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Welcome!

Art Break Day 2016

Welcome to the official lair of author Mark Boss. Mark writes fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers. He is a founding member of the Syndicate and a co-creator of their Adventures in the Arcane anthology series.

Something new to read…

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If you’re looking for something new and fun to read, the Syndicate is putting together Volume III of our Adventures in the Arcane anthology. We’re featuring new guest authors, interior art, and Cthulhu!

To cover the costs of printing, shipping, and paying the artists/authors, we’re crowdfunding this project on Kickstarter. Please check out our project and get in on the exclusive goodies.

Thanks!

New Opportunities

I don’t post to this site as often as I’d like to. Writing and freelancing take up so much of my time, I found myself working six-and-a-half days a week and rocketing toward burn out.

So I joined forces with some other creatives to form the Syndicate. We do projects together (like our Adventures in the Arcane anthologies) and support each other. We also realized that rather than have four separate mailing lists and send out newsletters once in a while, we could combine lists and send out newsletters every two weeks, with each author taking a turn.

I try to stay on top of things, but if you signed up here for my mailing list and haven’t received your free story, please let me know at mark(dot)boss(dot)writer(at)gmail(dot)com. And consider visiting the Syndicate site to sign up for a fun newsletter you’ll receive every two weeks, full of cool recommendations and helpful links.

Thank you,

— Mark

Get your Cthulhu on

Do you love the Cthulhu mythos of authors like H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard? Do you write stories?

See where I’m going with this?

The Syndicate is beginning work on our third anthology, Adventures in the Arcane Volume III: The Cthulhu Edition. We’re looking for stories with adventure, an arcane element, and a writhing mass of tentacles. Five thousand words or less. Taking submissions from 1 November 2017 through January 2018. Here’s a link to the Syndicate website with all the details.

If you’re curious about the previous volumes (and it’s always smart to check out a publication before sending a story), you can see Volumes I and II here on Amazon.

 

Upcoming Events You Might Enjoy

Hey all,

The seventh annual Creative Con celebration of geek culture is September 17 and 18. It’s grown again this year, and there are all sorts of family-friendly activities to attend and participate in, including cosplay, gaming, collectibles, and more!

Of particular interest to writers, Tony Simmons and I will lead a panel on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy on Sunday at 11:30am at the Panama City Civic Center. If you’re there on Saturday, come by our table, say hello, and check out some cool books!

Also….

Dr. Milinda Stephenson will conduct a writer’s workshop at FSU-PC on 30 September from 9:00am to 2:30pm at the Bland Conference Center. The featured speaker is Karen Zacharias, and the workshop will include classes with Dr. Stephenson, Zacharias, and me. Elise Gold of Books Unlimited will have a table of books for sale. Cost of the workshop is $20 and includes lunch.
To register, please contact Casey Lathem at 770-2168 or clathem@pc.fsu.edu.
It’s looking like a busy September. Hope you are well and reading (or writing) something fun.
Sincerely,
Mark Boss

10 Sites for free and bargain ebooks

Hey readers,

If you’re like me, you can’t find new books to read fast enough. Here are ten sites you can visit to find free or bargain ebooks.

  1. Ask David is neat because you can enter search terms and it will help you find new reads.
  2. Bookbub is a newsletter you sign up for that features ebooks from $0.00 to $1.99.
  3. Bookgorilla is also a newsletter, and it has a wide array of subcategories to pick from, so you can fine tune the selections you receive.
  4. Ebook Soda is different because you can sign up for their newsletter, but can also search right on their site. I like that option.
  5. EReader Café also lets you browse their site.
  6. EReader News Today features a “Book of the Day,” and the prices appear to range more from Free to .99.
  7. Bookperk is a service provided by HarperCollins publishers that focuses on ebooks $1.99 and under.
  8. OHFB, or One Hundred Free Books, is a newsletter signup site.
  9. Pixel of Ink has been around longer than most of the other free ebook sites, and you can look at ebooks on their site.
  10. Read Cheaply appears to feature some of the newest best sellers, and of course they have a newsletter.
These ten sites should ensure your tablet is full of good stuff to read every time you have a spare moment. Enjoy!