Audio Book on the Horizon

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have already heard the news, but I wanted to share it with everyone who reads the blog, as well. The news being that I’ve officially selected a narrator for the Murder in “Utopia,, audio book which should be releasing some time in late March or early May–as long as everything sticks to schedule, of course.

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I’m producing the novel through Amazon’s ACX which connects independent authors with independent producers, and the entire process turned out to be rather simple and straight forward. If any of you readers are authors yourselves and you have questions about the process, feel free to ask them here and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.

The audition I chose was from one Julie Hoverson. She’s produced hundreds of audio books through ACX under different pen names (or should I say voice names?), and I’m really excited to hear her final take on the novella. If you’re interested in hearing some of her other work, check out this audio drama podcast she wrote, produced, and starred in from 2008 on until 2012ish called 19 Nocturne Boulevard. From the website:

19 Nocturne Boulevard is an anthology series – half hour stories, ranging from horror to sci fi, from fantasy to dark social commentary and from humor to nothing funny about it…

So if you’re as excited to hear the audio book as I am, sign up for my email newsletter through this link and stay up to date on the release of the Murder in “Utopia,, audio book, and if you can’t wait that long, just pick up an eBook copy of the novella through this link.

Thanks for your time, dear readers. Happy Thursday. Have a good one.

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New Review of Murder in “Utopia,,

Hey y’all. I know it’s not Saturday, and no this isn’t another chapter in Infinite Limits, but I did get a review of my absurdist novella Murder in “Utopia,, that I’d like to share with you all so here it is:

Rating: Four stars out of five.

Title: I haven’t enjoyed being confused so much since my first time watching The Matrix

Review:

This is a fascinating example of fiction that’s more of an experience than a story. I’m not going to list it among my all-time favorites, but I’m definitely glad I read it. Perkins took some admirable risks with this book and made a concerted effort to cut against the grain, and that kind of thing can often end in utter disaster.

This did not.

Murder in “Utopia,, defies many conventions of storytelling and formatting, but it manages to do so without becoming incomprehensible. It’s confusing, but that confusion is grounded by a conversational tone, a well-drawn setting, and an absurd, morbid splash of humor. I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to take a bit more of a cerebral adventure than your average piece of genre fiction has to offer.

So if that sounds like something you’d enjoy reading, pick up a copy of the novella for only two dollars through this link today. Thanks for your time, and happy Tuesday.

Author’s Note on Murder in “Utopia,,

Another Saturday comes and still no new chapters to post for Infinite Limits. Sorry, dear readers. But I do have the print proof now so I can say for sure that next Saturday will mark the return of the Infinite Limits universe to this blog with the first chapter in book two, An Almost Tangent.

In the meantime, I took some time this morning to write an author’s note for my absurd novella Murder in “Utopia,, which you can purchase (or read for free if you have kindle unlimited or Amazon prime) through this link.

Here’s that author’s note to give you a better idea of what’s going on in the novella, and don’t forget to sign up for my email newsletter, with updates on new releases and offers for free books, right through here.

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Author’s Note on Murder in “Utopia,,

For this novella my main goal was to produce a work that was at the same time absurdist and decidedly literary. I think I’ve succeeded in both aspects.

Murder in “Utopia,, was written without the use of quotation marks to distinguish dialogue from narration, much like you would find in a Cormac McCarthy novel. I however, unlike McCarthy who uses the same format for all his works, only wanted to forgo the use of quotation marks if it was for a purpose in the story that went beyond stylistic preferences. With Murder in “Utopia,, I found that purpose.

The story takes place almost entirely inside a priest’s confessional office. Chapters alternate between a psychiatrist giving her confessions to the priest and the confessions of the very patients mentioned by the psychiatrist in her sessions. Every sentence that is written in the past tense is spoken aloud to the priest or by her, and every sentence that is written in the present tense is one of the priest’s thoughts or an action she experiences.

I think you can see now why I found the quotation marks to be unnecessary, even without my having to spoil the plot-based reasoning found in the final chapter of the novella. I think you can also see why Murder in “Utopia,, may be a difficult read the first time through. There are no quotation marks to set off dialogue, the tense of the writing changes based on whether the words are spoken or experienced, and to top it all off, no names are mentioned for any of the characters, each being referred to only by their occupation or the pronouns her, she, etc.

But fear not, dear readers. Continue on despite your confusion. Confusion is part of the experience. And by the end, I think you may realize that you’ve found more clarity than you thought possible in such a jumbled, messy “utopia”.

Thanks for reading along. I hope you enjoy the work and join me for more stories in the future.

We do nothing alone.

-Bryan Perkins 10/24/15

An Almost Tangent eBook and Author’s Note

Well people, it’s official. The ebook for An Almost Tangent is live and available for purchase through Amazon. Now, before you start reading though, this is technically a beta version. I’m still waiting on the proof of the print edition, and when I get it, I’m going to read through the novel one more time and put in some last minute edits. I won’t change much, I’m sure, but there will certainly be at least some differences.

Still, if you can’t wait, go ahead and order your electronic copy through here. And in the meantime, here’s my author’s note for An Almost Tangent.

And so arrives book two of the Infinite Limits tetralogy, adding more points of view onto an already hefty cast of characters. I hope I’ve been able to properly communicate their development in such a way that you’ve enjoyed their company so far.

