New Release: BEYOND THE STARS: ROCKING SPACE!

•August 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

BEYOND THE STARS is a best-selling anthology series from Patrice Fitzgerald and editor Ellen Campbell, along with some of the best sci-fi authors out there. ROCKING SPACE is the new book in the series, and it’s on sale now, with stories from David Bruns, A.K. DuBoff, Patrice Fitzgerald, Patricia Gilliam, Cain V. Hopwood, R.J. Howell, Julia Huni, Patty Jansen, Andy McKell, J.M. Thomas, Nemma Wollenfang, Misty Zaugg, and me!

And just look at that gorgeous cover by Hugo Award-winning artist JULIE DILLON!

Get your copy of Rocking Space HERE!

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New Gravity City Short Story!

•March 1, 2019 • 1 Comment

Fortitude pic

Check out my new story set in the Gravity City universe for free at this LINK. And while you’re at it, if you haven’t read the anthology with my first story in it, please check it out! I love Gravity City, and I think you will too.

EDIT: This originally had the wrong link, but it’s fixed now. Sorry!

Top Twenty Movies Update

•January 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

 

It’s time once again for my semi-decennial update of my Top Twenty Movies blog post! Are you as excited as I am? No? Why not?

As noted in the post, these are my top twenty favorite movies, not the top twenty BEST movies of all time. “What the difference?” you ask. Read on and find out!

TOP TWENTY MOVIES

Win a Deadpool Prize Pack!

•September 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Deadpool Contest

That’s right–you can win an awesome Deadpool prize pack that some fellow writers and I created! Just click the link below to find out how:

WIN A DEADPOOL PRIZE PACK!

Anyone Else Notice Some Parallels?

•June 9, 2018 • Leave a Comment

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR AND EARLIER MARVEL FILMS

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, the relationship between Frank Douglas/Black Harrier and Sawyer Vincent/Red Raptor was never meant to mirror Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Tim Drake (or Dick Grayson, or Jason Todd, or Damian Wayne), as many readers assume. A closer template to Frank was Tony Stark, and to Sawyer was Peter Parker. And, at the time I wrote Sidekick in 2014, the relationship between those two characters wasn’t a very important one in the comics. In fact, it still isn’t.

Despite knowing each other for forty years (in real time), Spidey and Iron Man hadn’t spent much time together except for the few years in the early 2000s when they were both Avengers, until they eventually ended up on opposite sides in the comics version of Civil War. Also, by that time, Peter was a fully-grown adult in the comics. So, for me, exploring a relationship between an older Tony Stark-like character and a teenage Peter Parker-type was new territory and I thought it was an interesting dynamic with which to work.

Then Captain America: Civil War was released shortly after Sidekick came out in 2016, and we got a brief glimpse of the relationship between Tony and Peter, which most fans really seemed to like. Fast forward to Spider-Man: Homecoming a year later, and the relationship was being more fully developed…and started to remind me a lot of the one between Frank and Sawyer. [Please note that I am NOT, in any way, shape, or form, suggesting that anyone who had anything to do with those films was copying or had even read my book. It was just an interesting parallel.]

Now that Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters, fans really seem to be enjoying the evolving relationship between Tony and Peter, and the ending appears to be one of most viewers’ favorite/least favorite parts. Of all the deaths in the movie, that one seems to be the one that really gets to people and tugs at their heartstrings. And it’s certainly better than any relationship between Batman and Robin that has ever been depicted in film or television.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: I think I made the right call.

 

Best of Beyond the Stars!

•April 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment
I’m so excited to announce the release of BEST OF BEYOND THE STARS. With an absolutely amazing cover by award-winning artist Julie Dillon Art, curated by Patrice Fitzgerald and edited by Ellen Campbell, the new anthology includes the best short stories from previous BEYOND THE STARS – Space Opera Anthology Series editions, as well as several brand new stories.

I’m proud to have my story, “Just an Old-Fashioned Lust Story,” selected for this “best of” anthology. BoBtS includes 14 more short stories by many of the best indie sci-fi writers: Dave Monk Fraser AdamsMichael AnderleSM BloodingDavid BrunsAnn ChristyMichael EzellPatrice FitzgeraldJoseph LewisSamuel PeraltaSusan Kaye Quinn,Jeff SeymourGS JensenNick Endi Webb, and Jen Foehner Wells.

Grab it for the special release price of $2.99 today:
Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRVC8NL

Nook
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1128317664

Kobo
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/best-of-beyond-the-stars

Apple
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1367692417

Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=RdtTDwAAQBAJ

 

Chronicle Worlds: B-Movie

•October 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

CW BMovie final cover

I’m proud to announce that I have a story in a Future Chronicles anthology! My story, “Gorillabot vs. Killer Mermaids from Neptune,” appears alongside some amazing stories from some fantastic authors.

*** CHRONICLE WORLDS: B-MOVIE ***

Mummies and giant robots. Werewolves and monster koalas. Plague creatures and demonic clowns…. They’re coming! They’re hungry! And they’re not human-intolerant!

Enter the forbidden valley with nine of the most imaginative authors writing today. They’ve twisted their craft to tackle the most irreverent and unlikely stories they can muster under the influence of alcohol and various over-the-counter hallucinogens… No apologies, no prisoners, just a 100% pure off-Hollywood thrill-ride.

Get ready for the drive-in of your life. Get ready for ‘Chronicle Worlds: B-Movie.’

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‘Chronicle Worlds: B-Movie’ is
Matthew StottStefan BolzDaniel Arthur SmithEamon AmbroseJessica West, S. S Elliot BrandisChristopher ValinForbes West, and Artie Cabrera. Art by Ron Joseph, illustrator, and Jesse Heagy, colorist. Edited by Ellen Campbell. B-Movie concept by Artie Cabrera. Chronicle Worlds series editor Samuel Peralta.


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