Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Update

Kia ora everyone! Boy, have we got a lot going on at Splashdown this month! Want one of our paperbacks for less than $3.00? Read on...

But first, our latest release, this time from the realms of science fiction:

Caffeine, by Ryan Grabow

"Supernatural: above, beyond, in excess of nature. If the meaning of life cannot be found in nature, then I must determine if the answer lies beyond it."
In an authoritarian and overstimulated 22nd-century America, all Brandon can do to relieve his pain is indulge in the computer-simulated fantasies of a network called Dynamic Reality...until a virus takes control of the simulation. A philosophical thrill ride like no other - don't miss this one.


Ebook Sale

As of right now through Sunday night, all our ebooks are priced at $2.99 - including our November new releases. That's a saving of at least 50% - Come on in and grab your choice! Kindle books are discounted direct at Amazon and all are collected HERE in our Amazon store; if you'd like a different format, just say the word and we'll send you a voucher.


Fred Warren's Feast

Not only did we release Fred's second novel, The Seer, just a few weeks ago. Now, Amazon is discounting his short story collection in paperback, Odd Little Miracles! At the time of writing the price had fallen to $2.78, and it's even eligible for their 4-for-3 special - which means you can get four copies for under $9.00. The perfect odd little gift for, well, just about anyone! But don't dally - Amazon is notorious for changing prices around at their whim. This discount is not under our control, so get it while the gettin's good!










By the way, the same 4-for-3 promotion also applies to Aquasynthesis, our collection of stories from all Splashdown authors to date. Something for all reading tastes.


That's it for this time - thank you for reading!

Grace and the team at Splashdown



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to get a manuscript accepted at Splashdown

Here it is, folks - the comprehensive guide with everything you need to know.

1. Write a phenomenally good book. This should be obvious. But don't just have a high opinion of yourself. Have your writing peers look at it, preferably professionals as well, and take their advice.

2. Be nice. If I should suggest your story might need more work, please forego the retaliatory backbite that rises from the hurt. Don't burn Bridges, cause this Bridges has been burned enough. Full, willing and eager cooperation and teamwork is expected from our authors, and anything less at the outset will get you nowhere.

3. On first contact, give a concise summary of your project. Merely sending files gives me nothing to consider in the intervening time until I can get to look at it properly - and that may take a while, because it's just little old me back here.

4. Tell me your relevant marketing experience. Make me believe you're a good investment and that your book will pay out.

5. There better not be any typos in your first-contact material.

6. Respond maturely to criticism and advice, and be committed to continued learning and improvement.

7. If you submit to Splashdown, you should be a fan and friend of Splashdown. Not just the Facebook kind, either. KNOW Splashdown. Read our books and see if this is a family you want to be a part of. Immerse yourself in our histories, anecdotes, modus operandi, authors' blogs, and grasp our unique flavour.

There is one more item; unfortunately, it's rather unquantifiable, and I'm sorry about that, but this is the way it is...

8. Your story must be one that I LOVE. Yes, it all comes down to personal taste. Sorry. If your tale charms me... AND if all the above criteria are fulfilled... then we could very well be good to go.

If this sounds like a rant, that's because it is. I'm sick and tired of people offloading their submissions on me without any regard for how I like to do business. Ignore my feelings at your peril.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

November News

Kia Ora!
November is an exciting month for Splashdown...New releases, new reviews, and new opportunities for you to save on quality speculative fiction. Read on!

Now Available
You loved The Muse. Fred Warren ups the ante with The Seer. Follow Stan Marino and his daughter Hannah as new threats emerge from the world of inspiration.


Stan plopped into the sofa and ran his hands through his hair. He felt so tired, but sleep was the last thing he wanted now. “Okay, let’s put everything on the table. Hannah can see the future. Her new best friend can get into other peoples’ dreams. I may or may not have Leila Starling, the Malevolent Muse of Minneapolis, playing tiddly-winks inside my head. Finally, my not-so-late wife Charity, whose secret identity I have carefully shielded for the past five years, now must be explained to Hannah. Did I leave anything out?”
“You also led an army of comatose nerds against Leila’s devil dogs in the realm of imagination.”
“Not helpful, Jilly.”
“Sorry. You asked for it.”


