Harper Voyager Now Open for Submissions

Harper Voyager, the scifi/fantasy imprint of HarperCollins, is accepting unsolicited manuscripts from October 1 to October 14, 2012.

This publisher does not ordinarily accept unsolicited submissions, so this is a big opportunity for speculative fiction writers with a completed manuscript. Please note that they are not accepting uncompleted manuscripts. Your novel must polished and ready to submit by October 14, 2012. Books that are accepted will be published digitally, not in print format.

You can find the guidelines here. Read them carefully.

You can submit your manuscript here.

FYI, along with your manuscript, you also must submit a brief synopsis, no more than 1,500 characters, including spaces, the best scene or first 1,000 words of your novel, and your query letter.

Good luck!

Shrews and Fairies

Free Today on Amazon

I love a good, witty battle of the sexes, so it’s no surprise that “Taming of the Shrew” is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. However, I’ve never been too keen on how tame Kate became at the end of the play. It’s one reason why I love the movie version with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. If you think Kate is tamed by the end of the film, you and Petruchio have another thing coming.

While poking around the World Literature section of Amazon Kindle books, I found a play, “The Shrew Untamed.” It’s a sequel to Shakespeare’s play with a feisty Kate being her true self once again. Instant click.

I also grabbed a fantasy book in the fairy genre, set in contemporary Scotland. Love this kind of stuff. If you do, too, grab it while it’s still free.

  The Shrew Untamed by James Carter
Kate marries Petruchio in a state of submission, only to turn the tables on her husband and family with devilish brilliance. A sexy update to “The Taming of the Shrew” that is designed for 21st century audiences.

  Blood Faerie by India Drummond
Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran–away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Baen Free Library

Free Science Fiction and Fantasy eBooks

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Baen Books has held a place in my heart as the publishers of one of my favorite authors, Lois McMaster Bujold. I fell in love with her Vorkosigan Saga after reading Shards of Honor. Though there are a number of books in the saga with different protagonists, anyone familiar with the saga knows that it’s all about Miles Vorkosigan. When I read the Warrior’s Apprentice, I was delighted to discover a wonderful series character, a dwarf protagonist determined to prove himself a true warrior. Fans of Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister will probably also enjoy reading the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan.

Baen, along with publishing great science fiction and fantasy, has a library of free eBooks by its published authors. These books are formatted for a number of different eReaders.

This is a great place to find quality scifi and fantasy, so check it out. The Warrior’s Apprentice is offered as a free download. However, I recommend first buying and reading Cordelia’s Honor, which tells the exciting and romantic story of Miles’ parents.

Baen Free Library Books can be found here.

Kindle Freebies – June 25, 2012

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

A book I’ve had my eye on for awhile. I’d just made my mind up to buy “You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)” and it showed up in the freebies on Sunday. Woot! I’ve already read half of it. Great motivational stuff. The link is below.

I must be in a eclectic mood today. I picked up a sort-of travel book about the expat life in France and a sort-of cookbook about how to buy and brew kopi luwak coffee. What is kopi luwak coffee? It’s the most expensive coffee in the world and it comes out the nether end of a weasel. Not kidding. People pay top dollar (or euro, yen, whatever currency) for this stuff. I once happened to go to a cafe that offered this coffee for $25 a cup. Err, no. But it is fascinating and I would love to read more about it.

Fiction is mostly fantasy with the exception of a short story by a well-known scifi author, Peter F. Hamilton. I’ve listed two books titled “Bound.” Both are YA fantasy, so don’t be thinking “Fifty Shades of Grey!”

