I Say, I believe there’s a promo post on this blog – Jason Dyck

I Say, I believe there’s a promo post on this blog – Jason Dyck

Salutations! I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead of you (or ahead and behind you, for Shadow and Mr. Freer and any other Huns across the Date Line). To help make it lovely, we have some great books for you! As a rare case, I’m going to add my personal recommendation to one of them: Touchstone by Sonia Lyris. It’s a free novelette tied to her upcoming novel from Baen. I read it when I was supposed to be compiling this post (which is why it’s now almost 2 AM as I type this) and I loved it. Also, Mr. Van Stry has all of his books on sale right now; I’ve only included a few in the interest of space and it not being 4 AM by the time I’m done. And at last we have Karen Myers’s latest release, which she gamely and good-humoredly sent to me despite all the invisible, flaming hoops we made her jump through. 🙂 So go read good books, enjoy them, leave constructive and useful reviews, and have a fantastic day, my friends. As always, future promo post entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster
Minion Master and Henchman-at-Large

Karen Myers

The Chained Adept

Penrys’s past is unknown, but she’s got a better grip on her future: find out where she came from, discover what happened to her, and figure out how the unremovable chain around her neck makes her different from other wizards.

What any of this has to do with the renewal of an ugly war between neighboring countries, half a world away, is just something she’ll have to sort out, along with the rumors of wizards where they don’t belong.

Assuming, of course, that no one removes her as a threat before she can find her footing.

All she wants is a firm foundation for the rest of her life, with a side helping of retribution, and if she has to fix things along the way, well, so be it.

Sonia Lyris


Sons of a low-born hero, Pohut and Innel are sworn into the royal household in the wake of their father’s death. Far from home, scorned by the nobles around them, the two young boys must hold to each other as they try to make a place for themselves. Above all, they must answer the questions: why are they there? And what will they do?

Dave Freer said: “[A] really well-constructed fantasy world… a great self-standing novelette and an introduction to a new Baen author.”

Available free on Baen.com; Sonia’s novel in the same setting will be released by Baen on March 1st.

John Van Stry

Champion for Hire

Portals of Infinity: Book One

Imagine if there were portals that connected all of the Infinite Realities together. Places where the past came alive, only gods and goddesses held sway. Or maybe magic was real. Or perhaps places where the future came to life, both good and bad.

William has just found one of these, quite by accident, and 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.

The God Game

Portals of Infinity: Book Two

Will’s life has definitely changed since that day he went hiking in the woods of Pennsylvania. He’s discovered that reality is a lot bigger and stranger than he had ever imagined. Learning about the portals that link the infinite number of worlds opened his eyes to that wider reality. Learning that he was being groomed to become the Champion of a God in one of those realities was an even more startling discovery.

But now it’s time for him to pay the bill for his ‘recruitment’. Just as the Gods on a single world fight and jockey for power and position, the older Gods from the many different spheres of the infinite play a much larger and more complicated game. The Goddess Aryanna has a quest she needs completed, and William and four other Champions are the ones tasked to do it.

What bothers Will however is what could a Goddess possibly need? And why would it take five Champions to retrieve it?

Of Temples and Trials

Portals of Infinity: Book Three

With the first of what he suspects will be many favors completed, William finds himself busy with important tasks back at his home on Saladin. Queen Rachel has several jobs she needs him to do, and Feliogustus has similar tasks in mind for him as well. All in all, it seems easy enough to Will, it’s not like he’ll be fighting in any wars, or traveling across the infinite on a strange quest after all.

But things aren’t always as easy as they might seem, and both politics, as well as the other gods, aren’t going to ignore Will, or the tasks he’s been set to complete. And is if dealing with that isn’t problem enough, when the time comes to do some serious diplomacy between Hiland and a neighboring Kingdom, a deadly problem comes from a most unexpected quarter, forcing Will to take immediate action to payback both his, and his God’s foes.

27 thoughts on “I Say, I believe there’s a promo post on this blog – Jason Dyck

  1. If the hoops are invisible, how do you know they are flaming? AAh, I get it – the hoops themselves are invisible but the flames have a tendency to stand out . . .

  2. “Sonia’s novel in the same setting will be released by Baen on March 1st.”
    Of course those of us in the know have had The Seer in our hot little hands as e-book since February 16 via Baen Webscriptions.

  3. Umberto Eco has passed away. I know Sarah took a class from him, IIRC. May eternal light shine upon him.

    And because God has a sense of humor, yesterday was St. Beatus of Liebana’s feast day.

    1. It is necessary to create constraints, in order to invent freely. In poetry the constraint can be imposed by meter, foot, rhyme, by what has been called the “verse according to the ear.” In fiction, the surrounding world provides the constraint. This has nothing to do with realism (even if it explains also realism). A completely unreal world can be constructed, in which asses fly and princesses are restored to life by a kiss; but that world, purely possible and unrealistic, must exist according to structures defined at the outset (we have to know whether it is a world where a princess can be restored to life only by the kiss of a prince, or also by that of a witch, and whether the princess’s kiss transforms only frogs into princes or also, for example, armadillos).

      1. I can’t write meter and rhyme in English. Like praying and counting it’s something I must do in Portuguese. However, as a recovering poet, Mary is right. Most free verse sucks. (It can be very good, but that’s very rare.) Knowing my limitations, I wrote 180 sonnets to my first love. 😉

          1. Possibly a propos here: My wife and I are great fans of Early (a.k.a., renaissance and baroque) music. One evening at a concert, the truly world-class group on stage told the audience that they were now taking requests. So I stood up and hollered at the top of my voice “FREEEBIIIRRRDD!”…

            …And watched four out of six musicians laughing uncontrollably, as the other two began to play. 😉

                1. For the AC/DC fans …

                  Beloved Spouse & I saw them in London, circa 1980 as one of the opening acts for the Who (Nils Lofgren, AC/DC, The Stranglers and the Who) and on one number AC/DC blew the arena sound system, obliviously performing a song and a half by the stage monitors.

                  Hearing the Who perform “Substitute” with one hundred thousand fans bellowing “substitute” on cue in the chorus is one of those things you don’t forget.

                2. Of course, for my money, if you really want to hear Freebird performed the way it was meant to be …

                    1. okay, this is the last, so many variants I cannot begin to count, much less name, them all:

                      Make sure to stick it out for the Norteno version around 2’30”

    2. Will his tombstone require a book-length commentary and glossary? 😉

      If all you know is his heavier work, his essay collection _Travels with a Salmon_ is very, very funny.

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