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 aren’t cheap. 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

Progress Continues on Plasma Rain

 

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Holidays. Ugh.

Now that we’re through the Made in China Consumer Miracle Season, we wanted to take a moment and assure our readers that progress yet continues on our series conclusion, Plasma Rain.

For those who are understandably skeptical, yes, this will be the conclusion. (Likely with 40-50 pages of appendices, but certainly the last in the series)

The journey may be more important than the destination. But when that journey approaches a full decade, it’s time to Wrap. It. Up. 

So while it may have seemed we’d gone dark, and our author absconded to North Dakota so DAPL could benefit from his extra special attention, we’ve been heads down, no distractions, flank speed on Plasma Rain. Cover concept is done. The full outline is done. Reams of handwritten notes have been sifted and compiled. The whole skeleton is done. Just need to put flesh on those lovely bones…

In the meantime, we can’t thank you enough for sticking by us all these years. We are literally nothing without you!

Sincerely,

-C.O.P.

Cover Art for Book 4, Of Mortal Creatures

It must’ve seemed it would never happen. It has been an awfully long wait. That, and the fact our U.K. web host is suddenly riddled with malware, and everyone who tries to log on to our site gets the sternest warnings from their web browser…

Google Chrome: You want to go to this site? Really? Are you sure you want to go to this site? It’s totally unsafe. Like swimming with a necklace of pork chops in Tasmania unsafe. You’re serious? You’re actually going to go to this site? All right. Fine. We can’t stop you. Oh, and why not post your Social Security Number and bank account numbers while you’re at it? It’s your loss, pal. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

We’ve got some challenges.

But here’s some proof we’re still very much in business:

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We at C.O.P. are still pushing for a late December release for paperback, possibly earlier for Kindle.

And we know what you’re saying: “It’s been three years. This better be worth it.”

No worries, folks. It is.

May you all have an excellent Thanksgiving!

-C.O.P.

My Peculiar Family

by Sara Richards
by Sara Richard

You don’t get far in life without the help of good friends. And the folks over at Sci Fi Saturday Night have been true friends not just to C.O.P. but to many in the literary and graphic arts.

Sci Fi Saturday Night started as a local radio show. People who loved to talk about about all the cool shit that switched them on. Wasn’t some rambling, ill-informed college radio screed. These were Superfans with deep libraries who knew their stuff. People who attended the conventions, who got to know the faces behind the names and who were always there to promote, boost, and support.

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In 2006 the local radio show became a global podcast, and SFSN continues with thousands of regular listeners. That’s how they attract the authors, illustrators, artists, and actors that keep each week fresh.

It’s no surprise, then, that one of the hosts of the show had a cracking good idea. When he came across a box of old tin-type portraits in his mother in law’s attic labelled, “Family,” he had no idea who they were, how they fit in the family tree, what their stories were. Each image was so interesting it demanded a history. So he reached out to authors who had appeared on the show and asked if they’d be interested in writing them.

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Viktor the Herbalist

Authors were given a photograph, a name, an occupation, and nothing more. What they returned runs the gamut from Fantasy to Science Fiction to Horror.

An Anthology was born…

My Peculiar Family Cover“My name is Chyna Dale. After my parents died I was cleaning out their attic when I found a box of old photos. They were supposedly relatives of mine, but I didn’t recognize them…”

This anthology features original never before seen stories by:

Christopher Golden and James A. Moore

Bracken MacLeod

John Palisano 

Stacey Longo 

Jason J. Mooers 

Robert Mayette

William Meikle 

F. Allen Farnham  (That’s our guy!)

Samantha Boyette 

David Schechter 

Kristi McDowell 

Karen Gosselin 

George O’Connor 

Derrick Belanger 

Bracken MacLeod

John Palisano 

Tracy Hickman

Original artwork by Peter  Vinton, Jr. and Sara Richard

Check out the Kickstarter page by clicking below. Please, help us spread the word and share this with everyone you know!

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For more information please contact The Dome at: thedome@scifico.org

Sci Fi Saturday Night is the official podcast of Boston Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con, Rhode Island Comic Con, Comic Art House, and Books & Boos.

