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Continuing our trip back in time to look at my books that have just become available at Audible.com :

As of this writing, Trickster is on sale at Audible.com for only $1.99.  I don't know how long that'll last, so go quick!  (I think you have to be signed in to an Audible.com or Amazon.com account to see the special price.)  If you haven't read any of the other Silent Empire books, that's okay--I wrote each book to stand alone, and Trickster makes a good entry point.

The Dream has been shattered, and the majority of Silent who telepathically communicated through it have been cast out by the event known as the Despair, unable to reenter. Now the remaining Silent still capable of linking to the Dream have become a valuable commodity to those in power seeing to keep the lines of galactic communication open.

In the midst of the Despair, Father Kendi Weaver and the crew of the Poltergeist have a limited window of opportunity to find the loved ones they have lost--including Kendi's parents and siblings, who were sold into slavery more than fifteen years ago.

But just as Kendi closes in on the whereabouts of his brother and sister, they are taken by a mysterious group intent on using them for their own secret agenda.


I love tricksters and con artists.  My favorite movie is A Fish Called Wanda--best jewel heist movie ever!  Ocean's Eleven is right up there, too.  The person I admire most in history is Harriet Tubman, the cleverest, bravest person who ever lived.

All throughout the Silent Empire series, the Children of Irfan use con games and tricks in order to free Silent slaves from bondage.  This shows up quite a bit in Dreamer and a little in Nightmare, though I hadn't been able to dedicate an entire novel to it.  When Roc told me they wanted two more Silent Empire books, I knew it was my chance to pull out all the stops and write a full-blown con game.  A science fiction con game.  With Kendi and Harenn's family on the line.
Trickster Cover
The hardest part was figuring out how to do it.  A lot of the technology I'd created in earlier books made a con game difficult.  How could Kendi get past a lot of high-tech wizardry to free his family from slavery?  And then I realized the stakes were higher than that.  This book wasn't just about freeing two people--it was about destroying this damaged and damaging cult and freeing those people as well.

But how . . . ?

I tackled the problem like I always do--I took the dog for a walk.  A really, REALLY long walk.  But the exercise and change of scene jarred something loose, and I saw how it would work.  I realized that the best way to steal something is to convince the current owner that he doesn't want it anymore.  From there, everything fell into place.

Trickster also has the distinction of being my Master's thesis.  I earned my Master's degree in creative writing at Seton Hill University, and for it, I had to write a novel-length manuscript.  This book was the one.  I actually got into a small argument with the university library. They required, of course, that I give them two copies of the manuscript for their collection.  I handed them two copies of the novel, figuring that would suffice. The librarian was unhappy--thesis manuscripts were supposed to be printed on 8.5 x 11" paper, ready for library binding.  In the end, I convinced them that an actual published novel was worthy of the creative writing collection, and they took it.

Trickster is still available from Book View Cafe and from Amazon.  Now it's in recorded book format from Audible.com (with PJ Ochlan's wonderful narration). As I said, right now it's only $1.99, so this is the time to grab it!

The books Audible.com has recorded include two novels I wrote as Steven Piziks (my real name) and the four Silent Empire novels I wrote as Steven Harper.  The books are:

In the Company of Mind (by Steven Piziks)

Corporate Mentality (by Steven Piziks)

Dreamer (by Steven Harper)

Nightmare (by Steven Harper)

Trickster (by Steven Harper)

Offspring (by Steven Harper)
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For the holiday season, DREAMER for the Kindle (the first novel in the Silent Empire series) is now on special for 99 cents! http://www.amazon.com/Dreamer-Novel-Silent-Empire-ebook/dp/B002DML10G/

It is through first contact with an alien species that humanity learns of the Dream. It is a plane of mental existence where people are able to communicate by their thoughts alone--over distances of thousands of light-years. To ensure that future generations will have this ability, human genetic engineering produces newborns capable of finding and navigating the Dream.

They become known as the Silent.

Rust is just one planet among many in the Empire of Human Unity. It's nothing special, nothing unusual...except for the fact that it is home to an unknown boy who may be the most powerful Silent telepath ever born--a Silent with the ability to possess the bodies of others against their will. This mysterious child may be causing tremors within the Dream itself.

For now, only the Children of Irfan know about him. A monastic-like order of the Silent, the Children protect their members
even as they barter their services with the governments and corporations that control known space. But power like that cannot be
hidden, and soon every Silent in the universe will know about the boy--and every government will be willing to go to war to control him.

