I don’t have a cover blurb yet, and I don’t have cover art yet; it’s still too early.
To remind you: At the end of The Hypno-Talker Of Zlar, for reasons that are explained in that story, Kevin MacDonald uploads all kinds of information about the hypno-talker to rogue websites that the United States Government can’t threaten or boss around.
Okay, fine, now the information is available. But is it believed?
Imagine if you went to The Pirate Bay and you read about something like this. What would be your reaction? Likely it would be “Oh, yeah? If this thing were real, it’d be all over the news, right? The guy who uploaded this is a liar, and he thinks we’re stupid. What a shithead!”
But someone will be the first to download the hypno-talker, build it, work it, and report back, “Holy shit, it works!” Then the stampede will happen.
But that first guy to download and report back, what’s his story? Is he bold, or horny, or desperate, or what? In First Download, I’ll answer that story question.
But wait, First Download will come with an added bonus!
To explain, let me back up a little bit. In Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie, I have two characters who are evil twins. I’m pleased with myself that instead of giving them boring “regular” twin names—Karen and Sharon, Sherry and Terri—I gave them the evil-twin names of Almira and Elvira. The name Elvira you probably recognize, as the name of the trashy-looking, over-the-top “Mistress of the Dark,” but how is Almira an evil-twin name? Well, in that famous 1939 movie, Auntie Em at one point addresses Miss Gulch as “Almira Gulch.” Once I named an evil twin after Miss Gulch, I started dropping in other connections between the Wicked Witch Of The West and Almira LeClerc.
Anyway, back to First Download. I’m having fun connecting my story hero with a cartoon character. That cartoon character is famous enough that I guarantee that you can see his face in your local supermarket (at least in the USA). He’s also famous enough that, even if you haven’t watched any of his cartoons, you’ve heard about his antics.
But First Download is more than an extended in-joke. There will be a real story there, even if you don’t get the cartoon references or if you dislike the cartoon character.
One other bit of good news: The second story will have a chapter featuring Lourdes Taylor, the villainess from the first story. Several of you have emailed me to tell me that you admired Lourdes for her many good qualities. So I’m making sure you’ll see what she’s up to.
More details as they become available.
EDIT: Added 2014.03.10—
Buy Hypno-Talker’s First Download (Hypno-Talkers Of Zlar-2) now! You know you want to.
EDIT: Added 2014.06.27—
EDIT: Added 2014.09.06—
Buy the whole shebang, The Hypno-Talkers Of Zlar Four-In-One.