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Sales! Sales! Sales!

Are you looking for some great books to read? Would you like to score some sweet deals? Then Less Than Three Press has got a Labor Day weekend treat for you!

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I have to get in a plug for my babies. Use code “foodie” to save 40% on my Appetite series, including the ebook bundle, and the print compilation. http://tinyurl.com/lt3Appetite

But that’s not all!

Use code “dragons” to save 30% on Dragon Slayer, The Dragon’s Hoard series, Sword of the King, & The Dragon’s Tamer. http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/ (Note: code will work for the individual Dragon’s Hoard books & the print volume.)

Use code “zombies” to save 30% on Zombie Rain, Zombie Wonderland, & Midnight http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/

Use code “Preorder” & save 15% on If Wishes Were Coffee, Piper, Alpha Trine & Goblins: Book 1. http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/

Use code LostGods to save 40% on Megan Derr’s Lost Gods series, the includes the ebook bundle. http://tinyurl.com/lt3LostGods (I’m going to use this myself, to pick up the other three Lost Gods books that I don’t have yet.)

Use code “AllTheLove” for 30% off poly titles including Jewels of Bangkok, Living Words, & Weld. Go here for more: https://www.facebook.com/lt3press/posts/10151566345845988

Use code “baileys” for 35% off @Jo_Lena’s picks, including Miles Cross, Finding King, & Opposite Day. The rest here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151566564450988&set=a.10150885262485988.395217.177721070987&type=1

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Use code “wolves” to save 30% on Forest of Fenris, Bad Moon Rising, Mohegan, Highland Wolves & others: https://www.facebook.com/lt3press/posts/10151566792440988

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It’s a great weekend for sales, apparently. I myself went to the car dealership yesterday, and ended up driving home a beautiful cobalt blue Prius C.

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She doesn’t have a name yet, but I love her!

Have a great weekend, everyone. We’re being supremely lazy today, making flatbread pizza and playing video games, but I hope to get in a few good hours of editing as well. The Fall Guide proceeds apace!

Intent vs Actual

My intent was to launch Topical Tuesday, but alas, I am fresh out of topic, and I used up the last of my willpower making myself exercise in 85-degree (F) weather. Instead, I bring you the Tuesday Update as slaved over by Less Than Three Press.

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It’s here, it’s big enough to use as a bludgeon, and it’s absolutely beautiful. My four author copies came in a box the same size as the motorcycle boots I got for my birthday.

In short: Appetite is now available, both as an ebook compilation and as a gorgeous trade paperback. Pick up your copy now! I’ll be running a giveaway soon out of sheer delight.

Also, Surfeit for the Senses has netted its second blog review from Serena Yates at Rainbow Book Reviews, bestowing four stars and pleading very nicely for a “fourth” installment in the trilogy.

Serena says, “If you like stories full of professional cooking and food detail, challenges and successes, if you enjoy romantic tension interweaves nicely and seamlessly with an interesting plot, and if you’re looking for a read that will make you as hungry as it will make you want to see these guys finally acknowledge the full depth of their feelings for each other, then you will probably like this novel.”

As an added incentive – pick up any or all of the Appetite books through Less Than Three Press and through Wednesday, you can use code “d975c3d606” for 35% off, because they are awesome like that.

Now, alas, I have to scrape together my remaining willpower because the hallway is full of boxes that need to be broken down and hauled out to recycling, and despite my best efforts, I have not been able to train the cat to do it for me. See you on WIP Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday: Body Option

First things first! Less Than Three Press has released a discount code for the first lucky 30 customers, see their Facebook for info: https://www.facebook.com/lt3press/posts/10151535051610988

My launch for WIP Wednesday is Body Option, my recently-completed story for the mecha anthology “Loose Screw.” Story summary:

For five years, Grant Badu has been part of a solid fighting team with the Gemini Suit, Trefoil Argent. Together, they fly and fight so effectively, their combat record so impressive, that they’ve become informally known as the Infallible Duo. When a case containing classified military innovations is stolen and shot down in the foothills of disputed border territory, Grant and Argent are tapped for its swift recovery. The spoke in their gears is the fact that the mission requires pilot Argent to take on the one cybernetic option he’s been avoiding, for reasons even Grant doesn’t know. When their enemies close in faster than expected, Grant and Argent need to put aside the sudden tension between them in order to complete their mission, but the overwhelming odds facing them push them right up against the critical threshold, from which there is no return.

