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Score of Silence on Kindle Scout

Hello, all!

Today, the Kindle Scout campaign for my debut murder mystery novel, Score of Silence, starts. I’ve tried a few Kindle Scout campaigns, and unfortunately, I’ve never gotten the nod. The editors there have passed on War of the Worlds: Retaliation, which John and I licensed to Severed Press. We’re talking to them about another War of the Worlds book, tentatively titled, War of the Worlds: Firestorm. Kindle Press also passed on Sixteen Sunsets. Here’s hoping that the third time’s the charm.

Originally, Score of Silence was supposed to be a sequel to my techno-thriller, Body Rentals. After about 25,000 words or so, I realized that no one had switched bodies! So, I rewrote it into a murder mystery. There are still a lot of elements that stayed in Score of Silence. Tupper Jones is obviously Colonel Lance Bishop. (There was even a play on words in the first or second chapter about Tupper calling an ambu-Lance, but when I changed the name to Tupper Jones, the joke had to go.) Caroline Collins is Teresa from Tyrant and Body Rentals. Kimberly Smythe is Kimberly Smith. (I know, I know, “How original.”) The characters from Score of Silence took on a life of their own during the rewrite, and I already have a 48k rough draft of a second novel.

Anyway, I’d appreciate it if you could support the campaign by nominating, and sharing the link to your various social media outlets. Here’s that link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2EKMJBJRHGZ12

Here are the description and character bios for Score of Silence:

Retired FBI agent, Tupper Jones, has made a name for himself as a private eye. But today isn’t his day. His partner and right-hand woman, Caroline Collins, has woken up next to the dead body of the FBI’s star mob witness with no memory of what happened. Tupper and Caroline must solve the mystery of what happened before the FBI puts Caroline away for the murder.
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Publishing Contract & Phoenix Comicon

Greetings everyone! Some of you already know that John and I have been shopping the worldwide English paperback and e-book rights to a few publishers that we thought would be a good match for War of the Worlds: Retaliation.

Our sequel to the H. G. Wells masterpiece, The War of the Worlds, has been selling briskly in 5×8 paperback, kindle and audiobook. John and I knew we had something special, and we wanted an independent press that would match our enthusiasm and push our story to the next level. We also wanted to avoid being treated like an commodity that so many large publishers seem to treat their authors. We wanted a publisher that could see past 90 days; 180 days; and even toward the future. We wanted Severed Press.

Established in 2008, Severed Press is a leading independent publisher of horror and science fiction. Severed Press runs the gamut of horror and science fiction storytelling from A to Z. Publishing popular Apocalypse to Zombie, with kaiju, military and sea monster, John and I know our novel of the war between Earth and Mars will be right at home with the likes of Tim Curran, Mark Tufo and Jake Bible.

John and I look forward to working with the team at Severed Press on War of the Worlds: Retaliation, and hope that the future holds another collaborative telling of Humans versus the Martians. Be sure to check out other stories published by Severed Press and the talented authors you’ll find there.

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In other exciting news, John and I have been invited to be guests at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon over Memorial Day weekend. We’re still finalizing the details, and I hope to share the particulars with you all soon. I expect to arrive Thursday and be there all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday. I think John will be there on Saturday and Sunday. We’re not sure where we’ll be signing autographs, what vendors will have our books, or what panels we may be on, but we’re both looking forward to seeing you all there!

Dystopian Sale & Giveaway


Het everyone! I’m participating in a Dystopian story sale. There’s also a giveaway. Forlorn hope, along with eight other dystopian stories are on sale through tomorrow, then they bump back up to $2.99 through the week. It’s a great opportunity to check out some very talented authors on the cheap. Click on the banner above to get your sale on, and enter into the giveaway.


War of the Worlds: Retaliation

Chinese cover

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned that John J. Rust and I collaborated on a Historical Fiction sequel to H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. I know I’ve bragged that NYT #1 Best Selling author, James Rollins, liked it. I’m stoked to report that sales are brisk, and we broke the 20k threshold in the Amazon kindle store over the weekend. You already know that the digital, paperback, and hardcover all came out in January. The Spanish paperback and ebook came out this month. March will see the release of the audiobook narrated by Samuel Hoke. April is the German paperback and ebook. And the Chinese version should be out in January 2018. I know, I know, I won’t shut up about my book. It what we authors sometimes do…

John and I are so psyched that this story resonates with so many people. We’ve gotten some really awesome and thoughtful reviews on Amazon US & UK. We have a few glowing five-star reviews, and I want to thank each and every one of you that took the time to read and review. As authors, there’s an unwritten rule that we’re not supposed to respond to reviews, so I have to thank you all here instead of on Amazon or GoodReads. I wanted to remind those of you who are interested, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger, that the $5.99 Kindle version is an introductory price, and after the Amazon infamous 90-day cliff, the price will go up. Also, for those of you who are retailers, the 55% wholesale discount on the hardcover will also end on the same date.

