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I write like…

Apparently, in Nightmare, I write like Stephen King.

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

And in Offworld, I write like Arthur C. Clarke.

I write like
Arthur C. Clarke

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Whodathunk?

I don’t put any stock in these results — the algorithm seems to analyze the text for certain keywords — but it’s silly fun. Who do you write like?

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All 5 novels now available as eBooks

I’m pleased to announce that all 5 of my novels are now available in ebook format!

I get asked rather often about which of my novels are available as ebooks. Here’s a definitive answer.

Nightmare you can find now almost anywhere ebooks are sold. Barnes & Noble has it here. But if you’re in the market for all five, you’ll need to head over to Amazon.com, where they’re available for Kindle. (Even if you don’t own a Kindle device, software that makes your device able to read Kindle ebooks is available to download for free.) Also, Sony’s Reader Store has Relentless, Fearless, Merciless, and Offworld, but not Nightmare (hopefully it’s on its way).

eBooks are generally less expensive their print counterparts; mine are all listed at approximately $9.99.

The biggest holdouts are Borders, Books-A-Million, and Apple’s iBooks Store, none of which carry my books in ebook format at the time of this writing. If you’d like to request them for these stores, you can click here to request my ebooks at Borders, here for Books-A-Million, and here for Apple iBooks.

Thanks!

Sidenote: Google is launching its own ebook store in the near future called Google Editions, which some are saying could be a game-changer. Hopefully, my books will land there at some point as well.

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Offworld Calendar

OFFWORLD Printable 2010 CalendarFree! This clean, modern, black & white 2010 calendar features memorable quotes from Offworld, Robin’s 2009 novel. Pages are standard 8.5″ x 11″ in size, so just download and print to use. (Cover stock paper recommended for best results.)

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Offworld

Christopher Burke and his crew of NASA astronauts are the first human beings to walk on the surface of Mars. Their return to Earth was supposed to be a momentous day. But a surprise is waiting for them there that’s beyond imagining.

Safe after a treacherous landing in Florida, the crew emerges to find the unthinkable: every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace.

It’s not a dream.

It’s not a trick.

It’s real.

Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover the extraordinary secret behind the disappearance of mankind. And whether or not everyone can be brought back.

But they may not be as alone as they thought.

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The OFFWORLD Cover

How awesome is this?

It hits every single note that I asked for, and then some. As I mentioned a few months ago, I got to meet with Paul Higdon, the amazingly talented graphic designer behind Bethany House Publishers’ book covers, for a personal pow-wow on what the cover to this book should look like. I gave Paul a complete rundown on the plot of the book, the characters, the themes, and the tone of the book. He took all of my suggestions and ran with them, adding his own artistic ideas and really creating something spectacular.

I mean, I loved the Trilogy covers, but come on… This is next-level.

Aside from the plot stuff, here’s what I asked Paul for:

  1. I asked that it look like a movie poster. Mission accomplished. If a movie version of Offworld were ever made, and this actually was the movie poster, I’d be thrilled!
  2. I asked that it be photo-realistic. This is not easy to achieve, especially when you consider that Bethany House does not possess the kind of budget that bigger publishers have at their disposal. But you’d never know it! I mean, look at that thing. But anyway, the photo realism is important to me because if you venture too far into a “painting” kind of look, or an over-stylized look, it can detract from how real it looks.
  3. I asked for a title treatment that looks like a logo. Man, I love what they did with the title. I’m a little surprised at how big my name is (I wouldn’t care if if it was as small as “a novel”), but I’m in love with that title logo.
  4. I asked that tonally, it have a sense of foreboding and dread, but without losing the cool factor. Wow did they nail this. The tone the cover projects is just perfect for the story. I love the sleek, shininess of it with the wet pavement… It reminds me of how James Cameron lights a lot of his nighttime, silvery-hued scenes, like the scene in T2 when Sarah Connor escapes from prison.

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It exceeds my hopes by leaps and bounds!

One last bit of trivia: The bicycle mistified me a bit, because there’s no bike or bike riding anywhere in the book. I asked why they didn’t go with abandoned cars, because there are plenty of those in the book. They told me they experimented with cars but found the look to be “too nuclear annihilation/disaster movie,” whereas the overturned bicycle had a quality of strangeness and loneliness that they felt would grab people. In the end, I think they made the right call.

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