Category Archives: RIP

Celebrate Halloween with Rip, Serissa, and assorted ghosts…for free

RIP-V1-final.jpgBoo! RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death is having its first-ever free promotion Oct. 25 through Oct. 28. Sure, the original novelette was a free standalone ebook for a while, but that’s gone and only this set of four novelettes and a short story remains.

Just in time for Halloween. The perfect time to read about a young guy beating up ghosts.

Also, Earths in Space vol. 2: We Must Evolve will embark on my maiden voyage into the world of Kindle Countdown Deals Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, so keep an eye out for that.

And while I’m giving things away for free or nearly free, I’ll continue working on Terrific. Once I finish that novel, I’ll return to the paranormal world of RIP for two more volumes, circle back around for a third Earths in Space, and…well, that’s as far ahead as I can think right now.

So…have fun reading.

Kids need Terrific role models

Kids need role models, and adults sometimes need role models on how to be role models.

This, of course, brings me to superheroes. Too many of today’s costumed crimefighters tend to fall short in this regard. Even Superman has stumbled—I would not recommend kids emulate the version of Supes we see in the recent Man of Steel movie.

While I was a member of the Comics Experience workshop (which I highly recommend for all aspiring comics pros), I was working on scripts for a superhero series that would be perfectly appropriate for ages 9 and up. Along the way, the notion crept into my mind that this should be a novel, and while it should remain appropriate for younger readers, it should be for adults who have little ones in their lives. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, etc., you may feel you have to be near-perfect in the eyes of these children…even though you’re not, and you may even have a whole other life that occurs out of their view (parents’ jobs, teachers’ own family lives and hobbies).

This novel will be called Terrific, and it will feature the greatest superhero of its world—Mighty-Woman. And at the start, she has also been the world’s only superhero for the past several years, though she did start as part of a team. Things just went…wrong.

I had a full draft written, and then I attended the Taliesin Nexus Calliope Workshop for Fiction and Non-Fiction Authors last weekend and received excellent feedback, which I’m now implementing in a rewrite. The first draft was entertaining, and I’m excited to make it even better.

Terrific will be my next book and first full-length novel. Next on the docket will be volumes 2 and 3 of RIP, which will continue the established format of episodic novelettes that build on each other. That series is like my Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with very human ghosts. Then I’ll return to Earths in Space for a third volume of fun, somewhat pulpy sci-fi action/adventure as my team of explorers continues to visit alternate Earths across the universe.

Superheroes, ghosts, and space travel—I’ll be busy, and I’ll be having fun.

In the meantime, RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death has joined Kindle Unlimited, and Amazon Prime members can borrow it for free. If that goes well, Earths in Space may follow suit.

Now, time to work on Terrific

Say good-bye to my little free friend

RIP-1-Touch.jpg“Touch,” the first novelette in RIP: Choices After Death, has been a free standalone ebook for a good long while now, and many hundreds of you have downloaded it. But the free ride is about to come to an end.

So Choices After Death can reign supreme as the one true RIP (at least until Volume 2 comes out), “Touch” must go. This Wednesday, May 20, I will click on the unpublish button, and this free sample will be no more.

If you want the freebie, now is the time to download. Then after you read it and realize you need more Rip and Serissa in your life, Choices After Death will be waiting for you.

Hello, Wattpad!

I joined Wattpad today. It’s a lovely website where writers can post sample chapters and work-in-progress excerpts…and readers can enjoy them for free.

Sounded like a winner to me.

I’ve posted the beginning of the upcoming, not-yet-fully-edited Earths in Space vol. 2: We Must Evolve:

Of course, if you still haven’t read Earths in Space vol. 1: Where Are the Little Green Men?, its beginning is on there, too:

And of course, my Wattpad page wouldn’t be complete without “Touch,” the first novelette in RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death:

So, yes, I hereby tease you with free book beginnings.

I’ll be at the Ladysmith Library this Wednesday!

I’ll be at the Ladysmith branch of Caroline Library, Inc., in Virginia this Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

So what’s in store? Perhaps some reading. Perhaps some Q&A. Paperbacks will definitely be available, and I will sign my name to them if so desired. It all depends on who shows up and what they want. I don’t like to give speeches, so we’ll keep it informal.

