Something Promo This Way Comes

*The Free Range Oyster has collected the promo for the week, but meanwhile (says she) I’m just posting a quick update on the status of the writer.  We’re moving the older boy out this weekend, since medschool starts next week.  The emotions they are mixed. He’s afraid he’ll change and no longer be able to relate to us.  That doesn’t worry me so much.  He IS change, and has been since he was put on my tummy the day after he was born.  We all are change.  And his move is overdue and would have happened before, but for financial circumstances and our needing his help fixing a house.

What worries me is less palpable.  I’m looking forward to more time to write without the kids (since when house sells #2 will be leaving the nest to rent his own place) and at the same time I worry I’ll go into one of my writing fugues and emerge on the other side and they’ll be middle aged, and I’ll have missed decades of their lives.  OTOH that’s the dilemma of every relationship (and novel.)  Hold each other close and do nothing means the relationship (or the novel) dies.  Do something and make life worthwhile, but miss all the time of just hanging out with your spouse and kids.

This family has always been fairly hard-and-fast going.  And yet, we found the time to have fun together.  This might be a little more difficult as miles between us lengthen when the kids get jobs, etc, but… maybe it always be so, to an extent.

When I was dying (well, everyone said I was) in an ICU 19 years ago I realized the most fun I had in life wasn’t the expensive trips or the vacations, but going out on a Saturday with Dan and the boys with nothing much to do and ending up at garage sales, or the zoo.

I don’t know what form that fun will take in the future, but I think it will happen, and I look forward to it.- SAH*

Hail, well met, and welcome to the weekend! I hope you all have lovely plans for raiding and loot- er, relaxing and constructive activities before Monday comes skulking in again. We’ve a couple of intriguing new entries this week from OldNFO and TXRed, and some resubmissions from CJ Carella, who wanted (quite justifiably) to show off the lovely new covers. I’ve got to run – we’re receiving the final Oyster Clan refugees from the Glorious People’s Democratic Republic of California today – so go buy good books, read good books, hug your loved ones, and remember to pillage before burning.

As always, future promo post entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster

Codemonkey, minion wrangler, and teetotal tippler

JL Curtis

The Grey Man – Changes

When Texas Deputy Sheriff John Cronin thwarts the Cartel’s plan to get paid to smuggle Muslims across the border, he becomes the target of the Cartel once again. One try fails, but the cartel isn’t about to give up. With his granddaughter, Jesse, still recovering from her last run-in with the Cartel and now far away with her Marine husband on a military base, Cronin only has to worry about the innocents around him.

One way or another, this old school law man plans to end this cat and mouse game for good. But, this time, the Cartel is playing for keeps; ending this war might just cost the old man his life.

Either way Cronin plans to go out on his feet, fighting tooth and nail.

Alma Boykin

When Chicken Feet Cross the Highway

The next-to-last thing Alexi Zolnerovich wanted to see on I-25 was the Little House on Chicken Feet crossing eight lanes of traffic. He survives the Interstate only to find his grandmother missing, and hints that trouble from the Old Country followed the family across the water.

Can a young man’s determination and North American magic stop Baba Yaga?

C.J. Carella

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.

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.

Apocalypse Dance

New Olympus Saga Book 3

The End Is Here.

Christine Dark and Mark Martinez face their greatest challenge 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.

Jeff Duntemann


Caught violating Earth’s Zero Tolerance for Violence laws, Peter Novilio is sentenced to a one-way trip to Hell, Earth’s prison planet in the Zeta Tucanae system. Hell is forever: Two centuries earlier its ecosphere had been infected with microscopic nanomachines that destroy electrical conductors, condemning its inmates to a neo-Victorian steam-and-gaslight society without computers, spaceflight, or any hope of escape.
Peter soon learns that he has been framed by Earth’s paranoid world government, and is offered a pardon in return for conducting a reconnaissance mission to Hell and back. There are hints that Hell is developing impossible technologies or has even neutralized the wire-eating nanobugs entirely. How he will return from Hell is a secret known only to his grim mission partner, agent Geyl Shreve of Earth’s shadowy Special Implementer Service.
But Peter has a secret as well: He is a member of the outlawed Sangruse Society, and in his blood flows the Sangruse Device, Version 9, the most powerful nanocomputer AI ever created. Although supposedly Peter’s protector and advisor, the Device answers to no one but the Society’s mysterious leader, and has reasons of its own for visiting Hell. Peter soon discovers that he is little more than a disguise, caught in a covert war among Earth, a revolutionary group bent on overthrowing Earth’s government, Hell’s ingenious inmates, and the deadly mechanism in his veins. For as fearsome as it is, the Sangruse Device itself is afraid—and the fates of whole worlds would be decided by the threat that the Cunning Blood has discovered outside of space and time.

36 responses to “Something Promo This Way Comes

  1. Thumbs?? AGAIN!!!?????

  2. Sarah, one thing I do to keep the family connected is to host occasional dinners – reasons vary. The idea is they come for a meal, a few games, and chit-chat. It mostly works; some kids are on the other side of the country, and sometimes work schedules get in the way.

  3. Thanks, Sarah, Oyster! 🙂

    FYI: The next Cat novel goes to the editor probably this week, for an October release.

  4. Several interesting items on display this week. Y’all make me uncomfortable with my dislike of reading pixelated electrons instead of the crushed dreams of berries on the corpses of trees.

    Right now my limp and exhausted wallet is arguing in favor of pixels.

  5. re: birds leaving nests

    Never gonna learn to fly if they don’t.
    Stunts their growth does they stay.

    Memorize and recite; eventually you will, if not believe, at least accept it.

  6. Thank you once again for the chance to promo our work here. And for all the great advice to writers and indy writers, here and on Mad Genius Club. I mostly lurk in these pages, but I’ve learned a lot reading these blogs. Nineteen months and four novels after hitting the “Publish” button on Amazon KDP, I’m still finding my way (wish I’d take the lesson “good covers are vital” to heart a lot earlier); it would have been a lot harder without the kindness of the SF community (and I mean the community that cares about the creative process rather than in engaging in endless witch hunts in the name of social progress). ,

  7. A computer mouse as a spaceship cover—love it!

  8. i think my niece starts med school this year, too…

  9. Jeff Duntemann

    Thank you for the mention. This is beyond marvelous!

  10. A professional cover really does make all the difference in making a book more desirable to read. I bought Armageddon Girl a while ago for kindle but kept putting it off reading it in favor of other books based solely on the cover. I know technically your never suppose to judge a book based on its cover but it is a normal human reaction. Seeing that new cover for it though has caused me to revise my thought process, so I have moved the book up to next in line to read once I finish the current one I’m on. Or at least that is the plan but amazon’s update to the kindle app on my tablet caused the app to not work, so it might still be a while till I get to it.

    • Hope you enjoy it when you do 🙂

      • If I do enjoy it (which I probably will, I have been pretty good at picking books that I enjoy. Out of the last 30+ books I’ve read in the past 4 months there had been only one that I did not like) I’ll leave a review and of course buy the sequels.

        Now I just need Amazon to fix their kindle app.

  11. Thanks Oyster, and Sarah, you DO have to let go… It’s hell, but the kids need to establish themselves. It’s probably easier for us dads than it is for you mothers to do that though. Re covers- I remember a conversation about them at LC, and covers ARE the one thing that can set your book apart. I consider it money well spent to have a professionally done cover, as that ‘might’ be the one thing that grabs a reader in those first 10 seconds.