Available at Amazon in paperback and Amazon for Kindle, as well as the paperback at Barnes & Noble. Other retailers are taking their time to list it, but you can get Epub for Nook at Smashwords along with many other formats.

Reviews:
Looking for that special something to fill a virtual Christmas stocking? Check out these reviews and excerpts for our newest Splashdown offerings:

The Seer:

Finding Angel:

Interviews:
Sometimes you want to know more about a book than what's inside the cover.

Fred Warren:

Kat Heckenbach

Caprice Hokstad:

Coming Soon
Ryan Grabow wowed you with his short in Aquasynthesis. Soon he'll thrill you with his full-length debut novel Caffeine. Stay plugged in for the latest updates.


Avenir Eclectia Celebrates 100 Stories!
Can you believe it? Just yesterday we posted Avenir episode #100, a tale by Travis Perry in his ongoing thread. The project has been running since March at three brief stories per week, and is going to pass the milestone of 50,000 words by the time we get to #102. Our awesome designer Mike Rogers has provided a new skin for the website to celebrate, so get on over and check it out: www.avenireclectia.com.




Special Deals
Black Friday approaches and Splashdown wants to join the festive fun.
All Splashdown ebooks will be on sale November 25, 26 and 27 for $2.99.
We'll send a reminder but plan your Christmas budget now to save a little dough for more sugar cookies.

That's all for this time... Thanks for reading!

Grace and the team at Splashdown

Monday, August 29, 2011

September News

Kia Ora from New Zealand and hello from Splashdown!
Lots of goings-on this month, so let's dive right in...


Now Available
Finding Angel, the first novel by veteran author Kat Heckenbach, is here!
It's aimed at middle-graders and young adults, but fantasy-minded grown-ups will love it too.
Perfect for reading with or without kids!

Angel doesn’t remember her magical heritage…but it remembers her.
Magic and science collide when she embarks on a journey to her true home, and to herself.
Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories.
She follows Gregor to her homeland…a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy…and to the madman who set her fate in motion.
Available at Amazon (in Kindle too). Other retailers are taking their time to list it, but you can get Epub for Nook at Smashwords along with many other formats.


New Look
www.SplashdownBooks.com has a new face. Check out the new-and-improved, easier-to-navigate website. Find books faster. See what's new with your favorite authors. Handy drop-downs and a splashy backdrop are just a few of the upgrades. Drop by and dive in!


Splash Hit
Splashdown's first group anthology made a big splash at Amazon, rising to #1 in Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthologies shortly after going public! See what all the fuss is about with stories from all the current Splashdown authors - Fred Warren, Caprice Hokstad, P.A. Baines, Adam Graham, R.L. Copple, Travis Perry, Mike Lynch, Keven Newsome, Kat Heckenbach, Grace Bridges and Ryan Grabow, with narration from Walt Staples.
Snag Aquasynthesis at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favourite online location.
$5.98 in print or $2.99 in e!


E-book Sale!
The Crystal Portal e-book by Travis Perry and Mike Lynch is available for $2.99 this month only. Check it out at Kindle and Smashwords!
We're also launching a cool new spin on the cover - up now in ebook formats, and coming soon to the print version:


Award Finalist
Caprice Hokstad's Nor Iron Bars a Cage finaled in the Global eBook Awards! The full list is here - look for the Speculative Fiction: Fantasy category.
Congratulations, Caprice!

In Brief
  • Keven Newsome's Winter now wears 22 five-star reviews at Amazon!
  • Next month sees the release of The Seer by Fred Warren - the long-awaited sequel to The Muse. It's a doozy, I can tell you!
  • Avenir Eclectia has passed a total of 75 mini-stories in its shared world. Why not get on board?

That's it for this time - but watch out in the weeks to come for more exciting developments!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Splashdown News: August 2011

Aquasynthesis is here!


