The Great Indie Black Friday Cyber Monday $0.99 Book Sale!

The term “Black Friday” arose in 1960s Philadelphia when police officers’ leave was cancelled to deal with the crowds, traffic, and disorder that often followed the massive post-Thanksgiving Day shopping event. Now, we add a new chapter to Black Friday history with a massive online book sale.

Some of today’s top indie authors are offering great deals on their work for Black Friday/Cyber Monday – all these books are either $0.99 each or free (set by the author or publisher, so please confirm before buying). There’s something for everyone: adventure, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and above all, great story telling.

Check out all these great deals, below the break.

Update: Amazon is offering a $5 credit when you buy $20 or more in eBooks! Added additional books from Fenton Wood, Robert Kroese, and Daniel Humphreys.


The Long Black (The Black Chronicles Book 1) by J.M. Anjewierden

Morgan always assumed that if she could survive growing up in the mines of Planet Hillman – feared for its brutal conditions and gravity twice that of Earth – she could survive anything.
That was before she became a starship mechanic. Now she has to contend with hostile bosses, faulty equipment, and even taking care of her friend’s little girl. Once pirates show up, it’s a wonder she can get any work done at all.


First Shot (Jin & Tonick Book 1) by Bokerah Brumley

A ReProd caught must must never return to the Maker.

Everyone knows that GenCor, a corrupt governmental corporation, kidnaps and kills in pursuit of genetic perfection. They created the ReProds, genetically modified humans, then lost an entire generation when their cryopods failed—or were sabotaged.

Now GenCor is determined to capture all their escapees—especially the ones like Jin, pink-haired and starfish-enhanced.

But Jin’s not alone. With Teq and Tonick, she hides from GenCor, eking out a living in the UnderCity. Until the day GenCor seizes Teq. This time, Jin decides, a captured ReProd will return.

Jin and Tonick will fight back, bringing their burgeoning rebellion to the enemy’s front door. Join the uprising.


Armageddon Girl (New Olympus Saga Book 1) by C.J. Carella

“Superheroes with style and wit.”
– S.M. Stirling, best-selling author of the Change Series.

(WARNING: Contains violence, adult content and strong language.)

A world of larger-than-life heroes and villains with all too human failings. An action-packed tale, combining thrills with humor and more than a few pop culture references and nods to geek culture. This is the first tome of the New Olympus Saga.

College student Christine Dark wasn’t happy. Her social life sucked, she spent too much of her time playing computer games or reading sci-fi novels (and the occasional paranormal romance) and she felt like she was missing out on everything.

Fate had something special in store for her, though.

Without warning, an unknown force drags Christine out of her world and takes her to a whole new universe, an alternate Earth where superhuman beings have existed since the end of World War One, a world filled with strange and dangerous characters.

Christine soon learns she too is more than human, and that her choices may save her new home… or bring about its destruction.


Talk to a Real Live Girl and Other Stories by Paul Clayton

This collection of short science fiction stories is anchored by Talk to a Real, Live Girl, in which the rise of the robot companion intersects with the MeToo movement run amok. In the next story, The Lawn, Bob Hanlon struggles mightily to come to terms with his forced retirement and the strange presence that seems to have taken up residence in his overgrown yard. In the third story, Happy Acres, a couple finds their new life on Mars less perfect than what they had been promised. Finally, the first two chapters of a novel-in-progress about the fabled Lost Colony of Roanoke complete this collection of stories.


The Powers of the Earth (Aristillus Book 1) by Travis I. Corcoran

PROMETHEUS AWARD WINNER
“BEST NOVEL” 2018

Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline. The Long Depression has dragged on for 56 years, and the Bureau of Sustainable Research is hard at work making sure that no new technologies disrupt the planned economy. Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals bolted privately-developed anti-gravity drives onto rusty sea-going cargo ships, loaded them to the gills with 20th-century tunnel-boring machines and earthmoving equipment, and set sail – for the Moon.

There, they built their retreat. A lunar underground border-town, fit to rival Ayn Rand’s ‘Galt’s Gulch’, with American capitalists, Mexican hydroponic farmers, and Vietnamese space-suit mechanics – this is the city of Aristillus.

There’s a problem, though: the economic decline of Earth under a command-and-control economy is causing trouble for the political powers-that-be in Washington DC and elsewhere. To shore up their positions they need slap down the lunar expats and seize the gold they’ve been mining. The conflicts start small, but rapidly escalate.

There are zero-gravity gun fights in rusted ocean going ships flying through space, containers full of bulldozers hurtling through the vacuum, nuclear explosions, armies of tele-operated combat UAVs, guerrilla fighting in urban environments, and an astoundingly visual climax.

