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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

To The Girl Who Broke My Heart

I guess
You took what you needed and ran
Thief of hearts
A trail of broken souls in your wake
Tell yourself
It was all my fault
I can accept that
I will always love you

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Free - Hurricane Regina and Radar Love

Hurricane Regina, my YA adventure/sci-fi/fantasy title will be free from the 18th to the 22nd, and Radar Love will be free from the 21st to the 23rd. Enjoy.

Of course, I'd love reviews if you like them. If you hate them, I'd rather hear about it in email. ; )

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Penultimate Hustle: L.A. - Chapter 5, Part 1

5 – Acquisition

The next morning, the staff of Ultimate Hustle were met by Natalia and her crew, with their rush order for the girls’ bedroom. As they were setting up, Janice walked in and noticed her lit cigarette. She slapped it out of her mouth, crushing the holder under her heel.

“No smoking in the building,” she said.

“You can’t do that!” Natalia shrieked.

“I just did. If you like, I can sue you for breach of contract and just keep every thing you delivered. Unless you’d rather end up in a ditch with your face cut up.”

Natalia, a Sicilian, knew hardball when she heard it, and declined to protest further. The bedroom was quickly set up in silence, and a frightened Natalia and crew set avoided any further contact with Janice.

Before they left, Janique offered Natalia a position with the company.

“Natalia, what do you make per year?”
“Seventy-five thousand,” she lied.

“I’ll double it.”

“For what?”

“Set design. We have an option on the floor above us, another eight rooms. Plus we’re going to be buying more properties, not to mention an apartment and eventually a house.”

Natalia didn’t have to think about it for long.

“Creative freedom?”

“Of course,” Janique said. “I love your designs. The bedroom looks great.”

“Then yes, I’ll do it.”

“Tell Janice you need the standard non-porn contract.”

“She scares me,” Natalia confessed.

“Oh, don’t be silly. She’s a sweetheart. I’ll come with you.”

They walked into Janice’s office and Janique broke the news to her, eliciting an eyeroll but no words of protest.

“May I use the phone?” Natalia asked her.

“Of course,” Janice said, her demeanor now friendly.

“Hello, Jim? Natalia. I quit,” she said simply, hanging up.

“Cancel the contract and give her a budget,” Janique told Janice.

“No problem. Welcome to the family, Natalia.”

“Yes, love?”

“Buy me the computer store.”


He called Lawndale and got Dana on the phone.

“Yes, hi. I need the number for the owner.”

“I’m afraid I can’t give you that information.”

Chris hung up and got the keys to the Camaro.

“I’ll be back.”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Perfect Me Audiobook Released

I just noticed that the audio version of Perfect Me has been released on Amazon, iTunes and Audible. It features superb narrator Molly Elston, whose delightful British accent adds new depth to this work. And it's only $6.08. You really can't beat that.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Five Free eBooks Today

Two short story collections, a volume of poetry, and two novels, Penultimate Hustle: Japan and Cure for Sanity.

Please post reviews to Amazon if you enjoy them.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Lagniappe for the Reader

The French "lagniappe" is the idea of giving something extra. While this can entail many things for a writer, in this case, I'm talking about ideas for physical objects.

Most sci-fi readers know Robert A Heinlein invented the waterbed, and Arthur C. Clarke invented the geosynchronous communication satellite. It's often quicker and easier to get an idea for an invention into fiction than it is to develop it in the real world.

In Pageburner, the main idea was a virus to destroy the authoritarian/fascist element of society. But that is a bit esoteric and difficult to develop. But there's also a Walkman-type vaporizer for smoking pot in public without getting caught.

Perfect Me allowed me to showcase my videogame designs, including about seven or so fully-realized games.

In Radar Love, I proposed a new strain of Marijuana, Willie Wonka, grafted with spearmint.

The idea is to add value to the story, but also give people ideas. I list Perfect Me in the game design section of Amazon in the hopes of inspiring game writers to develop some of my own designs.

Good writing should be about ideas. Don't be afraid to include things that others have dismissed as far-fetched. I've found that time has a way of proving forward-thinking people correct in the long term.