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Book View Cafe announces THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY III.  We've had such great success with the first two volumes, we had to do a third.  (I don't have a story in this one, but I'm spreading the word.)

In the world of the Shadow Conspiracy, where the human soul has proven to be measurable and transferable to an automaton, the question arises: is the robot a person?

The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 freed all the slaves in the states in rebellion against the Federal Government. What if that same document freed ensouled automata as well?

This third volume of the Shadow Conspiracy has seven stories that examine the question of humanity. We take you from an observation hot air balloon above the siege of Vicksburg to the soul-grinding Battle of the Crater, from simple farm folk who call themselves Friends, to the mysticism of Marie Laveau and Voudon. Our award winning authors ask the age-old question of what makes us human, what is the nature of slavery, and who deserves freedom? Only you can provide the answers.

The Shadow Conspiracy III, ed. Phyllis Irene Radford & Brenda W. Clough
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Book View Cafe can at last announce a deal we've been sitting on for months.  Such awesome news!  The press release follows:

Book View Café Signs Deal with Audible

Audible acquires audio rights to more than 100 works by award-winning and nominated authors in multiple genres

August 21, 2013 — Book View Café (BVC), the author-run publishing company, today announced an agreement with Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content. The worldwide English-language audio rights deal, which includes a substantial part of BVC’s rapidly growing catalog, will make more than 100 works of romance, science-fiction, fantasy, young adult, mystery, as well as nonfiction titles available as audiobooks to a global readership. Book View Café’s impressive line-up of author-members includes Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award winners and New York Times bestsellers.

“Having our titles available at Audible is further evidence of the momentum Book View Café has gained in the past year,” says Pati Nagle, BVC president. “In that period we’ve launched our new online bookstore, signed distribution agreements that are getting our ebooks into libraries and online booksellers worldwide, published 113 works, taken on six new members, and seen our first New York Times ebook bestseller for a BVC original.” She adds, “It’s a huge win for BVC, enabling us to outsource our audiobook services and give our authors immediate access to a vibrant and growing market segment.”

BVC’s business development manager Chris Dolley agrees. “This is the first of more such deals,” he says. “We look forward to making other titles we acquire available at Audible going forward. We want all of our authors to benefit from more exposure to Audible’s engaged and increasingly significant audience of book lovers. ”

“We are delighted to add titles from this strong group of Book View Café authors to the Audible catalog,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Our members, who download an average of 18 books a year, will especially welcome this increased selection among many of their favorite genres.”

About Audible

Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content comprises more than 150,000 audio programs from content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

About Book View Café

Book View Café is an author-owned cooperative of over forty professional writers, publishing a variety of genres including fantasy, romance, mystery, and science fiction. In 2008, BVC launched a website,, initially offering free fiction and gradually moving to selling ebooks of members’ backlist titles, then original titles. The cooperative has gained a reputation for producing high-quality ebooks, and is now moving into print editions. Book View Café may be found online at

Watch the skies for announcements as our books go audio.

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Fellow Book View Cafe author Marie Brennan has a new book out!  Check this:

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy.

Kim thought majoring in divination would prepare her for the future. But even with her gifts warning her of trouble, she can't foresee a sudden attack against Julian, her enigmatic classmate and friend. Nor can she protect him against further attacks and a string of disappearances . . . and if the omens are to be believed, their troubles will only get worse.
Lies and Prophecy by Marie Brennan
Kim knows she isn't ready for this. But if she wants to save Julian -- and herself -- she'll have to prove her own prophecies wrong.

Marie Brennan is the author of the Onyx Court series of historical faerie fantasies: Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire. She has also published more than forty short stories.
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My name is Steven and I use Corel WordPerfect.

Sometimes I feel so isolated and alone.  No one else I know loves WordPerfect.  I hear other people talk about using Word, and I feel left out.  They shout, “Word!” and smile and laugh along with them, but all the while I’m secretly staring at their F-keys and thinking how great it would be to reveal their codes.

Oh, I’ve tried converting.  But it never feels quite right.  Word insists everything be done a certain way, and I feel strange and uncomfortable letting it examine my hard drive.

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Jul. 16th, 2012 02:28 pm
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Blogging at Book View Cafe: How to finish a project, even when it's hard.
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Book View Cafe has a new bookstore.  It has a shopping cart, it's cleaner and brighter and easier to read, with lots and lots of fantastic books.  To celebrate we're running a special promotion, with discounts and a chance to win free books. Here's the official announcement.

