We Wish You A Merry Promo- Free Range Oyster

*Post of the day below this one.  If you’re here for feisty opinion, keep scrolling down, but keep track of what’s on offer anyway.  Some good stuff.*


We Wish You A Merry Promo- Free Range Oyster

Festive greetings, O my people! This has been a great week for promo submissions. We’ve several new releases, some older ones on sale, and some lovely covers among them both (just hanging out here has made me more attentive to covers; running the promo has made me a downright snob). I’ve heard rumor that there may be listings of good books elsewhere as well this weekend *cough*MGC*cough*, so please sound off in the comments if you know of more good stuff to be found. Go, read books! Buy books! Borrow books (and return them)! Give books as gifts! Give books as bonuses! Give books in leiu of payment if they’ll let you! Tell people about good books you’ve read, and leave reviews on every appropriate outlet. Let peace, goodwill, and awesome stories FILL THE EARTH! As always, future promo entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good book

Karl K. Gallagher


A captain who’ll take any job if there’s enough money in it.

A pilot with an agenda of her own.

And a mechanic with an eye on the pilot.

The crew of the Fives Full are just trying to make enough money to keep themselves in the black while avoiding the attention of a government so paranoid it’s repealed Moore’s Law. They’re not looking for adventure in the stars… but they’re not going to back down just because something got in their way.

Alma Boykin

The Bird of Dawning

A Cat Among Dragons Christmas Story

“Bah, Humbug.” Rada Ni Drako wants Christmas, and the rest of the world, to go away. Her fellow soldiers have other ideas. So does Logres, the one creature Rada will not, cannot, ignore. Especially not at winter’s turning.

What happens next will take Rada and her human allies to an amazing place indeed.

Cedar Sanderson

Dragon Noir

Pixie For Hire Book 3

The pixie with the gun has come home to see his princess crowned a queen and live in peace. But nothing is ever easy for Lom. A gruesome discovery on his doorstep interrupts their plans and sends Lom off on a mission to save not one, but two worlds. It’s personal this time and the stakes are higher than ever before. With friends falling and the enemy gathering, Bella and Lom must conquer the worst fears and monsters Underhill can conjure. Failure is not on the agenda.

On sale this weekend


Enigma Front

A wave of possibilities rolls across the land and nothing remains the same IN ITS WAKE … Dinosaurs. Dragons. Clowns. From nineteenth-century China to the moons of Saturn, from the Renaissance to the aftermath of apocalypse, these eighteen stories share one theme–change, like you’ve never seen it before. NOW, EVERYTHING CHANGES! Read stories penned by Aurora, Hugo, and Nebula Award winners, as well as up-and-coming authors, in a single volume.

Includes a story by our own Christopher Chupik

Laura Montgomery

Sleeping Duty

Gilead Tan and Andrea Fielding survived their stint in the military, got married, signed up to emigrate to a terraformed colony world, and went into cold sleep for the journey from Earth. While they slept, the starship got lost and settled for a different world, a wild world. Three centuries after the founding of a colony on the uncharted planet, Gilead awakens to find humanity slipped back to medieval tech and a feudal structure. Worse, the king who wants Gilead awake won’t let Gilead awaken his wife.

Joe Vasicek

Genesis Earth

Michael Anderson never thought he would set foot on a world like Earth. Born and raised in a science colony on the farthest edge of the solar system, he only studied planets from afar. But when his parents build mankind’s first wormhole and discover a world emitting a mysterious artificial signal, Michael is the only qualified planetologist young enough to travel to the alien star.

He is not alone on this voyage of discovery. Terra, his sole mission partner, is no more an adult than he is. Soon after their arrival, however, she begins acting strangely—as if she’s keeping secrets from him. And her darkest secret is one that Michael already knows.

Twenty light-years from the nearest human being, they must learn to work together if they’re ever going to survive. And what they discover on the alien planet forces them to re-examine their deepest, most unquestioned beliefs about the universe—and about what it means to be human.

This book is rated T according to the AO3 content rating system.

