Friday, December 5, 2014

$0.99 Sale on The Tesserene Imperative, through Dec. 7

*** COUNTDOWN SPECIAL *** From Dec. 5-7 only, get THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE for a mere $0.99. If you’ve been on the fence about getting this ***4.7-star rated*** sci-fi thriller, here your chance, just in time for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa. Get one for yourself, get one for your kids, get one for Grandma. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem. Download the FREE Kindle app for Android, Apple, and Windows. You can read the book on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. (If you miss out on this 99-cent special, you can still get it for only $1.99 from Dec. 8-11, before the book returns to its normal price on Dec.12) If you have AMAZON PRIME or KINDLE UNLIMITED, you can download the book for FREE!

Despite being part of a series, my sci-fi thriller, THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE (Book Two of The Imperative Chronicles), is a stand-alone story. (You don't necessarily have to read Book One (The Mars Imperative)—but, of course, you’ll want to!) It’s available on Amazon in 13 countries:

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Imperative Chronicles is Available for Preorder

This two-book set of THE IMPERATIVE CHRONICLES contains the complete, unabridged, highly rated sci-fi thrillers, THE MARS IMPERATIVE and THE TESSERENE IMPERATIVE. It's a perfect holiday gift for the hard sci-fi fan in your life, with almost 700 pages of excitement. It ships Dec. 6.

Get ready for a near-future universe where the science and technology is as real as anything you might encounter today. It's a universe of space elevators, terraforming, mining camps on Mars, and prospecting for minerals in distant asteroid belts; a universe where the Earth is dangerously overpopulated. We must expand outward to survive.

Dangers abound in space, but so do opportunities. Succeed and the galaxy is opened for human exploration; fail and humanity is doomed to extinction.

Which will it be? Come along for the ride of your life. It's a bumpy one, but well worth the trip.

Mars is a frontier town, filled with prospectors and mining camps. It’s a place of deadly dust storms and near-vacuum atmosphere. And then there’s the terrorist.

When James McKie leaves for his first job in space, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Traveling to Mars is harrowing enough. Surviving once he gets there is another matter entirely. Yet there is a discovery waiting to be made, one that could open Mars to human colonization—if it doesn’t kill everyone first.

It was supposed to be a routine mission, but in an asteroid belt nothing is routine.

When prospecting ship Shamu is almost destroyed, the crew of five is left with three days of air, little water, a smashed starflight drive, and no hope of rescue. It will take every ounce of ingenuity and stubborn pigheadedness they possess to find a way to survive.

In the shadows of a small moon, there's a discovery waiting to be made--the secret to first contact. Will it open the stars to widespread exploration, or doom mankind to extinction?

THE IMPERATIVE CHRONICLES series is available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my blog at or my website:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Frequently Misused and Misspelled Words and Phrases (and how to use them correctly) is available for preorder

From the author of the former #1 bestselling Military Sci-fi novel on Amazon (My Other Car is a Spaceship). FREQUENTLY MISUSED AND MISSPELLED WORDS AND PHRASES (and how to use them correctly) is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Do you sometimes find yourself using the wrong word (such as discrete vs. discreet), or using a word incorrectly? Are you confused by the differences between similar words (such as shined, shone, and shown; lay and lie; or to, too, and two)? Do you misspell common words (alright vs. all right, or ect. vs. etc.) and phrases (such as tow the line vs. toe the line)? Do you write fiction, nonfiction, business memos, emails, or anything else that others will read? Then this book is for you.

It explains in simple language the differences between words and phrases that are frequently misused and misspelled, as well as rules for proper punctuation and capitalization, and other elements of English that often trip up the unwary writer. And it does so with frequent humor to keep it from becoming too dry. For example:

Baited vs. Bated
Wrong: I waited with baited breath.
Right: I waited with bated breath.

Do your friends call you “fish-breath”? If not, then you wait with bated breath, which means “reduced, lessened, lowered in force.” The expression bated breath (using a short form of abated) refers to how someone almost stops breathing through awe, terror, anxiety, or extreme anticipation. Perhaps you waited with bated breath as he baited the hook.


Dessert vs. Desert
Wrong: She wandered for days, lost in the dessert.
Right: She wandered for days, lost in the desert.

Unless she was eating the world’s largest hot fudge sundae, she was lost in a desert (an extremely dry place that supports only sparse vegetation), not a dessert (the final course of a meal).


Site vs. Sight vs. Cite
Wrong: Check out my web sight.
Right: Check out my web site.

A site (noun) is a location. (“This is the site of our upcoming restaurant.”) A sight (noun) is a vision or a glimpse of something. (“She was quite a sight in that dress.”) Cite isn’t even a noun, it’s a verb. It means to quote as an authority (“Cite your sources.”), to commend for outstanding service (“He was cited for bravery.”) or to summon to court (“She was cited for speeding.”). The noun form of cite is citation. (Isn’t it interesting how a citation for bravery can be a good thing while a citation for speeding is a bad thing?)


Tact vs. Tack vs. Tactic
Wrong: I’m going to take a different tact on this problem.
Right: I’m going to take a different tack on this problem.
Right: I’m going to try a different tactic with this problem.

The phrase “taking a different tack” comes from nautical terminology meaning a course run obliquely against the wind in a zigzag fashion. So, taking a different tack means to try another approach or come at the problem from a different direction. Tact, on the other hand, is a sense of what’s appropriate or a skill with delicate situations. A tactic is a plan or procedure to attain a goal. A person of tact, then, might try a different tack as a tactic for achieving victory.
Check out the Look Inside feature for hundreds of other examples.

FREQUENTLY MISUSED AND MISSPELLED WORDS AND PHRASES (and how to use them correctly) is available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my website:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lots of good stuff going on....

