“I Just Fell Down from the Moon!” Cyrano de Bergerac

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“You mean if you like my story, you can let me go free?” Dawkins asked.

“Hardly that. But we can offer you hope that they cannot.”

“Hope of what? A harp and a cloud?” I could hear Dawkin’s spit hit the floor. “Let Ollie be the angel. I don’t plan on dying. There’s still them as promises immortality and I mean to find my way back to them. And when I do that, they won’t want to hear I made nice to you and yours as is out to harry them off the face of the earth. But it’s a good thing they’ve a place to go if that happens.”

“You’re talking in riddles,” Fun See said. “What do you mean, a place to go if they are harried off the earth? Have they airships and a city in the sky?”

Fun’s tone was light-hearted, but Dawkins responded in a way fit to chill anyone’s blood.

“Better than that,” he bragged. “Look up in the sky tonight. It’s a full moon. Maybe you’ll see the flag of the new empire on the surface if it’s clear enough.”

“You are mad,” Fun See scoffed. “Have they an outpost on the moon, then? Did you visit there from the underground city in Algeria?”

“Yeah, I did, since you ask so nicely,” Jack sneered. “You’ll never find out how, so it’s safe to tell you what you’re up against. Maybe you won’t be so smug or so ready to follow. We’ve all been to the moon, and that’s where they’ll take the captives for conditioning, soon enough. You think you’ll just find all the hidey-holes and flush out the operation, do you? Well, try following us to the bosom of Cynthia, why don’t you? I won’t say anything more. Put the muzzle back on the dog. He’s done with doing tricks until he can see there’s a treat for his trouble.”

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Celebrate Spring — A Facebook event with new books and a virtual picnic!


(click this picture to attend the event!)

Come join us on facebook! We are Christian Indie Authors and we have new books to share with you. Everyone’s bringing virtual picnic items like watermelon, lemonade, and lots of other lovely kinds of fruit. I’m bringing deviled eggs. one of my picnic favorites, plus you can take a peek at the Prometheus Device, a fun Steampunk way to roast hot dogs or shish-kebab.

Best of all, you’ll find a different author sharing books and special offers as the day rolls on. You don’t want to miss this! click the picture at the top of the page for the link to the event.

I’ll be up at 7 pm Eastern time, sharing about my Archaeological Mystery serials, The Great Thirst.

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Click the image below to link to the series, and remember that book three will be out soon!


Ever imagine the Bible etched on gold plates like these?

Hope you’ll join in! The ants will all be there!


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Coming Soon — Disestablish —

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Within the next couple of days, we will publish a new book. This is a book that will kind of put our major nonfiction works in a nutshell up to this point. It’s only 50 pages long.  Here’s the table of contents:

Table of Contents
(Each point is a module title. This is the order of the individual modules.)
I. What Is an Establishment of Religion?
II. What Is Secular Humanism?
III. What Is Science?
IV. What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism?
V. The Scientific History of Origins (COA I)
VI. The Origin of Evil in the World that Was (COA II)
VII. They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age (COA III)
VIII. Ice Age Civilizations (COA IV)

Here’s a statement from the introduction:

This book serves as a brief summary or abstract for the previous books in the Antidisestablishmentarianism and Conflict of the Ages series, the overall purpose of which is to disestablish Secular Humanism as an Establishment of Religion. Citations are in the original works.

So get ready to give it a read. We’d love to hear your thoughts. What does it mean to disestablish something? Who do you think the enemy is? Where is this foothold? Don’t forget that we have a mailing list, and that we welcome your comments.

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Fifty Shades of Faithful 2: In Living Color — New Release!

