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Subjects this issue
Massive change of publishers, Amazon Author Page, Water In The House, Why Are so many Women Afraid Of Snakes?, Guest Post, Reviews Of My Books sale for book lovers, Thanks For Reading
Massive change of publishers
During the middle of April, I finally decided to cancel my publishing relationship with Double Dragon. I simply wasn’t getting enough distribution to make it worthwhile.
The Bad News: Double Dragon carried over half of my books, so all of those are no longer available except as used copies, or the ones picked up by Twilight Times Books.
Good News/Bad News: Some of the titles discontinued from Double Dragon will remain out of print. Those are ones which I believe are not worthy of being published again. Those books are: Mind War, White Odyssey
The Good News: Twilight Times Books, which has already published many of my books, has acquired a number of the former Double Dragon titles and is having them re-edited with new covers. My web site www.darrellbain.com tells which titles are currently available and which are forthcoming. This is really, really good news, giving me a chance to re-edit and improve on these titles.
More Good News: I am in the process of self-publishing some of the titles not acquired by Twilight Times. This will take a while as I can only work so fast while I’m busy with the re-editing of many books, writing the fourth book in the Aperture series, and polishing a new book just completed. It is titled THE NEW TYPES and I am self-publishing it.
And the Last Good News: I am trying to find new publishers for the remainder of the books discontinued from Double Dragon.
Thanks for your patience during this process. I hope to have it finished by sometime this summer.
Amazon Author Page
I just discovered that at the bottom of my Amazon Author page is a discussion forum. I apologize to anyone who asked questions there that I failed to answer. In the future I will check the page at least once a week, so if you want to start a thread about a particular book, availability of my books, questions about my books or anything else relating to my books, please write. I’ll answer. Thanks, and again, I apologize.
Water In The House
During the recent heavy rains in the Houston area that caused a large amount of flooding we got water into our house. Not from flooding, though. We built our home on a small slope with pine trees all around it. That was 35 years ago. Over the years, dirt and pine straw accumulated behind the house and gradually washed up against the slab and bricks behind the row of holly bushes planted there all along the back side of the house.
The process was so slow that we never noticed it, but once or twice we’ve had a little water get into the storeroom but we attributed it to the washing machine having too heavy a load and not being able to push the water out the drain fast enough. This time though, water not only got into the store room but also into the master bathroom, store room and under the book cases which line all the back of our huge office/library. When we couldn’t figure out where it came from we called our plumbers.
A young man barely into his twenties came out and took a look inside and outside then came and said “follow me”. We did and he led us outside and around to the back of the house. He pointed to where the dirt and pine straw had accumulated and composted over the years and said, “There’s your problem. The dirt and straw came down the slope, stopped at your back wall and composted there, year after year. Now it is up to the weep holes of your brick of your back brick wall. When it rained so heavily the water built up behind your house and came into it through the weep holes.”
Problem solved, except for drying out the indoor/outdoor carpet and hiring a man to begin shoveling all that dirt and composted pine straw and hauling it away to fill some holes that needed filling anyway. Anyhow, we learned a valuable lesson. Keep your eye on your home, inside and outside. You never know what’s going on unless you do.
Oh yes. There was one more consequence of the heavy rains. Somehow, a snake got into the house. Luckily I saw it when I came into the kitchen early in the morning and managed to get my foot on it before it could crawl away and hide. If that snake had managed to get away from me we would either have had to move out or I would have had to never mention it to Betty until it was caught.
Why Are so many Women Afraid Of Snakes?
I’m sure you know why I brought this subject up now. After killing the snake (it was non-poisonous, BTW), I put the question to my computer. I only got 5,480,000 results. I did look at quite a number of the answers. You can probably guess what I found. Many different articles that disagree with each other. Over five million results and I’ll bet three or four million differ in their conclusion. Oh well, I didn’t really want to know anyway. If a snake gets in the house, I’ll kill it if I can. Outside, if it’s a copperhead, rattler or coral snake I’ll kill it. Otherwise, I let it go on about its business. The non-poisonous snakes do a lot of good for us, keeping rodents down that we don’t want, such as gophers and moles.
