Review: Write. Publish. Repeat.

Review: Write. Publish. Repeat.

Write. Publish. Repeat.
Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this book up because the authors are highly successful Independent authors and publishers. They’ve helped re-introduce the concept of the serial story via ebooks. Their “Yesterday’s Gone” series has sold gazillions of copies all across the galaxy. But seriously, this book is chock full of simple, but highly useful ideas. It’s also very entertaining. Learn from the guys who made lots of mistakes, and made it.

They finish the book with a series of interviews with other Indie authors who’ve been commercially successful. Most enjoyable book on writing I’ve had the pleasure to read.

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Free Short Stories on Smashwords

Free Short Stories on Smashwords

Several of my short stories, including the Best Selling “Yggdrasil Codex” are now available on Smashwords for FREE! You can download ANY Yggdrasil_Codex_Cover_V3_300webook format you like, and feel free to share them with anyone.

I’m foregoing the revenue from my short stories to allow more fans to try my work. Once you have a taste, I’ll have you hooked! With no added chemicals! LOL

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I’m also producing self-narrated versions of many of my shorts and novel intros. You can find those on Podbean: http://hughblong.podbean.com

Star Viking – Coming Soon!

Star Viking – Coming Soon!

I’m hard at work on the third book in my Tribes Of Yggdrasil series. Here’s a sneak peek!

This very short story is an introduction to my novel “Star Viking – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 3”

In this intro, we catch up with the history between Star Fury (Book 2) and the current novel, as eight years have elapsed.

NOTE: Don’t feel like reading? Scroll down and listen to me read it for you!


Star Viking – Prologue

Eight years have passed since the Hrymar slavers obliterated the human colony of Norvik. The Hrymar didn’t stop at a single colony. They set their sights on the Earth herself. And they came, visiting ruin and destruction upon her greatest cities – one craven human was to blame.

 

Once the traitor was identified, Haldor Olsen hunted him mercilessly across the stars, finally putting a stop to the billionaire’s unspeakable experiments on humans and other sentient races. Yet, it was a hollow victory. No victory would bring back Haldor’s wife and young son – they were dead…as far as he knew. Then came the death of his lover Eva’s unborn child – his child.

 

Meanwhile, The Solar Inclusive Democracy, weakened by internal strife and politicking, refused to act to prevent further Hrymar incursions into allied space. Haldor decided that he would do what others could, or would not, do. With his old friend, former-Governor Drew Zelinski, they founded Rig’s Vaka (Heimdall’s Vigil) to stand as a first line of defense against the dark forces.

 

Part outpost, part fortress, Rig’s Vaka became a home to Olsen’s Privateers. They sought out and harried the Hrymar, disrupting the slave-trade, and bringing war to the enemy’s homes and colonies for the first time. Men and women, and even other races, flocked to Haldor’s banner. A diverse lot, they all had this in common: an icy desire for justice, and a fiery need to live a life with honor. These things Haldor promised them. And delivered.

 

As Rig’s Vaka’s worth was proved time and time again, crushing the enemy in space and on land, other governments sought alliances and pacts. With the help of the Alfar, Rig’s Vaka began fielding newly designed classes of starships; some for fighting, others for commerce.

 

Though Haldor kept the wolves from Earth’s doorstep, the SID remained factious. After years of tension and secret military build-ups, several of the strongest factions tried to seize the Prefabricated Colonization Module factories on Mars. The PCMs were crucial for rapid expansion beyond the Solar system, and ultimately, ensuring the future of the Human race. This contest sparked The Industrial Conflict of 2130 which raged for nine months, shattering the Martian economy.

 

After the Industrial Conflict, four new home-worlds were established beyond the solar system: New Mecca (Mecca J’adeeda), an Islamic Theocracy; The Soviet Socialist Empire (Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Imperiya), a Socialist Dictatorship; Mang’s Republic of China (Mang-Zhonghua), a newly minted Socialist Monarchy; and The Republic, a Plutocratic colony of North Americans governed by the Corporate Congress. These four stellar forces began competing with the SID for resources, gravely weakening the ability for humanity to defend itself.

 

The SID, aware of their weakened position, and recognizing the success of Rig’s Vaka, signed a mutual defense pact with Haldor Olsen’s forces. Because of this, Haldor and Drew Zelinski, concluded that a more formal martial authority needed to be established. And so, they founded The Council, to be governed by an elected Jarl, or Chieftain. Haldor was unanimously elected as the first Jarl of Rig’s Vaka.

 

Now part Warlord and part Viking, Haldor’s days are filled with his quest for justice.

 



Read The Tribes of Yggdrasil Books 1 and 2

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Star Wolves, Book 1

– “Stargate Meets The Lord of the Rings!”

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Star Fury, Book 2

– “Evil, Vengeance, Politics, Romance and Galaxy spanning Action.”

