Monday, July 28, 2014

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus Links

Kobo finally caught up with Smashwords and listed all of my titles. It only took four months. :P

You probably are aware of the links, but let's do a recap of the latest releases:

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus
Ebook: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd
Paperback: CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookdepository

The Third Wheel (The Impaler Legacy #3)
Ebook: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd
The Third Wheel is free everywhere except on Amazon. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Free Book Day!

Because I want you to have a good day like I'm having, today only you can download The Impaler Legacy Omnibus for free from Smashwords using the coupon code WG62W.

I hope you'll enjoy my vampire saga, and once you read it, I'd be extremely grateful if you wrote a review on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.

Now, where's that party? :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 June Reading List

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – I’m afraid a year spent on CC has totally ruined me for this type of writing. 2/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

The Churn by James S. A. Corey – Good character story, but it would have helped if I had read it right after one of the books. 4/5 stars Amazon

Aculophobia (Ten Macabre Short Stories) by A. R. Deleanu – Deleanu is a good atmosphere writer, but his dialogues need a lot of work. 3/5 stars 

The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah by Stephen King – A step up from book 5, maybe because this one was shorter, but not as good as books 2-4. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Rather slow on reading this month, and it's not like I wrote that much either, but I did edit two novels so that must count for something.

Monday, June 2, 2014

ReadWave Sci-Fi & Fantasy Theme

In case you didn't know it, I'm one of the editors of ReadWave Sci-Fi & Fantasy Theme.

Submit your 800-word sci fi & fantasy stories to ReadWave, short stories and excerpts only. If they're accepted, here's your chance to get a few extra readers.

Things that are unlikely to pass by me:
- poor grammar, spelling and punctuation;
- mixed tenses;
- head-hopping;
- passive voice and state-of-being verbs.

And this is all before getting to the plot and characters. Oh, and I hope I won't have to repeat the obvious, but the stories do need to include either sci fi or fantasy elements.

I'm looking forward to reading your work.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 May Reading List

CPSF15 – A bit in two minds about the first two stories, but Abercrombie’s was good even if a little pointless. 4/5 stars Nemira

CPSF16 – I wish the magazine included more translations of recent stories, like Gregory Benford’s, and lay off on the 80s stuff. 4/5 stars Nemira

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – Clearly a debut novel with the expected flaws. The age of the hero bothered me the most, along with the final reveal and confrontation. All the secondary characters were just cardboard sketches, except for the captain who frankly was more interesting than the MC. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith – A decent crime novel, though I cared only about the detective and his secretary and none of the other characters.  4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Best of Mystery & Horror #1 edited by Mircea Pricajan – Not bad considering that I’m not really into horror. It includes one of my short stories so I'm not going to rate it. Herg Benet

The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein – Every spring I make  sure to read a Heinlein book, it sort of turned into a habit. I loved the title and its significance, and of course all the rambling about the cat. The book was pretty good too, though not one of his best.  4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bookfest 2014

The biggest Romanian spring book fair, Bookfest, is taking place at Romexpo in Bucharest between May 28 and June 1st.

The new releases that include my stories are:

Of course, you can also find my other Romanian books there. For a complete list, look here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Impaler Legacy Q & A - Gabriel Trotuş

Transcript of the Academy graduation interview

Interviewer: Please state your name, age, and hometown.

Trotuş: Gabriel Trotuş, twenty-four years old, Bac ău.

How many years did you train at the Academy? 

Five years, three for the regular course, and two for the extended course.

You didn’t do the mandatory six-month training period? 

No, I applied for the full course from the start, and when I finished the regular course, I was accepted to continue based on my results.

What made you choose this path? 

My parents are factory workers. They couldn’t have afforded to send me to college for any number of years. Keeping me in high school was hard enough after my father was injured in an accident and could only work part time. It was tough all around. I wanted to get a job, but I was still a minor so I couldn’t. And after graduation, high school alone wouldn’t have gotten me anywhere. I still needed an education.

How did you get in? 

I had good grades, and I did okay at the physical tests.

Just okay? 

I’ve never been extra strong, but I compensate with my speed.

And is that enough? 

I doubted it in the beginning, but it turned out it is. I did well during all of our trips abroad. Not one scratch.

Yes, I see that in your file. The only injuries recorded happened during the training with our own people. How did you achieve that? 

A healthy dose of fear, sir.

I see. I’m glad it works for you. It’s hard to properly fear something you rarely meet in person. Still, why the extended course? You could have stopped after the first three years. It would have given you a decent social position and removed the burden from your family. 

If I’m going to do something, then I’ll do it right, sir. I could only achieve that by going all the way.

This qualifies you for offering protection to the Little Council. Are you sure you’re ready for such a big responsibility? 

I believe I am, sir.

This seems to be the opinion of the person who recommended you too. 

May I ask who that was, sir?

A certain Andrei Spânu. I believe you know him? 

Yes, sir, I do. We participated to missions abroad together. Twice. He was two years ahead of me and the leader of my squad.

Well, he received a promotion for a well done job in Syria, and when asked if he had any preference for a partner, he suggested your name. 

I’ll make sure to thank him for this opportunity, sir.

Yeah, well … Anyway, make sure to report to the Cantacuzino residence on Monday morning. 

Cantacuzino, sir? Miss Liana Cantacuzino?

Yes, she’s due a change of guards soon. Is this going to be a problem? 

No, sir. It’s just that … I wasn’t expecting to be assigned to protect a woman. I imagined she’d prefer female guards.

Did you see many female pandurs at the Academy? 

Not that many, sir.

