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If you landed here, you’re probably an avid reader. You and I are lucky: we live in an era where almost any reading taste can be satisfied. It’s instant gratification on the written page. Moreover, it’s inexpensive entertainment, especially if we read ebooks.
And I’m here to entertain you! Do you like thrillers and suspense? Mysteries? Detectives and agents fighting crime, counter terrorism, and conspiracies? How about science fiction? Androids, aliens, clones, mutants, and artificial intelligence? Fast-paced action and strange plot twists? My fiction offers a special treat for readers because it often cuts across all these genres.
I don’t write for other authors. I don’t write for PR and marketing gurus. I don’t write for agents and publishers. I write for readers. It’s that simple!
Take a tour of this website and make yourself comfortable with my storytelling. Take stock of the other information that is available. In particular, go to the “Books and Short Stories” webpage to find a guide to my fiction and a list of my offerings. Go to “Join the Conversation” for more active participation.
I work hard to make my novels and short stories entertaining, eerie, relevant, and often irreverent, with plots and characters that extrapolate today’s events into the exciting and sometimes controversial worlds of my imagination. Come imagine the near and far future with me! However, as they warn you on some highway construction signs: travel at your own risk! I may take you to mindscapes where you are uncomfortable, but I will always try to entertain you.
Yours in reading,
My Bulletin Board (newsy items about my books will appear here):
Muddlin’ Through has just been released. See below!
Coming soon! World Enough and Crime, an anthology containing my short story, “The Case of the Carriageless Horse,” Castilblanco’s first case as an NYPD homicide detective. Edited by Donna and Alex Carrick, this collection will contain many other crime-related stories that will entertain you. (Release date: October 26, 2014.)
FREE EBOOK OFFERS!
I’ll occasionally make them and they’ll look like this: “The first twenty (20) people who…” (perform some action) “…will receive…” (some kind of ebook as an Amazon gift from me) “…and all who respond will become a member of…” (some series fan club). That number twenty (20) means there’s some urgency about the offer (number 21 won’t cut it)–most of these offers will also have time limits. You’ll find one such offer in my recent blog post about casting Castilblanco and another at the end of the new Chen and Castilblanco ebook, The Collector…coming soon!
A free ebook might seem passe because so many authors have free promos on Amazon. I don’t do them because I value my work, so these offers are special. From time to time, there are temporary price reductions too–an ebook sale, if you will. Series fandom has benefits too: you’ll know about a new series release before anyone else!
Another way to receive a freebie is in return for an honest review on Amazon. Note: asking for the ebook and not doing the review is bad karma. People do this all the time. Presumably, the person reads the book…but who knows? Sometimes I think people just collect free ebooks, read a portion, and stop. There are lending programs for that (see my webpage “Books and Short Stories”).
FREEBIE SHORT STORIES!
If you missed my series of short stories, “What Happened to Those Characters?”, check them out in the “Steve’s Shorts” archives in my blog. I take characters from my books and put them in a story that describes an adventure they had after the book’s events. Lots of good, free entertainment here!
NEW RELEASES FOR 2014!
Muddlin’ Through features ex-USN Master-at-Arms Mary Jo Melendez as she is framed and subsequently tries to prove her innocence. She’s a conflicted protagonist along the lines of Friday in Heinlein’s book and the principals in the movie La Femme Nikita and the TV series Alias, only more interesting. This new ebook features a new protagonist starting a new series.
More Chen and Castilblanco? Yes! Also look for the next ebook in the “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series” titled The Collector (an excerpt appears in Aristocrats and Assassins–see below).
Soldiers of God received a face lift! I’ve just released a new ebook second edition. “Face lift” means more than just a new, spiffy cover. This is a complete rewrite of a book that has only appeared before in trade paperback. It’s my special brand of dystopian sci-fi and serves as the bridge between “The Clones and Mutants Trilogy” and “The Chaos Chronicles Trilogy.” A female FBI agent solves a vicious murder, fights fanatic religious terrorists with the help of a priest she has the hots for, and also takes down an unscrupulous and vicious bizperson willing to take two countries to war to ensure his oil rights. This is an entertaining, mind-bending, thrill ride to add to your must-read list. Now available!
