Monday, April 11, 2016

New Jim Frankenstein novella!


Jim Frankenstein, Rock and Roll Space Priest


The Guest on the Belovo

FREE on May 11th only

Jim Frankenstein barely made it out of his last assignment alive. But thanks to a good friend, he's safely locked away in hypersleep, on his way to greener pastures.

Until a cryptic distress signal throws a wrench in the works.

Soon, Jim finds himself face-to-face with a man claiming to be an advanced alien. Jim suspects there's more to the story, but before he can do anything about it, disaster strikes. Now he must convince a skeptical spaceship captain to trust him, so he can do what Jim Frankenstein does best: banish evil with his magic bass guitar, Ishmael.

Just another day at the office for Jim Frankenstein.


On May 11th--my 33rd birthday--I will be releasing a new Jim Frankenstein novella FOR FREE--for one day only.

After that, it will be available for purchase on the top ebook markets, and will be available as a FREE download to the first twenty people who sign up for my mailing list.

This story isn't exactly new. In fact, it's the very first Jim Frankenstein story I ever wrote. A little history:

On October 10th, 2010 (yes, that's 10/10/10, I can't make this stuff up), I was jolted out of a deep sleep by a phrase tolling in my head: "Jim Frankenstein, Rock and Roll Space Priest". I don't know where it came from, but I like to think it was divine intervention in my then-directionless life.

I crept out of bed, so as not to wake my slumbering fiancee, and went to my laptop. By the time the sun was up, I had pages upon pages of notes, and embryonic ideas for six novels and and ten short stories. When my wife discovered me pecking away, I sat her down and told her that I had figured out what I wanted to do with my life.

Fast forward a few months, and you'd see me clicking happily away on the first incarnation of this very story. Back in those days, I had the typical problems of any beginning writer; I didn't know my grammar, my mechanics were shaky, and I had a tendency to overwrite to a hilarious degree. Worst of all, I though my writing was sheer genius, and didn't need to be edited by me or anyone. I'd check for typos, sure, but I never really worked on my sentences or word choice.

The first version of Guest was fraught with problems. If a potential editing client sent me that story now, I'd reject it and tell them to pick up a copy of The Elements of Style. It was loaded with tired cliches, stilted dialogue and passages of purple description. There was a scene (part of which still exists) where Jim Frankenstein stared at himself in the mirror and simply told the audience what he looked like.

It's cringe-worthy, but I'm considering posting that original version on How's the Novel Coming? so I can use it as an example of the editing process. Not to mention it might put some of my contemptuous rants in context; part of the reason I allow myself to speak so audaciously about writing faux-pas is because I am, in some way, speaking to my past self.

ANYWAY, the current incarnation of Guest has been through no less than FOUR complete re-drafts, with several edits apiece. It's been over five years since I wrote the first version (Mother of God, could it be that long?), and it's finally ready to see the light of day. I'm an older, wiser writer than I was in 2010, and I'm confident that this version will knock your socks off.

When 3 Futures went out of print, I started looking for a way to re-introduce Jim Frankenstein to the world. The Guest on the Belovo is a much clearer statement of purpose than Hidden Deeds was, and it will give new readers a more accurate picture of what the Jim Frankenstein series is all about. For those of you who have already met Jim, it will hopefully get you excited to read whatever comes next.

So mark your calendars and follow me on social media to make sure you don't miss out on your free copy of The Guest on the Belovo! And remember, you can always get a free copy by signing up for my mailing list, which will also be your pipeline to news, book announcements, and future exclusive goodies.

I'm really looking forward to this one! See you in a month :)

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