Black Hawks From a Blue Sun Gets a Well-Deserved Update

Let’s face it, some of us haven’t aged well. Could be inevitable leathering from sun-drenched youth. Could be over enthusiasm for barrel-aged spirits. Or could be genetic lineage back to the British Isles. (In our author’s case it’s the trifecta)

Is this HBO’s Crypt Keeper or an actual photo of Plasma Rain author F. Allen Farnham? We can’t tell.

As we look back on our library there’s one title that hasn’t held up like we imagined. BHFaBS deserved more creative percolation, more review, more development. But we were a much younger publisher then, and, in our eagerness, we prematurely published.

Did we consider going back and fixing it? Oh, sure, many times. Instead, we decided it was more important to get the subsequent novels out before Hollywood or another author produced work that was too similar. James Cameron’s Na’vi (with blue skin, tails, and yellow eyes) in Avatar felt like a shot straight across our bow, and we needed copyright protection ASAP.

Now that Plasma Rain is a wrap and we have a complete series, BHFaBS gets the treatment it always deserved. Not to worry, we didn’t stuff it with a hundred eyesores like George Lucas did to his once-beloved Sci-Fantasy masterpiece.* We revised it with more experienced eyes to improve story flow, pace, description, and many many grammatical corrections.  At last, the book has its proper voice.

Kindle version of BHFaBS has already been updated. To celebrate, we’re offering the Kindle e-book Black Hawks From a Blue Sun for free from now through Feb 29, 2020! If you’ve already read it, be sure to get your updated version. If you liked it, please leave us a review and tell a friend. Or, if you haven’t tried it out yet, now’s a great time to give it a whirl.

We’ll make another announcement as soon as the updated softcover is available. For anyone with a previous version of the softcover, we’re going to do a limited number of trade-ins. Give our author a note at fafarnham at gmail dot com to be on the list.

As always, thank you for sticking with us all these years!

-All of us at C.O.P.

 

*Han shot first, and we will fight everyone who argues.

 

This will never happen again

 

You may have heard that Book Four of the Angry Ghosts series, Of Mortal Creatures, is near to release. That’s true.

It’s also true that the Holidays are upon us, and well, we’re so thrilled to finally be releasing it that we’re in a giving mood.

For the next five days, we are giving away Kindle copies of The Exhausted Dead.

You can put it on our tombstones, “They never gave The Exhausted Dead away for free again.” No kidding, this is the only time we’ll offer. So if you don’t already have a copy, click on the cover below and get your Kindle copy free!

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Happy Holidays!

-C.O.P.

Of Mortal Creatures available worldwide Dec 25th

We at C.O.P. thought this day would never come. We thought, Well, that’s it… Farnham’s finally gone and done himself stupid. It was a rational assumption, because death is a brain cell’s only reasonable means of protest against liquor of that magnitude.

Yet, here we are.

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For a Cadre Operator, the need to serve is bred in the bone and honed to a razor’s edge…

Thompson, Argo, and Maiella were once the inseparable Team Spectre, unequaled in lethality and stealth. But mistaken identity aboard the Colony Ship Europa led to seventeen human deaths. In a time where all mankind numbers less than two-thousand, taking human life is the only unforgivable crime…

For Argo, nothing matters more than regaining his honorable place in the Operator Corps. For Maiella, subservience to authority is no longer enough, and she searches for a master greater than the Cadre. But Thompson has not faced his demons from the Europa disaster. He must decide where his loyalties lie, and quickly, because the hell storm unleashed during his mission to Earth is catching up with them all.

Print copies available at all major on-line booksellers December 25th. Available for pre-order on Kindle now!

Click the links below for your choice of Paperback or Kindle:

Of Mortal Creatures, Kindle version

Of Mortal Creatures, paperback

When you buy the paperback, the Kindle book is only $.99 extra. Huzzah!

Thank you so much for your patience! We can assure you the series conclusion, Plasma Rain, will not be so long in coming.

As for Farnham, he’s getting a fat sack of charcoal for Christmas. Which he’ll probably use to mellow his cheap bourbon.

Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!

Sincerely,

C.O.P.

My Peculiar Family

by Sara Richards
by Sara Richard

You don’t get far in life without the help of good friends. And the folks over at Sci Fi Saturday Night have been true friends not just to C.O.P. but to many in the literary and graphic arts.

Sci Fi Saturday Night started as a local radio show. People who loved to talk about about all the cool shit that switched them on. Wasn’t some rambling, ill-informed college radio screed. These were Superfans with deep libraries who knew their stuff. People who attended the conventions, who got to know the faces behind the names and who were always there to promote, boost, and support.

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In 2006 the local radio show became a global podcast, and SFSN continues with thousands of regular listeners. That’s how they attract the authors, illustrators, artists, and actors that keep each week fresh.

It’s no surprise, then, that one of the hosts of the show had a cracking good idea. When he came across a box of old tin-type portraits in his mother in law’s attic labelled, “Family,” he had no idea who they were, how they fit in the family tree, what their stories were. Each image was so interesting it demanded a history. So he reached out to authors who had appeared on the show and asked if they’d be interested in writing them.

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Viktor the Herbalist

Authors were given a photograph, a name, an occupation, and nothing more. What they returned runs the gamut from Fantasy to Science Fiction to Horror.