The Ladysmith Library is located at 7199 Clara Smith Drive, Ruther Glen, VA 22546.

By the way, I’ve donated one paperback each of RIP and Earths in Space to Caroline Library. A copy of RIP is also available in Henrico Public Library in Henrico County, Virginia. If you’re in those areas, please check them out so they’ll remain available.

Hope to see lots of nice people this Wednesday.

Boo! Spend your Halloween with RIP: Choices After Death for a wee bit cheaper

RIP-V1-finalPardon my crass commercialization of Halloween, but it’s time to mark the RIP: Choices After Death ebook down from $2.99 to $1.99 for the rest of October.

I confess, it’s not scary, aside from a few creepy scenes. But it has ghosts — and not of the “Rhosts, Raggy!” variety. Actual ghosts so real you can touch them. Well, Rip can touch them, and see, hear, smell, but hopefully not taste them. You can just read about him touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, and hopefully not tasting them.

It’s Halloween week! You’re obligated to indulge in ghostly fun.

If you’ve read the first RIP novelette for free, it’s the perfect time to continue on with the rest of the book.

If you don’t, Serissa will punch you in the face. Granted, her fist will go right through you and you won’t feel a thing or even see her do it, but that won’t stop her.

RIP: Touch now permanently free on Amazon

RIP-1-Touch.jpgAmazon has price matched.

That means you can download the first RIP novelette for FREE.

Barnes & Noble and Smashwords already had it free, but now Kindle users have the option.

RIP: Touch is the first of four novelettes that appear in RIP: Choices After Death. So now you can read the beginning of the book at no charge, fall in love with the story, and then come back for the rest.

I’m such a manipulative so-and-so, aren’t I?

Win a signed paperback of RIP!

I turn 31 this month. Know what that means?RIP-V1-final.jpg

Time to give away one free paperback copy of RIP: Choices After Death! (What? Not 31 copies? Sticking to the ones place is much more affordable, thank you.) My birthday, but you get the gift. Ain’t I swell?

I’ll even autograph it, and believe me, my signature is worth precisely the ink it takes to write it. (Anyone know what ink is worth???)

This is the first time I’ve ever done this. Sure, I’ve given away several e-books, but that’s as easy as sending an email. For this, I will take a special trip to my friendly neighborhood Post Office and place the specially autographed paperback in the care of a United States Postal Service employee, who will then initiate a process that sends this intrepid paperback on an epic cross-country journey.

The book, however, will stick to the continental U.S. It’s not that intrepid, and I am that cheap.

Now if only we could find some impartial arbiter to select a winner…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That should do it. Enter by “liking” me on Facebook or adding RIP to your Goodreads shelf.

And when it comes to Rafflecopter links, remember…Sharing is caring.

My books pass the Bechdel Test

The Internet taught me about a little something called the Bechdel Test.

Basically, the test asks, “Does this work have (1) at least two women (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man?”

Granted, there are excellent movies and books that fail this test, such as Back to the Future and The Dark Knight, but male characters tend to dominate the fiction landscape. Balance is a good thing.

I’m pleased to report that Earths in Space easily passes the Bechdel Test many times over, and the upcoming sequel will continue that.

RIP seems more ambiguous. Of the two main female characters, one can’t directly perceive the other. Nevertheless, even if we disqualify any Serissa/Kalli interactions, there are still scenes of Kalli talking with female students, and not all of Serissa’s chats with female ghosts revolve around Rip. It might not earn the ‘A’ Earths in Space does, but it passes.

So, in Kermit the Frog voice, yaaayyyyy!!!!

Presenting the “it’s really darn cold out” sale

It’s freezing, but there’s one force in the known universe that will warm your mind.

Imagination! Imaginary warmth is hot stuff. Where do you find imagination? Why, in a book, of course!

So, to help take your mind off the cold, I’m putting the Earths in Space e-book on sale for 99 cents (down from $1.99).

And remember, the RIP: Touch e-book is permanently free at Smashwords.

Both Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men? and RIP: Choices After Death are enrolled in the Kindle Matchbook program, by the way. This means if you purchase the paperback edition through Amazon, you can get the Kindle version at no extra charge.

Now get in from the cold and spark the fire of your…imagination!

(It’s fun being cheesy, isn’t it? I don’t know what that cheetah thought was so hard.)