I Aten’t Dead

Family duties and obligations have claimed me for the last 24 hours, but I’m very much alive.

At this moment I’d like to request all passengers of According To Hoyt airlines who had indie or other work to promote, to please leave it in the comments here so I can collate it into a commenter promo post later on!  (Probably tomorrow evening.  I’m just not concentrating enough to collate things right now.  Yes, I know, but…)

I’m going to try to do some guest blogging now.

63 responses to “I Aten’t Dead

  1. I finally caught one of these before it’s too late!


    First off, my solo debut novel, “Corruptor”, is available on Kindle for $3.99. Good YA/Teen adventure book with lots of gaming for the teen boys (and girls) to wish we had the technology for. http://www.amazon.com/Corruptor-ebook/dp/B004EHZRCQ/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1290987740&sr=8-1

    Next is one of the two anthologies I have stories in, as well as a few other fans of According To Hoyt Airlines CEO. The first, “Lawyers in Hell”, is the continuance of the Heroes in Hell series edited by Janet Morris. Originally published in the 1980’s, the series has seen a resurgence over the past two years. Here is the Kindle link for that (sorry about the price; publisher controls that, not I). http://www.amazon.com/Lawyers-Hell-Janet-Morris/dp/1937035018/ref=la_B004CZHHPU_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1353789448&sr=1-2

    Lastly, my latest short story is in a horror/thriller anthology titled “Sha’Daa: Pawns”. Again, price quibble, but my story, “Crouching Seal, Sleeping Dragon” is a humorous tale about the end of existence and the SEAL team sent to kill it. http://www.amazon.com/ShaDaa-PAWNS-The-Series-ebook/dp/B00A03WJ5Q/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1353789448&sr=1-1

    Hope you all have a safe Turkey come recovering weekend.

  2. Ok – I launched the German version of Adelsverein – The Gathering this last weekend –
    And at my wordpress blog, I just posted an amusing entry about Sally Skull – the original pistol-packing mama.

  3. “Wounded” by Valerie Richardson is a frank look at the wounds dealt to Christians by the Church, and by each other, and biblical ways to fix them. Warmly personal, using stories from the author’s life, herself a wounded Christian, “Wounded” is a must read for pastors, youth leaders and every Christian who has ever found themselves hurt by the Church or fellow believers.


  4. My latest, “One Last Chore for Grandpa”, is now available on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Chore-Grandpa-ebook/dp/B00A9LITNA) and Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-last-chore-for-grandpa-martin-l-shoemaker/1113820966). It’s the story of a young man who leaves Haiti and Vodoun for a safer life in America; but first the earthquake and then a vengeful Bokor draw him back to defend his family.

  5. Martin L. Shoemaker

    Strange WordPress bug. My apologies if I’ve left the same comment multiple times; but it keeps asking me for my password, and then the comment does not appear here.

    Of course, if the bug persists, you may not see this apology either…

    • Martin L. Shoemaker

      Now it tells me the comment is a duplicate. Maybe the original is caught in a spam filter?)

      • For some very weird reason, Martin. It let the other people through.

        Are you going around being suspicious, young man?

        • Martin L. Shoemaker

          I’m not being suspicious, and I’m not acting suspiciously. I find myself too ill for both. Nothing serious, just enough sneezes and sniffles and aches to ruin a good writing day.

          • Sorry to hear this Martin– I guess it is the time of year–

            • Martin L. Shoemaker

              Thanks, Cyn. My case is mild. I have managed a couple hundred words today before I got sidetracked researching fortune tellers and crystal balls. That sapped the last of my energy.

              • A good crystal ball should have a bulb in the middle of it. 😉 You can have pretty lights and and and… I was having a story moment there. lol

                • Martin L. Shoemaker

                  That’s what I’m trying to find out: what a crystal ball is like in a real fortune teller shop, how the gimmick works to draw in the mark. A random conversation with Sarah last week has suddenly sparked an almost fully formed story. The protagonist is the target of a gypsy fortune telling scam; but she’s a savvy protagonist, and she knows how the scam works. The problem is, _I_ don’t know precisely how the scam works. I mean, I know it’s cold reading; but is there any effort to show images in the crystal? Or even just moving lights? I found it to be a difficult topic to research. Most search results I found either treated the fortune telling as real, or else concentrated on the cold reading techniques. There’s almost nothing about the crystal itself.

                  • Wayne Blackburn

                    Yes, a friend of mine found out that it is very difficult to get information out of the fortune tellers. He was trying to do a research paper for a college class, and every time he started to ask one anything about their methods, they told him to leave, and once he had visited a few, they started closing up shop when they found out he was coming.

                    • From what I read about it, the people consulting don’t SEE anything. There are milky swirls in the ball (usually are, if there’s any shadow in the room) and the fortune teller says “I see” etc.

