Aftermath of a Book Launch (a couple interviews, some reviews, and a totally not sleazy sales pitch)

Aftermath of a Book Launch (a couple interviews, some reviews, and a totally not sleazy sales pitch)

First off, despite wearing quite the stylish poncho, my hands are freezing. Which simply means that what follows is likely to be a minefield of typos. For those sensitive souls out there unable to so much as look at misplaced apostrophe without losing their minds, don’t say you weren’t warned.

To the meat:

It’s been a little over two weeks since Mind Breach splattered itself across the world’s collective consciousness. Book launches are an interesting, time consuming, soul-sucking affair. Most creative’s I know did not get into their craft because they cherished the idea of someday trying to hawk said craft, and yet, if you want to make any sort of living off your work, you’ve gotta buckle down and do the dirty marketing work required.

Sell, baby, sell.

Real quick, here’s the only sales pitch I’m going to give you today:

<sales pitch>

For a limited time, you can get the first two books of The Firstborn Saga (Time Heist and Mind Breach) for less than $5. I’m not going to make the obvious comparison to that being less than the price of a coffee, but…

</end sales pitch>

Anyhoo, so that’s where I’ve been recently, hawking my wares in the least visibly sleazy way possible.

Part of that involves interviews with various outlets. If you missed them, in the past week or so I stopped by the Leighgendarium for a chat with Preston. If you’re keen to find amazing new independently published authors worth your eyeball’s time, I highly recommend you check Preston out. A couple years back he opened the Leighgendarium because he loves, loves, loves independent authors. The dude’s been hustling for no other reason than for the pure joy it gives him to shine a spotlight on amazing creators.

Another interview I did with SciFi & Scary just went live this afternoon (link below). This interview was a lot of fun as Lilyn had some great questions. We dish on our favorite female characters in recent SF, bad movie adaptations, and that one time I almost named a book Time Snatch. Luckily I was talked off that ledge by literally everybody.

Click the picture to see my sick interviewee skills.

Easily the most stressful part of a book launch is waiting for the reviews to come sliding in. Thankfully, Mind Breach’s reception thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. A few of my core readers actually didn’t care for the story, but that’s okay and just serves a simple reminder that you can’t please everybody. I’m alright with that.

Especially when you’re left with gleaming nuggets like this:

“During my reading, I highlighted enough one-liners and loaded paragraphs to make me want to spend at least another couple of hours ransacking this book for themes. In a world where the truth in politics and the debates about social inequality are all the more important, it strikes a very deep chord and yet is never preachy or overtly political. It has its own brand of subtlety buried under a sea of relentless action that in a movie would perhaps take the focus, yet the book gives way to the heart beneath it.” – Tommy Muncie (Author of Shadow’s Talent)

Or like this:

“This is an easy book to read, as the writing and the word play are just so elegant, with such beautiful language and prose, each of the sentences weaving into the next to tell the tale of what is ultimately a war of good vs evil for the hearts and souls of those that live in Unity.” – Jason Pennock

These types of reviews have a way of lifting you up on matter what sort of crap-filled day you were having before. So to everybody who’s taken the time to read and review Mind Breach, Time Heist, or any other book that’s ever been written, let me just say on behalf of myself and authors everywhere: Thank you, thank you, thank you. It’s hard to put into words just how much it means when you take the time to leave your thoughts on our stories.

Want to put a little sunshine out into the world? Do me a favor, take a peek at your bookshelf, lock onto the first book you see, and then leave a quick 3 sentence review on Amazon or Goodreads. If you do, an angel gets its wings AND you make an author’s day. Seriously, unless you got a thing against flying angels or happy authors, go do it!

The long wait is over… The Firstborn Saga continues!

The long wait is over… The Firstborn Saga continues!

Today’s a special day…

Did you know that exactly three years ago today, Time Heist was launched out into the Universe?

Since November 15th, 2014, Time Heist has sold over 20,000 copies, hit #1 on Amazon’s Top-100 chart for Science Fiction, and been adapted into a critically accclaimed audiobook performed by none other than Adam Verner.

It’s been a whirlwind ride, but the adventure is just beginning.

In fact, as of today, three years later…The Firstborn Saga continues…

Mind Breach Has Landed!

 

A Mind Divided Cannot Stand

Tom Mandel is either a villain or a saint, depending on who you ask. He’s already died once in the fight for Unity. He’ll do it again if needed, but he’d rather it didn’t come to that. In the battle to come, however, he might not have much of a choice.

A mysterious imprint, grafted onto the mind of Division Agent Mika Frost, holds the key to stopping Tom Mandel and his terrorist cell, Castle. Survival means uncovering the secret hidden inside her own mind, before it’s too late. If she fails, Unity will fall. She won’t let that happen.

 

Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Itunes. Grab your copy today for only $3.99!

Dii from TomeTender.com says:

“Enter the world of Anthony Vicino once again as he takes us deeper into his world of science fiction, where man and machine become integrated, while man becomes the pawn of the machine he created and the mind is no longer a unique and private place to go, where deaths can be manipulated to re-birth a more perfect specimen or destroy the greatest threats.

