A Sale For While You’re Housebound

*UPDATE: I’m sorry, the morning got away from me because one of my computers went belly up and we’re trying to fix it.  I’ll do the promo post tomorrow, if everyone is okay with that?  Sorry. -SAH*

Everything 99c.  Okay not exactly EVERYTHING.  I obviously can’t do that with the Baen books, and some of my books weren’t on KUL till I went to do the sale. (I didn’t remember I’d taken them off for a bundle.)


If you’re like me, you’re going just a little bit crazy.  Okay, remember my baseline is “writer” and no one ever accused us of being normal.
But all the same, if you’re the type of introvert who needs to go out and have casual contact with people so you don’t start feeling like you’re the only person alive in the world, this stuff is distressing, because you don’t have your (limited necessity) supply of “seeing strangers” and “change of scene.”

You are also probably fretting over what happens to our economy over this mess, and trying very hard not to make outright threats to certain media people and governors.  And that’s if you don’t have vulnerable family members in places where the virus is guaranteed to be much much worse than in the US….

So without further ado:



Deep Pink (Magis Book 1)

Like all Private Detectives, Seamus Lebanon [Leb] Magis has often been told to go to Hell. He just never thought he’d actually have to go.
But when an old client asks him to investigate why Death Metal bands are dressing in pink – with butterfly mustache clips – and singing about puppies and kittens in a bad imitation of K-pop bands, Leb knows there’s something foul in the realm of music.
When the something grows to include the woman he fell in love with in kindergarten and a missing six-year-old girl, Leb climbs into his battered Suburban and like a knight of old goes forth to do battles with the legions of Hell.
This is when things become insane…. Or perhaps in the interest of truth we should say more insane.


Witchfinder (Magical Empires Book 1)

In Avalon, where the world runs on magic, the king of Britannia appoints a witchfinder to rescue unfortunates with magical power from lands where magic is a capital crime. Or he did. But after the royal princess was kidnapped from her cradle twenty years ago, all travel to other universes has been forbidden, and the position of witchfinder abolished. Seraphim Ainsling, Duke of Darkwater, son of the last witchfinder, breaks the edict. He can’t simply let people die for lack of rescue. His stubborn compassion will bring him trouble and disgrace, turmoil and danger — and maybe, just maybe, the greatest reward of all.

Short Story Collections:


So Little and So Light

From a parallel world where we have all the dreams of pulp writers, to a future where bioengineering kindles new hates and new heroes, to a different Tudor England, to the intricacies of time wars, this science fiction collection provides a glimpse of things undreamed… some from which we’ll gladly waken, and some we’d very much like to be true.
Contains the short stories: Wait Until The War Is Over, Only The Lonely, Lost, Neptune’s Orphans, After the Sabines, The Serpent’s Tail, Spinning Away, The Private Wound, Super Lamb Banana, To Learn To Forget, Things Remembered, The Bombs Bursting in Air, On A Far Distant Shore, So Little And So Light.


Trade Winds

A collection of science fiction short stories by Sarah A. Hoyt.
Are there truly aliens among us? What do they really want? And what if our creations could come back in lethal form? Could we resist them? If there were a time police, would we know it? And really, why do people expect enlightenment from the stars? What if aliens needed us for their moral compass? You think our illegal immigration is bad? Wait till its coming from the stars? And what happens when the coin falls on edge? Can you reproduce it? Those not particularly moral aliens might set fiendish traps. And you can never go back again. Also, why would you want to? The future will invent completely new ways of making people miserable. Also how well would a generation ship get us to the stars without humans getting in their own way? If you read the world of Darkship Thieves, there’s a story ten years after the revolution in Olympus. It bridges the gap to the second wave of novels of the Earth Revolution which will be written, eventually. And what if the Carthaginians had sowed salt on the ruins of Rome? How long is memory?

Yes, I know this cover needs changing!

Here Be Dragons: A collection of short stories

A collection of short stories by Award Winning Author Sarah A. Hoyt. From dark worlds ruled by vampires, to magical high schools, to future worlds where super-men have as many problems as mere mortals, this collection shows humans embattled, imperiled, in trouble, but never giving up. Angel in Flight is set in Sarah Hoyt’s popular Darkship series.
The collection contains the stories: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
First Blood, Created He Them, A Grain Of Salt, Shepherds and Wolves,
Blood Ransom,The Price Of Gold,Around the Bend,An Answer From The North,
Heart’s Fire,Whom The Gods Love,Angel In Flight,Dragons as well as an introduction by fantasy writer Cedar Sanderson.



