Game Masters StoryBundle

I have great news for those of you who love fiction involving games.  One of my good friends and all-around amazing author, Anthea Lawson/Anthea Sharp, has collected a bunch of gaming related novels and the wonderful people at StoryBundle have put it up on an exclusive basis.

Here’s what Anthea has to say about it:

Sometimes gaming is the best escape. Until virtual reality gets a little too real…

Welcome to the Game Masters Bundle–eight stories of gamer-themed fiction that explore the intersection of pixels and reality. Each of these tales takes a gamer-centric look at the world, tackling big issues with plenty of fun and geeky goodness along the way.

I scoured the web to find the best indie authors of gamer-set books, and am thrilled to present this StoryBundle selection. Whether you’re in the mood for a modern-day coming of age tale packed with humor, or a gritty speculative dystopian future, these bestselling and award-winning authors deliver, with stories that explore the boundaries of immersive gaming.

Join the hackers and heroes adventuring between these pages, but beware! Losing the game has dire consequences – not only for the players, but the entire world. – Anthea Sharp

For two weeks only, you can get eight stories for a price that you pick (the minimum is $3).

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The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • Spark: Feyguard Book 1 by Anthea Sharp
  • Massively Multiplayer by P. Aaron Potter
  • Pwned by Shannen Crane Camp
  • Dead Man’s Resolution, a short story by Thomas K. Carpenter
  • Gamers by Thomas K. Carpenter

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $10, you’ll get another three books:

  • Feyland: The First Adventure, a novella by by Anthea Sharp
  • Alternity by Mari Mancusi
  • Level Zero by Jaron Lee Knuth

You can go here to StoryBundle to purchase it.  Get it before it’s gone.

 

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New Release — Voyage of Alexandria

Greetings Travelers!

My pen has been racing across the parchment as the steam-trams thunder through Otherland Station like ornate mechanical elephants.  Upon their graceful backs, I took another journey to that far-flung place, ancient Alexandria, bringing back tales of Heron the Inventor.  My gear is damp and salt-crusted, but the journey was worth it.  I hope the tale will inspire you as much as it did me.  

The sixth novel of the Alexandrian Saga, Voyage of Alexandria, is available for your consumption through your favorite book acquisition contraption.  As a special nod to my dear friends, who still labor to correspond with me despite the distractions of modern life, I will be offering the newest adventures of Heron of Alexandria for a single Susan B. Anthony (or $0.99 in current terms) on the Twenty-Fourth of June, current year, of course.  The first novel in the series will also be available at the special rate on that day, if these adventures haven’t caught your fancy before.  

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For thousands of years, myths have told the stories of the beasts at the edge of civilization: krakens, cyclops, even the fearsome dragon. 

Now, Heron of Alexandria must confront those myths aboard Hoth the Black’s iron ship, the Jörmungandr, as they flee the remnants of the Roman navy bent on revenge. As she struggles to recover from her horrific injuries, and the repercussions of what happened in the Roman Senate, she must decide – once and forever – what she truly believes in.

Voyage of AlexandriaAmazonB&NKOBOSmashwordsGoogle Play, and Paperback.  

Your friend and intrepid traveler,
Thomas K. Carpenter

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The First Run: A Sorri Lyrax Story

Greetings, travelers.

On my last visit to Otherland Station, I observed the story of a girl named Sorri Lyrax living in a far-flung future in which humans can travel the stars as easily as we cross the street.  I recorded everything that happened and place it here for your education.  A warning for those with a delicate heart, this is a tale of action and survival.  Be warned.

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The First Run: A Sorri Lyrax Delivery

Episode One

Episode Two

Episode Three

Episode Four

Episode Five

Episode Six

Episode Seven

Episode Eight

Episode Nine

Episode Ten

Episode Eleven

Some of my notes were lost on the journey back from the Station.  I’ll post them as I find them.  Or you can see them at the Star Citizen Dispatch.

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The Indie Steampunk Lit Extravaganza Deals

As you can see from the post following this one, a group of wildly talented authors, including me (humble of me, right?), have banded together to give readers a week of spectacular deals on steampunk fiction.  We’re calling it The Indie Steampunk Lit Extravaganza.

For the week of April 21st to 26th, everyone’s books will be at least 50% off normal price.  I’ll be offering my book, Fires of Alexandria, for $0.99 during the deal.  The deals listed in the following post are only shown for Amazon, but my book will be reduced price across multiple sites.  If you’re interested in one of the other books and it’s not on the site of your choice, send the author a message and I’m sure they can get you to the right place.

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The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria. 

One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria—the city’s most renown inventor and creator of Temple miracles—receives coin from a mysterious patron to investigate the crime. Desperate to be free of the debts incurred by her twin brother, she accepts and sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the Roman Empire and change the course of history forever. 

Get it while you can!

Fires of Alexandria for $0.99: AmazonKOBOBarnes & Noble, and Google Play .

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Interview – Wendy Callahan

On April 21st, we’ll be unleashing the Indie Steampunk Lit Extravaganza on the world.  One of the authors, Wendy Callahan, has agreed to sit down and answer my questions about her writing and the event.
Q: Why steampunk?A: I love that the steampunk aesthetic leaves so much room to explore, and experiment. As a history buff, it’s fun to take one of my favorite eras – the Victorian Age/industrial revolution – and play with what might have been. Rules and I don’t get along very well with each other, but literary freedom is one of my best pals.

Q: What makes your work unique? How does it stand out from other works in the genre??

A: In the Aetheric Artifacts series, I have created a new race – Aetherals. Their powers are classified as infernal or celestial. No one seems to understand what this means in book 1 (“The Chronos Clock”), nor do they necessarily care until they are faced with a forbidden romance. So the characters undertake a journey in book 2 (“The Daemon Device”) to find out if their racial differences truly mean they cannot be together.

This is a lighthearted, comedic adventure series, with a touch of romance. There’s a very proper main character, whose logical nature stands in the way of her relationship with the man she loves. Then there’s her impulsive, gun-slinging significant other, as well as the apothecary/artificer who helps them by providing specialized gadgets. Oh, and then there are the puns; many puns.

 
Q: What have you published most recently?
A: On March 24, a colleague and I just released “Steampunk for Simpletons”, which is an “Idiots” or “Dummies” style guide to steampunk.
Q: What’s next on your publishing schedule?

A: The third and final book in the Aetheric Artifacts series, “The Enigma Engine”, releases in June. For those waiting to see if Demetra and Francis will finally marry, the answer is there.

Q: You’re going to be appearing in The Indie Steampunk Lit Extravaganza at the end of April. What can you tell us about that?

A: May I say this in a snazzy movie trailer-style voice? *ahem* Thirteen authors, thirteen books, and a plethora of steamy goodness at 50% off. This is a great opportunity to discover a cross-section of steampunk works, from high adventure to high fantasy, from intrigue and mystery to romance and comedy.

Q: How can people find out more about you? Where can they find your books?

A: I’m everywhere, much like Ceiling Cat. But the easiest way to find me is to pop over to www.WendyLCallahan.com, and go from there. My books are listed there, and they are available at all the usual retailers – Amazon, B&N, OmniLit/All Romance, Sony, Apple, and so forth.

You can also find me at www.soundsofsteam.com, which is the live weekly radio show I co-host.

Q: Before you have to go, anything else you’d like to tell us?

A: Thank you very much for having me here today. It’s been a pleasure.

And thank you, Wendy, for stopping by!  I’m sure we’ll be seeing you around these parts real soon.
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Fires of Alexandria Promotion – $0.99 Sale

In honor of Heron of Alexandria’s birthday, born around this time, a hair over two-thousand years ago, I’m reducing the price of the first book of the Alexandria Saga, Fires of Alexandria, down to $0.99 for one week.  So from Monday, March 24th, to Friday, March  28th, Fires of Alexandria will be available for a reduced price.

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The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria. 

One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria—the city’s most renown inventor and creator of Temple miracles—receives coin from a mysterious patron to investigate the crime. Desperate to be free of the debts incurred by her twin brother, she accepts and sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the Roman Empire and change the course of history forever. 

Get it while you can!

Fires of Alexandria for $0.99: AmazonSmashwordsKOBOBarnes & NobleGoogle Play .

I’m also doing a Goodreads Book Giveaway (the new cover shown above!)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter

Fires of Alexandria

by Thomas K. Carpenter

Giveaway ends April 23, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


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The Greatest Inventor Nobody Knows – Heron of Alexandria

Timing is everything.

Thomas Edison was born in the middle of the Industrial Revolution and was a tireless promoter.  Henry Ford utilized the technologies of the day, combined with new concepts to create mass production, to put his name on millions of cars.  George Washington Carver gained fame during the post-Reconstruction era, revolutionizing biological engineering and agriculture, was frequently called on by Presidents and Kings.  Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the greatest of all time, epitomized the Renaissance ideal, but would anyone have heard of him if he’d been born in the middle of the Dark Ages?

While Heron of Alexandria certainly wouldn’t have been as successful without the Great Library and the laboratory of thought that the city of Alexandria provided, it was also probably the Library’s downfall that helped bury Heron in obscurity.

Because only in recent times, two thousand years after Heron lived, are we beginning to appreciate what he created.  Can any other inventor of that time – even the great Archimedes – lay claim to the steam engine, force pump, syringe, primitive robots, vending machines, wind-powered devices, not to mention his many artifacts of war?

Heron’s biggest challenge, besides the burning of the Library, was that he was born before more modern communications like the printing press and the telegraph wire, that might have spread his inventions far and wide.

I firmly believe, that had things been slightly different during Heron’s time, that he could have set off an Industrial Revolution two thousand years ago.  Check out this short video on his early version of the steam engine, the aelopile:

Since reading extensively about Heron’s life in research for the Alexandria Saga, I’ve come to appreciate the cognitive scale of the city of Alexandria at that time.  It would be fascinating to go back and watch people’s reactions to Heron’s automatas, that were proudly displayed on street corners as hallmarks of the City of Wonders.

It would also be a wonder to bring Heron into the future and let him see how much his inventions had predicted it.  I’m sure he’d spend most of his time lamenting the things he’d gotten wrong, but his real genius was how much he’d gotten right.

While it’s true that timing is everything and for Heron of Alexandria, the circumstances just weren’t ripe for his technologies to change the world.  However, it gives me great pleasure to know that progress is inevitable.  That advancement isn’t just a lucky break or a creative accident.

And besides, in an alternate timeline – one documented in my books, the Alexandria Saga – Heron’s inventions did change the world.  So it’s nice to know that it could have happened, even if it didn’t.  *wink*

If you’d like to read more about a fictional (and female) version Heron of Alexandria, you can find the first ebook in the series for $3.99:

The greatest mystery of the ancient world remains the identity of who set fire to the Great Library in Alexandria. 

One hundred years later, Heron of Alexandria—the city’s most renown inventor and creator of Temple miracles—receives coin from a mysterious patron to investigate the crime. Desperate to be free of the debts incurred by her twin brother, she accepts and sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the Roman Empire and change the course of history forever. 

Fires of Alexandria: AmazonSmashwordsKOBOBarnes & Noble, Google Play and paperback .

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New Release — Empire of Alexandria

As history often proves, holding an empire together is much harder than taking one.  Corruption and bureaucratic bloat sets in, while everyone’s looking out for themselves.  And taking an empire that’s deep into its aristocratic ways is a whole ‘nother story as Heron and the Alexandrians soon find out.

And I swear none of this is a commentary on current political happenings.  I swear.

Just don’t make me put my hand on a bible or anything.

Empire of Alexandria (Alexandrian Saga #5)

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One hundred years after the murder of Julius Caesar, the circumstances of his death could change the course of the fledgling Alexandrian Empire. 

Left in charge of the treacherous Roman Senate while Agog heads north to deal with the traitor Marcus, Heron finds the game of politics maddening. Her constant missteps encourage a growing list of enemies while a mysterious benefactor proves too dangerous to trust. As the city races towards a political showdown, Heron must discover the truth about the murder of Julius Caesar—a death witnessed by hundreds and understood by few—before a perilous vote hands power back to the Romans. 

The novel can be purchased at AmazonB&N, KOBO, Smashwords or other online retailers in ebook format for $5.99 or at Amazon in paperback for $18.99.

If you haven’t read the first four, they are available in ebook form for $3.99, $4.99 and $5.99 respectively.

Fires of Alexandria: AmazonSmashwordsKOBOBarnes & Noble, and paperback ($17.99).

Heirs of Alexandria: AmazonB&NKOBOSmashwords, and paperback ($19.99).

Legacy of Alexandria: AmazonB&NKOBOSmashwords and paperback ($18.99).

Warmachines of Alexandria: AmazonB&NKOBOSmashwords and paperback ($18.99).

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New Release — Trilogy Bundles

In honor of the holidays…really?  Nah.  How about just: it seemed like another cool way for readers to find me.

The nice thing about bundles is you get the whole package, all-in-one.  No searching for the next book, or wondering if the series is done.  For the Gamers and Digital Sea trilogies, that’s it.  All the books are complete and ready to be read.

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The other advantage is price.  The three books of each trilogy normally total around $14, but in a bundle, they’re a hair under $10.

So enjoy!

The Digital Complete Box Set can be purchased at AmazonB&N, KOBO, Smashwords or other online retailers in ebook format for $9.99.

The Gamers Complete Box Set can be purchased at AmazonB&N, KOBO, Smashwords or other online retailers in ebook format for $9.99.

 

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One Crazy Week

Writing is a slow, sedentary process that has more in common with watching grass grow, or paint dry.  There might be a lot going on in my head, but the physical act stays the same and sometimes it can feel like Groundhog Day.  The publishing process has similar traits.  While people buy my books on an increasingly regular basis, sales from one hour to the next are rarely different, and the acquiring of new fans takes time.

So I can say with complete and unabashed honesty, that I’ve hardly known what to think this week.

Now, going back to a few months ago, I targeted purchasing an ad on Bookbub for the first book in my Alexandrian Saga – Fires of Alexandria.  Bookbub is a service that emails book deals to a massive opt-in customer list.  In other words, these are book people who’ve signed up to find out about deals on books.  It’s not spam by any definition.  And it’s a great way to get the word out on your book.

But getting an ad on Bookbub is not easy.  They get thousands of requests from authors and publishers on a daily basis and they sort through those to pick the best ones.  It was my considerable delight that they accepted my book, after the third try, for a deal on November 20th.

Keep in mind that success is not guaranteed.  They give you a range of past sales, but each book is different and you never know what readers might pick.  A lot of it depends on the cover, and the blurb, and an overall feel the book gives.  And lately, Bookbub sales have been going down (judging by the average sales listed for each category on their website), so I was approaching the day with modest expectations.  Hitting the previous average would have been enough for me, and I was expecting something more in line with the recent average they listed.

My sales experience has been anything but average.

Rather than bore you with sales details, I’ll just show you where I ended up on the various Amazon lists (saying nothing of the breakaway sales on Barnes and Noble):

#2 Historical Fiction #1 Fantasy #1 Alternative History Overall rank #43 #2 Sci-Fi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I might have hit some other lists, but these were the ones I found (or were sent to me by friends and family – thanks Anthea!)  The #43 overall on Amazon really blows my mind.  I think it got even lower than that, but I didn’t get a screenshot.  Add to that, I hit #16 on B&N and I’m still in the top 100 today.

Whew.  It still blows my mind to see my name along side Stephen King and George RR Martin to name a few.

But more importantly, readers have my books in their hands and judging by the sales of book two and three of the Saga, they’re enjoying the tale.

And adding to the crazy week, I was interviewed on Conversations LIVE!, the audiobook for Heirs of Alexandria went live, and about a half-dozen other little things were going on that on a regular week might have been a bigger deal.

Whew.

So if you see me in the next few days, forgive me if I stare bewildered into empty space, I’m still trying to process this whole week.

And thanks again for the advice Anthea!  And thank you Rachel for the wonderful cover, I think it and the rest of the series have turned out pretty well.  And thank you kind readers for purchasing Fires, or any of my books.  It really means a lot to me!

 

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