THREE MORE WISHES: I Fixed The Picture That Was Bugging Me

Virgilia watches final battle, Ch. 42

Virgilia (a stripper in Marvin’s harem) watches as Marvin is magically attacked. Cropped image. Cover art and all interior art by Commotion22

Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie has four full-color illustrations inside. The fourth illustration, in Chapter 42, has bothered me since before I published the book. Chapter 42 mentions green fireballs, and I imagined green fireballs, but I couldn’t figure out a way to show green fireballs. But two weeks ago, I figured out a way. Revising the image took lots of careful photoshopping, so it was time-consuming, but now it’s done. The “new” version of Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie has been uploaded to Amazon and Kobo.

You can see (a piece of) the revised fourth illustration above.

In related news, Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie now has five customer reviews on Amazon USA. 3MW‘s average rating: 4.8 stars. Whoo-hoo!

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As I said, this book has four full-color illustrations inside.

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UPDATE 2013.07.24: Three More Wishes just got another five-star rating, which boosted its average rating to 4.83! I’m jazzed.

EDIT: Added 2013.12.22—
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EDIT: Added 2014.06.27—
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God Entertain The Queen!

Up till now, my books have been available only through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Recently it was brought to my attention that Barnes & Noble, though they have a UK website, for some reason don’t sell at that site all the books that are on their USA site. None of my books, to be more specific, can be bought through Barnes & Noble’s UK website. As for countries other than USA and UK, Barnes & Noble doesn’t sell to you. Period.

Amazon, meanwhile, only sells ebooks in formats that can be read on a Kindle, and then only in the countries where Amazon has websites. There is no “Amazon Australia” or “Amazon New Zealand,” for instance.

Here’s why this concerns me. Big Content (the movie industry, the music industry, and Manhattan publishers) love to blather on about filthy stinkin’ pirates.

Well, first of all, if you price your content above its fair market price (as determined by your customers, not your accountants), you’re gonna be pirated; deal with it. And you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself.

But do you know what other content gets pirated? Content where eager (potential) buyers clutching currency are told, “That content is not available in your country.” What, Hollywood, do you really expect people in Country X to wait till six months from now for you to finally offer your overpriced, DRM-locked disk, when the content is for sale in the USA right now?

Anyway, now I’m pleased to announce that four of my five books are available in EPUB format on Kobo, and soon they’ll be available in EPUB format at the iTunes iBookstore. Which means that right now, today, people in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand can buy my books in EPUB format; they won’t need to steal them.

Now my books are for sale not just in the English-speaking countries. Thanks to Kobo, if someone in Albania wants to buy one of my stories, now he can.

So to recap, now my novels and stories—

Names Have Power: Tim’s Magic Voice Makes A Harem
The Bimborg: Part Nanobot, All Woman
Captive Of The Barbarian King
The Hypno-Talker Of Zlar

—are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo; and will be available soon through the iTunes iBookstore.

Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie will be made available to Kobo and to the iTunes iBookstore soon.

One final comment, and I hope I’m wrong about this. The ebook part of Barnes & Noble is having all kinds of problems that haven’t made it into the newspapers yet. I suspect that six months from now, that part of Barnes & Noble will be closed down, or else will be sold off (most likely to Microsoft). So I’m recommending that EPUB-format book-buyers in the USA buy their ebooks from Kobo in preference to B&N.

Update on 2013.07.21—

Well, none of my books are at the iTunes Bookstore, and it looks like none of them will be. Apparently it’s true what I was warned: that Apple is hardcore even about softcore.

But Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie is now on Kobo in EPUB format. Here’s the link.

Update on 2013.12.23—

It turns out, I was wrong about Apple not selling my stuff. Go here to find out more.

How and Why I Wrote It: THE HYPNO-TALKER OF ZLAR

Hypno Talker front cover

Cover art rendered by Doug Sturk a.k.a. Sturkwurk

Normally I don’t write a “How and Why” blog for a short story. But this particular short story is the first of the “Hypno-Talkers Of Zlar” series, and I thought I should post my thoughts about the series.

If you haven’t yet read “The Hypno-Talker Of Zlar,” here’s its sales blurb—

Kevin MacDonald, a 62-year-old Vietnam veteran, gets along great with his neighbors Sam and Judy, and their eighteen-year-old daughter Karen. Kevin gets along so well with his neighbors that Judy and Karen are inviting Kevin to a high-school band concert when a UFO lands in front of Kevin’s house.

Aliens come out of the spaceship, then hypnotize and kidnap all the neighborhood women who are between eighteen and forty-five years old. Kevin can’t stop Judy and Karen from walking into the spaceship.

