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|13 March 2020It’s Aloha Friday!|
I hope you are all well and that the effects of the virus aren’t too severe for all of you!
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As some of you already know, Amazon is a bit backed up due to the virus. Because of this, a lot of things will take longer to reach your home. Some of your purchases may take a lot longer.
I received an email from Amazon that said their print services are suspended for the time being, so keep that in mind before you buy a new paperback book, as these will need to be printed.
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You can preorder Relegated right now with the below link. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0868FS645
Once again, I would like to thank all of you who have left reviews on my various books lately, I’ve seen a lot of new reviews pop up, and I love them! Thank you all for your valuable input!Short Story!
Paradise, Galatia “Stalwarts,” The loudspeaker outside of the sim building sounds, waking Maverick up with a start. The announcement continues as he looks around the courtyard they are in, “Gather in the cafeteria immediately.”
Content that everyone was still gathered around the sim complex, Maverick glances up to the sky. He has to squint slightly as the two suns bear down on he and his team. Judging by the suns’ positions, it was about noon, when meant they still were too early for lunch.
“Great, I’m starving,” Tyson exclaims as he quickly rises to his feet. Several others join him, encouraged by the prospect of food.
“It’s too early for that,” Maverick informs the others, “This must be about the newcomer.”
“You mean the meat shield?” Jason McCollum offers with a cruel chuckle. No matter the situation, Jason managed to find some way to tell a dark joke about someone dying. Most everyone ignored the jokes, but that wasn’t always easy to do.
“He’s not a meat shield,” Maverick assures the team as he shakes his head. He looks over to Sylvia, who is still sleeping, and whispers, “Time to get up,”
“Then what else will he be good for?” Jason presses, “He hasn’t had any training!”
“I’m sure he’ll manage,” Jake speaks up after, likely seeing that no one else was going to come to the defense of the newcomer.
“Why’s that?” Meghan challenges.
“I just have a feeling,” Jake offers, “Besides, they wouldn’t just send us out to die.”
“I think that’s exactly what they’re doing,” Jason counters. He begins marching toward the cafeteria on his own, when he turns around, as if an idea just came to mind, “Unless you all think it’s going to be totally safe out there. No monsters, no savages, no nothing.”
“That’s not what I meant,” Jake shakes his head.
Jason doesn’t stay to hear Jake’s defense, and he stalks off. Several others follow Jason anxiously, as they usually did after he thought he won an argument. This never ceased to annoy Maverick, who was the better leader. He didn’t think he was the best leader, per se, but Maverick knew he was better than Jason ever would be. Jason was a hothead, who seemingly only cared for himself. Several others saw that he was vying for the leadership role.
“Why the others follow him, I will never know,” Sylvia mutters under her breath as she shakes her head. She rises to her feet and walks a few steps before stopping and turning back to Maverick, “What’s wrong?”
“The ship the new guy came on, Maverick starts as he points toward the hangar, “It was on fire.”
“On fire?” Sylvia asks as she tilts her head to the side.
“Yeah, it looked like they were hit, or something,” Maverick nods absently. He pauses, still off put by Jason’s words. Looking down, Maverick thinks to himself, I bet Jason just wants to be in charge so he can rub my nose in it. He doesn’t care about the others. At least not like I do.
“Maybe they just haven’t been keeping their ships maintained,” Sylvia offers, “I mean, just look at this place. They keep the grass cut, but the buildings aren’t doing too hot.”
“I don’t think so,” Maverick maintains, “It didn’t look like that.”
“Well, I’m sure the newbie will tell us all about it,” Sylvia announces with a smile, “Come on!”
Maverick stands, and nods at Sylvia. As always, she was right. If Maverick had it his way, he’d have Sylvia in charge. The girl had a knack for it, the only issue was that she wouldn’t speak to anyone other than him. Sure, she’d say one or two things to the others every now and then, but that was rare.
“What do you think the new guy is like?” Meghan asks once she sees that Sylvia was done talking.
“I hope he’s cute,” Anne butts in with a wink.
“We don’t even know if it’s a guy yet,” Maverick chuckles as Meghan gives Anne a jealous look. Meghan had made it clear to the group on several occasions that the next guy who joined the team was hers. She repeated time and time again that she had dibs.
“Oh, it’s a guy alright,” Meghan announces, standing her ground. She continues as she sniffs the air, “I can smell him.”
Maverick laughs and the others within earshot at Meghan’s act. The girl had a way with catching you off-guard with the strangest jokes. Shaking his head, Maverick turns to look back at the hangar, which was still sealed off. Oddly enough, there had been no alarms, or much of anything else, when the gunship arrived. It was almost as if no one was worried about being attacked. No, the savages had never attacked a city, but that didn’t mean they never would. Their attacks had grown more bold, as of late. As far as Maverick could tell, they took a shot at least half of the ships that visited.
“Let’s get in there and find out,” Maverick instructs those who had remained after Jason left, “Maybe they’ll give us an early lunch as well.”