As of this issue of Bainstorming, selected Guest Posts will be accepted. If you desire to post in my Bainstorming Blog, please be advised that it is published only periodically at no set date, but as often as I have enough new material and/or time. Below is the first guest post.
If you would like to submit a guest post, please write to me with the email icon in the menu.
An eBook sale for book lovers
100+ ebooks with five star reviews are on sale from Twilight Times Books. Priced from $0.99 to $3.99 now via our ebook distributors: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo Books, OmniLit.com, etc. Fantasy, historical, literary, mystery, SF, YA and more.
99 cents -- Behold the Eyes of light, SF/F by Geoff Geauterre
99 cents -- Far Come the Eyes of Light, SF/F by Geoff Geauterre
99 cents -- Within the Eyes of Light, SF/F by Geoff Geauterre
99 cents -- Beyond the Eyes of Light, SF/F by Geoff Geauterre
99 cents -- A Play of Shadows, suspense by Geoff Geauterre
99 cents -- Alien Infection, SF suspense by Darrell Bain
99 cents -- Lucid, fantasy by Natalie Roers
99 cents -- Postwar Dinosaur Blues, adventure by Darrell Bain
99 cents -- Strange Valley, SF suspense by Darrell Bain
99 cents -- The Fourth Guardian, SF/F by Geoff Geauterre http://amzn.to/eYYy6s
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New releases from Twilight Times Books
Alien Infection, SF by Darrell Bain. 99 cents.
When a laboratory technician on the verge of retirement accidentally infects himself with blood from an emergency room patient, he intends to report it--until government agents swarm the hospital, confiscating every sample of blood taken from the patient--at gunpoint. Deciding not to report the incident just yet for fear of being thrown into an isolation chamber, he goes home--and falls violently ill. By the time he recovers and returns to work, scary things are happening. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F9CGZY8 http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/AlienInfection_ch1.html
Postwar Dinosaur Blues, adventure by Darrell Bain. 99 cents.
After the Vietnam war, the hard drinking adventurous Williard brothers decide to go hunting for a purported dinosaur living deep in the Congo. Flying a beatup old seaplane, pursued by the Mafia, carrying a half million in drug money they don't know they have; they are shot at, shot down, almost eaten by the Mokele Mbembe and finally are captured by a tribe of Pygmies. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F80F8SA http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/PostwarBlues_ch1.html
Strange Valley, SF/F by Darrell Bain. 99 cents.
A clerk working in the census bureau discovers a series of anomalies in the population of a small city located in the Ozark Mountains. Intrigued, the clerk continues to investigate. He finds that, on average, the people of the city and surrounding valley, are a little smarter, less religious, more thrifty, marry less, have a higher level of education, are more sexually liberated and have fewer illnesses. The city also refuses government money for schools and roads, has little crime and no sign of racial unrest.
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Lida E. Quillen, Publisher
Twilight Times Books
Reviews Of My Books
This segment is addressed to all of my fans and readers. During this massive reshuffling, re-editing and re-publishing of many of my books, it would be very helpful to me if you would post a review of any of my books you may have read and liked. I don’t generally ask this of my many fans who have been so complimentary and faithful during my career but I am making an exception during this period. A review on Amazon would be most helpful.
For the next year or two, I will be concentrating on sequels to many of my novels or series, especially those that fans have asked for. I am currently writing a fourth novel in the Apertures series, that I previously stopped after the third book. I hope to finish it within the next few months. You may request sequels at any time and I will seriously consider them, though I can’t guarantee that your particular request will be written. Generally, the novels or series that have the most requests for sequels will be next in line.
Sometime in the next few months I will self-publish my latest book, The New Types.
Thanks For Reading
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