Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Soulmates RELEASED!

I am pleased to announce that my latest book SOULMATES is now available on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, Smashwords, and Oyster!  Plans are in-work to bring it to print soon as well.  Stay tuned for updates!

Mechands . . . everyone has one. The metal race built by man to serve our every need. But Aleshia is about to find out they are not the benevolent protectors that she has always been taught. And who is this strange man in her dreams? The man who actually exists and reveals the whole world is not as she thought.

The holo projector building shook as raw power flowed into the dish.  Building exponentially until a large beam shot up out of the center and hit the Mechand ship head on, blasting right through the middle section.  Time seemed to stand still as the beam rapidly increased in size until it was the full size of the building.  The ship hovered helplessly as if speared through the heart.  Then the beam grew in size again into a full conical blast that totally engulfed the ship.  Fire buried from the inside out in a ever expanding plume of destruction until it disintegrated as though it never existed.

"Wow."  Aleshia muttered under her breath. 

The building shook again but this time for a different reason.  The automated voice boomed over the speakers.  "Warning!  This facility will overload in two minutes!  All personnel must evacuate immediately!"

Deven grabbed Aleshia's hand.  "Time to go!" He said pulling her out of the building and towards her car.  The projector dish shook again, which reverberated out to the other buildings.  Signs and porches began to fall off.  Glass windows exploded under the strain. 

Aleshia looked up and saw different cars, large heavy lifting construction vehicles, and cargo haulers ascend into the sky and disappear like fireflies into the night as they engaged their overdrives.  The ground's ever increasing movement made it impossible to run by the time they reached Aleshia's car.

Deven hopped into the drivers seat.  "I'm driving."  But the car refused to power on.

Aleshia pulled him out of the seat.  "No I am! The car is keyed to me, get in!"  She shouted pushing a button that popped the passenger door open as a building fell behind them.

"Okay you don't have to tell me twice!"  He said hopping into the passenger side, while she fired up the engine.  A moment later they were hovering up out of the complex.  "Um I don't mean to be pushy, but can this thing go any faster?"

"It is safer if I let the engine warm up a little before I apply full thrust."

"Look in a few seconds, if we are not away from here, we won't have to worry about anything ever again!"

Aleshia's eyes widened.  "You mean ... wait a sec how big of a blast is that thing going to put out?"

"I don't know, and I don't want to be anywhere around to find out okay?  So PUNCH IT!"

Aleshia hit the overdrive dialing it to maximum.  They were slammed back into their seats with the sudden acceleration as the holo projector reached critical mass.  The large dish shuddered and folded in upon itself, then exploded in an ever growing fireball.  Microseconds later it engulfed the entire complex and continued to expand.  Fire lashed out at them, and melted a tail light before they were out of range.  Red hot lava broke through the surface incinerating anything not already blasted and burnt beyond recognition.  Several large jets of lava shot up over two thousand feet into the sky with the pressure fully released, then came back to earth as large solidified rock.  A new volcano was born.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Barnes & Noble is Shutting Down Their MP3 Audiobook Section

I just ran across this and it is sad to see.  But I have to agree with the article, I doubt many people even knew about it.  I have a Nook and have a lot invested in the platform, yet I never knew they had audio books.  Part of the problem may be it was only though OverDrive, which requires their media console app, and of course that only works on the tablets.  I have the OverDrive app and it is ok, I would prefer something without DRM but that is my only complaint about it.  But again I had no idea B&N sold audio books though OverDrive, and I even have the app installed on my Nook tablet.

I tend to think B&N's biggest problem is lack of proper promotion and advertising.  And when they actually do (such as last years Christmas advertisements) it is not exactly placing their store in the best light.  Most of the people I talked with hated the commercials and I suspect they drove people away from the stores rather than their intended purpose.

I have heard they are planning on a new Nook release, and I hope they finally do their promotions properly.  The platform is a good one and the only complaint I have is the "locking" of the device.  Although Nook HD no longer is and has full Android Market support.  But they should have had the devices more open from the start.  I doubt they would have the current problems if they had.

And for those that have been asking about Soulmates, it should be out in ebook by the end of this month, and print form shortly thereafter.  I know it is way behind schedule, but I am sure you will think it was worth the wait.

Don DeBon is the author of Italian Fever and Red Warp.  Currently available on Smashwords, Nook , Kindle, Scribd and Kobo.