Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Release: THE CITY BEYOND THE SANDS!

Book I of The Chronicles of Dushara is here!
Just 99¢ through Monday, August 18

When Will Kelly arrives in Dushara, he can tell he’s no longer on Earth. It may look like Earth, but people and animals from across history have been thrown together by some unknown force.

He soon embarks upon a perilous journey, hoping to reach the legendary City Beyond the Sands which, if it exists, may hold clues to the mystery of Dushara and ultimately lead him home. Along the way, he will have to learn how to survive in a cruel land where men live—and often die—by the sword.

The City Beyond the Sands is the first book of The Chronicles of Dushara, a thrilling, fast-paced adventure series set on a parallel Earth and written in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. The story will continue in Riders of the Red Land, due out October/November of 2014.

Get your copy of The City Beyond the Sands during this special 99¢ release sale! The sale will only last through Monday, August 18.

The City Beyond the Sands is Available at:
and all other Amazon Kindle stores

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

99¢ Sale: CHRYSOPTERON & SULLIVAN'S WATCH!

Beginning today (August 12), my novels Chrysopteron and Sullivan's Watch are each just 99¢ for one week! For UK readers, the price is 99p.

Chrysopteron is a stand-alone science fiction novel of space exploration and colonization. Get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon UK.

Sullivan's Watch is the third book of The Sullivan Saga, a science fiction adventure series. Get it at Amazon.com or Amazon UK, and click here to read about the other books in the series.

If you already have these books, I have a new novel coming out later this month. Stay tuned for the details!

Best,
Michael K. Rose

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Release: GHOSTS OF FORGOTTEN EMPIRES Vol. II by Michael J. Foy

Ghosts of Forgotten Empires Volumes I and II tells the story of an American free lance intelligence operative. So what’s the big deal? Don’t we already have a sea of excellent character heroes in this genre like Mitch Rapp, Jack Reacher, Scot Harvath and Gabriel Allon? Maybe, but do any of them view lessons learned from watching Star Trek as their compass in life? Could any of them deal with threats to our existence as a species on this world we now call Earth? Ancient and possibly alien artifacts are discovered in Egypt. A few individuals acquire them by questionable means including Cord and another top intelligence operative from Russia. They are instantly endowed with god-like abilities and threaten a new cold war with destructive powers that make a nuclear deterrent look quaint. Cord will have to rely on his scholarship of all things Star Trek to help him cope with not only earthly enemies but also an otherworldly threat. Will he recognize, in his mysterious family history, the secrets of a forgotten empire to defeat humanity’s earthly and unearthly enemies?

Available at Amazon:

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Michael J. Foy was born to Irish immigrants in upstate New York. At 4 and then again at 12 years old his parents moved the family to London for a year before returning to the U.S. and permanently settling in the Boston area. Michael graduated Northeastern University in 1979 with an engineering degree and worked in that profession until 1992. In 1993 he changed careers and became a recruiter servicing the publishing industry and founded Publishing Search Solutions in 1997. In essence his literary career has spanned two other careers but has always been his first love.

Since college Michael harbored the desire to write science fiction. In 1991 he sold an option for his first novel, False Gods, as a screenplay to Timothy Bogart the nephew of Peter Guber, Producer of Batman. Tim’s California based production company adapted material for the big and small screens.

Michael has since published Future Perfect, a Science Fiction novel and local bestseller, The Kennedy Effect and the Ghosts of Forgotten Empires series. He was also an early pioneer in publishing short stories over the internet including the Solar Winds of Change, The Adventure of the Moonstone and A Land to Call Our Own.

Friday, July 11, 2014

SULLIVAN'S WAR - Free July 11-12!

This Friday and Saturday (July 11 & 12), my action-adventure sci-fi novel Sullivan's War will be free at Amazon! Also free is the associated story "Sergeant Riley's Account," which gives a little background to Sullivan's War but is by no means crucial to understanding it.

Follow the appropriate links below to get your free copies. If you like Sullivan's War, please visit this page to read about the rest of The Sullivan Saga. Also note that The Sullivan Omnibus, which collects the entire story, is on sale for just $4.99 through Sunday, July 13. Details here.

Get your free Kindle copy of Sullivan's War at:

Get your free Kindle copy of "Sergeant Riley's Account" at:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Thursday, July 10, 2014

101 Thoughts on Self-Publishing -- 016: Host Your Fellow Writers

This is my blog. It's all about me. You came here to read about me. You want to know what I have to say! Right? Hello?

Well, sure. To an extent. But you're probably also here because you like science fiction or just books in general. You might be here (and reading this) because you're an author yourself. So if all I did was talk about me and my books, well, unless I have a new release or other special announcement, chances are you've already heard it.

So how do I keep you coming back? How do I get you to keep visiting and seeing that list over to the right of all the wonderful books I have available for purchase? Occasionally, I suppose I'll have to blog about something other than me and my books. It's... it's a great burden, but it must be done.

One thing I like to do in particular is host book features for other authors. Unlike writing reviews or conducting interviews, these are really, really easy. In about five minutes you can have a new blog post about another author's book, helping them out, but also increasing the value of your blog's content. Readers get to see something new and, even while they're reading about someone else's book, your name and book titles are right there for them to glance over at (like in the sidebar). Plus, that other author is going to drive traffic to your blog. I've even seen people land on my blog while Google searching for information about the books I've hosted.

I don't mean for this to sound so blatantly self-serving. I really do like helping out other authors, and as solitary an act writing is, once you've been doing it for a while, you'll come to realize just how valuable the connections you've made with your fellow writers really is. We have strength in numbers, and any opportunity to help each other out should not be passed up. But for those of you who, for whatever reason, don't do much of it, I'm just trying to give you a little extra incentive.

So, since people love numbered lists, here's what you need for a quick, easy book feature which will add value to your blog and keep readers coming back for more:

1. The book blurb.
2. Links to the book and the author's website/blog.
3. An image of the book cover.
4. An image of the author (optional)

And that's it. You can organize it in any way you find aesthetically pleasing. If you have read and enjoyed the book, it's a nice touch to add a comment at the beginning saying so.

Also keep in mind that if someone does post a book feature for you, offer to reciprocate. And don't forget to share the post on Facebook, Twitter, etc., whether you're the host or are being hosted. If someone's hosted you, it's especially important to share it far and wide as thanks. But it's good for you, too. Sometimes a reader just needs to see your book presented in a different context to get interested in it. 

So go find an author you like and send them a message offering to host a book feature! I want a 500-word essay on my desk by the end of the week about how mutually beneficial it turned out to be. (That's a joke. Please don't send me essays.)

Until next time,
Michael K. Rose

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