Monster Hunter Nation

BOOK BOMB! The Lawdog Files

Book Bomb time once again, and this is a really special one.

 

I’ve known the Lawdog for about twenty years now. He was one of the original alpha readers for my first book because we were both moderators on the same gun forum. Ian is a great guy.

As a small town Texas cop he used to post these funny true life stories, and they were hilarious. Seriously, the guy has a gift. Some of these stories have become internet legend, like the amorous armadillo, the pink gorilla suit, and the shootout with Santa.

After nearly two decades of us bugging him, Lawdog has finally written a book!

It was another mutual friend, Peter Grant’s idea that I write a forward. I was happy to do so, because Lawdog is funny, talented, and has a way with words that can be making you laugh one minute, and punching you in the feels the next. I’m so glad he finally put together a book.

It is only in eBook now, but a physical book is coming later. Also, there is another book planned about his childhood in Africa, and then I’ve heard rumors that he is actually going to try and write some fiction. And that I’ve got to see.

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The purpose of a BOOK BOMB is to get as many people as possible to buy the same book on the same day. That gets it to go up in the sales rankings on Amazon as much as possible. The higher it gets, the more eyes see it, the more new readers check it out. Success breeds success, and the most important thing is that the author GETS PAID. So please check it out, and if you like it, tell your friends and spread the word.

I use Amazon for this because it has an hourly updating sales rank and half the fun is seeing how high we can make it go, but if you want to buy it from your local store, or Barnes and Noble, or whatever, that’s great because the author still GETS PAID. And the whole point is to get a deserving author with a quality book new fans.

In this case, today is the official release, but word leaked out last week, and people went nuts on this book. It is already a bestseller. Which is great, because Ian is funny as hell, and deserves as many readers as possible. So now we are going to pile on.

EDIT: As of right now here are the stats

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

As you can see, already looking pretty damned good. Go Lawdog!

Additional note that I forgot, that internet thread where I found the opening quote for MHI? LInes I’d Like to Hear in a Horror Movie Someday? Started by Lawdog. 😀

EDIT 2: It’s still climbing, and that’s got nothing to do with this yet.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT 3: Top 300. Damn. Go, Lawdog!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT 4: Top 200! The Dog is kicking ass and taking names! 😀

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT 5: BOOM!  #1 in all his genres.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

To put this accomplishment into perspective, True Crime is a very competitive genre. The previous #1 is from a big deal author, who has been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, the book has been reviewed in places like the NYT, USA Today, Time, and the Wall Street Journal, and it’s currently #19 on the very big deal Amazon Most Read List.

By the way the blurb for Killers of the Flower Moon actually makes it sound really interesting so I’ll probably snag a copy. Once we’re done competing with him, obviously 🙂

Now the question, can the Dog make it into the Top 100? Tell your friends and let’s go for double digits! 😀

 

EDIT 6: Oh man, still climbing. We are at the verge of breaking into the Top 100 of all books on Amazon.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

EDIT 7: TOP ONE HUNDRED!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

That is a big deal right there, folks. Well freaking done.

Plus Lawdog is #1 in the very competitive Humor & Entertainment category. And #4 in Books: Humor… Which means with just an eBook he is right behind guys with eBooks, physical books, audio books, and big marketing pushes like Kevin Hart and Al Franken. And Al Franken is a US Senator and alleged comedian who got a whole auditorium to shill to while I was at Book Expo. Lawdog just had his blog, some rowdy friends on the internet, and a cadre of manatees. 😀

But we’ve already seen before that the Monster Hunter Nation is equivalent to most big publisher’s whole marketing departments.  You guys rock.

NEXT MORNING EDIT: I went to bed, but according to people who stayed awake last night the Lawdog Files got to be the #87 bestselling eBook on all of Amazon. Good work, everybody.

Question about my Texas book signings

I’ll be in San Antonio on the 1st, Austin on the 2nd, and Dallas on the 3rd. The store owners asked if I knew how many people to expect (so they have the right number of books on hand), but I’ve never signed at these stores before so I have no earthly idea.

So if you are planning on being at one of my Texas book signings and are going to pick up a signed copy of Monster Hunter Siege, please reply below. Or reply on Facebook, but please don’t reply at both.  That kind of defeats the purpose of accurate counting. 😀

Thanks.

Update Post: Grunge with wrong spine and a bunch of other stuff

Here is an update post about a bunch of pertinent stuff that is happening:

Monster Hunter Grunge Paperback with the Wrong Spine:  The paperbacks for Monster Hunter Grunge came out while I was away. Apparently the cover and interior are fine, but they had the spine of Monster Hunter Nemesis. Publishing screw ups happen, so this print run is being destroyed and replaced. Which means that if you want an oddball as a collector’s item, grab it now.

Chaos Reads Correia Books: Probably not, but you know you’ve made it when you show up in the Duffel Blog.  http://www.duffelblog.com/2017/07/mattis-interview/  Sounds legit. Go Manticores!

Dragon Awards: Don’t forget to nominate for the Dragon Awards! http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_nominations.php They are open to everybody. So please, participate, go an nominate whatever you think was awesome. Except don’t nominate me for anything. I won one last year, so I’m recusing myself from now on. Share the love!