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New cover for The Yggdrasil Codex

New cover for The Yggdrasil Codex

New cover for my Best Sellling Short Story – The Yggdrasil Codex.Yggdrasil_Codex_Cover_V3_300w

 

Buy a copy of this highly acclaimed short, which tells the tale preceding my Tribes of Yggdrasil series of novels.

Description:

In this life there are a great many profound questions that have yet to be answered: Are we the first intelligent life in the universe? Why are we here?

Man continues to ask these questions, apparently to deaf heavens. But what if someone, or something, did answer?

In the short story The Yggdrasil Codex, two University researchers stumble upon an incredible secret encoded on ancient Scandinavian runestones. Their discovery leads them into the world of modern code-breakers and ultimately leads to a revelation with galactic consequences!

(This short story is 3200 words)

BONUS: Includes the first 3 chapters of the Novel “Star Wolves” which takes place 115 years after this short story!

And if you’ve read the short story, by all means, grab the novels!

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Alien Invasions

Alien Invasions

by Kindle Editors on 07/07/2014

Evan Curry, author of the upcoming book, Out of the Black, from his popular Odyssey One series, discusses the idea of an Alien invasion on earth.

The words invoke imagery from a hundred movies and books, from War of the Worlds to Independence Day and beyond. In the Odyssey series I play with the common tropes of the genre, twisting some and just enjoying others, but the common question has a tendency to remain… Even if we accept the central premise, is any of it really possible? Why would aliens bother with us anyway? More importantly, for a military science fiction writer like myself at least, could we beat them back? Could we win?

Better minds than mine have given it a lot of through, including the US Military if rumors hold some truth to them, but it always seems to boil down to us poor humans having something the big scary aliens want. Alright, that makes sense on the surface, so what could we have? Air? Water? Gold or other precious metals?

No, none of those make sense. Any space faring culture would more easily acquire those in space at any asteroid belt, out in the Oort Cloud, or any of a thousand other possibilities. So why invade? Two possibilities make sense, a lot of sense.

First, Aliens may want or need our Biosphere. Air, Water, even food can easily be manufactured…. READ MORE ON KINDLE POST

Check out more of Evan’s Books on his AUTHOR PAGE

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 Check out my favorite of Evan’s books below!

Into the Black - Odyssey One

Into the Black – Odyssey One: Book 1

The Heart of Matter - Odyssey One: Book 2

The Heart of Matter – Odyssey One: Book 2

Homeworld - Odyssey One: Book 3

Homeworld – Odyssey One: Book 3

Out of the Black - Odyssey One

Out of the Black – Odyssey One

A Little Romance?

A Little Romance?

For my readers who appreciate a romantic arc, here are a few scenes from “Star Fury – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 2


Eva checked her watch as she stirred one of the several pots on her stove.

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Star Fury – Book 2

Merde!” she said, and dashed to her bedroom. She returned with a small blue packet, the size of a pack of sugar, which she opened, and poured into a glass with an amber bubbling liquid. There were two glasses on a silver tray.

The doorbell rang and Eva yelped, dropping the packet. She bent down and picked it up hurriedly.

“You ok in there?” came Hal’s voice from outside the door.

Oui, un minute.” She stirred the contents of the packet into the champagne with her finger, then pocketed the packet. Her heart was pounding and her chest was heaving. I must get myself under control, she thought. He cares for me, I know it. It will be fine.

“Coming,” she said, opening the door. Hal stood with a bouquet of roses, and sporting his seductive smile.

My Gods, does he know what he does to me, Eva wondered. That smile made Eva weak in the knees, every time she saw it.

Eva’s hands crossed her chest. “Ils sont adorables!”

“Not as lovely as you.” Hal leaned forward and kissed her on the cheek.

Eva took the flowers and ushered him in. “Come in, Hal. Sit down. I’m just finishing dinner. It will bemaybe five minutes. Ok?”

“Sounds perfect.”

“I have some lovely champagne for us.” Eva walked back to the couch and offered him the glass.

“You don’t know how bad I need that right now,” Hal said, taking the glass and immediately downing its entire contents.

“Bad day?”

“Bad doesn’t even begin to describe it. I got the President fired today.”

“What?”

“I’m serious. I attended the General Assembly meeting in Copenhagen this morning and proposed an idea for added security –  just an idea, and Delegate Franklin took it and twisted it around and made Rukundo look like she was negligent. Which is complete bullshit! She’s done an amazing job under extraordinary conditions. That prick was biding his time, and today he got it. She’s not fired, exactly, but when they hold a vote of no-confidence it will make it impossible for her to govern, which means in a few months she’ll likely be replaced. Unless she resigns first.”

“My poor, Haldor. Well, it wasn’t your fault. You can’t be responsible for what others may do.” Eva sat beside him, champagne glass in one hand, and the other stroking the hair at his temples. “Let’s forget all about it tonight, ok? I made your favorite dinner!” She beamed.

Hal’s face and eyes went wide. “Lutefisk!” He laughed.

