Saturday Stories: Jack Who Works the Beanstalk

Jack is just another orphaned kid working the tourists, except Jack lives on Mars and works the Pavonis Mons Beanstalk Terminal guiding visitors through the delights and dangers of New Chicago City. But his new client is a mysterious man named Aldan who wants to go into the Maze and take on one of New Chicago City’s most dangerous men. There is something different about Aldan, but Jack needs money to save Mary and can’t …

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Saturday Stories: Connor Bright and the Case of the Purple Unicorn

Connor Bright dresses and talks just like Crocodile Dundee, but that’s just his way of hiding from his past. He’s a private detective in Phoenix, Arizona and his next case involves a man slain by what appears to be a purple unicorn. He doesn’t think unicorns are real, but Irene, his new eight-year-old client, saw her great-uncle run down by one. Now Connor has to solve the murder, keep his own demons at bay, and …

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Saturday Stories: A Brief Introduction

I write a lot of short stories (I’ll be hitting 100 finished short stories and novelettes later this year) and I am looking for a way to both get them out and share them with all of you. So I’m going to post some of them here, on this website, for free. This whole free thing is a “thank you” to all of you that follow along here or on facebook or twitter. I’m coming …

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Of Things Not Seen Stands Alone

I made a mistake last year when I released Of Things Not Seen: A Ghost’s Memoir, Book 3. It’s the subtitle and the “Book 3” part that is misleading. Kind of. It is Book 3 in the series and features Jesus, the secondary character from Shuffled Off and To Be a Fool. It also overlaps with the events of To Be a Fool and follows Jesus from the time he leaves at the end of …

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Seeing Forever Extended Sample

Some books are just yours. You know them when you read them. There’s something about them that speaks to you. Sometimes it’s a time and a place and an age you are and the books just sings to you. When I was first diving into fiction it was J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land–I couldn’t get enough. As I aged, new books came like Nancy Kress’s Beggars in …

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“The Stars in Hoshi’s Eyes” is Out!

I got the email while I was on a work call. The Saturday Evening Post wanted to buy a story of mine called “The Stars in Hoshi’s Eyes”. THE SATURDAY EVENING POST! This is the American magazine that was started in 1897, has featured famous illustrations by Norman Rockwell, and contained the best American writers like Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, and John Steinbeck. It was dizzying to say the least, and it was pretty much …

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“The Kraken’s Story” is Out!

The monster lurks right below the surface, huge and cruel, ready to lash out with its tentacles and destroy the ship, crushing it, taking it down into the depths, feeding on the crew. That’s the story we’ve all heard, but what does the story look like from the other side? From the “monster’s” point of view? My latest short story “The Kraken’s Story” is out today in Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath. It takes a …

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Seeing Forever is Almost Here

My next novel, Seeing Forever, is just over a month away (4/14/2018)! It explores some of the themes of my ghost books (love, loss, what makes a life worth living) but does this using science fiction. Paul Cruz is not a ghost, he’s a man who has transferred his consciousness into a computer. It also breaks new ground, for me, exploring the philosophical and religious implications of a non-biological human consciousness, and some of the …

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“The Kraken’s Story” Available for Presale

My next short story, “The Kraken’s Story,” is up for presale in Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath. This is another fundraiser for the Don Hodges Memorial Scholarship which helps writers learn the business of writing by sending them to the Superstars Writing Seminar. There are some big-time pros in this book, like Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and Jody Lynn Nye (as well as some less well-know writers like… you know… me!). “The Kraken’s Story” is …

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