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Trust & Treachery at Amazon

Trust & Treachery” is now available. It contains a story of mine (“Listener”) and a great many others, so readers should be able to find several favorites in it. Editors Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah Crawford were super helpful and a delight to work with.  I wish I could give a review of the whole thing, but haven’t seen it yet. More details on the other authors are available at the book’s official website.

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“Out of Time” ad on Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

This week’s episode of Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing includes an interview with Michael J. Sullivan that “Out of Time” has sponsored. If you’re not already listening to Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, why not give it a listen? And, if you haven’t bought a copy of “Out of Time” yet – do that too! (Hey, it’s supporting a good cause and if you like the work, you can always read more by Russell James while you wait for the rest of the authors to get more works published!)

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“Out of Time” promo on Sigler podcast

This week, author Scott Sigler was kind enough to play a promo for “Out of Time” that I recorded and sent in. Besides being a great author (anyone who can combine science fiction and football is a hero, as far as I’m concerned), Sigler’s just a great guy. He takes the time to interact with his fans and also helps authors and podcasters get some exposure. So, head on over to check out the show notes for Episode 29 of “The MVP” — you can tell Scott I sent you, in the comments! Better still, give it a listen! The promo plays at the end…but you really should go back and start at the beginning. I love (love, love, love!) the Galactic Football League series.

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Book Review – Wired For Story by Lisa Cron

Lisa Cron’s “Wired For Story” explores the psychological reasons why readers love stories. This well-researched book explains how writers can craft better plots and create better characters by meeting the audiences’ expectations. Stories provide a means of answering the question “what if?” without placing the reader in actual peril. That’s why, Cron asserts, story tellers must never be lazy. It only looks like entertainment; stories actually help us chart a safer path through an unpredictable world. Continue reading

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Out of Time

Fans, friends, well-wishers, and internet vagabonds, allow me to invite you to check out the anthology “Out of Time.” It features a story of mine, as well as stories by Paul Siluch, Janet Guy, Teresa Robeson, and by the collection’s editor, horror novelist Russell James. It’s a bargain at 99 cents and proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. I hope you’ll buy it and I know you’ll enjoy the stories – modesty forbids me from embellishing my own efforts overmuch, but I can honestly say that the other four authors are among the very best writers I know. I have learned a great deal from each of them, and this collection showcases some of their best work.

The anthology is available on Amazon as well! Kindle owners, get your copy now!

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Steampunk Book Recommendation

A little scouting on Amazon lead me to discover a free Kindle version of Shelley Adina’s “Lady of Devices.” Partway through, I’m not ready to offer up a review just yet, but I wanted to post the link to it on Amazon in case anyone else wanted to check it out while it’s free. This is one of those cases where I’ll buy the next book in the series because, if the beginning is anything to judge by, I’ve just found a new favorite author. I think authors are wise to offer up a book for free – given how deep my to-read pile has grown, I can’t justifiably buy more books unless I know for sure I’m getting something I’ll enjoy. With Adina’s work, so far, it’s looking a safe bet for subsequent books in this series.

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The Rookie – podiobook review

With football season underway, I decided it was the best time to listen to Scott Sigler’s  podiobook “The Rookie.”  As a sci-fi fan, I couldn’t resist the premise: futuristic, inter-galactic football teams (comprised of alien and human players) battle, sometimes to the death, in their pursuit of triumph.  As an only casual spectator of the present-day sport, I worried that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the action.  (I also worried that it would be more sports-focused than my love of adventure could go along with.)  My faith in Sigler was well-rewarded however.  Continue reading

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