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My UK readers now have another option for my e-books -- Wizard's Tower Bookstore. The owner has gone on vacation, but more books will be forthcoming once she gets back. Thanks to Chris Dolley at Book View Cafe for making this possible for BVC members!
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I haven't made a pitch in a while, so thought I'd mention ebooks in passing this holiday weekend (in the USA -- everyone should celebrate their independence day! Heck, in Texas we celebrate Mexico's, too.) Ebooks are out there and ready to be read on a moment's notice!

If you are in need of new reading material and your reader is not yet filled, check out my SF novels. You can get them DRM-free over at Book View Cafe, and on Kindle branded software at Amazon.com. (That link is to the BacklistEbooks group, which will show you everything, but you have to click through to be able to buy them.) There are links to my stuff over on the side of the Live Journal, too.

We now return you to your long weekend activities. Don't melt!
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So if you've been waiting to read a chunk, now's your chance!

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Katharine-Eliska-Kimbriel/Novels/Fires-of-Nuala-1
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It's Episode 10 for Fires of Nuala! If you wanted to read this far for free, be sure and get in soon, because we're upgrading the site in January, and there is no guarantee that the entire free book serialization will continue. Our evaluation shows that people tend to read from the beginning, and make up their minds quickly to either buy, come back later, or it's not for them.

You'll also see the link for Hidden Fires, which is also now available in e-book. There will eventually be a Kindle edition, but not until after the holidays.

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/
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HIDDEN FIRES (Chronicles of Nuala 2)
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
December 1, 2010 $4.99
ISBN: 978 1 61138 031 6

Nuala ... planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest platinum group metal in the known galaxy.

Tribal leaders "Silver" Darame and her husband Sheel Atare have brought an uneasy peace to a world racked by sterility, intrigue, and unimaginable wealth. But two con artists ripe for mischief (and maybe murder) tangle with two misplaced quests, and political intrigue explodes into a conspiracy of death, treason, and abduction.

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Kimbriel-Hidden-Fires

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I made the press release this week!
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He had spent a hundred years seeking the woman called Silver; he still didn’t know if he was going to kill her.

Yes, I am spoiling you all -- two in one year. Here's a sample of Hidden Fires --

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Katharine-Eliska-Kimbriel/Novels/Hidden-Fires-Sample-Chapters

This one won't be serialized, since I'm not sure anyone keeps reading past a certain point -- they either buy or don't! If you're going straight to purchase, you can go through here:

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Katharine-Eliska-Kimbriel/Novels/Hidden-Fires-eBook-Blurb

Hope you like it!
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Have you all gone with the 70% royalty plan, or are any of you messing with the 35% royalty (must adjust price if run a sale somewhere) version?
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Cover painting by Don Dixon of http://www.cosmographica.com

Note: This is version 2 October 27, 2010

He had spent a hundred years seeking the woman called Silver; he still didn’t know if he was going to kill her.

Garth Kristinsson’s parents were free-traders, the aristocracy of con artists, able to fleece the dishonest with their own greed. But his father’s last scam went horribly wrong, and at the last, both his parents were dead. Garth wanted answers no authority could give him, so he searched six solar systems for any clue, any lead on his father’s partners-in-crime. One of them still lived – he would find her on the mysterious planet Nuala.

Nuala . . . planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest platinum group metal in the known galaxy.

“Silver” is Darame Daviddottir, a famous free-trader who is now a citizen of Nuala – her husband, Sheel Atare, leads one of the planet’s most powerful tribes. Together they have brought an uneasy peace to a world racked by sterility, intrigue, and unimaginable wealth. For the first time in countless generations, Nualans are actually working together, their council a voice for interstellar trade and a sounding board for inter-tribal cooperation.

But the new ruler of Atare’s ancient enemy is a spoiled and arrogant genius named Rex Dielaan. When off-worlder Garth meets aristocrat Rex, it is a meeting of two con artists ripe for mischief...and maybe murder. Two misplaced quests explode into a conspiracy of death, treason, and abduction. There’s a plan afoot leading toward war, and it threatens Nuala’s peace, Atare’s prosperity . . . and Silver’s life.

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So . . . what do you think? Would you pick up this book? Is the back intriguing? Is it too subtle? I'm wondering if the lettering on the cover is too dark, or just right. It looks great here, but the little LJ icon looks a bit dark. But since it's shown at a decent size at BVC and eventually (sigh) Amazon, that darkness might not matter much.

If I can get stuff turned in on time this week, there will be a free offering of this e-book at Library Thing next month.
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Bargains!

