May 17th, 2015

Publishing update

Azimuth forthcomingCathedral of the SkyAzimuth (The Interscission Project: Book Two) is off to the proofreader for a final read-through to eliminate any minor typos.

The planned release date stands at July 1 2015.

In other news, I have decided to shake up my marketing plan for the Pact Arcanum Saga, my completed series of scifi vampire novels.  The companion novella to Sunset, Cathedral of the Sky, will no longer be available in ebook format as a separate purchase.  It will now be offered as a free download to readers who sign up for my newsletter mailing list, either through my website (http://pactarcanum.com) or via the link embedded at the end of all of my ebooks (http://eepurl.com/l7i9X).  This is meant as a reward to readers who take a chance on my first book, and are interested in reading more with no additional outlay other than communications relating to my new releases and special offers.

The free novella remains as part of the Pact Arcanum Boxed Set 2 collection, for those who do not wish to sign up for the mailing list.  But who wouldn’t want to sign up?  Everybody’s doing it.  You want to be COOL, don’t you?  ;)

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

April 18th, 2015

LGBTQ Charity Giveaway

LGBT giveaway poster

We’ve all seen the stories on the news about the so-called ‘righteous’ folks who have been richly rewarded for public vilification of the gay community, flaunting their hatred and bigotry, not caring that they add nothing to the experience of anyone around them but reinforcement of the same hatred and bigotry.  Well, hopefully there is a silent but sympathetic majority who is willing to stand up for those who suffer disproportionately around them.

A community of over two hundred LGBTQ authors, bloggers, and publishers has banded together to stoke the fires of conscience among the truly righteous (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBPMEvAEeD8), and we are betting that you are one of those who will rise to the occasion.  During this giveaway event, everyone who donates to an LGBTQ charity or shares the links to an LGBTQ charity on social media, and signs their name in the comments to the blog post below, will be entered to win one of a wide range of donated ebooks, including my own.

To keep things simple, entries will be managed by Rafflecopter.  Each participant can enter only once, by leaving a comment on the Diversereader blog (not this one), naming the charity they’ve donated to, or whose donation links they’ve shared (due to pay-for-play legal restrictions, we cannot demand proof of any donations made).  Once the entries are closed, Rafflecopter will randomly pick winners from the entrants, and we’ll match them up with donors on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you win a ebook from me, you are welcome to take your pick from any one of my six published fiction books.  The giveaway will launch on Diversereader at 9AM EST on April 18th and run until 11.59PM EST on May 1st.  Please leave your comments at http://diversereader.blogspot.com/2015/04/lgbtq-push-back-charity-giveaway.html to enter!

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

January 31st, 2015

O Frabjous Day #amwriting

Howdy, all.  It’s been a while since I’ve been significantly active.  Sorry about that.  Just didn’t have the motivation to write.

But I’m feeling much better now.  8^D

Issue 000 Radiant Burn LR High Quality-1The Pact Arcanum webcomic adaptation continues with the help of artist Jayant Mall.  New pages are posted at my second website http://pactarcanum.net, every Saturday morning at 8AM.  Be sure and check it out.  If you like it, consider leaving some feedback, or signing up to donate a couple of bucks my way.  It might convince me that someone out there is actually reading it.  :P

Working Book Cover5aIn any case, I am about 45,000 words (150 pages) into the sequel to Zenith, Book 1 of my time travel series The Interscission Project.  The new book is tentatively entitled Azimuth (or possibly Declination, depending on the alignment of the planets the day you ask).  I am aiming for a July 2015 release, but if all comes together earlier, I might jump the gun on that.

The Interscission Project itself is intended to run for 3 novels in total, and this will be the second.  The short novella Nadir that was briefly published last year will be incorporated into the text of Azimuth.  I’ve already written a basic outline for the third and final book, so I am as yet on track to wrap up the series by the end of the year, or early next year.  More updates can be had on the Interscission Project page of my website (http://pactarcanum.com/WIP-Interscission) or my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/interscission).

That is all.  Please, talk amongst yourselves.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

October 2nd, 2014

PA Comic Book Issue 1

Front Cover 2 LRThe Pact Arcanum Comic Book continues with Issue One, available now at Createspace!  https://www.createspace.com/5017679

The Kindle and Epub editions will be available Oct 31, 2014, but the Kindle version can be preordered now at Amazon.com (http://smarturl.it/PactArcanum1).

