Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Eureka!

From September 17, 2021

I found it!

My genre, that is.

The month of September has been filled with marketing research, with a tiny bit of writing on the side. Since signing on with Adam Houge's marketing group, I've been diving deep into the space opera genre, looking for clues in how to position my upcoming shifter space opera series for launch in the first quarter of 2022.

Typing random words into Amazon's search engine with an incognito browser and crunching the numbers on the results may not sound like much fun to you. Believe me, it isn't! It's a lot like panning for gold, I guess. It's tedious and mind-numbingly boring...until you find that gold nugget.

And I found the gold nugget!

I am not the only one writing about werewolves in space. I'm delighted to have found two very successful series that have mashed up the urban fantasy and science fiction genres into some great reading.

If you liked The Cargo, I guarantee you'll like my upcoming release, Half Human.

And...

You'll like the Kurtherian Gambit series by Michael Anderle. He's cranked out twenty-one of these babies since 2017. I've already devoured the first two. They're fast-paced, in-your-face, vampires vs aliens, fare that folks have been reading like crazy. Check out book one, <Death Becomes Her>, on Amazon. I bet you like it.

I bet you also enjoy the Shamans and Shifters Space Opera series by Jenny Schwartz. It's a sci fi romance between a gifted shaman who guides ships through dangerous wormholes and a werewolf bounty hunter. I'm currently absorbed in the last few chapters of <Her Robot Wolf>

If you try out one of the above, you'll probably get hooked. And then, next year, when you're searching for the next Anderle or Schwartz book on Amazon, you'll run across this listing among theirs...


In other news...

I'll be participating in some cross-promotions with other science fiction and fantasy authors, starting in October. I hope you guys will take advantage of the opportunity to download some cool books for free. More will be revealed.

Feedback from the Pack: You guys blessed me with some cool names for groups after the last newsletter. Some of the best were a little X-rated, so I can't share them here, but here's a few good ones...a plethora of pre-schoolers, a gaggle of gals, an obstinancy of buffalos, and a shrewdness of apes. Thanks, guys.

A quick Blink rant: (Sorry - I can't help it.) After months of waiting, Blackpink's Lisa finally dropped her first solo, Lalisa. I was slightly disappointed. Don't get me wrong. It's a catchy tune, guaranteed to stick in your head for weeks after hearing it. It's already hugely successful. It broke sales records just from pre-orders, and there were over 70 million views of the M/V in the first twenty-four hours. And I'd be happy just watching Lisa stand there for four minutes, doing nothing. I thought the song was a great celebration of her success, but it barely scratched the surface of her potential. That being said, I just watched this on YouTube for about the fiftieth time: <Watch Lalisa on YouTube>.

This Month's Giveaway: It's not too late to enter for a chance to win a printed boxed set of the Red Wolf Saga, plus a signed copy of The Cargo. Contest ends 9/30/21. Just click to <enter the giveaway>.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

-Red Wolf John

Monday, September 13, 2021

Newsletter Volume 6: A Clot of Smokers

From September 3, 2021

I spend way more time than I should playing a game on my phone. Trivia Crack is aptly named because it is hugely addictive. I've been playing for about five years now, during which time I probably could have written two extra books if I'd just put down the phone for an hour during the day. Oh, well.

One of the popular types of questions you get in the games is the names applied for certain groups. Some of my favorites are, a murder of crows, a tower of giraffes, a flamboyance of flamingos, and a bloat of hippos. Crazy, huh? You can't make this stuff up.

Wait, sure you can. Somebody does, right? I've always wondered who the people were that came up with those names, because I have one I'd like to throw out there, but I don't know how to go about it.

You know those groups of smokers that hang out in the designated areas you somehow always have to walk through to get where you're going? I want to call them, clots.

It fits. But I don't have any idea how I could get it into the approved lexicon. I'm not very good at setting trends. I can't even get a nickname to stick on any of my friends.

I did a little research. (Not too much, mind you, because I'd much rather make up stuff than get to the truth of things. I'm a writer of fiction, after all.) Apparently, these group nouns are the results of centuries of English language evolution, but many of the ones that have stuck may be the result of having been chronicled in a 15th century book, The Book of St. Albans, written by a Benedictine prioress named Juliana Berners. Check out the reference <here>.

I guess it's too late to get my 'clot of smokers' into Berner's book. But I bet I could put it in one of mine. I think I'm going to weave it into Half Empty Half Full, which should be coming out towards the end of 2022.

This Month's Feedback Question: What are some of your favorite names for groups? Do you have any you've come up with on your own? Maybe we could get something started that would stick. Post a comment below. I'll publish the good ones in the next blog post.

Speaking of good ones (how's that for a segue?), did you know you could get the entire Red Wolf Saga in a boxed set? For a fraction of the cost of each individual book separately? Almost too good to be true, isn't it? Consider giving it as a gift by clicking the link <here>, or if you've already read the books and just want to help by giving the series a review, click <review the Red Wolf Saga>.

Winners of the August Giveaway: Congratulations to Gary F, Patti S, and Midhat H, who will all receive a signed copy of The Cargo with the new space opera cover.

This Month's Giveaway: Unfortunately, the Red Wolf Saga boxed set is only available as a Kindle eBook. But you know what? I'm assembling a one-of-a-kind printed boxed set, plus a bonus copy of The Cargo with the old series-related cover, for FREE to one lucky entrant. Just click to <Enter the Giveaway>.

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Until next time, Happy Reading!