Friday, October 2, 2020

Frustration...

 Frustration: When you write Historical Fiction and discover that your presumption about a certain situation in a certain period in history was wrong by over 100 years... and then having to go back and fix the story line...

BUT... it's all good. I strive for thematic historical accuracy in my books, often spending as much (or more) time researching as I do actually writing. The discovery led me to write another essay for the English Historical Fiction Authors blog.

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Collaboration

 Just last week, my poet partner and I released a collaborative compilation of her poems and short stories. The book, titled "Weep and Wail," is available on Amazon (print, e-book, and Kindle Unlimited) and Barnes and Noble (print only).  As a teaser, I read one of her poems aloud and shared that reading on FB.  

See:  https://www.facebook.com/100008600746042/videos/2345380019092000

If you like what you see and hear, the book contains about 100 other poems and a handful of very interesting short stories.


Happy Reading/Listening!

Michael Paul Hurd

Author/Publisher

"Lineage" Series

Lineage Independent Publishing

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

It's A Rough Life

Being an Indie author and publisher is challenging. If you aren't writing your own works, you are editing someone else or mentoring them through the process.  In other words, there is no time left for anything else!

Because of the need to focus my creative energies elsewhere, I made the conscious decision to "neglect" my blog for a while. During the nearly four months since my last post, I have co-authored a book of poetry and prose with a friend in Portugal while at the same time mentoring a COVID-19 survivor through authoring and publishing his memoir of the experience. The poetry tome was released last week and the COVID-19 book should be out within the next month. Never a dull moment!

If you are a fan of poetry and/or short stories, please search for "Weep and Wail" or "Lisa Talbott" on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Lisa is my co-author and her poems offer something for everyone.

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Special Offers

Readers, 

B&N/Nook readers can use coupon code BNPMAY2020 to save 50% at checkout until 05/04/2020 on Nook Versions as follows:
Starting Today (4/30): Soldier, Citizen, Settler: Lineage Series, Book Two -
Starting Saturday (5/2): (Book One) Lineage: A Novel
bn.com, search term "Michael Paul Hurd"
In addition, I am able to direct-send .pdf versions of the book to your e-mail, priced as follows:
Book One: 3.99 + 0.24 Maryland Sales Tax = $4.23
Book Two: 2.49 + 0.15 Maryland Sales Tax = $2.64
Book Three: 2.49 + 0.15 Maryland Sales Tax = $2.64
Book Four: 3.99 + 0.24 Maryland Sales Tax = 4.23
All Four Books Together: $10.00 + 0.60 Maryland Sales Tax = $10.60 (this is a $2.94 savings off the list prices)
The e-mailed versions will also include a .jpg of the full print book cover.
Payment: PayPal
paypal.me/linpub2020
Please specify in the comments section which book(s) you wish to purchase, and be sure to include your e-mail address!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Wayward Son Released Over The Weekend!


I released Book Four in my "Lineage" series over the weekend. It is available in both paperback and e-book (NookBook) formats on the Barnes and Noble Website . This link is for the e-book version; there should be a place to click for access to the print version as well.

Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four

Search Term on Barnes and Noble: Michael Paul Hurd

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing


Thursday, April 9, 2020

First Live Event on FB: April 10, 2020

Tomorrow, April 10, I will be hosting my first live event on Facebook.  FB Page: Lineage-Independent Publisher . The event will start at 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US), which is 1930 hrs. UTC/GMT. 

In this event, I will discuss the process of writing my "Lineage" series of novels and where I stand with "Wayward Son," the fourth book in the series.

