eBooks – BRAIN PLUCKER http://www.brainplucker.com THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Dead Blog, I Don’t Think So http://www.brainplucker.com/a-dead-blog-i-dont-think-so/ Sat, 09 Oct 2010 17:43:17 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1543 Been awhile since I posted here which may make you think I don’t care anymore.  It’s more of a priority issue. When I’m working on so many new things, my blogging (and all social media) tends to fall off the table. From time to time I have to recommit myself to these aspects. For anybody with their own blogs I highly recommend you don’t do this. But I’m sure you already know that.

Another aspect I that I haven’t liked about this blog is that it became a series of new releases posting for my business, Wonder Publishing Group. Nothing is wrong with this except that I was duplicating the material that was over on the WPG. And once again, not much else. I plan I still announcing new releases here but in a briefer way with links to the WPG site for more information.

Let me tell you the eBooks are still being released and one of the new exciting things I’ve been working on is getting the a new eBook store up and running. My goal is to have it opened by the end of this month.

Another thing I’m working on is a new podcast that will also be out this month. So lots going on and I promise to be back soon.

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New Releases — Ben Bova & Bradford Scott http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-ben-bova-bradford-scott/ http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-ben-bova-bradford-scott/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:04:38 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1058 Two new eBook releases from WPG (Wonder Publishing Group) this week.

The Towers of Titan and Other Stories by Ben Bova

The Towers of Titan and Other Stories by Ben Bova

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Five extraordinary stories by one of Science Fiction’s most revered writers. THE TOWERS OF TITAN–Across the frozen cliffs they loomed–the unbelievably ancient towers with the unimaginable engines deep inside them still pouring out their endless power. Dr. Sidney Lee, back from living death, vowed to find the secret of the Towers of Titan! THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP–Ordinarily the military least wants to have the others know the final details of their war plans. But, logically, there would be times–ANSWER, PLEASE ANSWER– Astronomer Bova draws upon the facts of his field to weave a story that will grip your emotions and tantalize your mind–long after you have finished reading it. THE DUELING MACHINE–The trouble with great ideas is that someone is sure to expend enormous effort and ingenuity figuring out how to louse them up. A LONG WAY BACK– He held the future of the world in his numbed hands. And from 22,500 miles out, he made the gamble.
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Powder Burn by Bradford Scott

Powder Burn by Bradford Scott

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DOUBLE DANGER for Walt Slade, undercover ace lieutenant of the Texas Rangers. He is the man most feared by the owlhoots and drygulchers of the old Texas Border. The sight of this tall lawman with the lightning-fast draw astride his great black horse, Shadow, symbolizes defense of the innocent and the end of reckless careers of lawlessness. Walt Slade trailed a killer from Texas through Mexico, all the way to Tombstone, Arizona–only to find the owlhoot riding at his back. And when he turned to face him he found he was not only up against his prey, but also in a showdown with Wyatt Earp, most famous marshal in the West. Slade had to get his man, but first he had to face death at the hands of Wyatt Earp.

“There’s one man I wouldn’t want to cross!” So said Wyatt Earp after his first meeting with Walt Slade. He didn’t know that he had just threatened the undercover ace of the Texas Rangers, but he realized that he had faced a gunfighter without a flaw, a two-gun killer with perfect coordination of hand and eye and a clear, cold, hairtrigger brain. At that moment Earp knew that Tombstone wasn’t big enough to hold both of them–alive!

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New Releases–Poul Anderson, Evan Hunter & Fredric Brown http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-poul-anderson-evan-hunter-fredric-brown/ Tue, 02 Feb 2010 23:42:17 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1022 Three new eBooks from Wonder Publishing Group. I really like the art on these covers. But I’m the designer so I might be biased.

