Latest update on Primordial Threat

Well, it’s been a whirlwind of a promotion. So much so, that I’ve gotten literally thousands of new readers this week, for which I’m very grateful.

On Amazon, I’ve hit pretty much all of the #1 categories my book is listed in, both for Kindle and the Audiobook.

In fact, I’m currently sitting at #9 in the entire Amazon Kindle store. I certainly didn’t expect that.

I’ve extended the sale ($0.99) of the book by one day in the off chance that my sales numbers are high enough to warrant being on a bestseller list. I know that NYT measures from Monday to Monday, thus the sale now ends at the end of Monday, the 22nd.

Anyway, if you’re interested, I can pretty much guarantee there won’t be a better price available than this. And if you do get it, I hope you enjoy it. There’s more coming in both the Science Fiction and Thriller categories.

As before, if there’s a question about what this book is about, I can refer you to the simple trailer I created. The audio portion of the video should give you a basic summary, or you can go to any of the retail outlets at the bottom of this post and they’ll have a text summary as well.

I’ve collected all the links for the retail spots on this post, but you can also simply look on the Primordial Threat page from this site.

Available on: AmazonKoboBarnes & NobleiTunes, and GooglePlay.

Primordial Threat – it’s an odd story….

As you might have seen from my prior post, I have my debut Science Fiction novel on sale for $0.99.

So far, it has been really well received. I hit #1 in Amazon’s Hard Science Fiction category, along with Military Science Fiction and a couple others.

Heck, while this was happening, I received a long-awaited e-mail from Larry Niven. Any readers of science fiction should recognize that name.

In fact, here’s a list of the kudos Primordial Threat has received – it’s kind of nuts.

Well, the sale ends on Sunday. So, if you’re at all interested in this genre, I feel comfortable saying that this is about as good of a deal as is possible and I think you’ll enjoy the book.

What’s the book about?

Well, I’ll refer you again to the simple trailer I created. The audio portion of the video should give you a basic summary, or you can go to any of the retail outlets at the bottom of this post and they’ll have a text summary as well.

I’ve collected all the links for the retail spots on this post, but you can also simply look on the Primordial Threat page from this site.

Available on: AmazonKoboBarnes & NobleiTunes, and GooglePlay.

Primordial Threat – special offer

Novel? What novel? Well, let me introduce you to a simple trailer I’d created. It’s not nearly as cheesy as you might suspect.  😉

It does have some audio and it is perfectly safe for work, content-wise.

PRIMORDIAL THREAT has been released, but one of the biggest challenges for a new author is to make people aware of their book, especially their debut one.

Despite my background in the sciences, it has been a long journey in creating my first science fiction novel, in fact, it took a few years. In that time the book has received kudos from quite a few 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙨, many of which you’re likely familiar with, if you’re a reader of science fiction.

I should note that I’ve also been blessed with many great reader reviews.

My goal with this post is to try and get others to know about my new book, and if you like science fiction (think of titles like The Martian or Seveneves), then I believe you’ll enjoy PRIMORDIAL THREAT.

I’m lowering the price of the e-book to $0.99 this week (Oct 15th-21st) with the hope to not only entice you to get the novel, but hopefully to 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 your future readership.

Oh, and anyone who is interested in taking advantage of the temporarily lowered price, the book is available at a bunch of places. I’ve collected all the links for the retail spots on this post, but you can also simply look on the Primordial Threat page from this site.

Available on: AmazonKoboBarnes & NobleiTunes, and GooglePlay.

Rothman’s Meatless Pasta Carbonara

It’s been a while since I posted one of my recipes, so here’s one I literally just made tonight for the family.

This is a recipe that mimics pasta carbonara, which is basically spaghetti with a creamy sauce composed of eggs and cheese and some pasta water. Traditionally, people sautee and chop up guanciale (a form of bacon) as a porky addition – we substitute mushrooms and never miss it.

Fair warning: I make a lot at a time, you’ll want to divide the ingredients to your audience.

  • Spaghetti – 3lb
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 2 lbs button mushrooms – (can never have too many mushrooms)
  • 16 eggs (actually 8 whole eggs + 8 yolks, save whites for an omelette or meringue, etc.)
  • black pepper (lots)
  • 2 cups of grated Parmesan (can use more, but generally not less).

Step 1: Saute a bunch of mushrooms. I usually lightly salt it during the saute process, but I’ll note I don’t use salt anywhere else in this recipe since the cheese itself actually provides plenty of salt.

Lots of water will come out of the mushrooms, this is good – they’ll slowly start to darken.

When most of the water has evaporated out of the mushrooms, add the chopped garlic and stir it around with the mushrooms. You’ll be turning the heat off the pan almost right away, because the garlic will burn pretty quickly – and that is not Good Eats™.

 

Step 2: Start cooking the pasta, and cook it a minute or two shy of al-dente. Basically, whatever the instructions are for cooking the pasta, subtract a minute or two. Once you mix this stuff up, the pasta will absorb some of the sauce and finish the cook, trust me – you don’t want mush.

Step 3: Either while the pasta is cooking or ahead of it, prepare your carbonara sauce.

Grated parmesan

Add pepper

Add eggs

Mix thoroughly, will create a thick sauce.

Step 4: Reserve 3-4 cups of the cooked pasta water (its murky due to the starch coming off the pasta during cooking).

Step 5: Mix the sauteed mushrooms and garlic into the sauce, it’ll slightly raise the heat (temper) the sauce, helping to prevent curdling of the eggs.

