New Books, Free Books, Lotsa Books – Freerange Oyster

*A note before the promo: Snowmageddon arrived early (it wasn’t supposed to be here till tonight) so I’m going to hunker down and try to finish this book.  I’m trying to stay offline.  If you need me you either have my cell # or know someone who does. – SAH*

New Books, Free Books, Lotsa Books – Freerange Oyster

Joe Vasicek


Star Wanderers Part I

When Jeremiah arrived at Megiddo Station, all he wanted was to make some trades and resupply his starship. He never thought he’d come away with a wife.

Before he knows it, he’s back on his ship, alone with his accidental bride. Since neither of them speak the same language, he has no way to tell her that there’s been a terrible mistake. And because of the deadly famine ravaging her home, there’s no going back. She’s entirely at his mercy, and that terrifies him more than anything.

Jeremiah isn’t ready to take responsibility for anyone. He’s a star wanderer, roaming the Outworld frontier in search of his fortune. Someday he’ll settle down, but for now, he just wants to drop the girl off at the next port and move on.

As he soon finds out, though, she has other plans.

Free on Kindle this weekend

Cedar Sanderson

Vulcan’s Kittens

Children of Myth Book 1

12-year-old Linnea Vulkane is looking forward to a long, lazy summer on Grandpa Heph’s farm, watching newborn kittens grow up and helping out with chores. That all goes out the window the night Mars, god of war, demands her grandfather abandon her and return to Olympus for the brewing war.

Now Old Vulcan is racing around the world and across higher planes with Sehkmet to gather allies, leaving Linn and an old immortal friend to protect the farm and the very special litter. But even the best wards won’t last forever, and when the farm goes up in flames, she is on the run with a daypack, a strange horse, a sword, and an armful of kittens. Linn needs to grow up fast and master her powers, before the war finds the unlikely refugees…

Free on Kindle this weekend


Tales from the Otherverse

Other times, other places, other stories than the ones we know…These are the Tales From the Otherverse, where anything is possible and things never work out quite the way you’d expect. Some of today’s top talents in popular fiction turn their hands to tales of alternate history. Featuring new stories by bestselling, award-winning authors Bill Crider, Lou Antonelli, Scott A. Cupp, Robert E. Vardeman, James Reasoner, and more. Explore the Otherverse and see what might have been!

Weird Menace Volume 1

The Weird Menace pulps flourished for less than a decade, from the mid-1930s to the early ’40s, but while they were popular, they delivered adventure, excitement, and spine-tingling thrills in quantities rarely seen before or since. Mad scientists, deranged henchmen, damsels in distress, and stalwart heroes raced through their pages in breathless, over-the-top, never-ending action. A good Weird Menace yarn really is just one damned thing after another. Rough Edges Press asked some of today’s best authors of popular fiction to write Weird Menace stories, and they delivered. Settle back and let us spin a few yarns for you… But keep an eye out behind you. You never know when something might be sneaking up on you. Stories in this volume include: “Bodies for the Brain Butcher” by John C. Hocking “A Night on Madhouse Mountain” by Bill Crider “The Curse of the Monster Makers!” by Scott Dennis Parker “Farmhouse of the Dead” by Keith West “The Hideous Blood Ray” by Robert E. Vardeman “Blood Treasure for Satan’s Buccaneers” by James Reasoner

Weird Menace Volume 2

The Shudder Pulps are back! In fact, it’s like they never left in this second great collection of new stories inspired by the classic Weird Menace magazines such as DIME MYSTERY and TERROR TALES. Those pulps may have ended in the early 1940s, but some of today’s top authors give us the same sort of pulse-pounding, spine-chilling tales they might have published if they had stayed around.

World War II casts its looming shadow in Mel Odom’s “The Spider-God of Nauru!”

Hell comes to a tropical paradise in Keith Chapman’s “Lust of the Cave Spirit”.

American GIs encounter a horror unlike any they ever expected in Michael Bracken’s “Attack of the Nazi Snow Warriors”.

Weird Menace mixes with hardboiled detective thrills in Paul Dellinger’s “Ghost Writer”.

The protagonist of John McCallum Swain’s “The Hades Mechanism” confronts a legendary, undying evil.

And Ray Lovato’s popular character Doc Atlas returns to face a new challenge in “Howl of the Werewolf”!

