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!

Currency of Settled Space

In the Star Master universe, Settled Space is inhabited by humans who were abducted from Ancient Egypt by noncorporeal beings several thousand years ago. The people of Ancient Egypt used barter instead of currency, but they seem to have expressed the value of barter-items in terms of quantities of gold (and later, silver).

Unlike its parent culture, Settled Space has actual currency and coinage, backed by gold. Even so, it’s worth noting that most money in Settled Space moves around digitally through bank accounts, debit cards, etc. Two of the major currency unit, the deben and the qedet, are derived from Ancient Egyptian weights. The smallest unit, the bajat, may be derived from the Egyptian word for bee. Below, you can see the values for the deben, qedet, and bajat expressed in imperial ounces (oz.) of gold. You can also click on this link to see the current price of gold per ounce, which will give you a better idea of what debens, qedets, and bajats would be worth in the currencies of our world.

Deben90 oz. of gold
Qedet9 oz. of gold
Bajat0.0001 oz. of gold
Currency Units of Settled Space

Kindle Unlimited Showcase!

Happy New Year!
Dean F. Wilson has curated a large collection of science fiction and fantasy books: all on Amazon, all free with Kindle Unlimited!

I am new to the Kindle Unlimited program, and Dean has graciously agreed to include my own new release, Shadow Captain, in this sale. You can find it under the space opera heading, when you click on this link to check out all the discounted books! Have fun picking out a few things to read!

End of Year Wrap-Up

This year, the writing and publishing went fairly well. With the help of some family members who graciously became my beta readers/proofreaders, I finished, polished, and published a new book in a new (for me) genre, and finished NaNoWriMo2020 in spite of some setbacks. I cut severely back on my marketing costs, which had gotten out of hand in past years, and only got back into active marketing at the very end of the year, coinciding with the new release. So far it’s going better than I had any reason to expect. The modest royalties from my book sales and pages read in Kindle Unlimited to date, would almost cover the costs of my test ads on Bookbub and my low budget ad spend on Bookbub and Amazon. We’ll see how long this moment of almost breaking even lasts.

My hope was to finish and publish my first space opera, start working on the sequel while I was polishing the first one, and maybe write the second half of the sequel for NaNoWriMo2020. I didn’t manage that, and given the extra time that the Covid shutdown bought me, first during administrative leave and then with telework, I feel like I could have done more. But it took me a long time to feel my way through the second half of the first space opera, and a moderately long time to clean up the initial complete draft of the book. I finished that cleanup/polishing process only a few days before NaNoWriMo, and it left my creative energies kind of drained. I’ve found at least three short scenes and two longer sections that need major reworking in the second space opera, before I proceed anything further with it.

Still I wrote 100,000 more or less useable words over the course of the year (second half of first space opera+first half of second space opera), polished and published my longest book to date, created its cover, and constructed a wallet-friendly promotional campaign for its launch.

Plans for next year? Try to have Star Master Book 2 published by the end of 2021; refresh the Ancestors of Jaiya series (proofreading and new covers) somewhere along the way. Write as much as I can of Star Master Book 3, and keep daydreaming and outlining that high fantasy idea that keeps popping up. We’ll see how all that works out.