2014/2015 Schedule Changes

Now that the madness has died down, it’s time for me to get my collective shit in order. What does this mean? It means re-prioritizing my existing schedule.

The plan was, in fact, for me to get back to work on Flames and one more Garaaga’s Children story for y’all. However, since The Black‘s sidequel (paraquel, sequel, whatever the hell you want to call it) has been purchased, it’s now my top priority. Everything else is going to slide. For now.

While writing the next book, I’ll be recording The Black for audiobook sale as well as for the podcast. You know, that thing I used to do? But because I have to split time between the two and I have an aggressive schedule for the The Black‘s sidequel, it will take a bit longer than I’d planned.

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The Black–Another Update

Why do I keep writing these updates? Because things are moving so fast I can barely keep up.

Last night I received two awesome pieces of news. First off, the paraquel to The Black is going to happen. Severed Press wants it. I’m going to write it. And it will be even crazier than The Black was.

The second piece of news? The Black is being translated for the German market. That’s huge. It’s the first time any of my stories will appear in a language other than Texan. Or English. Or Java. Or something.

What does this mean? It means 2014 has been by far the most successful year of my writing career. The Black is still selling. It’s not setting the world on fire by any means, but its sales have been consistently good. Am I happy? Yes. Am I terrified? Absolutely. Why? Because I have to do better next time. Every book has to be better than the last. But considering the amazing support from y’all and the improvements I’ve made, it’s not as much a worry as it probably should be.

Last Sunday was the day I received the cover for The Black. One week later, the sequel was purchased, German rights sold, both ebook and paperback are out and doing well. One. F’ing. Week.

Be careful what you wish for, kids, because it can happen. And when it does, you better be ready. I’m ready. Hopefully you’re enjoying The Black and can’t wait for the next installment.

Now if only someone will purchase the movie rights…


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The Black–Numbers and Sense

A little update for you on “The Black.”

As one expects, the first day of the ebook launch was insane. “The Black” bounced around all day from the 6ks in Amazon’s total sales up to 23k. The rest of the week, the book’s rank bobbed up and down between 12k and 23k. Right now, it’s back to 14k. I’m not sure what’s driving it right now, but I assume it’s because readers tend to purchase books near the weekend.

The paperback is selling too. It hasn’t even been out a full 24 hours, but it’s sitting at 33k in rankings. But what does this mean?

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The Black–Now Available In Paperback

Did I mention how incredibly fast this book has hit the presses? Last Sunday, I had just received the “final” artwork. Two days later, the ebook dropped. A couple of days later? The paperback is now available at Amazon.

If you take a look at the sidebar (or the links below), you’ll see two little amazon logos. The first is for the paperback, the second for the ebook. If you purchase using those links (and yes, you can just copy the damned things) or use them to spread the word, then I get a bigger cut of the profits. Just another way to keep me in scotch.

Thanks to all of you for so much support and help in pimping the release. It’s been a roller-coaster ride and there’s more to come. I’m hard at work on recording the audio/podio book for y’all and hope to have the first episode for you in early October. Unless I decide to release on Halloween. Because who doesn’t love a monster on October 31st?



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The Black–TPB Cover

Black_paperback_for print smlThis has been an insane week. In a matter of days, we’ve gone from not having a book out, to having the ebook out, and now the paperback is about to be released.

Y’all showed up to purchase it and at one point, The Black e-book was selling higher than Stephen F’ing King. Pretty damned amazing for someone who has hardly EVER climbed any charts. So, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.

Tomorrow or Saturday, The Black will go on sale at Amazon.com. I’ll update the links and etc for you when I get hold of them. Until then, bask in the awesome that is this book cover. I can’t wait to get my paws on it. Hopefully, you’ll feel the same way.


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The Black…

The Black E-book CoverAfter months of hard work and frantic insanity, it’s finally here. The Black will be released September 16, 2014 in e-book on Amazon and in paperback sometime next week. For now, here’s the cover and the blurb. Hope you’re looking forward to reading it. Thank you Severed Press for making all this happen. I am honored to be in their stable.

Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered
an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure,
nations would go to war for the rights to it. But as the team starts
drilling exploration well after exploration well in their race to
claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the
ocean floor shakes them all to their core. Something has been living
in the oil and it’s about to give birth to the greatest threat
humanity has ever seen.

“The Black” is a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and
action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thing right into readers’
hands. Ocean exploration will never be the same.





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Essay–The Black: One More Down

It’s been a long year. Many great things have happened, many terrible ones, and I’ve been writing like a madman. Until recently.

2014 is a bit of a strange time for me. I have published The Street which has been pretty damned successful. We’re getting ready to publish Legends of Garaaga in paperback. The Rider, a novel I wrote with Scott Sigler, is due for publication sometime in Q4 2014 or Q1 2015. I have two other novels I haven’t finished and my first small press title, The Black is now in the hands of the publisher.

Phew. That’s a laundry list of books. Or is it? Since I’m working on the last novelette/novella for The Daemons of Ur, that’s another one that going to come out later this year or early next. Basically, shadowpublications.com has been a damned busy company, and I’ve been a scribbling lunatic.

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Essay–RIP Johnny Fiend

My pets have always been part of my family. I don’t have human children. That, um, just didn’t happen. My wife and I have adopted five pets during our marriage. The current eldest is ready to pass on.

JohnnyAndMeThe Johnny Fiend was a little purrball of fluff we rescued. He was a long-haired little cat that looked more like a wisp of cotton when we brought him home. He was always talkative and extremely affectionate. He was my friend during the low points in my life, the high points, and always ready to snuggle at night. His loud purr frequently put me to sleep when nothing else would.

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The Sounds of idiots

With great apologies to Simon and Garfunkel.

Hello internet, my old friend
I’ve come to bitch at you again,
Because derision is loudly seeping
and only leaving me weeping
and the idiocy that destroys my poor brain
still remains
from the code of morons

Viewing jumbled code I groan
as my poor servers are slowly powned
by the morons who only say “can’t”
I can only glare and shake my head askance
when my systems are destroyed by the idiots who think they’re “right”
that isn’t right.
Admidst the sounds of idiots.

And in the conference room I saw
Ten thousand idiots, maybe more
Idiots talking without thinking
Idiots coding without listening
Idiots writing code that all should beware
and it’s not rare
admidst the sounds of morons

“Idiots,” said I, “You do not know–”
This kind of code will only slow
Hear my fury that I might save you
from systems choking that we can’t use
but my words and emails go unread
and lost within the sounds of idiots

And the developers bowed and prayed
to their idiot fucked up ways
and the applications crashed without warning
’cause of the shitty code that was swarming
And the servers cried “The code of the idiots are destroying my all
and business falls”
and ignored by the sound of idiots

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The Schedule…From HELL!

I’ve been silent way too long and I guess I should let y’all know what’s going on.

First off, the new novel is finished. At least the first draft anyway. I’m working on getting the edits together so I can rewrite a couple of chapters, perform continuity checks, and then hand it off to my subject matter experts to vet my mentions of certain technologies. This is only my second “hard sci-fi” book (The Rider co-written with Scott Sigler was the first), so I need all the help I can get.

Secondly, let’s talk Shadowpublications.com books. Come August, I will be working with the great and wonderful Scott Pond to put together covers and book layouts for the upcoming paperbacks of the Garaaga’s Children series. These two books are yet to be titled, but they will be available from all the usual suspects including my site. Also, the ebooks will be getting out there as well. If you’ve already purchased the GC: Ancients hardcover, there’s not much reason for you to purchase both of these books. However, the second trade paperback will contain a bonus tale that wraps up the Ama/Drimesh cycle of Ur. I’m futzing around with calling this book The Daemons of Ur.

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