collectiveinkwell.com http://collectiveinkwell.com The home of dark fiction writers Sean Platt and David Wright Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:38:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 Collective Inkwell: Season Six http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/07/07/collective-inkwell-season-six/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/07/07/collective-inkwell-season-six/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:30:40 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3782 Yesterday's Gone: Season Six

<<<< SMALL SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU’VE NOT READ SEASON THREE — SO TURN BACK AND DO NOT READ!!>>>>

THE WAIT IS OVER

The stunning series finale to the bestselling Yesterday’s Gone series is here!

On October 15, 2011 a handful of people wake in a post-apocalyptic landscape to find that most of the world’s population has vanished in a mysterious event.

NOW THEY ARE HOME

And they are not alone.

The Darkness has killed nearly everyone on our planet. But it is no longer the biggest threat to humanity.

THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE

Can the survivors of October 15 overcome the new threat before all is lost?

ONE LAST BATTLE

ONE LAST SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD

ONE LAST WTF ENDING

Yesterday’s Gone: Season Six

IS HERE TODAY!!

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WINKP5W/

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WINKP5W/

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id998672347

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1122096927

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-six

New to the series? Catch up today and get the full FIRST FIVE SERIES in an Apple ExclusiveBundle for just $12.99!!

Apple: Seasons One – Five

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Apple: Seasons One – Five

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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five Available Everywhere (almost) http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/02/24/yesterdays-gone-season-five-available-everywhere-almost/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/02/24/yesterdays-gone-season-five-available-everywhere-almost/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:49:35 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3764 Yesterday's Gone: Season FiveYesterday’s Gone: Season Five is now available everywhere (except Apple, which we’re working on).

YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON FIVE (EPISODES 25-30 — THE FULL FIFTH SEASON) 
Time is running out.
There are 11 alien vials left, and whoever has them holds the fate of humanity in their hands. Will the world succumb to The Darkness or be saved by The Light?
Black Island Guardsmen are racing to save the world, but to do so they must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.
What lengths will The Guardsmen go through to get the vials?
Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien that has already destroyed so much?
Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge?
Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his one weakness — an infected Rose?
Find out in this penultimate game changing season leading to the insane final sixth season of Platt & Wright’s bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller.

Here’s links and where to get it:

AMAZON US:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OC9097O/

AMAZON UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OC9097O/

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-five

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1121130947

Apple

(coming soon)

 

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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five is Available Now! http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/13/yesterdays-gone-season-five-is-available-now/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/13/yesterdays-gone-season-five-is-available-now/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:21:14 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3750 YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON FIVE

Yesterday's Gone: Season FiveTime is running out.

There are 11 alien vials left, and whoever has them holds the fate of humanity in their hands. Will the world succumb to The Darkness or be saved by The Light?

Black Island Guardsmen are racing to save the world, but to do so they must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.

What lengths will The Guardsmen go through to get the vials?

Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien that has already destroyed so much?

Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge?

Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his one weakness — an infected Rose?

Find out in this penultimate game changing season leading to the insane final sixth season of Platt & Wright’s bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller.

Get all six episodes now at Amazon.

They’ll be available everywhere else on January 12! For more on why these episodes are a 90 day exclusive with Amazon, you can read about that here.

AMAZON US

EPISODE 25
EPISODE 26
EPISODE 27
EPISODE 28
EPISODE 29
EPISODE 30

AMAZON UK

EPISODE 25

EPISODE 26
EPISODE 27
EPISODE 28
EPISODE 29
EPISODE 30
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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/08/yesterdays-gone-season-five/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/08/yesterdays-gone-season-five/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:00:42 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3745 Yesterday's Gone: Season Five
YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON FIVE

Time is running out.

There are 11 alien vials left, and whoever has them holds the fate of humanity in their hands. Will the world succumb to The Darkness or be saved by The Light?

Black Island Guardsmen are racing to save the world, but to do so they must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.

What lengths will The Guardsmen go through to get the vials? 
Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien that has already destroyed so much?
Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge?
Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his one weakness — an infected Rose?

Find out in this penultimate game changing season leading to the insane final sixth season of CI’s bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller.

GET SEASON FIVE TODAY!

All six episodes will be available on October 13th at Amazon. And the full season will be available in six weeks at Amazon, and in 90 days everywhere else.

If you’re a Sterling & Stone Platinum Reader, then Yesterday’s Gone Season 5 is already in your Member’s Library.

If you’re not an S&S Platinum Reader, you can click here to become one today!

Or, if you’re not a member, you can also click here to buy it directly from us (but only until this Friday, October 11!).

