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Pay Tribute to Our Corporate Overlords With the Prime Day Deals

Prime day is here, and we all have to buy something.

Find Prime Day Deals on Amazon.com

Find Prime Day Deals on Amazon.co.uk

 

What can you get, you may ask?

You can get a smart lightbulb that will refuse to turn on unless you have paid your subscription!

You can get a button that instantly orders more of one product, the designers casually ignoring the presence of children and pets in the world!

You can start the smart home of your dreams, the stepping stone to a horrible existence where you scream at the unresponsive devices that have gotten you locked outside (hopefully) or worse, inside your home with no way out!

You can get a cute little wiretap for your home that speaks! It can also provide evidence to court in case it is needed to prove that you did, in fact, abuse your wife before she murdered you with the steak knife you got as a wedding gift!

You can get a smart babycam with unplugged exploits so that paedophiles can watch your cuddly little baby!

You can get a video doorbell that can definitely get hacked to make you think your grandma is visiting instead of a group of burglars!

You can get a smart TV that watches you back while you sleep on the couch, tracks your viewing habits and reports them all in neat little packages back to ad agencies!

This is one we actually suggest you get, the Audible deal:

Seriously, that’s the only offer that’s actually good enough to get immediately. And perhaps a Kindle so you can read our stories in comfort (We got a Kindle Fire 10):

That’s all. Go buy something. Not the Kindle Unlimited deal, we don’t offer our titles in that (it requires exclusivity.)

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Get the Massive Smashwords Monthly Sale ?

 

July Summer/Winter Sale Specials for July 1–31

It’s time again for the semi-annual Smashwords sale. This month only, they offer thousands of ebook titles at massive discounts of 25%, 50% and even 75%.

You can locate our titles on the following links:

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Future Fiction, A Collection of the Finest Sci-Fi From Around the World

If you like thought-provoking science fiction hand-picked from all around the world, then this collection of short stories is for you.

Future Fiction is an Italian house that picks out authors and translates their stories in English. We’ve posted about them before and we will do so again, because it seems they’re here to stay and we really like what they’re bringing to the international scene.

Tor called these: 

(…)thirteen incredible tales from all around the globe that will not only introduce you to worlds you may not be familiar with but also expand your horizons and the horizons of the science fiction field itself.

Strange Horizons has a thorough review if you want to read an analysis of the stories. Here are some snippets:

Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Fiction. Edited by Rosarium’s Bill Campbell and Future Fiction‘s Francesco Verso, this collection brings together speculative fiction that was originally published by Verso’s Italian press. Represented here are India, Greece, Zimbabwe, China, Italy, the US, Canada, the UK, Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Cuba. Of these twelve stories, four are translations: “Creative Surgery” by Clelia Farris (translated from the Italian by Jennifer Delare), “The Quantum Mommy” by Michalis Manolios (translated from the Greek by Manolis Vamvounis), “Tongtong’s Summer” by Xia Jia (translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu), and “Grey Noise” by Pepe Rojo (translated from the Spanish by Andrea Bell).

There’s speculative fiction, and then there’s speculative fiction that’s been kicked up several levels. You’ll find the latter when you read stories like James Patrick Kelly’s “Bernardo’s House,” Farris’s “Creative Surgery,” Tendai Huchu’s “Hostbods,” and Efe Tokunbo’s absolutely brilliant “Proposition 23.”

Some of the stories, including Kelly’s “Bernardo’s House,” Carlos Hernandez’s “The International Studbook of the Giant Panda,” Manolios’s “The Quantum Mommy,” Huchu’s “Hostbods,” Rojo’s “Grey Noise,” and Tokunbo’s “Proposition 23,” focus on the complex and often troubling intersection of humans and machines.

Here’s a shot of a very happy Michalis Manolios only moments after he got the book in his hands for the first time.

The book is available in both paperback and ebook version. Shelf it on Goodreads.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Return of the Aghyrians by Patty Jansen

Watcher’s Web is an exciting survival story set in an alien wilderness.

She is lost on an alien planet. He said he’d help her get home. He lied.

Jessica’s plane develops engine trouble over the dry Australian inland—and crashes in thick, unfamiliar rainforest.

A group she thinks is a search party shows up, but it consists of large-eyed not-quite people who kill all survivors except Jessica and a long-haired hippie named Brian.

No one is going to come to rescue her. In fact, they’re not even on Earth.

While the pair wrestle their way through the forest in search for help, Jessica becomes ever more suspicious of Brian. Why does he know so much about the world where they have ended up? Why is he so insistent on helping her?

Jessica has always been able to use her mind to tell animals what to do and now she’s hearing voices in her head. Another man is pleading her not to listen to Brian. Except this man can kill someone with a single look, and he uses his mental powers to order people around.

In this utterly strange and dangerous world where people seem to want something from her, who can she trust?

