NEW RELEASE – Venom by Skyler Kane

Hello my darlings! Dropping by to inform you of a new release that just hit Amazon’s markets. One of my friends put out their first novel and I designed the cover artwork. I’ve read it, and it’s pretty great, so if you’ve had a chance then check it out!

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If you want to commission a book cover from me, use my contact form or email cyrusnarcissusfaust@gmail.com . My covers usually range from $20-$30 paid through PayPal.

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Updated Map of the World

You know, I don’t know what the “Dragolothian universe” is actually called. Suggestions? Maybe I will have a “name the universe” contest. That would be cool.

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Favorite Android Writing Apps – 2015

Hello my darlings!

It has been a while. And as you might know, I have a new baby in my house… keeping me up at all hours of the night, and completely disinterested in watching his papa write books. It is needless to say that I basically live on my phone. Feeding takes a while and baby eats often… and there are only so many of the same four Forensic Files episodes one can sit through. That being said, I have discovered a few writing apps and I thought I would share them with you, in case you ever find yourself confined to your mobile device.

Mind you, I have an Android phone. Some of these may also be Apple compatible… I am not certain.

1. Writer 

Writer is an app that boasts a ‘distraction free’ sort of writing environment. It does provide that. It is easy to keep organized, easy to write in … but that is about all it is good for. It is a glorified notepad app. There is no way to export your content, which bothers me, because I like to have my work saved in twelve places. But for quick note jotting…this app works well for me.

2. JotterPad (Writer)

JotterPad is currently my favorite Android app for writing. It has a lot of features that are incredibly useful. For instance, you can back up your documents to dropbox, and edit them offline. You can export and share your content, there is “night mode” for nighttime writing, and it keeps track of your word count. It takes a moment to figure out how to navigate, and you get many more features with the paid version…but the free version is all you need, in my opinion.

3. Word Counter

Word Counter keeps track of your wordcount in a very NaNoWriMo type way. You paste your text into the box and it gives you the wordcount…very simple. I only use it when I’ve been typing in Writer, which is not so often now that I have been using JotterPad. A good, simple app for its purpose.

4. WattPad

Technically not an app specifically for writing… but if you’re addicted to Wattpad like I am, this app is actually a very good way to keep track of your stats, stories, and update your profile on the go as well. And I suppose you could do your writing on there, especially if that is where you store the majority of your WIP’s anyway.

5. Pixlr

Ok, so again, not an app for writing. Pixlr is actually a photo editor, and it is my absolute favorite thing. There is a free web version and a free version for installation on your computer and I highly recommend all of it. Just all of it. I have actually successfully created a book cover using this program (which I shall do a reveal of very shortly, don’t fret) and it turned out pretty awesome. So again, highly recommended free editing program, especially if you don’t have much experience with things like Photoshop or Gimp.

I am sure I will discover more fun writer-centric apps on my journey through parenthood. This list will continue to be updated as bigger and better comes along. Until then!

AUDIOBOOK Progress Report!

Wow, it’s only been a few days… and I can’t believe I have progress to report on these audiobooks!

Baron of Blood and Mr. Fingers officially have readers. If you want to check out the voices behind the projects, check out the pages of Matt Butcher (Mr. Fingers) and Martin Esposito (Baron of Blood). Baron of Blood is already WELL underway and will hopefully be finished by the first two weeks of February. Mr. Fingers will probably be done sooner than that. As you can imagine… I am very excited and grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to even more of my readers!

The Dragon’s Disciples, The Heretic Priest, and The Hollow Living are still in need of readers. If you are interested in auditioning, it is not too late! I am open to both male and female auditions (and it’s FREE to make the account!)

“The Bitch King” is going to be up for pre-order soon. Have I mentioned that? And by SOON I mean the NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS soon! Of course, just because it’s up for pre-order doesn’t mean that it’s going to be released that quickly. I want to give myself at least a month or two to build up some orders before I launch the book itself. You only have to wait a little bit longer!

What is next? After “The Bitch King” the Age of Waking Death series will continue with “The Queen of Nothing” and then, lastly, “The Final Knell”. Cover releases will be here shortly (and by shortly, probably within the next fifteen minutes as I procrastinate on business).

Audiobook Auditions Open!

Hello my darlings! I currently have 5 of my titles up for audiobook auditions! I’m encouraging both male and female voices. The audiobooks will be sold through Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com – and the best part is, you get paid for it. We split the royalties! Interested? Click the title below to be taken directly to its audition page!!

The Dragon’s Disciples (Age of Waking Death, book 1)

The Heretic Priest (AoWD, book 2)

The Hollow Living (AoWD, book 3)

Baron of Blood (Dawning Era, book 1)

Mr. Fingers (a Vile Novella)

I hope to hear your amazing voices!