Podcast Crammed with Science Fiction & Fantasy, Delightful Shorts, & I’m Thrilled to be Featured #podcast #scifi #listening #today

Science Ficiton and Fantasy PodcastYou’ll find short science fiction and fantasy stories on the 600 Second Saga podcast and I’m thrilled to be their Featured Author, for the first time, for August. That means, in addition to listening to loads of flash fiction for free, if you sign up to support the podcast, you’ll get my latest collection of short reads as a thank you.

But hurry – August 2017 won’t last forever.

Short Reads in Scifi and Fantasy :)Check out podcasts of two of my stories now, and escape the real world every week with a new 10 minute story of scifi or fantasy. Or choose from the extensive library. Lots of stories and lots of ways to listen. Perfect for a break or a binge.

Thanks to the podcast’s creator Mariah Avix who also handles the audio and production, and writes some of the stories. And thanks to our listeners and supporters.

Find me on 600 Second Sagas, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other major online retailers. You’ll find my paperbacks at Create Space and all major digital formats for my ebooks at Smashwords. Read one today.

Now, before you forget, get yourself over to 600 Second Saga for a treat and support this wonderful podcast.

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Podcast of Berserk, a Norse Fantasy #podcast #scifi #fantasy #shortstories

A short read from my new collection is coming to audio! Listen to the June 14th podcast of 600 Second Saga – episodes go live at 6pm CST US.

Eirik takes his first voyage with a Norse raiding party. He admires and fears the berserker warriors who lead them into battle, but the magic that makes them invincible is not what he expected.

Can’t wait? Read Eirik’s story and more – short stories, flash and microfiction, and excerpts from my Mars colony series. Available now on Amazon

There are plenty of short science fiction and fantasy pieces on 600 Second Saga, so visit today. Perfect for a break during your day, or anytime.

And watch this blog for a reminder when Berserk goes live.

Urban Fantasy of Good Battling Evil #urbanfantasy #paranormal #book #review

A cop in modern Albuquerque, with (as one reviewer said) a walk-in closet full of skeletons, is drawn into the battle between good and evil, where evil is magical creatures and monsters including “every god you can name,” and the good is science and reason.

Oddly enough, the forces of good seem to be magical immortals, just like those of evil, but they want to lock evil out of our dimension by helping humans become rational. This may sound intellectual, but the story is easy to read and full of action. I mention some possible emotional “triggers” below – something I haven’t done before. Would you like to see triggers and, if so, which ones?

Most humans have a touch of magic and so are vulnerable to evil, but in a neat reversal of the usual trope, instead of secretly being a wizard or some such thing, the cop may save the world because he has no magic at all inside him. Oddly enough again, this allows him to wield a magic sword.

I found it easy to forgive the oddities because I like the bold premise. The story moves along with flawed characters who (most but not all) grow into heroes.

The first two main characters we meet are exceptionally attractive, and I groaned thinking this was all-too-typical. But there’s actually a point in the story to their good-looks, so kudos! The main immortal good-guy is fabulously wealthy, which helps to keep the plot moving by, for example, producing a private plane when needed.

The cop’s neuroses are explained in a believable manner and the story carried me right along as evil invades our world.

Modest spoilers – Expected amounts of violence and mayhem are present, but also a few possible triggers that you might want to know about. Religious believers may find it offensive to include their god with the evil gods. There’s a little preaching about this idea but it’s not heavy handed. There is rape, torture, and suicide, a child is endangered, and a bisexual character endures harassment at work. What sort of triggers do you think I should mention in a review?

The ending sets up the next book in the series, but isn’t an annoying cliffhanger – though some reviewers on Amazon thought it was too abrupt. Three books are available in the series.

What others are saying
The Edge of Reason earns a respectable, if not overwhelming, 3.5 stars from 23 reviews on Amazon. Those who liked the book enjoyed the provocative premise and the characters, nay-sayers thought the plot twists were trite and predictable.

Absolutely Free Collection Short Science Fiction/ Fantasy limited time so this is your chance #shortstory #free #flashfiction #bookworm

jupiter-diving-web-ebook-24feb2017-267x400From a ship mining helium-3 in Jupiter’s atmosphere, Kelly launches a probe to search for life in the ocean of a Jovian moon. In the title story, Jupiter Diving, she finds more than she expected. If you missed out on ebook week earlier in the month, here’s another chance. I’m about to offer Jupiter Diving and other Short Reads on Amazon but you can download an advance copy for free.

Visit colorful and dangerous worlds in short stories and flash fiction. From an angel’s photo op on Mars, to the agony of a berserker warrior, a tiny craft’s interstellar mission, and an astronaut’s cries for help, you’ll find many new tales plus opening chapters and vignettes from my On Mars series, the multi-generational story of the first colony on Mars. Plus a few pieces of microfiction too 🙂

Perfect to fill a break in your day or an afternoon curled up in your favorite chair.