An Anthology was born…

My Peculiar Family Cover“My name is Chyna Dale. After my parents died I was cleaning out their attic when I found a box of old photos. They were supposedly relatives of mine, but I didn’t recognize them…”

This anthology features original never before seen stories by:

Christopher Golden and James A. Moore

Bracken MacLeod

John Palisano 

Stacey Longo 

Jason J. Mooers 

Robert Mayette

William Meikle 

F. Allen Farnham  (That’s our guy!)

Samantha Boyette 

David Schechter 

Kristi McDowell 

Karen Gosselin 

George O’Connor 

Derrick Belanger 

Bracken MacLeod

John Palisano 

Tracy Hickman

Original artwork by Peter  Vinton, Jr. and Sara Richard

Check out the Kickstarter page by clicking below. Please, help us spread the word and share this with everyone you know!

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For more information please contact The Dome at: thedome@scifico.org

Sci Fi Saturday Night is the official podcast of Boston Comic Con, Granite State Comic Con, Rhode Island Comic Con, Comic Art House, and Books & Boos.

-C.O.P.

New and Improved

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Some may think we’re not listening, or that we’re immune to recommendations, but it’s not so. If anything, we’re a friendly, accommodating lot and we like to make people happy. That’s when we remind our readers they must be thinking of our indolent author. Nothing gets through that hard head of his. And lately, nothing seems to be coming out of it, either.

C.O.P.: TWO YEARS, FARNHAM! IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE Exhausted Dead!

Farnham: <Hic!> Balls…mine…Zzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Since we can’t seem to beat anything out of him anymore, it’s high time we outsourced our Author Motivation Campaign. Help us find new and interesting ways to motivate our couch-lounging layabout. Send us your dastardly ideas/drawings/diagrams/implements by e-mail, postal worker, sled dog, or drone. For your troubles, you might get something good sent to the return address…

Editor at CadreOnePublishing dot com

or

Cadre One Publishing
7 Boxwood Cir
Milford, NH 03055
ATTN: Author Motivation Campaign

And while we’re at it, we went back through the meager work he has produced. With reader feedback in mind, we’ve issued a revised edition of Black Hawks From a Blue Sun.

The new and improved version features a deeper intro, better flow, and smoother action. We’re also giving the e-book away FREE starting this Wednesday, Jan 21st, through Sunday, Jan 25th. Click below for your downloadable copy:

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Looking forward to your thoughts. Well, yes, on the books, but also on exciting new uses for superglue…

Until then,

-C.O.P.

 

Accepting Autumn

Beaver Pond NH

We love Autumn. Fall brings the colors that draw us out for woodland hikes. The air is crisp, dry, and cool. Bugs aren’t trying to bash their way through our eyes, nose, and ears. The smell of a modest campfire…just heaven.

The long cold quickly thereafter can bring the blues, however. So we at C.O.P. are sharing a bit of warmth for the cooler days ahead.

From October 2nd through October 6th, Angry Ghosts will be free for worldwide download. We’re also reducing the regular sale price of Angry Ghosts to $0.99 and $4.99 for The Exhausted Dead.

As always, we love your reviews. So if you’ve taken a peek, please leave a comment on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere you feel like it.

Special thanks to all who have supported us over the years! And please know that Farnham is still slugging away at Plasma Rain. There’s a lot to rein in. Will be a lot of work ahead, but we hope to see a digital release by about this time next year.

Believe us, we know that three years is a long time. We could have committed manslaughter and gotten out on parole in three years. We remind Farnham of this daily.

Hang in there folks, it will be soooooooo worth it.

-C.O.P.

Soccer Doesn’t Have to Suck So Hard

Hooray

I played soccer when I was younger. Always a fullback, which was ok with me. Defense is righteous. (You’re gonna score on my team? Not with busted shins, you’re not) But the game was boring. Often scoreless. 90 Minutes of my life that was totally fruitless. Sure, I’d have a bit of an all right time getting the ball back to the other side of the field, and then it was just tedium. I’d be standing near the mid-field line watching our forwards and halfbacks perpetually stymied. The ball would get knocked out of bounds over and over. There was an occasional shot on goal, deflected or caught. Man, as bad as it was to play, it was even worse to watch. Total frustration without catharsis.

I’ve been down this road before. But it took close friends (and a couple six-packs) to really drill down on what makes this game suck so hard:

YOU CAN’T USE YOUR HANDS.

Far from being a creative quirk, this is just the dumbest idea in sporting history. What other sports out there would be as interesting without the use of hands? For example…

Boxing
No hands boxing

Motorcycle racing
No hands biking

Fencing
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Pole Vaulting
Polevault no hands
Also bad pole vaulting

You get the point. But I haven’t even drilled down to the number one, worst part about soccer: the Drama Queens.

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Awful dive

Another awful dive

If they would just man up and carry Wolverine knives and Pole axes, it’d be a decent game. Would definitely temper the riot-potential of disgruntled fans.

Since that’ll never happen, we’re offering a satisfying alternative to brooding over “That Ludicrous Display Last Night“, and we’re putting Angry Ghosts up for free download, permanently. Interested readers will find an Easter Egg on the Cadre One Publishing site that links to the full book pdf.
(Need we mention the book is still copywritten? Please, no reselling or plagiarism, but you can download and share as much as you like.)

We’re also making Angry Ghosts for Kindle free for the next five days, starting June 30th and running through July 4th.

From all of us at Cadre One Publishing, have a safe and riot-free Independence Day!

-FAF