I’ll be appearing on The Writer’s Journey with Josh Hayes of Keystroke Medium to discuss a few things. You can find the show at this link: https://youtu.be/rlgR3AlRwGo
Hope to see you there.
Hey, all. In celebration of the 1-year anniversary of the 50 Shades of Bray fan page, I’ll be running a Facebook Live event where I run my stupid mouth for about 1.5 hours. I’ll be answering any questions you guys have to post and I’m told there will be some prize give-aways as well. If you’d like to come chat with me for some unknown damned reason, save the date on your calendar and don’t forget to tune in!
For those of you following along in the briefly-circulated Commune 4 – Bob turned in the chapter titled “Recalibration” a while ago.
You guys had better strap on a diaper, drop an IV line, and practice your lamaze breathing techniques for this one…
So I got an e-mail from Bob this morning covering the release dates of my most recent novels, Commune 4 and All Gifts, Bestowed. The news is not what anyone wants to hear, I’m sure, but there are some very good reasons for why it has played out as it has. I’ll explain the situation here.
At play are several key factors:
- R.C. Bray is ridiculously popular.
- For whatever reason, my books have been well received.
- Seriously, R.C. Bray is ridiculously fucking popular.
The last year has been a pretty crazy one, both for Bob and myself. We’ve seen these Blue Heron titles (and the Commune Series right along with them) grow in popularity within the audiobook market space; really to degrees that are unprecedented. From the perspective of the average reader, I’m sure it all just looks like another book on Audible and it makes sense that Blue Heron’s titles should be slugging toe-to-toe with some of these other major properties that have the benefit of massive publishing houses behind their marketing.
But I assure you, this is not normal. Bob’s recent successes in the last year have brought him some unexpected clout under the Blue Heron banner such that he now has access to certain coveted features that we just didn’t have in the past; features like pre-order links and concrete release dates. This is all rather new and has been a learning experience for all of us.
Part of that learning experience includes figuring out how Audible coordinates these activities with the publishers they partner with, and this leads me to my next point. The date given thus far has been a hard release date of March 19th for Commune 4, which I think we all would have loved to see. But due to the low-level minutiae of the platform at large, this is simply not to be. It really comes down to coordination issues, a few assumptions, and a general unfamiliarity with these new opportunities to which we now have access.
What does that mean for you, the reader? Well, it means that you should see a pre-order link for Commune 4 on April 5th and the audiobook will go live for sale on May 10th. All Gifts, Bestowed will have a pre-order available on April 26th and go live on June 7th.
My sincere apologies for the mix-up. We’ll get this all sorted out as quickly as possible and have the process well ironed out in the future.
That’s right. The ebook format for Commune Book Two is back in action, once again. My publisher is working fast to get the paperback and hardcovers up on on Amazon as well, just as they’ve done for Commune 1!
Well, we’re now embarking on the last leg of an excursion that began back in 2017, when I first sat down at the computer thinking to myself, “What the hell. I guess I’ll write a book.” Fast forward to now. This series has grown beyond anything I could have dreamed of and it seems to be picking up steam in new ways all the time. The highly anticipated climax to the series, COMMUNE: BOOK FOUR, is now officially in production with Mr. R. C. freaking Bray, and he informs me that for this go-round, there will be an option to PREORDER and we do have a SET RELEASE DATE.
So, for all of you who love to ask, “When will we have…?”, my answer is: March 19th. Commune Four goes live on Audible March 19th.
In the meantime, here’s something fairly awesome to tide you over while you wait:
Direct from my friend, Mr. Devon C. Ford, more across-the-pond apocalyptic goodness:
The second spin-off book in my After It Happened world is now live to pre-order, with a Kate Reading Audible version hot on its heels.
“Comfort doesn’t mean safety, not in a world built from the remnants of the life they’ve left behind.
Eight years after the world changed forever, Sanctuary and her surrounding settlements had settled into their new way of life. And with the events in Andorra a distant memory, they were safe…or at least they thought they were.
As Leah recounts their highs and lows, the memories of that fateful day come flooding back. The day violence visited them from the sea in a way they could never have anticipated. The way in which their whole way of life was threatened, and she was forced to battle more than just the invaders to keep her people, her family and herself safe.
The day Leah discovered something that would change her life forever.”
Pre-order now at the following links:
Every so often I think, “I should step off the Twitter bus. Nothing good ever came from that.”
Then I meet someone or come across something that tells me why I should stick around. I just came across this fella’s page tonight, Glynn Washington. He’d commented on one of my tweets and I realized the dude had followed me, and sometimes when I see a follower that engages (and not just someone who followed for a follow-back), I go check out their page and see what they’re all about. And I see he’s the host of something called Snap Judgment – storytelling with a BEAT.
Says I to myself, “Snap judgment? Hell, Twitter sure is the right place for that.” Then I figured I’d like to see what the guy’s about and checked out his site.
Guy has a radio show, does a pod cast, and so on. I went and listened to some of their stuff. Listened and got sucked in immediately. I love so much what these people are doing. There are stories here; real stories from real people. There is life, perspective, and truth. I am, right now, too rocked to explain what this is.
The storytelling is deep, here. It is sunk deep, too the roots, into the rock of the earth. This is the art form that precedes novelization. There is so much waiting.