Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2012, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books

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Today is Day Two of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2012, and today the focus is on Non-Traditionally Published Books: Self-published works, electronically-exclusive books, books from micro presses, books released outside the usual environs of the publishing world, and so on. Hey, I put my first novel up on this very Web site more than a dozen years ago now and told people to send me a dollar if they liked it. Look where it got me. I hope you find some good stuff today.

Please note that the comment thread today is only for non-traditional authors and editors to post about their books; please do not leave other comments, as they will be snipped out to keep the thread from getting cluttered. Thanks!

Authors/editors: Here’s how to post in this thread. Please follow these directions!

1. Authors and editors of non-traditionally published books only. This includes comics and graphic novels, as well as non-fiction books and audiobooks. If your book has been traditionally published — available in bookstores on a returnable basis — post about your book in the thread that went up yesterday (if you are in doubt, assume you are non-traditionally published and post here). If you are a creator in another form or medium, your thread is coming tomorrow. Don’t post if you are not the author or editor, please.

2. Completed works only. Do not post about works in progress, even if you’re posting them publicly. Remember that this is supposed to be a gift guide, and that these are things meant to be given to other people. Likewise, don’t just promote yourself unless you have something to sell or provide, that others may give as a gift.

3. One post per author. In that post, you can list whatever books of yours you like, but allow me to suggest you focus on your most recent book. Note also that the majority of Whatever’s readership is in the US/Canada, so I suggest focusing on books available in North America.

4. Keep your description of your book brief (there will be a lot of posts, I’m guessing) and entertaining. Imagine the person is in front of you as you tell them about your book and is interested but easily distracted.

5. You may include a link to a bookseller if you like by using standard HTML link scripting. Be warned that if you include too many links (typically three or more) your post may get sent to the moderating queue. If this happens, don’t panic: I’ll be going in through the day to release moderated posts. Note that posts will occasionally go into the moderation queue semi-randomly; Don’t panic about that either.

6. As noted above, comment posts that are not from authors/editors promoting their books as specified above will be deleted, in order to keep the comment thread useful for people looking to find interesting books.

Now: Tell us about your book!

327 thoughts on “Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2012, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books

  1. Again: This thread is for authors/editors of non-traditionally published books only. Any other comments, including questions or comments about the books in the thread, will be deleted (and unlike I usually do, there will be no trace it ever existed). This is to keep the thread clear for its sole purpose: Giving readers here a list of cool, traditionally-published books to consider for gifts this holiday season.

    Reminder also that there will also be threads for other works and recommendations:

    Yesterday: Traditionally published books (if you’re an author of a traditionally published work, you can still post here)
    Tomorrow: Other creative works (music, crafts, art, etc)
    Thursday: Fan recommendations
    Friday: Charities

    So there will almost certainly be a chance for you to promote yourself and/or the work of someone who makes cool gifts.

  2. Thank you, John, for this opportunity.

    My latest novel, THE REANIMATION OF EDWARD SCHUETT, has been referred to by reviewers as “a zombie novel you give to people who don’t like zombie novels.”

    Fifty years have passed since the Zombie Uprising. Civilization has returned to the world, although faster in some places than others. Edward Schuett, however, has missed all that. He has just woken up with no idea who or where he is. Or what he is, since he has been a zombie the entire time.

    But he’s no ordinary zombie. He can once again think and speak, and he’s healing quickly. His presence is a disruption to the rebuilt society around him, especially when it is realized he has a unique ability that may just make him the most powerful biological weapon in history.
    Use the link below to purchase it or to see a free preview of the first several chapters.

    http://www.permutedpress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=173

    I should also mention that I’ve made a challenge to my readers: if EDWARD SCHUETT sells 100 ebooks/paperbacks on Amazon (so I can track them) between Black Friday and Christmas then I will make a video of myself in a tutu re-enacting the hippo scene from Fantasia and post it to Youtube. So remember, any purchase you make could contribute to this most abominable of causes.

  3. Thanks, John for the opportunity to Pimp My Book…

    ‘The Equations of Magick 1: The Dragon’s Rook’ is a fast-paced modern day fantasy adventure. Whilst primarily aimed at the YA market, there’s plenty for adults too. In a nutshell: teenage genius meets young shape-shifting dragon. Insane martial arts and spectacular magick ensue. Also featuring the clash of hidden empires, the revelation of ancient secrets and the world’s deadliest assassin, Lady Murder. Oh yeah, and most importantly, giant draconic kaiju battles.

    Available for Kindle here:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00A6ERI0A

    Also available at amazon.com.

    Hope you enjoy it, and stay tuned for the sequel (excerpt at the end and going live soon).
    Many thanks again to our host.

    John

  4. Our nostalgia for Charles Dickens’ original story from 1843 has obscured what has changed within our culture. We live in an era when it is not Scrooge who should examine himself and his own actions, but that parasite upon society, Robert Cratchit. A satire of (il)logically extreme conclusions.

    AYN RAND’S CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL at http://lovescrooge.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for hosting, Scalzi.

  5. THE SHATTERED DOOR is a paranormal mystery set in Boston, featuring Darcy and Olivia Morrison, trainee private eyes who take a case far beyond their talents: find the murderer of a local businesswoman. They get help from an unlikely associate, a low-level gangster looking to get out of the business, but even he can’t save them from the murderer’s grasp.

    It’s available in trade paperback and ebook format at:

    Amazon http://amzn.to/VwpRfl
    Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237409

  6. Thanks for this fun opportunity to promote our books right next to your own new novel Redshirts, John! :-)

    Here are two of my most recent small press releases from my own Norilana Books:

    Sick of vampires and werewolves? Need a good laugh at all those paranormal tropes? Vampires are from Venus, Werewolves are from Mars: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Supernatural Love is a hilarious parody of supernatural relationship advice, and right now it happens to be *FREE* on Amazon Kindle all week long, so click to download yours!

    For a taste of witty humor of another kind, Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian (Supernatural Jane Austen Series) will make you laugh so hard you will vent liquids, and possibly require new undergarments. Available in trade paperback and multi-format ebook editions, and containing delightful interior illustrations by the author (an award winning artist), and amazing Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices, not to mention the fake back cover “blurbs” from erudite Regency ladies and gentlemen, this is the perfect universal gift for the holiday season. Personally, I recommend the paperback edition because of the special interior formatting (illustrations, footnotes, etc) which comes across best on paper.

    Enjoy! :-)

    Vera Nazarian

  7. DRAGONTAMER’S DAUGHTERS is for readers who want something different than a typical young adult fantasy novel. In the Old West of an alternate Earth, Isabella and Alijandra live in a shack with their parents in the desert land of the Diheneh, the native people. Years before, the family was rich and respected because the girls’ father caught, tamed, and trained dragons for their country, Ysparria. Now, the dragontamer is an outlaw and the family is in exile. Finding a small, severely injured dragon, the girls take it home and begin tending it back to health. While the dragon heals, the family begins to learn how it got hurt, where it came from, and the strange and terrifying powers it possesses. Others find out about the dragon, and soon, competing forces converge on it—and the family—for their own ends.

    Naomi Blackburn of the blog “A Book and A Review” gave DRAGONTAMER’S DAUGHTERS four stars and said, “This book would a fantastic introduction to the world of fantasy or dystopian literature for the young reader. I found the novel to be fast paced with likable characters that a pre-teen or early teen could identify with.” (http://abookandareview.blogspot.com/2012/11/dragontamers-daughters-part-1-pearl-by.html)

    DRAGONTAMER’S DAUGHTERS, PART 1: PEARL and DRAGONTAMER’S DAUGHTERS, PART 2: STORMCALLER are available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon.com, and through http://www.kentonkilgore.com.

    (PS. Thanks, John!)

  8. For the reader who enjoys fast-paced, gritty science fiction, “A Togahan’s Tale” makes a perfect gift. Follow Dante Nissomo, a brash, gifted, young gunslinger who learns that once you pull that trigger, there’s no going back. After he drags his smuggling family further into an arena of cutthroat underworld figures and gangland war, he tries to put things right and embraces the responsibility that comes with being a togahan.

    A Togahan’s Tale is only $3.99 on the Kindle and Nook. Check out http://petehollmer.com/books/

    And if you’re asking “What’s a togahan?” the short answer is: a graceful, disciplined gunfighter. The long answer? Read the book, and thank you.

  9. Thanks for sharing your space. I write stories with romance and… something else:

    History and ideas: At war’s end in 1815, a desperate lady tricks a principled newspaper publisher into printing a false story, and then falls for him. Can she prove that she’s worth a second chance? A NOTE OF SCANDAL, a novel, http://www.evernightpublishing.com/a-note-of-scandal-by-nicky-penttila/

    Comedy and sexytimes: May Reed has to keep the developer of Cranky Penguins under wraps for 4 days–or lose her job. Too bad he has other plans. BABYSITTING THE BILLIONAIRE, a novella, http://www.evernightpublishing.com/babysiting-the-billionaire-by-nicky-penttila/

    I’ve linked to my publisher’s pages, but of course these books are available at Amazon and other major e-tailers. Happy holidays!

  10. Thanks so much!

    Blade Song, an urban fantasy, available in ebook and print, available pretty much wherever online and can be ordered thru most print outlets as well.

    Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.

    So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.

    Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.

    If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…

  11. Meteor House is a small press publisher who has produced four books since 2010 and hopes to publish three new titles in 2013. We’re taking our time and doing it right.

    Our current project, which you can preorder right now, is The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange by Rhys Hughes.

    The novel is a pulpish comedy science fiction/surrealist metafictional romp, and here is the beauty of dealing with a small press in this day and age, if you preorder now, your name will appear in the book! Did we mention the book is a Signed Limited Edition?

    Not only that, but all those who preorder the book will receive for free, an ebook of Stringent Strange’s novella-length newest adventure, “The Further Fangs of Suet Pudding” (as soon as Rhys is done writing it, any day now, he swears).

    And if all that were not enough, when you buy the book, for a small fee you can even order a custom written “deleted scence” featuring yourself battling (wait for it) as a gladitor (wait for it) in an arena (almost there), against the author of your choice! How insanely cool is that? Oh, um, we should probably mention at this point that you will be killed by the author, sorry about that, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

  12. Thank you Mr. Scalzi for this opportunity!

    My science fiction romance, THE LANCASTER TRILOGY (THE LANCASTER RULE, THE MASTER KEY, THE ETERNAL KNOT) is published by Champagne Books Group under their science fiction and fantasy wing and is available in both ebook and print. http://burstbooks.ca/manufacturer.php?id_manufacturer=7
    The Lancaster Trilogy follows the life of a young woman who finds herself 300 years in the future.

    This October, TO CATCH A MARLIN, was released by Ring of Fire Publishing exclusively for Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/To-Catch-A-Marlin-ebook/dp/B009W1YHO8
    What wouldn’t you do to catch a criminal? This is a future fiction/SFR about a vigilante and an inspector. Humour, action, adventure with a few space pirates dashed in.

    A sampler teaser of To Catch A Marlin is also available in a short story sampler on Amazon. (And it’s free from Dec 4-6)
    http://www.amazon.com/Ring-Short-Story-Sampler-ebook/dp/B008EG8FTA/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354627231&sr=1-3

    Cheers!
    TK Toppin

  13. Thanks for the platform! I don’t want to take too much space on a soon-to-be-crowded screen, but I have four science fiction novels (should be five some time later today) and one fantasy novella for sale on almost all ebook platforms. One novel is currently free on Kindle (US only),
    iBooks, Nook (Barnes & Noble), Diesel, Smashwords, Kobo, and Blio.

    I write mostly far future science fiction/space opera with touches of humor and sometimes a love story. All books are listed here.

  14. Hi there. I’m Joshua Grover-David Patterson. I started indie-publishing my books in March of last year, and Red Iris Books liked my vampire series “Blood Calling” so much that they picked it up and are reissuing it with prettier covers and some fresh editing. Seeing as how the first book in the series became a Kindle bestseller for a couple of days (it got to 19 on the top 100 list) I’d say working with them was probably the best decision I’ve made since becoming an author.

    The hook for the first book in the series goes like so:

    Lucy Leary’s eighteen-year-old life is a wreck. Her parents divorced, she’s earned a DUI, and her grandfather has died. He left her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that says, “They’re real. Fight them.”

    http://smarturl.it/bloodcalling

    I struggled a bit about whether to put this into today’s listing or yesterday’s listing. Red Iris Books is a micropublisher, and two of the books in my series are only available in e-versions right now, so I’m going with today’s list.

  15. Scalzi! Thanks are not enough.

    I co-founded the Reduced Shakespeare Company, won two Emmy awards as a writer/producer at Disney, and am a “traditionally published author.” My first novel, MY NAME IS WILL: A NOVEL OF SEX DRUGS AND SHAKESPEARE, was a NYT Book Review Editor’s choice, California Book Awards “First Fiction” finalist and all that.

    But my new book is an e-book by design, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and so I’m posting on self-publishers’ day.

    Fitysomething food blogger attempts to walk from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a Quixotic Quest to find THE PERFECT BURRITO. The Cervantes-meets-Lolita-meets-Bourdain tale is fictional; the burritos are mouthwateringly real. So are the California locations, and the history of the decimation of its Native American cultures.

    Hundreds of original photo, video, and audio illustrations. Plus: I got George Takei to do the promo video!

    Thanks for the space, and Happy Holidays to all!

    http://www.theperfectburrito.com

  16. Thank you, John Scalzi!

    This is a most peculiar sort of book. Dragonfly Heart is more than just a collection of short stories…it’s a series of postcards from the unconscious, a hallway of doors into the dream world, a kaleidoscope of symbols, thoughts and emotion.

    Two lovers separated by war communicate across the ocean by writing letters in the sand…a man develops an unusually intimate relationship with a red tricycle…a girl learns the secret of what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth…sleepwalkers dance beneath the pale moonlight…angels play hooky in the Elysian Fields…roses fall from the sky like rain, and city streets rise up in rebellion against humankind.

    Often whimsical and seductive, sometimes dark and disturbing, Dragonfly Heart is a book that you will not soon forget.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dragonfly-Heart-collection-short-fiction/dp/0595321895/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354631054&sr=8-1&keywords=dragonfly+heart

  17. Hi John, thanks so much for doing this!! My book is the first of a series: Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights, published as an ebook via MuseItUp Publishing.

    Millions died when the zombie plague swept the country. For the survivors, the journey has just begun.

    Jenna, Sam, and Lola are still alive. Jenna avoids human contact, traveling East Coast backroads with her boyfriend, a dog named Chicken, and a Louisville Slugger. Sam escapes to the mountains, where he’s conscripted into a zombie-slaying militia sent on nightly raids to kill the undead…and innocent civilians. Lola’s imprisoned in the “safety” of a zombie-free New Orleans hotel, but life grows more dangerous when her brother gets bitten by a zombie.

    Jenna arrives in the French Quarter, lured by the false promises of New Orleans’ drunken leader. There, she’s ripped away from her boyfriend, drugged, and dumped in a death camp after refusing Franklin’s sexual advances. Jenna and Lola’s lives collide there, where the dead live and the dying are victims of gruesome medical experiments.

    Undead America: Zombie Days, Campfire Nights

    As an added incentive…if 100 copies of Zombie Days, Campfire Nights sell during the month of December, all my own proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, AND my husband will shave his head (his idea – not mine!). Happy holidays!!!

  18. I’m the editor. Not the assembling-an-anthology kind, but the commenting-and-proofing kind. Nevertheless, I give you the first novel by C. S. Bills: Breakaway: Clan of the Ice Mountains.

    Kindle edition available now at Amazon, with a print edition coming soon.

    A great novel for middle-school readers. When Attu begins dreaming of ice mounds attacking him and a beautiful girl calling to him across deadly open water, he realizes the spirits of the Nuvikuan-na are warning his clan. The Warming is coming. The ocean ice they have lived and hunted on for generations is melting, and they must flee to the safety of an unknown land before they all drown.
    In this powerful tale of survival at the end of an Ice Age, the young hunter, Attu, must choose between saving his clan or saving Rika, the golden-eyed healer he is forbidden to love.

    Adventure, hunting, narrow escapes, murderous leaders, polar bear attacks… what more could you want?

  19. A great deal of thanks for the chance to let a wider audience know about my work.

    http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Transitions

    Transitions is a Paranormal Romance and is part of a series (Shades of Love) aimed at promoting women of a non-standard size in romance writing. At the moment it is released as an ebook (in all formats) but there is to be a collected anthology in print of all the Shades of Love series sometime next year.

    According to the blurb:

    “Transitions takes us on a journey through time. In modern day Birmingham , a group of university students become embroiled in a love story almost 2,000 years old as the ghost of Gaius Lucius, a Roman officer tries to reclaim his lost love.

    What can Helen, a driven and ambitious student with high hopes for the future, do to solve this ancient riddle? And why is Brandon making late night visits to her house with tokens of love?”

    And according to one reviewer:

    “Throughout this story D. A. Lascelles artfully uses his skills with words to magically paint images in the reader’s head. Not only do places come into clear focus, but the seasons and atmosphere of the locations are also imbued with a descriptive clarity and realistic essence. ” (Penumbra Press).

    I hope at least some of you out there reading this are interested enough to check it out…

  20. Looking for that perfect novel for that hard to please tween/teen/adult? Do they love cannibals? The post-apocalypse? Zombies? How about conjoined twins that just turned seventeen? Oh, and one happens to be a dead zombie infant attached to his brother’s spine! Then Little Dead Man is perfect for you and yours this holiday season! Remember, running for your life from survivor cults, biker gangs, and hungry cannibals is the reason for the season!
    Available on Amazon (ebook and print), Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Kobo right here http://jakebible.com/2012/11/12/little-dead-man-is-here/
    Go get ya some of that freaky goodness that is Little Dead man!
    (Suitable for middle school up. Post-apocalyptic violence, but no language or naughty bits.)

  21. What a lovely thing to do!

    My first novella is a slipstream love story called The Understanding of Women. James has always been able to perfectly understand the actions of everyone around him and when he loses the one person who baffles him, he becomes determined to track her down. With the help of an ex-girlfriend who may or may not exist, he treks across London to find her.

    More information, including links to reviews is here: http://bit.ly/VikbqF
    US Amazon: http://amzn.to/VtnWvV UK Amazon: http://amzn.to/WGMtZy
    Also available in other formats from various stores, including Kobo.

  22. OK, here’s a description of “Don’t Be Cruel,” a comic crime novel that made horror-master Brian Keene’s top 10 books of 2011:

    “A law-student stripper, two inept hitmen, the First Church of Elvis, Scientist, and a small-time mobster’s biggest scam. Things are about to get all shook up in this hilarious novel filled with explosions, attempted murder, intrigue, and a whole lot more. Indescribable…except…in a word. FUNNY.”

    John Skipp described the book as “Elmore Leonard on laughing gas.”

    Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Be-Cruel-Mike-Argento/dp/0983978301

  23. OK, here you go: INVOCATION BOOK I, an urban fantasy for the Amazon Kindle, is retailing for around a buck. It’s been compared with works by JG Ballard, John le Carré, David Foster Wallace and Enid Blyton, and its characters – some of whom are non-traditional supernaturals – have been described as “shockingly nice.” POD edition out next year. Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Invocation-ebook/dp/B0091H7DP8 & Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Invocation-ebook/dp/B0091H7DP8

  24. Looking for a mystery set in Big Sky country? Looking for a YA take on that? Look no further. BREATHKEPT has got you covered!

    Parker Nixon has never been away from home. She’s never been in love. And she’s never been wanted for murder… until now.

    The boy Parker got caught kissing last night turned up dead this morning, and there’s no shortage of suspects. Her reclusive father leads a double life, and the people at Stone Well Ranch have their mysteries too.

    But then there’s beautiful, broken Brandon Beauchamp. He saved Parker’s life once, and holds her heart in his hands. But he may be hiding the darkest secret of all.

    Find out more at http://saundramitchell.com/my-work/novels/breathkept-free/ and Happy Holidays to everyone at Whatever!

  25. Thank you, John! Very kind. *Turns to address readership…*

    I’m a scriptwriter and author of stuff including Doctor Who and Friday The 13th tie-in fiction and the movie Stormhouse. I’ve written a short (well, 10,000-word) Kindle ghost story which is unusual in two ways:

    1) It is set in your home. Yes, YOURS.

    2) It is available either as an ebook or as a personalised, physical letter snail-mailed to your home.

    This story is called A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home and interest in the ‘personalised, physical letter’ version has surprised me. Yesterday, I blogged here about the deadlines for pre-Christmas delivery of that edition. It makes the ideal scary Christmas gift for a f(r)iend.

    Or if you’d like the ebook version, here it is at Amazon US. Just don’t go having nightmares…

  26. Thanks Scalzi! What a kind thing for you to do.

    Read _How Beauty Met the Beast_ if you’re looking for a series of fairy tale romances set in a modern world controlled by corporate greed and run from the shadows by the cult of merciless goddess. It’s a novella length Beauty and the Beast tale in which a burlesque dancer and a scarred Army Ranger team up with a colony of anarchists to fight the power. Part 2, How Beauty Saved the Beast, comes out in February and the finale, How Beauty Loved the Beast, releases in May. Available in electronic or audio format. Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0092MPT80 (also at B&N and other retailers)

    “Garren’s heroine, Jolie Benoit, is smart, sassy, and engaging. Her hero, Wesley Haukon, is intense, dynamic, and captivating… I absolutely loved this one and can’t wait for future installments.” 5/5 Stars
    ~ The Flashlight Reader, Flashlight Commentary

  27. Thank you for the promo opportunity, John.

    Michael & The Elf is a picture book about a boy who likes to pretend. When he rescues a tiny elf in his parent’s garden, however, a witch threatens to stop Michael from pretending. Can he believe in himself?

    Michael & The Elf was just released yesterday from Guardian Angel Publishing and will soon available as well from Amazon, B&N and other online stores.

  28. Thank you for offering the opportunity, John.

    My first novel, Bound, is the first in the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy. Adult Fantasy with a touch of romance, it’s available from Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords for $4.99. Hopefully on B&N and the iBookstore soon. Print edition coming soon.

    Blurb:
    “Doesn’t she know you can’t do real magic alone?”

    Freshly graduated from the Voleno Academy, Faylanna Derrion is trying to find her solitary place in a world where she and her fellow Magicia are expected to find their magical partner as soon as possible. When her mentor and his partner are taken by a terrible darkness before her eyes, her flight to find help brings Tavis into her life. Can she learn to see him as more than a simple farmer or will she accede to her father’s demands to return to her family’s home, following a path others have laid out for her? Can she choose her own course, after a lifetime of refusing to bind herself to anyone?

    If this interest you, the first chapter and links to sellers can be found here:

    http://jelizabethhill.wordpress.com/the-mirrors-of-bershan/bound-sample/

    Thank you and Happy Holidays.

  29. Hello, firstly, thank you so much for giving us this amazing opportunity to promote our books!

    The House of Pomegranates Press would like to announce two very exciting releases. The first, a new edition of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic Carmilla. With publishing Carmilla we begin our Pomegranate Vintage Vampire Series. Over the next few years we intend to publish – beautifully – as many vintage vampire novels as we can. Why? Because we grew up with these stories, stories that were simply scary, that transported us out of our bedrooms and in to other magical worlds. Then as we grew our complicated messy brains morphed them in to not just esoteric shadows under our beds, but real, tangible existentialist demons. They walked amongst us, they became our friends, our lovers, our fears. So we are taking it upon ourselves to gather those demons, wrap them in lovely covers, and put them in to context with intelligent introductions by fascinating people.
    Carmilla features beautiful illustrations by Taeden Hall and a foreword commissioned especially for the book by the quite wonderful, erudite Mr. Daniel Richler. Who better but he to blend vampires, Victoriana, politics, feminism and girl school lesbianism?

    The second is the long awaited short story collection by eccentric writer/artist David Keyes entitled I Do So Worry For All Those Lost At Sea. Ghosts are haunted, girls fling themselves out of windows, wolves are cartographers, hares pornographers, mermaids are rescued from carnival sideshows and everyone drinks cocktails and comments on the moon. Collected here for the first time are 10 short stories and his novella The House of Sleep. Each story a slight variation on reality, each it’s own weather system, it’s own logic, surreal, beautiful and haunting, all recorded in Keyes’ melancholic prose style.
    For a sample story press here.

    Please pay a visit to Nancy Baker who is part of the Pomegranate family, oh and our blog here.

  30. All the way from Singapore.

    I write urban fantasy under a pseudonym:
    http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=authors&authors_id=165
    (Werewolves in Singapore, Chinese werewolves!)

    YA and other SFF under Smashwords:
    http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jolantru

    Most of all, we have released an anthology of Singaporean SFF called “The Ayam Curtain”:
    http://booksactually.bigcartel.com/product/ayam-curtain-edited-by-june-yang-joyce-chng
    (It’s published by a small press run by an independent bookstore called Books Actually)

    Many grateful thanks!

  31. Do you remember the fun of those “you be the detective” books when you were younger? Well, here’s a “you be the scientist book”, written specifically for middle school children: The Secret Science Society by John DeLaughter, PhD.

    The book stars Mary and Peter, two inquisitive young people who want to be scientists when they grow up. Like all scientists, they enjoy doing experiments. And, like all young people, they don’t have much money so they have to use simple and inexpensive materials. Luckily for them, there are plenty of experiments that can be done using just the things found at home! This book contains their first ten adventures. Read along as they ask questions, make predictions, and then see what the answer is!

    Each experiment is something that you can do at home. Not only are the adventures fun, but they can also serve as the start of a great science fair experiment!

    The Secret Science Society is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. It is also available on Smashwords.

  32. I have this small book called The Honey Month put out by Papaveria Press, the result of my having been given 28 different kinds of honey, which I proceeded to sample and write spontaneous fiction and poetry for over the course of a February, one honey a day.

    E-Book by Cheeky Frawg: with a new cover by Jeremy Zerfoss! Available from Cheeky Frawg, Weightless Books, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Barnes and Noble, for all your various e-reading devices' needs! Does not contain Oliver Hunter's illustrations, which remain the sole province of the print editions.Paperback by Papaveria Press: available from Papaveria Press, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, as well as The Book Depository. Contains Oliver Hunter's illustrations.

  33. Thank you for the opportunity to promote our work.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Jackpot-ebook/dp/B0051UAU4K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327672341&sr=8-1

    My e-book, THE JACKPOT, was an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller and No. 1 Legal Thriller earlier this year.

    It hasn’t been a very good day for attorney Samantha Khouri. She’s been passed over for partner at her law firm, she’s coming down with the flu, and she’s just learned that her parents’ business is teetering on the brink of failure.

    But when she discovers that her financially desperate boss has stolen their new client’s gigantic winning lottery ticket, she realizes her day is just getting started.

    Now, to return the ticket to its rightful owner, Samantha must stay one step ahead of her nothing-to-lose boss and a homicidal mercenary who’s been hired to hunt down the ticket at all costs.

    And as her pursuers close in, Samantha can’t help but think about showing up at lottery headquarters, smiling for the camera, and walking away with the richest lottery jackpot in American history.

  34. Thanks so much for the opportunity, John!

    I self-published the fourth and final book in the Hell on Earth series, HELL TO PAY. Now the book is available worldwide for just 99 cents on the Kindle. Here’s the description:

    After turning her back on Hell and becoming human, the former demon Jezebel — now the mortal dancer Jesse Harris — is ready to settle down with her true love, Paul Hamilton, and make with the Happily Ever After. But that’s not in the cards. Jesse is accidentally wielding her former Hellish power — with devastating results. Another former succubus has targeted Paul. Someone is killing the dancers at Jesse’s club. And the King of Hell is leading the world to the brink of Armageddon. All in all, it’s not looking good for Jesse, or for anyone she loves. And there’s going to be…

    HELL TO PAY
    By Jackie Kessler

    And here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Hell-To-Pay-Earth-ebook/dp/B004PLMJAE/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1354631139&sr=8-7&keywords=Jackie+Kessler

  35. I think I messed up posting mine… if this comes up twice, I’m sorry!

    “Do yourself a favor and read this book.  This story is original and hard-hitting with terrific world building and some of the best characters I’ve read.  Yum.” Patricia Briggs, author of the #1 NYTimes Mercy Thompson series

    Available in ebook / print

    Blade Song-urban fantasy

    Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.

    So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.

    Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.

    If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…

    Amazon
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  36. Thanks so much for allowing us non-traditionally published writers to connect with your audience, John,

    In Loco Parentis is my debut YA novella, written as part of NaNoWriMo this past month and published to Amazon for $0.99. This is Book One. Book Two of the trilogy is written and will publish soon.

    Haley’s mom is a robot and her dad is a dog. Don’t tell anyone or she will have to go to the orphanage! Can Haley keep her secret from her boyfriend and defeat the evil MMO guild leader who kidnaps him?

    http://www.amazon.com/In-Loco-Parentis-ebook/dp/B00AF884D2/ref=la_B00AFE2YVO_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354376360&sr=1-1

  37. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity for exposure! It is very much appreciated!
    My book “Bites” is a YA Dark Paranormal Anthology that includes two stories, “Last of the Blood” and “Demonica”. It is published by “Biten Fruit Books” and available in ebook and paperback from all major online retailers (you can also order it in at Barnes and Nobles, Waterstones, WHSMith and other high street book stores.
    Here’s the Blurb:
    “LAST OF THE BLOOD: When the sweet scent reaches me, I know I have found what I’m looking for. My hands reach out in the darkness to the unaware girl. She’s warm and soft, and doesn’t even get to scream before I’m drinking deeply from her, her struggles too feeble to bother me. Only the blood counts. I’ve never tasted anything like it. Gloriously sweet, thick and strong, and full of life. I drink until the hunger subsides, until the body that I hold so close to me hangs lifelessly in my arms. Only then I see. Only then I recognise it, and the agony …oh, the agony is more than I can bear! DEMONICA: Tonight is the Midwinter Solstice Ball, the most important night in the Daemonic Court’s calendar. This is the night when new disciples are chosen, when demons come out to play, and all bets are off. As it happens, tonight is also the night I become Queen.”
    “Bites” is a debut anthology of two dark, YA paranormal fantasies from new author, Ninfa Hayes. (Suitable for older young adult readers.)

    I also have a free ebook coming out today called “Nannies, Inc.”, a fantasy and very light steampunk short story of around 6k words. you can download it from Smashwords right now but it should hit other online stores in the next few days :)

  38. Duck Blood Soup by The Brothers Hofer is a fantasy/steam punk novel that we have just self-published on Kindle. It was written for early to mid teens but will appeal to older readers. We tried to go for strong female characters and find new perspectives on non-human characters.

    http://www.amazon.com/Duck-Blood-Soup-Caldarium-ebook/dp/B00AGOISEU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354631686&sr=1-1

    From the book description:

    When Eizenfeng’s leading wizards combine science with magic, the world changes dramatically. Technological advancements, coupled with racial and economic tensions propel the country toward war with a longtime ally. Jeunelux is oblivious to the building turmoil; scorching days harvesting tomatoes and her annoying older brother are more pressing concerns.

    Suddenly, strange dreams that haunt her nights become reality. Jeunelux, along with two other untrained and unlicensed teen wizards embark on a quest to save the girl’s father, rescue a giant, and prevent a war. The three friends must quickly hone their magical skills and take on responsibilities beyond their years to save innocent lives.

  39. My novel, Barely There, is a gripping Action-adventure set in Brazil and Angola. It passes the Bechdel test and is on sale for $0.99 (Kindle Version) for the rest of the week!

    Taken … and no one knows where…

    This novel is inspired by the true events of a slave ship that disappeared off the west coast of Africa during an era of human savagery and ruthlessness. The year was 2001.

    Kerri Mansfield and her family have a tangled history of colonization and aid — not just to one nation, but to all of Africa it seems. When the slave ship, Etireno, goes missing, Kerri is one of the few people who knows where to look. One of the few with the contacts and resources needed to find it. But she must hurry because the children on board weren’t taken by chance. It’s revenge in its ugliest form.

    Buy it or try it! http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barely+there+by+lila+schow

  40. My first novel, Ashes of Alour-Tan, is now available!

    Finton saw the destruction of his village, watched the murder of his loved ones, and felt the cold embrace of death itself–heralding the beginning of a new life far more bizarre than he could have imagined.

    Brought back to life by the mysterious Work of Alour-Tan, Finton finds himself carrying knowledge of immense value in an unfamiliar world that regards him as an abominable creature of evil. As he comes to grips with his situation, he befriends a cannon-wielding elf scout and a philosophical ogre linguist on a journey to the mythical dragon city of Olkelban, where a centuries-old feud threatens to escalate into open warfare and plunge the entire region into chaos.

    All the details are here, including the first two chapters!

    Scalzi, thanks very much for giving us the chance to promote our work!

  41. I started serializing my novels on my site, “BOZ.” Publishing earlier this year. The idea behind it was to create a piece of technology that allows people to read my stuff (and in the near future, other author’s as well,) on a tablet as if they were using an app. The site is fixed height and width and automatically scales to the device you’re using.

    You can check out the site here: http://bozpublishing.com/

    What you’ll find on the site right now is a book I’ve been writing called The Returners. It’s in its first season and the novel goes up on Amazon in parts (which helps me pay for the site.) The story is about historical figures (Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan,) coming back to life in the modern era and retaining all of their memories from a previous life, except someone is trying to kill them. Oh, did I mention Albert Einstein is in it as a thirteen-year-old boy?

    ScienceFiction.com said, “To put it completely blunt, ‘The Returners’ is a work of art—a harmonious blend of science fiction, humor, action, history, and a hint of romance.”

    If that sounds interesting, you can read more about it, or purchase part 1 of the season for .99 cents here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Returners-Season-Part-ebook/dp/B00810TW6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336400995&sr=8-1

    Hope you guys have a chance to check out my stuff!

    -mikey neumann,

  42. For those looking for a fast paced, apocalyptic read, I would like to suggest my novella “Human Instincts”.

    Short description:
    First, there was a war. Then they broke the world by trying to stop it. And now, it’s her turn to fix it before it’s too late. Will humanity prevail?

    From one reviewer:
    I like reading apocalyptic novels, but I haven’t quite read one like this. It has a very unique and clever premise, with wonderfully developed characters moving it along. It’s quick paced and I finished it before I knew it; I was so engrossed in the story.

    Available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BICTQQ
    Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/172012
    and other on-line stores.

