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Price Drop on Everything!

Okay, not everything, but everything published by me, Stephan Michael Loy. You see, six, seven months ago  I began an experiment designed to increase book sales. The theory is that when you price books too low, prospective readers assign a low value to those books and skip purchasing them. But if you price books higher, the reader assigns a higher value to the work and is more likely to purchase. It sounds crazy, but it also sounds about right. People buy Apple computers because of their perceived value, and part of that percpetion has to do with the fact that they cost twice as much as a Windows PC. Part of the reason Mercedes is considered a desirable automobile — despite the fact that their cars are taxi cabs in Germany — is because Mercedes cars cost an arm and a leg. So a six-dollar book is perceived as a better product than a three-dollar book or even a free book. That was the theory, not mine, but one espoused by many a podcast self-publishing guru.

So, about six months ago I jacked up the prices of my books to make them more desirable. My observations to date indicate that the higher price value assertion is, at least in my case, a bunch of bullshit. Consequently, said experiment is concluded and I have lowered the prices of all my books and shorter works on Kindle and Smashwords. Right now and forevermore, you can purchase my novels for $2.99 from those two venues, my shorter works (novellas and long short stories) for $00.99. Not making much on sales like this, but I hope this makes the work at least a little more accessible to readers.

Here’s a link to go get my books at the Amazon Kindle Store, or, if you prefer, the Smashwords site. The difference? They’re all esentially the same document, but if you buy from the Kindle store you need to have either a Kindle reader or the free Kindle app installed on your reader. If you buy from Smashwords, you can choose the format in which the story will be delivered. If you don’t have an ebook reader, you can download the books in Word, plain text, RTF or PDF formats. If you have Kindle or their app, you can download the .mobi files. If you have any other reader, including iPads, iPhones, iPods, smart phones, Android, Nooks, Kobo, Palm, Sony or any ebook reader app, you can download and read the epub documents.

Whatever you do and on whatever format, download one or more of my books today. They won’t set you back more than the price of a few candy bars and you’ll get more out of them than nougat.

A few recommendations:

If you like political intrigue and a glimpse into the near-term future, try Conqueror’s Realm. This book explores what could happen when white people lose their majority status in America. Do racists take over, or does America at long last fulfill its promise of justice for all regardless of ethnic background?

Fantasy fan? Try Isis Wept, the story of conflict among the Egyptian gods and what happens to the humans stuck in the middle. If you prefer urban fantasy, go for Last Days and Times, the tale of a tortured twenty-something girl cursed to see the work of God regardless of its beauty or horror.

If you prefer space fantasy in the vein of Star Wars, try Shining Star, which follows a rebellion within a brutal, star-spanning theocracy.

There are also a number of shorter works in genres from police, to military to sic-fi, to satire. Take your pick, and I hope you enjoy. In fact, I’m sure you will.


New From Stephan Michael Loy: Fiona Street!

Fiona Street4aI’ve done it again. I’ve published a new book at Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Fiona Street is a scifi action adventure story about a special operations officer for the NSA who, through the magic of advanced electronics and cutting edge neuroscience, gets mentally paired to an alley cat. The combination of exacting military skills and the predatory instincts of the cat make this petite, red-headed woman the most feared and efficient black ops agent in the world. Think Ghost in the Shell meets The Six-Million-Dollar Man, with a bit of Heinlein’s Friday mixed in. If you’re so inclined, download Fiona Street at Amazon:

or Smashwords

and don’t forget to write a review on the site you get it from. Those reviews are oxygen for us Indy writers. Without them, our stories sink into the ocean of millions of other books and never get seen. Also, remember that Amazon means Kindle, so you need a Kindle device or the Kindle app to play their stuff. At Smashwords, you can choose what format your book will be delivered in, so you can choose Kindle if that’s your thing, or ebub if you have an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android device, laptop or desktop computer, or Windows portable device. You can also download as Word, RTF, plain text, or PDF documents. Go get Fiona Street. I think you’ll dig it.

Conqueror’s Realm


I recently released another novel on Kindle, following on the heels of Shining Star and Isis Wept. This latest, Conqueror’s Realm, is a futuristic political thriller bearing on the dark underpinnings of racism in American society. Consider that, in just over forty years, the demographic makeup of the United States will change drastically and irrevocably. White people will find themselves not the masters of a continental fiefdom, but only the largest minority in that land. White people have always owned America. They took it from the Native Americans and shaped it into the world superpower and economic engine it is today. Sure, many of other ethnicities have given their part to the 500-year story, but white people have always been unquestionably in control. Nobody contributed anything in this country unless they allowed it so.

