I’ve been a bit busy promoting my fantasy novels because one was temporarily free, the other had just come out, and both by most folks accounts are pretty awesome, so I’ve been a bit behind on my sci-fi. But NO MORE!! You guys remember my steampunk cyborg attack monkey story, “A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds?” Well it’s been included in Baen Books’ Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF Volume 5. For those of you who don’t remember because you never read it, here’s what the discerning folks over at Tangent had to say about it:
Even among the more restricted form of military SF there are some unconventional pieces. I thought James Beamon‘s “A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds” was one of the best stories of the year and was amazed that this “year’s best” was the only one to select it. No one should miss this alternate history tale of the Crimean War with a street urchin press-ganged into combat aboard an airship crewed in part by vampire attack monkeys.
No one should miss this, their words not mine, meaning you, meaning definitely check out the book. The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF Volume 5 is available directly on the Baen site and other online retailers (Personally I’d go to Amazon. There’s a crazy amount of price disparity among sites, which I find both strange and perplexing). You’ll not only get a chance to check out my story but eleven other stories such as the widely acclaimed “Thirty-three Percent Joe” by Suzanne Palmer.
Plus there’s a VOTE! Readers get to decide which of these stories is the best of this year’s best. The BESTIEST! Once you check out the book, head over to the Baen site to vote on your favorite. I’m hoping it involves killer steampunk attack monkeys…
Mixed news, gang! The digital copy of Pendulum Shift is now live! Absolutely zero problem if you’re a tablet enthusiast with a penchant for fantasy adventure. Just click here to go to the online bookstore of your choice.
But, uh, for those of you who enjoy the feel of paper pages turning in your hands, there’s gonna be a slight delay for the print edition. Amazon flagged it for slight format errors, small things I won’t bother you with here, but which once again made me pine for the yesteryear of CreateSpace. Those errors are fixed but resubmitting for publication takes me back to the bottom of the queue.
Rest assured, sometime this weekend the print edition will LIVE! And as an added bonus for those who are willing to endure the wait, I’ve set up a Matchbook price to where if you get the print edition you can download the Kindle edition for free.
Back cover of the print edition. Not showing the words for those who want a completely spoiler free read of Pendulum Heroes.
Meanwhile, those of you who signed up for the newsletter know I was running a contest to give away an ARC paperback of Pendulum Shift. The winner is a Goodreads user named Phil. I was supposed to announce this yesterday but I was dealing with Amazon and waiting for him to get back to me. Everything in its own time I guess. Or is it can’t rush the slow taste? Either way, things are happening as we speak. Sorry for the delay… I didn’t realize Pendulum Shift was going to be this shifty!
You know, I was envisioning a pretty amped up post on this day, but now that it’s here I don’t have much to say beyond what’s already in the title. I gotta say something right? Ok, here goes… extra exclamation caps mode activate!
TOTALLY FREE!! PENDULUM HEROES FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!!! 4.7 STARS ON AMAZON!!!! CLICK THIS LINK HERE TO START THE ADVENTURE!! GET IT NOW OR YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY GONNA PAY ME 5 BUCKS LATER WHEN YOUR SAVVY FRIENDS TELL YOU HOW AWESOME IT IS, SO DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE!!!1!
Seriously though, you all enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend. If you’d like to support this vet here, it’d mean the world to me if you gave my fun fantasy adventure a try. Here’s the link to get it for FREE.
Win this thing!
For those of you who want to win a physical Advanced Reader Copy of Pendulum Shift, the Chosen One Contest is still open until Thursday morning, 7 A.M. Eastern. Just sign up for my mailing list to be entered.
You know exactly why I named it the Chosen One Contest if you’ve read the first book. If you haven’t, you can still enter the contest to win book two without fear of missing all the action, adventure and magic of book one. No one wants to start someone on Star Wars with Empire, right? Worry not, because the day after the contest I’m giving the first book away on Amazon all weekend!
Free download this thing!
So you can potentially get two free books before this week’s over. But only if you’re the Chosen One.
And for those of you who prefer ebooks and rather not ruin your minimalist aesthetic by introducing paper into your environment, preorders for the Pendulum Shift e-book are live right now! I’m the last guy who’d get mad at you going green with your fiction.
Stay tuned for updates!