Women of the Apocalypse on StoryBundle

The end of the world comes with a BANG!, a sword thrust, and a whole bunch of kick-ass heroines.

Don’t lie.  If you’re like the rest of us.  You’ve harbored secret desires about surviving the end of the world as we know it.  Either you’ve wanted to be one of the women in these books, or have them at your side while you’ve faced down hordes of zombies or demons ravaging the countryside.  The apocalypse is the ultimate test of your survival skills, plus you don’t have to worry about finding parking spots anymore.

I’m curating a new Women of the Apocalypse bundle for storybundle.com, a remarkable collection of nine pulse-pounding novels by an amazing group of authors.  As always, at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth.

In these nine tales, the apocalypse unfolds in nine different ways.  Do you prefer aliens or zombies?  Would you like a sudden end, or a slow slide into the collapse?  Is a little romance in your future or do you not have time while you’re kicking down doors and chopping off heads?  The only choice you don’t get to make is who’s the one saving the world, or in this case, what’s left of it.  So grab a can opener and your favorite weapon, because the end never goes quietly.

The Women of the Apocalypse bundle runs for three weeks only.  This is a great deal, and a great way to pick up a batch of books while you’re digging your personal Judgment Day bunker.

Less than two weeks left!

Women of the Apocalypse on StoryBundle

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Thank you Readers!

A book without a reader is just a diary.  I’m happy to report I haven’t just been writing notes to myself these last few years.  The promotion of the Alexandrian Saga (Books 1-3) was a smashing success.

Here are a few screenshots of the various rankings at their peaks:

iTunes #45 Overall

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B&N #5 Overall









Amazon #26 Overall









Amazon Author Rank – Historical Mystery #10





Amazon Author Rank – Fantasy #11







I particularly like the last one because when I look to #9 I see my friend Annie Bellet!







I couldn’t have done it without you, the Readers!

If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, due to a quirk iTunes, the sale is still on for another week at all locations.  So grab it at $0.99 while you can.

AMAZON     B&N     KOBO     iBOOKS     GooglePlay

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Alexandrian Saga (Books 1-3) – $0.99 Promotion

Greetings Travelers!

Right in time for gift-giving time, I’m running a big, big, make that HUGE promotion on the first three books of the Alexandrian Saga.  You can get the bundle of three for only $0.99 at all major retailers (links below).

Alexandrian Saga (Books 1-3)

AMAZON     B&N     KOBO     iBOOKS     GooglePlay

Enjoy and happy holidays!

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New Release — Goddess of Alexandria

I have to be honest.  During every round of editing and proofing, when I read the last few lines of the novel, even though I knew the words backwards and forwards, it made me tear up.  It’s hard saying goodbye to a series that was a joy to write.  I know you’ll enjoy the final book as much, and more, than I did.









Goddess of Alexandria

The oldest mystery of the ancient world—one sought by kings and scholars alike—remains the secret of immortality.

When Heron returns to Alexandria, she finds the High Priest of Sobek, Lysimachus, has wrested control of the great city of Alexandria from the nobles by demonstrating his mastery over death. Alone and in a city arrayed against her, Heron must find allies, rescue Sepharia from the clutches of the crocodile cult, and somehow find a way to overthrow Lysimachus from his iron-clad control of the city, otherwise she’ll lose her beloved City of Wonders for eternity.

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Happy reading!

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Game Masters — Achievement Unlocked!

Game MastersbundleHey all you fabulous gamers! GAMERS is part of a brand new multi-author book bundle, featuring six gamer-themed novels. From a romance-tinged coming-of-age story to a dystopian future, from faeries to hackers, this bundle brings the epic reads. Only .99 cents and available at:

AMAZON     B&N     KOBO     iBOOKS

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

Six bestselling authors of gamer-themed fiction explore the intersection of pixels and reality, tackling big issues with plenty of adventure and geeky goodness along the way. From a modern-day coming of age tale packed with humor to a gritty speculative dystopian future, these bestselling and award-winning authors deliver, with books that explore the boundaries of immersive gaming.

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

In the world of Crucible, Andrew doesn’t have to worry about what major to pursue, or whether he should get a summer job. All he has to worry about is whether or not he’ll get eaten. But with a hacker on the loose inside the game, the stakes turn life-or-death.

FEYLAND: THE DARK REALM – Anthea Sharp, USA Today bestselling author
High-tech gaming and ancient magic collide when a computer game opens a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie. Jennet Carter never thought hacking into her dad’s new epic-fantasy sim-game would be so exciting… or dangerous. But behind the interface,  dark magic awaits, leading her toward a battle that will test her to her limits and cost her more than she ever imagined.

GAMERS – Thomas K. Carpenter
Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class. Life is a game, unless you’re not the one winning.

LEVEL ZERO – Jaron Lee Knuth
When the sequel to a popular title is released to the public for a special beta test, a group of players eagerly log in to try out the new experience. What seems like harmless violence quickly turns all too consequential when the players realize the game’s biggest error: They can’t log out.

PWNED – Shannon Camp
Reagan West has a perfect life. She’s at the top of the high school food chain as co-captain of the cheerleading squad and she’s best friends with the most evil girl in town, Tawny Perez, which means she’s never on the receiving end of her wrath. The only trouble in Reagan’s perfect life comes from the threat of her dirty little secret leaking to her fellow classmates… she’s a closet gamer and hates her role as the evil cheerleader.

ALTERNITY – Mari Mancusi, Award-winning author
Imagine every night entering a nightmare world you can’t escape and being told your real life is nothing more than a dream. Skye Brown thought she had it all–good grades, a hot boyfriend, and an even hotter job beta testing RPG videogames. But lately she can’t enjoy any of it because of the dreams. Of a post-apocalyptic world. A bleak underground wasteland. A struggle against a dystopian regime.

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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).

All Covers Large

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.  









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 Alexandria – AmazonB&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.







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.


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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