The Powers of the Earth is the first book in The Aristillus series – a pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI…and really, really big guns.

Book Review: The Powers of the Earth and Causes of Separation by John Walker


Firefly Season 2 by Travis J.I. Corcoran & Clark Bianco

When you’re a time trader – someone with a ship that can hop sideways across the millions of alternate timelines – the big money isn’t in technology or science, it’s in entertainment. There are some universes where George Lucas didn’t die on the set of American Graffiti but instead went on to make a space fantasy classic. In other universes there’s a movie called “Dune” by Jodorowsky. And in some there’s a guy named Tolkien who wrote a sequel to “The Hobbit”.

Ask any timetrader and he’ll tell you: put three things together – buyer, seller, and product – and that’s where the magic happens.
And by magic, timetraders mean “profit”.

Now the crew of the Sturnus-class timeship al-Din (kaiser Huck, riverman Oive, artificer Johann-stepson-twice-Friedrich, and galfreitag Ginny Mae) have all three of these things lined up, because they finally secured a copy of a certain TV show. There’s just one problem, and his name is Friedrick Richter.

…or maybe there’s more than one problem, depending on how you look at the situation, because things can get pretty complicated when timelines cross.

So get yourself a stein of mead and a bowl of spiced yam sticks – or pretzels, if that’s all you’ve got in this timeline – pull up a chair, and lend an ear to see how it all turns out.


For Steam and Country by Jon del Arroz

To save her father, she must take to the sky. But will it be enough?

Zaira’s overwhelmed. Living as an orphan on a farm is hard enough, but unnatural earthquakes are ravaging her home.

Her life turns upside down when an attorney shows up at her door with harrowing news. Her missing father’s been pronounced dead, and Zaira is the heir to his airship.

The kingdom needs her to take command of the airship and help stave off an advancing enemy army. To make matters worse, the invaders have tapped into supernatural forces to aid in Rislandia’s destruction.

But how can Zaira fight when her father might still be alive behind enemy lines?

Readers who want a swashbuckling airship adventure will love the first book in this #1 Bestselling YA Steampunk series.


Honor at Stake: A Catholic Action Horror Novel (Love at First Bite Book 1) by Declan Finn

One is a heartless, bloodthirsty killer. The other is a vampire. A 2016 Dragon Award Finalist

Amanda Colt spends her days alone. She prefers solitude to other people, rarely finding anyone to catch her interest. Books and fencing fill her time.

Until she meets Marco. He doesn’t fit in, just like her. In fact, he seems to be a man out of time. With medieval manners, a gang that fears him, and a mind like a computer, Amanda has never met anyone like him. But for all his magnetic appeal, she can tell he’s hiding something from her.

But Amanda has a secret too. And as she and Marco grow closer, it plunges them into New York’s supernatural underworld. Marco brings mayhem and romance to Amanda’s serene world, and she finds herself falling for him, faults and all.

Bodies are turning up all over New York. Only Amanda and Marco can stem the flow of corpses, and more and more vampires are rising every night.

Can Amanda and Marco save New York?

Or even scarier, admit their growing feelings for one another?

Fans of Declan Finn will find all his typical explosions, action and Catholic world-building wrapped in a New York Vampire giftbag. Both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance readers will love his foray into the bloody, holy water filled world of the undead.

Join Amanda and Marco as they fight legions of newly born Vampires in Brooklyn. Read Honor At Stake today!


It Was Only On Stun! by Declan Finn

When security specialist Sean A.P. Ryan agrees to protect actress Mira Nikolic at a Science Fiction convention, he thinks it can’t be all bad. It’s only a three-day weekend with some colorful characters in costumes.

But Sean is hardly prepared for what awaits him; the costumes, the fanboys, the freaks and geeks are only the beginning. There are actors with attitude problems, writers with rabies, and how do you spot an assassin when everyone is wearing a mask?

This doesn’t even account for the real threats. When his client left Europe, she had been a figure of peace in a region that didn’t want it. Now that she’s an international celebrity, factions from the old country see her as the start of a reunion tour, with guns. Not only that, but she is being stalked by Middle Earth’s Most Wanted Elven Assassin; he thinks that the actress is actually an Elven princess, and will do anything to prove it to her, including murder.

And what is that body doing in the middle of the vendor’s floor with a sword-cane through his chest?


Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine

*2016 Dragon Awards Finalist*
In 2040s America, life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken spirits remain.
Julie is a young woman with a plan to ignite the spark of resistance. Randy dreams of winning Julie’s love and escaping the emptiness of over-regulated life. Joseph seeks revenge on the system for a family tragedy. Daniel is a young artist who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Chris is an orphan prepared to do the unthinkable to protect his younger sister.

