Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wargaming Mamas from the Czech Republic

I received an email from the folks at Wargaming Mamas, a relatively new painting outfit in the Czech Republic, asking me to take a look at their site and possibly pass them along to others.  And after reading their heroing story, I'm more than happy to do it!

The good folks at Good Sailor have created a 40K hobby painting studio where over 80% of their employees are handicapped.  But this obviously isn't hampering their work.  Check out their site and their story on Flickr and the links below:

Monday, August 15, 2016

An Out of This World Ebook Bundle

Beginning August 15th, you can get 16 exciting science fiction titles worth $69 for as little as $9.99!  I’m talking about the “Out of This World” ebook bundle on Bundle Rabbit.
Bundled books include works from best-selling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, Douglas Smith, Blaze Ward, and even me!  You can choose your own price and donate some to charity.  It’s win-win!
Stock up on your fall reading right now for less, because this amazing deal will only be around for a limited time.

**Note that this is one of the LAST POSTINGS on this blog.  Everything is moving to my new site (just remove the "blogspot" from the address):  

Please join me there for further adventures!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sci-Fi Fantasy Kickstarter: Pirates, Pulp Fiction, and Planetary Adventures

The Kickstarter for Cirsova issues #3 and #4 is up and accepting all comers!  There are rewards to be had for both meager and generous contributions, not the least of which is knowing that you’re supporting a quarterly indie magazine and the authors who publish within its pages.
I myself, Captain Leonidas Hawksblood, am one such author.  Or rather, one such lively buccaneer of the Vast Empty Sea.  Join me and my crew—Mister Pug, Soot, Pidgeon, Spleen, and Comely John—aboard the Lion’s Share as we venture off for daring-do across the black canvas of stars.  Assuming The Lion’s engines don’t fail us and torpedo tubes can spit for all their worth.
Rewards via Kickstarter are greater than those without, so don’t delay!  You can’t get a better piece of the pie without stealing it, and then you’ll be running for the rest of your days.  Trust me, I’d know!

**Note that this is one of the LAST POSTINGS on this blog.  Everything is moving to my new site (just remove the "blogspot" from the address):  

Please join me there for further adventures!

Monday, July 25, 2016

LAST CHANCE for Big Savings on Fantasy Ebooks

In addition to the massive saving on all my books at Smashwords right now, my 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons ebooks are also now available on the Dungeons Masters Guild at “Pay What You Want” for a limited time. 
I still think my D&D PDFs are a steal at $1.99 for the amount of work I put into them.  But I also thought a summer time price option might coincide well with the big Summer/Winter Sale that thousands of Smashwords books are enjoying right now
(That sale, by the way, ends on July 31st!  Click here to check out the skinny on my What’s New page, or click here to go straight to my Smashwords profile, where you can find all my books listed at the bottom.  You can also navigate from there to browse literally thousands of other ebooks by thousands of other authors, all on sale for up to 100% off through the end of the month.)
Now, exactly what’s the deal on the D&D books I’m talking about?  Glad you asked…
One is a “creative companion” with optional rules, new feats, and 10 pre-made characters to give you new ideas.  The other is a complete adventure of cultists, dark magic, and other obscenities.  The third (free) book is basically an excerpt from the first.
(I really should get around to unifying the look of the three different covers someday too.  But today isn't the day.)

female elf with a bow in the forestContained herein are more than 40 pages featuring customized game rules, a new, story-based experience system that does away with tracking math, and 17 powerful feats for players.  But that’s not all.
Presented for your inspiration are 10 complete characters created from new takes on existing classes, all forged via enhanced creation rules that favor player characters.  Each hero features stats, background stories, and character-building decisions spelled out to give you new ideas for your PCs and NPCs.  Examples include an archetype-defying Cthulhu warlock, steampunk mage, Shinto samurai, rogue spymaster, and Thor, godling of thunder.
Fantasy author J. D. Brink first discovered Dungeons & Dragons more thirty years ago.  Finally, with the advent of the Dungeon Masters’ Guild, he can now share some of his own ideas and game innovations with fellow players of the world’s greatest roleplaying game.  The 5eCC works in conjunction with your own imagination to develop exciting new worlds and the heroes needed to save them!
 A cup of coffee costs four bucks.  Endless possibilities for your games: half as much.
Find it only at the Dungeon Masters Guild.

The simple townsfolk of Jersey Shore generally keep to themselves.  Neighbors might describe them as quiet cow herders, able fishermen, and pious church-goers.  If they had neighbors.  In fact, no one who visits Jersey Shore ever has anything to say.  Because visitors never leave.
This adventure is for early level player characters (levels 2-4), and will require one or two play sessions to complete.  Slip it into your campaign as an unfortunate pit stop in any D&D realm and enjoy an evening chock full of action, monsters, mystery, and humor.
Fantasy/SF writer J. D. Brink ran this adventure with his own D&D players based on just a few scribbled notes.  Now after weeks of further development, it’s ready for your team of D&D heroes.  Are they up to the challenge?
A cup of coffee costs four bucks.  An evening full of adventure: half as much.
Find it only at the Dungeon Masters Guild.

blackeye_cvr-miniJansen is an intelligent, quiet young man.  A bit of an odd duck, especially in a noble family.  Quite like his uncle Hadspen.  When Hadspen mysteriously passes away in far-away Dunwich, Jansen makes it his business to find out more.  What he discovers there is a treasure-trove of strange artifacts, an other-worldly patron, and new destiny of darkness and adventure.
Three inspirational player characters to give new perspective on existing character classes:
- a mysterious Cthulhu warlock
- a gifted Tielfing knight
- a crafty steampunk mage
Each features an extensive backstory and commentary on how they were built.
The Player Characters are the heroes of your story.  Each should have their own backstory and stand out as unique in the Realms.  This free DMG title is a sample taken from the Fifth Edition Creative Companion and is intended to encourage players and DMs to take the road less traveled to enhance their tales of adventure.
Find it only at the Dungeon Masters Guild.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Smashwords’s Massive Summer/Winter Ebook Sale, one of the oldest ebook publishing and distribution sites, is having their annual “summer/winter” sale.  The “summer/winter” bit refers to their global reach: it’s summer for us in the northern hemisphere and winter for those in the southern. 

And this sale is massive.  Literally thousands of authors and publishers (including myself) are offering huge discounts on books found on on the site throughout the month of July. 

You read that correctly: Thousands.  Huge discounts.  July only.

All you have to do is go to a book’s home on Smashwords and look at the price box on the right side of the screen.  Under the regular price and the yellow and green purchase buttons, you’ll see mention of a coupon code. 

It’s right there on the screen, already spelled out for you. 

When you go to check out, just type in that coupon code and you’ll get 25%, 50%, 75%, or even 100% off the book. 

Take advantage while you can.  Stock up.  Try out something you were iffy about before. 

Hunt down specific authors or titles, or just browse and see what they’ve got.

What have I got up for sale?  Glad you asked…

Actually, almost everything of mine on has a coupon code, from 50% to 100% off.  It’s easier just to let you look for yourself.  Click here (or any of those hyperlinks above) to go my profile page.  Scroll down to see all my books and click on one you like.  Chances are, it’s got a coupon code attached.  (If not, there’s probably a reason.  Just try another.)

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