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Conqueror’s Realm

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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 Amazon.com, and in a beautiful hardcover edition at Lulu.com.

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

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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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com and the hard cover edition at Lulu.com.

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Days-and-Times-ebook/dp/B004UST6NU

Here is the link for Harmonic RES:

http://www.amazon.com/Harmonic-RES-ebook/dp/B005F0H9HW

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.

Steve.

I Get By With A Little Help

I hope everyone got a chance to listen to the Geeks Out After Dark podcast where we talked about Mid-World Arts. I can’t say it enough. The best thing about Mid-World for me is all the help I get from my fellow writers. Without them, my prose would be pretty woeful.

It’s strange to say that the salad days of self-publishing are over. Especially since only a small percentage of the reading population has been turned on to indie books. But gone are the days when you could slap a book up on Smashwords and expect it to sell. The bar has been raised, and continues to go higher. There’s no tolerance for crap anymore. If you put out something with spelling and grammar errors, if you have no idea how to develop characters or stories, you’re never getting out of the gate. You’ll sink into the sea of others who didn’t take the time to make it better.

That’s where Mid-World Arts comes in. It’s a guarantee for readers that the writer did go the extra mile. Did get someone, several someones, to polish their work and make it shine. It’s a guarantee that even though you’re buying an indie book at indie prices, you’re still getting professional quality.

I’d love to tell you more about why I enjoyed Steve and Dick’s books, but I gotta go write. Why not take the time to read them yourself? Many of our titles are 99 cents, and as we get off the ground, many will be offered for free on certain days. Check back here regularly to find out when.

Speaking of which, My Babylon – Book One: Body, will be free on May 14th at Amazon. Just in time for the release of Book Two: Rose.

Thanks for reading.

James

The End is not Nigh!

Today is the 27th of December. The world did not end on December 21st. The Antichrist did not rise (that we know of), no planetoids slammed into Earth, no magnetic poles flip-flopped, and no aliens invaded (again, that we know of). We’re all still here. You might have noticed.

What you might not be privy to is the reason we’re all still here. The parties responsible aren’t exactly glory hounds. They aren’t about to stand in front of a news camera and bray, or write a letter to the editor, or star in a reality TV show. They saved us all, but they’re more than a little secretive about it. And they should be, as their activities weren’t, and never are, exactly legal.

Let’s put it this way. You heard about that mess on Lake Michigan, right? You know, that ferry sinking and the police grousing about all those merry-makers in their boats, who may have contributed to the accident? Who goes out on Lake Michigan in the winter, anyway? You’d have to be nuts. Waves can crash against that shore and spray thirty feet high, and if there’s ice, well, you can kiss a small boat goodbye. Anyway, you probably heard about the accident. What you didn’t hear was that it wasn’t any accident.

Well, maybe. Sorta. In the category of accidents while you’re playing with guns.

Most of you will be satisfied with the police and Coast Guard explanation. Personally, I don’t see how anybody could buy that fireworks… Well, never mind. People often blindly believe the spin-doctoring of authority figures. But for you more discerning and perceptive citizens, there is a way to the hidden truth. Read Last Days and Times. This book lays out the whole truth of the Lake Michigan Incident and everything that led up to it. I was able to write such an in-depth analysis not because I am particularly privileged or brilliant in any way, but because I was lucky. I live in Indianapolis, where it all started, and I’m buds with some of the primaries involved. What happened happened. It was bloody, frightening, and I didn’t think I’d survive it. But I did.

I did, but many did not. So, for all those who fell victim to the horror, especially for those on the Canal Walk, I felt compelled to write and publish their story. Let them never be forgotten, which is why their story, the story of how we almost went over the cliff of human extinction, costs only $1.99 in ebook at Kindle, only $2.99 at Smashwords for everything that isn’t Kindle ( and for Kindle, too, for that matter), and only $13.29 at lulu for the trade paperback.

If you are at all conscientious about the world, read this historical account of a shadow watershed event in human cruelty and heroism. You need to. After all, the barely-averted threat was turned away, not defeated. It’s still out there.

The only defense against it is vigilance.