Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Open Submissions through the End of September!!

OMG, yes, my Acquisition's Editor has decided that we should open for submissions now through October 1st, 2013. Yes, I looked at him sideways.  It has done no good.

So, if you have a novel or nonfiction book ready to submit, we'll take a look at it.  Even if this is your first novel.  We accept novels, nonfiction and graphic novels in the following fiction genres: science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, paranormal romance, mystery, thriller, historical, young adult; nonfiction includes: how-to, history, pets, animals, travel, prepper/survival, outdoors, hunting, writing, philosophy, religion.

Guidelines

This is the 21st century.  Email subs only.  Times New Roman 12 pt or something similar. Double space.  Use Italics.  RTF files preferred.  No viruses or you will get automatically rejected and banned from consideration.  Contact information in the file, including phone number and email.  Use Courier and we will come to your house and throw rocks at your mailbox.  Be sure your book is clean, edited and professional.  Have your book vetted by a critique group.  Make sure it is of a quality you'd be proud to see in print.   Novels must be more than 60K words. Young adult may be 40K or more. Graphic novels must be at least 64 pages.  Query on graphic novels.  Anything after October 1st will be ignored.

We will accept reprints as well as new novels, provided you still own the rights.  Place SUBMISSION: Your Title in the subject line of the email.

Email your submissions to lbskywarriorbooks AT gmail DOT com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

When Horses Fly…

I've been procrastinating about writing up what really happened on July 16. Part of it is I really don't recall the events of that day, at least not very clearly. I'm still dealing with the aftermath of that day and trying to make some sense of it.

My husband and I decided to go riding that day.  I rode my horse, Rocket, whom  I had been having trouble with. Rocket had been balking on me lately, insisting on turning around in spots we had turned around on before when we were training short distances. The veterinarian had checked out Rocket' s legs when we were treating her for in inflamed tendon. Her legs were fine; her problem was her feet and we had her shod. We were working toward increasing distance and had gone maybe two miles.

According to my husband, Rocket balked and pitched a fit. I turned her around and rode her down the hill a little ways with the intent of turning back up in a place that I thought was safe. When I did not return, my husband rode down to find me. As he put it, neither I nor my horse was in sight. He looked down the hill and saw me straddling some deadfall some 30 feet down the hill in a ravine. Rocket was a ways from me entangled with her reins.

I suspect Rocket tried to back up on me and then bolted, leaping into the ravine. She had bolted once before when I had first started riding her. She had gone uphill then, and I ended up getting thrown then too, this time only 10 feet or so down an embankment. I ended up in the road then. I was bruised up, but otherwise okay.  In this incident, I was anything but okay.  It was apparent that my arm was dislocated and I had sustained numerous injuries.

After the first bolting incident almost two years before, I trained her consistently and we managed to get her to the point that she could go for miles on unfamiliar trails.So, while I had some problems with her, I thought I had worked the bolting out of her.

Now, I was really hurt.  My husband got hold of some neighbors who were first responders and called 911. After all was said and done I ended up in the hospital. I had a dislocated elbow, a fractured neck vertebra, a severely bruised up left side, and a serious concussion. Supposedly, somebody mentioned a dislocated shoulder, but my husband claims that wasn't in the charts.

I remember nothing of the ride, or of the accident, or anything that followed, even though I was conscious throughout. My memories seem more like a jumbled-up dream. The fact that the hospital kept me five days even though they knew I didn't have insurance suggests just how serious injuries were. Even now, I'm fighting with pain, exhaustion, and short-term memory loss.

We've gotten some relief on the hospital bills, but we still have to pay individual doctors and medical services. If you feel so inclined, you can donate at my GoFundMe page.

New Books for September Reading!

Looking for some excellent reading for the fall?  Look no further than Sky Warrior Books.  We have the best in fantasy, science fiction, and historical novels.

Katalagein: A Collection of Cat F&SF short stories by Lyn McConcchie

The Many Worlds of Cats!

Welcome to Katalagein. I’ve been writing short stories now for 25 years and they’ve been published for 24 of those. I also write books, but that’s another tale entirely. I live with a cat, or rather, as he’d see it, he graciously permits me to live with him. As a result, and over the years, a number of my stories have featured cats, and some even featured cats that were real – although their adventures may have been exaggerated, but then again...

Cats think that humans exist to keep them warmed, fed, cuddled and loved. Humans exist to open doors, cat-food tins, and cartons large enough for a cat to curl up in. They exist to rescue the cat, defend the cat, and protect the cat. Our opinion, that cats exist to keep us company and catch mice, doesn’t begin to describe the relationship of the average cat with their human. Humans are stupid too, in the estimation of the same cat. No tail, no whiskers – no brains. Certainly our language abilities, compared to feline-speak are incredibly limited. We come in useful for some things but it can take so long to get the essential demand across, that I think that my current cat, Thunder, assumes I’m something of an idiot.

However, I've always enjoyed writing cat stories, some have even won awards, and using my imagination I've been able to explore cats and their elements in a way that has opened doors to worlds previously unknown to me – and not always as expected either. So follow me into the many worlds of cats, but watch out, because where ever cats go, trouble follows!

$4.99
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 The General's President by John Dalmas

The worldwide Crash of 1994 made 1929 look mild, a market adjustment. Meanwhile the Middle East and South Africa are coming apart, and the Soviet Union is hovering in scavenging mode. While in the Land of the Free there is smoke in the streets. And martial law. Then President Kevin J. Donnelly has his own, mental breakdown. And with the vice presidency already vacant, via scandal, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are invited to appoint . . . an emergency president!

On the other hand, the job comes with Emergency Powers, passed by Congress. And the chairman, General Thomas M. Cromwell (not Oliver, Thomas) thinks he might have a candidate: Arne Eino Haugen.

Arne who? Of Duluth, Minnesota? But Arne Haugen has an ace up his sleeve, that Jumper Cromwell knows nothing of...

$4.99
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Prepper Blades by L. J. Bonham

Swords don't require you to reload.

 When all hell breaks loose, will you have the weapons necessary to survive? Being a prepper requires basic knowledge of edged, primitive, and improvised weapons. The author takes you through the basic weapons, including some medieval weapons you probably haven't thought of. Whether you're looking at swords,knives, bows, pole arms or axes, the author describes the weapon and its usefulness to the prepper. Filled with photos of weapons.

$4.99
Available in All Formats on Smashwords.com.  Also available on amazon.com and bn.com.



The Spirit Wolf by M.H. Bonham -- 99 cents available only on Amazon!

Ninja chase Akira Stormhammer and Kasumi Neko into a dangerous forest filled with demons and dark creatures. When Akira and Kasumi think they've escaped their captors, they discover that a spirit wolf follows them. They enter a forbidden temple, hoping to escape their new pursuer. But their sanctuary may prove a trap as great evil lurks in this forest...


The Debt by L. J. Bonham -- 99 cents available only on Amazon!

Sir William de Clopton has come to defend the Crusader's last toe hold in the Holy Land only to find it besieged by a terror so great even his supposed enemies have fled. Now he must face history's greatest marauder, Tamir the Lame and his army who have laid waste a continent. Sir William's only hope lies with a small band of the Knights of St. John and warrior who serves the sworn enemy of his king. They must hold the port of Smyrna at all costs or they, and thousands of innocents, will die horribly. The Debt; a tale of heroism and the bonds forged in war between men of honor.