Grand Opening Celebration

To celebrate the launch of our new online bookstore, we're giving away books, and offering a limited-time discount on BVC anthologies. The Grand Opening Giveaway runs from June 1 to June 7—here's how it works.

1. Browse through the bookstore and find the book you'd like to win. Eligible works are marked with a gold star.

2. Leave a comment at the bookstore or at any of the author blogs listed below telling us which book you would like and why (both are needed to qualify). Multiple comments will be disqualified.

3. At the end of the promotion, the commenter who posted closest to a date and time we've already chosen will win the book of his or her choice (omnibus editions excluded).

4. If you're a winner, we'll send you a coupon for the book of your choice, so be sure to enter a valid email with your comment—it will not be displayed.

5. By entering, you agree that your comment may be used for promotional purposes.

In addition, during our Grand Opening, all BVC anthologies are available at half price (except Breaking Waves--it's a charity fund raiser and the Gulf Oil Spill still needs help).

Here are BVC author sites where you can enter for additional chances to win:

Maya Kaathryn Bonhoff
Chaz Brenchley
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Blogging in my series about high schools and YA writers today over at Book View Cafe.  Today's topic: the modern cafeteria for YA writers. Go see!

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To celebrate the launch of the ebook Tritcheon Hash, Book View Cafe is giving away five subscriptions. For a chance to win a free subscription, send an email to with “I want a free Tritcheon Hash ebook” in the subject line. The contest runs through the end of the month, after which we’ll pick five winners at random. As always the BVC subscription allows downloading of the purchased ebook as often as you’d like.

In addition to handing out free ebooks, author Sue Lange is challenging herself to blog every day of the month of December on the subject of weird science. At her personal blog, Singularity Watch, each day she’ll post the strangest item that she comes across in the world of science. She's doing this not just to celebrate the weird science and lapses of logic that makes Tritcheon Hash so endearing, but also to prove that no matter how silly science fiction is, reality is even sillier!

Help celebrate this latest BVC ebook. Enter the contest, read the blog. Buy the book.

Tritcheon Hash is a test pilot in the year 3011. She’s got it all: brains, guts, and a fast jet. But can she survive a mission to planet Earth?

“Against a vivid sci-fi backdrop, Lange brings a light touch to heavy material, with a fast-paced, funny story to boot.” – Kirkus
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If you want a quick little e-read:

Book View Cafe presents Vonda N. McIntyre’s Nebula-nominated novelette, “Little Faces” in ebook form.

Vonda says, “If you have to lose a Nebula, you might as well lose it to Peter S. Beagle.”

For more information:
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BVC member Judy Tarr has a new book out!

In medieval Cairo, the spoiled young prince Hasan finds that there are some laws even a descendant of the Prophet cannot break. For that, he pays a terrible price: condemned to silence and mute servitude, until death shall set him free.

In another quarter of the city, his hereditary enemy, child of the Turk who destroyed his family's wealth and pride, suffers a different but no less burdensome fate.

The two meet under the strangest of circumstances. Magic binds them; duty compels them. And hate, slowly but inevitably, turns into something else altogether.

Available DRM-Free in all major ebook formats, including Kingle (mobi or prc) and Nook (epub).

You can check it out here:

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Four new ebooks will debut at Book View Café this month.  Two are backlist fiction (GALVESTON by P.G. Nagle and HIDDEN FIRES by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel), one is original fiction (THE HANDS OF GOD by Gerald M. Weinberg), and one is original non-fiction (the long-awaited WRITING HORSES by Judith Tarr).  The books range in price from $2.99 to $4.99 for DRM-free ebooks.  Full details at
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I posted this a while ago, but I'm re-posting as a reminder.

Book View Café Publishes Omnibus Editions from Caselberg, McIntyre, Harper, and Zettel

Book View Cafe is pleased to present omnibus editions of four of their most popular book series: Jay Caselberg’s Jack Stein (Wyrmhole, Metal Sky, The Star Tablet and Wall of Mirrors), Vonda N. McIntyre’s Starfarers Quartet (Starfarers, Transition, Metaphase, Nautilus), Steven Harper’s Silent Empire (Dreamer, Nightmare, Offspring, Trickster), and Sarah Zettel’s Paths to Camelot (In Camelot’s Shadow, For Camelot’s Honor, Under Camelot’s Banner, Camelot’s Blood).

Each omnibus contains four complete novels in a single large file. The books are available in several DRM-free formats, at an economical price.

