*Sarah Update: The promo post is late, because I forgot my implements to log into the promotion email. While I could have done it with friends’ and relatives’ books, it’s not what I was sent, and someone might have sent me something that needs prompt attention. So I decided to postpone till today.
Also, just as a “oh, yeah” I’m either sick again,or more likely have a wicked case of upper respiratory allergies. More likely, because every time I go to Kansas City and stay overnight I get all clogged up. It’s either the hotel we use, or something in the air, and honestly could be both. Anyway, the anti-allergy meds make me sleepy and dopey, so if you fail to get an answer to something, poke again. -SAH*
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*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 KAREN MYERS: The Chained Adept: A Lost Wizard’s Tale
MEET A POWERFUL WIZARD WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS–AND AN UNBREAKABLE CHAIN AROUND HER NECK.
Have you ever wondered how you might rise to a dangerous situation and become the hero that was needed?
The wizard Penrys has barely gained her footing in the country where she was found three years ago, chained around the neck and wiped of all knowledge. And now, an ill-planned experiment has sent her a quarter of the way around her world.
One magic working has called to another and landed Penrys in the middle of an ugly war between neighboring countries, half a world away.
No one has any reason to trust her amid rumors of wizards where they don’t belong. And she fears to let them know just what she can do — especially since she can’t explain herself to them and she doesn’t know everything about herself either.
Penrys has her own problems, and she doesn’t have any place in this conflict. But they need her, whether they realize it or not. And so she’s determined to try and lend a hand, if she can. Whatever it takes.
And once she discovers there’s another chained adept, even stronger than she is, she’s hooked. Friend or foe, she has questions for him — oh, yes, she does.
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.
The Chained Adept is the first book of the series.
FROM RICHARD F. WEYAND: Eve of War (Agency)
SOMEONE’S TRYING TO START A WAR
The once-friendly Republic of Villacqua and Kingdom of Wilbourne are stumbling toward war. But why?
The Association of Planets’ intelligence agency is concerned. The Agency is a myth, of course. The government denies it exists. Everyone knows it’s not real.
The Agency sends their top operative, Bert Mangum, to head off the war. His mission: Find out who’s causing it and stop them. Permanently.
Mangum and his alien sidekick Sam ally with Gloria Dent, of Gaston’s Bureau of Intelligence and Espionage, to find and stop the war instigator.
But can even they succeed against their wily adversary?
FROM CAROLINE FURLONG: The Guardian Cycle, Vol.1: In Dreams and Other Stories.
A man whose debts must be paid by vengeance. A woman desperate to save her husband. A grieving father finding a young enemy soldier on his veritable doorstep…
These fantasy and soft sci-fi stories wonder whether or not heroes need families. Are we not told that families slow the hero down? Is it not typically implied that they get in the way of the adventure? Are they a burden, or truly the greatest strength from which the hero and those he loves can draw?
Six tales in this collection center on family, faith, and self-sacrificing love as men and women fight for the ones whom they hold most dear. Whether the enemy is inner turmoil, a nightmare, or a demon really does not matter. If the threat seeks to harm a member of the family, it is going to pay dearly.
FROM MACKEY CHANDLER: Let Us Tell You Again.
The continuing story of April, Jeff, and Heather after they conspire to rebel against North America and their efforts to find friends and a safe haven in the stars. Continuing to close the time gap to the later Family Law series of books.
Heather and her peers impose a ban on armed ships beyond L1 in the Solar System and a prohibition for explorer ships going interstellar heavily armed. There are continuing stories of future characters still stuck on Earth.
Heather has a lot of help from her friends but it isn’t easy being the queen.
FROM ROBERT A. HOYT: Cat’s Paw (King of cats Book 1)
What if the doom of the universe or its salvation didn’t depend on humans?
What if cats were far more than we imagine?
But enough of this: At the end of the universe there is a Mountain. Every thousand years, a bird flies to strop its beak on that mountain. When the mountain is worn to nothing the universe ends.
The mountain is down to a few grains of sand.
The only hope of survival for the entire universe rests in the grubby paws of an alcoholic alley cat, a fluffy cat with not much brainand a bookish cat who thinks Guinevere is a male hero’s name.
The universe might have run out of luck.
FROM DAVID COLLINS: Resurrection Crystal
The “remembrance” project was an ambitious space colonization project. In place of keeping a few humans alive for the tens or hundreds of years for space travel, they could just send a load of thousands of memory crystals, loaded with the essence of doner humans. It would also include instructions on how to ingest them. The locals would then gain human memories and skills. It eliminated the need to spend 99% of the spacecraft volume on life support, food, oxygen, waste processing, and it eliminated all of the issues with biological compatibility on alien worlds.
Dozens of small spacecraft were sent out, each with over one-thousand memory crystals, and without any wasteful life support overhead. The idea was that some of the seeder ships would land where the locals could find the crystals. If they landed on a place with only animals, the crystals would stay inert. They only triggered if the host was intelligent enough to sustain a supplemental human consciousness.
