Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sue Perkins Releases ELISETTE (Cloud Kingdom Bk 2)

ELISETTE is the second book in the CloudKingdoms series and is available from Desert Breeze Publishing. There are four books in the series: Caishel is already available; Tazia will be available on 21st February 2015 and Zaeyen on the 21st August 2015. All the books are set on the planet Hejmen and concern women from the individual dukedoms, each with its own Duke's castle flying in the sky.

Merchants and ordinary folk live downside. There are also the Eos, the indigenous people of the planet who have evolved to the point of spiritual beings, although their young are solid until they reach adulthood.

Elisette, usually known as Lise, is the stepdaughter of a northside farmer but when her stepbrothers begin to take an interest in her, her mother sends her away to Lan to find a job in one of the merchant's houses. Thanks to Capet Sard she gets employment as a nursemaid to the Duke and Duchess's children in the sky castle. Capet Sard and Lise fall in love, but when Sard is called back to his home in Rak, Lise is left in Lan. Rumours abound regarding Sard not returning and also an arranged marriage. Lise leaves Lan and journeys to Rak but all sorts of unpleasantness cross her path until she believes Sard and she will never be together.

Excerpt

With a sigh Lise closed the door and trudged upward. After a few more steps a white, wispy creature appeared on the stairs above her. The feet of the creature didn't touch the floor as it floated gracefully toward her. Her stepfather had scared her with tales of evil spirits inhabiting the island offshore from Landon. Lise hadn't believed him, but now her assuredness had been shaken and her body shrank back against the bare stone wall.

The spirit came abreast of her and stopped. Large limpid eyes turned in her direction. Her breath caught in her throat. Could her stepfather's tales be true? Would this being take her soul from her leaving her an empty husk?

Hello. The spirit's green eyes smiled at her, although its lips didn't move.

"Hello," Lise gasped in response.

The spirit nodded and continued down the stairs. Lise sagged with relief and hurriedly continued her climb before the full impact of what she'd seen registered in her mind. The being's lips remained still when the eyes smiled, and they had not moved when it spoke. The words had come directly into her brain!

Lise ran up the rest of the stairs and flung herself through the door on the next landing. Relief flooded through her when she recognized the nursery floor. Once through the nursery door she closed it behind her and leaned against the plaswood panels, trying to catch her breath.

"Mercy child, whatever's the matter?" Keva looked at her, concern written all over her face.

"I sa-saw," Lise stuttered, trying to pull her thoughts together. "I saw a spirit on the stairs."

"A spirit?" Keva's face cleared and she smiled. "You must have seen one of the Eos. They regularly come to visit the Duchess."

"Eos?" Lise had never heard of any Eos before.

"Wherever do you come from, child? I thought everyone knew about the Eos. They live on the island over the horizon from the harbor. They're the people who were here before our ancestors arrived on Hejmen."

"You said they were friends of the Duchess."

"Yes. They became friends after the Duke inherited Lan. The Duchess got lost and the Eos found her, but they needed help which the Duchess provided. Ever since, they've been welcome in the castle and the Duke protects their island. Nobody's allowed to land unless they're specifically invited by the Eos."
Lise didn't know whether to trust Keva's explanation or her stepfather's regarding the strange being on the stairs. She wisely remained silent. On her first day as nursemaid Keva didn't need to have any more doubts about her.





Tuesday, August 19, 2014

99 Cent Ebooks, $1.99 Audio Books

I've put the first book in the Witches of Galdorheim series on sale for 99 cents at Amazon. I figured people weren't as likely to start the series on book 2, so I made both ebooks 99 cents.

Amazon (and Audible.com) have down-priced BOTH audio books to only $1.99. I am falbbergasted that more people aren't taking advantage of this fantasy deal.

BAD SPELLING: A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family.
Audio Book $1.99 at Audible.com

MIDNIGHT OIL: Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can’t even phone home?
Audio Book $1.99 at Audible.com

Here's a SoundCloud excerpt from Midnight Oil featuring the Loch Ness monster.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#FREE Audio Books!