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Praise for Fifty Shades of Faithful from Amazon reviewers
The author sincerely thanks all these wonderful reviewers and hopes that other readers will take the time to post an honest review!
“Hang on to your Bibles and your sense of humor, but check your inhibitions at the door.”
“Interesting novel. Unusual for Christian fiction.”
“I’m 100% cheering for Christian married lit, even if I might have blushed a little.”
“I liked the way the characters were not one dimensional but complicated, especially the men in the stories.”
“I was very soon in love with the this unconventional couple and will be waiting for more of their adventures.”
“Great Christian response to 50 Shades of Grey. I would recommend this book 100%.”
“As a marriage counselor in training, books like these make me want to do back flips!”

Stories in Book 2

Each color stands for an emotion that can make or break relationships. Sam and Vivian Tucker take their unconventional marriage counseling on the road, visiting relatives and friends.  They deal with foster care, widowhood, sexual power plays, family secrets, rape, jealousy, and “sacred singlehood.”

story titles by color:

Red (anger): Sheep Gone Astray
Yellow (fear): Kittens in My Kiln
Blue (sadness): As the Peacocks Scream
Orange (bitterness): Bittersweet Blend
Green (jealousy): Controlling Interests
Purple (pride): The Lost Boys

Sam and Vivian Tucker face an angry vet searching for sheep rustlers while hiding a thirty-year-old family secret; a terrified rape victim searching for a one-of a kind cat; screaming peacocks tormenting a grieving widow, a bitter bookstore owner trying to understand why an author won’t come to her store; two young entrepreneurs trying to catch a con man; and a jeweler stunned to discover her heirloom brooch may have a dangerous past.

Amazon world link: http://authl.it/2×6?d

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532285

And don’t forget, the first book in the series is only 99 cents!

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Amazon world link: http://authl.it/1s5?d

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/457940


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Meeting the Author — from The Most Dangerous Game by Sophronia Belle Lyon

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“I am Edward S. O’Reilly, but you can call me Tex.”
“Well, Tex,” I [Sluefoot Sue] said, “just what is it you think qualifies you to write about Pecos Bill?”
“Why, I know everything about him.”
“Is that so?” [Pecos] Bill asked.
“Huh,” said Bill. “I thought I heard you mention women?”
“You have touched upon the biggest selling point of my books,” O’Reilly cried. “I will whet your appetite with the story of Sluefoot Sue, the woman Bill loved best of all. You will think me the greatest liar on the planet. Bill saw Sluefoot Sue riding down the Rio Grande on a giant catfish. Their eyes met, and it was love at first sight.”
“Well, at least he’s got that right,” I murmured.
“Sluefoot Sue demanded as a wedding present a chance to ride Bill’s stallion Widowmaker. Right after saying ‘I do’, that plucky cowgirl mounted the great black stallion Indian fashion. She bounced up into the sky. Bill tried to lasso her with Shake the Snake, his longest and best-trained reptile, but she continued to bounce until she landed on the moon.”
“Huh,” Bill said. “Say it ain’t so.”
“Why sir, I say it is so!” exclaimed O’Reilly. “You cannot pass up this chance to own a piece of history.”
“How many books do you have there, my good man?”
“I have forty-three left. Will you take more than one, then?”
“I will take them all,” Bill replied. He dug a twenty-dollar gold piece out of his pocket. The fellow began to fumble for change. I held his book box for him.
“Ready, darlin’?” Bill asked.
“I am, honey-bunch.” Bill let out a whistle. I tossed the box into the air. Widowmaker’s heels connected with the box and it burst open in midair.
Bill and I both unlimbered our weapons. Book after book exploded and nary a one touched the ground.
Bill tipped O’Reilly’s dangling jaw shut. “Keep the change, son, to compensate you for the loss of your box.”
“Who — how — why — ?”
“I am Pecos Bill, and this lovely lady is my wife, Sluefoot Sue. Let me suggest that you quit making up nonsense about respectable people.”
“B-but — ”
Bill lassoed O’Reilly with Shake, his bronze mechanical snake-lasso. “There are no buts.”
O’Reilly nodded like a woodpecker on a grub-filled log. I gave out with a whistle. Out of the river rose the Catfish, our steam-powered sub. Its mouth clanked open. O’Reilly fell on his backside into the Texas dust, his jaw pretty much unhinged this time.


