Codex Science Fiction and Fantasy ebook GIVEAWAY Sept 26-27

There are now so many authors with so many books.  Ever wondered how to figure out which books work for you?

On September 26-27 a group of authors from the Codex writers forum is doing a FREE science fiction and fantasy ebook GIVEAWAY.  With so many to choose from, there’s bound to be a great book just waiting for you, and just like that you can find a new author that you enjoy for FREE.

Here is the list of all titles on amazon. Please tell your SF&F reading friends and feel free to pass the links along.

Below are the upcoming FREE books (yep, I’ve got mine there too; it is the last one on the list).  Looks like a great bunch (I know, I know, I’m biased, but it doesn’t stop it from being true :)!


Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur

For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying – to marry the father of the man she loves. Marcus’s son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages – only Arthur’s battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization.

A historical fantasy novel by Ruth Nestvold, Book I of The Pendragon Chronicles.

Tiger Lily

Lily isn’t supposed to hunt in the Daimyo’s woods. She’s not supposed to talk to nobility or sing forbidden Jindo songs. But Lily was born in the year of the Tiger, and isn’t like other village girls. One day she stumbles on the Daimyo’s son, Ashikaga, wounded in the woods. When the Pretender Emperor’s soldiers arrive to threaten Ashikaga, Lily sings a forbidden song. The song wakes a powerful spirit – as well as Ashikaga’s interest. The prickly lord has hidden secrets of his own. He will stop at nothing to defeat the Pretender. Lily just wants to take care of her sisters. But as the Pretender’s forces near, Lily may have to defy the spirits themselves in order to keep safe all that she loves.

A historical fantasy novel by K. Bird Lincoln.


Dragon Time and Other Stories

A collection of four previously published fantasy tales by Ruth Nestvold: “Dragon Time,” “Wooing Ai Kyarem,” “To Act the Witch,” and “Princes and Priscilla.” Dragon Time: In Unterdrachenberg, time has stopped. After the death of his queen, the dragon king is mad with grief. Only a human woman can enter the dragon’s lair to fix time — a magic that is forbidden to women. Katja is the grand-daughter of a clockmaker, and she has watched her grandfather work with time for many years. But can she fix it on her own? More importantly, is she brave enough to try?

A fantasy short story collection by Ruth Nestvold.


Watcher’s Web

With “webs” of power that she can use to control animals, Jessica has never been normal but when stray power causes a plane in which she’s travelling to crash in an alien world is it an accident? The more she discovers about the world, the more she doubts it. She is a survivor from an ancient race that once travelled the stars. Her ancestors were powerful and dangerous, and it seems at least two people want her: the man who invades her mind, and the man who’s desperate to help her get back home. Now all she has to do is decide which of them is right.

A social science fiction novel by Patty Jansen.



The Future, Imperfect: Six Dystopian Short Stories

Environmental changes — slow in some regions, catastrophic in others — have had a major effect on our world, not for the better. While water wars and pandemics have devastated the Mediterranean region, and a major earthquake and the resulting destruction of nuclear power plants and sensitive research facilities have made much of California a wasteland, corporate-sponsored enclaves defend themselves from the have-nots. What can any one individual do to make a difference is such a world? These are the stories both of those who tried and those who failed.

A collection of near future, dystopian short stories by Ruth Nestvold.


The Far Horizon

Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn’t one. An important conference between humans and aliens is about to start at the station and Cory overhears some men planning to plant a bomb at the conference. Because the terrorists hide their messages in computer games, no one believes Cory, not even his father, the station director. Kids at school think he’s crazy, some even think aliens should be bombed. The conference starts, the aliens have brought a very important person, and Cory’s teacher, one of the terrorists, locks Cory in the classroom. Can he get out in time? If he does, will anyone listen?

An adventure science fiction novel for 10-13yo readers and their parents by Patty Jansen.


The Godless Land

“The land of Molkoro once had a god, a mighty panther god,” the sailor said. “At the time the ettins arrived from beyond the sea in their black-sailed ships, the people of the jungle worshiped the great Jhub-El. He was a mighty god, but he had one weakness: Trust.” Pietro, a young man, has never killed: something rare for the corrupt city of Peregoth and totally alien to the tropics of Molkoro, where circumstances will soon take him. In the sweltering jungle, his purity has become a commodity to the ettin invaders and their lord, the dark Vexor. But how long can his innocence last in a godless land? A short story by AJ Cooper


Looking For Daddy

Three weeks ago, Daddy left town with the other volunteer firefighters to fight the fires in the city and Tom and Mother have looked after the farm. Radios, phones and TV have fallen silent, trains have stopped coming and the main road has remained empty. Whatever has silenced the rest of the world is creeping into town. Roads start talking and zombies want to tell everyone how they died. To find Daddy, Tom needs to follow a map he has found in a vagrant camp site. Problem is, it leads him straight to the place where all the trouble started.

