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Audiobook Ver2: Cathedral

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

SkyACXCoverBrand, spankin’ new audiobook version of Cathedral of the Sky, narrated by Greg Tremblay, now up and open for business! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0773T1WYF/

PA Omnibus 2nd Ed

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

coverOkay, so I swore up and down to myself that I was done with Pact Arcanum, that I would finally stop trying to polish away the flaws of my first book. But, after it was done, I continued to poke away in different directions, writing extra scenes, additional story fragments, but never enough to release another whole book.

Then came the Interscission Project, and I set the Pact Arcanum Saga aside. Now that I am halfway through the fourth and final book of the Interscission Project, I decided I needed to take a break and recharge with an alternate project. Consider it an author’s holiday.

I looked back through the additional stories I had crafted, I realized that some were worth sharing, if I had a larger work into which I could incorporate them. Still not enough for a complete book, but they could be supporting players.

So I incorporated them into the Omnibus, and republished it as a revised and expanded second edition. The ebook should hit Amazon in a day or so, and it’s a monster (427,354 words – about 1200 pages). I figure I added about 10,000 words, which isn’t much given the size of the text, but hey, why not?

I might also release it as a four-volume paperback set, but I want to see how the new illustrations reproduce on paper first. I figure it will make a good conversation piece at the occasional convention I go to, though the real importance is to see whether Audible will allow me to rerecord alternate versions of my existing audiobooks, using a voice actor that is better known in my genre. That would certainly expand my audience, and hopefully my name recognition.

Anyway, I spent the whole weekend on it, from beginning to end, and now, it’s done. Perhaps a futile exercise, but it may have actually put me in a better frame of mind to return to my existing projects.

Cheers,
Arshad Ahsanuddin

LGBT Fundraising Page

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

I have a serious proposition for you:

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WROTE Interview

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

I was recently interviewed for the WROTE (Written on the Edge) podcast, which focuses on queer storytelling in all media: http://www.wrotepodcast.com/arshad-ahsanuddin/

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They also penned a review of my book Zenith, the first book of The Interscission Project:  http://www.wrotepodcast.com/book-review-zenith-the-interscission-project-book-1-by-arshad-ahsanuddin/

Check them out, if you have a chance!

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

New Universal Book Links

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Books2Read.com has offered a brand new service, that gives each title a universal web link to your choice of online ebook retailers!

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Here are the links to all my book distributors using this service:

Sunset books2read.com/u/bwYzvm
Sunrise books2read.com/u/meApzm
Moonlight books2read.com/u/mqZKO4
Starlight books2read.com/u/3yDPeb
Cathedral of the Sky books2read.com/u/mZPwlb
Zenith books2read.com/u/bzW0j3
Azimuth books2read.com/u/3kwdO3
Insurrection books2read.com/u/bP16jJ
Pact Arcanum Integrated Ultimate Omnibus books2read.com/u/mBPXOb
Pact Arcanum Boxed Set 1 books2read.com/u/mV7V64
Pact Arcanum Boxed Set 2 books2read.com/u/38D6w3
First Words books2read.com/u/bwWBPb
Stepwise books2read.com/u/bPJejm

Enjoy!

 

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

eBooks on Flashcard

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

When I sell at cons, I usually offer the option for people to buy my books as ebooks on physical media, i.e. a wafer flashdrive.  FlashcardHowever, I wondered, for those who don’t attend the cons, is this something that people would want?
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Publishing update

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

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

UPDATE 5/29/2015:  I changed my mind.  It’s not fair to those not signing up to take the book off sale.  Instead, you can get Cathedral of the Sky free by signing up to my mailing list, or you can purchase it from the usual retailers.  Share and Enjoy!  -  Arshad

To My First-time Readers

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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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