Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RUBBERMAN'S CITIZENS IS NOW OUT!



A story of oppression and loss, of uprising and joys. Rubberman's Citizens pushes through grim tyranny with the courage, compassion, and humour of those forced to fight troubled times.

The first book in the series, Rubberman's Cage, serves as a broad introduction to most of the regions inside the series environment.
Rubberman's Citizens takes a closer look into one region's history, and by the end of the tale of Citizenry, we are pushed forward into the future of the inhabitants, and the vast environment itself.

In Citizenry, Leena knew cruelty was normal.

Order was kept by Warren, through intimidation and abuse.
Normal meant deliveries from above, supplies from the great, unknowable, Actual.
Normal meant hating the lessers who live below.
Normal meant routine public degradation.
Normal meant hearing screams, and knowing no one dared help.

Normal was knowing that tomorrow, it could be your own screams being ignored.

Leena found a way to help.
Leena found a chance.
Leena discovered revolution.



Friday, January 5, 2018

Rubberman's Cage AudioBook is out! (And Citizens Update)


It's finally out!
It's on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Keep in mind, if you get a free trial account at Audible, you can grab Rubberman's Cage free!

U.S. Audible, Canadian Audible

Our hero, Lenth, has grown up in a very small, controlled space with three 'Brothers' and a silent rubber-clad master above them, who directs daily activities, and can electrocute them if they disobey... but this is normal- it's what they grew up with. Driven to 'wake' a dead Brother, Lenth manages to escape into new spaces, and meet people he never knew existed.

Revelations about his world as he explores are complicated by a killer- who shares more than a little background with our hero.

Rubberman's Citizens Update:


The book is in its final edit run (once again in my own hands), then off to the presses! Conversion to Ebook and hardcover will follow, as usual, but now it might also get an audio treatment!

Just to catch you up- Rubberman's Citizens focuses on one area discovered in Rubberman's Cage. Its history of savage, abusive leadership, the struggle to rise and overcome, then create a form of society. Leena steps up as the main character, bringing my writing back to a female lead.

I've been told I should let it be known that the book has a notable streak of "dakly funny". I don't go out of my way to insert jokes, but ... I can be a bit of a smart-alec, and that's bound to bleed through the writing from time to time.

For whatever reason, I tend to gravitate to writing a female lead.. anyone remember this goofy thing I slapped together during the writing of Rubberman's Cage?


Ah, poor Regan... (Lifehack, my first book) She likely would want me to write another lesbian. If it makes her feel any better, Leena hints she might be bi, and there's a couple lesbian characters in Rubberman's Citizens.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Audio books... coming.. maybe?

A company who's a big shot in audio books is finally accepting Canadian authors... so Lifehack is currently in the middle of looking for a voice... there have been two applicants already, and I'm waiting for a 3rd just to not feel like I'm rushing things.

For Lifehack, I specified I'd prefer a female voice, since the main character, Regan, is female. I'm not big budget or anything, so no multi-cast situations going on.

If Lifehack goes through OK, I'll be looking to Watching Yute and Echoes of Erebus as well to round out the series.

Moments ago, I threw Rubberman's Cage's hat into the ring. Since the main character of that is male, I'm leaning to a male reader. Hmm. I'm male.. my voice is OKAY... but I don't know if I can cleanly pull off a book's worth.. and my mic is awful. But I HAVE been meaning to get a better mic for yearrrrs, even if it's just a middle of the road USB mic. That would remove my laptop's fan hiss at least. :)

Hmm... then I'd have to split the profit with myself, and I'd just spend it on energy drinks anyway.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Many Grape is out on Kindle!

It has every bit of The One Grapes, then goes on to more than double the size of the original with new material from my recent 3 month hospital stay. Hospital food marches on, yet I survived it again!

During my stay, I unlocked the magical secrets to battle the bland! Ugh... and that fatty chicken thigh & gravy. It was stalking me.

As with all my stuff, it's open to Kindle Unlimited borrows...!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072JZZM7Q

The paperback has been out for a bit now. With this and Cassidy's Ladder launched happily in both formats, not I just wait for the eyes of others to pick apart Rubberman's Citizens.... if we're lucky, maybe in 2 months we can hope for a launch? Then I guess I have to think about hardcovers....!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oh, my poor blog!

Such neglect!

I can't even blame this length of time on the fact that I've been in the hospital recently, for 3 months.... but the silver living is that I caught up in my writing during that 3 months.

The second book in the Rubberman series, "Rubberman's Citizens" is not in editing phases, and out of my hands right now...


Cassidy's Ladder, a short soft romance that's a follow-up to my Watching Yute came out today on Kindle, and has been out on paperback for almost a week now.. but I don't think many people want such a short story as a paperback.

The new hospital food book is out on paperback, soon to be on kindle. It uses crude doodles on the paper that comes with a hospital food tray and additional commentary to chronicle my stay in the hospital.. The new one is "The Many Grape", and it contains the entire "The One Grapes"


My main site has been updated, and will have further updates after the Many Grape is on kindle. Also, it has a button to sign up for my new mailing list, which I'll announce new releases on. I promise not to spam!

As seldom as this blog is updated, my facebook is a tad more frequently updated... https://www.facebook.com/ozerobook/

Next blog update: 2034! Maybe....

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Interviewed in a cabin with weirdos running around.. Oh, and people are doing vcon 40.

It's always fun when an interview takes it from a different perspective. Man, is this what it takes for me to update my blog?
https://writersonthewharf.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/stuck-in-the-rubbermans-cage-with-joe-picard/

Ehhh, what else is new.. VCON is on... I'm going to visit today. No, no table to be manned, not staying in the hotel all weekend and doing panels... I have some health BS that's kinda screwed up half the friggin ... YEAR.


And it's VCON40. 40. And I'm barely hanging on to the sidelines this time. Grr.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Got interviewed by Amanda M. Lyons.....

And she asked some really engaging questions beyond the sterile "fits any book ever" type... go have a peek!

http://amandamlyons.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-joseph-picard-author-of-lifehack-and-rubbermans-cage