First three chapters of Gunslinger to the Stars on InstaFreebie!

It is exactly one month before Gunslinger to the Stars goes live, but if you want to read the first three chapters, they are available right now on InstaFreebie.

If you’re unfamiliar with InstaFreebie, it’s a site where you can download free books by sharing your name and email with the author. Basically, you sign up for the author’s newsletter, and you get a copy of their book. You can browse by genre or author, too.

In addition to this giveaway, I’ll start posting short 300 word excerpts on my blog starting in about a week. I’m also going to publish a prequel short story in the next few days. And of course, you can pre-order Gunslinger to the Stars right now by following one of the links below!

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GUNSLINGER TO THE STARS now up for pre-order!

Hi guys! Sorry to be out of the loop for a while. I have just made the pioneer trek of my ancestors, except in the wrong direction (from Utah to Iowa). Still getting settled in, but I should be more active from now on.

That said, I’m happy to report that Gunslinger to the Stars is now available for pre-order! It’s scheduled to release on May 19th, across all ebook platforms. For Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords, you can pre-order your copy now!

I’m super excited about this book. It’s my first novel since May 2016, and if it does well enough, I’d like to expand it into a trilogy. Either way, it’s definitely taken my writing in a new direction, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it. If I had to pitch it in one sentence, I’d say that it’s Monster Hunter International meets Guardians of the Galaxy.

Just a short post for now, but I’ll be sure to let you guys know what I’m up to as I get back into the swing of things. Thanks for reading!

Gunslinger to the Stars

Gunslinger to the Stars

Not long from now, in our own Milky Way…

Sam Kletchka here, freelance gunslinger and interstellar privateer. This, my friends, is how I went from being stranded in the armpit of the galaxy to becoming the luckiest human being in the universe.
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The name’s Sam Kletchka. Perhaps you’ve heard of me: captain of the Star Runner, military contractor for Earthfleet, and interstellar privateer. But before all that, I was a hired gun, freelancing across the galaxy one gunslinging job at a time.

This, my friends, is how I went from being stranded in the armpit of the galaxy to becoming the luckiest human being in the universe. Not that it was easy, of course. I’ve looked death in the face so often, he’s practically an old buddy of mine. But when all your worst enemies are immortal, that’s a buddy you want on your side.

Stay frosty, my friends. You never know what you’ll find at the next star.

This book is rated T! according to the AO3 content rating system.

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Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Tag: 2017 Release
Publication Year: May 2017
Length: Novel
eBook Price: 4.99
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

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SSF-IV: FRIENDS IN COMMAND now available for pre-order!

Hi guys! Great news! Friends in Command (Sons of the Starfarers: Book IV) is now up for pre-order on Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, and iBooks! The ebook goes live on July 1st (which coincidentally happens to be the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg), but if you pre-order it now, you can have it delivered automatically to your ereader of choice when it’s released.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll post some 300 word excerpts to give you guys a taste of it. This book has been a looong time coming, but I’m now confident that this is a book I can be proud of.

At 42,000 words, Friends in Command is more of a short novel than a novella. The later books in this series keep getting longer, and I suspect that trend will continue until the end. However, I can promise you definitively that there will be no more than nine books in this series. Even if the last book is the size of a freaking Sanderson novel (unlikely, but possible), there will only be nine books, and each book will cost no more than $2.99 for the ebook version ($5.99 for the omnibus editions).

So yeah, check it out!

Friends in Command

Friends in Command

The future of the Outworlds now lies in uncertain hands.

The Imperials are back, and this time, a ragtag flotilla isn't going to stop them. But they aren't the only enemies of the new Outworld Confederacy. Together, Aaron and Mara must face a threat from within.
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THE FUTURE OF THE OUTWORLDS NOW LIES IN UNCERTAIN HANDS.

The war for the Outworlds is on. The Imperials may have lost the first round, but they’re back—and this time, a ragtag flotilla isn’t going to stop them.

When Aaron recieves a captain’s commission in the new Outworld Confederacy, Mara is his natural choice for second in command. But Mara never expected to live past the first few battles. She only joined the resistance to avenge her father, and fears the monster she’s starting to become. The only thing she has left to live for now is her friends.

The Imperials aren’t the only enemy in this war, though. The friends must face a threat from within in

SONS OF THE STARFARERS
BOOK IV: FRIENDS IN COMMAND

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Series: Sons of the Starfarers, Book 4
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Tag: 2015 Release
Publication Year: July 2015
Length: short novel
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Joe Vasicek

Joe Vasicek fell in love with science fiction with Star Wars as a child and hasn't looked back since. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Genesis Earth, Bringing Stella Home, Heart of the Nebula, and the Star Wanderers and Sons of the Starfarers series. As a young man, he studied Arabic at Brigham Young University and traveled across the Middle East and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Utah, which he claims as his home.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the page above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. You will not receive any additional charge.

