After Death is LIVE!

It’s been a long time coming for sure. In this post, are the links you guys will need to get your copy!

Paperback – Createspace direct: $6.99 Buy Now!
Paperback – Amazon direct: $6.64 Buy Now!
Ebook – Smashwords direct: $2.99 Buy Now!

Smashwords will soon distribute my eBook to retailers such as Barnes and Noble and Apple, but for now, the only place to get the eBook version is directly from Smashwords, I do apologize for that, but it is available for download on your ereaders, computers, smart phones, etc.
Additionally, the first 40% is completely FREE to download!

If anyone that sees this hasn’t liked my page on Facebook yet, I’d love it if you would. Here it is: Seth Thomas

I would be so grateful to anyone who can help me out, but even more than that, it would mean so much to me for you guys to see my work. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while!
Thanks, much love,
Seth

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After Death News Part 2

The proof of my book arrived today! It looks pretty dang nice. It feels great seeing a finished product like this. It feels so much more real. The only thing I might say is that the door on the cover seems a little too dark, but their printers have done that to proofs in the past. The cover of a collection I wrote with my friend David turned out much darker than it actually was. This instance is no deal-breaker, but David is going to see if he can lighten the door so it can print at the darkness I originally intended.

In my last post, I said I hoped to get After Death published a couple weeks before Black Friday, but that was just an overshot. It will be live on all platforms by Halloween! I’m very happy to say that for a couple reasons, one being that it’ll be great that I won’t be competing as much with my other book that I wrote with David: In the Lone and Level Sands. I’m also just happy because I’m getting it out sooner than expected.

Here are some shots I took of the proof just to give you an idea of what it looks like:

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On my Facebook page, anyone can follow me. I would greatly appreciate it. I will be posting excerpts and such up until release, and I will post info about future projects.

Thanks so much!

Seth


After Death News

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted about anything, but things are really revving up again. With help from my good friend, David, I’ve been getting my book formatted and fixed up to be published. It’s my first book that I’m publishing on my own, so just learning the ropes of the self-publishing world, and I appreciate his help since he’s had a few times to get used to all the ins and outs. With Microsoft Word’s “quirks,” it’s been a struggle, but it will be worth it in the end. The cover is done, we’re just pulling it all together, and I’ll be ordering a proof copy to make sure it looks good.

When that’s all done, I will be making it happen. I’m hoping to have it live on all major platforms at least a week or two before Black Friday, so I hope that is all very exciting for anyone who sees this. Speaking of “seeing,” I thought I’d let you all see the cover. Here it is, below:

 

The front cover of After Death turned out real nice!

The front cover of After Death turned out real nice!

 

I want to thank David first and foremost for putting all the time he put into making it, being patient with me. Fred Byrd for the photos he took around my neighborhood and house, and Angela Masters for her love of sky photography!

Before I wrap this up, for any new eyes on this project, here is my simple synopsis:

 

Virginia’s comfortable life with her husband, friends and family is turned on its head when a sickness sweeps the area, causing normal people to devour others alive.

Each loss Virginia experiences tests her spirit, and when she’s left with no one else to turn to, she is faced with one choice: life or death. Thinking she’s got nothing else to lose, she takes her own life. When she awakens in a cold, dark world, she realizes she couldn’t have been more wrong.

Hoping you all will be joining Virginia on her journey in November!

Many thanks and lots of love,

Seth Thomas

 


Change of Plans

Originally, after finishing “After Death,” I was going to begin working on the first book of a fantasy trilogy. I was all excited about it, but I quickly found out that I was not ready yet to get back to writing so quickly. I was feeling more down and out than usual due to a variety of things, so I just decided to take a break. I was going to pick it back up yesterday, but I had a dream last night that more or less breathed new life into a sci-fi project of mine. Currently tentatively titled “The Link,” the story came to me out of the blue like the occasional idea just does.

Iernnix is a Cycrenian father on a mission to a foreign planet with intentions to conduct research. Environment, ecosystems, but more importantly, the native aliens. That foreign planet is Earth. Iernnix is traveling with his young son. He would live incognito with a piece of his people’s technology. It would allow him to take the DNA from a human (harmlessly) through a nano-mosquito. The DNA would be transmitted into the home device, replicated and used to essentially become a clone of that person. More than one DNA sample can be taken to essentially create a composite human.

