Get an advance copy of City of Sand!

CoS boxSeveral people (who apparently missed the Kickstarter…) have expressed an interest in ordering a signed copy of my latest novel, City of Sand. So here’s your chance: hit the Buy Now button below and I’ll mail you a signed copy of City of Sand before you can buy it. But you have to do it NOW. Well, OK, I’ll give you until midnight on Wednesday. It’s just that I hate leaving the house and stuff, so I don’t want to have to make multiple trips to the post office.

You won’t get the book quite as soon as the Kickstarter people, but I’ll definitely mail it out before the paperback goes on sale on Amazon. And if you’re one of those people who missed the Kickstarter, well, shame on you. Sign up for my email list so that it doesn’t happen again.





Here’s a little more about City of Sand, in case you’re not sure:

It’s the year 2000 and the Silicon Valley city of Sunnyview is abuzz with the possibilities of vast fortunes to be made in the Dot Com boom. But to retired cop Benjamin Stone, who has come to Sunnyview to find his estranged daughter, Jessica, the promise of Sunnyview rings hollow. Benjamin grew up in Sunnyview in the 1950s, when it was a sleepy farming town, and he finds its modern day counterpart strange and weirdly insubstantial. After Jessica turns up dead in a creek bed, apparently murdered, Benjamin follows clues that suggest a conspiracy involving a startup company and a Silicon Valley pioneer with a disturbing past. As the mystery unravels, Benjamin must confront the reality of terrible crimes that occurred in the idealized town of his youth, which helped to make Silicon Valley what it is today. But as Benjamin attempts to unravel the conspiracy, all the clues begin to point toward a horrifying possibility: Sunnyview isn’t what it seems.

Wrapping up City of Sand

City of Sand Cover - 300I just finished the manuscript for City of Sand, my mind-bending sci-fi/mystery novel. I’m hoping to get it edited and proofread over the next couple of weeks and get it out to the Kickstarter supporters by Feb. 10. It should be available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats by the end of February.

Thank you to everybody who supported City of Sand! And for those who didn’t support it, well, you have to wait two weeks longer, so suck it. Also? If you want to make sure not to miss out on stuff like this in the future, make sure you sign up for email updates (put your email address in the box at the upper left). I’ll email you when a do a Kickstarter, when I have a book coming out, etc.

Cheers!

Today only: Starship Grifters for $1.99!

Starship Grifters coverWhen it rains, it pours. I had just posted about three free short stories that I’m offering as a thank you for signing up for my email list when I found out that Disenchanted is on sale for $2 for the month of November. Now, on top of that, Starship Grifters is the Kindle Sci-Fi & Fantasy Deal of the Day on Amazon! If you only have $2 to spend, I suggest you buy Starship Grifters now, because it will go back to the regular price of $4.99 tomorrow. (And sign up for my email list so you can get the free stuff, of course.)

I think Starship Grifters is my funniest book yet, and it’s a steal at $1.99. And as always, honest reviews on Amazon (or anywhere) are much appreciated!

Free fiction for November!

cover_300I’ve decided to try out a little experiment. I’m going to be giving away a story or short book once per month, for the next several months. For November, I’m giving away my short story collection, Into the Dark (And Two Other Stories). Besides the title story, this collection contains two other short stories, “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Still Life.” Just put your email address in the box to the right, and I’ll send you a link to the story. (If you’re already subscribed to my mailing list, you don’t need to sign up again.)

I’ll be giving away another story or collection in December, and another in January… and basically as long as I can keep coming up with more stuff to give away. You’ll also be subscribed to my newsletter, so you’ll be the first to know when I have a new book available for sale. I promise not to spam you; generally I send one or two emails a month.