Welcome at last to the premiere of Splashdown's first group anthology. Delays in retail channels have kept us waiting, but no longer! Stories from all the current Splashdown authors fill the pages - Fred Warren, Caprice Hokstad, P.A. Baines, Adam Graham, R.L. Copple, Travis Perry, Mike Lynch, Keven Newsome, Kat Heckenbach, Grace Bridges and Ryan Grabow, with linking narration from top Avenir Eclectia writer, Walt Staples.
Gizile follows her mysterious teacher, Tok, to contemplate a series of strange and mystical visions that appear upon the ice of an ocean pool: Astonishing tales of technology and transcendence, aliens and elves, space and time, dragons and demons, prophecies and scriptures, humor and horror, the gifted and the enslaved, virtual and supernatural reality, insanity and inspiration. Dive into the creations of the Splashdown wordsmiths. Cross the borders into novel worlds you love already, and taste their delights if you are new to Splashdown's universe.
Grab Aquasynthesis at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favourite online location.
Just $5.98 in print or $2.99 in ebook, for over 200 pages of stories - Beat that!


Party time!

The Launch Party for Aquasynthesis is at: http://tinychat.com/splashdown (no login required, or you can use Facebook or Twitter) at 8pm Central time on Tuesday August 18th. We'll be doing some ebook giveaways as usual, so don't miss it!


Coming Soon

You've loved her short stories. Now you can enjoy her at full length. Finding Angel, the first novel by veteran author Kat Heckenbach premieres October 1.

Angel doesn’t remember her magical heritage…but it remembers her.
Magic and science collide when she embarks on a journey to her true home, and to herself.
Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories.
Angel follows Gregor to her homeland…a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy…and to the madman who set her fate in motion.


Fans of Caprice Hokstad

Writing continues on Caprice's Book 3 of the Ascendancy Trilogy, the long-awaited sequel to Nor Iron Bars a Cage. Read what Duke Vahn, kee and all your favorite characters do with war and plague threatening. Check out Caprice's blog post here and sign up to receive the chapters as she writes them!


Now Available!

Have you ordered your copy of Odd Little Miracles? Why not? The price is right and the stories will blow your mind.


Do the impossible…Change the future…Save the world…
All you need is one odd little miracle.
Twenty-two bizarre tales—where odd is commonplace, little things make all the difference, and miracles are everywhere, if you know where to look...
Find it at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Not least...

Splashdown author P.A. Baines received two Finalist medals in the 2011 NextGen Indie Publishing Awards. Congrats, Paul!


And lastly...

Splashdown authors have been busy in a number of books lately - not just our own!
Check out work by Rick, Kat and Fred in While the Morning Stars Sing from ResAliens Press, edited by Lyndon Perry.
Also: Rick's new science fiction novel Mind Game from Ethereal Press. Great stuff!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Splashdown News: July 2011


New books, new worlds, old favorites...and special offers on ebooks*.

Do the impossible…Change the future…Save the world…
All you need is one odd little miracle.

We’re doing the miraculous at Splashdown Books this month. Or rather, publishing the miraculous stories of our own Fred Warren. Twenty-two bizarre tales—where odd is commonplace, little things make all the difference, and miracles are everywhere, if you know where to look...


Available July 1, 2011 from Splashdown Darkwater.
Ebook versions coming soon.

LAUNCH CHAT WITH FRED WARREN
Tuesday July 5th, 8pm Central
at http://tinychat.com/splashdown
No login required. See you there!

(Don't forget the special offer I mentioned*.)

Avenir Eclectia at Digital Dragon
This month's issue of Digital Dragon magazine is devoted to stories set in the world of Avenir Eclectia. Many of the same characters you've met already can be found in the pages of DDM—in longer stories than you'll find at http://www.avenireclectia.com/.


Check out stories by Kat Heckenbach, Greg Mitchell, Frank Creed, Walt Staples, Grace Bridges, Ed Erdelac, and Holly Heisey. And don't miss the interview with Avenir's artist and song writer, Eleon.

(You haven't forgotten, have you? Special offer* coming up...)