Whether by choice or by accident, each will take a path on a collision course with the oppressive regime. Will they find the freedom they desire? Or will the cost of defiance prove too high to bear?

Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.


An Inconvenient Presidency: The Time-Traveling Misadventures of President Al Gore (Presidents of the Uncanny States of America) by Eric M. Hamilton

“It’s almost too funny!”

On January 20, 2001, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. became the 43rd President of the United States for the second time…

Newly elected President Al Gore is given a mysterious device that allows his mind to travel back in time and relive his presidency. He needs it, too! There is always some disaster forcing him to start over. Soon, the time-traveling President begins to suspect there’s more going on with this device than he first suspected.

Read the hilarious story of the President that never was, and discover why history turned out different.

“I started reading and couldn’t stop! What a clever story!”

John Walker’s review of Eric M. Hamilton’s An Inconvenient Presidency.


The Lost War by Karl K. Gallagher

It was supposed to be a weekend of costumed fun. Instead these medieval historical reenactors are flung into a wilderness by magic they don’t understand. They must struggle to survive and deal with monsters who consider them prey . . . or worse.

***

“Karl Gallagher’s first production, the Torchship Trilogy, was good enough so that I read and reread it. He has now turned his hand from science fiction to fantasy.”
– Professor David D. Friedman, Professor, Santa Clara University, author of The Machinery of Freedom and Salamander
– Also known as Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, KSCA, OL, OP, founder of the Pennsic War.


Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys

2017 DRAGON AWARD FINALIST – BEST APOCALYPTIC NOVEL

“This might be one of the best zombie books I’ve read.”
“You WILL NOT be disappointed!”
“(A) refreshing new twist to the traditional zombie apocalypse tale.”
“World War Z meets Rot and Ruin.”

Eight years after Z-Day, the surviving remnants of mankind face the unknown. The fences and walls kept the ravenous undead at bay until they wasted away. A once overwhelming foe has turned feeble and weak, and a world gone wild seems ripe for reclamation.

The scars of the long war run deep. And hope is a dangerous thing when the real enemy might just be the survivors themselves.


The Dream of the Iron Dragon by Robert Kroese

DRAGON AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST ALTERNATE HISTORY NOVEL

Trapped 1300 years in the past, they have one mission: survive.

In the 23rd century, humanity has been hunted to the verge of extinction by an alien race. When an exploratory ship accidentally travels back in time to Viking age Scandinavia, the human race is given a second chance. Pursued by the power-hungry King Harald, the four surviving crew members join a ragtag band of Vikings as they pillage their way across Europe. It will take all their ingenuity, courage and technical know-how just to survive. But survival is only the beginning. To save humanity, they must somehow return to the stars.

Thus begins a decades-long effort to teach the Vikings to build a craft capable of reaching space—a ship that will come to be known as the Iron Dragon.

Book Review: The Iron Dragon by John Walker


The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin (The Books of Unexpected Enlightenment) (Volume 1) by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!

Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.

On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Described by fans as: “Supernatural meets Narnia at Hogwarts”, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.

Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!


Ordinary Superheroes by Christopher Lansdown

Millenia ago martian superheroes defeated an ancient evil, who was imprisoned on a moon of Jupiter. Neglected for centuries, the prison is about to fail, giving the ancient evil a second chance to wipe out all life in the solar system. Unfortunately, the martians have gone extinct so it’s up to earth’s superheroes to save the day. Worse, there’s only one man who even knows of the threat, and he’s not a superhero. On the plus side, training teams of superheroes to save the world is what he does.

Mr Macho, Mockingbird, and the Mega Ninja were just ordinary college student/superheroes doing ordinary student things like attending class and ordinary superhero things like foiling bank robberies and catching drug dealers until one night when they returned to their apartment and found a strange old man with a mystical amulet sitting on their couch. Unfortunately, while he can teach them how to teleport to other planets, he has no idea how to repair the prison. Did the amulet pick correctly this time, and will they figure out what they need to do before it’s too late?


The Dean Died Over Winter Break by Christopher Lansdown

Dean Floden is dead!

Winter break is normally a peaceful time at the university, especially during a blizzard. So it shocked everyone when they found the dean murdered at his desk. Thanks to an empty campus, there are no witnesses and police have little to go on. With the police stymied, and hoping to wrap up the investigation before students return for the spring semester, the president of the university has turned to the Franciscan Brothers of Investigation for help.

Jovial and mild mannered Brother Francis arrived on the scene to find a jealous mistress, a clever drug dealer, a disappointed researcher, and a mortally insulted professor on his short list of suspects. Did one of them do the other three a huge favor? Or was it someone else entirely?

Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael meets G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown in this old school cozy.


Love in the Age of Dispossession by Loretta Malakie

Love in the Age of Dispossession is a nostalgic tragicomedy about an upstate 1990s New York girl who loses herself in the big city but finds redemption in returning home.

This coming-of-age novel follows a small-town Gen X American girl named Kitty, from her senior year in high school to her life as an extremely unsuccessful lawyer in Manhattan.

The novel begins with three days in the life of a group of high-school friends in 1993, culminating in a fistfight on the village green over the honor of the Prom Queen. The scene then shifts to New York City. Kitty is called back home for a funeral, and then, years later, someone from her small-town past pays Kitty a visit that changes her life.


Barbarian Emperor by Jon Mollison

Plucked from obscurity and hurled into the burning, blood soaked sands of the coliseum, one man defies an Emperor. Rather than settle for mere vengeance and an honorable death, a gladiator rises to challenge both a Derelict Emperor and the dangerous, seething chaos from beyond its borders. Caught between the fiery passion of his master’s step-daughter and the powerful concubine of his greatest enemy, can one simple barbarian chart a course to save an Empire, save the girl, and save his own soul from the black pits of despair?

Full of the furious action and adventurous exploration of strange realms, “Barbarian Emperor” touches on deep themes of familial bonds, the brotherhood of battle, and the eternal balancing act that man and nation perform on the precipice between barbarous struggle and civilizational apathy. Take it for the thrill ride or ponder the still depths of the work, either way, you’ll love this story of one defiant man and his struggle to find himself, his destiny, and his one true love.


Overlook by Jon Mollison & Thomas Plutarch

Nothing is more dangerous than an invisible man.

Joe’s spent his life being forgotten. Not even the IRS comes for his back taxes. He’s a ghost, a perfectly average, perfectly forgettable man. It suits his purposes, though it’s a lonely existence. He can live as he wants, plying his almost-invisibility for freelance jobs.

Then a pretty blonde finds him when no one else can, asking for his help solving a murder. He almost says no, despite his instincts to help a damsel in distress. But how did she find him? And who is she?

He takes the job to find out. But he bites off more than he can chew as he realizes a brutal secretive organization called The Phoenix Ring is behind the murder, and somehow they can predict his every move.

A new Heroes Unleashed series begins with Jon Mollison’s Overlook, a fast-paced, action-packed superhero spy novel that will keep readers guessing until the end.

Can Joe defeat the shadowy Phoenix Ring? Or will his powers fail him when he needs them the most? Read Overlook today and find out!


Heroes Fall: A Heroes Unleashed Novel (Serenity City Book 1) by Morgon Newquist & Thomas Plutarch

Victoria doesn’t need a cape and a name to be a hero.

Living and working in the slums of Serenity City, she has become its faceless and nameless defender. She turned her back on the glittering world of professional superheroes years ago. If she has her way, she’ll never go back.

But the young and forgotten teens she helps are disappearing from the street, and nobody seems to care. As Victoria unravels this mystery, she is lead back to her old life in the star-studded glamorous superhero circles. No matter how much she hates it, she can’t abandon the helpless when they need her the most.

All clues point back to The Rampage, the terrible day when their mightiest champion Achilles fell to darkness. Will Victoria uncover the truth of what actually happened twenty years ago in time to help her lost boys and girls?

And what will happen when the fallen hero Achilles escapes, and Victoria is the only one who can stop him?

Morgon Newquist blazes on to the Superhero scene with the first Serenity City book, bringing nuance, emotion, and superpowered fights in spades. A solid, engaging launch to the brand new shared Heroes Unleashed universe, Heroes Fall will hook readers right in and leave them wanting more.

Can Victoria solve the twenty year mystery of Achilles’ fall from grace in time to save Serenity City? Or is there another, more sinister player who will destroy the very idea of superheroes?

Unravel the mystery and fight the villains with Victoria. Buy Heroes Fall today!


War Demons: A Supernatural Thriller (The Prodigal Son Book 1) by Russell Newquist

Direct from Silver Empire!

When he came home, so did they… Driven by vengeance, Michael Alexander enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11. Five years later, disillusioned and broken by the horrors he witnessed in Afghanistan, Michael returns home to Georgia seeking to begin a new life. But he didn’t come alone. Something evil followed him, and it’s leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

The police are powerless. The Army has written Michael off. Left to face down a malevolent creature first encountered in the mountains of Afghanistan, he’ll rely on his training, a homeless prophet, and estranged family members from a love lost…

But none of them expected the dragon.

Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden collides with Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International in this supernatural thriller that goes straight to Hell!


Combat Frame XSeed by Brian Niemeier

The future is over.

