Do you believe in Bigfoot?

As some of you know, I’ve been working on this awesome new series called Legend of the Treesinger with the UF/litRPG outlaw king himself, James Hunter. The first book in the series, Two-Faced, is up for preorder on Amazon now and set to hit digital shelves March 22nd. It’s part buddy-cop adventure, part fish-out-of-water, all Bigfoot. It’s also kind of a departure for me in that the heroine, Winona, isn’t a terrible person. She’s not a person at all, in fact. Here’s the blurb to prove it:

Winona Treesinger is a Bigfoot—and no, she doesn’t just have large feet. She’s an eight-foot tall walking myth and the last great princess of the People of the Forest.

All she and her people want is to dwell in the deep places of the forest, well away from mankind and the destruction they bring to the land and the world. But when Winona hears about a string of grisly murders in the nearby city of Missoula, she knows in her gut it’s the work of an ancient evil, driven away from their lands long ago.

Against the wishes of her Father, Chief Chankoowashtay, Winona must leave the forest and venture into the world of men, disguised as a frail human, in order to set the balance straight and stop the killings. And with the help of a handsome, slick-talking city detective named Chris Fuller, she might be able to do it. But if Chris finds out what she really is, stopping the creature might be the least of her worries …

Pretty sweet, right? And you haven’t even seen the cover yet. Check out this little beautyand please, feel free to judge the book by it:

TWO FACED ebook

This has been a crazy-fun project, and James and I have had a blast working on it. If you guys enjoy reading Two-Faced half as much as we did writing it… Well, that’s math, and I’m no mathmagician, but according to these calculations, that’s a lot of units of enjoyment.

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Jubal Van Zandt & the Garden of Time

Great news, everyone! Garden of Time (Jubal Van Zandt #4) is live and on sale for only 99 cents!

Jubal and Carina are back together and ready for adventure. With Nickie-boy mysteriously MIA (*cough*soul jar*cough*) and the Garden of Time on the horizon, surely there’s nothing that can stop this dynamic duo. All they have to do to get Jubal the extra time he needs is survive a dangerous trek across a polar ice cap, fight their way into a cave full of murderous rock formations, and defeat an immortal guardian.

Here’s a pretty picture of the cover for your judging pleasure:

 

 

I’m so excited about this one, you guys! Early reviews are in, and as usual, they’re split right down the middle: half love Jubal and hope to see him grow into something better…and half would love to see Jubal trampled into fertilizer by a pack of roving hogzillas and grown over by nice green grass.

Honestly, seeing how polarizing Jubal is has been one of my favorite things about writing his story, so after you’ve read Garden of Time, I really hope you’ll chime in on the Goodreads or Amazon page for Garden of Time to argue for supporting Jubal or murdering him in various creative ways. And be sure to include where you stand on the man bun situation: for or against? Who knows, maybe we’ll have an effect on the world of fashion while we’re at it.

Also, in honor of Garden of Time‘s release, Beautiful Corpse (JVZ #2) and Soul Jar (JVZ #3) are both on sale this week. So, if you haven’t had a chance to read those yet, be sure to grab them on the cheap.

Advice to new writers: Don’t plagiarize. Just don’t.

This is the kind of thing that makes authors’ blood run cold…and then ticks them off immensely, even if they’re not the ones being plagiarized. It can also get you into a world of trouble, so take litRPGreview’s advice and just don’t.

GameLit reviews

Update:  Yes, the book was a plagiary.  Amazon removed it from the ebook format and reviewers have already noted that it’s a ripoff.  Strangely, not a word-for-word ripoff, but every major plot point and event was exactly the same.  She also took down her website, I’m guessing because it’s monumentally stupid to try to take a well-known author’s work and pass it off as your own.

Even weirder, the book is from someone proclaiming to be a teacher.  Don’t plagiarize is the first thing you teach in any course.

Tl;dr:  Don’t plagiarize.  If you must plagiarize, at least be creative.  Pick a book that’s out of print, maybe isn’t translated into English so you can rip it off creatively.  Don’t plagiarize a book that’s available in English in ebook format so it’s easy to check out.

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