Beacon – Part V is LIVE!

November 18, 2013 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

Beacon - Part VFinally! Here’s Beacon – Part V, weighing in at eighteen thousand words of awesome. That’s the longest installment yet.

Excited? Then don’t let me keep you. Head to the installment’s page to find links to it on your choice of ereader platforms.

I realize that there are some of you out there that haven’t even read Part I yet. Well, I’ve good news: you can still grab Part I absolutely free (where available).

Here’s the blurb:

A family struggles to reunite in the wake of a surprise attack. Part V of the Beacon Saga.

Peace slips away as mankind and its allied aliens mobilize their navies. Separated and questioned, Mally confronts the growing power of a militant shiplord, while Thrat and Rurek endure interrogation. Luckily, there are other forces at work in the fleet, and the scouts are not alone. Help will come from the least expected of places. But a different revelation will change Beacon forever.

A serial installment of eighteen thousand words.

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My Experience with Apple’s Cover Requirements

August 31, 2013 in General Topics

I’m going to keep my emotions out of this, and simply be as transactional as possible regarding a situation that’s arisen between myself and Apple. Call it a warning, or a heads-up, or a complaint, or what have you.

I use Draft2Digital to publish my ebooks on iTunes\iBooks, because I’m not dropping $600 or whatever on a Mac–a ridiculous requirement, by the way. Draft2Digital is amazing. I’d love to name the person involved in D2D’s camp, because they were a jewel at helping me jockey with Apple, but I’ll refrain. In any event, I want to stress that D2D had nothing to do with the problem I’m about to relate.

Anyway, my covers run me anywhere from $25-$50 a piece. I use a contractor to do them, and I think they do a fine job. It matters if I have to get them replaced. Matters a lot. Matters to the tune of expense. This is a business. Costs aren’t invisible, and can’t be shrugged off. Read the rest of this entry →

Continue the Beacon Saga with Part IV, live now!

August 30, 2013 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

beaconIV_300pxI’m thrilled to bring you Beacon – Part IV, the latest installment in the Beacon Saga. This one’s even longer than Part III, packing in sixteen thousand words of prose for your enjoyment. I do hope you like it. If you want to skip the rest of my sales pitch, just head right here to find links to the installment on your choice of platforms (with my thanks). And if you want to use one of the “like” or “share” buttons in this post, that would help, too. Remember, if you’re sitting on the sidelines, that you can grab Part I absolutely free (where available).

Still here? Then have a gander at the blurb:

They thought they were safe. Instead, they’re targets. Part IV of the Beacon Saga.

What should have been a triumphant homecoming becomes utter chaos. Abandoned by their friends, and assaulted by unknown forces, the scouts must play a dangerous cat and mouse game through Beacon’s mysterious third layer. They will uncover many secrets. But the most shocking will be what’s happened in orbit while they’ve been gone.

A serial installment of sixteen thousand words. Part V coming soon.

And yes, Part V will be coming soon. Then VI, then VII, and however many it takes until the Saga is wrapped-up. When I make a commitment to my readers, I stick with it.

Speaking of, none of this would be possible without those of you out there that are supporting me and spreading the word about my fiction. You really do make a difference, whether it’s leaving a review where you bought the book (which helps so much), or on Goodreads, or especially recommending my work to a friend, or what have you…every little thing you do makes ripples toward the success of this series. You rock.

Well, don’t let me keep you any longer. You’ve got a book to read. And remember, too–your honest feedback helps me improve, so whether you want to leave it on one of the vendor sites, Facebook, Twitter, or just email it to me–I would be honored to have it.

Stay tuned.

Beacon – Part III is live!

June 14, 2013 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

beaconIII_300pxIn the immortal words of C-3PO: “Here we go again!”

The third installment of the Beacon Saga has gone live. This puppy packs in fourteen thousand words of story.

Just go to this page, and select the buy link for the site appropriate to your device–with my thanks, of course. Here’s the blurb, just to tease you that much more:

An unlikely quartet of scouts have dodged the Shroud and crossed hostile space to a new star. But an impossible discovery–and a sudden disaster–will test them in ways they can’t imagine.

Part III of the Beacon Saga. Fourteen thousand words.

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Enjoy My Work on iBooks!

April 7, 2013 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic


We’re now on iBooks\iTunes!

We’ve had a number of things going on since the release of the second part of the Beacon Saga, and as such it’s been quiet for a while. But it’s all been very positive stuff.

One of these items was putting a nail into a very valid reader request/complaint: our lack of a presence on iBooks. You can kiss that particular problem goodbye. I am very pleased to announce that almost all of our titles are now available on iTunes/iBooks, for the iOS device of your choice. Cindered Souls isn’t just yet, but it’s only a matter of time, and we didn’t want to hold up the announcement any longer while we waited on that publishing.
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