My 2018 Reads that Include a FREE Book and Camp NaNo Brag

I love talking about my current fave books, almost as much as I love to brag. Permit me to start with myself or scroll down to discover your next fun read.

I went to Camp NaNoWriMo in July and met my goal by writing over 75,000 words. Deep editing included deleting, altering, and adding new words from my 72K manuscript. I wrote the discovery draft of the SF novel The Legend of Hero Constant seven years ago and pick it up and put it away often. This year I polished the first five pages if it in Laura Drake’s First Five Pages class and fleshed out the macro-plot and character threads in Suzanne Johnson’s class. I also gave it a new but temporary title Moon for a Hero. Pleased with the result. Hope to publish it in 2019.

My August reading list includes titles I’ve finished, just started, re-reading, and one of my own. I heard that a novel I bought in 2016 is offered free now and included it too. Since I’m on a Scalzi binge, I’ll just mention that I also read his novella The Dispatcher–a cool Subterranean Press publication with eerie illustrations and narrator Zachary Quinto and The B-Team, first short in the Human Division novel.

Starting with John Scalzi, Lock In sucked me in fast. I listened to Amber Benson’s narration of the audio book. Incredibly fine science fiction and mystery. I kept finding reasons to do housework or walk longer so I could listen more. I down loaded the second book and was thrilled to hear there is a third coming out soon. Here’s a description.:

In a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

For fantasy fans, I found out that Kristy Tate’s book Menagerie, first in the series, is now FREE. Do you like talking animals, young adult novels, and a dollop of romance? Grab this book now.

Everyone talks to animals. Some do it every day, although very few stop to listen for a reply.

Lizbet Wood does, and this is just one of the things that set her apart. She really doesn’t understand how different she is until violence shatters her solitary existence.

From the moment Declan meets Lizbet, his life is thrown into turmoil. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and the creatures she introduces him to will change not only his plans for the future, but everything he believes about life, science, and the animals surrounding him.

If you like breathtaking action, mystery, schnauzers, and a hint of romance, then you’ll love this edge-of-your-seat story by USA Today bestselling author, Kristy Tate.

First book is The Corpse Reader, another wonderful historical mystery from AmazonCrossings, this one by Antonio Garrido. I loved the China setting, the forensics, and the surprise twist that kept me reading into the wee hours. For Amazon Prime members, the book is free and the audio version is only $1.99.

After his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding forensic investigator Cí Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his family. But when another tragedy strikes, he’s forced to run and also deemed a fugitive. Dishonored, he has no choice but to accept work as a lowly gravedigger, a position that allows him to sharpen his corpse-reading skills. Soon, he can deduce whether a person killed himself—or was murdered.

Inspired by Song Cí, considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, this harrowing novel set during the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty draws readers into a multilayered, ingenious plot as disturbing as it is fascinating.

And here is my contemporary mystery novella at only 99 cents. Part of the Deluded Detective series, Pam Graff turns detective work when an accident sidelines her career as a high school physics teacher. The problem in Jack Fell Down? She cannot distinguish between reality and hallucinations, and a child’s life hangs in the balance.

Pam knows she is the last person to be looking for a lost child. Yet her teacher instincts and the hope that this may reveal what happened to her 17 months ago drive her to find him.

With the help of family, students, felons, and a female Elvis impersonator, Pam searches for the boy throughout Southern California.

If you like any of these books, I hope you’ll consider leaving a review on Amazon or Good Reads. Reviews really do help the authors and readers.

Happy reading!


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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2 Responses to My 2018 Reads that Include a FREE Book and Camp NaNo Brag

  1. Ken \(\) says:

    Back on the computer . . . . .

    This is what I was writing about earlier from my Android phone:

    Your sentence: “Hope to publish it in 2009.” Is the year correct? Or should it be 2019, the year you hope to publish?

    Not to be picky, but having read the two tour books for prep of our trip next week . . . . you wrote down Tsong Dynasty in your review of the “Corpse Reader” . . . . I don’t recall a ‘Tsong’ Dynasty, but there is a Tsing Dynasty . . . . . or was that literary license on the part of the author? Maybe the Tsong could be Song Dynasty, which ruled from 960 AD to 1279? Just curious about the spelling.



    • mlknowlden says:

      Thank you, Ken, for the typo correction on the 2009. I’ve corrected it. Tsong was what the publisher/translator/author used. Since the author is Spanish, maybe that’s a European designation?

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