Friday, February 26, 2016

Noir Now: Crimson Streets

I just wanted to bring this cool online 'zine to the attention of the world at large.  Fans of noir, sci-fi, and fantasy will be very interested in reading what these guys are putting out there. They plan to publish a story a week online, then a print anthology later. (And incidentally, they've already accepted one of my stories, too, to be published in the not too distant future.)

Check them out and enjoy at

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Last Week for Free Audiobook

We're closing on the last few days to get registered on my mailing list in time to make the audiobook giveaway.

Everyone signed up by Leap Year (Feb 29) will qualify to win 1 of 3 free audiobook downloads of either Tarnish or Hungry Gods.

Meanwhile, I started a new job in the Naval hospital this week, in a new department I have no prior experience in, so I'm not getting much writing done.  On top of that, my wife just had surgery and is laid-up, so that means less escape time as well.  Hoping to crank out a few pages today, but doesn't look likely...

I'm working on Deus Ex Machina, which Hungry Gods book 2 -- it's kind of like superheroes meets James Bond in this adventure.  Going to be great fun, if I can get the time to write the darn thing...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Short Horror, Vampires, Sex Bot, and Noir Capers

Two of my short stories from A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley are now available individually for only $0.99 each.  Check them out:

"Brink melds hard-boiled mystery, robot sex slaves, and a twist on Greek myth, all which evoke Blade Runner and leaves you wanting for more."  -- Tales of the Talisman Magazine

Private eye Harry Celeste is investigating an old friend in the sex bot business.  Sound cold?  Don’t let personal relationships interfere with the job.  That’s rule number one.

Then again, even Harry may be getting too close on this case.  If he isn't careful, he could lose his heart.  Or his life.

Don’t get killed on the job.  That’s rule number two. 

Detective noir in a dark future, where not everyone is what they seem.

Being the new guy in town can be lonely. 

No one but the TV to keep you company.  Lying awake, listening to the clock tick away the hours.  Hitting the bars alone because you just don’t know where else to go. 

It’s hard being new.  Even so, Paul should know better than to pick up strangers...

A dark tale to stave off loneliness.  And feed your darkest desires.  

Both of these can also be found in A Long Walk Down a Dark Alley, available in ebook, audiobook, and paperback.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Goodreads Giveaway: Free Book, LOVE HURTS

The good people at Meerkat Press have a Goodreads giveaway running through March 10th.  You can win 1 of 10 paperback copies of this 26-story collection.  All you do is click a little button and WHAM-O, you're all signed up.  Winners will be determined randomly by Goodreads after March 10.

I finally got mine via extra-slow express (I think it was strapped to a sea turtle's back getting from the States to Japan), and I have dived right in.

What I like best about this collection is that you can pick up the book with just 20 minutes or so to kill and get a complete, entertaining spec-fic story.  No long-term commitment.  I have a hard time keeping up with a novel these days, just because it may be several days between chapters for me.  But with these shorts, I get the satisfaction of a complete tale every time.

And the variety on the theme is always fun to see.  They are all about some aspect of the pain of love, but experienced through a kaleidoscopic lens of sci-fi, fantasy, steam punk, magical realism, and more.  One theme with 26 different ways to play it.  And all great fun!

If you're a Goodreads member already, you're all set.  No risk, all win  If you're not, sign up.  Its free!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Working on the Chain Gang

Finishing out a 60 hour work week and rolling right into a brief (too brief) vacation tomorrow.  About time!  As anyone who got my Conspiracy Newsletter may have read, I've been working a lot of hours in 2016, and not many of them on writing, reading, or hobby projects.  Almost none, in fact.

Speaking of the Conspiracy Newsletter, did you hear that anyone signed up by Leap Year (Feb 29th) is automatically in the running for a free audiobook...?

Despite the harsh chain gang life, I have managed to write the first 3 chapters of Deus Ex Machina, the sequel to Hungry Gods and chock full o' Spitball's next adventure (and misadventure).

I've marked off a few more side projects and updates off my to-do list as well, but still have a ways to go.  One of which is making a new website for Brink's Chaos Theory.  (I'll obviously let you know when that happens.)

Another is to get involved in the Brains to Book Cyber Convention on Goodreads in April.  There'll be a lot of authors and readers participating, so be sure to check that out for freebies, deals, activities, and Q&A sessions online with writers you know and more you're about to discover.

Well, the Taskmaster is cracking his whip. Better get back to work...