Black Hawks From a Blue Sun Gets a Well-Deserved Update

Let’s face it, some of us haven’t aged well. Could be inevitable leathering from sun-drenched youth. Could be over enthusiasm for barrel-aged spirits. Or could be genetic lineage back to the British Isles. (In our author’s case it’s the trifecta)

Is this HBO’s Crypt Keeper or an actual photo of Plasma Rain author F. Allen Farnham? We can’t tell.

As we look back on our library there’s one title that hasn’t held up like we imagined. BHFaBS deserved more creative percolation, more review, more development. But we were a much younger publisher then, and, in our eagerness, we prematurely published.

Did we consider going back and fixing it? Oh, sure, many times. Instead, we decided it was more important to get the subsequent novels out before Hollywood or another author produced work that was too similar. James Cameron’s Na’vi (with blue skin, tails, and yellow eyes) in Avatar felt like a shot straight across our bow, and we needed copyright protection ASAP.

Now that Plasma Rain is a wrap and we have a complete series, BHFaBS gets the treatment it always deserved. Not to worry, we didn’t stuff it with a hundred eyesores like George Lucas did to his once-beloved Sci-Fantasy masterpiece.* We revised it with more experienced eyes to improve story flow, pace, description, and many many grammatical corrections.  At last, the book has its proper voice.

Kindle version of BHFaBS has already been updated. To celebrate, we’re offering the Kindle e-book Black Hawks From a Blue Sun for free from now through Feb 29, 2020! If you’ve already read it, be sure to get your updated version. If you liked it, please leave us a review and tell a friend. Or, if you haven’t tried it out yet, now’s a great time to give it a whirl.

We’ll make another announcement as soon as the updated softcover is available. For anyone with a previous version of the softcover, we’re going to do a limited number of trade-ins. Give our author a note at fafarnham at gmail dot com to be on the list.

As always, thank you for sticking with us all these years!

-All of us at C.O.P.

 

*Han shot first, and we will fight everyone who argues.

 

Panda, the Heart, and the Mirror releases today!

Hello, Dear Readers, and welcome to Singles Awareness Day Eve, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. This is a holiday for everyone—whether you’re out with someone special, home with family, or holding down the couch solo, soon we can all look forward to half-price chocolates in every drug store.

Today is also the release of our latest book, Panda, the Heart, and the Mirror, a delightful tale about a Panda who rescues a frozen Heart in a wintry forest.

Together, Panda and the Heart embark on a quest to find the man who discarded the Heart and discover why he chose to leave his Heart behind. Along the way they see magnificent sights, encounter spirits of Nature, and discover as much about each other as the land they explore.

Sweet, romantic, and occasionally profound, this is a story both children and adults will adore.

Click here for Kindle E-Book! (Hardcover coming soon)

-C.O.P.

New Artwork for Panda, the Heart, and the Mirror

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it our upcoming release, Panda, the Heart, and the Mirror.

You’ve already seen the cover (by the remarkable Van J Levent). Inside, there’s new artwork for every chapter. Here’s a sample:

These strange new woods grew dense with brown vines and creepers that reached up into the trees in chaotic webs. It took effort to push through their thick strands, which was an amusing challenge all its own, until she broke through and tumbled into a clearing. There, a heart sat exposed on a flat rock. The little heart huddled in the cold, shivering. He smiled his best smile at Panda. Then, embarrassed, he shied away.

Panda, the Heart, and the Mirror is a delightful tale about a Panda who rescues a frozen Heart in a wintry forest.

Together, Panda and the Heart embark on a quest to find the man who discarded the Heart and discover why he chose to leave his Heart behind. Along the way they see magnificent sights, encounter spirits of Nature, and discover as much about each other as the land they explore.

Sweet, romantic, and occasionally profound, this is a story both children and adults will adore.

Pre-order your Kindle or Hardcover copy here!

It’s a New Year. So Now What?