    Thank you, Mr. Scalzi, for this opportunity!

  43. Thanks for the opportunity!

    My SF novella, Lyon’s Legacy, is about a young scientist, Joanna Lyon, sent to an alternate universe to clone the musical ancestor she despises. Will meeting her ancestor hurt or heal her issues with her parents? Can she protect the clone from her greedy uncle, and if so, at what cost to herself and her plans?

    http://www.amazon.com/Lyons-Legacy-Catalyst-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005T82Z0G/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354632012&sr=8-1

    The Kindle version is available for $2.99; it’s also available in paperback and as an audiobook.

  44. This is a great idea, and I’m finding out about such fantastic-sounding books! Thanks for the opportunity. If you like romance, mystery and a breakneck pace, read on :)

    TORCHED stars cheerleader Rose Whitfield, whose senior year goes up in smoke when she’s framed for arson. Believing the culprit to be her neighbor Paxton, with whom she’s been feuding since middle school, she sets out to clear her name, get her life back and take Paxton down hard–not necessarily in that order.

    Miranda Kenneally (author of CATCHING JORDAN) called my young-adult contemporary novel “Fun, sexy, and hilarious!” and it’s available as a paperback and for Kindle and Nook. Find out more (and read a 100-page sample!) at http://www.lynncolt.com

  45. Thanks for the opportunity!

    His Christmas Wish, a holiday novella, has been selected as a Breakout Book for iBookstore Australia and New Zealand. Here’s the blurb:
    There’s no time like the Present…

    War Hero, Joaquin Morales, returns to Holland Springs, North Carolina after years of estrangement from his family…and his wife. His new mission: To convince his wife that they have a Future together.

    Falling in love with her husband for the second time was *not* a part of Sage Caswell’s plans for the Holiday Season. She’s convinced that what they had belongs in the Past.

    With the help of a little Christmas magic (and a well-timed snowstorm), can Joaquin and Sage’s dreams come true?
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/his-christmas-wish/id578902539?mt=11

    *And* if you’re looking for a FREE read, please consider my short, Seduction of the Billoniare Playboy Actor. Here’s the blurb:
    In order to capture the attention of Hollywood’s latest British import and newest bad boy, recent graduate student, Zoe Ambrose, disguises herself at a masked ball as a woman named Amber. She has seduction on her mind and Christian is the target.

    Christian Romanov, heir to a mineral and oil conglomerate, has chosen acting as his latest insult to his uptight family. Despite excelling at his new profession, it doesn’t fill the void in his soul. Then he meets the mysterious Amber at a masked ball and his world is flipped upside down.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seduction-billionaire-playboy/id562700045?mt=11

  46. Hello, all! If someone in your life loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ready Player One, Clerks, and/or The Middleman, then I hope they will enjoy my novel Geekomancy, an ebook original published July 2012 by Pocket Star.

    When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, snarky barista Ree Reyes writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side. Here, astral cowboy hackers fight trolls, rubber-suited werewolves, and elegant Gothic Lolita witches while wielding nostalgia-powered props.

    Ree joins Eastwood (aka Scruffy Guy), investigating a mysterious string of teen suicides as she tries to recover from her own drag-your-heart-through-jagged-glass breakup. But as she digs deeper, Ree discovers Eastwood may not be the knight-in-cardboard armor she thought. Will Ree be able to stop the suicides, save Eastwood from himself, and somehow keep her job?

    Geekomancy is available for $5.99 in all ebook formats, platforms, and territories. You can sample the first three chapters for free through The Reading Room.

  47. Thank you, John, for this generous opportunity! My company is called Hasslein Books (http://www.hassleinbooks.com), and we publish non-fiction reference books about various franchises, including Planet of the Apes, James Bond and more. Our most recent title is A MATTER OF TIME: THE UNAUTHORIZED BACK TO THE FUTURE LEXICON, by yours truly, which can be ordered via Amazon, CreateSpace and the official BTTF Web site–links to the various ordering options, along with the book’s cover and description, and an excerpt in PDF format, can be found here: http://www.hassleinbooks.com/pages/book_bttfLexicon.php.

    In a nutshell, A MATTER OF TIME is an encyclopedia covering the entire BTTF franchise: every character, place and object from not only the films, but also the screenplays, cartoons, novels, video games, card game, amusement-park ride and more. The book discusses the characters’ many ancestors and descendants; every one of Doc’s eccentric inventions (there have been more than you might think, each crazier than the last); and every Hill Valley business–past, present and future. It contains nearly 3,000 alphabetical entries, a stunning cover and interior artwork by Pat Carbajal, a foreword by BTTF.com’s Stephen Clark, an episode guide to the BTTF expanded universe and other goodies. It’s been getting great reviews since its release at Thanksgiving, and I’m very proud of it.

  48. Thanks, John.

    My fantasy novel, Sword of Queens, is available on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook.

    Sword of Queens by Joan Marie Verba http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0098SC634

    The kingdom of Somerlie has been in the grip of the evil overlord Tashtalon for over 500 years. No one has ever seen Tashtalon, but he puts the kingdom to sleep every night, and during the night, people disappear, never to be seen again. Gill has spent her life thinking these things could not possibly be changed, until strange events point her to the only thing that can defeat Tashtalon…a magical weapon called the Sword of Queens. To prevent its use, Tashtalon made a law saying that any woman wielding a sword will be put to death…and he enforces that law savagely. Can Gill summon the courage to find the sword and use it before Tashtalon kills her?

  49. Hoping I’m putting this in the right place, and thanks for the opportunity. Several of us local to Indianapolis did short stories located in the following anthology. The following is the link and synopsis.

    http://www.amazon.com/Unreal-City-Rose-Streif/dp/0985409703/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354631782&sr=8-1&keywords=Unreal+City

    Uncanny Indianapolis: featuring stories by Kelli Kern, Chris Canary, Rose Streif, Amanda Dailey-Weaver, S. Ashley Couts, and Jonathan R. Chase. – An office worker is embroiled in a peculiar moral dilemma concerning her CEO. – Two students of the magical arts travel an apocalyptic wasteland populated with strange terrors. – A vampire gets more than he bargains for when he bites a woman tripping on acid. – An angel of death and an angel of chaos must rectify a missed assignment. – Evil faces evil when the carnival comes to town. – A man is forced to reassess his life when faced with a literal breakdown of reality. Weird nightmares, fantastic visions and haunted dreams populate this anthology of tales featuring the Circle City as it never was.

    Thanks again!

  50. Pay Me, Bug! ($3.50)

    If Oscar Wilde had borrowed H.G. Welles’ time machine (they were contemporaries, it could happen)[1] and travelled to the 1970s, where he proceeded to hang out with Harry Harrison, and then wrote a Space Opera/Heist called “The Importance of Paying Bug,” and if I had, some forty years later, found H.G. Welles’ time machine and travelled back to the 1970s, stolen Wilde’s manuscript, and republished it in these modern times under my own name, Pay Me, Bug! might be the result.[2] Pay Me, Bug! features: one cheerfully amoral smuggler, one despotic empire, one democratically elected republic not above dirty tricks… not to mention cybernetic cyborg slavers, insane telepaths, pirates, ruffians, and a two-and-a-half meter tall, hyperintelligent bug. The Pay Me, Bug! product page (links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo)

    Curveball ($1.50/issue)

    If cheerful Space Opera isn’t your bag, perhaps your refined tastes prefer a noble experiment featuring a) Superheroes, and b) Murder Most Foul. Curveball is a “prose comic” — essentially, it’s just like a regularly published comic book with a few… er… omissions. Curveball is my attempt to re-create the feel of reading a comic book without actually including any pictures, which some people have pointed out is a ridiculous notion, but that kind of talk only encourages me.

    Curveball is the story of CB, former villain and America’s greatest hero’s sidekick (retired). When America’s greatest hero is murdered, CB comes out of retirement to find out why…

    There are currently four issues of Curveball available. The Curveball product page (links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo)
    —–
    [1] For any definition of “it could happen” that involves accepting that a) time travel could happen, and b) H.G. Welles had actually invented a time machine.

    [2] However, I categorically deny any accusations of that kind. If I had access to time travel I promise you I would have more stuff

  51. Praise be to the great Scalzi, may his beard grow long and never need grooming.

    “The Unity Chronicles” will form an extensive future history, recording the rise, rule, and fall of the first galactic government. The first novel in the series, “Ex Nihilo”, chronicles the banding together of humanity in response to its first contact with hostile alien life.

    Website / Amazon / Lulu.com

  52. LITTLE DAVID LOST is my first attempt at putting something out there non-traditionally as an e-book only novel. It is listed as a YA horror that I hope lives up to the horror tag! Description below!

    Marybelle Lane would never say she’d had a perfect life. Nightmares haunted her nearly every night. Things she couldn’t explain kept happening. And just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, her dad died right in front of her, seemingly murdered by a nightmare turned real. But mercifully, the nightmares ceased.

    Or did they?

    Only a year after her torments ended, the nightmares have returned. Marybelle knows they are real, though no one believes her. She fears the night, knowing that if she falls asleep, she’ll be haunted by a world of dust where a trio of girls sing a rhyme she can’t decipher, by shadows that move…

    …and by the decayed voice of a little boy she is beginning to know all too well…

    David.

    You can find more info at my website! http://esmoore.net/blog/books/little-david-lost/

  53. Hello, firstly, thank you so much for giving us this amazing opportunity to promote our books!

    The House of Pomegranates Press would like to announce two very exciting releases. The first, a new edition of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic Carmilla. With publishing Carmilla we begin our Pomegranate Vintage Vampire Series. Over the next few years we intend to publish – beautifully – as many vintage vampire novels as we can. Why? Because we grew up with these stories, stories that were simply scary, that transported us out of our bedrooms and in to other magical worlds. Then as we grew our complicated messy brains morphed them in to not just esoteric shadows under our beds, but real, tangible existentialist demons. They walked amongst us, they became our friends, our lovers, our fears. So we are taking it upon ourselves to gather those demons, wrap them in lovely covers, and put them in to context with intelligent introductions by fascinating people.
    Carmilla features beautiful illustrations by Taeden Hall and a foreword commissioned especially for the book by the quite wonderful, erudite Mr. Daniel Richler. Who better but he to blend vampires, Victoriana, politics, feminism and girl school lesbianism?

    The second is the long awaited short story collection by eccentric writer/artist David Keyes entitled I Do So Worry For All Those Lost At Sea. Ghosts are haunted, girls fling themselves out of windows, wolves are cartographers, hares pornographers, mermaids are rescued from carnival sideshows and everyone drinks cocktails and comments on the moon. Collected here for the first time are 10 short stories and his novella The House of Sleep. Each story a slight variation on reality, each it’s own weather system, it’s own logic, surreal, beautiful and haunting, all recorded in Keyes’ melancholic prose style.
    For a sample story press here.

    Please pay a visit to Nancy Baker who is part of the Pomegranate family, oh and our blog here.

  54. Pia Sabel plays to win.

    Until a few weeks ago, she was an international soccer star. But now she’s taken the helm of her billionaire father’s private security company, and she’s playing against a whole new set of opponents – the kind who shoot to kill.

    On her first day on the job, Pia’s client is assassinated in front of her. There’s no time for training, so Pia must trust her instincts and athletic skills to unravel the complicated maze of money laundering and piracy that will take her from Swiss mansions to the jungles of Cameroon.

    Her battle-hardened employees suspect she’s just a spoiled rich girl with a mean corner kick. But Pia’s got some unexpected moves of her own. Will they be enough to bring her team through its mission?

    Email the author for a review copy at seeley@seeleyjames.com or buy at Amazon.

    Thank you, Seeley

  55. John, thank you so much for this generous invitation.

    Let me introduce CEPHRAEL’S HAND, an award-winning epic fantasy. http://amzn.to/QKkLcC

    Everyone is either a “piece” or a “player” in the First Lord’s darkly magnificent game…

    “Fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will love this new series by Melissa McPhail. Her first novel was ambitious, well written, loaded with intrigue, rich characters, and intertwining plots…If you are looking for the next great fantasy series, here it is!”

    “[Cephrael's Hand] is a richly imagined piece of work…the characters are engaging, and McPhail manages to do some very original things, which is often difficult in fantasy, given that so much work in the genre relies on Tolkienian stereotypes….some strong work here.”

    “Cephrael’s Hand is a big book that takes place in big world, but it isn’t overwhelming like certain other fantasy doorstoppers. Each character is likable and interesting, and each plot thread is connected to all the others–and thus actually matters. There are no wasted words or filler scenes…A sense of purposeful motion fills every page.”

    “The sad part is that the book had an ending.”

    Cephrael’s Hand: http://amzn.to/QKkLcC

  56. Thanks for the promo opportunity!

    He’s the powerful shapeshifter trapped behind bars. She’s the doctor who can set him free or sentence him to death.

    Shapeshifter Jake Finn thinks he’s crazy. No one can turn into a lion or a dragon, right? And his delusions are getting worse every day. When Anjali, a beautiful new researcher walks into the private facility where he is incarcerated, he’s stunned to find his delusions soothed, but his desire inflamed.

    Bbut all is not what it seems. The owner of the facility has plans for Jake and they dn’t include his continued existence. Anjali may not be just his fated mate, she might also be the only one who can save him.

    IN LIKE A LION (THE CHIMERA CHRONICLES 1) is available December 19th. Check out http://www.KarinShah.wordpress.com for more!

    Also check out my backlist. STARJACKED (Sci-Fi Romance) http://www.amazon.com/Starjacked-ebook/dp/B002GEDEZ6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
    And BLOOD AND KISSES (Paranormal Romance) http://www.amazon.com/Blood-and-Kisses-ebook/dp/B005VHL4DE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354633231&sr=1-1&keywords=blood+and+kisses

    Thanks again!

  57. Heya! Keith R.A. DeCandido here again.

    I have two series of fantastical police procedurals floating around. One is published by Crossroad Press, a micropress, and is only one book so far, though I have plans for at least two more; the other is from the New Jersey-based small press Dark Quest Books.

    From Crossroad, we have Super City Police Department, the story of cops in a city filled with superheroes (think The Wire meets The Avengers). Super City has its share of costumed heroes — the Superior Six, the Terrific Trio, the Cowboy, the Bruiser, Amethyst, Spectacular Man — but this isn’t their story, but rather the story of the SCPD, the uniforms and detectives who have to clean up after them, whether it’s a DUI with no ID who sobers up and blows a big hole in the drunk tank with his super powers, or trying to figure out why the Cowboy left this guy lassooed to a lamppost. The Case of the Claw has the super-powered serial killer known as the Claw striking again, and Detectives Milewski and McAvoy must solve the homicide before more victims are claimed — and also try to get the surprisingly recalcitrant Superior Six to assist.

    Meanwhile, Dark Quest picked up my fantasy police procedural series (think Law & Order meets Lord of the Rings) in 2011, with the reprinting of Dragon Precinct and the release of Unicorn Precinct. Goblin Precinct came out in 2012, and there’s a short story collection (Tales from Dragon Precinct) and a fourth novel (Gryphon Precinct) due in 2013. These novels take place in the port city-state of Cliff’s End, home to humans, elves, dwarves, and halflings. The Cliff’s End Castle Guard is tasked with maintaining the Lord and Lady’s law in the demesne and that includes solving crimes. The series focuses on Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald, an affable human from a utopian intellectual community that he ran screaming from, and Danthres Tresyllione, a half-elf woman who is brilliant but also exceedingly cranky. In Dragon Precinct, they must find out who’s killing the members of a heroic quest one by one; Unicorn Precinct has them trying to solve the killer of a girl from the nobility who has used magick to hide their identity; and Goblin Precinct has a magickally enhanced designer drug wreaking havoc on the slums of Cliff’s End.

    Ordering links for all four books are available at my web site, and they’re available in both print and eBook form. Audios are planned for all four as well, for 2013.

  58. On the off chance that we’ve got some programmers in the audience, some technical non-fiction, because why not..

    _Master Space and Time in JavaScript_ is a four part series aimed at developers who have a basic knowledge of JavaScript but who need to learn about newer tools and practices.

    If you poked at JavaScript but haven’t done much with it recently, the tools, libraries, and coding patterns have all changed dramatically. Master Space and Time in JavaScript gives you guidance on how to approach the simple parts of your JavaScript code first and how to manage the complex parts as needed.

    Purchase at http://www.noelrappin.com/mstwjs

  59. It’s hard to keep up with J.S.! I’m still enjoying ‘The Last Colony’. Great idea John. Thanks! Here goes for The Calling, my mid-grade – to – YA science fiction adventure novel…

    Imagine that a total stranger rescues you from imminent death, but he is then kidnapped by merciless thugs. What would you do? Valin Derojan, a teenage nomad on the remote planet Elmarune, is desperate to regain his lost tribal honour, and the man who rescued him is taken hostage by the Vreymaks, vicious raiders from space. This might be his only chance.

    And then his girl-cousin Merratol, fired by a thirst for revenge when her father is murdered by the Vreymaks, stows away when Valin sets off on his rescue attempt. Must he protect her, or will she end up saving him? And can it be true that the Vreymaks are just pawns in a much, much greater conflict? An elusive band of freedom-fighters contacts Valin and Merratol. The action ramps up in every chapter to a conflict that points towards further episodes: ‘Beyond The Elder Stars’.

    The Calling is available in print at CreateSpace and on Amazon Kindle.

  60. Thank you John!
    The racing industry has all types of people involved from the drivers to the mechanics even to the office support staff. The wives of those who travel, even if they aren’t drivers, call themselves racing widows. These are the women who stay home and raise their children. They shuttle the kids to preschool and soccer games and anything else to keep the kids in as normal an upbringing they can. The Racer’s Widow is a story of one such family.

    Christie and Keith McClure are a racing family with twin sons who are active in karting, which is a competitive form of motorsport racing used as a training ground for children. Keith is an engineer on a professional race team. Tragedy strikes and Christie is left to raise her sons alone. But life keeps going and she finds strength in her children, friends and eventually a new relationship with Devin Sinclair.

    http://www.amazon.com/Racers-Widow-ebook/dp/B00AAHCEC0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354633228&sr=1-1&keywords=The+racer%27s+widow

  61. Thanks for the promo opportunity! (corrected:-))

    He’s the powerful shapeshifter trapped behind bars. She’s the doctor who can set him free or sentence him to death.

    Shapeshifter Jake Finn thinks he’s crazy. No one can turn into a lion or a dragon, right? And his delusions are getting worse every day. When Anjali, a beautiful new researcher walks into the private facility where he is incarcerated, he’s stunned to find his delusions soothed, but his desire inflamed.

    But all is not what it seems. The owner of the facility has plans for Jake and they don’t include his continued existence. Anjali may not be just his fated mate, she might also be the only one who can save him.

    IN LIKE A LION (THE CHIMERA CHRONICLES 1) is available December 19th. Check out http://www.KarinShah.wordpress.com for more!

    Also check out my backlist. STARJACKED (Sci-Fi Romance) http://www.amazon.com/Starjacked-ebook/dp/B002GEDEZ6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
    And BLOOD AND KISSES (Paranormal Romance) http://www.amazon.com/Blood-and-Kisses-ebook/dp/B005VHL4DE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354633231&sr=1-1&keywords=blood+and+kisses

    Thanks again!

  62. If you like your urban fantasy lighter-hearted, with music, magic, and computer geekery, I invite you to check out my current book Faerie Blood!

    Kendis Thompson of Seattle thinks she’s as normal as the next computer geek, and up till now, she’s been right. But her world is about to turn on its ear, for she is the daughter of a Seelie Court mage and her mortal husband–and her faerie blood is awakening. Suddenly the city she’s known all her life is transforming before her eyes. Trolls haunt the bike trails. Fairies and goblins run loose in the streets. An old woman who is not what she seems and a young wanderer running from his past stand ready to defend Seattle–and Kendis–from magical assault. She will need those allies, for the power rising within her is calling her fey kin to the Emerald City to find her. And kill her.

    Previously published through Drollerie Press, republished by myself as part of a successful Kickstarter with gorgeous new cover art by Kiri Moth, Faerie Blood is available electronically through Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes, and the Kobo book store. But it’s ALSO available in print, and I have a couple dozen print copies I will happily send out to interested parties! I’ll even be waiving my shipping charges for the entire month of December, so I’m asking $15 to ship anywhere in the world.

    You can find links to buy it electronically, info on how to get a print copy from me, and sample chapters on the book’s official page!

    Thanks all, and thanks to John for giving us an opportunity to promote!

  63. Thanks so much for the chance to do this :) I’d like to big up my two volume fantasy with elves and WWII airmen and gay romance:

    Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon

    When Ben Chaudhry is attacked in his own home by elves, they disappear as quickly as they came. He reaches for the phone book, but what kind of exterminator gets rid of the Fae? Maybe the Paranormal Defense Agency will ride to his rescue.

    Sadly, they turn out to be another rare breed: a bunch of UFO hunters led by Chris Gatrell, who—while distractingly hot—was forcibly retired from the RAF on grounds of insanity.

    Shot down in WWII—and shot forward seventy years in time, stranded far from his wartime sweetheart—Chris has been a victim of the elves himself. He fears they could destroy Ben’s life as thoroughly as they destroyed his. While his team tries to determine what the elves want with Ben, Chris is more than willing to protect Ben with his body. He never bargained for his heart getting involved.

    Just as they begin to think there’s a chance to build a new life together, a ghostly voice from Chris’s past warns that the danger is greater than they can imagine. And it may take more than a team of rank amateurs to keep Ben – and the world – out of the elf queen’s snatching hands…

    Under the Hill: Dogfighters

    Kidnapped by the Faerie Queen, Ben is confronted with his own supernatural heritage, a royal family and a lover he doesn’t remember. His first instinct is to turn his back on them all and get back to Earth. Compared to this, Chris and his wacky cohorts seem almost…normal.

    Back on Earth, Chris Gatrell is having trouble convincing the police that he didn’t do away with Ben and hide the body. Determined not to lose another sweetheart to the elves’ treachery, he presses his motley crew of ghost hunters to steal a Mosquito bomber…and prays the ghosts of his WWII crew will carry them through the portal to Ben’s rescue.

    Meanwhile, Chris’s elf-trapped WWII love, Geoff, has a dragon and he’s not afraid to use it. If only he could be entirely sure which of the elf queens is the real enemy—the one whose army is poised to take back planet Earth for elf-kind.

    In the cataclysmic battle to come, more than one lover—human and elf alike—may forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.

    ~
    As reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly here and here.

  64. Two ebooks published by Book View Cafe, the author-owned-and-operated publishing co-op:
    Changeling, a coming of age story. It’s not about faeries. Originally published by Aqueduct Press and still available in print as well.
    Flashes of Illumination, a collection of 52 very short stories. Slipstream, SF, Fantasy, even some flash memoir.
    Both books available here. Free excerpts provided.
    Thanks, John.
    Nancy Jane Moore

  65. Thanks, John!
    THE SINS OF THE FATHER is the 5th book in my Derek Stillwater series. The first 4 were actually traditionally published, but I have since gone off on my own with it. Derek, a troubleshooter for Homeland Security and expert in biological and chemical terrorism, discovers he has a child born to a Russian FSB agent he had briefly had an affair with. But she died in a terrorism investigation in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He travels to Moscow to meet his son, but becomes tangled up in the terrorism investigation when he is caught in a terror attack on the U.S. Embassy. Available as an ebook in several formats as well as in trade paper. “Mark Terry writes like Lee Child on steroids.” – Ray Walsh, Lansing State Journal

  66. Hi! I’m Milton Davis, a self publisher of science fiction and fantasy focused on people of color. I currently have six books published, but I’ll only post the description of my most popular which is Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology.

    “Magic. Myth. Warfare. Wonder. Beauty. Bravery. Glamour. Gore. Sorcery. Sensuality. These and many more elements of fantasy await you in the pages of Griots, which brings you the latest stories of the new genre called Sword and Soul. The tales told in Griots are the annals of the Africa that was, as well as Africas that never were, may have been, or should have been. They are the legends of a continent and people emerging from shadows thrust upon them in the past. They are the sagas sung by the modern heirs of the African story-tellers known by many names – including griots. Here, you will meet mighty warriors, seductive sorceresses, ambitious monarchs, and cunning courtesans. Here, you will journey through the vast variety of settings Africa offers, and inspires. Here, you will savor what the writings of the modern-day griots have to offer: journeys through limitless vistas of the imagination, with a touch of color and a taste of soul.”

    You can find Griots and my other titles on my site: http://www.mvmediaatl.com/. My books are also available through Amazon and Barnes and Nobles, and e-books are available for Kindle and Nook. Thanks for the opportunity, John!

  67. Ever wonder about those folks who put up their Christmas decorations – before Thanksgiving’s even out? Ever wonder what might happen if two neighbors took the whole thing … a little too seriously?

    “Home for the Holidays” may sound like another treacly seasonal book title, but it’s actually the title story from my first short fiction collection – and in it, a feud over holiday cheer turns deadly when two Austin-area suburban men get very, very involved in home decoration. It’s just one of six tales (some published online or in podcast form previously) in my first short fiction collection, now available in print and for Kindle at Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Home-Holidays-Collected-Randee-Dawn/dp/1480210358/ ). Joining that little dark comedy tale are five other mixed-genre stories, including one where an ordinary vintage piece of clothing turns out to have sinister intentions; a simple ladies’ room mistake can be one woman’s downfall; and a zombie awakens, fully conscious … and vengeful.

    I’ve got one other non-fiction book under my belt, “The Law & Order: SVU Unofficial Companion,” which charts the rise and success of that long-running TV series (http://www.amazon.com/Law-Order-Special-Unofficial-Companion/dp/1933771887/ ) and features an introduction from the franchise’s creator, Dick Wolf. In my non-book-writing life I’m an entertainment writer for such publications as Variety, TODAY.com and the Los Angeles Times.

    But really – go “Home for the Holidays” this season – it’s a perfect stocking stuffer for someone who prefers the darker underbelly of this most wonderful time of the year.

    Thank you to John!

  68. Thanks for offering your forum to this purpose, John! My novella, ‘Sweet Mercy’ has just been released from a small digitally-based publisher, Champagne Books (http://champagnebooks.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=623) . I wanted to write a super-hero romance in which the really kick-ass superpower is the ability to convey feelings of compassion and serenity. The problem is that these aren’t the only feelings the reverse-empath heroine lets loose on the world. There’s a hero too, who’s Teela Brown lucky, also a super villain, and rottweilers.

  69. Much obliged for this opportunity, John.

    Threat Session by Craig Hughes

    A war reporter finds himself caught between two interplanetary superpowers and their secret war. When the Sovereign of the Protectorate asks him to turn detective and uncover a dangerous conspiracy, finding out who is turning up the heat under this cold war is just the beginning. This time his job is not to report on a war, but to stop one.

    Readers describe Threat Session: “The universe is beautifully realised, descriptive and vibrant, the dialogue between characters is sharp and crisp, and the story is coherent and flowing.”

    “A sure-footed debut with a truly explosive climax.”

    Available in paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Threat-Session-Craig-Hughes/dp/1468005073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354632699&sr=8-1&keywords=threat+session

    and on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Threat-Session-ebook/dp/B006YV4Q40/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354632699&sr=8-1

  70. FARTING IN CHURCH is seven religiously irreverent and somewhat fictionalized tales of the author’s mistakes and occasional triumphs. These stories and short essays will make you laugh and show you it’s OK to laugh at your mistakes, because everyone else does.

    Available for Kindle at Amazon.com – Only .99¢: http://www.amazon.com/Farting-in-Church-ebook/dp/B0052OVA30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306515965&sr=8-1

    Essays include:
    “The Ramens and the Robo Cashier”

    I began feeding coins into the coin slot. Each time I entered a coin the robo-cashier said “Please Insert Payment.” Every time.

    “This Line Has No Beginning and No End”

    The trick of bureaucratic jujitsu is to be over-prepared. I had all my forms ready with a list of references, my social security card, termination email, and a voided blank check for the direct deposit.

    “Farting in Church”

    With an angel-deafening bluster, a fart roared through the gymnasium, climbing to a forte then ascending to a piccolo then down another register.

    “What Happens in Amsterdam Stains in Amsterdam”

    On my drab sweater, the consequence ran in a long, diagonal streak from my belly to my right shoulder. I desperately tried to dab it off with the toilet paper but just got smeared.

    “A Cubicle Carol”

    Across the field of cubicles, other people rose and sang. We were mostly off key, but eventually we found the harmony. One person even stood on his cubicle table singing with such power and sincerity that it emboldened the rest of us.

  71. Thanks, John!

    I’m an indie author, playwright and editor with two pieces to offer for your Christmas gift lists. Both books donate a portion of proceeds to charities.

    HOT MESS: speculative fiction about climate change
    A short fiction anthology; six short stories on the theme of life after climate change. From a dying vineyard to a sinking city, from fashion to religious philosophy, how will our lives change with shifting climates? Five authors from around the world including RJ Astruc, Rachel Lynn Brody, Miranda Doerfler, Sare Liz Gordy and Eric Sipple put forward their visions of the future. A portion of proceeds benefits climate-change-related charities & causes.

    Buy it on Amazon (Kindle and Print): http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Mess-speculative-fiction-ebook/dp/B007MFDU3K

    HAIKU OF THE LIVING DEAD: zombie haiku to wake the dead
    A compilation of over 100 Zombie Haiku from international contributors. A portion of proceeds benefits Doctors Without Borders.

    Buy it on Amazon (Kindle and Print): http://www.amazon.com/Haiku-Of-The-Living-Dead/dp/1478241705

  72. Thanks for this opportunity!

    The II AM TRILOGY is complete! Dark, gritty vampire books that nonetheless touch on themes of hope, love and redemption, the acclaimed series has won fans and high ratings all over the world for its fast action, strong cast, smart dialog, and signature lead character Two Majors. Forced into an addiction she never asked for and cannot escape, Two begins her journey as a nineteen year-old prostitute on the streets of Brooklyn, but her life changes forever when she meets Theroen, a vampire in a black Ferrari who leads her into an unimaginable world of wealth, love and privilege, but one which is filled as well with danger, darkness, and despair. Theroen’s master Abraham lurks, and Two’s arrival is the catalyst that triggers the end of the dark game he has been playing for centuries.

    These vampires don’t sparkle!

    THE BLOOD THAT BONDS, the first book in the series, is FREE for all major eBook platforms and is $9.99 in print. BLOOD HUNT, the sequel, is $2.99 for all major eBook platforms and $11.99 in print. THE CHILDREN OF THE SUN, just released on November 1st and bringing the trilogy to its conclusion, is also $2.99 for all major eBook platforms and is $12.99 in print. All three books are widely available at eBook retailers. A complete set of links for each book is available at the II AM TRILOGY website: http://iiamtrilogy.com/

  73. Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. Scalzi!

    My novella, One Con Glory, is a geek romantic comedy set at a comic book convention. A brief description:

    Diehard fangirl Julie loves Buffy marathons, fighting about comic book continuity, and being left alone. But more than anything, Julie loves Glory Gilmore, a mostly-forgotten C-List superheroine from the world of ’80s comics. For years, she’s longed to reclaim the precious Glory action figure that’s eluded her grasp so many times before. And one fateful weekend, she has the chance to do just that…

    More info — including all buy links for print and digital editions — can be found here.

  74. Singapore-based Math Paper Press just recently released my newest anthology, Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction, and that link will allow you to buy it direct from the publisher from anywhere in the world. If the title alone doesn’t persuade you, check out this description:

    Fish Eats Lion collects the best original speculative fiction being written in Singapore today, a home-grown anthology featuring a refreshing variety of voices and perspectives. Here are tales that are recognizably science fiction and fantasy, and others that blend genres and tropes, including absurdism, police procedural, fairy tales, steampunk, pre- and post-apocalypse, political satire, and alien first contact. These twenty-two stories—from emerging writers publishing their first work to winners of the Singapore Literature Prize and the Cultural Medallion—explore the fundamental singularity of the Lion City.

    In addition, my 2011 collection of equatorial fantastika, Red Dot Irreal, is now also available for ordering, for a newly reduced price. Jonathan Carroll said of the book: “Stories exotic, spicy, and redolent as a four-star curry. A fine meal for the mind awaits you in Lundberg’s collection.” And Jeffrey Ford thinks that “Red Dot Irreal teems with imagination, location, originality, and fine writing.” Not bad, right?

    And hey, while you’re clicking around at the BooksActually Web Store, check out the anthologies Coast, edited by Daren Shiau and Wei Fen Lee, and The Ayam Curtain, edited by June Yang and Joyce Chng (both of which I have stories in), or any of the other Math Paper Press titles on offer. (If you want further recommendations, feel free to email me or contact me through Facebook.)

  75. My first novel SOME DISTANT SHORE tells the story of two star systems colliding, as Mike Christopher of the Earth starship ASAPH HALL is rushing to unlock their secrets.

    But two alien races on the journey are keeping their own potentially deadly secrets. It doesn’t help that the love of his life can’t handle the emotional stress of being near him — and he has to give the Earth ambassador on-the-job training!

    SOME DISTANT SHORE came about from my desire to tell a “big” story, one involving several alien races and some “Doc Smith” kinds of pyrotechnics with planets literally colliding, while not skimping on characterization.

    If you don’t care about the characters in a story, all the plot machinations in the world won’t keep you reading. Even readers who couldn’t recount the plot of a single Sherlock Holmes story can point to the man’s unique characteristics — his embrace of rationality over emotion, his need for his mind to be engaged in solving the puzzle of a murder or other crime, and how he resorts to the artificial stimulation of cocaine between cases.

    One of my favorite quotes about characterization is from writer/director Joss Whedon (FIREFLY; THE AVENGERS): “You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”

    I hope you enjoy the journey of Mike, Linna, Codari, Syradok, Govanek, and all the rest as they cope with perils both physical and emotional and they (and we) find out “who they really are.”

    Regular ANALOG readers will know about Mike Christopher and the adventures of the ASAPH HALL crew, as several of his adventures have been published there. In fact, SOME DISTANT SHORE was first published as a cover story there. The novel version is an expansion of that story.