Free Audio Book and you don't even have to join Audible.com.


How do you get a free audio book? Good question. Matter of fact, tell me the answer and I'll give you the audio book of your choice.

Write your answer to this burning question in the comments. Everybody who answers gets a freebie. Here's a list with the Audible.com links so you can check them out. I can now get coupons for audible.UK for my Brit friends.

Tales of a Texas Boy http://www.audible.com/pd/B00HJCF7BY/
How do you handle a crazy jackass? Eddie knows. If you ask Eddie, he'll tell you pigs can fly and show you where to find real mammoth bones. 

Missing, Assumed Dead http://www.audible.com/pd/B00HZSMTI6/
When Kameron McBride receives notice she's the last living relative of a missing man she's never even heard of, the last thing she wants to do is head Oregon to settle his affairs.

Books in the Witches of Galdorheim Series:
Spellslinger at http://www.audible.com/pd/B00LOSHXB6/
What does a teenage half-warlock, half-vampire do to have fun?
Ebook 99 cents

Bad Spelling http://www.audible.com/pd/B00L2GUSWG/
A klutzy witch, a shaman's curse, a quest to save her family. Can Kat find her magic in time?
Ebook 99 cents

Midnight Oil at http://www.audible.com/pd/B00MNHVX8Q/
Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can't even phone home?
Ebook 99 cents



Friday, August 15, 2014

Just in Case You Didn't Know

Here are my audio books with all the links. I know that often RSS feeds and blog reading apps don't get those sidebars. I've got all these on the sidebar, but it occurred to me people can't see them. I mean, they must not be able to or they'd be running over to Audible and Amazon to pick up the $1.99 bargain audio books. They'd be fools not to, right?

And one other little factoid people might not be aware of. You can get any of these books free by simply signing up for a month trial of Audible.com. The BEST part, in my humble opinion, is that if you select one of my books as one of the first three you take, I get a dandy bonus. That makes up for the fact you're not paying for them.

Yeah, you get hit with $14.95 to get ALL THE AUDIBLE BOOKS YOU CAN LISTEN TO each month. Now, that's a bargain. I get nothing for when you select one of my books as your freebie (be sure to grab the most expensive one), but I will get a bonus payment. So, here's what I've got and where you can get them. Forget iTunes. They don't even discount, the jerks.

NOTE: Midnight Oil is on ebook special for 99 cents this month.





Midnight Oil - Book 2 of Witches of Galdorheim
Audible Only $3.47 on Special!
Amazon Ebook only 99 cents!

Bad Spelling - Book 1 of Witches of Galdorheim
Listen to free snips on SoundCloud
Amazon Only $1.99 on Special!

Audible Only $1.99 on Special!
iTunes $14.95

Spellslinger on audio
Audible $6.08
iTunes $4.95

Tales of a Texas Boy
Amazon Only $1.99 on Special!
Audible Only $1.99 on Special!

iTunes $6.95

Missing, Assumed Dead
Audible Only $1.99 on Special!
Amazon Only $1.99 on Special!
iTunes $14.95

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Midnight Oil Now in #Audio!

To celebrate the release of the 2nd audio book in the Witches of Galdorheim series, I've reduced the price for the Kindle ebook to only 99 cents. I'd make it $0.00, but Amazon won't let me do it.

The price for this book is also reduced to 99 cents on Nook.

I can, however, send you a free ebook if you contact me by email. Send a message with the subject: FREE EBOOK to mgdasef (at) gmail.com. In the email, tell me what file format you'd like (MOBI, EPUB, PDF).


From those people who request the ebook, I'll select one or two to also receive a free audio book. You'll have your choice from any of my available audio books:

Tales of a Texas Boy http://www.audible.com/pd/B00HJCF7BY/
Missing, Assumed Dead http://www.audible.com/pd/B00HZSMTI6/
Bad Spelling http://www.audible.com/pd/B00L2GUSWG/
Spellslinger at http://www.audible.com/pd/B00LOSHXB6/
Midnight Oil at http://www.audible.com/pd/B00MNHVX8Q/

MIDNIGHT OIL
Shipwrecked on a legendary island, how can a witch rescue her boyfriend if she can’t even phone home? 