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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five Announcement Date and Promo Poster http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/07/30/yesterdays-gone-season-five-announcement-date-and-promo-poster/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/07/30/yesterdays-gone-season-five-announcement-date-and-promo-poster/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:42:19 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3718 We’ve got a date!

Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five will be released on October 15, 2014!

While we’d been planning a spring or summer release, we’ve decided not to rush it and want to spend our time making the book as absolutely amazing as we can.

So the new release date is October 15.

Familiar date?

Yep — the day everyone vanished way back in Season One.

And let me just tell you, if you love this story HALF as much as we do, well, you’re in for one kick ass thrill ride leading to the final season (Six)!

Here’s the promo poster.

Stay tuned as we’ll be blogging some behind the scenes stuff, and more book news including sneak peeks!

Yesterday's Gone: Season Five

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Crash Is Here! http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/30/crash-is-here/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/30/crash-is-here/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:52:58 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3695 crash-cover-new-2Crash is out on Amazon today!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBNI0B6

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LBNI0B6

And as a special thank you for your patience in waiting for Sean and I to finish this book (and for helping us pick the cover design), we’re releasing Crash at a special introductory price of only .99!

That’s this week only, though. After this week, it will go back to its full price of $3.99. (Priced lower than our usual stories as it’s not as long as a typical season.)

If you’ve been reading these emails or following the blog for any amount of time, you know this is a story I’ve been working on for a long time — since the late 80s!

Crash is a story very close to my heart. I talk a bit about its origins in the Author’s Note at the end of the book, though you should read the story first as the note spoils some things that happen!

Here’s the back-of-the-book teaser:

CRASH

Sometimes the ghosts that haunt us most aren’t the dead.

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together.

However, he can’t move on.

In addition to his daughter, there’s something else missing — specifically his memories for six months prior to the accident.

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories.

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him.

Crash is the first non-series book from The Kings of the Serial and bestselling authors, Sean Platt and David Wright.

Crash is approximately 41,000 words and contains a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Threshold, coming Sept. 2, for a total of more than 48,000 words.

EARLY WORD ON CRASH

Here’s some early reviews:

“Absolutely. Brilliant.”

“a gutting, wrenching and disturbing tale”

“Profoundly captivating!”

“When you reach the conclusion of this story, you cannot help but to feel that the time you have invested in reading this was well spent. Gut wrenching.”

“Deeply Depressing”

If that sounds like your kind of book, head on over to Amazon today and pick it up while it’s just .99!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBNI0B6

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LBNI0B6

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Crash Covers and Date http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/13/crash-covers-and-date/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/13/crash-covers-and-date/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:29:25 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3687 Thanks to everybody who weighed in on the Crash covers in our last post.

I’ve come back with variations of the white cover, including a few with darker textures.

Also, we’ve got a launch date for Crash.

Look for it on June 30!

Here’s the synopsis again:

CRASH

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together.

However, he can’t move on.

In addition to his daughter, there’s something missing — specifically his memories for 6 months prior to the accident.

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories.

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him.

COVER 1 WHITE

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COVER 2 WHITE WITH RED

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COVER 3 MEDIUM

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COVER 4 DARK

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Which one do you like most?

Weigh in below!

Thank you for reading,

Dave & Sean

 

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Crash Covers: Which One Do You Like? http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/05/16/crash-covers-which-one-do-you-like/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/05/16/crash-covers-which-one-do-you-like/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 09:35:52 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3673 Hey there, Goners. Crash is coming out soon and I’m working on a few different cover ideas. I’d love to know which one(s) you like best.

Here’s the synopsis for the story:

CRASH

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together.

However, he can’t move on.

In addition to his daughter, there’s something missing — specifically his memories for 6 months prior to the accident.

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories.

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him.

Here’s the cover choices so far. Please leave a comment below.

A – GIRL ON WHITE – BLACK TITLE

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B – GIRL ON WHITE – FIRE TITLE

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C – ROAD WITH DOLL

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D – ROAD WITH CRACKED GLASS BLUE

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E – CRACKED GLASS TITLE

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Leave your choice below, or email me and let me know what you think. Alternatively, if none of them do anything for you, let me know that, too.

As always, thank you for reading,

dave

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Z 2136 is Here! http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/04/15/z-2136-is-here/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/04/15/z-2136-is-here/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:27:24 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3668 Z 2136 is hereDo you know the one thing we’ve never done at Collective Inkwell?

Through nearly three years, six series, 13 seasons, and 78 episodes, we’ve yet to end a story — until now.

