Posts Tagged ‘Pact Arcanum’

Webcomic Update

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The next 8 pages of Issue Two of the Pact Arcanum webcomic are now posted on Patreon for subscribers: https://www.patreon.com/pactarcanum.

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O Frabjous Day #amwriting

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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

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

Advance Pages to Patreon

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

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

Webcomic New Pages

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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

Story Cartel Promotion

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

So, I write scifi gay paranormal romance (non-explicit).  Kind of a niche audience, but I’m always looking to connect with new readers.

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Have you heard about the Pact Arcanum Saga, but not yet gotten around to checking out the first book, Sunset? Or never heard of it at all?

Find out more about the series here: http://bit.ly/1cHUCZX

Well, for the next three weeks, if you download a free reviewer copy from Story Cartel, you can read and review the first book, and then be entered into a drawing for a Kindle e-reader.

Details here: http://bit.ly/1fxXNmO

 

Check it out! Win/win, all around.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Pact Arcanum Update

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Okay, time to get serious for a minute.  I think there’s no viable reason to maintain two versions of my work, just because it can be challenging to keep up with the timeline I created.  I feel I should choose one story to represent me and then move on to other things.Cover Gallery X

I have decided that going forward, the five books of the Pact Arcanum Saga (Sunset, Sunrise, Moonlight, Starlight, Cathedral of the Sky), and the boxed sets thereof that I have just created, will be the edition that I choose to stand behind.

Therefore, the integrated serial and omnibus editions, currently available in EPUB format from the Apple iBookstore and Kobo, will be discontinued at the end of January.  Anyone who wishes to get copies of those editions should buy them now, as they will be gone come February.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Goodreads 500!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I reached 500 ratings on Goodreads.com today (http://www.goodreads.com/pactarcanum).  So awesome!

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It’s hard to believe it’s just shy of the three year anniversary of the publication of my first book (Feb 2011).  A hearty thank you to everyone who took the time to let me know what you thought of the books, and for sticking with me.  I appreciate your support, and I couldn’t have come this far without you!

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Pact Arcanum Giveaway

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

A new giveaway, just in time to ring in the new year!

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Prizes include a signed Hardback edition of Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One), 5 free audiobook coupons (enough to download the entire series), a paper copy of the Pact Arcanum Comic Book (Issue Zero), and a 16″x20″ poster of concept art of your favorite character (Nick, Lorcan, Rory, Takeshi, Anaba, Antonio Martinez, or Edgar Jameson).  The giveaway runs from Dec 6th, 2013 to Dec 27th, 2013.  Details of how to enter are on the Giveaway page.  Winners will be chosen by random selection, and will be offered a choice of available prizes.

Respectfully,

Arshad Ahsanuddin

Black Friday Sale

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Sunset (Pact Arcanum: Book One) ebooks will be reduced to $0.99 on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo from November 29th to December 2nd. Enjoy!

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Check out other great Black Friday/Cyber Monday ebook sales at: http://99kindle.blogspot.com!