Sunday, July 28, 2013

JOHN BARTLETT'S GAME PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER!

Worked on some advertisements for Bobby Nash's Deadly Games! novel this weekend. We liked how the Quoting Evil ads for Evil Ways worked out so used that as the basis for these ads. As with the Evil Ways ads, we left an empty space for these to work as Facebook cover photos at Bobby Nash's personal page and his author page.

What do you think?

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ABOUT DEADLY GAMES!--
A novel by Bobby Nash

A madman's death triggers the most deadly game of all!
They played the most dangerous game of all and death was only the beginning...

Six years ago, Police Detective John Bartlett and journalist Benjamin West were instrumental in the capture of notorious master criminal Darrin Morehouse. Their story played out in the media, rocketing both Bartlett and West into local celebrity status.

Today, Morehouse, still a master game player and manipulator, commits suicide while in prison. His death initiates one final game of survival for the people Morehouse felt wronged him the most. At that top of the list are Bartlett and West, who must set aside their differences to save the lives of Morehouse's other victims and solve one last game before a dead man’s hired killers catch them and his other enemies.

Deadly Games! is a fast-paced action/thriller featuring action, suspense, murder, and the occasional gunfire from Author Bobby Nash, the writer of Evil Ways, Domino Lady, Lance Star: Sky Ranger, and more.

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DEADLY GAMES! can also be purchased in print and digital editions at the following:
BEN Books Direct E-store (paperback)
Amazon (paperback)
Barnes and Noble (paperback)
Powell's Books (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle) ebook
Smashwords (multiple ebook formats)
Barnes and Noble (Nook) ebook
Barnes and Noble UK (Nook) ebook
Barnes and Noble UK (Nook) ebook
KOBO ebook
Drive Thru Fiction ebook
SONY Reader ebook


John Bartlett and Benjamin West will return in Deadly Deals! Coming 2013.

Get your free Deadly Games! ebook AuthorGraph at www.authorgraph.com/authors/bobbynash

Reader Andrea Judy reviewed Deadly Games! at her Judy Black Cloud blog. You can read the full review here.

Learn more about the making of the Deadly Games! cover. Bobby Nash wrote a guest post for at author Rachel Hunter’s Life Defined blog. You can read the full post here.

Deadly Games! received a good review on GoodReads. Read it here.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

GET BEN BOOKS TITLES DISCOUNTED!


Amazon is currently running a sale and BEN Books titles are currently discounted, including the new releases. If you've been waiting for the prices to drop to check out some of my work, now's your chance.

Please swing by my Amazon Author Page here for more details.

Thanks.

The BEN Books Team

QUOTING EVIL...




Played around with some advertising ideas for Evil Ways with quotes from the novel. Here are the first ones I came up with. These were made to be Facebook cover photos so the blank area is where the profile photo overlaps. You can check them out here and here. They're also on display at www.bobbynash.com as well.

What do you think?

Bobby

Saturday, July 20, 2013

PENSACOLA PARA CON PANEL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED


BEN Books Author, Bobby Nash will be the Author Guest of Honor at the Pensacola Para Con on August 17 - 18 in Pensacola, Florida. The convention has released its panel schedule, which you can see here.

According to the schedule, Bobby is only on one panel that weekend. On Saturday, August 17th at 1:30 p.m. he will be part of the Writing 101 for Aspiring Novelists panel.

Bobby suspects that schedule can change once he gets there. Otherwise, he will be at my table that weekend and hopes to see you there.

You can learn more about Pensacola Para Con here.

Bobby


A NEW FRONTIER REVIEW

We received a new review for Bobby Nash's Frontier that we just had to share.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Christian.
Much appreciated.

Bobby and the BEN Books Crew

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From Christian Grasso via GEEKOPOLIS.

Dear GEEKOPOLITES:

Looking to beat the heat w/ cool summer read? Check out "Frontier" by writer extraordinaire, Bobby Nash. "Frontier" is comprised of several published & unpublished short stories by Bobby.

How would I describe "Frontier?" 2 cups pulp/adventure sci-fi + 1 cup Twilight Zone = Geek heaven.

