Terran Shift Anthology, Vol 2 is now available!

By Jamie Alan Belanger on December 30, 2013 12:03 pm · 0 Comments

We just published our latest anthology at Smashwords this morning! It should show up in the Kindle store later today and will start appearing at other ebook retailers over the next few weeks (Apple, Sony, etc).

Genre: Science Fiction (Cyberpunk) / Anthology (multiple authors)

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Coming Soon: Terran Shift Anthology, Vol 2: The Bio-Tech Era

By Jamie Alan Belanger on December 9, 2013 4:00 pm · 0 Comments

For a while now, we’ve been working on stories for the second volume of The Terran Shift Anthology. Scheduled for release at the end of this month, this volume currently includes seven stories from five authors. All stories are set in the Bio-Tech Era of the Terran Shift Universe, a plausible near-future where humanity’s dependence on technology has expanded to every facet of life.

Routine hacking jobs, nanobot plagues, casual cryonic freezing, virtual lives, and fighter jets with vulnerable computer uplinks. From Singapore to Mwanza to the liberated city-state of New Seattle, people use technology to augment every part of their lives. Some install computer hardware in their heads so they can link directly to the Internet. Some wear glasses so they can navigate city streets with GPS satellite data, allowing them to remain online indefinitely. Some enhance their Net connections with a new psychedelic narcotic that allows them to access data with all senses.

 

This title is scheduled for release on December 30th, 2013 as an ebook at Smashwords and Amazon Kindle.

These stories are scheduled to be reality starting in 2039.


If you can’t wait to get immersed in this universe, you can start with Volume 1, which is on sale at Smashwords until December 31st.

Click here:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253210
and use code  MZ26D  during checkout to get 33% off!

 

Or visit the Terran Shift Anthology, Vol 1 page for links to a sample PDF and other ebook retailers.

 

Holiday Ebook Freebie And Sale

By Jamie Alan Belanger on November 22, 2013 10:00 am · 0 Comments

We’re entering into the holiday season here in the USA, with Thanksgiving coming up faster than we (or at least I) am prepared for. The Christmas season is not far behind. It seems like every day there’s another couple companies with deals and ads for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas shopping. Some places are starting sales a day early, or a week early. But every sale I’ve seen involves standing in long lines, waiting overnight, hoping to get one item that is in limited supply. I feel overwhelmed just thinking of that, of having to rush and wait and fight to get a deal.

We wanted to do something a little different.

In June, I posted about Paul’s science fiction saga The Sol-Bect War (Highlight on the Sol-Bect War Saga). Since then, we have passed a few more milestones with this series, including selling more than 100 copies of the Part 1 ebook.  As popular as this series is becoming, we would love to see even more people enjoying these books.

The first part of our Holiday season deal is for The Sol-Bect War, Part 1. If you use the coupon code below, you can get it from Smashwords for FREE. Ebooks have unlimited supply, but this deal won’t last forever. Grab your free ebook before the end of the month. It’ll give you something fun to read on your phone while you’re standing in all those shopping lines. And the coupon codes for the rest of the saga will last until the end of the year, giving you time to read the first ebook.

Have a Kindle? No worries, Smashwords has mobi ebook files and provides instructions for loading them onto your Kindle here: http://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq#kindle

Edited Dec 2, 2013:  Ack! If you are just now seeing this post, you missed the freebie! But we made a coupon for Part 1 so you can still get a deal on it. 33% off every book in the Sol-Bect War Saga until the end of the year.

 

The Sol-Bect War, Part 1 ebook at SmashwordsOnly at Smashwords

33% off until December 31, 2013

Use code HH29A during checkout

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93103

 

But wait, there’s more.

There are three more books associated with this saga, and we’re going to give you Smashwords discount coupons for all three. Each of these books is 33% off with the coupon codes below. That’s a final price of only $2 each. These codes are only good at the Smashwords store, and will expire at the end of the year.

 

The Sol-Bect War, Part 2 ebook at SmashwordsOnly at Smashwords

33% off until December 31, 2013

Use code ML57P during checkout

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/128488

 

 

The Sol-Bect War, Part 3 ebook at SmashwordsOnly at Smashwords

33% off until December 31, 2013

Use code PF88S during checkout

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/288182

 

The lost chapter from Part 2, The Sol-Bect Setup, is only available in The Terran Shift Anthology, Vol 1. Grabbing a copy of this will also get you in the mood for Vol 2 of our universe’s anthology, coming at the end of the year. Expect a little more teasing on that in the next couple of weeks!

The Terran Shift Anthology, Vol 1 ebook at SmashwordsOnly at Smashwords

33% off until December 31, 2013

Use code MZ26D during checkout

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253210

 

 

Please share these codes with anyone you know who would be interested in grabbing their free Sol-Bect War, Part 1 ebook. Happy holidays.   🙂

Jamie and Paul Belanger
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Highlight on The Sol-Bect War Saga

By Jamie Alan Belanger on June 24, 2013 5:00 pm · 1 Comments

Several years ago, Paul wrote a science fiction book called The Sol-Bect War. It started as a sort of made-up dream he played in his head while trying to fall asleep. It ended up being the most popular product we’ve released to date. Today, on Paul’s birthday, I wanted to take a few moments to talk about this science fiction saga.