A bizarro horror novella by Patty Jansen.




Scattered Among Strange Worlds

A collection of two thought-provoking science fiction short stories from the pen of British Science Fiction Association award-winner and Nebula and Hugo Award finalist Aliette de Bodard. Scattered Among Strange Worlds tackles issues of emigration, diaspora and loss of cultural values; and the threads of family that bind us strongly, even across the void of space…

A science fiction collection by Aliette de Bodard.




Children of the Fallen.

Seven haunted and talented half-breeds, not knowing who they are or what they can do, grow up in a city full of fallen angels. Only Old Abe knows them all, helping them and hiding them from their glorious and terrifying parents who call them abominations.

A homeless musician, a blind painter, a boy who can photograph angels, a fiery cellist, a tarot card reader–all lovers, children, or grandchildren of fallen angels, and just a few of Abe’s charges. Fallen angels with wings of fire, wings of stone, wings of night, of dawn, of mirrors, of music–they walk invisibly through the city, just a few of Abe’s enemies.

At first the half-breeds are unaware of each other, seven unique people muddling through their troubled, intertwined lives alone. Until a young man, raised by angels, finds them all and they begin to spill their secrets. Because only by coming together will the half-breeds be able to save Abe from those of the fallen who wish to kill him for his audacity.

An urban fantasy novel by Maya Lassiter…that’s ME!

Gravity’s Pull

Camilla is excited to be beginning her first tour of duty as a crew leader even though she is expecting a routine three months on the GT Donald Ademu, a gravity tractor ship assigned to change the trajectory of an asteroid. An unexpected development — the discovery of an improvised bomb on their ship — jeopardizes the lives of Camilla and her crew as well as the many other people their mission is intended to protect. With no outside help available in the time they have to work, Camilla and the two other crew members on-board race to find a solution which will protect both them and their mission in “Gravity’s Pull.”

A science fiction short story by Michael Haynes.



Obligations of a Cobalt Hue

Teldine is an isolated mountain kingdom that has been magically protected from ancient enemies for one thousand years by an impenetrable fog wall. Inside the wall, Champions of the Cobaltine Flower keep the peace. But as the fog wall thins, a Champion is killed and the king is murdered. The remaining Champions work together as intrigue, betrayal, and foreign influences threaten the tiny realm.

An epic fantasy novel by Amber D. Sistla and Book One of the Cobaltine Chronicles.

Writer Wednesday: Eric Griffith

Today’s special guest author is Eric Griffith!

1.    First things first…a bio:

Eric Griffith has been a technology journalist and editor for almost 20 years, working for magazines and Web sites like FamilyPC, Windows Sources, and Access Internet Magazine, all of which are defunct and that’s not his fault. He currently resides in idyllic Ithaca, New York, where is his giddy until the snow falls, then he curses the heavens and the earth with a middle finger extended as he shovels out. He lives with his girl-friend and anywhere from three to five dogs depending on the day.

BETA TEST is his first published novel, but he’s got some great manuscripts in a drawer. Read all his stuff via .

2.    Where are you from and what’s your favorite thing about where you live?

Living in Ithaca, as you may have guessed, is mostly idyllic. What I love most about the burg is the unabashed Liberalism, a tiny island of blue in the red of upstate New York farm country. There’s a reason it’s always on lists of “best places to live.”

3.    Tell about your latest book/story.  What made you want to write it?

BETA TEST started as a very basic idea that seemed too derivative to bother with. But it stuck with my brain for 14 years until one day I needed something to write because I wanted to get into a week-long sci-fi/fantasy writing workshop called Viable Paradise. So I banged out a first chapter and sent it off and made it into the workshop. Huzzah!

The story changed a lot due to the input of the instructors and other students, but people liked it enough to encourage me to go on. One NaNoWriMo and a couple extra months later, a baby book was born.

4.    Where can people find your books/stories?  

And it should be available for Kindle and Nook, too!

5.    What are you working on right now?

While I’m always writing and editing stories for my day job at, at night I’m working on a new novel about a homeless guy who’s been imbued with super-powers by warring factions both super-natural and maybe extra-terrestrial.

6.    What inspired you to be a writer?

Superheroes. Loved ’em as a kid. When I realized I couldn’t actually get any powers with radiation (just cancer) or spider-bites (just painful rashes), I thought I’d work in comic books as an artist. When I realized I sucked at that, I fell back on writing because it seemed easier. When I realized it was actually hard work, I gave it up for a long time. But I still found myself wanting to tell stories until I got sucked back in later in life than I should have started.