Don’t forget to pick up Issue Zero at https://www.createspace.com/4802414.

New pages of the webcomic edition will continue to be posted at http://pactarcanum.net.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

August 9th, 2014

GRL Print Book Pre-orders

grl-2014-logoTo attendees of the GRL Convention (http://gayromlit.com) in October, I am accepting discounted pre-orders (Payable by PayPal) for print books to be distributed at the conference.  The pre-order form is available here:  http://bit.ly/XRK7io.  For those wishing to be more spontaneous, I will be selling a limited number of print editions on-site, but these will be sold at list price plus local sales tax.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

July 27th, 2014

To My First-time Readers

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I’ve posted about this a couple of times before, but it’s a common criticism from MMR (Male/Male Romance) readers that the story of Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1) isn’t romantic or sexy enough, just as SciFi readers criticize the story for having too much of a focus on romance.  The complexity of the timeline is another common complaint, and mainstream romance readers even object to the story being “too explicit” and “gratuitous” in its fade-to-black handling of gay sex.  The difficulty in writing a cross-genre story is that it does not fully conform to the narrow constraints of established genres, and so its placement in any particular genre becomes problematic.  Currently, I tell people it’s non-explicit gay paranormal space opera, and just let them make up their own minds.

Unfortunately, most of the character backstory that validates the romantic elements is in Sunrise (Book 2), because I made a conscious decision to concentrate on plot and action in Book 1, which is why Sunset starts in the middle of the story and gives some people headaches.  If I had left those elements in, the first book would have been on the order of 1000 pages long, which would have generated even more problems.  It also created the need for flashbacks in the first book to cover backstory material that was contained in the second book, which added to the complexity of the storyline.  These flashbacks are therefore largely absent from the other books in the series.

The Integrated Omnibus edition reformulates the entire series into a linear storyline, without flashbacks.  Readers who found Sunset too dry or convoluted might find that version more to their taste, if they have an interest in reading the rest of the story.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 18th, 2014

Advance Pages to Patreon

I’m going to set up a posting rhythm for my Patreon Page subscribers (http://www.patreon.com/pactarcanum).

Title Page LRI’m going to post the rough pencil images I’ve received from the artist (Jayant Mall, J Labs) on Saturday, then the final image the following week, followed by the official post on my website the week after. So that means subscribers will get two pages a week (one rough, and one finished), in addition to the official post on the Pact Arcanum website. Subscribers will only be charged for the advance finished page, however. Let’s kick the process off with the roughs for page 3 of issue 1 (pages 1 and 2 are the cover and title page), now posted to the subscription feed.

Enjoy! And tell your friends! :)

Cheers,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 16th, 2014

Webcomic New Pages

The launch of the new pages for the webcomic is scheduled for June 1st, 2014.  And there was much rejoicing.

Title Page AdFeel free to contribute on a sporadic basis through the donation button at the bottom of the pages.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, please sign up for a subscription at my Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/pactarcanum.  In the meantime, you can view the existing comic book pages at http://pactarcanum.com/comic-book-media.  I am looking forward to this new project.  I hope you will join me as I bring the Pact Arcanum story to a new medium.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 7th, 2014

Webcomic Update

So, I have been quietly moving ahead with the Pact Arcanum Webcomic, to bring the books to a new medium.

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Currently Issue Zero is online, at http://pactarcanum.com/comic-book-media/, and I expect to start posting new pages weekly of Issue One, within the next month.

This is an expensive effort, and while I plan to post weekly for free, I would welcome any donations to defray costs, either through the donations link at the bottom of each new page, or though the Patreon account I am setting up. If I reach $300 in donations, I will post an additional page the following week.  Further details will be forthcoming as we approach Launch Day.

As always, thank you for your support.

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

 

April 12th, 2014

Zenith Giveaways

My latest book, Zenith (The Interscission Project: Book One) is available for free in a couple of venues:

Working Book Cover5aA Goodreads giveaway for 5 print copies is now running for the next two weeks at: http://bit.ly/1sQuOBF

A free ebook can be downloaded for reviewers at StoryCartel.com for the next 9 days: http://bit.ly/1lxNILN