Category Archives: Promos

Sundered Rock now available

Hello, all! My latest short story is live on Amazon. It’s a 7000-word prequel to Days Until Home. It’s LGBT, and I wanted it out for Pride Month. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, then it’s free. Here’s the description of Sundered Rock:

The only way Adelaide can provide for her family is by doing what she does best: keep a ship’s engine running in the black of space. Sapphire would rather starve together than be separated from her soulmate.

When Adelaide takes a job on the long haul space freighter Sundered Rock against Sapphire’s wishes, can their family survive the separation, or will everything that matters to Sapphire and Adelaide be torn asunder?

Sounds cool, right? It’s enrolled in the StoryTellerUK2018 contest, so getting the word out would be wonderful. You can pick up a paperback of it, but at $9.99, it’s not really a good deal. After the StoryTellerUK2018 contest is over, I’m going to have it in a short story collection like Warmache. Warmache and other storieswill be priced at $14.99, and will include all my novellas and shorts published under my pen name, M. A. Gardner, including the first Brass Automaton, and Nala’s Story.

I’ve decided that once I move through my current supply of novellas, I’m going to stop bringing paperback versions to shows and events. $9.99 is a lot for a 140-page paperback, and if I combine them into a collection, then I’ll sell them for $14.99. So, Payson Book Festival and Fandomania will be the last opportunities to get the old paperbacks.

So, starting in September, Sundered Rock and other storieswill include Body Rentals, Forlorn Hope,Escape, and Paradox. I’m still deciding on if I’m going to keep producing multi-language editions like Escape. I may only have those available in the UK and Europe.


2018 Phoenix Comic Fest

I’ve been slacking a little bit lately. There’s an Italian translation of Warmache that needs review and approval along with English audiobooks for Brass Automaton and Days Until Home. I’ll definitely have all those projects completed and ready for sale for my appearances at the Payson Book Festival and Fandomania July 21st and 28th.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know the reason for my slacking: I’ll be at Phoenix Comic Fest (formerly Phoenix Comicon) for Memorial Day weekend! I’ll be with Florida-based celebrity bookstore Bard’s Tower in the lower level exhibitor’s hall just inside the doors to hall six at booth 1566/1568. Here are the other great authors that I’ll be sharing the booth with:

Jody Lynn Nye
Mercedes Lackey
L.E. Modesitt
Melinda Snodgrass
Larry Dixon
Alan Dean Foster
D.J. Butler
Brian Lee Durfee
Christopher Husberg
Kevin Ikenberry
Amity Green
Kuta Marler


 

I’ll be doing a panel on writing accurate military in scifi called “Marching Orders.” It’ll be at 1:30PM on Friday in the north building, room 126C next to the food court and stairwell. Fellow veteran and booth dweller Kevin Ikenberry will be with me on that panel, along with Sylvain Neuvel, John Scalzi, and Melinda Snodgrass.

Like last year, I’ll be at the “Drinks with Authors” event in the North Ballroom Friday at 8pm. This is a Phoenix Comic Fest “Signature Event,” so the entry fee is $10, only adults 18+ will be admitted, and the event supports Kids Need To Read. The photo here is from the 2017 event.

Other than those events, I should pretty much be at the Bard’s Tower booth. I’ll be playing in a couple Magic: the Gathering tournaments on Friday and Saturday. Depending on how well I play, I could be gone a few hours then, plus, I gotta get Peter Clines to sign my hardcovers and visit a few other authors here and there. It’ll be a fun respite from the daily grind, and I’m super stoked to be there.


Asian Spec Fiction Sale

Hey, everyone! I’m participating in an Asian speculative fiction promotion this weekend. There are over thirty asian books available for only 99 cents, including my own wuxia novel, Champion Standing. JC Kang put the promotion together, and you can check out the other 99 cent stories here: http://jckang.info/index.php/promo/ Be sure to support all these wonderful authors. There are Asian fiction works for all tastes, so make with the clickity click.


Nominate my friends on Kindle Scout!

I’ve already tweeted about this, but it deserves its own blog post. Since I was being lazy yesterday, and playing Runescape instead of reviewing one of the books I’ve read over the last month or so, it’s time for me to get off my duff and write something. After all, a blog needs content right? After I send my ships out on missions… No, right now!

Geez, I’m so bossy! (Meg agrees.) Who’s this Meg? Why does her opinion about the degree of my bossiness matter? These are all great questions. (No one is asking these questions, you just want to pad your word count. Get on with the post, man!) Okay, okay, fine.

Meg Mac Donald is a writer friend of mine from around Flint, Michigan. She’s a classy lady who has written a noblebright fantasy series, and the first book is campaigning for a publishing contract from Kindle Press. Hey, I heard you sigh, and saw you roll your eyes. It’s not a big deal for you to spend two and a half minutes for you to log in with the Amazon account that I know you already have, and click on the nominate button. Besides, you’ll get to see the awesome watercolor cover thing I did for her. The name of the story is Wolf’s Oath, and you’ll get a free copy of it at publication if you nominate and it’s selected.

Well, more like four minutes, because you’re also going to nominate my other writer friend’s book on Kindle Scout too. He goes by L. Fergus, but we call him Linn. It works out pretty well, since that’s his first name. Linn hails from the state of Florida, and he has drafted about 27 books about an anti-heroine fallen angel named Kita. I could actually count the stories by just counting the covers I’ve designed for Linn, but I’m in a hurry to crank this blog post out before heading to work. I’ll just cut-and-paste the last line of the preceding paragraph: The name of the story is Rebirth, and you’ll get a free copy of it at publication if you nominate and it’s selected.

