Kinda like kicking a puppy

The setting of my latest Eshu International books, the Shift Tense series, is a future fragmented Horn of Africa. (Top three titles at the link)

BBC World report on increased US military activity in Somalia

If we don’t beat a motley bunch of malnourished, khat-addicted militia in pick-up trucks, armed with knock-off Soviet surplus, we’re in trouble. Serious trouble.

I’m sure our soldiers can do this, actually. The real questions are have our leaders considered the cost of getting involved in such a fragmented society, are they willing to stay the course to legitimately stabilize the region, and will they commit the amount and type of forces necessary to do so?

Now if a coltan deposit is discovered, you can call me ‘Prophet Pat’.

“Angels” Official Release

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ANGELS– the third and final installment of the action-packed Eshu International novel, Shift Tense, is now available at Amazon.com

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In war, expect treachery above all else.

Framed for murder, Eshu International is caught in the crossfire of the war’s final offensive. Hunted at every turn by former allies and new enemies, the pressure mounts as their corporate employers demand they complete their original mission: assassinate the charismatic rebel commander, Professor Harun Hamid. No matter the cost.

Killer drones, child soldiers, rival mercenaries, a nation ravaged by genocide and civil war, ANGELS is the third and final part of the Eshu International novel, SHIFT TENSE.

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Part One “Red Flags” HERE
Part Two “Soldier Dreams” HERE

The first Eshu International novel, “Running Black” is available HERE

Thank you all very much. Enjoy.

And the map comes down.


The map of Somaliland, that is. Along with the list of Shift Tense characters, chapters, and blast pattern of plot point post-it notes. The lads of Eshu International are back in Die Nerdshanze in Belfast for a well-deserved rest.

The edited, formatted manuscript for the third and final portion, ANGELS, arrived yesterday. Another thorough, professional job from Mark at Angel Editing. Can’t recommend him highly enough. Michal Oracz finished the cover a while back. He makes it look better than it is, IMO. Errors and delays were all on me.

ERRORS AND DELAYS
Pretty much sums up the last two years. All chuffed after Running Black, I figured I’d bust out the sequel in like nine months. Right?

Live and learn.

Now I’ve heard the second book is harder than the first, that part-time indie authors have a tough time juggling the demands of marketing, writing, editing, with family, job, and the usual obligations. I could talk about chasing Clar1ty Wars inspiration, about my stained glass business picking up, but they’re really beside the point.

The main reason I opted to serialize Shift Tense was a mounting discomfort at not keeping my personal deadline. I didn’t want to disappoint those folks who’d been gracious enough to purchase and read my work. Add to that several articles on the rising ebook tide, the small portions preferred by Kindle readers, and a reader preference for spec-fiction series, and it looked like an attractive, sensible option.

Now I’ve received two complaints about this release schedule/experiment, (In fact, it earned me my first One-Star review) but kicking it out the door not only widened the net, so to speak, it forced me to finish.

ANGELS_final_rgb_flatten_6x9inches So far, I have no serious concerns with the Shift Tense ebook serialization. In the past six months, I’ve sold copies in Germany, Italy, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and France, plus the usual US and UK. I suspect this fifth title will put me consistently over the 100 sales/month mark, which ain’t NYTimes Bestseller list, but is pretty damn remarkable considering how technology allows a no-name like me to publish and distribute material. Hey, John Scalzi even stopped by to comment. (Maybe he’ll blurb my next book?)

WHAT’S NEXT
I do have a plot seed for another Eshu International novel set in space/on the moon. It’ll get written, but it’s definitely on the back burner for now. Last October, a Celtic-flavored ghost tale popped into my head, and what began as a wee short story transmogrified into a novella. 4/5ths of the way through, I should have it to my beta-readers before the end of Feb.

Next in the queue is ‘Under Strange Stars’, the second installment of The Clar1ty Wars. A sci-fi re-imagining of the 19th Century Opium Wars, it’s about to get vicious. Ten scenes/chapters are outlined, three are written. Then there’s a large, three part fantasy piece simmering, as well as a modern exorcism/terrorism piece. Spec-fiction junkie that I am, I’m excited to start digging away at both, as well as any other settings/characters that pop in unexpectedly.

To end, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has waited so patiently, followed this blog, reviewed and read my work. A thousand thanks. I sincerely hope your time spent in my stories is enjoyable. That’s the idea.

Best to all of you,
P. Todoroff
Cape Cod, MA.
SDG

I take that as a compliment, actually


When the Eshu International and Clar1ty Wars stories get compared to Shadowrun, or the miniatures game, Infinity. Perhaps it’s meant as a slight, but getting mentioned with the venerable cyberpunk/fantasy RPG or an excellent sci fi skirmish table top wargame out of Spain that produces some of the finest 28mm miniatures in production today ain’t too shabby. Really. It’s not like I’m hammering out War and Peace here.

UPDATE on Shift Tense, Part 3. “Angels”: Just heard from my editor. He’ll finish the ms late this month, so that puts the release the first week of Feb. A thousand thanks.

So close…

Cover for final installment of Shift Tense.
Cover for final installment of Shift Tense.

Cover is done, the manuscript is waiting on the final tidying, (Angel Editing) and its done. Ebook should be on Amazon before the end of Jan.

Writing-wise, I need to finish a celtic-flavored ghost story that’s morphed into a novella. I’m at the halfway point now, so I think St. Patrick’s Day is a reasonable deadline. (In time for my 50th b-day as well) Then I’ll turn my attention back to the next installment of Clar1ty Wars – “Under Strange Stars“.

Then, I’ve got a modern Christian-horror novel that’s been sitting on the back burner for quite a while, along with a massive fantasy piece. That’s the plan anyway.

Thanks to everyone who’s been so patient.

For those of you who want the complete Shift Tense in one volume, I plan on releasing a print version with bonus material late 2014.

Soldier Dreams review request

soldier_dreams_typo Between sales and promos, hundreds of copies (yes, 300+. Really) of Soldier Dreams have gone out in the the world. If you’ve read it, would you be so kind as to fire off a quick review at Amazon? No guilt, no obligation, but Indie authors rely on those numbers, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much.

(of course, I could just create a couple dozen false accounts and shill my work, then pimp my services to other writers. Make $$ that way instead…)

Book Giveaway

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Cleaning up the office, I found four ARCs of “Running Black” and 5 of “One Bad Apple

If you’d like one, (or both) leave a comment with an email so I can get your mailing address.*

*Yes, they’re free. No, I won’t spam you or sell your info. Of course I’d like a read/review, but there’s no strings attached.