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    Pillars in the Fall

    Wrote a few more pages of notes for book three over the weekend. Lots of fun stuff for this last one. Might even end up being a little longer than the others too. Still leaving open the story path that Texas Bill wants to see it take. Heck nows as good a time and place as any, does anyone have any gripes, inclusions or exclusions theyve always wanted in a story but never seen? Thats how these books came about, from my own gripes, so throw some out there at me and we'll see if any stick.
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    Pillars in the Fall

    Okay, the paperback version is formatted and submitted, which means it will show up on amazon in 5-7 days. So like we did the first time around, until the paperback goes online, The smashwords e-book version will be discounted by 50% off. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/340735 Use code: YG59P
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    Pillars in the Fall

    Heads up, Pillars in the Fall, the prequel to the fiction book Against the Grain is out. True to form of the first book, its another quick and entertaining read. The story itself I think is better written than AtG, and while it has the same feel and style, it is a slightly different story and it’s going to push some people. It’s darker and not everything is as clear-cut or how a person might hope and think they would act if they found themselves in similar circumstances. Amazon link Summary/blurb from Amazon: Past the point of no return, the slide has started. It's time to shore up your bets and your boarders. There's only one problem, you are on the outside looking in. A happy homecoming shines hope and light in an otherwise dismal time. Friends closer than brothers reunite, but when one of them returns from a long absence, he brings an unpredictable and volatile side that seems to be just itching to get out. And the timing could not be better for those erratic tendencies to have plenty of opportunities to be exercised. This is a story of bad compromises. During the first stages of a severe societal collapse, how do you protect others from your own best friend, and also protect him from himself? During the ultimate breakdown of rules, laws, ethics and morals, how do you overcome this new side when it is so effective at getting you through the toughest of times? In this, the prequel of the action packed novel Against the Grain, we meet a whole new host of characters... and get reintroduced to a few old favorites! And here's the thread on this forum about Against the Grain: http://www.survivalcache.com/forums/showthread.php?5298-Against-the-Grain-New-Fiction-Book&p=57842#post57842
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    Against the Grain - New Fiction Book

    Coming soon: See how it began… well you know, after it had already started. See how it started after it had already began? See what happened before the other one that was already a year or two into it all? ... This one is a prequel, let’s just go with that. -Ian
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    Against the Grain - New Fiction Book

    I hear that on the gun stuff. Love it but most people go all in depth with things others wouldnt put on their guns. Or like we've seen with Patriots, they describe stuff to the minute detail, but if the book has legs and is out for more than two years, everything is dated and obsolete (to a point). Heck I dont think I ever even said what caliber the main Glock is in lol. I hesitated to pick the S308 because its not a universally accepted battle rifle, but Ive got enough time in on one to really like it for a scout gun. Megan is fun and she has a good role in the sequel.
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    Against the Grain - New Fiction Book

    btw is there no edit function on this forum after you post? I just created the worlds longest run on sentence and cant go back to fix it!
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    Against the Grain - New Fiction Book

    lol I thought that might spark a few comments. Thanks guys for indulging in my shameless ploy The girl stuff is funny because when I first started framing things, I really just had those relationships added in there not as filler, but not as big plot points either. As I continued writing, they really took part in the story direction. Ive always heard other authors say how once you start writing a character, that character starts writing themselves, and its true. My biggest hand in forming those relationships were keeping it grounded and realistic, not letting my own imagination get in the way, which is hard because even though the characters are not based on me or anybody I know, you write what you know and there is more truth in the stories than I intended, which in my head does keep them a little more realistic. The main character isnt exactly a choir boy but still a good guy overall (Im finding out, lol). The prequel is 98% done and my editor has started his end of it. A couple quick revisions and it'll be good to go... i hope. The cover art is already almost done and that was my biggest hold up the first time around so hopefully the timeline of a June release is still intact. Story wise its pretty good with maybe a little more of a plot although I worry that Ive had to utilize a little more of an "authors liberty" to get the story to happen and it maybe has taken away some of the realistic aspects that I liked so much with Against the Grain. But in the end they are just stories and I think it is a pretty good one. Might have to give Texas Bill a chance to beta read it for me so i can know what type of reception to expect. I still maintain that the third book which is about half done is still going to be the most fun of the three. Im just kind of going all out on that one.
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    Against the Grain - New Fiction Book

    Well this must be the most boring book in the world Maybe the next one will spark some conversation. -Ian
  9. I finally got activated! Hey everybody, quick intro... a while ago I stumbled onto a thread on this forum discussing my book, it was the first time I had seen an independent conversation talking about something i had created... it was totally and utterly trippy. After that and by chance, a forum member - TexasBill - invited me over to post up on the site. On to the book... I came up with it, wrote it and published it. An Appleseed instructor friend of mine edited it, and I think we're both pretty happy with the result. So what I did was try to write an easy read survival type story with nothing all that mind blowing, just "a good bathroom companion" as my editor calls it. Its not too heavy and has a little humor and hopefully is a worthwhile read. I didnt watn to do a big Nuke, EMP, pandemic, invasion, etc type scenario, more of a move backward into a new old west type situation. (Credit for that summary goes to the reader who left a review using that term - I liked it and stole it ) Feedback and reviews have been very positive so far. Kindle and Paperback editions are on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B00B9L20KW/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail and Smashwords has all other EReader formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/269310 Also my blog has all that, a facebook link, and some stuff about trying writing and what I think of as realistic survival. http://idwritingworks.wordpress.com/ So if anyone has read it please post up. Feel free to discuss here in this thread anything you liked or didnt like. I'll only chime in to answer any questions and not take offense at any issues anyone has. Ive got thick skin so discuss away everybody, and thanks for reading! -Ian