Disclaimer: I don’t do cookbooks

In Stephen King’s novel The Dark Half, writer Thad Beaumont is terrorized by the living embodiment of his pen name, a doppelganger calling itself George Stark. Evil duplicates are nothing new in genre fiction; Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, the film Us, looks to use that trope to creepy effect. Seriously. Check out the trailer. (Potential review once it’s out, for sure!)

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In the can

Book 3 of the Paxton Locke series, Come, Seeling Night — is complete.

On to the next one.



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2018 Year in Review

As I creep around third base toward home on Come, Seeling Night, it occurs to me that this has been a pretty amazing year.

  • In February, I contributed a story to the Secret Stairs anthology, which ended up being a #1 Amazon bestseller. Just an FYI, my entry in the anthology has a few Easter Eggs to Fade and the larger Paxtonverse.
  • I signed with Silver Empire, and in May, they re-released Fade.
  • In June, Silver Empire published Night’s Black Agents, the second Paxtonverse book.
  • In October, I published the final volume of the first Z-Day trilogy, A Place for War.
  • And, to cap off the year, I contributed a story to Cannon Publishing’s Hundred Worlds anthology, which has also flirted with bestseller status.

    Here’s hoping that 2019 will be bigger and better! I’ve got a few irons in the fire at moment, and while release dates remain TBD, I’m working on or plan to work on:

  • An anthology set in the Z-Day universe. This will expand on the story in locales as-yet unvisited, and tie into the existing canon in some pretty fun ways.
  • The third Paxtonverse book, Come, Seeling Night, should be out in Q1 of next year.
  • Silver Empire will be publishing my entry to their Heroes Unleashed shared universe, Vigilance.
  • After that? One of two projects — a Paxtonverse prequel, Tombstones, or Pax book 4, The Sacred Radiance. Maybe even both. Which would you prefer to see first, my friendly neighborhood reader?
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New launch announcement: The Hundred Worlds

Considering some of the other (unpublished) stuff I’ve written, it seems to strange to say that my story in the upcoming anthology The Hundred Worlds dips my toe into more pure science fiction waters, but there it is. It’s an interesting shared universe, and the story was a fun little diversion to write while I was working on A Place for War.


The main character, Reed Dyson, is a lot of fun to write, so (hint, hint!) check it out here and maybe I’ll get the chance to return to him in the not-so-distant future.

Meanwhile, work progresses well on Come, Seeling Night, and I should have it turned into the publisher by the end of next month. As always, I appreciate your support. Here’s hoping your holidays are awesome!

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A Place For War Completes My All-Time Favorite Zombie Series

Wow, high praise from H.P. @ Every Day Should Be Tuesday.

Every Day Should Be Tuesday

Daniel Humphrey’s Z-Day now-complete trilogy is awesome.  I would say it is my favorite all-time zombie series, but I haven’t read all that many zombie series.  Buy, yes, it is my favorite all-time zombie series.  And I don’t have to tell you it’s awesome if you’ve read the first two books.  If you haven’t, start with my review of book one.

Like book 2, book 3 is as much military SF as it is a post-apocalyptic book.  Miles returns after being largely absent from book 2, but the action remains far away from the rechristened Hope.

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Quick updates

  • I’m at the halfway point of Come, Seeling Night, and on track to turn it into the publisher before the end of the year.
  • Author Vicki Wootton did an interview with me for her blog. That sort of thing is still surreal to me.
  • The first two books of the Z-Day series are on a Kindle Countdown deal to coincide with the launch of the third.
  • Fade and Night’s Black Agents are now available in hardback (!). The links in the sidebar will take you where you need to go.
  • ’nuff said.
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Review: Aliens (The Essential Comics Vol. 1)

The films Alien and Aliens have been two of my favorites since I saw the first in 4th or 5th grade. This was the dark era (before Blockbuster) when new-release movies cost well in excess of $100 and rentals from the mom-and-pop video stores required a credit card or a canceled check on file. Both of those were out of reach for my precocious self, and as far as my mom was concerned, if I couldn’t check it out of the library, I didn’t need to see it. Continue reading

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In case you missed it …

The trilogy is complete. Amazon’s secret squirrels haven’t dotted all their I’s and crossed all their T’s, so the paperback version isn’t linked up with the eBook, yet, but they are live and ready. Enjoy!

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Awesome review of ‘Fade’ and future plans

Declan Finn is much too kind here. Mainly because I suspect Jim Butcher has everything meticulously planned out up to books twenty-something through thirty-something. I’m doing well if I’ve got a trilogy nailed down.

Speaking of which, I’m circling around the halfway point of Come, Seeling Night, which ends Paxton’s adventures … for this arc, anyway. What, you didn’t think I was going to throw in the towel, did you? As CSN comes together, I’m assembling the blueprints for the next trilogy in my head. I hope to get book four out late next year. Once I’m done with book three, though, I’m switching gears a bit to work on Vigilance.

In between the Heroes Unlimited book and Pax 4 is a little something I like to call ‘Project X.’ Mostly because the title would be a huge spoiler of what’s to come … and who likes spoilers? Project X is a Pax universe book, but it does more to fill in the backstory of another character. Too say any more would spoil the fun, and it’ s going to be hard enough keeping it to myself when I actually start writing. Suffice to say that it’s the reason I tried to get A Place Outside The Wild out of my head as X was the book I really, really wanted to write.

If you want to get on the train before things get too wild, check out Fade and Night’s Black Agents!

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Update and snippets

My editor is hard at work on the manuscript for A Place for War, and we’re still on track for a release early next month. I’m excited to get it in your hands, the early feedback has been great.

I’m making steady progress on the third Pax book – which is what brings us here today. Read on, with the prerequisite spoiler warming if you haven’t read Night’s Black Agents.

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