STANDING IN THE STORM, The Many Worlds of William Alan Webb

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Category: Fantasy/Science Fiction

TWO MOONS WANING is out!

Book #1 in Sharp Steel and High Adventure is out, and I couldn’t be prouder! It turned out better than even I hoped it would!

Buy it here for a measly .99 cents, or read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

https://www.amazon.com/Moons-Waning-Sharp-Steel-Adventure-ebook/dp/B07543MQ63/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SGS1BQFXGR37VBA1N0F1

To whet your appetite, here’s the first paragraph:

The shouts of battle faded as the men who made them cried and died. Echoes of steel on steel disappeared into the murky depths of the deep valley, below steep slopes, and the carnage of war lay scattered across snow-clad fields. The copper scent of blood tainted the wind. Here and there frozen hands reached skyward, as if in supplication to their gods.

My homage to Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber and Karl Edward Wagner could not have been better!

 

A writer’s schedule

People ask me what a typical day looks like and the real answer is, the hell if I know. My day’s are so atypical that no two look alike. I wish they did.

So instead I thought I’d make a list of all the things on my schedule that I’d like to accomplish before the end of the year. I’m doing this as much for me, as to answer the question of my usual day’s activities. What am I supposed to do before January 1? This doesn’t include my daily responsibilities of keeping the house clean, the yard cut, playing with the puppies and making the meals.

  1. Decide which cons I’d like to attend next year and see if they would like to have me.
  2. Finish writing the fourth novella in my new series Sharp Steel and High Adventure. The story is titled The Demon In the Jewel.
  3. Finish the cover for A Night at the Quay if Shannon O. can’t. This is a very short term thing, but still. If circumstances allow her to finish, prepare to be wowed.
  4. Finish cover for The Demon in the Jewel.
  5. Find new talent to mentor in business. Some of you might not know it, but I’m a business consultant and mentor on top of everything else. I have recently found an impressive young man to mentor and it rekindled the fire to do it again. If you know of anyone who might like to become a successful business owner, send them my way. But be warned: they’ve got to be serious, I don’t have time to waste trying to motivate those who aren’t ready to do what is necessary to succeed.
  6. Attend DragonCon and Imaginarium as a panelist.
  7. Finish book 3 of The Last Brigade.
  8. Finish book 4 of The Last Brigade.
  9. Finish prequel to The Last Brigade titled Not Enough Bullets.
  10. Write book proposal for Killing Hitler’s Reich: The Battle For Austria, 1945
  11. Finish re-writing and editing two short stories written with Tom Russell, then submit.
  12. Finish editing and re-writing my short story LifeEnders, then submit to markets.
  13. Continue submitting short story Tail Gunner Joe to markets.
  14. Re-write short story Winter Storm.
  15. Outline and prepare for writing partially written novel currently titled The Time of Your Life, which will likely be re-titled something like The Prison of Time.
  16. Decide whether to pursue partly written novel currently titled Suntans Within Suntans.
  17. Begin outline for novel idea The Halls of Heaven.
  18. Begin outline for two full length novels in Sharp Steel and High Adventure series, a prequel and a sequel to the novellas.
  19. Learn how the f*** to use Scrivener.
  20. Record audiobook of me reading The Last Attack. Use the result of this to determine whether I can do justice to the Brigade or Sharp Steel books.
  21. Get a recording of Standing The Final Watch on the market, regardless of who is reading it.
  22. Update Zero to Hero.
  23. Outline and begin writing We Are Rome.
  24. After #23, write book proposal for same.
  25. Outline unnamed alternate history novel about the War for Southern Independence.
  26. Outline prequel for The Last Brigade. The one where the world ends.
  27. Sleep. This is optional.
 

Cover reveal for THE QUEEN OF DEATH AND DARKNESS

Next week will see the launch of my first fantasy book and first in my new series, Sharp Steel and High Adventure. The first entry is titled Two Moons Waning, and is a rousing tale inspired by Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber, but with my own twisted twists. If you don’t have at least as much fun reading it as I had writing it, then I’ll be shocked!

Shortly thereafter we’ll launch the second book in the series, titled The Queen of Death and Darkness. This was the title of my very first novel, written in the mid 1980’s on a succession of typewriters. (Yes…typewriters.) Parts of this story are lifted wholesale from that unpublished work because I was so impressed with them I couldn’t believe that I wrote them! But the rest is all brand new and contains some of my best work. I’m inordinately proud of it, and don’t care that I just used an adverb.

So now, without further ado, let me reveal the cover for this second entry. I have to tell you that I’m stoked at how it turned out.

 

 

Cover Reveal for TWO MOONS WANING!

The first novella in my featured series Sharp Steel & High Adventure comes out soon, and the cover is finished! Very proud of how it turned out!

 

Please let me know what you think of it.

 

Never enough Tolkien?

Good morning, bookies. Stand by for news!

*There’s never enough Tolkien. When I saw The Children of Hurin was going to be published as a novel, I found it very strange. A new entry in the Canon of Middle Earth in novel form, 35 years after Professor Tolkien died? But I loved the book. In places it was sketchy, true, but in places it was completely fleshed out, and it was all JRRT. Indeed, in some ways it was far more ambitious than was The Lord of the Rings. It gives depth to the whole history. Glorious.

Now, there is a live chat for you fanatics out there, on October 14th. No, it’s not with Professor Tolkien. Sorry. It’s with Alan Lee, the Tolkien family’s chosen artist for illustrating Middle Earth. Here’s the link. Enjoy.
http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/847-Children_of_Hurin_Paperback_Release_Event.php

And lest we forget, this is the 70th anniversary f the first publication of The Hobbit. As you may know, there is a film in the works (which the Tolkien estate fought to prevent. But they also fought to prevent the first three films, and as much as I respect Christopher Tolkien’s editing of his father’s works, I loved the movies) for sometime in the near future, along with two original films that will fill in the time gap between The Hobbit and LOTR. (These movies I am much less on board with. Original Middle Earth material from a non-Tolkien source? Color me dubious.)

*Another group weighs in on the debacle that has become Ebay. As I write this Ebay’s stock is flirting with a 52 week low of $19.94. The linked article does a good job of explaining some of the mess and why Ebay’s customers are leaving the site in droves.
http://ebaygossip.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/professional-seller-alliance-pesa-tells-it-as-it-is/

And if that’s not enough for you, Morgan Stanley downgraded Ebay’s stock today. Here’s a quote from an article on the reasoning why: “Seller checks and proprietary data indicate that trends deteriorated more than expected in Q3 amid eBay’s ongoing transition in its core marketplace, greater economic sensitivity and poor demand,” he writes in a research note today. Joseph writes that he now expects greater deceleration in global gross merchandise volume in Q3 than previously expected, with a possible year-over-year decline in the U.S. And he also cautions that eBay faces a “challenging holiday season.” Jospeh also notes that the company’s current issues are likely to linger: he cut estimates not only for Q3 and Q4, but also for 2009. “We have less conviction in eBay’s strategy to transform its core marketplace from an auction-based ‘thrift’ to a transaction-oriented platform that better addresses fixed-price in-season retail,” he writes.”

Put another way, the whole thing is a mess and nobody has a clue where it will wind up, including those running the company.

* Controversy continues to follow Gwen Ifill and her role as moderator in the VP debate. I’ll say this: she stands to gain substantially from an Obama victory in terms of book sales, therefore she has a vested interest and should not moderate. Can’t anyone spell ‘conflict of interest?’

 

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