Civilization on Earth has collapsed. Oligarchs have established a new order in manmade space colonies at the Earth-Moon LaGrange points.

A group of powerful colonies form the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition to re-civilize the earth, but grounders view the colonists as hostile meddlers. The Coalition counters the rising violence with giant manned robots called combat frames.

The independent L3 colonies denounce the war on Earth. In response, Coalition Security Director Sanzen takes L3 leader Josef Friedlander’s wife and daughter hostage. Amid the tense standoff, Friedlander’s son Sieg launches an unsanctioned rescue mission to L1’s Byzantium colony.


Alpha & Omega by Stephanie Osborn

$0.99 on B&N; $0.99 on Amazon

Dr. Megan McAllister was already a pretty unusual human — NASA astronaut, professional astronomer, polymath — when she encountered the man in the black suit that night in west Texas. What Division One Agent Echo didn’t know, when he recruited her to the Agency, was that she was even more special.

But he’d find out, soon enough.


Sanity by Neovictorian

Have you sometimes felt, since an early age, that you were an alien, somehow placed on Earth and observing the antics of humans as if they were a different species? Why do they believe such stupid things? Why do they do such dumb things? And why do they keep doing them over and over again, seemingly incapable of learning from the bad outcomes of all the previous attempts?

That is how Cal Adler felt since childhood and, like most people with such feelings, kept them quiet and bottled up while trying to get ahead in a game whose rules often seemed absurd. In his senior year in high school, he encounters a substitute guidance counselor who tells him, without any preliminary conversation, precisely how he feels. He’s assured he is not alone, and that over time he will meet others. He is given an enigmatic contact in case of emergency. He is advised, as any alien in a strange land, to blend in while observing and developing his own talents.

Then he meets a Mystery Woman…and the real adventure begins.

Book Review: Sanity by John Walker


The Good Fight by Justin Robinson

Terry is an ordinary 16-year-old girl in Toronto. Her days are usually filled up by schoolwork, karate class, and helping out in her mother’s store, but strange things are happening behind the scenes of the city.

People are disappearing and coming back changed, with their identity torn out of them. A series of close calls with an unthinkable adversary puts a target on Terry’s back. It’s everywhere, enslaving people, hollowing them out into puppets… and now it wants her.


Possum Creek Massacre by Cedar Sanderson

Renowned for her witch hunting skills, Detective Amaya Lombard knew that being summoned from the coastal rainforest of Oregon to the backwoods hollers of Kentucky meant the case was something special. From the moment she arrived at the magic soaked scene in an abandoned farmhouse she knew how bad it was going to be. She had no idea just how complicated it was going to get, professionally and personally. Now she must catch a killer before they catch her. The roots of evil plunge deeply into the past, and the blood soaked history of Kentucky’s witch warded houses and barns may hold the key to keeping her alive in the present.


The Hidden Truth by Hans G. Schantz

Change the past. Control the present.
Rule the future.

They’ll do anything to hide the truth.
When high school student Peter Burdell uncovers a subtle clue in a dusty book buried deep in a forgotten Appalachian library, he realizes someone altered history. Who’s been lying, and why?

His discovery lands Peter in the cross hairs of the deadly Cabal whose Deep State agents changed the past to control the present, so they can rule the future. Aided by family and friends, Peter races against the odds to expose the conspiracy and uncover the answer to the most important question of his life:

What is The Hidden Truth?

Book Review: The Hidden Truth by John Walker


Maxwell Cain: Burrito Avenger by Adam Lane Smith

An action novel for fans of John Wick, Demolition Man, or Die Hard.

Maxwell Cain, also known as “Bloody Rain Cain,” is a cop fed up with the murderous hooligans who control the streets of San Pajita, California.

After years of public service, Max is fired for executing too many dirtbags, and he seeks solace at his favorite taqueria. When his comfort burrito is sullied by the careless actions of brutal thugs, Max finally snaps. What begins as an argument over a ruined lunch quickly spirals into a hurricane of blood and revenge.

Max is joined in his fight by the gorgeous Kate Valentine, a baker with an itchy trigger finger. As the two rush into battle against an entire criminal organization, they are hunted by the relentless terror of the seedy underworld: Johnny Legion.

This book is designed to feel like watching a classic 80s or 90s American action flick.


Into the Dark by J.A. Sutherland

At fifteen, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem – she’s a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family’s vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded Navy spaceship with no other women.


The Compleat Martian Invasion: Earth’s Defense Awakens by John Taloni

With Earth left in shambles by the Martian invasion, Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise must lead the world through a dire emergency: The Martians are coming back. First she must rescue Cavor from his prison on the Moon in order to build a defense fleet. Even with Cavor their efforts would be for nothing without the genius of Nikola Tesla leading the way. And on Mars, unexpected allies fight a rearguard action to help Earth. Meanwhile the Time Traveler repeatedly appears, but is he friend or foe?


