Sunday, July 12, 2020

One Red Paperclip Revisited

Something fun.

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Back about 10 or 15 years ago I was a pretty active blogger, putting up all sorts of interesting things on this website. I'd come across a news article and link to it and comment on it, etc. Nothing fancy, just me blogging about stuff.

One blog post (back in 2006, click here to see it) mentioned a guy named Kyle MacDonald who started out with a red paperclip and traded his way up to a three bedroom house. Remember that? His blog, called One Red Paperclip has the story.

Anyway, what makes this a bit fun is that someone from Commodity.com saw my post from 2006 and emailed me, wondering if I'd point my readers to their site where they created a pretty cool info-graphic about this concept of "trading up."

Here's part of the email I received:

We've recently published an infographic about Kyle's extraordinary story of trading a paperclip for a house. Our research uncovered some staggering stories, such as:
  • How he spent the afternoon with Alice Cooper
  • Why he became a mayor for the day
  • And what he did next...
You'll find the answers in our full study: https://commodity.com/blog/straw-millionaire/

I've checked it out, so I'm pretty sure the link is safe. It's just a form of advertising. So I cannot vouche for the product. I'm not a sponsor or anything, if that's what you're wondering. Just something I thought I could blog about. 

 Here's the opening panel - go to their website to see the whole info-graphic that tells the whole story of Kyle MacDonald. Anyone else with similar stories? Let me know! And have a great week. - Lyn


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Cover Reveal - The Sword of Otrim

New cover for my Sword of Otrim series. You likey likey? 

I've written three novelettes featuring my 'contemplative barbarian' named Otrim. So I'm going to write one more to complete the story arc and publish them into one volume with this as the cover. 



Super excited! Now to write another 15,000 words!

UPDATE: Available for pre-order now for only 99 cents!

Thursday, May 07, 2020

On My TBR List

Or in my TBR pile. I can never decide if its a list or a pile. I do have an actual pile of books on a table that I'm hoping to get to. But I also have a list of ebooks on my Kindle that are waiting for my attention. So either way, here are some books soon to be read!

First up, Harry Heron: Into the Unknown by Patrick G. Cox.

A freak accident on board the HMS Spartan during a sea battle with the French navy in 1804 catapults Midshipman Harry Heron and his shipmates Ferghal O’Connor and Danny Gunn four hundred years into the future, landing them on the NECS Vanguard, flagship of the World Treaty Organisation Fleet. 

While Captain Blackwood and Major Heron sort out the mystery and determine whether the young men are alive or dead, Harry and his friends are faced with the challenge of learning new roles aboard a spaceship. Just as they have found their footing, they are called upon to assist the Fleet in a rescue mission on the planet Pangaea, giving them the opportunity to prove that their unique skills from the past are still very relevant in the far distant future.

A number of years ago when I had my ezine, ResAliens, I published two or three Harry Heron short stories. Loved the premise - young midshipman from the early 1800s gets thrown into the future. I think you'll enjoy this book. Patrick is a good story teller and knows his history, adding rich detail to his tales. I know I'm looking forward to reading Into the Unknown.

Second book...well series, actually - Saga of the Shamrock Samurai by Dean Floyd.

I'm in Kindle Unlimited and these books - Tough Luck, Out of Luck, Down on Luck, and more - are free to members. I read the first adventure, a novella, and it was fun. A modern day wizard, who doesn't know he's a wizard until his first nearly disastrous encounter with evil, finds his way in the world.

I just recently met Dean on Facebook, so I'm looking forward to
getting to know him better and reading his modern day fantasy. Check them out if you get the chance.

Another series by another new writer friend on Facebook is Luke T. Barnett's Cryos and Jade stories. This is more classic fantasy adventure featuring a young woman of prominence who secretly wants to be a thief and her companion, a living gargoyle. These are short, entertaining tales with some thoughtful themes on identity, destiny, and friendship.

Well, I have a ton more on my list and I can go on and on. But this will give you a taste of what I like to read. What are you reading? Send me a message through the contact section (if you are browsing by laptop) or if you are on your phone, send me an email at lyngperry at yahoo - I'd love to hear from you. And I generally email back! :-) (Can't guarantee it of course as some emails simply disappear into the ether! lol) Anyway, as always, thanks for reading! - Lyn

UPDATE: Just received an ARC from Rick Partlow, the next book in the Drop Trooper series, Kinetic Strike (on pre-order now from Amazon and published by Aethon Books). Check it out!

And by the way, one of Rick's other books, Wholesale Slaughter, is free for a limited time. I read this one a few months back and really enjoyed it.

So many books on my TBR pile/list - I don't know what to read first! If you have any further suggestions, message me. Until then, happy reading!



Monday, May 04, 2020

Free Through May 6

(Amazon Link)
Are you familiar with J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniel Thrillers? He has a collection of stories in the "Jack Daniels and Associates Mystery Series" that is free on Amazon until May 6. It's Volume 1 of the Jack Daniels Stories written with guest writers (but Book 2 in his whole collection). 

I actually have a story in Volume 3 (Book 7) that I co-wrote with J.A. Konrath called Abductions. A second story called Beat Down is also in a collection and I just finished the third story, Confessions, which Konrath is editing now. I'll let you know when it comes available.

Anyway, grab your copy if you like dark humor mixed with a bit of mystery and thrills.

Different topic: My next newsletter is out! I'm trying to go monthly, but it's hard, lol. I actually sent out my first newsletter back in 2012 I think. So I suppose I should have close to 100 issues out, right? Well, this is Issue 6! Here's the link to the web version

In each issue I highlight a new release or project I'm working on and feature a book or author I'm reading or getting to know. And I usually throw in a freebie or point readers to something I think they might be interested in (like the free Jack Daniels collection above).

If you want a free ebook for your trouble, I'd be grateful if you became a subscriber. You may get something each month...but at the rate I'm going it'll probably be every couple. ;) Here's the link to subscribe! Thanks for reading. - Lyn

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Free Music from Vandarth

Hey music fans!

Do you like headbanging guitar driven grunge rock? 

Then my friend's Vandarth Project is for you!

I have 2 or 3 of his albums, plus a lot of his "hidden" songs that are only available for those who subscribe to his mailing list. 

How do you get on his mailing list, you ask? Click the link below. You won't be sorry! 

GET A FREE 5-SONG ALBUM 


Thursday, April 30, 2020

What's My Current Project?

I'm glad you asked!

Well, maybe I'm not. Because every time I say something out loud as to what I'm working on, I go off the rails and abandoned that project for something else. Oops.

But this time might be different because I'm writing a book (the second book in the series!) with my friend, T.M. Hunter. Yep, we are back to the world of Max McCannor, a runaway orphan looking for his dad who he is now convinced is alive and in need of his help.

Here's the blurb for Book 1...

Escape! 
The Adventures of Max McCannor
by T. M. Hunter and Lyndon Perry

Max McCannor and his friends suffer under the cruelty of their orphanage headmasters, Mr. and Mrs. Tittlesworth. After reaching a breaking point, and spurred on by the hope of finding his long-lost father, Max convinces his best friend Sadie and the others to flee their captors and head west. 

But Tittlesworth has too many secrets to keep to risk losing Max and his pals. So the headmaster hires one of his former orphans to track the children down. He wants them returned to the orphanage...before they ESCAPE for good.

Join Max, Sadie, and the rest of the crew as they travel from New York to Chicago and then onward to California in search of his dad, an inventor who has fallen into the hands of a dangerous gang bent on exploiting his mechanical genius.

Escape! is a middle grade/young adult alternative history adventure story set in the 1890s. It has a light steampunk flavor since the era is so ripe with inventions and exciting technological changes.

Book 2 is called Runaway and we're maybe a third of the way through. We alternate writing chapters and edit each other along the way. You can pick up Book 1 at Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Kindle Unlimited Firesale

Amazon is offering a 3 month membership of Kindle Unlimited for only 2 bucks! Wow! Normally it's $10 per month, so this is a crazy deal.

I used to be in KU but I just couldn't keep up the reading pace to make it worth it to me. But for three months, I'll give it another go.

If you are in KU, I have 10 or 11 books in there to read for free! Would you be so kind as to look them up and do some reading (page turning).

How KU works is that authors get paid by the number of pages read. Yes, those sneaky people at Amazon keep track of where you are in their books. See, technically, the ebook isn't yours. If you borrow it from Amazon, it's theirs.

But since mine is their's and their's is yours and your reading mine helps both me and you and them, then it should be a no brainer to...to... now where was I?

Oh yes, here are some books of mine to read for free as a Kindle Unlimited member. This is a snapshot of my "Four-Pack Fiction Series" on Goodreads. Links to Amazon on this blog.

I also have a fanfic piece from Hugh Howey's World of Wool (with Hugh's permission) in KU. It's called The Last Prayer: A Silo Story.

My short and humorous zombie collection is also in KU for another month (then I'm 'going wide'). It's called The Princess and the Zombie. I mention it here on this blog.

Both of my collaborations with J.A. Konrath are also in KU. Read more about them here. These are thrillers written under my pen name, Garth Perry. (Not that much of a secret pen name, I know.)

And I actually have a couple of Lenten sermons in KU for whatever reason. They get borrowed every year before Easter, so that's nice. They are called Journey to the Cross - Faith and Journey to the Cross - Servanthood.

Finally, a book I published through Tule Fog Press is in KU for now - Gustavo Bondoni's collection of dark fantasy titled, Pale Reflection. Check it out on my publishing page at TFP.

All of these are free to borrow if you are a Kindle Unlimited member. Not asking you to be a member, just giving a heads up. But for a three month trial at only a couple bucks, might be worth it. As always, thanks for reading! - Lyn