Pimping My Readers

Jason Cordova:

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.

Next is one of the two anthologies I have stories in. 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.

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.

Celia Hayes:

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.

Martin L. Shoemaker:

My latest, “One Last Chore for Grandpa”, is now available on Kindle and Nook.  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.

Valerie Richardson:

“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.

Gina Marie Wylie:

I have published a novel called Starfarer’s Dream posted on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.  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.

Stryder Dancewolffe:

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 humanity’s survival stand between her and the survival of her child.

Pam Uphoff:

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.

Outcasts and Gods (Wine of the Gods)

Explorers (Wine of the Gods)

A Taste of Wine (Wine of the Gods)

Mike Weatherford:

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^))

Mackey Chandler:

“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.

Thomas Sewell:

Sharper Security, a Sovereign Security Company Novel.

In trade paperback and Kindle.

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.


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.

Sarah Hoyt:

My short story An Answer From The North is free at Amazon.

Sabrina Chase:

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!)

49 thoughts on “Pimping My Readers

  1. Thank you , some excellent looking stuff here that I have to look into.

    Sarah, I’d like to post a link to my site, if that’s OK with you. Nothing to sell, and no original writing, but given the tastes here, it may have some appeal.

      1. callofpoetry.com – it’s the one I mentioned wanting to create a couple weeks back. Working up a third entry now. Will likely start adding more background or commentary, but for the most part I want to provide the words, the reading, and let them stand on their own.

      2. Since comment links are fine (thanks Sarah!), I’ll note that I’ve been busy with Thanksgiving and missed the call for submitting links this time around.

        I’m still working on my novel and expect to release it in mid 2013 (yes, I’m making huge progress: draft 3 proceeds at about 2,500 words revised per day).


        The Aristillus Series is pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI…and really, really big guns.

        Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline – much like our own world, but just a bit more so. Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals used a privately developed anti-gravity drive to equip obsolete and rusting sea-going cargo ships … and flew them to the moon.

        There, using real world tunnel-boring-machines and earth-moving equipment, they’ve built their own retreat. If Ayn Rand’s ‘Galt’s Gulch’ had American capitalists, Chinese refugees, Mexican hydroponic farmers, Nigerian restaurant owners and Vietnamese space suit mechanics and was located in the underground tunnels of a lunar border-town, you’d have something like the city of Aristillus.

        There’s a problem, though: the economic decline of Earth under a socialist command-and-control economy is causing trouble for the powers-that-be in Washington and elsewhere. To shore up their own positions they need slap down the lunar expats and seize the gold they’re mining. The conflicts start small, but rapidly escalate.

        There are zero-gravity gun fights in rusted ocean going ships flying through space, containers full of bulldozers hurtling through the vacuum, nuclear explosions, armies of tele-operated combat UAVs, guerrilla fighting in urban environments, and an astoundingly visual climax where -in the midst of all out warfare…well, you’ll have to read the novels.

        I post excerpts several times a week at the blog.

  2. Reposting my comment from the earlier thread, which Sarah said she wanted to include in this post but didn’t see before the post went up:

    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).

  3. Sarah, my wife is one of your readers. At 5:10 this morning, I was awakened by uncontrollable cackling on the other side of the conjugal bed, where my wife was reading “Stripped, Dipped, and Dead”.

    It is always a good thing when She Who Must Be Obeyed wakes up with a smile. Thank you.

  4. Sarah, greetings from a “lurker.” I would like to pump (not pimp) my two novels “A Glint in Time” and “A Twist in Time”. These are historical fiction stories based on a lot of research into real history and events. Both are available as reasonably priced e-books from practically every electronic outlet.

    The technological “twist” uses real technology (I’m the author of 22 published technical books) to give a small group of military and civilians the ability to send a tiny durable item back in time. The farther back you go the less accurate you become in terms of time and space, the more power is required, etc. This isn’t magic, just particle physics.

    Our team impacts 911, the Times Square Bomber, and other major events. But, they are always trying to answer the question, “How do you know if you changed something in the past if what you changed never happened?”

    The text is mild (the word “sex” appears once), but interesting to anyone with a curiosity about history. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story!

  5. Sarah, I wrote a story (Kindle .99) about my father, who served in WW 2. It is called “My Father My Heart” and is available here. Woven throughout the story is the theme of buddies, something I realized only when I started putting the details of his and my life together. I’m not sure if I did the link thing right but the link is herehttp://www.amazon.com/My-Father-Heart-Veteran-ebook/dp/B0089ZPYN6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353934212&sr=8-1&keywords=my+father+my+heart+kathryn+housepian

  6. I do wish that I had known of this auctorial pimp walk of yours. I would rather have liked the opportunity to ‘strut my stuff’. Nonetheless, permit me to put up the Amazon link to my first novel (SF/Horror), Bad Trip. Do take a look at the cover, and the first four chapters which are on there.

