Well everybody, the day is finally upon us. Today is the official release date of both The Rise and Fall of Leon House and Silent Screams and Conspiracies, both of which I’ve put my very being into creating. These books are the products of my blood, sweat, tears, and hard work, and I hope you all enjoy them. Basically, I want these books to rock your socks off, and then Rape. Your. Toes.
First just let me say that neither of these books are like the obscenity-filled APOCALYPSE or the super-short Tales From The Darkness. Silent Screams and Conspiracies is about twice as long as Tales From The Darkness, while The Rise and Fall of Leon House is THREE TIMES as long as APOCALYPSE.
Some of you know that my agent and I are in the process of hunting down publishers for TRAFOLH, so you may be thinking “but if you’re selling it now, aren’t you ruining chances of people buying it when it actually IS published big-time” or “what, you expect us to buy the same book twice, JERK!”.
The answer to both of those is “NO! NOW SHUT UP!”, and I mean that in the nicest way possible, of course. Silent Screams and Conspiracies is only going to be available through the small print that they’re coming out through now, LuLu, inc., who printed APOCALYPSE and Tales From The Darkness. I’m releasing it as self-publishing for several reasons:
- No editors, this means that this is the closest you will ever get to an uncut edition of
TRAFOLH and it means that I don’t have to conform to any specific guidelines or restrictions set by publishers. So if you buy TRAFOLH now, you’ll be getting it as I intend you to, and that should make you feel special. I’ve cut 5,000 words out of TRAFOLH, and there will most likely be an error or two that I missed, but editing isn’t exactly my forte.
- If I sell enough copies of TRAFOLH through self-publishing without much publicity, that will
show that the book has been proven to sell, and WILL sell if given a bigger release. This vastly increases my chances of landing a big publishing deal.
- No stock issues. These books will be custom printed on demand, which means that when you
order them, they’re printed then and there. There won’t be any issues of unsold copies or stock space, etc. This is great because it allows greater flexibility in marketing of it. Though it means that you have to wait a day or two for it to be printed before shipping. I know, it’s a travesty, since you’re just dying to read my next opus, but it’s a necessary evil.
So, I need you all to buy as many as possible to make a big enough dent in the market so that we will catch the eyes of the top dogs, the big cheeses, the big brothers of publishing; whatever you wanna call them. Remember, books make great gifts, paperweights, things to throw at your children, tinder incase of another blackout, etc. You can also read them, who would’ve guessed?
If you would, repost this bulletin, email all your buddies, harass religious groups about buying the books just like they harass you for your soul, etc. If you have a blog, please mention this, if you have a facebook, put something about it on there, I know there’s a facebook group I’ve created specifically for this purpose, but I’m rarely ever on facebook, so... yeah. If anybody has questions about the books, audience appropriateness, etc, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
But enough about all of that, since I’m sure you’re tired of being badgered about this all already; let’s get down to the details of all of them. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
The Rise and Fall of Leon House
Paperback: 314 pages, $19USD
Limited Edition Hardcover: 402 pages, $35USD
Synopsis from the back of the paperback:
From bestselling author J.T. Manis comes a thrilling tale of teenage angst and the reality of life.
Life, that is, if you’re Leon House, a high school detective with a crippling injury, an extreme case of boredom, and mafia ties, all with a side dish of secrecy sprinkled throughout his life. Though when a teacher is murdered at a local high school in a murder case that leaves police baffled, it’s up to Leon to get to the bottom of it while uncovering conspiracies and secrets of his own life.
Silent Screams and Conspiracies
Paperback: 122 pages, $12
The Summoning of The Three
Something In The Fields (Tie-in with Leon House 2: This is Life)
Duality (Tie-in with The Rise and Fall of Leon House)
The Sole Survivor
Homeland Security Can’t Save Us All (Tie-in with Leon House 2: This is Life)
A Simple Drill No More (Tie-in with The Rise and Fall of Leon House)
Holy Hymns and Hand Grenades
Sixty Feet Under (Tie-in with APOCALYPSE)
The True Dangers of Touching Yourself
It also includes a foreword about writing and all that sorta stuff.
A few of these stories are also connected to unnamed projects which I’m not at liberty to talk about anymore. Let’s just say that I hope to be releasing at least two full-length novels a year, and that I’m in no danger of running out of ideas anytime soon.
Leon House: The narcissistic, cynical protagonist who has lost all hope in humanity and simply spends his days suffering the tribulations of school and being a famous author and detective. He doesn't believe in love ever since a romantic run-in with a person long ago whom he now refers to as "The Succubus". A logical thinker, he's quick to point out flaws in society and people's thoughts, never worrying about whether they'll be offended or not. It's not like he cares anyways.
Jebediah "Jed" Cainlin: The best friend and sidekick of Leon who falls to the ground in laughter at the mention of anything that would amuse a four-year-old. He constantly makes fun of Leon, thus spurring an endless series of battles that has people wondering why they're still friends. He too has had his heart ripped out, but unlike Leon, hasn't lost all hope, and still desperately tries to win the heart of the one that he fell for so long ago. Jed also overreacts a lot, it's annoying.
"Wilson": Leon's "hip" butler who acts as the caretaker of the House Estate and chauffeur, driving Leon and his friends around to wherever they please. An avid reader, he's usually seen with a book during the times that Leon isn't around. He's also rumored to be an excellent marksman and an ex-military sniper.
Mr. Jimmy Pegora: The equally narcissistic leader of the local chapter of the mafia organization the "Callers of Fury", a massive crime family that spreads throughout the underground societies of the United States. Completely obsessed with his pride and his superiority complex, he's annoying to just about anyone and usually serves as Leon's oppressor, acting entirely on his own agenda and caring absolutely nothing about other people.