Spring sale!

And it’s time to switch gears, folks.
The New Program is up and running on its own right now–I’m stunned by how many people are downloading the book.  This “free” idea seems to have legs.  Which brings me to the next free idea.
Starting Monday, 5/1, Beaten will be free on Amazon.  For everyone.  For five days.  So next week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be able to get the entire Primer series up to this point for the low-low price of $0.00.  Exciting times.  I’ve never done a Kindle Unlimited promo before, so we’ll see how this goes and maybe I’ll do another one in a few months if the results are good.
Why is the whole series going for free, you ask?  Because ya’ll need to get reading!  The Volunteer is coming at the end of May, and it’s available for preorder now!  I’m doing these launches back-to-back because I’m terrified of doing launches in general and tricking myself into considering this whole thing just one big launch.  That’s only one of my elaborate web of tricks I play on myself to undercut the crushing anxiety that accompanies publishing my work, along with almost every other human interaction in my life.  That’s a story for another day, though.
In the mean time, lots of stuff going on.  I accidentally started working on The Primer, book 5 a couple weeks ago.  It’s going to be a bit of a departure from the earlier books, in that it won’t make any sense if you haven’t read at least some of the things that came before it.  At this point I’m thinking the whole series ends on book 6, but I reserve the right to make a liar out of myself if the story takes off on me.  Bad things are happening in the story world.  The New Program is only the beginning of that.  🙂
So, in conclusion, your homework for next week is to grab your free copies of Break, Beaten and The New Program, and sign up for a preorder of The Volunteer.  There will be a quiz on this.

The Night Dragon(s) get(s) a thorough beatdown

(s)

The Dragon of the Night hit The Lava The Night Dragon
In its lava face
With its (non-lava) tail
Sending The Lava The Night Dragon sprawling to the ground.
The Dragon of the Night was burned slightly about the scales
In the places where it had made contact with the lava
But it really wasn’t enough of a burn to matter
And The Dragon of the Night was too angry and dangerous to care anyways.
The Lava The Night Dragon pushed itself up to its knees
And was kicked in the stomach
Then pushed itself up farther
And got kicked even harder.
Things were not going well.
Luckily,
All of the Dead The Night Dragons inside The Lava The Night Dragon
Were disconnected from any pain receptors The Lava The Night Dragon had,
If a giant being composed of lava could,
In fact,
Feel pain.
Which it almost certainly couldn’t,
As this was clearly a golem-type situation.
But while we were distracted thinking about lava pain,
The Lava The Night Dragon was getting body slammed
On top of some buildings with those spikes on the top
That are supposed to be for lightning or planes or something
But are really just there for impaling giant monsters
During the inevitable giant monster battle.
It turned out that The Night Dragons were not very good at piloting their golem-thing
As they hadn’t yet come up with a system for working together
That didn’t involved bickering and attacking each other.
Clearly,
Something had to be done,
As The Dragon of the Night was throwing a bunch of trucks at them
As they hung,
Impaled,
On some random tall building.
Some of the trucks had gasoline tanks.
Those ones exploded pretty good
When they crashed into the person made of lava.
Clearly,
They were going to need to generate another Deus Ex Machina
For themselves,
In addition to the previous,
Generally ineffective Deus Ex Machinas
That they’d been working with to that point.
But perhaps,
Thought The Night Dragon,
(The first one,
Who you met about a thousand chapters ago)
They were going about things the wrong way.
Perhaps they didn’t need a Deus Ex Machina.
Perhaps they needed a The Night Dragon Ex Machina.
Or a Deus Ex The Night Dragon.
Or maybe a The Night Dragon Ex The Night Dragon.
Whatever.
The point was to believe in yourself,
I guess?
I’m not really clear on the underlying plan.

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