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Decision time Is Here! — Post by Mary C. Findley

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We at the Christian Indie Author Network want to help you make a very important decision. We want you to decide to join us at our first ever Indie Author Conference. It will be held July 30-August 2, 2015, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 111 East Second Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52801.

We have come up with three reasons why you may still be undecided and we’d like to deal with them one by one to relieve your mind of some of the decision-making responsibility.


I still have questions
Please ask. If we don’t have an answer right now, we’ll get one. Our conference pages do have lots of answers already, though. We hope you’ll stop by the site and take a look around. We’re only an email away if you don’t find what you’re looking for. Check out our sessions or our full conference schedule. Look at the facilities, accommodations, and vendor possibilities. Don’t just keep saying “I don’t know,” or “I’m not sure.”


I don’t think I’ll have the money
Many CIAN members are struggling with finances right now, as are many Christian indie authors. We are believing God for finances, praying for each other, and seeking all the financial help we can get, to find vendors and supporters. We look at this as a need. God’s writer people have to help each other learn, grow, and have an impact in publishing. We declare 2015 to be the Year of the Indie. Come meet us, pray with us, and become inspired and informed.


Not sure what our plans for the summer will be
Make sure. Set aside this date and this place and come join us. If you are concerned about Davenport, Iowa being a boring or pointless place to spend precious down time, family time, or vacation time, please keep in mind that the Quad Cities area is a major cultural center not that far from Chicago and other cities. The host hotel has a major jazz festival at the same time as our conference and the hotel is already fully booked beyond our specially discounted and reserved block of rooms. Check around for yourself and see that we’re not asking you to drop into the middle of a cornfield.

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This post applies to vendors as well. We need swag and swag bags. We need cover designers, on-demand publishers, small presses, editors, writer software providers, marketing experts – Indie authors make their own choices about what services and products they buy. Help them choose you by being there where they can see you.


We haven’t forgotten readers, either. You are welcome, and more than welcome. We need you! Come and see our costumed story characters. Meet authors you know and authors you’ll be glad you discovered. Find nonfiction, children’s and young reader selections, romance, historicals, YA, scifi, fantasy – yes indeed, we write it all! Learn about the diversity that is the Christian Indie Author Network!

CIAN Website/Conference section

Facebook group

YouTube Video (made by Debby De Quilettes-Alten of Alten Ink)

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Snippet from Kittens in My Kiln, a short story in Fifty Shades of Faithful 2 — In Living Color


“And the cat is important because…?” Sam wanted to roll his eyes. Again with this cat thing.
“Well, it’s not just any cat. Seems it was a special breeding experiment, very pricey new variety called a ‘Glitter Himalayan’. Her cat was pregnant, ready to drop the load anytime, and its kittens are gonna be worth like fifty thousand a pop. She cares more about the warm fuzzy aspects, but she did say it was big bucks.”
“Fifty thousand! Grace, Viv and the homeowner here found five kittens in his kiln but no cat.”
“His kiln?”
“Yeah, he makes fancy gold pottery. That’s why Viv was here; to do a photo shoot.”
“Seriously? How did the cat get in his kiln? Sam, do we like this guy for the B&E and rape? You think he stole the cat but lost track of her?”
“He sure doesn’t seem like the type,” Sam shrugged. “But the kittens are here, and if they’re worth a quarter mil maybe we need to get somebody to make sure they don’t kick off before we find mama cat.”
“Nobody’s questioned him yet?” Grace scowled at Sam. “You saw him getting snoogy-woogy with a bunch of kitty-cats and you eliminated him as a suspect on that basis? I thought you hated cats.”
“I do hate cats. I consider anybody who gets snoogy-woogy about cats is soft in the head, but unlikely to be a rapist, if you follow my reasoning. Besides, I’m just guarding the perimeter. You CSIs are supposed to be handling the important stuff.”
“Get him out here right now.” Grace’s eyes went hard.

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