Posts Tagged ‘homeland defense’

Independence, Author Style

So the government’s shut down, does that mean anarchy reigns? Well, I’m planning on heading into my day job in a few minutes and as far as I know, everything is business as normal. Good thing I didn’t apply for a FHA mortgage or give in when my wife suggested I treat myself to a pistol at the sporting goods store the other day – government loans and gun permits are going to be slowed down by this shutdown, among other things.

So instead the government demands our military and many civilian workers continue to work without pay. Retroactively it’ll be paid back, they say. There’s irony in the phrase, “the cost of freedom.”

So the other kind of independence I can think of is something I don’t talk about as often as I should: independent publishing. I had a few books initially that were released through a publisher, but I wasn’t keen on how that was working out for me so I decided to do my own thing. 40 books later I’m still quite happy with my decision and going strong. Along the way I’ve been helped by another source of independence though, the Independent Author Network (#ian1 for you Twitter-savvy folks).

William Potter is the man behind the machine over at the Independent Author Network. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s made his life complicated by putting out so many books, but I hit the upper threshold some time ago with having 20 books listed there. He’s offered to swap them out for me if I wanted, but so far I haven’t taken him up on that.

Still, it’s a shame since I’ve got some great new books people may not be seeing. Books like Vitalis: Provenance and the one I’m finishing up this week, Vitalis: Genesis. Or many of my newer fantasy releases in my Blades of Leander trilogy or my Order of the Dragon series. Both have done well with reviews and sales, but they could stand to do much better.

I’ve even dabbled in some espionage, to tie this back into the government overstepping its bounds. My Homeland series is about fighting terrorism and following the lives of special agents working for the Department of Homeland Defense. They’re people too, after all, and just as screwed up as the rest of us.

So, since the sky isn’t falling and your neighbors aren’t stockpiling guns, ammo, and canned goods, why not relax a little and read a book? IAN has hundreds if not thousands of great authors to check out – although I encourage you to start with me first.

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Cinderella Never Looked This Good

On this blog I’ve been absent for a while. Months, and lots of them. So what better way to open it back up than with a notice about a brand new book? This one’s called Broken Slipper and it picks up a year after Forbidden Love ended. If those titles sound a little, uh, unusual, it’s because they are. These books are in my Homeland series, which blends espionage, secret agents, and smut. Yes, they are erotic books and definitely for mature reading audiences. But hey, there’s plenty of romance, suspense, and action tossed in as well to round them out.

Broken Slipper is more than just a simple novel, it’s a mega-freaking-novel. Come to think of it, there’s some mega-freaking in it too, but that’s not what I meant. I meant it’s over 140,000 words long, which puts this puppy in the neighborhood of 600 pages. Even at the page turning pace this book demands it’ll keep you busy for a while! As a special incentive to hook people on this series I’ve also lowered the price of book 1 in the series, Forbidden Love, to only $0.99!

But enough about me trying to suggest you check it out, I’ll let the blurb, cover, and the book itself do that!

Special Agent Sarah Ford hated her desk and she hated her life. She’d been stuck behind it for a year thanks to the dark cloud that followed her every move. She knew it was there and so did her superiors– at least the ones that survived her last case.

When her request to be returned to the field was granted she jumped at the chance at redemption. The catch? She had to rely on her skills earned while putting herself through college as a hair stylist. Immersing herself back into the realm of cosmetology would soon be the least of her concerns.

Sarah, with the new name and wild hair of washed up wannabe actress Misty West, was needed to investigate rumors of a threat to national security in Phoenix, Arizona. Her agency secured a position for her in the most unlikely of places to learn more– working for Digital Treasures, an adult multimedia company that specialized in voyeurism and exhibitionism.

With a new partner fresh in the field from training, Misty finds herself in deeper than ever before. Juggling her duty and her ragged emotions is a full time job, let alone the things she begins to discover that threaten to not only shatter who she is, but the lives of countless others.

Broken Slipper, book 2 in the Homeland series by Jason Halstead


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