*In keeping with the fact the last few days have been full of Murphy’s blessings, (Including a subscription to mid journey bot, which I can’t activate for …. reasons I don’t understand.) I’m now engaged in a full tilt (at windmills) battle with Amazon to publish Darkship Thieves. While it’s perfectly normal for them to ask for the reversal letter, this time they decided to take stupid pills. So after I sent them the reversal letter, they decided to tell me it didn’t have my name or Baen’s. (It was right there.) And after I sent them that, (screen shots of where they were on the letter) they decided that I now needed to explain why Baen had published it and send documentation (WHAT?); that I had to prove the book was in fact written by me (WHAT? Also library of congress); I needed a contract between myself and the self owned press AND I hadn’t sent them the reversal letter (which has now been sent 5 times.) Now, before you say “Amazon is evil!” I’m not sure this is so much evil as the fact that an ESL speaker is acting like permit-raj. Because they CAN.
As for Amazon being evil: Yeah. It sure is. It’s no more and no less evil, OTOH than the other sites that publish books. Its accounting is better than smashwords; its search functions are better than B & N and Kobo. But more importantly, it is where the customers are. I don’t get the luxury of saying I won’t publish there. Though the fact they’re acting like loons terrifies me I won’t be able to publish the series at all, as I know of other people whom the permit raj decided to f*ck with. (And FYI of all political stripes.)
I do have a means to go around should I be permanently banned, but then I’ll only be able to market to those on my newsletter, which will stop my being able to expand my audience. For self-publishers, (or for that matter consumers of e-books, or even more strangely, low carb eaters) Amazon is Luna Authority in The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. I’d like to stop doing business with Luna authority, but it’s like stopping doing business with air.
I also wish you to know that Toni Weisskopf has offered to help me convince Amazon that I do indeed have the rights, something that no other traditional publishing house EVER would do. I’m still hoping I can solve this without more work for Toni, but we’ll see.
Anyway, I’m frazzled and upset and late with the promo post. For the last, I request your forgiveness – SAH*
If you wish to send us books for next week’s promo, please email to bookpimping at outlook dot com. If you feel a need to re-promo the same book do so no more than once every six months (unless you’re me or my relative. Deal.) One book per author per week. Amazon links only. Oh, yeah, by clicking through and buying (anything, actually) through one of the links below, you will at no cost to you be giving a portion of your purchase to support ATH through our associates number. A COMMISSION IS EARNED FROM EACH PURCHASE.
*Note that I haven’t read most of these books (my reading is eclectic and “craving led”,) and apply the usual cautions to buying. – SAH*
FROM WILLIAM LEHMAN: Shadow War (Harvest Of Evil)
When John Fisher retired from the Navy SEALS, he thought he was done with war.
But now, someone is killing the avatars of the tribal gods. Worse
they’re stealing the power that is supposed to revert tp the gods when
the avatars die. Mary has been told to investigate.
FROM JASON FLEMING, BY DWIGHT V. SWAIN: Crusade Across The Void (Annotated): The Classic Space Opera Novella of Revolution.
“Scum of the spaceways,” the interplanetary police had called them, so Wolf Stone and his motley crew left the solar system for another. There, they found a tyranny not too different from the one they left, and this time, they decided to fight.
And when they fought for justice, they were one blood with the crusaders!
This iktaPOP Media edition has a new introduction giving historical and genre context to the story.
COLLECTED BY AMY SCHULTZ, AND CONTAINING MANY OF YOUR FAVORITE MISCREANTS: The Haunted Library Anthology: Volume 1 (The Haunted Libraries Anthologies)
This anthology is a benefit anthology for the Tom Burnett Memorial Library in Iowa Park, TX,
Is your library haunted?
Are you sure?
Many book lovers find peace and solace in their local library, returning over and over to the place their spirit calls home. Some of them keep going even after their bodies have stopped working. To say nothing of the ones who were already there when their home became the library.
