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.



Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Short Story: "Proxima Centauri B, Please Respond" ((EDITED))

Dear Readers,
This is my first attempt at both SciFi and short story writing, so please be gentle with me. I hope you enjoy the very short short story, complete on two pages.  //It now includes the March 30 update//

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

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Proxima Centauri B, Please Respond
By Michael Paul Hurd

            Left behind on the third planet orbiting Heliosolis, Kashmek was desperate to return to his homeworld. He had tried to assimilate into the society on the planet, known as Deko to Proxima Centaurians, and had been quite successful. Kashmek had already been a resident on Deko for nearly seven centuries and had survived many of Deko’s disease outbreaks. Living as a quiet, unassuming assimilee into Deko societies, Kashmek knew the sources and causes of diseases that seemed to decimate the population on Deko roughly once a century. He had seen the Black Death, cholera epidemics, yellow fever outbreaks, and influenza – all terms used by Deko societies to describe diseases that Proximans had long ago learned to avoid.
            This time was no different. Normally, scientists on Proxima Centauri B would  communicate with Kashmek or his mate, Bishma, on a lightwave communicator to warn them of an impending outbreak. You see, Proximan scientists had discovered that most contagious diseases on Deko were caused by spaceborne residue from comets, supernovas, and stellar collisions that often took light years to reach the Deko orbit around Heliosolis. They knew that the only way to escape infection was to completely and totally isolate themselves from Deko lifeforms.
            Kashmek and Bishma were not the only Proximans on Deko. There were at least 140,000 others scattered across the inhabitable areas of the Deko landmasses. They, too, were assimilated into the local society; some of them had even achieved positions of power in the bodies that governed those societies. Most of the assimilees, however, were not lucky to have Proxima Centaurian mates and were forced to procreate with Deko natives, a process which Proximans found inherently distasteful, at least when the progeny began life. Regardless of the messiness of the process, the assimilees knew it was necessary for their survival as a race, even though the hereditary pool was diluted by the procreations.
            Right before the Dekoan celebration known as Christmas, Kashmek and all Proximans on Deko received a message on their lightwave communicators:

             “In two Deko moon cycles, the planet and the entire Heliosolis system will pass through the residue  from the collision of two comets. Unlike other comets, one of these contains frozen proteins from the Beta Anteros quadrant. These proteins are highly toxic to all Dekoan life forms, including those of mixed breeding with Proxima Centaurians. They only need a host to replicate before becoming contagious to those within ten feet of a respirating Dekoan life form. We recommend that you take extreme precautions to ensure your own survival; we are not yet sure of the effects this protein will have on Proxima Centaurian life forms.”

            Kashmek knew the message was valid from the hologram of the Supreme Council that appeared after the message had been received and translated from their native language. He also knew that it was imperative for him and his fellow Proximans to take the necessary precautions. They quietly and unobtrusively began stockpiling provisions necessary for survival, using a centuries-old handbook that had been handed down through generations of their revered ancestors since they first arrived on Deko several millenia ago.
            Kashmek's species also made sure they had ample supplies of biohazard waste removal paper, as their excretory functions were considerably messier than the comparable Dekoan functions. Dekoans eliminated waste through a single orifice at the end of their digestive tract, making clean-up relatively easy; in contrast, purebred Proximans released waste through a ringed array of seven orifices around a central expulsion tract. The mere difference in physiology meant that Kashmek and his kind would need roughly ten times as much biohazard waste removal paper as their Dekoan counterparts.
            As predicted by the Supreme Council, the Heliosolis system passed through the comet’s residue right on schedule. In a matter of days, Dekoans began dying. Not the prepared Proximans, though. Kashmek knew the measures they had taken across Deko would ensure the survival of his species and all of their progeny, no matter how diluted their descendancy had become.
            Six Dekoan moon cycles later, the planet was devastated. Their economy had collapsed. Looting was everywhere. Anyone showing symptoms of infection from the comet waste was summarily executed and their bodies burned in large incinerators.
             Kashmek, Bishma, and their fellow Proximans assembled in one of the most devastated areas. They were survivors. They could continue. They could take over Deko. It was just a matter of informing the Supreme Council that their moment had come to completely destroy Dekoan society and replace it with their own. They began compiling their message to the Council that very evening.

            “Proxima Centauri B, Please Respond…”

The 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.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Transition Complete (almost...)

All of my books are either available NOW or available for pre-order on the Barnes and Noble website.  Search term: Michael Paul Hurd. 

Happy reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

If you are reading this post via Amazon, it likely will be the last one you see on my Author Page.

Slowly but surely, my books are transitioning over to the Barnes and Noble platform.

