Lots of authors have book sales in December as the holiday gift season rages on. Physical books make great gifts after all. Ebooks on the other hand are a little bit trickier to give. That’s why I decided to wait and have a post-holiday Kindle sale for anyone interested in discovering the darker side of 1920’s Paris with RADIO.

For the entire month of January, RADIO will be discounted to $1.99 in the USA, Canada, and Australia and will have similar discounts across all Kindle marketplaces.

If mind control, the gods of old, opium and jazz, suit your fancy, why not break out that shiny new gift card and treat yourself to your own copy of RADIO. There’s never been a better time to buy.

Today, I’m excited to announce something I’ve had in the works for quite some time now. Something that I hope will not only be fun but also enlightening. I’m officially launching my international social media book tracking experiment #WheresRADIO using little libraries, bookboxes, neighborhood libraries, lending libraries, or any of the many names for the small, free libraries where people can access books for free.

The goal of this experiment is to explore how books move into, out of, and around communities using RADIO as a guinea pig as well as provide free access to my book for people who might not be able to afford it. Here’s how it works.

With the help of friends around the world, I’ll be placing numerous copies of RADIO into these free libraries with a sticker on the cover showing #WheresRADIO and another inside with instructions on how to participate. If the reader decides to help out, they’ll just need to take the book to a new, free location, take a picture of that location, and leave the book for someone else to discover. Then they’ll post those pictures to Instagram or Twitter using #WheresRADIO. I’ll then repost/retweet to help my followers in that area know that the book is nearby. If they choose not to participate, they can just put it back where they found it for the next reader to enjoy.

As of today, the first copy is available at Wasserwerkstrasse 93 in Zürich, Switzerland. Click the link for map directions. I’m excited to see who’ll stumble across my little tale of mind control and mythology.

You can follow the adventures of these books on Instatgram or Twitter using the hashtag #WheresRADIO and by checking in over at my #WheresRADIO page.

In this new blog series, I’ll be exploring the ways in which the world of RADIO diverges from our own reality. So much is familiar but remember, the devil is in the details and oh, what devils they can be.

In this first installment, we’ll focus on the fundamental principal that makes everything in RADIO possible.

Consciousness

In RADIO, consciousness is not something that humans possess. It isn’t housed or generated within us. Instead it comes to us as a signal from somewhere out in the æther. Where? Not even Marduk knows.

Humans “tune in” to their own consciousness much like a radio tunes in to a station. Like a radio, the mind allows us to interface with these signals. Without a radio the song won’t play and without a mind, life’s gone too. Not every human interacts with these signals in the same manner. For a select few, their manipulation of consciousness brings with it great power.

Mono-Reveivers

The vast majority of human beings are Mono-Receivers or Monos as those in the Mentium call them. They can only tune in to their own consciousness. They go about their daily lives oblivious to the thoughts of others or the control forced on them by the “gods.” The monos think they run the world, and this is, of course, by design.

Multi-Receivers

Much more rare are Multi-Receivers or Multis. These are the Great Mindinis and Madames Esmereldas of the world. Now, your run of the mill fortune tellers, mediums, and mystics are the flimflam artists you expect them to be, however, some within their ranks are true mind readers. They possess the ability to tune in to not only their own consciousness but those of others as well. What they do with what they learn can make them friend or foe but either way, they can get into your head.

Broadcasters

The “gods”, though they are, indeed, human, refer to themselves as Broadcasters. This minuscule fraction of the population not only can read minds, they can broadcast images, commands, and more into the heads of those nearby. This power to control someone else’s consciousness is what has helped them build their religions, empires, and ultimately the Mentium itself. It’s how they’ve managed to dominate the world for millennia. While their mental reach was once limited to an area no larger than a kilometer, it now spans the continent thanks to the power of Marduk’s radio. Nothing will be the same for anyone.

Spectres

Finally we come to the Spectres. They are the most powerful and most rare of all humans. Little is known about them because Spectres do not exist. They don’t exist because the Mentium does not allow them to exist. The gods cannot stand to be prey.

Want to know more? Stay tuned for the next installment where we’ll discover just who the Mentium are, how they’ve come to dominate the globe, and what godhood means in the world of RADIO.