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Book 8 of Diamond Brides Series
by Mindy Klasky
$2.99 (Novel) 

Actress Lindsey Ormond has always followed the rules – be nice, keep quiet, and never, ever get involved with a bad boy. But her good behavior has yielded lousy results – she was just left at the altar for the second time in two years.

Raleigh Rockets center fielder Ryan Green keeps life simple – play ball, have fun, and keep an eye on his recently widowed father. When Ryan attends Lindsey’s disaster of a wedding, another sizzling task hits his to-do list – help Lindsey learn how to break the rules.

Before long, Ryan is showing Lindsey just how much fun she’s been missing – in the bedroom and beyond. But Lindsey’s brother Zach (part of the Rockets’ management team) disapproves of their new relationship. And Zach just offered Ryan’s father the job of a lifetime.

When the conflict moves center stage, will Ryan choose Lindsey? Or will his obligations to the Rockets and his father send Lindsey back to her stifled life alone?

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O, Columbus …

O, Columbus …

pioneerBecause in some parts of our country it’s still Columbus Day and because so few of us really understand what Columbus (Christobal Colonne) did, I offer this fictional re-imagination of the events of his landing on Hispaniola.

This is a novelette of alternate history entitled “O, Pioneer”. It was published in Paradox magazine and short-listed for the Sidewise Alternate History award in 2006.


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What’s in a Word: Shared Worlds/Shared Words

My every other Wednesday blog on Book View Cafe—today a third chapter in What’s in a Word.

How do you communicate with someone you think speaks the same language you do, but doesn’t?


Like that cover? I designed that using a couple of bits of art and some cool fonts.



Book 1 of the Star Rigger Universe
by Jeffrey A. Carver
$3.99 (Novel) 


Wrongly discredited as a space pilot, Panglor Balef is doomed to die in space, if sheer luck doesn’t bring him through. But luck has never been in Panglor’s cards. Bad enough to be coerced into a mission of murder and suicide, he must also contend with Alo—a young woman, stowaway, and impossible companion.

Neither of them, nor his empathic ou-ralot, could possibly anticipate the journey through space-time they are about to embark on, through a door to an insane reality from which there is almost certainly no return. It could be the discovery of the millennium, but the only way home is to journey even further into the heart of madness.

The stunning prequel to the famed Star Rigger Universe of Jeffrey A. Carver, Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End and The Chaos Chronicles.


“An original and very charming novel, with a particularly unusual protagonist.” —Publishers Weekly

“An interesting and different novel… a fun read.” —Future Life

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Like the cover design? I did that!



Book Two of the Starstream
by Jeffrey A. Carver
$4.99  (Novel) 


A great interstellar migration has begun, down the grand, ethereal highway known as the starstream—from the remnant of the Betelgeuse supernova to the center of the Milky Way. Who could have predicted the wonders of the starstream, or the perils it would unleash—including the Throgs, shadowy beings of n-space that seem to understand only death and destruction? But life goes on, dangers or no, and colonists pour down the starstream seeking new worlds. Aboard starship Charity are many such colonists, including one Claudi Melnik, a child of uncommon talents—and an AI named Jeaves, with purposes of his own. When the unthinkable occurs, Claudi must face alone the challenge of the Throgs. And no one, not even Jeaves, could have predicted the final confrontation—or imagined where unexpected allies would be found.

Triumphant sequel to the bestselling From a Changeling Star, Down the Stream of Stars is a daring journey across the gulf between human and alien, to the heart of consciousness itself.

Named one of the best science fiction novels of the year by Science Fiction Chronicle. Original print publication by Bantam Spectra.


“It was no surprise that…Jeffrey Carver’s Down the Stream of Stars would have heavy emphasis on science as well as good writing….”

—Don D’Ammassa, in Science Fiction Chronicle

“Carver’s ingenuity is everywhere apparent.” —Locus

“I enjoyed it immensely. Carver provides another wild ride through a deranged cosmos. His imagination is matched only by his compassion. Marvelous effort!” —Jack McDevitt, author of Seeker and Chindi

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I Can Now Speak of It!

I Can Now Speak of It!

j0289934What is “it”?

It is a book that I am in the process of finishing. It is planned as the first book of a series from Bird Street Books and is entitled, DEVIL’S DAUGHTER. The series title is LUCINDA’S PAWNSHOP.

The project was dreamed up by TV producers Hope Schenk-De Michele and Paul Marquez and they put their baby in my lap and said, “Make it so.” (And wow, was that metaphor shaken, not stirred!)

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Nine White Horses:  9 Tales of Horses and Magic
by Judith Tarr
$4.99 (Story Collection) ISBN 978-1-61138-437-6

Nine stories of horses and their people. Nine tales of magic and enchantment.

Horses of the ancient world, horses of the Middle Ages and the Arabian Nights, horses of the present and the future, even horses (and not quite horses) of a world that never was.

When a mysterious stranger steals the Emperor Charlemagne’s favorite horse, the Emperor’s page goes hunting for the thief and the horse–and uncovers a secret older than gods.

Drawn to a stableyard full of legendary white horses, a passerby finds a greater legend still, and an ancient treasure.

In a far future world, horses are no longer precisely horses–except for one precious herd, which alone preserves the ancient bloodlines. When that herd is ordered to conform to modern laws of genetics, the results are not at all what the laws’ makers expect.

In these and other stories, horsewoman, author, and historian Judith Tarr celebrates the lore and legend of the horse, and the age-old bond between horse and human.


Piper in the Night
by Dave Smeds

Dennis Short thought his tour of duty was over…but now he has stepped into another war.

Short, a Navy medical corpsman stationed in Hawaii after his ordeal in Vietnam, is looking forward to his two-week excursion to the island of Kahoolawe. He’s there as the medic for a team of forward observers whose job is to coordinate the bombing, strafing, and shelling of the island’s massive target ranges. All he expects to do besides watching the fireworks is work on his tan and get in a little fishing and hunting on an exclusive, untamed preserve. But from the first day, he is plagued by an oppressive sense that he is being manipulated. Each night, he slips into a dreamlike world of half-human mythical creatures who tempt him, frighten him, force him to become part of their battles with one another. 

He thought Vietnam was the way to hell. But a new portal is opening wide for him on a supposed island paradise.

"Nebula Award nominee Smeds should only enhance his his reputation with this well-crafted dark fantasy set during the Vietnam War. Mixing distinctly diverse elements into a coherent story with success, Smeds has created one of the better fantasies to come out of the Vietnam experience." — Publishers Weekly

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Composite image (X-ray & optical) of the Rosette nebula, located about 5,000 light years from Earth. More shocking that the one I posted here two years ago.

Source: Rosette Nebula: The Heart of a Rose (Chandra X-ray Center)

This is one of the most gorgeous photos of a nebula I’ve ever seen. Make you want to do science!

"The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament displays His handiwork." - Psalm 19

"Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is a direct evidence of the revelation within it of the attributes and names of God, inasmuch as within every atom are enshrined the signs that bear eloquent testimony to the revelation of that Most Great Light." - Bahá’u’lláh 

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