The Anniversary Edition Hits the Web

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It’s been a long time coming but Someone to Remember Me: The Anniversary Edition is finally on its way to a server near you. After almost two and half years since the original release of the first edition, it is with no small amount of pride that I announce the release of The Anniversary Edition to the existing lineup of services (iBooks, Kindle, Nook) while also premiering for the first time on Goodreads, Kobo, and Google Play.

The Anniversary Edition has been a joyous challenge that began in late 2012, about six months after the original debut. So much of the feedback I received from readers since then has echoed my own thoughts and feelings, resounding strongly enough that I undertook a complete renovation of the novel. The Anniversary Edition is about a quarter larger than its predecessor, features an expanded plot while simultaneously boasting a streamlined narrative. I’m very proud of this second, and very likely final, edition of Someone to Remember Me. To give you a tease idea about the changes, the book’s opening epigraph and table of contents are listed below.

 

   In this hour of daybreak, my sins yearn for absolution once more. They have endured exaltation and exile, ecstasy and misery, born from kindness and yet mired in criminality. Judge my actions as you will, decry them as you must, but the reward for my patience is nigh upon the horizon.

A cold light spreads across the ruined place you fought to possess and, in your arrogance, doomed forever. This fatal truce, this peace in death, could not last. Perhaps that is why you stir? Woken from your age-long slumber, summoned to action by the dawn of the roses.

CONTENTS

Part One: The Survivors

Chapter One: Dawn

Chapter Two: A Nearby Sadness

Chapter Three: On the Hunt

Chapter Four: Timeless Knowledge

Chapter Five: Among the Shallows

Part Two: Rapture

Chapter Six: In Memoriam

Chapter Seven: Origins

Chapter Eight: A Soul to Keep

Chapter Nine: The Flaw

Chapter Ten: Love and Reconciliation

Part Three: Eternal Recurrence

Chapter Eleven: Summons

Chapter Twelve: Mortal Coil

Chapter Thirteen: Grand Cross

Chapter Fourteen: All Creation

Chapter Fifteen: Someone to Remember Me

 

Thank you to everyone who has accompanied me on this journey. If you’d like to receive your updated copy, you only need to delete it out of iBooks and re-download it from the Purchased list. Kindle is a bit trickier—you’ll need to go into your account via Amazon.com, manage your content and devices, and redeliver the book by selecting it from the list and choosing “Deliver.”

This journey has truly been a pleasure. I hope to get back into writing reviews and updates now that The Anniversary Edition has been released into the wild.

– Brendan

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The 50 Mile Challenge

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I don’t think I’ve ever ever despised something with as much vitriol as i utterly hate running. Looking back, though, I can’t help but think that this was bound to happen. As soon as I started going back to the gym regularly I got to thinking—you know, that other thing I do besides sweating while I’m on a freaking treadmill—and I asked myself, how many miles have I actually run? How many combined calories is that? Am I getting better or worse at this monstrous, abominable activity?

And there are times when, despite my affinity for technology, I’m not particularly intelligent about it. I discovered this week that Nike+ has a running app for the iPhone that stands alone and doesn’t require a shoe sensor. I was surprised and delighted because I hate spending money and, accordingly, love free things! I loaded up the app and went for a run on Wednesday, which was agony because I’m awful at running outdoors and horrifyingly out of shape, but it was really really cool to see my route and assorted information.

One of the more courageous features of the app is that it invites you to set challenges for yourself, and to invite others to participate in those challenges with you. I set a semi-realistic goal of 50 miles by the end of August. I see it like this: I already go to the gym 3 times a week and run, on average, 2.4 miles on each visit, so my ability to output miles is there. I need to complete, on average, 1.6 miles a day or 3.3 across 15. I honestly think I can accomplish that, so I set it as my goal.

That being said, I’m not just blindly charging into this one. Runners World has a great 8 week training guide that I’ve been working with to build endurance (and no, I’m not remotely interested in running an actual marathon), but the sore spot in the real world is that I need a good way of tracking my time without glancing at my watch/phone. That’s my number one complaint with the Nike+ app: it doesn’t allow you to set interval timers for those of us who need to build that endurance.

I downloaded IntervalTimer to compliment the Nike+ app; I plan to put it to use for the first time tomorrow. I’m going to revisit my original route by Lake Hodges, where I posted an abysmal 12’57” average (though my best was 10:04 mile, which is only a smidgen more than 9’50” mile from early July) and see if I can’t make some modest improvements.

7/31/13 Mile Times

50 Miles seems within reach, all things considered. I have 4 down, 46 to go. I’m all decked out and ready to run—if begrudgingly. If you have Nike+ and want to add me as a friend or just want to keep tabs on my progress, feel free to visit my Nike+ page. Otherwise, check back here throughout the month for periodic reports on my status.

Here’s to a challenging month!

Purchase Statistics for “Someone”

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It has been a little more than a month since Someone to Remember Me became available for download through the iBooks, Nook, and Kindle Stores in North America and Canada (thank you, Jack Barker!). I’ve had wonderful support and an amazing turnout with regards to downloads, and since so many people regularly ask how it’s doing, I thought I’d take this chance to share the sales stats for my novel. Continue reading

Release Day, Part 2: Now on iBooks

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Someone to Remember Me is now available for sale on the iBooks Store for $2.99

With the unexpected delay, the iBooks version is arriving 11 days after the Nook and Kindle counterparts, but hotly anticipated nonetheless.

You can purchase it via the iBooks app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch by hitting the search button and typing in Someone to Remember Me or Brendan Mancilla.

Since it is not yet appearing in iTunes Preview via Google, that’s the only way to get the job done until get I back to my computer and copy the book store link from iTunes onto all of the pages here. (Expect an update to this post later today!)

I have to thank everyone who waited so patiently, and badgered me so relentlessly, for the release of the iBooks version of Someone to Remember Me. In an odd way, Valentine’s Day seem as fitting a formal release date as any (especially if you’ve gotten through the Kindle or Nook versions) for various plot related reasons.

Meanwhile, I’m off to blow up Facebook, Twitter, and instagram with shameless piles of self-promotion. If you’re interested in purchasing the book on Kindle or Nook please click here.

Thank you all and I hope this book doesn’t disappoint!

Brendan

Release Day, Part 1

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Someone to Remember Me is now available for sale on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

For unspecified reasons, the iBooks version is currently unavailable. When the issue resolves, it will be announced accordingly.

If you own a Kindle or Nook, thank you and happy reading!

Getting Started: The Process

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One of the major “points” of creating this website is to educate and empower languishing writers that publication takes many forms in the digital age. Chief amongst these new forms is the ebook. On the market right now are competing devices that enable readers to buy, download, and read books. This presents interactivity and immediacy that the market has otherwise never seen before.

A great debate about physical books versus their electronic counterparts elicits a variety of responses from readers. For the sake of my sanity, I’m going to assume that you’ve come to the decision to launch your book electronically. This is a good idea, as it was only a few months ago that electronic books actually started outselling physical books! Whatever your motivations may be, an enormous demand for material has been unleashed by the advent of ebooks and their reading devices. Continue reading