Bestselling Religious & Horror

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Today and tomorrow, Windows into Hell is just 99 cents! It’s been tearing up the Amazon charts, ranking #8 in all Horror and #8 in all Religion & Inspirational. I’ve ranked in Horror before, but this is my first bestseller in Religion. Those are not even subcategories. Not only that, but the contributing authors have been all over the Amazon Top Authors page with yours truly ranking at #21 in Horror and #61 in Religious & Inspirational. That’s just now, it’s not even finished! With 21 reviews, not a single one is below 4 stars. If you want more information, check out my Windows into Hell page. This book is getting amazing reception, so grab it while it’s hot.

Thanks to all of you for your help!

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The Actuator RPG

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At long last, it’s finally finished! The full version of The Actuator Role-playing Game mod. You can use this guide to turn any RPG into a multi-genre campaign. It comes with two free short stories set in the Actuator universe as well. What’s better than that? It’s FREE!

Published by Final Redoubt Press on RPG Now, you can download the entire game here:

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If you want more information, check The Actuator Book Page or The Actuator RPG Page.

Special thanks to Robert J. Defendi of FRP for his amazing help. Tell your friends and family, then get reading!

 

Final 99 cent sale!

This is the last one! For this week, you can get Schism. This future sci-fi, steampunk, fantasy mash-up is an action adventure with a touch of romance. Designed to be about as long as a movie, it aims to satisfy the reader in just one sitting. You can try it out on sale for less than everything in a dollar store! Grab it.

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If you want more than a quick read, you can also get Thomas Destiny by Jason King and Jon Grundvig on the cheap for just this week. This inter-dimensional fantasy is another fast paced genre cross-over, guaranteed to be fun.

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Weekend 99 Cents Sale: Salvation

 

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Looking for a great fantasy read? Of course you are. Who wouldn’t be? This book has it all- magic, cool swords, amnesia, monsters, and love. There’s also plenty of snow, just in time for the holidays! Grab it today (or tomorrow, December 17-18) for less than a buck. Then get warm and cozy with your kindle as you join the people of Winigh in their struggle for Salvation.

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Is that all the fantastic fun you want? I didn’t think so. Let me recommend several other amazing books on sale. I’ve read them all and they are great. You can get the whole lot of them for just $5.94!

 

Valcoria: Children of the Crystal Star by Jason King

FIVE out of the Dark (book 1) by Holli Anderson

FIVE out of the Ashes (book 2) by Holli Andeson

Death by Cliché by Robert J. Defendi

The Lure of Fools (book 1) by Jason King

The Soulless Grave (book 2) by Jason King

CQ Chronology EbookIf you don’t feel like reading a whole book, perhaps you’d prefer a short story collection, or two. These have both been #1 bestsellers. Chronology has my story, Draconic King, first on the list and includes a story by the iconic Piers Anthony.

CQ Primetime EbookPrimetime includes the short story that launched my bestselling Actuator series, Cyber-Cowboy.

Both of these collections are huge. They are an incredible bargain for just two days!

Don’t forget, e-books make great gifts for the holidays!

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Sci-Fi Super-Sale!

 

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Today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, December 15 – 16, Curiosity Quills Press is putting all their science fiction e-books on sale for just 99 cents each! That means if you haven’t been keeping up with the Actuator series , you can get the FIRST THREE BOOKS for just $2.97. Not only do they have the amazing new covers, the interiors have been updated. So now there’s a new story by yours truly in the Borderlands Anthology, and a free short story included with Fractured Earth. What a great day to be alive! Here are the individual links–

The Actuator: Borderland Anthology

The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth

The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles (New this week!)

Want more information about the series before you commit? Check my Actuator Page.

Remember, books made great GIFTS! You can gift them from Amazon. By then the sale will be over and they will think you spent tons of money on them. Spread the love!

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If you aren’t up for starting a whole series, or you want something a little more in the literary sci-fi area, check out Theocracide. You can’t go wrong at this price, and it’s guaranteed to leave you thinking.Under a Brass Moon Cover

If your not looking for anything deep or even as long as a book, you can get this fantastic collection of sci-fi and steampunk. I have four stories in this anthology. Under a Brass Moon is a gigantic collection of awesome you won’t want to miss. The paperback is $23.00, but you can get it for less than a buck!

 

Go to Amazon now and get Theocracide or Under a Brass Moon, or both for just $1.98!

Cover Reveal- The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

Coming soon (like Monday, December 12 soon) to an Amazon near you!

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Yeah, it’s as good as the cover!

Is Sci-fi More Optimistic than Fantasy?

In a recent discussion with my friend, R. A. Baxter, I casually mentioned that magic and future tech were fundamentally the same thing in different settings. In some ways science fiction and fantasy are the same, which is why they are often shelved together in stores and libraries. Fans of both often prefer the term “speculative fiction,” since the lines between them have been blurred so much.

He pointed out that one big difference between them is that readers often assume future technology will be possible some day, whereas most of the time nobody believes magic is real. What I realized when I heard this, was that sci-fi seems fundamentally more optimistic than fantasy for that reason.

Traditional sci-fi is full of ideas for inventions that would make life better. It is set in the future, and as real time catches up with the imagined worlds of past authors we are amazed that so many were correct. In many cases, the inventions presented as fiction inspire later engineers to invent them, thus fulfilling a kind of techno-prophecy.

Medieval fantasy is set in the past, and tends to include a longing for bygone ways. The magic changes the balance of power and often alters the course of lives or worlds. However, the overall statement seems to be that life would be better with magic.

Based on these stereotypical genre descriptions, fantasy is more pessimistic. In reality, there are many dystopian futures and fantasies that include a positive ideal of humanity (which is about the characters more than the magic). Indeed my own fantasy novel, Salvation, is much more socially positive than my science fiction book, Theocracide.

What do you think? Does one of these genres represent a more positive view of humanity in general?