Dear Leader Tales – FAQ

Questions which have come up previously are addressed below:

Q: Why isn’t the email address working in the Call for Submissions?
A: It works if the webpage spaces are removed, emails are only valid without spaces. On our website we try to limit the number of email addresses scraped by bots, so a little indirection is used.

Q: I have two (or more) stories to submit, can I submit them all on one transmittal?
A: Please don’t. We are using the email subject line to easily sort through submissions, and it would be very easy to miss the extras. We welcome additional submissions however.

Q: Do I have to send a cover letter or explanatory text?
A: No, but it will be useful for us when it comes time to break deadlocks between two equally weighted stories. Do it once and reuse on other calls, those of us on this end will appreciate it!

We will update this page as questions are raised.

Publisher-Lite Launches!

Feral Cat Publishing is now searching for two authors with worthy unpublished books. The successful authors will be offered a contract in our Publisher-Lite Program. We’re mostly looking for books in the science or fantasy fiction genres of 75K-100K words, but are open to others as long as they entertain.

Click here to learn more!

Amazon Promotion of Martyrs al-Sabra ebook

The Kindle version of Martyrs al-Sabra will be available free, from 7/12/2019 (12:00 AM PDT) through 7/13/2019 (11:59 PM PDT) at

Martyrs al-Sabra is a terrorism thriller which takes place after the 2020 USA presidential race. The Democrats have successfully retaken the White House, but now have to contend with a new type of Islamic terror campaign. Click here for more details.

If you enjoy the book (or not), we urge you to share your opinions in an online review at Amazon. It’s the primary means of reaching new readers for an author, plus you will serve fellow Amazon readers by sharing your impression. We thank you in advance for that consideration.

New to Kindle Unlimited

We are pleased to announce the availability of Bubble Off Plumb and Martyrs al-Sabra within the Kindle Unlimited catalog. Read both titles for free if you are a member of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Both books were unanimously given a 5-Star rating by Readers’ Choice.

If you are not a member of Kindle Unlimited, we are running a countdown-special on Amazon over the next two weeks with reduced pricing for both ebooks.

“Tales from the Land of Whence”, by Art Weil

One of our authors from Bubble Off Plumb, Art Weil, has released an  excellent collection of fantasy stories, Tales from the Land of Whence. Check it out, you will be very pleased!

A short review posted on Amazon:

“Art Weil has released a collection of his own short stories, all featuring the fantasy land of Whence. Each story is a gem, impeccably edited, and thoroughly delightful! Wicked puns, witty wording, and just enough reference to real-life caricatures to be immensely amusing. My favorites include Lord of the Manor and The Secret although honestly several others were really close. If you are going to buy a fantasy short story collection, buy this one! It will not disappoint.”

Smashwords Read an Ebook Sale

Feral Cat Publishers will be participating in the 10th Annual Read an Ebook Sale at The sale runs from March 3rd to March 9th, 2019. All of our titles on Smashwords will be discounted 50% and available in epub, mobi, and pdf formats.

If interested, simply add the title to your shopping cart during the promotional period, and the discount will be applied automatically.

Click on the kitty to see our titles.

Stardust Sentinels

Debut novel “Stardust Sentinels”, by Sarah M. Kalin – to be released in the fall of 2019.


“Sometimes you have a dream; and other times the dream has you.”
Dan M. Kalin

Bex hated dreams. She was getting better at ignoring them, but if it was up to her the summer nights would pass peacefully without constant interruptions. So she wasn’t entirely displeased when she was recruited by the Stardust Sentinels to help guide dreamers at night. Now each night was filled with new adventures instead of her own thoughts. But life starts catching up with her and Bex must choose between doing what is easy or what is right.

Martyrs al-Sabra Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite

“Martyrs al-Sabra by Dan M. Kalin is one of the best books I have ever read. What a remarkable thriller and what a talented writer! Let me begin by saying I usually avoid really long books, especially those involving politics and terrorism. So many of them spend copious amounts of time padding the pages with the backstories about each character, consequently slowing down the plot and testing reader patience. But that’s not the way Dan M. Kalin writes. From the moment he introduces us to the mysterious “Hammer” and the stunning Nayla, as they wait, like millions of Americans to see the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections, we are trying to figure out exactly who they are. By the time we find out, we are so emotionally invested in what they are doing and why, we are holding our breaths as we turn those many pages looking for answers and finding more and more twists, turns and surprises.

The Hammer and his team are planning an act of terrorism that, if successful, will double the number of deaths seen in the 911 horror. Their plot takes months of careful team preparation, involves a wealthy, self-important Saudi prince with an itchy trigger finger and a beautiful woman engaged in adulterous sex with the husband of the newly elected female president. By the time the big catastrophe is scheduled to occur, FBI agents are scrambling to locate the Hammer, identify the many snipers randomly killing or injuring Americans, including children, and desperately seeking a way to prevent the pending massive loss of life.

The tension in Martyrs al-Sabra never stops rising. Nor does it end after the big event takes place. It’s followed by another series of even more gripping events all brilliantly set in motion by the Hammer. His commitment to his cause justifies his every action and even love cannot deter him from achieving his goals. Can anyone stop the Hammer? Kalin’s writing style is tightly edited, giving readers only what they need to know and keeping them forever in suspense. The plentiful use of dialogue keeps the pace moving swiftly. Friendship and love are explored through the key characters’ actions and words, while the occasional poke at the unnamed Tweeting president prior to 2020 is welcome comic relief.

Martyrs al-Sabra provided everything this reader enjoys in good book and more. The best news is that Dan M. Kalin is already writing the sequel to this novel and his closing chapter gives us a hint of what’s ahead for the Hammer in that sequel. Dare I say I can’t wait to read it, along with another book Kalin plans to release in 2019 titled Pandora’s Children. Bring them on Dan! If they’re anything like Martyrs al-Sabra, they’ll be on my bucket list.”

(This review and others at Readers Choice)