Well, that’s not completely true. We did write 19 short Dark Crossings stories, all which had proper endings, but among our full-length works, we’ve yet to end something, until now.

That ending starts this week with the release of the first episode (of six) of Z 2136 on Kindle Serials.

Z 2136 is the end of the Z trilogy which began with Z 2134.

Writing serials with cliffhanger endings has meant that we’ve never had to give a proper ending to a book.

I love mystery. I love that wondering of what’s next? But when a series ends you have to give resolution and find the right balance of being true to both the story and the characters, and giving readers what they want. All while still keeping the mystery alive until the end.

A tricky thing to pull off well, but I think Sean and I did it.

Judging from email, though, readers don’t seem as concerned whether we’ll pull off the ending as they are with who will live and who will die.

Given our penchant for sometimes killing main characters, one of the questions we’re getting a lot is:

“Who will die in Z 2136? You better not kill (insert name here.)” 

I won’t say.

The other question we’re getting is:

“Will there be a happy ending?”

Again, I won’t say.

I’ll simply say that this is the ending that the series deserves, and Sean and I spent a lot of time crafting this roller coaster of a season to build to a memorable ending that you’ll enjoy.

But before the end, we’ve got five thrilling episodes, with awesome cliffhangers, horrifying revelations, plot twists galore, and the roller coaster starts right now.

And just to keep things interesting, there’s a new twist to The Darwin Games this time around, just in time for Adam’s arrival. I won’t say what it is, other than it involves a bracelet.

(Insert evil laugh here)

Strap in and get ready, because this is one helluva ride!

Get Z 2136 at Amazon US (on sale for just $1.99! :

Cover of Z 2136Several months after the events of Z 2135, Adam Lovecraft is once again following in his father’s footsteps, this time as a contestant in the infamous Darwin Games. In The State’s latest iteration of The Games, the odds of survival are slimmer than ever before, and Adam soon finds himself pairing up with an old friend of Jonah’s.

Meanwhile Ana, Liam, and Katrina’s escape from Hydrangea has not gone unnoticed, adding to their struggles to not only survive, but find Adam before it’s too late. But when they pick up some unexpected new allies during a thwarted rescue attempt, they get more than they bargained for. Now that Ana knows she could be the key to stopping the zombie plague that has brought humanity to its knees, can she trust anyone?

Questions will be answered and fates will be determined in the thrilling final installment of Sean Platt and David Wright’s series that began with Z 2134.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J2E2R9C/

Z FAQ

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Is this the final book in the Z series?

Yes. We planned Z as a trilogy, and this is the first series ending we’ve written. We’re excited to show that we can end a story as well as we end seasons.

Are you going to leave me with a bunch of unanswered questions and a WTF ending?

No. This will be a proper ending, and most, if not all, questions are answered. I swear. We want to be like Snickers, and leave you satisfied.

How many episodes will this season be?

This season is six weeks. I think it is also our longest season in word count yet with the final episode being double sized.

Do you kill off characters?

Of course we do!

Really?

Maybe. You don’t REALLY want me to spoil it, do you?

No, I guess not. Do you continue to rip off The Hunger Games1984, and The Walking Dead?

No, this time around, we’re ripping off The Sound of Music.

Really?

No. While Z started out as a mash-up inspired by those titles, as you saw in the second book, we’ve built a completely realized world completely its own. We planted seeds in each of the books which bloom wonderfully in the finale. You’ll get to delve even deeper into the characters’ lives and learn more about the conspiracy.

Why isn’t the book available yet outside the US? Do you hate foreign readers?

No, we love all our readers. Kindle Serials are a US thing at the moment. However, the book will be available worldwide once the serial is completed in the US after a six week run.

Is this book available in other stores?

No. This series is published by 47North and is exclusive to Amazon. You can, however, download the Kindle app for free to your computer and many other phones and tablets. Learn more here. Also, there will be a print and audio version available at some point if you don’t want to use the Kindle app.

 

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Z 2136 and FAQs http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/04/08/z-2136-and-faqs/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/04/08/z-2136-and-faqs/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:40:27 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3657 We can finally reveal the cover for the Kindle Serial, Z 2136, along with the synopsis.

We were given a few covers ideas to choose from. The first ones didn’t work for us. So I had an idea — what if we go black? Using colors as the themes of the overall series, it breaks down like so:

Z 2134: the first book is yellow and black, with just a bit of red on the spine. Bright, with a bit of mystery.

Z 2135: the second book is mostly red (it has spread from the spine to the cover) with some black and yellow. All hell is breaking loose. Things are not good.

