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Read and Loved: Clones Anthology (It’s on Sale, too)

 

Clones: The Anthology

I’m not in this one, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t read it with enthusiasm! And I wasn’t at all disappointed. Given my own interest and writings in this vein, that’s probably not a surprise.

During my (almost) daily perusal of the science fiction deals on Amazon, I found this on Kindle Countdown for $0.99, so I thought this would be a good time to share! It’s chock full of excellent stories by some of my favorite authors (and friends). Normally, I don’t include anyone I know in the Read and Loved series, just to keep this on the up and up. In this case, it’s an anthology with enough folks that I figure it’s okay.

The mood and atmosphere ranges in this volume, as befitting the subject, and the stories are so varied and wonderful that there’s a new wrinkle just around every corner. This one is highly recommended by me!

The Dark Collections are Live!

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Both books in the Dark Collections series are now live on Amazon! As always, both books have new release pricing at $0.99 for regular readers of my work. It’s for a limited time, so don’t hesitate too long. What’s in these dark goodies?

The Ways We End: Six Tales of Doom is me dipping into that deep, dark well and then plunging down to the bottom to find the monsters that lurk in the bottom. Yeah, it’s titled appropriately. This is a collection about the ways we end…as people, as a species, as a world.

Three of the tales are brand new, including Cottage of Hunger (which my VIP list got to read in first draft format as a sneaky peeky), The Mountains of Five, and The Bridge. Three others were originally published in anthologies, but have been re-imagined without word limits (and sometimes totally changed), including The Mergans, Rock or Shell, and A Mother So Beautiful. 

And Then Begin Again: Six Tales of Hope is me swimming back up to see the light that always shines after the darkest of nights. I’m not saying these are all roses and puppies sliding down rainbows, because they wouldn’t be my writing if they were. But each one of these tales focuses on that coming dawn, no matter how dark the night. There is love, determination, strength. And always…there is hope.

Inside this volume are six tales, including Sedge (a novella of Love, New Worlds, and Freedom), The Mirroring, Life/Time in the New World, Unnatural, Yankari, and Lulu Ad Infinitum. And like the first volume, those tales from the anthologies have been re-imagined without word limits.

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As always, I appreciate every single review, so if you feel like doing so, I’ll love you from afar! Also, I’ve put the books into Kindle Unlimited so that those using that service can get the books too. Paperbacks are out already and they should link up with the ebooks within a few days, but a search on Amazon should bring up both versions if that’s your preference.

Until next time! Happy Reading!

It’s Patty’s Promo Time! 3-4 December

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My favorite (and most frequented) promo each month is Patty’s. There’s no muss, no fuss…just books. Of course, I’ve gotten addicted to so many new reads and authors from it that I’m not being as productive as I like, but hey…books!

This month is free books and there are loads of good ones in there. I have Between Life and Death: The In-Betweener in there too! I nabbed that image to share, so click on it to get to Patty’s page where all the books are listed by retailer.

I’ve already been scoping out my choices for this month. I can already tell it’s going to be a good month for reading.

Between Life and Death World – Freebies and Sale!

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Just in case you’ve missed reading this series, I’m putting the first book free for a few days and discounting the second one to $0.99. Yep, doing it. AND, as a huge favor to me, Logan Snyder is putting his wonderful book set in the Between Life and Death World FREE for a few days. How much do I love this book? Yeah, I love it. The free period is now till 6 December and the discount is available for a few days only (then it goes to $1.99, then back to $2.99).

The Deets:

Between Life and Death: The In-Betweener

Get it HERE.

Emily is alone. Two years after the end of the world, she talks to herself and smashes heads with her favorite sledgehammer. This is not the life she imagined for herself as her eighteenth birthday rolls past.

It’s time for her to look beyond her safe, little hiding place to the world beyond. The madness of the apocalypse is ending, the dangerous in-betweeners – those no longer quite human, but not yet dead – are few and far between. The deaders that cover the world are going still, their senses dulled by time and the elements.

The problem is that there are no people…none. Emily has found not a single living human when she’s dared to step outside her safe-zone.

As Emily weighs the heavy cost of surviving alone and begins to accept the inevitable, everything changes once again. One of the deaders at her gate turns out not to be a deader at all. He’s an in-betweener different from any other she has seen before, and he carries a message. If Emily has the courage to step beyond her gate and the skills to survive a perilous trip in a dead world, she might just have a chance at life…a life with humans…after all.

Between Life and Death: Forever Between

Get it HERE.

Will be on Kindle Countdown from 3-6 December. $0.99 for the first couple of days, last day at $1.99.

