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!

https://dl.bookfunnel.com/c98sacd0i1

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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Now on Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and more: Moondance

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As of today, June 20th, my short story Moondance is open for business. If you preordered it, it should be on its way to you by now.

A rare item of great value. A beautiful woman shrouded in mystery. And a hard-boiled private eye with supernatural instincts and a nose for trouble.

No, this isn’t The Maltese Falcon.

But if detective Larry Talbot is tracking you on a full moon night, you’ll wish you had wings.

Classic noir, urban fantasy, and a howling good time.

Click here for the universal link, and select your favorite retailer (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc) from there. 

Enjoy!

Supercriminals, the Walking Dead, and Space Pirates!

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Cirsova #8 is out now! This Hugo-nominated magazine features fun and fantastic fiction in a great range, from Conan-style sword and sorcery, to weird tales of horror and the occult, to space opera on a galactic scale!

I’ve only read a couple of stories so far in this issue, but I have to honestly say I’m impressed. It’s good to see the editor–Mr. P. Alexander–taking the risks that he has. There are two tales that kind of surprise me, both stories I’d expect to also find in the more mainstream spec fic mags. The reason they probably aren’t in those mags? Because they have action, excitement, and fun, along with being written from less common SF perspectives.

Which stories am I talking about? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. There’s something for everyone in the pages of Cirsova, and issue 8 keeps pace with (and possibly exceeds) all those before it.

And did I mention space pirates?!

Yes, another installment of the adventures of Captain Leonidas Hawksblood appears here too, the first of a two-part story. I plan to write whole books featuring the crew of The Lion’s Share someday soon. In fact, as I was mowing the lawn last night, I came up with yet another episode for these misfit anti-heroes. But I have a few other projects to finish and holes to fill before I get to them.

In the meantime, check out Leonidas and all the other heroic adventurers in Cirsova #8! Click here to find it on Amazon. 

Here’s a list of this issue’s contents:

Novelettes

  • Slavers of Venus, by Nathan Dabney
  • Promontory, by Jon Zaremba

Short Stories

  • Littermates (Part 1 of 2), by J.D. Brink
  • Brandy and Dye, by Jim Breyfogle
  • Breaking the Accords, by Amy Power Jansen
  • The Dream Lords, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • Only a Coward, by Jennifer Povey
  • Party Smashers, by Ken McGrath
  • Going Native, by J. Manfred Weichsel