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Another SciFi Short Story: Primum Non Nocere


Primum Non Nocere
By Michael Paul Hurd

            Blown off course by the shockwave from a passing asteroid, the craft carrying Kasmek and Bishma, life forms from Proxima Centauri B, crashed into the surface of Deko, the third planet orbiting a star that Proximans knew as Heliosolis. The mated Proximan pair were on a mission to explore the outer limits of their civilization’s knowledge of other planets that could be capable of sustaining life. They had been traveling at two times the speed of light for just over two Dekoan years before the uncharted galactic disturbance that caused their crash.
            Neither Kashmek nor Bishma were injured, but their craft was almost totally destroyed except for the communications array and radiation-shielded storage cases of provisions. It was fortunate they had crashed in a remote area, largely unobserved by the inhabitants. The few uneducated Dekoans that did see the craft entering the atmosphere attributed it to a shooting star and thought nothing more of it. At the time, Dekoan knowledge of interstellar bodies was almost non-existent and space travel was centuries in their future.
            “Kashmek, need we ourselves morph Dekoan form into?” asked Bishma in their native syntax.
            “Affirmative, Bishma. Example without morph cannot. Darkness in can assume Dekoan body,” replied Kashmek.
            The pair decided that they would wait until darkness and take over the first life forms they encountered. It was only about an hour after Dekoan sunset before the first life form made its presence known. However, it was not a Dekoan biped as they had hoped. Instead, it was a brown quadruped with a long, hairless tail, twitching whiskers, and a phenomenal ability to procreate. Dekoans knew this quadruped as the Brown Rat, eventually to be known as Rattus norvegicus.
            The morphing process was easy for the Proximan pair. They simply reduced their size to submolecular particles and waited for the quadrupeds to inhale. Once inside the host bodies, the Proximans established neural connections that made the quadruped forms sentient and communicative; however, their basal instincts for survival and procreation remained intact and overpowering.
            “Kashmek, food consume must,” stated Bishma. “Reproduce now urge strong. Wait consume food first.”
            Unable to control his own host body’s response to the pheromones released by Bishma’s new form, Kasmek did not wait to eat as she had suggested. He immediately engaged in reproductive behavior that impregnated Bishma with a blended Dekoan-Proximan life form. After he had succumbed to the uncontrollable urges, Kashmek was able to eat.
            The reduced size of their furry hosts made it difficult for the two Proximans to operate their communications array. It took most of a day for them to activate the equipment – when they could resist their hosts’ urge to gnaw through the insulation on the wires, that is. Almost immediately after establishing a connection on their lightwave communicator, they received a general alert from the Supreme Council. In that alert, the Council warned that another galactic disturbance was about to hit Deko. In the scientific report, Proximans were believed to be safe from the disturbance as long as they took over a host – something that Kashmek and Bishma had already done.
            What the Proximan scientists didn’t know was that the disturbance would alter their hosts’ blood chemistry and render it infectious to Dekoan bipeds. The scientists were also unaware that the little dark creatures whose itchy bites annoyed Kashmek and Bishma would be the transmission vector to the biped life forms, who in turn would become infectious to those around them. In a matter of weeks, the illness spread throughout the bipeds and was generally fatal. Making matters worse was that over the next two three Dekoan centuries, the disease would resurface and wipe out entire segments of the biped population. By that time, Kashmek and Bishma, along with several thousand other Proximans, had been authorized by the Supreme Council to take bipeds as hosts, albeit with the admonition in an ancient Dekoan tongue, “Primum non nocere,” which was translated to mean “First, do no harm.”
            After taking biped hosts, Proximans were allowed to share their superior intellect with other non-host bipeds. The sharing of Proximan knowledge was quite subtle and intentionally slow. Too much information too fast would definitely harm the emerging enlightenment. Instead, the Proximans spread out their contributions over the next three centuries and enabled Dekoans to acquire significant new knowledge, navigate uncharted waters, and question the longstanding tenets of their own religions. Kashmek and Bishma were, because of their seniority on Deko, always among the first sharers of Proximan knowledge.

T he preceeding short story is the intellectual property of the author, Michael Paul Hurd. It may be subject to copyright laws of the United States and other countries. No part of this story may be used without permission of the author, except for limited quotation in literary journals or reviews.