Print, pre-orders, and points of business

For those of you who are reading the Sons of the Starfarers series, I have a few updates and points of business that I think you may be interested in.

SSF I-III (thumb)First, Sons of the Starfarers: Omnibus I-III is now up for pre-order on most of the ebook sites. It will go live on November 1st, but the print edition should be available on Amazon and CreateSpace about two weeks before that. All I have left to do for the print edition is the typesetting, but that takes a lot of time, so I’m shooting for October 15th to have the print edition ready.

Now, here’s the interesting part. Amazon has a program called MatchBook where people who buy the print edition can get the ebook edition for cheap or free. For the omnibus edition, I’ve set the discount ebook price for $.99, which means that if you buy the print edition, you can get the ebook for just $.99 extra.

The big question is how this applies to pre-orders. If you pre-order the ebook and buy the print edition before the ebook comes out, will Amazon charge you the full $5.99 or the $.99? I don’t know yet, but I plan to ask an Amazon representative to clarify. Because if ordering the print version while the ebook is still on pre-order means that you get the ebook at the discount MatchBook price, I will do everything I can to get the print version out in time so you can do that.

For links to the omnibus, keep an eye on the front page: I haven’t added it to my blog yet, but I plan to do that shortly. Or you can just go over to your favorite ebookstore and search for “sons of the starfarers omnibus.”

Finally, I’ve decided to drop the price for Brothers in Exile (Sons of the Starfarers: Book I) from $2.99 to $0 and make it permanently free. The trick now is getting Amazon to price match with the other retailers, since you can’t technically set the price of an Amazon book to $0 (you have to mark it down on a competitor and let them know). So if you have a few moments to help, I would appreciate it! Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Amazon page for Brothers in Exile and look for the link that says “tell us about a lower price.”
  2. When you click the link, it should bring up a submenu that asks you where you saw the lower price. Click on “website.”
  3. Where it asks for the URL, copy and past either the link to iBooks, the link to Nook, or the link to Kobo (or all three!).
  4. Where it asks for the competitor’s price, enter “0” and click “submit feedback.”

That’s it! If you could take a few moments to do that, I would greatly appreciate it. And if you haven’t read Brothers in Exile yet, here’s a great way to get it for free!

For those of you waiting for Friends in Command (Sons of the Starfarers: Book IV), I’m happy to say that progress is coming along very, very well with that one. I hope to have it up for pre-order before the end of October, and the tentative release date will be January 3rd. It’s going to be a bit of a crunch to get it all done in time, but I’m really eager to write this story and I think I can get the first draft done in the next couple of weeks.

That just about does it. Back to writing!

STRANGERS IN FLIGHT coming out soon! (and other updates)

SSF-III (thumb)So, I have great news! Sons of the Starfarers, Book III: Strangers in Flight will be coming out in just a couple of days. Everything is squared away for the release–all I need to do is finish approving the edits, write a teaser for the next book, and put the ebook together!

This will probably be the last time that I publish a book without putting it on pre-order first. From now on, I want to have the next book out on pre-order before the last one is released, so that my readers can pre-order the next book while it’s still fresh in their minds. Also, this will give each book a firm release date, so that readers know when the next book is going to come out.

Until now, there’s been no advantage in holding a book until it’s ready to be published. Smashwords and the iBookstore started allowing pre-orders about a year ago, but since most of my sales are on Amazon at this point, I held off from taking advantage of that option. Perhaps that was a mistake.

In any case, now that Amazon allows pre-orders, I plan to retool my publishing process in order to make that a part of how I do things. However, since I’m still writing Book IV: Friends in Command, that means that it probably won’t be until Christmas when that book comes out. I don’t want to upload anything less than a finished product for pre-order, so I need to build up a queue in order to get things going.

However, the first Sons of the Starfarers omnibus should be available for pre-order in just a couple of weeks. All I really need is the cover, and my cover designer is already working on it. So if you haven’t bought the first book yet, or don’t mind waiting until October, the omnibus should be a few bucks cheaper than buying all three books individually.

In other news, I’m back in Utah, getting into the swing of things after a lengthy family vacation. I’ve got a bunch of short stories on submission now, which should be interesting if/when they get picked up by the magazines, but that’s more of a long-term thing (and besides, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to writing short stories–it’s much harder in some ways than writing novels!). There’s a couple of other side projects that I have simmering on the back burner, but right now, Sons of the Starfarers is definitely taking most of my focus.

That just about does it for now. I’ve got some chili cooking on the stove, so I’d better get back to that and then finish those edits. Later!