Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hold My Beer and Read This

July 4th marks the 2015th birthday of the great nation we call 'Murica. Every year, Baldy the Eagle flies from house to house, delivering beer and fireworks to all good little patriots. We will dress in our finest red white and blue discount t-shirts, sing patriotic songs about putting boots up one's posterior region, and burn the hell out the flesh of domestic livestock in the name of freedom. Local legend says that the first person to go to the ER with a burn or missing appendage will have good luck for the whole next year. 
Now, dubious history aside, something equally as majestic is happening this July fourth. Several authors from the Support Indie Authors Goodreads group have banded together to offer up an American-sized XXL cornucopia of free books! This is a one day event spanning several genres and although we have chosen to share the day with the purple mountain's majesty and amber waves of grain, these books are available and will be free of charge worldwide!

Below is the complete list of books offered and links to the sales pages. All books are available through Amazon with one exception, which is noted. In addition to the books, I've linked each name to the author's Goodreads profile page, so you have a chance to get to know us all personally and find out a little more about our writing.

Dwayne Fry:
The Asphalt Carpet - http://goo.gl/QJWC9E 
Cliche - http://goo.gl/2glfgD 
Dr. Frenzzee's Wondrous Contraption - http://goo.gl/BVQxVG 
A Ghost On The Lawn - http://goo.gl/5KjxEC 
Mr. Meeker - http://goo.gl/QjAisw 
Old Pops' Last Beer - http://goo.gl/gIA9lZ 
Very White Jesus - Update! Get VWJ here!!!
Charles Hash:
Nascent Decay - http://goo.gl/8EQwgb 
The Nightmare Virus: Desperation - http://goo.gl/qcmN9U 
The Nightmare Virus: Slow Burn - http://goo.gl/ugB2Eh 
Promises of Eden - http://goo.gl/ackpkb 
Transcendence - http://goo.gl/3dG8hF 
Blood in the Water - http://goo.gl/jrdCMj 

Ann Livi Andrews:
The Two Lands: Return - http://goo.gl/Csj0ge 
Crimson Mistress - http://goo.gl/MbNS3C 
Jack - http://goo.gl/xvN7OJ 
Em - http://goo.gl/Nz8KLm 
Dakota - http://goo.gl/lCH6Di

Christina McMullen
Past Life Strife - http://goo.gl/wTa28P 
Kind of Like Life - http://goo.gl/PFrSTa 

E.J. Fisch:
Dakiti (Ziva Payvan #1) - http://goo.gl/ozlRlt
Nexus (Ziva Payvan #2) - http://goo.gl/Iz8x9H

Riley Westbrook
Breath of Titans Trilogy, (***Please note: This title is available on Smashwords and requires the coupon code TX65T to redeem***) - https://goo.gl/APkfdt 
Breath of the Titans: The False Titanbringer - Little Black Stormcloud http://goo.gl/QcGDeL 

Owen R. O'Neill
The Alecto Initiative - http://goo.gl/OfJes0

Jordan Leah Hunter:
The Erl King's Children - http://goo.gl/pdCYnu

V.M. Sawh
Hontas – http://goo.gl/pqVDE5 

Kellie McAllen:
Soulmates - http://goo.gl/cFctjU

Susan Stafford
Trouble in the keys - http://goo.gl/3CYQAQ

Anthony J. Deeney
Robots Like Blue - http://goo.gl/rwsTl2

So don't forget to mark your calendars, bookmark this page, and celebrate 'MURICA and FREEDOM with FREE BOOKS!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oh No A Hashtag! Introducing #IndieMatch

As an indie author and an avid reader, I delight in the breaking down of rigid traditional genre barriers. But as an indie author and avid reader, it's tough to ignore the fact that breaking down these barriers makes it gosh darn difficult to search for interesting books.

Which is why I am proposing a hashtag. That's right. A hashtag. Those things that make me squeamish. But this hashtag has a purpose. Introducing:


What is it? Well, pretty much what it says. What I will be doing, and what I am encouraging other readers to do, is tweeting this hashtag with up to three indie books that I've read that have a similar theme. Kind of like a 'if you liked {thing}, you'll love {other thing}' but in under 140 characters. By using the hashtag #IndieMatch and stating the unifying theme, others will be able to find these books and perhaps even add their own recommendations to the pot.

Here's an example (with fake books because I don't want to look like I'm favoring anyone). Obviously, the Twitter handles at the end would apply only if the author is on Twitter:

"Books w/ quirky characters: Goofy Book, Silly Tome, & Awkward Tale #IndieMatch @goofyauthor @sillyauthor @awkauth"

I have only one request and it's a huge one. I want to keep the recommendations genuine. I realize this can be seen as a marketing tool and I realize that 99% of the folks who are going to see this are indie authors. I don't see any reason why folks can't recommend their own books, but do so with other similar books, not just author buddies. And it goes without saying, please only recommend books you have personally read.

I've got several pairings all lined up and I plan to start tweeting this weekend. Who's with me?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Arent You a Little Short for an Overlord?

The other day I was thinking about two things:

1. How I don't blog nearly enough.
2. I haven't been giving proper consideration to the real probability of a robot invasion in a while.

So naturally, I felt the best course of action was to make a panic post about why we should all worry about Robo-geddon and why our expectations are all wrong.

When you think about a robot invasion, I bet you envision fifty foot tall kill-bots indiscriminately stomping down buildings while frying us with laser firework eyes. They probably have arms and legs and all the other humanoid stuff we've been mislead by Michael Bay into believing robots from outer space have. I know. I too have been guilty of such robo-normative ideas.

But what if we're wrong?

What if it isn't the big baddies like Vlad (the guy in the header for this page)? What if we go in the opposite direction? Nanotechnology is only just jumping from exhibition to practical use. What if in the near future, nanotech gets to the point where we're using it for everything? Instead of medication, we swallow pills with little bots in them that tool around, fixing the wrongs in our bodies. Even better, we now have a group of bots who scrub plaque from our arteries so we can eat cheeseburgers with reckless abandon.

We are now living in a perfect utopia. Thanks to the self-replicating nanobots inside of us, we never have to worry about knee or hip replacement. We no longer have to worry about disease or free radicals. We never grow soft and we never grow old. Life is good.

Until one day...

Until one day, when a hyper-intelligent race of miniscule space faring robots come to earth and slip in, becoming lost in the crowd of nanobots and infiltrating, quite literally, from the inside. How easy would it be to command an entire planet when you are already in their heads? One flip of the switch, and we are ever-fit and ever-young meat soldiers. There is nothing we can do. Any and all protest and uprising is immediately quashed when our brains are rewired to forget everything except the instructions of our tiny robot overlords.

I, for one, would rather take my chances with fifty foot kill-bots.