Kat is a nervous wreck waiting for her boyfriend's first visit to her Arctic island home. He doesn't show up, so she's sure he’s given her the brushoff. 

When she learns he’s disappeared, she sets out on a mission to find him. Things go wrong from the start. Kat is thrown overboard during a violent storm, while her brother and his girlfriend are captured by a mutant island tribe. The mutants hold the girlfriend hostage, demanding the teens recover the only thing that can make the mutants human again–the magical Midnight Oil. 

Mustering every bit of her Wiccan magic, Kat rises to the challenge. She invokes her magical skills, learns to fly an ultralight, meets a legendary sea serpent, rescues her boyfriend, and helps a friendly air spirit win the battle against her spiteful sibling. On top of it all, she’s able to recover the Midnight Oil and help the hapless mutants in the nick of time.

Visual Slideshows with Audio Excerpts

I thought it would be fun to create little mini-movies from the audio samples posted on the pages where an audio book is sold. Like the Search Inside feature, the audio sample gives you a short passage from the book to decide whether you might enjoy listening to the whole book.

The first talking slideshow I made was for "Spellslinger." As a short story, its action is more compressed than in a novel, so it was not too difficult to find some pictures fitting the narrative. You can watch the Spellslinger excerpt on YouTube here.

"Midnight Oil" is so close to retail audio release, I keep expecting it to appear any second. It might even be released by the time you read this post. It's also posted on YouTube, but I'll put it here so all you need do is click the play button. Remember, there is sound so you might want to put on your headphones.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Listen to an Audio Excerpt from Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil is coming to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes any time now. Enjoy the excerpt featuring Ceto (aka Nessie). Click on the play button at the top of the embedded player, or click on the SoundCloud logo to visit SoundCloud to listen.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

SFR Presents: What is the Ultimate Duty?

Click this logo to get the complete list of SFRB Snippets this week.


ULTIMATE DUTY Snippets
A military officer must choose between her sworn duty or her rebellious blood ties. 

Facing a life of drudgery on a repressive factory planet, Remy Belieux longs to escape. Her only option for release is to enlist in the Space Service, becoming a soldier for her own world’s oppressors.

She receives her first assignment:  guarding a charismatic rebel leader being transported to a prison planet.  When rebel troops surprise them, Remy fails to thwart the ambush. Despite a commendation from her Captain, she feels she must redeem herself by recapturing the handsome fugitive.

Shocked by what she learns during the pursuit–her own family’s past involvement in the rebellion–Remy faces a dilemma: remain loyal to the oath she swore as a soldier or join the rebel cause and condemn herself to a death sentence for treason. What is her ULTIMATE DUTY?

In ebook and print at Amazon.  Temporarily reduced price to only 99 cents for the ebook.

Excerpt:


The Starbird reached Syrtia and entered stationary orbit. The prison did not allow ships of any type to land, so Captain Herrick radioed the prison to send a shuttle for the prisoner. He included all of the preplanned codes to ensure security, and the prison answered as required.

When the shuttle arrived, it docked in the ship’s small transfer port. Once the connection was secured, Borinsky opened the port bay door. The guards handed transfers to Captain Herrick. He examined them briefly, then placed his mark on the electronic copy. Remy had already shackled Phillip for the move to the prison shuttle. She considered adding leg shackles, but thought she might leave him a little dignity.

“You know,” he said, “you made this trip almost pleasant, Remy. Thank you for your company. Maybe we will meet again.” Phillip held out his right hand, trailing his cuffed left hand below.

Remy began to raise her hand to shake his, but thought better of it. She’d be opening herself to a potential attack. “I doubt it, but I...it was a pleasure to meet you as well. You’re not quite the monster they’ve made you out to be.”
“I hope not, my dear lady.” He smiled at her and walked the few steps across the Con to join the guards. Remy felt her cheeks flush at the endearment. Then, she shook off her feeling of sadness. No matter how charming he might be, he was still a traitor. The courts decided his punishment, so it must be fair.