"Iniquity and Retribution: Lineage Series, Book Three" is available for Nook already; the paperback re-release is March 21.  Prices are $4.49 for Nook and $10.99 for paperback.

"Soldier, Citizen, Settler: Lineage Series, Book Two" will be available for Nook on March 20 and in paperback on March 21. Prices are $3.99 for Nook and $12.99 for paperback.

"Lineage: A Novel" (Second Edition and first book in the series) will be available in paperback on March 25; the Nook version will not be available until May 2. Prices are $13.49 for the paperback and $3.99 for the Nook version. The delay in releasing the Nook version is the result of a duration-specific exclusivity clause in my Amazon arrangement. I have elected not to renew that obligation at the end of its current term (May 1, 2020).

Overall, I am happy to be moving my efforts to Barnes and Noble. Their primary business line is still to sell books.

Oh.... I almost forgot: "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four" will soon be listed as available for pre-order, with a projected Nook release date of May 12, 2020. I hope to have the paperback ready for release at the same time.

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing



Friday, March 6, 2020

Decision

I am changing over to Barnes and Noble for my publishing needs.  They seem to be more in tune with authors than Amazon.  My first foray into B&N publishing will be Book Three.  The e-book goes on sale Monday for $4.49.  The paperback will follow on March 21 for $10.99.  Price reductions on both versions, compared to Amazon.  With B&N, I can set lower prices, where I could not with Amazon.

E-Book versions of Books One and Two will be switched over to B&N once my Kindle exclusivity agreements with Amazon expire... The re-release of the paperbacks will happen much sooner!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Exploring Other Options

Well... I've been away for some time. The winter vacation to Florida was relaxing, even with the crowds.  I'm back, refreshed and working towards getting Book Four published within the next month to six weeks.

I am still waiting to hear back from three brick-and-mortar publishers on my submissions. Two are home-based in the UK (with US subsidiaries) and the other one is in Pennsylvania. Along with that. I am rethinking the exclusivity arrangement with Amazon's KDP Select e-book publishing process. I may not renew once the terms expire for my three current books. They will all still be available in both paperback and electronic formats, just not as Kindle Unlimited titles. So... if you are currently reading any of the books through Kindle Unlimited or Kindle On-Line Lending Library, the expiration dates (all at midnight, Pacific Time) are:

     "Lineage: A Novel" -- May 1, 2020
     "Soldier, Citizen, Settler: Lineage Series, Book Two": Mar 19, 2020
     "Iniquity and Retribution: Lineage Series, Book Three":  Mar 7, 2020 (that's this SUNDAY...)

Watch this space for more information!

Happy Reading,
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Excerpt from Chapter Ten, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Ten, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"

"The couple spent the rest of the night, as quietly as they could, making up for lost time. They were still loud enough in their passionate lovemaking that the slaves, stifling their giggles, knew exactly what was going on. Staci had been without Virgil’s physical attentions for so long, and he had been unable to have any dalliance with Naomi since they left the old homestead; their passion for each other was intense. Joshua Haskins was conceived that night."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publising

Another Essay on the English Historical Fiction Authors blog

https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/

For the second time in a month, I was published as a Guest Author on the EHFA blog. This time, I compared British cornerstone documents to the Constitutions of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Monday, February 3, 2020

Excerpt from Chapter Nine, "Wayward Son"


"After Jacob’s untimely death, Staci became despondent. It took a little over a year for her to come out of her melancholia and longer than that before she wanted anything to do with Virgil physically. Once she did resume marital relations with her husband, she quickly became pregnant again, but suffered a miscarriage before she even realized she was with child. She suffered two more miscarriages in the same manner over the next year."

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Excerpt from Chapter Eight, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"

Here's a little something from Chapter Eight:


"Anastasia radiated beauty and poise in her off-white wedding gown. It was drawn in at the waist and a corset pushed up and amplified her bosom. It was not proper in those days for a woman to show cleavage, but it was normal for a woman to take great pains to accentuate her curves. The material was dotted with hand-stitched miniature rosettes of the same color as the dress, and her face was covered with a fine veil. Her bouquet consisted of summer flowers in blues, purples, and reds that contrasted wonderfully to the off-white material of her gown."

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

https://amazon.com/author/hurdm



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Free Book on Kindle

Beginning on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and continuing until Wednesday, February 5, "Soldier, Citizen, Settler: Lineage Series, Book Two" will be free for Kindle customers. If you haven't checked out any of my work beyond the Kindle samples before, now is your chance.  The availability is based on US PACIFIC TIME.

