Yesterday being my birthday, I treated myself to the author’s greatest delight: I put the finishing touches on another story. This morning, not too hungover from dining and drink the night before, I got up and submitted the manuscript to my e-book publisher, Smashwords. It’ll take a few days for them to get it formatted and presentable for Kindle, Nook, and a half dozen other e-book readers and computers, but that’s quick compared to the months or years it used to take to put out a piece of work. Here’s a look at the cover:
I was inspired to write this “Chase Armstrong bullfights a Coahuilaceratops” story while vacationing in Sayulita, Mexico. I made the cover art myself, using the Poser program with DinoRaul’s Coahuilaceratops model, along with Poser’s human character, James G2. It came out okay, didn’t it?
I expect the e-book to be available within a week or two on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other e-book sites. Check it out. Free samples are available for the first half or so, and then you’ll have to decide if you want to spring for the 99-cent cost for the whole short story. I hope you will.
This is the first in a series of stories based on my Dinosaur Wars novels. I’m calling the series Dinosaur Tales, in the spirit of dino-fiction pioneer and science fiction superstar Ray Bradbury. Like me, he’s had a lifetime fascination with the big prehistoric beasties.
Note added June 12, 2015: The short story version of “Dinosaur Tales: Something in the Jungle” has been incorporated into the full length book Dinosaur Tales.