The High Ones and Other Stories by Poul Anderson

The High Ones and Other Stories by Poul Anderson

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THE HIGH ONES AND OTHER STORIES by POUL ANDERSON

Now was Eben Holbrook’s chance to play hero—and win his lady love.
Eben Holbrook was not much of a spaceman; he was just a simple nucleonics engineer, not even close to being a scientist. Yet a rare burst of inspiration on his part was what saved them from harm … or maybe just the thought that his dear Ekaterina was in danger.
After having landed on a planet which had the makings of a new Earth, Rurik’s troop discovered that someone else beat them to it. The Zolotoyans—a more highly intelligent race—started an arbitrary attack, which forced an investigation into the reason for their hostility.
Holbrook, Ekaterina and Grushenko were assigned to the task, and set out for Zolotoy. Much to their surprise, the natives did not attack them once they landed; in fact, they seemed altogether indifferent to their guests’ presence, though they were required to stay indefinitely. Holbrook knew that the atmosphere and environment weren’t conducive for humans, and sought immediately to escape, but Grushenko insisted on trying to reason with the Zolotoyans no matter what the cost.

From a Science Fiction Grand Master comes ten exciting stories from the 1950s. Over 100,000 words of the future from the past.

Also includes the stories: OUT OF THE IRON WOMB!, TURNING POINT, THE APPRENTICE WOBBLER, STAR SHIP, THE CORKSCREW OF SPACE, LORD OF A THOUSAND SUNS, THE SOLDIER FROM THE STARS, SWORDSMAN OF LOST TERRA, THE CHAPTER ENDS

Woman's World and Other Stories by Evan Hunter

Woman's World and Other Stories by Evan Hunter

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WOMAN’S WORLD AND OTHER STORIES by EVAN HUNTER

Classic Science Fiction from the 1950s by S.A. Lombino who most famously wrote under the pen names Evan Hunter and Ed McBain.

Damion couldn’t believe his eyes—the universe’s most beautiful women in one single planet, and they were all GIANTS!
But he shouldn’t let that fact overwhelm nor deter him. That trip to planet Krinn was crucial—their alliance to the Federation would mean the alliance of all other planets left in the System. He would have to find a way to somehow convince the beautiful Queen Alidia that being a member of the Federation will be to her kingdom’s best interests.
Together with his long-time partner and friend, Konars, they formulate an agenda that at first glance seems devious, except that the tables are turned on them. For a lot of what happens next aren’t part of the original plan: becoming the Giant Queen’s court jester, war between the larger females and the relatively smaller males, the Daxonians’ involvement—and falling in love.

Also contains the stories: THE PLAGIARIST FROM RIGEL IV, SILENT PARTNER, and A PLANET NAMED JOE

Gateway to Darkness by Fredric Brown

Gateway to Darkness by Fredric Brown

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GATEWAY TO DARKNESS by FREDRIC BROWN

Crag was a no good drunk and deviant, now facing life in prison. But the good judge Jon Olliver offers him his freedom—plus a million credits!—in exchange for a small favor: steal a harmless tool from a rich scientist in Mars. Crag suspects a catch, but he finds it so hard to resist … especially when he knows that Olliver’s beautiful wife, Evadne, will be joining them in the adventure!

A great 1940s novella from a master of the form.

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New Releases – Delany, Ward Moore, Luke Short and more! http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-delany-ward-moore-luke-short-and-more/ Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:23:42 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1004 I mentioned our goal of 100 eBook releases for 2010. Well here’s Wonder Publishing Group first entry for the year, and it’s a good one.

The Jewels of Aptor [MultiFormat]
eBook by Samuel R. Delany

The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R. Delaney

The Jewels of Aptor by Samuel R. Delaney

QUEST AMID FUTURITY’S RUINS What was the strange impetus that drove a group of four widely different humans to embark on a fear-filled journey across a forbidden sea to a legendary land? This was Earth still, but the Earth of a future terribly changed after a planet-searing disaster, a planet of weird cults, mutated beasts, and people who were not always entirely human. As for the four who made up that questing party, they included a woman who was either a goddess, a witch, or both, a four-armed boy whose humanity was open to question, and two more men with equally “wild” talents. The story of their voyage, of the power-wielding “jewels” they sought, of the atomic and post-atomic terrors they encountered, is a remarkable science-fiction Odyssey of the days to come.

