Sunday, November 6, 2011
Building Blocks Released!!
I must first apologize for not having updated in a while. Building Blocks was nearing completion and I wanted to spend as much free time as I could with cover creation and editing. A special thanks goes to Crimsanity Creations for the awesome cover shot. The whole image holds several symbolic meanings for me personally as well as Herbert, the protagonist of Building Blocks. Readers can check out more art from Crimsanity Creations over at deviantArt.com!
Also, because it is a Christian book, I wanted to take the time necessary to make sure that everything I wrote matched up with Biblical teachings as I certainly don't want to lead anyone in the wrong direction.
But it's done now, and Building Blocks is available for your reading pleasure on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and Feedbooks.com! Please note that this book is meant to be free for everyone, but Amazon.com's minimum list price is $0.99. So I highly encourage you to download the book for free from Smashwords.com or Feedbooks.com! Links are listed below.
I am aware that a Christian novel will not be everyone's cup of tea. That's OK - I didn't write this with expectations of literary market domination. But the most common question I get asked when people find out I'm a Born Again Christian is, "If God exists, why does he allow bad things to happen to innocent people?" There's no easy answer for that question, but the short answer is this: Anyone who thinks that God is a magic genie who will grant our every wish is mistaken. God allows bad things to happen because doing otherwise would mean controlling us in one way or another. Controlling our decisions, controlling our actions, controlling our voices, our feet, our hands, or our thoughts. If God were to step in and stop a man from killing his neighbor, He'd be forced to momentarily take away the free will that He gave to humanity in the first place.
Obviously there's far more to it than just that, but that's what Building Blocks is about. It's about a young man named Herbert who has thus far struggled through a miserable life and can't help but wonder why a just and loving God would let so many terrible things happen to him.
I'm offering this book for free forever because I didn't write this book for money or book sales. I wrote it because I wanted to try to provide a better understanding of who God is and why He does the things he does. I hope to be able to get Amazon.com to drop the price down to $0.00 once the book becomes available on Barnesandnoble.com (they have a price-match policy). But until then, my best suggestion is to simply download the book in your preferred ereader format from Smashwords.com. And as always, please please please leave a review!
As for me, I am going to take some time off from writing. Building Blocks was a new experience for me; it took me out of my comfort zone of fantasy fiction and third-person storytelling and challenged my writing abilities to grow in a different direction--a direction I had not before explored. I don't regret it for a moment; I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try something new. But as a result, I find myself a bit burned out. So I'm going to take the rest of the year to relax and recharge.
But plans for next year are already coming together. First and foremost, work on Volume IV of The Fourth Dimension will commence. Alongside that, I am planning to write short stories from the Fourth Dimension universe detailing Arus' journeys through the stars as a soldier of the Aeden Alliance. If all goes well, these tales will be released in "Episodes" on The Fourth Dimension Official Website for free.
I have a lot of work ahead of me, and I'm excited and anxious to get started. Unfortunately, my mind is fried at the moment, so I'm going to enjoy the holidays as Arus and his friends adventure their way through the corners of my mind. But rest assured, there is much much more to come.
The story of The Fourth Dimension has only just begun.
Building Blocks on Smashwords
Building Blocks on Feedbooks