October 6th, 2009

This week, to celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot, we are putting online one of our favorite stories. We’re calling it “Of Kings and Monsters” and it is all free to read on the web, no downloads required. I personally adore this story; it cracks me up whenever I read it. Check it out, what can you lose?

OKAMStory Blurb:

When a monster decides to spare the life of a child, he changes the fate of kingdoms, curtails an expanding empire, restores a lost royal dynasty, and most especially, alters his own life forever.

Ja’kh’redd, a monstrous Vidos, was out hunting when he came across an orphaned human child amidst the ruins of a recently destroyed caravan. Taking pity on the ‘human cub’ he saved her, attempting to return her to humankind to grow up among her own.

A decade and a half later, Ja’kh’redd would come across the same human cub once more, this time grown to adulthood… and on death’s door. Rescuing her a second time from a fatal wound begins a journey that will take the humble Vidos from the life of a simple hunter to the halls of ancient Kings, the feasting table of conquerors, and into a life he never could have imagined.

With a strange but elemental love story as its backbone, Kings and Monsters is ultimately a story about humanity, compassion, and what makes a soul noble… and it isn’t the color of the skin, or whether or not there are horns.

September 17th, 2009

For everyone out there with a PDA, Blackberry, iPhone, Kindle, or any kind of hand-held e-book reader or device, we are now publishing live on Smashwords. In their own words, “Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.”

You can also go to Smashwords to read our episodes on-line, so you don’t have to download anything… the first Episode anyway. The others will only have a few sample pages available to read on-line.

We will be publishing our episodes on Smashwords AFTER it has already been published on our home website; so if you have to read the next episode right away, you can download our PDF’s from Skyboarders.com. Otherwise, if you want the next episode on your iPhone and you don’t want to mess with a PDF, you may have to wait a week or so for us to get it online at Smashwords.

The first Episode is still free on Smashwords, and the other Episodes for our stories will remain at $2 whether you buy them on our site, or on Smashwords.

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September 4th, 2009

JelkaboardDid you ever want to fly? Can you imagine what it would be like to crouch down on a two by three foot skyboard, press the speedgrid, and take off at over a hundred miles an hour with nothing between you and the wide world? Especially if nine angry Jelka were following you?

The first five episodes from the new Skyboarders series are online, and ready for purchase. As always, the first episode of the series is free, so you can download it and give it a read to see what you think of it. We think you’ll love it, so don’t pass up the chance!

We will be releasing new Skyboarders episodes every few weeks, so sign up to the RSS feed in the upper right corner to receive updates as soon as we announce them. After you read the first one, you’ll be addicted, so get an RSS reader program (you can find them for free by searching around on the internet) or by entering the RSS feed address into your computer’s email program. Almost every email program these days has some ability to handle RSS feeds. Usually if you just click on the RSS feed box itself, your computer will open your RSS reader program or email program and ask you if you want to sign up to our feed.

And for those of you who desperately want to join the Jelka, we’re going to be opening up a storefront with screen-printed skateboard decks, mugs, t-shirts, you name it. We’ll be getting our designs together over the next few weeks and we’ll let you know when the merchandise is up for sale. Enjoy!