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When the story catches fire

August 17th, 2014
English writer Neil Gaiman. Taken at the 2007 ...

English writer Neil Gaiman. Taken at the 2007 Scream Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Neil Gaiman‘s Journal, on October 15, 2007:

“The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it’s about and why you’re doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising (“but of course that’s why he was doing that, and that means that…”) and it’s magic and wonderful and strange.

You don’t live there always when you write. Mostly it’s a long hard walk. Sometimes it’s a trudge through fog and you’re scared you’ve lost your way and can’t remember why you set out in the first place.

But sometimes you fly, and that pays for everything.”

Today (I count a day from waking up to going to bed, because I’m nocturnal) has been one of those days where the story caught fire.  This story had been kicking around in my head as a “What if?” that was fun to play with in a “I make up AU versions of my own stuff for amusement” sort of way.  (Yes, I’m weird, I know.  I write space opera for a living, weird is a prerequisite.  Normal people don’t have lengthy discussion about the pros and cons of various ftl methods over dinner.)  I started writing it mostly because I haven’t written in long enough that I’m starting to feel weird, partially because it wouldn’t leave me alone until I did, and next thing I knew, it was over 1000 words already.  And, what’s more, I HAD A PLOT FORMING!  As my reviewers are quite happy to point out, plot is not my strong suit.  So, I’ve finished the day with just over 3000 words and a pretty good idea what’s coming.

It’s thrilling and terrifying all at once.  Thrilling, because not that long ago 3000 words was a whole week’s hard work; terrifying because there’s always the fear that it won’t happen again, that the story will be stuck forever.

It’s no wonder writers tend to be as superstitious a bunch as gamers.  We both suspect that all kinds of weird things actually influence the magic, the random chance, everything.  There’s a part of my brain, for instance, going “Well, you’re jinxing the story now by blogging about it!”  Why?  Because the last time one was going this smoothly, I blogged about it, and, well, it’s been stuck for over a year.  The more rational side of me knows that’s not true though.  That story, really, got stuck because the two main characters got along entirely too well.  I was expecting it to be a space opera romantic comedy.  But the romantic leads just wanted to cuddle and make out instead of bickering or amusingly misunderstanding each other.  It’s always very annoying when the characters won’t do what I want.  This time though?  I stopped because I couldn’t find the right words for what happened next and because I was reaching the sort of tired where I always end up writing really maudlin stuff.  Bobby’s conflicted right now, not maudlin.  So I stopped until tomorrow.  Besides, Bobby’s the viewpoint character.  That means he’s going to talk.  When Bobby talks, trouble tends to follow, because heaven forbid he should ever think before he speaks.  So if I get stuck, all I’ve got to do is have him open his mouth.  That’s one of many reasons he’s one of my favorite characters.

Though I had been hoping to have a break from him.  I wanted to write some more about Jake, or about Renata and Quinn and their weird relationship, but those stories wouldn’t play nice, so, more Bobby it is.

I just hope this story doesn’t take as long to finish as No More Lies.


Literary Geek Meme

August 3rd, 2014


Terry Pratchett

Cover of Terry Pratchett

I found this on Facebook, then accidentally closed it, then found a slightly longer version, and I’m bored and insomniac, so . . . 

1) What author do you own the most books by?

Terry Pratchett

2) What book do you own the most copies of?

This is an easy one. The Hobbit.  I think we have a total of four copies.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?

No, why would it?  That’s not an actual rule.  There was just some dude in the, I believe it was 18th, century who didn’t like it and pushed the idea that sentences shouldn’t end with prepositions.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

It’s not so much secretly as it just doesn’t come up in conversation very much, you know?  Limiting myself to book characters:  Aragorn, Gilbert Blythe, Verity Price, Conway Costigan, and Elminster.  That’s a weird list.  I worry about me sometimes.

4a) What fictional character would you most like to be?

I can’t think of one. Every one that comes to mind, the downsides to being them make them unappealing.

4b) What fictional character do you think most resembles you?

Hermione Granger, overbearing know-it-all, that’s me!

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?