Eva slapped his leg. “Non! I’ll have none of that stinky mess in my kitchen. Duck a l’Orange, of course.”

He offered a placating smile. “I know, I’m only teasing.”

Eva got up from the couch. “Let me stir the sauce. You sit, relax, ok?”

“I hope there’s more champagne,” Hal said, upending his already spent glass.

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Hal eyed the now empty dinner plate in front of him. “That was fantastic. I really missed that. Nobody does duck like you.”

She blinked her eyes adding a shrug and a smile. “I know. It was always my secret weapon with you, non?”

Hal nodded with a wicked grin. “Among other things…”

“Well, I hope you didn’t stay with me just for my duck.”

Hal closed his eyes. “Wow, that champagne is really hitting me hard. I needed it though.”

“It’s ok, the ship doesn’t leave until tomorrow afternoon. So relax, enjoy it. Besides, you’re the Captain. They can’t leave without youor your amazing science officer.” She giggled

Eva threw her leg over Hal’s waist, straddling him. She looked deep into his eyes for a long moment, exploring his face with her hands, then began kissing him longingly. Their tongues joined in a slow dance.

Gods she felt incredible, and that scent, Hal thought. She was more potent than any champagne. He couldn’t resist her, didn’t want to resist her. He burned for her. His hands re-acquainted themselves with her body, recalling every curve he’d explored years past. She returned his gentle touching.

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Hal awoke with a mild headache, and rubbed the sleep out of his eyes. He lifted his up head and looked down his body; there was a sleek, naked leg, draped lazily over his. He turned to the left, and there was Eva’s long, soft hair, framing her tranquil features. Parts of her covered with a sheet, but with just enough skin exposed to remind him of their time last night.

He’d come to dinner with a plan to leave platonically. But something came over him last night. Fuck it, he thought. What’s done is done. It was amazing, and he enjoyed every second of it. He’d tried so hard to maintain his mourning for Siobhan, but without her and Ailan, what was left to live for? Revenge alone? He needed something more than that.There was no dishonor here. Eva was a wonderful woman, and he cared for her, even loved her once; maybe he could again?

His mind weaved it’s way to shipboard complications. But there were no regulations prohibiting relationships, unless there was a clear case of sex for favoritism, which wasn’t the case here. The government knew, or rather learned, that sexual relations among military or civilian personnel on long missions, was healthy. Decades ago, laws to the contrary had relaxed, and in most cases been stricken from the books. So what was his problem?

Eva’s eyes opened a little. “Morning,” she whispered, kissing his shoulder. She gave a little satisfied purr. “That was so nice last night.”

He rolled over and kissed her long on the mouth. “Yes, it was,” he said quietly.

“You look worried,” she said with a concerned look.

“Nojust thinking.”

“About me?” she nipped his shoulder.

“Hey, easy now! And yes, I was thinking about you, us.”

“Oh?”

“I just want to make sure you’ll be ok when we’re back on the Sleipnir.”

Eva frowned. “What do you think? I’m going to stalk you when we get on the ship?” She rolled up on one elbow. “ Hey, I’m a big girl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy each others company when needed, non?”

“I just can’t commit to anything, Eva. I want to be clear about that right now. I’m a mess right now. I care about you, so I want to be upfront, ok?”

She nodded silently.

He shot her a mischievous glance. “But since we’re here…”

Eva squealed and giggled as Hal threw her on her back, and pinned her arms, kissing her.

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Want to read more? (Of course you do!)http://www.amazon.com/Star-Fury-Tribes-Yggdrasil-Book-ebook/dp/B00L3KKCU4/

 

And if you missed book 1, Star Wolves, it’s on sale for $0.99 to help promote book 2

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wolves-Tribes-Yggdrasil-Book-ebook/dp/B00AKIF65Q/

 

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Star Wolves – Book 1

New Titles? What?

New Titles? What?

I’ve recently begun re-titling the individual books in my “Tribes of Yggdrasil Series”.
The series name will be the same, but after doing some market research, the bulk of fans, prefer simpler, more catchy titles. Who am I to argue? The content is still the same!

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Before you start in on me, saying, “Oh, you’re caving to business demands instead of artistic – blah blah blah…”. I get it. BUT, and this is a big BUT (no pun intended). I write full time. This means if I don’t sell books, I don’t have money for things likeoh, let’s say, groceries, rent – you knowall the luxuries!

So, I’m making one small artistic concession – making my titles less flowery, and more impactful. I can do that!

Dawning of the Wolf Age – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 1 is now:

Star Wolves – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 1

Fury of the Northmen – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 2 is now:

Star Fury – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 2

And finally, the third book in the first trilogy, which didn’t have a firm title, is going to be called:

Star Viking – The Tribes of Yggdrasil: Book 3 

* (there will be three trilogies, nine books overall in the series)

I really hope my readers appreciate the new titles, or at the very least, tolerate them, and continue to enjoy the galaxy sweeping stories in The Tribes of Yggdrasil multiverse.

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