It’s A Free-Range-Oysterific Promo Post

*But first a word from your sponsor — me — if you’re low on Hoyt books, remember the novels are all on sale until Jan 7.  Most of them are 2.99, and Witchfinder is 3.99 a price which you should not pass up!  And now for the Oyster one.*

Welcome back, one and all! I hope your festivities were joyous, whatever their form. The Oyster Clan has had a hectic but pleasant holiday season this year. A fattening one too, as the Oyster Wife is a marvelous cook, and my sainted mother not a whit behind her. On less culinary topics, we’ve a lovely post-holiday book haul for you this week, including the remainder of Ms. Catelli’s stories that I had to leave off last week. We’ve some new releases from familiar names as well, and a few reminders of past releases you might have missed. On a side note, I just finished the first editing pass today on the latest from one of our beloved lurkers*, and I’m very excited to share it with you all soon. We truly have some wonderful writers frequenting here. As always, future entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster

Mercenary Word Polisher, Code Monkey, and neither butcher, nor baker, nor candlestick-maker

* Well, he’s beloved by me, but then he writes awesome books and gives me money to read them. What’s not to love?

Raymund Eich

Take the Shilling

The Confederated Worlds Book 1

The Confederated Worlds implanted in Tomas’ brain the skills to make him a soldier. He had to learn for himself how to survive interstellar war.

Tomas Neumann sought escape from his backwater planet and overbearing mother, and a mentor to replace his long-dead father. “Taking the shilling”—enlisting in the Confederated Worlds military—promised both. But despite the soldier’s skills implanted in his brain, combat still threatened to destroy him, in body and in spirit. Grieving for lost comrades, demoralized by a spiral of atrocities, could Tomas learn what he needed to survive, before facing his war’s ultimate challenge?

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The Blank Slate

A man must stop a tyrant after giving him power over the human mind.

Clay Shieffer, neuroscience entrepreneur, tried to ignore the police state growing under President Everton. When a mysterious hacker provides evidence, Clay faces the truth behind Everton’s election and his own unwitting complicity in it. Running from Federal agents and the U.S. Army, Clay must forge a rag-tag alliance to overthrow the president.

But President Everton now wields a weapon more formidable than a hydrogen bomb: Clay’s latest neuroscience invention…

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C.J. Carella

The Armageddon Girl Collection

New Olympus Omnibus

Armageddon Girl: Gamer chick Christine Dark is transported to a world where people with superpowers have existed since the 1920s and have created a brave new world of larger-than-life heroes and villains. After joining forces with a faceless vigilante and other unusual heroes, Christine discovers she has the power to save that world – or destroy it.

Doomsday Duet: n 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?

Apocalypse Dance: 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.

John Van Stry

The Hammer Commission

Mark’s job seems pretty dull, working as an investigator into crimes committed against Church property, theft of holy objects, vandalism; nothing terribly exciting but he does get to travel the world.

That’s just the window dressing. Mark does work for the Church, but as an elite member of a thousand year old secret society that hunts down devils, demons, and other evils. His job is not just to find them, but to remove, dispel, or kill them: he’s on the front lines of the secret ongoing war between Heaven and Hell. However as wars go, it has been a fairly easy one for the last few decades, with nothing seriously evil having been summoned since the last world war.

But all of that is about to change, and the question for Mark may not be can he survive, but can he survive long enough.

James Young

Ride of the Late Rain

The Vergassy Chronicles Book 1

The destroyer Shigure is the oldest destroyer in the fleet… or so she seems. Equipped with a powerful, new device, the “Late Rain” is chosen for a special, dangerous project. With a young crew and modifications that makes her vessel not what she seems, Commander Leslie Hawkins presses into unknown space to examine structures detected by an Confederation Fleet survey vessel… and discovers that Mankind is not alone.

An Unproven Concept – Kraken Edition

The Vergassy Chronicles Book 2

The Confederation of Man has overseen the prosperous expansion of humanity for almost eight centuries, with the Confederation Fleet its shield against all enemies both internal and external. Despite its numerous successes, the Fleet is a shield that is becoming warped by the schism between its Carrier and Line factions. In the year 3050, Fleet Admiral Malinverni has overseen the design and commissioning of a vessel intended to merge the best of both factions: the battlecruiser Constitution. Intended as a harbinger of a better future, the Constitution is considered a flawed concept by all except her crew. If either Fleet faction has its way, neither the Constitution nor her captain, Mackenzie Bolan, will ever get a chance to prove their naysayers incorrect.

The starliner Titanic is considered to be the epitome of her type. With a handpicked crew, the Titanic is expected to see to passengers’ every need and whim, be it a rare artifact of opulence to stringent, discreet security. Unfortunately Captain Abraham Herrod, her master, is confronted with the growing likelihood that his vessel may soon be rendered obsolete by the ever pressing march of technology. Pushed by his superiors, Captain Herrod must decide just how far he’s willing to go in an attempt to prolong the “Golden Age of Starliners.”

With all the unremitting action, mecha, and carnage of the original novel, An Unproven Concept (Kraken Edition) also includes the short story “Ride of the Late Rain” for the first time. In addition, this special edition contains artwork from professional illustrators and an excerpt from the alternate history novel Acts of War.

Acts of War

The Usurper’s War Book 2

Somehow I doubt that this is quite how anyone expected Adolf Hitler’s death to turn out… –Squadron Leader Adam Haynes, No. 303 (Polish) Squadron

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 first novel 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.

Mary Catelli

Fever and Snow

A short story of a curse, a king, and a child.

A warlord of fire can lay curses of fever. A woman of snow can freeze a man to death. Pierre, knight of the king, is burning with fever from the curse of the warlord when he learns a possibility that might save him — and the kingdom. It turns on a child.

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Dragon Slayer

The dragon must die. It haunts the land and strikes with fire and death without warning.

Prince Baudouin knows the perils, and how other knights have perished. Still, he is confident that he can slay the dragon. All he has to do is forge through the burnt wasteland about its mountain, and slay it.


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Eyes of the Sorceress

A short story of sorcery, war, and treachery.

Apollonia proudly casts a spell for the king, to aid him in his battles, a spell that creates enchanted viewing. But when things go awry, she finds it more useful than she had ever dreamed – if only she can persuade one and all to listen to her.

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Curses And Wonders


A collection of tales of wonder and magic.

A prince sets out to win his way to the dragon’s lair.

A woman fights a curse on her lands.

A man returns to his castle, bringing a magical sword, and worse things.

And more tales.

Includes “Dragon Slayer”, “The Book of Bone”, “Mermaids’ Song”, “Witch-Prince Ways”, “Sword and Shadow”, “Eyes of the Sorceress”, “Fever and Snow” — and “The Emperor’s Clothes”, which is not sold separately.

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10 responses to “It’s A Free-Range-Oysterific Promo Post

  1. I’ve been as slow reading as I have been writing (I need new glasses, which probably plays a role, but appointments have been made) but I did pick up Kate Paulk’s second convention book, and The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley.

  2. Christopher M. Chupik

    A starship named Titanic? Will they never learn?

  3. Heh. It should scape its side down an asteroid.

  4. For a tangent:

    Our February theme is Public Policy.
    Nominate a book on this theme for February here:—-public-policy

  5. All of our lurkers here are beloved! We wish some of our regular commenters would lurk so that we could best belove them.