Either Little Town on the Prairie or These Happy Golden Years

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?

Treasure Island, I think.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?

One that was about how to make $14,000 a month as a Kindle author that advocated techniques that were just this side of plagiarism.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?

Oath of the Brotherhood by C. E. Laureano.  It’s a Christian fantasy, which is a sub-genre I’d never read before.  I’ll be looking for more though because it was nice to have a fantasy that wasn’t trying to show how “mature” the genre could be through gratuitous and overdone fight and sex scenes.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?

Well, I’m not tagging anyone, but if I could I’d force everyone to read Jake’s Last Mission. Because I’m mercenary like that. :)

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?

Fucked if I know.  Mira Grant deserves the Hugo for best novel though, I know that.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

Discount Armageddon

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

Q-Squared, because I don’t think the actors could convincingly play ST:  TNG first season versions of themselves any more.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.

I don’t remember the details, but after reading Game of Thrones for several hours one night, I checked Facebook and then fell asleep. Bits of stuff from my Facebook friends’ lives and what was going on in the book combined.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?

Uhmmm, errr . . . this goes no further, okay? I, uhmm, well, the thing is . . . IrereadsomeofmyfavoriteBabySitters’Clubbooksregularlyish.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?

I tried to read Finnegan’s Wake once.  The most difficult one that I’ve finished was one I was obligated to read for reasons I don’t feel like getting into that was so horribly edited it literally gave me a headache at times trying to figure out what was meant.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?

Othello. I know, really obscure, huh?

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

Never read either.

18) Roth or Updike?

Can’t recall having read either, thought I’m pretty sure I at least was supposed to read something by Updike once.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?

Sedaris seems overrated to me, never heard of the other guy.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?


21) Austen or Eliot?


22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?

I’ve never read a whole novel by Asimov, Clarke, or Bradbury. Disgraceful for an sf author, isn’t it?

23) What is your favorite novel?

I’ll give you the top ten. Time Enough For Love, The Hobbit, Imzadi, Little Women, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, Anne of Green Gables, Discount Armageddon, Stolen Time (though it’s probably unfair to count this one since I DID GM the rpg sessions it was very loosely based on . . .), and Wyrd Sisters.

24) Play?

The Odd Couple

25) Poem?

Three way tie: “Female of the Species” by Kipling, “The Quitter” by Robert Service, and “The Men Who Don’t Fit In”, also by Service.

26) Essay?

The one in Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury that has this line:  “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  If I pick up the book to find out what that one’s called, I’ll end up reading the book instead of finishing this.

27) Short story?

A tie between “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “Elminster at the Mage Fair” by Ed Greenwood.  Yes, weird combo, I know.

28) Work of non-fiction?

Delta Force by Col. Charles Beckwith, though this may be replaced by Lords of the Sky by Dan Hampton if it stays as good as it’s been so far.

29) Who is your favorite writer?

How about the top five? Heinlein, Pratchett, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Ed Greenwood. 

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?

Stephenie Meyer

31) What is your desert island book?

I’m going to be pragmatic here and say a book on how to survive on a desert island. :)

32) And … what are you reading right now?

Experiment by Cyma Rizwaan Khan, The Remnant by Paul B. Spence, Flint by Louis L’Amour, Lords of the Sky by Dan Hampton, Evermeet by Elaine Cunningham, Blazon by Kenneth Bulmer, The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip, Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery, Star Rangers by Andre Norton, and Heroes of Zara Keep by Guy Gregory.   I have a system now that keeps the number of books I’m reading at once limited to ten.  Yes, it was really necessary for me to work one out.  I don’t understand this “reading one book at a time” thing I’ve heard of people doing.

I’ve finished my first novel!

July 31st, 2014

No More Lies Cover In Progress 8

Well, finished writing it.  Now it gets to sit for a month or so and then I get to tackle editing.  But, for now, I’m going to celebrate.

Some stats for No More Lies:

Final word count:  116,335

Date started:  The first attempt at it that was going to be a 3000ish word short story:  I honestly don’t know.  I first sent a backup of it to myself June 5, 2011, but I’m pretty sure it’d been written for a while before that.

