Life, The Universe, and Everything 2020!

I’ve been waiting to make this post for months now, readers! But with the new year upon us, it’s finally time. Life, The Universe, and Everything 2020 is almost upon us, with a little over a month to go!

Some of you readers are cheering quietly (or perhaps loudly) while mentally double-checking your hotel reservation for next month, but some of you, I’m sure, I are looking at this post and thinking “Isn’t that a Douglas Adams book?” while wondering what I mean about next month. So before we go any further, let me clear that up.

First, yes, it is the title of one of Douglas Adams’ books. Life, the Universe, and Everything was the third book in his Hitchhiker series and released in 1982. So you’re not wrong there. However, that is the LtUE with a lowercase “t” on the “the.” The uppercase variant?

Why, it’s Life, The Universe, and Everything, the premier Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing Convention! With an uppercase “T.” But yes, it is a reference.

“All right,” some of you might say. “So it’s another Sci-Fi/Fantasy con. So?” To which I’d reply “No, not exactly.”

See, LTUE is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing con. While other conventions are about getting together just to have fun dressing up and meeting authors and creators, LTUE is different. LTUE is about creation. Where other Sci-Fi/Fantasy cons will have panels where you can meet your favorite author and ask questions about your favorite series or listen to them talk about their favorite moments from the book, LTUE has panels where you come to hear your favorite authors talk about the art of writing.

That’s right. Hundreds of authors on hundreds of panels, talking about writing. How to write. Pitfalls. Elements you may not have considered. Topics for days.

That’s right, LTUE is a convention for writers who want to learn more about writing. With panels given by some of the biggest names in the industry. While also having signings, art shows, game rooms, and all the fun stuff you’d expect from a regular con.

In other words, if you’re a writer of any level interested in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, LTUE is the con to go to. For learning, for networking, for even just having fun chatting with favorite authors or new ones! It’s the con.

Okay, so that’s what LTUE is. Oh, and if you’re a student (college or k-12), tickets are … around $5. For three days of con awesome.

In other words, what are you waiting for? The website is here, reserve your ticket! And while you’re at it, take a look at their guestlist and schedule to start planning what panels you’d like to attend!

While you’re at it, you may notice a familiar name on the Guestlist and attached to a number of panels! Which brings me to the second reason for today’s post: Letting you all know that yes, I will be at LTUE this year, paneling once more! And signing, and doing a reading …

It’s going to be a big year for me this LTUE. A very big year. I’m pumped.

But it means that, in addition to letting you all know that LTUE is approaching (February 13th-15th), I also get to have the wonderful pleasure this year of putting up my LTUE panel schedule, letting you all know where you can find me over the course of the con! So, without further ado, a list of all the LTUE appearances I’ll be making this year! I’ll repost this as we get closer to the date of the actual con, but for now: Get ready and excited! It’s coming!

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Jungle is Out!

Jungle Cover

I mean, really, what else is there to say? It’s here. After three years, the sequel to Colony so many asked for has finally arrived.

So go ahead! Snag your copy! It’s here at last! Ready to read! And … most of you are already gone.

Well, those of you that are left might be wondering what the fuss is if you’ve not read Colony. Well, good news for you too. Colony‘s last price-drop went into effect last week, so you can grab a copy for just $3.99.

I’d say more, but most of you are already reading. So keep doing that, folks. Enjoy. You’ve waited long enough.

Reddit AMA for Jungle!

UPDATE: The AMA is now over. Thanks everyone who came by and participated. And word has hit that in some places where today is now tomorrow, Jungle is already rolling out! Enjoy your copies!

Yeah, there may not be a Being a Better Writer article this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick my mind for writing advice! That’s right, with Jungle releasing tomorrow, it’s time for a Reddit AMA!

AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything,” and that’s just what’s happening! In a few seconds, the Reddit AMA will go live here at this link, and you can hop on in and ask me whatever you’d like! Though I can’t promise any spoilers for Jungle.

So hit the link up above or the picture proof down below, and start asking!

Jungle AMA

 

Also, if you’re a $5 Patreon Supporter, the e-mail box of the account you signed up for Patreon with will be getting a special gift soon! Keep your eyes open!

