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The Gabriel Trilogy in paperback makes a great gift! Well, at least I think so…

November 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Just in time for the holiday season*, paperback copies of all of the Gabriel trilogy books are available! And for a very limited time, I’ve got autographed copies. Autographed by me, not Stephen King or John Scalzi, sorry…

* To be honest, they’ve always been available – I’m just flogging them now because of some shopping craze going on this month…what’s that all about anyway?

All five volumes of the trilogy (hey, wait a minute…) are available from Amazon (with free Prime Shipping), or for outside the Amazon exclusion zone, direct from CreateSpace:

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And as a blatant nepotistic additional flogging, my son has his YA SciFi novelette Shifter available in paperback via Amazon or CreateSpace.

If you want an autographed copy of any of the above books, visit this super secret page.

Shop from home! Save gas! Support me!!

steve

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Autographed Copies of the Gabriel Trilogy Available for Limited Time

November 30, 2012 2 comments

For an absurdly limited time (since I waited too long to think to do this, to be honest), I’m offering autographed copies of all of the paperback versions of the Gabriel books (even the big honkin’ 700 page complete trilogy). Use the links below for PayPal or credit card purchases. You’ll be taken to the PayPal page to add to cart, and can also let me know there if you’d like anything specific listed in the book. And shipping is included in the USD prices listed.

If you want some combination of books, email me directly as I can combine a shipment and drop a few bucks off. For example, if you want books 1, 2, & 3, I can do that “package” for $60. If you want more than one copy of one of the books, again email me directly and I can work some pricing out.

Hugely important note #1: I can only sell/ship to US and Canada addresses, I apologize. If I had a better plan in place earlier, if I stayed in school longer, if I had just not tried licking the back of that toad in college, who knows…but unfortunately to all my non-NorthAmerican friends, I can only do it this way.

Hugely important note #2: If you want these delivered before December 24th, you have to order no later than December 17th or I won’t be able to get them out in time. Again my failings as a human being come through…if I had thought of this earlier…

 

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And as a blatant nepotistic additional flogging, my son has his YA SciFi novelette Shifter available in paperback he’ll autograph & ship for $20. PayPal link here.

Shop from home! Save gas! Support me!!

steve

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Simon & Schuster Joins Forces With Author Solutions To Rip Off Writers

November 28, 2012 2 comments

David Gaughran’s got a great breakdown on a massive dick move by a major publisher, somewhat under the radar. Around $5k to publish, pennies on the dollar on royalties. Wow, such a deal. Writers beware…no seriously, if you’re looking to self-publish and considering a service to assist, PLEASE read his article first.

David Gaughran

Simon & Schuster has launched a self-publishing operation, Archway Publishing, contracting one of the most disreputable players in the business to run the show: Author Solutions.

We’ll get to that distasteful link-up in a second, but first let’s have a look at what Simon & Schuster are offering prospective customers (i.e. writers).

Fiction packages start at $1,999 and go up to $14,999. If you have written a business book, prices are saucier again: $2,999 to $24,999.

While the upper end of the pricing spectrum is obviously shocking, some of you might think that $1,999 isn’t too bad if you are getting a proper edit and a decent cover.

Not so fast.

That price tag doesn’t include any real editing, just an assessment which – according to their own website – is “not a replacement” for editorial services but “a preliminary diagnostic tool.”

But what if you need proper editing?…

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I’m running a 5K Sunday for Komen’s Race for the Cure – Can you support?

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment

UPDATE: A HUGE thanks to those who donated online:

Jobeleca
Mr. Michael Fisher
Ms. Deslyn Jules
Karen M Cornejo
Laura Lauterwasser
Mr. Mike Crate

With my wife’s and my donations/registration, we raised OVER $200 towards breast cancer research! And I got some killer during-run tweets, thanks everyone for those. I’m thrilled with the support!

Oh, and I finished alive — barely — in just under 35 minutes. Not my fastest, but considering I was up at 5:30 in the morning to drive to the race site…yeah, commendable in my mind.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may see from time to time live tweets from a morning run (or if I’m really tired, a morning walk). I’ve been doing this off and on for a couple of years to not only get my fat butt in shape, but also because I used to run track way back in high school (and was fairly decent at it) and I want (need?) to run a 5K to prove to myself I can still do it. Lo and behold, the opportunity presented itself, and couldn’t be for a better cause.