The date I started the revision that became the actual novel:  July 3, 2013

Date finished:  July 31, 2014

So, depending on how you look at it, I’ve been working on this for either a year, or three years.  Either way, I’m damned glad to be done with the thing!

Look for it in your favorite ebook store next spring!

Thoughts on reviews and reviewing

July 26th, 2014
English: Icon for lists of science fiction authors

English: Icon for lists of science fiction authors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For reasons that are complicated to explain without getting into oddities of book promotion that I’m pretty sure most indie authors already know and no one else cares about, I’ve been reading lots of things to review them lately.   I’ve also just recently gotten in the habit, probably because of this (and possibly because my OCD found keeping notes on things as I read them to be a nice process to latch onto), of writing reviews for everything I read.  The only exception in the past few months are Stolen Time by J. M. Brink, because I’m not reviewing a work when I co-created the setting, and “Oh Pretty Bird” by Seanan McGuire because I couldn’t figure out how to fairly review it, because my appreciation of it was so tied into my appreciation of earlier works in her InCryptid setting.  I’ve also begun getting reviews.  So, reviews are very much on my mind of late, needless to say.

There are some common bits of author wisdom passed around.  One is “Never respond to reviews”.  I violate this.  I don’t respond to every review, I don’t even respond to many, but some, I do respond to, so far just to clarify things like “The sequel to The Crown of Eldrete will be more clearly space opera, so that’s why this one was marketed as such” for readers of the review.  I also Like (on Goodreads) and mark as helpful (on Amazon) truly helpful reviews.  Note that I said “helpful.”  I’ve liked a two star review, and even thanked the author of it.  Why?  Because his criticisms were valid.  If what he was criticizing the lack of was what you were looking for in a story, you’d be right to not read Jake’s Last Mission.  So, it was a helpful review for readers, so I liked it, same as I would if I was a reader and found it.  On the other hand, I’ve got a four star review of The Crown of Eldrete that I marked as unhelpful on Amazon because it would give the reader the impression it’s straight up fantasy.

Another bit of author wisdom is “Bad reviews are more helpful than good reviews”.  This is, mostly, bullshit.  Of course, I’m not counting three star reviews as bad reviews as some authors do, and most of my most helpful reviews have been three stars.  But, for the most part, one and two star reviews — not just on my stuff, but on lots of other things I’ve read lately — are useless.  “This sucks!”  “This was a horrible book!” and the like are more common that truly thought out criticisms.  Now, I’ve left enough two star reviews lately that I’m starting to wonder if I’m the pickiest reader ever, but I try to always make clear why I didn’t like the book.  Note, “why I didn’t like the book”, not “what the author should fix”.  This is a thing many reviewers seem to have trouble with, especially ones who are authors themselves.  The purpose of a review isn’t to be a beta reader and tell the author where they goofed up.  It’s to tell a potential reader whether or not this book is worth their time.  Yes, in many cases what makes a book not work for you as a reader can be seen as “where the author goofed up”, but I guess it’s mostly a difference in phrasing.  “This book could be good after another revision pass to tighten up the plot” is a phrase I’ve actually seen in a review.  That’s not a review.  The book is published.  If you’re reviewing it, treat it like it’s something you bought having never heard of the author, even if it is something you got for free as part of a review exchange with the author.  I’m reading two books right now that I’m not particularly enjoying.  One is by an indie author as part of a review exchange group.  The other is by someone who’s been dead for thirty years.  I’ll be reviewing both the same way.  The difference is, I’ll cringe as I post the first review and not the second, because having talked to the other author, even for only two seconds, I know there’s a person who’s going to see my criticisms and be hurt by them.  But, I can’t put the line about receiving the book for free for an honest review in a review unless I treat it as dispassionately as I would any other review I’m writing.  Maybe this makes me a heartless bitch.  I prefer to think it just means I’m being professional.

Which brings me to another point:  If you have published a book, be it through one of the big publishers or on your own, you are a professional author.  Act like it!  Don’t give vengeance one star reviews.  Don’t automatically mark all low star reviews as unhelpful.  Don’t encourage your fans and friends to do so.  It’s petty.  Again, just because the reviewer got your book for free for the express purpose of reviewing it doesn’t make them any different than any other reviewer.

