As he did last year, writer Christopher Nuttall is giving away books from some of his mil-SF series, but this time there are three freebies: The Empire’s Corps, Ark Royal and now his alt-hist Storm Front.
I won’t be able to read Storm Front until my own Scorched Years is finally out on Amazon. But I will certainly be grabbing it on Christmas Eve.
They will be free from December 24th through 26th. Details at his blog here and again here.
And if you or someone you know hasn’t gotten mine yet: the Kindle edition of One Thousand Years (the first of my series) will be discounted to 99 cents from December 24th through the 26th.
Postscript: December 28
Well, the sale’s over. But on the bright side, these books aren’t all that pricey to begin with. Each of the above is only three bucks.
Or, you can still get mine in paperback for $8.99. And (speaking for mine, as this varies from publisher to publisher) if you get at Amazon.com, even if you bought it a few years ago, they’ll give you the Kindle edition for free.
Details on Amazon’s Matchbook program in a much earlier post.
I had initially put off doing a paperback edition for The Time Bridge at Orion, thinking that I might try to get it into an anthology elsewhere. But most anthologies are going to have a Kindle edition as well, and that causes issues regarding KindleUnlimited eligibility. (And you should check out KindleUnlimited if you read a lot on Kindle.)
So, The Time Bridge at Orion will get its own paperback edition after all. Naturally, I intend to keep it the same height as the first one, even if (as a novella) it’s thin. The publisher came out with new options, but I’m keeping everything the same simply because I’d like them to fit next to each other on the bookshelf.
As some readers may have noticed, I’ve modified the cover for the Kindle edition of One Thousand Years. It may change again with the upcoming release of Scorched Years, but they will be minor changes.
Near first-editions — for now
The paperback edition of One Thousand Years will stay the same for a while yet. The current one is still unchanged from the first edition. I’m not aware of the publisher changing anything at their end other than a change in the price code. So, if you want a near-first edition, it’s still available for now.
But it’s not technically a first edition. The price code is on the back. It needed to go up an extra buck in order to make it available for special orders at book stores. On the other hand, it’s not much of a collector’s item at this point. I don’t see this going up for auction at Sotheby’s, which is really about the only time the difference of a price code would matter. Maybe in one thousand years….
I thought I couldn’t be more embarrassed when getting to write this, but now I see that my previous post on this had promised my next book would be ready before Winter. Well, it’s not technically Winter until the 21st, but it’s probably not going to be out the door by then. Expect late in
January. I am very sorry. It’s been a rough year.
Scorched Years is the title. It could change up to the last minute. I have several others in mind, but I keep coming back to this one.
I have most of the 3D models I’ll need for the cover. The only ones remaining will be basic shapes I’ll need in the background. I couldn’t work on a cover until I was close to completion. This was out of necessity. I’m too much of a doodler. The book would never be finished if I allowed myself to start on the cover before the proper time.
As said before, WWII comes to a sad end. There is some real history here, including several events that not everyone knows about, although I’m sure that some of you do. But WWII is only the first part of the book. There is also a future, plus some fighting before they even get there.
Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for an unexpected book plug! I saw that he wrote last week about going back over some of his earlier finds. I honestly didn’t dare hope that mine would be one of them.
Yes, I realize that I am very late in putting out another sequel. There are reasons for this, but not very good ones. I’ll explain this better one day. For now, I’ll just say I am very sorry.
And I should say that The Time Bridge At Orion was never meant to be THE sequel. It was partly an experiment in how to do a battle scene in space. But at the same time, I didn’t want to mess up the events that need to happen for the actual sequel. That is why Time Bridge was set entirely in space.
The upcoming book will absolutely be ready this year — and I don’t mean next Winter. I have a date in mind but won’t announce it because that would jinx it. It takes up where Time Bridge left off. You will see WWII in its end, and then a future Reich. The same characters will be back to deal with the mess. This will include some things that actually happened in history, but which look differently without a victory behind us.
The Time Bridge at Orion now has a new cover. I had a bad case of the flu last March when the story was first released, and always planned to replace the cover with a better one.
It’s basically the same 3D model as the first cover, but from a different angle, with different lighting effects, and a better background.
For those interested, the ship is a 3D model created with POV-Ray. The background and captions were added in later. It was all put together using GIMP.
The story is up:
The Time Bridge at Orion
I’ll say more later, but I’ve got the flu.
Okay, the flu was miserable. Nuff said.
A 17,500 word story is a novelette by some standards, or a novella according to the Science Fiction Writers of America. I’m just calling it “a story” for now. I don’t yet know how this story will make it to a paperback edition. I will look for a solution.
The story itself takes place about where the first book ends, with Göring in deep space awaiting an opportunity to travel forward in time. This is more space opera than One Thousand Years, but there are also some important historical items, as those are always important to me.
Addendum: This cover picture was replaced a few months later:
My short story is done. It’s technically a novelette — almost a novella — but most people don’t bother with the distinction. I will submit it through Amazon as soon as the cover is ready.
I’ve resisted commenting on this blog because I realize I’m very late with this sequel. I am sorry. I did not want to say anything again until the story is checked and rechecked.
I am extremely pleased with how this story turned out. It picks up with Sam McHenry about a month after the first book ends, taking place entirely aboard the Göring in an extended battle with the alien Grauen.
I will post another message in a few days when it’s up. Notices will go out then as well.
The book after this will be a full novel continuing the story in space and back on Earth. It picks up with Sam McHenry after the battle in this story, shows the alternate end of WWII, the years that follow, and the Reich of the future. The characters from the first book will be back, and those in Hawaii will also be present for the fight against Nazi tyranny and world domination. The book was actually started before work on this novelette began.
Thank you everyone for your patience!
February 13 update: I’m sorry (again) for the further delay. The story/novelette is still ready, but the cover isn’t quite there yet. I had forgotten how long this stuff can take. It’s almost done.
Yes, I do have sequels in the works. One Thousand Years is the first of a series.
If there’s one thing I learned when nearing completion of my first novel last year, it’s that I’m terrible at estimating when I’ll be done. That being said, the full-length main sequel will be done later this year (well, first draft, but not too much later for publication). There had been some delay because I wrote some non-fiction along the way (and I’ll be keeping mum on that for a while).
Notice that I said “main sequel.” There will very, very soon be a related short-story/novelette. I know that some readers wanted more on the alien Grauen. This story will touch on them, albeit from the distance of cannon and missile fire. The crew of the Göring want revenge. Sam McHenry wants a shot at them, too. I think it will be a nice diversion.
The main sequel follows the ending of the first book. Readers need to see future Berlin with all its glory, all its hopes… and all the things we should have feared. Plus, even though the book takes place in the future, it will also cover some real history.
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One Thousand Years is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!
This means the book is now in the top 500 from the original 10,000 entrants. Among five genres, that puts it in the top 100 for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.
It is currently in the hands of Publishers Weekly.
The next stage — the Semi-Finalists — will be announced in June.
That brings me to an apology that the next Sam McHenry story isn’t quite ready yet. And for that, I am sorry. I’m typing as fast as I can. I will have more news on this very soon.
Thank you very much to my Australian readers for making me #1 in alternate history in Australia for Kindle!