Tagged: Kindle

The Trouble with Kindle

amazon_blackThe problem with Kindle is one of perception. Some love the ubiquitous, all-platform access to ebooks and how Amazon drives cheap prices. Some hate the leasing-not-owning Kindle EULA and how Amazon endangers the livelihood of many book professionals.

I try new ways of sharing my works all the time. One thing I settled on a couple years back has never changed, though: if you buy my books on Kindle, I’ll give you a DRM-free ePub format copy of that same book, to OWN NOT LEASE, for FREE.

Email me a screenshot of your receipt to receive an ePub of that title. Is this the right balance? Is there a better way? Let me know in your favorite social media stream.

Free Fiction: Marked Men

MarkedMen600x800 If you love something, set it free. Well, okay, maybe this isn’t quite what the saying had in mind, but I was so blown away to crack the top thousand ebooks on Amazon (out of millions) when I gave away my SF novella ASUNDER that I’m doing it again.

Right now you can grab a free kindle copy of my short story MARKED MEN, my second pro sale to the DAW anthology ‘Slipstreams’… about cowboys & demons. Want to say thanks? Tell everyone you can! Click on the links below to share in social media.

Free Fiction: Asunder

Asunder_e-cover What happens after a war of the worlds? Find out in my sf novella ASUNDER. Get it free for three days.

20 years after the American civil war, former slave Marcus Riggs is trapped in a British Harbor after the Invaders came to enslave all mankind. Now the invaders are gone, and new Orders clash as humanity rises from the ashes…but are the aliens gone for good?

UPDATE: In a day, ASUNDER jumped a 700′s Amazon sales rank! To thank you, I’m gonna give away another story free. Stay tuned.

CrowdFunding & Best-Selling!

Busy week here in the empire of Serving Worlds! I’ve been planning my IndieGoGo campaign to crowdfund ENEMY LINES in print & ebook for a while now. It launched this past week. I’m off to a good start, but I need your help! Please check out the campaign & contribute.

One of my plans to generate buzz for the campaign? A free kindle ebook. I waited the campaign on this, & I’m glad I did. Harlan’s Wake Hit #50 on the SF Best Sellers ‘Free 100′! That felt good…but I guarantee it won’t by my last time on the list!   Happy Holidays, all!

ASUNDER ebook now on sale!

Twenty years after the American civil war, former slave Marcus Riggs fights for his life in a British harbor, in a world where Invaders came to enslave all of humanity.

The first volume in the War Between Worlds series, ASUNDER is now available for $1.99 on Kindle.

Marcus watched, skin crawling as the ship drew near. He remembered a sky clogged with dark shapes, as the alien sky-ship approached with a building whine. It closed again on the harbor, and lightning crackled from barrels beneath the wings. There was a flash and a roar, and balls of white crackling energy hammered the wood and iron-clad ships in the harbor.

He saw Burns stand, steady as a rock, and fire his single shot rifle into the sky.

His aim was true, flaring through the force wall defending the alien craft… Marcus was impressed to see a spark on the nose of the ship. Alas, to little effect, save for scratching the black paint covering the nose with a crude skull and crossbones.”

Explore a different past, when Queen Victoria’s England stood against an onslaught of Invaders… and a war between worlds. ASUNDER. Available now!

LAST MAN HOME Kindle reviews needed

In which your narrator & resident wordmangler babbles about summer, new scifi, & asks fans to help share my stories with new readers & listeners:
Please write a LAST MAN HOME Kindle Review.
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Leave a Review, get a Free Ebook!

Hey, you. Yeah, you… You like free ebooks?

Get any of my SciFi or Fantasy short stories or novella for Free! How? Easy.

Leave a review for one of my titles on Amazon. Click the cover images to the right for kindle links & free samples! Tweet or email me when you’ve left the review and tell me it’s done, and send the name of the title you want to @johnmierau on twitter, or email me using the contact form at the top of the site.

Choose ePub or Mobi (kindle) formats for your reading pleasure, and thank you for the help spreading the word, about how I’m -ahem- Serving Worlds! …and that’s it! It means a lot to me, gets you a free ebook & helps me bring you more fresh stories, podcasts, ebooks & more!

MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE ebook now on sale!

On a mountaintop, by the light of the full moon, the challenge between wolf… and Dragon… will be decided.

A short story first released in the Serving Worlds, podcast audio anthology, Mountain Challenge is now available for .99c on Kindle.


Preserving Instinct backed Aleyku up against a jutting rock when the horrible scent filled his nostrils. When he met the rock he stopped, and thought of following the elk back down the trail.


He waited, ears twitching in vain for sound, but refused to slink back off the mountain. All that matters is reaching the top. When he was satisfied that nothing moved around him save swaying branches, he continued on. In part he was frightened how easy it had become to override life-preserving reflexes, but another part was eager to face whatever came. Stupid, looking for challenge like this.

Both relief and sadness tugged at him as he completely abandoned the cry of his Instincts for the first time in his life. Aleyku was saddened by the thought he might be running his last race, but also eager to see what lay at the end. He stooped to chew long, cool grass to settle his nervous stomache and stoke his courage.

He caught it again, the strange firescent. Sure enough it was close now, wafting down the only pass leading upwards. Baring his teeth, Aleyku cantered ahead.

Stupid, but exciting!

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MARKED MEN ebook now on sale!

A stowaway on a train, running from something horrible, falls into the hands of evil men. Soon, innocent lives will be lost as human monsters will face something ancient, powerful… and hungry.

A short story first released in the Serving Worlds podcast audio anthology, Marked Men is now available for .99c on Kindle.

“Get up!”

Rough hands yanked Daniel from his hiding place behind a crate of buffalo pelts bound for the east. Half asleep, he was thrown from the train car into prairie and scrub brush.

He tried to break his fall, and his hands were slashed on the rock bed of the tracks. He screamed and came all the way awake. He wanted to run but could only cradle his hands to his chest, gasping at the pain. A tall man jumped down after him, kicking him in the ribs before tying his wrists together. “Y’all picked the wrong train,” the man drawled.

Read more after the break, or pick up Marked Men for Kindle for .99c!

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