Monday, August 1, 2016

Hoofbeats is Now Available through Amazon!

New Release!  Hoofbeats is available through Amazon NOW for $4.99!

The sound of freedom, power and MAGIC.

Horses have the gift of carrying us to far-off lands, accompanying us on adventures and fueling imaginations.

In addition to the magic to be found mundane horses – there are the magical horses of legends and lore – unicorns and pegasi – staples of fantasy literature – and more.

In Hoofbeats, you will meet magical horses, unicorns, and pegasi – as well as a couple of mechanical horses that are more alive than they appear, carousel horses that take their riders on a journey with the Wild Hunt, the spirit pony of a powerful Shaman, a Kelpie and a Nyx. All members of the magical equine family.

Join our authors as they bring us 22 tales filled with the magic only an equine possesses.

Featuring stories by: J.A. Campbell, Rie Sheridan Rose, Liam Hogan, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Wayland Smith, Rebecca McFarland-Kyle, Misha Nogha, L.J. Bonham, Noel Ayers, Sanan Kolva, M.H. Bonham, Carol Hightshoe, April Douglas, Melodie Bolt, Cynthia Ward, Dana Bell, Steve Ruskin, Amanda Faith,  and F.J. Bergmann.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Writer Quote of the Day

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Writer Quote of the Day

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Monday, July 4, 2016

Updates to Sky Warrior Books Website

I've actually received a question or two about Sky Warrior Books' website.  Yes, it is down, mainly because we're changing registrars and the whole process takes five or more days.  Basically, we realized that we were servicing two websites and not getting the value from the previous one.  So, we're moving everything over to our blog site, which provides more functionality than our current site.  We're on here more often anyway.  So, fear not.  We're just in a move.  Pardon our dust.

Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Frog and Esther Jones at Westercon!

My most awesome authors at Westercon!  You guys rock!

Writer Quote of the Day

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Writer Quote of the Day

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage is now a full-length Audiobook!

Great things have been expected of Thea, the seventh child of two seventh children. Now, with Cheveyo, a mage of the Anasazi, Thea has begun to weave herself a new magical identity, infused with elements of the original worlds. But back home, Thea keeps her abilities hidden and attends the Wandless Academy, the one school on Earth for those who have no apparent magical talent. It is there that Thea realizes that her enemies are hungrier and more dangerous than she knew. What's more, her greatest strength may be the powerlessness she has resisted for so long. Buy it now from Amazon HERE!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hoofbeats: Flying with Magical Horses is Available for Preorder!

Hoofbeats: Flying with Magical Horses is now available for preorder from Sky Warrior Books!  Edited by Carol Hightshoe, this awesome anthology boasts some of the best stories about horses from the best authors.  Preorder now for just $4.99!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Visiting Times Past: Guest Blog Post by David Lee Summers

The Brazen Shark, my latest novel from Sky Warrior Books, tells the story of a couple whose honeymoon in 1877 was interrupted by samurai air pirates who hijacked a Russian airship, hoping to overthrow the Japanese emperor and restore the shogunate.  This plotline posed a particular challenge for me as a writer living in the desert southwest of the United States since I wanted to portray Meiji-era Japan as accurately as possible.  Even if time and money would have allowed me to make a research trip to Japan, I’d still have the challenge of capturing the historical period.  This is, of course, where library research comes in, but the challenge was what kinds of books to read?

My research for the novel started with a book about the history of the samurai.  It was a great book full of illustrations and information about living conditions, armor, and fighting techniques.  The problem was that there were samurai from the thirteenth century through the second half of the nineteenth.  Even a very in-depth book such as the one I had could only devote a few pages of each section to the period I was interested in.  So, I asked my brother who had traveled in Japan if he had any books to recommend.  He introduced me to Lafcadio Hearn.

