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It’s a bird… it’s a plane…

My very first favorite TV show was the George Reeves Superman series.  And my very first story was spun off the 1960s Batman show.  So it makes sense that the latest publication I’m involved in (with my writing group, the League of Original Woolwrights, a/k/a LOOW) is a collection of superhero stories!  It’s up for pre-order now, for only $0.99 — the actual release date is January 2, and a paperback version will be available shortly.  All profits go to charity (details below).  Hope you’ll check it out!  Just click the cover image to go up, up, and way… to the Amazon page.  🙂

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They walk among us. They are our friends and family, our neighbors… even our enemies. Individuals with extraordinary abilities.

Some view their powers as a blessing. Others, a curse.

From the marvelous to the mundane, each of the charcters in this anthology must come to grips with the burden that has been placed upon them. Some choose to do good for others; some retreat into more pedestrian pursuits, only to discover they can run from everything but themselves. Some find solace in simple acts; others glory in the grandeur of their exploits. Some want nothing more than to disappear permanently. Yet through it all, hope and humanity prevail in unexpected ways.

Featuring nine super stories by ten amazing authors, this is truly an anthology of the extraordinary.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Sickle Cell Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Sickle Cell Disease can cause chronic, lifelong pain. Riley Hospital for Children provides a holistic approach to care for patients affected by Sickle Cell Disease, and also helps family members cope with the impact of the diagnosis.

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For Christmas… a brand-new story!

Santa smallThe original theory, when I stepped down from my day job to become self-employed, was that I’d write in the morning and edit other folks’ work in the afternoon.  Sometimes that actually happens.  And sometimes… my brain just won’t cooperate. The past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to prod myself into writing anything at all.

Then last night, I was pinged with an idea.  It seemed like a viable one, so as soon as I got up, I grabbed the laptop and got to work.  And 12 hours later… there’s a finished product!  Written, edited, covered, and published.

Introducing: Santa on My Doorstep!

Lisa’s life is just fine. She has a 7-year-old son she adores, a comfortable home, a good job… and it’s Christmas. But something’s missing – something (someone) she firmly denies she needs until a white-bearded stranger shows up at her door and advises her, “Don’t be afraid to ask for what you really want.”

You can find it at Amazon here.

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New release time!

Back in college, I took my first stab at writing some original science fiction — and it came out well enough that I scored a round of applause from my writing workshop when I read the story aloud.  But I had no publication venues open to me at the time, so the story made its way into a drawer… until this past July, when I dusted it off and decided it was worthy of an upgrade.  And publication.

Escape 1 smallA “couple whiles” after it debuted to that first audience, here’s Escape!

Meet Eli Christopher – a 29-year-old factory worker who loves the theater. It’s his only escape from a dusty, frustrating life, a place where his imagination can run free, where he can feel some genuine joy and take a nap in the sun.

This same theater is also a place of terror, for those who can’t bring themselves to leave – the people who scream in panic and beg to stay.

This isn’t Now, and Eli Christopher isn’t on Earth. He’s in a place where silence and obedience are required, where you can never change the status you were given on arrival. Where something as simple as a clean drink of water is a near miracle.

He’s in a place where a moment of joy brings with it an enormous risk: that you’ll be carried, screaming, beyond the black door…never to be seen again.

You can find it here at Amazon.

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Another addition to the catalogue!

Wrapped revEven though the common advice is “Write novels!” – my stock in trade is short works, ranging from drabbles (100 words) to novellas. During the past 7 years I’ve turned out over 600 short stories, some of which I’ve been gathering into collections that I release from time to time.

This is the latest: a group of stories about a dad who was convinced he wasn’t ready. That he was just the “fun uncle.” That he couldn’t possibly provide all the right answers for a child of his own. But he finds out over time that his new little daughter doesn’t care, because he may be a jerk, but he’s her jerk.

You can find Wrapped Around Her Little Finger at Amazon – for only 99 cents!

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Never say “never”…

pic 9When I started e-publishing a little more than a year ago, I thought, “Nah, not gonna do romance.  That’s not my thing.”  I’d been writing supernatural angsty drama for 7 years, and got into e-pubbing with SF (in the Silo Saga, spun off from Hugh Howey’s WOOL books).  I couldn’t see myself writing love stories.  Then, at Christmas time, my cousin made an offhand comment… and I started thinking, “Well, maybe.”

A few months later I published Something Simple.  Lots of fun to write – and it’s interesting to stretch your wings a bit.  But I thought it was a one-shot.  I was willing to let it go at that.  But folks started telling me, “You should write another one!”

SC final smallOkay.  Have another one.  🙂

It’s going to be a trilogy – I’ll have Book 3 done in time for Christmas, if my muse cooperates.  I’ve also got another couple of romances in the pipeline!  So I’ve stopped saying, “Never.”  The most I’ll commit to at this point is, “Well… I don’t know.  Maybe later?”

If you’re interested in checking out my romantic babies, just click the cover images.  And if you’d like to help spread the word?  That would be AWESOME.

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Look at that! I’m going to zero in.

The common wisdom in the indy publishing biz is that you have to pick ONE THING — one arena — one subject.  You have to essentially become a one-trick pony, and do that trick over and over and over again, and pimp it relentlessly.

But anyone who knows me (or most of the members of my family) knows that the quickest way to get me to balk is to tell me, “You HAVE TO [fill in the blank].”  As a young friend once said, “That no work for me.”  So nope… I’m not going to write only sweet romance.  Or sci-fi.  Or supernatural mystery.  Or women’s fiction.  I’m not going to set up one series and write 500 chapters.  Because Oh Dear God.  That would be the fastest route to complete insanity for me.  It would suck all the fun out of telling stories.

What I *am* going to do is pick a theme — one that’s appeared over and over again in all the stories I’ve written over the years.  One that’s dear to my heart, because examining it helps me understand the people I love, and understand myself.

FAMILY.

The one we’re born with.  The ones we build through marriage, through friendship, through shared experience.  Our larger family as members of the human race.  As has been true in the stories I’ve written in the past, the backdrops will be different.  I may write about places you recognize, or worlds that exist only in my imagination, but I hope my characters will be people who seem familiar — people you’ll like, that you’ll cheer for or cry with.  With luck, they’ll help you understand yourself and the people you love just a bit better.

Here at the blog, I’ll be talking with some terrific creative folks about the examination of family in their own works.  Now and then, we’ll be holding some giveaways, and we’ll point you toward some great new books.  We’ll ask questions, and answer them.  As our family of readers, I hope you’ll enjoy the journey!

Look for a couple of posts a week.  And if you’d like to do a guest post, by all means drop me a line!

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Coming soon…

woolgathering_cover-3Those of you who are familiar with my Silo Saga work probably also know the names David Adams, Ann Christy, WJ Davies, Thomas Robins, Frederic Shernoff, and Will Swardstrom — a wonderful group of authors who back in August invited me to join them as a member of the League of Original Woolwrights.  Since then, we’ve served as a sounding board for each other both in good times and bad, and I’ve gotten to know each of them as a friend.

What’s that got to do with you, you might ask.  Well… we’re all involved in an upcoming anthology of WOOL-related stories called WOOLGATHERING, to be published for the benefit of the NaNoWriMo organization.  It’s a terrific collection, covering life in the silos from Day One and running many years into the future, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.

Stay tuned for more information about the book, and the various authors involved in it.  I’m hoping to chat with each of them here in this space, so that you can get to know them and their work as we all continue our trek through the world of indy publishing!