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 CafĂ©, 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!