Preorders for Light in the Darkness

If by chance you ordered the boxed set of Light in the Darkness, had it cancelled, and did NOT get the email from Amazon about it being reinstated, yes, it is back. And fabulous. Note that the 99 cent price is only good for the preorder! Once it goes live the price increases. We still don’t have the final word on how much, has to do with file sizes and all. You try jamming 12 full novels in one computer file! Even if you sit on it like a suitcase, it isn’t easy.

Update: The price increase happens when the full file is uploaded, which will be October 8. The new price then will be $1.99 –still a raging bargain–but if you want the ultra cheep rate preorder now!

The Noblebright boxed set is NOT CANCELLED!

On the off-chance that you preordered Light in the Darkness: a Noblebright Fantasy collection and got an email from Amazon about “the publisher cancelling”, no, we didn’t. There has been… let’s call it confusion in the minds of Certain Large Parties. Unilateral actions were taken. Emails and phonecalls are being made to get things working again. The boxed set is ready to go, all the authors are on board. We WILL get it to readers, one way or another, and at the promised promotional price of 99 cents. Unfortunately, re-pre-ordering may be necessary. Sorry.

Adventures are nasty things that make you late for dinner. (sigh)

The State of the Author

Alive! Yes, really. It has been touch-and-go, but the breathing thing continues unabated. Busy. Currently hard at work on Book 3 of the Scent of Metal trilogy, in between day job, new cats, and the ongoing quest to replace my collapsing Depression-era garage. (Seriously. It is a quest, with random monster encounters and quest tokens and buried treasure.)

Another project is in the works, but this time most of the effort has been shouldered by the inestimable C.J. Brightley. The Noblebright Fantasy boxed set is coming soon to an ebook source near you! My fellow authors include C.J.Brightley, Lindsay Buroker, Francesca Forrest, Kyra Halland, Angela Holder, Ronald Long, Mike Reeves-McMillan, T.A. Miles, Christina Ochs, Sherwood Smith, and Emily Martha Sorensen.
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And the best part? Twelve stunning books plus extra short stories, all for a mere $.99! Preordering is available right now, for delivery October 18. My contribution is The Last Mage Guardian, plus the previously never published short story “Wolf of Shadows.”

We’re trying to make the concept of Noblebright a movement, something you can search for. We’ve got a website, and more collections are being thought of down the line. This is similar to the Human Wave movement, but more focused on fantasy.

Noblebright is intended to be a positive reaction to the negativity of grimdark. It’s not syrupy, precious nonsense. It isn’t papering over reality with illusion or denial. Real, imperfect characters that do their best in an imperfect world, who make mistakes but get up and try again. Noblebright means, at the very least, in a dark world there is still hope.




The Indie Author Summer Reading Sale!

Summer, and rumors of Summer…which means you must always have a good book within reach!

The Scent of Metal is a mere $1.99 (now with new cover art!), and Jinxers only 99 cents! (Prices good through Monday). Check the other terrific reads we’ve collected for you… space travel, dragons with issues, werewolves with problems, musketeers getting fed up with vampires, vampires getting fed up with demons, fay detectives…really, we’ve got something for everyone.

Take the Star Road

By Peter Grant

On Sale from May 28-30

Nineteen-year-old Steve Maxwell just wants to get his feet on the star road to find a better homeworld. By facing down Lotus Tong thugs, he earns an opportunity to become a spacer apprentice on a merchant spaceship, leaving the corruption and crime of Earth behind. Sure, he needs to prove himself to an older, tight-knit crew, but how bad can it be if he keeps his head down and the decks clean?

He never counted on the interstellar trade routes having their own problems, from local wars to plagues of pirates – and the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve’s left a world of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead…

Sword and Blood

By Sarah Hoyt

The France of the Musketeers has changed. Decades ago, someone opened a tomb in Eastern Europe, and from that tomb crawled an ancient horror, who in turn woke others of its kind.
Now Paris is beset by vampires, the countryside barren and abandoned. The Cardinal has become a vampire, the church is banned, the king too cowed to fight.
Until now, the three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos and Aramis have stood as a bulwark against the encroaching evil, their swords defending the innocent and helpless.
But last night, in a blood mass, Athos was turned into a Vampire. And a young vampire orphan has just arrived from Gascony: Monsieur D’Artagnan.
Things are about to get… complicated.