More? Aside from being award winning writer, Bobby's a super-nice fellow w/ penchant for writing crime, horror, mystery, pulp, sci-fi stories & more.

Please check out Bobby's line of published works at www.bobbynash.com

Next book on deck for moi? "Cryptozoica" by Mark Ellis w/ art by Jeff Slemons.

TTFN,
Chris :0)

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About FRONTIER:
A sci fi collection by Bobby Nash

Frontier collects 9 sci fi short stories from Bobby Nash, author of Earthstrike Agenda, Evil Ways, and Deadly Games! Some of the rare tales presented in Frontier are reprints and others are in print there for the first time. The stories that make up Frontier happen on Earth, on alien planets, and in the deepest recesses of space. There’s action, adventure, horror, and even a little romance.

Stories included in Frontier:

SAMARITAN
In deepest space, a research vessel rescues a survivor who asks to be returned home. The catch: her planet lies at the center of a black hole.

DREAMWEAVER
Nathanial “Doc” Dresden wakes up in space, free floating above the moon. But he is not alone.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE MONSTERS GONE?
Nathanial “Doc” Dresden and his team investigate bizarre happenings.

MIDWAY
A meteor storm damages Midway station, a museum storage facility and frees an ancient creature from its icy tomb.

JUST ANOTHER SATURDAY ON OUTPOST 9
When war breaks out between neighboring worlds, the Outpost 9 space station is caught in the crossfire. Dr. Erin Moonshadow tries to save lives as chaos reigns around her.

THE DROP
War. Ground troops are dispatched. Dropped from their starship, the troop transport is attacked and one of the soldiers is lost. Then things get strange.

NIGHTMARE IN AMBER
Are a young man’s dreams of an interstellar war a product of his imagination or a prophecy of things to come?

THE GARDEN
A survey crew discovers a veritable Garden of Eden. Is this paradise or is there a serpent in hiding, waiting to strike?

A JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
A one-page story that was doubled as an advertisement for a convention where Bobby was a guest. A fun experiment.

Illustrations in Frontier are by Bobby Nash and Jeff Austin.


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FRONTIER can also be purchased in paperback and ebook at the following:
BEN Books Direct (paperback)
Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle)



Get your free Frontier ebook AuthorGraph from Bobby Nash at www.authorgraph.com/authors/bobbynash

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA - AN EXCERPT…

While you’re letting your food digest from today’s Fourth of July cookout or while you’re waiting for fireworks to start, here’s an excerpt from the Earthstrike Agenda novel by Bobby Nash. Enjoy.

Happy Fourth of July.

EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA
CHAPTER 2

Transport Vessel Windsong

Braun Hatmeyer was restless.

Since his earliest recollection he’d had only one goal in life. He wanted to travel the space ways. Every story he read romanticized living and working in the outer reaches, the wonders of the cosmos had been conveyed with such reverence and awe.

Young Braun ate it up and set upon a course that would eventually take him to the stars.

Growing up on the Seltus Minor Colony only further fueled his ambition to go anywhere but here. Seltus was not a bad place to grow up, even he would admit. He had a loving family there who still worked the farm to this day. His two brothers and one of his sisters were still within walking distance of his parent’s home. Braun doubted they would ever leave.

His sister, Arani, and he were the rebellious ones of the bunch. They were the only Hatmeyers to actually leave the colony in generations. To this day, despite the years that have passed, his mother still expected her errant children to “grow out of this ridiculous phase and come home where they belong.” Braun suspected his mother was in for a hard lesson one day.

Although their father never said anything to the fact, Braun knew that it hurt him that two of his children had chosen to leave the nest. He was simply far less vocal on the matter than Braun’s mother. As such, Braun tried to keep in touch as often as possible. Communications across the gulf of space was expensive, especially for a real time feed so he mostly wrote them letters from whatever port the ship happened to stop at long enough to allow shore leave.

Arani, on the other hand, stayed closer to home. She moved to Mars where she attended University. While there she met a man, fell in love, and stayed. The last time he spoke with her, she was pregnant with her second child, a girl this time.

She told him of her plans to visit the family on Seltus in a month and she had convinced Braun to join them. Unable to deny his sister anything, especially when she laid on the guilt, he agreed. His captain had approved the time off request and even offered to drop him off since the ship would be in the Seltus sector on business around the same time. This officially eliminated any chance he had of backing out of it at the last minute.