Join 10 authors as they explore haunts from the past, the future, and the dead.
FROM JL CURTIS ET AL: Ranching in Colorado: The Bell Chronicles Book 2
Back in Texas he might be The Rio Kid, but at the other end of a long cattle drive in Fort Collins, Rio Bell is now struggling through his first year as a Colorado rancher. With his new wife, old hands, and a few mountain men, he’s learning fast as they deal with winter weather and stubborn cattle.
The killing cold and deep snows bring all new challenges to calving and just getting in supplies, but tempers can run hot as ever. Not everybody wants to see him succeed… or even survive.
They’re about to learn he’s no greenhorn when it comes to taking care of business, regardless of what that particular business may be.
FROM CAROLYN BICKFORD: Death to COVID (And F*ck You Fauci)
EXPERIENCE THE HORROR! As a new virus escapes from its Chinese prison and threatens to infect all of humanity!
WATCH! As hordes of people fight for toilet paper and run home to lock themselves inside!
GASP! As “Doctor” Anthony Fauci tells everyone to stop everything and cowers them into submission with fear!
A TRUE STORY from a female firefighter who had to go forth amidst the lockdowns and personally saw the psychological and societal destruction brought on by thoughtless politicians, sloppy journalists, and the power of tales of terror.
“A Federal emergency hotline for psychological distress registered more than a 1000% increase in calls that April compared to the same time the year before. How many people were driven to taking their own lives as a result of the never-ceasing panic porn and with restrictions so tight as to imply coronavirus was deadly to each and all, regardless of age or medical status — we will never really know.”
ENCOUNTER! Scolds who shame and intimidate those who dare defy senseless orders!
SHIVER! As mobs appear in the streets to harass and compel the public to their beliefs, and watch as they destroy cities and lynch historical figures!
DISCOVER! A revolution in voting that ends with a new president inaugurated behind barbed wire and guarded by thousands of soldiers!
WITNESS THE POWER! Of censorship and blind public obedience!
And just when you think it’s over…you find out IT NEVER ENDS!
This gripping real-life tale of how people lost their minds in 2020 includes a car chase, a massive fire, and a cast of characters that you will never forget!
FROM D. JASON FLEMING, WRITTEN BY ROBERT ORMOND CASE: The Rider From Hell (Annotated): The classic pulp western revenge novella
A gripping novel of outlaw revenge!
They had heard, those Mexicans, of Gringo honor—and one at least, was willing to gamble that young Dal Givens would return with the many good American dollars for the release of his friend, John Thurston—who otherwise would die of dry rot and torture in the great new Federal prison of Carrizal!
This iktaPOP Media edition includes a new introduction giving historical and genre context to the novella.
(Btw, on these, I want to thank Jason Fleming for bringing these books back. So many of my pulp favorites are out of print and can’t be obtained at any price. These books pay almost nothing, so you need to have a massive volume to make ANY money, and it’s never enough to make a living. So, it’s in many ways a labor of love, and I just wish he’d do more early sf/f. 😉 – SAH)
FROM CLAYTON BARNETT: A Texas Naval Affair.
At eighteen, Allen Rupert’s criminal past caught up with him and he faces a choice of military or prison. To get as far from central Texas as possible, he joins the navy but spends half of his time in the brig.
Recognizing Allen’s mechanical skill, he’s trained as a machinist and assigned to the small corvette Liberty, patrolling the Gulf of Mexico. During an ASW drill, Allen defuses a torpedo that went live in its tube, and is summoned to the bridge. There, Acting Captain Ryland Rigó commends him for his good work.
For the first time in his life, Allen sees someone look at him with respect. Weeks later, ashore, he invites her to lunch. To his utter shock, she accepts.
Thinking her just another girl, Allen is shaken to his core to find himself swept into a maelstrom of domestic politics, international intrigue, and the plots and plans of Demi-humans and Machines. All while trying to fix his broken life and attain the only thing he wants: Ryland.
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: RADIATE