If you really feel like dedicating some more time and nominating another book, then I’ve got another campaign going on as well. It’s the next Sixteen Sunsets story, and features cover art by comic book artist extraordinaire, Joel Cotejar. I’m not sure if Joel knows or not, but I’ve got him down for the art for book three in January or Febuary. Anyway, many of you have already read the rough draft here on the blog. I had to password-protect all the posts to comply with Kindle Scout rules. Anyway, if you have an open nomination, add me to the list. Otherwise make sure you nominate Linn and Meg. I’m not worried if they get nominations and I don’t. I just want to see my friends succeed. Oh, Moonrise is the name of my book on Kindle Scout.

Linn and Meg are on Facebook, but since I don’t do the book of faces, I can’t post on their walls or whatever. So I’m relying on you all to share Meg’s and Linn’s campaigns on Facebook, twitter, and all the other things.


Days Until Home releases 07/04/2017!

Hey, everyone! Less than twelve hours until the official release of Days Until Home. I co-wrote it as a web serial with David Kristoph and Greg Dragon last year. Please let your peeps know that it’s available on social media, and all that jazz. It’s available as an ebook, 5×8 paperback, and 6×9 hardcover.

On a routine mining mission in the asteroid belt, the crew of the Kerwood is mired in their personal concerns: finishing quickly, getting home, and earning a fair share of the profits. That is, until the ship experiences catastrophic failure on the return journey.

Now they must put aside their petty worries if they’re to have any hope of getting home alive. Will the crew find a way to set a course for Earth with their payload, or will they discover the disaster was orchestrated by someone who doesn’t want them to return home at all?

Get it on Amazon:
Kindle eBook
5×8 paperback
6×9 hardcover


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Greg:
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Mark:
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Score of Silence on Kindle Scout

Hello, all!

Today, the Kindle Scout campaign for my debut murder mystery novel, Score of Silence, starts. I’ve tried a few Kindle Scout campaigns, and unfortunately, I’ve never gotten the nod. The editors there have passed on War of the Worlds: Retaliation, which John and I licensed to Severed Press. We’re talking to them about another War of the Worlds book, tentatively titled, War of the Worlds: Firestorm. Kindle Press also passed on Sixteen Sunsets. Here’s hoping that the third time’s the charm.

Originally, Score of Silence was supposed to be a sequel to my techno-thriller, Body Rentals. After about 25,000 words or so, I realized that no one had switched bodies! So, I rewrote it into a murder mystery. There are still a lot of elements that stayed in Score of Silence. Tupper Jones is obviously Colonel Lance Bishop. (There was even a play on words in the first or second chapter about Tupper calling an ambu-Lance, but when I changed the name to Tupper Jones, the joke had to go.) Caroline Collins is Teresa from Tyrant and Body Rentals. Kimberly Smythe is Kimberly Smith. (I know, I know, “How original.”) The characters from Score of Silence took on a life of their own during the rewrite, and I already have a 48k rough draft of a second novel.

Anyway, I’d appreciate it if you could support the campaign by nominating, and sharing the link to your various social media outlets. Here’s that link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2EKMJBJRHGZ12

Here are the description and character bios for Score of Silence:

Retired FBI agent, Tupper Jones, has made a name for himself as a private eye. But today isn’t his day. His partner and right-hand woman, Caroline Collins, has woken up next to the dead body of the FBI’s star mob witness with no memory of what happened. Tupper and Caroline must solve the mystery of what happened before the FBI puts Caroline away for the murder.
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Publishing Contract & Phoenix Comicon

Greetings everyone! Some of you already know that John and I have been shopping the worldwide English paperback and e-book rights to a few publishers that we thought would be a good match for War of the Worlds: Retaliation.

Our sequel to the H. G. Wells masterpiece, The War of the Worlds, has been selling briskly in 5×8 paperback, kindle and audiobook. John and I knew we had something special, and we wanted an independent press that would match our enthusiasm and push our story to the next level. We also wanted to avoid being treated like an commodity that so many large publishers seem to treat their authors. We wanted a publisher that could see past 90 days; 180 days; and even toward the future. We wanted Severed Press.

Established in 2008, Severed Press is a leading independent publisher of horror and science fiction. Severed Press runs the gamut of horror and science fiction storytelling from A to Z. Publishing popular Apocalypse to Zombie, with kaiju, military and sea monster, John and I know our novel of the war between Earth and Mars will be right at home with the likes of Tim Curran, Mark Tufo and Jake Bible.

John and I look forward to working with the team at Severed Press on War of the Worlds: Retaliation, and hope that the future holds another collaborative telling of Humans versus the Martians. Be sure to check out other stories published by Severed Press and the talented authors you’ll find there.

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In other exciting news, John and I have been invited to be guests at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon over Memorial Day weekend. We’re still finalizing the details, and I hope to share the particulars with you all soon. I expect to arrive Thursday and be there all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday. I think John will be there on Saturday and Sunday. We’re not sure where we’ll be signing autographs, what vendors will have our books, or what panels we may be on, but we’re both looking forward to seeing you all there!