Visions of the Future StoryBundle

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My military SF novel–A Fleet Action Spread Across an Endless Blue Sky, Book One of the Lightspeed War Saga–has been included in the Visions of the Future Bundle offered by StoryBundle and curated by SF legend Dean Wesley Smith.  This bundle is a great opportunity to get a ton of great science fiction from a variety of talented authors for a very low price..  I hope you’ll give it a look.  If you want to know more about the details, see below:

THE VISIONS OF THE FUTURE BUNDLE

The Visions of the Future Bundle – Curated by Dean Wesley Smith

All Kinds of Different Futures

I grew up reading science fiction way back in the 1950s. And from those early years, I loved it, how it showed me possible futures, places to escape to, wonderful visions, and dark possibilities.

Science fiction took me out of a bad childhood and let me escape, not only from my home, but from this planet. And then, when I was in high school and college, Star Trekallowed me to escape into a wonderful future of hope and dreams, where the good guys won.

To say I loved science fiction would be a gigantic understatement.

And for the last six decades, I have continued to love and read and watch science fiction in all forms, and write my share of it as well, including back in the 1990s a lot of Star Trek.

So when chosen for the wonderful task of putting together a bundle of stories with the title Visions of the Future, I got excited. I wanted to find writers who could take me into their visions of what they saw the future to be.

My first stop, when looking for writers, was Robert Jeschonek, maybe one of the most creative minds working in modern science fiction.

Robert Jeschonek is the bestselling author of more books, comics, and short stories than he can count. One reviewer called him “the love child of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman.” Yup, I agree with that completely.

And it just so happened that Robert had an exclusive anthology for this bundle with the title story being maybe one of my all-time favorite short stories. “In the Empire of the Underpants.”

I mean, seriously, how can you beat a story about sentient men’s underwear looking for its reason for being. A vision of the future that only the wild mind of Robert Jeschonek could come up with.

Next, I went to my wife, New York Timesbestselling writer, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the most awarded science fiction writer working today. She also has written hundreds of novels, comics, and short stories, but is more known for her award-winning science fiction. I talked her into giving me Consequences, a fast-paced novel in her amazing future Retrieval Artistseries starting Miles Flint. Trust me, after you read this one, you will want to get the entire series.

Next, I went to two of the best former submarines officers who also write fantastic, fast-paced, and acclaimed science fiction. It seems that formally serving on submarines can really give you a sense of what it feels like to be on spaceships.

Award-nominated and acclaimed writer Steven Mohan, Jr. offered a fast-paced novel of a terrible future war, a fleet beset by corruption, and by murder. The novel, called A Fleet Action Spread Across an Endless Blue Sky, will keep you up reading late into the night as only Steven can do.

And secondly, 20-year veteran of the US Navy submarine force, Michael Kingswood gives us a novel full of action and intrigue called The Pericles Conspiracy. Another edge-of-your-seat book that is just almost impossible to put down.

So I had military science fiction from two of the best military writers working in science fiction, so I needed grand space opera next.

Bestselling writer Blaze Ward is one of the most prolific writers of science fiction novels working today in numbers of different series. He offered the bundle a brand new space opera that is book one in a new series called Escape: The Lazarus Alliance. Perfect space opera in all ways.

And exclusive to this bundle.

Blaze’s wife, acclaimed and bestselling writer, Leah Cutter, offered a completely different take on space opera. A portal story, where magic takes over when physics fails. Only the portals can help them escape Earth and cover the vast distances to the stars. This book is the very beginning of this vast series. Origins: Huli Intergalacticis a book you don’t want to miss.

Bestselling writer, Ron Collins has been in just about every major magazine in science fiction and he has been nominated for many awards, including in mystery. And he got a prize a few years back from Writers of the Future.

He offered the bundle an exclusive novel of a far future where autonomic intelligences do all the work. Wakersis an amazing novel, one you won’t soon forget. Get it in this bundle first.

At this point I wanted more of a diversity of stories, so I turned to bestselling writer, Annie Reed. Annie has published acclaimed short fiction in dozens of different markets and has an exclusive to this bundle an expanded edition of The Forever Soldier and Other Future Tales. Nine fantastic visions of worlds to come.

After reading those stories, trust me, you will go searching for as many Annie Reed novels and stories as you can find. An amazing collection.

So, one major area of science fiction futures I was missing, and that was apocalyptic fiction. Just so happened that I had written a book that was a prequal to my Seeders space opera series called Dust and Kisses.

And then, lastly, for a dark assortment of different futures, I added in Fiction River: Visions of the Apocalypse. Fourteen stories by major writers that will fill out the bundle.

There are two exclusive collections and two exclusive novels in this bundle. And you can only get it for three weeks.

So set some time aside for some travels into some amazing futures. You will be very, very glad you did.

