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Sep. 1st, 2016

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Petra Goes Wide!

PETRABookOne-semifinal1Some of you might have been wondering when the ebook edition of Petra might become available epub (i.e., non-Kindle) format.  Wonder no more!


Petra is now available in your most popular ebook outlets, like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and more.  You can even find it in the iTunes store.  And of course, if Kindle’s your thing, we’ve got you covered there, too.


And so I continue to build my nefarious media empire . . .


 


 


Current Music: "Stone the Crows"--Down


Aug. 25th, 2016

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Join the Scavenger Hunt and Win a Copy of Petra or Petra Released!

Now that all three installments of my Calico in Conversation interview are live, it’s time for a little game . . . and you could win a free ebook copy of either Petra or Petra Released!


See, it’s a scavenger hunt.  All you have to do is correctly answer three questions about the interview, and you will be entered in a drawing for your choice of either ebook.  You only have until August 30th to enter, though, so hurry.


(They’re easy questions, don’t worry.)


And the more people who enter, the more freebies will be available.  See here for details and spread the word.


What are you waiting for?  Click here to get started!


Current Music: "Wild One"--Thin Lizzy


Aug. 4th, 2016

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Next Stop on the 2016 Rotundo World Tour: MidAmeriCon II

The 2016 Rotundo World Tour rolls into Kansas City for MidAmeriCon II, aka the 2016 WorldCon.  And kids, let me tell you, I’ll be busy.  Here’s my schedule:


Wednesday, August 17th


2:00 pm — 4:00 pm   Volunteering at the SFWA Table (Convention Center, Dealer’s Room)


Stop by and say hi.


Thursday, August 18th


10:00 am — 12:00 pm   Writing Workshop 1B


All sessions are filled.


1:00 pm — 2:00 pm   As You Know, Bob . . . :  The Fine Art of Exposition (Convention Center, Room 2209)


Exposition is writers giving readers information they need to understand a story. How is it possible to convey the necessary but not at the expense of the enjoyable? We try not to lecture…


3:00 pm —  4:00 pm   Launch Pad (Convention Center, Room 2210)


Launch Pad is an annual event whereby a group of invited writers, editors, and creatives learn about modern science, specifically astronomy, so that they can in turn use it in their work and inspire others. Members who have attended Launch Pad discuss how it has affected their writing and ideas.


Friday, August 19th


10:00 am — 11:00 am   The New Space Opera Golden Age on the Screen (Convention Center, Room 2503B)


There appears to be a resurgence in space opera on the silver screen, including The Force Awakens, Jupiter Ascending, Interstellar, and Guardians of the Galaxy, not to mention new TV shows like Babylon 5, The Expanse, and the forthcoming Old Man’s War. Is this an encouraging sign that public interest and enthusiasm for science and SF is on the rise? Is this resurgence manifesting in literature as well? What more do we want to see?


1:00 pm — 2:00 pm   Why “A Long Time Ago . . . ?” (Convention Center, Room 3501F)


George Lucas set Star Wars in a galaxy far, far away, but also a long time ago.  What is the importance of setting his saga in the distant past?  How would our perceptions of it have been different if it were set in our time in a galaxy far, far away or if it had been set in the future?


4:00 pm — 5:00 pm   50 Years of Star Trek, Part Two:  The Influence (Convention Center, Room 3501H)


Star Trek is fifty years old. It has inspired writers to write, children to become scientists, scientists to become astronauts and fans to write erotica. It has an enormous influence and in this session we take a look at the myriad of ways it has done so for a disparate group of people around the world. 


Saturday, August 20th


11:00 am — 1:00 pm  SFWA Business Meeting (Convention Center, Room 2205)


Open to SFWA members only.


4:00 pm — 5:00 pm  Autographing at the SFWA Table (Convention Center, Dealer’s Room)


I’ll be back at the SFWA table on Saturday to autograph copies of Petra and Petra Released.  Note that due to Missouri law pertaining to non-profits, I can’t sell anything at the SFWA table itself.  But I will have copies of both books, which you are welcome to purchase from me any other time.  If, you know, you’re of a mind.


