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Old 02-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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Exclamation Free (Kindle KDP) A Death of Honor by Joe Clifford Faust [Sci-Fi Murder Mystery]

I have no idea who Joe Clifford Faust is. However, Wikipedia does, and apparently he was printed by Del Rey/Ballantine and Bantam Spectra's sf lines during the 80s and offers an sf murder mystery which is apparently some kind of minor classic in the sf murder mystery subfield.

For those who don't read sf murder mysteries, we've also got some backlist romance and some established author self-pubs for fantasy & litfic.

A Death of Honor by Joe Clifford Faust was originally released in hardcover in 1987 by Del Rey.

It has apparently been selected as a recommended read by various sf groups since then, and the author now includes the original unpublished ending and a few other extras.

Free (with DRM) for who knows how long @ Amazon main UK DE ES FR IT

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THE GIRL WAS SPRAWLED OUT ON THE FLOOR IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS APARTMENT.

So begins Joe Clifford Faust's classic science fiction mystery, which has thrilled both SF and non-SF readers since its release nearly 25 years ago. Originally published as a paperback original by Del Rey Books, Honor was also a main selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, where it was given a generic cover and enjoyed crossover sales through the Mystery Guild Book Club. It was also chosen as a Recommended Read in the Crime and Punishment category by the Science Fiction Museum.

The novel takes place in an alternate future where a crumbling United States is one of the few nations left to have fended off Soviet domination. It tells the story of seven days in the life of D.A. Payne, a bioengineer who finds the naked corpse of a woman in his apartment and is compelled to investigate her murder. As he digs deeper into the woman's identity and the cause of her death, he learns things about himself and his world that will conspire to change his life forever.

The electronic editions of Honor also contain bonus material: the novel's original ending - a 2,000 word epilog that was cut before publication - along with an essay from the author telling how it came to be chopped.


The rest of today's quick KDP exclusive-or-else slushpile dip. This is everyone I recognized immediately or had time and inclination to check out. Not sorted because I've run out of time. Link broken==search is your friend. Enjoy, if you spot anything you think you might like.

R. Thomas Riley (ISFDB entry) offers his 2009 Apex-small-pressed collection: The Monster Within Idea

Lono Waiwaiole offers a noir novel of a man tracking down his daughter's killer, St. Martin's Press/Minotaur-hardcovered in 2003: Wiley's Lament

This anthology has stories from Max Allan Collins, Dave Zeltserman, and a few of our fellow Mr member authors: Favorite Kills (Top Suspense Anthologies)

Newbie writer Carole Gill, who has had two short stories published in anthologies (ISFDB entry), offers a collection of 4 vampire shorts: Gift of Blood

Cheryl Potter offers her historical supernatural drama hardcovered by UK publisher Robert Hale in 1997: The Witch's Son (The Witch Trilogy)

Previously-featured suspense and romance writer Anne Frasier/Theresa Weir writing under the latter name offers a 1994-paperbacked by Fanfare novel which she says was an experimental hybrid of romance and women's fiction which didn't sell all that well due to falling between the known genres and not really appealing to the targeted romance audience: One Fine Day She also offers its 1991-Bantam-hardcovered prequel which is apparently vaguely inspired by Flowers for Algernon (an sf classic, if you don't already know): Forever

Nina Bruhn returns with a 2001-Harlequin Silhouette cowboy romance: Warrior's Bride

Berkley-published Nikita Black offers the self-explanatory: Cajun Hot (steamy erotic romance with hot Cajun hero)

Random House/HarperCollins-hardcovered Frank Delaney apparently really is a NY Times bestselling author. He offers two original lit-fic fairy-tale fables written especially for e-book release to tie-in and promote said NY Times bestselling novels: The Druid and: The Girl Who Lived on The Moon

Another freebie issue of the e-magazine: Shock Totem 2: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted

TV show tie-in writer and fellow MR member author Lee Goldberg offers a crime thriller action/adventure novella which the blurb likens to Dirty Harry: McGrave

Baen-published Sarah A. Hoyt offers a collection of her short stories: Five Tomorrows

Jim Baen's Universe-published Amber D. Sistla offers another short: The Opposite of Defeating (Break Bites)

ISFDB-ed Derek Gunn featured yesterday offers: A Prelude to the Apocalypse (Vampire Apocalypse)

Nebula Award winner Eric James Stone offers a short story published in Analog: The Final Element

Doreen Owens Malek repeats her Roman historical romance 1996-Zebra paperbacked: The Lion and the Lark

Australian sf/fantasy writer and fellow MR member author Patty Jansen repeats her short: His Name in Lights

Michael Powell and Juergen Horn offer another illustrated travelogue collected from their travel blog: For 91 Days in Buenos Aires
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Another half dozen to the ever growing list. How much longer does this last for?

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Another half dozen to the ever growing list. How much longer does this last for?

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Forever....

Each author can make their books free for 5 days out of every 90, so long as the book in the the KLL and is exclusive to Amazon during that 90 day period.
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Another half dozen to the ever growing list. How much longer does this last for?

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Conversely, only a few hours.... many authors make their book free for only 24 hours (the smallest amount allowed is 12 hours, IIRC).
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Another half dozen to the ever growing list. How much longer does this last for?
Until I get bored/fed up and decide that the slushpile has probably yielded all the reasonably decent Relevant To My Interests sf/fantasy backlist I'm likely to get out of it.

As for the KDP Select exclusive or else thing, until Amazon decides to move onto something else, or the various authors decide it's not working for them.
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Minor updates, mainly of interest to horror/supernatural readers. Not sorted because I want to get some other stuff done before my break ends.

Star Wars/Forgotten Realms tie-in writer Paul S. Kemp (ISFDB entry) offers the self-explanatory: Ephemera: Dark Stories from the mind of Paul S. Kemp

Here's a novella from Layton Green if you happened to pick up his novel which Blue Tyson contributed yesterday: Hemingway's Ghost

Michael Laimo (ISFDB entry) offers a collection featuring an introduction by horror author Brian Keene: Dark Ride

Michael McBride (ISFDB entry) offers a horror novella, if you haven't already guessed from the redundantly redundant title: Brood XIX: A Novella (Novella Series)

Cathryn Grant says these particular two were originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine: Reduction In Force - Two Suburban Noir Short Stories

Sydelle Voeller has been published by Harlequin and Bantam. She offers a contemporary romance: The Fisherman's Daughter and there are several other titles from her publisher Books We Love free, including a mystery/thriller with a blurb recommendation by fellow MR member author Joan Hall Hovey. You will, unfortunately, have to dig through a bunch of Prime-"free" only books which Amazon allows to clutter the $0.00 listing search, but the recommended one is called Trusting Evil. Linkage to start digging.

Tyrus-published Seth Harwood offers a short story excerpted from his collection: Fisher Cat (A Long Way from Disney)

Andy Gavin co-founded a game company and worked on the apparently moderately popular Crash Bandicoot. A quick google seems to back him up. He offers a dark fantasy quest novel which starts in 1913 Salem: The Darkening Dream

The slushpile trawl would be considerably easier and more entertaining if all authors were this upfront in their titles and blurbs, although I suspect this is a fake comedy book actually written by the guy who did the "introduction". Nevertheless, points for polishing up the brazen lies until they sparkle: I Punched a Shadow in the Face: The Horrendously Awful Poetry of Herman T. Shumway

And for an example of an indie author whom I consider to be Doing It Right, at least as far as filling in his blurb and author bio goes; names and specifies year and provenance of the award he claims for this particular work; limits pre-description praise to a very brief mention so I don't have to keep scrolling to find out what his book is about; author bio states that his non-self-pub credentials are for a particular sports article outlet with a name and year given for his contribution; "publisher" is very helpfully given as "Self-Published through CreateSpace". I'm likely to never bother reading his all-American hero vs those nasty foreign terrorists thriller, but I otherwise approve and will personally give a minor ranking bump with a 1-click for: The 19th Element, A James Becker Thriller
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I feel sorry for books that slip through the genre cracks, so I took pity on a couple and gave them a home in my archives.
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Added a few more.

The ones that have not been archived (110) have been purposefully kept on my Kindle.

The remaining 900+ (may be a 1,000 by now, because I haven't downloaded about 40) have been archived.

Since these are coming so fast and furious (Thank You!!), I download them and check them to determine which ones will be kept on the Kindle.




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Yeah, or 3 months if after that all the authors that signed up start deciding the exclusivity is not worth it and desert the program en masse.

Doesn't seen they are at the moment from the growth in title numbers seen here.
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