I know I'm way behind in  updating this blog, but I've been really busy. So, here goes:

1) My Other Car is a Spaceship is nearing 11,000 copies sold.

2) The audiobook version of My Other Car is a Spaceship is on schedule to ship in early December. It will be available via Amazon, Apple iTunes, and

3) My Other Car is a Spaceship will also be available as an ebook from Barnes and Noble, Apple iBook, Oyster, Scribd, txtr, Smashwords, and other retailers, as well as distributors that sell to over 20,000 libraries, on December 5.

4) The Mars Imperative and The Tesserene Imperative will be combined into one ebook volume called The Imperative Chronicles (Books One and Two). It will be released on December 6.

5) My self-help book for writers of all types, Frequently Misused and Misspelled Words and Phrases (and how to use them correctly), will be released on December 5.

Whew! December will be insane. (In a good way.) :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Other Car is a Spaceship audiobook on schedule

We're still looking at a late November or early December release for the audiobook version of my bestselling military sci-fi thriller, MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP. Here's the cover for the audiobook:

Keep watching for status updates and the final release date. In the meantime, the ebook version is currently available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my website:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

10,000 copies sold!

My Military Sci-fi thriller, MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP has now sold over TEN THOUSAND copies. Maybe that's not New York Times bestseller numbers, but it's pretty rare for an unknown self-published author. :)

MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP is currently available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my blog at or my website:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New cover to celebrate 9,000 copies sold!

It occurred to me that I should tout the fact that My Other Car is s Spaceship reached #1 bestseller status on Amazon last month by added a medallion to that effect to the cover. The new cover was finished the same day the book reached 9,000 copies sold. So it was a doubly good day. Here's the new cover:

MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP is available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my website at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Audiobook version of My Other Car is a Spaceship is coming soon!

I will be working with a very talented voice actor named Mark Westfield to produce an audiobook version of MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP. If all goes according to plan, it should be available for sale in December on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

For anyone not familiar with the book, it was the #1 bestselling military sci-fi novel on Amazon.

When space pirates threaten to take over the shipping lanes, retired air force fighter pilot Hal Nellis is recruited to fight them. It all comes down to a final battle for the spaceways. Win, and the pirate threat is crushed forever. Lose, and the people of Earth and countless other backwater worlds are doomed to enslavement and death.

MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP is available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my blog at or my website:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP has sold more than 7500 copies in its first seven weeks!

Here's why MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP has sold more than 7500 copies in only seven weeks:

Great story. From the title you might expect a slightly cheeky but humorous story. This novel is better than that. Much better in fact. I could not put it down. ”—ArthurDent

A really really good book !!!! Very good story, good action, realistic story line[.] ... Sure hope we get more along the same line[.] Good job!”—Steve A. Harrah

“I was initially surprised by this book. Couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the writers characters, the personality, sarcasm, how they played on each other. Looking forward to a book 2. Hint hint. It truly was a great read. I think just about anyone could pick this one up and enjoy it. Thank you Mark Terence Chapman. For a book well written. :) —Amazon Customer

“A fast moving story with great characters that you just can't put down once you start reading. Really like these type of action stories that you can really get into.”—NJacques

Pretty good bit of Space Opera, I enjoyed it immensely.”—Amazon Customer

Really like this book was fast paced and kept me engrossed through the whole book[;] can't wait to read more.”—George sterling

Great reading. Really liked this book. Couldn't hardly put it down. Can't wait for the sequel. Will look for it till published.”—Hal Williams

Hardcore. FIVE stars for this book[. I]t was a surprise from the title[. I]t developed quickly into a good read. Characters developed nice. And fitted [easily] with each other quickly.”—Amazon Customerhardcore sick

Well thought out and written story of action and suspense. Chapman has a winner in this story. Needs to make a short series out of it.”—David L. Coffing

Very Satisfying. "My Other Car is a Spaceship" reads like a good effort from a top writer. The science fiction is plausible, the dialogue is believable, the plot and backstory are well-crafted. Mr Chapman keeps the action going, offers up some good jokes, a couple of homages - all in all, a very satisfying read. I recommend this book and I will read more from this author.”—Stoney “stoney”

“This was a fun read … swashbuckling at its finest!”—Amazon Customer

Spell[b]inding read that keeps you turning the pages. Great action adventure with a space opera theme. Well developed characters with a true sense of duty and honor.”—Kendrick Knight

I loved it. Almost nonstop action from Chapter 3 on. The action sequences are exciting and the banter between the two main characters is funny. The good guys somehow manage to win despite impossible odds. There are battle sequences aplenty, guerilla warfare, and lots of ingenuity displayed by the heroes,(and the author). A great read. I couldn't put it down.”—Russ Allen

Fast paced and keeps your interest. Hal is smart, and a great hero who thinks fast on his feet[;] teamed with the captain and the Dr. They are an unbeatable team.”—Amazon Customer

“A very enjoyable, action pack[ed] military [SF] against pirates. Well worth buying. I started and could not stop reading it. I will definitely buy the next book in the series.”—Robert P Lowrey

Great read. Good story, I would have renamed the ship "Merrys Revenge". Want to know which ship I am referring too? You will just have to read this entertaining book to find out. Anxiously waiting book two.”—David W. Kohn

“I found this book very interesting, and hard to put down. There is almost non stop action from about the fourth chapter. ,,, this was a good read. I'd recommend this to science fiction fans.”—Jacob Ward

MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP is available on Amazon in 12 countries: To find out more about my books, go to my website:

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I'm moving up the author rankings!

The author rankings on Amazon, that is. I'm currently the #35 "most popular" (i.e., bestselling?) author of sci-fi books for Kindle, #54 on the list of overall sci-fi book authors, and #39 on the list of Teen and YA authors. :)