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Writers' Cafe / Re: Free Promotional Opportunity
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:35:55 am »
It's actually Release Day for the paperback version of this book, but I'm happy to push the ebook as well! :-)

My near-future novel Division is available from all the usual suspects  :) for $2.99. It's easiest to keep track of Kindle sales, so here's that link:

Here's a mini-blurb for good measure:

Conjoined twins Gordon and Johnny have never let their condition keep them from living full and fulfilling lives. Now, new technology gives them a previously unimagined choice: to live in "normal," separate bodies. But who gets to choose? And what if one twin considers their conjoined life a blessing, not to be abandoned without a fight?

Karen A. Wyle

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free Promotional Opportunity
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:14:31 am »
Thanks for getting this going!

Karen A. Wyle



Near-future science fiction, also intended for general audiences

Hello, all!

My new novel, Wander Home, is now available as an ebook for Kindle on Amazon and Smashwords  :). Wander Home is a family drama with mystery elements, set in an afterlife of my own devising. Here's what may be the jacket copy of a paperback edition at some point:

Death is what you make it. . . .

Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The overpowering urge to wander -- to search, without knowing what she sought -- drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family's loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home.

Now, they are all reunited, in an afterlife where nothing is truly lost: places once loved may be revisited, memories relived and even shared. Surely this is a place where they can understand and heal. And yet, the restlessness that shaped Eleanor's life still haunts her in death. Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life -- or none of them will be at peace.

At $2.99, I'd humbly call it a bargain book!

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Silver Shawl - historical mystery novelette
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:23:17 am »
Sounds terrific -- I'm off to find it on Amazon!

New release! A short historical mystery for just $1.50:

The Silver Shawl: A Mrs. Meade Mystery
In a small town in turn-of-the-century Colorado, a young woman has disappeared from the boarding-house where she lives. Her distraught fiancé is certain that she must have been kidnapped. But the case takes a new turn when a city detective appears on the scene, looking for a woman who matches the description of the missing girl. Was Charity really kidnapped, or did she have a reason to flee? Mrs. Meade, a gentle but shrewd widow lady who lives across the hall in the boarding-house, feels that there is something wrong with the story of Charity's disappearance...but can she unravel the mystery before it is too late?

The Silver Shawl is a novelette, approximately 15,700 words.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Debut novel with positive reviews!
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:22:07 am »
Congratulations on getting such great reviews of your debut novel! (As a wimp, I'm wondering: is your book too strong for me?)

Hello everyone. Please consider giving my debut Horror novel, Harbinger, a look. It's available now and is a perfect read for Halloween.

"With HARBINGER, debut author David James Bright carves his name in the horror genre. His prose is elegant, his humor is razor-sharp and the story is compelling. Watch this guy!"
--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Dead of Night and Assassin's Code

“HARBINGER introduces a new voice in horror: David Bright. With a gripping plot and intriguing characters, HARBINGER is a chilling tale of human nature. Bright's storytelling is hypnotic, a prose of poetry. The story is gut-wrenching, terrifying, and above all, unforgettable.”
--Vincent Hobbes, founder of Hobbes End Publishing

Last chance until fall! My SF novel Twin-Bred is free today and tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8-9. I'm yanking it out of KDP Select after this promotion, and it won't be free again until I make it free on Smashwords as part of the launch of the still-unnamed sequel. (Target date for the sequel: sometime this October.)

Twin-Bred asks: can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?

The link (with 30 reviews averaging over 4 stars):

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Today and tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8-9, my science fiction novel Twin-Bred is free on Amazon. This is the last time the book will be free until the sequel comes out this fall (probably in October).

Twin-Bred asks the question: can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?  After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists and the native Tofa still know very little about each other.  Misunderstanding breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating.  Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species.  Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

 Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas.  Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee  Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?

To get the book and/or see the reviews (30 of 'em, averaging over 4 stars), head to Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: #Sample Sunday 1/8/2012
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:28:48 pm »
My first time -- hope I get it right!

RT #SampleSunday - Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? Twin-Bred by Karen A. Wyle #scifi

Writers' Cafe / Re: Why did you self-publish?
« on: October 25, 2011, 12:43:08 pm »
I picked "Other" because you didn't have "I'm a control freak" :).

I suspect that for most of us, there are several reasons. After a several-decades-long detour away from writing fiction, I don't feel like spending years storming the industry castle. Nor does this seem like a good time to be tying one's fate to any business in the traditional publishing industry. Then there's what I've read in Kris Rausch's, Dean Wesley Smith's and The Passive Guy's blogs about the onerous contract terms some publishers and even agents are trying to impose.

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