Splashdown's First Group Anthology

Coming soon is Splashdown's first group anthology, Aquasynthesis. Stories from all the current Splashdown authors fill the pages, and are linked together by a special narration from top Avenir Eclectia writer, Walt Staples.
Gizile follows her mysterious teacher, Tok, to contemplate a series of strange and mystical visions that appear upon the ice of an ocean pool: Astonishing tales of technology and transcendence, aliens and elves, space and time, dragons and
demons, prophecies and scriptures, humor and horror, the gifted and the enslaved, virtual and supernatural reality, insanity and inspiration. Dive into the creations of the Splashdown wordsmiths. Cross the borders into novel worlds you love already, and taste their delights if you are new to Splashdown's universe.

Look for it in print and ebook August 1, 2011.

(Almost there*...stick with me, now...)

Congrats to Keven Newsome
Our release of Winter by Keven Newsome couldn't have been better. An instant in-house best-seller, Winter has been met with enthusiastic readers and amazing reviews.
Great job, Keven!


Winter is available from Splashdown Darkwater in print and ebook formats.

Ebook Lovers

Ah, yes....time for that *SPECIAL OFFER* promised at the beginning of this newsletter!

The weekend of July 2-4...

...all Kindle books from Splashdown Books...

...will be 99 cents at AMAZON!

Don't miss your chance to get all the books you've been holding on your wish-list.
This weekend only - at http://amzn.to/splashdownkindle

And if you prefer another ebook format, we won't leave you behind - all formats are available at Smashwords. If you want one of those, EMAIL ME here (or leave a comment
on the blog with your email address) saying which book/s you're after, and I will send you a coupon for 99c.

Splashdown's Soundtracks: ELEON
CONTINUUM on Amazon - includes our theme song SPLASHDOWN!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Splashdown News: WINTER is here!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy from New Zealand

and now: Supernatural!
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Kia Ora everyone!

Welcome to another exciting month with Splashdown. Winter has arrived downunder and we're in the grip of a chill! But Winter can come to those of you in the north as well: Winter, the novel, that is. And with it the launch of our new imprint Splashdown Darkwater, for the supernatural side of fiction - dare to go deeper. We're excited!

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"It's been four and a half years since the first words of Winter were written. I started this book as a hack wannabe, but somewhere along the road I learned enough about writing to get Splashdown to notice. And then my editors promptly reminded me that I still had a long way to go! But writing is rewriting, and being an author is a process of growing and learning. I am a better writer today than I was just two months ago. And I will be a better writer still, by the end of the summer.
Winter is the story of a broken and unlovable person being transformed by God into something amazing. It's fun, suspenseful, and heart-breaking. Please join me as we officially begin the journey into Winter's extraordinary life...a journey that will take several years as the series progresses. Writing this book changed me. And it is my hope that you'll close the cover, gently set the book on the table, and sigh...having been changed just a little, too."
--Keven Newsome


AMAZON CAMPAIGN

Amazon updates its bestseller lists every hour, and we'd like to be on one! So, if you plan to order Winter with us on June 1, could you plan to do it between 5-8 pm Central time? And if possible, narrow it further and order in the 7 o'clock hour.Order as many as you want - don't forget shipping is free if you order two copies! Invite your friends and family! Order for birthdays and Christmas! Let's make this a day to remember!



THE MAKING OF...

You've seen the Winter trailer. Now you can see behind the scenes and even see parts that didn't make it into the final version. Meet the cast and crew, find out how to make fake blood, and hear the demon-fighting heroine extol the virtues of her favourite drink!


AUTHOR CHAT

The Launch Party for Winter is in the usual place: http://tinychat.com/splashdown (no login required, or you can use Facebook or Twitter) at 8pm Central time on Thursday June 2nd. Come along, join in the fun, talk with the author and publisher, maybe even some editors, and yes, we'll be doing some ebook giveaways right there in chat as well - starting with the person who brings the most friends!


FANS OF CAPRICE HOKSTAD

Caprice is gearing up to begin writing Book 3 of the Ascendancy Trilogy, the long-awaited follow-on to Nor Iron Bars a Cage. Are you as curious as I am to see what Duke Vahn and Keedrina make of the kingdom? Now's your chance. Check out Caprice's blog post here and sign up to receive the chapters as she writes them! How cool is that!