MIND BREACH is a fascinating, if dark journey into a world in crisis, one that threatens to remove all individuality by any means. Good versus evil? Yes, but this time set in an action-packed world unlike anything you have ever known. Razor sharp tension and an atmosphere of conflicted loyalties make this non-stop visit into a bleak future an incredible continuation of the Firstborn Saga.”

Haven’t checked out Time Heist yet?

Well you’re in luck, cause for a limited time you can hop straight into book one of The Firstborn Saga for only $0.99.

That means you could pick up the entire Firstborn Saga for less than $5!

Time Heist only $0.99 for a limited time only!

 


A Thank You Before You Go!

A huge thanks to everybody whose taken the time to read and review either Time Heist or Mind Breach. I can’t tell you guys how much it means to me (and all authors, really) when you take time out of your busy, busy schedules to leave a quick review of our stories.

Whether it’s on Amazon, Goodreads, or graffiti’ed on the side of a urinal, reviews help. If you’ve enjoyed The Firstborn Saga up to this point, do me a favor, and consider leaving a quick words on a site of your choosing.

Thanks!

Now it’s time to go back into the word-mine and see what we can dig up for Soul State (the epic conclusion to The Firstborn Saga!)

Happy Reading!


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The Secret to Boosting Your Productivity by 31%

The Secret to Boosting Your Productivity by 31%

The Secret to Boosting Your Productivity by 31%

Are you ready to unleash a staggering amount of productivity?

What if I told you there’s a way to boost your productivity by as much as 31% and all it would take you is two minutes a day for twenty one days straight?

That’s right.

2 minutes/day x 21 days straight = 31% increase in productivity.

That formula sounds a little too good to be true, huh?

And to be clear, no, we’re not talking about hooking you up to a steady IV drip of caffeine. Though that might achieve the same end goal, I posit that taking caffeine via a hole poked in your arm is more tedious, and uncomfortable, than what I’ve got in store for you to today.

Then again, maybe not.

So what’s this magical trick capable of unearthing oodles of your untold potential upon the world?

It’s real simple:

Happiness

That’s right.

Studies consistently show that your brain in a positive state is 31% more productive than your brain in a negative, neutral, or even stressed state.

That’s a staggering amount of potential productivity just waiting to be unleashed, and all it’ll cost you is a positive attitude.

What’s happiness anyways?

Here’s the real issue: Most of us these days are bad at being happy.

I know I am.

I’m always projecting forward, connecting my happiness with the completion of some task or obtainment of some key metric.

In school that was getting good grades. Later that was getting a good job.

But when your happiness is tied up in the future, in the attainment or accomplishment of something, then that means happiness is always lurking on the other side of success.

And when that is the case, our brain never truly arrives at happiness.

Why?

Because our brain cheats and constantly moves the goal-post. As soon as we arrive at the completion of a task (at success), our brain is already remodeling its expectations.

You got good grades? Great. Now get even better grades.

You wrote a book? Fantastic. Now write an even better book.

Linking success with happiness pushes both beyond our reach. It’s a carrot forever lingering just beyond our grasp.

But don’t worry (remember, your brain is less effective when operating from a negative mind-state), for this broken cycle is not a function of genetics, but rather, one of society.

Ever since we were children we’ve been trained in an environment where happiness and success and recognition were linked.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

When we unlock the means to express positivity and happiness in the present-moment, then our brains get supercharged. They are suddenly able to work harder, faster, and more intelligently.

There are two reasons for this, and it all traces back to chemistry.

Remember when I said the trick didn’t involve caffeine or performance enhancing substances?

I lied.

Plot twist. Time to get out that IV.

Just kidding. About the IV, that is. Not the performance enhancing substances.

Our brain is one squishy factory of performance enhancing substances. To understand how to maximize our productivity, intelligence, and energy levels, it’s important to first grasp what’s happening inside our cranium on at least a very basic level.

Dopamine makes everything better

Truly.

Most of you out there will have heard about this little chemical the brain emits. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with (among other things) reward-motivation behavior.

Rewards typically elicit a squirt of dopamine, which reinforces the behavior and makes you want to do that activity again in the future.

Drugs artificially boost dopamine production, which is why drugs (in a broad general sense) are so damn addictive.

It’s science, yo.

Science we can use to our advantage.

Dopamine has two functions when it comes to positivity and happiness.

First is the obvious function we’ve already discussed:

Dopamine simply makes you happier.

But happiness in and of itself doesn’t account for the staggering boost in cognitive capacities.

No, that comes from the second function of dopamine.

Dopamine activates the learning centers in your brain, allowing you to adapt and grow in new, exciting ways.

That’s right, those little dopamine shots don’t just make you happy, they make you more productive and able to learn.

Reverse-Engineering Happiness

Earlier we discussed how society has trained us to associate happiness with success, and how both are living beyond the cognitive horizon, forever beyond our grasp but for the fleeting moments immediately following obtainment.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Remember at the beginning of the article when I told you that by investing 2 minutes a day for 21 days in a row, you could boost your overall productivity by as much as 31%?

