First three chapters of Gunslinger to the Stars on InstaFreebie!

It is exactly one month before Gunslinger to the Stars goes live, but if you want to read the first three chapters, they are available right now on InstaFreebie.

If you’re unfamiliar with InstaFreebie, it’s a site where you can download free books by sharing your name and email with the author. Basically, you sign up for the author’s newsletter, and you get a copy of their book. You can browse by genre or author, too.

In addition to this giveaway, I’ll start posting short 300 word excerpts on my blog starting in about a week. I’m also going to publish a prequel short story in the next few days. And of course, you can pre-order Gunslinger to the Stars right now by following one of the links below!

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New day job, new routine

So I just got a part-time day job with Monsanto, here in the Des Moines area. My brother-in-law works as a scientist there, so he was able to connect me with the right people. It’s basically a warehouse job, handling all the shipping and receiving as well as the inventory. The hours are perfect, the job is interesting, and the people are really awesome, so I think things are going to work out really well.

Of course, that means adjusting to a new daily routine, which is why I neglected this blog all last week. Writing takes priority, so I’ve been focused on that first. I’m currently working on a short story prequel to Gunslinger to the Stars, which should be done later today and up for you guys to read before the end of the month.

I’m really, really excited about Gunslinger to the Stars. I think it’s my best sci-fi adventure novel yet. It’s coming out right around the same time as Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which also looks really awesome. Think Guardians of the Galaxy meets Monster Hunter International, with a heaping dose of Firefly mixed in for good measure. That’s Gunslinger to the Stars.

Gunslinger to the Stars

Gunslinger to the Stars

Sam Kletchka here, freelance gunslinger and interstellar privateer. This, my friends, is how I went from being stranded in the armpit of the galaxy to becoming the luckiest human being in the universe. More info →
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Lots and lots of stuff going on, but it looks like things are finally settling into a new routine. I should have a lot more for you guys in the future.

Have a fantastic weekend, and thanks for reading!

GUNSLINGER TO THE STARS now up for pre-order!

Hi guys! Sorry to be out of the loop for a while. I have just made the pioneer trek of my ancestors, except in the wrong direction (from Utah to Iowa). Still getting settled in, but I should be more active from now on.

That said, I’m happy to report that Gunslinger to the Stars is now available for pre-order! It’s scheduled to release on May 19th, across all ebook platforms. For Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords, you can pre-order your copy now!

I’m super excited about this book. It’s my first novel since May 2016, and if it does well enough, I’d like to expand it into a trilogy. Either way, it’s definitely taken my writing in a new direction, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it. If I had to pitch it in one sentence, I’d say that it’s Monster Hunter International meets Guardians of the Galaxy.

Just a short post for now, but I’ll be sure to let you guys know what I’m up to as I get back into the swing of things. Thanks for reading!

Gunslinger to the Stars

Gunslinger to the Stars

Not long from now, in our own Milky Way…

Sam Kletchka here, freelance gunslinger and interstellar privateer. This, my friends, is how I went from being stranded in the armpit of the galaxy to becoming the luckiest human being in the universe.
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About the Book

The name’s Sam Kletchka. Perhaps you’ve heard of me: captain of the Star Runner, military contractor for Earthfleet, and interstellar privateer. But before all that, I was a hired gun, freelancing across the galaxy one gunslinging job at a time.

This, my friends, is how I went from being stranded in the armpit of the galaxy to becoming the luckiest human being in the universe. Not that it was easy, of course. I’ve looked death in the face so often, he’s practically an old buddy of mine. But when all your worst enemies are immortal, that’s a buddy you want on your side.

Stay frosty, my friends. You never know what you’ll find at the next star.

This book is rated T! according to the AO3 content rating system.

Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Tag: 2017 Release
Publication Year: May 2017
Length: Novel
List Price: 3.99
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About the Author
Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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Thoughts on Genesis Earth

So I finished rereading Genesis Earth, in preparation for writing the sequel, and I have to say it was not what I expected.

It wasn’t disappointing. There were some annoying ticks that I noticed, like too many said bookisms or turns of phrase that I wouldn’t have written today. Also, the book was a little wordy or slow in parts, compared to my more recent writing. But those were relatively minor issues. The story was quite solid. I’d actually forgotten some of the plot twists, so it was fun to watch them unfold. A bit like reading the book for the first time.

But one thing above all else struck home: the person who wrote Genesis Earth is not the person I am today. I doubt that that person would have been able to write Gunslinger to the Stars. And if I were to go back and write Genesis Earth from scratch, it would be a completely different book in every meaningful way.

It’s bizarre. When you’re caught up in day-to-day life, you never really get a sense that you’re changing. And yet, the truth is that we’re always changing, hopefully for the best, but not always. It’s impossible to experience life and still remain unchanged.

I also got a sense of this when I finished the 2.0 draft for The Sword Keeper. Perhaps it was just me reliving my own memories from the times when I wrote it, but the first half of the book seemed very different from the second half. I wrote the first half while living abroad in Georgia, and the second half years later here in Utah.

There’s a couple of things I’ve taken away from this experience.

First, it’s not always a good idea to put a WIP on the back burner. By the time you come back to it, you may not be capable of writing it exactly the way you first envisioned it. Better to push through whatever’s blocking you and strike while the iron is hot.

Second, at anything you want to do well, it’s important to always strive to improve. Even when you’re at the top of your game (and I’m certainly not at the top of mine—not yet anyway), if you’re not always trying to do better, to learn and to grow, you’ll fall off really fast.

In reality, there is no “top,” because nothing is ever static. Improvement is a lifelong process, because the moment you stop improving is the moment you start getting worse.

One thing I really need to work on is writing every day. In the past, when I’ve been working on revisions, or prewriting, or getting a book ready for publication, I’ve slacked off on this. But the truth is that writing new words is the best way to sharpen your writing skills, and that writing every day is the best way to always keep them sharp. And there’s always something to write, even if it’s just a short story. If I could write a short story every week for a year…

So yeah, lots to think on. And I’ve got a few ideas for Edenfall as well. But first, before I move to Iowa next week, I need to get Gunslinger to the Stars ready for publication. Harder, better, faster, stronger—our work is never over!