Bad Luck Charlie Audiobook Review

Great and detailed review of my first ever audiobook from the great folks at Quella.

Quella Reviews

What might you expect from a story about an engineer who is
afraid of space travel assigned to a maiden voyage of a starship and some new technology? Well, let me say, this is only the first of
many things that can and does go wrong for Charlie as his luck goes from bad to
worse. “Bad Luck Charlie” is the first
book in “The Dragon Maze” series and appears to be the premiere work published
on Audible by author Scott Baron. The audiobook
edition is delightfully narrated by Gary Bennett. Even though the audiobook has a slower and bumpy
start getting going, it does not take much time to wonderfully blossoms in to a
very deep and compelling science fiction adventure. The listener is taken from one wonderfully awful
place to the next, but each experience is like a gem for the listener. If you are a person who…

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Dragon Mage Shorts!

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No, not the kind of shorts you wear. The kind you read!

Here are a handful of Short stories full of sci-fantasy fun and adventure! All are focusing on characters from the science fiction/fantasy mashup Dragon Mage Series. If you haven’t read the adventures of Charlie and his pals yet, I’d suggest giving them a read first, because as River Song would say, “SPOILERS!”

For those who following along with the ever growing series, thank you for supporting indie authors, and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed Charlie’s story thus far Trust me, it’s not over yet, and the Charlie/Daisy crossover is totally happening. Oh yes.

In the meantime, I present to you these  freebies. Hope you get a kick out of ’em!

 

And if you’re a fan of audiobooks, Bad Luck Charlie is now available through Audible.

Space Pirate Blues

A New Job for Marban

A Vampire Named Bob

Hope you enjoy them, and happy reading!

Scott ~

Free Short Stories from the Clockwork Chimera Series.

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Short stories full of sci-fi fun and adventure! All are focusing on characters from the Clockwork Chimera Series. If you haven’t read the adventures of Daisy and her pals yet, I’d suggest giving the series a go before digging into these short stories. After all, SPOILERS!

For those who have finished the series, thank you for supporting indie authors, and I’m glad you enjoyed Daisy’s story. Trust me, it’s not over yet (nudge, nudge. Wink, wink).

In the meantime, I present to you these five freebies. Hope you get a kick out of ’em!

Scott ~

Tamara’s Garden – An Origin Story

Finding Finnegan – An Origin Story

Craaxit’s Journey – An Origin Story

Harkaway’s Long Nap – An Origin Story

Arlo & Marty’s Road Trip – A Clockwork Chimera Tale

 

Just Write! – NaNoWriMo and Beyond

200_dYou know the saying. Every year around November it bubbles up to the general consciousness of nascent writers everywhere. “Just write something every day.” If only aspiring storytellers would heed that advice for more than a month.

Look, writing is hard. If it weren’t, everyone would be a successful author. But it’s more than just the practice-makes-perfect element at play. Sometimes, it’s also the fear of producing something less than an absolute masterpiece.

I hate to break it to you, but the vast majority of us will never create such a work. The key is to not let that stop you from writing. Or, to use another oft-cited cliché, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

Storytime. A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless––though not like that guy in Manzoni’s novel––has been a writer for years. Decades even. He has ideas squirreled away, half-finished drafts and novel outlines. But the thing is, he never finishes a work. Oh, he’ll revisit them every few years and get excited, making new tweaks and edits, but nary a one has ever been published.a4-office-records-papers-documents-pile-of-documents-stack-of-documents-CPH5C0

Here’s the rub. Self-publishing is easy. Even for utter crap, it’s laughably simple these days. People upload literary garbage and release it into the wild on a daily basis, sloppy, unedited, and with covers a 6-year-old could design. But this friend? His writing is actually quite good. Better than much of the pap floating around Amazon these days, for sure. Yet his output fluctuates wildly and is often nonexistent. And when he does write, the end product invariably winds up in storage, not living up to his overly-ambitious standards.

He will never publish at this rate.

In ten years he has written bits of several books, screenplays, and treatments, stashing them away while lamenting the difficulties of an author’s life all the while. Meanwhile, in just two years I’ve published thirteen (including shorts collections), with my new five book sci-fi series coming out as a binge reader release (yes, shameless plug). TheClockworkChimera_3Dmockup_books1-5Now, my work is fun, but will by no means ever be considered classics of great literature. But guess what? That’s okay. And there are thousands of readers who enjoy it and look forward to the next release. Good is fine and keeps your momentum. Perfect may take a lifetime and result in just one book.

So take this as a cautionary tale of sorts. Use the momentum from NaNoWriMo to KEEP WRITING. Even 500 words over the course of a day will add up to 182,500 words by the end of a year. Most books are around 90k. That’s roughly 2 novels a year at that rate.

