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: http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship. To find out more about my books, go to my website at http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

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: http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship. To find out more about my books, go to my blog at http://tesserene.blogspot.com or my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

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: http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship. To find out more about my books, go to my website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

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. :)




Release party and book celebration!

I'm having a release party and book celebration! My paranormal/detective/alien-abduction sci-fi thriller, Sunrise Destiny, will be released on 9/26 and I'm celebrating the success of My Other Car is a Spaceship.

Join me on 9/27/14 and celebrate your favorite books!

Authors, feel free to promote your books and offer giveaways and contests. (You're welcome to host an hour, if you like.) Readers, get a chance to win prizes and learn about new authors. https://www.facebook.com/events/1475965716004312/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar.



Saturday, September 20, 2014

#49 author of Teen and YA novels

As of today, I've broken into the Top 50 authors of teen and YA books on Amazon. This is especially amazing given that I don't specifically write YA books. I just write sci-fi books for anyone who wants to read them. Apparently they appeal to young audiences as well as adults. Who knew? :)


That's fine by me. Welcome readers of all ages!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Readers love My Other Car is a Spaceship!


There's a reason MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP has been consistently #1 or #2 on Amazon's list of military sci-fi titles for almost two weeks. There aren't a lot of reader reviews yet on Amazon, but most of them are 4- and 5-stars. Here are some of them:


Spell binding 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.” *****Five Stars*****—Kendrick Knight


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.” *****Five Stars*****—Stoney “stoney”


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.*****Five Stars*****—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.” *****Five Stars*****—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." *****Five Stars*****—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.” *****Five Stars*****—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. I've taken away a star for a couple of cuss-words, but other than that this was a good read. I'd recommend this to science fiction fans.” ****Four Stars****—Jacob Ward


“[G]ood fun old fashioned Space-Opera. [I]t is a good fun tour d' force. I enjoyed the read, and I will read the next book in the series.” ****Four Stars****—Texican “headhunter”


“[T]he author has done a great job with the story line and characters. ... I had a ha[r]d time putting it down after the third chapter.” ****Four Stars****—Dave R


To read the full reviews, go to the Amazon sales page. MY OTHER CAR IS A SPACESHIP is available on Amazon in 12 countries: http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship. To find out more about my books, go to my  website: http://MarkTerenceChapman.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Current list of my sci-fi novels

Just to make finding my novels easier, here is the (rather short) list, in order of publication. The links will take you to one of 12 Amazon sites around the world, depending upon your country. (If you don't live in one of the 12 countries, the link will default to the US site.)

The Mars Imperative: http://smarturl.it/TheMarsImperative
The Tesserene Imperative: http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship
My Other Car: http://smarturl.it/MyOtherCarSpaceship 

Sunrise Destiny: http://smarturl.it/SunriseDestiny

If you really can't get enough of my writing (you poor thing), there's also a paperback anthology that includes one of my short stories:

Top 50 Sci-Fi Kindle author

Wow! I just noticed that I'm ranked among the Top 50 Sci-Fi Kindle authors on Amazon. And two spots ahead of Arthur C. Clarke, one of the giants of SF. Okay, so he's been dead for a few years, and most of his novels came out before ebooks, but still.... Pretty cool, I think. (And my first three books have been out for only 4-8 weeks, with the fourth coming in eight days.) Hmm. Of perhaps even more significance, I'm also #67 among all authors of Teen books (not just Kindle or SF). My books aren't even targeted at the YA market, but apparently they appeal to teens. :)


Fun weekend... Not.

I spent all Sunday creating a drainfield between my yard and my next door neighbor's where the water likes to collect and create a marshy area. The grass won't grow there and it looks ugly.

So I dug an 80-foot trench, filled the base with gravel, and put in some corrugated pipe (covered in a porous fabric that lets the water in, but not the dirt and gravel) to take the water down to the drainage ditch out by the street. Then on Monday and Tuesday I added more gravel in the trench, on either side of the pipe, and then covered the trench with dirt. What a lot of work, but great exercise. LOL!

Here are a few photos of the process:




I still have to pack down the dirt and then cover with topsoil and add grass seed. But with any luck, the area will look great by Springtime.