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Bold Rider [MultiFormat]
eBook by Luke Short

Bold Rider by Luke Short

Bold Rider by Luke Short

Getting the gold was easy–as easy as riding his horse up that mountain. But getting down again was another story. Set up by his partner, ambushed by his ally, left for dead in an avalanche, Poco St. Vrain had a long trail ahead. He had to recover the gold and clear his name. To do that meant tracking down not one gang of desperadoes but two. It would take a good horse, a fast gun, and the steady nerve of a … BOLD RIDER!

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A Matter of Faith [MultiFormat]
eBook by Robert A.W. Lowndes

A Matter of Faith by Robert W. Lowndes

A Matter of Faith by Robert W. Lowndes

Among an infinite multitude of worlds, almost any type of culture is possible. But all science requires that cause and effect be related. To the fellahin culture of the worlds of Ein, no real science was possible. There was only the will of Ein. Yet Dondyke found that both their religion and their peculiar science could be horribly effective!

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Skip A Beat [MultiFormat]
eBook by Henry Kane

Skip a Beat by Henry Kane

Skip a Beat by Henry Kane

One of the great men of the country, Adam Woodward, has just hired Peter Chambers to be his bodyguard. Woodward, a famous newspaper columnist, is about to expose someone as a Communist. But before can start to do his job, Woodward is gunned down in the street. And Chambers is the only witness to the murder. The solution to Woodward’s murder was carefully written down–but Woodward had hidden it where Peter Chambers couldn’t find it. A Peter Chambers mystery by Noir Master, Henry Kane.

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Bodyguard and Other Stories [MultiFormat]
eBook by Evelyn Smith

Bodyguard and Other Stories by Evelyn E. Smith

Bodyguard and Other Stories by Evelyn E. Smith

Gabe Lockard had it all–a beautiful wife, lots of money, social connections, and most of all, a great face in a great body. Only problem was, inside that body wasn’t Gabe Lockard. The real Gabe Lockard was a wanderer, a dutchman–a zarquil addict, who regularly plays the galaxy’s most dangerous tournament just to be encased in another man’s anatomy. But even that was a lie. For the truth was that Gabe Lockard wanted his body back. He followed it to the ends of the earth and outer space, playing zarquil to exchange dying bodies for new ones, just so he can make sure no harm comes to it. And so that, when the right moment comes, he can maneuver the impostor into joining him for another deadly game– Also contains the stories, BODYGUARD, MAN’S BEST FRIEND, WOMAN’S TOUCH, THE MAN OUTSIDE, ONCE A GREECH, TERAGRAM

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Transient [MultiFormat]
eBook by Ward Moore

Transient by Ward Moore

Transient by Ward Moore

How does one react when he’s been to hell and back–and doesn’t even know it? Governor Almon Lampley doesn’t know what’s going on. It started out as an innocent business trip, but when he decides to spend the rest of the day–and night–in an out-of-the-way hotel, things begin to go horribly wrong. While it’s almost always true that nothing is always as it seems, Lampley is finding it extremely difficult to separate truth from reality in this kind of place!

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2010 Goal – 100 New eBook Titles http://www.brainplucker.com/2010-goal-100-new-ebook-titles/ http://www.brainplucker.com/2010-goal-100-new-ebook-titles/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:24:38 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=989 A new year and new goals for 2010. The top thing on my list is to publish 100 eBook titles this year. That’s two a week, so you can expect to see two new releases every week. That’s pretty ambitious since this is basically a two person operation, working part-time at that (actually working a full-time job in addition to WPG is more accurate).  There is me and my wonderful freelancing proofreader (Hi, Junelle!). Why are we called Wonder Publishing Group if there’s only two people? WPG started as Wonder Audiobooks, then we started publishing eBooks, and print books; so you see, there’s a whole group of kinds of books. And speaking of print books and audiobooks, there will be more of those published this year as well.

There hasn’t been many posting here of late. But that was because I had to jump-start the year with getting a lot of titles going in the pipeline. You’ll be seeing a new release posting here tomorrow. Here are some of the titles coming out within the next month:

Death Quotient and Other Stories by John D. MacDonald – Several Science Fiction stories, many before reprinted.

The High Ones and Other Stories by Poul Anderson – Other 100,000 word anthology of 10 great SF stories from the 1950s. I’m planning on releasing a print book version of this title as well.