Free this weekend

30 responses to “We Wish You A Merry Promo- Free Range Oyster

  1. I read the first book’s title as TOR Ship. Bummed me out.

  2. Laura Montgomery

    SpaceX landed its first stage. On land!

    • Reality Observer

      In a one-gee field! AND not in China!

      Maybe it IS time to defund NASA. Let’s consider adding it to our little list…

      • I’ve thought a bit about this. Rather than defund NASA, it should be repurposed to what it was initially supposed to be about: exploration and spacial scientific investigation. The whole political posturing/muslim outreach/global warming foofaraw should be eliminated. And earth observation and sensing missions should stay with NOAA and whatever other (intelligence-gathering and military) agencies are tasked with their purposes otherwise.

    • I saw that! It was fantastic!

      • Right? I was out with the boys, and saw this on my phone (Oh, yeah, I have a net-worthy phone for the first time) and squeed like a mad woman.

      • Somewhat off-topic – you accidentally made me sad, Joe, because when I saw your name I thought immediately of Josef Vasicek, the former New York Islander hockey player who tragically died with his entire team in a plane crash in Russia. JoVas was a good player and though he was only an Islander for one season, he was remembered fondly.

        • For your records, please be advised that off-topic comments are a violation of Hoyt’s Huns Policy and will be cause for termination if ever we develop a reliable method of determining what constitutes an on-topic comment.

          Our crack team of linguistic researchers have been working for years to construct the Hoytmaster Paradigm by which topicality of comments can be measured and thus far has narrowed it down to any comment posted. The committee debated the matter for weeks months and finally decreed that no comment which has not been posted can be deemed on-topic, with the sole exception of comments Huns meant to post, considered posting, or thought they had posted.

          The Appeals Committee is still open for consideration of additional exceptions and will remain so until such time as a quorum or a decision is reached, although not necessarily in that order.

          Following the ruling of the Appeals Committee all future decisions on comment topicality will be rendered by the Appellate Division Humour Directorate on an ad hoc basis, determining whether a comment is on topic primarily on a basis of whether it amuses them to so decree. All decisions of the ADHD are finial (an ornament at the top, end, or corner of an object) and subject to being ignored by the Huns.

        • Yeah, I remember that. Not much of a hockey fan, but I knew about him because he popped up everywhere whenever I googled my name. His passing was tragic.

    • Aye. While SpaceX and Blue Horizon have different approaches, the big thing is… 2015 was the year that rockets started landing like in the Duck Dodgers cartoon – and the rockets that did that were private concerns, not things of government agencies.

  3. Reality Observer

    FRO – can you make that into two lines for the title? Some of us read late at night… Must still be recovering from grocery day, read “promo” as “hormone.” Sigh.

  4. I thought this was going up Tuesday afternoon, at two, Mountain Sarah Time? Have we done the time warp again?

    Nevermind — look at all the lovely books!

  5. Pride’s Children: Purgatory by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt is really excellent. It appeared in a Saturday Promo about a month ago, but if you didn’t get it then, get it now. It’s an absolutely addictive read. (Ask me how I know this! And how many hours of sleep I lost reading past dawn.) 😀


  6. Christopher M. Chupik

    Since the caption I provided for my Enigma Front story wasn’t used for some reason, I’ll provide it here:

    Story: “Grasshoppers”

    Blurb: An elderly prepper who has survived the Apocalypse has to deal with someone unwelcome guests.

  7. Since I no longer bother with Tor (once my fave, publisher – sorry Baen, but they were on the ball with YA before any other science fiction publisher. Besides Mr Hartwell is a doll.) I’ve been reading more SF from these free range oyster posts.

    They’re like the Jen Yates of SF.

    Which is to say, I made the mistake of clicking the link to Karl Gallaghers’ Torchship novel. Got the free sample. Bought the book. Stayed up until two ack emma reading it.

    Are you guys are evil. I love you.

    • 😀 You came for snickerdoodles and ended up with book-induced insomnia.

      We’re a bad influence like that. (Types she who has gotten a few of those “I-stayed-up-too-late-reading!” complaints over the past year or so.)