                    • Martin L. Shoemaker

                      Thanks, Sarah! That’s what I needed, but couldn’t find. As you know, she WILL see something in this story; but since she knows the con, I needed to know whether she would expect to see anything or not. I didn’t know if they arranged lights or something to make it look like there was something in there.

                      The interesting thing I DID learn is that if a crystal ball has the proper refractive index, it makes a hell of a magnifying glass, and can even give people burns if they wear or carry one in bright sunlight. There was even a report of a guy whose apartment burned down because he put one in his window and the concentrated sunlight caused some dirty laundry to ignite.

                    • I suspect that with contemporary technology they could project images into a crystal ball, very easily. I would use a fiber-optic cable to take a video feed from a computer, set into the base of the orb, and project low-resolution images into the ball. Visual FX, such as misting, wavering images and the like should be easily enough done.

                      Anybody reasonably adept at hacking databases ought be able to quickly obtain a driver’s license photo of a loved one, for example. and I expect anybody running a fortune teller scam would have software capable of aging/de-aging photos to provide images of the mark as a youngster or geezer, and do the same with relatives.

                      Which is not, emphasize not to imply that ANY fortune teller would resort to such artifice, nor need to. With most such cons it is probably most effective to let the mark fool herself.

                    • I have a crystal pyramid that I used to put in the window because it made such pretty rainbows. I haven’t put it in the window for a long time tho. 😉

                    • Martin L. Shoemaker

                      It has been a long time since physics class; but I THINK you’re safe with a crystal pyramid. I think flat surfaces only bend the light, and possibly spread it out into a spectrum depending on the angle it enters the glass and the angle it leaves. But curved surfaces can focus the light, because each point on the curved surface bends it at a slightly different angle. The exact degree of bending depends on the refractive index of the material.

                    • Wayne Blackburn

                      That’s correct. A pyramid will only bend the light in one direction compared to the direction of the incoming light. The curved surface concentrates the light, because each individual photon bends depending on it’s angle with the surface where it strikes. Thus, with a convex (outward-curving) object, the tendency is for all the light to bend towards the center.

                    • Martin L. Shoemaker

                      RES, yeah, the technical capability is there. But this woman would expect a low tech con job. But when she actually sees something in the glass, then she’ll expect something exactly like you describe. It will take a lot to convince her that the image is really there.

                      And then… Well, you’ll have to read it; but I’m gonna be much crueler to her than I usually am to my protagonists. I’ve been watching too much “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Twilight Zone” lately, I think.

                  • I am pretty sure that an actual crystal ball has swirly things in it. But no trick, unless the fortune-teller is doing the trick. 😉 Feed back from the “mark” is important.

          • I’m so sorry. I didn’t think you were acting suspiciously — but clearly wordpress thought so. I hope you feel better soon. I feel curiously “remote” which I hope isn’t a prelude to being sick myself.

            • Martin L. Shoemaker

              Oh, I hope not. You’ve had enough health setbacks for a while.

              And don’t mind me, I was just being an ass about “being suspicious” vs. “acting suspiciously”. It’s probably my only grammar pet peeve.

    • it’s not letting comments even with ONE link go through. Very odd. I approved it.

  6. I don’t have anything new right now– except working on some YA stories, but I wanted to mention that Sarah’s birthday stories were excellent. My favorite was “Ganymede.” Though I admit that I cried when I read “An Answer from the North.”

  7. I have published a novel called Starfarer’s Dream posted on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. URLs are respectively http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A5ZB0Q8 and http://www.amazon.com/Starfarers-Dream-Gina-Marie-Wylie/dp/1480284181/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353792883&sr=1-6&keywords=gina+marie+wylie. The series (and everything else I write) is human wave. This story is an account of starship Starfarer’s Dream in the opening days of a war where humanity faces an implacable enemy.

    I too atent dead.

  8. Stryder Barlow

    I’ve put up another stand alone short story, double the length of my others. Snow Angel is a story of a mother who has to make some tough choices in a post plague Earth where the water has all been poisoned and the tough rules that see to humanities survival stand between her and the survival of her child.


  9. I ran the duster over a bunch of shorts in my Wine of the Gods Universe (quicker than polishing), packed them together and tossed them up on the Kindle store. Book #4 in that universe is free for a few more days, and the first book of the series will be free Monday and Tuesday.