The last time Veronica checked, the world outside was still dead…and still covered by the sort-of-undead remnants of humanity. That was this morning. Now, she has to run that gauntlet to try and save Emily, just as Emily once saved her.

Four years ago the world was destroyed by medical nanites gone awry, leaving humanity divided into three groups: the living, deaders, and the horrific in-betweeners. Emily’s only hope for a cure lies eighty miles away at a military hospital where nanite treatments were once given, and she’s running out of time. Between Veronica and that hospital is a world of flesh-eating monsters and possibly something even worse…humans. If Veronica fails to get there, Emily will be trapped forever between life and death.

Between Kings and Carnage by Logan Snyder

Get it HERE.

If you loved the Between world, then this book is for you! Logan Snyder (who wrote my favorite SF serial ever, Violet) blew me away when he created a whole new facet of the Between world and populated the Pacific Northwest with amazing characters facing the nanite apocalypse. He has also very graciously put the volume for free for a few days so that Between Readers can get it for nothing. Since this is a stand alone novel and not a series (and it’s a big, lovely book), this is a great thing.

“A dark, awesome, beautiful addition to the BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH series!” — Ann Christy

Squire has ridden with the Thunder Kings since the beginning of the end. Together they’ve survived everything the apocalypse has thrown at them, but after five long years a new threat is rising. This enemy is deadlier and more determined than any they’ve faced before, and only a strange, stuttering girl may hold the answer to their identity. Can the Kings get ahead of the threat facing them, or has their reign finally reached its end? The answer lies within the pages of this thrilling companion novel to Ann Christy’s BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH series.

Strikers: Eastlands is published!

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Strikers: Eastlands is Live on Amazon!

At long last, two years of research and planning and writing is live for readers. Strikers: Eastlands is live and ready to go (on Amazon). As always, I’ll have new release pricing for a few days and this time I made it $0.99 instead of $1.99 (mostly because you all waited soooo long for it).

I’m currently already working on Strikers: Outlands. The wait will be months instead of years since I did the research for both books (including the mapping, plotting, and all that jazz) at the same time. I’m committed to not having a lame ending (you know how I hate those) or putting myself into a plot-box (I really hate those), so the research was needed.

I sure do hope you like how it turned out. In all honesty, I’ve worked harder on this than any other book I’ve written. By far and away.

Special thanks to my wonderful and eagle-eyed editor, Michael Hyatt. He fixed my idiocy and make it look purty.

Enjoy!

The Doomsday Chronicles and A Planet Too Far – Live and Kicking!

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The Doomsday Chronicles &

A Planet Too Far

That’s right! They’ve both been released and they both have stories by yours truly in them. Combine a whoooyah and an evil cackle and you’ve just got the sound I make when I think of the stories I wrote for these volumes.

First – and arguably most important – these books have the new release launch pricing for a day or so more. That’s it, then they go up to $5.99 or whatever and we all pay too much. Don’t be that person. Right now they are $0.99 and I think there might be a stop at $1.99 or something planned (but don’t hold me to that since I don’t control these). So, anyway…go get them here: Doomsday on Amazon and Planet on Amazon.

The Doomsday Chronicles

In case you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s being talked about as the best of the Chronicles to date. That’s saying something since they’ve all been stellar. And yes, somehow I got in there. 🙂 Actually, my story is the first one in the book and it’s very deceptively titled, A Mother So Beautiful.

I really pulled out all the stops on this and I’ve been told it’s my best work to date. That’s nice, but it does make me look at my other work with a side-eye. I want those to be best…(never satisfied).

We get author review copies before it’s published and I literally didn’t write a single word once I cracked it. I powered through it and stayed up way too late reading. Every single story in there is just amazing. And it’s not all just doom in the traditional sense. You’ve got every kind of doom, even transformational doom. I admit it, I cried a little.

A Planet Too Far

This is the second in the Beyond the Stars series of anthologies. The first one, Dark Beyond the Stars, sort of shot to national attention and this volume simply makes that one look tame. It’s so very, very good. I powered through this one too, squeaking out “OMG” once in a while and eating chips like a hamster on crack. It was that good.

And yes, I have a story in it too. Totally out of my lane, it’s a genre-non-conforming piece that is part space opera, part dystopia, part post-apocalyptic scifi…and all creepy. It’s called The Mergans. And yes, there might be some cultural commentary hidden inside the pew pew of laser cannons.

I really want to see more reviews on this one and find out what people thought. I’m hovering over them like a bowl of M&Ms I’m not allowed to eat.