For book two, An Almost Tangent, I use the same basic structure that I used for book one–as suggested by China Miéville, which you can read about in my author’s note for The Asymptote’s Tail. I follow again seven points of view, all from different worlds, giving each POV character three five thousand word chapters with which to tell their story. And while this novel follows a similar three act structure for its individual story arc, one could also consider book two to be the first half of the second act of the tetralogy as a whole, an act which will give us time to further explore the worlds as they stand in the Infinite Limits universe.

In this book we follow six new points of view, those of characters we’ve already met in The Asymptote’s Tail and those of characters who have not yet been introduced alike. We also return to Ansel, still in search of her family, acting as the lynchpin between the various perspectives represented in Infinite Limits so far.

This novel in particular was fun to write because I was able to draw more from my real life experiences as an organizer for Occupy Baton Rouge. I have personally gone to parties with the sole intention of handing out flyers for political events. I was taught to yell tiny soundbites on repeat, creating the people’s mic that helped us be heard in places where megaphones were banned. I joined general assemblies, and I took to the streets with my fellow community members.

I very well could have been living in Outland Two, just like Tillie who goes through many of the same experiences in this novel. After all, that’s the point of literature in my opinion, and speculative fiction specifically: To illuminate the darkness in our present society so we can better find a method of fixing those problems together.

I hope I have illuminated some small part of our society for you at the same time that I have crafted believable characters and an enjoyable story. Thank you for giving me your time. Thank you for giving me a chance. I sincerely hope you join us again for book three.

We do nothing alone.

-Bryan Perkins 10/19/15

Thanks for reading, y’all. Click here if you want email updates on all my new releases. And click here to order your copy of An Almost Tangent today.

About An Almost Tangent

Hello readers. I’m sorry to say that there will be no new chapters from Infinite Limits again this week. But that should all change next Saturday because I’m well on my way to publishing book two, An Almost Tangent. I have my proof copy for the print version ordered already, and I’m just left to format the eBook version. That should be published sometime this next week and the print version not long after that. If you want to keep up to date on when exactly they come out, sign up for my email newsletter right here.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with one last sneak peek of An Almost Tangent before full publication. This time it’s the back of the book blurb. Now, if you haven’t already read book one of Infinite Limits, The Asymptote’s Tail, there are some spoilers in this blurb, so don’t read on if you don’t want to read them. You’ve been warned. 🙂

An Almost Tangent

The walls between Outlands Five and Six have been destroyed, forcing the two to merge into a third, new world. In An Almost Tangent, book two of the Infinite Limits tetralogy, we follow six new points of view and one old as they each deal with unique consequences of that merger.

The owners of Inland face a choice. Would it be more profitable to resegregate Five and Six or to allow the two worlds to continue to intermingle? Lord Walker has his opinion on the matter, and the other members of the Fortune Five have theirs, but in the meantime, they all still have the chaos of riots and protests throughout all the Outlands to deal with.

In Outland One we experience firsthand the life of a protector in training. In Two we follow Tillie, a university student, as she unwittingly joins a protest movement on campus. In Three we meet a no name movie crew, attempting to become famous with their first independent film. While Five and Six bring us one never before introduced character’s point of view and that of an old friend, both to explore life in the poorest worlds—now world—of Outland.

Leaving us with none other than Ansel Server. Having lost her mother to the wrath of the protectors, she’s left only to fight for the life of her father—who was imprisoned by those very same protectors. The Scientist promised she’d help, Ansel’s dead set on making sure they get to him in time, and the only way to find out what happens is to join us for An Almost Tangent.

I hope you’re as excited about the release as I am, readers. Less than two weeks to wait. Until next time.

An Almost Tangent Cover and Table of Contents

If you’ve been following along on the blog, you probably already know that last Saturday the final chapter of The Asymptote’s Tail (book 1 of Infinite Limits) was made available here on the website. So as you might expect, I don’t have any new chapters to share today. Sorry.

I do, however, have some news to report about An Almost Tangent (book 2 of Infinite Limits). Not only have I been hard at work editing and formatting the print version, but I’ve also made some progress on designing a cover for the novel. If all goes to plan, I should be ordering my proof copy in the next week or so and publishing the print and eBook versions shortly after. Yay!

Until then, to tide you eager fans over (I’m sure there are tons of you, lol), I’ll share the table of contents for An Almost Tangent and my progress on the front cover so far. Enjoy, be intrigued, and let me know what y’all think in the comment section here.

An Almost Tangent

Table of Contents

22. Tillie
23. Huey
24. Rosa
25. Ansel
26. Jonah
27. Guy
28. Olsen
29. Tillie
30. Huey
31. Rosa
32. Ansel
33. Jonah
34. Guy
35. Olsen
36. Tillie
37. Huey
38. Rosa
39. Ansel
40. Jonah
41. Guy
42. Olsen

Thanks for stopping by, y’all. Have a great weekend.

New Author Bio for Yours Truly

I’m trying to get better at selling myself so maybe I can sell a few more books. Along with that comes a new author biography because my old one was, admittedly, crap. Here that new one is. Let me know what you think. Would you want to buy books from this guy?

Bryan “with a Y” Perkins was born an Air Force brat. It took him a long time travelling through plenty of states, and another country entirely, to make his way down to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he now calls home. From LSU he earned a degree in biology and managed to stay in town long enough after graduating to become heavily involved in Occupy Baton Rouge. He still works tirelessly to end the reign of profits over human needs, but most of that energy is spent in writing revolutionary fiction these days. So sit right down, listen to a story or two, and let’s all figure out how to make the world a better place together.

[Click here to visit Bryan’s Amazon author page.]

Photo Credit: Geoff Badeaux