Born in Greece to an Irish father and Greek mother, Hearn immigrated to the United States in 1869 where he became a newspaper reporter.  After spending several years in New Orleans, where he wrote about Louisiana’s Creole and Voodoo cultures, he immigrated to Japan and changed his name to Koizumi Yakumo.  He wrote several books of essays about Japan including Gleanings in Buddha-Fields, which I found particularly useful.  Through Hearn, I got to see Japan through the eyes of a westerner at roughly the period I was interested in.  Rather than be presented with cold facts, I got to travel with Hearn as he visited a Shinto shrine, admired Japanese art, and listened to children in the streets singing songs.

When doing research, it’s important not just to look up facts, but where possible, to read accounts from people who have had experiences similar to what you describe.  If you’re writing about space travel, read accounts from astronauts about their experiences.  If you’re writing about gunfighters in the old west, you can read books such as Pat Garrett’s The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid.  Some historians might debate Garrett’s “facts” but the book does give you the Old West experience through the eyes of someone who lived it.  The further back in time you go, the more challenging it might be to find those kinds of accounts, but even a little snippet can help you gain insight to what was important to people living at that time and place.

The fourth novel in my Clockwork Legion series will have scenes set in New Orleans.  I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time in the Crescent City, but you can bet I’ll be looking to my old friend Lafcadio Hearn for his insights into what the city was like over a century ago.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Howling Dead is Now an Audiobook!

Which earrings look best with fur? Kira Walker is a geek and UNIX systems administrator who has a bad hair day at least once a month. But when a wolf attacks Kira and her BFF in downtown Denver around the full moon, she's devastated. Now, like it or not, Kira is unemployed, and the head of Denver's werewolf pack is getting a little too friendly for her tastes. And, oddly, she keeps finding herself naked in front of road workers. Caught in this new world, Kira discovers there are sinister forces at work. Rogue werewolves have declared war against humans, and when Kira's other BFF is kidnapped, it gets Kira snarling mad. Can she solve the riddle of the Enchanted Forest before the rogue werewolves kill again? Fashion-challenged Kira will learn that werewolves have a strong bite. Get the audiobook for just $1.99 when you purchase the eBook for $2.99!  Buy it HERE!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wolves of Valhalla is Now Available in Both Audiobook and Trade Paperback!

What's meaner than a Viking zombie? A Viking werewolf, of course.
The summer solstice in the prophesied year of the apocalypse. Snorri Geirolfson sails home with his brother and Viking comrades after a successful raid. A sudden, unnatural storm sweeps out of the North Sea and bolts of mysterious lightning pulverize everyone aboard, except Snorri. Snorri's bad day turns to a night from hell when his shipmates awaken as brain-eating undead. Desperate, he jumps overboard to avoid becoming their main course.
Snorri swims to an island shore where he finds a Norse fortress and seeks the protection of its chieftain, Thorolf Haeglson, who has his own issues. Thorolf is a werewolf and he hates himself. Nothing like an invasion of undead to lift your sagging spirits! Can this unlikely duo, thrown together by the web of the Wyrd, defeat that which cannot be killed and save Thorolf's people from annihilation? This audiobook is available for $1.99 when you buy the eBook for just $2.99!  The paperback edition is just $9.99 and comes with bonus material.  Buy it HERE.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Redemption is Now an Audiobook through Audible!

Captain Li Wing Hua has been a prisoner of an alien race for nearly four years, freed at last after the war. So when he's finally made captain of another space ship, he's eager to return to space. But when he discovers an observation outpost wrecked and the crew tortured to death, Hua has reason to suspect the same alien race that tortured and held him captive those four long years. But can he unravel the mystery before it causes an interstellar incident? Purchase the eBook for $4.99 and get the audiobook for just $1.99!  Buy it HERE!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Embers of Heaven Now Available in Audiobook!

Four hundred years after The Secrets of Jin-shei, the Syai Empire is on the brink of civil war. A new voice preaching equality promises hope for the downtrodden, but the ensuing people's revolution brings terror, reeducation camps, and death to anyone embracing the old ways. An outsider and a child of two worlds, Amais searches for the magical bond of jin-shei, the women's oath, in her ancestral home of Syai, unaware that her quest will bring her to the very person who may destroy her and her family. And yet, she must face him, or all hope for Syai will be lost. It's available now on Audible!  If you purchase the eBook for $4.99, you can get the audiobook for only $1.99!  Buy the audiobook HERE!!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rough Magic is Now a Trade Paperback and Audiobook!