From Elizabethan England to the Far Future, discover who really was Shakespeare and why Marlowe was called The Muses Darling. Discover the horrifying secret that Leonardo DaVinci found beneath a cave in his home village. In the far future, find a new way to keep Traveling, Traveling. Use cold sleep to find your love again, and join the (high tech) Magical Legion.
Seventeen short stories from Prometheus Award Winning Author, Sarah A. Hoyt. This edition features an Introduction by Dave Freer and a Bonus Short Story “With Unconfined Wings.”
Collection contains:Introduction
Traveling, Traveling
The Muses’ Darling
Stock Management
While Horse And Hero Fell
Something Worse Hereafter
For Whose Dear Sake
The Play And The thing
Sugarbush Soul
Never Look Back
What She Left Behind
But World Enough
(Also published as Sacrifice)
Super Lamb Banana
Waiting for Juliette
Bonus Content: With Unconfined Wings
This edition contains an introduction by Dave Freer and a bonus short story: With Unconfined Wings.


Dragon Blood: A Collection of Short Stories

From the trenches of WWI where the Red Baron just can’t help turning into a dragon, to the desert sands of a future world where humans have become something else, from a coffee shop between worlds where magicians gather, to a place where your worst nightmare can love you, let Dragon Blood take you on a series of fantastic adventures.

With an introduction by Pam Uphoff

This collection contains the stories: Rising Above, From Out The Fire, Yellow Tide Foam,
Hot, The Blood Like Wine,The Least Of These Little Ones,
Scraps Of Fog,Something Worse Hereafter,The Littlest Nightmare,Dragon Blood




The Musketeer’s Apprentice

It’s August in Paris 1625 and Porthos, once a dancing and fencing master, has taken as apprentice a young nobleman, whom he’s teaching to fence and ride. When the young man dies, poisoned, the stories of his ancestry and domicile unravel into layer after layer of deception and blackmail, involving Porthos’s relatives and his own past.
Can Porthos, Athos, Aramis and D’Artagnan dodge the Cardinal’s guards while finding the real murderer? Who was Guillaume Jaucourt, and who could have killed him? And why?
It’s one for all and all for one with the swashbuckling sleuths, in a race against time and their own misgivings.


The Musketeer’s Seamstress

Aramis emerges from the water closet to find his lover, a duchess, murdered on her bed. The room is locked, and Aramis is the only one who could have entered it. He’s sure he didn’t do it, but no one else believes him. Even Monsieur de Treville, Captain of Musketeers, doubts Aramis’s word. Aramis must leave Paris and go on the run, entrusting the solving of the murder, and the defense of his honor, his freedom and his very life to Athos, Porthos and D’Artagnan. Can “one for all” carry the day when every powerful person in France believes Aramis a murderer and when powerful interests would gladly frame Aramis for it?


The Musketeer’s Inheritance

A letter from Gascony calls D’Artagnan home. His father died suddenly and D’Artagnan must come and take charge of the estate. His friends, of course, accompany him. But what Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan don’t know is that the older D’Artagnan was murdered and that they must find the killer, if they want to keep the younger D’Artagnan alive.
By award winning author Sarah A. Hoyt writing as Sarah D’Almeida


The Musketeer’s Servant

When Porthos’ Servant, Mousqueton, is found near a dead armorer or swordsmith and taken up for murder, the four friends, Athos, Porthos, D’Artagnan and Aramis set out to investigate. Their work on this private crime leads them to unfold a bigger plot, against the Cardinal or perhaps the king himself. Will the musketeers have to work on the side of Richelieu to keep Louis XIII safe?


Yes, there will be more of these this year. Promise.


Dipped, Stripped and Dead (Daring Finds Book 1)

A Dyce Dare Mystery
When she was six, Dyce Dare wanted to be a ballerina, but she couldn’t stop tripping over her own feet. Then she wanted to be a lion tamer, but Fluffy, the cat, would not obey her. Which is why at the age of twenty nine she’s dumpster diving, kind of. She’s looking for furniture to keep her refinishing business going, because she would someday like to feed herself and her young son something better than pancakes.
Unfortunately, as has come to be her expectation, things go disastrously wrong. She finds a half melted corpse in a dumpster. This will force her to do what she never wanted to do: solve a crime.
Life is just about to get crazy… er… crazier. But at least at the end of the tunnel there might be a relationship with a very nice Police Officer.


A French Polished Murder (Daring Finds Mysteries Book 2)

When Dyce Dare decides to refinish a piano as a gift for her boyfriend, Cas Wolfe, the last thing she expects is to stumble on an old letter that provides a clue to an older murder. She thinks her greatest problems in life are that her friend gave her son a toy motorcycle, and that her son has become unaccountably attached to a neurotic black cat named Pythagoras. She is not prepared for forgotten murder to reach out and threaten her and everything she loves, including her parents’ mystery bookstore.
A Dyce Dare Mystery.
Originally published by Prime Crime.


