Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 14 (podcast)

Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 14 (podcast)

We’re back with Episode 14 of the Collective Inkwell Podcast, featuring Yesterday’s Gone, as read by Sean Platt. And because of the delay, we’re uploading three episodes tonight. Here’s the audio file for Episode 14: (Right click and save). Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 14 Alternately, you can listen to the episode here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/collectiveinkwell/Yesterdays-Gone-Episode-14-Collective-Inkwell-Podcast.mp3 Or you can subscribe via iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/collective-inkwell-podcast/id667565150 If you DO subscribe there, please leave a review. Note: Episode length and titles are different from the book series. Each book episode translates into several hours of audio. So Season One may have 20 or so episodes by the time it’s completed. We will keep the seasons separated, though. Here’s the prior episodes: Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 13 (podcast) Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 12 (podcast) Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 11 (podcast) Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 10 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 9 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 8 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 7 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 6 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 5 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 4 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 3 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 2 Yesterday’s Gone: Episode 1...
Dark Crossings Cover Winner

Dark Crossings Cover Winner

Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the Dark Crossings Collection cover contest we were holding at 99 Designs. Choosing one cover from these three was VERY difficult. As divided as we were, we noticed that YOU were too. I was hoping that one cover would win out universally, to make our decision a bit easier. While some people loved covers 2 and 3, others loved how different the first cover was. Commenter Chris Kohout even called 1 “iconic.” And I agree. But in the end, opinions vary wildly, and we had to choose just one cover. The cool thing is that most readers agreed that all three are great designs. Without further ado, here is the winner… Now, why did we choose this one? Initially, our early favorite was Cover 3, the dark one with the crow and moon. It’s a beautiful image. But when we saw cover 2, and its very different color scheme, it popped in a way that just stood out from the pack. While the first cover ALSO popped, and is damned beautiful, we felt 2 was a perfect blend of a brooding darkness and a brighter color scheme than we typically do, which will look great in print. Romantic thriller author, Trish McCallan echoed our thoughts in her comment: “#2 for me, it’s fresher, has more of an eerie/weird vibe and the colors would pop in thumbnail on the distributors websites. There are so many covers with dark backgrounds, the yellow/orange would really stand out when readers are scrolling through the websites.” Here’s an early mock up of the print version, which REALLY helped...
Which Cover Do You Like?

Which Cover Do You Like?

Sean and I recently used 99 Designs to host a cover contest for our forthcoming Dark Crossings collection, which gathers Volumes 1, 2, and 3 and includes 18 stories and authors’ notes. I had a specific idea in mind which I didn’t think I could do a good job at representing, so we started a contest with some loose guidelines of what we wanted. Chief among the guidelines was that the cover had to have a street sign of some sort (though we would accept non sign-related covers if one was more awesome). We had 60 entries total, and a lot of them were damned good. We could pick as many finalists as we wanted, but didn’t want to leave three artists hanging and waiting around for our decision when they could be out getting more work, so we forced ourselves to narrow it down to just three designs. I can honestly say that I LOVE all three of these covers for different reasons. And I’d be proud to see any one of them on my book shelf. Yes, there will be a print version. So, which cover do YOU think would look best?  Leave a comment below and let us know which cover you like most. We’ll take your input, along with our own, and that of a few trusted friends and authors and select the winner in 2 days. NUMBER 1 – Signpost NUMBER 2 – Crow on sign NUMBER 3 – Crow and...
Z 2135 is here! Join the Discussion

Z 2135 is here! Join the Discussion

Z 2135 is a six-week, nonstop, off the rails thriller that has some of the BEST WTF cliffhangers we’ve done yet. If you liked Z 2134, you’re going to LOVE Z 2135. Sean and I are thrilled with how this season came out. Z 2135 is a Kindle Serial, which means it’s only available at Amazon (for the moment — print versions will be elsewhere eventually), and only available in the United States (for six weeks, after which it will be worldwide). Kindle Serials, unlike our other stories, automatically update each week when a new episode comes out. Which means you only have to buy it once, and it’s just $1.99 for the introductory price, which is a hell of a bargain. Get Z 2135 at Amazon today. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E80LK8O Here’s the book jacket stuff: The Darwin Games are over. The battle for survival has just begun… The Lovecraft family is in ruins. Their convict father, Jonah, roams The Barrens, near starvation, in search of his daughter Ana. Only the hope of seeing her again keeps him alive. Meanwhile Ana, Liam, and Duncan have found temporary relief at a camp outside The Walls. Inside City 6, Jonah’s young son, Adam, has been co-opted by Jonah’s enemy, Chief Keller, and is being groomed as a City Watch spy. Between the terrifying zombies roaming The Barrens—monsters created by the plague that destroyed the Old Nation—and the ruthless, manipulative government that controls everything and everyone within the City Walls, no one is safe. Z 2135 is both a frightening vision of a dystopian future and a heartening tale of family, hope, and humanity....

What Do YOU Want Us To Write Next?

After Sean and I wrapped our almost final edits of Z 2135, we got together to consider what we’d like to write next. We’ve got six serials in total: Yesterday’s Gone WhiteSpace Available Darkness ForNevermore Z Series Monstrous And then we’ve got a number of Dark Crossings stories (18 to date, once we publish the most recent two). We decided to take a month break from serials and try our hand at a standalone book. You know, a book with an actual ending! If only to prove yes, we can end a story! Rather than one book, though, Sean and I both wound up working on TWO! What can I say? We don’t sit still for long! One is a ghost story of sorts that I’ve been sitting on forever. The other is a book that Sean dreamed up (literally) and which we’ve had a few story meetings on as he is writing the first draft. So, we’ve got two awesome books coming very soon. We were wondering what to write next. We’ve got a number of stories we’d like to tell, including even more serials. But I think we ought to wrap up a couple of them before starting new stuff. Available Darkness and ForNevermore probably have one book left, each. (Though, Sean and I have talked about doing something a bit different with ForNevermore. But more on that another time.) We could make a case for any of our series, save for Yesterday’s Gone, which just ended its fourth season. And Z, 2135, which is going live today. But after that, it’s a toss-up. Then we decided,...