The Newcomer is now live!

November 30, 2016 in Other Stuff

51xkzlmpkjlLooking for something to hold you over while you wait for the third book in The Tyrant Strategy? Look no further, my friends–I’ve got something perfect to help you through the winter months.

I’m pleased to announce The Newcomer is now available for purchase. Edited by Alasdair Shaw, author of the everything from physics primers to sci-fi novels, The Newcomer is an anthology of twelve science fiction short stories all centered around a common theme: the arrival of someone or something new. Where do I come in? I’ll tell you in a moment, but first, check out the teaser for the antho itself:

From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new.

There’s even an alien puppy.
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Two new books released, but so much more than that…

July 2, 2016 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

REVENANT MAN, Book One of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

REVENANT MAN, Book One of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

SHATTERED SON, Book Two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

SHATTERED SON, Book Two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

I have very, very big news. Launching today I give you not one, but two full-length novels: REVENANT MAN and SHATTERED SON. This is books one and two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY, my new science fiction series.

“What are they about?” It’s the most common and yet open-ended question an author can get. Okay, here goes.
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Picking the Ball Back Up

November 14, 2014 in General Topics

Yes, an update post. I said a while back I wasn’t going to do these anymore, because meta bores readers, but this one seemed important to make.

I told myself that after the release of the concluding installment to the Beacon Saga Serial, I might take a well-deserved break. Given the race involved with placing that final installment into the wild, I would have certainly been justified in doing so. A week or two wouldn’t kill me, right?

Really, though, I’m not that kind of author. When I can move the ball down the court, I like to do so. I like to be productive. I also like to keep my readers informed of just what’s in store for them in the future.

Both of these drivers have dovetailed into the subject of today’s blog post. It’s time to tie everyone in, formally, on what my next projects will be, and what’s in the pipe over the next several months. Read the rest of this entry →

My Writing Process (Blog Tour)

May 26, 2014 in General Topics

On a regular basis I get asked for advice or guidance from folks who are wondering about my methods for creating the characters and plots that populate my fiction. Oftentimes these beginning writers have dabbled in a few chapters toward their own work, or produced an outline, or something similar, and they’re befuddled on how to proceed. I’m always happy to help, but I usually can’t go into the details that would be most beneficial to them (due to time constraints), and I regret that.

So when I was invited to join a blog tour that was being conducted by many other authors, I was intrigued, largely by the premise: expound on one’s writing, and the process behind it. Read the rest of this entry →

Weapons That Changed the Course of History (And My Fiction), Part 1

December 21, 2012 in General Topics

Many of my books feature transformative technology–items whose creation and use reshaped the worlds they populate. This synchronizes nicely with my study of history.

I think understanding history really helps me write effective genre fiction. I have to keep an eye ever-focused on “what-if”? You could say that history is, in large part, a study of powers wielding–or reacting to–unexpected technological advances, and you’d be very accurate. In the same way, my fiction often takes place after those technological leaps, and almost always imagines nations unprepared for those changes. The human element is more important than the actual tech.

Today, I’m going to explain how certain weapons in human history impacted civilization, and we’ll have a little fun applying the same lens to items that appear in some of my own books. I’m not going for the obvious choices, either (did you really want to read another article on nuclear weapons? I think not). Let’s have more fun than that.

So, here we go! Read the rest of this entry →