Then the U.S. Army shows up, and kills the aliens—but instead of freeing the still-hypnotized women, the Army takes the women away to Fort Carver.

It’s up to Kevin to rescue his neighbors from the Army. Good luck with that—Kevin is old, out of shape, needs glasses, and has forgotten most of his combat training. The only thing Kevin has going for him: a hand-held hypnotizer-gizmo that belonged to a dead alien.

 

For those of us who like to read stories online about erotic mind control, the most famous of those stories is “Master PC.”

“Master PC” is about a fictional software program that turns a computer into something like a wish-granting genie. There is no three-wish limit, but there is a hundred-mile-radius limit.

That story starts with the story’s point-of-view character being sent the program by the mysterious “Master,” along with a message that the “Master” has selected our story’s hero to receive the program.

If you want to read that first story for yourself, here it is—

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4

The concept has become very popular with other authors. For one thing, if a reader is reading the story online, he can readily grasp how Master PC would work. For another thing, since the selection process that the Master uses is never specified, any kind of person, with any kind of sexual kink, can wind up being gifted with Master PC in that story.

How popular is the Master PC universe for other writers? Check out all the Master PC stories written as of 2011.

J.R. Parz wrote the first “Master PC” story in 1998. He has never explained, either in interviews or in fiction, who the “Master” is, or how he selects strangers to receive his program.

Okay, so why am I telling you so much about Master PC?

Like I said, it has never been officially explained, by J.R. Parz the originating author, who the Master is and why he’s doing this. From an author’s viewpoint, this is great; it gives me maximum freedom if I ever want to write my own Master PC story. But as a reader, the situation is awful—I want to know how the Master chooses people, and why he’s doing this. Is this some convoluted philanthropy for him, or is this revenge, or what?

A few weeks ago, I got to thinking. Suppose I had a Master PC-like situation—specifically, a hypnotizer device that could completely program a person’s mind, and that millions of people around the world could build and use. Further suppose that this was the case because someone had built the hypnotizer, tested it, proved to himself that it worked, discovered all the fine points about working it, and then uploaded everything that he knew about the hypnotizer to the internet.

Why would he do something like that?

The first thing I decided was, he’s not going to be the device’s original inventor. If someone invented something like that, he would want to patent it and sell it for big bucks. The guy who invented a cure for cancer might put the writeups for his cancer-cure on the internet out of a sense of altruism, but the inventor of a hypnotizer? No way.

The next thing I decided was that this guy would not upload writeups for a hypnotizer that was the intellectual property of a big company, not even if the story hero were the actual inventor. What’s the use of uploading all that stuff to a website? The big business’s lawyers would just use cease and desist letters, or injunctions, or lawsuits, to get the website to remove the information.

Nor would the story hero upload writeups for something that belonged to the U.S. military. Putting such stuff on a website would result only in the hero getting sent to Fort Leavenworth (if he was lucky) or else simply assassinated.

Eventually I realized that if the hypnotizer were alien technology, no cop and no lawyer would have direct authority to pull writeups off a website if our hero uploaded information to that website. In short, once writeups about alien technology got onto the Web, they’d stay on the Web.

Great! That left only the question of, If my hero got hold of an alien hypnotizer and figured out how to copy it, why would he upload the writeups (circuit diagram, parts list, user manual, etc.) to the Web?

Eventually I came up with a fictional answer to that question, but it required for Kevin (my hero) to have some very unusual political beliefs. Those political beliefs aren’t my own, by the way; but Kevin’s beliefs give him a reason to upload those writeups at the end of Chapter 9.

Once I’d figured out in loose outline a story that would end up where I wanted, I wrote my story in the sexiest and most exciting way I could think of. Also, if you’ve read Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie or if you’ve read The Bimborg, you’ll notice that I love “damsel in distress” as a story element. The result? In the story, Kevin winds up needing to rescue over a dozen women from the villain’s foul clutches.

What’s next in the series: Stories about individuals finding the writeups for Kevin’s hypno-talker, building their own hypno-talker, and getting sex. I plan to bring back Lourdes Taylor (as soon as I figure out how), because she’s such a unique character. I won’t say too much about the Zlarians or what they’re up to; I am not trying to create a soft-porn version of “The X-Files.”

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Then finish up the series with Nerd Saves Women. Plot threads get tied up, damsels get rescued, and the good guys live happily ever after. (The bad guys, not so much.)