I could go on and on about the technology and how it will be used and all that, but I won’t. The story is mostly unwritten. I have a lot of ideas for it, so I’m hopeful this will be a success. I talked to a couple of friends who like to draw. Laura Soret and I worked a bit to get a final look of the alien shape-shifting technology. One aspect of it needs to change, and that’s the “needle” in the center of the back part. Having it flip out won’t work, it would need to eject outward, so it can just inject into the subject’s arm.

Here’s the final sketch:

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This next sketch or sketches are VERY rough pencil scratches of what Iernnix and his fellow Cycrenians will more of less look like. They do wear clothing, but I just wanted Jacob, the artist behind this to do a little sketching. We never finished conceptualizing the design but I decided that I would flesh out their look more as I wrote more. I’m showing this anyway. They will likely look drastically different than this in the end, and they will not be naked.

Here are the rough sketches:

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There is a lot of potential here, and I look forward to proceeding with the writing of this story. I’m hoping for an epic sci-fi experience. I hope this gets people a little excited as well. 


New Beginnings

This last week has been a little rough on me, emotionally. When I wanted to be productive with my writing, I was hindered by myself, mainly (as is how it REALLY works), but outside factors did hinder me as well. I just lacked the go power I really needed. I have all these cool plans for my three-part series and all that, but all that means nothing if I can’t muster enough gumption to really get going with the story. I’m the only one that can truly push myself over the ledge of creativity after all.

I wish I’d have grabbed the reins of this horse earlier in the weekend for sure, but now is better than never. After I write this entry, I plan to re-read the first fifteen pages of my novel(la) to refresh my memory, get me even more into it, etc. Then, I’m going to use that only as a guide to begin writing the story anew. Much of it will not be changed because I know most of it is worth keeping, but what changes isn’t what I’m thinking about, so much as what I add. I’m looking forward to see what happens.

Maybe I’ll start writing and not stop for five hours, maybe write some 40k words, leaving no less than 80k to finish it. As awesome as that would be, I don’t plan on rushing. If it happens like that, I won’t see it as rushing, anyway. I’ve done my share of rushing and I know there is a difference between forcing it out and letting it all just flow forth like the steady drip of a tap left on for an extended period of time.

In any case, this story and its sequels have been taking up too much space in my head; the characters are slamming their fists upon the walls of my skull and shouting for their freedom. It’s worn me down, and it’s time to let that tap flow, let their stories be told. I’ve told myself many times that I’m not ready to write these stories. At one time, that may have been true, but now, it’s but a sorry excuse. I was afraid that when I flew to this task, I’d screw it up, but I won’t know if I don’t make the attempt.


Some news

So I know I haven’t posted in a long time. I’m really bad at this whole blogging thing. :/ Anyway, on March 1st I finished the second draft (the major rewrite) of “After Death.” This was and is big news for me. I began this project sometime last April. It’s been almost two months since the finishing of this draft, and I’ve completed two more drafts of it. Currently, my friend, David Lovato is proof-reading my book. I thought it needed a second pair of eyes to see it, and he was willing to do that favor.

Since Monday (when my friend started proof-reading) I have been doing nothing but watching Netflix and playing my 3DS and Wii U. This weekend has been different. I’ve been doing some major thinking about my next project. It’s almost two years old in my head and I actually began writing the first book of a trilogy two Novembers ago in NaNoWriMo. I wrote almost 10k, and from what I’ve looked at, it looks pretty decent.

I’ve got several more plot points and characters to play with for this book alone, but I think before I get to actually writing more of the story, I think the next step is to write some character backgrounds, plot out some stuff, flesh things out a bit more. There will be character bios, country bios, some political and social background… and much more. I am looking forward to all that, by itself, but this is a big project, since it’s a trilogy. There’s a lot going on, a lot that could happen, and I want to make sure it’s all the way it should be. Most of all, it needs to be plausible and make sense. If any key element doesn’t hold water, the whole infrastructure of Aasellesh (the world of my trilogy; pronounced Ah-sah-lesh) will collapse.

