Monday, November 17, 2014

New Release: Broken People

Broken People is out! Hurry up and read the preview sample here. :) And now for the story behind the story...

After I finished writing The Impaler Legacy series, I felt it was time to return to my first love, science fiction. When I visited Bratislava a few years ago, I very much enjoyed the old city, and I wanted to write a story that had the action taking place there. I had this image of a man standing in the window of an old building, watching a woman in a building across the street. I wondered what he was doing there so, between other projects, I started plotting on and off.

It felt like a cool idea, so I decided to make it my NaNo project. Now, my idea of NaNo is a bit different than what everyone else is doing. When I’m working on a story, I usually write 1,000 words per day, except for the weekends. For NaNo, I wrote during the weekends, too. It was tough, but at the end of November, I had 30,000 words written … and I was only half-way into the story. What initially had been planned to be only a novella had turned into a novel.

For a long time, the story was called “With a Flick of the Wrist”, like Queen’s song, which could serve as soundtrack. However, in the end, it became clear the story wasn’t about a trick but about the people in it. Writing each individual story felt like the next natural step, so if you fell in love with Broken People and don’t want to let go of them just yet, you might want to check out The Nightingale Circus. It’s a short story collection revealing how the main characters came to be in the circus and why they stayed. It will be released soon, too.

Broken People is available exclusively via Amazon for the time being, and it's free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you read it, please take the time to leave a review on Amazon and GoodReads. Thank you.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Years of Absolute Skating

It's hard to believe that Absolute Skating has been online for 10 years. When I designed the site back in 2004, I had no idea it would become so successful and still exists after a decade.

To celebrate the event, the AS crew, including yours truly, have posted an article in which we share our memories and experiences. Read here.

Are you a skating fan? Visit Absolute Skating!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Broken People Book Trailer

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 - Take Two

I find it hard to believe that a year ago I was starting to write Broken People as my NaNo project. Only half of it was done at the end of November, as planned, and then I finished it in the spring. The novel will be published later this month so yay me! :)

When I finished NaNo last years, I was satisfied with the result, but I also swore never to do it again as I found the experience too exhausting. Well, things change... So I'll do the NaNo again, only as usual, I'll do it my way.

This time around, the goal is to translate Broken People into Romanian, one chapter per day, so at the end of November I'll have over half of it translated, and then I can finish it in December. I only have two short stories planned to write this month and then a novella in December, so it should be doable. Let's see how it works!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: Broken People

Broken People
by Ioana Visan 

You don’t always get what you want, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you need.

For one week only, an impenetrable castle is open to the public, and Dale Armstrong has come to Bratislava to rob it. When he finds his partner’s arms mangled, he desperately searches for a way to fix him before time runs out.

Because the war in the Far East is sapping all the allied nation’s resources, only The Nightingale Circus has the spare parts, the power, and the expertise to fix prosthetics and help the injured, but nothing is free.

Unfortunately, Dale doesn't know about The Nightingale Circus’s side job, but a forced encounter with the most dangerous woman in the city, the Golden Lady, sends him their way. On this roller coaster of crazy twists and flips, schemes and deceit, wishes and dreams, no one can foresee how the aerialist will land.

Anything is possible in a world of Broken People.

Coming to your ereaders this November! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 October Reading List

The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold – This was one of my favorite reads this year. When I grow up, I want to make my readers feel the way I did while reading it. :D 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome by John Scalzi – Too many narrators to keep track of all of them. After the first couple of pages, I just read without bothering to pay attention to who was speaking. Not an overly exciting read in the end. 3/5 stars Amazon Tor

Lock In by John Scalzi – Much better than the novella, though I never quite felt the hero was in real danger. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez – Surprisingly good, especially for a debut novel. 4/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding – Fun and full of adventures but I couldn’t quite connect with any of the characters. The editing could have been better too. 3/5 stars Amazon Bookdepository

Comisarul Corcodusa de Adrian Buzdugan – One of my favorite Romanian contemporary writers, Adrian Buzdugan took a huge risk with this novel as humor is received differently by different people. As far as I'm concerned, he succeeded. 4/5 stars Elefant Carturesti

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Nightingale Circus Collection Sneak Peek

If you're subscribed to the newsletter, on Sunday you'll receive a free short story in your inbox. It's part of The Nightingale Circus Collection, and only the newsletter subscribers will get an exclusive sneak peek before the book is released. So make sure you're subscribed and brag to your friends about getting access to free stories via the newsletter. ;)

Also, please join the Thunderclap campaign to help spread the word about Broken People.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Broken People Thunderclap Campain

Trying a new approach at promoting the upcoming sci fi novel Broken People via Thunderclap. The goal is to have more people spread the news about the new release.

So please go to the link below, join with Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and support the campaign. If you do, one message with the link to the book will be automatically posted to your account on November 20.

But this will only happen if we can find 100 people willing to support the campaign. Let's see if we can!

P.S. Ten supporters will be randomly chosen to receive a free copy. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Golden Lady

“She looks peaceful,” Uncle Tem said one evening when she pretended to be asleep.
“She’s not getting better.” The doctor’s soft voice was barely audible.
“Well, make her better. Money is not an issue. Tell me what she needs, and I’ll get it for you.”
A pause followed, during which Aurore imagined the doctor giving Uncle Tem a judgmental stare.
“You can’t buy what she needs.”
Aurore could clearly picture a raised, bushy eyebrow. Try me.
“The table protected her body from the blast,” the doctor said, “but her arms and legs were totally crushed. We did our best…” A sigh. “Unfortunately, gangrene is settling in her extremities. We might have to amputate soon.”
 Loud sobs and a slammed door signaled Aunt Olivia had left the room. Good. Aurore had long gotten sick of the woman’s crying. At least now, she could listen to the conversation in peace.
Practical as usual, Uncle Tem asked, “How much?”
“All four.”
Uncle Tem’s gasp covered Aurore’s own little gasp.
“I see…”

(The Nightingale Circus Collection - The Golden Lady)