What’s Coming for Author JK Mikals
This lady is Panama Red. Red is a pistol, a real firecracker, and she takes no guff. Unfortunately, her kind heart and more curiosity than is good for her interfere with that. Red currently has two problems. Her best friend in Las Tablas is under suspicion in the disappearance of a European expat and she can’t get rid of a house guest who has made himself into a roommate. What would happen if she hired someone to help her with the house guest problem and he turned out to be a CIA operative hunting down gun runners? Good Help is Hard to Find is scheduled for release January 2015.
What You Can Read Right Now
Like satire? This one takes a swipe at just about everything. But be warned. If you don’t appreciate irony, parody or the occasional obscure reference, you will hate this book. If you have a great sense of humor, have ever read bad sci-fi or a trashy romance, are sick of vampires but enjoy fantasy and a truly complex plot, and if you are drooling now, you have two choices. You can read the book as originally issued in Amazon Kindle format right this minute, under it’s current name (click on the text title to go to the Amazon page), A Chip in Time, or you can wait a month or two and read the revision which should have zero typos (mostly misplaced commas and capitals) and most of one entire chapter axed.
The new release will be going out as Saving Time, A Satiric Novel of Gods, Ghosts, Love and Physics. Unlike Chip, Saving Time will also be available in print and as an audio-book.
Why bother with a re-issue? Because when A Chip in Time was released it was an instant hit in its category and made the top 100. Alas, as they say, I became ill and dropped the marketing ball. I intend to pick it up again, but I have since come to dislike Chip’s brine shrimp and felt a new cover and a new title were the best way to go to get it back out there.
I’m still not sure about the cover for Saving Time, so feel free to put in your two cents. The idea behind the design is the watches (time) are flying off in a helpless, uncontrolled manner similar to the shaky experience of the Goddess of Time, and the font indicates the same lack of control, but implies a rescue effort. If you see that and agree, I could use some support. If you disagree, tell me why! Let me know! Comments welcome!
Read the Official Description of the Story :
(Or watch the trailer below and have it read to you)
Unkempt, lonely and full of self-pity after her recent divorce, the last thing on Cybele’s agenda is saving the world. But saving the world is exactly what the Goddess of Time insists that she do… Time is beside herself. Dead bodies are multiplying in Xanadu and the surrounding loco-weed filled mountains. The squirrel population has become hook-nosed and rabid. Fertility gods are reluctant to mate. Some sort of Time Warp is interfering with all her plans. And worst of all, her only supplier for the Sacred Brine Shrimp so key to all godly technologies (and addictions) has run mad and can no longer supply them. So when the goddess finds the naïve but well-meaning Cybele through a cosmic computer glitch, she is desperate enough to snatch the girl into the Akashic Records. There, an appalled Cybele is equipped with special cameras and a crew of ghosts, told to re-arrange certain life sequences for different outcomes and to film her efforts to prevent future ‘rewrites.’ She is to give the head fertility god an attitude adjustment and then repair the time warp – she is to Save the World.
I even made a trailer for it, which you can watch right here:
All the reviews apply to either version. You can see most of them on Amazon, and the rest on Smashwords. Here’s one of my faves: “J.K. Mikals has produced an engaging, genre-defying tale that gently mocks literary cliches and whole-heartedly celebrates snack foods. In Mikals’ reality, the heroine’s search for true love and the Goddess of Time’s addiction to ambrosia intersect, with surprising results for the history of the world. Mikals’ approach to social satire is playful and amusing, and I found her brand names particularly funny. A Chip in Time explores the profundities and absurdities of love, time, technology, and culture, but Mikals never pontificates, and she never loses the plot. Mikals can be forgiven for the odd obscure reference, and those of you who are really up on your heresies and fertility cults can relish the opportunity to enjoy an in-joke or two with the author while the rest of us google it.”