S.G. Browne

Short Stories Available for Pre-Order on Kindle

I wanted to let you know that my three brand new short stories are now available for pre-order on Amazon. (If you click on the links below, they’ll take you to the individual Amazon pages, where you can read a short description of each story.)

Remedial English coverDr Sinister's coverScattered Showers Cover

The stories will each be published one week apart (August 15, 22, and 29). During the week leading up to the publication of each story, I’ll have a contest where I’ll give away free copies of each title. The contests will be hosted on my Facebook author page and on my Twitter account, so if you’d like to play for a chance to win, head on over and join the fun. If you’re on Facebook, I’ll also be creating an event page for each story’s release where I’ll share additional information about the stories and answer any questions. So I invite you to join me for that, as well.

As I mentioned, these stories will only be published as eBooks and won’t be available in print. In addition, since they are being published as part of Kindle Direct Publishing Select, they won’t be available in iTunes or on Barnes & Noble or other retail sites for at least three months. So if you would like to read them but don’t have a Kindle, you can download free Kindle software from Amazon for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Also for those of you who don’t live in the United States, the eBooks will be available for purchase on Amazon in the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, and Japan, as well as the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) in the U.S, U.K., Germany, France, and Japan.

Stay tuned! More to come!

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Filed under: E-Books,Short Stories — Tags: , , , , — S.G. Browne @ 8:49 pm

Coming Soon! Short Story Singles on Amazon!

During the month of August, I plan to release three separate short stories as eBook singles on Amazon. While the publication dates aren’t confirmed, I’ll likely release them a week apart beginning in early to mid-August and will hold a contest for each story as well as hosting a release party online.

The three short stories that I’ll be publishing as eBooks are:

  • Remedial English for Reanimated Corpses
  • Dr. Sinister’s Home for Retired Villains
  • Scattered Showers with a Chance of Daikaiju

These are three brand new stories that have never been published. And they’ll even come with their own fancy covers!

Remedial English coverDr Sinister's coverScattered Showers Cover

As I mentioned, these stories will be published in eBook format and won’t be available in traditional print. For those of you (like me) who are still holding fast to your Luddite ways and haven’t joined the Kindle or eBook revolution, you can download free Kindle software from Amazon for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, and other devices.

So even if you don’t own an eBook reader, you can still enjoy my stories. I’ll be sure to send out updates when each book is being released and hope you’ll be interested in checking them out.

As always, thank you for reading.

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Filed under: E-Books,Short Stories — S.G. Browne @ 11:43 am

San Diego Comic-Con 2016

comic-con_logoIt’s that time of year again when tens of thousands of worshipers converge upon the mecca of downtown San Diego for the annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con.

I’ll be joining my brethren in the Cathedral of Pop Culture, but my attendance will be limited and I will have only a single appearance where I’ll be signing books. That will take place as follows:

Thursday, July 21
Geekscape booth (#3919)
2:00pm – 3:00pm

I’ll also have a limited number of copies of Big Egos, Less Than Hero, and Lucky Bastard for sale, along with I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus. But whether you’re looking to score a copy, an autograph, or just say “hey,” stop on by if you’re on the convention floor this Thursday.

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Fated & Less Than Hero Role-Playing Game

I’d like to invite you to join me for a special online event in which you’ll have the opportunity to creatively interact with the characters from my novels Fated and Less Than Hero.

The event will take the form of a role-playing game, meaning that you’ll be able to decide the actions of your own character reacting to the story as it evolves. So if you ever wanted to role play as Destiny, Death, Karma, The Rash, or Captain Vomit, here’s your chance. And I’ll be there to play along, as well!

This opportunity was made possible by RPGlory.com, an online gameplay marketplace that offers role-playing experiences that explore the worlds of different novels directly with the authors of those novels. If you aren’t sure how role-playing games work, everything will be explained beforehand and the event will be friendly to newcomers. I’ve never done anything like this myself, so this will be a first time for me. But I’m looking forward to it.

The event, which is being funded via an Indiegogo campaign, is scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 8th from noon until 3pm PST. You can sign up for the event on the Indiegogo campaign page.

There is a $90 fee that will go towards helping the event organizer, RPGlory.com, host this and future events with both myself and other authors.

I hope to get to see you at the game!

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Filed under: Fated,Less Than Hero — S.G. Browne @ 7:58 am

Flawed Heroes and the Quest for Purpose

CJZma5oUEAIDqQWIn my Author’s Note for Less Than Hero, I mention how the story, at its heart, is about figuring out what you’re supposed to be doing with your life.

That’s a common theme in my novels. Finding your role. Your purpose. Your reason for existence. While my stories deal with issues such as discrimination, the consumer culture, celebrity worship, and the over-medication of our society, they’re really quests by the main protagonists to find meaning in their lives.

With Breathers, Andy Warner is trying to find his purpose in a society in which he has no purpose. In Fated, Fabio is looking for meaning in his monotonous and unfulfilling immortality. In Big Egos, my identity-challenged hero is searching for the role he’s supposed to play. And in Less Than Hero, my main protagonist, Lloyd Prescott, is searching for something more than the life he’s fallen into. Call it happiness. Call it ambition. Call it passion. Whatever it is, Lloyd can’t seem to find it. He’s not exactly broken, but he’s most definitely lost.

I’m a fan of flawed heroes: protagonists who don’t have it all together or who don’t know what the hell they’re doing. As Lloyd says:

“Not everyone has their shit figured out. Sure some people do. They’re the ones who actually stick to a plan and make all the right choices and end up with the life they imagined. For others, we discover that trying to win the lottery isn’t a viable plan for living happily ever after.”

When it comes to writing fiction, I think it’s important to create characters who  struggle with their choices and their failures because we can relate to them. They’re like us: victims of inertia, lacking direction, filled with self-doubt.

Main protagonists who are perfect and who always say and do the right things are unrealistic and boring. If you want a knight in shining armor, go read a romance novel. Prince Charming isn’t wanted here.

I think part of the reason my characters are constantly looking for meaning and answers is because that’s what humans do: we search for meaning and answers in our lives. But more than that, the existential angst and motivations for my characters come from the realization that, as blossoming humans, we were sold a false bill of goods about what it would be like when we were adults.

When you’re in your teens, you look at adults and think you know more than they do about life and how to succeed at it because hey, it doesn’t look that difficult. In your early twenties you discover that you didn’t know as much as you thought you did but now that you’re an adult you’ll figure it out soon enough.

In your thirties you discover that the expectations you had of what your life would be like haven’t lived up to all of the beer commercials and romantic comedies you’ve been fed over the years.

When you get to your forties, it finally dawns on you that no one knows what the hell they’re doing. Not even your parents. Everyone’s just doing their best impersonation of Indiana Jones and making it up as they go.

So I guess in a way, my characters are trying to figure out what the hell they’re supposed to be doing because so am I. Maybe one day I’ll come up with an answer. Until then, I’ll just have to let my characters keep doing the work for me.

 

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Filed under: Less Than Hero,The Writing Life — Tags: , , , — S.G. Browne @ 8:21 pm