The Hoard has Descended!
Sarah Hoyt and friends have decided to have a Science Fiction Garage Sale -- free or greatly-discounted ebooks with a future that holds promise and reward for people who work hard. There's no dystopia here, only excitement, pleasure, and plain, naked FUN. Many of the writers below are fairly new to publishing, but not new to knowing what they like. Unable to find it in today's print world, most of us have decided the only thing to do is to write what we'd like to read, and allow others to decide, one way or another, what THEY like. The Garage Sale is a chance to sample the works of these new writers at a greatly-discounted price, or for free.
Most of us are Facebook Friends of Sarah Hoyt and others, and spend time together online as part of a group affectionately known as Hoyt's Hoard (sometimes as Hoyt's Huns, but that's only when there's beer involved). Join Sarah and the Hoard at According to Hoyt
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Read and enjoy!
did it become fashionable for published fiction to be full of
self-loathing for qualities most intelligent humans value?
Where's the adventure, the courage, the fun?
We suppose it was about the same time that Literature Majors
because the arbiters of what was good and right in publishing.
their reign of grey goo and boredom is at an end. Having gone
Indie, authors can choose to write humans as they wish. And
since most authors are (allegedly) human they can even write
heroic humans who fight for things that have meaning.
ennui of the cognoscenti no longer holds sway. The new bad boys
on the block are Human Wave authors, whose characters might
sometimes be trapped in dystopia but never helpless. And if they
must go down fighting, they do so gloriously and for principles
bigger than themselves.
daring. Be creative. Be revolutionary. Read (and write) Human
Met By Moonlight --
Young Will Shakespeare is a humble school master who arrives
home to find his wife and infant daughter, Susannah are missing,
kidnapped by the fairies of Arden Woods, the children of Titania
and Oberon. His attempts at rescue are interrupted and
complicated by a feud over throne of fairyland, between
Sylvanus, king regnant, and his younger brother Quicksilver who
is both more and less than he seems. Amid treachery, murder,
duel and seduction, Shakespeare discovers the enchantment of
fairyland, which will always remain with him, for good and ill.
from the 1st to the 5th of August.
-- In a world where the ability to pick what news will interest
most people is very real power, Layna Smythe strives to stay
ahead of her rivals and alive. She often forgets that she's also
lonely, until an attack reminds her of the man she left behind.
from the 1st to the 5th of August.
Between Heaven and Earth
-- Sarah A. Hoyt’s first short story collection, initially
published by Dark Regions Press in 2003. Contains most of
Sarah’s early published work. Free
-- Second short story collection. $2.99
Song, Book 1: The Cricket Learns to Sing
-- Cricket is a young orphan growing up on an obscure farm in
the country of Glencairck. He wants to be just like Harper, who
plays for the people through the winter, but Harper is not
content to let him just learn how to harp. He teaches him the
ancient traditions of the Bards of Glencairck, a noble order
that is responsible for not just entertaining the people, but
for providing impartial judgement to their disputes. When
Cricket is old enough, he enters the wide world and finds that
not everyone knows the old rules, or follows them. He has to
decide for himself what is right--and how far he is willing to
go to defend his beliefs. Free
for Kindle August 1-5
-- Fifteen-year-old Norma Teague must avoid getting drafted into
an alien army. However, her home village demands that she go
since she has a magic belt that lets her destroy any armor made
Killer For Hire
-- A border gang beats Ex-Special Forces soldier Sam Harper and
leaves him for dead in the desert. Sam must discover “Why?” in
this story of government corruption and human smuggling in the
near future west. Dedicated to Louis L’Amour. Free
for Kindle August 1st through 5th
-- A collection of super short stories (1000 words or less) on
the subject of fire. Ranging from the love of a volcano goddess
to natural phenomena encountered as humans explore a distant
planet, these stories evoke a sense of wonder and awe at the
nature and power of fire. $.99
for Kindle August 1 through 5th
-- (Also Barnes
It's a story of giant robots, forbidden love, princesses in
danger, and the power of rock 'n roll. If you're a fan of
Macross, you might enjoy Battlehymn. $1.99
-- When a child's imagination leads his mother to a startling
discovery, she must then protect him and his guardian from
unknown danger. A human mother is fiercer than angels! Free
July 31 to August 4
Red and the Wolf-Man
-- Little Red wears a red cloak, and keeps her shotgun hidden
under it. But Grandmother has the biggest secret in the forest,
and she is dying… can Little Red help the forest dwellers? $1.49
-- (Also Barnes
Cynthia was a nice girl from a prestigious family, with a
"nice-girl" education. That didn't help much when she found
herself chased by an organized criminal element, captured by
pirates, and stranded on a planet that was so deadly human
government had declared it forbidden. Luck, in the form of Rat
- a trained survivalist - can help, but will it enable her to
-- A portal fantasy: woman from our world gets transported to
one with an ongoing generations long war and working magic, and
finds out, after some adventures and to her chagrin, that she
was taken there for a purpose. $
Demons of Khemas
-- A tavern wench has fallen for a barbarian swordsman (not that
she admits it). When he disappears she needs to find out what
of the Wampyrs -- A small town has problems with a couple of
vampires, and the only people who figure out what is going on
realize they have to become vampire hunters. Old school
vampires, based more on the European folk tales than the later
fictionalized versions. First story tells of the birth of one
vampire, the two others concentrate on the hunters.
from 1st of August to 5th, $ 0.99 after that
-- A young woman is drawn to a forest where elves live. Urban
fantasy, mostly a mood piece. Free from 1st of August to 5th., $
0.99 after that.
-- A ghost story set in a traditional fantasy world, a peasant
girls shelters for a night in an abandoned castle. $
of Substandards Annual Report
short stories of that pearl among pan-dimensional bureaucracies,
the Bureau of Substandards--and the stalwart security janitors,
attack admins, and bemused subdirectors that serve there. $1.99
Long Way Home
-- (Book 1 of the Sequoyah trilogy) (B&N)
Webspace pilot Moire Cameron is one of the best--but even she
can’t fly her way out of a catastrophic drive failure that
triggers a time-dilation bubble. Left suddenly eighty years out
of date, she is on the run in a world she no longer knows,
caught in the middle of a human-alien war while agents of Toren
hunt her for the information only she has--the location of the
pristine world of Sequoyah.$1.99