“This was perhaps my favorite of Steven M. Moore’s books to date–it tells a complicated tale of intrigue and political manipulation set against a society where religious extremism has become commonplace, and not just for Islam but also for Catholics and Christianity in general.
This book starts off with the assassination of a sitting president, and then moves on to a series of crimes that can be linked to extremist Catholics. And a shadowy figure moves behind the scenes, not only in the US, but in South America as tensions rise between oil powers Colombia and Venezuela. It is nonstop action with great characters on both the hero and the villain side of things. Set in the late 21st century, it combines some solid scientific extrapolation with all the elements of a good thriller.”
–S. D. Beallis, in his Amazon review
Aristocrats and Assassins continues the “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series.” The two NYPD homicide detectives–Chen on assignment to China and Castilblanco on vacation in Europe–have to meet and team up to stop a terrorist who is kidnapping members of European royal families. The reason why isn’t obvious until the very end. You’ll want to read this travelogue of a thriller. Now available!
“I hit a spot in this book where I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what the terrorists wanted; I wanted to know how the good guys were going to save the day. Well written and well plotted, I enjoyed it completely. Looking forward to the next adventures of Chen and Castilblanco.”
–S. D. Beallis, in his Amazon review
“Twists and turns abound in this first-class thriller that ratchets up the tension from the get go. Add this one to your list of “must reads” for 2014.”
–M. Nettleton, in his Amazon review
NEW RELEASES FOR 2013…
No Amber Waves of Grain ends the “Clones and Mutants Series,” making it a trilogy. Full Medical and Evil Agenda are prequels to this sci-fi thriller.
This new sci-fi thriller carries the reader beyond government conspiracies and political intrigue to world-wide suspense and action. The new addition to the “Clones and Mutants Series” features many players from Full Medical and Evil Agenda: Kalidas Metropolis and friend, two clones, and your favorite evildoer Vladimir Kalinin aka Rupert Snyder aka Sergio Battaglia, who will surprise readers of the first two books in the series. But this country-hopping tale also stands alone as a glimpse into a possible future where forces both good and evil, aided by science and technology, fight to the death.
“Having read the other two books in the clones series, this one is my favorite. I have become rather fond of these characters and feel I know them well. This story was very straightforward with enough surprises and intrigue to keep me reading! The other two books were heavily layered with information, situations, history and character development which paved the way for the sublime simplicity of this one. If you are on the 3rd book you know the characters and you can immerse yourself in their adventures (and sometimes misadventures) and enjoy good story telling! I highly recommend this book and others by this author.” – Debby Kelly in her Amazon review.
Pasodobles in a Quantum Stringscape, an anthology of speculative fiction, featuring the novella “Flight from Mother World,” several Doctor Carlos tales (set in the future beyond Come Dance a Cumbia…with Stars in Your Hand!), and many more stories. Many hours of reading for very little investment.
Teeter-Totter between Lust and Murder, the third book in the “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series.” The sleuths of The Midas Bomb and Angels Need Not Apply will embroil you in action and suspense yet again. As a mystery novel, it is a dark probing into the nexus the crime underworld sometimes enjoys with the rich and powerful. Chen is arrested for the murder of a senator in circumstances that seem to leave no doubt of her guilt, and Castilblanco strives to prove her innocence. With this new crime novel, I continue the saga of your two favorite detectives as they and their companions fight the corrupting influence of the illegal weapons trade.
“Who can you believe? Who can you trust? How long will you live if you poke your nose into the business of people without conscience? How high does the corruption reach? Steven Moore’s protagonists wrestle with these questions as they set out to solve a murder and become targets for the killer. Good description and some terrific similes.”–Carolyn J. Rose, author of Hemlock Lake and Through a Yellow Wood.