Crisis on Stardust Station by John Taloni

The cats of Stardust Station have long hidden their intelligence from the humans that live there. Now a crisis threatens them both. Can the cats and humans learn to work together in time to save both the station and the planet below?

A few hundred years from now, Earth has gone to space…and come back. The remnant of a once vibrant space effort persists in the form of a few hundred solar power satellites that provide half of the world’s power. John Aldrin is one of four people crewing the last remaining space station, with the mission to keep the satellites operating. But Earth has neglected them so long that they are on the verge of breakdown.

Benign neglect has allowed something else to happen: In the station’s forest habitat, a group of genetically modified cats have grown to intelligence. Some have been adopted by the astronauts and brought to their living area. Natural telepaths, both groups of Cats have agreed to keep the knowledge of their intelligence secret from the humans.

Their equilibrium is destroyed when a solar flare strikes and knocks out the satellites. The Cats must reveal their secret to save both their station and the world below. But can they convince a skeptical Earth to work with them?


 

Dopamine by Mikhail Voloshin

“Have you lost your mind? They’ll kill you. Are you willing to literally bet your life on—”
“On my own technical expertise? Yes. Always.”

It was supposed to be just another software job. It wasn’t supposed to involve dodging bullets, igniting explosions, out-driving hitmen, or bluffing his way through the dens of international crime lords. Danny’s big brain has always served him well at a workstation or a soldering bench, but will he be smart enough to survive the engineering challenge of a lifetime?

Onetime computer whiz-kid Danny still dreams of making it big as an inventor and technologist in the “digital revolution”. But when a fat-fingered email flub from tech investor Jason Tuttle destroys Danny’s latest company, he takes stock of his career and realizes that that ship’s long since sailed. Using some inconvenient information, Danny “persuades” Jason to give him another employment opportunity. But his new assignment may be much more than he bargained for.

Jason has his sights set on a small, highly secretive biotechnology company called Tungsten Medical Technologies. They’ve been impossibly tight-lipped about what they’re developing in there, but Jason is willing to use any means necessary to find out. That’s where Danny comes in. His mission: hack into Tungsten and steal their pharmaceutical research.

At first, Danny and his team of semi-competent geeks relish the chance to play-act as cybercriminals, but they soon discover they aren’t the only ones interested in the inscrutable biotech firm. Their ill-timed computer shenanigans interrupt an armed break-in of the laboratory by the Russian mafia, and Danny lands squarely in the crosshairs of a local cocaine kingpin. He soon finds himself hunted by drug dealers and exploited by Machiavellian corporate moguls in a battle over a test tube of genetically engineered bacteria.

With the help of Tina, an amateur microbiologist desperate for professional recognition, Danny must use his technical skills to elude his powerful pursuers — and, with luck, even beat them at their own game.

Dopamine is a present-day cyberpunk novel — and a celebration of the fact that such a thing as “a present-day cyberpunk novel” is even possible. Featuring some of the most accurate and accessible depictions of computer hacking and biotechnology ever to appear in a work of fiction, Dopamine is a wild ride for anyone who marvels at knowing that the real world we live in today was once strictly the realm of far-fetched fantasy. Whether you’re looking for a high-tech crime thriller; a meticulously researched diamond-hard work of science fiction set twenty nanoseconds in the future; or a subtle exploration of the complex interplay between the worlds we imagine and the realities we create, you’ll find your drug of choice within these pages.


In My Time of Dying (#Savant Book 1) by David J. West

A young woman seeking arcane knowledge. A saint of killers riding shotgun. And an immortal who wants to die… all aboard a runaway train.…

Elizabeth Dee never expected a knock at the door would have her taking sides in a power struggle between two feuding wizards, but she discovers that she is the magical key to a cursed mystery centuries old. As she evades the murderous knights and demonic minions of the sinister Count of St. Germain, she learns more of her own true power and legacy…Her father never prepared her for anything like this…

But it’s dangerous to go it alone and she is going to need some protection, enter the infamous and touched, Porter Rockwell. If the legendary long-haired gunfighter can’t keep her safe, no one can…

In My Time Of Dying is full steam ahead gas-lamp fantasy in the vein of True Grit meets The Prestige. If you like big action, larger-than-life characters, and witty humor, then you’ll love David J. West’s gripping novel.

Buy In My Time Of Dying to get lost in a thrilling occult adventure today!!