Twenty years ago, the modern world collided with the world of Faerie, leaving behind its denizens in a world of cold iron. Unable to work in the modern world of steel, those of the Fallen have been forced into welfare, prostitution, or thievery.
Once the proud queen of air and light, Sathyllien, works with the Los Angeles police department to solve the murders of elves and human prostitutes, the clues lead to a 5-year-old, cold-case murder - that of her daughter. But can she find the killer before a race war starts? Rough Magic is available in trade paperback for $15.95, it is available in Kindle for $2.99, and with a Kindle purchase, it is available in Audiobook for only $1.99!  Buy your copies HERE at Amazon!

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Mystical Cat Now in Paperback!

Sometimes loved, sometimes worshipped, sometimes demonized, the cat has been humankind’s companion throughout thousands of years. The mystical cat explores the magical side of the feline, helper and imp, guide and god, you’ll read 19 of the best cat stories by authors such as Lyn McConchie, Alma Alexander, Dusty Rainbolt, Cynthia Ward, S. A. Bolich, and Frog and Esther Jones. $14.95 in trade paperback. Buy from Amazon HERE.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

First Contact Cafe is now in Paperback!

There are rules for first contact with aliens. And a place to meet aliens where the rules are enforced. Simple things like avoiding smelly bodily emissions, even if your race considers them a compliment, and complicated things like not asking another race if they are edible. Feel free to read up on the rules of the First Contact Cafe, then pull up a bar stool, or a pool of sludge, have a drink of beer or get high on methane, and plan your next trade deal, a compelling con, or find a mate compatible to your DNA. But whatever you do, don’t piss off the bartender. Your prosperity, or your demise belongs in her hands. She owns the First Contact Café, and your soul. Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford.  $16.95  Buy your copy on Amazon HERE.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Book By MH Bonham!

Interested in Zombies?  Love horror?  Check out this new short story by MH Bonham!  You're sure to enjoy a new take on the apocalypse.  Read it on your Kindle, smartphone, or computer today.

The future is grim. Wars are fought between grunts and drones in the heart of cities where people walk by and don't give second glances. Those who die are eaten by zombies or drained by vampires. When one vampire finds a woman that reminds him of his long-dead wife, can he turn her to end his loneliness?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tails of the Pack Now Available in Paperback Edition!

Tails of the Pack is now available in paperback! Edited by Steven Wedel!  The legend of the man-beast has been with us forever. It has changed and evolved and reshaped itself much as the lycanthrope itself, and yet, at its heart, it is essentially the same. Unlike the vampire that has gone from a stinking, bloated, near-mindless corpse to a suave, angst-ridden sex toy as society shapes the trope to fit current mores, the werewolf has, for centuries, been about the loss of self-control. In Tails of the Pack, Steven E. Wedel has put together eleven of the best Werewolf stories by authors such as Mark Finn, Tiffani Angus, Frog and Esther Jones, and Aaron Smith. Keep those silver bullets handy, you’re going to need them.  $11.95  Purchase HERE from Amazon!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Get a Free EBook and an Audiobook for Just $1.99!

Get THE DEBT eBook absolutely FREE for a limited time only! When you get the eBook, you can buy the audiobook for only $1.99. A great story for your summer reading/travels! Check it out!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Writer Quote of the Day

To defend what you’ve written is a sign that you are alive.”—William Zinsser

Friday, January 29, 2016

Writer Quote of the Day

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”—Enid Bagnold

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Have Your Ordered Your Copy of The Brazen Shark Yet?

Pick up the latest Steampunk masterpiece by David Lee Summers!

