Where’s Paxton?

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering where Paxton Locke’s wandered off to. Sadly, the publisher for that series, Silver Empire, is shutting its doors. The pandemic was a tough time for the industry. You’d think that lockdowns and quarantines would make for good reading time. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t feel like reading much of anything. I spent way too much time (when I wasn’t working) binge-watching movies and bad TV shows. Hello, Tiger King.

The rights to the Paxton series are now back in my hands, and I’ll be beginning the process shortly to get them back up and available. Kindle Unlimited members may be happy with those eventual plans – but perhaps not right away.

I’m considering a Kickstarter relaunch of the series, with some fun reward tiers for contributors. Want to be a redshirt in Star Trek fashion? Want a set of autographed hardcovers?

How about we go really crazy and do some limited, leather-bound collector’s editions? I’m still mulling it over, but if you have any ideas, hit me up. Paxton’s like a bad penny. Sooner or later, he’s bound to turn up.

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Apologies for the dust

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Of prequels and podcasts

Hello again! I was honored to be a guest on The Writer’s Room podcast with Cat Rocha and J.Ishiro Finney last night. I had a great time and there was some interesting back and forth. Give it a watch, and check out some of their other interviews!

I’m also excited to announce I’ve got a short story in the upcoming urban fantasy anthology Punching Demons. Hopefully, fans of Paxton Locke will enjoy it as it’s a story that I’ve referred to several times in the series–the when Paxton first started making house calls. One in particular went spectacularly awry. The collection is tentatively penciled in for an early summer release, and I’ll be sure to give you a head’s up when that’s available to pick up.

Work continues on A Vital Breath and A Place for Peace, so again, keep an eye out for snippets and cover art sneak peeks as they come in. Until then, happy reading!

Edit – well, this is weird. For some reason the video of the podcast is no longer available. I never would have thought that I’d be TOO HOT for YouTube … but here we are.

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A pair of new releases

It’s been a while, but you’ll forgive me. When things go kablooey at the day job, there’s a lot less of the time budget for the fun things. That should hopefully be coming to a close. In the meantime, we’ve got launch day!

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Rules are meant to be broken … or at least bent

One of the unwritten rules for authors is to never, ever respond to a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Far be it for me to say that rules are made to be broken, but the other day I happened upon a multipart review across a couple of the Pax books that made me laugh, shake my head, and mutter under my breath in a matter of minutes. I’m perfectly happy to receive constructive criticism, but there are points and accusations made that range from outright falsehoods to … but I’m getting ahead of myself.

As boring as it is, I’ll be a good boy and follow the unwritten rule. While I’ll refrain from responding directly fisking is always a good alternative. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, Webster’s defines fisking as ‘the act of making an argument seem wrong or stupid by showing the mistakes in each of its points.’ That dry dictionary explanation fails to present just how fun they are to read and write.

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Midsummer Update

We can quibble about the midsummer part, but considering that summer vacation is now only two months long, it’s officially the halfway point for my kids. So I’ll go with it!

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A double-shot of Paxton Locke, headed your way

If you take a look to your right, you’ll see that The Dragon and His Wrath is complete! I’m stoked for you to get your hands on the next books in the series. These two really expand Paxton’s world and lay the foundation for everything yet to come.

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Happy New Year!

This probably should be two or three blog posts, but who’s got time for that?

Welcome to 2021. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

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On arrivals and departures

Tuesday, September 15 will see the release of “Bugged Out Babblings”, a collection of “flash fiction” stories–short titles envisioned between 500 and 1,000 words, with an introduction by yours truly.

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Let’s talk about Black Friday

The original version of A Place Outside the Wild was, believe it or not, much more massive than the doorstop I eventually put out.

Early on in the editing process, I realized that the core of the story that I wanted to tell was the time period well after the early days of the apocalypse. Stories of surviving the initial event are fun, but they can also be redundant. It’s one thing that the lion’s share of post-apocalyptic movies or books all do, and I was more interested in what happened after, because there weren’t many satisfactory examples that I’d run into.

That left a lot of the book on the chopping block, and while it was the right decision to do, the character of Sticks took the biggest brunt of that, because he didn’t make it to the “current” period of the Z-Day universe. I got an opportunity to resurrect one of Sticks’ stories for the Places Beyond the Wild anthology, and after some changes to the status quo (more to come soon), I’m happy to share it here for you now.

More stories down the road? I am a digital packrat, so it’s certainly possible. You’ll just have to wait and see.

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