Well, things are going to change. When white people lose their majority status, when they must work and live within a true coalition of ethnicities, will they give up their power peacefully? Will they gladly allow America to fulfill its promise of “one man, one vote”, or will they fight to retain “what is theirs”? This is the question and the conflict of Conqueror’s Realm, a novel that will surely challenge the social perspectives and the political positions of its readers. I hope you like it, even if it makes you angry, or confused, or a little bit shamed. It will hopefully enlighten and entertain you also.

You can get Conqueror’s Realm at the Kindle Store. In the next few weeks, as with all my books, you will also be able to get a copy in trade paperback from, and in a beautiful hardcover edition at

Have at it. Go get your Kindle copy now, then get your hard copy to put proudly on your bookshelf. Why do either or why do both? It’s simple. I live with a sixty-pound Greyhound. She’s gotta eat, and those thirty-five-pound bags of dog food are expensive.

Buy books for your enjoyment, your edification, and so I can buy dog food. It’s how America works!

Oh, and don’t forget to go to the Kindle Store and offer up reviews of the books you liked. It helps almost as much as the contents of your wallet.

Thank you,

Stephan Michael Loy

Isis Wept is Now FREE on Kindle!

FREE on Kindle!

FREE on Kindle!

Beginning today, 25 June, Isis Wept will be free for five days on Kindle. Isis is my ancient Egyptian high fantasy, stuffed to the crocodile eyeballs with magic, monsters, gods, and harried little humans. From now through Saturday, it can be had for zip, nada, zilch at the Kindle Store of So, go there. Go there right this second and get your copy. Not sure you’d like an epic story of the gods? Go to my web site to read descriptions and excerpts from Isis Wept.

After you’ve secured the precious, and after you’ve read it, return to the Kindle Store and put up a review. Lots and lots of stars would be greatly appreciated, but give what you think it deserves. That’s the real pay-out here.

Remember, you don’t have to have a Kindle device to read Kindle books. Just go to Amazon and download their free Kindle reading app for whatever device you own! You would download the book via your computer, then read it using your Kindle app.

Unless you hate quality fiction, hate fantasy fiction, hate Egyptians, or hate farmers who drink beer, you’ll love Isis Wept!

Happy reading!

Two New Books Added to the Collection, and in Print, too!

I’ve been a busy boy. It’s mainly due to the advent of summer vacation. If you’ve paid attention, you know that I’m a public school art teacher, so I don’t have the time I’d like for book publishing, not from August to May, anyway. But, this isn’t August to May, is it? Consequently, I’ve more stuff out there. I re-released Harmonic RES and Last Days and Times a few weeks ago. Now I’ve put forward two more adventures.

The first is Isis Wept, a fantasy that takes place in ancient Egypt. This in itself is nothing new. There have been a number of Egyptian fantasies, though the stage is by no means crowded. We’ve seen ancient Egyptian detective stories along with stories about witches invoking the spirits of Egyptian gods and goddesses. What we haven’t seen much of, until now, is the actual gods of ancient Egypt depicted as primary characters in their own stories. That’s what happens in Isis Wept. This is the immortal tale of Isis, the goddess of love and beauty, and her husband Osiris, god of order and civilization, and how their lives are ripped asunder by their evil brother Set. Tons of magic and monsters in this character-driven novel of what it is to be man in a world commanded by forces of nature. Check it out at the Kindle Store.

Isis Wept is also available in print, for those of you who prefer the feel of a physical book in your hands. You can get the trade paperback at and the hard cover edition at

Zooming from ancient Egypt to the far-flung future, I’ve released a military-religious-scifi novel in Shining Star. This is the story of what becomes of mankind after we are forced to leave a contaminated Earth for the risky exodus to the stars. The human race is almost wiped out, held together only by the steel will of a new religion uncomfortably like the Catholic church. This is the church in the Middle Ages, at the time of the Reformation, but transmuted into a futuristic star-spanning society. The Community of God, as it calls itself, is directly responsible for the survival of the human species. This is inarguable, but that survival is facilitated by a totalitarian theocracy that brooks no dissidence. Heretics and “schisoids” are staked and burned, or worse. The population is kept under control by armored soldiers who show no mercy. The army is itself monitored by terrifying, deadly, nearly invincible “inquisitors” who serve only the all-powerful Reverend Mother. In Shining Star, one of Community’s soldiers discovers a lost relative among the inquisitors. This inquisitor was sent to obliterate a cell of heretic monks, but instead joined their cause to re-establish the dominant religion of man before it was subverted by Community for the purposes of maintaining power. The soldier, the inquisitor, and several monks embark on a quest to find the truth of mankind’s past, trying to avoid the theocratic engine of murder that pursues them.

