The Writer’s Angst of Launching Books

Every time I have a new book come out, especially one I’ve put a lot of personal value into, I get more than a little anxious. I’m not gonna lie, I’m probably not a lot of fun to be around.    I know. I shouldn’t judge myself based on the success, or failure, of a book. I don’t have any control over what the reader response is going to be.    That is the crux of what it means to be a writer (or any other kind of artist). You invest yourself in a project, giving it your whole being as you become invested in the characters and what they mean to each other in the story, and to you outside it.   Cyber’s Change is special to me for a lot of reasons I won’t go into again. If you want Read more…

Awesome Audiobooks At A Discount (Or Even FREE)

I was chatting with my friend JM Bannon about his latest project. He’s working on creating audiobooks for his groundbreaking Alchemists steampunk fantasy series. He describes them this way:  “The stories are set in an alternative universe very similar to ours, but magnificent steam-powered machines and magic exist. In this 19th century, three powerful Guilds vie for power behind the scenes,  our heroine and her eclectic group find themselves using their unique skills to solve thrilling mysteries.” He’s even put together a kickstarter for the project with some pretty awesome perks and bonuses (including a custom musical soundtrack for the series). I jumped on right away to support it and told him I’d love to help out in spreading the word. He offered to do a special contest for the last week of the program and giveaway 5 free audiobook Read more…

You never forget your first… (and a few special book deals)

I started writing fiction after a good friend dared me to write the first draft of a book in just 30 days. This was a challenge to join the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) contest held in November each year. I surprised myself by coming up with a story that had been rattling around in my head in one form or another for a few years.  You never forget your first… That rough (oh, so rough) first draft was born from the annual November contest. I’ve entered NaNoWriMo every year since.  Almost a year later, after a good deal of editing and fixing, I published Extreme Medical Services for the world to see. At one point, it rose to #24 in the whole Amazon book store.  I’m super proud of it. In honor of that first book, I decided to Read more…

Planning the Next Wedding, A Cover Reveal, and More Discounted and Free Books

I have to start out this email by saying thank you for the overwhelming support from all of you after my last email. Many replied to that message and it was great corresponding with you. Since then, a lot has happened. My wife announced that she and my daughter are planning to go looking at wedding venues near the beach along the Delaware and Maryland shore. I think she told me so I could plan my schedule to drive them, not because they actually want my input. (lol) Most of you know our oldest just got married back in November so I wasn’t expecting to jump back in and plan another one so soon, especially for our youngest, though she is certainly old enough. Still, we’re looking ahead to spring and summer 2020 and that is good news for all of Read more…

Character Diversity and What it Means to Me

I’m working on a new series that, while fun to write and action-packed, deals with some tough issues on what it means to be a person or be human. 

It all sprang from a request from one of my daughters to make my books more inclusive of diverse characters, and to make the stories, not about that diversity, but to just write stories with a variety of character genders, orientations, and orientations more representative of society as a whole. Read more…

A Winter Holiday in Bali and Book Deals and Freebies

Well, I’m fresh back from my tropical vacation in Bali. It wasn’t totally a vacation since I was on the trip with a bunch of the top fantasy and sci-fi indie authors I know to talk about our books, fans, and writing in general. My wife got some beach time, though while I was in chatting books with my author pals.Now that I’ve recovered from the 30-hour trip back home, I’m ready to make 2019 a kick-ass year for new books and other projects from me. I’m going to be releasing the fifth and final (for now) book of the Delivery Mage series. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” will be out soon so keep your eyes open.I’m also working on a new project set in a near-future, dystopian America dealing with cybernetics, implants, and what it means to be human. Stay tuned Read more…

A New Year and a Huge Selection of New Series to Check Out – Free!

The year of 2019 looks like it’s going to be a break out year for me and my family. My son got married in late 2018 and my daughter got engaged over the Christmas Holidays. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. On the author side of things: I have several new series to kick off, some important additions to the previous series I’ve written, and even some adjustments to existing series about which I’m really excited. There will also be new collaborations with some awesome fantasy and sci-fi authors, too, so keep an eye out for them. What are you looking forward to this new year? Reply to this email and let me know what your biggest hope for 2019 is. Free books for you: As I dig into my new year of writing, I Read more…