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From Earth to Mars and Beyond #free through tomorrow!

Until recently, this collection of eight of my previously published sf short stories, including the Nebula nominated “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide”, was available wide through most stores where eBooks are sold.

And it sold about 2 copies.

So I pulled it from other venues and put it into KDP Select, which means I can also give it away to my loyal readers. Through tomorrow, Sept. 23, you can download the collection free from Amazon.

From Earth to Mars and Beyond

Here the description:

“From Earth to Mars and Beyond” is a collection of eight previously published science fiction stories by award-winning author Ruth Nestvold. But reader be warned: these stories of galactic empires, space exploration and first contact tend to be on the dark side and do not depict an ideal future world. Here a selection:

“The Far Side of the Moon” – Women from all over the world have been “recruited” into service on the habitat Volva, where they unwillingly cater to men’s pleasure. But the Volva is outside all global jurisdiction — and none of the women will ever retire …

“Troy and the Aliens” – When the first aliens make contact with Earth, they do not land in the U.S.; they land in Stuttgart, Germany. The President sends his aide Troy Jackson to figure out why. What ensues involves beer tents and driving fast on the Autobahn, but it doesn’t exactly end as the President ordered.

“Rainmakers” – Rekaya is sent as ambassador to Chepanaek, in order to try and negotiate peace between the planet’s native population and the colonists of the Allied Interstellar Community. The task seems impossible, and Rekaya doubts she is the right person for the job. But soon she begins to feel an affinity for the planet that she cannot explain.

Enjoy the interstellar darkness!

Do please download and pass the word along!

First quarter goals for 2015

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has started it off better than me — I’ve been sick with a very irritating head cold. It seems to be slowly letting up now, though. I certainly hope so. I find it very hard to concentrate when my head is full of gunk.

Anyway, on to the first order of the year — stating my goals for this round! A number I will have to carry over from last year, but I did make a big dent in my publishing goals in the last days of 2014: I got Mars: A Traveler’s Guide, and Yseult, Part III: Two Men and a Woman published!


Yseult Part III

(BTW, the Mars story is free everywhere but on Amazon — I still have to get it price-matched.)

On to my updated goals!


– Write an average of 4000 words a week.

– Finish Facets of Glass

– Write 5 new short stories


– Write a report of the Villa Diodati workshop (finally!)

– Write a new installment of “Starting out as an indie author” every other week

– Update my book page (LONG overdue!)

Writing business:

– Write New Year newsletter for my subscribers

– Schedule upcoming promotions for my books

– List books with Babelcube & Noisetrade

– Publish last episode of Yseult

– Publish “The Shadow Artist” as ebook

– Publish Chameleon in a Mirror to Createspace

– Find reviewers for CIAM and Island of Glass

I hope everyone who reads this had a good time bringing in the new year and it turns out to be a very successful 2015 for all of you!

New cover for “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide”

One of the things I’ve had on my to-do list for at least a year is to upload my short story “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” to Amazon and make it free. The story is also in my collection From Earth to Mars and Beyond, and I’ve been thinking that I should redo the Mars ebook with an excerpt from one of the stories in the collection in the back matter to entice a few readers to buy more. “Mars: A Traveler’s Guide” is hands down my biggest “seller” on Smashwords, but just sitting there as a free short story without any incentives anywhere in the text to buy anything else from me doesn’t seem to be inspiring those who download it to go looking for opportunities to purchase my fiction.

Since I’ve had fairly good experience with the free story “Gawain and Ragnell” to keep my sales of The Pendragon Chronicles alive, I was hoping I could do the same thing with “Mars” for my SF collections. But when I went searching for the PSD of the original cover to edit it for recent standards and add the Nebula nom to the cover, I couldn’t find the file, nor could my daughter. She suggested that maybe it was time for us to make a new cover for the story anyway, since it was one of the first we did together, and reflects that. So that’s what we did. Here’s the new cover we came up with:

Mars cover

And here’s the old cover we did back in 2011, for the sake of comparison:

Mars: A Traveler's Guide

I’d love feedback on the new cover! And if you’ve already read the the story, so much the better. 🙂