Friday, December 28, 2012

E-Book Winner Announced!

Congratulations bhskittykatt, winner of a .pdf copy of my short story "Buster"! bhskittykatt's favorite dinosaur is the brontosaurus, better known as the apatosaurus, although neither name is technically wrong to use.

I used the highly scientific method of selecting a winner by writing all the names on little pieces of paper, putting them in a Santa hat I had lying around, and then drawing one out.

Don't forget, you can still buy a copy of "Buster" at the Amazon Kindle or B&N Nook stores for the low, low price of .99!

And if SF is more your thing, check out my short story "Christmas Eve in New London" in the anthology Dark Stars!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season, and I'll be back in 2013!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Dark Stars by Earthbound Fiction and the Christmas Spirit

My latest release is not only the only read SF story I've ever written, it's also seasonally appropriate!

"Christmas Even in New London" just came out in Earthbound Fiction's anthology Dark Stars. I've read through the whole anthology and I have to say, it's pretty damn sweet.

"New London" actually grew out of my response to a challenge from Writer's Weekly; a couple years ago I tackled one of their 24-hour short story contests. While I strayed pretty far from the prompt (and didn't win the contest) I felt the story had potential so I expanded it and came up with what I feel is a decent little SF piece that explores loss, longing, and doing wrong with the best intentions.

You can find it here!

And remember, there's still time to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win an e-copy of my story "Buster", a madcap romp- with dinosaurs!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Friends!

Merry Christmas! Here is my gift; a clip from the greatest Christmas movie ever. Because nothing says love and cheer and goodwill toward men like killing the nasty old lady who bullies everyone in town.

And remember, get yourself a Christmas gift by leaving me a comment on my previous post! If your name is drawn from a hat this Friday, you get a FREE .pdf copy of my story "Buster", currently available for the Kindle and Nook!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Win a Really Cool New Story! About Dinosaurs!

IT'S OUT! My longish short story, "Buster" is now available on Amazon's Kindle Store and on Barnes & Noble's Nook Store. It has been a long road to publication for this one, and I want to thank my editor, Darwin Garrison, for his tenacity and hard work (and I want to thank Jennifer Miller for that sweet-ass illustration!).

Here's a summary of the story, from Amazon:

Matt Conway never expected his life to shift into high gear just because he rented a car. When a curious sound from his trunk leads to a discovery of massively avian proportions, though, suddenly he's hanging on for all he's worth just to avoid getting run over by the possibilities. From his relationship with his best female friend, Jane (who is anything but plain) to scrambling to outwit creepy corporate mad scientist wannabes, Matt had better keep his wits about him as he races to keep his new best friend, Buster, off the dissection table!

It's a bit funny, a bit madcap, and hopefully a pretty good read. And it's a whopping 99 cents, which at around 9,000 words works out to...I don't know, I hate math. But it's a lot of words per penny!

But wait, there's more! I'm giving away one free copy of "Buster" on this blog, in .pdf form so even if you don't have a Kindle/Nook/e-reader app on your PC, you can still check it out. All you have to do it reply to this post with a comment telling me what your favorite kind of dinosaur is. I'll let this contest run for one week, and next Friday I will put all the names in a hat and let my toddler pull one out.

My favorite dinosaur is, oddly enough, not the oviraptor, but the triceratops (yeah, yeah...torosaurus. I KNOW.).

So pick a Mesozoic favorite and win a copy of "Buster"! Well, one of you will. The rest have to pay cash money for it (and if you do read it, please leave a review wherever you bought it! Even if you hated it, let me know). Good luck!

Monday, December 10, 2012


This is not particularly writing -related, but I am sick and Simon's cat never fails to make me smile. Here's the newest one, in which Simon's cat is outsmarted by Simon's kitten (you'd think after all his trials with one cat, Simon would have been bright enough not to acquire another...but cats, like dust bunnies- and books-, have a tendency to just start piling up).

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Help a Broad Out!

Hey friends! As you may or may not know, I am a member of Broad Universe, an organization devoted to promoting the work of female specfic authors (ha, Broad Universe...get it?). Recently one of our number revealed that she's facing a rough upcoming personal battle (she has pointed out that she doesn't usually reveal personal details to people on the Internet, so I won't go into specifics) and will need a lot of support, both emotional and financial.

S.A. Bolich doesn't want donations, but you can help out by buying her books that are available on Amazon: Firedancer and Windrider. I haven't read them yet but the reviews are great and the series' summary sounds really cool.

You can buy her books here and here, and her official website is here.