Free and 99¢ ebooks for January

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Brothers in Exile

Brothers in Exile

eBook: free!
Isaac and Aaron are nothing if not survivors. Their homeworld lost and their people scattered, all they have left is each other. Then, in the Far Outworlds, they find a dead colony with a beautiful young woman frozen in cryostasis. She is also a survivor—and she needs their help. More info →
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Comrades in Hope

Comrades in Hope

eBook: 99¢ sale!
Isaac and Aaron have joined the war effort, and not a moment too soon. The Imperials are poised to strike at the heart of the New Pleiades and obliterate the ragtag flotilla standing in their way. Aaron always wanted to prove himself, but he was never ready to make the ultimate sacrifice—until now. More info →
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Patty Jansen’s January Free Book Promo

Fellow SF&F author Patty Jansen is running a massive free book promo over on her blog, and Star Wanderers: Outworlder (Part I) is one of the books being featured. For some other great SF&F titles, be sure to check it out!

Read an Ebook Week 2013 at Smashwords

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In case you didn’t know, the first week of March is Read an Ebook Week. Apparently, this is something that the early adopters of ebooks started back in 2004 to help popularize the new reading format and break down some of the initial wariness from the general public.

Well, Smashwords does a Read an Ebook Week promo every year, and I’ve enrolled all of my books at a 50% discount.  If you want to check out one of my $.99 short stories like “Memoirs of a Snowflake,” or Part II (Fidelity) and Part III (Sacrifice) of the Star Wanderers series, you can now pick those up for free.  If you want to try out one of my novels, like Bringing Stella Home or Desert Stars, they’re all under $3.  In fact, with the promo code REW50, all my books are under $3 on Smashwords right now.

Also, if you’re a Smashwords affiliate, I’ve juiced the affiliate bonus for all of my titles to 35%.  Since I sell all my full-length novels at $4.95, you can make about $1.75 for each referral–almost the full 85% for a novel selling at $2.99.

Some indie writers aren’t too keen on Smashwords, but I’m definitely a fan of the site.  Mark Coker has done a lot of great things, opening doors and breaking down walls to help us get our stories out to the world.  He’s also been good to readers, especially international readers, who have to pay an extra $2 surcharge for any ebooks they buy on Amazon.

Once you purchase a book on Smashwords, you have access to multiple DRM-free formats, including mobi (Kindle), epub (Nook, Kobo ereader), PDF, and straight up HTML for online reading, among others.  Anytime the author uploads a new version, you have access to that as well (or any of the previous versions since the initial purchase).  All the books are screened before going up on the site, so the formatting is generally pretty clean.

So yeah, between March 3-9, feel free to check out my books on Smashwords!  And while you’re at it, check out some of the other great authors as well.  There’s a lot of good stuff up there–a lot of black swans that would never have made it in traditional publishing, but thanks to the ebook revolution now have a decent chance.  Who knows what you’ll find?  It might just be your next favorite book!

Have internet, will blog

Hey guys, I’m back in Kutaisi today, so I thought I’d drop in and post an update on this (much neglected as of late) blog.  Life hasn’t been too eventful, but there are a couple of things that I thought you might want to know about.

First of all, I’ll be participating in an ebook promo with some other sci-fi indie authors this cyber monday (the online equivalent of black friday).  My book Star Wanderers: Outworlder is already available for free, but if you’re a fan of science fiction and free / $.99 ebooks, be sure to check it out!  Here’s the link:

Also, if you check out the CURRENT PROJECTS section in the sidebar (over there ———>), you’ll see that I recently dusted off Heart of the Nebula for another revision pass.  This is a direct sequel to Bringing Stella Home, featuring many of the same characters (James, Lars, Stella) plus a few new ones.  I’m about midway through chapter 4 right now, and really getting into the story.

The previous drafts had some issues, but I think I’ve got a better handle on them now.  I have no idea when it will be ready to be published, but I’m shooting for sometime next summer.  With luck, this next revision will be finished in December, at which point I’ll send it out to my first readers and see what they think of it.

Also, I took some time out to work on meta-writing stuff, like goal setting and such.  I’ll save that discussion for new years, though, since that seems like a much better time to discuss goals and resolutions.  Also, it will give me a chance to refine them a bit in the intervening month.  Long story short, I was experiencing a creative block due to some unrealistic personal expectations, but I think I’ve more or less worked it out.

Other than that, life is pretty good.  I got to see my host family from last year a couple of days ago, when I came in late from Tbilisi and missed the last marshrutkka to my village.  Called up the family, and they were kind enough to let me spend the night on their couch.  Today, I said thank you by dropping by with a box of chocolates.

It was great to see them again and spend some time in the neighborhood where I lived last semester.  Also: twix cookies.  The market in Batoni next to ProCredit Bank is one of the few places in Kutaisi that sells them.  If you’ve ever spent any significant time in Georgia, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

So that’s just about it for now.  If all goes well, I should hear back from my first readers on Star Wanderers: Homeworld sometime during the Thanksgiving break.  Depending on their feedback, it’ll come out anywhere between 1-3 weeks later.  This will conclude the main story arc for Star Wanderers (at least, the first arc), but it won’t be the last book in the series.  More on that later, though.

Take care!

Star Wanderers: Outworlder (Part I) is now free on Amazon!

Good news!  Amazon just made Star Wanderers: Outworlder (Part I) free!  It’s been free for a while on all the other eretailers, but if you do most of your ebook shopping on Amazon, it’s now free there as well.

Star Wanderers: Outworlder (Part I) is the first part of a four part series of science fiction novelettes, possibly with other installments after the main storyline is complete.  From the book description:

HE WANDERS THE STARS IN SEARCH OF A HOME. INSTEAD, HE GOT A GIRL WITHOUT ONE.

When Jeremiah arrived at Megiddo Station, all he wanted was to make some trades and resupply his starship. He never thought he’d come away with a wife.

Before he knows it, he’s back on his ship, alone with his accidental bride. Since neither of them speak the same language, he has no way to tell her that there’s been a terrible mistake. And because of the deadly famine ravaging her home, there’s no going back. She’s entirely at his mercy, and that terrifies him more than anything.

Jeremiah isn’t ready to take responsibility for anyone. He’s a star wanderer, roaming the Outworld frontier in search of his fortune. Someday he’ll settle down, but for now, he just wants to drop the girl off at the next port and move on.

As he soon finds out, though, she has other plans.

Also, for those of you who have been looking forward to the next Star Wanderers release, I have a tentative cover for Part III:

Pretty cool, huh?  What do you guys think?

The feedback from my first readers has been mostly positive, so I think this story is mostly ready for publication.  I’ll probably do another quick pass to touch up some relatively minor issues, then it’s just a matter of proofreading, formatting, and crafting a solid author’s note and book description.  If all goes well, it should be up in two or three weeks.

That’s just about it for now.  More updates later, especially on life here in Georgia and that new fantasy series I just started.  See you around!