A Fatal Stain (Daring Finds Book 3)

When Dyce Dare buys a table to refinish, the last thing she expects is to find a human blood stain under the amateurish finish. Whose blood is it? What happened to the person who bled on the table?
Helped and hindered by her fiance, Cas Wolfe, her friend Ben, her son E and an imaginary llama named Ccelly, Dyce must find the killer and the victim, before the killer finds her.
A Dyce Dare Mystery.
Originally Published by Prime Crime

Somehow I forgot to put the first of the Shakespeare series and the first of the Musketeers on sale. Those will go on sale just about 24h from now.  Meanwhile, there’s these, if you’re missing some of them.

55 thoughts on “A Sale For While You’re Housebound

  1. if you’re the type of introvert who needs to go out and have casual contact with people so you don’t start feeling like you’re the only person alive in the world

    Casual contact? With people? Yechhhhhhhhh. I nearly failed Second-Year German in colege because we had this mandatory weekly social in which we had to make small talk in German for an hour. I can’t make small talk for fifteen five minutes in English, much less Deutsche.

    Aside from the wallaby aspect, this is me …

    But thank-you for putting the books on sale.

      1. When we heard about the people freaking out because they couldn’t go anywhere and were bored out of their minds, my son and I looked at each other and laughed. When I talked to other family members about the same, we all laughed.

        It seems silly that there are people out there who get bored when there are so many things one can do from home… and in my case, wish I could do but there are the littlest ones to mind and feed and keep clean… My Mom said she has plenty to read.

        Oh, and I bought the short story collections, in case I (hah) get time, even though they weren’t on sale for me.

        1. Hmmmmmm … this would be a case of Introversion being a survival trait, would’t it? And even more so for us Odds who don’t “run with the pack.”

          Can’t say as I think that a bad thing. Shame about the sick and dying.

          1. Possibly a legacy gene that is/was the only reason we’re alive today. Himself knows I’d have been just fine with a dog, a cat, and a horse and no human contact at all without it even a hundred fifty years ago. Well save for hunting for books, that is.

      2. Being a semi-depressive myself, I try to find the silver in the current storm. To wit:

        I do live where I can get out in the current weather (mostly, it’s been on and off) and see people. Besides trips to stores (plural) to find perishables.

        Okay, I’m not quite a month into my sixth decade. Besides just the “fun” of being old, now I’m more vulnerable to this stupid virus with a crown on it (monarchy – always trouble). But I’m the only one in the family to have a shopping hour just for me!

        Public gatherings are seriously curtailed. Well, doesn’t bother me much that theaters and bars are closed, but restaurants, that is an irritation. On the other hand, no prancing vaginas, “die-ins” (you mean they really don’t want to die for real? Go figure…) running around. My one permitted link: https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-terrible-ripple-effect-of-canceled-book-tours/ Hah!

        IIRC, Phantom mentioned that traffic is less up where he is – the same here. (Although, unlike Phantom, I have not noticed a significant reduction in the ratio of idiots.)

        Above all of this, Americans doing what Americans do – stepping up to the plate to help others through this, even in the Nanny States, even in the Big Evil Corporations. Without waiting to be told what to do by the Gods of Government.

        To steal a phrase – build under, build over – but, above all, do NOT despair.

    1. Just don’t break your glasses. (Rod Serling FTW!)

      If I *have* to be up in front of people, I’ve learned to do it, though with a bunch of Odd mistakes. If there’s somebody I know or somebody with related [something], I can make acquaintance and talk, but it’s a lot more work than extroverts think.

      One set of neighbors really wants to be friends, but they can be overwhelming. Our not-a-flu isolation means we haven’t had to deal with them for a few weeks now. Next time I get in proximity to there place, I think the surgical mask might be enough of a Back Off clue. I’ll be solo; $SPOUSE seems to have just started to turn the corner. I think/hope/pray. I’m losing The Cough, sort of.

    2. Yes. Say “Hello” as you go in opposite directions on your respective walks. Or listen to the cashier tell me how much the items are.

      Both of which satiate my need for human contact.

      1. Self-checkout for the win! Although the robo-voice gets annoying. Beloved Spouse, to my bafflement, prefers talking to cashiers. (Shakes head in puzzlement.) We usually do a little comedic banter (Nick & Nora for the assist!) but that is because I am an indulgent partner.

        It isn’t that I am repelled by inane interaction (inaneteraction?) as I simply have the same grasp of it that a five-year-old has of sexual intercourse: it’s icky and prone to messiness.

        1. Depends on whether I had to speak with someone else that day. I’m not Uncle River, who can manage a month — and makes it a rule to speak with someone every week to be safe — I need to speak to a person every day.