    Amazon Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008IXIZF8

    Smashwords version: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/179823

    Print version: http://www.yarddogpress.com/books/SomeDistantShore.html

  76. A 300 year-old story collector enlists the help of the computer hacker next door to save her dying sister. A half-resurrected cleanup man for Death’s sprawling bureaucracy faces a phantom pachyderm, doll-collecting sorceresses and his own ghoulish bosses. Gordo, the old Cubano that watches over the graveyards and sleeping children of Brooklyn, stirs and lights another Malagueña. Down the midnight streets of New York, a whole invisible universe churns to life in Daniel José Older’s debut collection of ghost noir. Publishers Weekly calls SALSA NOCTURNA “…striking and original… [Older has] secured himself a place among the rising stars of the genre.”
    More on SALSA NOCTURNA by Daniel José Older

    ***

    Are YOU marked for disappearance? Sabrina Vourvoulias’ debut novel INK is a fictional look at what happens when rhetoric about immigrants escalates to an institutionalized population control system. A biometric tattoo is approved for use to mark temporary workers, permanent residents and citizens with recent immigration history – collectively known as inks. Reforma calls INK “A chilling tale of American apartheid, and the power of love, myth and community.” Publisher’s Weekly says “Readers will be moved by this call for justice in the future and the present.”
    More on INK by Sabrina Vourvoulias

    Both titles are available from Crossed Genres Publications in both print and ebook. Thanks to John for the opportunity to share them!

  77. As an e-experiment, I self-pubbed my dark First Contact novel “The Frozen Sky,” which led to a book deal with 47North for my next novel due in July. Exciting stuff.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Frozen-Sky-Novel-ebook/dp/B009GLM5LG/

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-frozen-sky-jeff-carlson/1113016229?ean=2940012559814

    http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Frozen-Sky-The-Novel/book-kFbjdD9RkEuyREe_7lwrBg/page1.html

    Here’s the back jacket copy:

    “I’m hooked.” —Larry Niven
    “A first-rate adventure.” —Allen Steele

    BENEATH THE ICE

    Something is alive inside Jupiter’s ice moon Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark… where they confront a savage race older than mankind…

    FIRST CONTACT

    Based on the award-winning short story, “The Frozen Sky” is a new full-length sci fi thriller novel from the international bestselling author of “Plague Year.”

  78. My novella “Tucker Teaches the Clockies to Copulate”–the perfect gift for steampunks, deviants, and recovering intellectuals, available as an ebook or limited edition chapbook.

    Lost Creek, Utah Territory, 1874: Crippled, alcoholic, Confederate ne’er-do-well, Dickie Tucker attempts to teach discharged Union battle automatons the art and craft of being–or at least seeming–human. Lois Tilton wrote, the Internet Review of Science Fiction: “dark comedy, wonderfully absurd, riotously bawdy, populated by a full set of fantastically flawed characters …. Yet it is also a poignant tale of wanting to belong, wanting to be counted as a human among humans.”

    Buy it for the Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006RTWZF6/

    Or as a DRM-free, “pick-your-price” ebook bundle, including formats for all devices and added goodies: http://davideriknelson.com/pickupay.html

    Or get an exclusive, handmade, signed and numbered print edition (pics at the top of the “pick-your-price” page). The latest round of print editions have laser-printed interiors, sewn bindings, and handset letterpress-printed covers. Personalized message–even naughty ones!–at your request.

    Thanks again to John and all the patient readers. A tolerable Non-Denominational Gift-Giving Holiday Season to all!

  79. Did you know that Venezuela has more things than oil and beautiful women?
    Yes, there are venezuelan science fiction and fantasy writers, and I am one of them.
    If you can read spanish (or if you are learning spanish) and you are interested in knowing about my literature, you can visit my personal blog: http://ronalddelgado.wordpress.com and download my free ebooks from there (PDF, mobi), or you can get them in ePub format right here:

    Réplica (Replica) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/56483815/Replica%20-%20Ronald%20Delgado.epub
    La Tierra del Cielo sin Sol (The land of the sunless sky) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/56483815/La%20tierra%20del%20cielo%20sin%20sol%20-%20Ronald%20Delgado.epub

    They are both science fiction and fantasy short stories collection written in spanish.
    Hope you enjoy them.

    Sincerely,
    Ronald Delgado.

    P.S.: ¡Muchas gracias, John!

  80. Elm Books is a brand new micro-publisher. Our first book, Death on a Cold Night, is a diverse collection of chilling winter short mysteries from a wide range of genres and is edited by the award nominated mystery author, Jess Faraday. Now available in Epub and Mobi ($4.99) and in a beautiful paperback edition that will be ready to ship next week–perfect timing for Christmas ($14.95). Free sample of all stories available at our website: http://elm-books.com

  81. ‘How Harold Got His Wings’ is a very Canadian fable about a pint sized polar bear who wants nothing more than a pair of wings. it all starts when he enters a contest and wins a cruise.

    Written by Sarah Brannan Braun and illustrated by myself, Amy Pronovost. This first self published edition features a colour cover and black and white illustrations.

    It can be purchased from my StoreEnvy store. if you are outside of Canada and the US, order by the 9th so I can get it in the mail for the cut-off deadline on the 10th of December. :)

    http://artyewok.storenvy.com/products/256391-how-harold-got-his-wings

    Thank you for this opportunity, John!

  82. “Blood Picnic and other stories” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Z2KE14) is an anthology of my flash fiction. It’s a mixture of fantasy, horror, magical realism, and literary fiction. The reviewers of the collection have been particularly impressed with the dialogue, going so far as to say that I am “a master of believable and interesting dialogue” and that I have “an ear for dialog that is rare. Very rare.”

    If you like realistic and compelling dialogue that propels engaging plots, I invite you to give “Blood Picnic” a try. You’re sure to find a story that will stay with you.

    Thanks for the linkage opportunity, John!

  83. Thanks for this opportunity, John!

    TEN THOUSAND GODS is a science fiction/fantasy novel: A thousand years ago during a catastrophic accident, Ertaetha was cut off from real time but now realtimers have found their way back. In the millennium they were gone, an entirely new race has mutated into being. The telepathic, neuter and seemingly emotionless Lalloure live separately from the humans, their lives and their citadels protected by walls of ritual, tradition and stone.

    On a routine pilgrimage the Lalloure Rasong discovers a human child with abilities that appear almost Lallourean and inadvertently bonds with her. And when the realtimers begin to covet the rich, verdant planet perfect for agricultural development, the very existence of the Lallourean race is jeopardized.

    Visit the website: http://www.lalloure.com/ for artwork, character backgrounds and links to buy the novel, both electronically and in paperback.

    Or go directly to: http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Thousand-Gods-Tales-Lalloure/dp/1479381144/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=UJO1EXYHYJHB&coliid=I2I7DALH61VT4L

  84. Thanks, John, for making shopping so easy for all we book fiends!
    ***
    A beautiful, dangerous world of subtle radiation, its people still human…by most standards.

    A place where genetics may determine your present, but skill and luck will determine your future.

    A planet where there is enough love…and hate…for everyone.
    ***
    Now available in ebook format, The Chronicles of Nuala by Cat Kimbriel were originally published by Warner Books. The author was a Campbell nominee for best new SF writer. Fires of Nuala is on sale through December – available in three formats DRM-Free at writer publishing cooperative Book View Café, or check out Backlist eBooks for Nook and Kindle links.

  85. Thanks, John!

    Abner Senires here, writer of SF/F pulp adventure, here to pimp my cyberpunk action-adventure novel KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE. Think XENA meets BLADE RUNNER.

    Here’s the description:
    When near-future mercenaries Kat and Mouse sign on a series of seemingly easy jobs, they suddenly find themselves targeted by a biker gang, a team of corporate commandos, a cybernetically-enhanced special ops agent, a stalker, a band of kidnappers, and a Japanese crime syndicate. Now these sassy sisters-in-arms must survive the onslaught and still get the jobs done. Because in the Biz, it’s get paid or get dead.

    Available for Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Y5H7V2) and Nook/epub (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kat-and-mouse-guns-for-hire-abner-senires/1100438433?ean=2940011272622).

  86. Well, here goes:

    http://www.amazon.com/What-Lingers-Poems-Jan-Thie/dp/1449547133/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354635062&sr=1-1&keywords=What+lingers+Jan+Thie

    Yes, it’s a collection of poems. I know – but reading poems won’t make your palms hairy, or turn you blind… No, that was that other, slightly antisocial and preferably solitary thing. Anyway, you can read quite a few of these poems on the sly (and for free) through the Amazon link.
    Then, you can buy the book… (No, I don’t count on that but who knows – optimism, like vanity, knows no bounds.)

  87. Thank you, John, for the chance to share my new book with your readers!

    “LOST AMONG THE MARIGOLDS” is the true story of a transformative mid-life adventure. In this engaging memoir, a homeless American artist flees New York to backpack across India. Armed with a wry sense of humor and boundless curiosity, he crisscrosses a dazzling, fragile, complicated country. Alternately joyous and wistful, “Lost Among The Marigolds” describes an unforgettable journey, an amazing landscape, and the wondrous complexities of the human condition. Travel with the author through the thrilling chaos of Mumbai and the burning ghats of Varanasi, from the monkey-ridden temples of Jaipur to the colorful slums of Kolkata.

    Corey Michael Smithson is a multi-media artist currently living in Brooklyn. His work explores various dimensions of queerness, identity, gender, eroticism, self-expression, biology, history, beauty, shock, fear, and love. He has dedicated his life to the service of art.

    The e-book is available in a variety of formats here:
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/211320
    It can also be purchased at Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

    Happy reading.
    Namaste!

  88. My STELLARNET SERIES is socio-political post-cyberpunk with a strong, intelligent heroine, alien first-contact themes, believable cutting-edge tech and deep character development with unconventional romantic elements. Book one, Stellarnet Rebel, is a finalist in the EPIC awards for best sci-fi ebook of the year. Book two, Stellarnet Prince, just came out last month. Available as audio books on Audible and iTunes or as ebooks for all devices – Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc. DRM-free if ordered straight from publisher, CarinaPress.com.

    http://www.StellarnetSeries.com <— excerpts, reviews, ordering and extras

    “…vivid details and magnificent world… I was swept away into a wonderful story. 5 Stars.” – Tome Tender

    “(A) medium future sf combining elements of video games, blogging, aliens, and indeed well done sex scenes…” – Bull Spec magazine’s book buying guide

    “By far my favorite thing about this book is the world building. It’s outstanding. The level of work J.L. Hilton must have put into it, I can’t even begin to contemplate. It will blow you away. Stellarnet Rebel is also full of laugh-out-loud lines, with top notch humor infused in every page.” — The Sisters’ Tale

  89. Without A Title, by R Brian Roser
    Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom there lived a beautiful princess who was homicidally insane…This is a fairy tale. There is a princess who is kidnapped, a king who keeps the usurper from stealing the throne and there is a happy ending. This is where the similarities end. The princess discovers she doesn’t need a prince to rescue her; the king discovers that he sucks at his job and the happy ending probably isn’t what you’d expect. This witty satire follows the adventures of four regular guys and one irregular princess as they change the lives of everyone in this not-so-fairy tale kingdom. Available through Kindle

  90. Liahona is part the first of City of the Saints, a four-part gonzo action steampunk adventure set in the American west.

    1859; war looms over the United States.

    Intelligence agents converge on the Kingdom of Deseret in the Rocky Mountains. Sam Clemens, leading the U.S. Army’s expedition aboard his amphibious steam-truck the Jim Smiley, has a mission: to ensure that the Kingdom, with its air-ships and rumored phlogiston guns, brain children of the Madman Orson Pratt, enters on the side of the United States and peace.

    Can he outrace and outmaneuver his British competitors, anxious to protect their cotton trade? And where are the agents of the treasonous, clandestine Confederate leadership? And why does the Madman seem to be playing his own game?

    Liahona is, in fact, $free today on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EPGDWC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008EPGDWC&linkCode=as2&tag=rock08a-20

  91. THE SEVEN MARKETS is a book about shopping, jewelry, and the terrible, terrible importance of the buddy system. And revenge. And soldiers in mech armor fighting dragons, giants and monsters.

    It’s about Ellie MacReady, who spent her childhood enthralled by her father’s tales of the fantastical Market, which visits once in every century, for three days only. Imagine her surprise when she spots a flier on the road to town, announcing the Market’s imminent arrival. Imagine her shock when it proves to be better — and so much worse — than she ever dared dream.

    THE SEVEN MARKETS is available exclusively from Amazon, either as a Kindle e-book or in paperback. Amazon Prime members can borrow the book for free.

    Thanks for checking it out, and thanks, John, for giving folks like us a chance to share our books!

  92. An excellent opportunity for budding writers, and one I am very thankful for!

    Anyway, time for the nitty gritty… my latest release is the 2nd in my Filmic Cuts series, a collection of short stories that range from the absurd to the chilling. In Filmic Cuts 2: Luchador Monkey Crisis (and yes, there are luchadors, monkeys and crises in there somewhere!), we hear from an amoral “Fixer”, follow a young boy as he watches a wrestling event and discover who, exactly, are the Dead Men.

    Here are the full synopsis for all the stories:

    Checkmate – Two men, alone in a stark white prison, play a game of chess with high stakes

    Happy As Larry – A sadsack loser suddenly finds his luck changes, to the detriment of his friends

    Nought To Sixty – A professional “Driver” makes a dark bet with a shadowy figure, and races against the dawn to win

    In The Room With Rosie – The twisted morals of a “Fixer” are laid bare while he oversees the slow death of a prostitute

    The Bird Cage – After a liaison with a beautiful woman, a man finds himself in a slender cage hundreds of feet above the ground

    The Legend Of The Rogue – A wise old man tells the story of the rogue Lasombre, and his adventures

    Sanctuary – After a stranger demands the safety of his church, a vicar finds his faith tested to the limit

    *feedthetroll – Taken from a stream of “Chirps”, one man chronicles his discovery of a social networks dark secret

    Ringside With The Kid – A young boy experiences the thrill of a wrestling event with his father

    The Dead Men – Intrigued by two shaggy men who frequent the same pub, a young film-maker sets off to investigate how they earned their moniker “The Dead Men”

    So far, I release all my works through Amazon’s KDP, which I think is a handy way to get your work out there on a major website. US buyers can pick up Filmic Cuts 2 here: http://www.amazon.com/Luchador-Monkey-Crisis-Filmic-ebook/dp/B00AGIVW5I/ref=la_B0086XR1JG_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354635843&sr=1-3

    UK buyers can get their copy here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Luchador-Monkey-Crisis-Filmic-ebook/dp/B00AGIVW5I/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_3

    Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoy…

  93. Thanks for this opportunity!
    i have two eBooks recently published on Amazon, which have received positive reviews in the US and Ireland.
    The first is: Leap of Hope: An American-Irish-Philosophical-Romance Murder Mystery by Gene Powers
    “St Patrick’s Day in Savannah Georgia. Lucky for some, but not for Detective Rory Connor. And not for the social worker he fails to protect. She’s murdered. He manages to kill the assassin but is shot in the process, leaving him with a troubled mind, feelings of guilt and a scar that looks eerily like a jack-o-lantern’s grin.
    Rory goes to the airport and leaving his destination to fate he buys a ticket for a flight as far from home as he can get. Fate brings him to the rugged coast of Northern Ireland where he’s surrounded by craggy cliffs, old castles, fields of sheep, and people with strange customs and traditions. Here Rory meets the beautiful enigmatic student, Maeve , who is completing her dissertation on two newly discovered letters of the philosopher Kierkegaard; her sister, a solicitor, who specializes in crimes with a religious motive; a bombastic toga clad ex professor with a rock band; a woman minister and her husband from Denmark setting up a new church and a few other minor but entertaining characters, some who get killed along the way.
    First, there’s a petrol bomb, then a car bomb and two murders. But who is after what and why? The Kierkegaard letters have disappeared. Who has them? Will Rory figure it all out in enough time to prevent any further deaths or will he, once again, fail to protect?”
    A reviewer noted:
    5.0 out of 5 stars a new genre in romantic fiction! July 17, 2012
    By stephen connor
    “This compelling “celtic murder mystery…with soul”will appeal widely, not just to Irish-America but to all the world’s hopeless romantics. Powers weaves a rich tapestry here and somehow manages to integrate crime and philosophy set against the majestic backdrop of the rugged North-Antrim coastline in Ireland.This “page turner” feeds both the imagination and the soul. I think the author may just have created a whole new genre of his own.A definite must read.”

    The second book in the series, “Disguised and Discredited Angels”, is also available on Amazon with the action occurring in Northern Ireland and Savannah Georgia. Hope you enjoy!
    Gene Powers

  94. Penchant by Amanda J. Cobb

    Back cover blurb: This collection of poems by first-time author Amanda J. Cobb beautifully spans the full spectrum of emotions and topics. Organized into four sections titled Observations, Introspections, Leavetakings, and Quirks, Ms. Cobb shares with us heartbreak, humor, wisdom, and joy in the exploration of self and world. Her accessible language, vivid imagery, and direct writing style have come together in this book of truly quality work that anyone can enjoy.

    Purchase Link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/amanda-j-cobb/penchant/paperback/product-1120765.html

  95. If you love young adult and modern fantasy, but are weary of vampire romances and epic battles, Broken Magic is just what you’re looking for.

    It’s senior year of high school, and everyone but Neil seems to know what’s next. All Neil wants is to be free: to survive his last year, and keep hoping something better is waiting for him in college. Then a musician named Celeste comes into his life.

    She’s a runaway, chasing an impossible world. For the first time, Neil sees a chance to be someone new. But helping Celeste in her quest for magic – and the father who abandoned her to search for it – might cost Neil everything.

    Broken Magic is available in print and for Kindle through Amazon.

  96. Thanks, Scalzi!

    I’ve created an iPad offshoot of my longrunning book blog, Beatrice.com — enhanced ebooks where I interview writers about their books and the writing life, accompanied by short video clips of some of their most interesting answers. The first issue was released for free, and a subsequent issue featuring Jodi Picoult, Alice Albinia, and Nick Dybek is just $2.99 in the iTunes Store. (NOTE: You do need an iPad for these Beatrice issues, although I’m planning to make the interviews available in other, non-enhanced ebook formats as I do more of them.)

    I’ve been having a blast doing these, and I’m looking forward to releasing more issues soon, including a SF-themed grouping with G. Willow Wilson and Victor LaValle!

  97. Thanks for the opportunity. This holiday season, please take a look at my weird western series MERKABAH RIDER, starting with TALES OF A HIGH PLANES DRIFTER from Damnation Books.

    Set in 1880′s Arizona, it’s about a Hasidic gunslinger tracking the renegade teacher who betrayed his mystic Jewish order of astral travelers to the Great Old Ones of the Lovecraftian Mythos. Along the way he tangles with half demon outlaws, a bordello of succubi, and a monstrous animated windmill among other dangers. Presented a collection of novella length episodes meant to evoke the old Zebra/Lancer paperbacks of Robert E. Howard stories, it is reminiscent of SOLOMON KANE and Joe R. Lansdale.

    The whole series (three books with a fourth and final on the way) is available on Amazon or through Damnation Books.
    http://www.amazon.com/Merkabah-Rider-Tales-Planes-Drifter/dp/161572060X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354635747&sr=8-1&keywords=merkabah+rider

    I’ve also got a new book, TEROVOLAS from JournalStone Publishing.

    An excerpt from the private papers of Professor Abraham Van Helsing, it’s set in 1891 immediately following the events of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. Van Helsing suffers a nervous breakdown centering around his confrontation with the Count’s vampire brides and checks himself into Jack Seward’s Purfleet Asylum. Upon his discharge, he volunteers to bear the earthly remains of Quincey P. Morris back to the Morris family ranch in Texas, where he finds Quincey’s estranged brother Cole in the middle of an escalating land dispute with an outfit of Norwegian ranchers led by the enigmatic Sig Skoll. When the bodies of men and animals start turning up hideously mutilated, Van Helsing suspects a supernatural culprit. But is a shapehanger responsible, or have the phantasms of his previously disordered mind returning?

    TEROVOLAS is available on Amazon or through JournalStone.
    http://journal-store.com/fiction/terovolas/

    You can read excerpts on my blog at http://emerdelac.wordpress.com

    Enjoy the season!

  98. Here’s my book, Beneath the Sky

    Back cover blurb:
    Maggie is a young schoolteacher on the multi-generation colony ship, God’s Chariot, bound for their promised world, New Providence. When a faster-than-light freighter crosses their path, a forgotten history catches up with them and puts their future in doubt. Maggie and her father are drawn to the center of the conflict over what will become of their colony, their faith, and even their lives.

    It’s the space-opera analog of the Mayflower landing in modern Boston, filled with high technology, different customs, and 747’s cutting their travel time down to hours.

    Battling conspiracy, politics, and even pirates, Maggie must rise to the challenge or face her colony’s doom.

    Purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Y7WU2I/

  99. Thanks for this John, much appreciated.

    I have two series I’m working on at the moment, each of which is currently three books in length. The first series is an epic space opera, the second a post-apocalyptic tale. The entry novels for each series are:


    The Humal Sequence, Volume 1 – A Breath of Hope


    The Humals. Humanoid Aliens. They dominated the spiral arm millennia ago then vanished without trace. Man had found traces of their presence, reverse-engineered their technology and speculated endlessly about their demise. But no one really knew what had happened. No one knew why they had disappeared or why so few traces of them remained.
    For James Hamilton the Humals were not something he concerned himself about. Not, that is, until a billionaire philanthropist seeks him out with a proposition he can’t ignore.
    It started out as the offer of a lifetime. A way to finally end all his financial concerns and to do something good for humanity into the bargain. But as Hamilton was well aware, if something sounds too good to be true then it usually means trouble.
    Suspicious, Hamilton fears the worst and plans accordingly but even he is unprepared for the events that will follow. With precious few allies and more questions than answers, Hamilton must desperately try to piece together the clues in order to understand what is going on before it is too late. For what starts out as a journey for the betterment of mankind may well sow the seeds of its destruction.

    Chronicles of the Collapse, Volume 1 – Pandora’s Highway

    The Collapse. Civilization swept away in the historical equivalent of the blink of an eye. Man reduced to little more than a parasite living off the carcass of the Old World. After twenty years, little was left for even the most diligent of scavengers to recover.
    Animals had vanished, replaced with creatures that had never existed on Earth. Reproduction was difficult, water supplies poisoned and the world just kept on getting warmer.
    As the saying went – The world was not what it was.
    For Nathan Smith, inveterate wanderer, his latest trip was one of desperate need. His community was on the verge of falling apart due to lack of food, water and other vital supplies. If he couldn’t find them a place worth relocating to, well, he might as well not bother going back at all.
    But he could not have imagined the extremes that he would find on this journey. Horror beyond his wildest nightmares and joy beyond anything he’d ever dared to hope.
    The post-Collapse highways offered no free rides and no easy way. It was all or nothing and Nathan was about to learn a very important lesson.
    On this road, there was no turning back.

  100. Hi John, thanks for your gift promotion series! I produced a book of photography, Shorescapes of Southern British Columbia, from a sailing circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. Links to your favourite format and stores in several currencies are available here:

    http://www.ganache.ca/ganache-media/shorescapes-of-southern-british-columbia/

    Explore the natural beauty of British Columbia’s southern west coast, as captured from the vantage point of a cruising sailboat. From Vancouver northward through the sheltered Strait of Georgia and Johnstone Strait, to the isolated wilderness of western Vancouver Island, this visual journey may lead you to embark on an adventure of your own.

    The budget conscious may prefer the eBook pricing :-) Thanks and happy holidays!

  101. There are a couple of anthologies I was involved with this year that I’d like to spread the word about (I did not edit these books, but I am a contributing writer; the rules seem ambiguous on this point, so feel free to delete if I’ve broken protocol).
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    Love and Darker Passions is an anthology of horror and dark fantasy stories involving relationships. “One man falls in love with an ancient monster, another becomes enchanted by a voice that drives him to a frenzy of self-punishment [this is my story, "Sirens"], and another can’t understand three very odd days he’s spending with his girlfriend. Award-winning author Karen Duvall sends a Millennial Alice through a very different looking glass, and acclaimed author Lee Barwood sends the Sighted bard of her upcoming series into the passionate world of faerie to find a child and a special destiny. Bestseller C.E. Murphy makes her twisted fairytale tell what drives a lover into the arms of her questionable beloved, and Tenea D. Johnson works a soul-stealing spell of magic. In Love and Darker Passions, edgy and cult fantasy authors combine their talents to make us question what inspires love, why we crave revenge against those who’ve stolen love from us, and why we despair when love’s pain is lost.” Available in paperback from Lulu, for the Kindle, and in various electronic formats from the publisher.
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    Night Terrors II is an anthology of horror tales from a new force in horror, Blood Bound Books. “Just when you thought it was safe to crawl back into bed . . . we’ve got a new set or terrors! If Night Terrors made you pray for dawn, Volume II will send you into total madness. Step inside the secret chambers of the Vatican and experience the dark side of the papal elections [this is my story, "Habemus Papam"]. Meet people only a mother could love; listen to the dead speak, and even more disturbing, hear them cry. Discover the darkness that lives inside the hearts of man, and hide from other worldly tormentors . . . and, if you manage to wake up after these night terrors . . . you’ll wake up dead!” Available from Amazon and other online retailers.

  102. I need to put in a general plug for BookView Cafe here, because we’ve been doing this publishing-at-an-odd-angle thing for a while now, with great results (and a lot of books by people who may not get a chance to post here).

    And they’ve just published the project-of-my-heart that no traditional publisher would ever touch, DRAGON VIRUS, in digital format. So I’m raising the flag for that here, too.

    It began soon after the Millennium. Reports of newborns with strange malformations, too weak to live…caused by a single genetic mutation. Or, as the press quickly dubbed it, the Dragon Virus. Scientists predicted that it was an evolutionary dead end; that the mutation would burn itself out quickly; that it was nothing to be worried about.

    They were wrong.

  103. A Reason to Live (hard boiled detective fiction – Marty Singer #1)

    “…a riveting and entertaining read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
    - Karen Cantwell, author of the Barbara Marr mystery series (Take the Monkeys and Run)

    “…several nights I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open.”
    - Misha Crews, author of Still Waters and Homesong

    “That was a hell of a ride! I loved it!”
    - Angie H., Goodreads

    In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man.

    Twelve years later, the victim’s daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now.

    There’s just one problem: Marty’s retired…and he’s retired because he’s battling cancer. But with a second shot at the killer–and a first chance at redemption–Marty’s just found A Reason to Live.

    A Reason to Live is the first in the Marty Singer mystery series, which continues with Blueblood and Signs (Winter 2012).

    Amazon – $2.99 [digital] | Createspace – $14.99 [paperback]
    Nook – $3.99
    Smashwords – $3.99

  104. Thanks, John! I appreciate the opportunity.

    Shards of History, published by World Weaver Press, is available via most major electronic retailers. Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Shards-of-History-ebook/dp/B0090BVCWK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354636444&sr=8-1&keywords=shards+of+history+roland

    Like all Taakwa, Malia fears the fierce winged creatures known as Jeguduns who live in the cliffs surrounding her valley. When the river dries up and Malia is forced to scavenge farther from the village than normal, she discovers a Jegudun, injured and in need of help. Malia’s existence–her status as clan mother in training, her marriage, her very life in the village–is threatened by her choice to befriend the Jegudun. But she’s the only Taakwa who knows the truth: that the threat to her people is much bigger and much more malicious than the Jeguduns who’ve lived alongside them for decades. Lurking on the edge of the valley is an Outsider army seeking to plunder and destroy the Taakwa, and it’s only a matter of time before the Outsiders find a way through the magic that protects the valley–a magic that can only be created by Taakwa and Jeguduns working together.

  105. Imagine: A fantasy world, but not one based on Medieval/Dark Ages European culture and myth, but rather on the tropes of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well.

    A fantasy world that mixes the inspirations of Django and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon… The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and House of Flying Daggers… Fistful of Dollars and Fist of Legend.

    A fantasy world that’s explored through a book series, a constantly-updated website, a tabletop role-playing game, comics, artwork, webseries and much, much, more.

    This is FAR WEST.

    TALES OF THE FAR WEST is the first short-fiction anthology set in Adamant Entertainment’s Wuxia-Western Mash-up fantasy setting, featuring a dozen new short stories by Scott (LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA) Lynch, Ari (THE GOBLIN CORPS) Marmell, Chuck (BLACKBIRDS) Wendig and more.

    http://amzn.to/YL8jk9

    It is available in print and digital formats — the link above goes to Amazon where you can buy the paperback and Kindle editions. Barnes and Noble has the paperback and Nook edition, epub can be found via Apple’s iBooks, or you can visit the FAR WEST website at http://intothefarwest.com to purchase a zipped version with all digital formats, including PDF.

  106. Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Scalzi!

    A murderous Queen of Hearts, the problems of time-traveling mail, a horny merman who meets his fanged match, and Galactic Rangers dealing with kidnapped royals and libidinous cat queens. What do these all have in common? Why, they’re all in RANDOM REALITIES, a ebook compilation of ten speculative fiction tales by yours truly that cheerfully romp across space, time, and the bulk of my writing career.

    Featuring an introduction by the award-winning writer Jana Oliver, RANDOM REALITIES includes a disturbing take on the future of acting (“Star Quality”), a bubba-heavy paranormal black comedy (“The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self”), and a flamboyant riff on 50′s space opera that predates Captain Jack Harkness by two years (“Lusts of the Cat Queen: a Dash Manning Adventure”). RANDOM REALITIES also includes two never-before published stories; a dark look at a loveless queen (“All on a Summer’s Day”), and two dear friends spending their final days together (“The Quiet Sound of Bees).

    Available on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Random-Realities-ebook/dp/B006SJKTY4) and NOOK (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/random-realities-melanie-fletcher/1108116072). Thanks for reading, and reviews are love. :-D

  107. Parker’s Guide is THE present for the model train fan in your life this year. Over 30 projects writen in an easy to follow style and lavishly illustraited in full colour photographs. Even if you don’t wish to have a go at a specific project, there’s lot of inspiration and information that will help you with your modelmaking or at least distract you from the family over Christmas.

    Purchase the book from from Key Publishing: http://shop.keypublishing.com/product/View/productCode/SPEC24

    Read a review here: http://grahammuz.com/2012/10/23/parkers-guide-published-no-not-the-car-one-a-review/

    And if you just want to talk to me, visit my blog: http://www.philsworkbench.co.uk

  108. Ah, the late ’70s and early ’80s: Bad haircuts, Atari, and action figures.

    Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – One of the Ten Greatest Non-Fiction Star Wars Books, according to Chris Cummins of Topless Robot and Geekadelphia.

    Still available in the original paperback edition or the digital Expanded Edition , which includes interviews with Star Wars cast and crew members reflecting on the saga’s impact from both first-generation-fan standpoints and a career spent bringing the universe to life on-screen.

  109. The others came for Heinrich Aguirre when he was a child. Born in one of the Germanies with a light inside his mind, Aguirre is raised by the Magian, the rare few who can part the veil between the many versions of Earth. Taking a near-holy vow to protect these endless worlds and all who live in them, Magian do not hesitate. But during his first battle, while still less than a man, Aguirre does, only to see the magus who raised him die instead.

    For his sin, the others banish Aguirre to the solitary path.

    Seventeen years later, Magian are being slaughtered, and with a kind of power no magus has ever seen. Suspicion quickly falls on Aguirre, who realizes that his only hope is to find the truth himself. So Aguirre turns his back on those who have already turned their backs on him, and with the Magian in pursuit, races across countless Earths to save his own kind before they can kill him first.

    Let No False Angels is available for Kindle.

  110. Thanks again!

    I’ve reissued (and updated) my Once Upon a Wedding series of historical romances. Seven Victorian siblings find love in all the most unusual places. The first in the series, THE FAIRY TALE BRIDE, is free on all the big etailers right now. The rest (THE STAR-CROSSED BRIDE, THE UNINTENDED BRIDE, THE INFAMOUS BRIDE, THE NEXT BEST BRIDE, THE IMPETUOUS BRIDE, AND THE TWELFTH NIGHT BRIDE) are available for purchase separately, or in two boxed sets at a significant discount.

    My newest, totally indie release is a chicklit novel about how to be sure you haven’t tossed Mr. Right along with all the Mr. Wrongs — THE EX FILES.

    I also have an indie YA available only on the Kindle (you can borrow it from the lending library if you have Amazon Prime), BLOOD ANGEL is the tale of a school shooter who is haunted by the ghost of his ex-best friend/victim as he grinds slowly through the justice system after his crime.

    You can find links for all of these books in one convenient place on my Author Page at Backlist Ebooks: http://www.backlistebooks.com/author/kelly-mcclymer/

    If you’re interested in finding out more about me, as well as my books, you can also find them on my website: http://kellymcclymer.com

  111. My serial novel, NIMBUS, is on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YJ5A82

    NIMBUS is a steampunk novel for folks who think they don’t like steampunk. It has airships and demon possession, and follows two character: Jude Finley and Demetrius Rucca.

    Jude is a new recruit aboard the Gangly Dirigible, an airship that extracts water from rainclouds. Having only lived above the Skyline for a year, Jude is still getting used to the way things work in the world above the clouds. While working aboard the airship, Jude and his friends uncover a secret which may or may not help them against a growing uprising that could spell doom for everyone on the planet. Meanwhile, Demetrius Rucca, wheelchair-bound son of a prominent religious leader, begins recruiting followers for his own subversive cause. As allegiances are sworn to him and his followers grow, he begins to discover the new powers that lie within him. This power could be the salvation Demetrius is looking for–or it could be the destruction of the known world.

  112. FREE PDF – Swords, Magic, Romance! – FULL COLOR GRAPHIC NOVEL

    Prince Rune faces an unimaginable threat to his kingdom: the return of the legendary evil wizards known as the Jinn. An old adversary, claiming now to be a wizard, casts a curse such that Rune must either kill the woman he loves or convince her to kill him.

    Rune: A Tale of Wizards and Kings

    Download the FREE PDF on RiverFiction.com or Goodreads
    Print copies available for purchase at IndyPlanet.com

  113. Cheers once again, John.

    My first novel, Bloody Waters, has just been published by Possible Press.

    “Can the Devil truly be less trustworthy than a record executive?”

    A blacklisted young guitar virtuoso makes a deal for a second chance, but as she rises to stardom she learns that the one who has fallen the furthest has his own plans for her.

    http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Waters-ebook/dp/B009WRWIAW/ref=tsm_1_tp_sw_lm

    Right now the book is Kindle-only, but if sales continue as they have reportedly been for the first month there will be a print edition in 2013.

