A Whole Raft of Books – Free Range Oyster

A Whole Raft of Books – Free Range Oyster

Ladies and gentlemen of Hoyt’s Horde of Huns, we bring you another stack of books! We’ve some interesting submissions this week: an anthology edited by one of our frequent promo posters, omnibus editions of Karen Myers’ Hounds of Annwn as well as her latest novel, and some great adventure stories from TK Naliaka. On those last, I want to add my personal recommendation. I worked on the first two as editor, and have read the third. They were a lot of fun, exciting and occasionally poignant. So go check out some of these authors, support your fellow Huns, and always, always leave a review. We’ve had reports of trolls spamming 1-star reviews on some of the Huns’ books, and the only counter to that is more honest reviews. As always, future entries can (and should!) be sent to my email. Happy reading!

Jason Dyck, AKA The Free Range Oyster

Clothier, Code Monkey, Word Polisher, and Faithful Servant of the Hunnic Horde


Quantum Zoo

Jack the Ripper arrives for one last murder, while a dinosaur – out of place and out of time – bridges the gap between two poignant lovers in the wonderfully atmospheric England of Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bridget McKenna.

From a haunted old zoo filled with ghosts to a dying starship on its way to a new home – humanity’s final gasp, Quantum Zoo presents a dozen compelling stories featuring a dozen exotic and unusual menageries.

Edited by promo regular J.M. Ney-Grimm

Karen Myers

Broken Devices

The Chained Adept Book 3


The largest city in the world has just discovered its missing wizards. It seems the Kigali empire has ignited a panic that threatens internal ruin and the only chained wizard it knows that’s still alive is Penrys.

The living wizards and the dead are not her people, not unless she makes them so. All they have in common is a heavy chain and a dead past – the lives that were stolen from them are beyond recall.

What remains are unanswered questions about who made them this way. And why. And what Penrys plans to do to find out.

The Hounds of Annwn Bundle (Books 1-2)

A Virginian in Elfland

To Carry the Horn – Book 1 of The Hounds of Annwn


George Talbot Traherne is just doing his job on a fine autumn morning, keeping the hounds together for the huntsman of the Rowanton Hunt in Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountain. Doesn’t pay to get distracted by a white stag in unfamiliar territory, though. Next thing you know, you might find yourself… somewhere else.

The land is the same but not the people. Their huntsman has just been murdered, and George is tapped for the job. It’s an emergency – the Wild Hunt is only two weeks away, and if it doesn’t happen on schedule, the antlered god Cernunnos will take the realm from its ruler Gwyn ap Nudd and find someone who can mete out justice with the Hounds of Hell in his place.

The Ways of Winter – Book 2 of The Hounds of Annwn


It’s the dead of winter and George Talbot Traherne, the new human huntsman for the Wild Hunt, is in trouble. The damage in Gwyn ap Nudd’s domain reveals the deadly powers of a dangerous foe who has mastered an unstoppable weapon and threatens the fae dominions in both the new and the old worlds.

Secure in his unbreachable stronghold, the enemy holds hostages and has no compunction about using them in deadly experiments with newly discovered way-technology. Only George has a chance to reach him in time to prevent the loss of thousands of lives, even if it costs him everything.

The Hounds of Annwn Bundle (Books 3-5)

A Virginian in Elfland

King of the May – Book 3 of The Hounds of Annwn


George Talbot Traherne, the human huntsman for the Wild Hunt, had hoped to settle into a quiet life with his new family, but it was not to be. Gwyn ap Nudd, Prince of Annwn, has plans to secure his domain in the new world from the overbearing interference of his father Lludd, the King of Britain.

The security of George’s family is bound to that of his overlord, and he vows to help. But when he and his companions stand against Lludd and his allies at court, disaster overturns all their plans and even threatens the Hounds of Annwn themselves.

Bound into the Blood – Book 4 of The Hounds of Annwn


George Talbot Traherne, the human huntsman for the Wild Hunt, is preparing for the birth of his child by exploring the family papers about his parents and their deaths. When his improved relationship with his patron, the antlered god Cernunnos, is jeopardized by an unexpected opposition, he finds he must choose between loyalty to family and loyalty to a god.

