Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Harmland Goes Live:


Harmland is now available on Kindle and Nook. It’s been largely finished for a while. I had trouble with the cover and trouble deciding on the “about the book” blurb, which is very important. I still don’t particularly like what I’ve got but I can always change it later and I wanted to go ahead and get this up before it got any older. Or I did. 

Since adding more ‘eyes’ to the Harmland cover didn’t seem to help, I simplified it and used the subtitle of “dark tales.”  However, Amazon has changed their requirements and I had to make the cover much bigger than in the past, which seems to have hurt the resolution.  I’ve uploaded a new one but it seems to take several days for that to go through, so in the meantime it’s still wearing the original cover.  Hopefully it will still attract some human eyes.

I decided on $2.99 for the price.  There are nine stories and over 21,000 words.  Here’s the table of contents:

PART ONE. Whiskey, Guns, and Sin: Noir Stories

1. The Finest Cut…  
2. The Grey Inside… 
3. Whiskey, Guns, and Sin…
4. The Gift… 
 
PART TWO. Mouth Wet with Rain and Leaves: Hauntings

5. The Finding…
6. Mouth Wet with Rain and Leaves...
7. The Toad…
8. The Vivarium…
9. A Hiss of Angels

Some of you have read the original version of “Whiskey, Guns and Sin.”  This is an expanded version with a different ending.  The rest of these are brand new, including “The Vivarium,” which is my first foray into the Chtulhu Mythos world of H. P. Lovecraft.

If you want to have a look, here it is on Kindle

Here it is for Nook

36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Is it in the iBookstore yet?

Charles Gramlich said...

Alex, I have no idea about that. I didn't do anything with that, so I imagine not. Do you have any idea where I'd go to upload it to that? Or does stuff from Amazon upload there naturally at some point? I'm pretty ignorant.

Chris said...

Just grabbed my copy.

Ron Scheer said...

Well done. Should sell like hotcakes.

Rick said...

Great stuff, Charles! And was the Vivarium your first foray into the Mythos? I didn't know that.

Randy Johnson said...

Been waiting for this one.

cloudia charters said...

Lovecraft! very cool and strange.

I GOTTA learn how to digitize my stuff. . . . some day.


congrats, Charles.


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laughingwolf said...

grats, charles!

perhaps if you had the eyes squinting a bit, folk may not perceive em as headlights?

i saw them as eyes immediately, just knowing a bit about your style

one of these days, i must get an e-reader of some kind...

Charles Gramlich said...

Chris, thankee, man!

Ron, that would be nice.

Rick, first blatant foray at least. I've certainly used elements of Lovecraft in other stories.

Randy, I like how the writing turned out. Most of this was written in the early part of the year, before Lana's diagnosis, and was among the better stuff I'd been doing.

Cloudia, it's pretty easy these days. About all you need is an MS word file with a few minor tweaks. The Amazon publishing guidelines are pretty good.

Laughingwolf, I tried to do a more squinty eye actually but I couldn't get it right.

Deka Black said...

Congrats1 a Lovecraftian tale... Any contribution of your own or you use elements established ?

pattinase (abbott) said...

Funny, I should see the Mythos mention today. I just saw a call for stories like that and wondered what they were. Congrats on your amazing productivity.

Merisi said...

I wish you lots of new readers, Charles!
(I am sending your link to a friend.)

sage said...

You seem to be very productive these days. Congratulations.

laughingwolf said...

try the old \ / also?

ask lana?

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, my story is based directly upon a tale Lovecraft himself wrote. A kind of Sequel, if you will. Of course, the university setting is from my actual university, and I think it's a been more action oriented than the typical mythos tale.

Patti, thanks. I wouldn't call it amazing considering how slow I've been lately.

Merisi, I appreciate that. Thanks!

Sage, I was productive when these were written at least.

Laughingwolf, I will have to, man! :)

Deka Black said...

Nice. Always interesting to see this kind of look at the mythos.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

That's a really good review you garnered already. The cover looks fine.

David J. West said...

Sounds good Charles, looking forward to your take on Cthulhu and the rest. I'll grab a copy soon.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, it's a pretty broad mythos anyway from what I've read.

Bernard, the name really fades out it seems to me.

David J., hope you enjoy, man.

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on your book!

laughingwolf said...

do it! ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

Golden eagle, thankee!

Laughingwolf, :)

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Congratulations, Charles! I'm sure HARMLAND will do very well. The contents look appetising.

Richard Prosch said...

Great bunch of titles! Will check it out pronto!

Charles Gramlich said...

Prashant, thanks. I hope it does indeed.

Richard, the only title I don't really like in there is "the Grey inside." I tried to come up with a different one for that but just couldn't find one that fit.

David Cranmer said...

I'm looking forward to reading, Charles.

Charles Gramlich said...

david, I just picked up your collection as well. Hope to have time to get to it soon.

jodi said...

Charles-You are a wizard with titles-they are so great!

Andrew Leon said...

Thanks for the support in the Star Wars blogathon today!

Travis Cody said...

Putting it on my wish list for my next fiction phase.

I'm hungry for history these days. I'm reading my way through the Pacific Theatre of WWII.

Charles Gramlich said...

Jodi, thankee. I enjoy doing titles. If only all writing was that easy. :)

Andrew, happy to do it.

Travis Cody, I've had those phases too, when history was all I craved. Not in a while. You might look into the books by Taylor Anderson, which starts out in WWII and then goes alternate world.

Oscar said...

Congrats, Charles! The price is right.

X. Dell said...

I just downloaded the Kindle for PC app. I'm hoping that will do the trick.

I do like noir. Looking forward to reading this.

Charles Gramlich said...

Oscar, I hope so.

X-Dell, hope you enjoy. It's an eclectic collection but definitely noirish in the primary

Greg said...

sounds like a great collection! congrats!

Charles Gramlich said...

Greg, thankee.