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Posted on May 14, 2012 12:47:46 PM PDT
It's easy to go into your bookshelf and submit a new file with the typos corrected. Have you done word searches for homophones and such common error words as it's its and capital /capitol? Your current copy stays up and sells while the new copy propagates through the system.
You have a fairly good review history. Have you signed up for lending so you can offer free days? I submitted my book Paper or Plastic? for a free day and listed it on http://ereadernewstoday.com/ and it gave me a spike of about an extra 1k copies sold after the free day of 5k copies.

Posted on May 14, 2012 9:05:51 PM PDT
Story Time over 22 five star reviews! only $2.99~

This review is from: Story Time (Kindle Edition)
This novel is what I'd call "science-fiction light." That means it's not weighed down with heavy technical specs and mostly stays away from long, intricate descriptions of technology. There's certainly some of that, and Mrs. Jeppsen handles it well, but this book is more about the characters and their relation to the events unfolding around them. As such, I think it is a real success and a compelling read... and the majority of critics seem to share my opinion. I was certainly motivated to continue reading it and looked forward to finding some free time in my schedule to return to that world to find out what happens next.
There are a number of different story "streams" in Story Time and the author does a great job in shifting back and forth between them. She employs a number of clever techniques to do this, including making the frame of the novel an old lady telling her story of "way back when" (hence Story Time) and a future journalist researching a story about the past. In each stream the characters are well fleshed out and believable, to the point where you really start to like them (or hate in the case of some evildoers.)
Mrs. Jeppsen also tackles some deep and controversial subjects in this apocalyptic thriller. First, as we learn the causes behind the dying Earth, she touches on the effects humans are having on their world and the dangers associated with messing around with things we don't fully understand. Story Time also does a great job of dealing with the idea of extra-terrestrial life and postulates about its possible attitudes and motivations. There are at least four different alien races in this book and each has its own look and character. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the author tackles human nature and how we might react to an apocalyptic situation like the one in this book. In this respect, I believe Story Time is bang on and I believe this book has a lot to tell us about what we could expect to encounter in such a situation.
Once again, this was an interesting, compelling read and I would recommend it highly. I look forward to seeing it available in the World Castle Publishing lineup soon!

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 9:33:27 AM PDT
Thanks so much for the very useful feedback, Mackey! I'll definitely avail myself of the ereadernewstoday link, and thanks for the go-to!

I didn't realize that the book would stay on sale while corrections worked their way through the system. I'd been trying to find an opportune time to take Night Music off-line to make my corrections (pretty modest ones, and just the kinds that would be missed by the sort of search you suggest: things like "unusually unusual" [SHEESH!], "at" for "a," one unclosed quotation, and other assorted quibbles of that nature. Nothing monumental, but, as previously mentioned, they irk me).

Cheers;

Tobias

Posted on May 16, 2012 10:21:27 AM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
"It is a bold concept and a wild ride. There are space battles and daring personal missions, enmities and romances, betrayals and tough decisions. It lacks nothing of the right ingredients to leave a voracious reader with a satisfied feeling upon completion. If the reader wants nothing more than an epic tale of adventure with some characters to care about, he may well come away from The Stygian Conspiracy without complaint."-January 8th 2012, Prometheus Unbound

The Stygian Conspiracy (Nexus Arcana)

Posted on May 19, 2012 2:09:57 AM PDT
Fullmetalelf says:
Starting today, and finishing on the 23rd, is my entire series for download - FOR FREE!

For those that don't know - What is my series about???

It is Science-Fiction and Fantasy, with a focus on Action and Adventure.

If this has peeked your interest, then head on and download them (links below).

A big thank you to all those that have read my fiction thus far, and I hope you find the series as a whole, enjoyable (there is more in the pipeline). A special thanks to those that took the time out to visit me at my book signings to show your support & of course purchasing the *signed* paperbacks - you spurred me on with your kind words. You know who you are, and you will most definitely not be forgotten.

Book One - Approaching the Dark Age - Resonance (Approaching the Dark Age Series)

Book Two - Approaching the Dark Age - Orchestra (Approaching the Dark Age Series)

Book Three - Approaching the Dark Age - Echo (Approaching the Dark Age Series)

Once again, big thanks - and above all else, have a great day :)

Best wishes,

Matt.

Posted on May 26, 2012 6:59:22 PM PDT
try my novel out it is a coming of age novel entitled the mercenary birth of a hero

In Edge City there are four types of people: the criminals, the civilians, the police and, finally, the Mercenaries who are the true defense of the city. To escape poverty, young Tobias Ravencroft wants to become a mercenary. That is, until he meets Nikita Malloy, a femme fatale who seems to be hiding something. Why does she seem so interested in Tobias? Discovering he has strange new powers, he finally gets the chance to join the mercenary group called the Storming Tigers.

