Get Smashed!

My first ebook, In The Hands Of Time, is now available on Smashwords.com. The book hit the Amazon Kindle store about a week ago. Smashwords, however, sells books in all formats, for all kinds of e-readers, mobile apps, or just to read on your computer. It takes much longer for ebooks to be “shelved” in other major retailers (eg: Border, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore), anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Smashwords cuts the lag — you can get it now there. And if you have a Kindle and haven’t yet bought it from the Kindle store, you can buy it in Kindle format from Smashwords. You can also download a generous sample of the book, review it, or share the link on social networks.

It’s a science fiction space opera. The description limitation on Smashwords really stripped down the description from what’s on the Amazon site. Here’s the full blurb:

When Jason Chenault lands at the remote spaceport of Zan, his only concern is finding a replacement crewman for his two-person ship and getting his next mapping assignment. But his quiet, lonely life is about to change. A religious fanatic from Earth has been killed. If that news were not disquieting enough, Jason’s new crew, Sien, is a visionary who spends too much time in disturbing visions. They’re ill-suited companions on a very small ship—and the ship becomes even smaller when they pick up the McGraths, a family from Earth. Do Sien’s violent visions hold the key to what’s happening on Zan? Or are they connected to the overbearing McGraths and their enigmatic daughter, Claire? How much power do they all have to change the universe around them—or the landscape of their own lives?  What Jason and Sien discover on the anything-but-routine mapping assignment, they—and their uneasy allies on Zan—must piece together before time runs out.

IN THE HANDS OF TIME is the story of a clash between cultures and human values, between age and youth, between business and humanity. In the end, what is each person’s responsibility to another?

It’s $4.99 from either Smashwords or Amazon—cheap thrills! Have a great weekend and enjoy!

Ebooks and Music

My project to retrieve and reformat my early novels before data rot overtook them has been a success. The science fiction novel, In The Hands Of Time, along with three other novels (in various genres), is being published as an ebook by Idiolith. It is already available for Kindle from Amazon US and Amazon UK, with distribution from Barnes and Noble and Borders to follow (very soon, I hope).  My books are published under the nom de plume Ainy Rainwater. Two more novels will be published this fall: Miasma, a horror novel later this month (this will go well with my Halloween Soundscape album) and The Malice Plant, which is a mystery (potentially the first of a series) which will be published in November.

A while back I started another blog for my nom de plume, Ainy Rainwater. I haven’t publicized A Truant Disposition until now but with the ebooks coming out this fall, I expect more people will be wandering over to check it out. I hope you will, too. I must confess that I don’t quite know what I’m doing with it, but it will probably be a bit more personal and may metamorphose into a quirky kind of author’s blog.

Music: Summer is winding down, but you can have summer all year long with the Sand In My Shoes EP. This past weekend was the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and in a few weeks it’ll be the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Rita (which I evacuated from, though Ike more recently was worse for the Houston area). The EP A Tropical Depression which includes songs I wrote in the aftermath of those events still benefits the Red Cross. There’s never any shortage of natural disasters, but sometimes there’s a shortage of money. If you’ve already got the album, please give to the Red Cross as we head into what is traditionally the peak of hurricane season.

As always, I appreciate your support of Gymshoes. I hope you’ll enjoy my ebooks as Ainy Rainwater, too!

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Today I released “The Witching Time” and “The Martian Invasion” to the general public. (See Download page.) There seems to be a Martian revival going on in the zeitgeist. There are not one, but two, films of The War Of The Worlds in production right now.

Within a month of completing “The Martian Invasion” I heard that Steven Spielberg is going to remake The War Of The Worlds with Tom Cruise. He will set it in America, in modern day, and bring all the special effects he can to bear upon it. (There are rumors that it will be the most expensive picture ever made.) It is scheduled to begin filming next month.

That’s not all, though…Pendragon Pictures has already completed principle photography of another version of The War Of The Worlds set in England, in the period the book was written. Director Timothy Hines described it as, “a dead-on accurate version of The War of the Worlds from the original source material.” Here’s a link to the H.G. Well’s novel online: http://www.gutenberg.net/etext/36.

These are the only “pure” ambient pieces I’ve done. I’ve dabbled a bit with ambient textures, but other attempts just didn’t seem to gel. “The Martian Invasion” is very much like a soundtrack for a film running in the mind’s eye. If you’ve never read the H.G. Well’s book, seen the 1953 movie, or heard the infamous Orson Well’s radio play broadcast—in short, if you don’t already know the story, I’m not sure what images this piece will evoke. I drew from all three of the above sources in my imagination, though more the American versions because I’ve seen/heard them more often than I’ve read the book.

Another musical version of the story you might want to check out is the double album Jeff Wayne produced based on The War Of The Worlds. It’s a rock-opera with Justin Hayward, David Essex, Julie Covington, Phil Lynott and voice-over narration by Richard Burton. I like it, but it had no influence on this project, neither musically, nor even the idea. (See liner notes for where I got the idea.)

I hope you enjoy my Halloween Soundscapes.