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I’m in Silver Empire’s upcoming “Secret Stairs” anthology. The stairs concept was inspired by a series of online ghost stories, which in itself is a pretty fascinating concept: folklore of the modern age, spread virally through the Internet along the lines of Slenderman.


You can go here to check it out. The only catch is, if you snag one of the copies, please leave a review! My story is indirectly associated with the Paxtonverse of ‘Fade’ . . . and, by the by, I’ll have some interesting news regarding Pax in the not-so-distant future. . . stay tuned. 🙂



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Making Peace Is a Deep, Pulpy Adventure

I largely agree with HP’s review here. Making Peace is good stuff.

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“Actually,” another twitch at his deep voice, and a slight hunching of her shoulders, “we are here to take you into custody, under authority of the Keepers.”

The room was silent.  I wondered who would claim ownership of my estate in the event of my untimely death.”

It took me a little while to get into it, but Making Peace sneaks up on you.  Smith has crafted a fine debut.  The steady stream of action is complemented by a lot of heart.

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New Release Snippet: Night’s Black Agents

I’ve been slacking with the new content, so here’s a special treat for the  weekend.

At the end of ‘Fade’, Paxton got out of the hospital and headed to Phoenix with Cassie. The road trip is about to go off the rails . . .

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

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2017 introduced me to a lot of great writers.  Looking back over last year, I am pleased to see the diversity among those writers.  My list splits very evenly among fantasy debuts, indie books, and vintage SF.  This is also the first time in the last four years I haven’t needed to use nonfiction writers to round out my list (though if I had read as much nonfiction as I should have, that might not have been the case).  A few highlights: Robyn Bennis’ The Guns Above and Luke Bauserman’s Some Dark Holler were two of the best books I read this past year and are criminally overlooked.  I really, really need to read more Leigh Brackett.  And finally reading some Robert E. Howard really blew my mind.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (for now).

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‘A Place Outside The Wild’ now available in audio

It was a mammoth undertaking, and kudos to my narrator, Chris Check. The finished product comes in at a massive 21+ hours, so if you’re looking for something to invest an Audible Credit on, it’s plenty long enough.

Check it out here.

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Here we go again (Rotten Tomatoes)

Merry Christmas, everyone! Going to keep this short and sweet, but I couldn’t resist after watching Bright on Netflix the other night while finishing up the gift wrapping.

And yeah, just like Justice League, the critics have whiffed on this one. One reviewer even called Bright the worst film of 2017. Not sure if the My Little Pony movie is included in that list, but my Twilight Sparkle-lovin’ daughter was meh on it.


Anyway, Bright. I agree with the audience on this one. Check it out. Lord of the Rings crossed with End of Watch. Not an altogether new concept for those who’ve played Shadowrun, but a fun popcorn flick.

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Top Ten New Releases of 2017

HP lays out his top 10 books for 2017.

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2017 isn’t over!  (I checked.)  There are still 13 reading days left before the New Year.  And I only need to read [checks notes] 14 more books before the end of the year to hit 100.  Okay, so maybe that isn’t feasible.  I guess I can go ahead with a Best of 2017 post.  2017 was a really great reading year for me.  I could have written a much longer post on the best books I read in 2017.  These are just the best books I read released in 2017.  Notably, five are debuts and three are indie.  Presented in alphabetical order.

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