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It’s July, and the world is your oyster. Thanks to the Smashwords Summer Sale, my entire stock of e-books is discounted! Choose from this colorful selection, starting with a free copy of the first volume of The Stolen Future trilogy:

The Invisible CityFREE: Journey nearly 1,000,000 years into the future to face re-created dinosaurs, subterranean mutants, genetically-engineered human-animal hybrids, and Earth’s alien overlords, as you trek across the planet in search of love, adventure, and a way home.

The Secret City. Following the events of The Invisible City, Keryl Clee returns to the future to find his love–but has he returned to the same place? The same time? Condemned for a crime he did not commit, Clee must fight enemies both human and inhuman as he sets out to find the Lady Maire–and discovers he must defend a world that wants him dead against a long-lost enemy that wants to conquer and to kill!

The Cosmic City. His enemies beaten back, but not beaten, Clee receives a message from the ancient past that sets him on his strangest voyage yet, struggling to stop a menace that can destroy time and space while betrayed by his allies, and his closest friends embark on a dangerous quest to find the astonishing secret that could save the world–or end it.

And if science fiction isn’t your thing…

The Choking Rain. In the days of the Great Depression, a mysterious and terrifying invisible murder weapon is killing men on the streets of Los Angeles in broad daylight, Can an ex-fighter pilot, a copy, and a colorful band of amateur adventurers save the city–and perhaps the nation–from The Choking Rain? (Book two in the series will be published in the fall.)

Once a Knight, A Tale of the Daze of Chivalry. Invisible killers too grim for you? Up for a little fun? How about a trip to the Dark (or perhaps dim) Ages? When Bruce Legume, heir-apparent to the mantle of the legendary White Samurai, is exiled from Japan to Europe on a technicality, he finds himself in the company of his long-lost brother Stephen, a loving soul who promises to help Bruce adjust to his new home (for a small fee). When that “adjustment” turns out to include assassins, pirates, a love-crazy princess, and an army of fashion-obsessed Amazons known as “Valleykyries,” will Stephen run? Will Bruce conquer? Will there be a sequel?

How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off (and What You Can Do about It). If fiction’s not your bag, this is a must for the informed investor–particularly if you are a retiree. Every year, it is estimated that up to 10% of all investors are mistreated by their stockbrokers (mostly seniors), and only one in 10 even realizes he’s being taken. Are you? Would you know if you were? This booklet, written in non-legalese plain English and based on over thirty years of dealing with dirty brokers, could save you tens of thousands of dollars today.

All of these fine books are offered at 25% off of list price (except for The Invisible City) for the month of July. What are you waiting for? Your summer reading list awaits!

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For the month of July, I am participating in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale! All full-price books are 25% off with the coupon code SSW25. This means that volume 2 of the Stolen Future trilogy, The Secret City; the first of the Captain Swashbuckle Depression-era thrillers, The Choking Rain; and my non-fiction primer on how to avoid losing money to your stockbroker, How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off–And What You Can Do About It, are all 25% off for an entire month! Check them all out at my author page, or see the entire Smashwords promotional catalog.

And of course, the first volume of the Stolen Future trilogy, The Invisible City, is also available, at the special introductory price of $0.99.

July is a long month, and you have to fill it somehow, so why not try some new fiction? (A word to the wise: Don’t take your Kindle into the pool…)

 

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Did you know that an estimated 100,000 people in the U.S. are cheated by their stockbroker every year? Actually, the number could be (and probably is) closer to 1,000,000 people, because like many crimes and offenses, these are not reported. The trouble is, most people don’t report their broker’s misconduct because (a) they don’t know where to go, or (b) they have no idea they’ve been cheated. (And before you think you’ve stumbled onto the wrong blog, keep reading.)

Stock fraud is my day job. (Oops. Maybe I should rephrase that.) Fighting stock fraud is my day job. I work for an attorney who deals primarily in representing investors who have lost money in the market due to their broker’s malfeasance or incompetence. I’ve been in that business for 30 years, first on the side of the brokers and now “on the side of the angels,” as I like to put it. And one thing I’ve noticed is that the level of ignorance of investors’ rights is shockingly high. So I decided to do something about it.

All writers want to make a difference. They want to write “To Kill a Mockingbird,” or “The Jungle.” I certainly do. But in the meantime, I’m going to try to make a difference in the non-fiction realm. I’ve just released on Amazon a booklet called, “How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off (And What You Can Do About It).” It’s an explanation of some of the common things that can go wrong with your brokerage account, how to spot them, and what you can do if they happen to you, written in plain, non-legal language. It’s not a book for lawyers. It’s a book for people who need answers when they don’t even know they should be asking questions.

This book doesn’t cover some of the things that I’ve seen in 30 years, even though they’d make more exciting reading, like the broker at the mob-connected firm who disappeared one night and has never been heard from since. Or the broker who tried to run our client off the road with his car, or the one who got himself named in his client’s will and instructed her caregivers to withhold medicines, or the one who pulled a gun on his client. Those guys will go into my mystery novels someday.

Still, the stock market is a dangerous place. You could use a guide.

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