The Cure for a Star Wars Hangover


(This blog was originally posted on the Curiosity Quills Press website and reposted here.)

I love Star Wars! After years of building anticipation, months staring at my tickets, and hours of trying to distract myself before the show began, I finally saw The Force Awakens. It’s hard to describe how I feel after a Star Wars movie.

The Return of the Jedi came out when I was young and impressionable. My awesome parents sacrificed to take me on the second day. I remember coming out of the theater after a matinee at dusk. The sunset, the street lights, the first stars– what had been common before was fantastic now. I saw the world through new eyes.

When the Phantom Menace came out, I made sure to go the first day. When I left the theater, I couldn’t really talk. We went to lunch and the dam broke and we analyzed it for hours. Again, an experience I’ll never forget, because it changed me.

Everybody experiences things differently, but this franchise has been the biggest impact of any fiction in my life. I already loved the new Star Treks directed by J. J. Abrams. I already bought into the Avengers series and Pirates of the Caribbean by Disney. So I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Will it change me as much as the others? Time will tell. What isn’t different is the intense hangover Star Wars always puts me in.

I have this malaise where my mind just spins and spins around the images and ideas. It’s great! Yet, sooner or later, I know I have to come down off this high. The hours of “real” life wear down the affection and the mundane tasks chip away at the emotions. Eventually, it will leave me slightly depressed and wanting to go back to see the movie again.

The best way to cope with such a hangover is a good book.

Watching another movie after Star Wars is just wrong. Books are a different media. They get deeper into the characters’ minds, and are a slow burn compared to the explosion of a movie. They take longer in a quiet place so it’s a good way to sooth hyper emotions without dropping to the low.

What book could serve as a good net for something like Star Wars, though? Star Wars books aren’t right. That’s like entering the uncanny valley. It needs to be something epic. Star Wars is not just sci-fi. It has fantasy, action-adventure, drama, and a touch of romance. Characters fight impossible enemies against incredible odds; destiny, mystery, and a touch of mysticism.

It’s a rare book that has both the right atmosphere and pace to catch a falling Star Wars fan. I can recommend one, though. You should try The Actuator: Fractured Earth. It has a compelling world, not too like Star Wars, yet deep and complex. There is plenty of action and plenty mind-bending. Here’s a quick overview:

A machine is built to physically transform the world into a utopia, but a saboteur instead uses it to break the world into patches of every kind of genre fiction. People on one side of the road see aliens invading. So they run across the street to escape only to find a full fantasy dragon rampaging. People all over the world are confused and dying in real-life horrors featuring pirates, vampires, orcs, and just about every other creature imaginable. Only a handful of people even know about the Actuator. This group, called Machine Monks, have to put the world back before it falls into complete chaos.

Written by one forever altered by Star Wars, it may have the salve to cool the burn. So give it a shot. What do you have to lose besides that nagging ennui that follows everybody around after an amazing movie like a personal storm cloud?

The Actuator 1- Fractured Earth

Fractured Earth FREE!


Happy Black Friday! Today, through Cyber-Monday (Nov. 30) my two time bestselling novel, The Actuator: Fractured Earth, is available for FREE! It’s never been free before. If you read it already, tell your friends. If not, this is the perfect time to get into this fantastic series.



Just in case that’s not enough to keep you happy, I also have my three stand alone novels: Salvation, Exacting Essence, and Theocracide on sale for just 99 cents! Theocracide is being featured on for the weekend. Get 20 free books when you sign up and join the mailing list to keep the sci-fi books flowing. :)

Is that all the amazing reading a blog can give? NO! Check out these freebies for the four day promotion. The Lure of Fools by Jason King and Five out the Dark by Holli Anderson are also yours for the taking. The fiery conclusion to the Five series comes out on Monday! I’ve already read it, of course, and it’s brilliant. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can get Jason King’s Valcoria for only 99 cents. You might want to pick this one up now, because I have a story in the upcoming anthology set in this world that’s amazing.

Soul-less Grave


“Not enough free books,” you say? Well, check out our publisher’s website… maybe they can find you another dozen or so. Happy Holidays!!!

Return of the Saboteur Review Tour

Readers! My publisher has an INSANE promotion for Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, they will give you all 3 in any digital format, just for reviewing! That’s $15 and a whole lot of book love. :)

It’s how you know I love you. Sign up here, please:

Actuator 2 Facebook Cover

Your First Published Novel

My latest, and possibly last, book acquisition is Death By Cliché by Robert J. Defendi. I say it’s possibly my last acquisition because I’ve been stepping back and not doing much in the way of acquisitions lately. The story of this one is much too fun not to share. I’m not going to tell it myself, however. Defendi has been writing a series on getting his book published, how to make audio books, and several other useful bits for new aspiring authors. I recommend you check out his blog: for a great perspective. And occasionally the posts mention me, although only about 2/3 of everything he says is true. :)

Exacting Essence On Sale for Halloween!

Want to read a story with evil clowns, living nightmares, and people who can paralyze you and enter your mind? Of course you do. That’s why it’s on sale for just 99 cents. Happy Halloween!


And if that’s not enough, I have a free story about a haunted house online…


I hope you all get lots and lots of candy!

What’s the best genre and publisher for you?

I did an interview for the Author’s Think Tank over a year ago, before The Actuator: Fractured Earth was published. It’s got a lot of great advice about choosing genres and publishers. Check it out!


Stemmer Fra Det Ukjente

Today marks the release of my first story translated into a foreign language! Begging is published in Stemmer Fra Det Ukjente (Voices From The Unknown). It is in Norwegian and English side by side. How cool is that? You can get it in paperback exclusively on Amazon.

Voices From the Unknown