Sep 252022
Yep, I’ve got another giveaway! But first the promo stuff… If you want to stay ahead of these website announcements and get the latest information on my books and giveaways sooner, you can either sign up as a Patreon Patron (<<hint: click here to sign up)
you can sign up for my NewsBlast (<< click here for the NewsBlast).  And yes, I know it’s really just a newsletter, but “NewsBlast” sounds a lot fancier, doesn’t it?
Anyway, there’s another IASFA giveaway (that’s the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors), and they’re (I suppose it should be “we’re”) giving away 20-ish free offerings for September.  So for the next five days, from September 25th through the 29th, if you haven’t gotten to read the latest Amber Payne book (Payne of the Past), it will be free as part of the IASFA September promotion. No drawing, no entry fee, just go to (or click HERE) and check out the other free offerings. (More info from the IASFA below.)



Below is the standard information from IASFA…


This collection is brought to you only by the acquisition editors at the IASFA. No signup necessary, but if you want more free Science Fiction and Fantasy books every month, join our newsletter. Next month is Fantasy short stories!

To get your free books…

1) Click this link:

 2) Become an Insider by filling out your name (or online persona) and email address

 3) Answer the math problem because we know ravagers suck at math

 4) Check your email – you should have received a confirmation email thanking you for subscribing, but you have to click on this to confirm your confirmation because we know that is the kiss of death for scum-sucking bottom feeders

 5) Your subscription is confirmed! Go back to your email for the final confirmation which, during the free promotion period, will include the super-secret link that takes you into the back-end of the site where you can find incredible titles from some of the top names in the genre as well as well-established newcomers. If you join before the promotion timeframe, then you’ll get an email on the first day of the promotion with the super-secret link.

 Find your next favorite author right here, right now.


That’s it for now. If you want to read more of my work as it’s being written, you can become a patron on my Patreon site (link below). Patrons get full access to my writing, a free copy of the final product when it’s finished, and my undying gratitude for supporting me.As always, you can reply to this email with any questions or comments. Stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time!

–Jeff Brackett


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WW130 – Another Book Release

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Aug 312022

First, the personal news

It’s been a month since I last posted anything here, so unless you follow me on one of my other platforms (Patreon, my One-th of the Month Newsblast, or Facebook), you might not know that I recently took some time off. The last week of July was the first time in many years that Meloney and I took a real vacation, as in we took some time to travel to a new location and just explore. The last time I remember doing this was when my better half and I added a couple of extra days to one of her business trips more than a decade ago. She had to do some work for her company at their Calgary location, so she added a couple of PTO days, and I tagged along. After a couple of days, she had finished the job, and we drove from Calgary to Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. It was some of the most beautiful country we had ever seen, even though it was mid-May and there was still hip-deep snow in places.

imageWell, this time we went to Panama City, Florida. Our oldest daughter and granddaughter joined us and we rented out a little townhouse across the highway from the beach. While there, we spent a few days on the beach (yes, I got the obligatory sunburn), took a dolphin tour (though we only saw three, and those from a distance), caught some of the local cuisine, and just generally enjoyed ourselves. And while the dolphins weren’t cooperating, we did get to see some sea turtles, and went snorkeling over an old shipwreck. We had a blast, and I loved getting to spend time with family that we don’t get to see nearly often enough. 

Right after we got back (and I mean right after… like a couple of days after) we hurried down Houston way to see the latest addition to the Brackett clan. Zachary Lee Brackett was born a few weeks early, while we were in Florida, and we couldn’t wait to see him.  So we got back from Florida, rested for a couple of days, and then drove to Houston where we got to spend three more weeks with more family (our son, DIL, three granddaughters, and our new grandson).  It was wonderful and exhausting, and I wouldn’t trade the time with family for all the sales in the world.

By the way, say hello to “Li’l Man” Zachary. 

However, between the week in Florida, and three weeks in Houston, I’ve gotten VERY little writing done over the last month. That just means I need to push even harder now that I’m back home… which brings me to the “Writing News” part of this post.



So you already know that Payne of the Past is out. Sales so far are pretty good and I’m hopeful that PotP just might be the fabled tipping point that so many writers claim you need in order to make it as a successful author. Sure, there are plenty of other factors, but getting that first step towards increased recognition and visibility is a big one. All I can do is keep at it, and hope that the increased sales continue.

To that end, I’ve also been working on an upcoming Amber Payne Omnibus edition that puts the first three Payne books under a single cover. Well, it just went live yesterday (August 30. 2022), and now you can get The Amber Payne Collection (Books 1 – 3) for less than one would have to pay for the three books individually. The goal, of course, is to entice more folks to take a chance on getting into the Amber Payne universe.  Fingers crossed… image

But there was another opportunity while I was in the Houston area.  You see, right after I got back from Florida, I sent out Newsblast 017, and drew names for the August winner for the new book.  (BTW, if you aren’t already signed up for the newsletter, you might consider doing so. The next drawing is tomorrow.)   This time it turned out that the name I drew was an old friend from Houston.  And since we were already down there I figured it was a great opportunity to hand deliver a book. So while we were in Houston, we had dinner with some close friends. Matt and Janean Birdsall, Kevin Boggs, and Curtis Miller. Curtis lends his name in the Amber Payne series as the Fixer “CC Miller”, and it was his name I drew as the winner of August’s book drawing.