A gritty survival story in the vein of The Hunger Games, set in a Star Wars locality.

Start Reading Watcher’s Web for Free on Amazon US

On Amazon UK

The rich and powerful tapestry of world building captures the imagination and just doesn’t let go. The characters are full of life and complexity. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It is easy to identify with the peoples and through suspension of disbelief, this world was very real, as are the struggles being faced. Love books that make me think about what I would or wouldn’t do in that situation. Great strong female lead.

Hollywood, are you listening? This story should be made into a movie! Avatar, move over. There’s a new kid on the block! This story is well written and the characters have plenty of depth. The story flows from one page to the next, from one chapter to the next. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from page one til the end.

Get the 4-book series:

Find the entire series on Amazon, or visit the author’s page for links to other retailers.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Start With Star Nomad, Then Fall for the Empire

If you want to read a long series of space opera goodness, look no further than Lindsay Buroker’s Fallen Empire series.

You can start reading Star Nomad right now for free on Amazon.

The series is insanely deep and beloved by a ton of fans. It has also kicked-off a spin-off, so we’ll need Lindsay’s list of titles to keep track of it all.

Fallen Empire

Remnants — A short story that takes place 2-3 years before Star Nomad. It’s the adventure where Alisa and Mica first meet, and it’s currently only available in the You Are Here SF/F anthology.

Last Command — A novella that takes place 6 months before Star Nomad. It’s from Leonidas’s point of view and shows him carrying out his last mission before the fall of the empire. It’s currently available as a free bonus to those who sign up for the Fallen Empire newsletter.

Star Nomad — The first book and where the main adventure begins.

Saranth Three — A short story that takes place between Star Nomad and Book 2, Honor’s Flight. It’s currently a bonus for newsletter subscribers.

Honor’s Flight — Book 2 in the series

Starfall Station — A short story from Leonidas’s point of view. It takes place between Book 2 and Book 3. It’s currently available through the free Star Rebels anthology. (This is available on KoboApple, and Barnes & Noble, as well as Amazon.)

Starseers — Book 3

Relic of Sorrows — Book 4

Cleon Moon — Book 5

Arkadian Skies — Book 6

Perilous Hunt — Book 7

End Game — Book 8

Hope Springs — A honeymoon adventure that takes place after Book 8. It’s currently available in the Beyond the Stars: New Worlds, New Suns anthology.

Cyborg Legacy — This is a stand-alone novel that takes place a few years after the main series. It brings in a new hero, Jasim, but Leonidas also returns to go on the adventure.

Sky Full of Stars (Fallen Empire spinoff series)

A Sky Full of Stars takes place ten years after the events in Fallen Empire, with the next generation (Jelena, Thor, and Erick Ostberg) coming to the forefront for adventures of their own.

The Rogue Prince — Book 1

Angle of Truth — Book 2

Stolen Legacy — Book 3 (Upcoming Title)

So, grab the freebie series starters and get convinced that this journey is worth taking.

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Get the Smashwords End of the Year Sale

Smashwords has a wide range of books on sale for Dec 15 to Jan 1.

You can browse the sale here.

Or you can find our own titles on sale here.

Possible coupon codes are:

EY100
(100% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

SEY75
(75% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

SEY50
(50% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

SEY25
(25% off 2017-12-25 thru 2018-01-01)

 

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Mythographers we Love: String Demons

What if Lady Gaga attended a Greek country fair? What if a Greek folk song steps into the realm of heavy metal?

You’d get String Demons, and their new album Rise of Strings.

Konstantinos and Lydia Boudounis are doing their own thing and remixing from all over the soundscape.

You can get their album from all major services, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, Tidal:

Get the Rise of Strings Album

I especially like their “Pirates” music piece. It’s not on the album but you can listen to it on Youtube:

String Demons Website

 

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Mythographers We Love: Eros and Psyche Project

There’s a very nice comic retelling of the Eros and Psyche myth, by two Greek girls, Myrto Gkiouli and Eirini Skoura.

It was a kickstarted project that got a lot of attention from fans. And it was well deserved, the design is lovely and very emotive.

Get Eros and Psyche in EnglishGet Eros and Psyche in Greek

You can find them on their page on Facebook, for orders etc.

Here’s a juicy taste of the story:

“A light breeze blew in from the window and put out the lamp’s flame, plunging the room in darkness. Using her surprise to his advantage, Eros seized the opportunity and slipped into bed next to her. Her eyes widened in shock; someone was in her bed. That was it, then; time to meet her mysterious husband. She was petrified; from fear or anticipation, she didn’t know.”

Some of the concept art and other mythographies

There’s a limited time promotion running for each ebook order with an added collection of short stories.

