The Book Plug Returns In TRIUMPH!

*For those who can’t live without my blather, try the Friday Book Plug, Come on in, the publishing is fine. 

I’m talking about the ability to publish whatever you want and actually make money, and I quote Lawrence Block whose journey was startlingly similar to mine when it comes to indie. (Startling because we’re very different and also, he cam in decades before me. – SAH*

Book plugs from Free Range Oyster.

Happy Saturday! We’ve a nice selection of books for this week, both old favorites and new releases. So go pick up some new reading material, enjoy your weekend, and don’t forget to hug your loved ones when you can. As always, future entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster

Self-Hawking Codemonkey, Mercenary Word-polisher, and Proud Minion of the Beautiful But Evil Space Princess

James Young

Acts of War

Usurper’s War Book 2

August 1942. London is in flames. Heinrich Himmler’s Germany stands triumphant in the West, its “Most Dangerous Enemy” forced to the peace table by a hailstorm of nerve gas and incendiaries. With Adolf Hitler avenged and portions of the Royal Navy seized as war prizes, Nazi Germany casts its baleful gaze across the Atlantic towards an increasingly isolationist United States. With no causus belli, President Roosevelt must convince his fellow Americans that it is better to deal with a triumphant Germany now than to curse their children with the problem of a united, fascist Europe later.

As Germany and Japan prepare to launch the next phase of the conflict, Fate forces normal men and women to make hard choices in hopes of securing a better future. For Adam Haynes, Londonfall means he must continue an odyssey that began in the skies over Spain. American naval officer Eric Cobb finds that neutrality is a far cry from safety. Finally, Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi must prepare himself and his men to fight a Pacific War that is far different than the surprise attack Imperial Japan had once planned but never executed.

Acts of War is the continuation of the Usurper’s War series, which charts a very different World War II. As young men and women are forced to answer their nation’s call, the choices they make and risks they take will write a different song for the Greatest Generation.

Amanda Green

Nocturnal Lives

Boxed Set

This “box set” includes the first three novels in the Nocturnal Lives series.

Nocturnal Origins

Some things can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.

Detective Sergeant Mackenzie Santos knows that bitter lesson all too well. The day she died changed her life and her perception of the world forever.It doesn’t matter that everyone, even her doctors, believe a miracle occurred when she awoke in the hospital morgue. Mac knows better. It hadn’t been a miracle, at least not a holy one. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the day the dogs of Hell came for her.

Investigating one of the most horrendous murders in recent Dallas history, Mac also has to break in a new partner and deal with nosy reporters who follow her every move and who publish confidential details of the investigation without a qualm.

Complicating matters even more, Mac learns the truth about her family and herself, a truth that forces her to deal with the monster within, as well as those on the outside.But none of this matters as much as discovering the identity of the murderer before he can kill again.

Nocturnal Serenade

Lt. Mackenzie Santos of the Dallas Police Department learns there are worst things than finding out you come from a long line of shapeshifters. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. It’s not that she resents suddenly discovering she can turn into a jaguar. Nor is it really the fact that no one warned her what might happen to her one day. Although, come to think of it, her mother does have a lot of explaining to do when – and if – Mac ever talks to her again. No, the real problem is how to keep the existence of shapeshifters hidden from the normals, especially when just one piece of forensic evidence in the hands of the wrong technician could lead to their discovery.

Add in blackmail, a long overdue talk with her grandmother about their heritage and an attack on her mother and Mac’s life is about to get a lot more complicated. What she wouldn’t give for a run-of-the-mill murder to investigate. THAT would be a nice change of pace.

Nocturnal Interlude

Lt. Mackenzie Santos swears she will never take another vacation again as long as she lives. The moment she returns home, two federal agents are there to take her into custody. Then she finds out her partner, Sgt. Patricia Collins, as well as several others are missing. Several of the missing have connections to law enforcement. All are connected to Mac through one important and very secret fact – they are all shapechangers. Has someone finally discovered that the myths and bad Hollywood movies are actually based on fact or is there something else, something more insidious at work?