To be fair, I did draw a second name, since Curtis was a friend, and I didn’t want there to be any appearance of favoritism.  But the second person never replied to the email, so…  

And a final bit of writing news is that the new series I’ve hinted at in the last few months has been banging on the doors of my imagination lately, demanding that I show it some love.  Characters are screaming for me to pay attention to them, and plot points have been jumping to the forefront of my brain.  I know from past experience that this is my mind telling me that it’s time to start getting at least some notes written down on the new series, so expect to see some more information on the new project (tentatively titled “Shadow War”) in the next month or two.

And that’s it for now.  So stay safe, and I’ll talk to you later. :bye:

–Jeff Brackett

 Posted by at 11:45 am

WW129 – New book release – Payne of the Past is now live!

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Jul 192022

Payne of the Past is finally out! (sort of)

As of this writing, I have uploaded and reviewed all the files for the fourth Amber Payne novel, Payne of the Past. The ebook is now live, and the paperback is in review, and in the hands of the Amazon staff.

At any rate, Payne of the Past should be fully available for sale on Amazon in a matter of hours now.

And now for the second announcement…

Upcoming IASFA Short Story Giveaway!

The International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors is doing something a little different this year. I’ve only been a member for a little over a year, but I believe this is the first time they’ve done a giveaway that focuses on short stories. So later this month (July 24th – 28th, to be exact) several IASFA members (myself included) will have some of their short stories available for free. I will have the second title in my Half Past Midnight series, The Road to Rejas, as well as my standalone story The Burning Land set for free on amazon during that period. So if you haven’t read either of those, this will be the time to get your free copy. I’ll send out another Newsblast with the link on the 24th.



That’s it for now. If you want to read more of the next book as it’s being written, you can become a patron on my Patreon site (link below). Patrons get full access to the book, a free copy of the final product when it’s finished, and my undying gratitude for supporting me.

As always, you can reply to this email with any questions or comments. Stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time!

–Jeff Brackett


PS— Looks like I’ll have to make a new banner graphic here, won’t I?image

 Posted by at 2:30 pm

WW128 – Some quick updates

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May 252022

Payne of the Past is currently with the editor, and I expect it back any day now.  I’m on my cover artist’s schedule to begin discussions on design ideas May 31.  I figure it will likely take a week or more to get a final cover.  Formatting is the last step before publishing the book.  And since I publish via Amazon’s “Kindle Unlimited” program, that means that I have to take down all the samples I posted on my Patreon page before that happens. (Amazon KU demands exclusivity to works published there.)

However, I’ve also begun writing the fifth Amber Payne novel. I don’t have a title yet, so for now I’m just calling it “AP5”.  Yeah, I know… not exactly clever.  But I have to give the files some kind of title when I save them, right?  So if you’re a patron over on my Patreon page watch for old words to disappear, and new words to begin dropping there in the next few days as Amber and her team tackle the next case.

Speaking of Patreon, you may notice that I finally got the patronage button working properly. It’s the big blue “CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT ME ON PATREON” button above. If you’re so inclined, and have a few dollars to spare, I would be incredibly grateful for your support. I know times are tight, so if you don’t have it to spare, I completely understand.  All my blog posts over there will remain completely free.  It’s only the writing previews and exclusive content that are behind the paywall.



That’s it for now. Time to get back to work on AP5.  Stay safe everyone! 

 Posted by at 3:56 pm

WW127 – A Call For Redshirts!

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May 182022
Amber Payne, book 5 is officially started. I’m about 5k words into it and I realized my redshirt list is running low again. I’m down to only five names left. Of those five, one never replied to my friend request so I can’t confirm whether or not they still want to let me use their name, and one is someone who has changed their name, so I have to re-confirm. That means I need more redshirts!
So if you want me to use your name in an upcoming book or story, let me know in the comments below. But be aware that there are a few rules here…
  1. It must be YOUR name. I can’t use the name of your ex, or that crazy old uncle you want to embarrass. I will only use the names of actual volunteers.
  2. To volunteer, you need to be on my “One-th of the Month” mailing list, a Facebook “friend”, or be signed up on my Patreon page.  This is so I can contact you privately for confirmation when it comes time for your turn in the barrel, so to speak. 😉  I won’t use your name unless you do one of those things. I want a traceable conversation to show you volunteered.
  3. I can’t make any guarantees on how or when I’ll end up using your name. It might be the current WIP, or a short story I write two years from now. It might be the name of a good guy, a bad guy, a redshirt, a recurring character, or even just a designer name on a clothing line. (Yes, I’ve done that.)
IF, after all that, you still want to volunteer your name, then give me permission in the comments below.
 Posted by at 9:00 am