The Mercenary: Birth Of A Hero

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 1:04:29 PM PDT
Hello, all;

Following mention on a prominent political blog (whose author is a big aficionado of chaos theory, nanotech, and space development, in addition to being a political wonk), sales of my SF novella, Night Music, became gratifyingly brisk for a bit. It was nice to see those numbers dance, and to know that there were folks out there who were coming along for the ride. Alas, no one has yet posted a review, but those which are up there are all in the 4 and 5-star range.

It would be simply marvelous if some of you would do me the honor of having a peek at the sample, and seeing if it piques your interest enough to download the whole thing.

And, of course, I'd love to hear what you think!

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 3:47:12 PM PDT
Thanks, Esme. This one's for all you hi-tech, urban thriller, zombie dystopia fans out there, I'm doing a one-time 5-day free promo of my GAMELAND series starting today. It's the first book that's free to celebrate the launch of the second, and the perfect weekend read:

SERIES DESCRIPTION:
A group of tech-savvy teenagers breaks into Long Island's Gameland, a formerly militarized wasteland that was, for years, abandoned to the Infected Undead before being reclaimed by a government-sponsored company interested in merging virtual reality and survival gaming into a single seamless entertainment package. But while breaking into The Game turns out to be a lot easier than they could ever have imagined, breaking out is one hell of a killer.

GAMELAND Episode 1: Deep Into The Game (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) FREE
Jessie and her gang of game jackers discover a way to break into Gameland, but it requires the assistance of outsider Jake Espinosa. His inclusion raises tensions within the group, particularly between Jessie and her boyfriend, Kelly. After a nearly-fatal accident during preparation, emotions run dangerously high, but it only makes them all the more determined to succeed. What they don't know is that one of them has a secret reason for going, and it doesn't involve any of them returning any time soon.

GAMELAND Episode 2: Failsafe (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) ($1.99)
Jessie and Kelly clash after one of their group gets stranded among the Infected Undead, prompting Kelly to make a rash decision which will ultimately deliver the hackers into the hands of those who would turn them all into mindless players in The Game.

(the 1st episode also comes with a special free offer inside, so it's a two-fer!) Once the KDP-S enrollment expires in July, I'll be pubbing it elsewhere, so this is a one-shot deal, folks ;o)

Also published a combined book of both episodes: GAMELAND Episodes 1-2 (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) ($2.99), and an 8-episode package is also available.

Thanks,
Saul

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 4:54:11 PM PDT
The Catch (sci-fi/fantasy romance) (The Twin Planet Series) starts a series of short novellas set in a distant solar system.
In The Catch, Lutus Mine captures a beautiful creature in his net. But can he let her go so that she may save his world?
Check out the others in the series, also!
The Lure (The Twin Planet Series)
The Demand (The Twin Planet Series)
The Alliance (Alien Marriage of Convenience) (The Twin Planet Series)
Enjoy!

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 6:45:28 PM PDT
Ian Fraser says:
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In Arabella Abides, award-winning writer Ian Fraser combines romance, history, fantasy, adventure, and a taste for mind-bending philosophical speculation in the tradition of Philip K Dick, Umberto Eco, and Haruki Murakami.

At the end of the 19th century, a young heir of a famous Cooking Guild, Arabella, is trying to escape from a menacing castle in the Carpathian mountains and her impending arranged marriage to a sinister Count.

In a parallel universe, another young Arabella, a product of a dystopian society, awakens from hyper-sleep aboard a starship headed toward an unknown destination.

Arabella Abides is a literary puzzle that slowly takes shape through multiple storylines and over hundreds of years, bringing the two heroines together. Wild as a video game, this is an adventure on an epic scale.

The book is available in three separate parts, or as one gigantic read.

Arabella Abides (Book One) Arabella Abides (Book Two) Arabella Abides (Book Three)
or Arabella Abides (The Complete Trilogy)

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 7:19:21 PM PDT
Cliff Ball says:
Out of Time: A time travel novel only $.99, 3 reviews at 4.5 stars.
A scientist figures out that time is fluid; past, present, and future all exist at the same time. His job is to figure out if time can be changed.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 3:30:37 AM PDT
Photoscribe says:
I have a series of books, the "Cassiopeia" series, that has been in various states of publication since 2003. Presently, it's being handled by CreateSpace. They're also available in Amazon "Kindle" form. The novels in the series are: "The Last Voyage of the Cassiopeia", "Almagest", "3700" and "The Avedon Question".