Tales of Annwn – A Story Collection from The Hounds of Annwn

Five short stories: The Call, Under the Bough, Night Hunt, Cariad, and The Empty Hills

T.K. Naliaka

In Time of Peril

The Decaturs Book 1

Raised most of his life in the challenging world of West Africa, young Chris Decatur is in the United States for college, leaving behind dunes, nomads, and baobabs for the quiet halls of academia. Studying the American Revolution, Chris and his classmates embark on a reenactment trip to Upstate New York and New England. A week of hiking and learning, accompanied by a few reenactment volunteers and Chris’s knowledgeable father, Robert, should be an entertaining excursion. But even the backwoods are no refuge from the dangers of the world. The group stumbles on a terrorist plot in the works and the students are taken hostage as a mysterious plan unfurls. Chris’s unique background places him in the forefront in an ordeal of brutal fighters, uncooperative classmates, deadly threats and a battle of wits against ruthless foes, as Robert Decatur risks everything in a daring pursuit to rescue his son from the hands of evil.

A Difficult Damsel to Rescue

The Decaturs Book 2

SWAT officer Enrique Vargas was smitten with exotic Chlotilde Decatur from the first glance. Helping to save her brother’s life got his foot in the door, but the tough young cop faces new challenges when it comes to courting the irrepressible daughter of the Decatur family, in this sequel to In Time of Peril. When their first date ends with a brutal shooting, the young couple’s courtship is off to a perilous start. As specters from both their families’ pasts assail them, Chloe and Enrique must lean on each other and their loved ones to survive. Love, danger, and betrayal carry them from American western prairies, through the Straits of Florida and ultimately to the wild west, lawless desert frontier of the African Sahel, where dark promises will be fulfilled. Joining the Decatur family can be a dangerous proposition, but when those who they count as their own are threatened, they rally from across the globe to defend!

Between Dunes and Hard Places

The Decaturs Book 3

As Chris Decatur does hard time, his younger brother Daniel is hard beset on multiple fronts: calving season, interminable fence repairs, dangers of court testimony and the unexpected extended family duty of properly chaperoning Enrique Vargas’s gorgeous sister. Daniel finds an excellent solution to his troubles..… fleeing… as far from Wyoming as is possible on the planet: Hindustan, India. But with two families reeling from a brutal and vengeful attack, Daniel becomes the stumbling block to their enemies, but in the process inadvertently places himself in deeper peril when he steps where a long-set snare lies waiting for him. A fresh and fast-paced action-romance adventure for all ages across three continents with an engaging cast of international characters.

Iron Mixed with Sand, Salt without Memory

The Decaturs Book 4

The trail to the fate of three missing contractors leads Chris and Djibi into dangerous territory, but when their job is done, a simple exit for them is not in the cards. Rounded up with a group of villagers by a brutal and cruel militia leader, Chris and his fellow captives are forced to dig underground caves in ancient salt deposits. Desperate to escape before they are worked to death, they see no way out. Have the Decaturs taken on more hazards than they can handle as they search for a lost needle in the haystack of the massive expanses of the harshly beautiful yet rebel-infested West African Sahel?

18 thoughts on “A Whole Raft of Books – Free Range Oyster

  1. I’ll add that I read the first two T. K. Nakalia stories, and feel free to ignore the one star reviews by the Mean girl.

  2. So far, holding to the schedule of one review a week – just put up one for 9th Euclid’s Prince today. Maybe in September or October I can start affording the newer ones again…

    On the subject of troll reviewers – when you leave your review, mark theirs as unhelpful. If you find a factual (not opinion) error in their review, which is quite likely, leave a comment to that effect on their review.

    Reviewers are nearly as vulnerable as authors to bad press – just keep it clean, OK?

    1. Hard to find a factual error in the one star reviews, when they are all identical and consist of two words “deleted it” unless you can prove that the reviewer never bought the book in the firs place (very likely).

    1. I just bought them myself from this promotion post and blazed through the first bundle in two days of straight reading. They’re fantastic.

  3. My first effort to comment seems to have gotten lost in the bit bucket. I was just wanting to say that I’d mentioned this post on my blog, which I’m trying to get started again after a lengthy hiatus.

      1. Looking under the covers, the “link” in “my blog” seems to be a bare “/”, not a full URL.

        When something like this happens to me, it’s usually the cat’s fault. Just saying…

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