Sunday, August 21st


12:00 pm — 12:30 pm   Reading (Convention Center, Room 2202)


You know my motto:  come for a treat, stay for a tale!  I always bring treats to my readings.


See what I mean about being busy?  And that’s just during the day.  At night, I’ll be bopping around the parties and such.


Ah, WorldCon.  Can’t wait.  Hope to see you there!


Current Music: "Voodoo Chile"--Jimi Hendrix


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

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Calico in Conversation Interviews Your Humble Servant (Me)

The fabulous Shara White is the brains behind the Calico in Conversation interview series, in which she chats with various authors about . . . well, whatever comes up in conversation. And this month, her featured author is, uh, me.


Part one of the interview is here. Part two will go up on the 9th, with part three following a week later. I’ll update this post with the links when I have them. The interview was conducted over several months, and covers a variety of topics. Of course, there’s plenty of talk about Petra and Petra Released.  But we also discuss lessons one can learn from karaoke, politics in fiction, and even a bit about Harlan Ellison. Because Harlan Ellison, that’s why.


This interview was a lot of work. But a lot of fun, too. So do check it out.


Current Music: "Tears"--Rush


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Jul. 25th, 2016

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The Wait Is Over: Petra Released Is Now Available!

Petra Released, the second book of The Prison World Revolt series, is now available here!



The prison world is free. Or is it?


A grieving Kane Pythen, exiled on Petra light years from his family, has found a haven among the inmates he aided in a failed escape attempt. But after a devastating attack on their settlement, he must lead a dangerous foray into Bone Tribe territory, in search of a new home before the impending winter finishes them off.


Worse, the expedition uncovers a plot to seize control of Petra that could kill millions, including Kane and his friends. The shadowy forces in Farside are on the move, too, intent on eliminating all enemies. And in Ported Space, the powerful Petra Compact is hunting for the explosive prisoner records that were smuggled offworld—which have fallen into the hands of Kane’s wife, Tayla . . .


The battle for Petra has just begun. Kane and Tayla must brave merciless enemies and unlikely allies to save themselves and all they believe in.


If you enjoy the book, please consider leaving a review for it where you bought it, or on Goodreads, or on your own blog.


And if you still haven’t read Petra, well, now’s the time to get caught up.


So?  What are you waiting for?


Current Music: "The Fountain of Lamneth"--Rush


Jul. 17th, 2016

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Next Stop on the 2016 Rotundo World Tour: Bennington Public Library

The 2016 Rotundo World Tour rolls into Bennington, Nebraska, for an appearance at the Bennington Public Library on July 26th, at 7:00 pm.


By cosmic coincidence, that just happens to be the day after Petra Released drops. Copies of it and Petra will be available for purchase. And if you’d like me to deface your books with my signature, I will be happy to oblige.


Odds are there will be a reading. And some Q & A. And treats.


If you’re local, or if you just happen to be in the area, stop on by!


Cuz, you know, it would be awfully awkward if no one showed up.


Once again, that’s Tuesday, July 26th, at 7:00 pm.


Hope to see you there!


Current Music: "Between the Wheels"--Ruch


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Jul. 16th, 2016

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Coming Soon: Petra Released

Ever since the release of Petra last December, people have been asking me when the next book is coming out. I had originally hoped for sometime in April, but everything takes longer than I think it will. But now I’m confident in making this announcement:


Petra Released, the next book in The Prison World Revolt series, will be released on July 25th, 2016. Read on for details. And check out that awesome cover!



The prison world is free. Or is it?


A grieving Kane Pythen, exiled on Petra light years from his family, has found a haven among the inmates he aided in a failed escape attempt. But after a devastating attack on their settlement, he must lead a dangerous foray into Bone Tribe territory, in search of a new home before the impending winter finishes them off.