All three books remain untitled for the time being, and I’m fine with that. The title will come with time and patience. It is very important to find the right title. Over the course of the next few months, I will try to update at least once per week with one or two of the following: character bios (with possible illustrations), world/country/town history, and a little bit down the line, excerpts. For now, hopefully this is exciting to you as it is to me. I want to share a whole lot more, but I need to do some creating, because as detailed as some of the stuff is already, there is still a whole lot more I need to get outside of my head to someplace more solid.

 

Happy writing!


Current Happenings, and a Reminder

So, I want to try to keep my entries going. I have been slacking, and I don’t a have a real good excuse except the fact that there’s just not enough exciting stuff to talk about every day, or even every week. I will try harder. I promise!

The last couple of days, I have been playing Alan Wake, which I have to say is an amazingly creepy, and scary game. It’s immersive, and surprisingly challenging. I started playing on my keyboard and mouse, and found it too hard to press all the different keys at once, so I have been playing with a controller.

With Christmas coming up, I don’t have much time to meet my new goal of finishing “After Death” (a novella I’ve been working on) by the 25th. I have exactly 25 days to get the first draft (well second) finished. I will do my best. I do know that work on that will very likely slow considerably, since I’m getting the Wii U for Christmas…

As I was writing the last bit, I realized I never mentioned “After Death” before. Well, I did, but the novella had a different title then, “A Love that Never Dies”. It has undergone at least one title change since that one, and I ended with “After Death.”

The story has expanded quite a bit. What was going to be maybe 18k words long, has increased to nearly 35k, and it’s still growing. I might have another 15k left in me, but the editing will knock off a sizable chunk. So depending on how much more I have in me, and how much I knock off, it may be book length.

“After Death” follows two different characters.

Virginia Shibata is the perfect example of the happy, normal woman who (when everything is ripped from) her begins a devastating downward spiral into madness. She is a relatively successful fiction writer who lives in Bonner, Washington with her husband, Mark.

Virginia Shibata is the perfect example of the happy, normal woman who (when everything is ripped from her) begins a devastating downward spiral into madness. She is a relatively successful fiction writer who lives in Bonner, Washington with her husband, Mark.

Virginia is the viewpoint character for the majority of the story, but the last 20% or so follows Mark on his adventures.

Mark Shibata is a down-to-earth kind of guy. He loves his wife, Virginia very much, and would do anything for her. Her happiness is his top priority, and when she is anything less, it really worries him.

Mark Shibata is a down-to-earth kind of guy. He loves his wife, Virginia very much, and would do anything for her. Her happiness is his top priority, and when she is anything less, it really worries him.

The concept of this story comes from a rather dark place, so the subject matter is a little on the gritty side, but I believe that is what can make a really good story. One that feels real, along with the characters that can feel so real and believable. “After Death” comes from my heart, so it means a lot to me, and I’m hoping that anyone that reads it will enjoy it for what it is. It’s not for people who are looking for “happy” and flowers and rainbows, just as a fair warning. That doesn’t make as good a story anyway, in my opinion.

On that note, when I’ve finished writing, and editing, I will try to publish in some way, shape, or form. If it isn’t long enough to publish as a novel, I’ll just look for magazines willing to publish it. Maybe I’ll just self-publish. It depends. I look forward to whatever way is best for “After Death”.

For the second part of this entry: My best friend and I recently self-published our zombie story collection (which “After Death” was originally meant for, but was too big an idea) as some of you know, I’m sure. I want to bring it up again. Hopefully you will go to Amazon!

Kindle Edition – $4.99

Print Edition – $7.99

Whether you’re one of those people who loves the idea of holding a real book in your hands (I know I am), or you love your Kindle (or other eReader), it would mean so much to us if you would take a look. You can read the first 30% for free on your eReader of choice, or you can go here. You have to create an account to purchase the book or get the free sample of the book, but signing up on Smashwords is 100% free, so there’s no reason not to!

Also, if you could just pass this on to all your friends and family that are interested in zombies and such, that would mean so much! Thanks in advance! Have a good day!