Big Day on the Amazon Front!



This is cool! I learned today that I can paste an excerpt of Daughter of Atlas on any webpage with one click.  Like this:



With a Buy link of course. Amazon knows what it’s doing.

And, as I was working on this, I logged onto the DoA page, and found FOUR five-star reviews waiting for me!  That’s great! Thanks everybody!

Check them out (click Buy on Amazon):



And the last thing I learned, was the way to display a short link to the book’s Amazon page, not the long, dumb, copy-paste link from searching for the book from the Amazon front page.   Thanks to authors Robin Praytor and Dave Chesson, the Kindlepreneur, for teaching me that. I have been puzzling over that since I published the book.

Great day for me and my book.  Thanks everyone for your support!




It’s Here!


My book is here!




The proof copy of my book has arrived from CreateSpace.  My own book, in my hands!  I’ve waited my whole life for this moment.

I have to review it for typos, formatting issues, and then approve it, and then it will go on sale on Amazon just like the ebook. Amazing! I’d like to thank for the cool cover design, and my good friend and editor Charlie Brown of Lucky Mojo Press for formatting the text.

Now I have to get a tattoo.  I always said I would get a tattoo when I published my first book. Suggestions?

Big News! (Finally)


So I have some news. Big news! I finally stopped screwing around and published my Atlantis novel, now called “Daughter of Atlas,” as an Amazon e-book!

Check it out!


DoA Cover

So what I need you to do now, if you ever read or critiqued it, is to jump onto Amazon and leave a little review. Reviews are the driver of success on Amazon. It’s doesn’t have to be long or detailed, it just has to be an actual written review. It would help me out and be a real vote of confidence in me. Thanks so much.

I’m Doing Panels at Contraflow V This Weekend

Today Contraflow starts, our local science fiction convention, and this year I’ve put myself forward, and I’m going to be on a couple panels. Here’s my panel schedule:

Saturday, 2 PM — Dreams and Creativity

Saturday, 9 PM — Writer’s Block: Myth or Madness

Sunday, 11 AM — Cultural Appropriation or Building Diversity: An Exploration Of Issues Involving Real World Cultures In Fantasy and Science Fiction

Brandon Black must have written that last title, I think. 🙂

I’m excited about “Dreams and Creativity,” because two of the five stories I’ve sold, were based on dreams I had. So I have some stuff to say about that.

If you’re going to the con, some see me. I’ll need your support.

These past few months I have said, as bad as he is, Donald Trump would probably make a less worse President than Ted Cruz. But given the events of this weekend, I don’t think that anymore.

Donald Trump is genuinely dangerous. He is emotionally unstable. He feeds on this violence and chaos like a vampire, and then bald-facedly denies it when he is pressed on it. He will actually sit there on television and say he does not condone violence, when he has said at his rallies that he would like to “punch [a protestor] in the face.” That he would like to see them “taken out on stretchers.” He has offered to pay the legal bills of any of his supporters who are charged with assaulting protestors. (Of course, he actually won’t if it comes to it, because he is a coward and a liar.) And then he has the nerve to be interviewed on live TV and say he disavows violence. It’s one of two things — either he is so emotionally erratic he doesn’t realize what he is saying when he makes these threats, and so denies them with a clear conscience, because his hold on reality is so slim. Or else he is a stone-cold pathological liar.

Doanld Trump has no character. He has no internal moral compass. He says or does whatever will make him look good or feel good or aggrandize himself at any given moment. This has been obvious to me from the start. He doesn’t have any grand scheme. He’s just playing things along. He responds to stimuli directly in front of him, like an amoeba.

Ted Cruz, as creepy and awful as he is, at least is not emotionally unstable. We know what he is, a Christian Dominionist. We know what he wants to do, turn the US into a theocracy, with a Christian version of sharia law. At least he is predictable. We have an idea of how he will govern, and can plan accordingly.

Ted Cruz also, as far as I know, is the only other Republican candidate who has chastised Trump for fomenting violence. This doesn’t happen at any one else’s rallies, he said, not mine, not Marco’s, not Hillary’s or Bernie’s. So some props to him. He isn’t a complete psycho after all. Maybe only 90 percent psycho. Or at least, he knows if you play with fire you are going to get burned.

There is no telling what Trump will do if he gains the Oval Office. Can you imagine this thin-skinned bully with the nuclear launch codes? He’ll be like General Bat Guano in the movie Dr. Strangelove. If Kim Jong Un makes fun of his short fingers, he is liable to start World War Three. He is a danger to the country and the world.

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS by Alys Arden Cover Reveal

Hi, today I’m helping out my local writer buddy Alys Arden by sharing in teh reveal of the new cover to the revised edition of her book, THE CASQUETTE GIRLS.

Here’s the cover, ta-da!

The Casquette Girls

And here’s the dope on the book:

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: November 17th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.

Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.

Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.

Revised edition: This edition of The Casquette Girls includes editorial revisions.

I’m reading the book now.  It’s hard reading about the aftermath of Katrina (just called “the Storm” in the book) but it’s certainly a dramatic milieu in which to set a story.  You can tell Alys really lived it.  Or, we survivors can.
Here’s Alys:
Alys Arden
ALYS ARDEN grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

Hey, if you happen to be attending the Writers for New Orleans Conference this weekend, sat hello to Alys and myself.  We are both attending.  I’ll write more about that later.
Congratulations, Alys, on the new edition of the book, and good luck!