-C.O.P.

Accepting Autumn

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We love Autumn. Fall brings the colors that draw us out for woodland hikes. The air is crisp, dry, and cool. Bugs aren’t trying to bash their way through our eyes, nose, and ears. The smell of a modest campfire…just heaven.

The long cold quickly thereafter can bring the blues, however. So we at C.O.P. are sharing a bit of warmth for the cooler days ahead.

From October 2nd through October 6th, Angry Ghosts will be free for worldwide download. We’re also reducing the regular sale price of Angry Ghosts to $0.99 and $4.99 for The Exhausted Dead.

As always, we love your reviews. So if you’ve taken a peek, please leave a comment on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere you feel like it.

Special thanks to all who have supported us over the years! And please know that Farnham is still slugging away at Plasma Rain. There’s a lot to rein in. Will be a lot of work ahead, but we hope to see a digital release by about this time next year.

Believe us, we know that three years is a long time. We could have committed manslaughter and gotten out on parole in three years. We remind Farnham of this daily.

Hang in there folks, it will be soooooooo worth it.

-C.O.P.

Branching Out

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Howdy, folks.

Being a micro publisher means we can try a few things to maximize efficiency, experiment with them to see how they work. Another way of saying it is that our day jobs keep getting in the way, so we do as much as we can in the time we have.

One distributor seemed to offer our biggest bang for the buck: Kindle Direct. Biggest market, national distribution, easy set up, nice automation, and strong returns for exclusivity. But recent events are a tad concerning.

Why should Amazon have any say whatsoever in what a publisher charges for their books?

We have no affiliation with Hachette. And to be frank, we do think their ebook prices are high. But who are we to say? If that’s what the market will bear, then let them charge what they like. There just isn’t any sense in Amazon trying to strong arm a publisher into a pricing model.

So we’re branching out. Something we should have done ages ago, in fact. As of today, all three books from Cadre One Publishing are available for download from Barnes & Noble Nook Books:

Angry Ghosts

Black Hawks From a Blue Sun

The Exhausted Dead

Next stop will be iBooks. Would be there already if Mavericks OS would run on our old Black MacBook. We’ll let you know soon as they’re up and available.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, work continues on Plasma Rain. We know this one’s been a long time coming. Bringing the series to conclusion will take many pages, and we want to make sure it never turns preachy, never drags. Hang in there, folks. We’ll make certain it’s worth it.

In the meantime, keep that hate mail coming! We use it to keep the fire going under Farnham’s feet.

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-C.O.P.

Angry Ghosts, an eBook at last

Four years have passed since our first release. Seems like forever ago. And in that time, there’s one question we’ve heard repeatedly:

“For frigg’s sake, why don’t you guys put Angry Ghosts out on eBook?”

Our answer was always,

“We did! We licensed it to Eirelander Publishing under the title, Wraiths of Earth.”

Eirelander is a great little press. Really is. There’s a lot of industry experience there, and we at C.O.P. were glad to have a knowledgeable partner for our first release. But Wraiths didn’t thrive there, which is too bad, because Lee Morris and Pierre Roustan did a lot of work cutting, shaping, and cleaning what was admittedly a very rough manuscript.

In life you try different things. Some work, some don’t. So to Lee and Pierre: thank you both. Your efforts made Wraiths a significant improvement over our first printing of Angry Ghosts.

Now that electronic rights are back in-house, we’re plugging that gaping hole in our line up. After giving it one final round of polishing, we are overjoyed to announce that Angry Ghosts is finally available as an eBook. To celebrate, we’re giving it away for free over the next five days. For anyone who read the first printing, come back and check out the revised cut. It’s worth it.

What’s that you say? That’s not the only hole in the line up? Funny you should mention it…

We’ve got Farnham lashed to his MacBook again. Work begins on the final installment of the series, working title, PLASMA RAIN.

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Oh and should we mention? There’s another book beaning around in that gin-addled brain of his: something dark and awful about the desperation of winter starvation. No idea where he came up with that. Or…

Wait, didn’t we leave him locked in the office for Christmas break last year?

We did?

Eh, he’ll be all right.

-C.O.P.