Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien!

I don’t know if it is because it’s the esteemed professor’s birthday, but this poem has been rattling around my head all day:

I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

I love Middle-earth so deeply it goes beyond words. And I won’t deny he has influenced my writing; indeed, I’d be a fool to attempt it. My stories are science fiction, not mythology or fantasy, but the footprints of Professor Tolkien are there. Check it out, if you haven’t already:

Sword's Edge

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A buck or two left on your Amazon gift card?

Why not use it to buy a fun read?

Both Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck and Unlikely Prophet are still on sale for only $0.99!

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Two SF books on sale – get ’em now!

Right now, I have two ebooks on sale for only $0.99!

If you like space opera, try Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck:

And if you’re a fan of dystopian or colonization stories, Unlikely Prophet is a bit of both:

Both ebooks are available in a variety of formats.

Enjoy!

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The “heart stopping” novel Unlikely Prophet is on sale!

Unlikely Prophet, the prequel to the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is on sale for only $0.99.

This novel is unlike the others in the series, taking place on another planet, one in the throes of destroying itself. The people have retreated to living in domes, in constant fear of an earthquake or volcanic eruption ending their existence. The long-dormant portal activates, and an alien arrives offering hope. Despite their fears, few are willing to risk all to such a drastic scheme. One man becomes the force to impel his people to flee to safety before it’s too late.

“…heart stopping…”
P.M. Griffin

Available in a variety of formats.

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Oh, really? Then what is space opera, Bucky?

A “thing” happened that made me chuckle. I recently had someone tell me that my book Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck was not space opera. Despite the fact it was originally specifically written as a monthly serial novel for a space opera magazine called Ray Gun Revival (not currently active, but our issues are archived here: https://www.scribd.com/lists/2346954/Ray-Gun-Revival-publications).

Spoilers if you haven’t read it:
In the first scene of the book, we have the one protagonist entering the Rocket Wash Bar, encountering an alien bartender, seeing the man in the black vest disarm a man who had a needle-gun, and be told bad guys might be after him so he should try to get off planet. Subsequently in the first chapter, we see the space port of the city, discover the local bad guys have a deal with some off-planet mercenaries, our heroes steal a light-flyer called a rover, and head for the space port to hopefully steal a ship and get off the planet before it’s too late.

Later on in the book there are space pirates, space stations, evil galactic despots, travel to various planets, space battles, and more.

So nope, not space opera at all! (To quote Jubal Early: “That seem right to you?”)

If you might be interested in “Not-Space-Opera,” the book is on sale for $0.99 till the end of this month, and in a variety of formats.

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Author Nicole Ciacchella’s Deals and Steals

I like a bargain (it must be the Scot in me), so I was happy to find this author’s site and her efforts to gather and share books for sale.

I was also fortunate enough for her to include my book in this month’s Deals and Steals! Thank you, Nicole Ciacchella!

Check out these books – there’s fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, oh yeah, and space opera!

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A new review of Deuces Wild: Stacking the Deck! Yes, I get excited easily!

Just found a new review of the second book in the Deuces Wild series: Stacking the Deck.

Everyone looks on Amazon or Goodreads, but I found this one on GooglePlay:

I’d love to see a Deuces Wild Trilogy in theaters. Of course once the third book is out that is. This was a real page turner like the first book. I read both together in exactly one week. I can’t wait for an Illustrated Guide to L S. Kings universe.

Thank you so much for reading Stacking the Deck, Eric, and for posting a review. I doubt any films will be made of my books though. LOL

If you haven’t read it yet, it has lots of explosive action, or as Mike Resnick said:

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.”

 

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