The storyline involves the ongoing fortunes of two old friends who palled around with each other during their secondary and college school days in a benevolent world government's educational program, circa the mid 27th century. They also spent an extensive amount of professional time together, playing the "Hope and Crosby" roles on many of their missions together for the government's space exploring arm. After an extended break from each other, on their last mission together, they are to help colonists establish semi-permanent outposts in Saturn's moon system, specifically Titan and Iapetus, with a democratic option for Dione. During the mission, a few portents and occurences have the two men either pranking each other or ruminating about the nature of the omens, but it's all eventually put down to odd coincidences and nothing more. Then it happens...! A developing cataclysm that affects most of the known Universe hits and changes the makeup of the superior planet region of our solar system, among other things, scaring or carrying our two major protagonists into worlds of wonder. One of these "worlds" is to a solar system 600 lightyears away in the constellation of Orion.

In that faraway system, one hero leads an existence not unlike that of Robinson Crusoe or Lemuel Gulliver on a planet dominated by blueskinned and fringe-furred hominids that resemble evolved proboscis monkeys. In a mission that pretty much prefaces his eventual exit from this system, he accompanies a few of his new friends on an expedition to the next neighboring world up from themselves. It is here he runs into a troupe of twelve actors, cloned from two Earth performers that were famous back home during his original time frame. The man and his old charges, part of the colonizer contingent aboard his ship, are beside themselves with glee at seeing a fellow Earther in the same system by chance, and the man introduces them to his new alien friends from the other planet. The EXPLORED planet is thought to be a stage 1 biosphere, plant-life only, although there were indications in spectro-readings and telescopic observation that made a gaseous form of life a possibility. Our hero is witness to this as a wisp of smoke that reacts oddly to his presence is instrumental to him meeting his old charges again.

It turns out the troupe of actor clones had escaped from the colony aboard a shuttle they commandeered and were drawn in the same direction our hero was, but managed to land on the other planet. For the decade or so they had been there, this "gaseous form of life" had taken care of them like a kindly old grandfather, supplying them with food, cloth, entertainment and other amenities, keeping them sane for the entire time. It turns out the planet could look into the soul and could tell the heart's desire of an individual or a group, and depending on whether it liked you or not, would provide the very thing you pined for! This is how the man and the troupe are provided with all the paraphrenalia they would need to make a trip back to Earth.

When they do get back to Earth, time has advanced 1000 years, and though their old government is fondly remembered by some, it has nonetheless been supplanted by an oligarchy based in central Asia that is hostile to the West. Our friends land in the middle of this, and after being held for observation, they escape to a village not far from the military bastion they were initially taken to upon arrival. This village is more or less run by a woman who just happens to be related to the leader of the rebellion against this oligarchy, a rebellion based on the now sovereign state of the planet Mars, a place that was more or less a resort, tourist attraction and scientific lab when our heroes were in their own time!

The rest of the series, from the remainder of the first novel to the very last in the series so far, deals with these characters and a few more that are introduced. The woman in the village just happens to be the sister of the leader of the entire military body of Mars, and she's been working against the oligarchy since hopping a freight to Earth from her home planet at a young age. I guarantee you that you will fall in love with these characters, be intrigued by their world and open-mouthed at the situations they find themselves in. What say you check out at least ONE of my series, in either print or eBook/Kindle form....? Okay? Enjoy!

Paperback
The Last Voyage Of The Cassiopeia: A Novel Of Adventure And The Human Condition
Almagest
3700
The Avedon Question

Kindle
The Last Voyage of the Cassiopeia (The "Cassiopeia" Series)
Almagest (The Cassiopeia Series)
3700 (The Cassiopeia Series)
The Avedon Question (The Cassiopeia Series)

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 4:32:21 PM PDT
Story Time

This review is from: Story Time (Kindle Edition)
This sci-fi novel really blew my mind!I haven't read anything this powerful since Stephen King's THE STAND.

Linell Jeppsen has crafted a magnificent "end times" novel with a sweeping time frame and cast of marvellous characters. Superbly written in various points of view, Jeppsen is a master story teller herself. And this is quite a story!

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 10:07:01 PM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
"Kabuto Tokugawa was no novice when it came to war. He'd fought through his fair share of conflicts in the past, but this one was different.
It wasn't about nation against nation, or conflicting ideologies.
No, his keen instincts told him this struggle would be waged over the secrets held within the alien ships found at Alpha Centauri.
Of this he was certain, the future of mankind was threatened by unseen forces moving to secure their own power from both sides of the battlefield."

