Bubbas of the e-Bookalypse!

At long last, the fine folks at Yard Dog Press have made available in e-Book format some of my favorite books ever to come out of their feisty little publishing house.

Bubbas of the Apocalypse is the creation of YDP founder and editor Selina Rosen – one of the funniest damned people you’re ever liable to meet – who opened up this “universe” to any and all who might want to throw a story into the ring. The result has (so far) been five anthologies, each crammed to the gills with stories about bubbas making their way in a world gone mad:

So, ya know what a “bubba” is? Know what the “apocalypse” is supposed to be? Now imagine that the end of the world comes in such a way that those off fishin’ or huntin’ — or whatever — aren’t affected. Begin to get the idea?

When “Yuppie 25″ either wipes out or “zombifies” everyone in the world except the “bubbas”, things take on several interesting twists. Read about good ole boys fighting yuppie zombies, aliens, and those French cheeses that end in that funny “” — among things too awful to mention here.

So, yeah…it’s like that.

For the first time, all five Bubbas anthologies now are available from Amazon.com as e-Books. At present, only the Kindle format is supported, but other platforms should be coming on line in the weeks to come. For now, though? Feast your eyes on some electronic soft-copy Bubba goodness:

Bubbas of the ApocalypseKindle e-Book | Trade Paperback
The Four Bubbas of the ApocalypseKindle e-Book | Trade Paperback
International House of BubbasKindle e-Book | Trade Paperback
Houston: We’ve Got BubbasKindle e-Book | Trade Paperback
A Bubba in Time Saves None!Kindle e-Book | Trade Paperback

When I came across the first three collections of stories at a convention years ago, I pretty much laughed my ass off right there in the dealers’ room. When I heard that they were accepting submissions for a fourth volume, I knew I had to try my hand at a Bubbas tale. The result was “Jack and the Weird-Ass Box,” which was published in Houston: We’ve Got Bubbas. I followed that up a couple of years later with a sequel to my own story, “One Small Step for Bubba,” in A Bubba in Time Saves None! It didn’t hurt that Selina and the rest of the Yard Dog gang all know how to tell some fun–and gut-busting funny–stories. I had a total blast writing my stories.

(In addition to the “Bubba-verse,” YDP also where I was introduced to one of the late Ken Rand’s more entertaining creations, the “Lucky Nickel Saloon.” I miss Mr. Rand, and I miss seeing new Lucky Nickel stories.)

All righty, then. If you like your zombies with barbecue sauce and a side of sweet potato fries, then go and give the Bubbas of the Apocalypse a gander. Just watch out for Ned, yo.

A Yard Doggie artist is nominated for a Chesley!

Passing along word from my friends down at Yard Dog Press! Artist Mitch Bentley has been nominated for a Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, for the cover artwork he created to adorn Jean Stuntz’s The Alamo and Zombies.

What are the Chesley Awards: From the ASFA page:

“ASFA annually gives out the Chesley Awards, which were established in 1985 as ASFA’s peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were later renamed to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are usually presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention or at the North American Science Fiction Convention when the Worldcon is held outside of North America.”

So, there you go.

Mitch’s cover art for The Alamo and Zombies is a finalist in the nominations for Best Paperback. You can see it and the other entries here: 2012 Chesley Award Finalists

Congrats and good luck to Mitch!

And hey! I also write….

To the extent that I’m “known” at all as a writer, I’m known primarily for my Star Trek work, because let’s face it: That’s a big hunk of my resume. There certainly are worse ways to be remembered, I suppose. Serial killer. American Idol fan. Whatever.

On the other hand, I like to remind folks once in a while that I do write other things. Some of that stuff doesn’t get noticed a lot, because it’s written for smaller press publications, which often get overlooked or even dismissed in this crazy publishing world and its emphasis on “best sellers,” “blockbusters” and…well, Snooki.

“BAH!” I say.

With e-Books booming and readers taking ever more peeks at what’s available for their e-Gadget of choice, perhaps I need to do a better job of bringing attention not so much to my own material, but rather the folks who create and manage these small press houses for which it can be oh-so much fun to write.

For example, Selina Rosen oversees a wonderful little operation called Yard Dog Press. She, her partner Lynn Stranahan, and pretty much everyone who writes for her are funny, irreverent, and have this nasty habit of telling some damned fine stories. Some of those get published, either as novels or novellas, or collections of short stories. One of my favorite things to come out of there is a novella titled The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse. YDP also published a lot of work by the late Ken Rand, including a whole bunch of stories set in one of my very favorite of his creations, the Lucky Nickel Saloon. My connection to the Yard comes because of Selina’s own creations, Bubbas of the Apocalypse, for which I’ve written stories featured in a couple of her anthologies. And not for nothing? Selina is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

Then, there’s Flying Pen Press, based out of Denver. I came to know them thanks to a little editing job I did for them called Space Grunts, one of a series of anthologies with an aim toward recreating that old-school pulp SF feel of yesteryear. It was an opportunity for me to stretch a little bit, and get a taste of the editing side of things. I contributed a story to the next anthology in the series, Space Horrors, which gave me a chance to try something different yet again.

Speaking of something different, there’s also Cliffhanger Books. I actually stumbled across them by accident, at a time when they were accepting submissions for a superhero-themed anthology they were putting together called Gods of Justice. It was only after I’d finished prepping a story for submission that I realized one of the editors on the book was Kevin Hosey, who I know thanks to the various Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contests. If you like superheroes–and don’t need all of them to wear capes and tights–you might consider giving Gods of Justice a gander.

Another awesome effort underway within the independent publishing realm is Sky Warrior Books, headed up by Maggie Bonham. Maggie is one of the savviest people I’ve encountered when it comes to promotion and leveraging the advantages of small press and e-Publishing platforms. She and her editors also are very selective, which of course begs the question of how I got anything published there. I was thrilled to have my story “Stop-Loss” appear in their anthology Zombiefied, edited by Carol Hightshoe.

Several of my friends and professional colleagues have started or aligned themselves with various independent publishing ventures, and are producing a boatload of interesting and exciting material. Check out Tales of the Scattered Earth, a creation of Aaron Rosenberg and David Niall Wilson over at Crossroad Press, with stories by them as well as Keith R.A. DeCandido. Keith also has his own series there, Super City Police Department. Aaron, along with a few other folks I know, also is involved with another author-driven publishing enterprise, Crazy 8 Press.

Elsewhere, word slinger and zombie lover Elizabeth Donald is the mastermind behind The Literary Underworld, which caters to all of your undead, supernatural, and otherwise paranormal needs. And just to pimp a local effort, Eric Reynolds over at Hadley Rille Books has really put together something special, publishing books, as Eric says, “with an emphasis on space, archaeology, climate and other science-related topics, with a goal to bring a new sense of adventure of the Universe to the reader.” He’s managed to create a very impressive catalogue of titles. Go. Look.

And those are just a few off the top of my head.

In fact, what this blog post needs is more links. More links to indie press folks, please. If you’re reading this and you’ve published through a small press (yours or someone else’s), then share your work through such venues, and point readers to where they can find your work. If I can get enough responses, I’ll start a directory page and try to keep it updated.

It’s a Yard Dog kinda Christmas sale!

Wanna buy some books for folks this Christmas? Maybe you do, but you’re not finding that special something at Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million which can definitely kickstart a conversation (or kick it in the onions, if that’s what you’re gunnin’ for). Hunting and scrolling through pages of Amazon listings not giving you any ideas? Well, then maybe what you need to do is wander your butt on over to the Yard.

My friends Selina Rosen and Lynn Stranahan over at Yard Dog Press have come unhinged, by golly, as they’ve got one pretty sweet sale going on. First, there’s the “Cyber Week Only” Special, taking place right frikkin’ now! Chcek this out: Free Shipping in the lower 48, PLUS one bonus book (of their choice) for every $10.00 of merchandise you order. This offer is good only for orders placed between November 28th and December 4th.