Still, she felt a twinge when the guards secured Phillip’s legs with a chain and ankle cuffs. They moved in a single file toward the narrow hatch, when Herrick called out. “Wait!”

The rear guard turned to Herrick. “What is it, Captain?”

Herrick stepped over and thrust out the transfer manifest. “The warden’s approval. I know him, and this is not his imprint.”

The guard took the transfer and examined it. “No, I guess it isn’t,” he said, then swung his weapon upward, smashing the barrel into Herrick’s temple. Herrick stumbled and fell to the deck. The guard raised his weapon again.

Remy leaped forward and slashed down on the guard’s arm, knocking his weapon out of his hands. With a swinging kick, she hit his face, knocking him aside. Another stepped forward raising his gun. Remy grabbed the barrel and swung him around, flinging him away. She kicked his downed weapon to Borinsky. “Grab it,” she yelled, but Borinsky had knelt next to the captain and didn’t try to capture the blaster.

Remy swore and whipped her body around, giving the second guard a roundhouse kick in the face. With both guards down, she glanced at Phillip, but he just stood still, a slight smile curving his lips. She saw movement from the airlock. “Now what?” she muttered and took two long strides forward.

She grabbed Phillip’s cuffs and twisted the chain around her own wrist. If she could take him hostage again, she’d have a chance. Another guard rushed in through the lock and pointed his weapon at Remy. She wrapped an arm around Phillip’s neck. “Stop or I’ll break his neck!”

Phillip let out a strangled groan. “Believe her,” he gasped.

The guard nodded and strode toward Captain Herrick. The man kicked Borinsky in the chest, knocking him backward. Swinging the barrel of his blaster downward, he pressed the end against Herrick’s bleeding temple. “Let go of him, or I will kill your captain. Believe me.”

Remy hesitated, then loosened her grip on Phillip’s neck. He unwrapped the chain from her wrist as she raised her arms in surrender. Phillip stepped away from her. “I’m sorry, Remy. I hoped this would go smoothly and no one would be hurt. Unfortunately, your captain seems to be a stickler for details.”

She glanced at Herrick and the guard, gauging her chances of reaching him before he could pull the trigger. She was fast, but not that fast. A second man came through the airlock and took position next to the guard who had the drop on them. He pointed his own weapon toward her.

The captain lay groaning on the deck. Borinsky had gotten up from the floor, but stayed crouched by Herrick’s side.

Phillip stepped into the open airlock. “Come with us, Remy.”

Remy shook her head. She knew Phillip believed in what he was fighting for, but now he’d injured her superior officer. Her duty to her captain came first.

“Too bad,” Phillip said, then he turned back to the airlock. The guards stepped backward toward the lock, holding their weapons pointed at Remy.

“You can’t leave unless we close the hatch,” she said, trying to stall them.

“Then, please do so.” Phillip nodded toward the control panel.

Remy folded her arms and glared at Phillip. “I can’t do that.”

One of the guards shifted his weapon toward Borinsky, who looked up from his place by the captain. He rose with his hands up and pressed the cycle button. As the hatch closed, Phillip raised his bound hands again and saluted Remy.

“I hope we’ll meet again.”

When the hatch closed, Remy lowered her hands. Yes, maybe we will, but next time I won’t let down my guard. Phillip Vincente wouldn’t live through their next encounter, if there was one. She hurried to get the medi-kit from the lounge.



Friday, August 08, 2014

FREE Ebook and Setara Visits Sue Perkins

While my heroine, Setara, visits Sue Perkins, you can take advantage of a FREE ebook on Amazon for three days: August 8th-10th.

THE TALES OF ABU NUWAS (Setara's Genie)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HW6AWY/

Abu Nuwas sits in the bazaar on his threadbare rug; a cup and sign proclaim him a teller of tales. For one small coin, he bids passers by to listen. A poor girl, Najda, sells spices from a tray. Would he, she asks, trade a tale for a packet of spice? Abu Nuwas agrees and begins the epic adventures of a girl and her genie.