“If you don’t like him, can I have him?” Anne asks Meghan with a hopeful look.
“If I don’t like him, I’ll kill him myself,” Meghan replies flatly. Maverick gives her a sidelong glance in concern. After a few moments, he still can’t tell if Meghan was kidding.
“You could have just said lunch,” Tyson laughs, doing his best to ignore Meghan’s comment.
“I wish I had,” Maverick breathes back to Tyson with a chuckle.
“Should we keep an eye on her?” Jake whispers once he and Maverick had started for the cafeteria.
“I heard that,” Meghan whispers as she brushes past Jake. She continues with a wink, “Welcome to my hit list.”
Jake stops dead in his tracks as Meghan continues on into the cafeteria. He looks over to Maverick with a look of fear in his eyes. Jake and Maverick were some of the few people who knew why Meghan was sent to Paradise. As the story went, Meghan killed somebody from her Dome. Of course, they didn’t know the whole story, but they knew just enough to be scared.
“You’re fine,” Maverick tells Jake after a beat, “She was kidding.”
“We don’t know that,” Jake counters after he ensures Meghan is out of earshot.
Maverick shakes his head with a chuckle and enters the cafeteria. Inside, he immediately notices that all of the tables are nearly buried in all sorts of gear. Everything from empty packs to notebooks are heaped into great piles, seemingly without any organization at all. At the front of the cafeteria stands the Warden, a few guards, and several officers. Standing in front of them is a kid about Maverick’s age, who he assumes is the newcomer.
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I’ve got a lot of group promos going this week, and I will likely continue to share these through the week as I am sure many of you will be stuck at home. How the End Began
Here’s a review copy of a short story from one of my fellow authors!
What makes this book most interesting (at least to me) is the fact that it takes place in Portland! That’s just a few miles from where I live! 😀
Prequel to Short Autumn Days, Book 1 in The Lenore Monroe Series. Chaos fills the city of Portland, Oregon when spacecrafts appear in the sky. A young woman named Lenore and her brother Pike are miles from home with nowhere to run. They must learn to trust others and depend on each other more if they are going to survive this new world. Short story, about a twenty-minute read.
https://storyoriginapp.com/swaps/b94071dc-52c4-11ea-b976-173dc1265899New Apocalyptic Reads in 2020
Yes, I know a lot of you have probably gotten more than your fill of “the end is nigh” and whatnot lately.
But, in case you’re ready for more (or if you like to see the world burn), then here’s a bunch of free stories and book previews for all of you!
Oh, and did I mention all these books are brand new this year?
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/evvnBIkBegin New Journeys with Series Starters Free in KU
Yeah, I know, that’s quite the mouthful right there.
If you’re bored at home, as many of us are, then just one book likely won’t do. In fact, two or three books may not do if you’re stuck at home for any length of time.
So, here’s a bunch of series starters for those of you who are voracious readers.
Yes, the promo may be for KU readers, but anyone can grab the ebooks and paperbacks.
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/KBJehYFSpace Opera and Fantasy Adventures
For those of you who are Kindle Unlimited subscribers then I have a bunch of sci-fi and fantasy reads for all of you!
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/EKwUahkFire All (Space) Weapons
Yeah, the name could use some work (as can the main image), but don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger!
What doesn’t need as much work is all the books in this promo. If you’re a sci-fi fan (which I hope you are), then you’re bound to find something of interest in here!
All the books and previews in this promo are free, requiring only your email. (Please just don’t leave me!)
This promo is full of great books (plus several of mine) that are either on a special discount, or they are always on the affordable end of the spectrum!
This promo goes across several genres, but it doesn’t have a huge selection of books as others have in the past.
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/UkNQbrPSpeculative Fiction from the Pens of Christians
Here’s a bunch of science fiction and fantasy reads! All these books are enrolled in KU, so feel free to check them out!
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/PB37hQsLucky SciFi Giveaway
Yep, here’s more sci-fi books that you can get previews and full versions of.
This promo is science fiction only, so, if you’re like me, this will be one of the first ones I check out!
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/dQbkJzABut Wait! There’s More!: Prequels, Sequels, and Side Stories in All Genres Giveaway
Here’s the longest promo name I’ve yet to see!
If you (still) haven’t found any books that pique your interest, then here’s one final attempt on my part.
On super-promo of every genre that is devoted solely to prequels, sequels, and side stories. Translation? There’s a lot of reading to be done if you dive in here.
https://storyoriginapp.com/to/zrrqcqp Thank you for exploring the future with me!
P.S. I will be sending a couple of emails throughout the week to make sure you all have something to read!
P.P.S. If you haven’t read the first three episodes of The Battle for Allegra, then you might want to look it up on Amazon before the week is through! I will be raising their prices across the board shortly. (No, I’m not greedy, I just need more than a few cents per sale so I can afford to keep the series going. Don’t blame me, if Amazon didn’t keep the king’s portion of the sale, I’d be fine.)
P.P.P.S. Stay healthy and safe out there everyone!