Praise for David J. West

“West is a pulp writer of magnificent prowess, keen eye, and exotic taste, who effortlessly throws off a wide range of tales,” — D.J. Butler, author of the WITCHY EYE series

“David J. West is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors.” – C.T. Phipps, author of CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON

“Make no mistake, West is a talented writer,” — Meridian Magazine

“and he just keeps getting better,” — Amazing Stories


Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves (Yankee Republic Book 1) by Fenton Wood

A young radio engineer travels across an alt-history America, encountering primeval gods, mythical beasts, and tall tales come to life, in a quest to build a radio transmitter that can reach the stars.

It all starts in the mountain town of Porterville. Twelve-year-old Philo starts a pirate radio station with his friends, and learns that the world is a stranger place than he ever imagined. The Ancient Marauder, the Bright and Terrible Birds, the Mishipeshu, and other creatures of myth and legend populate this enchanting mixture of science and fantasy.

YANKEE REPUBLIC is an old-school adventure series with traditional values and down-to-earth heroes. Escape from the pessimism and propaganda of modern fiction, and take a journey through a mythic America that might have been.

Book Review: Pirates of the Electromagnetic Waves by John Walker


Five Million Watts (Yankee Republic #2) by Fenton Wood

When Philo Hergenschmidt takes a job at the most powerful radio station in the world, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into.

A mysterious old man who is either a charlatan or a god … a famous writer haunted by apocalyptic visions … a genius inventor who wants to communicate with aetheric life forms … all of these stories are woven into the greatest tall tale ever told!


The Tower of the Bear (Yankee Republic #3) by Fenton Wood

From the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, to the forbidden lands west of the Mississippi, to the shores of a prehistoric inland sea … a young radio engineer enlists the aid of scientists, kings, ancient gods, and mythological beasts, in a search for a super-metal from another universe!

A blend of radio science, alt-history, tall tale, and myth, YANKEE REPUBLIC is an epic like no other.

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16 thoughts on “The Great Indie Black Friday Cyber Monday $0.99 Book Sale!”

  1. OK, so now Ratburger is advertising for Amazon. Is this a direct payment thing from Amazon? Who reaps the profits book buying will bring? Are they being channeled to the “old site” by an unscrupulous member? Is this to help pay for the site hosting?

    IMHO this is a backward step, I don’t have much to offer as 10 Cents always reminds me; “you’re not a premium member”, and I’m not one of the “founders”. But you know, this don’t seem right.

    Granted we have two members that do book reviews, but this gross advertising thing seems against some unwritten rule…..

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  2. G.D.:
    Granted we have two members that do book reviews, but this gross advertising thing seems against some unwritten rule…..

    I don’t mind at all if a Ratburgher wants to post to call attention to a great bargain on something that is likely to be of interest to a large fraction of Ratburghers.  Especially when the product is from himself or, in this case, his friends and associates.

    It is unfortunate that they are using evil Amazon, but that is just the world today.  Since evil Amazon dominates the market, where else are you going to go?

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  3. G.D.:
    OK, so now Ratburger is advertising for Amazon. Is this a direct payment thing from Amazon? Who reaps the profits book buying will bring? Are they being channeled to the “old site” by an unscrupulous member? Is this to help pay for the site hosting?

    All the authors in the list are like-minded indie writers who share many of the same perspectives as the crowd here. I have read and can vouch for most of the books here as being worth your while, and a good fraction are amazingly good. The sale includes offerings from Prometheus, Conservative-Libertarian-Fiction-Alliance-Book-of-the-Year, and Dragon award-winning or nominated authors. The few books I haven’t read are from authors whose other work I have read and enjoyed. Not all the offerings may be to your taste, but at $0.99, it’s hard to go wrong on the value proposition, and you are helping out some wonderful, hard-working indie authors.

    Of the $0.99 purchase price, about $0.69 goes straight to the author. Most of the authors (present company included) have follow on books in a series and will be hoping for some second order follow-on revenue from readers who like the initial offerings promoted here and want to read (and buy) more. Amazon keeps the remaining $0.33. Many of us have presences elsewhere online, but Amazon accounts for the vast majority of most indie author’s income.

    Since I used my personal Amazon affiliate account to generate the book links, Amazon gives me a kickback of  about $0.04 from their cut of each sale. Between affiliate income and my own book sales, I may net $30-$50 from the sale, personally, which will be around minimum wage for my efforts in recruiting the authors, compiling the post, and updating it as authors get their promotions lined up. I happily encourage anyone jealous of the copious additional bounty I’m accruing by organizing this opportunity to take over running the sale and allow me to enjoy the benefit of merely being a participating author.

