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Airship Legacy BETA

The final draft of Airship Legacy is ready. I need a few BETA readers. The first six people that send me an email request will get an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) in .epub format. I would hope to get some feedback from them on typos or any other issue they encounter.
If all goes well, I expect to release this blockbuster towards the end of August.

Airship Legacy is an eighty five thousand word steampunk/dieselpunk crossover novel. It’s a multi-generational adventure on three continents, on land, sea, and air. There are several strong female characters including an airship captain nicknamed Crazy Taylor.

In the following excerpt, two military airships have engaged in battle near a tropical Pacific island.

Katrina realized it was much quieter. Weapons on both craft had stopped and she heard only the tortured whine of their overstressed engines and the wind, whistling through the many bullet holes. They passed astern of the other airship and were engulfed in the choking oil smoke from her flaming fuselage. By now, both craft were only a short distance above the dark blue of deep water. White spray from waves rolling over the half-submerged reefs was dampening the bottom of their hulls.
Hanz ordered Katrina to twist the wheel and kick the rudder pedals hard to one side. Then he shouted. “Forward mount! Target their bomb bay. See if you they have any left!” In a slow response to their efforts at the helm, the mortally wounded craft rolled to one side, enabling her belly guns to release a final stream of Willy Pæter. Every shot was centered on the double-hatch. The two craft were so close, none of the shots had a chance to spread until after they had punched through the thin metal.
One, last bomb was still in the rack and it was hit with more than a dozen rounds of Willy Pæter before it exploded. That was the final indignity for both ships.
The Blitzlied was hit hard on it’s port side, rolling with the impact until the cabin deck was almost vertical. That only held for a few seconds as the airframe crumpled and their momentum carried them forward. The reinforced keel contained forward and aft gun mounts, the power generator and the bridge. The cabin remained on its side, sliding closer to the water when, without warning, they hit the reef with a loud crash and she twisted sideways to lay full-length against the partially-submerged rocks. As two more waves hit what remained of the wreckage, the cabin rolled back into an almost level position before it slammed down. Water poured in through shattered windows and split seams. All except a few of the instrument lights died and the engines splashed to a stop.
Victoria was the first to free herself from the safety harness and struggle through the knee-deep water, to her brother. “He’s still alive!” She shouted as she released his buckles.
“Over there! That red handle above the door.” Hanz shouted at Katrina. “Pull it down hard!”
As she left the seat, she grabbed the canvas shoulder bag with her spare batteries and splashed over to the buckled hatch. When she hauled down on the red handle, it released an outside panel over the hatch and a rubberized package dropped. As soon as it fell, it started to make a loud hissing noise and inflate. Katrina pushed on the hatch and nothing happened. The second attempt, she just kicked the center support and the whole hatch popped open, then disappeared beneath the foam. She jumped to grab the raft and with one hand on a rope handle, she stood, chest-deep in water. Another wave hit and the remaining fuselage threatened to roll over them.
“Victoria! Hurry!”
Hanz and Victoria carried the limp form of their captain to the hatch. Katrina hauled hard on the rope and swung the raft around so they might tumble in. “Here!” She slung the canvas bag from her shoulder, into the tiny craft. It was obviously only designed for two. There must have been others, but the airship was being torn apart around them. “Use your hands and paddle for shore!” She commanded, then started pushing against the reef and kicking as hard as she could force them away from the collapsing wreckage.

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My email is masteranthonystevens@gmail.com

FREE BOOKS!

I just joined the Smashwords week of free epubs! This is your chance to get a couple of my best-sellers for free.

Multiplarity is a hundred and seventy thousand word Space Opera that includes the following books.
Book One covers the development of Omniphage and the subsequent collapse of civilization. When beauty and health are no longer concerns, ignorance and greed may destroy humanity.
Book Two follows the development of a couple avenues of escape with the founding of a lunar colony and a transhumanist world. Even so, perfect health and longevity may not be enough against vacuum, radiation, and terrorism.
Book Three follows the founding of another world and finally meeting aliens. That is if religious intolerance and political expedience don’t condemn us once more.

Multiplarity is normally $8.99, but is free for the rest of the week.

Turkey Creek Ghost is a tale involving witches, ghosts, and a wolf. A psychotic ex-boyfriend threatens Dani and Ranger Rick in the lush beauty of a state park. Can Abinormal and Grandma Lupe save them?

Turkey Creek Ghost is normally $3.99, but is free for the rest of the week.

Both of these are great reads. Don’t miss out on this promotion.

Self-Publishing Tools

Here’s a list of some of the common tools that you’ll need to create your own ebook. I’ll be exploring each category in more detail, in a later post.

Word Processor

This is what is used to actually write the story. Some of the more popular choices are:

  • MicroSoft Word (Part of the MS Office suite of programs)
  • LibreOffice (Free and Open Source Software)
  • WordPad (An unadvertised part of Windows 10)

A quick tip: Do NOT use tabs! Use styles, instead.

Text Editor

At first glance, a text editor looks like a word processor, the difference is that it only handles the raw text. There are no fancy typefaces, headers, footers, notes, page numbers, etc. It is useful to strip all the extraneous code from a document prior to final formatting. The most common are Notepad for Windows and TexEdit for Macs.

Image Editor

This type of software is used for internal graphics as well as cover art.

  • Adobe PhotoShop (commercial industry standard)
  • GIMP (Free and Open Source Software)

Web Browser

A web browser is used for your email, research, backing up your Work in Progress (WiP), and eventual publication.

There are dozens of programs used for web browsing. The most popular are:

  • Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Chrome
  • FireFox
  • Safari.

These four account for most of the browsers in use, worldwide.

Backup!

Let me take a moment to remind you that anything you have stored in one place is vulnerable. If you don’t backup your work, sooner or later, you will lose it.

There are backup options available for Macs, PCs, Linux, and Smartphones.

No excuses. Just do it. You’ll thank me later.

You say you don’t know how? Here are a few Backup Options.

Continue reading

3D Printing

A Romanian modeler is trying to make a living from selling the pattern files for 3D printed truck models. It is a niche market, at this time. Check out this article, then consider…

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I know a couple of other people, including Ed Traxler, that are making money in niche markets in this manner. No one is getting rich just yet, but I think that companies that make plastic models will soon find themselves downsizing like mad.

We’re going to see 3D printers become common over the next ten years. Like the book publishing industry, the actual creative person will become more important than the manufacturing process. I think the only real value large companies will have is in the editing, advertising, and distribution channels. Large-scale injection molding plants will be shut down. Along with their demise, all their support jobs will go as well.

What do you think?