  114. Thank you very, very much for this John. Oblivion Storm coming out in 8 days! It’s a paranormal thriller with the story taking place in London. Half is set in 1899, half in 2012.

    Over a century past, a wily young pauper wins the hearts of a childless couple of ancient nobility, and a place in one of the most prestigious families in London. The sole heir to the Grenshall family legacy, Iris ‘Tally’ Grenshall fights to protect her family from the machinations of an evil woman, but discovers her adversary presents a threat much greater than she ever imagined…

    The victim of a brutal attack, Rose remembers one thing: a long-dead woman giving her an impossible task. She knows only the c
    onsequences of failure as she sets out to retrieve a deadly talisman, with the aid of new friends and powers over the living and the dead. As the body count rises, Rose’s quest grows desperate—with London itself in jeopardy.

    Rose and Tally share fates intertwined. Rose must discover how before the secrets of the past destroy her, her friends, and all of London.

    Purchase links are going up daily, but this is the best link I can provide so far:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16207326-oblivion-storm

    R.A. Smith

  115. (Not sure if this went through the first time. Apologies for the double post if it did, John!)

    The others came for Heinrich Aguirre when he was a child. Born in one of the Germanies with a light inside his mind, Aguirre is raised by the Magian, the rare few who can part the veil between the many versions of Earth. Taking a near-holy vow to protect these endless worlds and all who live in them, Magian do not hesitate. But during his first battle, while still less than a man, Aguirre does, only to see the magus who raised him die instead.

    For his sin, the others banish Aguirre to the solitary path.

    Seventeen years later, Magian are being slaughtered, and with a kind of power no magus has ever seen. Suspicion quickly falls on Aguirre, who realizes that his only hope is to find the truth himself. So Aguirre turns his back on those who have already turned their backs on him, and with the Magian in pursuit, races across countless Earths to save his own kind before they can kill him first.

    “Let No False Angels” is available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGNP5AQ

  116. So Far So Good by Mariati Yahya
    The self-published book focuses on the positive aspect of retirement and living within your means.
    Among other things mentioned in the book:
    Fulfilling the proverbial bucket list of dreams
    Bringing retirement to the next level
    A collection of light-hearted sketches based on real life experiences ( being a cartoonist, I just cant resist ! )

    Visit following website: mariatiyahya.com
    also from Facebook : So Far So Good

  117. “Comet!” is the fifth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers (starting with “Quicker”) whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which renders her both a genius and an athletic phenomenon. In “Comet!” she and her team begin exploring our solar system using small wormholes she invented in the earlier books. Unfortunately, Comet Hearth-Daster appears and is on a trajectory to strike the Earth. Though it is smaller than the object that wiped out the dinosaurs, it still weighs 300 million metric tons and, if it hits, it will at least wipe out civilization and might render the human race extinct.
    These books take an optimistic look at how science happens , how it may help us, and the “what if” of how it would affect our world if we were able to create even small wormholes that allowed transport of materials from one location to another.
    Available in paperback and E-book format through

    Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Comet-Ell-Donsaii-story-ebook/dp/B009QOG5GY/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1354636580&sr=8-10&keywords=comet

    Smashwords
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/245190

  118. Thank you for this — I see a ton of interesting reads here. I have two books in print at the moment, both combining love stories with historical action/adventure.

    Allegiance
    A Scottish MI5 operative faces his demons when he is caught between danger and a dangerous passion in 1922 Dublin

    FREE at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/teacake421
    and available in paperback at Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/hdomin

    The Soldier of Raetia (Valerian’s Legion #1)
    A Roman soldier comes of age as he and his general form an unexpected bond during a violent summer on the frontier

    available at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/118073
    and in paperback at Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/hdomin

    There are review quotes on my website, plus links to buy for Kobo, Nook, etc. Thanks again Mr. Scalzi, and Happy Holidays everyone!

    -Heather Domin
    (heatherdomin.com)

  119. Cave and the Vamp

    Korean War vet Chuck Cave is trying to get by in the young man’s world of the early 1980s. When he meets the mysterious Morven, his world turns upside down. Cave is the one person who can help her stop a vampire hunting madman terrorizing Boston’s supernatural underground.

    Getting old bites.

    Published by micro-press Vampires 2 Publishing. Now available at amazon.com

  120. Dead to Rites is my short story with zombies, nuns and a whole lot of guns.

    Preston Cobb has a wagon-load of guns, a black-market deal with the Mexican government, and a little problem with the dead rising from the grave and snacking on the living. Now, the Devil and his horde have surrounded the Mexican convent Cobb’s holed up in. The Devil’s got his eye on a holy relic inside and if Cobb wants to make it out uneaten, he’s going to have to help the Sisters of Mercy send the Devil and his minions back to Hell.

    If you like Army of Darkness or Robert Rodriguez movies, check it out!

    http://www.amazon.com/Dead-to-Rites-ebook/dp/B008ZUHV72/
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/216870

  121. Thank you for this opportunity!!! Cheers!

    My book EASY STREET (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/phoole) is a guide for players in improvised interactive environmental performance, walkaround entertainment, and first-person historical reenacting. It’s also about much, much more than that, because the principles of effective Street play apply to any situation involving connections between people: sellers and customers, teachers and students, service providers and clients, programmers and end-users, co-workers, teammates, and fellow members of Leagues of Superheroes thrive wildly when these principles are in play. I’ve performed and taught at Shakespeare festivals, Renaissance Faires, fringe festivals and historical reenactments for over twenty years. My walkaround character, Jane the Phoole, has performed by invitation at England’s Muncaster Castle, home to the original “Tom Fool,” and is the Official Municipal Jester of the City of Milwaukee. With a pithy blurb by bestselling author Christopher Moore!

  122. Dear John, Thanks so much! “Redshirts” was a huge hit here at our house, and we have been recommending it to everyone we know!

    My book is called “Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching.” You can find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. It’s a guide to 100 great classic films from the silent era through the end of the 1950s, including Westerns, dramas, science fiction, horror, musicals, and comedies. It makes a great Christmas gift for TCM addicts and film buffs of every kind.

  123. Thanks, Scalzi!

    My latest self-published books include my Matt Forbeck’s Brave New World trilogy, based upon the RPG I wrote back in 1999. It’s an alt-history superhero story in which the USA has been ruled by JFK under martial law since 1963. One of the leaders of Delta Prime, the government’s supers agency, switches sides to the Defiance and dedicates himself to restoring freedom to America — right up until he gets caught. It’s then up to his friends to break him out of the strongest prison in the world and figure out what really happened to derail history before it kills them all.

    These are available both in ebook and in print.

    Happy holidays again, and good reading to you all!

  124. Life’s Journey Professional and Personal Wholeness has just been launched. This electronic magazine focuses on a new theme monthly to help readers develop their personal careers and personal lives. Authors Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Bob Burg(The Go Giver, Endless Referrals) will be contributing columns in the coming year. It is now available on iTunes for iPads or iPhones, or on Google Play for the Android platform. Look for us to appear on the Nook and Kindle early next year.

  125. My friends and readers are nagging me about this, so …

    Fans of my Enchanted, Inc. series (the first four books of which were traditionally published) may be interested in knowing that I’ve self-published book 5, Much Ado About Magic, and book 6, No Quest for the Wicked. Both are currently available worldwide with no DRM at the usual online outlets (Amazon, B&N, Google, Kobo, etc.). A print version is also available via Amazon.

  126. Thanks for providing the opportunity to deface your wall!

    My latest work is called Eater Of Eyes. I call it a monster story. Technically it falls into the horror novelette category. Here’s the tease:

    The grey stone wall to her right rose like a cliff face above her. Birds circled and cawed in the dusk as the baleful yellow sun shone through a haze; they looked like pterodactyls with outstretched, leathery wings. To her left was a pool of water that stretched away into the fog. In the water the dark, burned trunks of logs bobbed–or were they bodies?

    Dara can’t remember Dan, or the murders. Someone is stealing eyes. And there’s a monster; it lives in a wooden box.

    http://www.amazon.com/Eater-Of-Eyes-ebook/dp/B00ACN0G5Y

  127. Hi John,

    Thanks (as everyone else has said) for the awesome chance to publicize our books. Here’s my hat to toss in the ring of holiday book buying:

    “What Came First?” – This story follows four complete strangers as their lives become intertwined in the biggest traffic jam in Seattle’s history. Caught up in the maze of metal and mortal are a twenty-something slacker with no clue about where his life is going, a conspiracy-addled recluse who thinks this is another piece to the puzzle, the tween daughter of a traveling evangelical preacher hell bent on breaking the rules, and finally a young woman who wakes up in the morning not planning to see the end of the day.

    Their lives and stories weave into each other to create a safety net for some and an unwanted cage for others.

    Here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/What-Came-First-ebook/dp/B0098PUF6W/

    and a link to the official website: http://www.what-came-first.com

    Thanks again!

  128. I set out to write a sad, scary, gory werewolf novel and ended up with a story as much about loneliness and bullying as lycanthropy. I’m very proud of it, and this is the perfect season to check it out: as everyone knows, all true werewolf stories begin on Christmas Eve …

    The Forsaken Boy is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046A9V8M/

  129. Thanks, John. *The Ladies of Trade Town*, an anthology I edited, genre short stories about the world’s oldest profession, and *Prejudice By The Pound*, a collection of my editorials and essays from ten years of Rump Parliament Magazine (size rights activism) are both available in print and ebook format. Links to vendors and ordering (signed) from me can be found at http://www.HarpHaven.net

  130. (I am a regular reader and sometime poster under another name. It would rather defeat the purpose of pen names if I used it, though. If this is not cool, I won’t feel bad if you delete it, promise.)

    If you want to give the gift of getting down and rolling around in the id for the holidays, please do check out the Dreams of Control series of science-fiction and fantasy erotica. From the novel Maestro to the supershort His Lucky Break there’s a range of styles, lengths, and prices (including free!) You can see links to all the works at the Dreams Of Control website or just search for author Marc Cabot on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and other fine e-tailers. The books are available for all major e-reader platforms and can also be purchased from Amazon in trade paperback. Thanks!

  131. What a great idea — thanks, John (and thanks to all the other authors, too, for all the new reading material).

    I’ve got three offerings in three (or four) different media:

    1. Digital comic: IN MAPS & LEGENDS
    Kaitlin Grayson considers herself just an artist until she gets recruited by a strange man named Bartamus, who shows up at her place in the middle of the night and demands she use her map-making skills to save his dying world. And if Bartamus’ world falls, Earth is next — along with untold other worlds.
    http://unwreckedpress.com/comics/

    2. Audiobook: A SUDDEN OUTBREAK OF MAGIC
    Kelley Strickland and her twin brother Jeroan get caught up in a centuries-old battle between a power-hungry Sorcerer named Dr. Azure—who wants to rid the world of what he calls “renegade” magic-users—and a good Sorcerer whose health and mind are failing him. An all-ages contemporary fantasy novel, the first book in a new series, narrated by actress Alyson Grauer. Also available as an eBook or trade paperback.
    http://unwreckedpress.com/audiobooks/

    3. Book or trade paperback: A WILD EPIDEMIC OF MAGIC
    The second book in the Contagious Magic series, which picks up two months after A Sudden Outbreak of Magic. When people they care about start disappearing, and people they didn’t think they should care about—like Dr. Azure—get attacked by rogue Blood Sorcerers, Jeroan and Kelley have to act, before this growing epidemic of magic turns deadly.
    http://michaeljasper.net/novels/a-wild-epidemic-of-magic/
    ————————————————————————
    Happy holidays, and happy reading and writing!

  132. Tusen tack, herr Scalzi !*
    Learn Swedish! I wrote two books for North Americans (as opposed to immigrants to Sweden) called Swedish — The Basics / Swedish — Beyond the Basics. Both are self-published and used at the Swedish Cultural Center in Seattle. In other words, student tested!
    http://home.ix.netcom.com/~wideburg
    The books are linked from my website to blurb.com
    * A thousand thanks, Mr Scalzi

  133. The small press I’m part of has just released an SF&F anthology set in a loose shared world. Seasons Eternal presents a planet where the seasons have frozen in place. A century later, the various societies on the planet are still struggling to cope with the change, and people are being pushed to the breaking point…

    The four authors (of which I am one; I also edited the anthology) have each chosen one season to explore. The resulting stories include post-apocalyptic steampunk, science fantasy, straight fantasy, and dystopian.

    Seasons Eternal is available in print and the ebook format of your choice. Links are here: http://turtleduckpress.com/toybox/index.php/turtleduck-works/43-longworks/221-seasons-eternal

  134. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    I’ve got a short novella, “The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore,” available for free through Smashwords and for a buck through Amazon. It’s backcountry horror that draws from Manley Wade Wellman’s Silver John stories, murder ballads and mountain myths to tell the story of a haint, the girl it kidnaps to warm its bed and tend its garden of hanged men and how she finds her way back to the lands of the living. Good stocking stuffer for short fiction fans.

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/206295
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007SOW1SK/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk

  135. THALIA’S MUSINGS is a fantasy/dramedy webseries. It’s narrated by Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, as she observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek pantheon. But when Thalia becomes more than an observer, the Fates take notice. Are Thalia’s powers limited to helping mortal playwrights hack out a comedy sketch, or can she create happy endings in real life, even for the gods? The Fates want to know.

    To read the first two volumes (both complete full-length novels) and three stand-alone prequel episodes online for free, click here. To get the complete first volume as a DRM-free ebook for Kindle or Nook, click here.

  136. Once again, Mr. Sclazi, your commitment to paying it forward is appreciated.
    I have two novels I’d like to submit for the Holidays. Both are available in print and as e-books at Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. But you probably don’t want to get them both for the same person, they’re pretty different!
    For the YA set, especially the young ladies, I have TEEN Agents in The Plundered Parent Protocol.
    Mourning, Noone, and Knight. These girls fight evil 24/7!

    Best friends Elly Mourning, Hea Jung Noone, and Saturday Knight are about to celebrate their thirteenth birthday. But just before the party starts, a small army of robots descends from the skies led by a mysterious and handsome boy, ruining their party and kidnapping their dads!

    Now their fathers are missing and presumed dead. Nobody believes the girls about the robots, nobody believes them about the handsome boy, and nobody believes them about the kidnapping.

    Nobody except the Teenage Extranormal Emergency Network, that is.

    But before the girls can save their dads, they have to impress TEEN’s director enough to join the agency. To do that, they have to survive tests and death traps. If they manage that perilous task, they only have to outsmart one of the world’s greatest teenage secret agents and a power-mad ten-year-old bent on world domination…all without letting a cute boy come between them.

    If the job were easy, they’d send grown-ups. Lucky for the world, this is a job for TEEN Agents.

    My other offering is a mash-up of Norse mythology and setting with Noir sensibilities. Vikings, Monsters, and Gods all getting what’s coming to them with a visceral style.

    Saga of the Myth Reaver: Downfall

    The Nine Worlds have never seen a hero like Finn Styrrsson. Blessed with an unmatched thirst for victory and the supernatural strength and vigor to slake it, Finn might have been the greatest warrior-king his people had ever known. But he was born the youngest of eight princes with a conniving eldest brother who won’t abide the threat Finn poses to his rule. Despite Finn’s unfailing loyalty, he is forced from his home to forge a new destiny.

    Already a powerful warrior and deadly reaver, Finn discovers that he above all others is equipped to kill the monsters, the giants, the myths that besiege Midgard. He becomes the Myth Reaver and a living legend.

    Yet despite his prowess and fame–indeed because of them–Finn never wins that which he most desires. His longing for home goes unfulfilled. After a lifetime spent battling dread monsters and shining demigods, Finn realizes that in all the Nine Worlds, there is only one enemy whose defeat can give him the renown he so richly deserves.

    Whether it’s in search of glory or a glorious death, Finn always overlooks his true enemy. That mistake will be his downfall.

  137. VWORP!1 by Earl Green – With nearly 50 years of adventures recorded across several media, the BBC’s international smash hit DOCTOR WHO is one of the most deeply explored fictional “universes” in TV or literary history – partly because it intersects with our own in so many places. This 396-page unauthorized guide chronicles the history of the Doctor’s universe on television from 1963 through 2011. VWORP!1 is just the beginning of your complete guide to the travels of the TARDIS, pointing out noteworthy original series adventures to fans of the new series, and finding hints of the show’s larger narrative in some of the oddest places.

    Available in print from theLogBook.com, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk
    Ebook available from theLogBook.com

    Many thanks to John and to everyone reading this!

  138. Thanks, John.

    A wild, amazonian tourist from the future drags a young archaeologist of today on a chase through time, from ancient Atlantis to a nightmare future, from the American Revolution to Golden Age Hollywood, tracking the maniac who’s erasing history. Sci-fi meets romantic comedy, with sword-swinging adventure in Memoirs of a Time Traveler.

    “You couldn’t ask for a finer guide to the future – or the past – than Doug Molitor” – Larry Gelbart (MASH, Tootsie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)

    A five-star book on Amazon Kindle, now available in paperback:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1479251186/

  139. Thank you, John! THE NETWALK SEQUENCE is a ski bum neuropunk family saga focusing on what could happen in a future world where digital personality uploads are possible…and you get powerful personalities seeking political and corporate control after death. Plus a nifty little world-destroying gadget (to be revealed in the upcoming book, NETWALKER UPRISING). And oh yeah, skiing.

    NETWALK and TRANQUILITY FREERIDERS are currently available through links at my website, http://joycereynoldsward.com/netwalk-intro/. NETWALK introduces you to most of the main characters of the NETWALK SEQUENCE, and lays much of the foundation for the later works. TRANQUILITY FREERIDERS is a later novelette in the series and is a fun little romp exploring what happens when you get risk-taking skier and snowboarder kids training on the Moon…and they spot some promising jump possibilities.

    The link takes you to the introductory page which provides opportunities to purchase NETWALK and FREERIDERS through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. NETWALK is also available through Smashwords.

  140. You are a prince, John! Thank you for the thread!

    My latest book is my second memoir – Running with the Moon: a Woman, a Dog, and 24 Weeks of Nights to the LA Marathon – http://www.lulu.com/shop/angela-n-hunt/running-with-the-moon/paperback/product-20543088.html

    This is from the back cover:

    Right before her 41st birthday, Angela N. Hunt began blogging about training for her first marathon. To her shock, it got a lot of responses and comments, including this one:

    I have a request.

    Write a book about your training and running a marathon. Even a short book. Throw in ruminations about your mother insulting you about it, and about missing your father. Tell us about your girls, and publishing, and what it is to be a working mom with daughters in a world where women are still treated as second class citizens. Tie together running and writing and sci-fi and life in the way only you can.

    I would read the Hell out of that. I would hand a copy to Winter when she’s old enough and tell her she can do anything.

    This is that book.

    Because Angela realized it was not just Winter that needed to hear about her nights of training. It was her own daughters. It was and is anyone’s daughter who needs to hear: don’t listen to the naysayers. Put on your running shoes.

    And run.

  141. Thanks, John, for allowing me to plug…

    COMEDY OF DOOM by Joseph Scrimshaw

    The book is available as an actual physical book and for the Kindle on Amazon as well as for the Nook.

    “Hilarious and poignant” -L’etoile Magazine

    “…a wonderful, nerdy, hilarious sprint through every major touchstone of geekdom.” -Paul & Storm

    COMEDY OF DOOM is a collection of essays, parodies, and true stories covering every major topic in geek culture. Including smart, funny takes on video games, Star Wars, vampires, Doctor Who, Jane Austen, a complete guide to emotional preparation for the zombie apocalypse, instructions for the new sport called Competitive Hugging, and more.

    The book also features an introduction by Bill Corbett; artwork by John Kovalic, Christopher Jones, and Len Peralta; photography by Craig VanDerSchaegen and Dennis Zerwas, Jr.; and design by Matthew Foster.

    The book started out as a live comedy show performed at CONvergence 2011, The San Francisco SketchFest, and JoCoCruiseCrazy 2. Joseph added tons of new material and funded the book through a successful Kickstarter campaign in May of 2012.

    Hope you enjoy and many thanks of DOOM!

  142. Thanks and Gratitude to the Scalzi (long may he reign):

    UNDEAD GIRLS LIKE ME is about…. um, Undead Girls. Like me.
    Or rather, like the narrater, Katy X (a pseudonym), recently back from the dead and inhabiting someone else’s body: say’s she’s s Dybbuk: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/diabolicaltoy

    Along with her friends, Selena (a vampire), Miranda (a poltergeist) and Taylor (who will let anyone whose listening know she’s way to pretty to be a zombie), they’ve created a website, http://www.undeadgirlsonlinesupportgroup.com… a sincere and semi successful attempt to reach out to other undead teens, offering help and hope.

    But the website may not have been as anonymous as Katy had hoped. She’s recently been stalked by a strange boy who says he knew her before… before he killed her, that is. And he’s warned her that she must flee, before “they” make him kill her… again.

    If he’s telling the truth, she and the other undead girls may be in danger. The problem is, Katy and her friends can’t remember how dying, or how they were brought back. Worse, Katy can’t remember her previous life at all. Who was she? How did she die? Whose body does she occupy?

    Can she find out the answers on her own, before she’s tracked by a nefarious cabal of sorcerers who won’t stop at killing the undead girls again… maybe killing them for good.

    Books 1 and 2 of a 6 part serial are available for free at Smashwords, with the remaining books released each week: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/diabolicaltoy

  143. Written by Jules Sherred and illustrated by Matt Schubbe Five Little Zombies And Fred is a not-for-children children’s book about the perils of a zombie apocalypse, filled with zombies, a Mountie, and our hero, Fred. It spoofs the Ten Little Monkeys Jumping On A Bed nursery rhyme.

    Filled with geeky visual gags and Easter eggs, it is written and illustrated to speak to the child in every one. It tells the story of our hero Fred who finds himself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Will he survive with the help of his friend the Mountie? Warning: Parental discretion for mild zombie violence.

    Seriously, parental discretion. This book looks like a kid’s book, but it isn’t, though some parents will not have issues showing to their children. Other parents will not want their children to read it.

    The preview on Amazon doesn’t show some of the pages to which parents may object. You can see a bigger preview and purchasing info (right now it is available on Amazon and B&N. Will be available through other outlets in the near future) here: http://fivelittlezombiesandfred.com/purchase-the-book

    Direct link to Amazon.com, where there are a number of reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Little-Zombies-Jules-Sherred/dp/0986471917/

  144. Thanks, John! This is awesome!

    Elegantly Wasted.
    On the eve of her high school graduation, proper socialite Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm rebelled against her elitist and controlling family to pursue the dark lifestyle of a contract killer for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation. Years later, with her training complete, she believes she’s doomed to the life of a sociopathic lone gun until a botched hit brings two unlikely allies, her cousins Addison and Katharine.

    Using Katharine’s etiquette school, Elegance, Inc., as a front, the trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed.

    Available for Kindle, Nook and on Paperback through Luna Station Press:

    http://www.lunastationpress.com/book/elegantly-wasted/

    Hope you enjoy… now to rifle through these other book listings!

  145. Wow! Not surprised to see this comment thread is so long… I hope people read through it, there are some brilliant books in here! My offering is my collection of short sci-fi/fantasy stories, imaginatively titled “Sci-Fi Shorts”. Yes, you can buy my shorts on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Science-Fiction-Shorts-ebook/dp/B007D9U79A/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1
    There are just four stories and they vary wildy in tone and aim. On the plus side, it’s only 99 cents.
    If you’ve read this far in the comments thread, I take off my hat to you (and it is already off to Mr Scalzi for his generosity). If you’re just here because you’re the next in line to post your book, the tradition is that you buy the book in the comment above yours…. (Well, it’s worth a try, right?)

  146. Great thanks for the thread …

    Sinisters, Book 1: Henny, by Brynne McKay

    Helen Blackwell never expected when she entered seventh grade to be plunged into a world of universes, spells, and rules she doesn’t understand. When the mysterious Donald Abramson abducts her teacher, Henny and her new magickin friends must rescue him, but when they set out to do so they find that they’re caught in a story much bigger and more frightening than they had ever imagined. Henny is the first book of “Sinisters,” a middle grade fantasy series following the exploits of Henny Blackwell and her friends.

  147. Thanks for the opportunity to talk about my newest book, John.

    CHRONO VIRUS by Aaron Crocco is my latest story that’s been called ‘Incredible’ and ‘Not your typical science fiction adventure’.

    It was supposed to be just another cargo run, but for Ken Mallory and the three-person crew of the Raven, an anomaly in deep space changes everything. An unexplained turbulence shakes the small ship like never before, allowing a deadly virus aboard. One by one the infected crew is thrown back in time to relive a near-death experience, only this time death may be closer than they remember.

    CHRONO VIRUS is available for Kindle, Nook, other formats on SmashWords, and fully DRM-free direct from my site.

    Thanks again and I look forward to checking out new books from everyone who’s posting here!

  148. Thank you for this forum in which to promote our work, John!

    My most recently published work is my short story Spider Girl, which is consistently getting good reviews expressing surprise about the way it ends. In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, Charlotte finds the family cabin to be the perfect place to make life work. With the use of aging equipment she used to think of simply as antiques, as well as the lessons on gardening, fishing, harvesting, cooking, and canning that she’d simply thought to be amusing stories imparted to her by her grandparents when she was a child, she falls into a steady daily routine of working toward not only surviving her current existence, but being fully prepared for making it through the coming winter as well. Yet despite knowing they were out there somewhere, from the news brought by the occasional traveller, she finds herself unprepared for the unannounced arrival of one undead creature at her cabin – and entirely unready for the truth it brings along with it.

    Spider Girl has been consistently in the Top 100K since its release on Amazon at http://amzn.to/RbKnEv and is available as well for all non-Kindle formats (and Kindle too, for that matter) on Smashwords at http://bit.ly/R4oo2t .

    My work ranges across lengths and genres, from collections of creepypasta shortfictions to an erotic pirate epic. They can all be found on Amazon and Smashwords through my author pages on each:
    Amazon: http://amzn.to/YyVhDI
    Smashwords: http://bit.ly/VjpjHo

  149. My name is Joel and I make an online comic for geeks about geekery called HijiNKS ENSUE (www.hijinksensue.com) which Scalzi has appeared in at least 4 times (twice as himself, once as a cartoon version of himself and once as a potato).

    My first two books of collected comics featuring all new commentary and tons of extras can be purchased here:

    HijiNKS ENSUE Vol 1: Godspeed You Fancy Bastard
    https://shop.blindferret.com/Hijinks/product/hijinks-ensue-vol-1-godspeed-you-fancy-bastard

    HijiNKS ENSUE Vol 2: My Heart Is A Hate-filled Pineapple
    https://shop.blindferret.com/Hijinks/product/hijinks-ensue-volume-2-my-heart-is-a-hate-filled-pineapple

  150. Thanks for allowing me to share information on my work, John. It is appreciated.

    A full list of my books and links to various booksellers for each can be found at http://www.bobbynash.com (everything I’ve worked on) and http://BEN-Books.blogspot.com (my publishing imprint).

    NOVELS–

    EVIL WAYS
    A novel by Bobby Nash

    Evil’s coming…
    Don’t look back!

    This re-release edition of Evil Ways by Author Bobby Nash kicks off the beginning of a new series of suspense thrillers starring FBI Special Agent Harold Palmer. Look for Evil Intent in 2013. It all starts here.

    EVIL WAYS can be purchased in paperback and ebook. A full list of bookseller links can be found at http://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/evil-ways.html

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    DEADLY GAMES!
    A novel by Bobby Nash

    They played the most dangerous game of all and death was only the beginning…
    Deadly Games! is a fast-paced action/thriller featuring action, suspense, murder, and the occasional gunfire from Author Bobby Nash, the writer of Evil Ways, Domino Lady, Lance Star: Sky Ranger, and more.

    DEADLY GAMES! can be purchased in paperback and ebook. A full list of bookseller links can be found at http://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/deadly-games.html

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    EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA
    A novel by Bobby Nash

    In the deepest regions of space an enemy has returned.
    An enemy seeking vengeance.
    EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA
    Whoever controls Earth …Wins.

    EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA can be purchased in paperback and ebook. A full list of bookseller links can be found at http://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/earthstrike-agenda.html

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    SAMARITAN
    An ebook novella by Bobby Nash

    In the deepest depths of space, the crew of a science vessel makes a startling discovery that places them all in jeopardy. At the edge of known space lies the ultimate terror.

    SAMARITAN can be purchased as an ebook. A full list of bookseller links can be found at http://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/samaritan.html

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    LANCE STAR: SKY RANGER
    A pulp adventure series

    Lance Star: Sky Ranger is a series of anthologies and comic books featuring an aviation hero in the grand pulp tradition. There are currently 3 volumes in the anthology series (vol. 4 coming 2013) and a comic book. Available in paperback and ebook You can find bookseller links to all of these at http://www.lance-star.com.

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    ANTHOLOGIES–
    I also write for several anthologies. You can find information and links to all booksellers for each title at http://www.bobbynash.com

    Thanks again, John. Much appreciated.

    Bobby
    http://www.bobbynash.com

  151. Thank you so much for this!

    My first novel, “The Magick Host” is a unique paranormal novel.

    Description:
    Skye Evans was no ordinary boy. He had been able to manipulate his surroundings with magick ever since he could remember, although it had done nothing but cause problems for him, starting when his father tried to kill him as a child.

    Now, Skye is in college, along with his friends Amy and Jack, and his powers only seem to be intensifying and becoming more unstable, putting himself and everyone he loves in danger.

    He and his friends become acquainted with a vampire coven, who inform him that the spirit of a once astonishingly powerful sorcerer has lived dormant within him…until now. Now, all Skye can do is try to understand and get a grip on his powers, before they tear everything he holds dear away from him.

    If you’re interested in paranormal novels, or are someone who used to be and are losing faith in them, give “The Magick Host” a chance! I promise you’ll enjoy it! :)

    Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/The-Magick-Host-ebook/dp/B00A6UGHI8
    Paperback version: http://www.amazon.com/Magick-Host-Jacquie-Alanna-Gallo/dp/1477606262

  152. Here There Be Robots by Jonah Gregory and Jeremy Gregory

    Two friendly aliens and three evil robots have just been hurled back in time to the golden age of pirates. Now it’s up to Oscar and Rob (the aliens) to stop the robots from taking over the earth in the 1700′s!

    When my brother Jeremy and I created Here There Be Robots, we wanted to make the kind of comic we were never able to find when we were kids. This trade paperback contains the first three issues, as well as a treasure trove of bonus material, including the 12 page mini-comic “The Map Incident”, the original promotional comic (with commentary), sketches and more.

    “A tasty stew whose ingredients mix pop culture references, high adventure, robots, pirates, and aliens, all blended together to make Here There Be Robots a clever concoction that should not be missed.” – Jim Demonakos, owner/founder of The Emerald City ComiCon and The Comic Stop

  153. John, You’re the best, but we all knew that already.
    Isle Of Wysteria is a good old fashioned fantasy action adventure romance comedy. Think The Princess Bride meets Pirates of the Carribean (The Good One)

    Available on Kindle here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Wysteria-Make-Like-ebook/dp/B00A6GM3SU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354642434&sr=1-1&keywords=Isle+of+Wysteria

    Ever since she was little, Athel has dreamed about finally escaping her home island of Treesingers and joining the Federal Navy to see the world. When her nose wasn’t buried in adventure novels, she was bribing the palace guards to teach her swordplay in her spare time.

    Now that the day has finally arrived, her mother arrives with a condition: Athel can leave so long as she takes her new fiancé with her. Alder is the complete opposite of everything Athel ever imagined in a house-husband. She is free-spirited and crude, while he is formal and polite. What’s worse, he is like a head shorter than she is. I know, right? He ruins every chance she gets to wallow in her new-found freedom, and she gives him every embarrassing chore she can think of to get back at him.
    The worst part of all is that they really are perfect for each other, but how can you admit to your mother that she picked a good match for you? You just can’t.

    Together they traverse the vast twelve seas of their island world. Each island is home to a unique race of people that each specialize in a different kind of magic. The seas that separate them are wild and acidic, reaching out to snap up any who venture too close, so the world is traveled by massive airships. Wooden vessels that rely on the power of The Federal Navy to protect them from pirates, privateers, and mercenaries.

    When war is declared between her island and the rest of the league, Athel becomes the target of kidnappers, pirates and shape-shifting assassins. Even the crew of her own ship is tempted by the price on her head. It is going to take a lot more then luck to get her and her twiggy fiancé out of this one.

    Extra Material:
    After you read the book, make sure to enjoy the DVD extras on the Isle Of Wysteria website. You’ll find Bloopers and Outtakes, Cast and Crew Interviews and Commentary, and the Director’s Cut with bonus chapters. You can even leave your own questions for the characters to answer.

  154. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/sharontherose

    Humanity did not start the War, but they have to fight it. No one decides to become a Descendant or a Drone; they must deal with the change when it happens. The conflict spans millennia until the discovery of something once thought lost and the appearance of a young woman who never had a choice … and means to change that.

    Books 1 and 2 now available on Smashwords and other eBook retailers.

  155. My name is Kristina Circelli. I have several self-published novels, all of which can be viewed at my website (www.circelli.info) and Amazon. I’ve provided information and links to my latest works.

    —–
    The Sour Orange Derby (YA and Up) (http://www.amazon.com/Sour-Orange-Derby-Kristina-Circelli/dp/0976372835/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354642651&sr=8-1&keywords=kristina+circelli)
    One lone tree is all that remains of the cherished Standridge family orange groves, a legacy that goes back as far as the Civil War. But for young Colly Standridge, that solitary tree is at the center of a magical world. Inspired by real people, The Sour Orange Derby follows the lives of Colly, who dreams of becoming a professional baseball player, and K.B. Standridge, an imaginative old man who spends his days creating stories for his grandchildren to enjoy while searching for a new family legacy – and finds it in his last beloved orange tree.

    A story about love and healing steeped in southern traditions, The Sour Orange Derby is a tale of one family joining together to celebrate life and history, and how their last remaining orange tree holds them all together when the young boy’s fight with cancer threatens to tear them apart.

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    The Whisper Legacy (Beyond the Western Sun & Walk the Red Road) (http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Western-Sun-Kristina-Circelli/dp/0615402704/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354642904&sr=8-3&keywords=kristina+circelli)
    A gripping journey into the heart of Native American legend, The Whisper Legacy books follow the epic struggle of Whisper, a young female Cherokee apprentice, on a harrowing adventure into the Land of the Dead to save the captive son of Ian Diavya and, later, take her rightful place as ruler.