A very good childhood friend of my wife’s was diagnosed with breast cancer, and seven years later she’s the picture of health. Ever since then, friends and family have gotten together for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure as a group walk. My wife RAN the 5K last year (trust me, I was out of the country…I swear), and this year we’re BOTH in. So Sunday the 30th will be my first official 5K run, and I’d love your support – in any or all of three ways:

DONATE: My wife Tracy set up a page on the Komen site for friends to be able to make donations in support of the foundation in conjunction with the Race this weekend. The link is here: http://www.komencsnj.org/goto/umstead . We’re trying to exceed $200 in donations, which would be truly fantastic. Any amount is greatly appreciated, even a buck…

TWEET ME: Yes, Tweet me…during the run. I use an iPhone app called RunMeter, which not only posts automatically to Twitter with my pace, speed, distance, etc., but will also READ TWEETS ALOUD to me as I run. Several friends have gotten very creative with what they send during my runs (and you know who you are, zombie-lovers), and it’s really motivating to hear a voice in my headphones urging me along (any @ reply to me while the app is on is read out loud). The run starts at 8AM Eastern Time sharp on Sunday the 30th, and (with any luck) I’ll be done by 8:35. Or 9. Or maybe 9:30…

PASS THE WORD: If you can’t donate, or won’t be around Sunday morning at 8AM ET to Tweet, no problem. But would you mind passing the word along? An RT, or Facebook Author Page/Google+/blog share? I’d really appreciate the help.

My wife and I appreciate any support you can give – wish us luck!

Gabriel’s Redemption on sale to close out the month/quarter/summer/whatever…

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Just a quickie post to blather on about a price reduction for Gabriel’s Redemption, book 1 of my top-rated military science fiction trilogy. Normally $3.99, it’s on sale through the end of September for $2.99, a 25% off sale (don’t spend that saved buck all in one place). It’s available for the four major e-reader platforms (sorry, Sony/Diesel/Blackberry/stone tablet) plus Kindle UK:

Kindle US • Kindle UK • B&N Nook • iBooks • Kobo

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Blurbage:

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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.

“A cast of interesting and believable characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages…I enjoyed the author’s take on technology and the political landscape of the future. Definitely recommended!” – Michael R. Hicks, bestselling author of the In Her Name science fiction-adventure series and the bestselling thriller Season of the Harvest.

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And hey, if you felt inclined to spread the good word, use the “Spread the Good Word” links below the post. Gracias!

 

P.S. Couple of freebies for you… Gabriel: Zero Point (prequel novella) is free for iBooks and Kobo, and Incursion (scifi short) is free for Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo.

 

A little fun for the weekend…

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Can’t get this song or video out of my head. And I’m eternally thankful to the artist, Psy, as now I can dance in public without fear. Because I have ALWAYS danced Gangnam Style…

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Congrats to the two gift card winners for helping spread the Gabriel word while I was away

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Big thanks to the following two random winners of a $10 Amazon Gift Card:

Stefano Scaglione (@steve74it) and @pamplainandtall

A couple of weeks ago I put out a little sale on Gabriel’s Journey, the complete trilogy (including the Zero Point sequel now, so yes…sort of a quadrilogy…), at $5.99* before I headed to Europe on a two week jaunt. Many people were very kind and helpful and continued to pass along word of the sale, and Journey ended up being my best selling title for June so far. Very much appreciated, everyone.

* Oh, and if you move quickly, Journey is still $5.99 for Kindle as they haven’t adjusted pricing due to price match…long story, but for now it looks like it’s still under six bucks here.

Those of you who saw the giveaway post may have noticed I said that if the shipboard casino treated me well, I’d give away three gift cards. As evidenced by the two names above, it was very UNKIND to me. To the point of that was probably my swan song for gambling. From now on, instead of going to Atlantic City for an evening, I’ll mail the casino a check and save the drive.

Thanks again everyone!

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