Free Sci-Fi EBook: A Sea Story

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It’s live and it’s free!

And you can find it on multiple sites by clicking this line right now!

KISS OF THE MAIDEN

They don’t call him “Handsome” for nothing.

Revis Kynes is a sharker on the backwater world of Trident’s Fury. He plies the seas with a harpoon in his hand, rather than plying the stars with a blazing pulse rifle pressed to his shoulder. At least, for now…

When this scar-faced sailor comes face to face with his natural enemy, only one will survive. Good thing Tridents are known across the galaxy for being stubborn bastards, hard to tolerate and harder to kill. And none more so than Handsome Kynes.

A sea story set thousands of years into the space-faring future, Kiss of the Maiden introduces a new military science fiction hero with a harsh noir voice, a dark Zen philosophy, and razor-sharp killer instincts. Welcome back to the Endless Dark Universe.

Find it here.

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Sci-Fi Bundle: Projekt Uprising

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I’ve been so busy, I’m just now getting around to pushing this out.

Here’s a science fiction bundle featuring three more fantastic indie authors: Blaze Ward, Eric Gutierrez Jr., and Stefon Mears.

Dive deep into this bundle and witness an uprising.

Your favorite science fiction stories are now bundled together in one package for your reading pleasure as well as picking up a few new stories for your collection.

Included are powerful characters and equally as powerful villains that will have the entire world on edge when they collide.

Pay a minimum of $2.99 USD and receive all 4 ebooks.

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You can find it on BundleRabbit, Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

Four books for 3 bucks ain’t bad!

Shark Tale…

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Almost ready to pull the trigger on this one. It’ll be a free short story once I get it all set-up. Definitely in the next 7 days, but hopefully in 5 or less.

Then planning to publish short stories/novelettes once a month for 3 more months: May, June, and July. And then, with lots of luck and some determination (or some luck and lots of determination), I hope to have Deus Ex Machina published in August, but that’s not solid yet.

I’ll also have a two-part space pirate story coming out in Cirsova magazine in the summer and fall. Planning to make that a novella/novel series in the not too distant future.

Finally, after months of silence and chaos and overwhelming life burden, things are starting to fall into place! But it’s not by accident, and it doesn’t happen all by itself!

Stay tuned…

Last Chance: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Superhero Books Coming Down

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This is the last week to grab the Swords, Superheroes, and Space Opera Bundle, which includes hundreds of pages of said fiction for only $5.99. This bundle was originally created to include everything I published in 2017 (plus some bonus material), so I think pushing it three months into 2018 is far enough.

It includes:

  • Silk Spider: Behind the Eight-Ball
  • The Thorne Lagecy
  • The Scythe of Kronos
  • Medicine Man
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Frozen Heart
  • Masks
  • Secret Identities
  • Tarnish: Thunderstrike Edition, which includes all of Tarnish plus The Prince of Luster and Decay

That’s a lot of fiction! And if you were to buy them all individually, that’d be about 29 bucks!

Now, some of those works repeat within the bundle: some of the short stories appear within the longer books as well. This is because I thought there’d be tiers of purchase, where you could buy at one level and get just the shorts, or spend a few bucks more and get all of them. This wasn’t the case. Bundle Rabbit had since changed their structure on that.

Which is fine! It just means you get more for less!

Please also note that this bundle is not available on Amazon. For some reason they don’t like me sticking all of the Thunderstrike books (or those thus far, anyway) into that one volume. (Maybe it’s too good a deal? Don’t worry, they’ll like the next announcement, then.) So they aren’t carrying the bundle. Instead, you can buy it at these locations:

Like they say in bootcamp, “Do it, do it now!” Because this bundle is coming down on April 1st. (And no, this isn’t an April Fools joke.)

But that’s not the only change coming on April-One.

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The Tarnish Trilogy is coming down too. I must confess, Tarnish does better as a complete volume. The trilogy format simply doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped and I’m planning to remove that. Tarnish the unabridged novel will continue to be there (at least for now–stay tuned for more on the possible publishing deal with Traveling Bard Publishing), but the trilogy format I plan to remove from reality. This will also mean taking down the Thunderstrike Edition. So if you want them, get them while you can!

Even with that done, the three paperback editions for the parts of the trilogy will still appear on places like Amazon, because there are some of them floating around out there. And they may even become collector’s items some day! So if you’re into that, you might want to buy paper!

Step one for this process is getting ACX to discontinue the audiobooks for parts 1, 2, & 3. (The Tarnish audiobook will remain and is going strong, however.) If that doesn’t work out, it might put a damper on the rest of my plan. I’ve already got the audiobook narrator onboard and have submitted the request to ACX.

The biggest loss, for me, will be that those cool covers will go to waste. I actually made those (altering licensed photo-art from someone else) and I really like them. Now I’d wish I’d saved them for something a little more substantial.

Here are the Books2Read Universal Links for these endangered books, in case you’re interested. Clicking these will show you where you can find them everywhere else:

That’s all for now. Thanks for joining me on these adventures!

 

 

Not on Amazon: 9 Superhero Ebooks for 6 Bucks

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Just in time for Christmas, here’s a bundle deal for you. If you’ve been curious about my work, or are already a fan who’s been looking for more but not sure where to start, start here!

I decided to throw everything I produced in 2016 into one deeply discounted book bundle for an end of the year explosion. 

Uh, explosion of fiction, that is.

The Swords, Superheroes, and Space Opera Bundle. Available on BundleRabbit, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

And NOT available, you guessed it, on Amazon. This one is for the little guys, like you and me. They’re getting enough business this time of year.

You can get to all of the other retailers from the Bundle Rabbit site. Just hit the “BUY NOW” button.

But an advantage of buying right there on Rabbit is that you can choose to donate 10% of your purchase money to a charity. Especially nice this time of year! I have selected the Wounded Warrior Project and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, both charities that mean a lot to me, personally.

(I also get a bigger chunk of your pie if you buy on Bundle Rabbit, since I don’t have to share it with the other retailers. In case you want to support me, as well, over them.)

With all the traveling and downtime you’ll have this holiday season, you’ll want to grab plenty of quality entertainment. And this is it! Enough to keep you turning pages well into 2018!

The normal total price for all these titles adds up to $35! But you can get this giant-sized file of fictitious fun for a whopping grand total of $5.99!

But only for a limited time. This is an end of 2017 bundle, which means once we start wading into 2018, this book deal is going to go the way of the do-do. So do-don’t mess around, buy it today! (okay, that was a terrible wordplay. Sorry. None of that shit in the books, I swear!)

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A few of these books aren’t exactly, strictly 2017 material. Say, about 500 pages of it. (Which still leaves hundreds more!) Tarnish: Thunderstrike Edition was a book I published a few years ago, decided to unpublish, and then recently decided to throw back into the world. It contains the entire Tarnish Trilogy and the prequel of the series. Four books in one! And that’s just one book of the nine!

The Thorne Legacy is the first installment of the Cold Stars series of sci-fi stories, and since The Scythe of Kronos came out this year (book 2) I figured I should put that in there too.

Also, I must confess to a couple of repeats in the collection overall. Medicine Man, Frozen Heart, and Puppet Theatre were published as individual stories and were also included inside bigger triple-story collections. So they come up twice each. But that still leaves hundreds of pages of single-appearance material, so no biggie.

 

Click here to check it out on Bundle Rabbit. 

Happy reading and Merry Christmas! (Or Happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or… insert your preferred winter holiday here. They’re all good ones!)

Progress–and Breaking My Wrist

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Last night, in the wee hours, I published the above ebook: Frozen Heart.

This is actually a novelette (about 9,000 words), not a full-blown novel or what most might call a “book.” And it’s not new.  I wrote the first version of it (I think) while I was in nursing school, circa 2007.  It also appears as one of three sci-fi stories in my mini-collection (“book”) The Scythe of Kronos.

So it’s not new.  And it might not be what you’d call a full-blown book in and of itself.

You see what I did there?  I criticized and tore myself down.  Despite having accomplished something that millions of people talk about doing and only thousands actually ever accomplish.

Why do I do that???

In adding this new standalone publication to my roster of works published, I made a surprising discovery: so far in 2017, I have published about 122,500 words.  

That’s a lot of words.  More than many (maybe even most) indie authors get published in a year.  And it’s only August.  If I manage to get the novel done I’m working on by New Years, that’ll add 70,000 to 80,000 more to the total.

That’s something!

And yet for some reason, it’s hard for me to acknowledge that.  It nearly breaks my wrist to pat myself on the back.

It’s much easier for me to ridicule myself for not getting more done.

Ready for more of that?

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So of that 122,500 words, only about 73,000 are “original words.”  Now, that does NOT mean I stole them from someone else.  It’s just my way of saying that 49,500 of them already appeared somewhere else.  Like Frozen Heart, which is in that other book I published earlier this year.  23,000 of them make up the novella Secret Identities, which was first published in the anthology Hiding Behind the Cowl a couple months before I put it out again as Book 2 of my Secret Origins series.  (So in that 122,500, I’m counting it twice, because it was published by them and me; it exists in the world in two different places.)

The optimist in me says that I should count every individual publication of each work.  The pessimist says that I shouldn’t.  So I do both.

And that’s okay, because both numbers are way better than I expected.  (If only I could convince myself of that!)

So here’s everything that’s come out so far this year (plus Cowl, above).  And the year ain’t done yet…

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And now I’ve spent time blogging instead of working on that novel.  Excuse me while I go inflict Reminder Scars on myself with the cat-o-nine-tails in the corner… 

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(Btw, if you click the images, it’ll take you to Amazon.  You don’t have to buy them on Amazon, they’re everywhere, but it was just easier to do that right now.  If you’d like to buy some, that is.)

 

 

Review of The Thorne Legacy on Castalia House

Wanted to share a nice review of my SF story, The Thorne Legacy.  (Just click here.)

legacy-17-miniI happened to find this when I noticed a spike in sales for that particular book.  Wondering why that might have spontaneously happened, I consulted the trusty oracle Google and discovered this blog.  It’s a nice review and an interesting discussion about the wider scope of science fiction.  A conversation I was flattered to be mentioned in.

Which was why I felt compelled to comment.  I know I should remain professional and silent on these things, don’t get into or comment on reviews about your work, but I was excited to be brought up at all, so…  I stuck my nose in it.  Oops.

Next time I’ll just express myself through interpretive dance where only the dogs can see it.

Thanks for sharing your reading experience with your peeps, Jeffro!