And now, I have some comments on writing reviews.

First — and I know there are many who disagree with this — you have to judge a book by the genre, and in some cases even sub-genre, it is.  It’s not fair to judge, say, sword and sorcery, by the same standards you’d judge hard science fiction.  What they’re trying to accomplish are very different things.  Magic that doesn’t make complete sense if you try to break it down scientifically is part of the fun of sword and sorcery.  Hard science fiction, on the other hand, better have science that can be explained by current theories.  Contemporary fiction needs to seem like it takes place in the real world.  Erotica better be arousing.  It does a reader no favors if a book has all five star reviews praising the quality of the writing if the book fails to be what it is supposed to be.

Second, you have to judge a book with an eye towards when it was written.  I’m tired of seeing reviews of Little Women that criticize how unfeminist it is.  For the 1860s, it was a rather feminist work, actually.  I see reviews of classic space opera like Triplanetary that criticize the science, despite the facts — and this goes back to my first point — that scientific rigor is not a feature of the sub-genre and under scientific theories of the day, some of it wasn’t that far-fetched.

Third, a review should, well, review the book.  “This was the best book ever!” isn’t a good review, regardless of how many stars you leave.  Why did you like the book so much?  If you can’t tell, that’s fine.  I have a hard time reviewing books I love.  It’s easier for me to criticize things than to compliment them.  Maybe that says not-so-good things about me, but I’m sure I’m not the only person with that problem.

Really, what it all boils down to is this:  reviews are for other potential readers to know if they want to read the book, not a place to give feedback to the author, and therefore a review should be of the book as it is and based on what it’s trying to be and do.

My first obligatory fanfic opinions post

July 5th, 2014
The Star Trek fanzine Spockanalia contained th...

The Star Trek fanzine Spockanalia contained the first fan fiction in the modern sense of the term. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m pretty sure every author makes one or more of these eventually, hence the title.

This was inspired by Seanan McGuire‘s post here.  (By the way, if you like Universal Nexus, try her InCryptid series.  I think my characters may be descendants of hers.)

Universal Nexus exists because I failed horribly at writing fanfic.  The genesis of what has become Universal Nexus was born of my attempts at fanfic for various things I love.  I won’t detail what.  If you know me in real life you can probably guess.  If you don’t, you can still probably guess at least a couple because I hide them about as well as Scalzi hides the influence of Starship Troopers on Old Man’s War.  (Hint:  Read the dedication to The Crown of Eldrete to discover two of my most favorite things in all of media.)

But anyway, I can’t write fanfic.  I apparently can’t play in other people’s sandboxes.  I don’t know why this is.  Probably because I’m a control freak.  I do the same thing as DM.  I can’t run settings as written.  It’s a weird quirk of my brain.  I have to tinker with everything until, for example, it’s not still Star Wars fanfic when all that connects it with Star Wars is a character’s last name being Skywalker, in my opinion.  So, eventually I changed the character’s name and . . . I won’t tell you who all were originally part of the Skywalker clan.  That was several years and many revisions of the setting ago.

So, while I don’t write fanfic, I clearly can’t be opposed to it.  It’d be rather hypocritical.  Nor do I, as I’ve seen other authors say, consider it a training ground before someone tries real writing.  All writing is real writing, just not all writing is for the intent of publishing professionally.  Fanfic is, in my opinion, the ultimate compliment to a creator.  It’s someone going “I like your stuff so much that I’m going to stay there after I’m done with this book/movie/TV series/whatever.”

Fanfic also allows people to explore possibilities that weren’t in the source material.  I would have never thought that Duncan/Methos was a remotely valid pairing, but I’ve read many Highlander fanfics that made it work while remaining true to the characters.  That, my friends, takes talent.  I would have never wondered “what if Snake Eyes was an Old West gunslinger?” but I once read a GI Joe fanfic that posited just that and was, as I recall, pretty good.

