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!

 

 

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Weird Fantastic Detective Stories

I’m a bit behind on pushing this out, given the massive life upheaval happening this past month and the month or more to come.

But I’m happy to share that I have been invited to include one of my works in another book bundle, this one focused on–you guessed it–out of this world detective stories.

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Here’s the low-down:

In the tradition of classic pulp crime fiction these talented writers are sharing their takes on strange and weird detectives in strange  worlds: 

Paranormal detective, Amanda Dark, seeks answers at the haunted Moonrise Diner from the ghost of her dead uncle.

Dean Wesley Smith asks the question, can a ghost and a superhero find true happiness and sex and stop a few killers along the way?

When Helmie—a pampered Persian cat worth millions—goes missing, the estate hires not one but two investigators to find him.

Lead detective Maeve Hemlock arrives at a crime scene at the banks of the Incantation River to find the remains of a human liver containing magic residue. What creature would kill and leave a liver behind?

A vampire princess detective fights for the survival of her race. 

These fantastic crime stories and more can be yours to enjoy for one low price.

Pay a minimum of $2.99 USD and receive all 10 ebooks.

And of course, there’s my story, Silk Spider:

Kicking the habit ain’t easy. Kicking the crap out of copycat bank robbers… helps with the jitters.

Silk Spider, femme fatale of the Phenomenal Five, is on the case. She’s putting her detective skills to work, as well as the resources of their nationwide HQ.  And when she catches up to this new Eight-Ball Gang with her bullet-proof corset and denied urge for nicotine, she’ll make them sorry they ever put on their masks. 

Behind the Eight-Ball is a story of pulp action and dark humor, set in the mature spandex world of the Identity Crisis Universe. 

 

Ten stories for 3 bucks! Find this deal on:

Bundle Rabbit

Amazon

B&N

Kobo

iBooks

 

 

A New Years Gift For You

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Thinking about buying that Swords, Superheroes, and Space Opera Bundle (available for a limited time), but not sure if you’d like author’s work enough to buy hundreds and hundreds of pages for the price of but one ebook?

(That’s a loaded question, if you hadn’t noticed.)

Tell you what. How about a free sample?

If you follow this link, you can download Masks from Bookfunnel for free right now.  My gift to you.

Not sure if you want to do that either? Geez, you’re kinda picky…

Here’s a quick sample. If it pleases you enough to want to read more FOR FREE, then go get your free copy. And if you like that one, maybe you’ll spring for the other EIGHT BOOKS for only SIX BUCKS.

CHAPTER ONE

RED MANTIS

The nondescript grey van turned left, without signaling, and rolled lazily into an alleyway.

Another car followed from a distance: a small, red Prius with the headlights switched off.  It was a hybrid model, capable of prowling the streets nearly silent on battery power.  That’s what the driver told himself, at least.  Truthfully, the payments were kind of steep on a gym teacher’s salary in Mesa City, but he loved that car.

Tonight he wasn’t a gym teacher, though.  He was a superhero.

Red Mantis allowed ten seconds to pass after losing sight of the van.  Then he crept the Prius to within a block of the alley, gliding along the curb.

There was no other activity in sight.  It was past ten o’clock at night, after all, and this was a small business neighborhood.  There were no residents here.  No one to notice any suspicious activity.  No one to hear a young girl scream.

He eased to a stop, threw it in park, and turned off the engine.

From across the street, Mantis could see that the alley was flanked by a small adobe-faced shop on the left and a larger, dark building on the right.

Papito’s Tailor and Dry Cleaning was a square, one-story structure with a large, darkened front window.  The mechanical centipede of the rotating dry cleaner’s rack made an ominous shadow on the other side of the glass, but there was no obvious movement inside.

The other place was a much larger lodge hall, three stories of dark brick.  The Honorable Brotherhood of the Sunset Horizon, the sign read.  The lodge crest looked Native American in theme: a red semi-circle resting on a thick black line, irregular, like a brush stroke.  A falcon or hawk soared above and a sinuous snake crawled beneath.

“That even sounds like a cult,” Red Mantis mumbled to himself.  “Why hasn’t anyone looked into these guys?”  He peered over his steering wheel.  “Huh.  Maybe that’s why.”

A smaller sign read: “Food Pantry: Tuesdays 5-7pm” and “Bingo Night: Thursday at 7”.

