A Turkey Day Gift

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you in the U.S., today is the first day of Eating Season. I hope you have your sweat pants on, ‘cuz that waistline won’t look the same by day’s end!

This post started as an email to only those on my mailing list, but then I figured, It’s Thanksgiving! And I’m thankful for every set of eyeballs that land on this blog, too, so why not share with everyone?

I have to get to work on the sweat potatoes here shortly. This will be my first Thanksgiving back home since my exit from the Navy. I’ve been in twice now and both times–a total of almost 14 years–I spent most holidays far away. So it’ll be nice to have my nuclear family able to finally join in the festivities with my greater family.

And I’m making the sweat potatoes! They may be disappointed, though, because I’m not planning to follow the recipe my mom’s been following for the last several decades. I’m reducing the extra sugar content and going my own way with real (not canned) yams! Gasp! Oh no! Why did Jeremy have to come home and ruin Thanksgiving?!

But before I get cooking, I want to get at least one chapter of Deus Ex Machina revised. I’m on chapter 9 right now and have set a deadline of December 10th to have all 37 or so completed and ready for the editor. DXM is book 2 of my Identity Crisis series, following the superheroes and zombies novel Hungry Gods. I hope to have DXM up for pre-order by the end of December, maybe even by X-mas.

To that end, here’s my THXGVG gift for you: a FREE ebook download of Hungry Gods. If you haven’t read it yet, give it a shot. If you’re not sure if you like superheroes, give it a shot anyway. It’s free, right? No strings attached, I promise! You might be surprised. My books aren’t written for children and are probably a bit different than the vast majority of spandex books out there. HG is part capes, part horror, and part humor. And again, it’s free, so it doesn’t hurt to try!

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Download it before your trip so you’ll have an escape from Aunt Suzy and drunken Uncle Sammy! Share it with your family so they can get an escape too! Let Sammy and Suzy fight it out with drumsticks while the rest of you are hiding with your e-readers in the next room. 🙂 And it’ll give you something to read while you’re waiting for the Black Friday riots to quiet down.

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

J. D. Brink

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Weekend Update

A quick recap on the limited time events happening right now:


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Are you a fan of the sci-fi show Firefly?

I actually missed the show when it was on TV. I was living on a ship in Japan at that time. I didn’t actually discover the show until 2006 or 2007 when I was back in living in a small apartment in Ohio while in nursing school.

You can throw your name into the hat to win all the fabulous prizes shown here, and discover some great new science fiction authors at the same time! Just click here to find out more and register.

And don’t be shy about sharing with your friends!

Oh, I know it could decrease your odds of winning, but if they win you can still go over to their house and enjoy all the goodies anyway! So really, you’re increasing your odds by sharing!

And hurry! Because this giveaway ends on October 10th!


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Yes, another box full of goodies for you! And it’s not even Christmas yet!

Crystal Watanabe over at Pikko’s House has a subscription service for book lovers. Every month, they (read: you) get a new virtual box full of novels and stories delivered to you on the ether. And every month, there’s a new theme.

The theme for October: You guessed it, spooks and ghouls!

Hope over there now to see what all the screaming is about. Just click here.  

Any Firefly Fans Out There?

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Win a date with Nathan Fillion!

Just kidding. Sorry, ladies.

I missed Firefly when it was live on TV. I was on the USS Cowpens floating about the Pacific at the time. I had heard good things but by the time I got hoe, those ying-yang executives at Fox had canned the show.

I think I actually saw the movie Serenity before I saw the series.

Years later, when I was in living in a tiny apartment in Columbus and going to nursing school, I landed the entire series in a box set and discovered what I’d been missing.

And right now, for the legions of fans out there, there’s an epic giveaway featuring a cargo hold full of shiny prizes! 

The catch? You’ll be signing up to receive updates from science fiction authors who produce books you might just love to read. Not too shabby, eh? And you can unsubscribe anytime you want from them, if you want to.

Meantime, take a chance at winning the grand prize by clicking here!

 

 

Penguin Space Ships!

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My family and I went to the Toledo Zoo this weekend. (Which, believe it or not, is probably one of the best zoos in the country, right here in little ol’ Toledo, Ohio.) In the Aquarium, along the ceiling, they had these really cool penguin… trash sculptures. I don’t know what else to call them. They are all made from recycled and reused materials. Mostly clothes hangers and kitchen utensils, from what I can see.

And not only do they make really nice penguins, but I think they make pretty cool space ships!

Take a look and see for yourself.

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Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Out Now

For a nice pulp-like dose of SFF fiction, you could do a lot worse than to try out Cirsova Magazine. Issue #9 is out now! You can grab the ebook for only $2.99 (or for free with Amazon Prime), and the real life, hold it in your hands paperback for only $8.50.

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And here’s the contents of Cirsova #9. (Click here to see it on Amazon now!)

Novelettes

  • All That Glitters, by Paul Lucas
  • The Orb of Xarkax, by Xavier Lastra

Short Stories

  • The Faerie Pool, by Edward McDermott
  • Our Lords, the Swine, by N.A. Roberts
  • The Bejeweled Chest, by S.K. Inkslinger
  • Jack’s Basement, by Michael Tierney
  • Antares, by PC Bushi
  • Cirque des Etoiles, by Bo Balder
  • Hot Water in Wormtown, by Robert Lang
  • Littermates (Part 2 of 2), by J.D. Brink

Military SF, Space Opera, and Adventure: Ten Books in One!

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I’m honored to have been invited to contribute to the Cosmic Clashes book bundle. My trio of sci-fi stories The Scythe of Kronos has therefore joined this 10-book bundle of out of this world excitement! And you can nab all ten books for less than a buck a piece!

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It’s time to take flight and fight the good fight on the final frontier! The excitement never ends as you launch into a starry realm of intergalactic battles, adventures through space, and ultimate rewards for high-tech genius and bravado. Leap between universes and soar through the stars, led by the boldest heroes of the cosmos. The Cosmic Clashes bundle will take you on the unforgettable interstellar thrill rides you’ve been dreaming of all your life.

This bundle includes the work of Dean Wesley Smith, Sabrina Chase, Stefon Mears, Robert Jeschonek, Harvey Stanbrough, Russ Crossley, Michael Warren Lucas, Perry A. Wilson, and Blaze Ward.

Oh yeah, and me.

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