Pay It Forward Friday: Luther M. Siler

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Luther M. Siler.

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He says of himself:

“Luther Siler was born in 1976 in northern Indiana, where he currently resides along with his wife, three-year-old son, two cats, and two dogs. In his spare time he works at a school helping other people be awesome. His favorite authors include John Scalzi, N.K. Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson, Cherie Priest, Salman Rushdie, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Howard, John Irving, Nnedi Okorafor, Saladin Ahmed, Helene Wecker and Stephen King.

He writes about space gnomes and Mars. His novel SKYLIGHTS and his short story novella THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES: VOL. 1 are both available on Amazon now. Another book in the BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES universe, as yet untitled, is expected early next year.”

Luther has written two books so far:

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They’re both available on Amazon. Click on either cover.

But that’s not all. Luther has written a ton of short fiction and is going to be a part of an upcoming collaborative work titled World Unknown Review with a group of other authors.

Personally, I’ve read Luther’s writing and find it highly addictive not only because it’s lively, fun and so easy to read but because his humour is contagious. Rare is the day when I don’t read his blog posts at Infinitefreetime.com. If you’re a fan of science fiction, check out his books at amazon and you’ll see why everyone’s ranting about them.

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Posts I loved this week

Inspirational and just plain amazing, this week’s selection of posts left me so glad that I’m a part of this community. A huge thank you to everyone for your wonderful posts!

If you’re looking for a little promo for your book, free of charge, check out this post by Steve Vernon. And help me thank him for sharing that link with everyone!

A lovely idea to help those less fortunate during the holidays from Literary Treasure Chest.

A wonderfully written and very well thought-out alternative to my idea for book piracy from D. Emery Bunn.

If you’re like me and always searching for your next great read, try this selection of carefully chosen books coming out in 2015 from Part Time Monster.

Congratulations to Musings by Mandy for her debut novel’s upcoming release! Scandalous Endeavours sounds and looks amazing!

A great post announcing an upcoming how-to from Just Gene’O for Facebook. If you’re on that Social Media site or want to be, you really don’t want to miss his posts. Not only is he a pro, he shares the secret to his success tip by easy-to-follow tip.

Huge congrats to Luther M. Siler for his upcoming World Unknown Review Volume I!

A really interesting post on how to drive a story forward that’s not plot-driven. A huge thank you to Donald Maass from Writer Unboxed for the great post!

I have mentioned this blogger already but this post had to be included. What a wonderful post by Part Time Monster!

Finally, something to make you smile,

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Posts I loved this week

It’s the end of November and, like our American neighbours, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for everything I have, a job, a wonderful husband and two very silly and loving dogs. In that list, I also have the gift of a wonderful community of bloggers and writers who support and inspire me. Thank you so much for these wonderful posts!

Such a beautiful and uplifting post, I loved this one by Rachel Mankowitz. Dogs are such a gift…I just need to remember that when mine wake me up on the weekend. 🙂

Very cool announcement from Infinitefreetime about his books! All kinds of goodies in this one!

This one is a great post on how to build your book from Live to Write – Write to Live. It even includes tips with Scrivener (a favourite of mine).

A wonderful thank you from Melissa Barker-Simpson. It’s no surprise because she’s so kind, but did you know she’s an amazing author? I loved her books. Loved them!

This is what’s coming up on Sourcerer, point by point. This is one blog I never miss. And this post was no exception. Updates are so exciting!

Margarita Morris had this beautiful version of the very popular: If we were having coffee.

A very talented author, photographer and graphic designer, David C. Cassidy just revealed the cover for his next book The Dark. It looks absolutely awesome. Check it out here.

Part Time Monster had this great countdown of posts they’d like to write. Great ideas mixed into a great post, I absolutely loved it.

Finally, this wonderful post about self-care for writers from Writer Unboxed that had me reading it twice. It’s certainly advice I could use, so I thought I’d share it.

And just to make you smile,

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Posts I loved this week

This week we got a ton of snow but a great set of posts to offset that weather. If I missed something that you found awesome, let me know!

I am in awe of Winter Bayne‘s workout plan. It’s incredibly dedicated (just like her) and thorough. My hat goes off to her.

A huge congrats to Natacha Guyot on her upcoming book! So exciting!

Looking for reviews for your book? Laekan Zea Kemp has accumulated a list of 555 reviewers for indie authors. You heard that right, 555! If you go to the site, give her a huge thanks for sharing that list!

