clausen and his team as they suit up for combat in "First to Fight". Click the image to get to get the book.
Just popping in with an update. You may notice some revisions on the website as I prep for the Redux Project release.
What is the Redux Project, you ask?
It is a complete remaster of my debut novel "The Sword", expanded and revised. The first book was way too large, being near-impossible to print and dangerous if dropped from height. It got great reviews and responses, but the most common criticism was "this should be a series". (The second most common criticism was "I threw my back picking this tome off the table, could you find lighter paper?")
While at NASFIC 2019, I spoke to several veteran authors, who lent me invaluable advice on improving the text as a multi-volume work. Combining this guidance with the growth I'd had as an author since that book's release, I began to lay out a complete rework of the material, and this is the result.
So, let's run through a couple common questions:
Why a series?
To be honest, it always should have been. As a first time author, I focused way too hard on getting everything into one text, and that resulted in a book which sacrificed integrity for space, and was still too big to print. By splitting it into multiple volumes (ranging from novella to full novel), I can cover the depth and breadth of the novel with far greater detail.
There is a dramatic expansion in content. Entire previously cut-for-space characters, concepts, and plots have been re-added, now with room to breathe. This is the same story as the original book, but told in far greater fidelity.
Just about every damn word. I've come a long was as an author since that first book, and one of my first decisions was that if I was going to remaster this book into a series, I was going to put 110% of those lessons into bringing this world fully to life. When I published The Sword, I was giddy at the thought, "holy crap, I have a book". That giddiness led me to accept compromises that I now would not. The Redux Project will be the story I always wanted to tell.
What about us who bought the original?
I would never forget about my earliest supporters. You mean the world to me! Once the Redux Project is completed, and all volumes released, I will re-upload the original work, updating the material within to the newest standards. This will be for sale as large digital file for new readers, but those of you who already purchased the original need merely update your files. Unfortunately, this new version of the series will be impossible to print without inventing new book-binding methods.
It's big, ya'll.
I think that covers everything. The link to the first volume "First to Fight" is now up for pre-order. All files will be DRM free, so purchase if you want to support, and be sure to leave a review!
So I've discovered something about myself: I like to work in silence.
I'm not dead. I'd even say I'm better than my life-mean; the past few years have been a wonderful upward trend. I'm hard at work on the new book, but it's a long ways off.
If you asked for an ETA on that book, I'd say "couple years". I like to aim for quality and I do all the work myself, which means I have to use time as my currency instead of paying an editor. Working a decent day job means that I can't just sit down and crank out content, and I don't want to be that guy who posts every week for two years, saying "new stuff soon". It's out there. I'm working on it. It'll be done when it's done.
Now, on a cool note, I got a review from an awesome book reviewer: Erica Robyn. I put the link on the button below. You should totally follow her blog and check out her reviews.
I've updated the website with details about the new book. I should be launching very soon...
I'm currently neck-deep in edits of my next novel, Threshold. It's a little different, as you may notice - it's not set in the distant future, but tomorrow. It's not military science fiction, but a thriller/comedy.
What this novel does share with my prior work is a commitment to delivering strong characters, witty banter, and plenty of things that explode.
While it will be some time before this novel sees print (and I'll let you know more as we get closer), feel free to get a taste of what's coming by clicking the button below!
So, I've got a Facebook business page now. It's sort of like a normal Facebook page, except instead of posting carefully curated pictures to make myself look inhumanly happy and fulfilled, I'm shamelessly shilling my books!
But wait, there's more!
The Facebook page doesn't just help me reach you, it also helps you reach me! On the site, you can post feedback, meet fellow fans, or inform me of my veritable iniquities as a writer and human being! (Disclaimer: nonconstructive bantz will be removed unless it's hilarious. It also should go without saying, PG language only in the House of Zuck.)
So pop on over to the link, and let's have a chat!
The first post of my website... I should probably make sure this is something quality. Something timeless...
My name is Joseph, and I write stuff. Sometimes, people pay me for my scribblings, which is pretty cool. I launched this site to share my work with the world, and to convince people I'm some sort of professional.
On this site, you'll find the links to my first novel, a mil-scifi thriller called "The Sword". There's an audiobook of it in development now, which is cool. There's a second book on the way, as well, which is even cooler! Stay tuned for preview chapters, updates, and further brain droppings here!
So, all in all, welcome to my site, and I hope you enjoy my stuff!