Step 6: Add half of the pasta and rapidly mix/toss with two large spoons, this will get the sauce nice warmed up and then add the rest of the pasta. Mix some more. You’ll probably notice the pasta looks a tiny bit dry, so I almost always add half the pasta water right away. Mix some more. The egg sauce will thicken and coat the noodles.

Ready to serve!

Pasta mixed in large bowl.

The remnants of the pasta in my bowl. Notice how creamy it is. Yum!

Enjoy!

Two books are now in preorder….

I apologize for not posting in a while, but I prefer to use this blog to post actual news versus my normal blather, which can be found on Facebook.

For a long time I’ve been holding back on some of the titles I’ve had in a “done” state – no more.

Here are their covers (caveat, both are still in pre-order, and there might be one last tweak occurring to Perimeter‘s cover.)

Even though at the moment, you may only see an e-book, when they release, both books will be available in e-book, paperback, and audio form.

Perimeter is definitely a mainstream thriller, and Primordial Threat is what many would consider hard science fiction (think The Martian).

And if you want more details, see their respective pages at Perimeter and Primordial Threat.

I have been goofing around with some visual art stuff…

As you all likely know (see above on web site), I have some titles on submission to publishers.

To maintain sanity between submissions, most would-be authors should be writing, and that’s largely what I’ve been doing–except recently–I worked with an artist to mock up what a book cover might look like for one of the above submissions.

I’ve also had in the can a video trailer talking about Primordial Threat, which I modified based on the recent cover work.

Here it is…

 

 

Reminder

Follow this blog via the subscriber mechanism on the site (or click here) if you want access to some subscriber-only information such as giveaways of unpublished material or early access to some works-in-progress. And yes, I actually have a complete never-published novel in the subscriber’s area for you to read online, free of charge.

Also, if you’re curious what the novel is about, here’s a basic blurb on it and some comments from NYT bestselling authors:

As far as twenty-year-old Jeremiah’s concerned, his life vanished five years ago with the fevers that nearly killed him and wiped his memory. But with the illness came a strange new gift–the ability to hear the thoughts of others.  

Only when Jeremiah comes home from work to discover a dead KGB agent does he find himself fleeing the only life he knew. 

Trying to evade a past he cannot remember, his escape catapults him into a world involving covert military operations, missing Soviet-era explosives and a two-thousand-year-old prophecy that predicted his birth.

“Michael Rothman’s THE CODE BREAKER is an engaging, fast-paced thriller with a great premise and very real characters. Will please fans of Dean Koontz and The Da Vinci Code.”
    — Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars.

“Michael Rothman’s THE CODE BREAKER takes the reader on a roller-coaster of a ride, moving from intrigue, to excitement, and beyond that into the realm of profound.  This isn’t just a good book, this one is truly epic.”
    — David Farland, New York Times Bestselling, Award-winning Author

Thanks,
Mike

Free novel – share with others.

Hello all,

I’m at the stage now with my writing where I’m looking at some of my old (unpublished novels) and know that I’m never going to submit them for publication for one reason or another. Usually, it’s because they twist genres a bit and it ends up not being as strongly viable in a commercial sense.

However, I am wondering if there’s interest in getting a cheap (free) read for you folks with the full knowledge that I may not do much more than just the single title I share? [I of course have many other titles that I do plan on putting out, mostly in the SF or Thriller genres, and not to belabor the obvious, but since they’re more recently written, they probably benefit from more experience by yours truly.]

Just so you know, the title that I plan on sharing is called CODE BREAKER. It is a thriller, but it does have some fantasy elements in it, so from a traditional publication point of view, I’ve been shot down completely and utterly.

I did get some very nice comments from some folks, I suppose I can share them:

“Michael Rothman’s THE CODE BREAKER is an engaging, fast-paced thriller with a great premise and very real characters. Will please fans of Dean Koontz and The Da Vinci Code.”
     — Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars.

“Michael Rothman’s THE CODE BREAKER takes the reader on a roller-coaster of a ride, moving from intrigue, to excitement, and beyond that into the realm of profound.  This isn’t just a good book, this one is truly epic.”
     — David Farland, New York Times Bestselling, Award-winning Author

“Action, mystery and supernatural elements make this novel a grab bag of genres, but a driven narrative and resolute protagonist pull it all together.”
     — Kirkus Reviews

If you’re interested, add your name to my mailing list. I won’t be sharing more on this site directly.

Signup here.

For those on the fence, I’ll share a sample below. Again, for those signing up on the mailing list, I will share the entire book, although you might have to bear with me for a bit while I figure out the best logistics to do manage sharing that with only the folks on my mailing list.

To sign up for my mailing list, you should see on the right-hand side of the page “Follow Blog” with a space for your e-mail address. It should hopefully be self-explanatory after that.

For those who are curious, here’s a high-level summary:

As far as twenty-year-old Jeremiah’s concerned, his life vanished five years ago with the fevers that nearly killed him and wiped his memory.  But with the illness came a strange new gift–the ability to hear the thoughts of others.

Only when Jeremiah comes home from work to discover a dead KGB agent does he find himself fleeing the only life he knew.

Trying to evade a past he cannot remember, his escape catapults him into a world involving covert military operations, missing Soviet-era explosives and a two-thousand-year-old prophecy that predicted his birth.

And here’s the first chapter.

 

 

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