Fiction

If at First . . . by Peter F. Hamilton
It starts in 2007 with a break-in. The victim: Marcus Orthew, the financial and technological genius behind Orthanics, the computer company whose radical products have delivered a one-two punch to the industry, all but knocking PCs and Macs out of the ring. The perpetrator: a man obsessed with Orthew. Just another simple case of celebrity stalking—or so everyone assumes at first, including Metropolitan Police Chief Detective David Lanson. But when Lanson interviews the suspect, he makes a startling claim: Orthew is from the future. Or, rather, a future—a parallel timeline. Thus begins the ride of a lifetime for Lanson, as his pursuit of the facts tumbles him headlong down a rabbit hole—and the hunter finds himself hunted.

The Written (Emaneska Series) by Ben Galley
Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options. Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await.

Bound (#1 in The Crystor Series) by C.K. Bryant
When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

Bound, An Arelia LaRue Novel by Kira Saito
Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college. When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees. However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined.

The Soulkeepers by G. P. Ching
When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother’s car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can’t find his mother’s body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him.

Nonfiction

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
Author Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional. He gives you practical tips for freelancing, how to get published in magazines, and what it takes to build a platform that brings the gatekeepers to you. This journey of becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write. Readers will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Best of Blog in France by Stephanie Dagg
Five years ago we left our large, brand new house in Co. Cork, which we’d built ourselves, for a two-hundred-year-old hovel in Creuse, France (actually, two, plus a crumbling barn, and not forgetting 75 acres of land and lakes). Why, oh why? Why did we aspire to go down in the world, to leave the country where we could communicate successfully and actually use our painstakingly acquired professional qualifications to make a living? Why did we abandon all that and go abroad where, at least at first, we would be scratching a living so far below the poverty line as to be complete out of sight of it? Insanity? Bloody-mindedness? Misguided romanticism? The spirit of adventure? None of the above. Quite simply – necessity. It was the only thing to do.

Don’t Buy Kopi Luwak Coffee Before You Read This Book by Rudi S. and Kang Manul
This book consists of around 9500 words and 48 pictures; to review everything about kopi luwak or civet coffee, starting from the very basic. We give detail explanations starting from types of luwak or civets, various types of coffee beans as well as how to harvest, how to process, how to cook (roast) and how to serve kopi luwak. We also cover the standard price of kopi luwak, certificates and inspections to ensure its safety, and tips regarding how to get the real kopi luwak.

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current list for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Kindle Freebies – June 21, 2012

Today I Loaded My Kindle With…

Midsummer madness! I found a list of fantasy novels being offered for free on June 20 and 21. Really wish I’d noticed this yesterday, but there is still plenty of time to peruse the list today. However, don’t dawdle! It’s hard to tell when these kinds of offers end. Usually midnight, but that can be either Eastern or Pacific time (United States.) If you see a book on the list that you like, make certain to check the price before you click that ever-so-tempting 1-Click button.

It’s going to take me awhile to go through this list. I’m practically drooling at all the great-looking fantasy. Here’s the link:

Summer Solstice Free Fantasy (2012)

I picked up a couple of other books before I noticed this list. Low calorie snacks and San Francisco freebies. Yummy. Check ’em out!

Slim Down Snacks Under 100 Calories That Keep You Feeling Full by Corina Tudose
Bored of having the same cardboard tasting snack every day? It’s time to spice things up! Try all of these yummy and healthy snack options and rediscover what taste really means. Snacking has amazing benefits for both adults and children and is part of a well balanced nutrition. Healthy snacks, which are high in fiber and low in fat, help you feel energized throughout the day!

101 Free Things To Do In San Francisco by Daniel Davidson
You’re not going to believe how many great free things there are to do in San Francisco. Free bike tours, kids activities, arts, theater, concerts, food & drink, beaches, carousels, shows, markets…the list goes on. Sure, everyone knows about Golden Gate Park, but did you know the Golden Gate Band plays free public concerts Sunday afternoons all summer long? Did you know the Japanese Tea Garden is free to all visitors Fridays before 10 AM? Or tickets to the Partybus includes free entry to many clubs and bars? The best of free ‘Frisco — meaningful travel experiences that won’t cost you a dime — is all here in this book.

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I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.