Cover of SpillworthyOne of the things I’ve always been terrible about is cross promotion. Chances are if I have a guest post up somewhere else I’ll forget to cross promote it over here. For example, I just did a wonderful interview with Johanna Harness (of #amwriting fame) last week over on Friday Flash Dot Org. I’m not sure that qualifies as a guest post, but nonetheless I failed to mention it over here. My bad.

It is not too late for you to go read it and have a chance to win a nice comment prize from Johanna. She says the offer is good through May 10th. That gives you a whole four more days to make good (and a wee bit of today as well). So go read and comment. Johanna has some wonderful wisdom to share concerning many things including reading, writing, the road to the publication of her first novel “Spillworthy“, teaching, and life in general. There should be something for everyone.



A weasel on a logI didn’t forget. Honest! I mean it is still Wednesday. Right?

If you get a sense of panic in my tone, you are right. You see, I was invited to participate in this wonderful blog hop by Shannon Esposito, someone I respect as a writer and like as a person. TNBT stands for “The Next Big Thing,” and is (was) intended to help spread the word about deserving authors. Unfortunately, Shannon did not count on my absent-mindedness, so I have broken the circle. Hopefully I won’t burn in Hell for it.

As part of the hop I was supposed to have five more authors lined up to also participate. I don’t see that happing at this late hour. Still, I feel obligated to at least try to make amends by carrying on with the spirit of the event.

What spirit is that, you ask?

This post will introduce you to five authors I can personally recommend. It is a way for readers (that’s you) to discover new authors, while revealing a bit about myself (beyond my forgetfulness).

I also want to share the praise of Shannon Esposito, who invited me to this hop, and mention that she is working on her newest project, “The Goddess of War.” You can read about it on her website, Murder In Paradise. Based on her other works I’ve already read I am fairly certain it will be a keeper. You can find her books both at her website and at Amazon. Check them out, please. And tell Shannon to please not stick a pin in that voodoo doll of me.

The Hop Thing

The original TNBT blog hop included 10 questions for me to answer. In keeping with the spirit I will do my best to answer them. Some of the answers may seem weasely, but it can be hard to get specific about the creative process.

The Questions:
1: What is the working title of your book?

The book I am working most actively on and I believe has the best chance of seeing the light of day is tentatively titled “Magellan Star Voyager.” Bet you can’t tell it’s science fiction from the title.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I’m not sure where my ideas come from. (I know, weasely.) I get a notion, then things just sort of build upon themselves. Often times a character springs to mind, almost wholly formed, and they need their story told. I think my main character in MSV, Jenna Yorganson, was just such a person. She is the ship’s medical officer with a story in need telling.

3: What genre does your book come under?
I’m not saying (but you might find a hint in answer 1).

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Good ones. (Weasel!) Seriously, I have no idea. I know actors like I know neuroscience, which is not at all. Trust me, you never want me on your trivia team. Forewarned is forearmed.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Bad things happen when an interstellar colony ship gets whacked by a particle travelling at 250,000 km/hr or there abouts, particularly when there is a psychotic killer on board.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
None of the above. It is currently in rewrite. That’s not being weasely, it’s the simple truth.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’d guess about three months. If I have a story I can run with it generally takes me two to three months to hash out the rough draft (sometimes 30 days if it happens to be November), but the rewrites can take forever.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Oh, God. (You can see the weasely stuff coming, can’t you?) I don’t know that I can compare it to any book specifically. It draws on many universal tropes of both science fiction and mystery. Perhaps Alien, only the killer isn’t another species, but one of our own. Yes, Virginia, there really are monsters – they are usually human.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I think this story was just something in me that needed to come out. As I said earlier, I get a vague notion, sometimes just a character name, or an idle ‘what if?’ thought, and I start mulling it over. The more I think on it, the more it grows until I finally have a rough idea of what I want to do in way of developing the story, and I can begin to write. What inspires me? Just about anything. This book in particular? Not sure, but I think it was Jenna, just popping into my head.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Magellan Star Voyager is a cross between an old fashioned murder mystery and science fiction action adventure. The crew of the Magellan are people much like ones you probably know, thrown into a near impossible situation. As in real emergencies some people rise to the occasion, and some crack. The active crew of the Magellan must try to salvage the ship, save as many of the colonists as possible, while trying to save themselves from one of their own.

If I had my act together you would have found five fellow authors joining in this blog hop next Wednesday answering ten questions about themselves. But there is no time to line them up, and I’m not about to blind-side them. So I give you the next best thing: five authors I think you should visit and get to know. Do be sure to bookmark them and check back with them often to see what they are up to. I only hope Shannon will forgive me for dropping the ball.

Five authors you ought to check out (and support!). Happy reading.

1. Kevin J Mackey, was an early adopter of Friday Flash and is one of the nicest people on the web. I have always enjoyed his flash fiction, haiku, and photos. I was excited to learn he has a novel coming out, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. The book is “Not By Dark Alone” and is being released even as I type. You can follow Kevin on his blog, or join in on his book launch right now over on Facebook.

2. Jeff Posey has a true talent for a good tale, well told. I enjoy his stories set in the world of the ancient Anasazi of the desert southwest the most. I became a life long fan while following his old Anasazi Stories blog. Jeff has since gone on to develop a wonderful indie online bookshop, with full fledged novels both ancient and contemporary, as well as collections of his short works. His debut novel, “Less than Nothing,” is the fruit of those old Anasazi Stories, and is my favorite.  I also thoroughly enjoyed his modern novel, “Anasazi Runner,” a story of personal perseverance and triumph. He also still posts flash fiction on his website. Be sure to check him out.

3. I quite enjoyed Clive Martyn’s debut novel, “Sunset Hotel.” Clive does a nice job of developing his characters as the suspense builds and the mystery unfolds. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a mystery – rather a horror/suspense, but mysterious things are happening. He keeps his readers apprised of his current works in progress (WIPs) on his website, where Clive bills himself as an author of dark fiction and poetry. From the synopses he is a man of his word. The two WIPs that seem to be furthest along right now are “The Hospital,” and “The Spirit of Trees.” “Sunset Hotel” is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and  OmniLit.

4. I thoroughly enjoyed G. P. Ching’s young adult debut novel “Soul Keepers,” the first in her Soulkeepers Trilogy. With her first trilogy behind her she has embarked an a new YA series to keep her fans sated. The series, “Grounded,” begins with a novel of the same name and is set in the year 2067. The story revolves around a young Amish girl, Lydia Troyer, and a secret Government plan gone awry. Book One is available now. You can read more about it on Genevieve’s website, and like her Facebook author page.

5. Finally I want to recommend M. R. Sellars, the author of the well known Rowan Gant mysteries. I’ve known Murv for years, and while I can’t claim him as a close personal friend (more’s the pity), I have spent some time talking with him. He is always very gracious and giving and this is my opportunity to send some good karma his way. I highly recommend the first in his new Constance Mandalay series, “Merrie Axemas.” His latest Mandalay novel, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” is on my personal Christmas list. I also recommend the Rowan Gant novels. I’ve read them all. Murv’s books are available at fine bookstores everywhere and as ebooks. Visit his website and have a look around.


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