All Cori Rubio Books Are Online!

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It has finally happened! All six of the Cori Rubio books are now available for purchase on Kindle!

As previously announced, these books will be available only on Kindle for the time being, so that we can enroll in KDP Select. Please let us know if this is an inconvenience for you, or if you’d like to be notified when they are available on iBooks, Nook, or Kobo.

I’m back… sort of…

Hello, everyone! I’ve been neglecting this blog for reasons slightly out of my control, and I may be away a bit more. Cori Rubio books 3 – 6 are back from the proofreader, and are being prepared for publication. All should be up by the end of the year. Please let me know if you are anxious to read them; the more we hear from you, the harder I’ll work! I’d also appreciate any feedback you have.

When they are ready, we will probably post them on iBooks for free for a while, and then switch to Kindle-only while we gear up our marketing effort through KDP Select. Once that’s over, we will be back on iBooks, Kobo, and Nook. I will announce the free book deals also on Reddit FreeEBOOKS.

I’m still working on my “evil” book. I was thinking about serializing it, for free access, but that would mean less polish, proofreading, etc. Let me know if you have any opinions about that.

Black Friday Free Books!

PrintFor a limited time, all of my books will be free on iBooks. Regular price is $5.99.

You can find them hereCori book 1Cori book 2, and States.

The price change request has been submitted, but there might be a few hours of delay in some markets. If this happens, please try again in a couple of hours.

Cori Rubio book 3 is on its way, as are the rest of the series. We are planning to have them all up by the end of next year, at the latest. Amazingly, we’ve been ahead of schedule every step of the way, so it may be sooner.

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All of my books are genre-defying, so perhaps it’s time for some genre-defying marketing. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Only the Relatives

This is the fifth and final installment in my on-going musings on absolute evil.

In the end, I feel the most comfortable with the idea that absolute good and absolute evil do not exist. It’s not even that easy to define what is relatively good and what is relatively evil, but we can derive these notions from concepts like harm and benefit, life and death, suffering and joy, peace and war, etc.

At least to the point where they can serve practical purposes, like deciding how to vote, choosing what to eat for dinner, and how to plot out a novel.

And, I think there is something like an absolute good in being able to live an ethical life on the basis of relative definitions of good and evil, without the need for absolute definitions of good and evil. It does seem that fantastically evil acts are committed by those who believe in one notion of good that overrides all other goods, i.e., by those who believe in absolute good.

 

Good Intentions and Evil

This is the fourth installment in my on-going musings on absolute evil.

I have now begun writing my next novel, based on the idea that absolute evil is that which consistently or largely creates evil out of good. I have characters who are basically good and well-intended, but are saddled with a curse that creates evil consequences out of well-intended actions.

I chose this angle mostly because I thought it would be an interesting thought experiment, rather than because I think this is the most rigorous definition of absolute evil. In the Cori books, I created a world in which things, mostly, work out. In Alone in a Strange World, the main character remains completely oblivious, and the story presumes that she would have made different decisions, had she been more aware. In the new book, everyone is fully aware of the consequences of their actions, and their actions to remedy this, in turn, produce more horrifying results. So, the theory goes, great evils do not happen just because the perpetrators were evil (even if some of them are), but because something turns all actions, well-intended or evil-intended, into great evil.

One problem with this conception of absolute evil did arise as I wrote the novel: it is hard to distinguish it from a series of unfortunate accidents. It isn’t rare that well-intended actions lead to unintended consequences. Are we truly in the presence of evil when that happens with alarming frequency, or is it just dumb luck? Conversely, many larger-scale atrocities occur because the perpetrators were (un)fortunate to have access to a greater means of destruction. Doesn’t it seem unfair to deem them more evil than less (un)fortunate perpetrators?

Another problem that arises is how to fight such an evil. If evil is being committed by a single person, it all ends when the person is stopped. Likewise with a group. What if the very act of fighting the evil contributes to it? (Sound familiar?) How does one win that war?

We’ll see how far I can carry this premise.