The Stygian Conspiracy (Nexus Arcana)

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 9:22:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2012 9:23:13 AM PDT
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ending is very intense!, June 2, 2012

By David Dalton "Coach D" (Lawton, Ok) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: GAMELAND Episode 1: Deep Into The Game (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) (Kindle Edition)

Having enjoyed reading 2 other episode type storylines in the past month or so (Double Barrel: Season 1 (Zombie Thriller Series) and Yesterday's Gone: Season One) I took on chance on the 1st episode of GAMELAND. I saw that it was intended for 16+, which reads as Young Adult to me (an older adult), but the storyline deals with zombies and I am a zombie kindle junkie. This is the 1st episode of a projected 8, and it was mostly a setup story. I enjoyed reading it but was not certain if I was going to take a gamble and committ to all 8 episodes by buying into the complete collection now for a $4.49 price instead of a higher price later. But the ending of this story has swayed me to saying YES. The ending was very intense and full of action. These poor kids were on the run and the action did not let up, and of course it all leads to episode two. For an episode story, the length is pretty long, at 158 pages. Not bad for that price.

The storyline deals with a dark future for the USA and the world I assume. A big brother/1984 type situation, with zombies thrown in. I suspect this might go the way of The Running Man, Gamer or Death Race (Unrated Edition). Hi-tech hackers, zombies trapped on Long Island, and zombies being used for everything from cleaning the sewers to fighting wars. I will say that once I started reading I raced thru this story in just two days (I was also reading The Infection). It now looks like I will go "Deep into the Game" myself.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R5QCA0RHT42TN

Topped the science fiction>>high tech charts at #3

Posted on Jun 10, 2012 11:09:21 AM PDT
OPEN THE HELLGATE!

One of seven hellgates has accidentally been opened. Demonic radiation pent up for untold millennia has been unleashed -- transforming people into beasts with varying powers.

The radiation has also changed Tommy Rider into the only person who can stop the irradiated monsters -- he is the DEMON HERO!

Reeling from his first traumatic transformation, Rider must come to terms with his new powers in order to defeat the thirty-foot tall Triaxis, a monster bent on unleashing ultimate carnage upon the world!

Demon Hero is NOW AVAILABLE for $1.99!

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 7:57:07 AM PDT
Breathless (The Cordelia Chronicles) - 99 cents
With more than 20,000 copies sold for Kindle worldwide, this is a summer must-read. When tall, dark, and mysterious Chaseyn Lear arrives in the small town of Evergreen, Colorado, high school senior Lia Jameson's life is turned upside-down. An unexpected twist of fate unravels a long-time family curse that puts Lia in the center of a supernatural drama and threatens her life.

Wanderlust (The Cordelia Chronicles) - $2.99
Lia Jameson is excited to embark on the journey of a lifetime with her best friend, Addie, and the jock who's out to make her his own, Eli. There's just one catch. Alexei is no longer the only vampire eager to get his fangs on her. With Chaseyn out of the picture, Lia must try to keep Addie in the dark about her dangerous secret, while a bevy of new undead allies make every effort to help Lia journey across the European continent unscathed. Will she escape the evil clutches of Alexei? Will she return to Chaseyn? All of these answers and more can be found in the pages of Wanderlust.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 9:27:16 AM PDT
In the run up to releasing the third episode of GAMELAND, I've got Golgotha (prequel to S.W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) on a free promo through the weekend. It's a short sci-fi horror story of 10,000 words.

Also includes a sneak peek to GAMELAND and an offer which can be redeemed for any of my other $1.99 or less titles (including GAMELAND Episode 1: Deep Into The Game (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND) or, if you already have it, GAMELAND Episode 2: Failsafe (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND)).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 6:38:34 PM PDT
S.J.C. says:
Jason Jakson and the Paper Moon

Jason Jakson and the Paper Moon is an action/adventure novel, although the plot also involves a lot of mystery, and suspense. This book is on free promotion, so hey, why not, give it a try! It is free after all.

Here's a little more about it:

After escaping the cruel life of an orphanage, Jason Jakson wakes up in a baffling new world -- the Citistate of Haven, a massive and magnificent metropolis where the Underground struggles in a battle for Souls, against the ruthless government, Capitol Corporation. Who or what are these Souls? No one knows for sure -- only that they have power. As Jason unravels the mysteries of his past, he learns two things: He is one of these Souls, and... he isn't supposed to exist. With no memory of his past, when Jason meets Shai Jensen, the beautiful daughter of a Capitol Senator, who claims to know him from their childhood, he begins to question everything he ever thought was true. Facing thrilling trials, the adventures of war, and the difficulties of his new relationships, Jason finds himself becoming Haven's most unlikely hero.

