The Writer Emergency Pack just received full funding (and well beyond!) on Kickstarter, which is excellent news because I have absolutely no idea how to wrap up my current WIP!

Congrats to John August on this wonderful project. These helpful cards got the backing of 5,714 awesome people (me among them, of course) and raised $158,109, which is well above the initial $9,000 goal.


Sci-Fi November: New Titles From Lucas Bale

Just a quick post today to let you know there are two (!) new titles available from Lucas Bale. I met Lucas through the KBoards community and was fortunate enough to be an advanced reviewer for his debut title, The Heretic. We’ll also be contributing to an upcoming anthology together, along with a number of other terrific indie authors, which should be releasing early 2015 (more news on that at a later date).

Out now is his short story, What It Means to Survive.


McArthur’s World is a frozen planet which has been bled dry by mineral mining corporations for three decades. When there is nothing left but ice and snow, the last freighter lifts off carrying away every remaining human being. When it crashes in a wilderness no one has ever returned from, there are only two survivors: a miner who wants to get back to the children he has not seen for two years, and the woman who forced him to come to McArthur’s World in the first place.

They think they’re alone, until the shrieks in the darkness come.

And coming out Nov. 17 is Defiance, book two in his Beyond The Wall series that kicked off with The Heretic.


The darkness in the human heart is infinite.

At a time when power means everything, the ultimate power, the imperium, rests with the Consulate Magistratus. The murder of a man in the lowest caste may be inconsequential, but one man, one of the Caesteri lawmen who still believes in justice, refuses to ignore it.

The woman he hunts is violent and unstable, and haunted by her own callous ghosts. She will drag him to the furthest reaches of space, where the abyss which awaits them hides an unspeakable truth.

When faced with their own mortality, there is no limit to what human beings will do to protect themselves, their family, their property. The human mind changes when exposed to relentless horror. It becomes dehumanised. The grotesque becomes mundane.There is no pity, no remorse – only instinct. An instinct which cannot be controlled.

The imperium belongs only to those who are strong enough to wield it.

The war to control humanity’s future is about to begin…

Defiance is the second book in the acclaimed Beyond the Wall series, an epic hard science-fiction space opera about the future of humanity and the discovery of the truth of its past.

Lucas was kind enough to provide me with ARCs of both stories, so keep an eye out for my thoughts on both titles in coming weeks. In the meantime, go give them an order on Amazon by clicking the links or images above. Both stories are only 99 cents!

Sci-Fi November: New Titles From Lucas Bale

Quick Aside On Editing

I’m the midst of editing Emergence, and according to critical feedback, I’m told the phrase “crotch crickets” is too vulgar for this scene and an out-of-character thought for the protagonist. I’ll revise it accordingly, but this, I presume, is an example of what’s known as “kill your darlings” in writer’s land.

As you were…


Work, work, work…

I don’t want to jinx things, but I think I’m going to have a pretty strong showcase of work in 2015. I’m working on yet another short story, currently untitled, for release next year in addition to Emergence and Revolver, which will be appearing alongside some other mighty fine pieces in a sci-fi anthology. Phew! Keep an eye out for updates on all three projects as they develop.


A Sweet Meat Halloween Treat – CONSUMPTION, Only 99 cents!


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As you may be aware, today is Halloween. You owe yourself a treat, and a bit of a fright. If you haven’t done so already, might I suggest a read-through of my latest work, Consumption. It’s available on a bunch of different platforms, and only 99 cents.

This short story is a nasty bit of work, a grisly, bloody affair. According to some of the reviewers over at Goodreads, it’s maybe the kind of story you might not want to read too closely before or after dinner….

Here’s the description:

You Are

Reclusive chef Heinrich Schauer has invited six guests to a blind twelve-course tasting menu.

What You Eat

While snow blankets the isolated Swiss valley surrounding his estate, the guests feast eagerly, challenging one another to guess at the secret tastes plated before them.

Meat Is Murder

As they eat, each guest is overtaken by carnal appetites, unaware of their host’s savage plans…or of the creature lurking below.

One thing is clear: There is more on the menu than any of them have bargained for.

Consumption is a 12,000 word (approx.) short story. It contains graphic depictions of sex and violence, and is intended for mature audiences.

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A Sweet Meat Halloween Treat – CONSUMPTION, Only 99 cents!