Even if you don’t make it to ordering something during Cyber Week, you can still enjoy free shipping for all orders in the lower 48 states throughout December and January.

And hey, if you can’t decide what you might want to order…say, Houston: We’ve Got Bubbas! or A Bubba In Time Saves None!, for example…well, then the Yard also offers gift certificates.

(Hmmm…why do those two titles sound so familiar?)

Check out the latest deals over at Yard Dog Press Sales & Deals Page. Happy shopping!

Saturday book happenings.

An interesting day, book-wise, on a couple of fronts.

After handling some manly, chore-like endeavors around stately Ward Manor–which included a pair of trips to the local brush drop-off site in order to deposit two truck-loads of tree limbs and other stuff I’d cut from various trees, I got cleaned up and set out to run some errands. My first stop? Dog Eared Books, a local independent new & used bookstore. I’d been contacted earlier in the week by the store’s owner, asking if I had spare copies of any of my books or any related promotional items which I might be willing to donate so that they could be included in gift baskets the store prepares from time to time. The baskets are then raffled, with proceeds going to one of several local charities they support. The current promotion’s set of baskets were being put together with a SF/Fantasy theme in mind, with proceeds on this occasion to be donated to the store owner’s young granddaughter, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

I wrote back, asking how many copies they might want, or if they wanted anything in particular, and the reply was that I should offer up whatever I wanted to donate. As I had some extra copies of various titles sitting in a box doing nothing, I put together a care package with four copies each of The Last World War and Counterstrike, my Typhon Pact novel Paths of Disharmony, and Star Trek: Vanguard novels Open Secrets and the just-released What Judgments Come. The box was well-received when I arrived at the store this morning, and joined a rather large pile of books and other materials which already had been donated, including a whole bunch of books from another local author you may know, the redoubtable Jim Butcher.

That was a good way to start the day.

While running other errands, I decided to stop in the Barnes & Noble bookstore (which is adjacent to the AMC movie theater that was scheduled to show the newest Star Trek film on their IMAX-ish screen. It required supreme effort not to throw off the rest of the day’s schedule for that) just to see what was what, as I’d not been there in some time. While perusing the SF/Fantasy section, I noted, among other things, two copies of The Last World War. I checked their copyright page, and smiled upon noting that both copies were from what had to be a recent ninth printing of the book.

I love being surprised by stuff like that.

And finally, upon returning to the Manor, I was greeted by a package bearing a German postmark. It was from Cross Cult, and inside were two copies of the German-language translation of Star Trek: Vanguard – Declassifed, or Enthüllungen as it’s known on that side of the Atlantic. So, thanks very much to Markus and the Cross Cult gang for hooking me up!

Also in the mail? A royalty check from Yard Dog Press, with monies earned from sales of two anthologies featuring stories of mine (along with a lot of other, better stories), Houston! We’ve Got Bubbas, and A Bubba In Time Saves None.

So, all in all? A pretty good day, book-wise.

And on top of that? A company picnic thrown by my wife’s employer at a local entertainment venue. Food, go-karts, food, mini-golf, food, video game arcade, food, kids running around and playing and pausing only long enough to make and eat Smores, and…um, food.

Yep. A good day.

Oh, and it’s not over. Once I get done here? It’s back to reading the copyedited manuscript for That Which Divides. So…back to work for me.

Horrors, Bubbas, and Paths…oh my.

Been an interesting day.

First, as part of the Twitter Party today celebrating the release of Space Horrors, several excerpts from the book were posted throughout the day. Included among those was a bit from my own story, “Into the Abyss.” You can read that right here. Enjoy (I hope).

Next, I was alerted to a new review of another anthology which features one of my stories, A Bubba In Time Saves None! The author of the piece has a good time with the review, immersing himself in the whole Bubbatude and everything. It’s worth reading just for that.