COMING IN JULY

Odd Little Miracles, a collection of 22 short stories by Fred Warren... You may have read a few of these online, or even quite a lot, but now we gather them together into a book for the first time! From wizards to aliens, funny to pensive, this collection is one you won't want to miss. In print: $5.98 and as an ebook: $2.99.


That's all for today, folks... but be watching for some cool news about the Avenir Eclectia project real soon!

Grace

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check out this new Eleon album... http://eleonmusic.virb.com/little-stepping-stones

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Splashdown News: May 2011

Kia ora and welcome to May! Can you believe how fast this year has gone already? This month brings us more exciting developments...
  • Reality's Ascent by R.L. Copple, out now - Release Party!
  • Winter by Keven Newsome - Mega Sneak Peek
  • The Crystal Portal by Travis Perry & Mike Lynch: The Book Trailer


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Reality's Ascent by R.L. Copple - The Reality Chronicles, Book Two

In the soul of each person lies a reality clamoring to break free...

When the demon Beltrid demands that Sisko use his supernatural ring for evil, Sisko's refusal turns his world upside down. Trapping Sisko's wife, Gabrielle, inside the "Crystal of Virtues," Beltrid sends Sisko and his two teenage children, Nathan and Kaylee, on a journey to find seven virtues that will free her. Simple? Not when a demon is involved.

...Reality has ascended, and no soul will remain untouched.

Also available as an ebook at the links here: http://www.splashdownbooks.com/reality.html

Release Party Chat for Reality's Ascent
with the author and Splashdown team!
Tuesday May 3, 8pm CST at http://www.tinychat.com/splashdown - yep, that's tomorrow! Or today, depending on when you read this.
See you there?


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Winter by Keven Newsome - Coming June 1 from Splashdown Darkwater

Winter Maessen didn't ask for the gift of prophecy. She's happy being a freak - but now everyone thinks she's crazy. Or evil.
Goths aren't all the same, you know. Some are Christians.
...Christians to whom God sends visions.
Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there's more than flesh and blood at work.
Her gift means she's the only one who can stop it - but at what price?

Have you seen Keven's epic book trailer yet? If not, you're missing a major event in videography!
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It8aP6speuo

Read the Sample! Just this weekend we've launched the sneak peek sample of Winter, an unprecedented 10 whole chapters! We don't normally do such a huge sample, but Keven wanted to make this long excerpt available to you totally free. It begins like this:

The stairs wandered to the right—old wooden stairs. With the first step they groaned, and she hesitated. Small candles sat on the steps, spread out—only one every four or five steps. They oozed lifeless blood that pooled at their base and coagulated into white scabs. She broke a candle free and continued her ascent, tilting it so it bled on the steps.

To read the rest, go here: http://www.splashdownbooks.com/wintersample.html


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The Crystal Portal by Travis Perry & Mike Lynch

Also this weekend we've launched the book trailer for our last release, with thanks once again to Eleon for an awesome soundtrack!
Take a look at it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-PAAbOF6nA

And Yeshua said, "His ears will be a sign to you."
A time-travelling warrior elf on a manhunt for an evil genius. A state-of-the-art robot from New Los Angeles. And a carpenter's son from first-century Israel. Entering the Portal, they join forces with a princess of the Sapphire Monarchy to defy their power-mad adversary.


Don't forget you can get all of our titles as ebooks for Kindle and all other formats at Smashwords, with most already available directly for Nook also - keep watching for the latest titles to land at B&N! Check out our new improved Bookshop with links to all your purchasing options.

Thank you for reading - see you around the Web!

Grace
www.splashdownbooks.com


http://eleonmusic.virb.com

Friday, April 15, 2011

Splashdown Darkwater Announcement: Winter by Keven Newsome



Today it is my great pleasure to announce to you our first title from Splashdown Darkwater. Drumrolls please!



