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“Exciting Reading Entertainment at a Reasonable Price”

Books can be good friends, so you like to sit down with one and enjoy the time.  But there the metaphor ends: you don’t want a book to waste your time or money.  I get it.  I’m like that too.  So I write books that entertain and maybe make you think a bit, like a good friend, but I’m NOT going to do it with one hand in your purse or wallet.  Yes, I sell books, but each book is quality entertainment and reasonably priced.  I know you have many choices for your reading, so I’d be honored if you choose mine.  To dip your toes in the water, please read on to see what I have to offer on this website.  It’s mostly about books, but there are other things.

Books and short stories: What keeps this website going are my book sales (surprise!).  I write mysteries, thrillers, and sci-fi, but often blur those genres.  Here’s a summary:

The Catalog

Key: E = ebook in mobi format (Amazon only), E* = ebook in all formats (Amazon, Smashwords, and other retailers like Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and so forth), P = trade paperback; C&C = “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series,” CM = “Clones and Mutants Trilogy,” CC = “Chaos Chronicles Trilogy,” and MJMM = “Mary Jo Melendez Mysteries”

The Midas Bomb (C&C 1) E*, P

Angels Need Not Apply (C&C 2) E

Teeter-Totter between Lust and Murder (C&C 3) E

Aristocrats and Assassins (C&C 4) E

The Collector (C&C 5) E

Family Affairs (C&C 6) E

Gaia and the Goliaths (C&C 7) 2016

The Golden Years of Virginia Morgan E*

Full Medical (CM 1) E*

Evil Agenda (CM 2) E*

No Amber Waves of Grain (CM3) E*

Soldiers of God E

Survivors of the Chaos (CC 1) E*, P

Sing a Samba Galactica (CC 2) E*

Come Dance a Cumbia…with Stars in Your Hand (CC 3) E*

The Secret Lab E*

Muddlin’ Through (MJMM 1) E

Silicon Slummin’…and Just Gettin’ By (MJMM 2) E

More than Human: The Mensa Contagion E*

Rogue Planet 2016

Pop Two Antacids and Have Some Java E

Fantastic Encores! E

Pasodobles in a Quantum Stringscape E

Mayhem, Murder, and Music 2016

Notes: Books in ebook format are $3.99 or less, save one.  No links to retailers are provided above because some of the books are available at multiple retail sites.  No books are sold from this site.  All can be found on Amazon.

Need an introduction to my writing?  While they’re all reasonably priced, try Pop Two Antacids and Have Some Java and Fantastic Encores!, two $0.99 short story collections.  The first will introduce you to Detectives Chen and Castilblanco; the second will introduce you to characters in “The Chaos Chronicles Trilogy” and the illustrious Carlos Obregon, medical officer of the starship Brendan.

Information you can use:

As I said above, there’s more than books.  In my blog, you will find:

– book and movie reviews

– author interviews

– op-ed posts about current events and the writing business

One way to go beyond a passive existence during your time at this website is to comment on any of the above posts.  Here’s another:

Contacts: steve@stevenmmoore.com (or see my contact page)

And don’t be shy.  I might be an introverted author, but an important part of my social life is via email and discussion groups on the web, and through comments to my blog posts, so drop me a line about what’s on your mind.

You can also follow me by clicking “Follow Author” on Goodreads: My Author Page (note: that requires you to log in, if you aren’t already).


Dear Reader,

The above are just the essentials.  As a writer, words come easy, so here are some more for those who have come this far–and thank you for doing so.

If you landed here, you’re probably an avid reader.  So am I. If you’re a frequent visitor, welcome back.  If you’re new to the site, stay awhile…and I hope you become a frequent visitor too.

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 indie 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 realize you have many ebooks to choose from. Thank you for considering mine.  If you haven’t decided yet, take a look at the summary catalog on this page and the list of books with their descriptions and excerpts from reviews on the next–there’s many hours of entertainment in store for you, and at a reasonable price.

Take a tour of the whole website, in fact, 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,

Steve Moore


My Bulletin Board (newsy items about my books will appear here):


Now available! Family Affairs, Detectives Chen and Castilblanco #6–the title is the theme in this one, but it’s still in that mystery/thriller/suspense genre.  Castilblanco’s cousin’s ex-boyfriend is killed by her current one, and they both are kidnapped.  Another cousin is targeted, but she doesn’t know what she saw or heard that could explain it.  Chen, an uncle, and the US Coast Guard help to solve the mystery.