    Book #1 http://www.amazon.com/Outcasts-Gods-Wine-ebook/dp/B005VFXN3U
    Book #4 http://www.amazon.com/Explorers-Wine-Gods-ebook/dp/B006OEVRKI
    And the new collection: http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Wine-Gods-ebook/dp/B00AA3P25A

  10. My computer is playing stupid little games — again! I posted “Greenfields” to both Amazon and B&N about a week ago. I just did the final edit of “LOST!”, and I’m just waiting for a cover. LOST is the book triggered by the wild party we had back the end of June. Luckily, exploding penguins were not able to interfere with the novel’s completion. The sixteen people at the party that night can get a free copy by emailing me and letting me know what format you’d prefer to have it in. I’ve begun the second novel in “The King’s Men” series, but I don’t have a title for it yet. The first novel in the series was “King’s Cross”, which is still on sale for 99c (until I get enough time between headaches to make the changes… 8^))

  11. “Down to Earth” the second Kindle book in the “April” series is free the rest of today (Sat 24th) pacific time. The third book in the series “The Middle of Nowhere” will be coming out next month.

  12. Nothing ready. Working on a novel and painting. Pretty happy with them all so far. 🙂

  13. The audiobook version of my fantasy novel Firehearted is all complete and uploaded, but I don’t know when it will actually go live on Audible. Soon… (my first audiobook!)

    • Wow – how did you do it? Was it easy? hard? Curious cause I have been thinking of doing audio books sometime in the future.

      • This was mindlessly simple 😉 I went through the Audible Creation Exchange (aka ACX) just to see what it was like. I got really, really lucky in that my project was picked for the ACX promotional subsidy–where the voice artist gets paid up front to a certain amount by ACX–so I had a really good voice artist audition to do it. We went back and forth a bit about how I wanted the “voice” of the book to sound, and once he had that dialed in it didn’t take long before I had the whole thing to “proof”. Since my book came in just under 11 hours recorded, it took a while! Mostly it was just a completely new experience for me. Very weird hearing someone else read my work. I’m going to see how well it does before I do any others, but it was fun to try.

        • I had to laugh at the term “voice artist.” I had never thought of them as artists before ;-). Actually it looks much easier– I had thought of recording it with my own voice, but now I know that there are people who can do it– I’ll have to look into it.

          • Martin L. Shoemaker

            “Voice artist” is indeed the term, and it can be justified. (Like any other art, there are also plenty of fakers and poseurs who don’t deserve the term.) People with a good voice and some skill at dramatic reading are in demand for radio announcements and such; but for audio books, they need that plus endurance plus a lot more savvy to get the right tone — especially if they make some effort to differentiate voices in the text.

            • Very true–and my narrator, Tim Campbell, did a superb job with differentiating voices. I think he had a lot of fun doing it, especially the bad guy. The voice he picked for him just *ooozes* evil. You want to punch him the first time he makes an appearance 😉

              • The importance of a good voice artist is easily understated. John Curless, who reads the early novels of Louis L’Amour’s Sackett series brings a great breadth to the accents used, enriching the experience and helping distinguish the various characters.

                OTOH, we have a reading of Pride & Prejudice which suffers from the Bennett sisters all having similar “voices”, making it at times difficult to keep track of who is speaking.

                Tony Robinson (Baldrick on Blackadder) does truly delightful readings of many of Pratchett’s Discworld books and several of Diana Wynne Jones’ novels, making them frankly dangerous to listen to while driving.

                The most curious experience I have had in the audiobook line was listening to Roger Zelazny’s reading of Nine Princes In Amber, a book I was surprised to hear him reading in the style of a hard-boiled detective story.

                Thanks, Sabrina, for the insight.

              • I learn something new every day… 🙂 very delightful

              • I recall listening to a couple of Louis L’amour shorts years ago (don’t recall which ones now) that were done much like the oldtime radio shows, complete with sound effects; gunshots, clopping horse hooves etc.

        • Martin L. Shoemaker

          That is really fascinating! Thank you for that inside look at the process.

  14. Nothing yet but I’m 1/4 of the way through the style edits. I’m still hoping for an early December release date. I’ve got cover art, I’ve got copy edits, now all I need is for my editor’s and my ‘Net connections to keep working. *knocks on wood, rubs Ganesh’s belly, waves Pope-Soap-on-a-Rope, gets out stained-glass sunglasses, smooths cloth under and over Tanakh, not necessarily in that order*

    • You seem to have covered all your bases. Have you prepared for Murphy?

      • I’m a pilot. Murphy lives in my guest bedroom. 😀

        • TXRed | November 25, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
          I’m a pilot. Murphy lives in my guest bedroom.

          I can see a multi-volume series. Change the characters’ names and such, change the circumstances a bit, and you’re rich! Short stories, mini-series, major series, all linked together to a large black bat that has taken a room in a small-town hotel. THere’s just so much possibility. Unfortuneately, I don’t think I would even TRY to do the writing. It’s all yours, TXRed. Enjoy!

          • I’m not certain if I should say “thanks” or not, Mike. I’m in the process of being attacked by the sequel to a novel that I didn’t plan on writing in the first place, plus getting the itch to start the Prinz Eugen stories, and you’re leading me into a whole ‘nother series?!?

