Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Boomtown Craze Release & Links

Today, I'm delighted to announce the release of M. Pax's Boomtown Craze, part 3 in her Backworlds series.

A Grand New Age of Boom or Dust?

Boomtown Craze, Book 3 in the Backworlds series is here!

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe.

To secure his future, Craze must propel his world into a more prosperous era. Only days away from the grand opening of his new and improved tavern, he is confronted by a loony Backworlder intent on mucking up his plans. Gaunt and trembling, she claims her spaceship is possessed. She also has a connection to the underworld that shakes loose the dark past of one of Craze’s closest friends. It all threatens to end Craze’s prosperity before it begins.

Meanwhile off world, Captain Talos works desperately to outwit the mercenary Jixes and lure them away from his and Craze’s budding prospects. The mind-control weapon Talos uses against them is wearing thin, and his next move may be his last.

Will Craze and Talos’s efforts bring about a grand new age of boom or damn them to forever struggle in the dust?

Available in ebook at:

Other Outlets can be found at

It will also be available in paperback from Amazon shortly.

M. Pax and a telescope
M. Pax is a Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.

You can also find M. Pax on LinkedIN, Pinterest, YouTube, and Wattpad

You'll find two Rafflecopter giveaways at the end of this post, one for a set of signed Backworlds paperbacks (US only), and one for a free e-book (all countries).

But first, some links!

Disclaimer: I do not sponsor these links and have no affiliation with them or the companies/publications/blogs involved. I merely pass along information I happen across while online. Please always check out any publication before submitting or becoming involved with them.

Open for Submissions:

Deadwood Publishing is accepting submissions for three different anthologies - Ruined Cities, The Death God's Chosen, and The Ways of Magic. Open until filled. Pays $.01/word. 5,000 to 20,000 words in length.

Bartleby Snopes would like to start releasing flash novels, books that feel like a full novel, but are only 3,000 to 10,000 words in length. No deadlines, but they hope to publish their first this summer. Pays 60% royalties. They will do editing and cover art.


Monster Corral has the image up for their monthly Flash Fiction Contest. 1000 words tops. Deadline March 31. First prize is $50, plus publication (chance for publication at usual pay for all entrants). No fee to enter. Any genre as long as a monster is featured.

The Binnacle is sponsoring their Annual Ultra-Short Competition, which ends this Friday, March 15. Prose or poetry. Prize will be between $50 and $300. No fee to enter.

Kazka Press has their monthly 713 Flash Contest going on. The March theme is Changing Seasons. Submission deadline is March 20. Must be more than 713 words, less than 1001. Pays $10 flat fee for accepted stories. No fee to enter.  

The Waterman Fund is holding their 2013 Alpine Essay Contest on technology in the woods. Essays due April 15. $1500 first prize and publication in Appalachia Journal. No fee.

Blog Hops/Fests:

Mina Lobo and her pal David Macaulay are hosting a blog hop where people reveal their themes for the A-to-Z Challenge. This is their blog hop, not one officially put on by the A-to-Z team, but it sure sounds like fun! The Big Reveal Blog Hop will take place on March 21.

And here are the giveaways!

From March 4 to March 22, you can enter to win:

One set of signed Backworlds paperbacks, including The Backworlds, Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge, and Boomtown Craze. Will only ship to US residents. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One of five free e-books. All countries eligible.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Any of these links you're interested in? Have you read anything by M. Pax yet? Did you enter the giveaway? What do you think of her cover? Anything to pass along?

May you find your Muse.


  1. I think I'm going to stop by Mina's blog, too - anyway, I was going to announce my theme about that period, soo...

    And I have to read Mary's book soon!

  2. Flash novels? What the heck?

    I'm sorry, but I'm tired of seeing "flash" attached to everything short.
    What they really want are short stories and novelettes. They should just say that. Gah!

  3. Yay for Mary! She's everywhere. Thanks for the links. I haven't had time to do any short story writing lately, but I was inspired for one the other night while watching Science Channel.

  4. Flash Novels is a new one on me too.

    Been seeing that book all over the place. Sounds interesting.

  5. Very cool! We're both big fans of Mary aka MPax! Still need to snag a copy. In the meanwhile, I hope her giveaway does well.

  6. Thanks for the links, I may look into some of those contests.

  7. Thanks for the links and MPax info. Also thanks for the heads up for the pre blog launch talking about the theme for the A to Z.

  8. Yay for Mary and her book! I learned about the Big Reveal Blog Hop for the first time from your post... Right now, I'm trying to stay away from blog hops before A to Z, but perhaps this is something I should do...

  9. Thanks so much for offering the ebook to those of us who live overseas.
    I'm sure most people would like to be on a spaceship, but I'd rather be in a spaceport. More people, aliens, and stuff to do and see. It's like the whole galaxy comes to you! :-)

  10. A fellow Browncoat! Sounds like the same genre; very cool. As always, thanks for all the links.

  11. Alex, woo-hoo!

    Adriana, then you might as well do it around friends!

    Andrew, ha! I have to agree.

    Christine, I love when inspiration strikes.

    Jeff, it's good you're seeing it everywhere!

    Bryan (& Brandon), because she rocks!

    Mark, I hope you do!

    EW, I hope you find something you'd like to do in there somewhere.

    Cynthia, believe me, I understand avoiding blog hops right now. The jury's out on whether I'll do it, but I do think it's a super fun idea.

    Lexa, what a good point! You sure make a case for the space port.

    Milo, yay, glad you could find each other.