These action-packed stories are sure to entertain. Editor James Reasoner and Rough Edges Press are proud to present WEIRD MENACE VOLUME 2!

Leigh Kimmel

The Moon Mirror

Chelsea Ayles dreamed of going to the Moon since she was a child. Now her dream job at NASA has turned into a nightmare, thanks to those many blood-sucking arachnids. Yeah, politics, as in a Senator accusing her of destroying America’s priceless heritage because she chose the moonrocks that were used to make a proof-of-concept mirror segment for a lunar telescope project. Now the mirror sits in her office like a bitter mockery of what might have been — until the day her reflection turns into a handsome stranger who calls himself the Man in the Moon and offers her visions of a world that might have been. Visions that ignite a longing of an intensity she hasn’t known since she was in grade school and watched videos of the Apollo lunar missions in science class.

Matthew Maynard

The Hand of Justice

The Dragonslayers, Volume 2

Scott Philipson fought the law, and the law fought back. Now he’s on the run – but with the police closing in, will those he left behind be able to find a cure for Colonel Reynolds before time runs out? Or will fear and government win out over freedom and individuals?

39 thoughts on “New Books, Free Books, Lotsa Books – Freerange Oyster

  1. A generous and compelling assortment. Much thanks. To whom are we indebted for the anthologies ? I see no editor or publisher indicated, and lack time at present to activate the links to check.

    1. The credits were buried in the blurbs. Published by Rough Edges Press, and the second book (at least) is edited by James Reasoner.

      I just downloaded Vulcan’s Kittens. “The first hit is free.” [grin]

    2. Yep, I edited all three of those anthologies and published them through my Rough Edges Press imprint. I probably ought to put editor credits on them, just didn’t think to do it. I’m working on a space opera anthology that will be out this summer and will feature some authors quite familiar to many of you here.

  2. If we know her cell number, does this mean we’re supposed to spring her out? Or do we wait until after the book is done.

      1. What’s this about “no wine”? Sounds to me like you have “whine”. 😈

        1. Clearly NOT in the wine cellar, then. I’d offer to dance, but I am long past ‘boy’ and the result would be… uh.. potentially nauseating, I fear.

      2. Hmmm. First thought was “I need one of those basements.”

        On second thought, if I get a snowmageddon to keep my nose to the grindstone, we’re all in trouble.

        Contemplating a treehouse with a “NO GURLS ALOWED” sign…

      3. YouTube can fix that! We have the technology, now you can watch dancing boys anywhere and anytime! Please do pull the curtains before watching, you may be surprised at what you find there…

  3. Cell number is not enough. Do you know which jail it is? Working on the book does impact the spring technique. Fluffy and fire are probably out. Ditto for the carp cannon, it would mess up the manuscript.
    I think best would be to ‘leak’ to the SJWs that Vox Day is in the adjacent cell. Then, we only have a single wall to worry about post-SJW destruction. And since SJWs would never ‘read’ Sarah’s work, any manuscripts will be safe.

  4. Yeah, it’s easy to buy the free ones. After that a couple of cheap ones find their way into my kindle. Pretty soon I’ll have to get the later installments in a series, then I’ll find myself looking at what else there is by the authors I like. It’s almost like I’m back in junior high discovering the joys of the town library.

  5. Those Weird Menace books have my eyse nailde to the wall so thightly I can’t never nohow spell. I mussssssssst haffffffffff zem! They are right up m,y dank dark twisted refuse-strewn alley!

    1. I read Weird Menace 1 (hat-tip to James Reasoner) and highly recommend it for pulp fans.

  6. I got me a free book. Awesome.

    Hmmmmm… I checked out Tales From the Otherverse. On Amazon there is a review, which states:

    “Books Burning Brightly in the Night by Robert Vardeman – J. Edgar Hoover didn’t make it past the 1930s….and their are Zeppelin air pirates who want to steal a book about how to rule the world. (This one has the possibility to merit a longer treatment based on the possible romantic relationship between the FBI agent and the lady Zep captain, but it seems like an odd “point of departure” for alt.hist, and there was no explanation for zeppelins in the 1930s.)”

    “no explanation for zeppelins in the 1930s.”

    I am confused. Aaron 770tard said same thing about Larry Correia’s Grimnoir series.