I’m going to offer the ebook on Kindle Select (I never used that outlet before but it’s supposed to be a good idea) but you can grab your free copy now. Sign up before March 31st to receive your book in April, before I let Amazon get its hands on it. Hurry – limited time offer.

You’ll receive a coupon code to download the book in your choice of formats, and to receive an occasional email from me with offers, a piece of flash fiction, and news about my writing projects. No spam and you can unsubscribe any time.

The code goes out April 1st (no fooling) so sign up before you forget and download your free book of short reads. I hope you’ll enjoy 🙂

Last Day of Ebook Week – Awesome Discounts and Free Books #free #bookday #ebook #giveaway

jupiter-diving-web-ebook-24feb2017-267x400Don’t let time zone comfusion defeat you. Get your discounted and free ebooks on Smashwords now, before ebook week ends. Start with my collection of short scifi and fantasy reads at https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1213/newest/1/promo_SFREE/any/

Prefer novels or poetry? Got you covered! Go to Glory on Mars or Rhyme and Reason Three and use coupon code SFREE to get a free download through March 11. All major digital formats available!

Thanks to the dozens of you who have already downloaded these ebooks 🙂

 

Emma wants to explore Mars in her robotic walkabout suit, but something’s terribly wrong at this near-future Mars colony.

Poetry inspired by science – astronomy, biology, humanity, environment, and more.

 

 

 

Don’t Miss Out on Ebook Week – Awesome Discounts and Free Books #free #bookday #ebook #giveaway

jupiter-diving-web-ebook-24feb2017-267x400It’s ebook week and you’ll find loads of discounts and promotions all week on Smashwords – look for some of mine, too. Start here https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1213/newest/1/promo_SFREE/any/

UPDATE: You’ll now find Jupiter Diving on Amazon. Buy it now! Alaso available through Amazon Prime, and Kindle Unlimited and Lending Library. 🙂

Prefer novels or poetry? You’re not left out! Go to my Read For Free page and use the coupon codes there. All major digital formats available!

 

Emma wants to explore Mars in her robotic walkabout suit, but something’s terribly wrong at this near-future Mars colony.

Poetry inspired by science – astronomy, biology, humanity, environment, and more.

 

 

 

Daring Do in a Fantasy Sky from Jim Butcher #amreading #fantasy #review #books #bookreview

aeronauts-windlassWell known for his Dresden Files series about a Chicago wizard in increasingly convoluted conflict with various vampires, fairies, and other supernatural beings, I’ve read that Jim Butcher really saw himself as a swords and warhorses sort of fantasy writer before Harry Dresden took off.

The Cinder Spires, first in the Aeronaut’s Windlass series, came out in 2015 and Butcher fans snapped it up. It’s categorized on Amazon as Steampunk, though that seems like a stretch to me. In Butcher’s world, everyone lives in spires and airships far above “the deadly green hell covering the surface of the world.” The world’s power sources are magical crystals and “etheric” forces people access with webs and fabrics made from silk spun by incredibly deadly and horrible surface creatures. While a cool concept, it doesn’t seem to fit the Victorian, steam-powered, mechanical fantasies I associate with Steampunk. Obviously I’m quibbling because most fans don’t care.

This is a long book – 522 pages in my epub version. I checked it out from my public library and was only half done when the book expired. So I checked it out again. By that point I was ready to skim forward quickly to see what happens to my favorite characters.

The book is chock-a-block with Butcher’s trademark battle scenes – the characters get ambushed a lot and the battles are long and detailed. Even in the Dresden series I skim thorough the battles – they simply go on too long for me.

Most of the characters fit easily into a swords and magic fantasy – brave, noble, and attractive, born in Noble Houses (are there no democracies in fantasy worlds?)

I found the less expected characters were my favorites. There are tribes of talking cats and one in particular, the warrior tom Rowl, protects “his” human – who is the least typical of the Noble House characters. Rowl offers refreshing and often funny critiques of the brave/noble/attractive characters and human actions in general.

There are also wizards who feel and control the ethereal forces – forces that drive them mad in various ways. One wizard can blast his opponents to pulp but can’t figure out how to make a doorknob work. An apprentice, Folly, was fun to watch as she comes into her powers and the others learn to accept her odd ways.

Bottom line, if you love fantasy battles with magically-powered humans and monsters, this book is for you – there’s one battle after another. If you prefer stories about more unusual characters, you’ll find them too, and can skim through the battles.

What others are saying.
Only a few percent of readers leave reviews, so with over 1,400 reviews on Amazon Butcher’s book is wildly successful. Eighty-eight percent give four or five star reviews – “rousing and action filled.” Even some of the three star reviewers say they’ll read the next book in the series. Others found the characters too predictable or the story line disjointed. Proof, I guess, that no book pleases everyone.

4-books-on-mars-white-backgroundMy stories stay on the science-y side of science fiction. Join the first Mars colony in our near future. This is a colony where you might live one day. Start with Glory on Mars and join Emma – a setler with second thoughts who wants to explore in her robotic walkabout suit – but  the hostile planet and troubles from Earth endanger survival. Read all four across the colony’s generations.