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One Blood now available for preorder!

The Amazon link is live, and the other sites that allow direct preorders should be up shortly. Actual publish date is April 29, and with luck,  the paper version will also be available by then.

While I’m working on book 3 I will be redoing the look of The Scent of Metal to match the series style and adding a teaser chapter, so don’t worry if you see the book listing change. Same book, different wrapper.

One Blood cover!

The book is with the editor now, and depending on how bad the carnage is among the commas I should have the ebook done and available at the usual fine retail establishments by mid to late April, and paper book shortly thereafter.

Isn’t this luscious?? And below the jump, a sample chapter for your delectation. Ware the commas….



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Jinxers on sale!

For a mere $0.99, you get chases, escapes, spies, desert forts, and magic marbles. I think that’s a deal…

Price was just now set on Amazon and the other usual sites, so it may take a few hours to percolate through–but it will! And the sale will continue until November 2.

Check back to see other authors’ sale books for the week!

UPDATE: The full list of sale books is here:

Labor Day Sale!

OK, technically Labor Day Weekend sale, but you know what I mean. And here are the books!  All sale prices good through Sept.7… and mine will stay at 99 cents until Sept. 13, where it will then get set to $1.99 and stay there for a while. So tell your friends, your relatives, your enemies…

NOTE: See two more books added at the end of the list!

2nd Annual Indie Author Labor Day Sale

A curated list of authors’ selected works on sale, just for readers like you. If you’ve been waiting for the next fun read, or for a reason to Read Indie, this is that time. All the books are priced between $2.99 and $0.99, affordable ways to explore new worlds.

You will find this a list spanning genres from Fantasy and Science Fiction to Thrillers and Romance. Something for every reader in your life, if you are looking for back-to-school gifts. Enjoy!

The Long Way Home(Sequoyah book 1)

By Sabrina Chase


Promo price: $.99

Moire Cameron ran to protect her secrets — ran to the heart of an interstellar alien war. Her fellow mercenaries care only about her fighting skills, not where — or when — she got them. You’d think that would be good enough…

But a false name and fake ID can’t conceal her dangerous lack of contemporary knowledge, and they won’t help fulfill her last order, given by a dying man eighty years ago. To do that she must find a reason to live again. A cause worth fighting for, comrades to trust, and a ship to sail the stars.

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Take the Star Road

By Peter Grant


Sale Price:$0.99

By facing down Lotus Tong thugs, Steve Maxwell earns an opportunity to escape orbit and become a spacer apprentice on a merchant spaceship. Sure, he needs to prove himself to an older, tight-knit crew, but how bad can it be if he keeps his head down and the decks clean?

The interstellar trade routes are anything but trouble-free, with local wars and plagues of pirates. Also, the jade in his luggage is hotter than a neutron star. Steve’s left a world of troubles behind, only to find a galaxy of them ahead…

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Vengeance from Ashes

By Sam Schall


Price: 99 cents for the Labor Day Weekend, down from $2.99

First, they took away her command. Then they took away her freedom. But they couldn’t take away her duty and honor. Now they want her back.
Captain Ashlyn Shaw has survived two years in a brutal military prison. Now those who betrayed her are offering the chance for freedom. All she has to do is trust them not to betray her and her people again. If she can do that, and if she can survive the war that looms on the horizon, she can reclaim her life and get the vengeance she’s dreamed of for so long.

But only if she can forget the betrayal and do her duty.

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Grey Man: Changes

By JL Curtis


Sale price $2.99

When Texas Deputy Sheriff John Cronin thwarts the Cartel’s plan to get paid to smuggle Muslims across the border, he becomes the target of the Cartel once again. One try fails, but the cartel isn’t about to give up. With his granddaughter, Jesse, still recovering from her last run-in with the Cartel and now far away with her Marine husband on a military base, Cronin only has to worry about the innocents around him.

One way or another, this old school law man plans to end this cat and mouse game for good. But, this time, the Cartel is playing for keeps; ending this war might just cost the old man his life.Either way Cronin plans to go out on his feet, fighting tooth and nail.