Here it is in their own words:

It’s been 2 years since the launch of our campaign, so, in order to celebrate the occasion, starting today, and for the following month, anyone who buys the e-book (at a special price too!), will be getting a bonus pdf with a collection of short stories/outtakes revolving around the myth! (make sure you read the introduction of that thing as well, it’s fun!)

Get Eros and Psyche in EnglishGet Eros and Psyche in Greek

 

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100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime

Amazon has a list of the year’s best books. What we care about is the Sci-fi list, so here it is:

Click to see the list on Amazon

I’ve already bought Oathbringer and Artemis.

Of the rest, Persepolis Rising is definitely on my list. David Wong’s “What the Hell Did I Just Read” is also on there, I loved the last book.

Ann Leckie has no chance of ever getting my time, ever again.

The Book of Dust is getting passed around all the time in my social media echo chamber, so I’ll give it a shot.

What else should I add to my TBR pile?

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Binge-Worthy Reads: This is Your Chance to Board the Starship JJ Green

I love a good space story. And there’s nothing better than J.J. Green’s series, Shadows of the Void.

Starbound is the prequel to the fast-paced, action-packed Shadows of the Void space opera serial.

Being a Martian isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Jas Harrington was only a baby when a massive fire at a fledging Martian colony took the lives of everyone close to her. After growing up in institutions on Mars and Earth, Jas travels to Antarctica to train as a deep space security operative.

All she wants is to graduate college and fulfill her dreams, but it isn’t long before she faces familiar prejudice against returned colonists.

For once, fighting her way out of her problems isn’t an option, until it is.

Starbound is the prequel to the fast-paced, action-packed Shadows of the Void space opera serial.

“Great story! Whether a first-time reader, or one experienced in this series, a must read!”

“…more than a couple of surprises that come your way when you least expect it.”

“I loved the characters, and the plot dragged you right into it.”

“Very well done, a great read.”

“Can’t wait to start the next book.”

Looks great. I wanna read it.

Download your copy today!

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Alternatively, you can sign up at J.J. Green’s newsletter and get Starbound for free.

But won’t she mind if I do that?

Nope. Because then J.J. can send you even more exclusive stuff. Just get on the spaceship right now.

I Wanna Give My Email and Download Starbound for Free

Wait. I can binge on that series?

Just dive right in.

The Books of Shadows of the Void – Complete Series

  • Prequel: Starbound (Start Here)
  • Book 1: Generation
  • Book 2: Stranded
  • Book 3: Dawn
  • Book 4: Shadowrise
  • Book 5: Underworld
  • Book 6: Burned
  • Book 7: Trapped
  • Book 8: Mars Born
  • Book 9: Shadow Battle
  • Book 10: Shadow War
  • Books 1 – 3 The Galathea Chronicles
  • Books 4 – 7 The Earth Chronicles
  • Books 8 – 10 The Galactic Chronicles (coming Sept 2017)

Start reading the Shadows of the Void series on Amazon.

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Binge-Worthy Reads: Drakon

I met Mr. Caskabel yesterday. He’s like me, working on both the Greek and English markets (USA). He’s also helping out budding authors in Athens, running a printing press, so many things.

This is his book series, Drakon. It has been praised by everyone I know, so check it out. It is bloody, dirty, sexy, powerful. If you liked Game of Thrones, you’ll like this too. If you are squeamish, hoo boy, click away now.

There’s a 4 book series on Amazon. That should be enough for you to binge on.

What they said about Drakon:

“A quick-paced, exhilarating story that, after only the first volume, is already epic.” — Kirkus Reviews

“If you like dark fantasy, this is a fantastic installment.”

“Fast-paced and full of action, but it is the first-person narrative that makes it so powerful.”

“No magic or strange creatures, just people brainwashed by powerful stories full of symbolism and dark beauty.”

“The first in a new high fantasy series, Caskabel introduces us to his protagonist (Da-Ren) through the grueling and cruel coming of age gauntlet called The Sieve that will lead him to find his place in the culture. Caskabel has built an elaborate mythology and religion that he skilfully weaves into his story as we watch Da-Ren survive.”

“This book took me to a place that was dark, mysterious and new.”

“A haunting, captivating book that immerses you in its lyricism only to drown you in its barbarism a couple of pages later.”

“The Hunger Games and Maze Runner meets Genghis Khan.”

“DRAKON travels you to a magic world of bravery, treachery, and love. The book does not just create a new universe of characters and norms: it also takes you there.”

I Wanna Start Reading Drakon

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Here are the Black Friday Deals, Whatever That is

When your corporate overlord tells you to post something, you post it. We got an email basically saying, promote this, or else. We don’t really wanna know how many delivery drones will fall on our heads if we don’t comply.

So here are the Black Friday Deals, running from November 17 till 26.

I have no idea what Black Friday is. Is it like Garfield’s Mondays or something? No? Never mind.

What can you get?

If you’re in the USA:

Click here to get to the deals page.

Or if you’re in the UK: