Tuesday, June 9, 2015

'Etchings', a Colorado ghost story...

I've been working on this short story, off and on, for several years. I'd play with it and then set it to the side; it never really seemed to flow right and I didn't have a good ending.

Last weekend I was looking through my 'To Do' writing list for something I could complete while stuck in the house. I have several short stories and a few 'what if' outlines that I'm always tweaking and playing with.

I read and reread what I had so far in 'Etchings', looking for a good ending. While staring out the back patio, it came to me. It was like I was standing in that tiny deserted mountain town, next to the neglected graves. I saw how Alan and Lizzie were caught up in the brewing storm and how they resolved the mystery.

I spent half a day writing and rewriting the conclusion and then going back through the story several times, tying up some loose ends and fixing my tenses again. ;-)

I'm happy with the results and I hope you get a chance to enjoy it as well.

Bring a rain coat. ;-)

'Etchings' a ghost story  <--------

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hard Core Military SciFi 'Mission Veritas' by John Murphy

Check my review of John Murphy's military adventure 'Mission Veritas' on Amazon and here on my 'Reviews' page.

I'm a big fan of Johns writing now. I read 'Mission Veritas' in two sittings. Took two because of silly work requirements ;-)

John's style is brisk and solid hard scifi adventure. The story hooks you with great characters and a solid intro and then flings you into the maelstrom without time for a breath.

I love this kind of 'I ain't no hero, but I'll do what has to be done or die trying' story. There are characters that step up to the challenge and those that either can't or won't. So. Real people put into extraordinary circumstances with unpredictable results.

Buy this book and then grab a half dozen of your favorite cold brew and a huge plate of nachos, you're going to be busy for a few hours.

Talk/blog to John here:
Twitter: @ArmOnToast ('Armageddeon on Toast')
Blog: http://www.armageddonontoast.com/

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another day on the patio lost in the works of a fine author, Pete Carter

Curse you, Pete Carter! ;-)

I just spent another fine Texas afternoon, turning pages in his latest thriller, 'The Legacy Trust'.

It took me two blond and sweet mugs of hot coffee, a breakfast plate of over-easy eggs, bacon and toast and assorted snacks to finish. OK, fine, I also had an ice cold Fat Tire, LATE in the afternoon. (around 12:07 I think ;-)

Pete's a favorite author I found while Tweeting, blogging and making a nuisance of myself in the CyberSphere. We've traded reviews, talked about writing and most of all had a lot of fun throwing ideas around.

Pete and I both enjoy writing AI characters. Try his 'The Fence' for a great example. It's pretty cool how his AI character, 'Jay', and mine ,'PIP,' grow from tiny little sparks of imagination to full blow viable characters. Fun.

In this adventure though, Pete shows his expertise with a different plot angle. Time Travel. And again, Pete, does not use that old saw as a crutch but rather as a tool to pull you along in the story. And, as in all of his works, Pete, gives you great characters, who can stand on their own.

I was rooting for Andrew Knight from the get go. As the story unfolded, I was cringing when he screwed up and cheering when he figured something out. There is a lot of cringing, BTW.

This is a page turner.

It's a damn fun story.

Thanks again, Pete!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

'Arlo and Jake Lost Partner' has launched!

That's right, Buckaroos, the highly anticipated third book in the SciFi series 'Arlo and Jake' has left the launch pad and is rocketing into Cyber Space!

Our brave compadres have embarked on another spine-tingling adventure that's fraught with danger in every corner of the Galaxy.

They battle new EUAPs (evil ugly alien predators). What has three legs, three arms, and a tri-faceted face only it's mother could love and we're not sure about her?

There are more dazzling space battles with lasers, particle beams and kitchen sinks being thrown at high speed against overwhelming odds. Has the FTG Triumph met it's match? Why is Jake spinning like a top OUTSIDE the battleship?

Hmmm. Arlo meets the gorgeous eight-legged Tia. Does Arlo's outdated sense of chivalry keep him focused on the love of his life, Tizzy, or....

They encounter weird new AIs (Artificial Intelligence) that may or may not be sane. How can you tell with an AI? Can AIs have siblings? Who or what the heck is 'FrankenBot'?

There are hopeless conundrums, brave acts of daring-do, strange worlds where small partners must survive and as always lots of just plain FUN!

Join my heroes and their shipmates on the space battleship FTG Triumph as we dive into another adventure with 'Arlo and Jake Lost Partner'.