But, you say, “Most fanfic is porn!”  First, that’s not true.  Second, even if it was, so what?  Maybe one of the possibilities people want to explore that was missing from the source material is what two or more characters do in the bedroom.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it, applies to fanfic as much as to any book on the bookstore shelves!  As Seanan says, not everything is for everyone.

I, for instance, have no interest in reading Bilbo/Frodo slash, but I’m sure someone out there does.  And as I was wondering yesterday if anyone had ever written Matthew/Marilla Cuthbert fics, I have no right to judge.  And even if you’re not as disturbed as you’re now thinking I am for wondering that, I’m sure you’ve got your own “I wonder if” or “I wonder what it would’ve been like” things that would make me think you equally disturbed, so you don’t get to judge either, even if yours have nothing to do with sex.

But, you say, “Most fanfic is horribly written!”  To which I say, Sturgeon’s Law:  Ninety percent of everything is crap.  I’ve read some fanfic that I can only hope was written by a six year old, but I’ve also read some that was so well written that when I read that the author was a published novelist, I wished she’d reveal her real name so I could go buy her book.

Now, I can sort of understand one argument against fanfic.  GRRM just doesn’t like people touching his characters because he thinks of them as his children, from what I understand.  That makes a bit of sense.  I know if I ever become as famous as him, people are going to write things about, say, Lyndsey, that make me very uncomfortable.  But, I know there’s no point in trying to stop it.  If I don’t let people put it online, they’re still going to write it, so what’s the point?  They’re also probably still going to put it online, just in a members’ only area or something, so, again, what’s the damned point?  Write your Lyndsey/Darrien fic.  Write your fic where Lyndsey gets brutally and graphically raped and murdered because she overestimates herself while fighting the wrong person.  Write your AU where Lyndsey is a demure housewife.  Whatever.

Once a story is out in the world, what happens to it and its characters are beyond the author’s control.  Just don’t make money off of it, because I’m trying to make a living here.



Cover Reveal!

June 25th, 2014

Here is the cover of No More Lies, in its final form!

No More Lies Cover In Progress 8

Awesome, yes?  Okay, so it doesn’t really suggest space opera, but honestly?   This is a romance and a coming-of-age story a LOT more than it’s a space opera.  The space operaness is mostly set dressing.

Here’s what it’s about:

Years ago, Bobby Kavaliro ran away from Sweytz, from everything and everyone he’d ever known, lured by promises of money and power made by the smooth-talking dictator of Anerix.

A few years later Bobby came to realize how stupid he’d been and became a spy for the very world he left.

A spy posing as an assassin.

A spy whose best friend and mentor has just had his cover blown.

A spy who jilted someone who would now like to see him dead.

A spy, in other words, who needs a vacation.  And a spy who is hoping to meet someone to share his bed while on that vacation.

Bobby finds more than that when he meets Karen.  So much more, in fact, that before too long he’s moving back to Sweytz, looking for a job, and trying to quickly learn how to be a responsible adult for the first time in his life.

Meanwhile, Anerix’s High Command, now very much suspecting he was a spy, are sending assassins after him . . . and after Karen.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Karen doesn’t believe half of what he’s told her about his past, nor is she sure she wants to be with him after she gets to know just how temperamental and immature he can be.

Bobby has to grow up fast to keep her love, deal with everything he’s missed while he was gone, try to avoid being killed, try to keep Karen safe, and try to rebuild his relationship with his family, all at the same time.

It should be out sometime later this year or early next.

Well, it had to happen eventually

June 5th, 2014

I got my first bad review.

Now, I know conventional wisdom is that bad reviews are better for authors than good reviews because we can learn from them.  However, given what my bad review says, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to learn.

Here is the entirety of the review:

“Book was awful…one of the worst of all-time….hopefully this is the author’s last mission…

Save your money….sucked!!!