The Countdown (A News Post)

Three Days to Jungle


Jungle CoverThree days, people. Not counting today, since it’s halfway gone for most already. Three. Days.

And then Jungle drops.

I mean … what else do I even say? At this point, it’s just waiting to see what happens. Watch the pre-orders tick up for those folks that want it ASAP, and then see what day-one sales look like. Wait for reviews to roll in. See what all of you make of the biggest Sci-Fi adventure I’ve ever pumped out.

No pressure, right?

Seriously though, it’s all over but the waiting, now. In three days, those of you that pre-ordered will have a copy in your hands, be it on your phone, tablet, laptop, kindle, or whatever other device you’ve decided to use for reading it. And it should probably be a device, too. At 457,000 words, an actual print copy of Jungle would probably weigh something like six or seven pounds. Good luck holding that one-handed.

Three days. It’s finally happening. Just so you guys know, work on Colony, the first book in this set, started five years ago, in late 2014. Colony released two years later, in 2016, and work on Jungle started almost immediately afterward. So the grand total of these two books? Five years of work and effort.

In three days you’ll all get to see where that’s led us, as well as the series’ starring trio of Jake, Anna, and Sweets.

While we wait for that release, if you’ve already locked in your pre-order and before we get to the rest of the news, I’d like to do a bit of an informal survey among you readers: Who’s your favorite of the three, and what do you expect is coming for them in Jungle? Got any theories?

While you ruminate on that, hit the jump for some more news!

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Jungle Now Available for Pre-Order!

After three years it’s finally here!

Jungle Cover

That’s right folks, as some of you saw yesterday in the news header to Being a Better Writer, the sequel to Colony is at last available for pre-order! You can click that link right there, or the cover image to go right to Amazon and secure your copy right now. Which, as of posting, is two weeks out from the November 19th release date!

Here’s a synopsis:

Jake, Anna, and Sweets are back in the long-awaited sequel to Colony!

Fresh off their mission to Pisces, the trio is looking forward to a well-deserved rest, and better yet, a fat paycheck after everything that occurred on the alien world. But all that comes to a crashing halt when they’re waylaid above Earth by their employer and find themselves with an extended contract, sending them right back out into space.

Worse yet, their trio has been split to best handle their new assignments. Jake and Anna find themselves attached to a scientific expedition, tasked as security escorts keeping the expedition safe as they investigate a new potential colony world thriving with a vast, vibrant jungle. Meanwhile, Sweets has been assigned aboard an UNSEC military vessel, tracking down the source of a pervasive cyberattack against their hardware.

But as both teams get to work, it’s clear that there may be more to their respective missions than they were led to believe. The cyberattacks are brazen and powerful, but simplistic and utterly untraceable. The alien world’s ecology defies logic and sense, puzzling the expedition team.

And above it all, the ripples of events on Pisces continue to spread through the galaxy …

And if you’re looking for more, hit the jump for an excerpt from the early chapters of the book!

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The Jungle News Megapost: Release Details, Cover, and More!

That’s right! It’s time for news about Jungle! LOTS of it!

There’s not even any point to holding back or writing a preamble, so I’m just going to dive right in. Partially because I’m pretty tired, but also because this news is just exciting. So are you ready? Here goes.


Release Details

Jungle is currently on track to release in November of 2019. That’s right, next month. Likely before Thanksgiving. I do not have an exact date for you yet, but in the weeks ahead, there will be one, and Jungle will go up for pre-order.

Now, with this news out in the open, Alpha Readers and Beta Readers both! Feel free to talk about Jungle now. I would ask that you not spoil it for folks (please don’t be that person in Sitka, Alaska who got the first copy of The Half-Blood Prince and spoiled it for everyone) but other than that, feel free to talk about it! You’ve gotten the early look! Let people know what you thought!


Cover

Now, with the news that Jungle will be releasing in November, I’m sure some of you are wondering “Yes, but what will it look like?” Well, while the final cover isn’t done yet, I have a test work in progress to give you all a pretty close approximation. You ready? Here goes …

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Shadow of an Empire Has Been Released!

Shadow of an Empire

It’s here! It’s finally here! Sands and storms, Shadow of an Empire has arrived!

That’s right! It’s June 1st, and that means Shadow of an Empire is now available for purchase, your reading pleasure, and to be the biggest Fantasy-Western seller of June 2018. Also, just in time for the weekend. Isn’t that convenient?