If anyones interested give it a download! Its free!!

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 8:00:52 PM PDT
William L.K. says:
Intertwining stories make for a real shocker at the end. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll keep this review simple.

First of all; This is NOT a typical science fiction story. In fact, I would say it's more in the fantasy genre myself. The way the dual stories switch back and forth kept me guessing until the end. Buried beneath the layers of this tale is a profound and even spiritual message. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

The Eye of the Storm (The Stritonoly Chronicles)

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 11:40:12 PM PDT
Greetings, fellow scribblers;

Since you are, as a group, uniquely qualified to relate, I humbly advance the following modest proposal:

I submit that a very effective infiltration of even the most sensitive enemy positions could be accomplished though the use of self-published science fiction authors. The degree of stealth which appears to accrue to that population is such that it would evoke the most unseemly envy in the hearts of Romulans, Hogwarts alumni, and Sindarin-speaking cloak-weavers alike.

My research in this area is rather extensive. Having started with the germ of an idea for a "Hard SF" (in the fambly-friendly sense, that is) short story in 1998, I put the last period at the end of what had swollen, Tetsuo-like, into a 100-odd-page novella by the aforementioned period-planting in the Summer of 2000.

With that groundwork having been thus laid, I commenced to shop it around hither and yon (no relation to Michael) to pro-zines, semi-pro-zines, and every other zine you've ever seen. I can only surmise that, somewhere along the line, I had suddenly acquired something akin to Plateau Eyes, quite without my consent.

As a further effort to validate or refute the emerging hypothesis, I submit for your perusal, the implement of my invisibility, the near-ish-future space exploration, largely Mars-set, Zubrin-informed, chaos/complexity theory-soaked noveloid, Night Music.

Even the most witheringly critical eye I could cast on it has failed to reveal an angle from which it sucks. Aside from teaching myself almost embarrassing quantities of knowledge on orbital dynamics, propulsion systems, mission architectures and the like, I used my Shrink-Fu (Yes, I'm a psychologist...ishn't that *weird*?) to create faux personality profiles on two main characters. The result reads a bit like the outcome of a telepod incident involving Michael F Flynn, Greg Bear, Arthur C Clarke, and unnervingly-dissociated bits of Ben Bova. But, you know, without sucking.

The reviews from the...errm..*highly select* group of individuals who have read it have been monotonically positive. But every experimental design contains a certain amount of noise.

So, if the contrarian in you should be inclined to create an outlier in the data set, I hope most hopefully that you will train your glazzies on my pixel-squiggles.

Yours in science;

TC

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 6:35:23 AM PDT
Tobias F. Cabral:
Have you tried publishing for Kindle? Worked for me.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 7:59:45 AM PDT
Hey, James.

Yah, link is embedded in my above (late-night-rambly) post. Been a mixed bag, but mixed is better than zero, of course!

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 11:47:55 AM PDT
The science fiction retro short, Tomorrow Girl (Tales of Tomorrow Girl), is available to download for FREE for only one more day!
1962 Hollywood, a retro starlet, mysterious male strangers, cocktails, visionary dreams, emergent psychic powers and a climactic showdown at the Griffith Observatory.

Everything in Stella's life was going perfectly. Except for the strange dreams, the weird accidents, the premonitions and the voices in her head. Plus she was single and couldn't seem to meet a decent man in all of Los Angeles. You would think a rising Hollywood starlet in 1962 wouldn't have such trouble! When two opposing Hollywood agents appear out of nowhere, aggressively seeking her as their client, her troubles multiply...as do the latent psychic powers within her. A 10,197 word short story.

If you enjoy the work of classic authors like Fritz Leiber, Alfred Bester, Cordwainer Smith, C.L. Moore and Ray Bradbury, you'll enjoy this tale.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 12:38:15 PM PDT
Jade Kerrion says:
PRAISE AND RECOGNITION FOR "PERFECTION UNLEASHED" (A Double Helix Novel)
* Second place winner, Science Fiction, Royal Palm Literary Awards, 2011
* Finalist, Science Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2012
* "A breakout piece of science fiction"--Royal Palm Literary Award judge

Danyael Sabre's hard-won normal life is shattered when Galahad, the perfect human being, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful; the second is headed for open war, with Danyael--a reluctant but powerful alpha empath--trapped at its heart.

Kindle ($0.99): Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix)
Paperback ($9.99): Perfection Unleashed: A Double Helix Novel (Volume 1)
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