And authors, they expect you to promote your own work. It’s okay to ask your fans to vote for you. (unlike certain other awards, where it is evil to ask your fans to nominate you, unless you’re one of the cool kids, then it is perfectly fine).

Tour Update:  Here is the schedule: http://www.baen.com/pressrelease-larrycorreiatour2017  This is for the release of Siege. I’m leaving in a couple of weeks. Between this and cons I’m spending most of the rest of the summer on the road.

On that note, one of my stops is Uncle Hugos. One thing that I do with them is sign a bunch of autographs for them to ship out all over the country. http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-correia-larry.php  So if you want an autographed copy of any of my books, and you’re not going to see me somewhere in person, this is a great way to get it. Just place your order and specify in the directions what you want me to put in it, I’ll sign them while I’m there, and then they’ll ship them out.

Writing Update:

I have sent off Tom Stranger 2: A Murder of Manatees to Audible.com. They will be editing it shortly. The plan is for Adam Baldwin to narrate again. I do not know the release date for that.

Monster Hunter Siege comes out in August.

The Monster Hunter Files anthology comes out in October.

The last of the Ringo collaborations, Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints, is done, but I’m not sure when in 2018 it releases.

The first volume of my short fiction collection, Target Rich Environment, is done, but I don’t have the release date for that yet either. Kurt Miller is doing the cover, and in traditional Baen short fiction collection style, that means I go on the cover. (Dave Drake was a Roman senator, Eric Flint was a wizard, etc.)  So I’m looking forward to seeing that art.

For the collaboration of Monster Hunter Guardian, Sarah Hoyt is working on the rough draft. I just went over the first 20k words this week. It is going to be awesome. I do not know the release date on that one yet.

I am currently working on the sequel to Son of the Black Sword, called House of Assassins. My plan is to write it, and #3, Destroyer of Worlds, back to back, interrupted only by editing on the various collaborations.

I have an epic fantasy collaboration in the works with Steve Diamond, and a sci-fi collaboration with John D. Brown. The Diamond one is up first, no idea on release dates for either.

There are plans for a 2nd Grimnoir trilogy, but those are further down the line. I’m also planning a 3rd Malcontents novel, but those aren’t as well known as my Baen books, so they have to get bumped back for the books that pay the bills.

I’m in the Straight Outta Tombstone anthology which just came out (and hit #1 in its genre), and I’m in the upcoming Predator: If It Bleeds anthology (I got to write Samurais vs. Predator!).

Yard Moose Mountain 2 Update:

We have consigned ourselves to the fact that 2017 is the Year of Permits. I was hoping to start construction this year, but this isn’t like just building a house on an existing lot that already has all that logistical stuff taken care of. For this chunk of property we’re considered “developers”.  Which means we’re still working on getting approvals for stuff like a mile of road, the well, the power, a geological survey(!), and miscellaneous other stuff. The people we’ve worked with have all been great, but each one needs several weeks to process stuff, before the next person in line needs several weeks to process stuff, so on and so forth.

So the goal this year is to get all the infrastructure in, and spring 2018 actually build the house.

Special Limited Edition, Leather Bound Grimnoir Chronicles from Vault Books

I posted about these once before, but they are getting closer. And these are a limited print run, accent on limited, so if you want one, preorder it soon.

http://www.vaultbooks.pub/news/the-grimnoir-chronicles-by-larry-correia

 

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These are going to be extremely fancy, high quality, leather, collector editions. If you scroll to the bottom I’ve got some teasers of the new interior art pieces.

They are using the French cover art (that Hard Magic cover is still my favorite cover I’ve ever had) PLUS the same artist, Vincent Chong, is doing three new full color pieces for each book (He is a fan of the series). For the really fancy super limited hand lettered few, there will be a 4th piece of artwork.

The three Grimnoir short stories that I’ve written will be included, one with each novel. There is also an interview with me and a new forward.

Vault is a relatively new company that specializes in really high end, collector editions. They’re also huge Grimnoir fans so are doing everything they can to make this as high quality as possible.

From the Vault page:
The Grimnoir Chronicles will be published in three separate volumes; Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound. Each of the novels will have the following in common:

  • A new Author’s Foreword
  • An in-depth interview with author, Larry Correia
  • Cover by Vincent Chong
  • Three full-color, interior illustrations by Vincent Chong, per novel
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Unique foil stamped design on front board and spine
  • Leatherbound
  • Smyth sewn binding for durability
  • Each novel will contain one of the three short stories set in the Grimnoir universe, making this definitive three-book set. These short-stories are the following:
    • Detroit Christmas
    • Tokyo Raider
    • Murder on the Orient Elite

And here are a couple teasers of the interior artwork to give you guys an idea of how nice these are going to be:

Iron Guard Toru

Iron Guard Toru

Mechanical Man

Mechanical Man

I’m back online

I’ve been mostly away from the internet for the last couple of weeks. That’s because my Dad was ill and died last Sunday. We had the funeral on Friday.

My Dad was a good man, I love him, and I will miss him.

I’m not going to write about it, because frankly, I don’t want to, and I don’t feel like telling the world about it now. I’m just posting because it is time to get back to work.  Life goes on.

I don’t need a bunch of condolence posts. That’s not necessary. I put it on Facebook what happened and that I would be away for a while, and thousands of you responded with best wishes and prayers already. That is greatly appreciated.