Winter
by Keven Newsome


Winter Maessen didn't ask for the gift of prophecy. She's happy being a freak - but now everyone thinks she's crazy. Or evil.
Goths aren't all the same, you know. Some are Christians.
...Christians to whom God sends visions.

Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there's more than flesh and blood at work.
Her gift means she's the only one who can stop it - but at what price?




... or view it in its natural environment at http://darkwater.splashdownbooks.com

Winter is now available for pre-order at http://www.splashdownbooks.com/winter.html.

Are you ready for the chill?

Facebook Launch: The 1,000 Campaign
Let's make June 1 a day to remember!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Update

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy from New Zealand


In this issue:
April New Release
Darkwater Countdown
Avenir Eclectia
New SF Author Contracted




April New Release
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And Yeshua said, "His ears will be a sign to you."
A time-travelling warrior elf on a manhunt for an evil genius. A state-of-the-art robot from New Los Angeles. And a carpenter's son from first-century Israel. Entering the Portal, they join forces with a princess of the Sapphire Monarchy to defy their power-mad adversary.
Available at http://www.splashdownbooks.com/crystalportal.html


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Splashdown Darkwater
Counting down!

Have you seen the Darkwater preview book trailer? If not, be sure to catch it at http://www.youtube.com/user/splashdownbooks. The full length trailer - complete with the big reveal of the title and author to kick off our paranormal line - is due for release in under two weeks! The book itself will appear on June 1.

The Splashdown Darkwater main site with its own teaser is here:
http://darkwater.splashdownbooks.com


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Avenir Eclectia
Adventures in Microfiction

The Avenir Eclectia project has gotten off to a great start, with a steady flow of contributors adding to the story. Already there's a great bunch of new characters to follow on the space station and the inhospitable planet it orbits - hunters, smugglers, historians, miners, wizards, children, and more. Sign up to receive these bite-sized stories by email: a minute to read, a day to digest. Head on over to http://www.avenireclectia.com and dive into a new world!


New SF Author Contracted
Ryan Grabow with Caffeine

In 2179, a gamer is trapped by an unusual artificial intelligence, a virus looking for the meaning of its own existence.
We're thrilled to announce that Ryan has joined our team! Science fiction fans, get ready for this mind-blowing tale that will chase you through multiple virtual realities and leave you with a new angle on life. Look out for his book appearing later in the year.
Facebook page for Caffeine: http://on.fb.me/gDtCVL


That's it for this time - watch out for the big Darkwater announcement real soon!

Till next time,

Grace


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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Splashdown News: March

Kia ora and welcome to the Splashdown news for March! You'll notice it's coming some time after the beginning of the month, and there's a VERY exciting reason for this which you'll find as you read on...but first comes our new release for this month:


Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, reality invaded the world...
When the presence of reality emerges from under the fa├žade of perception, lives are changed. Forever. A mystical ring binds Sisko to bless others with miracles and avoid using its power for himself, which would lead to a curse. With his friends Josh the wizard and Seth the leader of a gang of thieves, Sisko explores the emerging reality through his travels and adventures.
Journey with Sisko as reality’s presence confronts and changes the greedy, the killers, the trapped, the demonic, and Sisko himself....Reality has dawned, and no one will be the same.

Reality's Dawn is now available direct from Splashdown, and also other online retailers including Amazon Kindle.

We're running a cool contest on this series: Buy the first book and upload a photo of yourself with it to the Splashdown Facebook page. We'll pick the most interesting shots to win a copy of Reality's Ascent, the second book in the series, just as soon as it comes out in May - so get creative!


SPLASHDOWN DARKWATER

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Work continues on our new Supernatural/Paranormal imprint. We've got some amazing reading lined up for you! There'll be more news on that very soon, so keep your eye on our web presence.
In the meantime, don't forget to check out the Splashdown Darkwater website and teaser trailer: darkwater.splashdownbooks.com.