Pirate captain, inventor, and entrepreneur Onofre Cisneros sweeps his friends Fatemeh and Ramon Morales off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Once there, a British agent makes Cisneros an offer he can't refuse and the captain must travel to Japan. Wanting to see more of the world, Ramon and Fatemeh ask to accompany the captain only to find themselves embroiled in a plot by samurai who steal a Russian airship, hoping to overthrow the Japanese emperor.

“Airships battling! Samurai fomenting war with Russia! Historical characters and powerfully drawn fictional ones mixing it up with political intrigues make David Lee Summers’ The Brazen Shark a steampunk novel not to be missed. Put it at the top of your reading list. Now!" Robert E. Vardeman, author of Gateway to Rust and Ruin

“Pack your goggles and your telescope and your atlas because the Clockwork Legion is taking us on another whirlwind adventure. And this one covers the globe in the air, on the sea, on terra firma, undersea … and even into space!” David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse, authors of The Adventures of Drake & McTrowell 

Ebook $4.95 Print Book: $15.95 Preorder HERE NOW!

Available February 1st!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Writer Quote of the Day

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”—Stephen King

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Guest Author: About Series Continuity by Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce Reynolds-Ward is our guest author this week. Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in First Contact Café, Tales from an Alien Campfire, River, How Beer Saved the World 1, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and Trust and Treachery among others. Her books include Netwalk: Expanded Edition, Netwalker Uprising, Life in the Shadows: Diana and Will, Alien Savvy, Seeking Shelter at the End of the World, Netwalk’s Children, and Pledges of Honor. Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, horses, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

So you have this well-behaved trilogy or series where the writing has taken off. You have your series bible, your timeline, and your list of characters at hand so you don’t have contradictions in continuity. Your fingers fly over the keyboard as the words pour onto the screen, the dialogue pops, the sequence of events flows smoothly, then—oops. You realize that what you’ve just had one character tell another about a past event is—the wrong thing. It doesn’t agree with what you’ve already written, though it fits characterization and the situation. You have visions of the screaming hordes of fandom coming down on you Because Things Don’t Match, and it needs a fix that you can’t just use Find and Replace to repair. What to do?

In some cases you will need to rewrite. But another tool to consider in dealing with this type of continuity issue is to use it as a tension builder and character developer. In real world history, a person’s perspective of even the biggest, earth-shaking events can significantly contrast from of that of another eyewitness from a different angle or viewpoint. Perspective can also be shaded by how honest a character is with themselves about their motives and performance. Even a reliable character has things about themselves that they may not be completely honest about. Or they may need to lie about past events for legitimate reasons.

No matter what reason, congratulations. You’ve just handed yourself a means to complicate and deepen your story even further. Is your viewpoint character unreliable? This sort of discrepancy helps to establish that person’s unreliability. Does the event pack a significant meaning for those involved, enough that even a reliable character might have a reason to be untruthful? Recalling a past event in a different manner from what has been previously told adds to the tension surrounding it as well as establishing a motive for that character’s behavior—and it may emphasize how important that event is. Does difference in ideologies shape a differing recall of past events? More plot and world building elements right there. If played right, a discrepancy in event continuity can add to your plot tension.

But there are some key elements to make this work for you, not against you. First, make sure it doesn’t happen too often, unless you have a justifiable explanation within the story (examples: amnesia, time travel, magic, forgetfulness, encroaching senility). Second, work with this discrepancy. Who wins with each version? Who loses? Third, call attention to the explanation for the discrepancy close to when it happens. Someone calls your character a liar. Or they observe (to themselves or another character) that “this isn’t the version I heard.”

If handled right, a mismatch in continuity can improve your story by adding depth and complexity that might not have been there previously. It can help you establish a character’s reliability or emphasize the importance of an event. Used mindfully, it can be an asset to your story.

Good luck!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Falling From Grace -- a New Gift of Grace Book By Frog and Esther Jones!

We have an awesome new book by Frog and Esther Jones called Falling from Grace which should be available for preorder in the next few days -- and the book should be out February 12th -- just in time for Radcon!  Check out the cool new cover by Nathan Reed!