Amazon: Arlo and Jake Lost Partner
Barnes and Noble: Arlo and Jake Lost Partner

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hours away from the launch of 'Arlo and Jake Lost Partner'!! Whoo Hooo!

Yep, it's finally time to shove book #3 of the 'Arlo and Jake' SciFi series out of the launching bay and send it rocketing into fame and glory. ;-)

Hollywood, your next Mega fun Space Adventure has arrived!

A rash of design flaws, character redefinition, plot FUBARs, countless rewrites and a general issue with 'vita intercessiones' (real life interference) have delayed 'Lost Partner' well past my self-imposed deadline.

I am truly sorry to my loyal fan, uh, I mean fans, for having to wait so long. As a consolation, I believe 'Lost Partner' is the best in the series so far! More good guys, more villains, more tension, deeper plot and just more fun.

Tonight I'll load up the covers, fill in the book spec's and push the 'Publish' button on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I haven't decided on Smashwords yet. It doesn't seem to be a viable publishing avenue for me yet but who knows?

Then I'm going to break out a cold Fat Tire or two, a plate of hot wings and celebrate!

I'll post again when it's launched.

Arlo says, "'bout time, you lazy Tadpole!"

Be cool.

Friday, April 10, 2015

My first Goggle Hangout with Paul Levinson

(Sorry about being out of sequence. Somehow this post had a strange embedded something and refused to show up with the red background.)

I spent some time last night talking to the marvelous Paul Levinson (@PaulLev) about his novella 'Loose Ends'. (link to Amazon)Check out the event here:

As Mr. Levinson puts it: 'Time travel has always been my first passion as a reader and then writer of science fiction.'

We discussed some of the Universal fascinations that all of humanity seems to possess, regardless of culture or geography. Time Travel, Religion, Immortality, Flight (without machinery), Telepathy, Magic in all it's forms, etc.

Time Travel seems to be one of the human desires that sparks endless debates and speculations from virtually everyone. Sometimes in jest, other times very seriously.

Why is that?

Is it because we're 'aware' of time's passing? We can change so many things about our environment but not change what has already happened. Yet because we're aware that there is a yesterday, we seem to gravitate to it, seek it out like a lost love one. 'If only I could do that over...'

So check out the event and Mr. L's books. I'll be posting a review this weekend.

Unless of course there is Time Travel. In which case my future self will come back and write it now.... ;-)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Bring it home!

Sweet Josephine in the pumpkin patch, this has been a grueling slog!

This book, 'Arlo and Jake Lost Partner', has been a wicked tough roller coaster. Great emotional highs and 'when will it end' lows.

I've had an absolute blast creating new creatures and personalities for my Universe. I've tried very hard to up the quality and depth of this story. I want you to enjoy this one more than the other two.

I've explored more AI possibilities this time. I dive deeper into the unknown pool of 'what if' and I'm very proud of what I've created. I think you'll enjoy all the cast and crew of this cool boat of mine.

The lows are mostly not delivering on time. Write. Rewrite. Redo. Start over here. Extend there. Better descriptions here and there. Better dialog. Better background stories.

It all takes a huge amount of time. But, of course, it's worth it. It pushes me to be better. The harder I work, the more I like the results.

Book #3 is in final editing. Now to make the cover and wait a few more days.

Be cool, everyone. 

Enjoy the moments.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The support of friends


Because I have the support of friends:
- I can write stories and not worry how good or bad they are because my friends will enjoy them.
- I can stop for a beer at the 'Drunken Donkey' and just enjoy being alive. The hot wings help.
- I can show up at work and feel like I'm a part of the team. Sometimes I help. Sometimes I get help.
- I can player poker once a month with a bunch of old farts like myself and feel 30 years younger for a couple of hours.
- I can reminisce about the good ole' days of shooting the breeze over the chain on ole' Blue, even through none of them really know what 'over the chain' means.
- I can share sad moments, so that I don't feel like they only happen to me.
- I can share happy moments, so I can make others happy too.
- I get to share in their lives. They allow me to be a part of something bigger than myself

I am so blessed that my best friend is my wife of 44 years.

You've got friends.
Share with them.
Tell them how cool they are over a platter of nachos and a beer or glass of sweet tea.

Family and friends are the pallet of paints you use to color your world.

Use the brush generously.