Morning, folks! Today, I’m quite pleased to share a brand new Vengar story, written to help promote my Inkshares campaign.
In a world overcome with chaos and catastrophe, where violence was the lingua franca and most people’s mother tongue, there was one wandering warrior whose actions spoke louder than any other’s. He was a burglar, a vandal, a self-styled lothario and something of an alcoholic. He was the rightful king of a misplaced throne, destined to visit every corner of the ancient world while leaving naught but ruin in his wake. His name was Vengar, and despite a secret talent for interpretive dance, he was a barbarian.
At this precise moment, he was chained to a wall.
You can read the full story by clicking on this sentence you’re reading right now.
…and while you’re there, why not pre-order a copy of Stars Rain Down?
Hi folks! Just wanted to let you know that Biotech Legacy: Stars Rain Down is competing in the Nerdist Contest at Inkshares. If you’re not familiar with Inkshares, they’re an unusual new publisher that uses a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding model, and they’re currently running a contest in association with Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist media group that will see one lucky book chosen to be a Nerdist product.
I want that book to be Stars Rain Down!
I need your help to make that happen, so please head on over to the contest page and pre-order a few copies! They’re only $10 a piece, and you’re only charged if I win.
As a special bonus, I’ll be writing short stories throughout the contest based on ideas pitched by YOU!
What are you waiting for? Hustle along now… Go, go, go!
Both novels in the Biotech Legacy series are free to download on the Amazon Kindle this weekend! Yes, that’s right… you can have both Stars Rain Down and Long Fall for the low, low price of nothing at all— that’s an $8 value!
Biotech Legacy is a deep, emotional, and action-packed series about humanity’s secret history and destiny in the universe. The first book, Stars Rain Down, recounts the invasion of Earth by a strange coalition of alien races, and follows the exploits of Jack Hernandez, a first-responder turned guerrilla, and Marcus Donovan, an astronomer who rises up to command the new human fleet. The second book, Long Fall, jumps forward 3 years into a time when fledgling human and alien nations vie for control of the planet. Faced with extinction, mankind must evolve to survive.
What are you waiting for? Go! Download! Read! Review!
Photograph by Axel Antas. A thematic image, borrowed from the collection at StockSnap.io
I wrote a piece of flash fiction over the weekend called They’re Harvesting Stars, You Know?, which I’ve just posted in a couple places. I usually work in science-fiction & fantasy, but this is a step or two outside of my comfort zone, falling instead into magical realism. It’s all of 900 words (or 4 minutes by Medium’s estimation), and I’d be tickled pink of you’d hop over and give it a read.
You can find the piece at Medium.com;
Or with an ambient soundtrack at Booktrack.
Cheers, and I hope you enjoy!
Keeping the promotion train a-rollin’, Biotech Legacy: Long Fall is currently available for free through the Kindle store! As with last week’s promotion, this is running today and tomorrow, after which it’ll pop back up to its normal price ($4.99).
Four years have passed since mankind fell, and the Earth has evolved. Powered by living technology, human and Oikeyan nations now war for control on the surface, while the ancient starship Legacy and her human commander, Marcus Donovan, wait in orbit for a chance to create a more lasting peace.
But all of that changes when search & rescue specialist Jack Hernandez uncovers something dangerous hidden in the jungles of Mexico.
Now the race is on to control the artifact. Driven by fanatical ideologies and an insatiable hunger for victory, each side will unleash soldiers with power beyond reason in their bid to control the Earth.
But is any creature incorruptible enough to wield the power of a god?
Grab a copy. Tell a friend. Further my wicked plan for world domination!
With 13.5 hours left in the promotion, Stars Rain Down has been downloaded just over 1400 times! The book is currently #2 in free Space Opera, Space Exploration, and Alien Invasion, and #10 in free Science-Fiction!
Color me jazzed! By my best estimates, we should close out with somewhere around 2,500 copies total, which is simply tremendous for a book that’s sold less than 10 copies in the past year.
There’s still time to grab yours, of course! In fact, there are exactly 13 hours and 24 minutes, so head on over to Amazon and get clicking!
The sale is live! Biotech Legacy: Stars Rain Down is currently free in the Amazon Kindle Store, so boogie on down and grab a copy! Every download helps feed starving children in Africa! Wait! That’s not true! But every download actually does help me climb higher in the ratings, making sure an even bigger audience gets a chance to find and read this excellent book!
That’s a lot of exclamation points. I’m kind of out of breath here… huff, puff, gasp
So, what’s it all about then?
When the stars rain down from the sky, who will rise up to meet them?
Marcus Donovan is an astronomer, daydreamer, and smart ass. He used to be just another researcher in a jumpsuit until he saw something that didn’t fit, an asteroid in our solar system that wasn’t an asteroid, and now he’s off on a mission to investigate in person.
Meanwhile, seven massive discs appear in orbit around the Earth and rain fire from the heavens. The world is broken and conquered before anyone even realizes it’s an attack.
On the ground is Jack Hernandez, a rescue specialist and everyday hero with a knack for getting in trouble. After crashing in the wasted ruins of China, he links up with the scattered resistance and begins to fight back, driven to do whatever it takes to protect human lives.
Neither Jack nor Marcus ever could have predicted it, but mankind’s future now depends on them both, and they’ll each face challenges beyond imagination in a war older than time.
Sounds awesome, right?
What are you waiting for?! Click this link and get your copy right now! Time is running out!