            Thanks, Mike. 🙂

          • Fledermaus B. Murphy (“I go by Murphy”) just took a room in a boardinghouse/ crashpad near Riverville Airport called the Downwind Hotel. And the Downwind Hotel’s computer promptly crashed and locked up seconds after Murphy left to go work the night shift at the Burnt Bean all-night coffee place by the cargo entrance of the airport. *Sigh*

  15. The nanofics I mentioned on a previous occasion as being collected into a book, one of these days Real Soon Now, actually have been collected. A little earlier than planned, but it seems to me that the word-count was about right, and so forth:

    So. “Vignettes of the Star Empire: Tales of the Associated Worlds #1”, a collection of SFnal nanofiction and metafiction. Available in paperback and as non-DRMed Kindle e-book, here:


    (Well, actually, that’s my author page on Amazon, but since the editions aren’t linked yet, it’s probably the easiest way to get there from here…)

  16. Sarah,
    I appreciate the opportunity to do a little promotion of my new book!

    Sharper Security: A Sovereign Security Company Novel is available in Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook as of the 19th.

    It’s set a couple of decades into the near-future with a liberty view of society based on individual choice and free market economics, taken to enough of an extreme to make you consider what’s really possible.

    -Thomas Sewell

    Plot summary:
    In a near future alternate history, America has split. Sovereign security companies compete in the booming Arizona Zone.

    Evie retired as an anti-terrorist detective sergeant and emigrated to escape from Britain. Who is hunting her for revenge?

    Evie hires Sam Harper, from Sharper Security, to protect her. Who is her mysterious attacker, plotting from a distance?

    How will Sam defeat the soldiers, intrigue and legal maneuvers of his competitors to capture Evie’s nemesis and deliver justice for what really happened in Paris 18 years ago?

    Answers involving forgiveness and redemption are revealed during a week of mystery, intrigue, technology, heroes, villains, action and adventure in the Sonoran desert.

    Oh, and humor. The book definitely has humor.

    Also some interesting characters. I especially like…. well, just go read the book.

  17. Nothing to link yet…but they’re coming, and hopefully soon, if I can only stomach even more coffee, do with even less sleep, and not get side-tracked by the things in this thread I already want to start reading.

    I used to have good time management skills. Really, I did.

  18. This isn’t my own work, but my sister and my mother have co-written a historical novel about a French town that saved hundreds of Jews (mostly children and teens) during World War II. It’s published by Kregel Publications, a Christian publisher who (as far as I can tell) isn’t connected to the Big Six, so I suppose it counts as indie.

    The book is How Huge the Night, and it’s the first book of a planned trilogy. Since a novel about a town wouldn’t be very interesting, the book focuses on two characters: Julien, a 14-year-old French boy (not Jewish) who’s recently moved from Paris to a small town in the country (which he hates at first) and soon discovers there are people with MUCH worse problems than being bullied at school, and Nina, a 16-year-old Austrian (and Jewish) girl whose family sends her and her younger brother away in the hopes of allowing her to escape the Nazis. It’s fantastically written, too. I grant that I might be biased, but I genuinely don’t think so in this case. It’s one of the only recent novels I’ve read that: 1) is by a Christian author, 2) is published by a Christian publisher, 3) features religion as a prominent plot point, and 4) DOESN’T PREACH AT YOU! Instead, when the characters pray (or refuse to pray), they’re doing it because that’s just who they are, not because the author is trying to push an agenda.

    Lest you think I really am biased despite my protestations otherwise, I’ll let the Amazon reviews speak for how good the book is. As I’m writing this, there are currently 90 reviews, of which only 4 give it fewer than four stars: one complained that the ending was a bit abrupt, one said “WW2 books aren’t my cup of tea”, and two complained about how much Christianity was showing up in the story. (Since the actual historical events were spearheaded by a coalition of Christian pastors, it would be hard to keep religion out of the story and still do justice to history, and this is primarily a historical novel.) The other reviews are glowing. (Though beware if you’re going to read the Amazon reviews — too many of them contain spoilers).

    • Robin,
      I would have linked, but I’m about to go to bed, and I simply don’t feel up to editing the post. However, if you put it in the comments to the latest post, perhaps people will see it?
      I linked that post from instapundit — with his permission.

    • I am sure that there are many enlightened persons out there who would indeed think that the Christian Pastors should be replaced, probably with pagans, perhaps Wiccan (although bearing no actual resemblance to any actual Wiccan beliefs or practices) homosexual Gauls (after all, it is in France!) in order to avoid giving Christians unmerited credit (after all, the evil done in their name must not be obscured by the actual good done by them).

      The technical term for such editors is “idiots.”

  19. LOL I always see these opportunities two days too late. I need to get better at keeping up with my favorite blogs. 😛