AVENIR ECLECTIA

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Avenir Eclectia is a brand-new project from Splashdown Books, officially launching today! We've been working on it behind the scenes for quite some time now, so it's really exciting to present it in public. It's a multi-author microfiction project, based in a world with flavors of science fiction, fantasy and supernatural genres - yes, all at once. A space station with wizards, criminals, children and madmen. Sea-dwelling angels. Underwater cities, ore mines and beetle hunters - something for everyone!
You'll want to sign up for email updates to receive regular small slices of story - most no longer than 200 words! Head on over now and read the first story: "Cool, Smooth Metal." www.avenireclectia.com

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All the artwork for Avenir Eclectia has been provided by none other than Eleon a.k.a. Michael L. Rogers, and he's also begun work on a fabulous soundtrack to go along with the stories. You can hear that at his Avenir Eclectia album page: http://eleonmusic.virb.com/avenir-eclectia

That's all the Splashdown news for now, but you've probably heard about the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. While I live quite far away, I'm still impacted by this national tragedy and you can read my thoughts in my post at International Christian Fiction Writers.

Thanks for reading!

Grace Bridges
Splashdown Books

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Authors of Superhero Parody Novel Announce Blog Tour

Authors Adam and Andrea Graham will be available to talk about their novel, Tales of the Dim Knight, on several speculative fiction book review blogs on dates ranging throughout the month of April.

Boise, Idaho—Authors Adam and Andrea Graham announce their Superhero Parody novel, Tales of the Dim Knight, will be touring on several book review blogs from April 1-May 3 of 2011. Released in November of 2010 from Splashdown Books, Tales of the Dim Knight is available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.Com, and direct from the publisher.

Tales of the Dim Knight is a Superhero Fantasy that pays tribute to the superheroes many adults will remember from childhood while parodying the genre’s tropes and gaffes. Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when a symbiotic alien enhances all his strengths, giving him a super-imagination able to mold reality to his vision. Follow his zany adventures as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement.

“A truly original premise, Tales of a Dim Knight is a light-hearted escape into the world of superheroes and villains with a thoughtful twist as to what matters most in life,” says Jill Williamson, the Christy award-winning author of By Darkness Hid.

Adam Graham is a paid political columnist for Pajamasmedia.com. He also has short stories published in the anthology Light at the Edge of Darkness, and in the Laser & Sword e-zine. He is host of the the Old Time Superman Radio Show among several other podcasts, including the Great Detectives of Old Time Radio. Mr. Graham holds a general studies Associate of Arts degree from Flathead Valley Community College with a concentration in Journalism.

Andrea Graham co-authored Adam’s first novel, Tales of the Dim Knight. Her short story “Frozen Generation” also appeared in Light at the Edge of Darkness. She studied creative writing and religion at Ashland University. Adam and Andrea live with their cat, Joybell, in Boise, Idaho. They are members of several writers groups, including Lost Genre Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers. Adam is president of their local ACFW chapter, Idahope.

Tales of the Dim Knight is available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. The first chapter is available for free at: www.dimknight.com

The Blog tour’s currently scheduled stops are:

3/17/ James Somers http://www.jamessomers.blogspot.com/

3/20 and 3/27 David James http://newauthors.wordpress.com/

4/1/ April Erwin http://www.projectinga.blogspot.com/

4/3/ Phyllis Wheeler www.Christian-Fantasy-Book-Reviews.com

4/4/ Noah Arsenault http://noahsreads.blogspot.com/

4/4/ Sarah Sawyer www.sarahsawyer.com/blog

4/5/ Tammy Shelnut http://www.bluerosesheart.blogspot.com/

4/6/ Timothy Hicks http://fantasythyme.blogspot.com/

4/7 Joan Nienhuis http://www.bookwomanjoan.blogspot.com

4/8 Carol E. Keen http://carolkeen.blogspot.com/

4/11 Morgan L. Busse http://morganlbusse.wordpress.com

4/14/ Emily LaVigne http://southernfiberreads.wordpress.com/

4/15 Chawna Schroeder http://chawnaschroeder.com

4/22 Frank Creed http://afrankreview.blogspot.com

4/28/ Beckie Burnham http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com

5/3/ Amy Cruson http://the160acrewoods.com

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Please direct all media inquiries to grahams@dimknight.com

Monday, March 7, 2011

Splashdown Books Takes Part In National Read an Ebook Week

In the United States, it's National Read an Ebook Week from March 6-March 12 and with the help of Smashwords, Splashdown Books will help you celebrate. All of our Ebooks bought off the Smashwords Site are 75% off or 50% off. (Just enter the coupon code: RAE75 or RAE50 at Checkout.)

