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Free on Kindle: ‘The Sun Singer’

My contemporary fantasy novel The Sun Singer will be free on Kindle May 10th through May 12th.

Description:

Robert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

If you’re traveling to Glacier National Park, Montana this summer, take the book with you and experience the same trails and scenery described in the novel.

–Malcolm

Free Books: March 29 – four Kindle titles

The following books will be free on Kindle on Wednesday, March 29:

  • Waking Plain (short story) – An enchanted prince waits for the kiss of a beautiful princess to bring him out of a century of sleep. The problem: he ain’t no sleeping beauty.
  • At Sea (novel) in this sea story set during the Vietnam War, David Ward learns that people back home are often more troublesome than the enemy. Inspired by my service aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.
  • The Sun Singer (novel) Young Robert Adams goes to the mountains on a family vacation and then, via a mysterious cabin, enters an alternate universe where people are at war with their dangerous king. He’ll have to use his psychic abilities to survive.
  • Dream of Crows (short story) A man goes on a business trip to Florida and gets involved with a witch who wants him to risk his life to make love to her. When he returns home, he can’t quite remember what happened. Don’t read this one if you’re superstitious.

I hope you enjoy the books.

–Malcolm

What a deal – three free Kindle books

The Kindle editions of three of my novels are free on selected days:

  • The Sun Singer (December 9, 10, and 11) – Contemporary fantasy about a young men who has been hiding his psychic gift. When he finds himself in an alternative universe of warring factions, he must resurrect that gift in order to survive.
  • Willing Spirits (December 12) – Paranormal short story about a high school student who procrastinates on her book report project and looks to an unusual source to keep her from flunking her English course.
  • Waking Plain (December 13) – Fairy tale about a prince who is cast into a deep sleep that can only be broken by a kiss, the problem being he’s so plain no prospective marriage partner wants to wake him up.

These books are always free for Amazon customers with Kindle Unlimited accounts.

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Free – three books for three days

It’s time for a late August giveaway set for August 28 through August 30 on Amazon for the Kindle editions of The Sun Singer, The Lady of the Blue Hour, and Carrying Snakes into Eden.

Here are the links:

The Sun Singer

"The Sun Singer" is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story. - Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series

Robert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

LadyoftheBlueHourcoverThe Lady of the Blue Hour

Short Story. When Kenneth arrives home from a high school band trip with exciting news, he finds the house empty. His parents appear to gone to a hospital in a hurry. At twilight, a strange woman appears on the street, and she might be looking for him. No doubt, there’s magic afoot.

Grandfather Elliott, from “The Sun Singer” is one of the characters in this story which takes place in a quiet neighborhood of old homes in a Midwestern city. That made the story especially fun to write.

Carrying Snakes Into Eden

Always free on Kindle Unlimited

Always free on Kindle Unlimited

In this tongue-in-cheek 1960s-era short story with a dash of magic, two students skip church, pick up a hobo with a sack of snakes, and realize there may be long-term consequences.

This tale is one of a series of short stories set in Florida’s notorious Tate’s Hell Swamp on the Gulf Coast. I loved this swamp when I was growing up in the Florida Panhandle. The Garden of Eden mentioned in the story refers to a one-time tourist attraction that the owners claimed was the site of the original Garden of Eden. All that remains of the attraction, near the town of Bristol, is a “Garden of Eden Trail” maintained by the Nature Conservancy. The rare and endangered Torreya tree can be seen along this trail.

I hope you enjoy the books.

–Malcolm

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Thanks for all the downloads

TSSJourneysMy contemporary fantasy novel The Sun Singer was in a free promotion on Kindle between June 6 and 8. During that time, 817 copies were downloaded. Wow. I’m a bit stunned.

But thank you.

–Malcolm

Where things are at

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Okay, here’s where things are at as of this moment of the eternal now:

  1. KIndle cover 200x300Work continues on a sequel to Conjure Woman’s Cat. It’s about half done, so if you’re my publisher it’s too soon to be checking e-mail for the continuing exploits of Eulalie (conjure woman) and Lena (her cat).  As I work on this book, I wish I’d kept a journal when I was growing up so I didn’t have to spend so much time researching what I once knew…the slang of the era, the year a book or movie came out, the headlines from a specific month. Meanwhile, we (my publisher and I) are actively working to bring out an audio version of Conjure Woman’s Cat. And, coming soon, we’ll be having another reduced price day for the Kindle edition of the book.
  2. I’m seeing a lot of flash fiction and fan fiction contests these days, and just can’t motivate myself to enter any of them. I’m not sure if it’s because–in terms of fan fiction especially–I don’t see the point of it, or if I’m afraid it will derail my work on the main books.
  3. SarabandeCover2015Thanks to Big Al’s Books and Pals for reading and reviewing the new edition of Sarabande and then posting the review on Amazon. This is contemporary fantasy about a young woman’s journey to the land of the dead to confront her sister is both a sequel to The Sun Singer and a standalone novel. “How is that possible?” you might ask. It’s my second story with the same group of characters, though I didn’t want those interested in the story line to feel they had to read The Sun Singer before they could jump right into it. If we can find a reader who can pronounce the Blackfoot words in Sarabande, we’ll see if we can bring out an audio book edition.
  4. For years, I’ve considered writing a third book to go with The Sun Singer and Sarabande as part of what we’re calling the Mountain Journeys Series.  Perhaps I’ve been scared of that book because it features a character who knows a whole lot about magic, the “big picture,” and where things are at in the universe as it really exists. I have asked my muse just how the hell I’m supposed to write that book since I don’t know all that stuff. The answer isn’t yet clear.
  5. dreamofcrowscoverMy Tate’s Hell Stories are about a Florida Swamp named Tate’s Hell. Makes sense, don’t you think? These more or less come from the area where Conjure Woman’s Cat is set. You can find them on Kindle: Snakebit, The Land Between the Rivers, Carrying Snakes into Eden and Dream of Crows. These are all free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
  6. Sad to say, I’ve been unsuccessful in convincing the publisher of several of my older books that it would help new readers find some of my work by having an occasional book sale. That’s why you haven’t seen a 99-cent deal mentioned here for Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire or Emily’s Stories. They’re very different books. The first is a comedy/satire about a reporter looking for a missing race horse and the second is a set of three stories about a young girl who talks to spirits. I’m very fond of both books and think we’re missing the boat by not having an occasional sale. Sorry about that, but I’ve tried.

