Review: Ninteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

May 3, 2015 in General Topics

(As originally posted on Goodreads.comninteeneightfourbook)

Most of my past book reviews have been carefully groomed, edited works, which I go back through and re-edit for clarity purposes. But 1984 is a book that inspires raw emotions in a doublepluspoignant way, so a carefully constructed treatise just doesn’t seem appropriate.

Reading this book, I learned two things: 1) George Orwell is one of the few people I’ve ever encountered who saw the world as I do, even if we don’t agree completely on the solutions to its problems, and 2) he produced what might be the finest book in the English language. Read the rest of this entry →

Nearing the end of the Beacon Saga with Beacon – Part VII!

May 16, 2014 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

Read Beacon – Part VII today!

Beacon - Part VIIIt’s the last short-length installment before the conclusion of the Beacon Saga. I’m proud to release Beacon – Part VII, available for purchase now. It’s just over seventeen thousand words.

Releasing this installment gets to the subject of concluding this long odyssey, which I’ll get to in a moment. But here’s the obligatory links first:

You can go to Part VII’s page to find it on your choice of ereader platforms. If you’ve never started the series, give it a shot with Part I, for FREE (where available).

Here’s the blurb:

Alliances collapse. War rages. But a child’s secret could overshadow it all. Part VII of the Beacon Saga.

Mally, Tersias and Nastron take a ship helmed by a dangerous pilot to a secret meeting in the heart of Beacon’s deadliest layer. Thrat suspects a growing plot against Baelick, and finds himself having to make hard choices. An incredible theory comes to light. This, and more, in the last installment before the Beacon Saga’s conclusion.

A serial installment of seventeen thousand words.

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Beacon (Part 1) is FREE 3/8/2013 through 3/10/2013

March 8, 2013 in General Topics

Beacon (Part I)

Beacon (Part I)

When I released “Beacon”, I was unprepared for the response and great feedback from readers. As such, I’ve decided to do another free promotion. Rush over to Amazon and pick up your free copy, pronto:

Download NOW for FREE from Amazon US!
…from Amazon UK!
…or from the Amazon store for your country or region (determined automatically)!

“Beacon” is a short story of about 6,000 words. When I first wrote this piece, I intended it to be a one-off tale, but its universe is so rich, and reader feedback so compelling, that I decided to make it a serial. This is a great way for you and your friends to get in on the ground floor for the rest of the ride.

Beacon - Part II

Beacon – Part II

As a matter of fact, I encourage you to check out Part II. It’s twice the length of Part I, it’s only $.99, and it’s waiting:

Just $.99 on Amazon US!
…just £0.75 on Amazon UK!
…or the equivalent on the Amazon store for your country or region (determined automatically)!

I’ll end this post with the blurb for Part I, which sets the stage for the whole Beacon saga:

Tersias and Mally have lived their lives in orbit around Beacon, the last star in the Universe. But now the young couple have done the impossible: they have conceived.

And something has noticed.

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“Todd Elrin and the Forever Reset” on The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine

November 27, 2012 in General Topics

Todd Elrin and the Forever Reset ( folks at The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine recently published my tale “Todd Elrin and the Forever Reset” (in audio). You can listen for free, but I encourage you to donate to their podcast if you enjoy their work, and consider subscribing, too.

Bigg and Rish, the editors, did a great job with the story, and I adore the episode art. I think a special nod has to go to Tanya Milojevic, who voiced a key character in the story, and whose reading was, I thought, spot-on what I’d imagined when I was writing the tale. Read the rest of this entry →