Book View Cafe is pleased to present omnibus editions of four of their most popular book series: Jay Caselberg’s Jack Stein (Wyrmhole, Metal Sky, The Star Tablet and Wall of Mirrors), Vonda N. McIntyre’s Starfarers Quartet (Starfarers, Transition, Metaphase, Nautilus), Steven Harper’s Silent Empire (Dreamer, Nightmare, Offspring, Trickster), and Sarah Zettel’s Paths to Camelot (In Camelot’s Shadow, For Camelot’s Honor, Under Camelot’s Banner, Camelot’s Blood).

Each omnibus contains four complete novels in a single large file. The books are available in several DRM-free formats, at an economical price.

Get all four in the BVC bookstore: http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/BVC-eBookstore/

Or go directly to the omnibus pages:

Jack Stein -- http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Caselberg-The-Jack-Stein-Omnibus -- $12.99

The Starfarers Quartet -- http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/McIntyre-The-Starfarers-Quartet -- $12.99

The Silent Empire -- http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Harper-Silent-Empire-Omnibus -- $7.99

Paths to Camelot -- http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Zettel-Paths-to-Camelot-Omnibus -- $12.99
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Hummm.....

Well, I tried to tell them about the new edition and upload a new cover and back blurb. I even tried to figure out where to do a blog. Nothing has shown up other than the old book covers I uploaded. And I get a message telling me where to check into making a Kindle edition.

I don't have time to do that right now.

So -- anyone writing a review, you might include my web site or something, or even see if you can get Book View Cafe's name mentioned. Since apparently I won't be selling books through them, more's the pity.
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So -- Today is the day. FIRES OF NUALA, ISBN 978 0 9828440 7 6, cover art by noted astronomical artist Don Dixon, 110,000 words plus appendices, is available in four formats over at Book View Cafe -- PDF, MOBI, PRC and EPUB. The first three of those formats will work on a Kindle, so don't wait for a so-called Kindle version, because that is months away. Getting the other two books in shape to become E-books is more important. Sony eReader and B&N Nook can read PDFs.

The book can be purchased here.

There should be a link on the front page of Book View Cafe tomorrow, Thursday, leading to the first scene of the book. I've broken the 110,000 word novel into 54 blocks that vary from 2500 to 3500 words -- the size of a short story. You can start the novel and read on-line every Thursday from now until the cows come home. Or -- you can buy a copy a soon as you'd like! This edition contains all the extras that pertain to this part of history -- maps (in my own, spidery handwriting) time, calendar, language, genealogy -- and the thieves' cant that was left out of the original novel.

I hope you enjoy it. If you like it, tell the world! I plan to put up the other two books, and hope to get back to writing in here, too. I need to either sell a bunch of books or get a part time job this fall, building up my strength to work full time again. The fate of this e-book, and a few submissions out there, will determine whether fiction is full time, or the hobby after everything else is taken care of.

I'll leave a LJ post open for comments, discussion, etc. each week, if people would like to talk book. Remember to hide spoilers! This is a new book to many. http://alfreda89.livejournal.com/

Thank you for your support, and your belief. Special thanks go to writers Vonda N. McIntyre, Pati Nagle, and Amy Sterling Casil of Book View Cafe -- this would not have been possible without them. When you visit BVC, be sure and look up their books, too -- Vonda's Starfarers Quartet is also now available in E-Book formats!

Here we go again....

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Cover painting by Don Dixon of http://www.cosmographica.com


For more than 150 years, she has traveled the Seven Systems, slipping in and out of Cold Sleep. She is a free-trader, the aristocracy of con artists, able to fleece the dishonest with their own greed.

The woman is known as Silver, when she is named at all –- and she may be the finest free-trader living. But even she is not prepared for the reality of Nuala, planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest platinum group metal in the known galaxy. Eighty percent of the citizens are sterile, and the wealthy send their children out to seek mates and find others willing to expand the planetary gene pool. A Nualan can smell a lie at fifty paces. Truth, honor – and their children – are everything to the people of Nuala.

On Nuala, for the first time, Silver will be forced to use her real name –- Darame Daviddottir – and she will walk the thinnest line between truth and lie of her long and varied career.

The scam she’s come to join has just been blown to the skies, along with the throne lines of three separate sovereign nations. Now Darame has just one decision -– which group of Nualans will she support in the days to come? Mere chance threw her into the camp of the Atares, leaders of the largest clan on Nuala. Will she help them? Thwart them? Wait for the dust to settle?

The tipping point may have already occurred. Turns out she’s mentioned in Nualan religious prophecy, and has caught the eye of the last adult male of a throne line. Sheel Atare is a “hot” healer, able to close ripped flesh and draw fever with a touch. A reclusive professor and medical doctor, unprepared to rule, Sheel Atare needs all the allies he can get.

Even allies who may be connected to those who brought down his house.

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Coming in September from Book View Cafe!