Worse, the expedition uncovers a plot to seize control of Petra that could kill millions, including Kane and his friends. The shadowy forces in Farside are on the move, too, intent on eliminating all enemies. And in Ported Space, the powerful Petra Compact is hunting for the explosive prisoner records that were smuggled offworld—which have fallen into the hands of Kane’s wife, Tayla . . .


The battle for Petra has just begun. Kane and Tayla must brave merciless enemies and unlikely allies to save themselves and all they believe in.


Look for Petra Released, the second book in The Prison World Revolt series, on July 25th. And tell a friend!


 


Current Music: "Dance of the Dogs"--Lynch Mob


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Jul. 2nd, 2016

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Petra on Sale! And a Bunch of Other Great Books, Too!

There’s a whole host of science fiction & fantasy ebooks on sale this weekend for 99 cents each.  And Petra is among them!


That’s right, folks, the Kindle edition of Petra is only 99 cents this weekend!  Click on the image below to see all the titles available.



Thanks to the inimitable Patty Jansen for organizing this.  Click through and enjoy!


Current Music: "The River"--Bruce Springsteen


Jun. 28th, 2016

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Out of the Darkness

Wow. The blog’s been dark for a couple of months now. That’s a long stretch of time. Let me explain.


No, there is too much. Let me sum up.


I’ve been slowly working toward getting Petra Released ready to unleash on the world, and I’m crap at multitasking.


But I thought a brief post to the effect of “I’m not dead” might be in order. In fact, you can expect a flurry of activity soon. News, like winter, is coming.


In the meantime, hi. Hope you’re well.


Current Music: "Under the Radar"--Joe Bonamassa


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Apr. 17th, 2016

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Next Stop on the 2016 Rotundo World Tour: CONgregation

The next stop on the 2016 Rotundo World Tour is CONgregation, April 22-24, here in sunny Omaha.  I’m doing a couple of panels:


Saturday, April 23


10:00 am – 11:00 am   Writing Workshop (Ballroom A)


Join award-winning author Matthew S. Rotundo for a fun and interactive writing workshop. Bring paper, pen, and imagination!


Sunday, April 24


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   Reading (Ballroom B)


Come for a treat, stay for a tale! Matthew S. Rotundo will bring the treats . . . and the tale. There might even be a prize!


I’ll have copies of Petra with, in case by some weird chance you haven’t purchased yours yet.  And of course, I’ll be happy to sign them.


Hope to see you there!


Current Music: "I Wonder"--Indigenous


Mar. 30th, 2016

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I am now an Unreliable Narrator

The good folks at the Unreliable Narrators podcast have interviewed yours truly.  In it, I discuss PetraFrom Earth I Have Arisen,” and other groovy things.


Check it out, if you’re of a mind.


 


Current Music: "Learning to Fly"--Pink Floyd


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Mar. 4th, 2016

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Eldritch Embraces, now available for your delectation

And in short fiction news, Eldritch Embraces: Putting the Love Back In Lovecraft, an anthology containing my story “Take This, and Eat,” is now available from Dragon’s Roost Press, in both paper and electronic editions.


I’ll let the publisher tell you about it:  “We’ve taken two of the most terrifying concepts in literature, the cosmic horror of the Cthulhu Mythos and Romance, and combined them in 31 tales which will terrify, amuse, and possibly even move you.”


Plus, a portion of the proceeds from the anthology go to the Last Day Dog Rescue organization.


So there you go.  Love, romance, and Elder Gods. And you get to help out dogs in need.  What more could you ask for?  A free sample?


OK, if you insist.  Here’s a (*cough*) taste of “Take This, and Eat:”


A kind of chicken teriyaki dish, Leah had said.  And it certainly looked promising at first—generous portions of noodles and meat, without too many vegetables for Darren to pick around.  It smelled spicy, sparking a bit of an appetite in him.  Using the tongs the waiter had brought, he optimistically helped himself to a heaping plateful.


