Thursday, July 10, 2014

The next stop on the blog tour: Top five first Encounter tales

The A P Bookclub was nice enough to ask me about First Encounter stories. Here are my thoughts, such as they are. Top Five Encounters

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Back Cover Text, Front Cover Picture

As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe—a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn’t understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer… Ellen Ripley.”

Amazon Number One!

Well, sort of.

SEVEN FORGES, for however brief a moment, is currently number one in sales on Amazon in the categories of EPIC FANTASY and DARK FANTASY. Trust me, I never thought I'd see the day. Part of that, I have no doubt, is driven by the sale price that popped up on Amazon of $1.99 for the Kindle edition.

Know what? I don't care. It still feels good and I'm going to enjoy it as long as it lasts.

Currently the book is also #93 out of the top 100 Paid In Kindle Store. I like that number. It has several less digits than I'm used to seeing.

Aside from that my other big news of the day, in case I forgot to post it previously, is that AVP GALAXY (That's ALIEN VS PREDATOR GALAXY.) has an interview with me that is up and live. They also have an exclusive look at the first scene in the book ALIEN: SEA OF SORROWS. You can find the interview right here.

You can preorder SEA OF SORROWS, which is due out on July 25th, right here.

One more for you: If you go over to Goodreads and take a look at this link, you can enter to win a free copy of ALIEN: SEA OF SORROWS, courtesy of Titan Books, the lovely publishers of the book.

I am pleased.

Monday, June 23, 2014

White Blank Page, A Jonathan Crowley story

So, once again and with feeling, I'm having fun with Jonathan Crowley. Not the author, but the character I created who shares the same name. 

In this case he's showing up in SNAFU, a collection of weird/horrific war tales. 

Table of Contents

Blackwater – Neal F Litherland
Little Johnny Jump-Up – Christine Morgan
Covert Genesis – Brian W Taylor
Bug Hunt – Jonathan Maberry
Special Operations Interview PTO‑14 – Wayland Smith
Cold War Gothic – Weston Ochse
Making Waves – Curtis C Chen
The Fossil – Greig Beck
A Tide of Flesh – Jeff Hewitt
Death at 900 Meters – Tyson Mauermann
Holding the Line – Eric S Brown
Thela Hun Gingeet – WD Gagliani and David Benton
The Shrine – David Amendola
Ptearing All Before Us – Steve Ruthenbeck
A Time of Blood – Kirsten Cross
Blank White Page – James A Moore
Holding over 100,000 words on over 430 pages, SNAFU is a massive tome.
All print books and ebooks will be sent out on July 10, one day BEFORE the books will be available for public purchase.
eBook files will be sent to the email address used to place the order through PayPal.

You can preorder right HERE

And you can try for one of the free copies being given away on Goodreads right HERE.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Joe The Plumber: F___ Your Rights.

And, up on the soap box again.

I have said before and I will likely say many more times that I absolutely believe in the Second Amendment. I also believe in the First Amendment, which allows for free speech and permits you to be a narcissistic ass by making your statement about your rights to the grieving parents of youths murdered by a mentally unstable and deluded brat before he killed himself with the same firearm he used in a shooting spree.

I firmly believe in the Second Amendment and I believe, as I have already said, in the First Amendment. But you know what? I believe the interpretation might be a bit generous. There are occasions where the First Amendment has exceptions:

Incitement: Want to start a riot with your words? That's a no-no.

False Statement of Fact: That means the vast majority of politicians and most of the reporters for Fox News should all get their mouths washed out with soap. 

Obscenity: That means I censored a certain four letter word in my header. It's considered "obscene" by a lot of people. 

Child Pornography: Means some people are sick and should be locked away from children for all eternity (And just possibly used as targets at the local gun range, but some people might think that last bit is a wee bit extreme.).

Fighting Words and Offensive Speech: Remember "Incitement" up above? This is just another way of reminding us that picking fights with your words, even on a personal scale, is not legally protected. 

Threats: With the exception of situations that are obviously hyperbole like "Imma punch you so hard you go into orbit." Threats are not taken lightly and are not protected by the Bill of Rights. In fact in Georgia, if you threaten to kick someone's posterior, it's technically a "terroristic threat" and a felony. I don't know how that breaks down in the rest of the country. See, I'm a writer, not a lawyer or a plumber, so I might not understand all the shades of gray out there. 

Speech Owned By Others: Note how I'm not even quoting you here. Your words are yours. They might be disgusting, self-indulgent fecal matter that express how deeply important it is for you to own penis substitutes to newly grieving parents, but they are still yours. 

Commercial Speech: Truth in advertising. Lie enough and you could get in trouble again, especially if you are doing it to sell product. 

Governmental Control Issues:

 Government as Employer, Government as Regulator of the Airwaves,  Government as  Educator, Government as Subsidizer/Speaker,  Government as Regulator of the Bar, Government as Controller of the Military, Government as Prison Warden,  Government as  regulator of Immigration.  

Those are all exceptions to the First Amendment, an Amendment that I hold near and dear to my heart. 

Now, let's look at The Second Amendment, shall we? 

Here it is: 

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." 

Know what that means? Of course you do. 

Here's one for you, Joe: What about MY Right not to get shot? 

That would fall under the Ninth Amendment: 

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Your right to bear arms does not override my right to not get shot by a lunatic who had easy access to a weapon. 

Additionally the United States Declaration of Independence says we have three unalienable rights including "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

All of which is to say that I DO respect the Second Amendment. I also believe that if changes and justifications can be made to the First Amendment, they can and should be made to the Second Amendment as well and that those qualifiers and changes in no way, shape or form prevent you from defending your home. 

I firmly believe that proper screening, proper safety regulations and proper educations should all be required before anyone in this country is allowed to carry a loaded weapon outside of their own home or, frankly, inside of their home. (Just yesterday another toddler killed a younger sibling because the parent or parents were too careless or stupid to know not to leave loaded weapons where a toddler could get to it. I feel for the parents. I do. I also believe the owner of that weapon should be stripped of the privilege of owning a weapon and very possibly prosecuted for manslaughter. 

I also tend to think that since we have a very powerful military (possibly the greatest in the world, though I expect that's up to debate with some other countries) we could maybe acknowledge that we've got that militia part covered, but that's just me. 

And so on a side note, because I can and I have the right, I think you’re a moron and a loser and while I respect your rights, your lack of common decency regarding the grief that several families are enduring lowers my respect for you, low as it might have been.

And, off the soap box again.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Be Our Guest

I have been asked to make guest blogs at several sites and I am, of course, delighted to do so. Here's the first couple for your perusal.

I Hate Critics

The Book Plank

A small hint as to what these posts are about:

Friday, May 23, 2014


So the first few chapters of THE BLASTED LANDS are up and available for your perusal. You can find them right HERE.