The Burning of Cherry Hill is published!

AmazonCoverIt is with immense excitement and equally immense exhaustion that I am finally able to announce that a major project that has taken up most of my life and health and emotional reserve for the past several months is finished! I have officially re-released The Burning of Cherry Hill, my science fiction novel, on Amazon, complete with re-edits and a new cover. It is free to read with Amazon Prime Lending or Kindle Unlimited, and only $2.99 to buy. For less than a small coffee at Starbucks you can be (hopefully) entertained for hours.

Kirkus called it “an Edward Snowden rewrite of ‘The Hunger Games’.” IndieReader Magazine, which awarded it First Place for Fiction in its 2013 contest, called it “haunting…emotionally powerful, disturbing, and uplifting.” As always, the first 10% is free to download and try. So give it a chance, and you may just be pleasantly surprised by the little adventure.

Said little adventure is waiting here. At this link. You can click it. It clicks. Click.

Share this post, tell your friends, and remember the most important thing of all: THANK YOU for supporting indie authors!

Now, for those of you who may have previously purchased TBOCH and want the new version, there are a few options:

If you previously purchased the eBook, you can email Amazon customer service and request an update. Unfortunately, this cannot be done automatically. I do apologize for that, but it’s a feature that is currently unavailable.

If you previously purchased the physical book from Amazon, I am a part of Kindle Match, which means that if you bought it from Amazon, you can download the digital edition for free.

If you previously purchased a physical copy directly from me and want the new edition, send a picture of yourself holding the old version to akbutlerwrites@gmail.com, and I will send you an eBook in the format of your choosing (choose ePub, Mobi, or PDF).

Thank y’all, and I love y’all, and yes that applies to you, because you’ve read this whole post and therefore I love you. Yes, you! With the face! I’m talking to you! Keep being awesome, you’re fantastic at it.

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Xenogenesis: On the art of creation

Those of you who follow this little blog may have noticed my absence the past week or so. I have been working on what is (for me) a quite exciting announcement I will be able to make in the next few days. For now, please enjoy my guest blog post over at Guelph Write Now. They are doing an “ABCs of Writing” challenge, and I picked “X”. Why did I pick X? Because I’m a masochist and wanted to see if I could do it.

Here is the first little bit:

Xenogenesis is the laboratory creation of an organism that is completely different from either of its parents.

This, I feel, is fantastically relevant to writing.

Our books and stories are organisms. We breathe life into them and birth them and let them wander our world like toddling children, and they may be the class clown or the class bully or the kid who sits under the window and eats paint and they may make friends or they may make enemies but they are alive and apart from us and once we have sent them into the world they grow without us tending them.

Our stories are sometimes created organically, from the fusion of multiple ideas. You may wake up one morning and find a character has walked through your dreams and whispered his story to you and you are merely the caretaker and must tend to the story and feed it and nurture it and kiss its knee when it falls off its bike and eventually let it go.

And these stories are good. They are necessary and cherished but are not what this blog post is about. This post is about the willful creation of things unlike other things. This post is about taking your writing down new and previously unforged paths.

It is, in short, how to intentionally design your stories to be organisms completely different from the things you’ve done before.

Head over to Cindy’s blog to finish the rest of my little post on Xenogenesis and the art of creation.


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Happy Birthday to Books

The Burning of Cherry Hill turns two today!

Happy Birthday my little gritty science fiction. This birthday announcement is accompanied by one request…don’t buy it! No, seriously, that’s not a typo. Wait about a month. I am currently in the middle of a fairly big edit, and while no major plot points are changing, I think the book will, overall, be far more enjoyable to read. So have a great second birthday, little Cherry Hill! You’re growing up so fast.