Shining Star is available at the Kindle Store and will soon be available in print. I’ll keep you informed.

And that’s not all, folks. I have even more in the works, starting with a scifi political thriller that I hope to release to Kindle hopefully in July.

So, yes, I’ve been a busy boy. I need to get busier still. I hope this gives you plenty to read and enjoy over this early part of summer.

Take care, keep reading, and I’ll talk to you next time I have news.

Last Days and Harmonic RES Hit In-the-Park Home Runs on Kindle!

Just yesterday, I asked readers here, fellow writers, and audiences in other venues to come out in support of my two Kindle books Last Days and Times and Harmonic RES. Both are currently listed as free on the Amazon Kindle Store, Last Days through Saturday and Harmonic RES through tomorrow, Thursday. I asked everyone to go out and download the books. You get something good to read for free, and I get the downloads, thus allowing my work to climb the all-important rankings lists at Amazon. The more downloads I get (and high star ratings and reviews), the more visible my work is to paying customers.

Well, you guys came through. As of right now, Harmonic RES, my short fiction collection, is ranked at No. 4 out of the Best 100 in its category of science fiction anthologies. It’s also ranked No. 78 in free science fiction overall. Though down a bit from this morning (it had gotten as high as No. 3 in anthologies and 73 in scifi overall), those are still stellar rankings.

Last Days and Times is my contemporary fantasy, loaded to the rafters with seers, immortal monsters, religious fanatics, and nuclear terrorism. In the more competitive occult horror category, it has climbed its way to No. 16 of the Top 100.

Thank you with all my heart.

Not done, though. We can do better. If there are any among you who have not yet downloaded either of my books, please do so now. With your help, both works can be boosted to even higher rankings. We should be able to own Harmonic RES’s category. We just have to raise it three notches. And it would be great to get Last Days in the top ten.

Here is the link for Last Days and Times:

Here is the link for Harmonic RES:

I would appreciate as many people downloading these books as possible. When it comes down to the purpose here, raising the books’ visibility on the Kindle Store, the proposition is simple. Download the books, both of them. You don’t even have to read them. You could delete them the second they’re delivered to your device. I’d rather you didn’t do that, of course. I’d much rather you read them, even offer a review and star rating for each on the Kindle Store when you’re done, but the bare facts are that, for now anyway, all you have to do is click that ‘Buy Now” button. A small action but with huge potential, helping out a brother as I would help you in reversed circumstances.

Again, thanks.


Holy Literary Miracle, Batman! Free Books!




Today’s special is not the salmon patty with macaroni and cheese, but two free books from the Kindle Store! Get your clicking finger ready because two of my books are now on sale at Kindle, but for a limited time.

Last Days and Times, my supernatural fantasy thriller, is free at the Kindle Store through Saturday, June 15, 2013. It’s a five-star rated novel of modern apocalypse, including seers, immortals, and nuclear terrorism. It isn’t like those crappy apocalypse novels that preach ‘this is what happens if you ain’t straight with the Lord.’ Last Days and Times takes a grittily snarky look at Christian fanaticism and preaches the importance of being bad-ass. Get it this week for nothing as an introduction to all the other works I’ll be releasing over the next few weeks.

Here’s your link for Last Days and Times. Go! Fetch! You won’t regret it.

Harmonic RES is a pleasantly different animal. It’s a short fiction collection in which I present a number of short stories and novellas of varying genres but on the same broad theme. Through this book, you can go to Mars — twice! You go to Europe in the 1980s, to a beleaguered inner city public school, to cyberspace, and to weird cornfields  while in the back seat of a police car. It’s good stuff. It’s rated five stars. It’s free through Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Here’s your link to Harmonic RES.

This offer isn’t likely to repeat itself, so go get both books now. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. You can get and read these books using the Kindle app, which is available for tablets, computers, and smart phones everywhere. And it’s free, too! Don’t like scifi, fantasy, or speculative fiction? Yes, you do! You dig fiction that is well-written and compelling, regardless of the artificial constraints of so-called genres. These two books are that stuff. Besides, what do you have to lose?

Remember, nothing free is really free. I would appreciate it if you offered a review on the Kindle Store after you’ve read my books. It helps out the writer almost as much as paying cash does. If you can’t offer a review for whatever reason, that’s okay. I mean, if both your arms are broken or you develop a sudden, clinical terror of keyboards, I understand and it’s no biggie.

But a review, however short, with a nice, big five-star rating always makes the author feel better about the world.


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