the erased

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The Erased is an e-book by Grant Piercy, available for the Amazon Kindle.

You’ve been imprisoned by a shadowy government project and your identity has been erased; the only question is why. Welcome Home.

In a dystopian society where severe laws are in place to regulate the media you’re allowed to view, anyone and anything can be erased. Most people get their information and entertainment from the Knowledgebase -- a computer network dubbed the “sum total of human knowledge.” But forces are at work to edit and shape the Knowledgebase as they see fit -- suppressing dissident thoughts and behaviors. Their clear target: a group of rebels who hide in plain sight and call themselves the Transhumans -- people who remote into androids illegally, and whose goal is to eventually transplant a human consciousness into an android.

In the middle of this stands 77, a prisoner who’s been asked to repair a broken android for his captors. Once he solves the mystery of this android, he may find the truth behind the Transhumans, the elusive Knowledgebase architects, and the erased.

The Erased presents a near-future parable for the media age, where the march toward merging with technology comes at a terrible price.

Link: my ebook is free today on Amazon.com


If you’re unfamiliar, The Erased is a dystopian tale of androids, censorship, and a secret government project, told from the perspective of several different characters who are all detained in a special prison.

It’s free through Halloween, because ROBOTS.

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Link: "The Erased" free on Smashwords.com


For the remainder of July, my e-book “The Erased” is free on Smashwords.com. Use the coupon code SSWIN at checkout. Hope you enjoy!

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Link: Giving It Away


The ladies of @duolit were again kind enough to let me use their website as a bullhorn, this time for my views on self-publishing in general and the notion of giving your work away for free. Having already used my five free, promotional days with Kindle’s Direct Select program, I felt it was good to at least reflect on the experience. I actually do plan on re-upping with KDS for another three months, which means more free, promotional days. Or maybe I’m just procrastinating formatting for putting The Erased in other online platforms.

Here’s an excerpt from my guest post over there:

Publishing a book now is just a drop in the sea. So many people have seen the model work for Hocking, Konrath, et al that it’s difficult to get noticed. Even using the Direct Select promotional days that help you give your book away for free doesn’t do much unless you’ve had some kind of exposure elsewhere. That’s where blog tours and book reviewers come into the mix. Don’t just think that giving your book away for free for a few days will be enough to help you get noticed. Remember what Reznor said — ‘As an artist, you want as many people as possible to hear your work. Word of mouth is the only true marketing that matters.’

It’s difficult as an artist to think of your work as a product, but that’s what you’ve got to start doing, and you’ve got to make that product as polished as possible. Distinguish it somehow. What makes your story unique? Focus on your craft, but also focus on what’s going to make people click through the download link. But most of all, do this for you. Forget thinking you’re going to make any real money on book sales. Some people are going to be opposed to just giving their art away for free, thinking they’re entitled to profits from sharing their work.But remember also that the people who get your book for free probably were not people that you were going to sell to anyway.”

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The Erased free giveaway, 4/18-4/20

My e-book, The Erased, is available for free today 4/18 through Friday 4/20 in the Amazon Kindle store. Remember, I provide the first few chapters for free anyway if you want to check them out (and Amazon previews them as well).

Here’s a review from the Amazon page:

"A great story depicting a not so far fetched future. Told concurrently from multiple perspectives, this novel keeps you on the edge of the page, and demands you to see and understand all sides of the story. The ending leaves you wondering who the antagonists and protagonists really are or who to really root for (or how you wish the future might look)…in other words it was a great story that left me wanting more."

(Source:amazon.com)
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Link: The Erased free giveaway, 3/23-3/24


My e-book, The Erased, is available for free today 3/23 and tomorrow 3/24 in the Amazon Kindle store. Remember, I provide the first few chapters for free anyway if you want to check them out (and Amazon previews them as well).

Here’s a review from the Amazon page:

For a first-time novel, this is fast-moving and entirely entertaining book. The Erased quickly jumps right into the action, with a father being arrested by shadowy government forces and locked into ‘rehabilitation center,’ where he is separated from his wife and child. From there, he is systematically stripped of his identity and forced to work and answer questions for the all powerful system that he has somehow crossed. In no time at all you will start to question the sanity of not just the other inmates, but also the protagonist. What if he’s wrong? What if everyone else is just as crazy? And what if they’re all sane? Piercy does a deft job of mixing and weaving several different viewpoints, all of them identified by nothing more than the number they have been assigned.

The Erased wears most of its influences right out there in the open, but the author blends them together in a new and interesting way. While on the surface you can identify themes from 1984 and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and healthy amount of Cold-War Conspiracy Theories, what I was most often reminded of was the work of Dan Simmons, specifically his excellent Flashback. Piercy offers up a view of a nearly-there America where owning movies, music or books that aren’t approved of can bring strict consequences, incarceration without trial, and no hope of escape, but he also shows us a glimpse of how the technology that can imprison us can also release us.”

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