Those of you who want to get your hands on it ASAP but didn’t pre-order (and as it turns out, you do get pre-orders a few hours before the official release, handy that) can click that beautiful cover image and order yours! Or just Amazon search Shadow of an Empire by Florschutz and get to reading!

And when you’ve finished it! Please consider leaving a review or a rating on Amazon or Goodreads or telling your friends what you thought! If you enjoyed it, let the world know!

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Shadow of an Empire Releases in Under Twelve Hours!

Twelve hours! Less, actually, if memory serves on what timetable Amazon shifts over to the next day on.

Twelve hours until Shadow of an Empire falls into the waiting hands of the world. Woo! You guys should see me. I’ve got a serious adrenaline buzz going. It’s like this with every book release sure, but … the anticipation is real.

Not much else to say, really. Twelve. Hours. Twelve hours and all of you can finally see what all this fuss about Salitore Amazd and Meelo Karn has been about.

I can give you a hint: It’s a fuss because Shadow of an Empire is really good!

And you’ll have your copies soon. Pre-order now if you haven’t!


Shadow of an EmpireSalitore Amazd is an imperial adjudicator, an enforcer of the law and keeper of the peace across the vast, desert stretches of the Indrim Empire’s southern reaches known as the Outlands. For Sali, the job means long days in the saddle, constant travel, and hours of rugged, wilderness beauty far from the intrigue and politicking of the empire’s core.

Until a trainload of convicted prisoners, led by a noble named Nirren, vanishes from a high-security engine in an unprecedented escape, leaving behind only bodies, confused survivors, and a public letter accusing Sali of being a co-conspirator … as well as a fellow idealist in their forthcoming revolution. An accusation with no evidence, but more than enough to turn the public eye of the empire in his direction.

Now forcibly partnered with Meelo Karn, a member of the imperial inquisition with her own ties to the convicts, it’s up to both of them to track down Nirren and his gang before they engulf the Outlands in a political firestorm that burns it to the ground. Be it wild animals, unfriendly locals, or even encounters with the enigmatic, steam-driven Grey Knights … Sali and Meelo have a call to deliver justice.

And justice will be done.

Shadow of an Empire Now Available for Pre-Order!

It’s Here!

Shadow of an Empire

A sweeping “Wild-West” Fantasy Epic full of magic, mystery, and adventure! 

Salitore Amazd is an imperial adjudicator, an enforcer of the law and keeper of the peace across the vast, desert stretches of the Indrim Empire’s southern reaches known as the Outlands. For Sali, the job means long days in the saddle, constant travel, and hours of rugged, wilderness beauty far from the intrigue and politicking of the empire’s core.

Until a trainload of convicted prisoners, led by a noble named Nirren, vanishes from a high-security engine in an unprecedented escape, leaving behind only bodies, confused survivors, and a public letter accusing Sali of being a co-conspirator … as well as a fellow idealist in their forthcoming revolution. An accusation with no evidence, but more than enough to turn the public eye of the empire in his direction.

Now forcibly partnered with Meelo Karn, a member of the imperial inquisition with her own ties to the convicts, it’s up to both of them to track down Nirren and his gang before they engulf the Outlands in a political firestorm that burns it to the ground. Be it wild animals, unfriendly locals, or even encounters with the enigmatic, steam-driven Grey Knights … Sali and Meelo have a call to deliver justice.

And justice will be done.

Guys, I am thrilled to announce that Shadow of an Empire releases Friday, June 1st, 2018, and is now available for pre-order! At last! Click that cover to pre-order your copy now, tell your friends, and grab your ten-gallon hat! It’s going to be a ride!

On horseback, of course.

There will also be a Reddit AMA next Friday, and some other goodies coming along before release as well, so stay tuned!

Shadow of an Empire Release Date

So, you might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet this week. Well, I’ve had good reasons. Because I’ve been hard at work editing away on Shadow of an Empire, editing page after page after page and getting it ready for its public appearance!

And, as we near the end of the Beta, well … you can guess where this is going.

But first, because I’m a tease, I’ve got some other cool news to give you before I drop the release date. News that has to do with the cover for Shadow of an Empire and Patreon Backers.

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