Happy New Year in Reviews

It’s also the beginning of the month, so I have a new Hot Flash for you. I’ve also put a Flashbacks tab in the Hot Flashes menu, to make it easier to navigate to previous years’ Hot Flashes.

Cover of Force of Habit - A blank puzzle with one piece levitating.Echelon, publisher of FORCE OF HABIT, plans to raise the price from $2.99 to $4.99. The last time I checked, Amazon had not yet bumped the price, so get ‘er cheap while you can. If you would like to see this book in print, there’s a link on the Amazon page to notify the publisher of your desire.

From the Department of Don’t Break Your Arm Patting Yourself On The Back, here are some excerpts from reviews:

“Allen weaves a wonderful story and world that will have you groaning and laughing at the antics of her characters, who each take on a life of their own within the stories.”

“A quick and delightful read. Like Marian Allen’s other book, Eel’s Reverence, this book leaves us wanting more. Highly recommended.”

“By giving the reader accessible aliens, Allen paves the way for a delightfully quirky romp through bureaucracy, inter-galactic relations and social customs. Wordplay and innuendo spice up an already tasty book – even the title is a clever pun!”

“If you enjoy Star Trek, Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide series, or any other lighthearted science fiction, then Force of Habit should be right up your alley.”

Wow! I’d like to read that book, myself! Er, I mean, there you go.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Invent New Year’s tradition for an imaginary society. You can make their New Year any time of the year you like, but justify that as their time to note the beginning of a new cycle.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Happy New Year in Reviews

  1. Holly Jahangiri

    January 1, 2013 at 10:39am

    You should totally read this book! I can pretty confidently say that it was not the drugs that had me so engrossed… well, mostly not. 🙂 Seriously, I will always think of your storytelling, and the “pain” of laughter, when I think of recovering from surgery (twice) in 2011. Your books provided hours of excellent diversion and distraction from all that ailed me. So yeah, go reread your own novels, Marian – totally worth it!

    I’m off to check out your Hot Flash!

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      Marian Allen

      January 1, 2013 at 12:40pm

      Wow, Holly, thank you! 🙂 I’m looking forward to your coming sf novel(s)!

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      • Holly Jahangiri

        January 1, 2013 at 12:44pm

        If the short story goes well, there’s no stopping the novel. On the other hand, if I end up driving to the Riverwalk – not to attend LoneStar Con, but to jump in and drown my sorrows…

        Oh, don’t look at me like that. Darned thing’s only about 5′ deep at the deepest point, I think. And I can swim. And you can bet I’d be swimming fast to get out of that filth. 😉

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    January 1, 2013 at 10:40am

    P.S. I wish your comments would just check that “notify me of any replies” thing by default. Can you make it so, Cap’n?

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      Marian Allen

      January 1, 2013 at 12:47pm

      It’s appoza already be so. Maybe you should complain to Andy Bailey.

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  3. Holly Jahangiri

    January 1, 2013 at 12:55pm

    Checks your settingses, because only the CommentLuv link love button’s checked, not the “Notify me of follow-up comments by email.” Then again – I may be getting the Reply-me notices anyway. I hadn’t considered that. Hmm.

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  4. Connor Harley

    January 2, 2013 at 1:00am

    Thank you for the heads up Marian. I’ll try to check amazon if I can still purchase it for the previous price. I’ve read great reviews on it. I’m hoping to have one soon.

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  5. Joy

    January 7, 2013 at 5:45pm

    I’m definitely checking this out on Amazon. Thanks for the tip, it’ll be part of my to-read list for this year!

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      Marian Allen

      January 8, 2013 at 8:30am

      Thanks! If you do buy and read it, please leave a review. 🙂

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  6. Veronica

    January 8, 2013 at 1:23am

    Interesting read. I’m not really a fan of this genre but I’ll give it a try, your recommendations have never failed me.

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      Marian Allen

      January 8, 2013 at 8:32am

      You’re very kind, Veronica. I’m biased toward this particular book, though, since I wrote it. ~grin~

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  7. Emilia

    January 8, 2013 at 5:44am

    Oh interesting read. I’m looking forward to getting a copy of this soon.

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