Thank you for wasting my money…”

 So, what can I learn from this?  I don’t see anything.  I see one person who thought Jake’s Last Mission was one of the worst books of all time.  That’s fine; we’re all entitled to our opinions.  But, that’s not a review or a critique or anything remotely useful.  If I was a reader wanting to know if I should buy Jake’s Last Mission, I’d mark that review as not helpful, because it tells me nothing about the book.   Really people, think before you submit your review:  Does it help potential buyers know whether or not the book is for them?  If not, then it’s not a good review.
What’s really annoying me about this is that I’m fairly certain the person did not, in fact, buy the book as I haven’t had a sale in several days — though I have given away some copies for reviews for free, so I suppose maybe he could’ve been one of those reviewers, and I wasted his time if not his money — and the person has the same uncommon last name as the editor of a book I recently gave a negative review to.  So I have a feeling this was not, in fact, a negative review of my book, but was instead someone reacting irrationally to me giving a negative review to something they or someone close to them was involved in.  Sad.

New cover for the new edition!

May 23rd, 2014

Once A Hero, Always A Hero’s original cover was one of those things that seemed like a better idea than it ended up being.  I have no idea if it hurt sales of the book or not, but it certainly didn’t catch anyone’s eye and cause an impulse buy!  So, for the new edition, I went looking for new cover art.  Two minutes with google and twenty with Photoshop, and here you are, the new cover:


Once A Hero Revised cover

What a difference a couple of years makes

May 20th, 2014

I released my first story, Once A Hero, Always A Hero, in September 2012, after it’d been done for several months.  Don’t ask.  At the time, I thought it was pretty good.  Not something I’d have given five stars if it was by anyone else, but certainly three or four.

A few days ago, I opened the master file to make a couple of tiny error corrections and discovered that it’s atrocious.  Oh, sure, the story is pretty good, but the way it’s told isn’t.  I don’t mean there are flagrant grammar abuses or typos.  I mean the narrative voice is all over the place, from overly florid to overly dry.  I mean there are bizarre inconsistencies in what time units I used.

I mean, in short, the narrative gets in the way of enjoying the story.

I decided to do an experiment.  I rewrote the first bit in my current style, especially since I’ve discovered I write much better in first person than third.

Here’s the original first paragraph:

Almost as soon as they’d walked into Scorig’s house, instincts honed by dozens, if not hundreds, of battles each told the two men something was wrong. Scorig was frightened. One didn’t have to know anything about Zeipierans to figure that out. He kept glancing at the windows and door of his simple one room house and jumping at every slight noise. Bobby and Viktor both noticed, but neither said anything; both quite determined to remember that they were retired from, as one of Viktor’s spice put it, “compulsive heroing.” Viktor by his own choice; Bobby because his wife was tired of worrying about him. Besides, business negotiations on this world were highly ritualized and both just wanted to get them over with and get permission (or be denied it) to serve Scorig’s brandy, which no less than Darrien Hawke himself had recommended.

Here’s the one I wrote the other day:

From the piclano I’d walked into Scorig’s house, I knew something was wrong. The little Zeipieran was constantly flitting his eyes to the windows or door of his tiny, one room shack and jumping a bit every time there was a sudden noise. From Vik’s body language, I could tell he’d noticed too. I tried not to worry about it. I was out of the saving people business. Karen and the kids had talked me into retiring from SDFSF about a year and a half before. I was there to complete the insanely intricate ritual required before we could get permission to serve Scorig’s brandy and then go home. Someone else could deal with whatever he was worried about.

I’m sure I don’t need to point out how very, very much better the second is, right?

So, this is the official announcement:  Once A Hero, Always A Hero will be revised heavily very soon.  If you are interested in purchasing a copy that is not the revised edition, get it now.  I intend to be more thorough than George Lucas in making sure the original disappears.  (Don’t worry.  I won’t change who shoots first anywhere.  :))

The narrator will be Bobby Thase, who you can find out more about by clicking the link below that says “Tafinith Robin Thase.”

I’m not sure when exactly the revised edition will be released, as I have some pressing obligations to take care of, as well as all the normal stuff in life, but it shouldn’t be later than the second anniversary of its initial publication.

Free copy!

May 16th, 2014

One free copy of Jake’s Last Mission — one free PRINT copy specifically — is available to the lucky winner of this giveaway!

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