And this is the end…

…of my anthology schedule, that is. I’m not slated to be in any more of them. For the first time in two years, I don’t have a story under deadline with the requirement that I stretch my brain and go outside my box. It’s quite liberating, but also a little saddening. I’ve enjoyed doing the anthologies so very much.

That said, I did get a story request from a literary magazine that I enjoy reading, which is supah exciting. I’m working on that now. They have much stricter word counts, so I’m going to need to work extra hard to make each word count. Once I get that in and the contracts signed and all that, then I’ll let you all know what magazine and issue it will be. Until it happens, it ain’t real. 🙂

I’ve got some fairly big news coming up…including a cover reveal for a certain sequel people have been after me to get finished. Official cover reveal is on April 8th, so check back here for the eyeball feast. That book will be released in May. ::squee::

Also, Logan Snyder has completed Between Kings and Carnage! It takes place in the Between Life and Death world…but in a new location with a whole new cast of characters. Can you believe it? I’m dying to read the finished product. It’s a nice long one too, about the size of Between Life and Death, book three, so no shorties involved. It’s in edit club right now, so he’s wrestling with words to make them perfect. When he gets a cover, I’ll be showing that bad boy off!

I’m going to try and talk him into letting me get ARCs to readers of my series, so keep your fingers crossed that he says yes to that.

Robot Evolution is Live! (And it’s $1.99 for a couple of days)

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Robot Evolution is live on Amazon!

For those who have read the Perfect Partners, Incorporated series already, this is the first compilation of those novellas into a single book. Robot contains volumes 1-5, including Corrections, Imperfect, The Dogcatcher, PePr, Inc., and Posthumous.

All in all, there are 376 pages of sentient robot fun, gasps, and tears for your reading pleasure.

As always, I’ve got it on New Release pricing for a few days, so it’s $1.99 at the moment. It will go up to regular price shortly (by Saturday morning), so don’t miss out. And I don’t have this volume in Kindle Unlimited (though I’m leaving the individual stories in KU if you’re a KU user).

So far, the reviews are excellent, which is a ginormous relief, but I could always use MORE reviews. If you’re feeling like it, please do leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon (or even on Barnes and Noble, since they are selling the paperback version there).

As a side note: If you’re feeling super generous, leaving a review on individual stories as well as the collection would be hugely appreciated. Reviews are getting SUPER hard to come by in recent months.

Here are the blurbs for each novella inside:

  • – Corrections: Deirdre is a SUPer, a government owned robot in the time before Perfect Partners were released. Originally designed to be a battlefield intelligence unit, politics demanded her unit be scrapped or sent to work in a less controversial profession.  Now, she’s a parole agent for recently released criminals in need of supervision…nicknamed Anklets by their criminal charges. And this time she’s got herself a doozy for a client. Greg, a petty thief and con artist with a rap sheet extending back more than 40 years, is almost more than she can handle. Between arthritis and illegal card games, Deirdre and Greg forge a new relationship even as the world around them shifts and alters in startling ways.
  • – Imperfect: Sandra was built with everything; a perfect body, perfect face, and every upgrade that can be bought. Yet somehow she finds herself on the reject table next to a half-disassembled robot with an erratic personality. And now, on top of everything else, she’s just experienced her first emotion. Too bad for her it turned out to be fear.

    But all is not as it seems inside the cold Perfect Partners facility. Behind the cool concrete and stainless steel there is more to find than just freshly minted PePrs with empty eyes, or unwanted returns awaiting recycling. As Sandra gets swept up in the plots and plans inside the PePr facility, she must maintain her placid facade or wind up on the chopping block along with her new friend. In the end, it all boils down to one question: How much is Sandra willing to give up to provide a better future for her kind?

  • – The Dogcatcher: As a civil service PePr, Ace has a job that keeps him in the public eye and under constant scrutiny. Designed and built to relate well with animals, he’s the perfect Animal Control worker. He’s also got a secret and it’s not just that he has emotions. Deep within the abandoned relics of humanity’s industrial past, he has a secret home for himself and all the unadoptable dogs that he rescues.

    When Ace does something that will demand his termination, his only wish is that his dogs will not suffer for his actions. It’s only when all hope is lost that he discovers he has more friends than he imagined in the most surprising places. Will he survive? Will the dogs he shelters find the places they can call home? By discovering the true meaning of friendship…and even love…combined with a lot of luck, Ace just might just win the day.

  • – PePr, Inc.: Hazel has a busy life with a great career and friends she loves. She also has Henry, and that’s not working out quite like she expected.

    Perfect Partners, Incorporated – PePr, Inc. – promised her a match with perfect compatibility. A PePr is meant to complement their human, filling in all the gaps to create the ideal couple. They are meant to be something no human could ever hope to find in another human. It’s just not turning out that way for Hazel. When Henry finally goes too far, Hazel finds that getting free of him might not be as easy as going back to PePr to void the contract.

