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New novel published by Arlington author
  • iiandyiiii March 28, 2013 - 1:00 pm #69242 Reply

    Ok, the Arlington author is yours truly, but I can’t help myself.  It’s my first novel, and I don’t expect earth-shattering success, but I’m excited about it nonetheless. 

    If anyone is interested, it’s a fantasy novel called Sailor of the Skysea (available as an ebook for $1 and paperback for $10 on Amazon.com here).  My (bare-bones) website is here.  Here’s the back cover blurb:
    Hardened sailor Ytzak Anan is an outsider. The color of his skin holds him back in a brutal, post-colonial world. And now his dreams of captaining his own ship, along with all his savings, have been stolen by a faithless lover.

    Up a mighty river and out to sea once again, Ytzak searches for meaning and a new start. But the cruelties of ruthless men dog his steps, and mysterious forces seem to be guiding his journey for purposes unknown...

    In this explosive debut, author A. C. F. Crawford has created something new in the realm of fantasy.

    From high-seas adventure to a climactic clash with a malevolent autocrat, from back alley brawls to arcane shamanic sorcery, Sailor of the Skysea explores a mythical world with a truly American feel.
    If you happen to read it, and happen to like it, then please make a customer review on Amazon.  And I’d love to answer any questions anyone might have about writing or publishing the book.

    Hank March 28, 2013 - 1:23 pm #69244 Reply

    Congratulations!  That’s a great accomplishment and I hope you have great success.  I’ll check out your site.

    iiandyiiii March 28, 2013 - 1:26 pm #69245 Reply

    I forgot to mention that the Prologue of the novel is available for free on my website here.  Happy reading!

    novasteve March 28, 2013 - 1:39 pm #69248 Reply

    Just bought the ebook but it will take me a long time to get to it in my reading list. I was trying to write a novel about time travel that hadn’t been done but then that stupid Looper movie came out and ruined my idea :(

    iiandyiiii March 28, 2013 - 1:54 pm #69262 Reply

    Thanks Steve, I hope you enjoy it.

    Captain_Obvious March 28, 2013 - 1:56 pm #69263 Reply

    You mean 3 Back to the Future movies and TimeCop (VanDamme at his finest) didn’t ruin your time travel idea ?

    Captain Harris March 28, 2013 - 2:18 pm #69269 Reply

    And Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! Write and publish that novel, Steve!

    Captain_Obvious March 28, 2013 - 2:30 pm #69270 Reply

    Kind of reminds me of this idea I had one time.  I was thinking of coming up with this social networking website where people can connect to their friends and post comments and pictures and share them with people.  I think this could have been successful…oh well, I guess I’ll just have to fall back on my idea for a car-flipping app.

    Deadite March 28, 2013 - 3:01 pm #69275 Reply

    Steve’s book was actually going to be semi-autobiographical, about a protagonist who grew so repulsed by the modern world that he developed a time machine so he could travel back to the 1950′s when everything was absolutely perfect. Smoking in public places, racial segregation, a woman-free work force, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation — the 1950′s had all that … and more!

    Quoth the Raven March 28, 2013 - 3:01 pm #69276 Reply

    Confession – total geek about books like this.  I just read the prologue, and it reminded me a bit of the Gentlemen Bastards books, and I mean that as a sincere compliment.  I thought it was a great intro, and I’m going to buy the book.

    Hank March 28, 2013 - 3:03 pm #69277 Reply

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but give Steve a break.  I think it’s pretty awesome to even put the wheels in motion to start writing a book.  Write your book, Steve.  I think time travel is its own little genre, and I’m sure there’s room for another book.

    novasteve March 28, 2013 - 3:11 pm #69278 Reply

    No, I was going to write a novel about executing people in the past (to not violate prohibitions on the death penalty) by sending t hem to certain situations where they can’t change history and surely would die (ie being sent back to the titanic while it was already halfway sunk and the lifeboats were all gone), or to be sent Hiroshima or Nagasaki during the nuclear attacks very close to the blast zone. Then someone who is supposed to be executed, wrongly accused perhaps, wants revenge by altering the past to screw over the people who tried to have him executed..

    Captain_Obvious March 28, 2013 - 3:25 pm #69279 Reply

    Thanks for the idea, I’ll work up a rough draft and get it to you soon.

    It just needs a title now.  “Beta Manlet”, “Time-Travelin Bros”, “Forward to the Past” are some ideas…

    Captain Harris March 28, 2013 - 3:30 pm #69280 Reply

    … The changes he makes to history have no doubt caused his enemies frustration and pain, but he soon realizes that these changes have caused a butterfly effect leading his loved ones down a path toward certain doom. He must choose between sealing the fates of his enemies and unraveling the damage he’s done to the ones closest to him …

    iiandyiiii March 28, 2013 - 4:06 pm #69288 Reply

    Quoth the Raven- thanks so much; high praise indeed!  I really hope you enjoy it.

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