So write, finish, rewrite, polish, and have a professional copy editor fine-tooth comb your work. Then stop messing with it, release it, and move on to the next one. Though not perfect for everyone, that’s how the vast majority will grow as an author and build a body of work.

 

Daisy’s Run Pre-Order Giveaway

Pre-Order Book One (1)

Love strong female protagonists, snarky banter, cyborgs and space adventures? Pre-order Daisy’s Run (book 1) on Amazon and receive books 2 and 3 FREE OF CHARGE.

  1. Pre-order Daisy’s Run on Amazon  (click to go to the pre-order page)
  2. Email a screenshot of your pre-order Amazon receipt to scottbaronwrites@gmail.com
  3. In the email subject line, write “PRE-ORDER”

That’s all there is to it.

Or if you prefer to enter via the alternate giveaway page which provides you a web form with fields to enter your information, just Click the Image Below

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However you participate, after Daisy’s Run is officially released you will receive a download link for both books 2 and 3 to the email you have provided.

Want to see what others are saying about Daisy’s Run? Check out it’s Advance Reader Reviews on Goodreads.

Thank you for your support, and happy reading!

Scott Baron

-Exciting action sequences, good dialogue, nifty science, and well-drawn relationships make for an entertaining read.- - Kirkus Reviews

If the download link does not work for your device for whatever reason, epub, mobi, pdf, and KOBO files can be emailed to you directly.

Finding Time to Write (while working 75-hour weeks)

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Okay, I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been lax in my posts of late. I do have a good excuse, however (and don’t we all love excuses?). While I have no dog to eat my posts, nor do I have an adjective-munching brain parasite––that I know of, anyway––or even a case of the ultra-rare five-month amnesia.

Nope, it’s none of those things. Instead, I work in the film industry.

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I know what some of you may be thinking. “Ooh, so glamorous! The celebrities! The fun times!”

Yeah. No.

I mean, sure, it’s fun quite often, however when you’re an author trying to meet your self-imposed writing quotas, working on a film set––both the hours and the environment––can be the antithesis of a good work environment for producing material.

My most recent project was a feature, which shall remain nameless, not because it was bad (in fact it was a fantastic crew and looks to be a great film) but because it’s just not cool to discuss those things, especially when you’ve signed and NDA.

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Fraturdays. Every. Damn. Week.

I was trying to bang out a mere one or two thousand words a day during my down time on set (while having a walkie-talkie chattering in my ear), but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Like when you’re on location and it’s 108 degrees. Or when you are so busy loading people into ambulances that there’s no down time to write (my day job is as an on-set medic for film and TV). Or when you’re just so utterly toast from yet another 70+ hour week (yes, in 5 days) that words simply fail you. That, my friends was the last ten weeks.

So, how does one get anything done? By doing the first thing I mentioned in the paragraph above. Namely, banging out a couple of thousand words a day. It sounds like a lot, but if you write just 125 words per hour over a sixteen hour work day, that’s two thousand words. Voila!giphy

Here’s the cool bit. If you work a less-intense schedule and in a more-conducive environment, cranking out a mere 125 words in an hour should be a breeze, especially if you’ve plotted out your story ahead of time. In my case, I typically have the entire book outlined and have chapter notes acting as placeholders in my laptop. As I write each chapter, I delete the notes until that chapter is fleshed out. But you do you, boo, obviously.

One crucial thing to remember, your first draft isn’t you telling the story to a reader, but rather you telling the story to yourself. It’s gonna be rough, it’s gonna suck, it’s gonna need rewrites. So don’t slow your process and edit during the exorcism of those words from your brain––just get it out!

If this seems intuitive to you, fantastic! You’re already taking those little steps toward a bigger goal. If, however, this is news to you, hopefully this tale of writing in difficult circumstances perhaps helped you realize it can be done, even on a crazed schedule. Tiny increments add up, and even 2k words per day (spread out) is 60k in a month. That’s 2/3 of a book––Huzzah!

Happy writing!

 

The Reaper Madness Book Giveaway

Like free books?

Like Grim Reaper books?

Like awesome, signed editions of said books?

Look no further, because the Reaper Madness Book Giveaway is here!

Untitled design (4)I’ve reached out to some amazing authors, and they have been kind enough to contribute signed copies of their work for this Grim Reaper-themed giveaway. A common thread with all of these books is not only an interesting take on the Grim Reaper and his or her place in the world, but also a fair bit of humor and wit. Mind you, each author has their own distinct style, but each and every one has a somewhat different outlook on life (and death). The end result is a really fun bunch of books fans of quirky authors will enjoy.

Just click the link and enter to win – there’s absolutely no purchase of any sort necessary.

Enter Here:  https://gleam.io/ihVqR/reaper-madness-book-giveaway

 

Enjoy the giveaway!

Scott Baron ~ Author of Living the Good Death