–Malcolm

Writers appreciate their readers

In 2015, I’m happy that so many readers and reviewers discovered my little novella called Conjure Woman’s Cat. Y’all bravely accepted the premise that a cat could narrate a story about a disturbing time in our history.

This book represents a long-held dream of mine to write something about the world I grew up in, a world where nature was wondrous and most of the people were wondrous except for those who thought they were better than others and used violence in a misguided attempt to prove it.

The first three chapters of this novella were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

My oldest novel The Sun Singer, which is available only on Kindle now, has been free at various times during the year. I appreciate all the downloads. The first edition of this novel was a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s book of the year.

Many of you who have read the book probably already know that the title comes from a famous statue in Allerton Park in Illinois. I dreamt about that statue for years before I figured out I was supposed to write this book.
Finally, 2015 saw a new edition of Sarbande that–like Conjure Woman’s Cat–was published by Thomas-Jacobs. The book is set primarily in Glacier National Park, Montana. While it continues the story of several of the characters from The Sun Singer, it can easily be read as a standalone novel.

Also in 2015, I brought out the Kindle short stories “Dream of Crows,” “Carrying  Snakes Into Eden,” and “Snakebit” along with a new edition of The Land Between the Rivers (three stories) in a series we have called “Tate’s Hell Stories.” Tate’s Hell is a Florida Panhandle preserve on the Gulf Coast.

In progress is a follow-up novella to Conjure Woman’s Cat as well as a third book in the “Mountain Journeys Series.” I’m happy that my publisher claims she is a very slow writer because that makes it easier for me to work on my own books at a snail’s pace.

Thank you for supporting my habit.
–Malcolm

Get ‘The Sun Singer’ free for four days

My contemporary fantasy novel The Sun Singer, available on Kindle from Amazon, will be free December 17, 18, 19, and 20. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited customer, you can always read the book for free.

Book Description

"The Sun Singer" is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story. - Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series

“The Sun Singer” is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story. – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series

Robert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

Customer Reviews

There's a free Kindle book in Santa's sleigh for you.

There’s a free Kindle book in Santa’s sleigh for you.

The book has a 4.9-star reviewer’s average on Amazon. Thanks so much to all the folks who read the novel and wrote a review of the book. It’s impossible to pick a favorite review. There are too many kind words for that. The comments include. . .

  • This is a wonderful adventure story which is hard to put down!
  • A beautiful, haunting book, and a compelling read.
  • Campbell is an alchemist, expertly blending ingredients as diverse as vision quests and quantum mechanics to deliver something more like a powerful healing tonic than a novel: a sort of literary elixir.
  • I have encountered few books that have moved me like this one has. Thomas Covenant. Lord of the Rings. Stranger in a Strange Land.
  • Mr. Campbell used his astute and unfettered imagination to weave this labyrinthine tale full of many different elements seamlessly. The landscape descriptions are dynamic and beautifully written. The matter of where Robert goes and the full blown characters that he meets along the way are all realistically believable.

I hope you enjoy the book as well.

–Malcolm

 

Two ‘Sarabande’ launch deals for your weekend

Thomas-Jacob Publishing released the new second edition of my contemporary fantasy Sarabande on November 1.

SarabandeCover2015Now we’re scheming to bring the book to your attention, starting with a sale and a giveaway.

  • The Kindle edition 99¢ sale begins and ends on Amazon on Sunday, November 8th. Click on the book cover to get to the right place.
  • The GoodReads giveaway also begins tomorrow and lasts through November 26. Two paperback copies are available. Click here to enter.

Benjamin Mowers, who did the cover for The Sun Singer, also captured the ambiance of Sarabande with a mountain stream and a thick high-country forest.

–Malcolm

TSSJourneysMalcolm R. Campbell is also the author of “Conjure Woman’s Cat” and “The Sun Singer.”

BigAl’s Books and Pals: The Sun Singer / Malcolm R. Campbell

Source: BigAl’s Books and Pals: The Sun Singer / Malcolm R. Campbell

SunSinger4cover“Mr. Campbell used his astute and unfettered imagination to weave this labyrinthine tale full of many different elements seamlessly. The landscape descriptions are dynamic and beautifully written. The matter of where Robert goes and the full blown characters that he meets along the way are all realistically believable.”

A nice review to start out my week.

–Malcolm

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