Nothing like writing your own press release!
Seriously, though, self-promotion goes hand in hand with being an author. You’ve got to get the word out about your work. Books don’t sell themselves.
Self-promotion is, after all, one of the main reasons I write this blog. Sure, I have fun writing it, and I enjoy writing about movies and the horror genre, but the goal really of the whole thing is to get my name out there so that if people like what they read here, they’ll take a chance and buy some of my books that are on sale. That’s the theory anyway. I don’t think about it too much since I have so much fun writing the blog.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you write, you have to spend as much time and effort marketing your work as you do writing it, or else you’ll be writing for you and you alone, and that simply isn’t much fun!
So, that’s what I’m doing here today, promoting my new novel.
My debut novel, TIME FRAME, is now available as an EBook from NeconEbooks at www.neconebooks.com. And right now it’s on sale for the very low price of $2.99. What a bargain!
TIME FRAME is a story about time travel. I love time travel stories, and I set out to write one that played with multiple timelines and had some fun taking traditional time travel tropes to the extreme.
Writing TIME FRAME was a challenge because it’s a story with multiple timelines and I had to make sure that by the story’s end that they all made sense. I think they do. I also wanted to take things as far as possible, to write a story where I took those traditional time travel tropes and blew them out of the water. Not sure if I succeeded, but the story does include a large explosion on the high seas.
I also didn’t want my science fiction tale to be cold and stoic. I wanted heated and emotional, which is why I wrote as my main characters a close family, with the thought in mind: how far would you go to protect your family? Would you break the rules of time travel to save your loved ones?
This one also started with a single idea. I had recently lost my own grandfather, who I was very close to, and I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that I just wanted to see him one more time. And so I came up with the single scene of a young man opening his front door and finding his grandfather standing there looking perfectly normal, which the man knew had to be impossible because his grandfather was dead. This scene was the genesis for TIME FRAME, and I built the story around that, as I thought about possible scenarios that could make this scene true. What could account for a man who had been dead for several years returning to his loved ones looking happy and healthy again? The answer became the novel TIME FRAME.
Here’s what others are saying about TIME FRAME:
“TIME FRAME is one of those books that had me from the first scene. It begins when Papa, who has been dead for several years, knocks on the door of his adult grandson’s house. Why he’s there (and more importantly, how) opens up a whole plethora of questions and answers involving the future, time travel, and deadly conspiracies to keep certain mouths shut. Somehow, Arruda is able to put a fresh spin on the concept of time travel, and deliver a gripping book that will have you eagerly turning pages to see what happens next. There’s also something about his style and characters that has a quality similar to comfort food. You’re in for a treat with this one. TIME FRAME delivers.”
–L.L. Soares, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels LIFE RAGE, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL and HARD
TIME FRAME, by Michael Arruda, serves up both a tender family drama and mind-bending time travel story. An earnest debut novel with a lot of heart and plenty of twists and turns.
–Daniel G Keohane, author of SOLOMON’S GRAVE
“Michael Arruda’s TIME FRAME is the kind of science fiction novel I love – full of great characters and ideas. It speeds along at a frightening pace with complications and time conundrums hurled incessantly at our heroes. In this way, it hearkens back to those great tales from the golden age of science fiction, but with all the time travel, explosions, fires, and heady concepts, it is ultimately the story of the importance of family in our lives. What a great ride!”
–William D. Carl, author of THE SCHOOL THAT SCREAMED and BESTIAL
“Arruda works the time lines, like a weaver on a loom. TIME FRAME is a fun, quirky and entertaining read. Time travel, clones, the occasional temporal paradox and a pinch of violence thrown in for good measure. A very enjoyable ride.”
–Scott T. Goudsward, Co-author of HORROR GUIDE TO MASSACHUSETTS, Co-editor of ONCE UPON AN APOCALYPSE
I wrote TIME FRAME with the spirit of time travel movies and TV shows in mind, films like THE TIME MACHINE (1960), TIME AFTER TIME (1979), and any number of STAR TREK episodes. If you enjoy time travel adventures, chance are you’ll enjoy TIME FRAME. I hope you decide to check it out.
And if EBooks aren’t your thing, the print edition will be arriving soon, a little bit later on in 2015.
Thanks for reading!