Greetings from Austin, Dear Readers!

With Plasma Rain in print, we’ve brought conclusion to our ten-years-in-the-making series, Angry Ghosts; and we’re simply thrilled at the response. Page reads in the Kindle Lending Library are at an all time high. (We credit Marek Okon’s incredible talent on the cover for Plasma Rain, and maybe—just maybe—we got the pages between right)

Okay, the series is done. Now what?

Some might think we’d rest on our ample haunches, clinking tumblers, in celebration. Well, sure, there were more than a few Old Fashioneds poured, but Luxardo Cherries don’t buy themselves. And ultimately, it really is about creation. Writers write. Publishers publish.

Beaning around in Farnham’s noggin is a supernatural/psychological thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz. It’ll be a standalone novel, not a series, and oh my is it daaaaarrrrrrrrk…

We also have a story that’s hard to classify. Kind of a “Bedtime Story for Adults,” if you will. We’ll put it out shortly.

There may be an anthology of short stories, as well, taken from the Vivid Dreams posts on this blog and projects elsewhere.

In the meantime, thank you for your support! It means everything to us. And, please, if you’ve read our books, would you leave a review? Reviews are crucial to building visibility online. Goodreads, Amazon, blog pages, chat rooms, anywhere you can, we’d be immensely grateful.

Yours,

C.O.P

Plasma Rain Now Available WORLDWIDE

At long last…

We are beyond proud to present Plasma Rain, the much anticipated conclusion to the Angry Ghosts Series.  Ordinarily, we’d make a glib comment about our author taking ten years to bring this story to a finish (2009 – 2019). But right now we’re just ecstatic to share it with you, dear readers.

Click the cover above for your copy, or click the link below:

Plasma Rain

Thank you for all of your comments, reviews, and feedback! And Most of all, thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Cadre One Publishing

New Cover art for Plasma Rain

With the book block for Plasma Rain complete, we’ve turned our attention to the cover. For the finale of our decade long series, we wanted something special.

Against all hope, we contacted Marek Okon, a brilliant mixed media artist. Mr Okon has worked covers of the biggest Triple A games like Naughty Dog’s Uncharted Series & The Last of Us, Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone, and Sony’s God of War. He has also produced some of our all time favorite book covers like Andy Remic’s Hardcore. He is, without question, our first choice.

There was some begging on our part (we’re not proud) and we were overjoyed when Mr. Okon accepted our project. From the initial concept images, we knew we had found the right artist to bring Thompson, Argo, and Maiella to life.

But we were unprepared for how stunning the final draft would be. We couldn’t be more pleased.

And the cover:

Look for worldwide release in E-book and softcover on or before October 15, 2019

Thank you all for taking this journey with us! We know it has taken a long time to get here. We hope you’ll agree, this one is worth the wait.

Sincerely,

C.O.P.

That something…

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We’ve all got that something. It’s the reason we hesitate to introduce ourselves, the first thing we think about when we undress with someone new, that idiosyncrasy, that flaw we’ve been taught to believe is the whole reason we’re so shy and ill at ease around others.

It’s been hammered into us that we’re physical or emotional Quasimodos, hunched, damaged, unworthy of attention from those who glide.  Every mistake, every awkward conversation is damning evidence until, like fools, we convince ourselves it’s so.

But that something is our uniqueness, our special proposition to the world that no one else has.  Most dismiss it as defect, and that’s a shame. Our difference, in particular, is what makes us worth knowing.

Across a bar, in a park, at work, we recognize the same terse, pained expressions we see in the mirror. Someone taught wrongly that differences should be hidden. Someone who doesn’t know that being exceptional, distinct, is their best attribute. It’s hard, living that deluded way. So with a glance and a smile, we say, I see you, and you’re totally cool. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to open them up. Next thing you know, you’re sitting next to a person with an incredible story. If you’re lucky they share it. And you’re infinitely richer as a result.

-F.A.F.