Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Life in Interesting Times

There's an interesting blog written by author Kiana Davenport about her experience with a NYC publisher.  Obviously, we're getting one author's experience with a certain NYC publisher and not the publisher's story, but the story is oddly familiar to me. I've heard quite a bit of these kind of stories.

I'm not against the big publishers per se, but I do wonder about whether it's appropriate that they have been the gatekeepers.  A free press is what makes us free.  So, I'm all for people having access to publishing.

Now, I do have caveats, and that is that good publishers do weed through the submissions, edit the manuscript, and professionally publish it.  If an author is willing to jump through the hoops on their own, self publishing might be the way to go for them.  But for a publishing house to bully an author because he or she decided to self publish his or her works is...well...ridiculous.

As a publisher, I read the story with amazement.  Not that I disbelieved the story, but I found it disconcerting that some publishers may have stooped so low as to threaten an author because she needed to make a living.  The book under contract should have been the book in question and not the other works.  I can see a right of first refusal with the publisher, but if the publisher had already said no, then the author should be able to publish her work herself. 

I think the whole ebook thing has caught some publishers napping and they're scrambling for control.  With bookstores such as Borders going under, more people are turning to alternate forms of writing, such as ebooks.  POD used to be a dirty word, but is now considered a way to put trade paperbacks out.  The truth is that the paradigm for publishing is shifting, and those who will not change, who insist on selling books for the hardback or trade paper prices, or who demand people use the gatekeepers are going to be left in the dust, wondering what happened.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Firedancer

Cover art by Mitch Bentley
Wind and Fire: A Deadly Combination

Since the Beginning of all, the Fire Clans have fought the Ancient, the elemental fire at the heart of the world, with the binding power of the Firedance.
Suddenly, the Ancient has grown clever and bold, and the Dance has begun to fail. Now fire is running rampant in the village of Annam, where the Delvers mine the precious containment stone that is the only other safeguard against fire. Only Jetta ak'Kal, a failed master, and her partner, the most inept journeyman in all of the Fire Clans, stand in its way.

To Jetta's horror, fire isn't the only danger in Annam. Windriders live there, masters of air, the Ancient's most deadly fuel. With danger riding on every breath of wind, if Jetta fails, no place will be safe from the deadly firestorm...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Modern Sorcery by Gary Jonas

Magic can be deadly...

When Private Investigator Jonathan Shade's ex-lover walks into his Denver office asking him to prove her father didn't commit the murder that dozens of witnesses saw and security cameras captured, Shade finds himself in the thick of magical intrigue. In a world where evil warlocks refuse to die, magically engineered assassins deal merciless death and ancient myths aren't quite so mythical, only Shade and his sexy partner, Kelly, can stop a power-hungry sorcerer from taking over the world.

Too bad Shade doesn't have any magic.

Cover art by Mitch Bentley

A New Series by Gary Jonas: The Jonathan Shade Chronicles.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Hounds of Ardagh by Laura J. Underwood

Ginny Ni Cooley never desired more than the simple life she had. Living in Tamhasg Wood, she used her magic to occasionally assist the folk of Conorscroft while putting up with the machinations of the ghost of her former mentor, Manus MacGreeley. But her peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a lad fleeing a pack of red-gold hounds led by a hound-shaped demon known as Nidubh.

So much for peace and solitude. By rescuing Fafne MacArdagh, Ginny becomes wrapped in the fabric of an intrigue involving a family feud, a traitorous son and a bloodmage named Edain who is determined to keep her soul. It was she who cast the spell on Fafne's family and household, and transformed the MacArdaghs into hounds. Ginny gives Fafne her word to take him to Caer Keltora so they can report the matter to the Council of Mageborn. But Edain is determined to keep her secret and her soul intact, and moves to thwart Ginny at every turn.

For Ginny Ni Cooley, who has faced many bogies, dealing with a demon, a bloodmage and the Dark Lord of Annwn, will be no easy task. But she will do what she must to undo Edain's spells. If not, Manus' soul will become part of the Arawn's Cauldron of Doom. Ginny will become a feast for a demon, and poor Fafne will join the Hounds of Ardagh for all eternity.

Buy Hounds of Ardagh at Smashwords.

Cover Art by Mitch Bentley 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Does This E-book Make Me Look Fat? #kindle #ebooks

At Sky Warrior Books, we take America's obesity problem very seriously.  At less than $5, we know that there are plenty of fattening things out there that give us pleasure.   You know, the double shot mocha lattes?  The ice cream cones?  That really wonderful, Belgian chocolate?




Yep, we've been there.  More than once.  In fact, some of us, ahem...

Anyway, enough about our lack of willpower.  Let's talk about yours.  You know that frozen coffee drink is adding pounds, but for the same or less money, suppose I could tell you about just as much pleasure for hours at a time?  Food for your brain, as it were.









As far as I know, no one has said "Does this E-book make me look fat?"  Our books at Sky Warrior Books are heavy on taste, and light on calories and your pocketbook.  In fact, our e-books are zero fat, zero calories and all taste.  For less than $4 a book (and in some cases, less than $1), you can get awesome books by our award-winning and bestselling authors.  Check out our books at www.skywarriorbooks.com

And if you have a double shot mocha latte while reading them, that's okay by us, too.

Quick Shots by Gary Jonas




THE GUN IS LOADED

Get ready to read an outstanding collection of 29 stories including some that appear here for the first time!

THE TARGET IS SET

If you love horror, suspense, fantasy or just plain fun, you’ve come to the right place.

TAKE AIM

“The Blood on Satan’s Harley” - a headless biker roams the highways of Oklahoma searching for victims.

“By Death Abused” - a paranormal investigator helps a boy deal with his dead, but still abusive father.

“In League” - a rock band’s music opens gateways to Hell.

“Single White Vampire” a lonely vampire seeks romance while trying to avoid her master’s goons, including an Elvis impersonator vampire.

“Maternal Instinct” - a young woman hears a voice whispering to her baby over her nursery monitor.

“Broken Spirits” - two damaged people track down the man who stole their souls.

“Since I Had a Gun to My Head” - a man deals with the intense after-effects of an armed robbery.

“So You Wanna Be a Hitman” - one hitman tale alone would be worth the price of admission, but you get five (count ‘em) tales about this politically incorrect killer. He has virtually no redeeming qualities, but you’re going to love him.

PULL THE TRIGGER

Why are you still reading this? Buy the book already. You know you want it. You know you need it. You know it will help you earn millions of dollars, make you look like a movie star and win the heart of your one true love. Some say it will also cure cancer and bring about world peace.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

But you’ll definitely find some Quick Shots of entertainment and that’s the next best thing.

QUICK SHOTS - a killer collection. Bet you can’t read just one.