Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The LZR Project - Episode #5 Now Available!

Episode #5 is now available for download in PDF format for your reading pleasure, and best of all, it's only $1 for those not on a series subscription! Check out the official web page for links to individual episodes. Want to subscribe to The LZR Project and only pay once to get a new episode each and every Wednesday (and catch up on back episodes)? Head to https://gumroad.com/products/LqzG for more information.

After destroying the Corolex gang - and losing her brother in the process - Ridley Grant thought the city of Lysallis was safe from their malevolence. In this episode, all of that changes when the ghosts of her past return to exact vengeance upon her.

Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flash Fiction Friday #22 - Solitude

Today's FFF piece didn't seem too compelling once I finished writing it and read it over, however, I can see that it's more of a character sketch and plot idea than it is a full-blown story. After watching the season finale of 24: Live Another Day, I felt compelled to write out a sketch of a character much like Jack Bauer, someone who has nothing and nobody left and who is captured by his enemies and left with little to no hope. I'm not sure how this FFF piece branched from that intention to a plot about a full-blown plague epidemic but I'll take it.

Solitude
“Solitude is man’s greatest comfort, yet can also be man’s greatest nemesis.”
 
I read that quote many months ago. It was in a book…no, a magazine article on the human brain and the effects of solitude and its connections to insanity. I was waiting in the doctor office for Claire. She was there to get a checkup on an infection that had manifested in her lungs. The doctor office was busy that day. I complained to her later that it was too busy, but now I would welcome that busyness with open arms and pursed lips.
 
These shackles have cut and bruised my wrists. Mildew fills the air – and my lungs – making it hard to breathe normally. I haven’t eaten in days – too many to count – and I am ravished. The water they bring me is simply a collection of the condensation from the pipes that run through this compound. Aside from the guard who brings me that water, I haven’t seen another living soul in this place since I woke here. Where here is.
 
Memories come back to me in painful flashes of light and color, but I can’t seem to recollect exactly what brought me here. When the plague attacked New Haven, Claire and I were packing up to move West toward Lockly. We weren’t able to leave before Claire died. I found out – too late – that the infection in her lungs had been spurred on by the Rack Plague, and I could do nothing to save her.
 
I fled the city, taking what few supplies I could transport in our small sedan. I made it into the Wastelands and set up camp at the base of Mt. Sel. I grieved Claire’s death for days. I almost killed myself, but resolved to do what I could to survive. It’s what Claire would want. It’s the only reason I haven’t killed myself in this place.
 
I was going to leave my camp, to head further West and hopefully reach Lockly, but…I can’t remember…bandits, maybe, ambushed me. I remember men with cloth over their mouths. I remember guns. I remember the smell of sweat and urine. Everything after that is shrouded in darkness in the recesses of my mind. I woke up here, chained to the floor, half naked and starving.
 
There is nothing left for me except for the memory of Claire and that hideous plague. I wish I knew where it came from, what caused it, and how to stop it. It swept through the continent within a matter of weeks. I have no idea how I escaped its clutches.
 
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen the guard in a day or two. I haven’t seen anyone in a day or two. I’ve only seen the beam of sunlight which pours through the dirty window and shines light across me, bathing me in warmth, for a time each day.
 
Has the plague reached here into the depths of hell?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brand New Expired Reality Covers!

After months of hard work, I'm pleased to reveal the brand new cover designs for the three books in my Expired Reality series. These new covers will be showing up on Amazon and other sites over the course of the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for them. The interiors of these books have been slightly altered as well, mainly in terms of font design. You'll also notice that the name of the novella, Picture Perfect, has been reverted to its original title: Drather's Story.

Endangered Memories - an Expired Reality novel

















Lost Birth - an Expired Reality novel


















Drather's Story - an Expired Reality novella

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The LZR Project - Episode #4 Now Available!

Episode #4 is now available for download in PDF format for your reading pleasure, and best of all, it's only $1 for those not on a series subscription! Check out the official web page for links to individual episodes. Want to subscribe to The LZR Project and only pay once to get a new episode each and every Wednesday (and catch up on back episodes)? Head to https://gumroad.com/products/LqzG for more information.

In this episode, Carrie Green wakes up in a hospital, injured from a battle with Mr. Big. With David Corbin by her side, things don't seem to bad - until an unwelcome guest decides to pay her a visit.

Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Update

Flash Fiction Fridays will resume next week. I apologize that I've been postponing FFF, but I've been buried in projects these past few weeks, and I'm finally able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Aside from The Crossover Alliance Anthology which I am putting together, I also have The LZR Project, new cover designs, and some web design work I have been tinkering with.

With that being said, here's a quick update on what I've been working on lately and some of what you can expect in the coming weeks:

The LZR Project - 
My short story mini-series, The LZR Project, is off and running. The LZR Project tells the story of how the Lazerblades (heroes from my Expired Reality series) partnered with the Enera government to capture the criminal mastermind, Mr. Big. A new digital episode in the series is released each and every Wednesday for only $1 per episode. A subscription is also available for $30 for those of you who want to pay once and receive an emailed download link each week. You can grab the first episode of the series for free too to see if it is something that interests you. Check out the official web page for more info.

New Covers And Reformatted Digital Files - 
In the coming weeks I will be pushing out newly formatted digital files of all my books. Changes made to these files include various spelling and typo corrections, and a linked table of contents for each book to make them easier to navigate on your electronic reading device.

Along with the newly formatted files, I also have brand spanking new cover designs for all books in my Expired Reality series - Endangered Memories, Lost Birth, and Drather's Story (currently titled Picture Perfect). In case you missed it, here's a sneak peek at the general layout of Endangered Memories' new cover. This is not the final version, but will give you an idea of the direction I am moving in -


















The Crossover Alliance - 
The Crossover Alliance is a website/community for readers and writers of edgy Christian speculative fiction (the genre I write in). Originally started as a social network of sorts, I have since transferred the Alliance to a static website - www.thecrossoveralliance.com - and am in the process of building out a forum which will go live this coming week. The website will soon feature a showcase of various works that fall within this genre from many different authors. If you would like your work featured in the Showcase, drop me a line (dna (at) davidnalderman.com) and show me what you've got. 

In the next month or so The Crossover Alliance Anthology will be showing its face. The Anthology is a collection of various short stories from authors who specialize in edgy Christian speculative fiction. I am especially excited about this project because I've read each of the stories that will be included in this project and...wow...that's all I can say. You'll be blown away, I guarantee it!

Email Newsletter - 
In case you didn't know, I have an email newsletter I try to put out each month or so. In it I detail the various projects I am working on. If you'd like to sign up, please head to http://eepurl.com/vBIZT and drop me your email address.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The LZR Project - Episode #3 Now Available!

Episode #3 is now available for download in PDF format for your reading pleasure, and best of all, it's only $1 for those not on a series subscription! Check out the official web page for links to individual episodes. Want to subscribe to The LZR Project and only pay once to get a new episode each and every Wednesday (and catch up on back episodes)? Head to https://gumroad.com/products/LqzG for more information.

In this episode, David Corbin and Ridley Grant head to the Moorvaine Health Institute to check on Scarlet Rogue. But will David's search for the truth uncover more than he's ready to see?

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The LZR Project Series Subscription Now Available!

So, after tinkering with Gumroad (the site on which I host The LZR Project), I have finally figured out a way to offer up a subscription system for my short story series.

I was originally going to take advantage of Gumroad's actual subscription system, but they don't offer weekly subscriptions -  only monthly, tri-monthly, and yearly. I tried to put together a yearly subscription, but those who subscribe in the middle of the year would not have access to older episodes because of the way the system is set up. I contacted support, and they gave me a great workaround. Now you can pay one fee ($30), have access to all back episodes of The LZR Project, and be emailed with a download link when each subsequent episode comes out. There will be 40 episodes in all, and a new one will be released each and every Wednesday until the series comes to an end.

Here is the link to the subscription page for those interested in this subscription option - https://gumroad.com/products/LqzG

You can still grab each episode individually, if you choose to do so, through this link - http://www.davidnalderman.com/#!the-lzr-project/c1npk

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The LZR Project - Episode #2 Now Available!

Episode #2 is now available for download in PDF format for your reading pleasure, and best of all, it's only $1! Grab it now, and find out what The LZR Project is all about.

In this episode, the Lazerblades search the city of Lysallis for Scarlet Rogue - a criminal who has escaped the institute she was previously in. During his pursuit of Scarlet, David Corbin crosses paths with a mysterious woman claiming to want to help put a stop to Mr. Big. But who is she, and can she be trusted?

Subsequent episodes will be released each and every Wednesday, and you can grab back episodes and check the release dates for upcoming episodes at the official web page for The LZR Project!