Then he caught a glimpse of the tentacle in his food, and his appetite vanished.


At first he thought he might be mistaken, but a second glance confirmed it—long, black, rubbery, with small suckers running down its length.


Once again, that’s Eldritch Embraces, featuring my story “Take This, and Eat.”  Have a tentacular time!


Current Music: "Man on the Silver Mountain"--Rainbow


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Feb. 28th, 2016

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Rotundo’s Oscarology, 2016 Edition

Oscar time is upon us once again.  Here at fabulous Chez Rotundo, things are even more hectic than normal, which means my annual Academy Award post will be rather abbreviated.  But such Oscar analysis/wisdom as I have, I hereby impart to you.  You’re welcome.


I’ve only managed to see 2 of the 8 nominees (The Martian and Mad Max:  Fury Road) this year.  But as I’ve said before, I never let total ignorance get in my way.  So here we go:


Best Picture


And right out of the gate, we have a very tough category to pick.  This one is usually easy, especially if you look at the precursor guild awards.  But this year, the Screen Actors Guild gave its top award to Spotlight, while the Producers Guild and BAFTA went with The Big Short, and the Directors Guild honored The Revenant.


What to make of this mess?


Honestly, I have no idea.  The safest bet would probably be The Revenant, which garnered the most overall nominations. On the other hand, The Big Short‘s PGA win is significant because the PGA uses the same preferential voting system the Academy uses.  On the third hand, comedies fare poorly in this category.


The last time we had this much disconnect between SAG, PGA, and DGA?  Why, it was just two years ago, actually, when American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, and Gravity vied for the top honor.  We ended up with a rare split between Best Picture and Best Director, with 12 Years a Slave getting the big prize.  Because I’m feeling ornery, I’ll make a similar prediction for this year, and go with The Big Short.


Best Director


Despite the horse race for Best Picture, it looks like Alejandro G. Iñárritu will pick up his second Oscar in a row, this time for The Revenant.


Best Actor


Here’s an easy one:  SAG winner Leonardo DiCaprio will finally pick up his first Oscar, for The Revenant.


Best Actress


Brie Larson looks like a lock, for Room.


Best Supporting Actor


The SAG went to Idris Elba, for Beasts of No Nation.  But Elba wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar, which leaves this category wide open.  Amazingly enough, it appears Sylvester Stallone has become a sentimental favorite, reprising Rocky Balboa one more time in Creed.  I guess that makes as much sense as anything this Oscar season.


Best Supporting Actress


In a category that has been rife with upsets in the past, the best bet appears to be Alicia Vikander, for The Danish Girl.  That’s my pick, but I wouldn’t be surprised to be wrong here.


Best Original Screenplay


Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, for Spotlight.  Writers Guild winners.


Best Adapted Screenplay


Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, for The Big Short.  Also WGA winners.


Best Animated Feature


Inside Out.  Say it with me, kids:  never pick against Pixar.  At least, not in this category.


Best Foreign Language Film


Everyone seems to be talking about Hungary’s Son of Saul.  I’ll go with it, but for this category, you could just easily throw a dart at a dartboard and pick a winner.


Best Cinematography


I thought Emmanuel Lubezki’s win for Birdman last year was a bit of reach; the camera work struck me as too self-indulgent by half.  That said, he’s up for an Oscar again this year for The Revenant, and he has a new gimmick:  the film was shot almost entirely with natural light.  I’m guessing that will be enough to garner another win for him.  Certainly the American Society of Cinematographers thought it worth honoring.


Best Production Design


Period pieces tend to do well here.  Much has been made of Mad Max: Fury Road, and indeed, it did win an Art Directors Guild award for Fantasy Film.  But The Revenant won the ADG award for Period Film, and the Academy tends to pretend science fiction doesn’t exist.  So I’ll go with Jack Fisk, for The Revenant.


Best Film Editing


Nine of the past 12 Eddie winners for best edited dramatic film have gone on to win an Oscar.  This year, that would favor Margaret Sixel, for Mad Max:  Fury Road.  But again . . . it’s science fiction.  Ew.  I’m going with Hank Corwin, whose work on The Big Short won an Eddie for comedy.


Best Costume Design


Celebrated costumer Sandy Powell is competing against herself this year, for Cinderella and Carol.  And though Oscar’s disdain for SF is well established, flashy often wins in this category.  So I’m going with Jenny Beavan, for Mad Max:  Fury Road.


Best Makeup & Hairstyling


Score another win for flashy:  Mad Max:  Fury Road.


Best Original Score


What’s that you say?  Ennio Morricone has never won an Oscar?  That’s good enough for me.  Morricone, for The Hateful Eight.


Best Original Song


Lady Gaga appears to be the favorite, for “‘Til It Happens to You,” from The Hunting Ground.  But I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sam Smith win for “Writing’s on the Wall,” from Spectre.  Still, I guess I’ll go with Gaga.


Best Documentary Feature


Amy looks to win this one.


Best Documentary Short


A pick ’em category.  I’m going with Body Team 12.


Best Sound Mixing


The Revenant, I think.  The Cinema Audio Society like it, and it’s Best Picture front runner.


Best Sound Editing


The Revenant could just as easily snap up this one, too, but I’m guessing it will go to Mad Max:  Fury Road.


Best Visual Effects


Mad Max: Fury Road.  It’s one category SF films are allowed to win, and Mad Max is also up for Best Picture.


Best Short Film (Live Action)


I’ve seen comedies win this category before, so I’m leaning toward Stutterer.


Best Short Film (Animated)


Um.  World of Tomorrow.  Because who knows?  Pixar’s Sanjay’s Super Team is also nominated, but Pixar doesn’t fare as well in this category as it does in Animated Feature.


And that’s all, folks.  Enjoy the show!


Current Music: "Stone the Crows"--Down


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

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Feb. 22nd, 2016

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Petra in Print!

PETRABookOne-semifinal1If you’ve been waiting for the print edition of Petra, wait no longer.  It’s now available here.


Sorry it took so long, folks.  Publishing your own book has its share of rewards, but it’s awfully time consuming, too.  I’ll be quicker with the next one, promise.


As a refresher, here’s some jacket copy:


Welcome to Petra.


It is the ultimate prison. Inmates from all of Ported Space are dumped there, forgotten, and left to survive however they can. Hope dies. Escape is impossible.


Disillusioned war hero Kane Pythen comes to Petra on a fact-finding mission, but gets caught in an uprising that threatens to expose a shattering secret. And Rolf Ankledge, Petra’s ruthless warden, will stop at nothing to keep it from reaching Ported Space. If Kane involves himself, he risks losing everything he has. If he does nothing, he betrays the last shreds of his ideals.


The prison break of the millennium is on. Now Kane must race against time and vicious forces from all over Petra if he ever wants to see his wife and daughter again.


Some reminders:



  • If you enjoy Petra, please consider leaving a review for it, even if it’s just a sentence or two.  The more reviews the book gets, the better Amazon likes it.  The better Amazon likes it, the happier Matt will be.

  • Also, make sure you sign up for my mailing list.  You’ll be among the first notified about any new developments, such as special offers, or the release of the next book.  No spam, I promise.  Your email will never be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

  • The Nebula nomination window has closed, but you can still nominate for the Hugos.  If you’re a Hugo voter and would like a copy of Petra, hit me up in the comments.  Make sure to specify your format preference.

  • And of course, the Kindle edition is still available, too.


If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.


To sum up, then:  Petra in print.  Reviews good.  Author happy.


Rock on.



 


Current Music: "Land of Hope and Dreams"--Bruce Springsteen


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Feb. 8th, 2016

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Progress Report, in which I demonstrate my erudition and eloquence

Blah blah new words blah Petra Rising.  Blah blah blah Magic Meter:



Pithy observations on writing blah blah blah.