    These early adventures are only tests, for they must also stop the evil Raven-Eater from unleashing his Army of the Dead to destroy the living world. As Whisper leads them deeper into the Land of the Dead, Ian discovers that the fate of both worlds depends on his courage, his humility, and the life of his son.

    An epic saga of hope, redemption, and undying love, The Whisper Legacy is a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination.

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    The Helping Hands Series (Adult) (http://www.amazon.com/The-Helping-Hands-Book-Series/dp/0985918500/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1354643015&sr=8-6&keywords=kristina+circelli)
    The kidnappings of seventy-one children began the legend, but five friends with troubled pasts and courageous futures created it. Melanie O’Conner and her friends earned their reputation as rough and tough gang members, but the Hell Hounds were a mere front to their true operation. Fueled by the pain of a past filled with foster homes and cold-hearted guardians, Melanie lives with a deep, undying devotion to saving the lives of children who are victim to child abuse.

    Bringing them to a secluded island called the Treehouse, Melanie and her gang feeds, schools, and cares for them all, leaving the parents nothing more than a message claiming that their child has been taken. Melanie is willing to do anything to save the lives of innocent children from their abusive parents, even if that means risking her own.

  156. Thank you for this opportunity!

    My first novel, “Ember of Dreams”, is available online, self-published through Amazon. It’s an epic fantasy novel, intended for readers 14 and up.

    What is it about?

    In the peaceful kingdom of Clarion, the lives of three people become entangled by the magic of the elves; the legendary teachers, and enemies, of humanity. Kristyn Tremayne, the young daughter of a noblewoman, is first repelled by, then drawn to Luthor, her new stepfather, and his wonderful gift of magic. But when a sudden and violent attack on her home leaves her life shattered, Kristyn finds that Luthor’s sorcery is far more frightening than she had imagined. The power unleashed on that night takes hold of Gabriel Zane, a blacksmith haunted by dreams of perfection, and aids him in crafting the sword Ember of Dreams; a blade that makes its wielder invincible, but at a dreadful price.

    Torn from her home, Kristyn travels into the very heart of the elves’ ancestral realm to redeem Luthor, accompanied by Robert Blackford, a harp-maker’s apprentice who dreams of being far more. Together with a band of unlikely allies, they must choose whether to obey their duty to their king and homeland, or to make common cause with their enemies and resist a dark power that threatens to consume everything in its path. They confront not only foes of flesh and blood, but the truth behind their own dreams. Through a desperate journey in the heart of winter, Kristyn discovers a strength she never knew she possessed, Gabriel is faced with the consequences of his own creation, and Robert finally grows to understand his own heart and what it is to be a hero.

    Give it a try. You won’t be sorry.

    Kindle version:
    http://www.amazon.com/Ember-Dreams-Clarion-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B005BYX9NA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1312729861&sr=1-1

  157. The YOUNG VAMPIRE Adventures — for Ages 8-12
    By Star Donovan

    Gustavus “Gappy” Grapple is nine years old when he discovers that his parents are vampires and that he is one of the rare vampire children. Life will never again be the same for him as he navigates his middle school years while discovering new vampire powers. As new-order vampires, Gappy and his family must keep a low profile to survive in suburban USA. If that were not difficult enough, Gappy is also a target of the schemes of other vampires who live the more traditional vampire life, and want to bring back the old order.
    ***
    The first book in this series of six adventures is a relatively easy read for the 8-12 age range. Then each book successively becomes a bit longer, somewhat more challenging and that much more exciting. The books are not overly explicit about some of the more adult features of the vampire legend.
    ***
    —-Visit Gappy and talk with him on FACEBOOK.
    —-Check out Gappy’s WEBSITE.
    —-Explore Gappy’s BOOKS on Amazon.com
    —-Beautifully illustrated by Ann-Cathrine Loo.
    ***
    The Young Vampire Adventures are available in print all over the internet. The first four books are available on Kindle, with the other two expected soon.

  158. COMET JACK

    Jack’s got no friends, sweatshirt-hooded bullies are stalking him, and his little sister won’t leave him alone. He climbs up into his attic to get some peace and quiet and promptly falls through a window.

    Instead of plummeting to his death on the front lawn, he opens his eyes to thousands of stars. A sun floats in the distance. Below him turns a blue planet.

    He’s in orbit.

    But not around Earth: wrong continents, wrong oceans.

    And technically it’s not an orbit. Jack is falling. Everything is getting hotter.

    Comet Jack is a novel about a fifth-grader who literally falls into trouble, featuring:

    • An alien world in crisis
    • Superpowers
    • Time distortion
    • A super-smart sidekick (don’t call him a robot)
    • Schoolyard tyranny
    • A tattling sister

    Jack wants to keep his head down and stay out of trouble, but doing nothing means dooming a planet to destruction and his new friends to intimidation and torment. Jack must stick his neck out to help people he just met, both on the other side of the galaxy and around the corner at his new school. Every time he tries, though, he just makes things worse…

    2.99 Kindle or 11.99 Trade Paperback: available at amazon

    2.99 Nook: available at Barnes&Noble

    More info: cometjack.com

    Thank you, John Scalzi!

  159. I’m MeiLin Miranda, and I came back from the dead to write books. (True story.) I’ll tell you about one of them, “Lovers and Beloveds”:

    In the court of the Tremontine king, political struggles, assassination attempts and sexual intrigue surround the newly arrived Prince Temmin. The sheltered, immature young man flounders–until he finds an ally in Teacher.

    Teacher is unlike anyone Temmin’s ever met: magical, immortal and the keeper of the royal family’s secret history, hidden in a magic book. When Temmin reads it he becomes his ancestors, experiencing everything they feel in even their most intimate moments.

    At first it’s exhilarating. But as Teacher’s lessons continue, they force Temmin to consider hard questions of duty, consent, responsibility and choice–and to confront not just his forefathers’ sins but his own.

    When the gods of Love and Desire call Temmin to serve them for two years, he faces the very questions raised in Teacher’s lessons. The King believes an old prophecy: if Temmin joins the Lovers’ Temple the monarchy will end. The gods are irresistible, but the King is implacable. Now Temmin must decide which is more dangerous–defying his father or defying the gods.

    Set in a Victorianesque world of magic, sexuality, political intrigue and military conquest, Lovers and Beloveds is the first book in the series An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom.

    You can find me in these places:
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MeiLin-Miranda/e/B0045JRNC0 (ebook and paperback)
    Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Meilin-Miranda?store=ebook&keyword=Meilin+Miranda
    Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Lovers-and-Beloveds/book-b1XRrCasg0SsXUXe2kBE7w/page1.html
    Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MeiLinMiranda
    My own site, where you can read major excerpts of my work in serial form as well as buy ebooks and paperbacks: http://www.meilinmiranda.com/

    Thanks, Mr. Scalzi!

  160. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, John! :)
    The Dark Victorian: RISEN
    She is Artifice, an artificial ghost, and he is Jim Dastard, an animated skull.
    It is 1880 in a mechanical and supernatural London. Agents of Prince Albert’s Secret Commission, their criminal pasts wiped from their memories, are resurrected to fight the eldritch evils that threaten England. Amidst this turmoil, Jim Dastard and his new partner Artifice must stop a re-animationist raising murderous dead children. As Art and Jim pursue their quarry, Art discovers clues about her past self, and through meeting various intriguing women—a journalist, a medium, a prostitute, and a mysterious woman in black—where her heart lies. Yet the question remains: What sort of criminal was she? A new beginning, a new identity, and new dangers await Art as she fights for the Secret Commission and for her second life.
    One step above penny dreadful, one step closer to a shilling shocker! Treat yourself to some Gothic steampunk pulp fiction, today!
    http://amzn.to/RBHkA2

  161. New Jersey’s Famous Turnpike Witch, available on Smashwords and Amazon.

    Here’s the Blurb:

    Simultaneous breakdowns (automotive and nervous) first landed Alice on the Jersey Turnpike, and a crippling panic disorder stuck her there. Stranded, broken, and living alone on the toll road, Alice took a turn for the theatrical. Her public gestures of snarky catharsis — mock-hangings from overpasses, “Operation Cheese Doodle” — won her critical acclaim and a cult following. Adoring fans swarmed to New Jersey, hoping to catch a glimpse of their Turnpike Witch, America’s first and foremost masked criminal performance artist in traffic.

    Now everybody wants a piece of the Witch. Fans and online critics are hammering her with expectations. Alice’s support staff of Engineers wants her to double down on more, bigger, and riskier productions. Even the chief state official charged with capturing the Witch is back-channeling her words of encouragement — the Turnpike Witch is New Jersey’s biggest tourist attraction, after all. And if these pressures weren’t enough, rival interests look to muscle the Witch off her stage: gangs are fighting turf wars on the northern part of the toll road, a rabid civil servant’s vicious PR campaign is calling for the Witch’s head, and now a troop of Manhattan investors want to capitalize on the new “Turnpike chic” by turning Service Areas into nightclubs. And yet even as the Turnpike Witch is drawn into public battle with these adversaries, Alice continues to work through her own private crises of identity, alienation, and entrapment.

    Fair to say, then, that life on this Road to Nowhere takes its toll.

    http://twitter.com/turnpikewitch
    http://www.facebook.com/turnpikewitch
    http://turnpikewitch.tumblr.com/

  162. Low down on this list, but the book might be unknown to those who’ve read and enjoye my “conventionally-published” science fiction novels. This one is called GHULF GENES, the first volume of a trilogy (all three completed). You can find it on amazon if you search Google for “amazon ghulf genes.”

    Thank you for the forum, John Scalzi–and for the hat tip, John Magee..

  163. THE CLOCKWORK GIANT is the first in a steampunk series for young adults, pure historical science fiction (no magic involved!).

    In an age of science, even the most unlikely engineer can change the world.

    Chroniker City, 1881

    Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible career for an impoverished shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up, willing to do anything to work in the Guild’s exclusive workshops. When she meets Emmerich Goss, she finally finds the opportunity she’s been searching for.

    Newly recruited into the Guild, Emmerich needs help designing a new power system for a top-secret, Guild-sanctioned automaton, and he is convinced that only Petra can help him. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and Petra will only be so lucky.

    Working in secret, together they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council…

    Their automaton is only the beginning.

    Links to buy at my website (which sorely needs an update): http://brooke-johnson.com/books.php

    Just click on those little linky buttons at the bottom. $4.99 for an ebook, $11.99 for a paperback.

    or if you’d rather go straight to Amazon: The Clockwork Giant

    (thanks to Mr. Galactic Overlord John Scalzi for the opportunity!)

  164. Thanks for this opportunity, John!

    The Lives of Perfect Creatures, by Keith Edwards

    Intrigue! Romance! Mustaches!

    When a young librarian named Sophie Andalou accidentally picks up an unattended umbrella, it leads her into a web of coincidences, mistaken identities and serendipitous encounters involving the ghost of Yuri Gagarin, a secret society of mustachioed men and a message that just might come from outer space. How all of this relates to the umbrella is hard to say in a way that makes sense, but Sophie is sure it does, somehow…

    You can purchase The Lives of Perfect Creatures in print or various flavors of ebook by following this link. Enjoy!

  165. Thanks for this opportunity, Mr. Scalzi.

    Tom opens his eyes to find himself on a dirt road with no idea where he is and no clue how he got there. In search of help, he ends up in a little town and discovers that he, along with everyone else in the town, is missing and the only way to leave is to be “found”. Tom doesn’t want to wait for that. He’s got a plan and he’s going to get out…before it’s too late.

    GONE MISSING is a novella available as an eBook at Smashwords.

  166. Thanks John! I appreciate the opportunity to mention some info on my Kids Hockey Books and My Kids Hanukkah Picture Book!

    I know everyone is down on the NHL right now (and for good reason) but the game of hockey makes for great subject matter to talk about life and lessons learned… so if you love the game, or you kids love to play or watch the game, please check out my 2 hockey books, “Hockey Player For Life” and “Hockey Days.” “Hockey Player For Life” is the #1 downloaded kids hockey book on Amazon Kindle:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hockey-Player-For-Life-ebook/dp/B00699LUZ0/ref=tmm_kin_title_0
    http://www.amazon.com/Hockey-Player-Life-Howard-Shapiro/dp/0595517854/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_4

    My Kids Hanukkah Books was totuted by The Canadian Jewish News as “a great mainstream kids Hanukkah story” and it is available as an e-book for the first time. Here is the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hanukkah-Counts-Too-ebook/dp/B008RYSZB2/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

    Thanks and please email me or check out my website!

    Howard Shapiro
    http://www.howardshapiro.net
    hockeyplayer4life@gmail.com

  167. Thanks, John, for letting me publicize my new book of short stories,Filtered Future and Other Dark Tales of Science Fiction and Horror, which is available here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Filtered-Future-Science-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00723OO1E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327722260&sr=8-1

    This eclectic short story collection pulls no punches, taking readers down a rabbit hole of fear, wonder and imagination. From the Orwellian “Filtered Future” and “What Do They Do While We Sleep?” to the deadly dark “Strange Children” and “Wormboy,” Filtered Future and Other Dark Tales of Science Fiction and Horror will keep anyone with a taste for the bizarre reading late into the night (and the next night and the next).

    Other stories in this collection include: “I Have No TV, and I Must Watch” (a Harlan Ellison homage/parody); “Washed in the Blood” (a seriously warped religious yarn); “The Land of Oz” (about an early ’80s arcade); “The Creation Proclamation” (an amusing evolutionary tale); and “The Lady Loves Dancing” (introducing a morbidly obese woman’s “Little Helpers”).

    Bonus features include a poem (“A New Kind of Light”), an article on the great Stephen King (in which I solve the mystery of his first published story), an interview with legendary horror novelist Bentley Little and introductions to each story. More than 38,500 words in all.

    Check my blog for more info: http://www.brettweisswords.com/

  168. Playwriting: The Merciless Craft; Comprehensive Techniques for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Playwriting: This book is designed to serve concurrently the writer who has never written a play, but would like to write a good one; journeyman playwrights who would like to increase their skill set, deepen their knowledge of the craft and increase the power of their work; and advanced playwrights who are seeking new horizons to challenge their already considerable craftsmanship.

    Script writers and storytellers will find specific techniques to widen their understanding of how to engage and hold an audience.

    Carol Wolf’s plays have been seen on both coasts and five continents. Her students’ plays have been seen on both coasts and four continents, so far.

  169. Thanks for the opportunity here! It’s greatly appreciated!

    LORD OF THE CITY is a fantasy/steampunk novel set in a world where humans have been pushed to the brink of extinction. They survive only in one tiny enclave, protected by magical spells from their mysterious enemies – a hostile race which the humans brought to their own world as a weapon of warfare.

    One resource has kept the humans protected for a hundred years, and that resource is now running out. Kenton, a scribe for the human Council, is sent with a desperate mission on a fantastical airship to explore the world that was once their own and find some way to keep their people alive. During the journey Kenton will find himself dealing with his foes in ways never expected, and the fate of the remaining humans will hinge on his choices as their time runs down to the end.

    I invite you to explore my novel via my website, http://www.bryanleegregory.com, where copies may be purchased and delivered directly to your door via on-demand printing. Alternatively, you can find a Kindle eBook available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00638FG16.

    Thank you for your interest!
    -Bryan Gregory

  170. Wasted Life is a dark, romantic comedy that disturbed men and women will enjoy. It’s the story of a woman who makes an internet video announcing that she is going to kill herself in order to give her organs away. She goes into hiding to avoid being sent to a padded cell.

    Can anyone talk her out of doing it?

    Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wasted-life-robert-enders/1030273432?ean=2940032826361

    Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Wasted-Life-ebook/dp/B004QS91UM/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354643608&sr=1-5&keywords=Wasted+Life

    Also available on various other e-readers. Check for availability.

  171. Thank you for the opportunity John

    Wormhole Wanderings by Drew Bryant Taylor

    My short story description: After being forced to exit the wormhole early by a chase ship, Kailissa and Dale find themselves in the middle of a space battlefield that looks little used. Consulting the command ships in the area only lead to further mysteries. Kailissa’s interests are piqued to learn more of the two empires fighting a war here and what happened to the peace process on the planet called Serenity. Learning about the events on Serenity drive Kailissa to seek a resolution to the weird war. Will she succeed? Who was behind Kailissa’s and Dale’s wormhole troubles that caused them to exit in the middle of a battle front? Will Kailissa’s technology help or hinder her in the peace process?

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009KGHN3M

  172. Thank you to John as always for presenting these opportunities for self-pimping.

    I have two Prelaunch Relaunch issues of the (new) AMAZING STORIES magazine on offer in the online store http://blog.amazingstoriesmag.com/shop/

    Amazing Stories Volume 0, Number 1, July 2012 features A round-table interview with 13 member authors of the Book View Cafe, two works of fiction by Jack Clemons (reprint) and articles by Barry Malzberg, Robert Silverberg, Patrick Price and Daniel M. Kimmel.

    Amazing Stories Volume 0, Number 2, August 2012 features a retrospective and gallery of artist David A. ‘King of Space Art’ Hardy, an excerpt from Hardy’s re-released novel Aurora and articles by John M. Whalen and Pierre V. Comtois.

    These two issues were prepared for trademark and branding purposes as well as to honor those authors, artists and fans who have been extremely supportive of my efforts to being the magazine back into publication.

    Amazing Stories was the world’s first science fiction magazine and was published nearly continuously from 1926 until 2005. The magazine will return to active publication on January 2nd, 2013, initially as an online blogging platform, with blog entries provided by nearly 60 different authors, bloggers, artists and fans. http://www.amazingstoriesmag.com

  173. All tiny books, but they are all the start of something wonderful

    STARBLEACHED is the first book in my sci-fi series. Adrienne had one job when she came to Holton Station: Develop a drug that will take humans off the Overseer menu. After working triage in Earth’s biggest space-port, this marathon of long nights, hot coffee (and even hotter research assistants) is a breeze…until she’s stranded on a hostile planet with an Overseer renegade. Now she has a one hell of a choice: destroy her research, or die as a monster’s midnight snack. Well, she’ll be defiant to the last; all else fails, at least she’ll give the alien indigestion.

    Then a plague strikes the humans on the renegade’s world. Adrienne will have to compromise with the Overseer on more than just vacation time. Because the space between stars isn’t always black-and-white…

    Can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Starbleached-ebook/dp/B0098SSMX2/ref=la_B008OCFHJ0_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354644919&sr=1-2

    THIS FOUND THING is my newest book. Haron Jinar was a Knight of the Faerie King…until a terrible accident left him in the body of his worst enemy. Thousands of miles away from home, in an unknown place and time, he must fight his way back to his homeland and warn his king about treachery in the shape of a friend.

    But his new body is tainted by dark magic. Fed on violence and suffering, the darkness within threatens far more than any evil without. Can he save the world without losing his own soul? He has no choice but to find out…

    Can also be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Found-Thing-Tales-Prince-ebook/dp/B00A7MVVDG/ref=la_B008OCFHJ0_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354644919&sr=1-1

    Author Blog: http://creativedoubledipper.blogspot.com/
    Author twitter: @cwgaither

  174. Epic fantasy:
    In Legends of the Light-Walkers: Rethana’s Surrender, magic-user Rethana Chosardal fights to protect her little sister against the ruling caste of clerics who killed her family. At the same time, Rethana can’t help but feel drawn to Allasin, the cleric who captures her. (Yeah, this is a “kissing book.” ; ) But when civil war breaks out, Rethana realizes that there’s even more at stake than her family or her heart. Will her choices determine the fate of an entire nation?

    Paranomal fantasy, new adult:
    In the Demons of SaltmarchTrilogy, a demon is stalking Holly Idaho right on the campus of her Christian university. It draws Holly and her friends into the demon world of Saltmarch, where Evil doesn’t always look so evil. Nothing will ever be black and white again. Demons of Saltmarch follows Holly, Peter, and Anne as they fight to save their souls, save each other, and save their world from the demons trying to destroy it.

    Special thanks to you, John, for this opportunity. We indies appreciate your support. : )

  175. Broken Elements is the first book in a brand new urban fantasy series. People who like magic, quality world-building, the occasional were-housecat, and sharp dialogue and characterizations should definitely check it out.

    “Skillful character development and an artfully crafted plot will keep you entertained until the final page.” — RT Book Reviews

    And, conveniently, the ebook is on sale for just $1.99 all December.

    Here, have a blurb:
    Aidan Brook has spent ten years hiding from everyone she once loved, plagued by memories of a single horrible night. When her former best friend appears on her front porch, her exile is brought to an abrupt end. An elemental killer is murdering her friends, forcing her to return to the scene of her own crimes.

    Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she’s desperate to escape and her own uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.

    All buy links can be found on this page.

  176. Thanks for this, John!

    CHRISTMAS PRESENT is my paranormal romance ode to Mr. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol–only with romance. And sex. (Suppose poor Charles just turned over in his grave?) And it’s 1/2 off from now through Christmas!

    Deanna Green’s love of Christmas has seen her through troubles and hardships, the good and bad of life. But when an old acquaintance comes back into her life and threatens everything she holds dear, even Dee’s ability to enjoy the holiday is stretched to its limits.

    Then a mysterious stranger shows up at her front door. There’s something about the man, something so compelling, so…right, Dee finds herself falling hard for him, despite barely knowing him. Despite all that’s going wrong around her, he makes her feel alive with joy and hope.

    But discovering the truth of who Chris Stepner is, what he is, will challenge Dee’s growing feelings for him and make her question all she believes. To accept the man she loves, and the changes he triggers in her life, Dee will have to learn what true love means.

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Present-ebook/dp/B00AH17K3C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354542384&sr=1-1

    For a little science fiction romance, INTERFACE (The Naravan Chronicles) is now available.

    When unexpected side-effects in Gina Xanacovich’s nanotech research leads to murder and death threats, her father hires private mercenaries to protect her. But Johan “Alex” Alexander proves to be just as dangerous to her peace of mind as the threats against her life. Worse, his seductive voice and irritatingly calm presence keep Gina on edge, making her want more from him than just being her bodyguard.

    Giving into their growing attraction, Gina finds it hard to focus beyond her obsession with the sexy mercenary. She knows if she can’t reign in her desire, she won’t live long enough to discover those responsible for the murders and threats. Nor will she discover how far things can go with Alex.

    http://www.amazon.com/Interface-The-Naravan-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B009SDLGQM/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354542384&sr=1-3

    Happy Reading!

  177. Thanks! This may get lost in the crowd, but:

    Goddess-Born is a fantasy story about a democratic revolution overthrowing a monarchy and getting twisted into a tyranny by unscrupulous, foul sorcery. The main characters must face the tyrant, with the forces of the state backing him as well as his magic, and his corrupt priestess teacher. Also includes gods and goddesses who used to be human beings, their (mortal but extraordinary) children, and a god’s ex-lover.

    It’s new enough that it isn’t available yet on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (though I expect it to go live both sites any minute), but you can find it at Smashwords along with my other books: Goddess-Born.

  178. My very first novel, ‘The Dead Man: Slaves to Evil,’ is part of the great ‘Dead Man’ series, published through Amazon. It’s about a regular guy, Matt Cahill, who is killed in an avalanche and buried in the snow for three months. Then he wakes up. Even more strange, he now has the ability to see evil in people. To him, it looks, and smells, like physical decomposition. Worse, once he sees rot in a person, violence is sure to follow. Then there’s the mysterious specter he encounters on occasion, known only as Mr. Dark, who seems to know more about why Matt returned from the dead.
    http://www.amazon.com/Slaves-Evil-Dead-Man-ebook/dp/B007QY06YS/ref=la_B008785PAC_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1354645704&sr=1-5

  179. Thank you John Scalzi!

    My most current work is The Hero Cleanup Protocol, set in a superhero universe where heroes team up in government-sponsored but private-run organizations. It’s about what happens when a newly trained superhero goes rogue against his own team, and how they clean out that rogue before things get worse…

    It’s an opening part of the storyline I’ve worked on for this current NaNoWriMo event (success at 50,000 words!), which I hope to get finished soon and properly edited and vetted for publication.

    Available as ebook only via Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/51667 although it’s also available as retail via Barnes&Noble online.

  180. Duality © Graham Wheal
    What links the murder of a Victorian theatre artiste to death threats against a modern day film star? When hypnotherapist Simon Stafford’s client undergoes a past life regression he assures the actress it is merely her subconscious at play. Yet his curmudgeonly friend, Catherine Whyte, proves otherwise when she finds evidence that the Victorian performer actually existed.
    A brilliant psychic-medium, Catherine Whyte believes there is a karmic link between the two thespians and that to save the life of the modern day actress they will have to discover the motive behind the murder of her Victorian counterpart.
    Their investigations will take them into a dark backstage world of sex and murder spanning two centuries.
    Duality is the first of the Stafford & Whyte Novels.

    http://www.amazon.com/Duality-Stafford-Whyte-ebook/dp/B00A50ZT60/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354646117&sr=8-1&keywords=Duality+Graham+Wheal

  181. Two novels from my series (readable online in its entirety of four complete novels, two in progress; click my name) are also available in trade paperback from Createspace, or from Amazon’s main website but I get fewer royalties that way. Here’s Summons, the first book, and Empaths, another book you can read directly after Summons (the series is told somewhat concurrently after Summons, so subsequent books aren’t really numbered).

  182. If you like music, the ’70s, a romantic plot, or have ever visited Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, you’ll connect with RHYTHMS & MUSE, a novel and 1970s-inspired soundtrack by Ann Narcisian Videan.

    About the book: Alex, a Grammy-winning vocalist, lives the glamorous lifestyle, but hates it. Her dreams guide her life, but she doesn’t listen until one actually manifests. Will intuition, flashbacks to her 1970s high-school days in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and an ambitious current-day plan to reconnect with her former music partner and muse, help her find fulfillment?

    About the soundtrack: Ann wrote and recorded five original songs inspired by the novel to complement the story.

    The book has received all 5-star reviews on Amazon. Comments include:
    - “An intelligent and inspiring approach to not just finding a soul mate but also how choices can make or break love’s possibility.”
    - “This book was so amazing. I couldn’t stop reading.”
    - “I rarely read fiction, but had this book recommended to me by a friend. I started the book on the plane on a recent trip and could not put it down! ”

    Available on Amazon: http://www.tinyurl.com/ANVamazon
    More from Ann: Words•Music•Village blog: http://anvidean.com

  183. Hey, thanks for the opportunity!

    In the fog-shrouded city of Rodaas, a young woman with a hidden lineage struggles to gain admittance to a secret society known as the Grey. To pass their test she must negotiate dangers physical and political, unwind intrigue, and face a power as enigmatic as it is sinister. Kirkus Reviews calls The Duchess of the Shallows “a fresh, compelling twist on fantasy.”

    The Duchess of the Shallows, a novel by Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto, is available for Kindle and Nook, and in paper.

  184. Thanks so much, John!

    My latest release is “Finding Gaia” and it’s indie, even though I’ve had other books traditionally published before. It’s available at many stores listed at http://findinggaia.com, but I just generated a Smashwords coupon exclusively for this post:

    “Finding Gaia”
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180554
    Promotional price: $3.99
    Coupon Code: EX57D
    Expires: December 31, 2012

    It’s a love story for nerds like me who get put off by typical romance. It’s about immortals with superpowers trying to hide out in an increasingly digital world. It has science, nerdisms, environmentalism, adventure, hot sex, angst, and more.

    The reviews so far have been fabulous, particularly by geek guys who want solid stories that have romantic elements without making them feel like they’re not supposed to be reading it.

  185. Thank you so much for making this opportunity available, John!

    FREEBIRD is a graphic novel that began life as a series of comic strips set in Fairbanks, Alaska, that I used to do for our local paper. I’m a lifelong Alaskan and longtime Fairbanks resident, so this is my paean to my hometown — a little bit tongue-in-cheek, a little bit serious, and mostly affectionate! It’s the story of Karen Bird, nicknamed “Freebird”, who comes to Alaska looking for a fresh start (as many of us do) and settles into her own place among the weirdos, iconoclasts, and society dropouts who make up her neighbors.

    While I will swear to my dying day that this is completely fictional (and most of it is), if you ever wondered what living in Fairbanks is like … well, now you’ll know.

    It’s available on Amazon, and you can also read a big chunk of it online (though the book has quite a bit of content that’s not on the website — new strips to finish off the main storyline, backup stories and so forth). There’s also a recent review from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

  186. Thanks for hosting. :)

    My latest novel embroiders on the universe of my fantasy of manners, Kherishdar. Books 1 and 2 are short story collections: The Aphorisms of Kherishdar on the virtues of the alien civilization of the Ai-Naidar and The Admonishments of Kherishdar on its crimes and sins. Book 3, Black Blossom, just got kickstarted into its print, e-book and audiobook editions. If you love explorations of culture and language in fully realized alien worlds, come visit Kherishdar!

    Audiobook, print and kindle editions available here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00448EEPQ
    All other e-book formats here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mcahogarth

  187. If you like Sci-Fi adventure, then check out my series, Aristeia. Book 1: Revolutionary Right and Book 2: A Little Rebellion are available now. The final book in the trilogy, Tree of Liberty, will be available in the spring.

    The original idea for the books were to take my love of history and merge it with a sci-fi background. In this case, the American Revolutionary period in a universe full of aliens and spaceships. The story follows the colony worlds of the Alliance as they face the question of loyalty or independence. The first spark is inadvertently sparked by Maarkean, a loyal Alliance naval pilot who now finds himself torn by duty to his government and his family.

    If you enjoy a fun space adventure combined with well developed characters and a thought provoking story, check it out!

  188. The AudioComics Company, also known as simply “AudioComics,” takes the traditional audio book and turns it on it’s head, presenting full-cast audio productions adapted from comic books, graphic novels and genre fiction. We offer top-notch entertainment; the best stories from the best writers, brought to life by a brilliant company of gifted actors, and professionally engineered, mixed and mastered for your listening pleasure! Our rich soundscapes, layered effects and original music take full-cast audio to whole new level.

    Our productions run the gamut from pulp to science fiction, available as digital downloads and as compact discs. The productions we are promoting right now for the holiday season are:

    “TITANIUM RAIN” – Adapted from the Archaia Graphic Novel, mankind’s survival instinct is put to the test when a civil war in 2031 China spirals into global conflict. Nations are destroyed. Millions are killed. And for many, like US Air Force pilot Alec Killian, survival will mean shedding some of his humanity in exchange for biotech and machine. Is this the ultimate corruption of nature, or the birth pains of a new chapter in mankind’s evolution? The production is 80 minutes in length. A review from The Lottery Party (UK): http://amzn.to/Pfm8z0

    Available for only $5 on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/titanium-rain-vol.-1/id528395454, or purchase the 2 disc CD (with songs from the soundtrack) at Amazon: http://amzn.to/Pfm8z0

    “HONEY WEST” – based on the comic (in turn adapted from the GG Fickling novels and 1964 TV series), the hour long production takes us to Hollywood in 1962, and Hollywood’s sexiest private eye has gone undercover on the set of a low-budget science fiction flick to investigate the death of B-Queen Zu Zu Varga. It looks like murder, but who had motive? Was it the scheming ingénue, the down-on-his luck director, the jealous agent, or the aging teen heartthrob? And then there’s that killer robot! A review from The Lottery Party (UK): http://bitly.com/R0wsfB

    Available for only $5 on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/honey-west-murder-on-mars-act-1/id530953183?i=530953188&ign-mpt=uo%3D4, or buy the CD from Amazon: http://amzn.to/11OCaHs

    “HORRORSCOPES” – available exclusively through the AudioComcs website, Available exclusively through the AudioComics Webstore, Horrorscopes is a ten-part audio drama series featuring full-cast adaptations of classic and world-premiere horror short stories, directed by AudioComics co-founder William Dufris, and hosted by “The Lady in Black” . And here’s the best part: every episode of Season 1 is only $0.99! http://audiocomicscompany.com/?page_id=83

    and “THE BATSONS” – What if someone crossed The Munsters with The Addams Family and dumped this crazed creation in a place where monsters are normal, bad is good, and ugly is in demand? The AudioComics Company presents its first full-cast audio comedy for children and creatures of all ages! Meet…THE BATSONS!

    The Batsons are a spooky-kooky family of misfit monsters who reside in Flemme Falls, the capital of Halloween where “awful is lawful and everyone’s mean.” Tweenage Fang Batson fails to fit in because, to his family’s great shame, he tends to be nice. Fang’s teenage sister, Carmilla, is a champion sneak and skulker, but can’t raise a decent crop of zits, much less warts, horns, and scales like the cool ghouls at school. Mad scientists Dadula’s world domination schemes always fizzle. Momula hides her natural neatness behind compulsive dusting…as in spreading dust around the Batson’s bizarre mansion, Tooth Acres.

    Episodes available from CDBaby (again, only $0.99 per episode) are “The Trouble with Fang!” http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theaudiocomicscompany4 and “Carmilla’s Crush” http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theaudiocomicscompany

  189. Coo er gosh, John. Thanks for this fun and unique opportunity. I have just written a hard SF trilogy called The Sigil that’s just out from ReAnimus books, in a variety of e-formats and also print on demand. Full details are here: http://occamstypewriter.org/cromercrox/the-sigil/
    Quite a lot of people have said nice things about it.

    “Great stuff. Touches reminiscent of Douglas Adams, Barrington Bayley and David Britton only emphasise the splendid originality of this book. Thoughtful. Funny. Like nothing else before it. And pretty thoroughly mind-expanding. In fact everything you always hope a very good SF novel will be. It’s hilarious. It’s wonderfully written. You guessed it. I’ve become a Henry Gee fan.” – Michael Moorcock

    Coming to a science fiction novel by Henry Gee I was expecting a work knowledgeable about the world and all its ways, but who would have guessed it would also reveal Henry to be a visionary space voyager of the first order? The Sigil is in the grand tradition of Stapledonian space opera, and provides not only an explanation for why this universe is the way it is, but gives us the many vivid wild adventures on the part of some (very appealing) conscious characters acting to make it that way. Awesome stuff, and a true pleasure to read page by page.” – Kim Stanley Robinson

    “Fast-moving, insanely inventive science fiction in the grand manner—seldom has the fate of the galaxy been handled on such a large scale. Gee draws on archeology, geology, physics, and biology to create a rich tapestry with surprises woven into every thread.” – Nancy Kress

    “Cosmically deep and sensually rich, here is a very warm, enthusiastic and human book about great issues of our own world and of the whole universe, beautifully written.” – Ian Watson

  190. Whether in the mood for quick, casual fantasy (The Wandering Tale) or a sweeping epic (Twixt Heaven and Hell), take a look at the works of Tristan Gregory on either Amazon or Smashwords:

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tristan-Gregory/e/B008648CXY/
    Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tristangregory

    Oh, and if somebody has actually read this far down into the comments to stumble across this – you have amazing stamina. I hope that you – like me – will actually peruse and buy at least one title from this list. It’s a gift for the reader and the author alike. :)

  191. I never pass up a chance to whorishly promote my work! Thanks!

    Check out my “Citadel” trilogy (Book 3 forthcoming! Two out of three ain’t bad) plus some of my “singles” at http://amzn.to/kevintumlinson!

    “Citadel: First Colony” and “Citadel: Paths in Darkness” follow the plight of several survivors of a colony that finds itself crash-landed and stranded on the wrong world. Tensions rise as age-old class distinctions start to bloom into full-blown civil war, a saboteur jeopardizes everything at the press of a button, and one of the most hated men in history plays an unexpected role in the salvation of humanity. Crashing was the easy part.

    Hope you enjoy them! And feel free to chat me up at http://www.kevintumlinson.com any time.

  192. Thanks John! I so appreciate your support.
    For those of you in the mood for short stories I have a couple of new collections out.

    LOVE & THE ALIENS by Annie Cox – fluffy, humorous science fiction stories set in the same universe. Six stories of love, lust, confusion and new beginnings. Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/SKdqvQ
    Also available at all the major ebook outlets.

    PARADISO STORIES by Linda Jordan – for those looking for something more serious to read. Set on the planet Paradiso, stories about five very different people struggling with the aphrodisiac Sanshay, which is mined there and permeates everything. Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/UE8eM5
    Also available at all major ebook outlets.

    THE SHADOW by LJ Wolfe – a YA, post apocalyptic novelette set in the Northwest US. What happen when beings from the deep, dark places of our brains are loosed into the world and fantasy becomes reality? Includes a YA, SF bonus story THE TEST. Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/R59k4E
    Also available at all major ebook outlets.

    Lots more stories and novels available. Links to everything at my websites and blog: http://www.metamorphosispress.com/
    http://www.lindajordan.net/
    http://www.anniecox,net/
    http://www.ljwolfe.net/

    Happy reading!

  193. Hi there! I’m Nobilis Reed, author and creator of the premiere erotica podcast, “Nobilis Erotica.”

    The book I’d like to tell you about is Coming Together: Arm in Arm in Arm.

    This is a charity anthology benefiting oceana.org, supporting ocean research. The theme of the anthology is tentacle sex–and I’ll wager there isn’t a story in here that conforms to what your idea of what tentacle sex stories are like. It’s available in both print and ebook form.

    http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Together-Arm-Arm-ebook/dp/B0094XV2M4?tag=651998669-20

    Thanks, John, for giving us this opportunity.

  194. Three siblings have their plans for the summer ruined as they move across country as soon as school is out. The new house has been mostly vacant for the previous two decades, when the previous owners mysteriously vanished. The kids in the neighborhood believe the house is haunted, and even the adults can’t deny that strange things happen around the creepy, old house on the corner. The Howards think these are no more than stories springing from overactive imaginations. That is until they discover a cache of ancient weapons. And what does the crazy old man across the street with his dire warnings have to do with it? Tom, Sam, and Ruth are convinced that things are anything but normal.

    All children dream the improbable; some dream the impossible. What happens when three children stumble into the impossible? Will it bring them together, or will it tear them apart?

    For the Kindle version (it’s also available for the Nook):
    http://www.amazon.com/House-Corner-First-Person-ebook/dp/B005J6YO6Q/ref=la_B004MAXIYE_1_1_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1354649925&sr=1-1

    For a signed edition (it’s also available through Amazon in a normal, unsigned format):
    http://strangepegs.blogspot.com/p/house-on-corner-chapter-1.html

  195. Farewell to Foie Gras*: A companion cookbook for the fantasy world of Arduise

    Do you like cookbooks? Do you like fantasy settings with a twist? Then you’ll probably really dig my recently released e-cookbook, Farewell to Foie Gras, the official cookcook companion to Indie RPG Farewell to Fear (A Machine Age Production)

    It presents recipes specific to every region in the world of Arduise, along with background commentary, and recipes provided twice over, once in the voice of Pandan Valdon, traveler, scholar, and chef, and once again in more straight forward modern terms for people who actually want to try it out in their home kitchens.

    Featuring recipes such as:

    Effervescent Ginger Brew
    Raspberry Kassato
    Spiced Chicken Parcels in Red Sauce
    Roasted Wyvern

    There should be something for everyone, with many vegan and gluten free recipes featured as well.

    It is available here, on DriveThruRPG:
    http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/106782/Farewell-to-Foie-Gras:-The-Food-and-Drink-of-Arduise

    *Please note: There is no political commentary on Foie Gras in this cookbook.

    Thanks for the opportunity John!

  196. Hey all. First off, Mr. Scalzi, thanks for giving indie authors a place to get some attention. One day, when I’m a successful mogul of all media, I will reciprocate. Actually, I’d be happy with just getting a few more blog followers! Anyway, here goes:

    “I should tell you what it is that I do, Garrett,” Joren said from across the room as he mixed up another drink from the bar. “They call it being a Fixer. In simple terms, I fix problems. People get all sorts of ideas about what that means, and lots of times they’re wrong.” He walked over to his chair and sat down again. “Tell me what all of these things have in common, Garrett. A crew of thieves needs a getaway plan and implementation. Somebody needs fake ID and transport to a planet on the other side of the galaxy. Criminals need a banker. A politician needs dirt on an opponent. A private detective or bounty hunter needs a local contact. A company needs to steal something from a competitor, or maybe protect their own merchandise from the same sort of theft. What’s the common thread?”
    “A charming individual such as yourself?” replied Garrett.

    That was how Garrett Drayven learned about the life of a Fixer. He’d needed his cousin’s help, and the price was to work for his business for a while. It had been fun and rewarding at first; Garrett was a university student who was suddenly somebody important, dealing with worldly people who grew to count on him. He enjoyed being in demand, and liked the fact that people asked for him by name. He took their trust in him seriously.

    Only later did he realized what kind of person his cousin was, how dangerous and ruthless he could be. He knew there were more sinister jobs a Fixer could take on, but had convinced himself that his cousin would never resort to contracts like that when he’d first started. By the time he’d learned otherwise, Garrett was in too deep; you didn’t just get to walk away from the secrets and confidences held between a Fixer and his clients.

    Garrett had reached the point where he needed to find a way out before everything spun completely out of control…

    Link to The Fixer is below, through my blog. The Fixer is a spinoff series from my Birthright novels, numbering three so far. They’re military sci-fi, and are on the blog as well.
    http://rekroom.wordpress.com/book-list/the-fixer/

    Finally, some YA science fiction.
    Matt Falken was a normal, everyday high school Freshman whose main goal in life was to stay under the radar and finish school without suffering any lasting emotional trauma. All that changed one day after he was almost kidnapped at a mall; Matt discovered that his parents had neglected to mention that they had moved to town from somewhere far away- like another planet. Destined for obscurity, Matt unexpectedly learns that, while he is human like everyone else he knows, his parents grew up on another planet populated by humans from Earth that were taken there long ago. Having fled to Earth to avoid Matt getting caught up in the long war their people were fighting, the past reaches out to them as Matt’s parents learn that their son is desperately needed to help fight their people’s ages-old enemy. Matt, like his parents, possesses a rare and special genetic gift that allows him to be a necessary part of the computer network defending their planet. Matt decides to investigate the offer, if for no other reason than to learn about his people. He is accompanied by his best friend, a neighbor girl named Jessie, as he travels ‘home’ only to find out that not only is he a natural at running the Network, but without him the humans will most likely be destroyed.
    Out of Nowhere is Young Adult science fiction. If you like dragons, wizards, Greek mythology, or vampires, you have plenty of options these days. If you like the occasional blaster, alien, or starship, your choices are fewer in number. I aim to help fill this niche a bit with this title.
    http://rekroom.wordpress.com/book-list/out-of-nowhere/

    Thanks again. I have plenty of new indie books to check out after reading the previous posts!

    Cheers,
    Ryan

  197. 2 Books.
    Graphic novella EMPTY PLACES. Aliens from outer space. Drifters from Chicago. Both trying to go home. Both learn home isn’t always what you think it is.
    Novel LESS THAN HUMAN. Steven and Earl, cowboys who happen to be vampires, try to make their way in the modern-day West as pool-hustlers. But an ancient secret threatens to destroy a beautiful friendship. Both books avail at Crossroad Press and Amazon.

  198. Yes, thanks for the opportunity, John!

    I write science fiction and fantasy under the pen name J.D. Nixx. My vampire space opera MONSTER: NIGHTRIDER’S VENGEANCE BOOK ONE is available as a Kindle download here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007Z8M6PM.

    “Frankly, this book is so much fun it should be illegal. You’ve got your space battles, your land battles, your vampires, your werewolves, your zombies, your sex, your violence, your artificial intelligence run-amuck computers, revenge, exotic planets, all well-told with a non-stop slam-bam pace. I’m not really a huge SF reader, but when Nixx comes out with the next book, I’m there.” – Mark Terry, author of SINS OF THE FATHER

    “J.D. Nixx opens up with both barrels and blows away all genre lines in this wild, weird and insanely enjoyable kick-ass action yarn. If more sci-fi was like MONSTER then everybody would be reading sci-fi!”

    -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN’S CODE and PATIENT ZERO

    ‎”Toss vampires, werewolves and space marines into a blender and you get one hell of a story. Monster is the best kind of genre mash-up: weird, violent and fun.” – Stephen Blackmoore, author of CITY OF THE LOST

    My medieval fantasy/mystery novella featuring the portly, jolly and shrewd King’s Justice Taras Flinn and his naive apprentice is here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EEQ2GA

  199. Thank you, kind Scalzi sir, for putting this together. Science fiction, right up your alley (and hopefully your readers’ alley as well – but nothing of a sexual nature, I assure you…):

    GABRIEL’S REDEMPTION (Book 1 of military scifi trilogy; currently over 110 reviews on Amazon, 54 of which are five star, 4.3 average)

    North American Federation Navy Commander Evan Gabriel was dishonorably discharged after a disastrous mission on a far off world called Eden. He’s spent the last five years hiding from his past, from those responsible for the failed mission, from those responsible for running him out of the Navy, and from those originally responsible for making him into who he was – a highly-trained, physically and mentally augmented Special Forces soldier.

    Two mysterious visitors appear unannounced at the door of a Gabriel’s seedy hotel room in the slums of Jamaica. His past has finally caught up with him.

    From the decaying Caribbean to politically-charged South America, from the back alleys of Mars to a tiny colony on a planet six hundred light years from Earth, Gabriel’s Redemption is a near-future military science fiction story of a personal journey seen from the perspective of a soldier who has lost everything — one who desperately needs to redeem himself not only in his government’s eyes, but also his own.

    Interstellar action and political intrigue mix with one-on-one battles on the surface of a frozen planet in Book One of the science fiction-adventure trilogy.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LZ5686

    Also available at Amazon UK, B&N, Kobo, iBookstore, etc. but I don’t dare wake the moderation bots.

    HUGE THANKS

    ~Steve Umstead

  200. Thank you John for this opportunity!

    My latest novel, “The Raven and the Dancing Tiger” is available at all the usual ebook stores, as well as in paperback.

    The blurb:

    Peter is interested in just three things: dancing, finding a girlfriend, and hiding his raven soul.

    Peter is a raven warrior, an ancient race known for their assassination and fighting skills. Through secrecy and strict teaching, they’ve learned to cope with the modern world.

    When Peter meets Tamara, he knows she’s different. Special.

    He doesn’t learn until too late that she has secrets too.

    Tamara is a tiger warrior.

    And her kind are only interested in killing his kind.

    Here’s a link to the page about the novel on my website, with all the links to the e-sellers and paperback, as well as the first two chapters.

    http://www.leahcutter.com/novels/the-raven-and-the-dancing-tiger/

  201. To start with, many thanks to John for allowing me – for allowing all of us – the chance to wave our books around at people!

    I think most everyone else is talking about SF/F/H books, and I have some of those too, but today I want to talk about a crime book – The Obituarist, my crime novella about a soft-boiled non-detective who investigates identity theft cases. Sort of.

    Here’s the blurb:

    What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

    Kendall Barber calls himself an obituarist – a social media undertaker who settles accounts for the dead. If you need your loved one’s Twitter account closed down or one last blog post to be made, he’ll take care of it, while also making sure that identity thieves can’t access forgotten personal data. It’s his way of making amends for his past, a path that has seen him return to the seedy city of Port Virtue after years in exile.

    What if cleaning up your accounts could get you killed?

    But now Kendall’s past is reaching out to drag him back into the world of identity theft, just as he gets in over his head with a beautiful new client whose dead brother may have been murdered – if he’s even dead at all. Chased by bikers, slapped around by Samoans and hassled by the police, all Kendall wants to do is close the case and impress his client without winding up just as deceased as the usual subjects of his work.

    Will the obituarist have to write his own death notice?
    Or can Kendall turn the tables and put this body to rest?

    The Obituarist is an ebook (available in all formats) and retails for $2.99. It’s pretty fun. You can get it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, the iBookstore and a bunch of other places. Easiest way to find it in the place you like is probably to start at my website: http://patrickoduffy.com/the-obituarist/

    Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it!

  202. Thanks John! I so appreciate your support.
    For those of you in the mood for short stories I have a couple of new collections out.

    LOVE & THE ALIENS by Annie Cox – fluffy, humorous science fiction stories set in the same universe. Six stories of love, lust, confusion and new beginnings. Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/SKdqvQ
    Also available at all the major ebook outlets.

    PARADISO STORIES by Linda Jordan – for those looking for something more serious to read. Set on the planet Paradiso, stories about five very different people struggling with the aphrodisiac Sanshay, which is mined there and permeates everything. Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/UE8eM5
    Also available at all major ebook outlets.

    THE SHADOW by LJ Wolfe – a YA, post apocalyptic novelette set in the Northwest US. What happen when beings from the deep, dark places of our brains are loosed into the world and fantasy becomes reality? Includes a YA, SF bonus story THE TEST. Amazon link is: http://amzn.to/R59k4E
    Also available at all major ebook outlets.

    Lots more stories and novels available. Links to everything at my websites and blog: http://www.metamorphosispress.com/
    http://www.lindajordan.net/
    http://www.anniecox,net/

  203. “He took my fragile thought, the perfect white egg from which I’d hatched, and crushed it with new words, ‘You were human before birth.’ ” Check out Opal, a twisted retelling of Snow White that is bound to leave you breathless! Out December 18th on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and Kobo both in ebook and paperback. http://worldweaverpress.com/books/opal/
    Thanks for the opportunity to post!
    Kristina Wojtaszek (author)

  204. Thank you, John!

    Cooperative Press is an independent publisher of craft- and craft business books. Unlike traditional publishers, where authors might get 10% of the cover price if they’re LUCKY, we pay anywhere from 50-60% of profits post expenses (i.e. printing, etc), and offer our authors a greater degree of creative control. One of our most recent books that your readers might especially enjoy is:

    Needles and Artifice by the Ladies of Mischief. Steampunk-inspired patterns AND a running adventure story about the Ladies throughout the book./p>

    We also recently published Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen Strikes Again, which is available on Amazon as a Kindle title, too.

    Print copies of many CP books are available on Amazon.
    If you order directly from us in our online shop, you also get a DRM-free PDF copy of each book you order, or can order PDF-only.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  205. LUNATIC FRINGE is about lesbian werewolves. Pornokitch called it a “pretty foxy romance” and Curve Magazine said it’s “Enthralling, empowering, and well written.”
    A perfect gift for baby dykes, feminists, and folks who like their genre fiction with a healthy portion of radical politics. Buy on Amazon, or at TalesofthePack.com

    I also have “This is What a Feminist Werewolf Looks Like” and “Eat, F*ck, Howl” shirts available on my website, Tales of the Pack .

  206. Two books from me, both from Book View Café, one under a pen name (thanks, John!):

    Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle (fantasy)

    Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City. Will he finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.

    and:

    A Fatal Twist of Lemon (A Wisteria Tearoom Mystery) by Patrice Greenwood

    Cops drink coffee.

    They don’t belong in Ellen Rosings’s Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven.

    Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen’s delicate bone china cup is full. Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom’s premiere turn out to be its—and Ellen’s—finale?

  207. Thank you John – I hope that you (and anyone else here) will check out my young adult time travel thriller “The Secret Root.” Sometimes time is not on your side, and 15 year-old Jared Garber is about to find that out the hard way. Without warning, the entire Garber family is ripped from their Kansas home, separated, and transported into a distant and perplexing future. Disconnected from everything he understands, Jared must quickly learn how and why he was taken from his prior life. Back in Kansas, news of the Garber family disappearance has spread like wildfire. When Edie Boyd receives ominous notes in her school locker that ask difficult questions about the nature of time, she knows they have to be about the Garbers. Whoever knows the truth is trying to let Edie in on the secret. But when she and her friend Meg investigate they are sent to a time when their own families believe them dead, their friends are all adults, and the world has been radically transformed. Stuck in a time that is most definitely not their own, they can’t just click their heels three times to return home. Instead, Edie and Meg are forced to make a dangerous journey across the country to confront the man who sent them into the future. Meanwhile, Jared must help Edie learn the truth about their world and come to terms with the frightening reality of who they really are. With action in cyberspace and reality colliding through parallel worlds full of vibrant characters and thrilling suspense, The Secret Root is a dramatic ride through mind-bending dimensions, wild technology and unfamiliar territory that stretches to the ends of time…and beyond. Check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Root-Mesh-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B009LK59FG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354652051&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Secret+Root.

  208. Two books from me, both from Book View Café, one under a pen name (thanks, John!):

    Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle (fantasy)

    Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City. Will he finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.

    and:

    A Fatal Twist of Lemon (A Wisteria Tearoom Mystery) by Patrice Greenwood

    Cops drink coffee. They don’t belong in Ellen Rosings’s Victorian tearoom. But when her opening day thank-you tea ends in the murder of the president of the Santa Fe Preservation Trust, the police invade her haven.

    Enter Detective Tony Aragon: attractive and unsympathetic, with a chip on his shoulder that goes beyond the murder investigation, and Ellen’s delicate bone china cup is full. Will Ellen solve the mystery, or will the Wisteria Tearoom’s premiere turn out to be its—and Ellen’s—finale?

  209. Thank you, John, for the opportunity to share this with your audience.

    I edited and published Unidentified Funny Objects, an anthology of 29 humor SF/F stories which includes work from Mike Resnick, Ken Liu, Lavie Tidhar and Jody Lynn Nye, among others.

    The anthology will release on December 17 and will be available via Amazon and other booksellers, but can currently be pre-ordered here:

    http://www.ufopub.com/buy-our-books/

    There are also free humorous stories posted monthly at ufopub.com in addition to the content included in the book.

    I hope that this book will appeal to all those who enjoyed “Redshirts.” Thanks in advance for taking a look.

    Alex Shvartsman
    UFO Publishing

  210. For fans of the superhero/science fiction genre (and after the success of Avengers, I gotta figure that’s a lot of people): here’s my book. It’s only available as an eBook right now but eventually I’ll take it to print. As of today, I’ve got a special on, so now’s the time to get this cheap.

    In the Land of the Blind:
    Against the backdrop of a near-future Earth forever changed by a catalytic Event, In the Land of the Blind follows a small group of post-humans caught up in a struggle between two of the planet’s most powerful beings. While they scramble to defuse disaster, they unwind layers of deception and manipulation hiding a truth that could tear apart Earth’s fledgling society – unaware that an even greater threat looms.

    On Amazon

    On Barnes & Noble.

  211. When I was young and foolish, I set out to circumnavigate the world in the slowest possible way. I intended to volunteer, teach, write and edit my way across various exotic lands, always heading west. I would be an American backpacker inspired by Horace Greeley’s admonition to “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.” (Though, as with all inspiring quotes, most experts deny he ever said that.)

    I would explore the world, hone my skills and live a life of endless adventure.

    My first stop was Cambodia. And my last.

    I fell in love with my translator. We got married. We had a child. We moved to Oregon.

    It turns out that a cross-cultural marriage is an endless adventure in and of itself. Whether it’s food, friends or politics, everything is different in an international marriage.

    So — from Cambodia to Oregon, from the Mekong to the Willamette — here are some of our stories: Falling in the Well of Love: Notes from a cross-cultural marriage

  212. “Honk Honk, My Darling” is the world’s first clown noir mystery. It also won the 2011 Chicago Writers Association “Book of the Year — Nontraditional Fiction” award.

    In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money. Gypsies reveal the future (and for a sawbuck can make it happen). Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown.

    Rex Koko is hired by an aging, arrogant trapeze star to bring back his wayward wife. Every time he comes close to finding her, however, other aerialists come to gruesome and spectacular ends. To keep from taking the rap himself, Rex needs to find the killer while keeping his own inner demons in check. Revenge, corruption and murder headline the bill in Top Town, where life comes 3 balls for a nickel. Babes, bullets, banana peels! As e.e. cummings said, “Damn everything, but the circus!”

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YFEUCQ
    http://rexkoko.com

    Thanks, Mr. Scalzi!

  213. Thanks, John! My holiday special is my two new SF short story collections, Going Alien and Reality and Other Fictions, bringing together my short work published over the years. Most of the stories are gathered here in book form for the first time since original publication in places such as Galaxy, F&SF, Science Fiction Age, and a number of original anthologies. Wrestle a shapeshifter in the IIMAWL games! Explore an Earth being devoured by entropy! Make love between the stars! Duel an interstellar dragon! Mine the asteroids with your trusty enhanced border collie!

    These collections are available in most of the usual ebook stores, but are specially discounted for the season at Book View Cafe, where you’ll also find lots of great books by other authors republishing their backlists in fine style. Available in epub and Kindle formats:

    For sale price, visit: http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/bvc-author/jeffrey-a-carver/

    Another place to see all of my indie repubbed titles with links to various stores is at Backlist eBooks, where you can also find a lot of listings by pro writers in various genres:

    http://www.backlistebooks.com/?author=79

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

    Jeffrey A. Carver

  214. For all those who railed against Fifty Shades (not well-written, not actually about BDSM) comes DOMINATING ANNA, the second in the Fantasy Fulfilled series.

    Trained. And Restrained. Anna Tompkins craves pain. No, scratch that. Anna is terrified of being hurt, but she needs to get over that weakness, and what better way than to hire the best in the business? Zee Montaug has made a name for himself as an operator with Fantasy Fulfilled. Anna, though, is a different kind of client. What does it mean if Zee wants to make her feel good after the session is over? And can Anna learn to trust the kind of man she only fantasizes about?

    (Thanks, John. You’re classy.)

  215. When a typical day turns lethal, Sophie Page learns that the world is more than it seems. Suddenly caught between an old family and an ancient coven bent on revenge, Sophie learns that centuries aren’t nearly enough time for life, love, and revenge.

    WAKE OF DARKNESS is the first in a multi-book series (second book is currently in progress); a paranormal YA novel that’s different from any other release in the genre. Vampires are evil and terrifying again, and Sophie’s family is all that stands between us and them.

    Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wake-of-Darkness-ebook/dp/B009PFZEGG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354655406&sr=8-2&keywords=wake+of+darkness

  216. Waking up in a cave was bad, especially when her last memory was of surveying an uninhabited planet.
    Realizing the cave was full of sedated animals was worse.
    And then there was the purring…
    Can Jade survive long enough to rejoin her survey team – and find out what went wrong?

    “On Ice” by A.L. Strezze is a novelette-length e-book available through most e-booksellers. $2.99

    Also available by Anthea Strezze: (short story collections)
    Refuge: Tales From a Zombie Apocalypse
    Zombie Variations
    Transformations
    The Trouble with Wishes

  217. Twelve Days, by USA Today Best-Seller and three-time Rita Finalist Teresa Hill
    $2.99

    Twelve Days before Christmas, Rachel McRae opens her front door and a social worker puts a baby in her arms—one who comes with a four-year-old boy and an eleven-year-old girl—siblings abandoned and in need of a temporary home.

    But there’s a catch: Rachel’s family is falling apart.

    Rachel and her husband, Sam, have dreamed of a house filled with children—a dream that has led them to repeated heartbreak. Sam McRae has finally decided the only thing left to do is leave his wife.

    Reluctantly, Rachel and Sam take the children in, but just until after Christmas. They will do their best not to fall in love with them, not to get their hopes up that this time a miracle will happen. That these children will stay, and that their marriage can still be saved.

    AWARDS for this book:
    RITA Finalist

    http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Days-McRae-Series-ebook/dp/B007MB7FYO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

    Thanks for the chance to plug the book.

  218. Discover THE DRAGONFLY CHRONICLES – Four powerful sisters, hidden through time, fighting for love and a chance to save the world! Historical paranormal romance series.

    Live the romantic adventure with Serena in 18th century Scotland, Merewin in 10th century Denmark, and Kat in Elizabethan England. Warriors abound and lives balance on the edge between passion and destruction.
    PROPHECY: Book One of THE DRAGONFLY CHRONICLES
    MAGICK: Book Two
    MASQUERADE: Book Three

    http://www.amazon.com/Prophecy-Heather-McCollum/dp/1601547234/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354657696&sr=8-1&keywords=prophecy+heather+mccollum
    Happy Holidays! Heather

  219. Tinkerer. Fortune-teller. Robot-seller.

    Rainier Fields is an itinerant wanderer who makes a living as best he can, although primarily by selling the little robots he builds from scraps of machinery. Despite a solid education and a desire to travel beyond his home world, Rainier has never managed to put his problems aside long enough to achieve his ambitions.

    Then he meets Mercery Pockels. A sixteen-year old girl with an unusual and horrible destiny. Through his efforts to warn and protect her, Rainier is carried along by a chain of events that may or may not help him pursue his goals, but are certain to change him forever.

    Set in an original science-fiction universe. Highly character-driven science-fantasy.

    A. C. Fellowsforgottenplanet.com

    Ta! ;)

  220. HAYWIRE – A century ago, super-soldiers known as Titans drove alien invaders from the solar system and back to their home world. Now the Titans have returned, infected by a virus and compelled to destroy humanity. Will a scholar, her son, and the only Titan able to resist the infection find a way to stop them and save humanity from its own greatest weapon?

    “A riproaring adventure through the galaxy, full of sound and fury, yet at its center it is a surprisingly touching commentary on what it is to be human.”
    – Philippa Ballantine, author of “Geist” and co-author of “Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)”

    You can find it in print, ebook, and audiobook format at AMAZON

  221. This is gonna get lost in here, but…

    In the future, telepathy is no longer a fantasy; it’s a job.
    Towards the end of the 21st century, Gina Hart finds herself alone among the new underclass, who work freelance by taking a new kind of drug that induces incredible telepathic abilities. This drug, known as ‘third eye’ or ‘Spice,’ has just one drawback. Sooner or later it drives all its users insane.
    Gina has no idea how much her life is about to change when she’s offered a lot of money just to read one man’s mind.
    Unfortunately, that man could be more trouble than she has ever known . . .

    STREET is a trilogy of modern cyberpunk novels, released through small publisher Gryphonwood Press. It can be purchased in paperback through Amazon and other storefronts, electronically via Kindle or Smashwords, or you can read it online completely free of charge.

    Website: http://streetofeyes.com/
    For ordering: http://streetofeyes.com/wp/purchasing

  222. Sometimes being a geek means that we don’t fit well into traditional educational establishments. High school can definitely be one of those. Complete Guide to Online High Schools: Distance learning options for teens & adults (2nd ed.) provides you with all of the information that you need to go back and earn a high school diploma or to transfer now from your traditional high school.

    You can find it here on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0976471647/

    You can find additional information about it at: Best Online High Schools

  223. Many sincere thanks, John, for this opportunity.

    THE MUSICIAN, my 8th and latest independent novel, another romantically inclined Victoriana Americana work, begins with a mysteriously cloistered pianist who’s hauntingly beautiful music offers solace to one aching heart.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1460984986/

    I write what I love. Think: ‘JANE AUSTEN GOES WEST, ‘the BRONTE SISTERS ON THE PRAIRIE’ and ‘GENTEEL WESTERNS FOR WOMEN’ of all ages. There’s always a lady and a gentleman in the mix, and a happy ending for the two of them. The rest varies.

    MISS HOUSTON, my 7th novel, is inspired by PRIDE & PREJUDICE.
    PRATTLETON, my 6th novel, bounces off a peculiar town of gossips.
    SENSING JANE AUSTEN, my 5th novel, is inspired by SENSE & SENSIBILITY.
    FRONTIER RUBY, my 4th novel, is inspired by JANE EYRE and ANNE of GREEN GABLES.

    All my novels are available at AMAZON and other online booksellers.
    Get one FREE now: my latest 6 novels are currently eligible for Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion. (buy 3 eligible items, get a 4th free)

    http://www.amazon.com/Kerri-Bennett-Williamson/e/B001HPYGC0/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

    Thanks Again and Happy Holidays,
    Kerri Bennett Williamson

  224. A celebrated London private detective is baffled by his latest commission. Fortunately, he’ll have help from his wife, who has a talent for solving her husband’s cases for him.

    THE PALE ROSE: A HOUSEWIFE DETECTIVE MYSTERY NOVELLA is the first in a series of 40’s era AGATHA CHRISTIE inspired cozy mysteries that will add a touch of charm to the holidays.

    Read the first chapter or purchase it at Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1475167237/

    Thanks so much for this splendid opportunity, Mr. Scalzi.
    Brina Williamson
    http://brinawilliamson.com/

  225. A man. A woman. Several universes.

    I have a novel. Yes, an actual, honest to goodness slice of narrative fiction. None of this fake science fiction news nonsense here – nossir! A novel! With characters! And, a single plotline and everything!

    In Welcome to the Multiverse*, Transdimensional Authority agents Noomi Rapier (the just out of the Alternaut Academy recruit) and Crash Chumley (the experienced Beatle) investigate somebody tampering with reality-crossing technologies. In the course of their investigations, they come across several different versions Noomi, forcing her to consider her life choices and hairstyle.

    For a trailer, additional exposition and ordering information for the ebook, go to: http://bit.ly/WelcomeMultiverse-Trailer.

    Welcome to the Multiverse*: humourous science fiction will never be the same since the last time humourous science fiction would never be the same again – AGAIN!

    * Sorry for the Inconvenience

  226. Growing Up Humming is a fact-filled, true story photo book of a mother Anna’s hummingbird and her two chicks as the chicks grow, mature and leave the nest. What happens when a mother hummingbird wants her chick to leave the nest, but the chick isn’t ready? This book shows the answers in a heartwarming tale filled with unique, intimate photos, and deep insights about their biology and behavior. Growing Up Humming is a book the entire family will enjoy.

    Here’s the link for ordering it on Amazon.

    Here’s the link for ordering the ebook on my website.

  227. If you’re reading this, you either have a will of iron (congrats!), bloodshot eyes (my condolences), or you started at the bottom and are working your way up (way to be different!). Whatever the case, you’re clearly interested in having people hawk their wares at you. So, I shall now attempt to hawk mine.

    The Little Book of Misfortune Cookies is exactly what it says on the tin-

    No, it doesn’t come in a tin.

    Why would a book come in a tin?

    Stop interrupting.

    -It’s a collection of unfortunate predictions, insults and demotivating sentences, typed up on little slips of paper and paired with images of unfortunate stick-men caught in the exact moment of unfortunatude predicted or described by the accompanying misfortune.

    It’s a perfect stocking stuffer for the cynic in your life, or, if you’re the cynic in your life, it’s a good stocking stuffer for all those pesky optimists in your life. So basically, you should really buy this for everyone you know (which goes perfect with Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion thingy).
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1453690646/

    I also wrote a Children’s Christmas story: The Snowman Who Was Cold (also 4-for-3).
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1419653520/

    Thanks for letting me hawk my wares, John. It was a hawking good time!
    Josh “Joshing Around” Williamson.

  228. I’m Anne Marie Lutz, author of the fantasy novel COLOR MAGE. Color Mage was just published in September, and I really appreciate this chance to talk about it!

    This sword-and-sorcery fantasy is about power. Lord Callo joins healer Kirian as she flees the anger of a Collared Lord. Together they journey to Ha’las — an enemy island ruled by the feared psychic mages known as ku’an.

    What will Callo do when he discovers his heritage will give him an ability that corrupts everyone else it touches? How will he protect those around him — even Kirian — from his own power? And why are the Kings of two nations seeking to use him as a tool for their political ends?

    Color Mage is published by Loconeal Publishing, and is available online from Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. It’s also available in a Kindle version. This novel makes a great holiday gift for adults and older teens.

  229. Here are my two ebooks for your consideration, with links to them on Kindle…

    Mind the Gap, a fast-paced fantasy thriller novel with dashes of Egyptology, about a guy who gains an unusual power and is pursued by mysterious figures from a parallel world as a result. It’s a desperate struggle involving alternate worlds, Egyptian mythology, ancient prophecy, malevolent felines, subway stations and the power of dreams. (Also availlable on iBooks)

    We Have Here the Homicide, a non-fiction collection of my articles about Poland, including tales of a murdered landlord, revolutionary gnomes, a cross-cultural pie lady, tongue-in-cheek communist nostalgia, the shadow of Nazi occupation, frolics by the Baltic seaside, and a tense encounter with an ex-con on a mountain bus.

    Enjoy!

  230. I’ve always been frustrated with “how to” guides or “For Dummies” books that would go on and on about irrelevant stuff, fill dozens of pages with cartoons and random stories, and would have very little actual content. That inspired me to start writing my own e-books (more like expanded guides, really) that would be laconic, useful, pragmatic and would go straight to the point without any detours.

    After all, time is money. Why pay extra for a paperback that would take hours to read when you can buy a $2.99 e-book that would have the same information, but in a much more accessible format? So far, I’ve written three e-books: Atheism-101, Taoism-101 and “Go to college without going broke: 33 ways to save your time, money and sanity.” The last one is a personal favorite of mine – I’ve included all the corner-cutting, money-saving wisdom my friends and I accumulated during our college career.

    The bad news is that my books are available only in the Kindle format. The good news is that you don’t need a Kindle to read them! You can read them in Amazon’s Cloud Reader (no installation required) or in a special app. I don’t want my comment to be stuck in the moderation limbo, so here’s the link to my author profile: http://www.amazon.com/Grigory-Lukin/e/B004UNFWY2 All my e-books are listed right there!

    Thanks for reading this if you’ve made it this far, huge thanks to John for giving all non-traditional authors this opportunity, and happy holidays to you all! :)

  231. Tumbler – Libby Carter wanted to get away from it all, so she took a job mining asteroids as far out into the inky blackness as possible. However, her escape turned into a trap, leaving her stuck in indentured servitude, living on a tiny rock in space. As she tries to dig herself out, she gains friends and finds adventure.

    The Hidden Institute – A Neo-Victorian ruffian is witness to a nobleman’s murder, and blackmails the suspect for a unique bribe. In exchange for his silence, he is introduced to the Malcolm Rutherford Holden Institute of Regentrification. There, he learns to walk, talk, and act like a nobleman, so that he may infiltrate high society. But that type of fraud is punishable by death, and when the boy uncovers a plot to assassinate a head of state, he’s hunted by more than just the aristocracy.

    Discount Miracles – The space salvage crew of the Jenny have crash-landed on a planet that has lost contact with civilization and regressed to a new dark age. In order to survive, they hire themselves out as wizards, able to make prophecised “miracles” come true. But when the job is to kidnap a prince, the team finds themselves hunted by mobs and armies.

  232. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I wrote a memoir about the first 18 years of my life. I kind of think of it as the “background material” for the other books in my head.

    My life was full of incest, other sexual assault, moving more than 50 times before I was 18, I went to 25 schools before dropping out at 16. In many ways my life is unbelievable–only it happened.

    It is an intense read. I think it is worth reading because as much as cases as extreme as mine are unusual–less extreme versions are omnipresent. Children show distress in different ways than adults. I think anyone who works with children or really anyone who has relationships with children should understand what their distress looks like.

    http://www.amazon.com/No-Secrets-Shame-Silence-ebook/dp/B007FNE87G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    People tell me that as much as possible to “enjoy” reading such a book it is well written.

  233. Hi! I wrote Zombies of the World: A Field Guide to the Undead, a color illustrated guide to 20 different species of zombies. You can get the book in print, PDF, and Kindle formats and see previews from the book here.

    Zombies menace humanity, yet we barely understand them. There are books that show you how to kill the undead but this is the first study to explain the importance of zombies to us. Zombies of the World reveals the undead to be a valuable part of our ecosystem and the key to new discoveries in medicine and technology. No other book covers these topics.

    Zombies of the World brilliantly documents that evolution has led to a wide variety of species. Few outside the scientific community even realize that creatures like the Egyptian Mummy (Mortifera mumia aegyptus) are actually zombies. Some species are even harmless to humans. The Dancing Zombie (Mortifera immortalis choreographicus) only seeks to thrill humans with elaborate dance routines.

    After decades of research, we have no idea why zombies never tire or stop. They possess an endless source of energy to shamble or (in some cases) sprint after us. Unlocking this mystery could benefit all humanity. Only Zombies of the World tackles this issue and many other paradoxes.

  234. Hi, thanks for this opportunity!

    So, my books, published by Flipside Publishing:

    THE VIEWLESS DARK

    Available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Viewless-Dark-ebook/dp/B008JF8JLU/
    and other places: Flipreads.com (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | Barnes & Noble (Nook Book) | Kobo (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | iTunes (iOs) | ilovebooks.com (iOs/Adobe DRM/EPUB)

    When Anthony found Flo dead, locked overnight in one of the reading rooms of the university library, he knew it must have had something to do with Mary. Mary Prestosa, fourth year graduating Philosophy student, whom they had been investigating. Mary, who surprised her roommate one night by suddenly standing up from her bed, throwing the windows open, and jumping down, headfirst, to the dormitory grounds below. Mary, whose memory marked the trail of mysterious deaths and bizarre occurrences that followed her own fateful fall: the fifth-year Computer Engineering student who prowled the campus on all fours, thirsty for blood, believing he was a wolf; the discovery of an all-girls’ satanic cult; the demonic possession of a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology; and now—Flo, dead.

    The students traced it all to Mary. They believed Mary didn’t commit suicide. They believed Mary tapped into something dark, and released it, and was consumed.

    And Anthony was determined to pry out the truth.

    LOWER MYTHS

    Lower Myths features two compelling novelettes of contemporary fantasy. In “Trust Fund Babies,” children of two warring witch and fairy families face off in the final round to a centuries-old vendetta.

    In “The Very Last Case of Messrs. Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol,” an aristocrat and his daughter consult a famous lawyer-sibling pair about a mysterious crime. But in the lawyers’ hilltop mansion by the sea, they uncover sinister hints that their reality may not be what it seems.

    Available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Lower-Myths-ebook/dp/B007PC2XF6/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1332992448&sr=8-4
    and other places: Flipreads.com (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | iTunes (iOs) | Barnes & Noble (Nook Book) | Kobo (Adobe DRM/EPUB) | ilovebooks.com (iOs/Adobe DRM/EPUB)

    Thanks! <3

  235. My name is Beverly A. Hale, and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about my fantasy quest novel THE ESSENCE OF STONE. One of the things that sets my novel apart from many fantasies is that it is set in a world based heavily on the cultures of India and Pakistan. I became fascinated by these cultures during my (previous) marriage to a man from Pakistan, and decided to draw on them for the background of my first novel.

    What is the Essence of Stone? Kehan struggles daily with this question, for only when he can give the correct answer will his master, the powerful but blind sorcerer Xikander, begin teaching him the mysteries locked in the old man’s mind. And only when Kehan is himself a powerful sorcerer will the people of his village treat him and his mother with the respect that he so craves. Then his master orders Kehan to accompany him on a quest, their destination and purpose cloaked in secrecy. Along the way Kehan will make new friends and enemies and face challenges on many levels, but will he ever discover the essence of stone?

    C.J. Cherryh has called THE ESSENCE OF STONE “A delightful fantasy with authentic other-culture insights, a wonderful cat — well, just ask her — and a wizard with an attitude.”

    Available in trade paperback from amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/The-Essence-Stone-Beverly-Hale/dp/1893687546/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354666302&sr=8-2&keywords=the+essence+of+stone) and from the publisher, Yard Dog Press (http://www.yarddogpress.com/books/EssenceOfStone.html). Please Note: Amazon.com shows the cover of the 1st edition; the cover of the current (2nd) edition can be seen at yarddogpress.com.

    My Indian/Pakistani cookbook TEXISTANI: INDO-PAK FOOD FROM A TEXAS KITCHEN, filled with home cooking recipes I learned from my Pakistani friends and their mothers, is also available from amazon.com and yarddogpress.com.

    Thanks for your time and attention. And thank you, John, for providing this venue.

  236. What a lovely opportunity! My own book, Something Nice, is a collection of my best short stories written between 2000 and 2011. Some have already been published professionally in small press titles, others have placed in contests. Some of the ten stories are disturbing, some are silly. Some of them are funny, but all of them are quirky and none of them are dull.

    Available on Amazon.

  237. Wow, what a superb opportunity! John Scalzi is pretty much the best dude.

    My book, “The Silence,” is a young adult fantasy novel about the power of storytellers. Sinclair, a young writer, finds his hometown and his family taken by a mysterious curse that robs them of their voices. His voice, however, is protected by his fervent desire to tell his story, and so it falls to him to journey to the Island City of Rieve and find a way to break the curse.

    There is some romance, some political machinations, and a horrifying embodiment of living darkness. It’s a pretty fun time, I think. You’ll enjoy it if you’re a fan of Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” sequence, or if you like stuff in the same tone as Philip Reeve or Scott Westerfeld.

    Here is a link to the CreateSpace store! https://www.createspace.com/3427795

    Thanks for sharing your books, everyone, and thanks especially to Scalzi for fostering this exchange.

  238. First of all, congratulations to all the authors who have self or otherwise published their books! I envy you and I hope to see more from all of you in the future!

    I am not sure wheter or not this even counts as “non-traditionally published” but I was published in a collection of poems from the America Library of Poetry, somewhat available here: http://www.libraryofpoetry.com/Talented.html

    You will need to get an Artist Release Form if for some strange reason you want to read poems written by 3rd-12th graders.
    WARNING at least one poem in this collection is about “Justin Bieber” who is a “Pop Idol”. DO NOT BE ALARMED! THIS WAS A MISPRINT. THEY WILL NOT FIX IT HOWEVER!

    Thank you in advance for probably not purchasing this book. I will get no money from it, nor fame, unless you find my poem and popularize it. Good luck with that.

    Oh, and thanks John! Loved your books!

  239. Hi! I wrote Zombies of the World: A Field Guide to the Undead, a color illustrated guide to 20 different species of zombies. You can get the book in print, PDF, and Kindle formats and see previews from the book here.

    Zombies menace humanity, yet we barely understand them. There are books that show you how to kill the undead but this is the first study to explain the importance of zombies to us. Zombies of the World reveals the undead to be a valuable part of our ecosystem and the key to new discoveries in medicine and technology. No other book covers these topics.

    Zombies of the World brilliantly documents that evolution has led to a wide variety of species. Few outside the scientific community even realize that creatures like the Egyptian Mummy (Mortifera mumia aegyptus) are actually zombies. Some species are even harmless to humans. The Dancing Zombie (Mortifera immortalis choreographicus) only seeks to thrill humans with elaborate dance routines.

    After decades of research, we have no idea why zombies never tire or stop. They possess an endless source of energy to shamble or (in some cases) sprint after us. Unlocking this mystery could benefit all humanity. Only Zombies of the World tackles this issue and many other paradoxes.

  240. I have a wee e-book (weebook?) available for a mere ninety-nine cents. It’s called Catbooks and Other Methods: Free Writing Techniques to Clear Your Head, Improve Your Mood and Make Waiting at the Dentist’s Office Just a Little More Bearable. Kindle, iBook and Nook links here: http://www.wonderbink.com/books/

  241. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!

    My science fiction novel, Enigma Black, is the first book in a trilogy set in a dystopian world.

    When she was just seventeen, the course of Celaine Stevens’ life was permanently altered with the murders of her father, mother, and brother in one of a series of mysterious and violent explosions occurring across the country. Struggling with picking up the pieces, she’s haunted by the memory of that day and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her misery. But just as she seems to be getting her life back on track, an encounter with a mysterious stranger promises her the vengeance she desires, ultimately turning the former target into the assassin.

    However, as she soon learns, all choices come with consequences. And the consequence of her choice threatens to destroy the very fabric of her being.

    Enigma Black is priced at $0.99 and available at Amazonn/Kindle at: http://amzn.com/B00ABVO2ZC

  242. My book is weird – every agent and publisher I tried it on liked it, and none of them knew what to do with it. It’s a genre-screw. Here’s the description I put up for it on Lulu.com:

    “I met a buxom grammatician / and said I’d like her out to take; / back she came with proposition: / in let’s stay and out let’s make…” Who can look at punctuation mark or idiom and not think of romantic frustration? Clearly, what the world needs most is flippant poems that combine points of English grammar with a salacious sensibility. And here it is: Songs of Love and Grammar, some five-dozen-odd poems on romantic and grammatical entanglements. Is it reference? Is it poetry? Well, yes, but above all, it’s funny.

    It’s available as a printed book at http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-harbeck-and-jonathan-lu/songs-of-love-and-grammar/paperback/product-20153828.html and as an ebook at http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-harbeck-and-jonathan-lu/songs-of-love-and-grammar/ebook/product-20118814.html .

    Thanks!

  243. I have a number of novels and short pieces available on Amazon, including the adventures of Catholic demon hunters, superhero romance during the Vietnam War, and urban fantasy.

    Most recently I published Baggage: Garcia’s been quietly building her practice as a freelance supernatural troubleshooter in Phoenix for years, and is almost ready to break into full-time when her kit is stolen. Things go from bad to worse when the thief gets himself into more trouble than he can handle and it comes back on Garcia. Then there’s the matter of the ghost in the university library, and a trip to California to tie things up…

  244. I made a book! Titled The Traveller’s Guide to the Duat, it’s an exploration of the ancient Egyptian spirit world framed as a travel guide. Once upon a time I was asked what the Egyptian Book of the Dead was, and I said ‘It’s a cross between a hymnal, a grimoire, and the Lonely Planet Guide to the Underworld’. Which is a funny enough notion to write that then I had to write it, so I did. It is full of accessibly framed information, bad jokes, and poetry.

    It’s available direct from the publisher at http://www.immanion-press.com/info/book.asp?id=424&referer=Catalogue

  245. EMBERS AGAINST THE FALLEN available through Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ColleenAnderson, Amazon & Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/Colleen-Anderson/e/B009S2IPL2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 Until Dec. 8, use this code UU47H and receive an ecopy at Smashwords for half off. UU47H
    Embers is my reprint collection with 14 previously published and 2 new stories, gather under one cover to terrify and mystify. Includes the cover story, which Paul Goat Allen called a “Visionary Masterpiece.”

  246. http://www.closed-circle.net is a joint endeavor of myself (CJ Cherryh), Jane Fancher, and Lynn Abbey, to publish our own stranded backlist. This grew into publishing revisions of books that we always wanted to revise. And then it grew into putting out brand new works by each of us, titles published nowhere else. All money from your purchase goes straight to the writer in question, except only the Paypal fees; and all our books are DRM-free, in .mobi, .ePub, and .pdf. You can buy one or all formats.

  247. Thanks for the opportunity. My supernatural horror novel KNOCK KNOCK is published by Omnium Gatherum and was shortlisted for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Molly Tanzer, author of A PRETTY MOUTH describes the novel as: “…more than a great read; it is a fascinating meditation on the nature of horror. There are supernatural elements to the book, yes, but the setting (an impoverished, ruined logging town) and the main characters (three school girls with hopes and dreams made improbable if not impossible by their realities) are a beautifully rendered commentary on the cyclical nature of real-world human tragedy.”

    I’m currently writing three novellas set in the KNOCK KNOCK world. The first novella, DELPHINE DODD, is now available from Omnium Gatherum. Ennis Drake, author of TWENTY-EIGHT TEETH OF RAGE says: “Miskowski doesn’t merely craft ‘atmosphere,’ she generates gravity. Dark and compelling, Delphine Dodd is a singularity…pick it up and its pull is inescapable.”

    Knock Knock and Delphine Dodd are available in paperback and ebook via Amazon, B&N, etc. Please sample the books at Amazon to see if you like them. Many thanks! – S.P. Miskowski

  248. Love As It Was Made to Be is a fantasy novella about a young man finding his place in the world–and in his body. He is transgender and makes a deal with a witch to guard her and her young son in exchange for the transformation of his body.

    The ebook is available at all the major retailers (or will be soon; Smashwords hasn’t shipped the Premium Catalog stuff yet), and the links are collected here: http://clarekrmiller.com/books/

  249. Thank you for this opportunity, John!

    The Little Vampires try to be as big and fierce as their larger cousins. They just fail spectacularly at it.

    Follow their misadventures in LITTLE VAMPIRES, the 56 page hardcover that is a perfect stocking stuffer for monster fans of all ages. You can buy the book directly from me, the writer and illustrator, at http://lunaseastudios.storenvy.com/products/68641-little-vampires-hardcover or from their webcomic site at http://little-vampires.com

    Thank you for supporting the independent arts!

  250. Thank you, John, for opening your place for this.

    Spellbound is a quarterly fantasy e-zine for children ages 8-12. Each issue has a theme and contains art, poetry and stories. The first issue was released on December first with the theme: Rings and other Magic Things.

    The first issue has fiction by Marissa Lingen, Laura Underwood, Patricia Russo and Amanda M. Hayes. There’s poetry by B.J. Lee, Marge Simon & Sandy DeLuca, Tracy Davidson, Heather Hobson and Debbie Vilardi. Sprinkled throughout is gorgeous artwork by Beryl Kwok, Chase Goostree, Ian Johnson, Ingrid Kallick, Joanne Wojtysiak, Chanoa, Katrina Cooper, Kerryanne Koops, and Sarah Cuervo.

    It is available in ePub format from our site or B&N.com or Kindle format from Amazon.com.

  251. Once again, thanks John.

    My first adventure thriller, RESURRECT, sees a man rock climb the dome of St. Peter’s basilica to covertly gain access to the inside and stop fanatical terrorists who have taken control of the church and hold the Pope hostage. The villain is a descendant of Hong Xiu Quan, a real life figure from Chinese history who claimed to be the younger brother of Christ. The hero is a mountaineer with rage issues. Things go boom, zoom, crash, bang, and the hero gets thrown off a moving train. Twice. Find out why people are saying I’m “better than Cussler”.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006IKZ9PC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006IKZ9PC&linkCode=as2&tag=kanegilcom07-20

    And here’s the full description. First book in a series. Book 2 out in early 2013.

    In the 1850s, a madman proclaims himself the Son of God and raises an army, taking over half of China. A century and a half later, his descendant and legions of devoted followers plan to take over more than just China.

    When alpine engineer and mountaineer Jason Quinn, a man with a past mired in tragedy and violence, meets archeologist Dr. Eva Rayjek after a plane crash in the high Himalaya, neither of them are expecting wave after wave of Chinese assassins.

    Pursued to America, the frozen ice of the Gulf of Finland, and the heights of Hong Kong, Quinn and Eva connect her investigations with the machinations of charismatic shipping magnate and cathedral-builder, David Hong. As a scheme to obtain a private audience with the Pope at the Vatican comes to fruition, Hong’s fanatical followers are preparing for global warfare.

    If Quinn fails to stop Hong’s plan, the entire Catholic Church just might crumble.

    Thanks,

    -Kane Gilmour

  252. Think post-apocalyptic Game of Thrones with alien overlords and mutant hordes. If the person you are shopping for likes dark, politically complex fantasy with sci fi tropes thrown in, Before the Sun Drinks the Sea is a good bet: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AHQF8VI

    Here’s a bit more detail:

    Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic America where feudal states are beset by mutant hordes and dominated by distant aliens perched in technological tower-ships, Before the Sun Drinks the Sea is the story of a brokenhearted, child-shorn veteran finding a path to redemption in the final days of humanity. Fallen heroes, evil monarchs and mutant lords have a last chance to forge an alliance before the arrival of the alien Starboilers that will burn the seas of Earth and pave the way for a final colonization.

    Here’s a link to my website- feedback is always welcome! http://www.eaospina.com

    Many thanks to John for the chance to share!

  253. GASPARILLA’S TREASURE – Middle Grade Action Adventure
    Fast paced adventure novel which follows Trip Montgomery on his quest to find the treasure of famed pirate Gasparilla.

    THAT PET FINDER KID – Middle Grade Detective
    Follow socially awkward Chet Parker as he helps the most popular girl in school find her missing cat, Mr. Fluffy Pants.

    MORE INFO:
    http://www.happybrowndog.com

  254. Heir to the Underworld by E.D. Walker

    A full-length YA novel about feral fairies, supernatural shenanigans and Greek gods run amok. $2.99 on Kindle.

    Blurb:
    Feisty Frederica Fitzgerald is just one day shy of her sweet sixteen when she’s nearly run over by a tall, dark dreamboat on a big black horse. Freddy can deal with the running over part–no harm done. The problem is the rider, Mr. Sex Bomb himself: Polydegmon, son of Hades and heir to the Greek Underworld.

    Freddy’s hooked on Polydegmon from the start (although dude, togas went out of style several thousand years ago), being near him is enough to make her tingle down to her toes. But he’s got secrets he isn’t sharing, and trouble follows him closer than his own shadow: rabid dogs running around the suburbs, insane crows stalking Freddy and, worst of all, the feral fairies of the Wild Hunt trolling her hometown for their next bit of human game.

    The closer Freddy gets to Deg, the weirder her life becomes, until Freddy discovers something about her own past that changes everything she ever thought she knew about herself. And her world…

    Buy Link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Heir-to-the-Underworld-ebook/dp/B006XWFU3G/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354678039&sr=8-1

    ~~~
    Thanks, John! :)

  255. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

    Out earlier this year for me and doing pretty well from Airship-27 Productions is:
    “Dr. Watson’s American Adventure.”

    While Sherlock Holmes is believed dead Dr. Watson and his wife Mary Morstan Watson journey to the United States seeking Mary’s family. Soon plots abound and bullets fly. A different type of game is afoot for Watson. But but he carries on with the indomitable Theodore Roosevelt covering his back. The book, totaling 60,000 words plus interior illustrations & painted cover is available at Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Watsons-American-Adventure-Erwin-Roberts/dp/0615631290/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1354678901&sr=8-13&keywords=Erwin+K.+Roberts

    A self contained 5000 Word excerpt can be read at:
    http://www.planetarystories.com/watson.htm

    For more information, and other titles, please email erwin dot k dot roberts at gmail.com

    Thanks for looking,

    Erwin K. Roberts

  256. Thank you for this opportunity. I published two novels in 2012.

    The Mine and The Journey are poignant time-travel stories filled with history, romance, humor, and adventure. I encourage fans of these genres to give them a look.

    —–

    THE MINE: In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. The Mine follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Mine-ebook/dp/B0078S9B6G/

    —–

    THE JOURNEY: Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

    Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, The Journey gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Journey-Northwest-Passage-ebook/dp/B00A1ID5X0/

  257. Magic. Faeries. Murder.
    All in a day’s work under the black-and-purple big top.
    Dark, sexy, and witty as hell, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS follows Vivienne as she traces her way through the underbelly of her new nomadic home. But will her journey lead her to discovering the killer? Or will she find that her own hazy history has more blood than she can handle?

    Currently exclusively sold through Amazon e-Serials, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS debuted 12/4/12 and will complete its American tour at the end of January 2013. (Available worldwide after the Serial is complete)
    To follow along, click HERE.
    To track the blog tour and gain an insider’s look, click HERE.

  258. Thank you for providing this forum. My first novel, THE MASK OF ETERNITY published by Rage Machine Books:

    A forgotten world, a powerful artifact and a galaxy on the brink of war…

    Solis DeLacey, captain of the Alpha Centauri Sol Collective vessel Boston, has been sent to a newly discovered world rich in natural resources. But one ship, the Empress Jade and her crew has already gone missing while surveying the planet, dubbed Bounty, and the finger of suspicion is pointing directly to the heart of the Orion Hegemony, the ACSC`s sworn enemy.

    DeLacey, her crew and a ship full of scientists find a world teeming with life including the enigmatic natives of Bounty, the Shum. The planet seems like a paradise where life does more than thrive, it excels.

    But when they find the wreckage of the the Empress Jade, they also find definitive evidence that the Hegemony was involved in her destruction.
    With the arrival of a Hegemony vessel crewed by Da’baa’kh, ruthless, animal-like soldiers, the game changes. The Da’baa’kh are hell bent on finding an ancient treasure – an artifact powerful enough to bring an entire Collective to its knees.

    Now DeLacey must discover its secret and defeat her enemies before the galaxy is plunged into total war…

    If you have a Kindle you can buy the book for only $4.99.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008TRXRO2

    It’s also available in hardcover
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/jack-mackenzie/the-mask-of-eternity/hardcover/product-20502991.html

    and trade paperback!
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/jack-mackenzie/the-mask-of-eternity/paperback/product-20519257.html

    Thanks again!

  259. My latest novel is called Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery – available for Kindle, Nook, Paperback and soon Audiobook.

    http://www.amazon.com/Prime-Suspects-Detective-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0090A4MLY/

    Homicide detective David Bagini awakens on a strange world only to discover he is, in fact, the forty-second clone of the Bagini line. Having no memories of why his Prime entered into a clone contract, he wants answers.

    The first problem is his Prime has been murdered and Bagini Forty-Two is now in charge of the investigation.

    The second problem is all the clues point at one of his fellow clones and they already know all his tricks.

    How can he solve his own murder when all the suspects have his name and face?

    Thank you for the opportunity to reach your visitors.

  260. Suppose that one of your relatives or friends may be the very last and only person who didn’t get enough of the 2012 presidential election. Or wants to read a few more kicks at Mitt Romney, or has always wanted to read a scene in which a zombie Ronald Reagan eats Newt Gingrich’s head. Or maybe your friend is the kind of person who likes to buy things way past their sell dates and thinks of month old lettuce as a treat.

    In that case, you could do worse than my intentionally short-lived satire Raise the Gipper! in which, in August 2012 (so it’s now become alternate history instead of zombie fantasy) the Republicans get what they really want, fresh risen from the grave. Well, not exactly fresh. It also contains the four things I think a book is incomplete without: unspeakable evil, true love, Rosicrucian conspiracies, and intelligent bats from outer space.

    http://tinyurl.com/AmazonRaiseGipper

  261. Thank you for offering me your megaphone, and for your past proud proclamations about growing up poor.

    In addition to the first two (short) volumes of an almost-complete three-volume memoir about self-mutilation and other cheery stuff, there’s my completed short memoir about my father: “Daddy Dearest: Tales of Terror and Glorious Schadenfreude.” Then there’s my dark, depressing YA novel, “The Wizard’s Son,” about a 14-year-old boy’s relationship with his mentally ill younger sister, and the fantasy story he’s writing that parallels his real life; and it’s got a cat. You can read more at my Amazon author page, http://www.amazon.com/Violet-Wilson/e/B004PJLHZO/ , which lists my e-books.

  262. Hi. I’ve written a middle-grade Arthurian fantasy adventure called Dragonfriend. Here’s a quick description:

    If you think it was all good deeds and fancy ideals back in the days of Camelot, think again. Most people don’t know this, but for a time things went seriously bad; Arthur was imprisoned, Merlin had vanished, and a vile demon had taken over the throne. Young Leonard, page to a poor but kind knight, finds himself in the middle of this mess and now must do whatever it takes to set things right – even if that means befriending a dangerous dragon, trying to outwit Camelot’s new dark overlord, or taking a bath!

    Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/kindle/dp/B00642JZYA

    Also available on Amazon.com in paperback and on Kindle at amazon.co.uk.

    (Thanks, John.)

  263. Thanks for the opportunity, John.

    I have 29 short stories and novelettes in two languages and a variety of genres available via my small press Pegasus Pulp Publishing. My latest is called Cartoony Justice, a story of dancing bananas, talking pigs, flying anvils, cartoons and magic, and is now available for only 99 cents at various international e-tailers.

  264. John, thanks for doing this.

        All my backlist novels are available as non-DRM ebooks at Book View Café: Dreamsnake, The Moon and the Sun, the Starfarers Quartet, Superluminal, The Exile Waiting, Barbary. Some of my short fiction is also available there: Flyers contains “The Mountains of Sunset, the Mountains of Dawn” and “Wings,” while Outcasts contains “The Genius Freaks,” “Screwtop,” and “Steelcollar Worker.”

        Some of the short fiction titles have stand-alone ebooks: “The Adventure of the Field Theorems: A Sherlock Holmes Scientific Romance” (in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle hires Sherlock Holmes to investigate crop circles, and Dr Watson demonstrates to Mr. Holmes the use of astronomy); “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand,” “Little Faces,” and “Supreme Court of the United States Defines Personhood.”

        All have EPUB and MOBI versions; many have PDFs.
    As You Know George, you don’t have to have a Nook to read an EPUB and you don’t have to own a Kindle to read a MOBI. Similarly, you don’t have to buy from B&N for your Nook and you don’t have to buy from the Kindle store for your Kindle. More information at Reading BVC Ebooks. Most BVC ebooks have EPUB and MOBI free samples.

        Putting on my BVC ebook editor hat for a moment, Book View Café has some work that’s difficult to get elsewhere in legit digital editions. For example: Ursula K. Le Guin’s King Dog: A Movie for the Mind’s Eye, and BVC’s first audio collection, Music and Poetry of the Kesh, words by UKL, music by Todd Barton, from Always Coming Home.

        In the world of printed books published by regular trade publishers, several of my novels are available at Basement Full of Books. These are mint hardcovers, signed or inscribed. The Moon and the Sun is particularly pretty if you’re looking for gift books.

        Soon to be a major motion picture.

        Really.

        Never thought I’d see my name in the Wall Street Journal.

        Even if you have to scroll down past the Smurfs to see it.

    Thanks again,

    Vonda

  265. My husband and I are co-authors, and we’d like to add a link to our first novel, Interphase, to the list: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6JI7SW

    Here’s the story blurb from what will eventually be the back cover :)

    David Harris knew that hacking the edges of the virtual network could get him in trouble again, but he never expected to be blackmailed by a system enforcer. When he and his payment are assaulted by a Crash Storm, he unwittingly uncovers a location hidden deep within the network.

    Injured and alone, it seems his luck has changed when he is rescued by a beautiful woman, but his intrusion unleashes a long dormant power. Now, pursued by a fearsome world-shaper, David must decipher the mysteries of the system and corral the unfathomable power of the Crash Storms, or risk himself, his friends, and the destruction of his world.

    INTERPHASE tells the story of mankind’s new homeworld, Phoenix, and the ancient secret buried within its virtual space.

    We’ve been reviewed fairly well so far, and the book has been described as a futuristic cross between Final Fantasy and Die Hard. If anyone has interest in a rippin’ good science-fantasy adventure, feel free to check us out!

  266. A heartbroken youth discovers the first woman, Maganda, in a garden. The youngest, most beautiful of ten siblings gets sold as a bride to a Tiq’Barang. A segment of the Filipino population suddenly transform to look like American celebrities.These stories and more can be found in the latest installment of the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies: Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 7.

    Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/THOaW4

    The Philippine Speculative Fiction series are anthologies that showcase the rich variety of Philippine literature: between these covers you will find magic realism next to science fiction, traditional fantasy beside slipstream, and imaginary worlds rubbing shoulders with alternate Philippine history—demonstrating that the literature of the fantastic is alive and well in the Philippines.

    Stories from this series have been included in the Honorable Mentions list from The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin Grant.

    This digital-only volume includes:

    All the Best of Dark and Bright by Victoria Isabel Yap
    The Scrap Collectors by Arlynn Despi
    East of the Sun by Dean Alfar
    The Changes by Benito Vergara
    Never Land by Mo Francisco
    Chasers by Chris Mariano
    The Call of the Chained God by Dariel Quiogue
    Oblation by Paolo Chikiamco
    The Love Spell by Edmond Julian dela Cerna
    Sarsarita Time by Melissa Sipin
    The Dragon’s Orb by Vincent Simbulan
    All That We May See by Kenneth Yu
    Faith in Fiction by James Constantino Bautista
    The Day Nostalgia Swept Over a Town by F. Jordan Carnice
    What You See by Ian Casocot
    Pet by Kristine Ong Muslim
    The Little Things the Datu Did by Andrew Drilon
    The Commute to Paradiso by Charles Tan
    What the Body Remembers by Tin Lao
    username: tanglaw by Eliza Victoria
    The Likeness of God by Crystal Koo
    The Nature of Apocalypse by Joseph Montecillo
    Bastard Sword by Nikki Alfar
    Mother of Monsters by Philip Corpuz

  267. I knew I forgot something! I forgot to mention in my prior post that my wife, Kate Aton-Osias, and I are the co-editors of this volume of the Philippine Speculative Fiction (PSF) anthology.

  268. In my Stories of Aligare series, 3 non-human races live in productive harmony. They use their different skills and magical alignments against the mysterious “demons” of sickness and bad luck. Each story is a stand-alone work full of positive themes, worldbuilding lore and characters trying to do the right thing.There are currently 2 complete works, with a third due out in early 2013.

    Remedy: A novel of medical drama. Peregrine the hearing-impaired dragon must convince his beloved assistant to live a life of her own — but first, the two of them join relief efforts to save a plague-stricken village.
    Ravel: A novelette of romantic friendship. Aster is a young mother living her insectoid race’s ideal life, until she makes an accidental innuendo to a chipper travelling bard. Aster must decide which is more valuable, her freedom or her traditional values.

    Both works are available at:.
    Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/heidicvlach
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Heidi-C.-Vlach/e/B004QJ8KS0/

    (And thanks for sharing your space, John! It’s great that you pay forward like this.)

  269. Tales of Telenia: THRESHOLD: When a spatial rift causes Amanda Shelton’s space shuttle to crash land on an unknown planet, she awakens to find herself locked in a cell with a tutor charged with teaching her an alien language. Crown Prince Paxdon is determined to scavenge not only her ship, but any technology he can squeeze from her brain to vanquish his enemies in a neighboring province. But just who is Amanda’s real adversary; the warriors in the north or the people of Telenia?

    Available in all e-formats: http://www.backlistebooks.com/2012/12/tales-of-telenia-threshold/

    Thanks for the opportunity to mention my book, John.

  270. First, a big thanks to John for supporting the non-traditional community!!

    Rhune: Dawn of Twilight: The Stormpunk Character Primer is a free, full-color PDF (53 pgs) introducing table-top enthusiasts to the world of Rhune, a setting on the verge of Ragnarök. Built using mechanics compatible with both the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the classic 3.5 rule set, this setting merges traditional fantasy with northern myth and steampunk technology.

    Additional supplements such as Automata: Guide to the Awakened (ver 1.5) or Of Stone, Stave, and Heart are also available.

    http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=4518&term=Storm%20Bunny%20

    Future product announcements can be found at http://www.stormbunnystudios.com

    Merry Giftmas all!

    Cheers,
    Jaye Sonia,
    Storm Bunny Studios, LLC

  271. Thanks for this! My books include:
    Lacrimosa – (YA Gothic Romance described by reviewers as a “dark and haunting love story” and the “last book you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice”:
    It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

    As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

    He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

    Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

    Available on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Lacrimosa-Requiem-Series-ebook/dp/B007HEVTS4/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

    Transcend (YA Psychological Thriller described as “dark and disturbingly beautiful”) All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family’s rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart.

    Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.

    Set amidst the landscape of New York’s Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine line between love and madness.

    Available on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-ebook/dp/B009940DFA/ref=la_B003WJ6EIS_1_4_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1354714259&sr=1-4

  272. IN ST. NICK OF TIME. Depressed writer Cameron, alien abductee Dogwater Hunt, and a foul mouth goldfish hallucination help a burned out Santa find Christmas again. It’s a Santa Claus novel for adults. If you ever believed he was real, buy this. Maybe he still is. Available fin ebook from Smashwoeds, Kindle, other places. In print everywhere.

  273. Well, this might be more suitable for Halloween but my sister Loretta Jackson and I have compiled a collection of suspense short stories Killer at the Door. At $1.99 it might make a good stocking stuffer gift for ebook fans. This collection contains several prize-winning stories!
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/223231
    Check the top left corner of our blog for other bargain ebooks.

  274. ‘The Fool’ is a novel about an alcoholic on a spiritual journey, or a spiritual guy on an alcoholic journey. Contains sex, drugs and rock and roll, but none of these things are what the book is about.

    It’s 99p in UK money; that’s about $1.60 at the current exchange rate.

    Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/gb/en/shop/wayne-myers/the-fool/ebook/product-20472424.html
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-fool/id574924052

    Also available for the Nook if you search for it.

  275. Thank you, John. And happy holidays, all! Following is the link to Miss Antiqua’s Adventure, my latest Regency romance and the fourth book in The Misses series by Fran Baker:

    http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Antiquas-Adventure-ebook/dp/B008NF6EJU/ref=pd_cp_kstore_2

    Antiqua Greybill doesn’t care that the handsome stranger thinks her a lightskirt so long as he takes her with him back to England. She has a dangerous mission to complete, and nothing less than the escape of Napoleon Bonaparte depends upon the delivery of the secret papers hidden in her muff. More dangerous yet, however, are the stranger’s skillful kisses and the discovery that he is the notorious Jack Vincent – the very man she is fleeing!

    “If you’re looking for exquisite Regency romance, look no further than Fran Baker” Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author

  276. John, thank you for the opportunity to tell others about my book. Wicked Wind is the first book in the Sam Larkin Mystery mystery series–you can purchase it in paperback on Amazon.com or in ebook format on Smashwords, Barnes & Nobel, Sony Books, and Kobi. Here’s a brief synaposis:

    Wise-cracking writer Sam Larkin moves back home to Desert Rock after her mother’s death—and immediately regrets it. She longs to return to the big city, far away from the brutal heat, her bickering siblings, and her mother’s ghost. Instead, when the owner of the controversial wind farm she is researching turns up dead, Sam finds herself at the frontline of a war between environmentalists, developers, and the victim’s dysfunctional family. Never one to let a wrong go un-righted, Sam pursues the killer and comes face to face with pure evil . . . and risks becoming the next victim.

  277. For a bit of global zen, either of my two books of Esperanto-language haiku (with complete English translations) will make an off-beat gift. Poŝtmarkoj el Esperantujo has full-color illustrations of postage stamps from the imaginary land of Esperantujo. Premitaj Floroj includes delicate black-and-white images of pressed flowers. The books were created entirely using Free Software (Scribus, GIMP, and Inkscape) and published through Createspace. They are available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Steven+D.+Brewer+esperanto

  278. Thanks John!

    Fat free! Cholesterol free! Gluten free! Sugar free! Low carb AND high in fibre! Starting Tomorrow is everything you want in a diet book, but kind of tastes like paper.

    Promises Fitness is a posh suburban health club. Staffed by Fiona, Trish and Shanta, three well meaning and cheeky fitness professionals, doing their best to keep a very resistant membership in peak condition.

    This is the first collection of Promises Promises online comics, a humourous (and sometimes honest) look at diet and fitness, and the silliness, struggles and successes that come with achieving a healthy lifestyle.

    I’m also offering a holiday special! From now until Christmas, you can upgrade your copy of Starting Tomorrow to an Artist Edition (which includes an original sketch and signature) absolutely free!

    http://www.promisescomic.com/shop/books/

  279. Many thanks, John!

    WARPWORLD is just that age old story: Boy meets girl. Girl discovers boy is a Cultural Theorist on an inter-dimensional recon mission to scout her world for plundering. Girl tries to kill boy. Etc.

    Also, there is romance and things explode.

    Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Warpworld-ebook/dp/B009QRXHXK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354722379&sr=1-1&keywords=warpworld Or visit our website for other shoptions.

  280. What a fun opportunity! Thanks! My offering is my most recently e-booked backlist title, THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS, a Regency-set historical with a Christmas connection.
    .
    Dina’s only chance to keep her inheritance from her gamester brother is to marry before her twenty-fifth birthday. When her carefully planned elopement goes awry she travels to Gretna Green alone, where she finds herself rescuing a naïve young lady from a fortune hunter. This earns the gratitude of the young lady’s handsome, eligible brother, who has come in hot pursuit. When he asks her to name her reward, she has her answer ready. Grant (aka “Thor”) is stunned when Dina demands marriage in repayment of his debt to her. She insists she will not infringe on his freedom, but the more time he spends with her, the more determined he is to win her heart along with her hand. Surely spending Christmas with her at his parents’ estate will help him to do just that?
    .
    Available for all e-formats and vendors via http://www.backlistebooks.com/2012/09/the-runaway-heiress/
    .
    –Brenda Hiatt :)
    http://brendahiatt.com

  281. My newest book, an anthology of my own creation. Pulp + Universal-style monsters = action and adventure:

    http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Aces-Jim-Beard/dp/1480187380/ref=la_B004UWVOPE_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354724947&sr=1-3

    Here’s the very first prose novel ever based on the classic 1960s action figure, Captain Action:

    http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Action-Riddle-Glowing-Men-Beard/dp/0615671381/ref=la_B004UWVOPE_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1354725102&sr=1-4

    And one of the books I’m most proud of, my Edwardian ghost-hunter in eight tales told by his clients:

    http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Action-Riddle-Glowing-Men-Beard/dp/0615671381/ref=la_B004UWVOPE_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1354725102&sr=1-4

    Thanks for looking, folks, and many thanks for this golden opportunity.

    Jim

  282. Thank you for this opportunity. I am speaking on behalf of Gabriel Fitzpatrick.

    Rmnce is a romance for the digital age.

    It’s written entirely through the communications of the couple. Text messages, emails, and even a few old-fashioned letters make up the entirety of a story, what one early reader termed “A story not so much written as formed organically in the negative space.”

    It is, in short, a commentary on love in the digital age, a tribute to the great love affairs of the digital generation, romance not lost in the sea of text-speak and instant gratification, but merely obscured from the prying eyes of those too far removed from its cultural roots.

    “[A] playground for your imagination.” Grizwald Grim, Grim’s Issue
    http://www.amazon.com/Rmnce-The-Series-ebook/dp/B009JT9ZT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354726551&sr=8-1&keywords=gabriel+fitzpatrick

    Gabriel’s Libram is a compilation of the first 3 books in the pantheon of titles available from Gabriel Fitzpatrick, and assorted extras. These experimental, avante garde titles are the first introduction the world had to Gabriel’s work, and have been gathered together to give readers a complete look into the mind of the man himself.

    http://www.amazon.com/Gabriels-Libram-An-Anthology-ebook/dp/B009EG05H4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354726551&sr=8-3&keywords=gabriel+fitzpatrick

  283. Hello, thank you for this opportunity!

    My name is Adriana (Vargas) Blake, and from 2009 to this past April I produced a webcomic named Fall on Me, an autobiographical comic strip that chronicles funny moments from married life.

    To date, I have self published 3 book volumes of 100 comic strips each via Lulu.com. If you still have some Christmas shopping to do for your loved one or a couple of friends, please consider checking them out!

    The comic archives are available online at: http://www.littleteacup.net/fallonme Also available en espanol at http://www.littleteacup.net/cuentaconmigo

    You may purchase the Fall on Me book paperbacks and ebooks (PDF format) here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/fallonme

    Thanks again, and have a wonderful holiday! :D

    -Adriana (Vargas) Blake
    http://www.littleteacup.net

  284. Thanks for this. Mine is a fantasy alternative world 19th centurish. The MC is a young lady with a simple desire to serve honorably in the warlord’s army, after having been drafted, and then return home to her courting. The blurb reads:

    Ila said: “Won’t you just look at her. I love her already. What if they find her and take her back?”
    Thereafter, Pa hid Tundy by pretending she was a son. He raised her to the gun—right up to the day they drafted her into the warlord’s army, where she appeared destined for a pleasure company if discovered as a woman.
    She determined to do her time, come home and find a new wife for her Pa before starting her courting. Regarding such duty, her Pa suggested she be most diligent, and in particular, avoid the royals and priests because, “They’re nothing but trouble, and there’s a reason one of them hid you away.”
    But of c
    ourse, things don’t happen like you plan, right from the start, including the light of magic and a pretentious little princess.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Condottes-Daughter-ebook/dp/B008IMFA5C/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1354726345&sr=8-18&keywords=wedlund

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Condottes-Daughter-Volume-1/dp/1478218126/ref=sr_1_26?ie=UTF8&qid=1354726431&sr=8-26&keywords=wedlund

  285. Add my thanks to the chorus. This is much appreciated.

    I offer the first Judith Tarr book since 2008. It’s YA sf AND fantasy AND historical. Published by Book View Cafe (which is also offering a slew of holiday specials plus weekly new releases). It was a successful Kickstarter in the spring, has now gone public.

    Here’s the high concept: Three lives. Three worlds. Three times. Three young women, past, present, and future, come together to solve an age-old mystery and save a world.

    If you buy from Book View Cafe, I get 95% of the proceeds, and the co-op benefits. Epub, mobi/Kindle, and PDF available: http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/living-in-threes/

    It is also available at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

  286. Thanks John. My name is Gloria Diaz. I have two books. One is called “Served Cold: Tales of Revenge and Redemption.” It is a collection of short stories centering on the themes of getting even and triumphing. But they are not “happy” stories. To give you an example, one story is about a teenage girl who writes in a magic diary that makes bad things happen. So, the bully who is bothering her winds up dying in a plane crash.

    The other book is erotic fiction written under my pen name, Janell Elizabeth Meyer. That book is called “Anything For Georgetown And Other Stories.” Those stories focus on the fetishes of spanking and tickling. In the title story, a Catholic school girl with a racy past wants to get into Georgetown University. The new guidance counselor at her school offers to help her. However, she has to give up her lucrative stripping shows for the boys of St. Veronica’s and agree to be punished “his” way for the sins of her past.

    The books are available as ebooks at Smashwords.com (be sure to turn off the adult filter, or you won’t find them) and as print books at Lulu.com. The print books are currently 30 percent off. Sample the ebooks if you want (sampling is free) and then buy the print books if you want.

  287. Thanks for the place to post.

    Because Sci-Fi Fantasy fans can be sports fans too (I am)…

    WHO CARES ABOUT PHONE CALLS? is the story of the 2007-2008 Indiana Hoosiers Basketball team told entirely from the fan perspective. When your favorite team hires a cheater and a liar, turns against its own traditions and values, and destroys itself from the inside it’s not pleasant to watch, but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. It’s infuriating and at times laughably funny. Sports, pop-culture, humor and anger all rolled into one book.

    It’s available for your iPad at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/who-cares-about-phone-calls/id543004692?mt=11

    Or in Paperback at http://www.lulu.com/shop/jeff-taylor/who-cares-about-phone-calls/paperback/product-20455959.html;jsessionid=E3638F12081CDBB27D9F7E20E42EFC10

    Enjoy.

  288. Thanks, John!
    I have the first two novellas in my Uchronic Tales series for sale. (Three more are written, but still in production.)
    - The Zeppelin features a young American airman, Clark Tyler, caught up in a conspiracy that threatens to turn the tide of the Great War.
    - The Horn follows Clark Tyler, now an investigator for the Ace Insurance Company, as a simple job spirals toward an Earth-shattering conclusion at the 1932 Olympic Games.

    Uchronic Tales – Pulp Style Action and Adventure by W. Peter Miller

    Both are available now for Kindle, Nook, and iPad
    Print copies are available at Amazon.

  289. Requiem at Christmas– Juliet Henry loved snow. Without snow there was no cross-country skiing. But her plans go awry when she is stranded by a blizzard on a back road and finds herself the only the witness to a murder. Her woes are further compounded when the corpse disappears. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008IJ5ECE/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008IJ5ECE&linkCode=as2&tag=meljacshompag-20 Also available at B&N and Smashwords and in paper from Creatspace.

  290. World War B was released just today – it’s a mini-novel, priced on Kindle at $1.99, and tells the story of the world and the way that it would be like if there were no more bacon.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AHZRVDW/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

    My co-author, Ryan Garcia and I are lawyers and aspiring writers who love bacon and want to do everything we can to prevent the oncoming, real danger of a society that is running out of bacon. Not that society is running out of bacon RIGHT NOW. But it COULD, and you need to be aware of that and do everything you can to ensure your access to GREAT BIG GREASY MOUNDS OF CRISP BACON.

    World War B is a parody of the brilliant World War Z, and is much funnier. How much funnier? Buy it and FIND OUT.

    And it makes the perfect Hanukkah gift.

  291. John, thanks very much for this great seasonal promotion idea. (And thanks, also, to SF author Jeffrey A. Carver, for sending on the link!) My Nebula Finalist story, “The Adinkra Cloth”, is now available in ebook form in THE ADINKRA CLOTH & OTHER STORIES, a five-story collection of five of my African-themed fantasy tales. Included are: “The Knife That Makes Men”, originally published in MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY’S FANTASY MAGAZINE and (like “The Adinkra Cloth”) winner of the magazine’s Cauldron Award for Best Story of the issue; “The Windela Man”, originally published in SPACE AND TIME; and two previously unpublished stories: the short comic tale, “A Courting Story” (stolen beauty! song-ox! two lions! a hero!), and “The Work Leader” — a novelette-length tale, winner of a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fiction Fellowship. The stories emphasize the importance of family, love, forgiveness, and duty, in haunting magical settings.

    Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and smashwords, for the Kindle, Nook, and (via smashwords) the iPad and multiple devices: check ‘em out! And then enjoy the stories!

  292. Thank you, John, for this opportunity.

    I have a variety of things for various reader tastes, from fantasy to horror.

    The Wild Boys

    Genre: Young Adult horror-thriller

    * Trade Paperback
    - $19.95, 286 pages, 6 x 9″, December 1, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-61572-825-1, Damnation Books
    * E-Book – $5.95, (Kindle, Sony, Nook, iPad), May 20, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-61572-824-4 Damnation Books

    “A fast-paced novel about love, loss, and the unforgettable scent of once being human, The Wild Boys is impossible to put down.” – Shelly Li, Scholastic Award-winning author of The Royal Hunter: Throne under Siege

    “I recommend The Wild Boys for people who like thrillers, people who like horror, and people who want to read wild chase scenes with plucky heroines (and a dog).” – Kater Cheek, author of the Kit Melbourne series

    Can a 16-year-old girl stem the tide of a lycanthro-pocalypse?
    When three younger boys show up on the doorstep of Mia’s everyday suburban existence, naked and on the run, she is drawn into a shadow world where a series of strange disappearances heralds a slowly spreading plague of lycanthropy. Mia must save the three orphaned boys from their brutal Alpha, a man-beast who believes humans are food.

    A war is brewing for the top of the food chain. Mia doesn’t know it yet, but she holds the key to the future of the human race.

     

    Rogues of the Black Fury

    Genre: Adventure fantasy

    * Trade Paperback – $20.95, 392 pages, 5½ x 8½”, May 20, 2012, ISBN: 1617566977, E-Reads
    * E-Book – $4.99, (Kindle, Sony, Nook, iPad), May 20, 2012, ASIN: B0082D2EWE, E-Reads

    “Bold, colorful characters pull the reader into an unforgettable adventure with the perfect mix of suspense, intrigue, and action.” — Jeanne Cavelos, author of The Passing of the Techno-Mages

    Rogues of the Black Fury mixes a berserk action thriller sharp as a mercenary’s sword with hard-bitten fantasy so gritty it might scour your bones clean by the time you’re done.” — Matt Forbeck, author of The Amortals and Carpathia

    “Heermann’s Rogues is epic, exciting, and a hell of a lot of fun! From the very beginning, the world he crafts feels alive and real. By the last page, I didn’t want to leave. Adventure at its finest, honed to a gleaming bloody edge.” — Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the Skinners series

    “A rollicking read choc-a-bloc with pace, action, and adventure.” — Fantasy Book Critic

    “A very entertaining read … For fans of Glen Cook or Jeff Salyards, Rogues of the Black Fury could be a great read for a dark winter afternoon.” – A Fantastical Librarian

    When a band of shadowy fanatics abducts Javin Wollstone’s little sister, Bella, from his care, his only hope to bring her home is turning to a hard-bitten band of special warriors, the Black Furies, led by Commander Rusk. Javin follows Rusk and his men through a maze of political intrigues, religious fanaticism, and centuries of distrust.

    The investigation unfolds into a frantic chase that leads Javin, Rusk, and the Black Furies across trackless, pirate-infested seas into the ancient heart of Fartha, the religion-steeped land of prophets and priest-kings. Using stealth, guile, and sheer audacity, the Furies fling themselves into the teeth of the serpent, trying to snatch Bella back before she is swallowed forever. Javin finds himself torn between his genteel, noble upbringing and the raw, brutal necessity of what he must do to save her life.

     

    Snakes

    Genre: Horror novella

    * Trade Paperback – $12.89, 40 pages (novella), 5 x 8″, June 1, 2011, ISBN: 978-1615724048, Damnation Books

    * E-Book – $4.50, (Kindle, Sony, Nook, iPad), June 1, 2011, ASIN: B005341Z84 Damnation Books

    Snakes provokes a gut-wrenching emotional response, perhaps because by using snakes as a motif, it speaks to one of our most primitive fears. … For a 30-page story to have such a deep, powerful and abiding effect shows that Travis Heermann is a master, ranking up there with Aesop and the Greek myth writers.”– Rose Cimarron, Goodreads Reviewer

    The easiest path usually leads straight into a minefield.

    Eddie, a young, pretty single mom, is trying to do the right thing by her three-year-old daughter. She really is. With no education, no job, and a string of loser boyfriends behind her, she faces hard decisions every day. Gas for the car, or food for Joy? She’s already been forced to move back into her mother’s decrepit old trailer in Shady Acres Trailer Court in rural Arkansas.

    Should she get a normal job working long hours for minimum wage, or should she put on her stiletto heels, bikini bra and micro-skirt and go back to exotic dancing so she can bring home fistfuls of cash for a few hours’ work? When she catches her daughter playing with handfuls of baby copperhead snakes behind the trailer, the choice gets a lot easier: get out of there by the quickest means possible.

    But at what cost? And is that strange man the devil or her knight in shining armor?

     

    Heart of the Ronin

    Genre: Historical fantasy

    * Trade Paperback – $20.95, 386 pages, 5½ x 8½”, December 16, 2010, ISBN: 1617560758, E-Reads

    * E-Book – $4.99, (Kindle, Sony, Nook, iPad), December 16, 2010, ASIN: B004HZYGOA, E-Reads

    “A fusion of historical fiction and adventure fantasy, the first volume of Heermann’s Ronin Trilogy is a page-turning folkloric narrative of epic proportions…. [His] writing style is confident and fluid, his characters well developed and his serpentine story line anything but predictable. Numerous tantalizingly unresolved plot threads will have readers anxiously awaiting the second installment in this gripping tale of ill-fated love, betrayal and destiny.” — Publishers Weekly

    “Full of sword battles, intrigue, romance and fantastic elements blending well with historical ones, Heart of the Ronin is a very impressive opening in the Ronin Trilogy. It’s also a page turner that you can’t put down and will leave readers begging for more.”– Fantasy Book Critic

    “Heart of a Ronin is a solid, likeable adventure story, sure to please fans of Japanese culture and fantasy readers alike.” — Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

    Thirteenth-century Japan is a dangerous place, even in a time of peace. Capricious gods, shape-changing animals, and bloodthirsty demons are as real and unpleasant as a gang of vicious bandits. From the wilderness emerges a young, idealistic warrior with his father’s mysterious sword on his hip, a wise, sarcastic dog at his side, and a yearning in his heart to find a worthy master. He dreams only of being samurai.

    Finding a master should be easy for a warrior as skilled as Ken’ishi, but the land has settled into an uneasy peace and cast multitudes of proud, powerful warriors to the four winds. These masterless warriors, ronin, often must stoop to crime and banditry to feed themselves. Ken’ishi finds himself plagued by the hatred and mistrust of peasants and samurai alike.

    When he saves a noble maiden from a pack of bandits, he and his faithful dog become enmeshed in the intrigues of samurai lords, vengeful constables, Mongol spies, and a shadowy underworld crime boss known as Green Tiger. But Ken’ishi has a few secret weapons of his own, granted to him by his mysterious past and his magical upbringing. If only he knew more about his mysterious past, his parents’ murder, and the sword that seems to want to talk to him. . . .

  293. Thanks, John! I’ll add a plug for my book to the three hundred others already on this thread: THE EPIPHANIST, which has been called “admirably masterful” and “distinctive for its success in fashioning a disconcertingly plausible world with preternaturally weird elements and a uniquely memorable messiah-hero.” Check out these and other reviews at its Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/The-Epiphanist-ebook/dp/B0082MWDM6/

    In a world where everyone is genetically engineered, what happens to the rejects? They’re sent to a tropical island populated by freaks and misfits, cripples and madmen. And among their number, tucked away in the hinterlands, amid the drumbeats of civil war, a boy is coming of age.

    Vladimir has been raised on a prison plantation because of the statistical likelihood that he’ll commit a violent crime. But his record, despite the occasional hallucination, is clean, and the authorities have nominated him for parole. A life of ease in the Holy City awaits him.

    When war destroys his home he must fight his way to freedom through a nightmare world of feudal brutality and nanotech wonders. Guided by visions and a strange band of allies, navigating the dangers of the jungle and a maze of political intrigue, Vladimir has two choices: to defy his fate and redeem himself, or to die trying.

  294. Awesome! Thank you!

    If you’re looking for a fun, all ages graphic novel than have a look at The Dragon Tutor! http://goo.gl/Uwd6O At 175 full color pages and $2.99 The Dragon Tutor is the perfect gift for your kindle loving inner child!

    Synopsis:

    Zephyr is not your average tutor, he’s a dragon! And he won’t believe the dog ate your homework. When Prince Quiver picked Zephyr to be his teacher he had no idea the dragon would be more interested in math than magic.

    But when prince Quiver meets his intended bride all does not go according to plan. The royal castle is destroyed! The young Prince is kidnapped! The kingdom in peril! Zephyr the Dragon Tutor must begin a quest that will change his life forever. Adventure awaits in “The Dragon Tutor”.

    Here’s a snippet of the reviews from Amazon.com


    A very enjoyable frolic in a excellent visual style! ”
    Steven Wilde | 10 reviewers made a similar statement

    The characters are fun, likable, and very well developed, and that combined with an amazing plot and artwork makes for a very engaging story. ”
    C.mallory | 10 reviewers made a similar statement

    The story is lighthearted with enjoyable characters. ”
    J. S. Kern | 4 reviewers made a similar statement

    http://goo.gl/Uwd6O

  295. If you’re looking for a humorous paranormal Southern Gothic mystery, THE HAUNTED HOUSEWIVES OF ALLISTER, ALABAMA might fit the bill. Published by World Weaver Press and available in paperback via Amazon, or in eBook via Kindle, Nook, & Kobi.

    Who knew one gaudy Velvet Elvis could lead to such a heap of haunted trouble? When Cleo Tidwell said, “I do,” for the third time, she had no idea her marriage vows would be tested by a tacky piece of art. But Cleo’s not the kind of woman to let a velvet-offense-against-good-taste just hang–oh no, she’s on a mission to oust the King. Trouble is, Elvis won’t leave the building. And he’s attractin’ all manner of kooks, fanatics, and lookie loos to Cleo’s doorstep, including the entire congregation of the Church of the Blue Suede Shoes. Everyone wants a piece of the painting, but Cleo’s starting to suspect that whatever’s haunting the Velvet Elvis wants a piece of her husband. Why else would her hubby trade in his car for a ’56 pink Caddy, moonlight as an Elvis impersonator, and develop a sudden hankering for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches? Certainly it can’t be anything as simple as a mid-life crisis, because Cleo is not getting divorced again — her mother would never let her hear the end of it. Cleo’s life is all shook up by crazies with death threats, psychic warnings “from beyond,” kidnapping attempts, invitations to join the Blue Shoe Loonies, and even murder! Cleo Tidwell’s in a fight for her life, her marriage, and the perseverance of good taste everywhere.

    Perpetual Motion Machine: “Sullivan is the new mistress of humor in horror and in the paranormal.”
    New Myths.com: “Haunted Housewives is a wonderful romp of a ghost story and quite possibly the funniest novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
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  296. Thank you so much for this great opportunity! I would first like to introduce myself as one of the authors of the Shadow Over Shandahar series. This year the books were remastered and taken under the aegis of Loconeal Publishing. Since the books are in the fantasy/adventure genre, I like to attend conventions such as GenCon Indy and Origins Gamefair. I speak to many people about the books and the way I describe them is like this:

    The story is comprised of many plotlines, but one of them is that the world of Shandahar has been cursed to repeat itself. Imagine a place where people have been living and dying for several centuries, only to have the world reach a series of certain climactic events that will cause it to ‘rewind’ and start over again at a date in the distant past (called a cycle). Imagine a place where no one is aware of this curse except for a few academicians, wisemen and sorcerers, and that some of these people want to see an end to the curse. Of course, there are others who do not, those who have managed to become more powerful each time the world rewinds – those who have left clues for themselves to discover during the next cycle. The first book in the series begins with a small group of young people who are foretold in prophecy to bring about the end of the curse. The reader can easily discern who might be out for their blood!

    The books can be found both in both kindle ($3.99) and paperback format ($14.95) on Amazon and their affiliated sites. Other paperback editions can be found on my website at http://www.worldofshandahar.com When anyone orders a book through the website, they come signed both by myself and my co-author!

  297. Hi all,

    If you love chemistry or know someone who does, I have published a collection of humorous, educational poetry all about chemistry called _Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances_. The poems cover a diversity of topics — general, organic, physical, and biological chemistry — and reviews have been very favorable. The book has been featured in a PBS Newshour Story, reviewed in national magazines/journals, and endorsed by prominent chemists. The poems relate fundamental chemistry concepts to everyday human emotions, relationships, and issues through narrative stories from the atoms and molecules themselves. Teachers, students, and scientists have loved it! I’m a professional chemistry professor with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry who truly enjoys the intersection of science and artistic creativity, and I hope you or someone you know will enjoy this book!

    Links to book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Romances-Molecular-Dances-Radhakrishnan/dp/145833192X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313086454&sr=8-1

    cheaper price is from lulu.com:
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/mala-radhakrishnan/atomic-romances-molecular-dances/paperback/product-15572338.html;jsessionid=9907A2C269FE52FEFC32E739E7211E87

    Thank you!

  298. THE LAST DRAGON OF THE NORTH

    Owain Armstrong has been hired to hunt down a red dragon that is killing livestock across Wiltshire . The only evidence is a bloody patch on the ground and the head of the dead animal. Owain begins to track this nocturnal predator when news of another dragon comes – a much bigger dragon.

    During his journey, Owain meets up with the famous dragonslayers of the Northern Band: Katja, a beautiful blonde deadly accurate with a crossbow; Erik, a massive man short of temper and always eager to fight; Lars, a man as cunning as he is strong; and finally Edlund, their dynamic leader.

    When meeting Owain, the band of weary slayers long had been on a quest to kill the last dragon of the north. But they soon hear strange tales– tales of the Green Dragon Inn and the monster that lives inside the mountain.

    And for a price, anything is possible…

    FINALIST in FANTASY category — 2013 EPIC eBook Award Contest

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Dragon-North-ebook/dp/B00629MDYO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354793976&sr=8-2&keywords=the+last+dragon+of+the+north

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14431106-the-last-dragon-of-the-north

  299. Tales of an American Outcast is something of a coming of age story, following a young Ariek Ashe on his journey toward manhood. Set in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, the reader is witness to his struggles, his trials, his secrets, and his fight to find his way in a world that hates him.

    But at the same time, we are taken on a psychological ride into the darkest recesses of Ariek’s anger, hatred, obsession and sorrow. We, as the reader, hear what he hears, see what he sees, and are privy to his most private thoughts. And, as the story develops, we see him begin to break down.

    In short, the Tales of an American Outcast series is a whirlwind trip into insanity and adulthood.

    In this first book, Ashen Twilight, we follow Ariek Ashe, a quixotic and intelligent boy, as he makes his way through adolescence in a world that really doesn’t want him in it.
    He faces heartache, isolation, bullies, police, and even dragons as his family moves from place to place through the backwaters of North Carolina.

    But can this boy survive to adulthood? Or will his anger and resentment toward the world at large eat him alive?

    There are two books in the series so far, and both can be found on amazon.com. The first book is available in printed and e-book form.

  300. Why do I always find out about these things so late in internet time I don’t know. Marketing. Not my strong suit.

    I mean, you can buy physical or ebook copies of “Wake up…”, Vol. 1 of City of Roses, direct from me, if you like; but if you click on Table of Contents there you’ll find the whole thing’s also available online for free. So. There I go, shooting myself in the foot again. —What’s it about? Uh. Urban fantasy? And violence, and power, and sex yes of course, but also genderfuck, hearts broken cleanly and otherwise, the City of Portland, Spenser, those moments in pop songs when the bass and all of the drums except maybe a handclap suddenly drop out of the bridge leaving you hanging from a slender aching thread of melody waiting almost dreading the moment when the beat comes back, and the occasional bit of swordplay.

    It was shortlisted in the Guardian’s quest for the best in self-published weird fiction on the web, if that helps.

  301. Thanks, John!

    THE FIVE ELEMENTS is a character-driven blend of pseudoscience, alchemy, ancient inventions, and elemental magic. It tells the story of Aaron, a sorcerer’s apprentice who knows more about engineering and mathematics than magic, and Shanna, whose future is in rapid decline as she approaches adulthood. All of this changes when their home is laid waste by an elemental attack. Separated in the resulting chaos, their purposes are joined when they individually learn of the mysterious Fifth Element. Shanna sees it as the final piece in the puzzle that is her destiny. To Aaron’s logical mind, it is an impossible ambiguity. Whatever the answer, the Fifth Element draws them back together and into a final confrontation not as allies, but as adversaries.

    You can find out more about the book as well as places to buy here:

    http://www.scottmarlowe.com/books/TheFiveElements.html

  302. Firstly, thank you for this wonderful space to do some pimping!

    To wit, my first ever published short story is in a fantastic Christmas anthology called “Deck the Halls: festive tales of fear and cheer” that has been launched world wide today (6 December 2012). The anthology is a great Christmas present for spec fic fans as the stories range from horror to fantasy to science fiction, with some non-genre in there too, and are by authors from Australia (like me), the UK, US and Canada. Each author was assigned a line from the Christmas carol “Deck the halls” and was instructed to write a 2000 word short story inspired by that line.

    My story is the first cab off the rank. It is inspired by the line ‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly’ and is called “Touched”. The story is a creeping one: a tale of a mannequin in love. It is one of which I am very proud and one which I hope will surprise you and leave you feeling uneasy.

    All the stories have been lovingly stewarded or beaten into shape (often both at the same time) by editor Jodi Cleghorn, who is also one of the founders of eMergent Publishing, a small press publisher based in Brisbane, Australia and London, UK. The anthology is available to order from the website below in hard copy, pdf and ebook and there are a total of 30 stories so you get some bang for your buck.

    So, go on, buy some fresh Australian/UK/US/Canadian non-traditional Christmas spec fic for your book loving friend or family member! Do it! http://emergent-publishing.com/bookstore/deck-the-halls-festive-tales-of-fear-and-cheer/

  303. Thanks for the opportunity to plug my book. Here’s the back cover copy:

    The Legion of Nothing: Rebirth
    “You may kill somebody today. We won’t think anything less of you for it.”

    Nick Klein’s grandfather was the Rocket.

    For three decades, the Rocket and his team were the Heroes League–a team of superheroes who fought criminals in the years after World War II.

    But Nick and his friends have inherited more than their grandparents’ costumes and underground headquarters… they’ve inherited the League’s enemies and unfinished business. In the 1960′s, Red Lightning betrayed everyone, creating an army of supervillains and years of chaos. The League never found out why.

    Now, Nick and the New Heroes League will have no choice but to confront their past.

    Interested? You can buy it here:
    Amazon (print and ebook): http://www.amazon.com/The-Legion-Nothing-Rebirth-ebook/dp/B008NYGG8A
    Smashwords (ebook): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/257895

  304. I’m the editor of a homegrown writers’ craft book–200 pages of interviews and flash essays by forty-two Oregon authors, including Lauren Kessler, Scott Sparling, Bart King and Gina Ochsner. Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life is available at Powell’s Books, any Espresso Book Machine around the world or online through eight independent bookstores: http://net.ondemandbooks.com/odb/selfespress/9780988265707

    Thanks for this opportunity, John!

  305. Hello. I am a new author and I am currently writing a fantasy series called The Frozen Spark.
    It’s about these creatures called Maroidanians. Two Maroidanians, named Tomlon and Bailif, are best friends. One day, they go digging into a mountain because that’s what they do. But then they discover something that will change them and their world forever.
    Here’s the link:
    http://www.wattpad.com/story/1704486-the-frozen-spark
    (It’s not finished yet, but I’m working on it as fast as I can.)

  306. Greetings from The Story Elves! We write to announce the release of our first book-within-an-app, The Waking Prince, now available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-waking-prince/id582084676?mt=8

    A classic all-ages fairy tale with a twist, The Waking Prince brings new life to an old story of a spellbound princess and the prince who sets out to wake her from her spell. He leans in to kiss her and… nothing happens! What next?

    Long, lavishly illustrated and full of lyrical writing, The Waking Prince will delight readers of all ages, especially those who love to read aloud!

    With all our thanks,

    The Story Elves

  307. (Thank you, Mr. Scalzi, for creating this space for us.)

    The End is upon us! …well, sort of.

    Announcing the release of The End: Visions of Apocalypse, an anthology presented by SFFWorld.com members. Including twelve stories that detail various depictions of the end of the world, the anthology features the work of Michael J. Sullivan, Hugh Howey, Tristis Ward, and nine other writers, all with their own apocalyptic visions. From grim destruction to tragic suffering, and even humor, no version of the Earth is safe.

    Now available through Smashwords:
    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263577

    Coming soon to Amazon, and other online e-book retailers.

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