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THE HYPNO-TALKER OF ZLAR (Short Story) Is Now For Sale

The Hypno-Talker Of Zlar

Cover art rendered by Doug Sturk a.k.a. Sturkwurk

Here’s the sales blurb—

Kevin MacDonald, a 62-year-old Vietnam veteran, gets along great with his neighbors Sam and Judy, and their eighteen-year-old daughter Karen. Kevin gets along so well with his neighbors that Judy and Karen are inviting Kevin to a high-school band concert when a UFO lands in front of Kevin’s house.

Aliens come out of the spaceship, then hypnotize and kidnap all the neighborhood women who are between eighteen and forty-five years old. Kevin can’t stop Judy and Karen from walking into the spaceship.

Then the U.S. Army shows up, and kills the aliens—but instead of freeing the still-hypnotized women, the Army takes the women away to Fort Carver.

It’s up to Kevin to rescue his neighbors from the Army. Good luck with that—Kevin is old, out of shape, needs glasses, and has forgotten most of his combat training. The only thing Kevin has going for him: a hand-held hypnotizer-gizmo that belonged to a dead alien.

This is the first story in the Hypno-Talkers Of Zlar series.

Tags: alien invasion, aliens, conspiracy, damsel in distress, erotica, female-female, FF, hypnosis, lesbian, lesbian harem, lesbian to bi, male-female, MC, MF, mind control, oral sex

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: All ebooks by this publisher are free of DRM (Digital Rights Meddling).

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After you’ve read the first two stories, buy the third story, Revenge At College, today! Find out why you should never mess with someone who’s got a hypno-talker!

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THE HYPNO-TALKER OF ZLAR—First 1-1/2 Pages

Hypno Talker front cover

Chapter 1
Aliens Invade

Five minutes before the flying saucer landed in the street, Kevin MacDonald was mowing his front yard.

The day was warm for April, so Kevin was wearing tan shorts and a “Creedence Clearwater Revival Forever!” t-shirt.

As Kevin was pushing his mower, he caught movement out of the corner of his eye. Turning to look, he saw that Judy Miller and her daughter Karen had stepped through the gap in the hedge, and now stood in a corner of his yard.

Kevin let the mower die as he smiled at the sexy thirtyish blonde and her teen daughter. “Hey, ladies, what’s up?”

Judy smiled at him. “Mister MacDonald, Karen’s spring band concert is tonight, and I invite you to come with us.”

“ ‘Us’?” Kevin said. “Is Sam coming too?”

“Nope,” Judy said cheerfully. “Hubby’s at some hospital in Eugene, Oregon, waiting for parts. Gone three more days, at least.” Sam was a traveling X-ray-machine repairman.

As Kevin walked across the lawn, he said, “I’d love to go to your concert, but there’s a problem. Karen, you still play flute, that right?”

“First section, third chair!” redheaded Karen said, beaming.

“Oh, I’m sure you’re good,” he said to Karen. “The problem is, Vietnam gave me high-frequency hearing loss. I’ve heard you practice through an open window, and half the notes you play, I hear quiet, and lots of notes I can’t hear at all. So thanks, but I’ll pass.”

Kevin wasn’t telling the whole truth. It was almost painful for him now, being around high-school kids. They all had so much youth, and energy, and optimism! When he’d been drafted in 1970, he’d had youth and energy too, but he’d lost the optimism forever in ’Nam.

But Kevin was not declining because he didn’t like his neighbors. Judy kept herself looking hot for Sam; and whereas Millicent had rationed sex to Kevin with an eyedropper, Judy the MILF gifted Sam with sex by the bucketful. Meanwhile, Karen was the kind of good student and happy person that comes from knowing that her parents are devoted to each other.

Now Karen said, “That sucks, losing your hearing.”

Kevin laughed. “No lie. The original reason I became an Electrical Engineer was so I could design better stereos.”

“We can’t talk you into coming?” Judy asked. “Karen graduates in two months. It’s your last chance to hear great flute-playing!”

Kevin smiled and shook his head.

Judy squeezed his arm. “If you change your mind before six o’clock—”

Karen blinked. “What is that?” she said, pointing. A second later, the sun was blotted out by something in the air.

“Shit, it’s a flying saucer!” Kevin exclaimed.

SNIP

Buy The Hypno-Talker Of Zlar now! You know you want to.

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After you’ve read the first story, buy the second story, Hypno-Talker’s First Download, today! Let a great story continue.

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After you’ve read the first two stories, buy the third story, Revenge At College, today! Find out why you should never mess with someone who’s got a hypno-talker!

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Then finish up the series with Nerd Saves Women. Plot threads get tied up, damsels get rescued, and the good guys live happily ever after. (The bad guys, not so much.)

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