BOOKS

The Hope Blackwell novels follow Hope Blackwell, the world’s second-worst psychic.

GREEK KEY (Book 1, 2015) is available at:GKwebsampleimage


The Rachel Peng novels follow OACET Agent Rachel Peng, the first cyborg liaison to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police.

tempDDworkingcoverDIGITAL DIVIDE (Book 1, 2013) is available at:

MAKER SPACE (Book 2, 2014) is available at: MAKERSPACEcoverWEB

STATE MACHINE (Book 3, 2015) is available at: websiteSMcover

BRUTE FORCE (Book 4, 2016) is available at:  bruteforcesitetest

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56 Responses to “BOOKS”

  1. planethalia April 22, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    What form of purchase nets you the most mad cash? Your own store, I imagine?

  2. KBSpangler April 22, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Store has the greatest net, but Amazon traffic gets the most potential buyers. It all works out!

    • Messr. A. Phony April 29, 2013 at 1:10 am #

      Ooookay, book done , 5 minutes reprieve, check to see if author(ess ?) rational, ( hardly ever ), good enough for serious discourse…..
      *When’s the next book out*
      Idle curiosity , you know :p

      • KBSpangler April 29, 2013 at 1:55 am #

        “Maker Space” will probably hit in 8-10 months. I’d rather it be quality than rushed! If you came via “Digital Divide” instead of the comic, you can keep up with Rachel over there. This is her most recent appearance (her hair is now white): http://agirlandherfed.com/1.1112.html

  3. Melvyn Barker March 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Just got Maker Space from Amazon UK. Will be reading shortly.

  4. DQ March 5, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    I got Maker Space from Amazon Australia, just so you know. And I am loving it!

    (I do have lots of questions on the timeline and real world timeline in relation to The RP books and Josh Glassman VS A Girl And Her Fed, but mostly i am just enjoying the ride)

    http://www.amazon.com.au/Maker-Space-Rachel-Peng-Spangler-ebook/dp/B00IQILU4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393998729&sr=8-1&keywords=KB+Spangler

    http://www.amazon.com.au/Digital-Divide-Rachel-Peng-Spangler-ebook/dp/B00C5QP5V6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393998764&sr=8-2&keywords=KB+Spangler

    • KBSpangler March 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      The timeline got flushed. I had everything lined up perfectly in the comics and novels, until I realized the tech was so outdated in Digital Divide that the plot was unsustainable. It’s hard to believe, but tablets and smartphones didn’t really exist until five years ago. Things move too fast, and since one of the real benefits of self-publishing is sidestepping the time it takes to put a book in print, I decided to go with nebulous “now” time.

      • DQ March 7, 2014 at 10:43 am #

        See I was particularly interested in the dates of Josh Glassman’s various job titles from the start of his first book. I am trying not to be spoilery here, but according to those dates, wouldn’t he be doing someone else’s job (someone large and fed like, married to a paramedic) at this point of time in the current comic series?

        That said, i love a good nebulous now!

        Also, i didn’t link, but the Josh book is on Amazon Australia too! Just if people were wondering

  5. Bas Vermeulen March 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Finished Maker Space (bought on Amazon US). It’s just not fair… When is the next part scheduled to be finished, and could you make it sooner? 🙂

    Seriously though, I liked Digital Divide a lot, Maker Space is better. Thanks for writing both of em.

    • KBSpangler March 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      Maybe 10 or 11 months? Depends on how quickly the next one comes together. Maker Space was slow–I wrestled with the plot like it was a snake made of rabies and razors.

  6. Ozzie Lane March 23, 2014 at 2:41 am #

    I am really enjoying both your books and comics! Please keep writing, and I will keep telling my friends all about you. 🙂

    • KBSpangler April 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank you! And thanks also for telling your friends!

  7. Niche June 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    Are you planning to have Maker Space available in hardcopy?

    • KBSpangler June 6, 2014 at 1:17 am #

      Yes, but I’m having crazy issues getting the cover to print properly. It’s still in draft status.

  8. Anonymous July 30, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    Just re-read Digital Divide and Maker Space the other day. Had the same issue with them as I did the first time I read them.ie Where is the next one in the series?

  9. The Aussie Bloke November 18, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    Will we ever see someone (preferably Rachel :D) enforce the office policy re: Orwell? Please?

    • KBSpangler November 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Hadn’t planned on it, but that does seem to be a Rachel Enforcement Opportunity.

  10. Katebat April 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    I love/hate the cliffhangers at the end of the samples. It’s like running directly into a brick wall, and a month is way too long to wait for the third book to come out and is it May already and please let me wake up tomorrow to May. Please? (I’m kinda sick of the snow too, don’t get me wrong. I just really would like book now.)

    • Bas Vermeulen April 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      One reason why I haven’t downloaded the sample yet. I’ll wait until it’s released and then buy it.

  11. deehee352 May 11, 2015 at 5:40 am #

    How long for the Kobo version of State Machine? Just asking so i can figure out if it’s worth waiting so I don’t have to stuff around to get it onto my Kobo reader

    • KBSpangler May 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

      It should be out now, I’m not sure what the delay is. Let me poke the distributor and hopefully it will be up within 48 hours.

      • deehee352 May 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

        At the time of this writing, it’s not showing up under search for title or author on the Kobo online store. Digital and Maker are, but not State Machine.

