Dark and light fantasy, crime-noir, science fiction, stories about your mom, and everything in between...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Switching Sites

Well, we're still here.  But for how long? 

The custom URL for this site was set to expire yesterday and because of faulty Google customer service systems, there was nothing I could do about it.  And so I haven't.  But...  It's still working today.  It might be that even if the URL doesn't re-up, this blog will still exist and revert back to it's previous "blogspot" address.  Whether that happens or not, I am planning to move into a new corner of cyberspace.  For now, that means diverting attention to my other blogspot apartment:

Brink's Chaos Theory

However, given the headaches and myriad of options out there as far as websites go, I may start up an entirely new author's site sometime soon, which at that time will become my one and only.  Of course this takes precious time, which I don't exactly have spilling over at this point in my life.

But if you're reading this now, I invite you switch on over and see what's up at my other site.  There you can read about things like...

Cosplayer Amy Thunderstrike joining up with me on my Kickstarter and as the model for the related book cover, and...

The art and events at last weekend's Capital City Comic Con in Austin, Texas.

See you there.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Countdown to the End of Purgatory???


So weeks ago I got an automated notice from Google saying this website was about to expire unless I switch on the auto-renew.  Just click here to do that...  And I have been trying ever since to make that happen.  I also have been trying my damnedest to contact them via Help Center feedback, emails, Facebook, and by phone.  I was on hold 40 minutes today when I just had to move on and do other things.  So it is entirely possible that this particular website will cease to exist in the next two days because Google's customer service SUCKS.  

If that happens...  Well, I don't know what yet.  I do know that the hundreds of bookmarks I've handed out and still have to hand out will be a complete waste and that the links and references in all of my books will suddenly lead readers to nowhere.  Thanks Google.  

*IF* that happens please refer to my other blog, Brink's Chaos Theory, which will then be transformed into a new writer's blog site. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HUNGRY GODS: Superheroes, Zombies, and Kickstarter

Announcing the launch of my new Kickstarter project: Hungry Gods.

Here's the blurb on the book:

America’s premiere superhero team has been missing for days. So when a mutant monstrosity goes on the rampage, it’s Spitball to the rescue! He’s a third-string hero today, determined to be first-string tomorrow. And the Army may be giving him just the chance he needs. Spitball's been invited to undertake a secret mission into America’s heartland. What he’s about to discover, however, is not a chance at stardom but a horror movie come to life...
Hungry Gods is a fast-paced adventure of costumed heroes, government conspiracy theories, and flesh-eating zombies with sidekick-style storytelling.
Kickstarter is an entrepreneur website where you can chip in a few bucks to help an artist with the funding needed to complete a project, and then reap the rewards of the finished work.  In this case, you can get a variety of prizes (averaging out to a signed copy of the finished paperback novel) in return for pitching in to help pay for editing and other expenses.  Check out the Kickstarter by clicking the word "Kickstarter" or the picture above.  

THANK YOU for your interest and your assistance!  Even a dollar helps achieve our goal.  Project ends August 7th at 4pm Central time!  

And here's the complete book cover as it stands right now:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

See You at the Capital City Comic Con


The Capital City Comic Con in Austin, TX, is only a week away! 

I'll be there in Artists Alley signing and selling books and promoting my new Kickstarter project, which is about to launch.  More on that soon...  (But I'm working hard to get it ready by the Con, so you can guess it relates to superheroes somehow...)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Writers of the Future and The Book Heap

I'm exhausted.

Last night I was up till almost midnight (with my alarm set for 5am today) finishing up my submission for the Writers of the Future Contest and getting it turned in under the deadline.  And as tired as I am, as spent as my brain is, I feel pretty darn good!  I haven't really crammed and worked so hard on writing in a long time.  This was a good exercise for me, both in that I wrote a story outside of my normal comfort zone (see previous blog about pulling teeth) and I worked my butt off -- at writing.  And the end result?  I feel pretty darn good about my chances this quarter, too.  (And even if I don't place with it in the contest, I think this one has good publishing potential in the pro mags; it's more their kind of story, less my kind of story...)

Last week I also scored another public book review of Tarnish, this time on The Book Heap, a book blog out of England.  Thanks to Andie for the review! 

So what's next?  I have an ever-growing list of novels, short stories, and collections I want to work on.  I also have an ever-growing list of real-world tasks that I haven't been making much progress on.  And since I am finishing up at this duty station in about 50 days, moving to the opposite side of the world, and have to get my house ready for either rent or sale, I guess I better get my ass in gear on that real-world list...  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TARNISH Reviewed on Forever Young Adult

Today one of the "hippest" (do kids still say that?) and more popular websites for all things young adult, ForeverYoungAdult.com, has posted a review of my fantasy novel Tarnish.  Their very catchy slogan is what drew me to query them for a review in the first place: "A site for YA readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A," as illustrated by the picture below.

They are also part of the team of young artistic geniuses behind the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which are by far the best places to watch movies (while enjoying dinner and drinks -- it's great!).

FYA team member Brian Katcher accepted my proposal and gave Tarnish read.  And on FYA, they have a style all their own.  And I like it!  To give you an idea, here's the categorical breakdown on this particular book report (similar categories for all their book reports, I believe):

Cover Story: Silverskinned Hunk
Drinking Buddy: Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Bill
Testosterone Level: I Ain't As Good as I Once Was
Talky Talk: Stoneass
Bonus Factors: Storytelling, War is Hell
Bromance Status: The Old Gang

Mr. Katcher stays pretty neutral too.  He's giving a book report to prospective readers, giving them the skinny and letting them decide if it's something they want to read or not.  He does say, "That's why I like this book," but that's the least neutral and most biased thing he writes, the only glimpse at his opinion.

His report does a great job of capturing the theme and issues of the primary characters.  For Billy/Wil, these bits give you a good idea of what's what with our main hero:

"Now Billy is no stupid oaf, and he takes these life lessons to heart. And he's pretty charming, able to wrangle up a free meal with his storytelling, and an occasional kiss from a local girl. And he's the first one to step in if it looks like someone is being bullied. He's going to be a hero one day. It's just going to take a couple more black eyes and a night in the Fellwater drunk tank to get there."


"Billy eventually falls in with a group of warriors who are willing to help Redfield, if he'll go on a quest with him. All fine and good. But suddenly, adventuring isn't at all like in Trevor's stories. It may be noble to break up a gang of thieves, but what if that means betraying the cute little pickpocket who gave him his first kiss? And maybe bringing down a corrupt nobleman is a good cause, but is Billy--excuse me, Wil--prepared to kill his guards? His sailors? His cook?

"Suddenly, being plain ol' Billy doesn't seem so bad anymore."

Read the FYA review by clicking here or the links above.