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How are your survival skills? 

It's the late 19th century, and you're a young English aristocrat lost in the American Southwest. A lynch mob is after you for horse theft. Irritable natives are on your trail. And the woman with you is not the type you'd bring home to your mother. Would you survive long enough to find safety? Or would you curl into a fetal position and cry? 

This is where Clarence Oliver Edwards finds himself in Westward, Tally Ho! Bored with his privileged life in England and weary of the relatives who share his family estate, Clarence follows his recently dismissed butler, Guthrie, on a non-stop adventure from the busy streets of Boston to the dusty trails of Santa Fe. What begins as Guthrie's search for his long-lost daughter becomes a shocking introduction to the American West for Clarence. His idea of proper etiquette is stretched to the limit as he's bombarded with characters of all types: tough gunslingers, seductive saloon girls, crafty frontier traders, an eccentric Zuni Indian chief, and a wild hermit. Through it all, Clarence realizes the value of loyalty and the cost of redemption. But most importantly, he discovers a degree of inner strength he never knew he possessed. 

Will Guthrie find his daughter? Will Clarence survive unscathed? Take a wild ride through the Old West and find out!

Amazon Reviews:

"Brilliant and full to the edges with British stiff upper lip and a
generous dollop of American western swagger and gumption." 

"Fast moving and funny, an entertaining read."

"Takes the entertaining idea of transplanting a pair of Brits 
(think Jeeves and Wooster and you won't be far wrong) 
into the wild west and lets them loose on the local 
gunslingers, lynch mobs and madams."

Return of the SFF Book Bonanza!

The End is Nigh? If you're a fan of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, check out this giveaway hosted by author Craig McDonough. 30 books up for grabs, including a preview of The Suprahuman Secret by yours truly.
While there aren't any flesh-eating zombies or viral epidemics in my book, there is a private eye struggling to make ends meet in a dystopian world on the brink of collapse. And acid rain that'll eat through your duds if you aren't careful. And a pervasive sense of fear and paranoia, never knowing whom to trust in a decaying city run by a powerful mobster. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Story Sale: Up in Smoke

Good news! My novella Up in Smoke has been accepted by Bards and Sages Publishing for their Society of Misfit Stories series, and it will be released in both digital (Kindle Unlimited for six months) and print (a 2018 anthology) sometime next year. This tale took about a year to find a good home, receiving high marks from TOR's novella imprint as well as the Binge-Watching Cure, and I'm so glad it's finally going to greet the masses.

What's it about? Glad you asked. Up in Smoke is a murder mystery featuring everybody's (?) favorite future-noir detective, Charlie Madison. It takes place in the earlier years prior to Girl of Great Price, closer to the time frame of Death Duel and Doppelgänger’s Curse, before Charlie learned about the gifted ones. And it involves a bizarre case of spontaneous human combustion. Hence the title, right?

No blurb yet, but here's the tagline:

A life ended in flames. A detective sorting through the ashes.

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Girl of Great Price — Free Download
A detective struggling to make ends meet. 
A girl they call the Golden Goose. 

In a city run by a powerful mobster, nobody wants to play the hero. Private investigator Charlie Madison just wants to pay the rent. 

When a little girl goes missing and no ransom demand is made, Madison takes the case. Time isn't on his side. After 48 hours, it's unlikely an abducted child will be found in one piece. But Madison's a champion of lost causes, and he'll be damned before he gives up on her—even if it means putting his own life on the line. 

As the mystery unfolds, Madison learns a bizarre secret that seems too impossible to believe. But it could explain why the girl was kidnapped...

And why she might still be alive.
ON SALE:  Only 99¢

A detective with a price on his head. 
An invisible criminal with nothing to lose. 

"After reading Girl of Great Price, a prequel to Immaterial Evidence
I'd fallen for the cyber-noir, alternate-history Fowler had created. 
So, reading Immaterial Evidence was a no-brainer for me." 
 - Ellie Garratt

Smashwords Summer Sale!

A few of my books are 50% off this month as part of the summer sale over at Smashwords. If you haven't already, now's a great time to grab a copy of Death Duel, Chimera Effect, Coyote Cal, Westward, Tally Ho!, Soul Smuggler, or Maikro:

Death Duel - An honest cop impaled through the chest. A detective fighting his way to the truth. Private eye Charlie Madison saw his share of murder and mayhem during the war. But he's never seen anything like this on home soil. With rogue yakuza, the Russian mob, and Federal agents in the mix, Madison must put the pieces of this violent mystery together before the city loses another good cop.

Chimera Effect - A detective hunting for answers. A dangerous secret hiding in the desert. When an old friend from Little Tokyo needs help finding his missing nephew, detective Charlie Madison takes the case. He's encountered his share of unusual suspects in the past. This time he's up against something the likes of which he's never seen—on or off the battlefield. Can he solve a case with so many missing pieces?

Coyote Cal: Tales from the Weird West - In these thrilling tales from yesteryear, Coyote Cal and his trusty sidekick Big Yap encounter a wizard able to change his shape at will, a scheming witch, a confused zombie, la chupacabra grande, bloodthirsty vampyres, and other sordid fiends. Our heroes will have to rely on their wits, skills, and loads of hot lead to ensure justice prevails.

Westward, Tally Ho! - How are your survival skills? It's the late 19th century, and you're a young English aristocrat lost in the American Southwest. A lynch mob is after you for horse theft. Irritable natives are on your trail. And the woman with you is not the type you'd bring home to your mother. Would you survive long enough to find safety? Or would you curl into a fetal position and cry?

Soul Smuggler - Who is Mercer? Coyote. Soul Smuggler. A body-hopping, phantasmal anti-hero. A disenfranchised spirit doomed to inherit the earth, cursed by both Heaven and Hell. An enemy of God, but no friend of the devil.

Maikro collects 112 haiku and 47 works of microfiction, most falling in the speculative fiction realm (science fiction, fantasy, horror) with a few literary pieces tossed into the mix

The sale ends July 31, so be sure to tell all your friends and neighbors. And be sure to use the code SSW50 at checkout to get each title for half price. On August 1, it's back to $2.99 - $4.99 until next year. Or until Christmas. Whichever comes first.;jsessionid=DCAFA9EC5D99D0219E0B9D86819E31E5.prodny_store02-atgap03?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall

What Do You Need? in Ténèbres 2017

My weird tale about a guy waking up in a '70's hotel room with no way out has been translated into French and appears in the latest edition of Ténèbres, an annual horror anthology that has featured the likes of Stephen King and Orson Scott Card over the years.

"What Do You Need?" was originally published in the Dark Visions anthology back in 2013, but now it's "De quoi avez-vous besoin?" thanks to translator Christophe Cuq. This is the first time any of my work has appeared in French, and while I'm stoked to receive a contributor's copy, I'm afraid I won't understand a word of it.

But if you happen to speak or read French, you can grab yourself a copy here. I'm honored to appear in this fine publication, and I hope many new readers will enjoy my story in their own language.

Captain Quasar - Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited

Meet Captain Quasar, a cross between James T. Kirk and Dudley Do-Right 
Except in Quasar's case, things seldom ever go right...


Knocking on Publishers' Doors

After five months and three rounds of edits, my novel BackTracker is ready to find a publisher. Mr. Agent is sending it out to the Big 5 (sans sporting goods), and I'd be equally happy with any of them picking it up. Baen Books has been notified that BackTracker is officially a multi-sub, so that may encourage them to make a decision on it sooner rather than later. (They've had it 22 months now.)

Other than a few short stories I can count on one hand, most of my published work has been released by small presses. Many of them no longer exist, but just as many are still in business, and their editors are great to work with. I've learned so much over the past 7 years, and I owe it to these fine folks who picked my work out of the slush pile for a second look. Without their input, I wouldn't have made it this far.

Now for the next leg of my journey...

Clocking in at 154,000 words of time-traveling future noir multiverse action, romance, and suspense, BackTracker is knocking on doors I've never had the opportunity to reach before. Will it be accepted? Rejected? Who knows? But if I've learned anything from submitting short stories, there will always be editors out there who like my work enough to publish it. The trick is finding them.

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Our Plan is (Still) Working Perfectly Simon Kewin, Neil Vogler, and I released Future City Blues a while back, it was our hope that these three tales would entice readers to purchase other books in our respective series. And it worked, for the most part. Not a massive amount of downloads, but a trickle. Now here we are, two years later, and the downloads continue. Just this month, we received the following reviews from satisfied customers:
"Each of the stories in this book feature interesting concepts about the future (near future) and an intriguing mystery. Each is part of a larger series, which I love since I'm always looking for new series to read. All are well-written, with fast-paced plots and entertaining characters. I thoroughly enjoyed every story and immediately downloaded other books by each author. Yes, these stories were that good."
"Although each short story is a bit of a tease, encouraging us to buy full length versions, or simply more from the same authors, I felt they all stood alone - and yes, I do want to buy the full versions and more from these authors! Each story pulled me in nicely - I enjoy sci-fi, and I enjoy noir, so what could possibly go wrong? Well written, with interesting story ideas. Recommended."
Unlike hardcovers and paperbacks that gather dust in bookstores and find themselves shipped back to publishers if they don't sell well, eBooks continue building momentum as readers discover them. Want to check out Future City Blues for yourself? Did I mention it's FREE? Enjoy!
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