The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan, a sci-fi thriller starring DHS agent Ashley Scott with supporting roles by your old friends, NYPD homicide detectives Chen and Castilblanco. The main plot theme: does the government think some Baby Boomers know too many secrets?
“This book is a page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end. Late in the story, a bombshell is dropped that will make you gasp if you’ve read the Chen and Castilblanco books. Even if you haven’t, there’s plenty of suspense and thrills to go around. Ashley Scott, despite her age, is a strong leading lady who you’ll almost certainly develop an admiration for by the end of the book.”–Serenity Carson, in her Amazon review.
Looking for bargain eBooks? My eBooks are all priced for less than $9, and most are $4.99 or less, starting at $2.99. See the webpage “Books and Short Stories”… or above and below….
Free eBooks! You can obtain a gift copy of any of my ebooks if you write an honest Amazon review of the book. My budget is limited, so first come, first serve.
THE CHAOS CHRONICLES TRILOGY – These sci-fi thrillers begin in dystopia and end in the far future. You’ll find thousands of years of adventure collapsed into hours of enjoyable reading. Available at Amazon and other online eBook retailers.
1) Survivors of the Chaos – the adventure begins!
Civilization passes through a social singularity. A mild Midwesterner becomes a vigilante, an aging astrophysicist struggles to save alien artifacts, and a reluctant mob enforcer finds a new life aboard a starship.
Traditional empires like the U.S. and E.U. break apart. China collapses. Companies consolidate and expand their domain around Earth and to the far reaches of the solar system, becoming the glue that prevents anarchy as they contract mercenaries to brutally maintain order and ensure profits.
Three reluctant heroes rise above this Chaos. A mild Midwest rancher becomes a vengeful vigilante in the Big Apple; an aging astrophysicist struggles to save alien artifacts found on one of Saturn’s moons; and a tired and reluctant mob enforcer finds a new life aboard a starship on the way to 82 Eridani.
“…filmic influences cast heavy shadows over his musings…the book feels like watching a futuristic movie. Get a bag of popcorn ready, kick back, and enjoy the ride. As a reader, you are about to take off into unimagined realms.” David W. Menefee, Pulitzer-nominated author and reviewer for Bookpleasures.com.
“No question. Survivors of the Chaos is the most unique sci-fi book I’ve read in a long time…. If you’re at all a fan of science fiction, I recommend picking this up and reading it as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed.” Kellie Sheridan, Sift Book Reviews.
“The book is chock-full with action. The author is obviously well-versed in contemporary history and very skillful at merging reality and fiction to such a point that the difference between both planes becomes very, very blurry. The book already starts on fast-motion mode, but shortly afterwards gains incredibly further momentum and pulls you in and out of reality in a frantic way.” MaryAnn Koopmann in her Goodreads review
2) Sing a Samba Galactica – the saga continues!
Learn what happened to Billy Clarke and the New Haven colony in the 82 Eridani system. Learn what became of Brent Mueller and Jenny Wong, last seen on the moons of Saturn. Experience the battles between Humans and Tali. And more!
Humans meet friendly ETs in the 82 Eridani star system. They meet xenophobic ones bent on conquest in the Sol and Delta Pavonis star systems. A composite intelligence, the Swarm, goes postal, but Humans lead an expedition to a cosmic psychiatrist, the Singer, to save the Swarm.
3) Come Dance a Cumbia…with Stars in Your Hand! – Humanity’s worst and best are still with us!
Did you think the saga ended when the Singer saved the Swarm?
Brent Mueller, Jenny Wong, and friends battle a mad shipping magnate who wants to control the galaxy by taking over the Nexus. Henry Posada returns to solve the mystery of the Shipbuilders. The Swarm’s children discover their destiny. And more! All the plot lines merge in a final triumph of good over evil to conclude my saga about humanity’s future.
In libris libertas….
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