Maybe I’m chasing the wrong suspicious van

He looked at his watch, its face spun around to the underside of his left wrist to allow for the rigid plastic brace that was strapped to his forearm.  The digital display read 10:14:49, alongside the time zone and his current pulse rate, which was an excited 92 and anticipating more.  (Let’s face it, the watch had probably cost more than he’d needed to spend, too.)

He’d now allowed twenty-seven seconds to pass since the van had left his sight.  Too long.

Without another second of hesitation, Caesar Hernandez—the Red Mantis—popped out of the driver’s seat, adjusted the crimson plates of his segmented combat armor, pulled the pointy-frilled mask down over his face, and burst into action.

 

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!)

Thanksgiving Treat: Free Superheroes in Time for Justice League and Thor

Just in time for Superhero season–oh, and Thanksgiving and Black Friday too. All these occasions combined, plus my desire to try out BookFunnel as a free ebook delivery service.

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So right now (and in the near future) you can click on this easy link and–BAM!–go straight to the landing page to download an epub or mobi/kindle file for Masks. Here’s the story on the story:

A doomsday cult has risen in Mesa City.

Signs of the Never-Ending Serpent haunt alleyways and nightmares, and the police seem powerless to stop it.  Medicine Man and Coyote stood against them and Coyote paid the ultimate price.  Her partner hasn’t been seen since.  Gone off the deep end, they say.

Is there no one who can save us from the End of Days?

Red Mantis doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s no stranger to combat.  And the mysterious Shadow Puppet appears impervious to death and everywhere at once.  But when faced with the true horrors of the Never-Ending Serpent, will these rookie saviors prove friends or foes?

Nakai and Nizoni Proudtree are Native American kids growing up on the wrong side of Mesa City, where it’s not cool to root for superheroes.  No wonder: the patron cape of the neighborhood is currently on a rampage.  Probably not a good idea to steal his car, then, even if it is for the right reasons…

Masks is a triple play of action, adventure, and pure pulp fun.  Combining the classic conventions of the genre with gritty new twists, this trio of superheroic tales is sure to please comic book fans young and old.  The featured story “Medicine Man” also earned an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest.

So THANK YOU for reading, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, good luck fighting the starving masses on Arena Day (Black Friday), and when you’re all done, sit back and relax with a free digital copy of Masks!

Silk Spider, Wasteland, and Sky

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Thanks to a tweet that’s now about 3 months old, I found that Mr. J. D. Cowen had reviewed my Silk Spider story on his blog, Wasteland and Sky. (Or maybe it’s called “And between the Wasteland and Sky” or is that just a quote…?)

I only hit up Facebook occasionally, and Twitter rarely. Back in August, Mr. Cowen reviewed Astounding Frontiers magazine, as well as my story and one by Dominika Lein, all as part of his quest to find more pulp fiction. He tweeted about this and included me in the tweet. Today, November 4th, I discovered that tweet from August.

Oops.

That’s me and my cyber aversion.

Better late than never though! Thanks J.D. for the kind comments–glad you liked it!

 

Just in Time for Thor: Ragnarok

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Is it that time already?! The movie kind of snuck up on me. I’ve been busy.

But that’s not the only surprise I found tonight…

I had submitted a superheroic story to Steve Beaulieu not long ago and didn’t know what to expect after that. Probably my own fault for not taking the time to pay more attention. And were it not for my wife posting a silly picture on Facebook and telling me to check it out, I would not have bothered to go on there (I hates me some Facebook) and, therefore, would not have seen the update from Steve saying that the book was coming out next week!

So as you, me, and every other nerd in the universe gear up for Thor: Ragnarok, you might consider a collection of new superhero–and supervillain--stories coming out at the same time.

Me and 12 other writers all have great tales to tell in Collateral Damage.  There’s also a paired collection of 12 misadventures from the bad guys’ points of view called Ha-Ha-Ha. 

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Both of these are up for pre-order on Kindle Unlimited for only $0.99 right now.

But wait, there’s more!

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Click here to see the whole series of four on one nice spread.

What a nice surprise, just in time for another superhero movie season!

Speaking of which, I’ll have a fun picture to share on Halloween (or the day after). Assuming I can squeeze into my damn costume after this week! (Been doing a lot of sitting in class and eating greasy shit. Not pretty…)