Excerpt from Awakening

Here’s a quick excerpt from Awakening, in Chapter 22, “Henchen Henceforth Penchen.” The chapter’s title is the name of a pet rooster, named after my mom’s own pet rooster from her childhood. Fortunately, her childhood was different from my characters’. The family stopped at a dingy, little shop off the main highway to pick up…

Excerpt from Jeanne Dark

For the first time, I’m getting the feeling this book could be something. The main characters have formed, stormed, and normed, and now, they begin to perform. Excerpt from Chapter 13 We checked out of the hotel the next morning before the sun had even illuminated the fog that hung over the city’s busy West…

Dragon Quest

From Discovery. Charlie awoke to a damp, cool morning. He was lying on the frosted grass of a plateau, overlooking a series of rambling hills that curved into the distance. A deep pass, once a river, carved its way through the base of the mountains. Over untold millennia, the river had deepened the valley and…

Edit, Write, Edit

So, I’ve been busier than usual. I wouldn’t have thought that possible, to be honest. First, my wonderful editor has completed work on my completed draft, The Brooklyn Trace, which some of you may remember began as “Skip Tracer” here on this blog. I’ve posted a sample below because … reasons. The morning of our…

Dragon, Shall I Slay Thee with Mine Pen?

Here’s a little excerpt from Chapter 1 of Awakening  (which I probably should have titled Let Sleeping Dragons Lie). In the book’s opening, our two heroes, Charlie and Robin, are in the world beyond reality. Robin is attempting to teach her friend to unleash his imagination, and with it, the power of the dream world….

Remembering, Final Part

Part 2 Buy the Book or Kindle Ebook   My People grow stronger with the work. We are lazy, the herders say. We do not pull out enough of the green stones. Daily, we take their beatings – some to the death. Three thousand, eight hundred twenty-seven are left. None of us will defile the white rocks for…

Remembering, Part 2

Read Part 1 Buy the Book or Kindle Ebook I have taken a mate. There must be life, I have decided. I am now content with the responsibility of remembering, and our numbers have stabilized. If I perish – the fates being kind – perhaps my sons will take my place. She is called Krytay,…

Begin the Emprise

I will be making my 3rd novel, Emprise, free for the Kindle for 3 days, starting at midnight Pacific time on Monday, April 29, 2013. The goal is to start generating some buzz, or at least reviews. The first two books were well-received, but I’ve gotten no reviews on this one. In my opinion, it…

Emprise – Chapter 13: “Hitchcock Would Be Thrilled”

Because I think it’s a fun book, and I know you haven’t read it, here’s (randomly) Chapter 13 of Emprise, the 3rd book in the Stream series. This is a standalone story (as are they all) and doesn’t require you’ve read any of the others. I DETEST serials, cliffhangers and other such devices. The chapter…

The Next Book, Day 1

They whisper to me, you know. Like auditory hallucinations, I can hear their breathing, inside my ear, their breathy words, their admonitions. Although they speak mostly gibberish, as if I were dreaming, it is their emotional content I recognize. She wants out, does Jeanne Dark. I begin to see the colors of her graphemes, and…

End Life As We Know It with a Good Book

Celebrate the End of the World with a good book! Since the world will be coming to an end in 10 days, I’m putting all of my books out for free, ensuring you have something to do as you wait for the comet, world-killing earthquake, or the zombie horde. The Kindle versions of Discovery and…

If I Wanted to Get Depressed I’d Have Gone to Work

I read a couple of books this week, both science fiction, one upbeat, the other decidedly not. It got me to thinking a lot about how society has evolved, and how we respond to hope (or the lack thereof). It has long been my contention that in times of strife, society leans toward sci fi…