If you have not read these books, here’s a quick synopsis of the first book:

Humanity is near the tail end of an intergalactic war with an alien race called the Bect — a war we are losing. The only thing we have in shorter supply than combat pilots is hope.

After a rough skirmish, a strange object is picked up by the United Earth carrier Ticonderoga. Within the object, the ship’s scientists find something even stranger: a man, cryogenically frozen and shot into space more than 300 years ago. The fact that he’s still technically alive raises questions of Fate’s hand in life and war.

 

Some Historical Tidbits

The Sol-Bect War’s first draft was a monster at around 160,000 words. I had the privilege of being one of the first readers. At one point, I suggested splitting the book into two parts, because of the length. Paul split the book, then rejoined it, and later split it again. And then he started writing a sequel that takes place a few years after the conclusion of the second part. These manuscripts eventually became The Sol-Bect War Saga, which is now published in four volumes:

The Sol-Bect War Saga

While editing the second part of the saga, I suggested removing an entire scene where Peter McCabe goes back into the past to set up his future. Initial drafts of that scene were not very exciting and were slowing down the pace of the novel. Still, it’s an important scene, and one that needed to be released at some point. But the second part was already pushing 100,000 words on its own, and at that point in the story I just wanted to get to the war! So I felt it was best to remove the whole scene and insert an abbreviated transition to get the story moving along. Paul agreed.

Paul later revised that scene into The Sol-Bect Setup, which is a lot more exciting. We published that as the anchor story in the Terran Shift Anthology last November, along with six other stories all set in the four eras of the Terran Shift universe.

 

Some Interesting Facts

While thinking about these books and looking through company sales records and notes, I picked out some facts that I felt were quite interesting:

  • Including the revised Sol-Bect Setup story in the Terran Shift Anthology, the Sol-Bect War saga consists of almost 290,000 words.
  • The Sol-Bect War, Part 1 is our best-selling book, having sold 81 copies so far.
  • All four books above, combined, have sold 175 copies.
  • Of those 175 copies, 131 were sold in the Kindle stores and 5 were paperbacks.
  • Most people who purchase Part 1 also purchase Part 2 at the same time. Since the release of Part 3, we’ve seen several instances of people purchasing all three parts in the same transaction.
  • We have sold copies of The Sol-Bect War books all over the world: USA, Canada, India, Germany, the UK, and Australia.

 

Go To War

Follow Peter McCabe into battle in The Sol-Bect War saga. All four ebooks are $2.99 each at all major ebook retailers. The three novels are also available in paperback at Amazon and CreateSpace. Links to all stores are on the book pages (click the book cover images above).

Or start reading a sample from first book right now: The Sol-Bect War, Part 1 sample (PDF)

 

Scribings, Vol 3: Metamorphosis is now available!

By Jamie Alan Belanger on June 18, 2013 9:52 am · 0 Comments
Scribings 3 cover

This morning we published Scribings, Vol 3: Metamorphosis. This book is special for a lot of reasons. It’s a great collection of six stories from the six current members of the Greater Portland Scribists, one of the writing groups of which I am a member. But it’s also the third volume of our Scribings anthologies, which means we have managed to publish an anthology every June since we formed. The authors and members of the group change over time, as all things do. Some members have been taking an indefinite break; some are just taking a break to finish a novel. But as a group we are growing. As writers we are growing. And we sincerely hope you see that in this volume. From the self-inflicted physical changes of a glory seeker to a man who is forced to learn how to live all over again, this volume is all about changes.

But there’s another reason for Paul and I to celebrate this release:

Scribings, Vol 3: Metamorphosis is our company’s tenth book release. When we started publishing in 2010, we knew we had a lot of books in us. Releasing a tenth title is a heck of a milestone, and one we are very proud of. We’d love it if you’d check out this latest release. As always with our anthologies, I made a PDF sample that gives you a short excerpt of each of these stories:

 

Third-Person Hero by Jamie Alan Belanger
An arrogant youth has one last chance for fame. Will cheating bring the success she desires?

Last Defender by Shelli-Jo Pelletier
After centuries of forced servitude, the last living gargoyle must decide if he will still uphold his kind’s sacred duty to protect.

Disruption by D.L. Harvey
After ingesting a toxin, Braven’s life is disrupted. Will an accidental romance and a foreign planet get him back to where he was?

Otherkin by Steven Inman
Marcie saw life as sink or swim, but her new friend led her to depths she didn’t imagine.

Four Degrees by Timothy Lynch
The straw that broke the planet’s back.

‘Rose in Dreams by Richard Veysey
A boy discovers great power in a realm beyond dreams… and is ensnared in a nightmare from which he may not wake.

 

The PDF sample

The ebook is currently available at Smashwords and the Amazon Kindle Store. Other ebook stores will carry it in the coming two weeks or so.

We are also making a paperback of this volume, which should be ready later this month.