Actual Paper

The new and improved Actuator series Paperbacks are here! Not only do they have new covers, but the interior’s are updated. We moved a few things around and fixed the art in the anthology. If you have the e-book, the updated version should come to you automatically. But if you absolutely must have physical copies in your hands, you can order them now. Alternatively, you can come to LTUE or FanX and I’ll be signing them there.

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The Actuator: Fractured Earth

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The Actuator: Borderlands Anthology

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The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

Coming Soon! The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

Cover Reveal- The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

Coming soon (like Monday, December 12 soon) to an Amazon near you!

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Yeah, it’s as good as the cover!

Evolution of a Cover

The Actuator 1- Fractured EarthIt’s amazing how things evolve over time. When the first Actuator book came out, this is what it looked like. I’ve always loved it, and it gets plenty of attention from people at signings. However, editing shortcomings required us to put out a new version of it within the first year. We added a fairy (Xenwyn) to distinguish it from the first edition.

actuator-1-ebook-coverThis cover served us well for a long time, but eventually my publisher wanted to rebrand the entire series. What they came up with next AMAZED me!

In a more classic sci-fi vein, and geared to better attract the gaming crowd as a LitRPG story, this new cover just blows me away. Here for the first time.

 

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Isn’t that stunning?!!! Here are the other two books in the series so far and their new covers.

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And book 2.

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All these beauties should be up on Amazon this Monday… or soon thereafter. 🙂

Under a Brass Moon

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This Steampunk and Science Fiction anthology includes twenty-seven short stories. Four of them are mine! In addition, you can enjoy the works of Jordan Elizabeth, G. Miki Hayden, Benjamin Sperduto, D. J. Butler, Christine Baker, Lorna MacDonald Czarnota, Jessica Gunn, Lorna Marie Larson, Quinn Southwick, Terri Karsten, W. K. Pomeroy, Ashley Pasco, Jeremy Mortis, Grant Eagar, Amberle Husbands, Nick Lofthouse, Perry McDaid, and S.A. Larsen.

I have two new and two reprinted stories in the book, including:

The Vault is about two children trapped in their family’s manor by an abusive butler. Is there any hope of escape?

Gearhead features the last in a line of techno-knights, being forced to repair a gigantic war machine created by his order. Will he choose honor or death?

Sheriff Anderson’s Steam Deputies is about a tinker who deals with Wild West outlaws in a new way– clockwork gunslingers.

The Dark Glass was created to contact Harold’s dead parents, but instead brings him a spirit, desperate for his help

If Steampunk is not you thing, you can find more of my short stories here.

Here are some of the other stories you’ll find in UNDER A BRASS MOON:

Maiden in the Clock Tower by Jordan Elizabeth: A young woman is trapped in a clock tower of her father’s doing to be held as a pawn in an evil merchant’s scheme. Can she escape to her true love?

The Queen of Cobwebs by Jeremy Mortis: Something is hunting people in the foggy streets, and the Professor and his assistant are about to meet it.
Vacant by Nick Lofthouse: Where does a dreamer fit into a world where ideas are a finite resource from any one person? Could free-thought be our savior, or just a sweet distraction from the inevitable?

Hour of Darkness by Ashley Pasco: Carissa Upton is just your average Victorian street urchin – little does she know that her life is about to change forever. Not only is her entire life a lie, but her future is uncertain.

Calliope by Terri Karsten: Roscoe Gordon dreams bringing back his dad’s Steam Calliope, but he’s hindered by a pair of prank-loving ghosts. With their help, will he lead the parade or blow the whole thing up?

The Balloon Thief by Jessica Gunn: Adeline has made a name for herself as Beltham’s Balloon Thief for stealing high-priced jewelry items and leaving only a balloon in their place. Adeline has been told the stolen rings and gems open a door on the mysterious Leikei, the temple in the air where she thinks her friend Colin is stranded. On her last robbery attempt, she’s arrested and forced to place her trust in the museum owner’s daughter who has her own reasons for wanting to get to Leikei. If she can trust her, Adeline just might be able to rescue Colin. If not, it might be the end for them all.

Ethereal Coil by S.A. Larsen: A new sin eater’s refusal to do her job of keeping balance between good and evil awakens Wrath – one of the Seven Deadly Sins – endangering those closest to her.

Fritz Finkel and the Marvelous Mechanical Thing by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota: Every era has to begin sometime, and every inventor starts someplace. For Fritz, it is the opportunity to impress the “apple of his eye,” the lovely, unobtainable Greta Spielmacher–the toymaker’s daughter. Fritz wants to be a toy designer, but he’s the janitor. Will his special toy be the key to winning his lady love?

Talking Metal by W. K. Pomeroy: Five years after piloting a zeppelin to the other side of the world to find the spark, Saskia is on the verge of inventing greatness, but her old professor appears to have beaten her to the patent office, or has he?

UNDER A BRASS MOON is available now from Curiosity Quills Press. Grab your copy from Amazon and make sure to check out reviews on GoodReads.

Get it now!

Book Review: Death by Cliche by Bob Defendi

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The first time I encountered this book, I listened to the audiobook. I laughed SO MUCH! Now I’ve read it, and it still cracks me up. Bob Defendi is some kind of genius. That must flow from his extensive writing, game designing, and gaming background.

My review: Dragged into an awful alternate fantasy reality by the hack DM who tried to murder him, Damico has to try and manipulate the real world through the tritely constructed game dimension. Defendi is a masterful writer, making you love characters you knew were one-dimensional just moments before and keeping the reader on the hook to the very end. Oh, and did I mention it’s funny?

Trust me, GET IT NOW! (Also, if you check his blog, I appear occasionally… most of it’s not true. Well… some of it’s exaggerated.)

Cover Reveal: The Actuator RPG

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I’m thrilled to announce The Actuator Role-playing Game has been picked up by Final Redoubt Press! This is a module suited to work with any role-playing game system. The full version will be released digitally and in print this August, just after book 2 in the series: Return of the Saboteur. I hope to have copies for sell at Comic Con. The cover art is courtesy of Curiosity Quills Press, who published the books. If you can’t wait, you can get the beginning of the game now for free right here. A shout out to Robert J. Defendi for making this possible!

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Cover Reveal! The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

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We have cover art! This series had been a huge undertaking. I’ve been thrilled with the amazing covers by the talented Michelle Johnson. You can add it on Goodreads now. For those of you waiting for the next book in this epic saga, it comes out on July 20. The paperback will be coming out the same time as the e-book for this one. Also, I’m having a book release party at a real bookstore soon after. That’s different than the usual FB release parties we’ve been having. I’m pulling together the stories for the next book in the series now: The Actuator 2.5: Armageddon Chronicles! Although it is a short story anthology which is technically outside the main trilogy line, you won’t want to miss the amazing reveals in it. To whet your appetite, here’s a quick blurb for Return of the Saboteur,

Chaos seized the Earth while Machine Monks fight to keep the prized ‘Actuator’ safe from enemy attacks. The ‘Great Change,’ which swept over the prior landscape of the world, left the protectors of this wondrous machine weary, and vulnerable. The only viable resolution for the monks is to push forward and locate the key that can shut down the fantasy realm surrounding the base. If they succeed, Xenwyn will die.

Meanwhile, Jon Van Allen is haunted by the enormous death toll on the rise throughout the earth. He bravely accepts the mission to recover the next key when no one else can find it. Despite pain from his prior injuries, he refuses to let the rest of humanity suffer—even though he and his love, Glass, might not survive to see each other alive again. The burden of allowing millions to suffer needlessly proves too much—especially if he can fix what has caused the living nightmare enslaving the globe.

Desperate to keep Xenwyn alive, Red McLaren determines to find a magical cure to heal her, hoping he can administer it before Jon returns with the critical key. However, every time Red takes Xenwyn across a new border into a superimposed ‘fantasy’, her life might end.

This leaves Dragon Star with no choice but to locate the Saboteur before it’s too late. The architect of the reigning dark world may have some insight that will help them alleviate the resulting disaster. If not, he at least deserves to suffer like everybody else.

Each in their own way fell short in their roles to protect the world from the disaster that unfolded…. None ever dreamed the Actuator—designed to make the world better—could yet make the world even worse.

Don’t miss the next exciting installment in The Actuator series! If you haven’t started it yet, get the two-time best-selling book 1: Fractured Earth on Amazon now.