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The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories is free this weekend

Posted in eBooks, Scifi, Short Stories, Stories with tags , , , on April 24, 2015 by oneoveralpha

The Most Powerful Man in the World2“The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories” is a collection of five of my short, scifi stories to provide a sample of my writing. It will be free to download on Kindle from now through Monday, April 27, so grab your free copy now.

Here are short blurbs for the stories included. A being from the distant future with almost unlimited powers comes back to help Ian Steele make the world a better place in “The Most Powerful Man in the World.” The bookstore customer has an entirely different reason for wanting books in “Black Market Books.” “Motherhood” tells the story of Thomas Gillespie, the surrogate mother for an AI. “Storyteller” is about an author thinking his book into existence. And “Deadworld” is about the alien world humans are reborn on – in alien bodies – after they die.

For a taste, here is an excerpt from “The Most Powerful Man in the World”

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“What happened?” Ian asked from the floor.

“You fainted.”

Ian sat up and looked around the empty room. It was maybe fifteen feet on a side and painted a dull grey. “Where am I?”

“A dimensional intrusion located within your living room wall.”

“Huh?”

Pulling him to his feet, she explained, “Basically, it’s a space that can be as large,” here Karen threw her arms out and the walls zoomed away beyond sight, “or as small as I want.” She then drew her arms in and the two stood in a space the size of a phone booth. The room returned to its original size and Karen stretched. “But I think this is a good size.”

Ian spun around, trying to keep an eye on each of the walls as if they might sneak up and squish him. “What the hell is this?”

Karen put her arm around him. “Arthur C. Clarke once said that ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’” Shrugging, Karen stated, “This is magic.”

Download Political Pies for free!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2014 by oneoveralpha

What’s scarier than all the ghosts and goblins at your door? There’s an election next week.

To try to blunt the horror of the season, I’m offering my anthology of forty, short, political stories Political Pies for free! You’ll be able to download it to your Kindle now through Wednesday November 5. Download it early, and you can read it while waiting in line to vote on Tuesday.

If “free” isn’t enough to entice you, check out the cover and blurb:

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Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

So what are you waiting for? Download your copy now, you won’t get another chance until next year.

Grab my Kindle story “Lonely Phoenix” for free!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by oneoveralpha

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This weekend, Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th, you’ll be able to download my scifi story “Lonely Phoenix” for free. The story is set onboard an interstellar colony ship in its centuries long voyage to a new star. And it involves a … vampire? Well, not like any vampire you know about, that’s just the closest word we have for what he is.

To find out more, you’ll have to download, which you can do all for the price of a click.

Ebook free promo

Posted in eBooks, Give away, Stories with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2014 by oneoveralpha

Certainty

To mark Valentine’s Day, I figured I should have free promo for one of my Kindle ebooks.  But which one?  Well, after looking at what I’ve published, the closest to a romantic story I have would be “The Only Certainty:”

On The Day, for reasons still unknown, people began changing. They went to sleep as their old selves and woke in their beds in different bodies: bodies that had belonged to other people. And each time they fall asleep, they wake as someone new. Set months later, “The Only Certainty” follows Derrick Gorton on an average day in this new world as he deals with food shortages, the semi-collapse of society, and how to finish his latest novel.

What does that have to do with romance?  Well, you’ll have to read the story to find out.  😀  It will be free to download on Kindle from now through Saturday the 15th.

Ebook sale!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by oneoveralpha

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On December 25th and 26th, ten of my ebooks will be FREE to download to the Kindles that Santa brought you.  Together, they contain 144 short stories and 10 essays that can all be yours for the price of a click.  To learn more about each one, check out my Amazon Author Page.

Happy Holidays.

Check out my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by oneoveralpha

If you are buying a Kindle for someone this holiday season – or just buying one for yourself – wouldn’t it be a good idea to have some preloaded ebooks on it?  Instead of putting out more money to buy these ebooks, you can find some that are free to download.  For example, on Black Friday, you’ll be able to download these ebooks of mine:

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They are, A Man of Few Words, Political Pies, Brain for Rent and other stories, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet, and Lonely Phoenix.

On Cyber Monday, these ebooks of mine will be free:

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They are The Only Certainty, The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories, Rise, and Duty.

So check them out and add them to your gift, or just keep them for yourself.  😀

Check out my story serials

Posted in Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2013 by oneoveralpha

I’m trying something new over on my Bubblews account, serial stories.  These are stories I try to post one or two sections to each week.  One reason for doing this is it forces me to write these stories.  These were stories I had started, but just never did much with.  But if I want to post something every week, I need to write.  Also, it’s a cheap way for me to get people to keep coming back to my Bubblews profile.  😀

The first story is Rediscovery.  I had been thinking of doing a serial story, but I couldn’t think of one.  Then I remembered my idea for Rediscovery which is written as a series of blog posting.  So each blog posting became a part.  The story is set 2025 where terrorists are using a new type of bomb that destroys brain tissue.  It normally just kills the victims, but the terrorist miswired his bomb and instead of killing people, it just wiped their memories.  The writer of the blogs is a survivor of the Memory Bombing who was an author of a popular YA fantasy pentology.  She begins the blog as therapy for coping with the bombing.  If that sounds interesting, you can start here with Part 1.

(As a note, I’m taking a break in the series figure out some plot points, but I’m planning on going back to posting a new part every Friday come December.)

My second serial story is The Erd Hunter.  The Erd Hunter is different than Rediscovery in that it is a Choose Your Adventure story.  You start on Page 1, but then the main character, Jonathon, is faced with a choice.  If you think he should do one thing, you go to Page 2, but if you think he should do something else, you go to Page 3.  If you choose correctly, Jonathon eventually ends up in a fantasy world where, surprise surprise, he ends up hunting these things called Erds.  This was something I’ve been thinking about for years, but after I started Rediscovery, I figured Bubblews would also be a good place for The Erd Hunter.  I try to post two pages a week, although that may change.  Right now the decision points come pretty quickly, but when he starts interacting with some of the characters in the fantasy world, there will be long conversations.

If either of those sounds interesting, I hope you’ll check them out.

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