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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.


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.


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.