Interesting Literarture had the top 10 poems everyone should read from T. S. Eliot. A fantastic read even for those of us (like me) who can only appreciate poems with mild understanding of their wonder.

Infinitefreetime’s post on his bathroom reno is hilarious. I remember him starting that project a year ago…So funny.

A very interesting post, Sequels I can’t Wait for, was an instant hit with me. I love reading about upcoming books. A huge thanks to My Friend The Writer for this post!

That Montreal Girl has a series of posts on how-to photography that blow my head off–She even has examples to show what she means! Check them out here or here.

False Awakening is on sale and if you haven’t got your copy of this awesome book, this is your chance. Check it out here on Callum McLaughlin.

Part Time Monster has a weekly post that counts down favourite things. It’s something I look forward to because I love countdowns. This week’s was particularly cute. Check it out here.

Writers in the Storm has this great post for writers who use Twitter. It has the 12 best Hashtags for writers.

If you’re looking for a neat blog to follow, check out this post by Just Gene’O where he explains what’s what in this awesome blog. Pretty neat. Just saying.

Very, very exciting, Melissa Barker-Simpson released her latest novel The Fifth Watcher. Have I mentioned how much I love her writing? Check it out here.

A great post for those trying to get an agent, this one has examples of successful queries and explains why they were successful. A huge thanks to Aussie Writers.

For the bloggers out there, three tips for getting your post noticed from Steve Vernon.

Finally, a little thought on writing.

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Posts I loved this week

This week brought out a great round of very funny posts and some that were just inspirational. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

A very positive and encouraging post by D. Emery Bunn on how to get an audience, I loved it.

If you need a laugh, check out this post from Infinitefreetime. All I’ll say is that it involves a cat. Oh, I laughed and laughed.

Someone else is praising Scrivener, this post is a great start tool and it even includes a tutorial! Thanks to Jeff Goins.

If you need another good laugh, check out this post by Inside the life of Moi. A lot of work went into this post and a lot of good writing. Man alive!

A great insightful post on how-to for Twitter from Just Gene’O. Check out this blog if you haven’t yet, it’s absolutely fantastic.

If you’re like me and can never have too much laughter in your day, check out this post with hilarious questions and answers by I Am not The Batman. Ha! Still chuckling over that.

A great post with editing tips, this one is thanks to Robin Gianna from Romance University.

Beautiful, beautiful photographs at Part Time Monster.

Another funny post, this one is by Pecked to Death by Chickens. I love anything that makes me laugh and this one did so in the early, dark morning before heading to DayJob. Hilarious.

A great list of links by category for writers with everything from agents to editing links, this post is a great reference by Writer Unboxed.

Very, very sad but Outlander is done for this half-season. It will restart in April (though not the 4th for us Canadians) and have 8 more episodes but we have to wait until then to see the story continue…sigh! Still, here‘s the Mid-Season finale recap from Penny Dreadful Books.

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Sigh! Until Spring, Jamie!

RECAPVIEW: The Walking Dead S5E01, “No Sanctuary”

A fantastic new development at Sourcerer! We now have Luther M. Siler contributing! I’m so excited! Check out his very first post!

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The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Key-Art-Hunt-Or-Be-Hunted_001Hi!  I’m Luther Siler.  I have somehow convinced the fine folks at Sourcerer that letting me do reviews of AMC’s The Walking Dead is a good idea.  I am not sure how; it may have involved blackmail and certainly involved black magic.

Actually, I’m not certain that “reviews” is going to be an accurate description of what I’m doing.  Maybe it’s a recap.  I dunno; I’ll figure it out as I go along.  Point is, now I’m here, all postin’ on somebody else’s blog and stuff.  Time to break shi… uh… things.  

A bit about me:  this is my blog, these are my books, and this is my Twitter.  I work at a school as a day job and at a miniature golf course as a night job; my wife and my three-year-old take up the rest of my time.  This post is…

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We Have a New Contributor . . .

Had to reblog this because it’s SUCH good news. One awesome blog getting an amazing writer as a contributor. This is going to be the start of something big. BIG! I’m so excited!

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. . . and his name is Luther. You’ll want to read his every word!

Luther M. Siler, who writes awesome books about space gnomes, has joined us.

A little story now. I started this blog a year ago, and Luther is one of the first bloggers I met. I met him and Taylor Grace  on the same day by browsing the writing tag and looking for bloggers who answered my comments. I can’t remember which way it went, but I met one by leaving a comment and the other by following a gravatar link from the thread. Both of them answered me, and we’ve all had quite a blogtastic year.