My goal here is, of course, to add more fans to my mailing list. One of the frustrating things about selling books through a retailer like Amazon is that I don’t have a lot of direct contact with most of the people who buy my books. I don’t know how to contact them, and they don’t know how to contact me. I’m always happy to hear from readers, and I’m hoping to connect with more of you by building relationships outside of the Amazon machine. So please take a moment to submit your email address and accept Into the Dark as my thanks. You should get an email with the link to download the book shortly after you sign up (If you don’t, please email me at rob[at]robertkroese[dot]com). I look forward to connecting with you.

What I’ve been up to

logoI’ve been fairly shitty about keeping this blog updated, but I’ve got a pretty good excuse: for starters, I just finished another novel, called The Big Sheep. I think this marks the first time I’ve written an entire book around a pun, Schrodinger’s Gat notwithstanding. (The title for Schrodinger’s Gat actually came to me after I’d started writing a “quantum physics noir thriller.”) The title of this book is, of course, a reference to the classic noir film and Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep. The Big Sheep is a humorous near-future sci-fi mystery that I’d describe as Blade Runner meets Sherlock. It’s currently in the hands of my agent; I hope to have good news about it soon.

Secondly, I’ve been working on a new collaborative publishing venture called Westmarch Publishing. Westmarch has a bunch of great authors involved, and we’re going to be releasing a lot of books over the next few months. Check out our website here.

Next up on my to-do list is finishing City of Sand, my mind-bending sci-fi thriller. Thanks to my awesome supporters on Kickstarter, I’ve raised enough money to independently publish City of Sand. The book is about half-finished right now; I hope to finish it by the end of November and publish it by the end of January. Kickstarter supporters will get their copies at least two weeks before the book goes live on Amazon.

Exciting stuff is happening. Stay tuned!

Help me make City of Sand a reality!

City of Sand CoverWow, that was quite a hiatus. Between health problems, money problems, and various other personal problems, I haven’t had the time, energy, or inclination to post much lately. The past few weeks have been very productive for me, though, so I’m cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind me. I’ve been working on several different writing projects, and a few days ago I took a look at an unfinished manuscript that I’d started a while back for a mystery novel called City of Sand. I read it over and thought, “Damn, this is pretty good. Why didn’t I finish this?” Just to make sure I wasn’t deluding myself about the quality of the writing, I sent the partial manuscript to a friend who had enjoyed several of my previous books. Her response, upon getting to the end of what I’d written, was: “Are you SERIOUS?! Why would you stop there? Sadist.” I think that means she liked it. Here’s the marketing summary I wrote up:

It’s the year 2000 and the Silicon Valley city of Sunnyview is abuzz with the possibilities of vast fortunes to be made in the Dot Com boom. But to retired cop Benjamin Stone, who has come to Sunnyview to find his estranged daughter, Jessica, the promise of Sunnyview rings hollow. Benjamin grew up in Sunnyview in the 1950s, when it was a sleepy farming town, and he finds its modern day counterpart strange and weirdly insubstantial. After Jessica turns up dead in a creek bed, apparently murdered, Benjamin follows clues that suggest a conspiracy involving a startup company and a Silicon Valley pioneer with a disturbing past. As the mystery unravels, Benjamin must confront the reality of terrible crimes that occurred in the idealized town of his youth, which helped to make Silicon Valley what it is today. But as Benjamin attempts to unravel the conspiracy, all the clues begin to point toward a horrifying possibility: Sunnyview isn’t what it seems.

City of Sand is a little difficult to classify, which makes it a hard sell for publishers. It’s basically a mystery novel with a strong psychological component, but it also has some sci-fi elements, like my novel Schrödinger’s Gat. It’s not quite as unconventional as that book, but it’s weird enough that it doesn’t fit nicely into a predefined genre. I ended up doing a Kickstarter to self-publish Schrödinger’s Gat, raising over $5,000 to get it published, so I’ve decided to do the same thing for City of Sand. If you’d like to help me make City of Sand a reality (and get an advance copy, as well as some other cool stuff!), I’d greatly appreciate your support. Here’s the link for the Kickstarter. If you have any questions about the book, ask them in the comments here or on Kickstarter, and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks!