Tuesday, December 08, 2020

The Frankenstein Saga by Merrie Destefano

 A dangerous holiday. A deadly curse brought to life.

Hear Mary Shelley's tale like you've never heard it before! Frankenstein meets Dracula in this award-winning Gothic retelling of this classic story.

The Frankenstein Saga - Shade, Dusk, and Dawn.

A friend of mine,
Merrie Destefano, has a new series out. It's called The Frankenstein Saga - Shade, Dusk, and Dawn. (link to Audible) Sounds super cool to me. Check it out.

Who is the author?

Merrie Destefano is a writer and artist living in Southern California. Her books have been published by HarperCollins and Ruby Slippers Press, to name just two. She has worked for Focus on the Family and The Word For Today and written for Victorian Homes, Haunted: Mysteries And Legends, American Farmhouse Style, and more. Her co-authored art books include How To Draw Vampires, How To Draw Zombies, and How to Draw Grimm's Dark Fairy Tales.

Merrie studied art at Northern Illinois University, met her husband at a kazoo parade, rides her bike almost every day, laughs at all jokes, and ugly cries during corny movies. You can find out more about her projects on her website.


Note: I featured this series in my latest newsletter - and gave away some freebies! If you'd like to subscribe to my monthly newsletter, click here, and I'll send you one of my e-books as a thank you gift. 

Happy reading (or listening) to your favorite books this holiday season! - Lyn

Monday, November 30, 2020

Tule Fog Press

Do you know where I sell my books? All over the place, really. But my central website is my indie publishing site called Tule Fog Press. Check it out! Thanks!

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Review of 'Spirits of the Earth' Trilogy


City of Glass by Milo James Fowler

I've just finished Milo James Fowler's trilogy, a series called Spirits of the Earth. And I'd recommend each of the books. It's post-apocalyptic but not your typical slash and burn craziness where everything is simply mayhem with people trying to survive. Instead, it's a well thought through imagining of the near-future with a supernatural twist.

Here are the Goodreads links to all three books:

Book 1 - After the Sky


Book 2 - Tomorrow's Children


Book 3 - City of Glass


Very well done. I've read quite a few shorter stories by Fowler but this is the first full length set of novels I've had the pleasure to enjoy. Check them out when you get the chance.

(Btw, the Amazon link above contains my associate tag, which means if you use it to get to Amazon and you purchase the item there, I get a penny or two for my trouble.)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

One Red Paperclip Revisited

Something fun.

Affiliate link to Amazon.
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