Blah blah snippet:


Cromberg slammed the door behind him after entering.  “What the hell are you thinking?”


Kane stood at the water pump near his kitchen, working the handle, holding a small bowl beneath the spigot.  He had a washcloth draped over one arm.  The pump took its time drawing water from the well.  The previous night’s fire had taken its toll.  Given Purgatory’s proximity to the river, the well would refill soon enough.  At worst, he had to tolerate making a few extra pumps.  Others on Haven had it much worse.  He’d seen it during his outreach missions to the Bone Tribes.  Nonetheless, the delay annoyed him.  Emma’s words still rang in his head:  We need the Portal.


“Come in,” he said to Cromberg.  “Have a seat.”


Write Club blah:


Tier one blah blah blah Apex, blah 11 days.


Blah snappy signoff line blah.


Blah.


Current Music: "Like a Stone"--Audioslave


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Feb. 2nd, 2016

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Progress Report, in which I once again demonstrate my sunny optimism

So blog posts continue to be sporadic, obviously.  For me, it’s been all Petra, all the time.  (And hey, did I mention I’ve published a novel?  And that if you’re a potential Hugo and/or Nebula voter, I can get you a copy?)


Ahem.


Anyway, now that I have basically taught myself how to make a book, I’ve turned my attention back to other writing stuff, like updating my database, getting some short stories back into circulation, and—wait.  What’s that up ahead?  Could it be Magic Meter?



Yes, folks, I’ve actually banged out some new verbiage on Petra Rising.  Which is good, as I’m gonna need a finished novel sometime before the onset of the next ice age.  Got a long way to go yet, clearly, but the journey of a thousand miles . . . well, you know the rest.


A snippet, for your perusal:


“Even that’s too much.”  Loren’s tone was firm.  “We can’t have a member of the leadership council toddling off to Control on a wild goose chase.”


The ghost of a smile touched Kane’s face.  “And now we come to the second part of my proposal.” 


“Which is?”


“I’m resigning my seat on the council.  Effective immediately.”


With that, Kane stood and exited the room, trailing silence in his wake.


Hell, I even have a Write Club updates:


Four days to a tier two bounce from Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.


And after 706 days, I’m finally, officially giving up on Inscription.  I may be the last person on Earth to do so.  I guess I’m just too much of an optimist, sometimes.


Really, though, isn’t that what these progress reports are all about?  Optimism?  Or at least hope?


Yeah, maybe.  I’ll try not to take so long to send the next update.


‘Til then . . .


Current Music: "Whiskey in the Jar"--Thin Lizzy


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Jan. 23rd, 2016

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2015 Pimpage, aka Petra is available for your nominating pleasure

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So it seems that award season is upon us once again.


If you’re reading for the Nebulas or Hugos, and are looking for some slam-bang space opera adventure, you might enjoy my novel Petra, published December 2015.  If you’d like a copy, hit me up in the comments.  I have mobi and epub versions available.


As always, I encourage you to read widely and recognize that which you deem worthy.


Here endeth the pimpage.  For now.


Current Music: "Voodoo Chile"--Jimi Hendrix


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Dec. 15th, 2015

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Petra is here!

And just like that, Petra, my debut novel, is released into the wild.


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Any questions?


Holy wow, Matt!  That’s awesome!  Where can I get my copy?


So glad you asked.  It’s available here.


What’s it about again?


Here’s some jacket copy for you:


Welcome to Petra.


It is the ultimate prison. Inmates from all of Ported Space are dumped there, forgotten, and left to survive however they can. Hope dies. Escape is impossible.


Disillusioned war hero Kane Pythen comes to Petra on a fact-finding mission, but gets caught in an uprising that threatens to expose a shattering secret. And Rolf Ankledge, Petra’s ruthless warden, will stop at nothing to keep it from reaching Ported Space. If Kane involves himself, he risks losing everything he has. If he does nothing, he betrays the last shreds of his ideals.