    And permit me to put up the promo I have put on that Amazon page:

    Michael Clark has grown rich by using recombinant DNA to make and sell illegal drugs. But one of his new ‘products’ turns out to be at the center of an ancient Incan drug cult, whose purpose is to bring back the Great Old Ones, and to destroy the world in the process. Now, he must do everything in his power to keep this from happening. Even if means losing his life to do so.

    Enjoy the ride, which includes H.P. Lovecraft, romance, Jorge Luis Borges, true love, Pico Della Mirandola, fine wine and Cordon Bleu cuisine, Dr. John Dee, haut coutour fashion, a zombie apocalypse of half a million on the beaches of L.A., and the Great Old One Itself like a bat out of R’lyeh, rising from the Santa Monica Bay on Midsummer Night. And, of course, The Book.

    1. > Enjoy the ride, which includes H.P. Lovecraft … Jorge Luis Borges … Cordon Bleu cuisine … a zombie apocalypse

      That’s funny – I don’t RECALL ordering a novel custom made to my particular tastes…but I guess I must have!

      Anyway, your posting here has already resulted in at least one sale. Don’t spend my $2.99 all in one place. 😉

      Looking forward to digging inti it tonight.

      1. Thank you for your kind comments, tjic, and even more for buying my book. And thank you, Ms. Hoyt, for your warm welcome to your weblog, and your even kinder permission (alas, after the fact) to allow me to flog my new novel here.

  7. The Bone Box is my novel, combining current events, history, and archaeology, about the man who discovers the 2,000-year-old tomb of the high priest who presided at the trial of Jesus. He discovers more than that, too–much of which is disillusioning to him. It is heavily sourced via historical notes and other references at the back. Anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, the modern state of Israel, and the development of Christianity will find the book well worth reading.

          1. I didn’t *mean* to, but I have a very low resistance to cool new tech toys and blinkenlights 😉 “Ooo, I wonder what happens when I push THAT button?” is my war-cry.

  8. I’ve been an aerospace and defense journalist for 20 years and a humanities teacher as well. If you want politics, tech, space ships and above all characters you’ll take an interest in, I have a book you might like:


    “Outre Mer” is the first novel in a series I’m calling “Choir of Stars.” I’m striving to develop a “birth of the federation” storyline.

    If I had to pick inspirational novels for comparison with “Outre Mer” they would be Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels” and Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October.” I like stories that have characters on all sides of a conflict that explore their motivations without undue editorial judgment.

    My thanks to Sarah Hoyt for offering the platform.

  9. I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. I have co-written an eclectic assortment of works available on Amazon Kindle. There is a lengthy biography of Mary Queen of Scots (she is a long-time historical obsession of mine,) a comedic murder mystery, and screenplays featuring Poe, Ulysses S. Grant, and Marie Antoinette.

    And that’s not counting my Poe blog. Like I said, we’re eclectic. Or perhaps just half-mad. It’s hard to tell at times.


  10. I want to have something to show and since I have nothing more substantial ready I put up a few drawings on the blog. :/ Pin up girls and a critter (I really do hope I will manage to find at least one live drawing class at some point where they have at least one male model, it’s surprising how much getting familiar with drawing with a three dimensional living model right in front of you can help even later when you do it just with the help of some reference photos – my men tend to end up looking kind of stiff while I’m usually much more pleased with the women).

    Northern dreaming

    Two posts, both for November 26.

      1. I’ve got ‘Virtual Pose 4’ and one of Buddy Scalera’s books, ‘Colossal Collection of Action Poses’ which are fairly good, and have men. ‘Virtual Pose’ also includes a cd. Scalera seems to have one which is all men, “Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Men and Boys”, I guess I’ll get that next (his different reference books seem to include some of the same photos, but I’m hoping ‘Men and Boys’ will have several which are not in the ‘Action Poses’ one).

        Horse riders would also be nice, I have drawn horses on a nearby riding stable but I’m not so good I could sketch from a fast moving reference and the riders don’t usually spend that much time standing still 😀 so I have been trying to find large photos of riders in order to learn to do them better.

        1. I know this is a sin, but I am so envious of anyone who can draw. I get by with stick people and boxes. If I need a picture, I take a photo– I do okay there. 😉

  11. Haha, I think I read that “Heroes in Hell” series in the 1980s when I was a kid. I recall Dante trying in vain to figure out how his works got him sent down as the infernal computer system keeps crashing, while Helen of Troy guns down Marilyn Monroe to keep Satan for herself.

    These all look great, best of luck to all! Wish I had more time to read.

  12. Oh wow, talk about “deer in headlights”. I looked at this and saw my name first and thought to myself “Man, that’s a weird name for an author”. 🙂 Thanks Sarah.

