Road Trip, Trilogies & Good News


Some of you might have noticed a long silence from me.

Many will be grateful.

But now I’m back!

I just spent the whole of October on a road trip covering New England in the Fall and a batch of Canadian cities. Exhausted!

If you want to visit New England in the Fall, you just have to go in the Fall. And I highly recommend it. Stunning views!

Do note, however, that half the small-town New England service industry shuts down after Columbus Day. October is “out of season”. Er… “New England in the Fall”… Fall? You know, that period just AFTER Summer? A period that usually includes October? Ah, well. It’s their cash flow.

Anyway, it’s hard to blog while driving or striding through russeting forests. (Yeah, I made that word up.) So I took a blog vacation.

On my return, I had to catch up with all my snail mail (yes, people still use that in Europe, especially governments and other people wanting money from you). Then I surveyed my “TO DO” list. It was too long, so I set it aside and took up my “REALLY URGENT TO DO” list, which was a little shorter.

First up has to be a final revision of the last volume of my Janus Paradisi TrilogyJANUS ARRIVAL. I hope to send it out to beta readers in a couple of weeks for editing and publication towards year-end.

Yes, I know Christmas is a lousy time to publish, but part two came out in April and I owe it to my existing readers to bring the saga to a conclusion soon. It will help them sleep at night, without worrying about how my oppressed characters are faring, out there in the deep beyond.

GOOD NEWS!

While I was away, I found praise winging my way on the InterWebs!

First up: A full-page article from Scifibook Review

If you like science fiction, you should be reading Sheron’s blog. I was delighted to see such a respected reviewer commenting favorably on my work. Many thanks!

Next: Another couple of particularly glowing 5-star reviews on Amazon. Writers love reviews, even if they aren’t all 5-star, so do a writer a favor and post a review of the best book you read this year, no matter who wrote it. Thank you on their behalf.

Oh, and a belated Happy Halloween to you all.

Whichever way you consumed your pumpkins (in coffee, beer, cheesecake, soup, sandwiches, cupcakes…), I hope you enjoyed them!

PARADISI CHRONICLES & NEWS


NEW MUST-HAVE PARADISI CHRONICLES RELEASES (details below)

As my regular readers know, my JANUS PARADISI series takes place in an open-source sci-fi universe. A what?

Essentially, a group of authors agreed on the backstory and main features of a time and place where all action will occur, then write their own stories within those parameters.

These stories can be from any sub genre (hard sci-fi, space opera, fantasy, romance, whatever), as long as they stick to the overall parameters, such as planet names and environments, technology, history, and so on. They can use other writers’ characters (with permission), usually giving them walk-on parts, or referring to great events in other writer’s stories. Continue reading

Beyond Beginnings: Sequels

A Good Year End

In November 2016 I became a published novel author, building on my years as a short story writer. 51i8civxul-_ac_us240_ql65_51vykdagqhl-_ac_us240_ql65_

Where do you go from there?

You write the sequel.

Actually, I started writing the sequel long before I published “Faces of Janus“. It’s already gone out to beta readers, for publication in Spring 2017. Continue reading

Team Writing

 

I recently mused about writers having more ideas than time. Is there a solution to the conflict between over-inspiration in a finite lifespan?

How about sharing the load?

The Association of Ghostwriters claims 50% of best-sellers are ghosted. Shocked? Continue reading

No Revolution Is Too Big: Finspace

cover

I am proud to announce that the latest in the series is my own work.

The alien Rescue Broker, Stelfson, visits a teenage Earth girl with whom he had worked as a small child, leaving confused memories. He needs a good swimmer for a mission to help a peaceful aquatic race who are being oppressed by a powerful, land-based civilization. Her mission — to block the pollution channels being used to poison the aquatics, while there is still time.

Trouble is, the aquatic race are shark-like creatures — and she’s terrified of sharks!

Available in the USA from Amazon.com

And in the UK from Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

Nook

No Revolution Is Too Big: Vol 4

716QbZs1zuL._SL1300_A few days ago, I told you about the SciFi series, “No Revolution Is Too Big“.

Each story in the series is written by a different author and explores the universe devised by bestselling author, Mike Lynch.

Volumes 1,2 and 3 had already been released when I wrote, and now Volume 4 is available from Amazon and other suppliers.

No Revolution Too Small“, is written by  Continue reading

No Revolution Is Too Big: Vols 1-3

1383956_707985585895488_1782034761_n

After a bit of an absence, due to family, writing and acting commitments, I’m back with news about one of the projects I have been working on.

Award-winning writer, Mike Lynch, has launched a series of short books, all set in the universe established in his original story, “No Revolution is Too Big“.

That story features a student’s adventures with an acerbic alien, Stelfson, who unexpectedly Continue reading