John and I will be at the Payson Book Festival in late July. It occurred to me that I’ve never introduced you blog denizens to John. That’s a gross oversight on my part since without him, War of the Worlds: Retaliation would not exist. Here’s John’s official bio:

John J. Rust was born in New Jersey. He studied broadcasting and journalism at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey and the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York. He moved to Arizona in 1996, where he works as the Sports Director for an Arizona radio group.

For those of you who know about my background, yes, John and I work for the same radio group in Arizona. I’m blessed to both work with John and write with him. I hope you’ll check out his works, including his sea monster novel, Sea Raptor, published by Severed Press. I know that John has a sequel to his military/political thriller coming out this year. He’s also a sports nerd, and has written two different non-fiction sports books.

Anyway, The english trailer and the audiobook prologue are after the jump, so please share these on Twitter and Facebook. Heck, I’d be happy if you shouted it from the corner at passers by.

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War of the Worlds: Retaliation Audiobook and Kickstarter

A month and a week to go until January 3rd, 2017. The worldwide release of War of the Worlds: Retaliation is almost upon us. I can’t tell you all how excited I am. This is the sequel we’ve been waiting 119 years for. Our audiobook narrator, Mark Isham, sent me the prologue, so I listened to it, then immediately uploaded it to Soundcloud.

Let the world know that John and I are trying to raise $300.00 for the hardcover. We started a kickstarter campaign, and due to the accelerated timeline, there are only 16 days left in the timeline. Please share the following URL with your social medias and bloggersphere: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1012144245/war-of-the-worlds-retaliation-hardcover/

The project page is where it has always been: https://article94.wordpress.com/war-of-the-worlds-retaliation/


Birthday wishes and free stuff

Nala-complete-color

Hey, everybody! Check out that art inked by Joel Cotejar, and colored by me. If you think it’s awesome, then Joel is a master. If you think it sucks, then it’s probably all on me. Let’s see… Today is the 18th of November…

When I woke this morning, Erika turned to me an said, “I never thought I’d find myself in bed with a man in his forties!” I replied, “I never thought I’d be in bed with a woman in her fifties.” (She’s 38.) She scowled and punched me in the kidney. But the nice young lady at McDonald’s did comp my breakfast to celebrate me surviving another orbit around Sol. I already tweeted about it, but my coworkers keep coming in my office and throwing confetti and streamers at me. I’ll never get the confetti out of my keyboard. I suppose it’s nice to be loved, right?

So, like I do on all my birthdays, Nala’s Story and Escape are free today. Since the big 4-0 is supposed to be a landmark event, I’m going to do one better. If you email me at markgardnerauthor@gmail.com and congratulate me on surviving another trip through the solar system, I’ll reply with a link to download any one of my published works in electronic format, including the soon-to-be-published War of the Worlds: Retaliation coauthored with John J Rust, and Days Until Home, coauthored with Greg Dragon and David Kristoph. I’ll even offer up my upcoming murder mystery, Score of Silence. You just have to tell me which of my works you want.


A story about David Kristoph

David Kristoph

In keeping up with the tradition this week of not reviewing books on my regular book review days, I’m gonna tell a story about Days Until Home co-author, David Kristoph. I’ve reviewed all five books of his Tales of a Dying Star space sci-fi series. (I II III IV V) I’ve also reviewed his “choose your own adventure-” style books that he and Danny McAleese teamed up to write. I know that he has the sixth TOADS book dropping before the end of the year and there are a few books on his “in progress” page that I want to read.

On to the story: I first encountered David Kristoph when TOADS #1 was on NetGalley. I wasn’t a raving fan of the story, and in particular, I didn’t like the ending of the book. So I said as much in my review. Now, while I always recommend that authors never respond to reviews, David dropped me an email and asked for additional input about what I didn’t like about his book. He kept it professional, and as long as he did so, I tried to answer his questions.

We agreed to disagree about the ending, and he offered to send me review copies of books two and three. As you all know, I’m a sucker for sci-fi, so I jumped at the opportunity. Book two was better than book one, as was book three. I went from “it’s okay” to harassing him to finish up the next book so I could read it. Quite the turn of events, eh? He doesn’t have any audiobooks, so maybe Greg and I should work him over to get it done. I’m glad that I got to know David, and when it came time for the collaborative web serial, Days Until Home, I knew I wanted David on board. BTW, a paperback version of the web serial is available on CreateSpace.

I’m hoping David gets his other two books he’s shopping around because I want to read those as well. I’m looking forward to editing and revising Days Until Home in 2017, and I have a soft commitment from Greg and David to write a companion web serial probably in 2018.

Be sure to check out David’s works. The Ultimate Ending series is appropriate for children as well as adults, and be sure to read TOADS from the beginning. Finally, check out this article he put together for my blog, and an interesting article about self-publishing he wrote on his blog. I also interviewed him about the TOADS series, and him with Danny McAleese about Ultimate Ending. Don’t forget his thoughts on writing Days Until Home with Greg Dragon and me. Click here for blog posts by and about David Kristoph.

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