Z 2136: the last book in the trilogy is all black, with some red. The darkness has taken over. All hope is lost. This is the end.

That’s how I see it, anyway. And I think it will look awesome in print!

Warning: if you’ve not read Z 2134 or Z 2135, you probably shouldn’t read the stuff below as it gives away details from those two books.

The Games may be ending, but now the real battle begins.

Cover of Z 2136In the stunning finale of the Z 2134 series, lingering questions will be answered, vengeance will be sought, and lives will be lost in a dystopian world where the boundaries of humanity are tested.

Several months after events of Z 2135, Adam Lovecraft is once again following in his father’s footsteps, this time as a contestant in the infamous Darwin Games. In The State’s latest iteration of The Games, the odds of survival are slimmer than ever before, and Adam soon finds himself pairing up with an old friend of Jonah’s, fighting to escape certain doom.

Meanwhile Ana, Liam, and Katrina’s escape from Hydrangea has not gone unnoticed, adding to their struggles to not only survive, but find Adam before it’s too late. But when they pick up some unexpected new allies during a thwarted rescue attempt, they get more than they bargained for. Now that Ana knows she could be the key to stopping the zombie plague that has brought humanity to its knees, can she trust anyone?

Questions will be answered and fates will be determined in the thrilling final installment of Sean Platt and David Wright’s series that began with Z 2134.

Z 2136 is a Kindle Serial, published by 47North. You buy the e-book once and get a new episode delivered to you each week over the course of the next six weeks, staring on April 15.

Pre-order your book today for just $1.99

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Is this the final book in the Z series?

Yes. We planned Z as a trilogy, and this is the first series ending we’ve written. We’re excited to show that we can end a story as well as we end seasons.

Are you going to leave me with a bunch of unanswered questions and a WTF ending?

No. This will be a proper ending, and most, if not all, questions are answered. I swear. We want to be like Snickers, and leave you satisfied.

How many episodes will this season be?

This season is six weeks. I think it is also our longest season in word count yet with the final episode being double sized.

Do you kill off characters?

Of course we do!

Really?

Maybe. You don’t REALLY want me to spoil it, do you?

No, I guess not. Do you continue to rip off The Hunger Games, 1984, and The Walking Dead?

No, this time around, we’re ripping off The Sound of Music.

Really?

No. While Z started out as a mash-up inspired by those titles, as you saw in the second book, we’ve built a completely realized world completely its own. We planted seeds in each of the books which bloom wonderfully in the finale. You’ll get to delve even deeper into the characters’ lives and learn more about the conspiracy.

Why isn’t the book available yet outside the US? Do you hate foreign readers?

No, we love all our readers. Kindle Serials are a US thing at the moment. However, the book will be available worldwide once the serial is completed in the US after a six week run.

Is this book available in other stores?

No. This series is published by 47North and is exclusive to Amazon. You can, however, download the Kindle app for free to your computer and many other phones and tablets. Learn more here. Also, there will be a print and audio version available at some point if you don’t want to use the Kindle app.

When will you write the second season of Monstrous?

Sean and are releasing Monstrous as an indie book, and plan to publish it later this year.

What about the next season of Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, and Available Darkness? What’s taking so long?

We’re working on Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five next. After that, we’ll likely hit WhiteSpace: Season Three.

We’re humbled that so many people want to know when we’re going to get to the book they’re waiting for. We work 60-70 hours a week writing in order to hit each season as soon as we can. However, we also have to balance books that do well financially (Yesterday’s Gone and WhiteSpace) with those that don’t do as well, (ForNevermore, Available Darkness).

Why did you write ForNevermore: Season One if you didn’t know it would be successful? 

Just like television networks, you never know what your next hit will be.

We hope each series will be a smash hit. And while readers seem to love all of our titles, they don’t all sell the same. So, just like Hollywood, the better selling books allow us to fund the smaller books.

Why don’t you just cancel the series that don’t do as well? Just write the stories that are already doing well?

Our promise here at Collective Inkwell is that if we start a story, we will finish it.

So while it would probably be financially smarter to ignore titles that don’t prove themselves in the first season, we don’t want to punish readers who took a chance on these books.

Plus, there’s always a chance that these other series will be discovered and become just as popular as our other titles. Books are forever, and we’re patient. A lot of people that originally had no interest in ForNevermore, wound up checking it out and liking it, so in time, I think all of our titles will get love.

Did people really ask these questions?

This is a mash-up of questions we get asked a lot, which I thought would be good to answer once and for all on the blog. If you have any questions you’d like to ask, feel free to leave a comment below.

As always, thank you for reading,

Dave

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