New sci-fi: More than Human: The Mensa Contagion  “People of Earth!  You’ve just won a complete makeover of your society that brings peace and prosperity.  What will you do next?”  “Why, go to Mars, of course!”  This epic sci-fi tale relates how an invading ET virus affects Earth’s social structures and subsequent space exploration.  It reads like a combination of Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Crichton’s Andromeda Strain, Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama, and Weir’s The Martian, an exciting story about new beginnings for humans on Earth and beyond.

“More than Human kept me turning pages after I should have put the book down…. I found the characters well developed and the plot fresh.  I was reminded at times of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy.”

—Debra Miller, in her Amazon review

New sci-fi short story collection: Fantastic Encores! introduces you to three characters in my sci-fi series “The Chaos Chronicles Trilogy.”  It also contains two new Dr. Carlos stories.

“This is a great collection of short stories that are well-written and interesting.  Although they introduce characters that the author created in other books, these stories stand alone.” — Debra Miller, in her Amazon review.

Mary Jo Melendez Mystery #2: Mary Jo is back. Silicon Slummin’…and Just Gettin’ By is the second ebook in this new action-packed mystery/suspense/thriller series.  Mary Jo has a new job.  She also has a stalker.  Moreover, two groups of agents, U.S. and Russian, are pursuing her.  The PI she hires to protect her becomes a new love interest. Even with his help and the help of an autistic computer kid, you still have to wonder if she’s going to survive.

“From the outset I was wholly captured by Steven M. Moore’s ability to weave this story of intrigue and suspense.  His writing style and character development, within the confines of a vivid telling of a unique story, is what other suspense thrillers should be judged by.” — Destiny Brown, in her Goodreads review.

With the above, you’ll have hours of entertaining reading for a reasonable price this summer and fall.


There will be no more Kindle Countdown Deals in 2015.

Two short story collections are permanently available for $0.99 also: Pop Two Antacids and Have some Java, and Fantastic Encores! 

Most of my novels have been reduced to either $2.99 or $3.99 (USD) for 2015.  That’s still great reading at a great price!


You can receive a free ebook from my catalog in exchange for an honest review on Amazon.


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 contains many other crime-related stories that will entertain you.

The Collector is the next ebook in the “Detectives Chen and Castilblanco Series.” The detectives set out to solve the murder of the owner of an art gallery, learn about art heists, and are appalled by what stolen art finances in this suspense-filled and action-packed mystery.

“The Collector is vigorous, forceful storytelling at its best. Moore’s moral perspective is clear. Castilblanco’s world is rich soil for nurturing cynics and pessimists. Moore’s detective, however, is a force of one, brimming with gruff optimism and hope. An idealist thrives underneath his sarcasm and his story makes for a great read.”

– John Hohn, author of Breached and Deadly Portfolio, in his Amazon review

“Along with the well-baked plot, The Collector dances along at a brisk but not overwhelming pace.  Moments of action and suspense are spaced between moments of reflection and character-building, making for a smooth and creamy blend that went down easily….  The Collector is a near-perfect slice of mystery, with flavorful characters and a punchy plot!  If you want a good mystery, I wholeheartedly suggest you pick this one up, even if you haven’t read any of the other books.  Taking this as a sample of the rest of the series, I think I can safely endorse the rest of them as well.”

— J. B. Garner in his blog review

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 smart, strong protagonist along the lines of the principals in the movie La Femme Nikita and the TV series Alias, only more interesting.  This new ebook starts a new series.

“Mary Jo is the kick-butt kind of heroine I love; strong, tough, and able to hang with the guys for as long as it takes…. There was a lot to like in Muddlin’ Through…the different settings of this story, which took place in many different cities and countries, including both South America and Europe.  I think this addition of color and dramatic locations enhanced the plot and made it more than just a straightforward adventure story…. I think other readers will appreciate her [Mary Jo’s] depth…a really thought out character.  Nice job.”

–Janella Fila, in her Readers’ Favorite review

“Steven M. Moore takes ex-military master at arms Mary Jo Melendez and puts her through the ringer! She is given trial after trial and muddles through, as the title suggests. This was a bit of a change of pace for Moore, who seems to usually write more tightly woven stories, but it had his usual interesting characters, a series of geographically diverse settings and plenty of action.”

—S. D. Beallis, in his Amazon review

Soldiers of God received a face lift–a new ebook second edition, in fact, so “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.

“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.

“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


In elibris libertas….


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