As did Scheherazade before him, Abu leaves Najda hanging in the middle of each yarn to keep her coming back. Between stories, he questions the girl about her life.

He discovers that she has been promised in marriage to an old man whom she hates, but she must wed him to save her sick mother. The rich bridegroom will pay for the doctors the mother needs.

Meanwhile, Najda sells spices in the market to earn enough money to keep her mother alive. While relating the fantastical accounts, the old man grows to admire the spice girl, and vows to find a way to help her. Listening to the stories of evil genies, demons, flying horses, dragons, viziers, princes, pirates, and nomadic raiders, young Najda finds her salvation with the help of Abu Nuwas, the TELLER OF TALES.

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Sneaky little secret just for you: This book was later published as "Setara's Genie." I can't give that one away from Amazon because it doesn't qualify for Kindle Select. But, this older book can. There is essentially no difference between the two books except the title.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New(ish) Covers for Old Books

A couple of books published eons ago needed a bit of freshening up. I also thought it was a good idea to put the title of those books as published after the release just so people would know that if they're thinking of buying "Tales of Abu Nuwas," but they already had a copy of "Setara's Genie." Same plot, characters, etc. I don't want people to get upset if they believe they're two different books. The same is true of "Quest for the Simurgh." If you already bought "Faizah's Destiny," you don't want to get essentially the same book. Here are the new covers. What do you think? Is having the title of the other book clarifying or confusing. Oh, and I will be dropping Setara and Faizah as individual books soon. I love those covers by Charlotte Volnek, but books are not the original versions.



Another advantage to re-issuing these books is that they are in the KDP Select program. Amazon Prime members can borrow them for free. People who sign up for the KindleUnlimited program can take these books for their very own and not pay a penny.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Free EBook on Kobo + BONUS AUDIO BOOK

August 4th (Happy Birthday, Chris!) through August 7th, SPELLSLINGER will be free exclusively on Kobo.

Here's an added bonus. Download the ebook from Kobo, then let me know (either standalone or with a PC or Droid ereader). Your prize is a free audio book of ANY of my audio books currently offered on Audible.com.

Here's the list of your choice of audio books. You can click over to their respective audible.com pages to decide which one you'd like to have.

Tales of a Texas Boy http://www.audible.com/pd/B00HJCF7BY/
Missing, Assumed Dead http://www.audible.com/pd/B00HZSMTI6/
Bad Spelling http://www.audible.com/pd/B00L2GUSWG/
Spellslinger at http://www.audible.com/pd/B00LOSHXB6/

Instructions

How will I know you've downloaded "Spellslinger" from Kobo? Why, you'll write me a message to my email mgdasef (AT) gmail.com and include the last sentence of the Spellslinger short story. If you had previously obtained a copy of Spellslinger from some other source such as a giveaway or (heaven forbid) you actually paid 99 cents for it, you can get your freebie in the same way. Just email me with that last sentence of the short story section of the Spellslinger ebook (the first chapters of the three books in the Witches of Galdorheim series are included in the ebook).

Be sure to tell me which of the audio books you'd like to have. I'll send you your choice as a gift book from audible.

Hey, this is way easier than Rafflecopter AND you are guaranteed to win. If you have any questions, leave a comment or write to me at mgdasef (AT) gmail.com.

Note: (AT) in an email address means replace with @. Helps to keep spammers away.




Friday, August 01, 2014

Heroes and Free Book Weekend

Check out Sue Perkins' blog today to read about one of my heroes, Salmon the Orca from the Witches of Galdorheim series. Salmon appears in two of the books. In honor of Salmon's appearance, I have a fantastic deal for you.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Heroes Apply Here

Sue Perkins, a fantasy and romance writer from New Zealand, is giving a forum for Heroes (week starting July 28th-August 2nd) and Heroines (August 3rd-August 9th).

My hero appears on August 1st and heroine on August 8th. Head over to Sue's blog every day between now and August 9th to enjoy the stories of the heroes and heroines of a variety of writers.

Here's a hint about my hero who will tell his tale on August 1st.