Jake Taylor was a student at the University of Maine. One day, when he didn’t have any classes, he stumbled across a booth set up for “brain scans”, Earn while you sleep. It looked like easy money, he signed up for the full scan, it would require sleeping in a booth for two days, but he would wake up thousands of dollars richer. It should be easy money…
The next thing he knows, he is no longer human, and the new world he finds himself in is a very dangerous place. So dangerous, that the former occupant of the body he finds himself in had just died from a snake bite.
He is informed that the body he now finds himself in was wearing a crystal. He is now one of “the resurrected.” Some of those that died while wearing the strange crystals have their bodies healed, but their memories were replaced by something in the crystal.
On the plus side, he now finds himself in what looks like a martial artist’s body, one that used to take a lot of steroids. If he can just make it out of this damn valley alive…
FROM CHRISTOPHER WOERNER: 202210 Fiscal Year Zero
This is a collection of the last several pamphlets I’ve published as I do every month. The work is edited and polished, with various news headlines in-between each article. We’re getting closer to complete collapse, that’s the way our tyrants want it. This is what I have to offer in resistance, hopefully inspiring you to do the same. We need to fight back before it’s too late.
FROM LAURA MONTGOMERY: His Terrible Stall: A Science Fiction Lost Colony Adventure
On a lost and stranded colony world, with his brother’s family at risk, Peter Dawe will do what he must to protect them.
A lost starship’s settlers turn one valley on an alien planet into a terraformed replica of Earth. The rest of the planet offers only hardship and madness. Despite the oasis First Landing provides, the ship’s crew fled decades earlier with their fabricators, spacecraft, and knowledge when those controlling the valley threatened their freedoms.
The ship’s crew founded a separate colony on the southern plains. From there they spied on their former passengers, always fearful that the richer valley would come to take what they had. Even after a generation, the loathing persists.
A man in exile—
Peter Dawe faces an arid existence in a brother’s secret northern outpost. His work there has meaning and purpose, but when asked to journey to the southern settlement to help recover stolen weapons his brother needs, Peter has to defeat his own belief he shouldn’t expect too much from life.
A brother’s quest—
Determined to find the missing rifles, Peter works his way through supposed friends and allies to catch the real thieves. But can he overcome the prior generation’s ruthless plans to stop him when his own life hangs in the balance?
His Terrible Stall is the fifth book in the gripping science fiction colonization series Martha’s Sons. If you like driven heroes and strange worlds, you’ll want to throw yourself into this one.
Pick it up now to join the hunt!
FROM CELIA HAYES AND JEANNE HAYDEN: Luna City X
Welcome to Luna City, Karnes County, Texas … Population 2,457, give or take! Fugitive former celebrity chef Richard Astor-Hall has decided to make some serious changes to his life … and propose to his girlfriend, Kate Heisel. But the path of true love does not run smooth. Meanwhile, Jess and Joe Vaughn face impending childbirth, and Xavier Gunnison-Penn, the world’s most unsuccessful professional treasure-hunter marries his true love and sets off a family row, on the way to search for another treasure. Another chapter in the doings of those residents of Luna City, in this tenth visit to the most perfect small town in Texas.
FROM C. CHANCY: Count Taka and the Vampire Brides
Welcome, traveler, to wild Tramontana!
Here you will find snowclad mountains, roaring rivers, vast caves perhaps never seen before by mortal man! Here the strong Horses of Night roam the mountainsides – perhaps you can tame one to ride with your charms. Here the shepherds call to the long-fleeced sheep, the sheep to their sweet lambs – and you can find true telemea, the softest and freshest of cheese, in the gift shop, herb-flavored, a dozen special varieties-
Eh? You’re not here for the gift shop?
Ah, the cameras, of course! Forgive me, most of the photographers we see head straight for the ski lifts. Or the whitewater. Yet there’s so much more to Tramontana! The healthy farmers bringing in the hay, the soaring churches, the wild gypsy dancers – you must dance with the gypsies – and Raven Castle! Oh, there’s a place of history… and mystery.
It held the line against the Turks, they say, and the ancient lords rooted out all manner of uncanny beings… or bargained with them. Have you heard the rumors? That Count Herodes has ruled from that castle for over a hundred years? True, I tell you, all true!
…Monsters don’t exist, eh? Well, well, take your photographs, and we’ll see!
But you must visit the castle. The Blood Moon is coming, yes, and they say that’s when vampire lords can take a Bride! Other years have come and gone with no new lady in the castle, but this year… oh, you should hear Mistral sing the omens! A lass with your modesty and charms-
What’s that? Ah, temper, temper; location shots, yes, I see. Which way to the castle… there are maps in the gift shop, and tour schedules – but we can do better than that! Why, we’ll escort you there ourselves, no trouble at all, I insist-
Ooof. That’s a feisty one! Well, she’s packed off now. The other Brides should have some interesting weeks….
Mihail? What do you mean, Kae’s not a girl’s name?
(Vampire with annoying relatives meets photographer with terrifying relatives. Hilarity Ensues.)
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: FUNNY.