  13. Hi there, a friend suggested that I connect with you 🙂 I, too, am compelled to tell stories, though mine are more of the epic fantasy variety.

  14. Thanks for your work, the pimps and the posts on Instapundit. I’m gonna be a dedicated sf writer in my next life, but for this one, I’ll settle for having a day job I love and a few interesting side projects. My two books are intended to help anyone who must navigate the world of organizations. Influence for Impact (http://amzn.to/S9gPEq) and Active Leadership: A Blueprint for Succeeding and Making a Difference (http://amzn.to/UQbWjV) are available in paper and on Kindle. But the most recent side project isn’t a book at all, it’s a cool perch from which to read or just enjoy the wonders of the passing scene: http://www.heavymetalrocker.com. And it benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. But I’m glad I do have the day job, because, as a friend opined, “Jesus — for $5K it rocks itself, right?”

    Thanks again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  15. To: Sarah From: Barbara Martinet, Roanoke VA

    I read this today, thought you would be interested, from the Financial Times:


    November 26, 2012 5:20 pm Portugal debates future of welfare state By Peter Wise in Lisbon

    Armando Costa, 73, is waiting for an outpatient’s appointment in one of the seemingly endless corridors of Hospital Santa Maria, a huge 1950s building on the edge of Lisbon, teeming with medical staff, orderlies, the sick and their families. The retired business manager could afford private care, but prefers crowded, noisy Santa Maria because of the quality of treatment on the national health service. As well as social security contributions, patients typically pay a small amount. “I’ll be charged a few euros today, but I’d be happy to pay more,” he said. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/09663038-37d5-11e2-8edf-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2DQRiQAQe

    How much the Portuguese are prepared to pay for public health, education and welfare services has become the focus of national debate after warnings from Pedro Passos Coelho, the prime minister, that the country’s economic future depends on root-and-branch reform of what the state provides. But redefining the state’s responsibilities is highly contentious for many Portuguese, who see universal health care and education, free or subsidised at the point of delivery, as fundamental achievements of the 1974 revolution that overthrew 48 years of dictatorship. The government’s opponents fear it wants to destroy the welfare state. The country has to choose between higher taxes or fewer state services, Vítor Gaspar, finance minister, said. “There appears to be an enormous divergence between what the Portuguese believe the state should deliver and the amount of taxes they are prepared to pay,” he told parliament recently.

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    Taxes have already risen substantially. The 2013 budget, the toughest in living memory, includes income tax increases of about 30 per cent. Mr Gaspar described the tax rises as “enormous” . Designed to keep Lisbon on track with its €78bn bailout programme, they are the latest in a series of austerity measures that have pushed Portugal into its deepest recession in 40 years, with record unemployment reaching close to 16 per cent.

    A sweeping review of the state’s role is due to be completed by March and is required by Portugal’s international lenders – the so-called “troika” of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank – to generate an additional €4bn in spending cuts over the next two years. “About two-thirds of public expenditure goes on social transfers and employment,” said Abebe Selassie, the head of IMF’s mission to Portugal. “But benchmark indicators show a lot of inefficiencies in the way social spending is targeted.” In this environment, means-testing charges for state health care and university tuition has moved to the top of the political agenda as the centre-right government struggles to discipline public finances.

    Attempts to increase charges come as many complain existing rates are already too high.

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    At Lisbon University, a short walk from Santa Maria, students said many families could no longer afford annual tuition fees of about €1,000. They also argued that the economic crisis meant state spending on education was going to waste. “I have just spent six years studying to be a lawyer,” said Fabiana Silvestre, 26, “but there are simply no jobs in Portugal.” She and two fellow students plan to emigrate to Macau. “We won’t be putting back what the state has invested in us,” said Catarina Lopes, 24.

    Medical fees more than doubled in January. The cost for using emergency services, for example, rose from €9.60 to €20, partly to discourage people with minor ailments from going to hospital. The number of people seeking emergency treatment has since fallen by 10 per cent.

    “Paying more for better services would make sense, but not just to keep things as they are,” said Cidália Juste, 52, an unemployed clerk who was accompanying a sick relative at Santa Maria. Another outpatient, an 82-year retired shop worker with a monthly pension of just under €400 who did not want to be named, said state medical fees were already too high.

    Mr Selassie said the stage was set for “an open debate in which political parties and social partners can reach a consensus on what levels of spending and taxation the country wants”. But the prospect of political agreement looks remote. The prime minister, said António Arnaut, a member of the opposition Socialists and a founder of the national health service, is bent on a “neoliberal project to destroy the welfare state”.

  16. Hello Sarah,

    I do I join your site? Is this comment enough? I would like to mention my book the next time I am eligible to make it free for 5 days again.


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