The prison break of the millennium is on. Now Kane must race against time and vicious forces from all over Petra if he ever wants to see his wife and daughter again.


Sounds groovy!  Besides buying Petra, is there anything I can do to help?


Tell a friend.  Heck, tell all your friends.  And if you enjoyed the book, please do leave a review for it.


I can’t stress that last point enough.  Word of mouth is critical for all writers, but doubly so for us indie authors.  You don’t have to write a major essay.  Even a sentence or two helps.  And in addition to helping me, you’ll also be helping out your fellow readers.  So, you know, win-win.


I like dead tree books.  What about print?


A print edition is coming soon.  I’ll announce here when it’s available.


And when’s the next book coming out?


Sometime in early 2016.


Can you be more specific?


Tell you what:  sign up for my mailing list, and you’ll be among the first to know when it’s available.


No spam, I promise.  Your email will never be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.


Well, that’s just awesome, Matt.


You already said that.  But thanks.


If you have any other questions, leave ’em in comments.


And that’s about it, except to say I hope you enjoy Petra.


Current Music: "Making Memories"--Rush


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Dec. 13th, 2015

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Presenting: The Petra Cover

Petra has a cover!  See?


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Ain’t it purty?  All thanks to Ryan Malm for the design.


The book will launch in the next day or two.  It’s taken me a bit longer than I had anticipated to work out all the formatting and ebook conversion details, but it’s finally ready.  I’ll announce here when the book is available for purchase.


I’m excited to share Petra with you.  I hope you enjoy it.


Current Music: "Rain"--Candlebox


Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

Oct. 29th, 2015

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Coming Soon: Petra

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you have undoubtedly heard me mention my novel Petra.  You might have been following along when I banged out the first draft.  Or maybe you came in while I was working on the sequel, Petra Released.  Or more recently, perhaps, you’ve seen my updates on the (excruciatingly slow) progress of Petra Rising.  And somewhere along the way, you might have asked, “Golly gee, Matt, is there any chance that any of us will ever get to, you know, actually read Petra?”*


I’m happy to report that the answer is yes.  And soon.


That’s right, folks:  I’m publishing Petra.


Yes, I’m jumping into the self-publishing pool.  This was far from an easy decision to make, and it’s definitely a risk.  I don’t mind telling you that I’m a bit scared.


But I’m also excited.


And scared.  Did I say that already?


Anyway, you might have questions.  I’ll take a stab at some answers:


So what is this Petra, anyway?


It’s the story of a far-future prison world.  Petra is the final repository for the worst of the worst—no appeals, no parole, no escape.  But it also hides many secrets, which could shatter society if they ever got out.  And somewhere in the dark heart of Petra, the jailbreak of the millennium is on . . .


Sounds exciting!  When will it be out?


I’m targeting next month for the ebook release, probably just before Thanksgiving.  I hope to have more firm dates soon.


Will there be a print edition?


Yes, I plan to make a print edition available at some point.  I’ll let you know when I know more.


What possessed you to venture into the world of independent publishing?


That’s a long story, probably a separate blog post.  For now, suffice to say that now seems like the right time to try it.


What comes after Petra?


Then comes Petra Released, early in 2016, I hope.  And sometime after that, Petra Rising.  I mean, once I finish it, and all. Watch this space for updates.


So it’s a trilogy, then?  Will there be other Petra stories?


These three novels will complete a story arc, but there is definitely room for further adventures, assuming anyone is interested.


Have you always been this cool, Matt, or is it a more recent development?


Aw, gee.  You flatter me.


If you have any other questions, drop me a line in the comments.  Good wishes are also welcome.


Here we go . . .


 


*Probably you’ve never actually asked that, but work with me here, wouldya?


 


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Originally published at Matthew S. Rotundo's Pixeltown

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