The July SFF Book Bonanza Is Here!

Hello, there! Happy Independence Day and Happy World UFO Day, to those who are celebrating!
Dean F. Wilson has pulled together a exciting sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99! 

He has graciously agreed to include my own novel, Seeking the Quantum Tree, in this sale. It is the final book in the Ancestors of Jaiya series of fantasy adventure/romance novels. The first book in the series is free, and the second and third are also $0.99, but each book in the series is meant to standalone. You can find Seeking the Quantum Tree under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on the link to check out all the discounted books!

I hope this will help you find some fun reading material at a price you can afford!

Kindle Vella is Here!

Mauti and her brother Embo have had their memories damaged by an evil psychic. Now Embo is desperately traveling from planet to planet in search of his missing fiancee, and Mauti is trapped in a dead-end job working for a shady politician. The mysterious duelist Roukazor may be Mauti’s only chance of escape, but Embo thinks Roukazor is the one who attacked Mauti’s mind. Can they trust him? They may have no choice if they want to survive….

Vella is a new piece of the Amazon/Kindle family, geared towards serialized fiction. I’ve started a serial called Thorn Master, set in the Star Master universe. It deals with the adventures of Roukazor and Mauti, the parents of Shenti, the mysterious spy from the Star Master series. This takes place about 27-30 years before the events of the first Star Master book. You can read the first couple of episodes for free here. I am currently working simultaneously on Thorn Master and Star Master Book 2, and hope to have the first draft of Star Master Book 2 completed later this summer, with an eye towards publication somewhere between December 2021 and February 2022.

Happy Birthday, Mr. “David Darcy”

I ran across an Italian language TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice recently, and found that it had an interesting take on Darcy. Not particularly handsome, but a sort of “Genius Bruiser,” equally comfortable with a dueling sword in hand, or a book of allegorical poetry. (And yes, they changed Darcy’s first name, a minor alteration compared to some things going on in that adaptation.) Franco Volpi, the actor in question, has been deceased for many years, of course, but I happened to notice, while wandering around Wikipedia, that today was the 100th anniversary of his birth, so here’s a cool moment from Part 4 of that P&P, where Wickham, having eloped with Lydia and been tracked down by Darcy, basically jokes about having done away with Lydia. Needless to say, she’s alive and well, Wickham is just trying to goad his old adversary. Darcy, understandably, doesn’t realize that, and goes ballistic. No subtitles, but given the heightened emotions involved, they don’t seem all that necessary to me.

If you believe in praying for the dead, as I do, feel free to send up a few prayers on the actor’s behalf.

A Good Name For A Band

Admiral Khopesh, the father of one of the supporting characters in Shadow Captain, is a fairly important character in the sequel that I am currently writing, but I have trouble remembering the placeholder names I gave the ship’s captains who answer to him. In a scene I drafted yesterday, I had to refer to them as [Surviving Good Destroyer Captains] in a couple of places. In the spirit of Dave Barry, I will remark that “Surviving Good Destroyer Captains” sounds like a good name for a band or possibly an anime series, and let it go at that.

May Book Sale!

Hello, there! I hope you are getting some May Flowers after all those April Showers!
Dean F. Wilson has pulled together a cool sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99! 

He has graciously agreed to include my own novel, Scapegoating a Hero, in this sale. It is the second book in the Ancestors of Jaiya series of fantasy adventure/romance novels. The first book in the series is free, and the second is also $0.99, but each book in the series in meant to standalone. You can find Scapegoating a Hero under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on the link to check out all the discounted books!

You may be hearing from me about these sales opportunities several more times this year, possibly as often as once a month. I hope this will help you find some fun reading material at a price you can afford. Good Hunting! (“Bargain Hunting,” that is!)

Star Master: The Great Abduction

(Here is another piece of backstory for Shadow Captain and its sequels).

The Egyptian port city of Yamu or Imu was snatched by demonlike noncorporeal beings, usually called the Duat, around 2600 BC, and the site back in Egypt later was resettled under the same name around 2500 BC. The reasons for the Great Abduction are not clear, but experts believe that the Duat experimented on their captive humans, trying to genetically enhance humanity’s limited psychic abilities. Whatever the Duat wanted the humans to do for them with these newly enhanced powers, it was nothing good.

Yamu had a significant presence of South Mediterranean people, Nubians and Ethiopians on the one hand, and “northerners” (light-skinned, light-eyed barbarians related to the later Sea Peoples) on the other. The majority of the descendants of the Great Abduction would look Mediterranean or Middle Eastern to the eyes of their modern earthling cousins.

The Akh are benevolent, noncorporeal beings who manifest at the centers of active stars. They rescued and civilized most of the abducted humans. They gave humans technology, a basic monotheistic religion emphasizing prayer and personal responsibility, and guided them towards the emancipation of slaves and a representative form of government.

The Akh were extremely opposed to the old-style king-worship of ancient Egypt, and the associated power of the priesthood. They did their best to break the one and redirect the other. The old priestly families are now banking families (in ancient Egypt they would have controlled the granaries that stored the grain which was both Egypt’s food and its chief medium of exchange).

The Akh gradually withdrew from active interference in human events, willing to talk when approached, but feeling that humanity needed to manage its own affairs. Today, more than four thousand years after the Great Abduction, the society the Akh helped build has grown corrupt, and a new leader, Tylia, claims the blasphemous title of Pharaoh. The old Star Master, Samar, opposes her, and soon a new Star Master will appear, to fight against her minions….

Awesome Book Sale!

Hello, there! I hope you are enjoying this Eastertide!
Dean F. Wilson has pulled together an awesome sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99! 

He has graciously agreed to include my own novel, Saving a Queen, in this sale. It is the second book in the Ancestors of Jaiya series of fantasy adventure/romance novels. The first book in the series is free. You can find Saving a Queen under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on this link to check out all the discounted books!

March Book Bonanza

Dean F. Wilson has pulled together an impressive sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99! 

http://sffbookbonanza.com/99c-books/

He has graciously agreed to include my own novel, Loving a Deathseer, in this sale. It is the third book in the Jaiya series of urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels. The first book in the series is free and the second book is also $0.99. You can find Waking the Dreamlost under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on this link to check out all the discounted books!

You may be hearing from me about these sales opportunities several times this year, possibly as often as once a month. I hope I can help you find some new reading material at a price you can afford. Happy Shopping!

February SFF Book Bonanza

Hello, there!
Dean F. Wilson has pulled together a massive sale of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, each for just $0.99! 

He has graciously agreed to include my own new release, Waking the Dreamlost, in this sale. It is the second book in the Jaiya series of urban fantasy/paranormal romance novels, and the first book is free on all vendors. You can find Waking the Dreamlost under the fantasy and paranormal romance heading, when you click on this link to check out all the discounted books!

You may be hearing from me about these sales opportunities several times this year, possibly as often as once a month. I hope I can help you find some new reading material at a price you can afford. Happy Shopping!