    Hmmm. From wiki:

    “LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume.[2] It … flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937”

    Am I missing something here?

    1. I didn’t “ticky” the box. Maybe I should also say “Fifth!” because that is *always* hilarious.

    2. Waitwaitwait. Back up. Did one of the idiots over at File 770 actually say that he didn’t understand why zeppelins might have become a common mode of transportation in the 1930s?
      Please tell me someone pointed out to him why he was an idiot.

      1. Please tell me someone pointed out to him why he was an idiot.

        What would be the point? He’s posting at File 770.

        Might as well advise the Pope he is Catholic.

        1. The Pope’s a Catholic???? Reallly??????????

          Crikey. Next you’ll be telling me bear sh1t in the woods.

      2. Probably the most dishonest review I’ve ever read:

        “On the technological front, despite the existence of humans with preternatural affinity for invention called “cogs”, the only real change that is notable seems to be the prevalence of dirigibles in the place of aircraft, serving both as passenger and freight transports as well as warships. It doesn’t seem clear why the existence of magically augmented humans somehow makes wildly impractical aircraft like dirigibles and zeppelins into practical and ubiquitous ships of the sky, but nevertheless, they are and appear several times in the book.”

        1. That seems a very honest review. TL:DR version — “I’m an idiot who understand neither the world-building nor the author’s pulp homage.”

        2. I remember that series of reviews. He went on to accuse Larry of perpetuating Yellow Peril stereotypes, by, I don’t know, accurately depicting how Imperial Japan acted in reality?

          1. “I remember that series of reviews.”

            Aaron 770 (better known as Totally Wise Awesome Aaron, Totally. Or TWAAT, for short) went onto file 770 after I made my comment, to posit a great deal about how the puppies are mouth-breathers and he is awesome, and we think he is stupid.

            I don’t think the TWAAT is stupid, I think the TWAAT is a malignant arsehole. At no point was the TWAAT ever going to produce a balanced objective review. At no point was the TWAAT ever willing to suspend disbelief, such are his biases.

            This quote, though, is the killer for me:

            “The novel has some other issues – for example, despite the fact that magical powers would presumably be a worldwide phenomenon and the Power has no reason to discriminate on the basis of geography, there isn’t a single character in the book from either Africa or South America. Unless one of the English characters like Ian is supposed to hail from Australia, there isn’t any “Active” from there in the book either. In fact, neither Africa or South America rates any kind of mention at all in the book. With the exception of a couple of Pacific Islands, the Southern Hemisphere as well not exist in the Grimnoir universe, and this is, yet again, an indication of how little thought was put into the world-building aspects of this story.”



            I know the TWAAT likes to preen and look at himself in the mirror, so he will see that link.

            But, man, the above quote… if you follow the logic…… no books are ever good, because bad world-building. I mean, wow.

              1. Oh, I hardly think that is true.

                I bet you could write an entire series without ever mentioning America or Western Europe and they’d never complain.

                Oh, you might have to toss in a ritual reflexive denunciation or two.

                And you better not depict those lands as the heck-holes they (mostly) are.

  7. Thanks, everybody, for propelling “The Moon Mirror” into the top twenty in Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Kindle Short Reads/45 minutes category over the weekend (it’s going down now, but it was 19 when I saw it earlier, and it may have peaked higher when I wasn’t looking because I was pushing like crazy on my story for the Jim Baen Memorial Award).

    This is really motivating me to dig through the filing cabinet of stories I gave up on as not commercially marketable, polish them up, and get them out. My goal is now to have at least one new short piece out each month, while I’m working on novel-length stuff and on shorter stuff on request (Liberty Island asked me for a story that would be a good introduction to the setting of the four stories of mine they have up there, so I’m juggling it and a couple of novels, one a rewrite of one from a decade ago).

      1. As soon as I get a chance, I’ll do that and reload it.

        But what I really need is to spend some serious quality time with GIMP, going through the tutorials and learning all the various features and how they work, and then just playing around with them. Instead, I’m always needing to get something done *now,* so I grab a cookbook solution to the problem at hand off Google without really knowing how it works, so I don’t remember the next time around what I did or how or why.

        It would help if I weren’t having to deal with some people in my non-writing life who seem to think I have a little time tree out back that sprouts extra hours, so all I need to do is go out there and snip off a few to get their thing done and still do all my stuff.

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