Our books:


$6.99 Ebooks, currently on sale for $1.75:

Legendary Space Pilgrims by Grace Bridges

Alpha Redemption by P.A. Baines

$5.99 Ebooks, currently on sale for $1.50:

Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges

The Muse by Fred Warren

$4.99 books, currently on sale for $2.50:

The Duke's Handmaid by Caprice Hokstad
Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Caprice Hokstad

$4.95 Ebook currently on sale for $1.24

Tales of the Dim Knight

Also my digital short, "Your Average Ordinary Alien" is available for free using code RAE100. This week is a great opportunity to stock up on your ebook reading material. You can get all 7 of these books for $12.74,

Remember the sale ends March 12th.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Authors Aren't Horses

As wonderful and graceful a creature as a horse may be, I still object to comparing any of my colleagues to an equine.

I'm referring of course to the common practice of labelling a publisher's authors as their "stable". Well, don't let me catch you calling my people that! They ain't horses.

What are they then?
They're a team.

Never have I been so aware of that as in these past couple of weeks, where we've had so much cooking behind the scenes. We've got our people proofing and editing each other's manuscripts all over the show. We've got a new marketing plan in the works. I've been delegating like mad to get on top of the schedule I've aimed at for the time ahead: four books in four months, and a load of prep to be completed by the end of February.

We've got all kinds in our team. Some are the editing type, while others are more the gungho marketers and salespeople, or artists, or image consultants. Yet we are all writers, no matter what else we put our hand to, and this is what unites us in a common cause.

We've added about five people to the team this month: three authors, an artist and an editor, for a total of twenty or so, with varying levels of contribution, and everything they do is valuable.

Twenty! How the blazes did I get twenty wonderful individuals to throw their lot in with me, even just for a time? I really have no idea, but I'm incredibly grateful for every one of them.

Thanks, guys. Here's to you.


 (and of course those not pictured, too!)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Splashdown Newsletter 2

Kia Ora! Welcome to the February newsletter from Splashdown Books. Boy, have we got a lot of news for you this month! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!


CONTRACT NEWS

I’m very happy to announce that Splashdown has added three more authors to the team in the last month!

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R.L. Copple writes classic fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien and Lewis. Follow the journeys of a ring with healing powers, and the courageous travellers called to wear it.
We’ll be re-releasing two of Rick’s previously published titles in the Reality series: Reality’s Dawn (expanded version of the novella Infinite Realities) and Reality’s Ascent (formerly Transforming Realities).  A third book, never before released—Reality's Glory—will be published at a later date.

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Travis Perry and co-author Mike Lynch have created a wonderful romp through the genres we all love in The Crystal Portal, where a time-travelling warrior elf together with a robot from the future and a boy from 1st-century Nazareth fight an evil warlord in an alternate world.

Look for Reality’s Dawn to release in March, The Crystal Portal in April, and Reality’s Ascent in May. In June we’ve got another surprise coming...


NEW IMPRINT
Splashdown has located a number of fresh new manuscripts that fall on the darker side of speculative fiction. So we’ve decided to give them an imprint all their own: Splashdown Darkwater, the world’s only imprint created solely for supernatural and paranormal tales with a Christian worldview.
We have already signed at least one author and novel for this imprint—but I can’t tell you about that just yet! Watch this space!
Splashdown Darkwater...Dare to go deeper. Launching in June.


Podcast Interview
I recently enjoyed an hour’s discussion with the guys at Flying Island Press, on publishing and many related topics. Have a listen at http://bit.ly/gJTj34.

Come visit...
Pre-orders are now available for Reality’s Dawn. Come on over and make sure you get in on the first opportunity!

Take care...and thank you for coming along for the ride!

Grace

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