Let me assure you that if Miss Cantacuzino wanted female guards under her orders, she would have changed the law by now and there would be an entire platoon waiting to fill in that position. 

I understand, sir.

I’m not sure you do. Do not underestimate Miss Cantacuzino. I trained her myself. 

I won’t, sir.

Good. She travels abroad quite often on diplomatic missions, so there won’t be time to get bored … or lazy. 

Never lazy, sir.

You better remember that. It hasn’t happened in a while, but you will still face charges of high treason if you lose a Little Council member who happens to be in your charge.

Yes, sir.

So, are you still willing to accept the position? 

I’m looking forward to it, sir.

In that case … congratulations, Mr. Trotuş, and may God have mercy on your soul. 

Thank you very much, Captain Nour.

(Scheduled to be published during The Impaler Legacy Omnibus blog tour, but it wasn't because of technical reasons, so this is a world premiere.)

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vote for "Efectul de nautil" and get it with 40% off discount

Millennium Books has discounted all of the Colin Award nominated books, so now's your chance to get "Efectul de nautil" with 40% off.

You can also vote for "Efectul de nautil" in this poll in the Volum de proza scurta SF category.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Impaler Legacy Q & A - Dr. Jesse Carver

Interviewer: Hello, Dr. Carver. Thank you for joining us today.

Dr. Jesse Carver: Please, call me Jesse.

Jesse. How were the snacks? Did Max leave any, or did he eat them all?
Oh, Hess is very fussy when it comes to food. I’m not. And I love Romanian cuisine.

Really? What do you like best?

I like traditional Christmas and Easter food. Stuffed cabbage rolls, pork sausages, boeuf salad…

Easter sponge cake?

No, I’m afraid I’m not a big fan of the sponge cake. I’ll take a chocolate cake any day.

Me too. So, do you feel at home in Romania?

Yes, I got accustomed with the life here rather fast. It’s not much different when you spend most of the time working in the hospital. The patients are the same everywhere.

Except there’s no vampire blood in our hospitals.

One can’t have it all, but it’s manageable.

Let’s stop talking about work for a moment. What do you do for fun?

It’s been so long since I’ve had a day off that I can barely remember … sleeping comes to mind.

I was thinking about something more active. Did you get to visit the country a bit since moving to Romania?

Some. I didn’t have much time, and I’ve been traveling a lot lately. Liana promised we’d go sightseeing when she takes a vacation. Of course, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Do you think she works too much?

Do you have to ask? I try to make her slow down but … even Hess can’t so…

Well, she has a lot of responsibilities.

She doesn’t have to carry the whole world’s weight on her shoulders if you ask me. That’s what the Little Council is for.

Maybe she likes a more hands on approach.

You would too if you were left alone to defend the world from the new breeds.

Does she feel there’s no one she can rely on?
I wouldn’t go that far. And she isn’t alone anymore.

She has you now.

And Hess. And her friends, too.

Can you give us an update on her friends?

Ştefan won the elections. He’s the youngest President Romania ever had. They dug Radu up from under the rocks. He’s fine. Rodica is still recovering. She got it worse than I with the new breed venom, but the prognosis is good.

What about you? You’ve been through quite an ordeal too. How’s the health?

I’m fine. It sure helps that there are no more new breeds around to make my life difficult. I’m glad it’s over.

I’m glad to hear that. So, what’s the plan next?

I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Liana. She doesn’t share work secrets with me.

I doubt that, but okay. People are asking about Bella. What happened to her?

She’s at home. We sort of kidnapped her.

And Liana agreed to this?

She didn’t have much choice. We were discussing our travel plans upon leaving New Zealand, and out of the blue, Bella started growling. It turned out she’s bilingual. Liana blames me for spoiling her, but it was already done. You can’t say no to a dog trained to kill vampires once she sets her mind to do something. So she got it her way.

That’s a cute story, especially about Bella being bilingual. We know you’re speaking Romanian too. Before you go, tell us something in Romanian.

Oh, that’s a tough one. Did you know Bella completely destroyed my dictionary? It happened one day when we returned home late. Anyway, what do you want me to say? Hmm … Mi-a f ă cut plăcere şi sper să ne mai vedem. It was nice to meet you and I hope we can do this again. I know, the accent is terrible!

No, it’s fine. No need to be so modest. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions today. I know keeping a high profile is not on top of your list.

That’s true, I enjoy being a nobody, but this was fun. So count on me if you ever need some inside information. Maybe for a future book? No one likes to disappear into nothingness.

I’ll keep that in mind. Thank you, Jesse. Enjoy the opera!

Oh, God, I forgot about that!

(Previously published on Fantasy World during The Impaler Legacy Omnibus blog tour.)

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"Efectul de nautil" nominated at COLIN Awards

The good news keep on coming. "Efectul de nautil" (The Nautilus Effect) was nominated in the Best Sci Fi Short Story Collection category at COLIN Awards 2014.

Here are all of the nominees in this category:

Costi Gurgu, Cronici de la capătul Pământului, 2011
Ana-Veronica Mircea, Floarea de loldilal, 2012
Marian Truţă, A doua venire, 2013
Ioana Vişan, Efectul de nautil, 2013

I'm honored to find myself in such distinguished company and a bit surprised to see my little nautilus get this far. It turns out my little nautilus is not just any nautilus after all. 

Many thanks go to Michael Haulica who urged me to put this collection together, to Horia Ursu for publishing it, and to the members of the jury who nominated it. It made an already sunny day even brighter.

If you don't have it already, you can find "Efectul de nautil" here.