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The Book Bazaar / Book 2 in the SciFi Romance Sojourner trilogy!
« on: June 02, 2016, 09:28:20 AM »
The second book in my science fiction romance trilogy is out now and in Kindle Unlimited!

Sara enjoys a tranquil life with her pirate prince, at his fortress in the middle of the vast swamps of the alien planet Garinthia. But tranquility doesnít last. When Firen leaves for a dangerous raid on two pharmaceutical ships, Queen Diana, who until now has ignored her, seizes on his absence to let her know exactly what she thinks of Sara and that things are about to change - and not in Sara's favor. Her place at the fortress is no longer secure.

This yearís Blood Moon feast is a special one; Firen must choose a bride who will eventually replace Diana as Queen of Pirates on her death. With the approaching feast and bride-choosing, some at the fortress would like nothing more than to see Sara disappear. With Firen gone Sara is left to fend for herself and the queen makes it clear that while she might be good enough as a fling she isnít pirate queen material. Besides, there is a deadly alien plague spreading through the galaxy and itís suddenly gotten a foothold on Garinthia. Sara traces the channel through which this disease is spreading back to a surprising source.

Sara has little time left between the feast and the enemies who are closing in on her to discover who is truly behind the plague and who at the fortress wants her ousted Ė and dead Ė before her time runs out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: May 30, 2016, 08:48:33 PM »
I have a book that I'd like to make free right here, pretty please! :):

I too can recommend for good cheap covers.

I don't like to see serial returns but I rarely get them. I don't get too worked up over them. Who I'm concerned about (and those indie authors in general should be keeping an eye on) are the scamsters pushing our books off of Amazon lists with their fake/scam/clickfarm books. They are far more worrisome.

Thanks Phoenix! I'll defintiely be looking out for scam books and reporting them. I'm glad something is being done and that we can have a hand in helping to deal with the situation instead of simply feeling helpless.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's reply to complaints about the scammers
« on: April 24, 2016, 12:38:57 PM »
If Amazon doesn't want to talk about it, that's fine by me as long as the company is doing something about it. It does seem that perhaps our "whining" about the matter may have helped.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Scammers Attack Amazon's Free Ebook Charts
« on: April 15, 2016, 10:43:16 AM »
I feel like we all need to get together and have some kind of Google Hangouts author meeting/summit on what to do about this issue. This is taking money out of our pockets and going directly to thieves.  :(

Ferdinand Ladera did my fantasy covers.

I always get a few unsubscribes with each email. It's one of those things that comes with the territory, usually. But I usually get more people signing up each week so it evens out.

Blackguard Conspiracy. For about 80 percent of the book I was dealing with burn out. Had no deisre to write at all. I was afraid that this would be the first book I'd write in the past few years that wouldn't come together and that I'd have to scrap it for parts later. Thankfully I was able to pull it together and I'm feeling more excited now about finishing the series now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing to Market
« on: March 30, 2016, 08:29:30 PM »
It's a sellout's paradise.  ;)

(Sarcasm dial is turned all the way up.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does Self-Publishing Still Have a Stigma?
« on: March 25, 2016, 12:25:45 PM »
Yeah there's still a stigma. I've been making enough money to pay my car note every month since last March, 2015. I've long sinced stop caring about what ignorant people think about self publishing. :)

The Book Bazaar / Re: Mission: Blackguard Conspiracy
« on: March 24, 2016, 11:04:00 AM »
Thanks Rebe!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where's the 'urban' in urban fantasy?
« on: February 05, 2016, 12:02:40 PM »
I've always assumed urban fantasy simply meant a fantasy story placed in a modern, big city. As opposed to rural fantasy.  ;D

Powell's Books seems to still be doing fine. It's the only bookstore I go to anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What kinda snack do you eat while reading/ writing?
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:30:42 PM »
I usually sip on a Sanpellegrino or kombucha

The Book Bazaar / Mission: Blackguard Conspiracy
« on: February 04, 2016, 07:17:43 AM »
The fifth book in the Mission space opera series is out!

The Dark Energy Project, started by a group of far-thinking engineers, scientists and programmers many years ago has come roaring back like a storm!
Meant to catapult human exploration and civilization out to the farthest reaches of space, it centered around the groundbreaking information on how to build working stargates. Except, the information was stolen and its founders and all other humans attached to the project killed by alien loyalists. Thereafter, it was renamed The Blackguard Project, the linchpin of the entire drama between humans, alien rebels and the alien loyalists. It's a shortcut for the aliens in the approaching Black Fleet who abandoned their dying planet and are heading to the solar system to invade Earth and wipe out humanity.

Bob receives a copy of the Blackguard files by The Boss with a new mission: stop the inaugural activation of the new stargate at the annual Sci-Tech Convention. To most people, this is a momentous year in the history of science and space exploration. However, Bob and his U-net band know that this gate is a Trojan Horse! It must be stopped and the aliens behind this sinister plan exposed, no matter the cost.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else battle Carpel Tunnel?
« on: January 29, 2016, 11:45:10 AM »
I have CT from my day job. I do special exercises that help mine. The typing doesn't bother me much.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Warning Notices on Book Pages for Amazon QC Isues
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:52:54 AM »
I don't have an issue with how Amazon handles QC right now. I think it's very helpful for readers and authors. I do worry about how this new implementation might be used by those who may have malicious intentions against their competitors.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What are the best sites to post your stories?
« on: January 21, 2016, 07:08:45 AM »
The only place I can think of is Critters ( But that's for fantasy, science fiction and horror. If you have any of those elements in your stories you might want to give them a try. either that or create your own blog or website and start posting your stories there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Warning Notices on Book Pages for Amazon QC Isues
« on: January 21, 2016, 06:57:28 AM »
I know there is a cabal of people who hate self-published/indie authors on the Amazon forums. I wonder if they're behind this move? A lot of indie authors' books have gotten much better over the years, not worse so I wonder who or what entity behind the scenes prompted Amazon to do this.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Singular They
« on: January 17, 2016, 09:17:32 AM »
This is all news to me. I've been using "they" informally and in my writing for many years. Never heard anyone complain about it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sci-Fi Book is 0.99 for a month... now what
« on: January 16, 2016, 03:05:42 PM »
I use Kobo to make my books free.

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