Featured Book: Havelock

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From the Author:

Today only, you can find HAVELOCK on sale for just 99 cents. As the sale ends soon, I thought it appropriate to share just how this story came about.

I’d had this idea for a spy novel for a while. I was always disappointed in the lack of female spies and the way the existing ones were portrayed. While they might be able to kick-ass occasionally, most ended up captured and needed to be rescued. Without a doubt, there was room for a strong-willed heroine who possessed the attitude and skills and absolutely no trace of the usual ‘damsel in distress’ element that plagues too many strong female characters.

Having read almost all the original James Bond novels by Ian Fleming, I wanted to create a female character who would be more than a match for a man like Bond. And then I started to wonder what Bond’s daughter would be like had he actually succeeded in impregnating any one of the women he’d encountered over the years. In one of Fleming’s short stories, there was a female character who was out to take revenge on the people that killed her parents. She was fiery and passionate. She ended up as a Bond girl in the movie ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and her name was Melina Havelock (Judy in the original story).

I contacted the Ian Fleming Foundation in the UK, who own the rights to all the Bond novels, including the new ones, to ask if I could reference James Bond in any way in what I originally wanted to be a spinoff novel. They were extremely helpful but couldn’t grant the permissions I needed. The story had to be original. Which I took as a challenge to write a James Bond spin off without any reference to Bond himself, M, Q, 007, a license to kill, etc. The result was HAVELOCK.

Is Eliana Havelock the daughter of James Bond? Does she have her own ulterior motives? Is she as lethal as she is beautiful? One thing’s for certain . . . Eliana Havelock doesn’t need a license to kill.

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Excerpt:

Ever had one of those days? The kind of days that challenge every skill, threaten every ethical standard, and undo every single concept of what you would ordinarily have considered an impossible situation? Despite near-perfect planning, I’m having one of those days right now.

It all started when I decided to find my father. I’ve never met him. His longtime vocation makes him a hard person to find at the best of times, but I recently discovered he was reported missing three years ago. He hasn’t surfaced since, and maybe it’s the paternal side of me, maybe it’s because my mother passed away and I’m seeking a parental figure, maybe I want to know why he never came back for me, but well… I gotta find out what happened.

And that’s why I, Eliana Havelock, now find myself tied to a chair in a dank basement somewhere near Karachi, Pakistan.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to be tortured.

KEEP READING!

Paperbacks

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Schism (e-book) is on sale for just 99 cents! You should get it while it’s cheap. If you absolutely must have paper in your hands, though, you can get it in paperback, too.

Windows into Hell is also out in paperback, just today. It’s been getting amazing reviews.

Paperback books make GREAT Christmas gifts, too.🙂

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Available Now: Schism!

schism-e-book-coverOn the scorched world of Schism, all life survives in huge trenches, protected from the heat of the torrid sun. In these chasms, human colonists often find themselves at odds with the indigenous humanoids called Spiders. Jake’s airship, powered by ancient technology, takes advantage of the unique terrain, but makes him valuable to both sides of local warring tribes. The captain and crew of the Sky Turtle are forced to risk everything in a fight between these followers of opposing elemental magics. If they fail, it could cost them
everything.

Schism is a planet divided physically, racially, and politically. In this difficult environment with limited energy resources, steam power is often the best adaptation. Will it be enough to combat the arcane and alien forces using them as a pawn in an age-old war?

I give you a new genre mash-up: future sci-fi, steampunk, magic, and adventure, with a touch of romance. This story has been in flux for years. Originally, I wrote it for The Writers of the Future contest. It won “Honorable Mention.” Then I submitted to a pro rate anthology, where it was accepted. They asked me to make it longer (for more money? Okay!) and we did some editing. Then, that publisher held onto it for over a year and finally went out of business.  So, when Immortal Works said they were interested in Novellas, I had one conveniently ready to go. It’s short, meant to be read in a single setting and about the length of a movie. I’ve gotten great responses from readers and editors. I hope you love it!

Schism for Kindle on Amazon

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Available Now: Windows into Hell

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It’s finally here! Just in time for Halloween, the existential horror you’ve been fearing and waiting for. I’m very proud of this project. There’s an amazing line-up of authors. You can get links to all of them on the book page. Then, go to Amazon and…

Buy WINDOWS INTO HELL

It’s already ranking on Amazon, so you know it’s good!

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If you’re not convinced yet, go listen to this great interview on Dungeon Crawlers Radio podcast featuring four of the contributing authors: Steven L. Peck, Sarah E. Seeley, R. A. Baxter, and myself.

Free Story for Halloween

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Happy Halloween!

To celebrate, I have a new short story FREE right here for you. And if you prefer not to read it, you can watch me read it live with the Gangrene Band jamming in the background.

Or you can get the album FREE from Craig Nybo!

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And if that’s not enough Halloween fun, go get Immortal Works Press’s premiere book by Jason King and Jon Grundvig for just 99 cents (this week only): Thomas Destiny!

Not enough awesome for you? Go read another short story for FREE on IW’s site.

Want more geeky goodness? Check out this podcast about Halloween Movies with Dungeon Crawlers Radio, that I just happened to be on.

I love Halloween!

Cover Reveal: Windows into Hell

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This amazing cover art by Eugene Teplitsky and Curiosity Quills Press. I’m particularly excited about this anthology, because I think it has a powerful message. Based on A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck, this collection is different authors’ ideas about what hell might be like. In the very obscure genre we are calling “religious horror,” it includes work by a Lifetime Stoker Award winning Grand Master, an #1 International Horror Bestseller, the originating book’s author, and yours truly (among others).

It’s available for pre-order now!

If you can’t wait, start with A Short Stay in Hell now. Windows into Hell will be out in three weeks, but you can enter now to win a free copy on Goodreads! Just go to:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/205057-curiosity-quills-anthology-windows-into-hell

The Big Fandom Debates

Daniel Swenson hits a panel of high powered fans (Robert J. Defendi, R. A. Baxter, Nathan Croft, and yours truly) with some of the hardest questions to plague sci-fi fans for decades. It felt like a convention panel gone off the rails!

http://www.dungeoncrawlersradio.com/episodes/episode-sticks-and-stones-or-is-that-blasters

Also, Immortal Works just opened an imprint with a new logo! What do you think?

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