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Smashwords Update

Posted by on May 11, 2015

It. is. fixed!! I hope.

Last week, I ran into an issue with uploading Secrets Kept to Smashwords, but I am happy to say, the major issues are fixed. The perfectionist in me…well, that’s another story. Ha! So it is now available for most any e-reading device. And it will soon be coming to Barnes and Noble online store. The proof should be arriving in about a week, so the paperback should be back up by next month! Whoohoo! Making progress and crossing things off my list.

On a different note, do you know how hard it is find good moms in speculative fiction? I had thought about putting together a blog post in honor of Mother’s Day here, but I couldn’t really come up with a list beyond what others have already put together in the past. I mean, we have Sarah Conner from Terminator and Molly Weasley from Harry Potter. I know there’s more, but that’s about as far as my brain would go. That would have made for a very boring post. Now…villainous moms…I should have explored that one!

So who are your favorite moms or not-so-favorite moms in speculative fiction?

Have a great rest of the week!

6 Responses to Smashwords Update

  1. Jenelle Leanne

    I’m still not clear on how speculative fiction differs from fantasy or sci-fi… or is it an easy way to combine the two?

    Anyway – Ender Wiggin’s mother is pretty awesome, especially if you read further into the Bean half of the Ender’s Game series.
    Zara – from my own Minstrel’s Song series is a fantastic mom, as is Rena
    Martha Kent from the Superman franchise is almost always portrayed as a fabulous mother
    Willow from The Magic Kingdom of Landover series by Terry Brooks
    Leia Organa Solo is a mom (not always a stellar one (ha! pun!) but not a bad one either in the Star Wars EU

    Just a few off the top of my head. I’m sure there are more I’m forgetting. Though losing one’s mother does tend to be a “thing” in spec fiction.

    Glad to hear you figured out your smashwords thing! Technology hates me, so I try to avoid angering it… 😉

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Jenelle! Yeah, me and technology aren’t the best of friends either. My brain freezes up. Ha!

      Speculative fiction is an umbrella term that encompasses all stories speculative in nature such as fantasy or sci-fi, and all their subgenres like space opera, steampunk, paranormal, etc.

      Thanks for sharing! I know there are more moms out there for sure, just drawing a blank. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. DJ Edwardson

    Great topic. And sadly, I think you’re right. It is hard to come up with decent mothers in speculative fiction.

    I’d agree with Jenelle that Zara from the Minstrel’s Song series is a great mother.

    I also think Nia, from Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga is very kind and caring.

    And finally, Senya, from my series The Chronotrace Sequence is one of my favorite characters from the books. I really wanted to inject this family element as a refuge in the midst of what is otherwise a very bleak world and Senya and her interaction with her children is hopefully a good example of that.

    Maybe that’s one of the reasons God has called us to write the kinds of stories we do, to create characters who show that things like caring for your family and being a strong mother are noble pursuits in genres that seem to focus more on spell slinging and laser gun blasts.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi DJ! Thanks for stopping by! I haven’t read those books, yet. 🙂

      I look at my books, works-in-progress, and story ideas…and I don’t really see a big mom factor, except maybe one. I think it is too early to tell if I have a great mom figure or not. 😛 We shall see! I know I’d like to see more husband and wife teams. Perhaps it’s because most people like the element of falling in love, finding your place in the world, saving the world. I know that’s what draws me in. Of course, I am referring to just speculative fiction. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jack

    It’s always a nice feeling to get issues with your book finished and everything worked out. Congratulations!!

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