    I’ve enjoyed being a member here, lurking and following the content, and contributing the occasional post I think will be of interest to the community. Of course, if my contributions aren’t appreciated, I trust our host will make that clear, in which case, I will publish future such posts elsewhere.

    I haven’t studied the site statistics, but I suspect most of the visitors to the site are from the individual authors’ promoting the joint sale through social media (Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere), and blog mentions at sites like Ace of Spades HQ. My guess is most of the traffic is external, not organic, which means a host of new potential Ratburgerians will be dropping by, checking out the other content on the site, and perhaps  hanging around as members of the community.

    My perception is it’s a win-win. Thanks for hosting my post.

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  4. I love posts like this.  Please keep them coming.  And I’m an Amazon Prime member who thinks the business advantages outweigh its leadership’s politics.

    The only thing missing is book #4 in The Hidden Truth series….. (:

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  5. MJBubba:
    It is unfortunate that they are using evil Amazon, but that is just the world today.  Since evil Amazon dominates the market, where else are you going to go?

    Call Amazon evil if you wish, but they have been a major contributor to the renaissance of science fiction in recent years from what had become a moribund backwater dominated by New York social justice warrior gatekeepers into a vibrant new golden age pioneered by independent authors who would never have gotten their first manuscript past the agent/mainstream publisher cartel a decade ago.

    These independent authors have demonstrated that there is not only a market for stories with real heroes, genuine adventure, and the sense of wonder which attracted earlier generations to science fiction in its previous golden ages, but a genuine hunger for such literature which the mainstream publishers were not filling.

    Amazon, by providing a direct path from authors to a potential audience, and one which pays a much higher fraction of retail sales revenue to the author, routed around the gatekeepers and, through innovative strategies such as Kindle Unlimited and US$0.99 offers, not to mention open ratings and reviews by readers, has dramatically reduced the risk to readers in trying out an author they’ve never read before.

    Sure, Sturgeon’s Law still applies, but I find it applied just as much to works published by the big houses before Amazon rendered them impotent and obsolete.  Their gatekeeping has been replaced by the much more reliable channel of authors recommending the work of others to audiences who liked their books, precisely as in this post, or in the notes at the end of Dr Schantz’s novels.

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  6. What a great round-up of PupRev, Superversive, and other Indie Authors — and fire sale pricing to allow anyone to get a taste of what they have on offer.  Dr Schantz, you have my thanks!  Forwarding this to others on my lists.

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  7. G.D.:
    OK, so now Ratburger is advertising for Amazon. Is this a direct payment thing from Amazon? Who reaps the profits book buying will bring? Are they being channeled to the “old site” by an unscrupulous member? Is this to help pay for the site hosting?

    IMHO this is a backward step, I don’t have much to offer as 10 Cents always reminds me; “you’re not a premium member”, and I’m not one of the “founders”. But you know, this don’t seem right.

    Granted we have two members that do book reviews, but this gross advertising thing seems against some unwritten rule…..

    I think you are correct for the most part, Gerry. I don’t think we want the site to go commercial but there is an exception for writers within limits. It is to our benefit to be writer friendly.

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  8. Raymond Solar:
    What a great round-up of PupRev, Superversive, and other Indie Authors — and fire sale pricing to allow anyone to get a taste of what they have on offer.  Dr Schantz, you have my thanks!  Forwarding this to others on my lists.

    This sums it up for me.  My main fear is that I’m going to really like some of the books and have to read the whole series!

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  9. G.D.:
    Granted we have two members that do book reviews, but this gross advertising thing seems against some unwritten rule…..

    I’m ok with it as long as someone is flogging their own or related materials.

    Interestingly, when I moderated on another site we had a member who would put  referral links in things he mentioned.  I edited them to change the referral links to my account. Partly because I was curious to see how many people were following the links and partly because if anybody was going to make sleazy money off the site it should be me.  I was amazed, the links were hardly ever followed.

    Dr. Shantz, hope this is a big success to you and your compatriots!

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  10. Phil Turmel:
    The only thing missing is book #4 in The Hidden Truth series….. (:

    I’m working on it in parallel with my book, “Fields and Energy: How Electromagnetics Works.” Here’s the first draft of the first couple of pages.

     

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  11. Raymond Solar:
    Color me interested!  Replacement for Griffiths or Wangsness?

    More a compliment than a supplement. I’m working on an accessible explanation for how electromagnetics works that should be understandable even to folks who don’t think in terms of vector calculus.

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  12. Hans G. Schantz:

    Raymond Solar:
    Color me interested!  Replacement for Griffiths or Wangsness?

    More a compliment than a supplement. I’m working on an accessible explanation for how electromagnetics works that should be understandable even to folks who don’t think in terms of vector calculus.

    Sounds like a winner!

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