Direct Link:
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B07T9YBLZL&ref=nb_sb_noss


Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Monday, January 27, 2020

Wayward Son, Chapter Seven

Here's an excerpt from Chapter Seven, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"


"Once again, David was transported back in time. He was sitting in a glider on the front porch of the farmhouse that his father built before he got sick. His mother, Anastasia, softly telling him the story of the wedding and how the family grew even more once they reached Missouri."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing




Thursday, January 23, 2020

Book Four, Excerpt from Chapter Six

Here is another excerpt, this time from Chapter Six of "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"


"The couple worked together to pack a picnic lunch. Staci made sure that it included one of Virgil’s favorites: pickled eggs. Virgil knew that Staci liked smoked ham and sour pickles, so he carved several slices off the ham that was hanging in the cellar, wrapped in cheesecloth. He also fished two large pickles out of the crock. Then there were Staci’s farmhouse biscuits. Virgil thought they were like eating little clouds of goodness. Spread with some freshly-churned butter alongside a nice slice of ham and a sour pickle. Nothing finer."


Happy Reading!

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

https://amazon.com/author/hurdm


Book Four, Excerpt from Chapter Five

Here's an excerpt from Chapter Five of "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"


"Mourning and funerals were very formal parts of 19th Century life and there were certain protocols to follow, depending on gender and relationship to the deceased. Women especially were expected to dress and behave a certain way after the passing of a loved one; the protocols and mourning period were more rigid for the death of a husband. Men, on the other hand, were expected to return to daily life as provider for the family and often began new romantic relationships soon after their spouse had died."

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Book Four is Progressing Nicely

The work on Book Four has just passed the 100 page mark.  Here are some extracts:

Chapter Two:

"From the moment the funeral was over, Virgil Haskins was transformed. He was now a landowner, with all the responsibilities that entailed. He also owned several dozen slaves, but not nearly as many as the Pope’s Creek or Stratford Hall estates nearby. The Haskins farm did not need as many field hands, as the farm’s primary product was horses. Horses to work the fields. Horses for hunting and jumping. Horses to race against other horses. Most of the slaves were responsible for caring for the horses; the rest were house servants at the beck and call of the Haskins family."

Chapter Three:

"The Kimball party was less than halfway across the river as the outbound tidal current began to flow through the narrows with considerable force. At about the same time, a storm squall ran up the river from the southeast. The combination of the outgoing tide and the wind coming from the opposite direction made the river conditions immediately dangerous, especially for such an overloaded craft already listing to the upstream starboard side."

Chapter Four:

"He examined her further and discovered that her lymph nodes were also knotty and hot to the touch, indicating the cancer was spreading throughout her body. The doctor knew that Caroline was not long for this world and that the pain would soon become unbearable, beyond the dulling of the laudanum. All they could do at this point was make her comfortable. He did not inform Caroline what he had discovered; he had sensed for some time that she already knew her days remaining on the Earth were few."

Happy Reading!

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

https://amazon.com/author/hurdm

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Excerpt from Book Four, Chapter One

Here is a little tidbit from Chapter One, Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four:


"As Virgil grew through childhood and towards adulthood, his father taught him everything there was to know about running a horse farm. George put heavy emphasis on the importance of arithmetic and accounting, even letting Virgil handle the farm’s ledgers after he became a teenager."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Monday, January 13, 2020

Posting on English Historical Fiction Authors blog

As mentioned in my last post:

https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2020/01/escape.html

"Iniquity and Retribution: Lineage Series, Book Three" also listed as the 13 January 2020 Book of the Day on the EHFA blog.

Thanks to Annie Whitehead and her team for their help in making this happen!

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


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Book Four

Title: Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four

From the Prologue:


"Closing his eyes, David was instantly transported to the nether reaches of his memories. His mother telling of the hardships of the trip west from Virginia, overland to the Ohio River and downstream to its confluence with the mighty Mississippi River. The slave that fell overboard and drowned. The wagon that lost a wheel and dumped some of the family’s possessions into the mud. He could hear his mother telling these tales as if it were yesterday."

Book Four tells the story of how the family of Millicent Blanchard Smith (one of the central characters in Book Three) ended up in Missouri from Virginia in the 1830's.  The anticipated publication date is April, 2020. 

Happy Reading!

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

WATCH THIS SPACE!

The English Historical Fiction Authors (EHFA) group was looking for guest authors to write about something discovered during research. My first two books had a heavy emphasis on English history on both sides of the Atlantic up through the War of 1812, so I submitted a proposal to the group -- which was accepted for publication on their blog! I hope that it will be "live" on Monday, January 13. When it is finally available, I will be sure to post the link to the EHFA blog on my own pages.

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing