Breaking News, April 15th

Limited Time Sale


Long-time readers will be very familiar with the name William J. Jackson for his work on the Rail Legacy series.  This many-faceted writer also has a dieselpunk work in print, Down Jersey Driveshaft, a huge story of warfare, angst, love, death and robots.  If you enjoyed The Rocketeer, Sky Captain, or Commando Cody, this is practically a must-read, and will be on sale for 99¢ today and tomorrow at the link above.  Strap into the cockpit and head out on patrol!


Upcoming Changes… again

I am still feeling my way with the details; hopefully I’ll get it right soon!  Never one to duck the responsibility for my own mistakes, I’m admitting to one with these little news blurbs.

The purpose of this blog is to support my work as an author, and the way I see myself doing that is to post on a regular basis updates on my writing activities, and articles about my philosophy of writing.  When I then intersperse these news updates almost every day, the main posts tend to get buried in “noise.”

Let me hasten to add that I don’t consider the work of my friends to be noise any more than I do my own, but the blog has one purpose which I’m diluting with this.  It’s like the boy who cried wolf.  If every day a new post is announced, and you follow the link only to find a book ad or an event flyer, pretty soon you aren’t bothering to look any more.

So, commencing tomorrow, I will be posting every four days, and when there is news, it will be attached at the bottom of the main article.  I don’t expect that all will have attachments, but the ones that do will include the “News” tag for easy reference.  I hope this serves the needs of my friends adequately, but I’ve begun to get off-task here, and I need to reapply the discipline.  I may not have it right yet, but I’m learning what works, and am convinced that each change moves closer to perfection.  Any thoughts?

Breaking News (formerly Update), April 13th

Book Giveaways


Sarah Zama of The Old Shelter blog is announcing a giveaway of five print copies of Give in to the Feeling, a paranormal romance set in the Roaring Twenties.  I have read this, and I can assure you of two things:  First, it was a delight, and second, there is not one horny vampire in sight!  Sarah probably handles the Roaring Twenties better than I handle colonial Africa, so get your name in the hat and keep your fingers crossed.

Winners will be selected by random drawing.  To enter, you need to go to the book’s Goodreads page, and click on “To Read,” which automatically enters you in the drawing.  You can earn extra chances at the rate of one per comment by going to her blog and commenting on any post in her Weimar Republic A-Z challenge.  She will stop accepting entries on April 30th, so don’t miss out on a most excellent story!


Maxwell Grantly is a British teacher of young children who, not coincidentally, writes children’s picture books.  They are well-produced and age-appropriate, and very much worth a look by parents of said young children.  There are several series, and I have just learned that that are free on every e-book platform except Kindle, where they are as cheap as Amazon allows.  The cover shown is his latest work, but there are several free series available on Barnes & Noble, Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Lulu, and Smashwords, as well as for a small price at Amazon.  Just enter his name in search, and they will all open up with descriptions and age guidelines.

Book-related Merchandise

Karen J. Carlisle, an artist as well as an author, has created a mug design to accompany her latest release, Aunt Enid, protector extraordinaire.  The design can be seen here, and can be purchased at Hootsuite.  List price is $20.00, which I assume is in Australian currency, but if you’re a fan of Karen’s, a fan of the book, or just a collector of unusual mugs, this might be something you’d want to look into.


Personal Appearance

Those fortunate enough to be in the Big Bear/San Bernardino area tomorrow will have a chance to see the charming and knowledgeable Stephanie Kato live at the Big Bear Lake Branch Library.  She will be on hand at 2:00 PM to speak on her Post-Apocalyptic Society novels and the vision behind the steampunk movement.  If you happen to be in the area, join “the steampunk elf” for an insightful discussion!


And that’s 30 for this issue.  Next scheduled post is Monday the 16th, but look for news whenever it arises.  Play nice, look out for one another, and remember, the person who doesn’t read only gets to live one life!

Update, April 11th

Quality Covers for any Budget

Bryce Raffle, another of my old friends, and the editor responsible for the Den of Antiquity anthology, has developed a new sideline.  Any struggling indie who has ever asked for a price on a professional cover has stepped back with pinpoint pupils and palpitations of the heart.  To the rescue comes Bryce with his pre-made modular book covers.  Because of our relationship, he presented me with a few steampunk samples, of which this is one, but he can work in any genre, and so far, everything I’ve seen at his page is less than $100.00, sometimes substantially less.  I usually don’t show a full-size cover, but you have to see what he’s offering for this phenomenal price.


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