New ebook release

For those of you with ereaders (or who read ebooks on your laptops and tablets), the last of my older books, Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod, has been released as an ebook. You can read more about it on my author site, A Truant Disposition. It may be especially interesting to those of you who follow Gymshoes music because the novella (it’s shorter than my other novels) includes songs, one of which there’s a recorded version of by Undead Monkey (melody line is different from mine). It’s a contemporary fantasy, more in the magic realism school of literary fiction than Tolkien (sorry, no elves). Though this is the fourth of my older novels to be released as an ebook, it was actually the third book I wrote. It’s a good rainy afternoon sort of book. I hope you enjoy it. Might go good with some of my Gymshoes music…If there’s a track that strikes you as good to go with this ebook, drop a comment, I’d like to know what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer Fun Sale!

My new ebook is scheduled to be released July 19th and Idiolith, in conjunction with Smashwords, is running a coupon sale of my other ebooks now through the 19th. They’ll be approx $3.74 (25% off) for the next 2 weeks with the coupon code on the Smashwords site. Smashwords ebooks can be downloaded in many formats so you can read them on any ereader–or on your computer.

Want a little music to listen to while you’re at the beach reading ebooks? Don’t forget last year’s summer album, Sand In My Shoes. Want something more rootsy and that will do a bit of good too? My EP A Tropical Depression still benefits the Red Cross. There’s been some very heavy weather this year (not to mention the Japanese earthquake and tsunami!) so please don’t forget to give to the Red Cross whether you have the album or not.

Keep your eye on my Truant blog “Idleness” for more info on the upcoming ebook. This one is a bit different. It includes songs, one of which was recorded by my band, Undead Monkey. Eventually I’d like to get the whole set recorded (the one that was recorded, “Incandescent Life” doesn’t have my original melody line). There could be an enhanced ebook edition of Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod at some point in the future, but there’s nothing in the works right now and no plans to do it, so don’t wait for that! The ebook (like all my ebooks) will be available in the major online stores (Borders excepted since they’re going bankrupt).

I hope everyone is having a good summer and that my ebooks and music can contribute to that. ๐Ÿ˜€

Audio for ebooks

How many of you got ereaders for Christmas? Or know someone who did? Most ereaders (& of course iPad) play audio. So, I thought I’d remind you that my Halloween Soundtrack album is good music for reading a spooky book. Many of the tracks were inspired by works of fiction, so it’s very fitting if you want to drop them into your ereader as you read dark stories through the long dark winter evenings. Of course, most of my other tracks are lighter fare, so if you’re reading something warm and sunny this winter browse through the tracks in the music player in the sidebar, paying particular attention to Sand In My Shoes, if you really want a summer vibe. Both albums are available from iTunes, Napster, Amazon mp3, & myspace.

Networked Blogs on Facebook

You can now follow this Gymshoes blog via the Networked Blogs app on Facebook. It’s a half million blogs strong and growing! Check it out…while not all your favorite blogs will be there, if you’re on Facebook a lot, it’s a fast easy way to keep up with the ones that are—like both of my blogs. The links below will take you to the Networked Blogs Facebook page for them. You need to have a Facebook account to use this feedreader.

Follow via Networked Blogs:

Obviously, if you’re reading this you already have the URL or feed for this Gymshoes blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ The URL for A Truant Disposition is: http://truantdisposition.com and the feed is: http://truantdisposition.com/?feed=rss2

Music: I’ve started working on a new ambient piece of music which I intend to offer free on this site when I get it finished. I’m limiting my time working on it right now because I need to work on the sequel to my mystery novel — and electronica can be just as much a time sink as writing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just don’t want you to think that I’ve gone off music just because my old novels are coming out as ebooks and I’m following up on some of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve got a couple of music projects going: it just takes a while to finish them up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween Goodies

Things are happening so fast that I can hardly keep up! Especially since I was out of the country on vacation for a week! While I was in London, distribution of three of my novels as ebooks took a giant leap forward. All three are now available from Barnes & Noble and the iBook store for iPad, as well as Amazon US & UK. They’re also available from Smashwords and two of the three are in the Kobo book store. Just search “Ainy Rainwater”. That’s my nom de plume. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or click one of the links below. ๐Ÿ™‚ One is sci-fi, one horror, and one “cozy” mystery. Something for almost everyone. I’ve been scrambling to get the word out, so please tell all your ebookworm friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mystery: The Malice Plant, Ainy Rainwater Amazon Kindle Store (US),ย  Amazon Kindle UK, Smashwords, Appleโ€™s iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble

Horror: Miasma, Ainy Rainwater Amazon US, Amazon UK, Smashwords, Appleโ€™s iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble.

Science Fiction: In The Hands Of Time, Ainy Rainwater Amazon US, Amazon UK, Smashwords, Appleโ€™s iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble.

Also, don’t forget…Halloween is coming up…if you already have my Halloween Soundscape album, I know you’ll be playing it again, but don’t forget to tell your friends! It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Rhapsody and mySpace Music. Share the links with your friends!

I’ve been sharing on Facebook. If you want to connect there you can Like Gymshoes (music) Ainy Rainwater (ebooks) or beFriend me (Ainy Rainwater). My Truant Disposition blog is a bit more personal and writer-oriented if you just want to read some posts that don’t have me waving my arms and nattering on about new releases (like I do here). ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Malice Plant

The Malice Plant, my third novel—and the first of a possible series—is now available as an ebook for Kindle from Amazon US and Amazon UK, as well as from Smashwords which offers it in many different formats—and has a free preview excerpt you can download as well. It’s being distributed to all the other online stores (iBookstore, Borders, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc.), but it takes longer to percolate through the system for some stores.

The Malice Plant is a “cozy”, written in a light breezy style, set in North Central Texas (where I used to live). There is a sequel in the works.

After Ivy Willowby dies in her garden with a Malice Plant in her hand, Rosemary Wilde is stunned to find she’s the beneficiary of Ivy’s will—if she outlives the survivorship clause. With potential heirs buzzing around like angry bees, burglaries, and unexpected liaisons, the Cedar Lake Garden club isn’t lacking either dirt or manure. But who—or what—killed Ivy? When Rosemary decides to test the “curse” of the Malice Plant, she finds there’s more than enough malice to go around.

This is my third novel to come out as an ebook this fall. The previous two were in different genres: one science fiction space opera, In The Hands Of Time and the other an apocalyptic horror novel, Miasma. More mainstream stuff should be coming out next year, but for now—with these books which differ so widely in style, content and tone—there should be something for (almost) everyone.

The Malice Plant was a lot of fun to write. I hope you like it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Check out my “Ainy Rainwater” blog: A Truant Disposition.

Miasma

My horror novel, Miasma, is now available as an ebook from Kindle (US) and Amazon UK. Also availableas a multi-format ebook from Smashwords.ย  You can download a looong excerpt from Smashwords, too.

It’s in the distribution pipeline for all the other major bookstores. I’m expecting both Miasma and my sci-fi novel, In The Hands Of Time, to hit the iBookstore, Kobo and some other online outlets in the next 1-2 weeks, then Borders and Barnes and Noble sometime after that.

My Halloween Soundscape album makes a good soundtrack to listen to while reading Miasma, especially the later parts of the book. It’s available from iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon mp3, Napster and MySpace Music.