Thursday, October 30, 2014

V Wars

So the third V-Wars book has been announced. V-Wars: Night Terrors. It's gonna get bloody!

Dig this cover!

V-Wars: Blood & Fire just came out.

And the first book, V-Wars, is still available.

You should buy these. Mind you, I have a bias.

Keeping Up With The Joneses

So, yeah, I'm a Luddite.

And I thought it might be a kick to try something different, like, you know, maybe linking my multiple sites.

Just for grins, if you'd like to see it, here's a link to my Amazon profile.

And because I like the way it turned out, here's a picture of me with James R. Tuck, where were are properly framing Delilah S. Dawson.

Who knows, maybe next I'll try this whole fan page think on Facebook...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

V-Wars: Blood & Fire hits comic stores today.

You should be able to go to any of your finer comic book stores and pick up a copy of this today.

It'll hit regular book stores in two weeks and it'll even be out on audio book in the near future.

And some time soon it'll even be out as an ebook.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JordanCon Meets The Seven Forges

Robert Jordan was one of those guys, you know, a writer with a massive following.

The folks who honor him every year with JordanCon have asked me to be a guest next year. I said "Yes."

So if you follow the hypertext link you can see a bit more of what they convention is all about. I'll give you a hint, it involves Robert Jordan and the staggering WHEEL OF TIME series among other things.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ebola and you

So, here we go.

Recently the first confirmed cases of Ebola have shown themselves in the US and Europe. (Well, confirmed this time around. One person I know says there have been others before, and he's a sharp dude, so I'll have to consider that possibility.)

And that sucks.

And in the case of the US, apparently the problem was the gentleman in question lied about his symptoms. To be fair he might not have known. Once again we're in that gray area where the devil rests in the details and I am simply too busy/lazy to actively research the heck out of the subject because I have two novels to finish by year's end and a few short stories besides. Oh, and a day job.

So that is that. No research from me.

What I've heard is that he might well have infected the entire plane he flew in on. And of course multiple people at the airport. And his family when he arrived (Some of whom have been quarantined). Over 100 people all told are now being carefully watched over to see if symptoms show up.

In the case of the first US victim, he passed away. Heartfelt condolences. There are worries that he might have infected as many as a hundred through either blatant lies or possibly simple ignorance. Apparently at least one person has been infected by being in contact with the area where he was found. I understand he had no direct contact with the first victim, which likely means he came in contact with an infected surface.

I hope for a speedy recovery.

And now for the feedback and outrage part of our post.

Once upon a time we were known to quarantine houses and people who were deathly ill and a risk of contagion.

I think it's time to start that procedure again.

21 days, I think it is? Three weeks before a person who MIGHT be infected is supposed to show symptoms. I propose that anyone coming into the US from areas with a known Ebola outbreak be quarantined for three weeks. I think they should be warned in advance and settled into decent housing that is set aside for this purpose. I bet we can find a few dozen military bases gathering dust that would work just fine as quarantine zones.

I will further propose that any billing actions that have to take place for this be paid at cost by the people in quarantine. No profit margins. At cost. Food provided can be MRE's (Meals Ready To Eat). They aren't all that tasty but they remove a lot of risk of contamination.


Because until a proper vaccine is available for the public at a reasonable price, this is the best way to avoid the possibility of a truly devastating disease overwhelming this country. I am very much a proponent of civil rights. I absolutely believe that we should have borders as open as is reasonable. I do not believe that delaying entry into this county and making someone who feels the absolute need to come here wait to ensure the safety of the millions already living here is a bad thing.

because I don;t have any kids of my own, but I know that if I did, I'd want to government to make sure they are protected from unfortunate negligence and the occasional lies. And I personally should rather avoid the Ebola virus, like, well, like the plague.

That's my two cents.

Anyone want to chime in? I'm always up for a lively discussion.

Friday, October 3, 2014

DEAD HARVEST coming soon!

So I had a post up before, but apparently the publisher and the artist-type are having a falling out.

So, new cover coming soon!

Book coming soon (November, I believe.)

Here's the table of contents:

Nice cast of contributors...

Scarlet Galleon Publications Presents An Exciting New Horror Anthology:
DEAD HARVEST – A Collection of Dark Tales


Tim Lebbon – Into the Trees
Benjamin Kane Ethridge – Villianwood
E.G. Smith – Autumn Lamb
James A. Moore – Dear Diary
Lori R. Lopez – Cornstalker
Aaron Gudmunson – The Guest
Angeline Trevena – Husks
Jeremy Peterson – The Truth
Christine Sutton – Peter, Peter
Jaime Johnesee – The Last Harvest
Gregor Cole – The Old Cider Press
Lori Safranek – Katy and the Green Boy
Martin Reaves – Reaping a Quiet Lunacy
M.L. Roos – Ablation
C.L. Hernandez – Marissa
Nick Nafpliotis – The Artifact
Marie Robinson – The Hawthorne
Mark Patrick Lynch – A Knowing Noah
Jeffrey Kosh – Revenant
Lorraine Versini – Ravenous
Greg F. Gifune – The Raincatchers
Sara Brooke – The Field
Chad P. Brown – The Reaping
Andrew Bell – Extreme Times, Extreme Measures
Dana Wright – Retribution
Stuart Keane – Hodmedod
Jeff Strand – Nails
Bryan Clark – Putting the Ground to Sleep
Amy Grech – Crosshairs
Jonathan Templar – Red Fuel
Matthew Pedersen – What Lurks Within the Darkest Wealds
Bear Weiter – Reunion
Jason Andrew – A Sacrifice for the Soil
Wayland Smith – Bad Salvage
Patrick Lacey – Mrs. Alto’s Garden
Michael McGlade – The Mad Doctor’s Bones
Todd Keisling – House of Nettle and Thorn
Jordan Phelps – Beyond the Trees
Kyle Yadlosky – The Flower Dies
Tim Waggoner – Weeper
Richard Thomas – Bringing in the Sheaves
John Grover – The Longing
Greg Norris – Uncle Sharlevoix’s Epidermis
Jon Michael Kelley – The Tended Field of Eido Yamata
Tim Jeffreys – The Orange Grove
Ahimsa Kerp – On the Quest for the Crow King
C.M. Saunders – Harberry Close
Brian Kirk – Seeds of Change
Billy Chizmar – The End
Richard Chizmar – The Man with the X-ray Eyes
Mark Parker – Hell’s Half Acre

And here's the new cover!