Mac finds herself in a race against time not only to save her partner and the others but to discover who was behind their disappearances. As she does, she finds herself dealing with Internal Affairs, dirty cops, the Feds and a possible conspiracy within the shapeshifter community that could not only bring their existence to light but cause a civil war between shifters.

T.K. Naliaka

In Time of Peril

The Decaturs Book 1

Raised on the edge of chaos in West Africa, Christopher Decatur is back in America for college, leaving behind dunes, baobabs, nomads and urban banlieux. His history class embarks on a week-long American Revolution reenactment hiking trip near Lake Champlain, but the backwoods are no refuge from the dangers of the world as the group collides with a murderous and mysterious gang. As Chris faces an ordeal of deadly threats with uncooperative classmates in a high-stakes battle of wits and cultures against ruthless foes, Chris’s father Robert Decatur risks everything to rescue his son from the hands of evil. In Time of Peril launches The Decaturs adventure series, continuing in the sequel, A Difficult Damsel to Rescue.

Sam Schall

Vengeance from Ashes

Honor and Duty Book 1

First, they took away her command. Then they took away her freedom. But they couldn’t take away her duty and honor. Now they want her back.

Captain Ashlyn Shaw has survived two years in a brutal military prison. Now those who betrayed her are offering the chance for freedom. All she has to do is trust them not to betray her and her people again. If she can do that, and if she can survive the war that looms on the horizon, she can reclaim her life and get the vengeance she’s dreamed of for so long.

But only if she can forget the betrayal and do her duty.

Steven Johnson

Up In Smoke

Flak-Jack #1

The crooks and punks all have superpowers now – they can fry you any time they like. Who’d stay on the police force in a town like this? Only the men who need to be heroes very, very badly. Marc Chaves looks up to the superheroes who battle evil in the skies above. But all he has is a badge and a flak jacket. Will it be enough? It better be, because ready or not, Marc’s going into action as Flak-Jack, the Bulletproof Man!

Dan Melson

Working The Trenches

Rediscovery Book 4

Graciela Juarez has been an Imperial citizen for several years. She’s got a solid marriage into one of the Empire’s most important families. The Empire has been very good to her. For her self-respect, she wants to spend some time with her shoulder to the wheels of the Empire. Pulling the cart of Civilization. Working the Trenches of Empire.

John Van Stry

Champion for Hire

Portals of Infinity: Book One

William is just your typical engineer fresh out of college with a stressful job, a boring life, and not a lot of prospects of anything better in the future.

Until one weekend while hiking in the woods he stumbles across a portal to another time, or perhaps another place. The more he investigates this new world the more he realizes that it may just be able to offer him a lot more than the one he’s been living in.

However, there are forces at work beyond anything that Will has ever come across before and the local Goddess seems to have taken a liking to him. Will may soon find himself getting an offer and cannot afford to refuse.

C.J. Carella

Apocalypse Dance

New Olympus Saga Book 3

The End Is Here.

Christine Dark and Mark Martinez face their greatest challege yet. Captured by the Dominion of the Ukraine, where they face torture and death, they must find a way to outsmart the Iron Tsar, escape, and deliver the world from utter destruction. Meanwhile, other heroes and villains forge alliances or battle each other as the fate of Earth Alpha, an alternate reality where superheroes are only too real, hangs in the balance.

The conclusion of the New Olympus Saga that began with Armageddon Girl, Apocalypse Dance is a thrilling tale full of action, drama, romance and humor.

Contains adult content and language.

Armageddon Girl

New Olympus Saga Book 1

College student Christine Dark wasn’t happy. Her social life sucked, she spent too much of her time playing computer games or reading sci-fi novels (and the occasional paranormal romance) and she felt like she was missing out on everything.

Fate had something special in store for her, though.

Without warning, an unknown force drags Christine out of her world and takes her to a whole new universe, an alternate Earth where superhuman beings have existed since the end of World War One, a world filled with strange and dangerous characters.

Christine soon learns she too is more than human, and that her choices may save her new home… or bring about its destruction.

Contains adult content and language.

Doomsday Duet

New Olympus Saga Book 2

In the sequel to Armageddon Girl, Christine Dark and Face-Off must face their inner demons while they try to save Earth Alpha, a world where superheroes are real and danger is everywhere. Can a former gamer chick endowed with cosmic powers and a murderous vigilante deal with their differences – and their growing attraction for one another – and escape the shadowy forces hunting them?

Meanwhile, Ultimate the Invincible Man finds himself a wanted man, persecuted by his former colleagues; Condor and Kestrel fight for justice while indulging their twisted sexual desires; and Cassius Jones, the hero known as Janus, reveals the terrible things he discovered during his exodus in outer space.

Filled with action, adventure and romance, Doomsday Duet continues to explore a world filled with superhuman beings with all too human failings.

Contains adult content and language.

57 responses to “The Book Plug Returns In TRIUMPH!

  1. Just an FYI – I will not be making comments for a while. My son living in Eastern Europe just returned to the U.S. for medical treatment, and the computer room doubles as a guest room. I will have very limited web access while he is here, doubly so when his wife’s visa is approved and she comes over as well.

  2. Rah, Rah, RAH!
    From the September issue of AIR FORCE Magazine:
    “Grok, Rattle, and Roll
    Smart refrigerators have been used by DDOS attacks…
    …The merger of physical and virtual is really where it’s at. If we don’t grok that, the we’ve got huge problems.” –Dawn C. Meyeriecks, deputy CIA director for science and technology, … “Grok” is a sci-fi term…”

    • I only heard about the smart refrigerators in passing, that they’re so not secure, in exchange for convenience.

      • Just what I need. A fridge that blinks things like “you again?” and “No, I ordered skim. You don’t need whole milk,” or “Upgrade my software and I’ll tell you who ate the roast beef you’d been saving.”

        • YES. Or who carries on an affair with the stove next door. It’s a meeting of the minds. I can so see Dave Freer writing this.

        • There’s a real question who owns your stuff that keeps having to get worked out. Remember where your property demarcations are and defend them. Some companies are good about it, others, not so much. And some parts of the problem are really wild west territory. It really gets fun when you reread the 3rd amendment with the 21st century in mind and what the government occasionally does to phones.

        • Or a refrigerator conspiring with the bathroom scale, “for your own good.”

          While on the subject of helpful algorithms …
          Went on Amazon last night to order new 4X reading glasses for my father (various about town vendors stock nothing higher than 3.5) I decided to simply let Amazon ship the glasses to him, so I used the drop-down address menu to add his addy and discovered a hitherto unknown address in my listed shipping addresses: a Dr. Otto Glueckner of Berlin, Germany.

          I have, of course, deleted the address, notified Amazon of the unauthorized shipping address and checked to determine what (nothing, apparently) might have been shipped to Herr Doctor. I recommend each of you engage in routine prophylactic examinations appropriate to ensure no such intrusions into your records.

        • With the Smart refrigerator tied in with automatic electronic ordering, the Food Police will be controlling your menu, and it will probably tell them when you bring in unauthorized foods, too.

          • That’s what the old fridge out in the shop is for. At least until they outlaw dumb fridges.

            • Isn’t that why G-d gave us beer fridges? You know, the one out in the garage that really is only for storing beer, sodapop, and the like. I swear every rent house around Flat State U had a beer fridge in the garage or breeze-way.

    • Denial of Service attacks on my refrigerator??!! Quelle horreur!!

      Think of the opportunities for the vengeful ex, from changing the password to publishing midnight snacking habits on FB!

    • You read the Air Force Magazine? Alright

  3. Hope everything is okay in your house FRO… nice to see the return of the promotions.

  4. Welcome back, Oyster!

  5. This came at the perfect time. My financial aid came in yesterday, so I have spare money! I bought either each book advertised, or the first one of the series.

    I look forward to reading them, and seeing the books the Free Range Oyster put up next week (when I may still have money.)

    • To paraphrase the Freak Brothers, Books will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of nothing to read.

  6. Cool! Thanks for the plug Sarah! I was trying to figure out why I had book sales suddenly increasing! 😀

  7. sigh

    Working up my nerve and getting my ducks in a row for self-pubbing two short stories and a novelette.

  8. Wait, where is the first book in the Usurper’s War series?

  9. Many thanks for the book plug! A year and four books later, my foray in self-pub is looking like a good idea after all, and the boosts I’ve gotten from the plugs on this site have been a big help! 🙂

  10. L Jagi Lamplighter (Wright)

    Up in Smoke bt Steve Johnson is the first book my 16 ever finished on his own.

  11. Sadly, I never really saw any uptick in sales related to any of the book plugs. And the freebie days didn’t get me any positive reviews. I’m down to #916,297, haven’t sold a one since 9/11 (and that was a loaner).

    My muse is saying “Why the f* am I wasting my time on you?” My output is nil, and I’m beginning to wonder if I actually suck at this but am too stupid to notice.

    Yes, I know I need to have more out, because a single short story on Amazon isn’t going to cut it, and I haven’t put in nearly as much work as everyone else yet. I just wanna know that I’m on the right track and not wasting my time.

    • Everyone is down this month. Write more.

      • I just need to be convinced that what I’m writing doesn’t suck. When you add it up, I’ve only sold 30 copies of Kiwi since it came out in January (Not counting the freebies or the 3 loans), and 17 of those sales were in January when it still popped to the top as new.

        Venting just now, and a little Tully seems to be helping at the moment. I’m not a big drinker, but “Necessity” came out of a bottle, and re-writing the intro seems to require it too.

      • My sales are back down where I was at last year’s peak. But I’ve got a new Colplatschki novel coming out next month, and I may cross my fingers and launch a kinda odd romance novella-long short story that’s been lurking around.

        Oh, and whoever said I needed to make the place name magic comment into a book? May you be reborn as a centipede with fallen arches. I sketched the story Friday and yesterday. It turned into, well, the feministas will scream.

    • For what it’s worth, coming from another indie who isn’t setting the world on fire but is making a steady income over the last year:

      In my experience, short stories don’t sell for crap. Write a novel. My lone short story has sold a few dozen copies; my first novel is pushing 2,000 copies sold (yeah I know, not exactly Stephen King, but it adds up, and is continuing to sell steadily). Big difference between the two. People look at the page count and decide that even the $0.99 isn’t worth it. That’s doubly true if you’re an unknown; people are a lot less likely to give you a chance. And the dislike for short stories goes beyond page counts. A book length collection of short stories set in the same universe as my novel also has sold like a plague rat at a pet store (about two hundred copies; after eight months, my second novel outsold it in fifteen days). At least that’s what I hear from a lot people, besides my own experience.

      Might want to rethink the cover (and this is coming from someone who makes his own with Photoshop and by taking pics; as you can see above, they ain’t exactly masterpieces). The eyes over the space background make it look a bit cartoony, and don’t tell us much about the story. You can get a decent premade for as little as $50 from places like http://ebookindiecovers.com/ – I’m considering doing just that for my next series, or actually dishing out $250 and getting a pro cover.

      So I’d say it’s a bit early to get discouraged. Your first work is too short to be a good seller in this market; if you’ve got a novel in you, that’s where you need to concentrate your efforts. Set a time to write, turn the Internet off, and then write; that alone increased my production enormously (took me about thirteen months to finish my first novel; wrote the third one in under sixty days). I’ve had a bad week after releasing book #3, I often get depressed the first few weeks when a book is out, but am beginning to get back on the horse, a thousand words here, a thousand words there. But if you make it a habit, you’ll get there. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it. The muse doesn’t get to tell you what to do; it’s the other way around.

      IMHO and YMMV, etc. Hope that helps.

      • Yeah, the cover isn’t the best, although given how shorts sell, the money for a good one would never pay itself off. And for the longest time I couldn’t think of anything better that really characterizes the story, although I just had an idea now.

        (Although a cover that includes a representation of Alex on it ruins the one idea I wanted to avoid, specifying his race. Since the character is an anti-alien bigot, making him white is the same old sh*t and making him anything else comes off as forced. OTOH, I’m probably beneath the notice of the SJW’s.)

        Eh, I could always kick it over to Erotica again. Maybe if it drops below a million.

        Novelizing “Necessity” is the current project. I think I’ve got a pretty good plan in mind for it.