Doppelganger's Curse - Free Download

A woman stalked by her double
A detective in over his head

In a city where the cops are on a mobster’s payroll, private investigator Charlie Madison stands in the gap.

When a wealthy young socialite asks him to help her catch a threatening stalker, he takes the case.

But things aren’t what they seem, and Madison has to act fast before he’s framed for murder.

Novelette - Crime Noir / Science Fiction

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!

Baen Books & BackTracker

So it's been about a year and a half since I first submitted my novel BackTracker to Baen Books. At the six-month mark, I received an email from one of their editors telling me that my manuscript had been plucked from the slush pile for further consideration. At the one-year mark, I received an email that there were still 20 manuscripts ahead of mine, and Baen appreciated my patience. A couple weeks ago, at the 18-month mark, I received the following:

"Your novel was strongly recommended by two of us and has made it to the Publisher's desk. Due to the volume of manuscripts ahead of yours, and the press of other business, this process may take some time. We will contact you with our decision as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience."

Ain't that cool? The funny thing is, BackTracker is the same manuscript that caught the attention of my agent, which led him to become my agent back in December. Baen had already been considering my novel for about a year by the time I signed on with the Zack Company -- letting them know about Baen's interest, of course.

Interesting to note: Baen has the original version of BackTracker, and my agent is now perusing the revised manuscript, which includes changes he suggested. What if, by some awesome act of divine intervention, Baen decides they want to publish my novel? What if they have their own ideas about how the manuscript should be revised? If those ideas line up with my agent's, sweet! If not, then I'll have some more work cut out for me, which I've kind of been expecting anyway. As soon as I sent the revised manuscript to Mr. Agent, I came up with another page of ideas, plot points I'd like to change. Of course there will be plenty of time for that later.

Am I anxious to see how this plays out? Heck yeah. If Baen decides they don't want to publish BackTracker, I still have an agent who believes in this novel and is determined to find a home for it. But if Baen does decide they want it, I'll be super stoked. I might even do a 48-hour happy dance. Or try jumping over the moon. And I'll have an agent to iron out all the particulars regarding international rights, audio rights, movie rights, etc.

Win-win? We'll see. For now, I'm going to focus on those phrases "strongly recommended" and "Publisher's desk." They'll keep me smiling until my next six-month Baen update.

Writing Update

After focusing on the first round of BackTracker edits and getting them to my agent ASAP, I took a month or so off and did a lot of reading and watching. It felt good to kick back and relax a bit, dive into some recent future noir and space opera novels -- two of my favorite genres. Thanks to Netflix, I also caught up on a few of my favorite series, and I finally got around to seeing a bunch of movies I've been wanting to check out.

But I didn't do any writing.

Maybe because I thought I deserved a break. I've been going full-tilt at this fun little hobby for the past seven years now, and after qualifying for SFWA membership and seeing all of my short stories published, my ultimate goal was to get an agent and see if a major publisher would be interested in my novels. I spent January burning my proverbial candle at both ends, revising a 150-thousand word manuscript, and I needed some time to recover after that. A few weeks turned into a month and a half. And it was glorious. then my brain started to itch. I felt restless. I needed to write again.

So I started working on the second draft of The Gifted Ones, a new Charlie Madison novel. It picks up where The Suprahuman Secret leaves off and wraps up the whole mystery, once and for all. I wrote it longhand last year, so now I'm typing it up and polishing it as I go. That helped with the itchy restlessness for a while, but it wasn't enough. Because I wasn't writing anything NEW. I've had a few ideas for new Dahlia & Brawnstone, Roadkill Joe, and Captain Quasar stories, but I've kept them on the back burner, figuring it was time to focus on my novels. For now, my short story writing days were over.

Not so much, as it turns out.

At last count, I'm over five thousand words into a new Roadkill Joe tale, a couple thousand into a new Dahlia & Brawnstone story, and I'm plotting out a series of Captain Quasar tales that will take place after the novel. I'm also sending reprints of my stories out to international markets by the bucket-load. And that itchy restless feeling in my brain? Gone.

Writers write. And sure, we read and watch, too. But like Ray Bradbury once said, "If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy, or both." Thankfully, I haven't gotten that far.

And I don't plan to.

Pint-sized Audiobook Now Available
Sarah Jones did an incredible job with Maikro, and I couldn't be happier. Her voice is a cross between Julie Andrews and Cate Blanchett (Mary Poppins meets the Lady Galadriel).

So if you're looking for some peaceful listening...

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:

slick sea stones glimmer / golden leviathan sinks / night soars on gulls' wings 

wise elder wordsmyth / telling tales of earth that was / blue skies in our minds 

Fallen Angel / Leathery wings tangled, she falls from heaven's love-making, crashes to Times Square. Rises from the crater. Smiles at the morning after.

The End of the World As We Know It
My last (for now) collection of short stories is available wherever eBooks are sold, featuring the following lineup of  adventures in the post-apocalyptic badlands:

"Soulless in His Sight"
"You Kill Me"
"Survival of the Fittest"
"For a Handful of Crowns"
"Drawn from a World of Hurt"
"Breath of Life"
"Sins of the Father"
"Like Clockwork"
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Idan's World"

Fair warning: these be horror stories, and many of them are grisly. But I'm all about shining light into the darkness, so rest assured that good will conquer evil. Somehow...


The Weird West Radio Hour
Now Available:
Amazon       Audible       iTunes
The audiobook turned out even better than I'd hoped, complete with music and sound effects -- like an old radio show. Seeing how The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy inspired these tales, I'd say Rich Brennan's work is just about perfect.
There's Trouble on the Range
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.
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