First the announcement.
The Great 2018 Book Sale is officially closed. I’ll process whichever of you emailed before today, as well as those who sent checks, BUT… lessons learned:
1- Packaging about 15 orders takes me one and a half days, one of them with son’s help.
2- Mailing costs way more than I remembered. How much more? WAY more. For 8 or so it’s $40 first class. Media mail couldn’t be selected for a bunch of them for other reasons. For Canada 3 books START at $37. (Yes, I’ll be talking with some of you, because it’s probably saner to refund your payment, unless you REALLY desperately want those books.)
3 – I think this is best done piecemeal, slower and with shipping built in.
So, at some point, in the next 3 weeks or so, there will be a tab with paperbooks for sale and prices and shipping. They will be signed (OF COURSE) but there will be a two week or so leeway for shipping them. (i.e. no last minute orders.) They will include indie editions. Every two weeks the son will pull them, get me to sign them, package them and mail them, so it impacts minimally on my time.
And that’s it.
Sunday Book Promo
FROM HOLLY LISLE: Tales from The Longview (6 Book Series).
MEET THE LONGVIEW – An Ancient Spaceship Resurrected To Transport Conspiracy
Inhabited by a crew of misfits fleeing nightmare pasts, with a cargo of Condemned slated to die at the hands of the highest bidders, and with a passenger roster made up exclusively of people NOT who they claim to be, The Longview serves the hidden agenda of an eccentric recluse bent on playing puppetmaster to all of Settled Space.
Author’s note: This story was previously published as ENTER THE DEATH CIRCUS.
EPISODE 1: When love is crime, who will save the guilty?
After falling in love and fathering a child, a young criminal refuses to voluntarily throw himself into a lake of fire to gain his community’s forgiveness. So he’s sentenced to death and sold to the owner of a spaceship that buys criminals like him. But the ship and its crew are not quite what they appear to be.
FROM ALMA BOYKIN: Stamme: Shikari Book Three.
Shikhari’s secrets hide in the stars and under the ground…
Auriga “Rigi” Bernardi faces adulthood with relief and trepidation – trepidation because her mother has Great Plans for Rigi’s introduction to society. A plague among the native Staré proves yet another legend true and threatens Staré society until Rigi inadvertently averts a cultural disaster. At the same time, the Crown Navy records communication signals coming from the wrong quadrant of space. Could the two be related? If so, than the ancient death that struck from the stars threatens not only the Staré but the humans of Shikhari as well.
Add in an off-world academic with too many theories and too few manners, and Rigi begins to suspect that adulthood and courtship are not quite as advertised.
Then the giant birds arrive…
FROM RAY ZACEK: Appalling Stories 2: More Appalling Tales of Social Injustice.
“The dystopian counterpart to Amazing Stories, Appalling Stories 2 takes a grim, hilarious and no-holds-barred dive into the terrible social justice future and its even more terrible present.” –Daniel Greenfield, editor of Sultan Knish
The virulent disease of political correctness has infected the body politic from nose to toes, and even the field of literature isn’t immune. The best way to inoculate yourself against this Social Justice Warrior-carried malady is to read entertaining, old-school fiction that neither pulls punches nor takes prisoners.That’s where Appalling Stories 2 comes in. The spiritual sequel to the top-selling anthology Appalling Stories, this new collection brings you ripped-from-the-headlines tales of short fiction written to make you laugh, make you cry, and even make you think. Just a little.In these pages you’ll read stories of humanity’s terrifying First Contact with extraterrestrial life, the horrifying secret behind today’s radical feminist movement, what happens when the wokest man you know discards the last of his White Privilege, and more. From a far-future history of America’s decline to disturbing tales of gun control gone wild, you’re sure to find something that will stick with you long after you’ve closed the book.And the best part is that you’ll be making an SJW so mad when you tell him/her/zir what you’re reading.This edition features a foreword by Christian Toto, editor of Hollywoodintoto.com.“These are original stories which offer humor that will offend our country’s militant social justice warriors. For that reason alone, every American who cares about freedom should buy this book!” –Jeff Crouere, Ringside Politics“A quick, entertainingly grotesque and provocative read, with plenty of satiric bite ranging from sharp to subtle as its stories blur the line between the unlikely and the uncanny. Two trigger warnings recommended!” –C. S. Johnson, award-winning author and contributor to HollywoodinToto and StudioJake.“Each one of these delightful and thought-provoking narratives gleefully savages trite social justice tropes, leaving your brain steam-cleaned and free from any oppressive groupthink.” –Bookworm, Editor of Bookwormroom.com
Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is: selection.