        2. If my job did not require speaking to human beings, I’d try the month for a start. Only because I need perishables.


          Can do without for a bit if necessary. Food and water not a problem. Every few months a delivery that I don’t have to sign for with non-perishables. More time reading, writing, cleaning, etc.

          Human contact via electronic medium works well enough for most things.

  2. Sarah:

    i. Why does the Kindle version of All Night Awake have digital rights management (DRM)?

    ii. Any chance of a temporary price reduction on the Magical Shakespeare Omnibus?

    1. Yes. It will be reduced in 24h. I forgot it on the first pass.
      And I have no idea why DRMed. You have my permission to break it. I’ll go and figure it out tomorrow, though. I didn’t PUT IT on.

  3. I see I’ve still not read “Through Fire”, and it’s not on Kindle Unlimited. Likewise, “Night Shifters” and “Gentleman Takes a Chance.” I’m not much interested in short stories, but have either read everything else you’ve written, or have it on my Kindle Unlimited “to be read” list. Perhaps Baen too should offer an occasional sale. All that said, your best writing, in my opinion, is right here at Instapundit. You and the professor are the ones I come here specifically to read.

  4. I’ve now purchased all of these but the Musketeer ones. Maybe once I get through my backlog of kindle books I’ll look into those.

    Being here at home with the wife and kid is almost too much human contact for me.

    Did you take down the “The Big Ship and the Wise Old Owl”? I bought that years ago, but I never see it on amazon when I search.

  5. But I’ve already bought all those… guess I’ll just have to keep waiting…

    1. Well, if you go through the links and then, oh, buy something by another Hun, she gets the affiliate money.

      1. I didn’t realize that… so I just use one of the links to go to Amazon then buy something off my wishlist?

        1. Yep. Or the link on the right side. It’s a nice way to give me a tip without spending additional money.
          PLEASE, consider my links for all your large-screen TV, full dining set and top of the light gaming computer purchases 😉

  7. Thanks Sarah, I have KU so grabbed a couple short story books. Hopefully that gets you about the same $$ as buying them on sale. Looking forward to more of the Dyce Dare books. I enjoyed the first three.

    1. I think I’ve already been through a bunch of the KULL ones, but I might pick some up for rereads.

  8. Meanwhile:

    1. I’ve tried that one. The food’s variable and the service leaves a lot to be desired. Which explains the lack of tips.

      1. Excellent food. Always has something I want on the menu. Service hit and miss. Busing own tables probably a plus during quarantine. Absolutely no advertising, remains a mystery how I found the place. Atmosphere always nice and quiet. 4/5 would recommend.

      2. We’ve got one of those around here. Still doing dine-in — might as well, hasn’t come close to a ten-person limit in the past year. Sometimes it’s got exactly what I want, other days it’s just as well nobody fusses about bringing in outside food.

  9. Amazon Prime has yet another godawful “adaptation” of Agatha Christie from the UK -this one is allegedly Pale Horse. But it’s not.

    We are supposed to believe that Sarah Phelps adapts the spirit of Christie books. She does not.

    Someday, the UK will be freed from the license fee, and these nasty SJW edgelords will have to start earning an honest living.

    1. I saw a rather bad one of the ABC Murders on Prime a few months back.

      I could have forgiven a rather tall and gaunt Poirot if he had actually *been* Poirot. But he wasn’t.

      1. Oh, dear. Don’t read the “modern” Poirot, whatever you do. I DON’T return bought ebooks, unless they’re really bad. Guess what? Yeah, I returned that one.

    2. There are two British series that I started watching, and quit halfway through, in both cases because they got the character of the characters completely wrong. One was Cadfael, and the other was Father Brown. In the Cadfael books, there’s a character who was lame, and was healed by a miracle. He’s one of the most wholesome, faithful, and good people in the whole book. Naturally, the TV series had to have his miracle be a fake — which is the point at which I quit watching it in disgust. As for the Father Brown TV series, I didn’t bother to watch more than one episode. Though my wife has commented that they’re not bad mysteries, as long as you remember that the main character isn’t Father Brown, but another man going by that name.

  10. I’ll share this. I’ve read all of these… I’m sure a lot of folks I know will be interested.

  11. I found that if I see someone walking ahead of me at the apartment complex that it is enough contact for me. I need it daily though dammit.

  12. I was scrolling down, muttering, “well, I already own all these…” when I got to the Muskateer books New Sarah Hoyt! Vampire-free * **Glee***

    Yes, I know I’m a horror wimp. Now off to finish Mote in God’s Eye.

  13. The Musketeer mysteries are my favorites among the SAH I’ve read. I consider them first-rate mysteries, and the conclusion of Apprentice was, for me, shattering. All four Highly Recommended.

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