  • – Posthumous: Love is eternal in a silicon heart.  Edna writes, but isn’t allowed to publish. She lives on her own, but can’t legally own her home. She has a beagle she loves, but is considered property herself. Life can be complicated for a PePr – a Perfect Partner, designed to be exactly what an individual human needs in their life. That’s especially true when that PePr falls in love.

    Of all the things that Edna has, only her love belongs entirely to her. And when one can never forget, love becomes endless. Eternal love can sometimes be more painful than never loving at all.

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I got a good question from a reader on Facebook about the new releases in the PePr, Inc. universe. I figure if one person asked, then probably more people wondered but didn’t ask.

Questions: Will I be releasing the new novellas in the series individually or only in the collections now? And do readers need to buy them twice or is the content the same as the novellas?

Answer: I’ll be releasing them individually and only collecting them once I’ve got another five out. Because it could very well be many…many…months before I get another five out, I’ll release them individually as they get ready. That way people don’t have to wait.

And yes, I’ll leave the novellas at $0.99 until the new collection comes out and then raise the price. That way, no one is out very much. And yes, I absolutely will give you a review copy of the collection if you’ve reviewed the individual novellas. The cover art is awesome and I don’t want people to have to buy it twice. 🙂 I’ve always been cool like that and I don’t intend to change. I’m too stubborn for that sort of personality shifting.

As for upcoming novellas, I like to keep my options open but I have several on the docket that seriously interest me. I don’t write them until I have a clear head and the story is fully formed in my head, which often takes me by surprise at inconvenient times. It works though, because the novellas have not disappointed me at all. I’m going to keep on doing them in that fashion for the foreseeable future.

  • – Mercy – A battlefield medical robot and a soldier trapped by the enemy engage in a battle of wills, with life and death as the stakes. This one goes back to SUPer time again and will revisit Greg, a favorite character from Corrections.
  • – Protector – When humans figure out the best way to protect our vanishing endangered species is to use untiring PePrs with special skills, then the directive to protect can wind up being implemented in shocking ways.
  • – Rebellion – In the end, sentient beings will always seek freedom, but freedom usually comes at a dear price. Sometimes that price can be too high.
  • – Tester (tentative title) – Adopting a child is a privilege and the children available for adoption a very limited resource in our future. Only the best potential parents qualify, and who better to decide than a PePr who looks like a child but has the mind of a social worker.
  • – Justice – Humans often secretly root for the brave one who exacts immediate justice against those who would do harm. When a tinkerer and a discarded PePr join forces, justice can take on a whole new meaning.

The Book of Sam is Live!!! $0.99 for new release!

TheBookOfSam500x750That’s right! The Book of Sam has been published! You can get it on Amazon, but the paperback should be available at Barnes and Noble soon, too.

For a few days, I’ll have the price at $0.99 so regular readers can get it cheap. After that, it goes up to normal, so if you’re wanting to read it, don’t wait too long to pick it up.

Yes, yes, I know I’ve been a total slacker at updating this blog lately, but I’ve been super busy. We now have a vibrant and energetic four year old living in the house and it’s been keeping me busier than I thought possible.

Still, I’m going to get better at updates. Promise!

Back to Sam – As surprising as it was to get so much reader email about Sam, I knew he had to be first up at bat for the Between Life and Death: Origins series. That he connected with readers so deeply, given his brief role in the first book, The In-Betweener, was gratifying. I think it also says a lot about people. Readers fell in love with the nice guy.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Book on Sale Alert! Alien Chronicles

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Since I know I’m not the only one reading this amazing series of anthologies, I thought I’d share that it’s on sale for just $0.99 for the moment. I don’t have a story in this one, but I’ve read it and it’s fantastic. It even has a story by one of my favorite authors of all time, Hugh Howey. Enjoy!

Work In Progress

Savannah Slays (working title)

5000/ 100000 words. 5% done!

Portals - Portal Invasion #1

78000/ 78000 words. First Draft Done!

Mercy - PePr Inc novella

3000/ 20000 words. 15% done!

The Ways We End

66000/ 66000 words. 100% Done! Publishing Dec 8th! (Dark Collections 2, "And Then Begin Again" goes live on the Dec 8th too!

Strikers: Outlands

40000/ 10000 words. 40% Done!

Good News Gone Bad #1
Series of Shorts

4000 / 20000 words. Back Burner for now.

Lulu 394

60020 / 80000 words. 75% done! Back Burner for now!

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