And if the Children of Irfan cannot find him first, the Dream itself may be shattered...
stevenpiziks: (Good News)
Book View Cafe is releasing omnibus ebooks--full sets of series from four BVC authors.  Mine is up now!  All four of my Silent Empire books under one cover: NIGHTMARE, DREAMER, TRICKSTER, OFFSPRING.  This is way, way cool:

http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Harper-Silent-Empire-Omnibus


The whole thing is $7.99.  Four books for eight bucks.  Such a deal!
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This is exactly the way I envisioned Bellerophon, the planet where my Silent Empire books are set!  Oh my god--now I'm dying to vacation here.  This is incredible!  I never thought I'd see a setting from my books brought to life, but here it is, even if it's by coincidence:


http://treehouses.com/

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Book View Cafe is now posting chapter one of my novel NIGHTMARE. Each week a new chapter will follow. Go look. It's free!
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They're available! My Silent Empire books are now up and running in nearly all existing electronic formats: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, .prc, .lit, and .lrf . No DRM. Each book is $1.79, a great price!

You can find them in all formats here, at Book View Cafe.

The books are Dreamer, Nightmare, Trickster, and Offspring, and were originally published by Penguin/Roc. My editor was [livejournal.com profile] suricattus (Wave, Laura Anne!) The back cover for Dreamer reads:

It is through first contact with an alien species that humanity learns of the Dream. It is a plane of mental existence where people are able to communicate by their thoughts alone--over distances of thousands of light-years. To ensure that future generations will have this ability, human genetic engineering produces newborns capable of finding and navigating the Dream.

They become known as the Silent.


Rust is just one planet among many in the Empire of Human Unity. It's nothing special, nothing unusual...except for the fact that it is home to an unknown boy who may be the most powerful Silent telepath ever born--a Silent with the ability to possess the bodies of others against their will. This mysterious child may be causing tremors within the Dream itself.

For now, only the Children of Irfan know about him. A monastic-like order of the Silent, the Children protect their members even as they barter their services with the governments and corporations that control known space. But power like that cannot be hidden, and soon every Silent in the universe will know about the boy--and every government will be willing to go to war to control him.

And if the Children of Irfan cannot find him first, the Dream itself may be shattered...

Go check them out!
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I'm happy to announce that the third Silent Empire novel TRICKSTER (originally published by Penguin/Putnam) is now available for the Kindle. Price: $1.79.  MobiPocket is coming soon--I'll announce it here when it does!  Click to find out more.



From the back cover:

The Dream has been shattered, and the majority of the Silent who telepathically communicated through it have been cast out by the event known as the Despair, unable to reenter. Now the remaining Silent still capable of linking to the Dream have become a valuable commodity to those in power seeking to keep the lines of galactic communication open…

In the midst of the Despair, Father Kendi Weaver and the crew of the Poltergeist have a limited window of opportunity to find the loved ones they have lost--including Kendi's parents and siblings, who were sold into slavery more than fifteen years ago.

But just as Kendi closes in on the whereabouts of his brother and sister, they are taken by a mysterious group intent on using them for their own secret agenda…

"Intelligent entertainment."  --Booklist

stevenpiziks: (Good News)

Kala helped with this one, and after a day's furious work, we have great results!

NIGHTMARE, the second book in my Silent Empire series from Penguin Books, has now come to the Kindle  for $1.79.

In the future, dreams keep the universe running. Dreamers, known as “Silent,” are able to look into other people’s dreams, communicate with other Silent across the galaxy, and speak to aliens. Silent construct dreams for themselves more vivid than reality.

But some dreams have become nightmares . . .

Kendi Weaver doesn’t know he’s Silent. Hijacked into slavery, he has resigned himself to a life of servitude. Then the discovery of his innate gift for Dream communiation changes everything. Suddenly Kendi is a very valuable commodity. He is resuced by the Children of Irfan -- a society dedicated to freeing enslaved Silent -- and taken to their planet Bellerophon.
But Bellerophon is hardly a safe refuge. A brutal serial killer is murdering silent in their telepathic dreams, and Kendi is soon embroiled in a world of madness and murder.


stevenpiziks: (Pen)

For those of you who own a Kindle, my books are becoming available to you. DREAMER, the first Silent Empire book, has just come up on the Kindle for only $1.79. A nice price for some summer reading! The other Silent Empire books--NIGHTMARE, TRICKSTER, and OFFSPRING--will follow soon, so watch this space and my Kindle bookshelf. Also feel free to post a review over there. Reviews get attention, and the more people who know about my books, the more likely they are to buy them. DREAMER is available here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DML10G


 

stevenpiziks: (Writers)
Well, this is kinda cool!

Torquere Press is an on-line publisher of erotica.  However, they also do non-erotic romance stuff, too.  In celebration of California's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, they've decided to put out a bunch of short stories with same-sex marriage and romance as the central focus.  Half the royalties will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign Fund's fight to keep same-sex marriage legal in California.

At any rate, I've been invited to submit a Silent Empire story.  Cool!  I've never actually explored in print the machinations that finally brought Kendi and Ben together, or of the early stages in their stormy on-again, off-again relationship.  I have reams of notes and a lot of mental information, but most of it never got into print.  Now I have the chance to explore a little of it.

And it's nice to write about Kendi again, however briefly.

Watch this space for details!

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