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To celebrate the end of summer (wait, does anyone ever celebrate the end of summer?), I’ve put all of my Stolen Future and Nemesis books on sale at $.99 each. That means The Invisible City, The Secret City, and The Cosmic City, as well as The Choking Rain, The Scent of Death, and The Killing Scar. Each one $.99! That’s three books for the price of one!

Whether you’re looking for classic science fiction adventure or two-fisted pulp action from the 1930s, this is your chance to pick up some great reading at a really great price! I mean, would you rather read this or that Shakespeare guy your English teacher assigned?

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Hello. I’ve been off-page for the past couple of weeks due to circumstances beyond my control, but they appear to have been resolved and now I’m back. Time will tell if this is a good thing. Moving on…

I’ve started a new novel. Not the new novel I was starting the last time I said I was starting a new novel, this is a new new novel. On the other hand, it’s going back to an old idea. So it’s kind of a hybrid, a new novel with old characters. In TV terms, it’s a spin-off.

I’m returning to the world of the Stolen Future trilogy, but this book takes place between the first and second volumes of that series, and the lead character there, Keryl Clee, doesn’t appear at all. (If you’ve read The Invisible City, you know why; otherwise, I don’t believe in spoilers.) This book is about Keryl’s best friend, Timash, who happens to be a gorilla, and therein lies the “new experiment” part of this endeavor.

You see, I’ve never written a book before with a non-human viewpoint character. Timash  is a gorilla from a time when at least some apes have been gifted with human-level intelligence, but he’s still a gorilla, and they’re not common. In fact, most are hidden. So people treat him differently. Those differences haven’t been explored much in the prior books because it wasn’t Timash’s story, but this is.

How is he going to be treated? How will he react to it? Am I going to be able to write a non-human hero who comes across as a non-human? I have no idea the answers to any of these questions. To be honest, I’m only starting to think about them. I do know that Timash has an arc; one of the advantages of working within a prescribed framework established by previous books is that I know where the character is headed.

It’s always a challenge to try to create something new, while preserving enough continuity that you carry your audience with you. And I doubt it will be easy.

But it should be fun, and that’s what counts!

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Proud to say that my very first published story, “Where There’s a Will,” will see the light of day once more as part of the Timeshift anthology. There’s a Kickstarter for the project, if you’d like to be a part of that.

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I have decided to make The Invisible City, first volume in The Stolen Future trilogy, available at a great discount: free. (You can find it here and here.) That is 120,000 words of swashbuckling planetary romance, suitable for all ages, for the price of clicking a button.

Several years ago, I found an old manuscript in an attic. It told the story of my several-times-removed uncle Charles Clee, a lieutenant serving on the front lines in France in World War I. In escaping an enemy ambush, he finds himself an unwitting traveler–through time. Catapulted 800,000 years into the future, he discovers a very different Earth, where an alien race dominates humankind, the mutated products of 800 millennia of scientific experiments roam the landscape, and strange and dangerous sights await the unwary traveler.

Struggling to survive, Clee learns that a time machine may exist which could send him back to his own era, where he represents the only hope of rescue for the men of his command. But to do so would mean abandoning the people of the future, for whom he may represent their only chance for freedom.

Rescue the past, or save the future? Either way, he will lose.

 

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Today is the day! The final book in the Stolen Future trilogy is on sale! The Cosmic City is available as an e-book for $3.99 on Amazon and Smashwords, and the paperback will soon be on sale for $9.99 at Createspace.

Keryl Clee may think he has defeated his foes and started the Earth on the path to unity, but his greatest challenge–and Earth’s greatest threat–await him.While he languishes in a prison of made of history, the clock moves inexorably to the moment when humanity will be destroyed and Time itself may be damaged beyond repair!

To celebrate the completion of the Stolen Future trilogy, the first volume, The Invisible City, is priced at $.99. What are you waiting for? As Keryl Clee will tell you, Time is of the essence!

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Cirsova #2 is now out, featuring my short story about the little-known supernatural arena of the American Revolution, “Hoskins’ War.” The enemy of your enemy is your friend, but when a colonial guerrilla warrior witnesses an attack by uncanny creatures upon a British column, he realizes that some wars transcend politics and geography and that if this massacre is left unanswered, there soon may be no one left to fight over whether America deserves its freedom.

I can also announce that “Foundering Fathers” is now available as part of the anthology Singular Irregularity. In a complete coincidence, it too examines the underpinnings of a pivotal event in America’s fight for liberty–albeit in a more lighthearted vein. When time-traveling Barclay Webster accidentally leaves Paul Revere senseless just before he is to make his legendary ride, who but Barclay will be there to rescue history? And when plans go awry, who but Soames, the inestimable valet, will be there to rescue Barclay?

And finally, Once a Knight, A Tale of the Daze of Chivalry, has been made available for free on Amazon for a very limited time. Fantasy Faction called Once a Knight, “cleverly written. … [A] pun in every paragraph and a smile in every sentence.” If you love Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or the films of Mel Brooks, this book belongs in your library.

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For the month of July, I am participating in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale! All full-price books are 25% off with the coupon code SSW25. This means that volume 2 of the Stolen Future trilogy, The Secret City; the first of the Captain Swashbuckle Depression-era thrillers, The Choking Rain; and my non-fiction primer on how to avoid losing money to your stockbroker, How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off–And What You Can Do About It, are all 25% off for an entire month! Check them all out at my author page, or see the entire Smashwords promotional catalog.

And of course, the first volume of the Stolen Future trilogy, The Invisible City, is also available, at the special introductory price of $0.99.

July is a long month, and you have to fill it somehow, so why not try some new fiction? (A word to the wise: Don’t take your Kindle into the pool…)

 

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