On top of that, I am currently working out a subscription based system for those of you who would only like to pay once and receive episodes in your email every week. Stay tuned!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Flash Fiction Friday #21 - Roaming V

Roaming V
A purple silhouette in the shape of the female form. Flat, without any identifying details, much like a blank cardboard cutout. That was all the woman was to Dellaray, even though it was known that the woman was so much more than a mere cutout or silhouette. She was a hologram. She was an A.I. – Artificial Intelligence – although the ‘Artificial’ part wasn’t as true as it once was. Verspe was more than a computer program, more than a robot. She had gained an awareness. She had gained a spirit, although Dellaray knew not of how she had accomplished such a feat.

“Your blood pressure is rising,” Verspe stated in her usual monotone female voice. “As a result, your breathing has increased, and your perspiration levels have risen dramatically.”

I move the thick stick into the makeshift campfire, stoking the flame in hopes of keeping the heat in our cave until morning. The downpour outside the mouth of our dwelling space threatens to flood us out if the water level reaches the cave entrance which is three feet above the ground level of the forest. The rainwater was at nearly two feet when I last checked a half hour ago.

I have never seen it rain so much before.

Verspe moves her glowing projection close to the fire. Her figure fades in and out depending on what angle I look at her from. The firelight is doing a good job of washing her out. I know she is a mere hologram, but sometimes she personifies a human being better than some friends I have.

“You are worried of the rainwater,” Verspe says.

I stoke the fire some more before setting my stick on the ground and pulling the front of my thick denim coat shut to seal out the cold wind that is sneaking its way into our space. “Yes.”

“At this rate, the rainwater will begin to flood the cave in approximately - ”

I wave my hand at her to shut her up. “Zip it, robot girl. Okay? I have enough on my mind right now, I don’t need your depressing statistics. Just...just let me rest for a bit.”

“You would rather die in your sleep?”

“It’s the best way to go,” I whisper as I stare into the fire. “You don’t have to worry about death though, do you? You’re some fucked up artificial intelligence that isn’t really even here.”

“I am here. I am just not embodied in a form that you approve of.”

“Tell me, robot girl, is there anything we can do about the rainwater? Is there higher shelter somewhere?”

“There is, but it is unwise to pursue it.”

“Why is that? The wind is cold, but I can deal with it if the shelter isn’t far from here.”

“Sarppers.”

I shudder at the name. “You never told me there were Sarppers close by.”

“You never asked.”

“You shit-for-brains!” I stand to my feet and kick dirt into the fire. A few moments later, the source of my warmth is put out, but the glowing purple freak next to me is not. “Extinguish yourself or go dark or whatever the hell you do when you turn yourself off.”

“I cannot turn myself off. It is against my programming. The Anaishan Sentry Unified Sector does not allow a Roaming V to shut down. Ever. I must monitor your health and well-being until you are safely in the custody of the proper authorities.”

“Monitoring my health and well-being is much different than doing something to protect my health and well-being. If I had known Sarppers were nearby, I wouldn’t have picked this cave.”

“They are twenty yards to the west. It is very possible they know nothing of your presence here.”

“That’s reassuring.”

The rain stops. The wind stops. I draw near to the mouth of the cave and look out into the thick forest beyond. All I can make out is a massive turtle shell the size of a one-story house. The shell glows red, which tells me that my time is already up. I won’t have the opportunity to run, to hide, to flee.

“You have received your death sentence, Dellaray Realia,” Verspe says. I have a few moments to realize what has happened, that Verspe led me out here to execute me. Nobody will ever know that’s why I was led out here. I thought she was leading me to civilization so that I could be tried by a civil court. Instead, I realize I have been led into a trap meant to execute me in the vilest way without the Anaishan Sentry Unified Sector causing a public outcry.

Warmth fills my britches as I lose control of my bowels. It has begun. My nose suddenly bleeds, and my head feels like a stone is inflating within my tiny skull. Before everything blacks out, I hear the pulsing groan emanating from the turtle shell, a sound that I should have been prepared for. And then all at once, I collapse unto death.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The LZR Project - Episode #1 Now Available!

Episode #1 is now available for download in PDF format for your reading pleasure, and best of all, it's only $1! Grab it now, and find out what The LZR Project is all about.

This particular episode sees the beginning of The LZR Project, but will David Corbin be able to handle the Lazerblade's first mission when he finds out they are tasked with capturing his ex-girlfriend?

Subsequent episodes will be released each and every Wednesday, and you can grab back episodes and check the release dates for upcoming episodes at the official web page for The LZR Project!