Braun looked forward to visiting the old homestead, but a part of him also dreaded it. He had spent so long trying to get away from it that the prospect of setting one foot on the farm scared the hell out of him.

But he did miss seeing his family.

And it would still be a month before his visit.

Braun was off duty. Sitting alone in his cramped cabin, he lay in his hammock and stared out the porthole that was his window to the cosmos. When he had left Seltus, he signed on with the first ship that would take him. It had been a small freighter that was looking for strapping young men to work in the holds. It was grunt work, but he took it gladly. Surprisingly, grunt work on a freighter was very much like grunt work on a farming colony.

Basically, he worked for room and board with the occasional bonus, but really didn’t mind. He was finally in space, ready for the adventure he had so long dreamed of.

Ten years later he was still waiting.

He never once regretted his decision to leave Seltus, but space was not the sprawling adventure he had read about as a kid. In his case, truth was more mundane than fiction. Living in outer space was a lot of hard work. Oh, he still loved it, but he was a bit restless because even this great experience had become mundane. Nothing exciting ever happened to them. At least not exciting enough for Braun.

His biggest regret was that no one - most importantly, not he himself - had discovered an alien race.

None.

That fact was the hardest to swallow. The galaxy was vast, filled with planets of various sizes, shapes, and atmospheres. Surely, somewhere out there had to be… something.

Were humans the only intelligent life in the galaxy?

Braun Hatmeyer hoped not.

Too worked up to sleep, he rolled out of the hammock, his bare feet stinging on impact with the cold steel floor. He reached over and grabbed his shoes and pulled them on quickly. His cabin was compact enough that he grabbed them without leaving the hammock that was both his bed and easy chair. A small digital converter and screen sat atop the clothes dresser built into the wall of the cabin. A stack of movies sat on the shelf above the screen. He had acquired some entertaining movies over the past year thanks to the bonus the captain paid out after they made the Palfry run under budget. The movies were great, but he had already watched all of them at least twice and was not really in the mood for another viewing.

Maybe a run will help, he thought as he opened the door and stepped into the cramped corridor, which was barely wide enough for two people to pass one another.

His ship, The Windsong, was a transport vessel. Captain Reyes was the owner and operator. They moved any kind of cargo not considered illegal under the UPA legislature’s transport code. One of the things that Braun respected about his current employer was his integrity. With the black market flourishing and smuggling becoming a growth industry, Captain Reyes had chosen to keep his hands - and ship - clean.
Braun respected the man for that.

The Windsong was on approach to home port after an exhausting three-week round trip from the Pellor Three Colony. The colonists had chosen a harsh, barren world to cultivate. The terrain was rugged so farming was difficult. The colonists were certain they could fashion a living for themselves there and had thus far been successful.

Mining had become the primary resource on Pellor since the discovery of Trillium Ore in the mountains north of the initial settlement. The colonists were giving it a go, but since they were not miners by trade, they wisely went into business with those who were.

The Axapta Mining Company had partnered with the settlement to work the mine and share the profits.
While Axapta Mining did not have the best reputation in the business, they did manage to get the job done.

The Windsong had been chartered to deliver the usual essentials to Pellor Three to handle the increased manpower on site. Food rations, toiletries, assorted entertainment programming, and medical supplies were the primary resources needed for the increased population of the colony.

After the three week round trip, the Windsong would put into port, take on a small job or two, then one week later head back out to Pellor Three. Apparently, Braun was not the only one impressed by his captain’s performance record.

Braun was looking forward to docking at McGintlee Station, the ship’s home port. Captain Reyes had an office on the station that served as home base for his shipping business. He also held the lease on warehouse space and a secure docking port. If business kept picking up, Braun might even start saving up some money of his own.

Reyes had already mentioned purchasing another transport ship to help handle the increased workload. That gave the crew incentive and offered relief that they had job security, a precious commodity considering the current unemployment rate in the quadrant.

While his competitors dabbled in smuggling, the Windsong was able to pick up those clients with government contracts because of the captain’s good name. Smugglers tend to shy away from government controlled worlds, for obvious reasons.

“Make a hole!” Braun shouted as he jogged through the corridor. A group of dockhands were milling about at the junction between sections. When not on duty there was not much to do aboard ship expect sleep, read, jog, or hang out. Sometimes a nice impromptu poker game would spring up, which usually drew a crowd.

Sex was a limited option as there were only a handful of women aboard. At a ratio of four to one they generally paired up quickly. As far down the totem pole as he was in the ship’s hierarchy, Braun no longer tried. Once they hit the station though, all bets were off. He had been seeing a dancer off and on for a few months. Nothing serious, but they enjoyed one another’s company. After a long voyage, that was more than enough for him.

After three weeks cooped up aboard the Windsong, Braun was looking forward to a little quality time with her.

The grunts moved aside as Braun jogged past. He spoke to each of them briefly, calling them by name and making an off-handed comment that brought laughs from the dockhands.  Braun himself had once been in their position so he made it a point to speak to them. On some ships there was an us vs. them mentality aboard transport ships that divided the crew. He was happy to see that was not the case here.

Yet another reason he liked serving aboard the Windsong.

On his second lap through the corridor, Braun spotted First Mate Eng, Captain Reyes right hand. Alexandra Eng was not the kind of woman you would expect to find on a transport vessel. The majority of the men on the crew drooled over her, and rightly so. Eng was tall, with legs that went on seemingly forever. She kept her auburn hair in a ponytail, usually sticking though the back of a faded baseball cap.

Eng too, was a jogger. Braun picked up the pace to catch up with her. They had jogged together a few times and he always enjoyed her company. They had some good talks while jogging.

“Evening, Commander,” he said as they rounded the corner that lead into the storage areas. Here the corridor was wider so they could run side by side instead of single file. Not that Braun had a problem following her. He loved the view. Since the Windsong was a civilian vessel there were no military officers aboard, although some of the crew were former military. Braun had called her Commander by accident early in his time aboard ship and she had thought it was funny. It had become a running personal joke between them since.

“How we doing, Braun,” she replied, not one bit out of breath.

“No complaints, Alex. Just ready to get home for a couple days.”

“Your girl waiting on you?”

“God, I hope so. With her schedule, it’s hard to plan ahead.”

They slowed at the end of the aisle while a load lifter moved a pallet from one hold to another. They had picked up a few items for delivery to the station while out on the fringe, which had made this a doubly productive haul. It also meant a small bonus for the crew, which was also a nice change of pace.

“I know what you mean. Malcolm was transferred to some godforsaken backwater world last week. I just got the letter now that we’re within the buoy net.”

“Sorry to hear that. You two seemed rather happy together.”

Her stride increased and Braun picked up his as well to keep up. “Yeah, but it was nothing exclusive. In our line of work it’s hard to maintain anything even close to resembling a long-term relationship. You know how our schedules are and his were even worse.”

“The Alliance is good about moving people around,” Braun said. He knew that Malcolm Setlik was an Alliance officer and as such never stayed in one place very long. He had met him once at a birthday party the crew had thrown for Alex’s last birthday. He thought they made a nice couple, despite how utterly different they were.

“I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye,” she said. “That’s the worst part. Naturally, I’ll call him, but it’ll be a good day or so before we’re back on McGintlee.”

“I didn’t realize we were that close.”

“Thanks for trying not to sound too happy about it, Braun,” she said, looking at him and smiling. At the end of the cargo bay, she stopped and rested her hands on her knees. She was not breathing hard, but Braun was and he appreciated the chance to catch his breath.

“Sorry, Commander,” he smiled.

She returned the smile.

“What say I buy you a drink and we can talk some more,” he said, surprising himself with the invitation almost as much as it had obviously surprised her. “I’m sure O’Toole’s got some good rot-gut under the bar.”
Her smile remained in place. “Better yet, I’ve got a bottle of the really good stuff back in my cabin. I picked it up on Pellor on a trade. I was hoping to save it for after we get home, but since there’s not much there to celebrate, I figure now’s as good a time as any to break it open.”

Braun shifted nervously. He’d certainly stuck his foot in it this time.

“And I’d rather not drink it alone,” she added. “What do you say?”