Excerpt:

The wind screamed past the reinforced glass of the cockpit, sheltered between the two sleek shoulder tines of Trefoil Argent as the Gemini Raptor dropped low toward the jagged teeth of the mountain range studding the near horizon. Grant Badu winced as the glare bounced off a tine at the precise angle to reflect into his eyes, and he squinted at the rapidly growing cliffs rising up in the forward view.

“Careful,” Grant cautioned his pilot. “We need to fly low enough to avoid the Bah’zeth sweeps, but there’s no need to clip your tail feathers.”

“This isn’t my first flight mission,” Argent’s voice sniped through his earjack. “Or my tenth, for that matter. If I so much as see your fingers twitch for the override controls, I’ll spin you into a blackout.”

Grant flicked his eyes toward the blue heavens visible overhead, and held back a comment on insubordination. His rig in the cockpit afforded him a near three-sixty view, if he were to rotate his suspension clear around, but it was only on one dimension. Argent had eyes in every direction, because he wasn’t merely the pilot for the Gemini Raptor Suit. He was part of it.

“Wasn’t impugning your flight pattern, Argent,” Grant replied, containing his amusement to a low rumble within his voice. “Nor have I reached for those controls in the eight years I’ve been working with you. Old habits die hard, is all.”

“Sure, and you still fly solo on weekends.”

“Why, Argent, if I didn’t know better, I’d say you sound jealous.” Grant cocked a deliberate glance over his shoulder at the impenetrable central column that housed Argent’s physical body.

Silence was his only reply.

Grant shook his head, mouth quirking, and turned his attention to the display panels and various readouts at hand. They were dropping low over the Cressian mountain range that bordered his and Argent’s homeland of Crestovia, and it was time to cut back on the idle chatter. The mission required their concentration. Argent would rib him that it took Grant the greater share of his, seeing as he was without Argent’s enhanced advantages.

Crestovia’s enemies had been legion ever since the split and redistricting of nations that had followed the Thirty-year Poison War. They were surrounded on all sides by countries and kingdoms that remained at war, both with Crestovia and one another, and kept building bigger and more deadly machinery following the World Nations’ ban on chemical or foot-soldier warfare of any kind. As the only land with a fertile valley and seaport access on their embattled slice of the map, Crestovia had poured their best resources into finding a military solution to keep their enemies off their necks. Grant’s own piloting expertise had come into play with the rise of the Gemini Suit program.

Trefoil Argent was not a machine. He was the brain at the center column of a giant cybernetic suit with flight capabilities, fully equipped with a number of weapons that Grant could wield from his suspension rig in the protected cockpit.

Where other countries used robots, or long-range drones, Crestovia had chosen a different, drastic solution. They had offered their young, bright, disabled children the option for body repair, or a crack at the Gemini Suit program. Many had opted for reconstruction, and served their country in other ways from military defense to diplomacy. Argent, and those like him, had opted to fly.

Grant had never seen anything like it in his years of piloting, or military service. At first, when he’d been redeployed to the Gemini Suit program, he’d thought it cruel. How could they encase a human, a living being, within a buffered support column and relegate them to the status of a brain, a human computer that powered a mobile suit? Argent didn’t see it that way, though. He had taken to his cybernetic peripherals like Mozart to arranging chords. He flew the suit, walked through its giant legs, and fought with its state of the art mechanical limbs. Grant, for his part, controlled the weaponry, from forearm gatling cannons to precision laser knife, and sat with redundancy “override” pilot controls in the rare case a Gemini Suit overextended themselves and hit the critical break threshold. Many of the “brains” of the Gemini Suits had hit critical break since the inception of the program, and been decommissioned for other types of civil service. Argent, one of the first to don a cybernetic suit and one of a handful of the Raptor class still in action, had never hit critical.

In fact, Argent had taken to the cybernetics so well, he was unique among his peers.

Trefoil Argent, Argent’s Raptor suit, was one of the first-run Gemini Suits. It was built on roughly human-shaped but aerodynamic lines that allowed the suit to double functionality as a flight-capable unit, and a war machine that could stride into battle and dispatch its enemies more nimbly than any tank or drone. Argent had chosen the designation Trefoil, and the distinctive triple split tines of his symbol were etched onto the arms of the suit as well as Argent’s central column.

“We’re getting close,” Grant observed, scrutinizing the topography map on one of his readouts. They didn’t have an exact location fix from the Raptor, but a Bah’zeth robot had downed one of their fighter pilots a few days prior, and it had caused an immediate scramble in the upper ranks. Grant and Argent had been tapped as the best team for the recovery job, even though they’d been further out from the border at the Pegasus Eyrie.

