Nomad is BACK

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A couple years ago I was driving home when I got a call on my cell phone. It was Blake Crouch, and he told me about how he was in talks about entering his Wayward Pines series into Kindle Worlds, and would I be interested in writing a story? 

My answer: Hell, yeah! 

The Wayward Pines series have sold millions of copies worldwide and was made into a TV series by Fox, so I'm guessing most people are probably familiar with the storyline. If not, well, I don't want to spoil anything, because it has a really cool twist. 

I ended up writing a novella called Nomad. In terms of publication, I thought I was just going to self-publish it myself through the Kindle Worlds program, but it actually got contracted out by Amazon Publishing, which meant I got a nice advance and they took care of everything on their end. 

However, for whatever reason, Nomad was only available in the US Kindle store for the first year or two, and then I think it was available in the UK Kindle store but I may be wrong. And then, just this past summer, Kindle Worlds closed up shop, and with it my novella disappeared. 

Until now. 

I've been given the green light to go ahead and republish Nomad, except there's a caveat (apparently the only way to appease Fox Studios was to ensure writers who'd written Wayward Pines stories followed very stringent guidelines): 

The ebook can ONLY be made available in the US Kindle store.

And it’s currently in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a KU subscription, you can read it for FREE.

Otherwise … that’s the only way to read the story, unfortunately.


"The Hunter" At Swedish Zombie

My own special "Robert Swartwood" theme at Swedish Zombie concludes today with the publication of an original short story called "The Hunter." As I noted before, the story takes place in the world of The Dishonored Dead and is, in many ways, a "prequel of sorts" to the novel. It delves more into Philip's backstory and gives a startling revelation -- seriously, even I didn't see it coming. Of course, I wrote the story so it can be read by itself, but readers of the novel will no doubt appreciate it more. Please check it out. (Note: I have added "The Hunter" as a bonus feature to The Dishonored Dead ebook.) In case you missed it last week, Swedish Zombie reviewed The Dishonored Dead, and they liked it. Then over the weekend, they reviewed In the Land of the Blind (really liked it) and Through the Guts of a Beggar (sort of liked it) and then on Sunday they posted an interview with me about zombies and writing and whatnot.

My eternal thanks to Jonny at Swedish Zombie for not only being willing to initially take a look at The Dishonored Dead, but liking it enough to want to devote an entire week at his website for my work. It means a lot, especially as the novel wasn't published by a major press, or any press for that matter. If readers are a writer's best friend, then bloggers who are willing to take chances on self-published books are definitely a writer's second best friend. And if you like zombies, keep an eye on Swedish Zombie, as they plan to feature writers much more famous than me, including David Moody and Jonathan Maberry. Thanks again, Jonny, and keep up the good work!

A "Multiplicity" Contest

The Best of Every Day Fiction Three is now available, which features my story "Multiplicity" along with 99 other fine stories published last year at Every Day Fiction, including stories by K.C. Ball, Gay Degani, Ben Loory, Aaron Polson, and many more. Many thanks to Camille Gooderham Campbell and Steven Smethurst and Carol Clark for including me. The anthology comes in two formats, hardcover and trade paperback, which you can purchase here. Or, if you'd like, you can win a free signed copy from me.

Last year when I gave away a copy of The Best of Every Day Fiction Two, I tried to do it as a Twitter giveaway. That had mixed results. So this year I've decided to keep it simple. You know how in high school you would take those math classes and always ask when you'll ever need to know any of those equations in real life? Well, here you go. If you'd like a chance to win a copy, simply enter some kind of mathematical equation in the comments section. That's it. The crazier the equation, the better, though honestly at the end of the week a random name will be picked. This contest runs until the midnight Friday EST. Have fun!