7.    Who is your favorite character in your stories? Why?

In BETA TEST, I love my main character, Sam Terra, for being a guy who’s all about the love. He loves a girl who disappears from the planet in front of his eyes and he makes it his mission to find out why. And when he does get answers, he makes it his mission to save the world, because he knows humanity is worth it.

8.    What is your favorite comfort food?

French fries. From McD’s tater sticks to the most upper crust pomme frites, I want all that fried potato-y goodness in my mouth hole.

9.    What character from your stories was the hardest to write?

It took me a while to get a handle on Melvin Dutta, the best friend of the main character, because I wanted him to be just a class-A asshole from the beginning. I thought it was funny if he had no redeeming qualities, and maybe didn’t even like Sam that much. But when I realized Melvin needed one major redeeming feature, it was simple — he loves Sam. Yet he’s still a class-A asshole.

10. What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?

At first it’s finding a voice. I tend to be heavily influenced by whatever I’m currently reading and have to sometimes walk away from reading to get into writing, which just hurts.

Once I was over that, the biggest challenge is getting started. I have all the time in the world to write with my current schedule, but I don’t let myself get going without either progressing through rituals (gotta play all my Words with Friends games first!) or just putting it off by “thinking” (which is code for ordering a second hot chocolate at the café.)

11.  Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

 Finish what you start. Even if it sucks. NaNoWriMo is a good place to get that mind-set going. Remember, you can’t polish that turd if it doesn’t come out. (That’s the grossest metaphor I’ve ever typed.)

12.  Who are your favorite authors and why? 

  • Neil Gaiman because he never has let me down no matter what kind of story he writes.
  • The late Ed McBain because he spent close to 50 years writing the same characters over and over in the 87th Precinct novels and managed to keep them fresh (and forever young…much like super-heroes).
  • JK Rowling because let’s face it, the Harry Potter books will be classics forever, not just because they sold like crazy. They are simply great story-telling.

 13.  What books have most influenced your writing?

Christopher Moore’sThe Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror” was a revelation of sorts for me when I first picked it up, that you could combine so many disparate ideas – holiday cheer, religious fantasy characters, monsters,  and boozy/nasty human characters—and make it work beautifully.

As for a straight-up book about writing, I re-read Stephen King’sOn Writing” every few years, even the memoir parts.

14.  What tools are in your writer’s tool-kit?

Microsoft Word: can’t live without it. I supplement it with notes in Google Docs whenever the mood strikes; I wish I could find a perfect wiki-esque not taking experience that I could jump around in, but nothing has worked yet. I access files on any computer I use because I have the all-important Dropbox software installed; it synchronizes files everywhere, so the latest updates are always on hand.  Google Chrome and Wikipedia are my main research tools (I know, I know, Wikipedia isn’t “accurate” or “correct”, but it’s more than enough for fantasy world building where what I create is far more important). I do most of my novel writing on a little orange Samsung Netbook I named Clementine.

15.  Where can people find out more about you and your books/stories?

I keep people up to date with my books mostly at my personal blog, That’s mirrored on my Author’s page at

16.  What question(s) did I forget to ask?

  • What do you eat while writing? Chocolate. (I also eat that when not writing).
  • What music do you listen to while writing? Almost exclusively movie soundtracks, usually on a Pandora station. I have branched out into video game soundtracks, too. Anything that’s instrumental but action-packed.

17. Any other links you want mentioned…

  • And you can find all the links about me in the world at





If you are a writer interested in participating in Writer Wednesday, please send an email with a short biography to ww (at) ambersistla (dot) com.

Unglued, toasted cake, and frosting

So if you take 1 8oz cream cheese and whip it till it’s fluffy.  Then you add a dash of vanilla and 6-8 oz of cool whip, it makes an amazing frosting.

Slather a generous amount over a piece of virtual toasted cake (take your pick of strawberry, vanilla, or blueberry) and head on over to Tina Connolly‘s podcasting site to hear her great rendition of my story Unglued (originally published in Nature).

I’ve never heard one of my stories podcast before, and I have to say it was a very interesting (and fun!) experience.  It’s the first time experiencing the story outside of my head (if that makes sense…)

Check it out!

Some links


Apparently, a university in the UK is going to offer a course of study on zombies.  The article that mentioned that also theorizes a bit on why zombies are so popular…

Although, the UK’s 3000 strong zombie-fest pales in comparison to Mexico’s 10,000 zombie walk world record event



Guess how much amazon spends to make a basic kindle(their cheapest model)?  If you guessed more than they are selling it for you were right.


One in Egypt


One in the U.S.