Well my patiently persistent reader, we’ve arrived at the how portion of today’s proceedings.

Here are the 3 steps to boosting your productivity/positivity

Every day for the next 21 days, I want you to:

  1. Start your morning by writing down 3 things you are grateful for
  2. Journal about one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours
  3. Write one positive email praising somebody in your support network, every single day

That’s it.

Substantially less cumbersome than an IV of caffeine trailing you all day.

Seriously, it’s that easy.

These steps boil down to reliving positive experiences and using those meditations to rewire the stimuli your brain chooses to prioritize.

This exercise programs your brain to recognize that behavior matters.

Eventually your brain starts changing the patterns it seeks out in its day-to-day interactions. It no longer searches first for the negative, but the positive.

We all have those people in our lives who are constantly negative. They look at the world through a pessimistic lens infecting everything with a cynicism and close-mindedness that, if you let it, will infect and overwhelm you.

Hell, we don’t even have to look beyond ourselves to find that person. Often we are that person.

But what we’re going to do over the course of the next 21 days is break that cycle. With intentionality we are going to focus on positive patterns in our behavior, thought processes, and interpersonal interactions.

If you stick with this course of action, you will notice a boost in your overall happiness, success, and life satisfaction.

So don’t wait, don’t put it off. Invest two minutes every single day towards your happiness.


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Mind Breach is officially available for PREORDER!

Mind Breach is officially available for PREORDER!

Preorder Mind Breach Today!

That’s right. Mind Breach is coming and there’s little you, me, or those blasted, meddling kids can do to stop it. At this point we might as well curl into little balls and await the inevitable destruction.

Wait…why am I coaching the release of Time Heist’s sequel in such cataclysmic terms? That seems like a questionable marketing decision.

This should be a time of much rejoicing and merrimaking, so what’ya say? Wanna go make some merry <–Pretty sure that’s not actually a thing people say, but I’m going to play it off with confidence and machismo.

Mind Breach (the long, long awaited sequel to Time Heist) is officially available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Itunes, Google, and pretty much anywhere else you get books these days for $3.99.

 

Preorder Mind Breach for only $3.99!

Go ahead and snag yourself a copy right now and then when the book releases on November 15th, it’ll just magically appear on your e-reader of choice and it’ll feel like you’re at Hogwarts or something.

What’re you waiting for? Go grab a copy. Do it now. No worries, this blog post ain’t goin’ nowhere. We’ll wait for you to get back.

See, now doesn’t that feel better? Wait, did you really just go and secure your copy?

Wow. That’s amazing! Thank you. Seriously. A million high-fives to you, my friend!

Interesting fact about November 15 is that it’s almost exactly (to the day) 3 years after the release of Time Heist.

You’re probably thinking, “Damn, that’s a long time to write a book.” And you’d be right. It is.

I’ve written extensively in recent months about the mental, physical, and spiritual war I waged with this book. In the end, Mind Breach left me with some pretty sexy (and some not so pretty sexy) scars. What’s that? You’re a masochist and want to read more about my suffering.

Alright then. Here ya go. Enjoy.

The Sequel Nearly Broke Me

You’d think publishing the damn thing would bring an end to the pain and suffering, but oh, sweet summer child, you’d be wrong. Oh so very wrong.

Now is the time I get to wait with my stomach kinked in knots, awaiting feedback from readers who were lucky (or unlucky depending on your perspective) enough to get their hands on an Advance Review Copy of Mind Breach.

Mind Breach picks up six months after where Time Heist left off and is written in a new fandangled way from Time Heist.

In Time Heist we followed the story from beginning to end through the eyes of a single character, Tom Mandel. In Mind Breach, things change. The world grows. The story convolutes. And we’re given four characters through which to view unfolding events.

Writing Mind Breach was creatively a challenge for me. It pushed the limits of my craft. In the end, however, I am very happy with the story being told and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Already I’ve been receiving questions about whether or not Mind Breach will be on audio, to which I say, “Yes! But of course!” The caveat there being the fact that Mind Breach will not be available on audio until the end of December.

I apologize to you audiophiles out there, but rest assured, your ear-venture is coming.

Enough babbling from me for now. A huge thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody who’s helped bring Mind Breach into existence and to all of you who are so kind, and beautiful, and smart, and smelly (good smelly) who’ve preordered a copy of Mind Breach. I can’t tell you how much your support means!

Monday Motivation #9 (Mirna Valerio)

Monday Motivation #9 (Mirna Valerio)

I find this woman incredibly inspiring.

Not because she doesn’t conform to traditional, preconceived notions of what it means to be an athlete.

But because she is unafraid to pursue her passion despite what anybody else might think. We spend a lot of time worrying about what other people think of us. This constant, invisible pressure to be accepted stops many of us from pursuing dreams. The fear that they might scoff at us if they only knew the depth of our ambition.

Mirna don’t give a shit. Mirna does Mirna ’cause Mirna knows the only person at the end of the day she is accountable to is Mirna.

Channel your inner Mirna this week. Push the haters and self-doubt out of your mind and chase your dream.

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