“Acknowledged,” Argent said. He had been curt ever since the mission orders had come in.

Grant shrugged, suppressing his instinct to glance over his shoulder at Argent’s column again. He would notice, and it might make an already-tense situation worse. Still …

He couldn’t help himself. “You going to be ready?”

“Of course I’m going to be ready!” Argent snapped in his ear. He altered course, dipping an aerodynamic arm that doubled function as a wing, causing them to scream through the narrow gap between two close-set peaks. “It’s just like any other peripheral. I’ve been using those all my life.”

Grant didn’t bother to disguise the frown that pinched his brow. Argent’s participation in their upcoming mission was nothing like any of the other peripherals he’d used before, but Grant didn’t know how to breach the topic without pressing Argent in a number of already sore spots. There was a crucial difference in Argent’s latest, and he refused to discuss it.

Once they made landfall, it would be Argent’s first time using a body option.

It’s Appetite week!

Giveaways! Blog tour! Sales! Upcoming print release! Everything is coming up Appetite!

First and foremost, do not miss this week’s blog tour for Surfeit for the Senses. Every day, you can read more about the story, the characters, what went into the world building or research, and enter a new chance to win an ebook copy of Surfeit at each stop on the blog tour.

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The final Tour de Foodie is the biggest and best yet!

This week’s tour:

Themes of Progression at Cole Riann’s Armchair Reader
Author interview at Romance Lives Forever
What’s in a Name? The Restaurants of Appetite at It’s Raining Men
Five Tricks to Fine Dining’s (Sinfully) Delicious Food at Sean Norris’s World of Diversity Fiction
The Hero’s Journey: Appetite from Beginning to End at Megan Derr’s blog

If you’ve been waiting to sate your Appetite, wait no longer!

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This week is a fantastic deal, with all three volumes at 20% off to celebrate the final course’s release! (I’m also pretending it’s for my birthday. :D) All three books are currently marked at 20% off through Less Than Three Press, so take advantage of the deal that goes through July 28th and make your collection complete. Please note, Surfeit for the Senses will not be available for download until the evening of Tuesday July 23rd.

Have you been waiting for the print compilation of Appetite? Have I got a teaser for you!

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Isn’t it glorious?? Here’s your sneak peek. This is both cover and spine. It’s off to the printer’s soon, and the next you’ll hear of it, you’ll be able to get your hot little hands on a trade paperback copy.

Check back with my blog this evening for giveaways! In honor of Surfeit‘s release, I will be offering chances at each of the ebook copies of Appetite to complete your collection, or get it started.

Appetite series now on sale

It’s my pride and honor to announce not only is Surfeit for the Senses coming out next week, completing the Appetite series to date, but all three novels are on sale!

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Less Than Three Press is celebrating next week’s release of Book 3 (the last in the series) of the Appetite series by Talya Andor (that’s me) by offering all three books for 20% off! (Note that book 3, Surfeit for the Senses is preorder-only at until 07/24.) The sale price is available all this week and next, so get your copies of A Cut Above the Rest, The Competitive Edge, and Surfeit for the Senses by July 28!

So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copies now, and save big time.

Also in the works: next week is the final Tour de Foodie to celebrate Surfeit for the Senses‘ release. What do YOU want to hear about Alex and Nik that you haven’t learned already? What cooking secrets would you like to learn, or recipes would you like to see?

Pants Off Reviews gives A Cut Above the Rest…

…four out of five pants off! Pretty impressive, considering that nothing besides chef’s jackets and hip aprons come off in volume one. …well, unless you count Alex stripping to shower.

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Read the review here. Darien Moya really liked it, and looks forward to the romantic developments in the next book!

You can purchase A Cut Above the Rest and the second volume in the series, The Competitive Edge, right here for twenty percent off today! Just enter the code THURSDAY20 during checkout.

Signal to Noise is featured!

Less Than Three Press has chosen Signal to Noise for the book of the week!

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It’s been three years since the Incursion; three long years since Bastian and his twin brother Theo became the sole survivors on the planet Noise. Their distress calls have gone unanswered, and they are running out of supplies. They have no one but each other. And when the long-awaited rescue finally arrives, it brings with it complications that make being alone and forgotten look easy.

See what others thought of this story on Goodreads.

Stop on by and pick up your ebook or print copy. Use code: MAYBOW3 to get 25% off this title!

Code is only valid Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 18, 2013.

And please, spread the word. 🙂