Panel Panelist List

Just a quick heads up, I’ll be at several events over the next few weeks and I wanted to make sure you all know about it. All these links are in my appearances page… please check it out!

TONIGHT, I recorded live with the Space Balrogs on Dungeon Crawlers Radio. You can catch it as a podcast. My last podcast with them was hilarious, and this was just as much fun!

I’ll be the Gangrene Film Festival and Symposium next weekend (end of August), and Salt Lake Comic Con the weekend after that. We have tons of Space Balrogs audience participation games and much fun will be had by all. So come play! :)

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Vote for Tilly (Guest Post)

A word from Tony Healey–

At the beginning of this year I released a charity anthology, featuring the work of 16 fantastic writers (including Higher Order by James Wymore) and the artwork of the legendary Bruce Pennington, with all proceeds to go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (we’ve not hit enough for a donation yet – but we’re getting there).

The original inspiration for that collection of stories – and for doing something to raise funds for CF in the first place – is a little girl called Tilly.

She has a chance to win a free holiday with her Mummy and Daddy next year, but she needs your help. It’s very easy and will only take 2 minutes of your time.

Step 1. Click this link: http://havenholidays.offerpop.com/campaign/649927/entry/4270902

Step 2. LIKE the Haven Facebook page (you can always UN-LIKE it later).

Step 3. Hit the VOTE button.

That’s it!

Of course, if you wanted to be super-duper cool you could also share the above link and get your friends to vote too.

Fractured Earth #1 on Amazon!

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One month from today, The Actuator 1.5: Borderlands Anthology goes on sale! It has new developments for the Machine Monks, as well as short stories set all over the world at the time of the great Actuation. More about that exciting development soon. In order to promote the upcoming story collection, my publisher is putting The Actuator 1: Fractured Earth for kindle on sale for just 99 cents! That’s 80% off! If you haven’t read it already, this is your chance to get it cheap with time to read it before the amazing anthology sequel comes out.

This book literally has everything in it: pirates, aliens, fairies, robots, dragons, robots, orcs, Steampunks, spaceships, flying cars, magic, lasers, airships, vampires, werewolves… everything but cheese.

BREAKING NEWS! Fractured Earth is tearing up Amazon’s charts! At this moment it is #1 in Dark Fantasy and #5 in Sword & Sorcery, grouped with the Game of Thrones books!

GET IT NOW!

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It’s a dream come true for me! Thanks so much to all of you!

Salvation Review Tour

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There is a review tour for Salvation, running right now! I didn’t realize it until I started getting a bunch of 5 star reviews. My publisher is so awesome. <3

If you haven't read it yet, you should get it now. Authors live or die by their reviews. I’m just glad these have been going so well so far.

I talked a lot about Salvation in my podcast interview with T.J. Redig called Scrivener’s Soapbox. Go check it out!

Steamfest Victors!

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There was a lot of fun and fancy this weekend at Salt City Steamfest. In particular, I want to take the time to congratulate some of the winners of the various events.

First, a big round of applause for NICK LOFTHOUSE! His short story, VACANT, won the SALTY DOG writing contest and will be published by Curiosity Quills Press in an upcoming anthology. It was a thought-provoking story in the dystopian Steampunk vein that is all the rage these days.

We had several games hosted by the Space Balrogs at Steamfest, too. (You can get all the names, links, and details on my CYOA page.) It began with Steampunk Smack-down: Airship Pirates vs. Clockwork Tinkers vs. Mole People. David West drew the audience in, and the Airship Pirates conquered the Steampunk world!

Next we played Steampunk Super-villain Idol! This was the premiere of a new Space Balrogs panel game, and it couldn’t have been any funnier. Featuring acting, singing, and hijinks by Herr Shrap Hamneir, a pirate captain seeking revenge on the world, Dr. Oberon Malieux, famous for using clock-work to “fix” his patients into Steampunk cyborgs, Lord Shadington, the necromantic artist, Anti-halo, the acid blasting land shark, and Mayor/Governor/President/Emperor Jamison, the business mogul pimp of coffee. The judges and audience were brutal, but Dr. Malieux took home the prize of reigning Super-villain Idol.

Finally, we ended with The Science of Steampunk. We were favored by the sudden guest appearance of Howard Taylor, creator of Schlock Mercenary, whom we immediately press-ganged into participating with no prep-time. It was a battle of artists as Carter Reid, creator of Zombie Nation, and Sean Ricks, fantastic painter, all vied to win the loyalty of the audience minions. In the end, Howard Taylor won the day with his clockwork nano-control-virus pudding.

We had a blast! Thanks to everyone who shared their talents!

The Traveler’s Wake by J.P. Moynahan

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This is one of the most emotionally powerful books I’ve ever read. J.P. Moynahan knocks it out of the park with characters that resonate as so believable I couldn’t let go. The journey of a man struggling with his own mortality, who sacrifices what he has left to make a big difference in the world, is deep and gritty. I can’t recommend this book enough.

I recently had lunch with JP and his wife when he was on a road trip through my town. He’s a really interesting person and fun conversationalist. I already loved his book, but it’s nice to find out he’s also a great guy!

Get The Traveler’s Wake now!

Space Balrogs!

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So I’m one of the founders of a semi-interactive speculative fiction live performance troupe, the Space Balrogs. What does that mean? It means Zombie Rock Opera, it means Choose Your Own Apocalypse, it means Supervillain Idol — you know, science fiction convention performances that are funny and exciting, and an end to those dry as dust panels with writers talking about the mechanics of prose.

We’ll be doing a few things at Salt City Steamfest this weekend. We’ll also be at SLC Comic Con, and Tree City Comic Con this fall in Boise!

Check us out at our awesome website (still under construction). Use the form to sign up for regular updates on our appearances, and also to get choice snippets emailed to you for your personal amusement. Go check:
Space Balrogs Website

(But definitely don’t sign up if you’re one of those people who likes listening to lengthy panel debates about whether one should use dialog tags other than the word “said.”)

If you haven’t already, please go like us on FB:
Space Balrogs Facebook Page

You can check-out my fellow Space Balrogs, too:

Dave Butler
Jason King
David West
Craig Nybo

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