Also included in the day’s activities was the restart of the Star Trek Re-Watch over at Tor.com with me and David Mack (infinitydog) ripping “Spock’s Brain” a new one.

Finally, FedEx graced me with a delivery today, that being the first-pass pages for Paths of Disharmony. 460 of ’em. Just a little light reading before bedtime.

So, yeah. A bit of a day, but a good one, all around. 🙂

Bubbas in my mailbox!

Today’s mail brought with it my brand-spankin’ new contributor’s copy of A Bubba In Time Saves None! anthology, published by my friend and all-around cool editor Selina Rosen down at Yard Dog Press.

Among all the zombie/redneck goodness you’ll find in this latest tome is my rather pithy story, “One Small Step for Bubba,” which is itself a sequel to “Jack and the Weird-Ass Box,” which YDP saw fit to publish in the previous Bubbas collection, Houston: We’ve Got Bubbas!

As I’ve said before, if you’re a fan of walking dead flicks like Zombieland, then the Bubba-verse is right up your alley. Selina and the YDP gang were doing that sort of thing long before Tallahassee came along and told us all to “Nut up or shut up.”

So there.

Anyway, thanks to Selina and Lynn down at YDP, for including me in the madness yet again. Twas a fun ride!

“One Small Step for Bubba” – excerpt.

I decided to take a cue from writertracy, who posted an excerpt from her story for the brand-spankin’ new A Bubba In Time Saves None! anthology. Check out a snippet from “There I Was” just by clicking on this linky-type thing right here.

In keeping with the spirit of pimpin’ out the new book, I decided to pony up an excerpt of my own, in the form of the opening paragraphs from my story, “One Small Step for Bubba.” So, here ya go:

Story excerpt behind the cut….

A Bubba In Time Saves None! – da Cover!

Found out today that A Bubba In Time Saves None!, the newest entry in Selina Rosen‘s anthology series Bubbas of the Apocalypse, is now available for pre-order from the Yard Dog Press website! How ’bout dem apples?

In addition to the quality stylings of numerous other writers, the anthology also will contain a recent sample of my own scribblings, “One Small Step for Bubba.” It’s a sequel of sorts to my earlier Bubbas story, “Jack and the Weird-Ass Box,” which appeared in the previous anthology, Houston: We’ve Got Bubbas!

Check out the swank cover art by artist Keith Berdak:

(Click to enlarge.)

Boo-yah! Or, as they say in Bubba-Land: “Boy, howdy!”

A Bubba In Time Saves None!

Cover for Paths of Disharmony

No one knows what time it is!

That’s right when them boys took off with that time platform trying to save their hero NASCAR driving ace, Buddy Dewayne Brooster, they tore up all shit. Now a time wave is racing across the planet, plucking bubbas out of their time and slipping them and their arch enemies the yumbies, all over the place and all through time.

The writers have outdone themselves as bubbas have encounters with Egyptians, dinosaurs, cave men, and medieval knights and meet face-to-face such historical figures as Buffalo Bill, Robert E. Howard, and the King himselfElvis!

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll just admit that you’re never going to get the money back that you paid for this book.

So, ya know what a “bubba” is? Know what the “apocalypse” is supposed to be? Now imagine that the end of the world comes in such a way that those off fishin’ or huntin’ — or whatever — aren’t affected. Begin to get the idea?

When “Yuppie 25” either wipes out or “zombifies” everyone in the world except the “bubbas”, things take on several interesting twists. Read about good ole boys fighting yuppie zombies, aliens, and those French cheeses that end in that funny “” — among things too awful to mention here.

In “One Small Step For Bubba,” Ernie Bell and the Stewart brothers are lamenting the loss of their pal, Jack Hostler, who disappeared into that weird-ass box. They’re at the local strip joint when an odd storm appears out of nowhere, but it’s what happens after the storm disappears that things really start to get goofy. Where…when…the hell are they?

Order it directly from Yard Dog Press!