Double for Death by Rex Stout- A novel by Rex Stout, people. In fact he called it his favorite mystery.

Woman’s World and Other Stories by Evan Hunter – Four great SF stories from this mystery and SF master. BTW, Just watched the movie, The Blackboard Jungle, today. It’s based on Evan Hunter’s novel of the same name. What a great movie. Vic Morrow’s character really scared me.

That’s just a few of the titles in the works. Isn’t this exciting?

And I don’t like to do a posting without a visual. Here’s another future release. Sometimes a cover comes out a little more special than the rest. This one I tried something slightly new visually (new for me, that is). Compare the re-purposed art from the WPG cover to the original from Imagination. The new thing I tried was not erasing the sign behind the lady’s head, but cropping the hand and gun so it looks like it coming out of the picture frame. The art is by Lloyd N. Rognan.

Gateway to Darkness by Fredric Brown

Gateway to Darkness by Fredric Brown

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New Releases – Fritz Leiber, Harry Harrison, Luke Short, Henry Kane, http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-fritz-leiber-harry-harrison-luke-short-henry-kane/ Thu, 03 Sep 2009 23:49:31 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=392 Four new eBook titles have just been released on Fictionwise and Amazon (for the Kindle).

Poor Superman and Others

Poor Superman and Others by Fritz Leiber

Poor Superman and Others by Fritz Leiber

Veritable Classics and Forgotten Gems! A fantastic collection containing some of the most thought-provoking stories by science fiction and fantasy great, Fritz Leiber. From the strange shared universe of Poor Superman and Coming Attraction to forgotten gems like the Chthulu Mythos story, The Dreams of Albert Moreland. Diverse stories like No Great Magic (A story of the Change War) to the fan favorite, A Pail of Air. Tales from the darkly disturbing–A Bit of the Dark World–to the hilarious and bizarrely erotic–The Night He Cried. Over 100,000 words that promise to entertain as well as a gateway into the unique, genius mind of a Science Fiction Grand Master.

Gunman's Chance by Luke Short

Gunman's Chance by Luke Short

Gunman’s Chance by Luke Short

A tale of big Texas, of cattle, ranges and saloons; of punchers, cowboys and Ute Indians; and where the possibilities of fulfillment are as endless as the desert, and just as unpredictable. Jim Garry is a hard, embittered cowboy, who believes there is no hope left for his soul. But the headstrong and impulsive Amy Lufton proves him wrong! His erstwhile friend Tate Riling, prodded by greed, invades Sun Dust with the perfect rip-off scheme involving extortion, bribery, coercion and deceit. The target is wealthy cattle owner John Lufton, whose beautiful daughter Carol is his for the taking–and using. Both men come to Sun Dust seeking fortune; both women have stayed waiting for love. In the end, will they find redemption?


Hang by Your Neck By Henry Kane

Hang by Your Neck By Henry Kane

Hang by Your Neck by Henry Kane

Peter Chambers is a private richard who has a real affinity for trouble. He hasn’t any notion at all who polished off the nasty blonde with the round hole between her eyes–or the little man swinging by the neck from a bedroom window. Peter has strong incentives for finding out the answers–partly because the only thing he can do is break the case wide open before the going gets too rough; but mainly because his fee is Miami Moonbeam, six feet of ravishing, red-haired woman.



Web of the World by Harry Harrison & Katherine MacLean

Web of the World by Harry Harrison & Katherine MacLean

Web of the Worlds by Harry Harrison and Katherine MacLean

This must be another world altogether, separate from his own in time and space. He wasn’t sure about the details―it had been a long time since he had read H. P. Lovecraft―but this theory seemed the most tenable.” Grant O’Reilly was not the adventurous type. A sheltered invalid as a child, who used books for accompaniment, he had barely begun to live his life before the great change occurred. Suddenly, about to be married, he is taken by a seizure to wake in a land like none he had known before. Plucked by accident by the fates, he is carried away to a medieval world of wintry weather and barbaric battles. Berl-Cats, fire salamanders and Al’kahar ghouls, existed in this world. He will have to toughen to this strange, brutal world–or die in it!


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