Not sure exactly how to respond, he was surprised to hear himself say, “Lead the way, Commander.”

No longer jogging, they ran to the first mate’s cabin.

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EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA
A novel by Bobby Nash

2013 PULP ARK AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST NOVEL!

HUMANITY HAS GONE TO THE STARS.

Earth, once barren and decimated by war and the depletion of natural resources has been reborn. 

Today, Scavengers prey on small mining towns and colonies. The United Planetary Alliance Marshal's Service seems unable to stop these raids. They are outmanned and outgunned, but is the only law on many colonies.

Newly promoted Captain, Virgina Harmon takes command of her first starship, the Pegasus, the latest ship built to solve the Scavenger problem. Plagued by nervousness over her first command Captain Harmon is rocked by the news of her mentor’s murder.  Just days before he was to report to her aboard the Pegasus as chief of engineering.

In Earth orbit, a science station becomes a target.  An enemy has a plan to use the Space Lab facility as a means to claiming Earth.

In deep space, the United Planetary Alliance city-ship Ulysis welcomes aboard a high-ranking officer with a special mission for the crew.  Those plotting against the Alliance are preparing to make their move and their first target is the Ulysis.

Meanwhile, in the deepest regions of space an enemy has returned.  An enemy seeking vengeance.

EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA
Whoever controls Earth ...Wins.

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EARTHSTRIKE AGENDA can also be purchased in print and digital editions at the following:
BEN Books Direct E-store (paperback)
Amazon (paperback)
Barnes and Noble (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle) ebook
Smashwords (multiple ebook formats)
Barnes and Noble (Nook) ebook
Barnes and Noble UK (Nook) ebook
Barnes and Noble UK (Nook) ebook
Drive Thru Fiction ebook
KOBO ebook 
SONY Reader ebook 



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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

MEET BEN BOOKS AUTHOR BOBBY NASH THIS WEEKEND

Meet BEN Books author Bobby Nash at the Atlanta Comic Convention on Sunday, July 7th at the Marriott Hotel-Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd, Atlanta Ga 30230. 11am to 5:00 PM. 5.00 admission.

In addition to Bobby the guest list includes THE WALKING DEAD'S Daniel Thomas May. He played the father "ALLEN" who was part of Tyreese's group along with his son. Other guests include Mark Wright, Jason Flowers, James Burns, J.R. Mounts, Chris Collins, Lysa Shin, and more.

There will be A LOT of new dealers at the show. Vacation, injuries, kids have turned over the dealer's room. For discount coupons, directions, updates etc. Check out the website!!!!
www.atlantacomicconvention.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

NEEDLESS THINGS LIVE! JULY 13TH! ODIN’S COSMIC BOOKSHELF!


The Phantom Troublemaker
BEN Books author, Bobby Nash will be a guest on the upcoming Needless Things Live podcast on July 13th. The podcast is looking for people to come out and enjoy the festivities and take part in the excitement. Details below. Bobby hopes to see you there.

NEEDLESS THINGS LIVE!

Phantom Troublemaker and Mr. Beau Brown will be hosting the first-ever LIVE Needless Things podcast, in the all-new Media Room at Odin's Cosmic Bookshelf. Our guests will be Jay Hornsby - The Belligerent Monkey - and Award-Winning Bobby Nash!

Bobby on Needless Things ep. 5
The Belligerent Monkey will be holding a mini art show displaying and selling his prints, paintings, and more.
Bobby Nash will be signing his books and comics.
There will also be a huge Nerd Sale in the spacious Odin's parking lot!
Message El Phantasmas with any inquiries.
The podcast will start recording at 4 PM sharp(ish).
The sales, signings, and art show will begin at 2 PM.
Odin's opens at 11 AM.

Learn more and RSVP (if you're so inclined) here.

Bobby also made an appearance on the Needless Things Podcast Episode 5: HeroesCon 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

BUY AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY DIRECT FROM BEN BOOKS

Testing out the buy autographed copies direct from me option here. We started with the BEN Books novels and Frontier, which you can find in their respective tabs above. We're also trying out the option at www.bobbynash.com.

Fingers crossed.

If anyone out there tries it, We would appreciate feedback.

BEN

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