Get all four in the BVC bookstore:

Or go directly to the omnibus pages:

Jack Stein --  --  $12.99

The Starfarers Quartet -- -- $12.99

The Silent Empire -- -- $7.99

Paths to Camelot -- -- $12.99
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Book View Cafe is keeping the new stuff coming. If you read electronically we have 4 DRM formats for all our work and most of it is under $4.99

Here's the latest offering, one that has been anxiously awaited by a lot of people. Katharine Eliska Kimbriel [info]alfreda89 has been quiet for too long. Now she's BACK and what a way to start the parade.

Book View Café has published FIRES OF NUALA from Campbell Award-nominated Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. FIRES OF NUALA concerns the people of the planet Nuala, a world cursed by radiation...and riches. Mutant microbes and high ground radiation make it a deceptive paradise, but wealthy planets always attract predators. This time, one predator may be Nuala's salvation. Originally published by Warner Books in 1988, FIRES OF NUALA garnered much praise and recommendations for reading from such entities as Locus Magazine. BVC is releasing the ebook version of the book in epub, mobi, pdf, and prc formats.

Read chapter 1 of FIRES OF NUALA for free:

Buy the ebook for $4.99:
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I can't believe I forgot to post about this!

The oil well has been capped, but the problems continue. And as long as we are dependent on oil to run our lives, these kinds of problems with happen again and again.

Book View Café Publishes Benefit Anthology for Gulf Relief

Book View Café has launched their benefit anthology, BREAKING WAVES. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Relief Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The collection features over thirty stories by a wide range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including a previously-unpublished poem from Nebula and Hugo award-winner Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as a chapter from Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book The Sea Around Us. Authors contributing stories of environmental rescue and recovery include Vonda N. McIntyre, Judith Tarr, Deborah Ross, Sarah Monette, David D. Levine, David Gessner, and Lyda Morehouse among others. Tiffany Trent and Phyllis Irene Radford edited the collection.

The book is available in epub, pdf, mobi, and prc formats in the Book View Café bookstore ( and will be coming to the Kindle store soon.

And it also got mentioned in Publisher's Weekly:

How cool is that?
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This one's easy:

In celebration of the rerelease of her novel, ENIGMA, (penned under the name C.F. Bentley) Phyllis Irene Radford is giving away three copies of the print book to random Book View Café readers.

ENIGMA, the sequel to HARMONY sends High Priestess Sissy, and newly promoted General Jake on another wild adventure in the search for peace between the Earth based Confederated Star Systems and the Harmonite Empire. But alien invaders and conservative factions on both sides have other ideas.

For information on a chance to win a copy of the novel, visit the Book View Café contest page.  You don't have to do anything there except enter you email address for the drawing.  No, BVC does NOT use your email for marketing or give your email to anyone else.  Unlike Google, we aren't evil.

New Book

Aug. 3rd, 2010 12:50 pm
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I have three (count 'em, THREE) essays in a how-to book on writing from Book View Cafe.  So cool!  I'm sharing pages with Ursula Le Guin, Amy Casil, Laura Anne Gilman, Sarah Zettel, Vonda McIntyre, and many others.  Some of the best writing advice in the business, and it just came out today at .  Here's the official press release:
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It's pretty cool!
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Ursula K. Le Guin blogs today at BVC: Art, Information, Theft, and Confusion
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Book View Cafe member Jennifer Stevenson and her stagehand husband are celebrating 30 years of marriage, so on Friday, July 30th (that's today), BVC is holding a 30th on the 30th contest!  BVC will be launching episode 30 of Jen's  stagehand romance, Fools Paradise, and  giving out a free, complete copy to the 30th person who reads the episode and can find the answer to the following contest question:

What type of women do stagehands typically marry?

Find the answer in Episode 30 at the BVC site:

Send your answer to Thirtieth responder gets a free, complete copy of Fools Paradise!
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In celebration of the recent addition of romance ereads at its site, Book View Café has released THE PASSIONATE CAFE, a free ebook of romantic tales from BVC authors. Stories range from quirky and humorous to Regency by such authors as Patricia Rice, Madeleine Robins, Jennifer Stevenson, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Marissa Day, and Sarah Zettel. Also included in the sampler are stories with “Romantic Elements” that explore not only romantic love but family relationships, political intrigue, and the effects of technology and magic on the most human of bonds. Readers are invited to travel across the galaxy with Steven Harper, deep into the fae realms with P.R. Frost, through the splendid but treacherous halls of Versailles with Vonda N. McIntyre. As a bonus, The Passionate Café includes an excerpt from THE FALL OF NESKAYA by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross.

Visit Book View Café for your free copy of THE PASSIONATE CAFÉ:
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Check this out:

We have a photo page of all the authors at Book View Cafe.  It's pretty cool!


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