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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Festival on Lyris Five - now available on Smashwords!

The Festival on Lyris 5I wrote a while ago about my humorous science-fiction novella The Festival on Lyris Five when it was published on

Well, I'm pleased to reveal that it's now available in all popular e-book formats (including the Amazon Kindle) via the Smashwords self-publishing site. I've set the price at a bargain basement 99 cents (the lowest Smashwords will allow).

If you've recently joined the growing ranks of Kindle users and are looking for some light reading, it could well be the best 99c you'll spend this year ;-)

As regards the story, I can't really do better than quote the book's blurb:

Former Ten Stars combat pilot Rick Barrett is having a bad day. Not only is he jobless and broke, in a seedy spaceport bar he has just been forced into a winner-takes-all poker game with a homicidal cauliflower. Salvation is at hand in the shapely form of Irish redhead Julie Halloran, who has an unusual talent of her own. Julie has a proposition for Rick that could end his financial worries at a stroke, though it might also end up getting him killed. But is Julie keeping a few cards hidden herself?

The Festival on Lyris Five is a fast-moving, hilarious, science-fiction novella, where nothing is quite what it seems...

If you'd like to know more, you can read an extract from the story by clicking on the BookBuzzr widget below...

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Incidentally, you can also read a longer excerpt free of charge on the book's Smashwords page. All you have to do then is pay the modest 99c to find out how it ends!

I wrote The Festival on Lyris Five a few years ago, when I had more time for fiction writing. It's proved quite difficult to place, as it's too short for a conventional novel yet too long for most short-story markets. I make no claims for The Festival on Lyris Five as a work of literature, but I had a lot of fun writing it, and hope readers will take it in that spirit and enjoy it as well.

This is actually the first time I've published an e-book using Smashwords, and I was pleased with how it worked out. I plan to write another post soon explaining a bit more about the Smashwords service and how you can use it to publish your own work in e-book form.

Incidentally, Smashwords also have an affiliate program, so if you want to promote The Festival on Lyris Five - or indeed most other Smashwords e-books - you can earn a percentage of any sales you generate. I've boosted the commission payable to affiliates of my book to 81.5%. Just click on Smashwords Affiliate Program for more info and to sign up. Considering the low price of my book, however, I can't really recommend this as a get-rich-quick opportunity!

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