Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rey recommends Three Witches

My new pal, Rey, recommends reading Three Witches.

If you are the owner of a dedicated eReader, you probably are wondering what to read next.

Or if you own a tablet, smart phone, or desktop or laptop PC, you can download an eReader app for free from a number of sites (for Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Kobo, and others), so you can read from just about any device you may have available. And you’ll probably be wondering what to read next.

As I mentioned, Rey recommends reading Three Witches, a luchador adventure featuring El Tigre Azul.

A lot more folks have dedicated eReaders these days. Kobo declares it added 4 million sales of its device the second half of 2012.

The Telegraph reported that sales for "e-readers surged 45 per cent in the run-up to Christmas, as data from Neilsen BookScan indicated that sales of printed books fell by £74m. Total physical book sales of £1.5billion were also hurt by heavy discounting." reported "E-book readers rose from 16 percent to 23 percent, while printed book readers declined from 72 percent to 67 percent."

The Motley Fool reports . . .

According to iSuppli, total e-book readers shipments grew from a mere one million worldwide in 2008 to ten million in 2010. Shipments hit a peak of 23.2 million units in 2011. But even then, tablets had already taken the lead over e-readers with shipments of 67 million units.

In 2012, iSuppli has forecast that sales will fall 36% to just 14.9 million units. Another drastic 27% fall is forecast for 2014 when shipments decline to 10.9 million units. The firm sees sales of only 7.1 million units by 2016 as the consumer trend toward a multifunctional device – the tablet – continues.
Even if dedicated eReader sales drop, the call for ebooks for any number devices -- particularly tablets -- will not dwindle.

Take all those numbers together for Kobo, Nook, and Kindle. Is it a reasonable rough estimate to say at least 6 to 8 million more people started 2013 with eReaders than compared to 2012?

So, let's say you are one of those more than 6 million new eReader owners.

You need to read something.

My new pal, Rey, reminds you that he recommends Three Witches.

Where to find Three Witches:
Kobo: click here
Nook: click here
Kindle: click here
SmashWords: click here
A list of all my available books: click here
Remember, Rey recommends! 
Rey Mysterio ®

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Ignition! Amazing Stories launches

In a post a few weeks back, I described how the venerable science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, was returning to existence in our reality.

It's back.

Here's the official press release:

Amazing Stories, the world's first science fiction magazine, is now open to the public.

Social Magazine Website Offers Nearly Sixty Writers and Social Networking For Fans!

Experimenter Publishing Company
Hillsboro, NH
January 19, 2013

AMAZING STORIES are just one click away!TM

The Experimenter Publishing Company is pleased to announce the  reintroduction of the world's most recognizable science fiction magazine – AMAZING STORIES!
Following the completion of a successful Beta Test begun on January 2nd, 2013, Amazing Stories is now open to the public.  Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror are invited to join and encouraged to participate in helping to bring back a cherished icon of the field.

For the past several weeks nearly sixty fans, authors, artists, editors and bloggers have been producing articles on your favorite subjects – the literature of SF/F/H, its presentations in media such as television, film, poetry, literature, games, comics and much more.

All contents of Amazing Stories are free to the general public. 

Membership is also free – and entitles members to participate in the discussion, share information and engage in many other familiar social networking activities.

Membership also represents a stake in helping Amazing Stories return to publication.  The more members the site acquires, the faster Amazing Stories can become a paying market for short fiction.

Every genre fan now has a chance to help support the creation of a new market for the stories, artwork and articles they all love so much.

To visit the site and obtain your free membership, go to AMAZING STORIES, and don't forget to invite your friends too!

This reincarnation of Amazing Stories could not have happened without the generous support of Woodall Design LLC and the members of the Amazing Stories Blog Team:

Cenobyte, Karen G. Anderson, Mike Brotherton, Ricky L. Brown, Michael A. Burstein, Catherine Coker, Johne Cook, Paul Cook, Gary Dalkin, Jane Frank, Adria K. Fraser,  Jim Freund, Fran Friel, Adam Gaffen, Chris Garcia, Chris Gerwel, Tommy Hancock, Liz Henderson, Samantha Henry, M.D. Jackson, Monique Jacob, Geoffrey James, J. Jay Jones, Daniel M. Kimmel, Peggy Kolm, Justin Landon, Andrew Liptak, Bob Lock, Melissa Lowery, Barry Malzberg, C. E. Martin, Farrell J. McGovern, Steve Miller, Matt Mitrovich, Aidan Moher, Kevin Murray, Ken Neth, Astrid Nielsch, D. Nicklin-Dunbar, James Palmer, John Purcell, James Rogers, Felicity Savage, Diane Severson, Steve H. Silver, J. Simpson, Douglas Smith, Lesley Smith, Bill Spangler, Duane Spurlock, Michael J. Sullivan, G. W. Thomas, Erin Underwood, Stephan Van Velzen, Cynthia Ward, Michael Webb, Keith West, John M. Whalen, Karlo Yeager, Leah A. Zeldes

For more information about Amazing Stories, please contact the publisher at


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Unwrapping 2013

Happy New Year!

For New Year’s Eve, I wrapped up my writing and publishing activities for 2012.
Actually, I left one out: I have a criminous Christmas haiku in Gerald So’s anthology that was released in October 2012: The 5-2, CrimePoetry Weekly Volume 1. Gerald compiled this from the weekly poetic posts to his crime poetry site, The 5-2. I like being in an anthology that includes a writer named Catfish McDaris.

So, after that brief peek back at 2012, onward to 2013!
I mentioned in the previous InterroBang post that I considered 2012 a building year. 2013, also, is a building year. My plan is to continue producing work in a variety of genres, and to add entries to the series I’ve launched.

For instance, the next El Tigre Azul adventure, Two Monsters, picks up not long after the conclusion of Three Witches. And the second Shalimar Bang mystery tracks down what happened to Fred MacIsaac, who was mentioned in “The Dream Stalker.”
I hope to publish at least one story about a new character, Bomber Jacquet. I have three stories about him in progress currently. His path will eventually cross that of Shalimar Bang.

My big project this year is to complete the science fiction novel I’m working on with artist Mike Fyles, Space Detective.
And I have a story to wrap up for an Airship 27 anthology this year. This is a neat project, and it's fun to work on.

I’ll be contributing to the Amazing Stories site, I’ve promised some work to Ed Hulse for his Blood’n’Thunder magazine, and I need to catch up on posts to my blogs.
Somewhere in there I’ll be doing my day job that pays the bills, performing some duties for my church, helping with Boy and Cub Scout activities, and I may squeeze in a household chore or two.

It’ll be interesting to see how 2013 wraps up 52 weeks from now!