Answer your comments, bloggers!

LutherAnyhow. When we first met, I did not know Luther had a name or a face because he hadn’t put any personal stuff on his blog yet. I knew him as Infinite…

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Posts I loved this week

There were some truly awesome posts this week. Check them out!

My ongoing obsession with Outlander wouldn’t be complete without reading this review and this one. A huge thank you to Penny Dreadful Book Reviews for continuing these lovely posts. Can’t wait for the next one!

If you’re into reviews, check out the blog Natacha Guyot. It’s consistently reviewing movies and has outstanding posts. Check out this one on the movie Maleficent.

If you’re into photographs, the site That Montreal Girl is amazing. Check out this picture of flowers. It took my breath away.

A fantastic post on Banned Books Week to finish it off, I cheered out loud at it. Don’t miss this wonderful post by Winter Bayne.

A huge congrats to Infinitefreetime for releasing Skylights and to Mishka Jenkins for releasing The Magic Spark.

Why you need to write a series is a great post for those of us starting out writing. Check it out in Writer Unboxed.

Ridiculous self-indulgence…but here are a bunch of photos from Outlander. Sigh…

Jeff Goins posted about the realization that turned him from amateur to professional in this post.

Five Tips for writing Historical Fiction by Live Write Thrive.

A test to see if you’re showing or telling by Monica M. Clark from The Write Practice.

Tips from Molly Greene on how to build the Perfect Blog Post.

Here‘s a great post on 9 ways to promote your book without being obnoxious about it on Positive Writer.

How negative attention can be a good thing for your book by Wise Ink. I have to admit, I never once thought of this when I got a bad review.

Finally, this lovely quote from freeholidayquotes.com

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Two bright stars

We got two exciting, brand new books this week. Check them out!

Skylights by Luther M. Siler.

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Blurb:

August 15, 2022: the Tycho, the most advanced interplanetary craft ever designed by the human race, launches from Earth on an expedition to Mars. The Tycho carries four passengers, soon to be the most famous people in human history. 

February 19, 2023: The Tycho loses all communication with Earth while orbiting Mars. After weeks of determined attempts to reestablish contact, the Tycho is declared lost. 

2027: Journalist Gabriel Southern receives a message from a mysterious caller: “Mars.” Ezekiel ben Zahav isn’t talking, but he wants Southern to accompany him for something– and he’s dangling enough money under his nose to make any amount of hardship worth it.  

SKYLIGHTS is the story of the second human expedition to Mars.  Their mission: to find out what happened to the first.

It’s available on Amazon here and on Smashwords here.

 

The Magic Spark by Mishka Jenkins.

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Blurb:

Successful businesswoman Alex is content with her life in London, and any ideas of romance have been left on the back burner. But when her fairy godmother, FG, waltzes into her office one morning announcing she has come to help Alex rekindle a passion for life and love, she is about to check herself into therapy!

The fairy godmother’s incessant wand-flicking soon lands them in the isolation of the Scottish highlands, where Alex’s next client, Mal Ross, not only stirs her professional interest but her romantic ones too. 

Tasked with the enormous challenge of turning a historic castle into a flourishing hotel, the pair must work closely together whilst attempting to avoid the awkward situations the rom-com obsessed fairy godmother keeps forcing them into.

But the path of love is never smooth, no matter how much magic you throw at it.

It’s available on Amazon here and on Smashwords here.

 

Two brand new books from two very kind people who happen to be amazing authors. Why don’t we send them a little love and help promote their books?

SKYLIGHTS cover reveal!

Big congrats to Infinitefreetime for his second book. The cover looks incredible and I’m sure the book will be just as amazing.

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All right, kids.  Here we go.

SKYLIGHTS, my second novel, will become available at all ebook retailers on Tuesday, September 30th.  Above is the final version of the cover, with art by Casey Heying.  In addition, a POD print edition is planned, probably only available through Amazon– details to come on that.

You can, uh, expect some promotion around here over the next couple of weeks.  Want an excerpt?  Have an excerpt!

There was a buzz in my ear.  It was him again.  I set the iLid to record and answered the call. 

“Gabe Southern.”

“I know your name, dummy,” the voice on the other end said.  He was youngish, maybe, his voice more high-pitched than it probably ought to be.  Speaking fast, as if he felt like he had more important things to do than talk to me, or maybe he’d just been drinking too much coffee. …

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