        *re-reads the first two while waiting :)*

      • deehee352 May 14, 2015 at 3:33 am #

        Now it’s up *already gave in and got the smashwords release, because impatient :)*

  12. Elyse Grasso May 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Hi —
    I bought State Machine from your store, but the download failed and now the site says “You’ve reached the download limit for this item.” Can you arrange to unlock it? Or refund the fee and I’ll buy it from one of the other sites?

    Thanks

  13. Marshall May 25, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    I was re-reading the archives today and got here. http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.715.html and said ‘Noooo!’ What’s Bell going to do?

  14. GeekyPunkyWife August 13, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    Just blew through all three books and the novela. Jebus. There were times where I laughed so loud I set off the dachshund, which got me banned from reading the books past midnight at my house. I keep trying to convince my friends to read both the books and the novels! I love them, but I keep wondering where Speedy falls into the novels? I know the world at large knows about him at this time, and he’s got his radio show in the comic, but he is mysteriously absent in the books. Hell, even the ghosts get a few brief appearances but no talking koala!

    Also, there may or may not be some Shawn-focused fanfiction running through my brain. Nothing committed to paper, and not any kind of slash at all, but I keep coming back to him in my brain. I find his character absolutely fascinating and keep hoping he gets more page-time!

  15. C D September 12, 2015 at 4:21 am #

    hi I love the books and I was wondering when the paperback of State Machine will be released ?

    • KBSpangler September 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Hi CD! I’m running into the same problem I had with the MAKER SPACE proofs, which is that the quality is wonky between print runs. As soon as I can get this fixed, I’ll make them available.

  16. Renee October 15, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Finally got around to getting State Machine, only the download failed and it won’t let me access the file…can you help?

    • KBSpangler October 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      Can you email me? I can resolve this faster that way.

  17. Katie October 27, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    For what it’s worth, the Amazon edition of Greek Key is borked still. Lots of missing text, jumping around, chunks missing, fragmented sentences…. I read the sample. It was good. This? Not good.

    • KBSpangler October 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

      Which reader did you use, and did you download from the store or from Amazon? I’m not sure I have any control over this if it’s Amazon–they do formatting for Kindle over there.

  18. Zed August 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I enjoyed the story of Digital Divide greatly (though after several days of thinking, I still haven’t worked out the significance of the paperclips, alas), but I thought you should know that some of the ebook conversions (purchased from Smashwords) have borked formatting. The PDF seems to be fine, but epub and RTF both change font spastically, and I think the mobi version only looks okay because the Kindle software is completely ignoring all font settings.

    I fixed my personal epub copy (thank you for releasing non-DRM editions!) by removing all font-family lines from the css file except .c24, which is used for the HELLO OACET sign, but I think the core problem is with the source manuscript having paragraphs that start with one style and then immediately shift to a different one.

    I haven’t read The Russians Came Knocking yet, but at first glance it doesn’t seem to have the same issue.

    Please let me know if I should send you any more details, or I can be of any other assistance.

  19. Matdredalia May 28, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Hi all! Huge fan of A Girl and Her Fed and have been rabid over the books. The thing is……when I bought my copies of the original parts of Digital Divide, I just downloaded the PDF files and just converted them in Calibre to read in my eBook reader on iPad. Which of course makes it look all wibbly wobbly and not so timey wimey.

    The thing is, I’m hoping to get Maker Space soon (been rather broke), as well as The Russians Came Knocking, and I was wondering: Do any of the above buying formats allow ePub downloads directly? Or does anyone know a better way of converting to ePub to preserve the original, Otter-Intended formatting without wrecking it?

    Thanks to all my fellow OACET-Fans for taking the time to read this and any replies I may or may not get. ❤

    And as always Otter: Thank you for rocking my rainbow-polka-dotted-socks straight the hell off.

  20. KBSpangler August 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Ebooks conversion errors are, sadly, par for the course. Once it leaves my hands, the autoformatting process does HORRIBLE THINGS to the file. This seemed to be more likely to occur in longer books when there are formatting changes (more chapters, more italics, etc.), so Digital Divide had a greater probability of error just due to length alone. And it really didn’t help that it was my first attempt at e-publishing, so a lot of those errors could have been prevented. I’ve reformatted and uploaded a cleaner version of Digital Divide, so if you download it a second time, it might help reduce errors.

  21. Jarrow October 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    If I Read It Right, the paperclips were for picking the handcuffs. Basically Rachel went in there and offered The Killer a way to break out, if only he Threw The Monster Under The Bus (betrayed Senator Hanlon). The second paperclip she had hidden in her sleeve was to replace the one that she ‘lost’ when she pulled the picture of The Victim off the manilla folder prop.

  22. KBSpangler May 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi Matdredalia! Shoot me an email. There’s a standing policy of free copies for comic readers who can’t afford them.

  23. Matdredalia June 10, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Hi Otter. 🙂 I actually know about the policy, but I just would feel bad doing that. I think your work is monumentally important, and you already give us the comic for free. To me, it feels like I’d be taking advantage. >.< I probably sound like a dork (my Speedy plush frequently tells me that I sound like an incoherent primate and that evolution has clearly failed me) but I just don't want to be greedy, if that makes sense.

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