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Survival Test

By David Burkhead


Price:  $2.99

War! A series of diplomatic crises precipitate a limited nuclear war on Earth. Missile defenses block access to space. Nothing goes up and nothing comes down.
The people of the various space stations, the moon base, and a space colony whose construction had just begun must find a way to survive until the war is over.
The ultimate survival test.
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Pam Uphoff’s Wine of the Gods Universe 


99 cent Labor Day Sale!

Genetic engineering enabled psychic abilities in the test children. And the ability to control the machinery to open portals between parallel Earths. But prejudice turned into exile across the dimensions, and the escape of the most powerfully “magical” to a world of their own.

It all starts with the stand-alone Outcasts and Gods and continues with twenty (so far) loosely connected stories in the same Multiverse.

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Zoey Iver’s YA Adventures

By Pam Uphoff

99 cent Labor Day Sale!


The AI war was deadly—and invisible. Until two teenagers found themselves in the middle of it.

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Eyes of Osiris

By Anita Young


Price: $2.99

Thanks to the curse of foresight, Dr. Kayara Ingham has had a vision of her husband’s death. While she desperately tries to avert the grim future, she meets a mysterious Osiris Corporation man who gives her an impossible ultimatum. When Kay is forced to choose, she learns that Osiris Corporation is not what it seems. The company is made up of a people that call themselves the Architects of Lore and, like many powerful organisations, their reach is extensive—one might say inescapable.

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Acts of War

By James Young


Price: $2.99

August 1942.  Adolf Hitler is dead, Great Britain is surrendering, and the Royal Family is fleeing to Canada.  In this critically acclaimed alternative history novel, James Young details a World War II that is far different and much worse than the terrible conflict we all know.  Follow the Cobb family as they, and the nation they love, are confronted with horrible events while being swept away by war’s chaos.  If you are a fan of historical fiction, or just like a good yarn with mortal heroes, Acts of War is for you.

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Pixie Noir

By Cedar Sanderson


Price: $0.99

Lom is a bounty hunter, paid to bring magical creatures of all descriptions back Underhill, to prevent war with humans should they discover the strangers amongst them. Bella is about to find out she’s a real life fairy princess, but all she wants to do is live peacefully in Alaska, where the biggest problems are hungry grizzly bears. He has to bring her in. It’s nothing personal, it’s his job…

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By Lilania Begley


Price: $0.99

Wounded veteran Dev Macquire needs some farm help until he recovers. When his father, Gray, brings home a new hand, he’s dismayed to meet Irina. How can a woman do the rough, heavy work they need? As she works her way into their life, and into his heart, he’s faced with a new dilemma. Can he persuade her to stay, and to accept a new role in his life?

The Cunning Blood

By Jeff Duntemann


Price: $2.99

Caught violating Earth’s Zero Tolerance for Violence laws, Peter Novilio is sentenced to a one-way trip to Hell, Earth’s prison planet in the Zeta Tucanae system. Hell is forever: Two centuries earlier its ecosphere had been infected with microscopic nanomachines that destroy electrical conductors, condemning its inmates to a neo-Victorian steam-and-gaslight society without computers, spaceflight, or any hope of escape.

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Ninth Euclid’s Prince

By Dan Hoyt

Price: $3.99 (dropping to $2.99 some time this weekend, so check the price when buying.)


Welcome to New Rome!

The far-flung heirs of the empire have been called home to the capital of worlds. In these mean streets, no wife is above suspicion, and no man above assassination. With the Emperor poisoned and prince Oswald in jail, Ninth Euclid, a mathematically gifted secretary from a rural backwater, must solve the knottiest problem of all: How will he keep his liege lord safe from daggers in the back and politically scheming trollops in the night?

Here Be Dragons: A collection of short stories

By: Sarah A. Hoyt

Price:  $2.99


A collection of short stories by Award Winning Author Sarah A. Hoyt. From dark worlds ruled by vampires, to magical high schools, to future worlds where super-men have as many problems as mere mortals, this collection shows humans embattled, imperiled, in trouble, but never giving up. Angel in Flight is set in Sarah Hoyt’s popular Darkship series.

The collection contains the stories: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
First Blood, Created He Them, A Grain Of Salt, Shepherds and Wolves,
Blood Ransom,The Price Of Gold,Around the Bend,An Answer From The North,
Heart’s Fire,Whom The Gods Love,Angel In Flight,Dragons as well as an introduction by fantasy writer Cedar Sanderson.