News – June 2017

I haven’t posted for awhile; things have been hectic, and I have had even less time than usual. Much has occurred since my last post, and since said last post promised the date for the release of the final version of my novel without any follow-up, I feel I should begin with the news that Highway Hypnosis is available in both e-book and paperback formats. Simply visit the Novels page to get your copy.

cover art for Highway Hypnosis, a novel by Michael Vain

Highway Hypnosis – Cover

Second on my list of follow-up news concerns the artwork package for the aforementioned novel. Although I had completed the artwork for the last in the series of illustrations for the novel, and transferred it to the canvas board, I have yet to actually begin applying paint. This painting has been in my head for a year now, and the wait has been difficult for me creatively. The reason for this is the same as that behind the fact that I have yet to add to my second novel in roughly the same amount of time. My environment up to now has been difficult, and Michelle and I have been working hard to find a new residence. This took a turn for the worse when the company I worked for in my ‘real job’ played me along for eight months due to the usual personality conflicts that arise between myself and those intimidated by someone with my work ethic. Long story short, I left to find a better job, albeit one that takes up a great deal of my week, and this, combined with looking for a new place to live, has kept us both extremely busy. The upside is that we are scheduled to move soon, and this will provide enough space for all our creative endeavors, including studio space for our painted furniture, which is showcased on my other site, Reincarnations – Painted Furniture and Other Artistic Creations. Once we are settled in, I will be able to complete the final painting, which will be made available to purchasers of the novel. This may take some time, but I will continue to update the project as it progresses.

Among the many other upcoming projects in the pipeline is the redesign of the site. I have already begun the process for my painted furniture site, as I continue to explore various facets of web design, and will be developing some sort of WordPress theme around the current design, so stay tuned for some major changes. Although things have been busy, I foresee an even busier second half of the year. The results will be well worth the effort, and will do my best to post more often.

In the meantime, keep reading, and stay in the Light.

~Namaste

Book News – April 29, 2016

I have ordered a proof for my debut horror novel, “Highway Hypnosis”, and should have a copy by May 9th. Barring any printing errors, I should have it available on both my site and through Amazon by mid-May.
I have also begun the last illustration for the novel, which will be available as an 8 1/2″x 11″ print, along with the previous 4, as a giveaway – details will be forthcoming when they are completed.

In other writing news, I have recently begun my second novel, and have 23k words so far on the first draft. I am hopeful to have it completed by the end of summer. More details as the work progresses.

Hope everyone is having a successful and productive 2016!

~Namaste

Book News – April, pt. 2

I am currently waiting on a reply regarding my cover and interior pages for Highway Hypnosis. Once this is done, I can order a proof for review before making the paperback version available on my site.
The biggest hurdle, so far, has been an apparent problem in file translation, and by this I mean a change in the actual files when I upload them . PDF and image files that are created to meet their specifications seem to magically change to a lower dpi when uploaded. I’ve installed new software, experimented with a variety of settings, and still I get error messages from the site telling me the dpi is lower than their standard. I have to wonder, what internet gremlins are working their destructive magic on these files?
Eventually, I’ll get to the bottom of this, and follow whatever procedures are necessary in order to get my work processed in a reasonable amount of time. In the meantime, I’ll let everyone know when the paperback version is available through Amazon and other outlets.
Also, both my works are still available in ebook formats:
The Minstrel (novella): Purchase here – only $0.99
Highway Hypnosis: Purchase here – only $4.99

Till then,
~Namaste

News – April 2016

First, an apology to anyone who downloaded a sample of my recent novel, ‘Highway Hypnosis’. It appears the manuscript was NOT the final edited copy. I have been working to correct this, and the new version will be up soon. I’ll announce when the corrected version is available here on my blog. I’m not sure if the full edited version got lost, was over-written on my hard drive, or something else, but even though I did spot the error almost immediately, the finished version is apparently lost, and I had to edit the manuscript again. The finished version will be worth the download.

Second, I am currently working on the print version of ‘Highway Hypnosis’ as well, and it will be available through Amazon within the next few weeks. More details will be forthcoming when it is completed.

Third, I am also working on illustrations for the novel, which will be available to those who purchase either version of the book. I’ll post more details when they are available.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring.

~Namaste

Current News – March 2016

Some upcoming projects:

In addition to having my novel, Highway Hypnosis, available on Smashwords, I am currently working on producing a print version that will be available through both the novels section of this website, as well as through Amazon.

I am currently working on the last two illustrations from the novel. I had originally hoped to include these in both the e-book and printed versions, but as many e-readers to not display in color, and to keep the cost of the printed version as affordable as possible, I have decided to make them available to those who purchase either version of the book when they are completed. I’ll be posting more details on this in the near future.

Meanwhile, I’ve begun two new writing projects – so stay tuned!

~Namaste

New Release – Highway Hypnosis

Greetings, everyone!

My long-overdue novel of dark suspense/horror, HIGHWAY HYPNOSIS, is now available for download from Smashwords!

HIGHWAY HYPNOSIS – NOW AVAILABLE!

When Howard Langford, electronics genius and pioneer in the world of virtual reality entertainment, falls asleep at the wheel, he awakens to find himself upon an alien highway, one that leads through a dimension where his darkest dreams have the ability to become flesh. Thrust into a hostile world, Howard must find a way to survive, all the while racing toward a confrontation with the evil force that has brought him to its feeding ground. Fighting for his sanity and his life, Howard must find a way back to his home world before he becomes just another victim of highway hypnosis.
You can obtain your copy here: Purchase Now