But wait, it does get better if you decide to support our fantastic charity AbleGamers.com. I hope you do. There is no better feeling than helping a great cause and then reading a great book.

Or ten books, as the case might be. – Dean Wesley Smith

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

A Fleet Action Spread Across an Endless Blue Skyby Steven Mohan Jr.

The Pericles Conspiracyby Michael Kingswood

Fiction River: Visions of the Apocalypseby Fiction River

The Forever Soldier and Other Future Talesby Annie Reed (StoryBundle Exclusive!)

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus SIXmore books!

Escape – The Lazarus Alliance: Book Oneby Blaze Ward (StoryBundle Exclusive!)

Wakersby Ron Collins (StoryBundle Exclusive!)

In the Empire of Underpants and Other Storiesby Robert Jeschonek (StoryBundle Exclusive!)

Originsby Leah Cutter

Consequencesby Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Dust and Kissesby Dean Wesley Smith

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.

Pay what you want (minimum $5): Youdecide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.

Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.

Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to AbleGamers!

Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundleand like us on Facebook.

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Political Thriller Bundle

I had the great fortune to be included in a great bundle of political thrillers.  It goes on sale this evening and Nick Harlow explains the whole thing below.  Bottom line, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a lot of great books for a very economical price–and perhaps find an exciting new writer you’ve never heard of before.  I’ll close out my little introduction with a great quotation:

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: “In an unbelievable real-life political season, how about reading something a bit more believable?  Try political fiction…”

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THE POLITICAL THRILLER BUNDLE

The Political Thriller Bundle – Curated by Nick Harlow

If you’ve been keeping up with this year’s presidential campaign, you’ve probably said to yourself, “You can’t make this stuff up.”

Well, actually you can.

Four years ago I published Endgame, about a reality show star running for President. An agent told me, “Way too over-the-top. And totally unbelievable.”

(Which makes me wonder if Mister Trump read it and got the idea to run.)

You can’t argue with reality often being stranger than fiction this year. That said, it’s only fitting that we put together a bundle of political thrillers which are fiction… well, for now, anyway.

These days everything is political… while some of the books in our bundle touch on the race for the Oval Office, politics is not just exclusive to the electoral process. Our bundle kicks off with a classic Pulitzer Prize winner by Allen Drury, Advise and Consent, about the Supreme Court. A timely topic in light of Justice Scalia’s unfilled seat.

Speaking of award winning authors, we’ve got a novel from Hugo & Ellery Queen award winner Kristine Rusch,The Enemy Within, a cool alternate history book set in the turbulent sixties. What if there was yet another assassination of a legendary Washington figure?

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Joshua Graham offers Latent Image in which a picture is worth more than a thousand words to the Secret Service… and the photographer is worth even more.

Michael Britton comes up with some of the most clever plots I’ve ever read. His novel Assassinware deals with electronic security and might have you disconnecting your computer from the Internet by the time you’re halfway through the book.

You’ll also find riveting stories on everything from contract killers to submarines, all with political intrigue. I love a good page-turner, and trust me, these books hit the ground running.

So if you need a break from the strange reality of the 2016 election, our political thriller bundle should be just the ticket. Our “campaign” runs through election day, and in this case, I think we’ve got ten winners. I promise no TV ads, no robo-calls, no direct mail appeals for money. I only ask that you read early, read often.

I’m Nick Harlow, and I approved this bundle. – Nick Harlow

The initial titles in the Political Thriller Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • ENDGAME by Nick Harlow
  • AssassinWare by Michael D. Britton
  • Latent Image by Joshua Graham
  • Winter Dragon by Henry Martin
  • Advise & Consent by Allen Drury

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus five more:

  • The Brokered Convention by Nick Harlow
  • Swap Out! by M. L. Buchman
  • The Enemy Within by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Sara X by Donald A. Shinn
  • Decision by Allen Drury

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.

 

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Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms

Just found out that one of my stories–“Old Magics”–was accepted into a reprint anthology.  In my humble opinion, it’s a strong table of contents.  If you like urban fantasy you might want to check it out.


Fiction River Presents: Darker Realms

Edited by Allyson Longueira

Take a journey into darker realms with the latest volume of Fiction River Presents. Starting with a one mage’s difficult choice, this volume transports readers to dark magical worlds—sometimes eerily similar to our own and sometimes incredibly foreign. Including the prequels to two groundbreaking series, the Runelords and the Fey, this volume proves why Adventures Fantastic says the Fiction River series “is one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”

Table of Contents
“Lost in the Tarnished Cube” by Thomas K. Carpenter
“Myrtle’s Boxes” by Louisa Swann     “Old Magics” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
“The Sky in the Ground” by Rob Vagle
“The Gleaming Crater” by Thea Hutcheson
“Destiny” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Barbarians” by David Farland
“The Witch’s House” by Richard Bowes

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