Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Third Daughter Optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment

I now have TWO properties under option for Virtual Reality with Immersive Entertainment.

Back in May, I announced that Debt Collector had been optioned for VR by Immersive. Now my steampunk fantasy romance series (The Dharian Affairs: Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter) has been optioned as well. Debt Collector is still the lead series (meaning it will come out first), but now two of the four properties Immersive is presenting to investors this week are Susan Kaye Quinn titles! 

Wish us luck in getting that venture capital funding!

So Much Coolness
You can read more about VR and Immersive here, but basically, Immersive is at the forefront of bringing non-gaming entertainment to Virtual Reality (with hardware like Oculus Rift's not-yet-released VR goggles). I've been saying for a while that VR is going to explode once the hardware hits the shelves, but we're already seeing signs of content producers playing with the technology. This year's Comic Con had a demo from the TV show Sleepy Hollow in VR. 

Sleepy Hollow VR Demo at Comic Con

Mid-August I'm taking the family to California to visit my mom, dad, and brother... and while we're there, I'll be meeting with Immersive's CEO Barr Potter, as well as founder Jeroen Van den Bosch, and Lead Content Creator Dan St. Pierre! I'm bringing the kids, and Immersive is going to demo the Rift for us!! Can't even tell you how excited I am about that. LOOK FOR PICTURES TO COME...

[Note to self: time to finish up First Daughter...]

Future of Storytelling
Whether it's my chilling future-noir in VR, or a lush east-Indian steampunk world come to life, it's tremendously exciting to be part of this new way of storytelling. And this is just getting started, folks. I see writers who will create content just for VR in the future, but I also see a lot of innovative storytelling coming out of the indie author world that would be perfect for this new medium. 

"Virtual Reality is the next great storytelling medium."
Immersive Entertainment
"When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you're actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it's different from anything they've ever experienced in their lives." - Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook, which recently acquired Oculus for $2B) 
The hardware is on the way... now is the time to develop content. 
"We create next-generation Virtual Reality Experiences that represent a new form of entertainment. It bridges the gap between video games and movies, providing a level of immersion, emotional engagement and realism never before seen." - Immersive's website

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GIVEAWAY: SIGNED Hardcover of Dead Or In Love by Kym Brunner (YA Bonnie and Clyde story)

 YA Bonnie and Clyde story by Kym Brunner 

Eighteen-year-old Monroe (named for Marilyn) is smart, but she's outsmarted herself. She's got a full-ride scholarship...and now, an arrest record. One more black mark and she'll be waiting tables for life.

The fact that she's grown up with crime memorabilia in her very molecules doesn't help. Her special fascination has always been with outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde, whom Monroe romanticizes as something other than the cold-blooded killers they were. Monroe, however, is full of good intentions, until her dad hands her some relics--poetry written by Bonnie Parker and bullets taken from the bodies of the outlaws after they died in a shootout. That's when things get really strange. Those murderous slugs prove pretty dangerous to Monroe and her new friend, Jack, as well, who suddenly begin to feel that the spirits Bonnie and Clyde are actually taking over their personalities.

But that's impossible. Or is it?

The two outlaws--beautiful, ruthless Bonnie and her awkward sweetheart--seem more than willing to seize another chance at their loco life. Is it just Monroe's overactive imagination? Or can this actually be happening? If Monroe's just hallucinating, what about Jack? Then it becomes clear that Monroe and Jack have only days to get the outlaws back to hell, where they belong, or the two modern-day teens could end up just like Bonnie and Clyde did, together...and dead.

Buy the ebook above

Monday, July 28, 2014

Giveaway: Help Fund My Robot Army... Ebook!

This anthology contains great "stories" by Synchronic authors Samuel Peralta ("Liberty: Seeking a Writ of Habeas Corpus for a Non-human Being") and Jason Gurley, as well as Michael J. Sullivan, Tobias S. Buckell, and more... (Edited by John Joseph Adams)

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! is an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding project pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. This includes but is not limited to: Project Goals, Rewards, User Comments, Project Updates, FAQs, and more. The idea is to replicate the feel of reading a crowdfunding pitch, so that even though the projects may be preposterous in the real world, they will feel like authentic crowdfunding projects as much as possible.

Buy a copy above or WIN one below!