TOMORROW -- How you can help launch this book -- 'cus I can use your help!
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Folks -- This is a thoroughly impressive compilation of writing advice from a lot of talented, multi-published, award-winning and nominee-ed people. I'm only sorry I didn't get my act together in time to include an article on writing selling synopses. This one is recommended! Remember, if you don't have an e-book reader, we publish in .pdf, which the free Adobe Reader you can read on your computer, and in several cell phone readers.

Book View Café has launched their latest e-book: BREWING FINE FICTION, Advice for Writers From the Authors at Book View Café (ISBN 978-0-9828440-3-8). BVC’s members include international bestselling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into one volume, edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle, that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.
Contributors )
In celebration of the launch, BVC is giving out free copies of WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER. This e-book is a collection of humorous stories posted to the Book View Cafe blog by the BVC authors describing the fastest ways to bring your writing career to a screeching halt. The compilation is available free of charge to anyone purchasing a copy of BREWING FINE FICTION through the BVC website. It is also for sale as a stand alone for $.99 (http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Ways-to-Trash-Your-Writing-Career).

Availability and free sample! )
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We're up to chapter 28 in Irene Radford's contemporary mystery LACING UP FOR MURDER. You can start at the beginning if you want, and buy the e-book to finish today!

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/June-24-Thursday-Special-from-Irene-Radford
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Today is your last chance to get e-books in many discount and other loyalty programs. The new agency modeling agreement goes into effect April 1st, tomorrow, and this will automatically slap several more dollars on the prices of e-books. This is happeneing so fast retailers haven't finished their new agreements yet. Kobo is offering $2.00 off every title they carry purchased before midnight tonight -- the the PW article didn't say WHICH midnight, so start checking now! Expect a lot of e-books to rise from $9.99 to $12.99.

Me, no book reader yet. So no savings.

PW article: http://tinyurl.com/ydgew6l
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On Tuesday, March 16, Book View Café will release the latest edition of their ebook anthologies. DRAGON LORDS and WARRIOR WOMEN (Ed: Phyllis Irene Radford; illust: Ursula K. Le Guin) is a collection of fantasy stories written by group members. Contributors include, Deborah J. Ross, Katharine Kerr, Sherwood Smith, Pati Nagle, Steven Harper, Vonda N. McIntyre, Jennifer Stevenson, Brenda W. Clough, Judith Tarr, Chris Dolley, Madeleine Robins, Ursula K. Le Guin, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Sarah Zettel, Irene Radford, Nancy Jane Moore, Amy Sterling Casil, and Katharine Eliska Kimbriel.

To celebrate the release, DRAGON LORDS contributors will host a chat at http://tinychat.com/bookviewcafe on Tuesday, March 16, 8:00-11:00pm EDT. During the chat a drawing for a free copy of the ebook will be held.

For a limited time Nagle’s story in the collection, KIND HUNTER, will be posted for free on the front page of the website: http://www.bookviewcafe.com.
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Steampunk, that is. THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY: Tales from the Age of Steam is the latest release from the authors of Book View Café (http://www.bookviewcafe.com), the Internet’s largest professional author cooperative.

The stories of THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY revolve around the premise that something…else happened on the stormy summer of 1816 at the gathering of poets, far beyond the creation of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. These tales focus on the dreamers, experimenters and engineers of this alternative timeline who work their mechanical and metaphysical magic both for good...and evil. Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Laura Anne Gilman, authors include Judith Tarr, Sarah Zettel, Steven Piziks, and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. The collection will be available for the Kindle, Sony eReader, B&N Nook and a wide variety of smartphone reader apps.

To celebrate the launch, BVC will be holding a twitter fic contest from the 15th through the 17th. The subject of the contest is machines and monsters. The first place winner will receive an ebook copy of THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY and a hardcover edition of editor Laura Anne Gilman’s Flesh and Fire. Second place winner will receive an ebook copy of THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY and a hardcover edition of P.R. Frost’s Faery Moon. Details can be found at the BVC twitter fic contest page http://bit.ly/92q4OF.
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Kindle Nation Daily has featured Book View Café’s Rocket Boy & the Geek Girls along with a story from the anthology. "Ask Arlen", by Maya Kaathryn Bohnoff, is available to read for free at the Kindle Nation Daily blogsite: http://thekindlenationblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/new-free-kindle-nation-short-ask-arlen.html.

An anthology of classic and favorite science fiction stories by the BVC authors, never before gathered in a single collection, Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls is the premier title from Book View Press.

The book is available in Amazon’s Kindle store (http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Boy-Geek-Girls-ebook/dp/B002T44HPE/ref=sr_1_1), or in multiple formats in the ebookstore (http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/BVC-eBookstore/) at bookviewcafe.com.

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