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The Daedalus Incident out today in mass-market paperback!

TDI-mmpb-coverThe Daedalus Incident sails again! This time, in a more affordable, compact format. What’s not to love?

Very excited to see my novel debut out there again, and I hope this new, less expensive format will introduce the Known Worlds to a whole heap of new readers. What’s more, the paperback features Chapter 1 of MJ-12: Inception at the end, a teaser for the launch of the new MAJESTIC-12 series coming in hardcover this September.

So not only do we get to see Thomas Weatherby and Shaila Jain in an encore, we’re also introduced to Lt. Frank Lodge, U.S. Army, as he patrols occupied Berlin in 1945 — and finds something that will not only change his life forever, but alter the course of the future Cold War.

The mass-market paperback edition of The Daedalus Incident can be found online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Borderlands Books, Mysterious Galaxy, The Poisoned Pen and at many fine bookstores across the country. (Want to shop indie and local? Check out the book’s Indie Bound page, and be sure to ask your local bookseller to order it if it’s not in stock.)

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Look what showed up in the mail

I arrived back from Los Angeles late Friday night and the book gods decided to welcome me home with a care package Saturday. To wit:

The Daedalus Incident in mass-market paperback!

The cover quote is from the Tor.com review way back when, and they put the Library Journal snippet on the back. It’s the same cover art — courtesy of Sparth — with a similar but pared back design. There’s also a nice callout to MAJESTIC-12 on the back cover, because, spoiler alert…  Continue reading

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Less than two weeks before The Daedalus Incident sails forth in mass-market paperback

TDI-adThat’s right — less than two weeks to go before The Daedalus Incident returns to bookstores in a shiny new package.

It’s always nice to have a book come out, even one that’s already been out. I see the mass-market paperback release of The Daedalus Incident on March 15 — and its sequels in May and July, respectively — as a great chance for folks to give the books a try at a lower cost. And it’s also nifty to let folks get a sneak peek at MJ-12: Inception before it comes out in hardcover in September.

And for the record, each of the Daedalus novels will have a different MJ-12: Inception excerpt — plenty of opportunities to check out the first of the MAJESTIC-12 series of paranormal Cold War spy-fi novels. Because, dammit, I’m all about value.

If you want to get your hands on Daedalus now, you could slide on over to Amazon, where the mass-market paperback is already available for $7.99. And the Kindle edition is now selling for $7.59. I don’t know when or whether other ebook sellers will drop the price, so tell your friends to move fast if they’re Kindle readers.

As for other print retailers, we still expect them to go with the March 15 release. And as always, I would encourage you to head over to your local bookstore and buy it there, or go online and get it from folks like Borderlands Books or Mysterious Galaxy. Independent bookstores rock.

Finally, I would point out that Operation: DAEDALUS remains in full effect, so if you want to win a copy of the mass-market paperback and an advance reader copy of MJ-12: Inception when the latter becomes available, use your social media powers to spread the word about The Daedalus Incident and the new release. Each time you post to Facebook, or Tweet or Pin or whatever, you’re automatically entered to win. Post early, post often. And you get multiple entries if you leave a review of the book on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. — wherever folks buy or review books.

Don’t worry about pinging me about your entries — I’m watching and searching and will compile the entries myself. The random number generator will do the rest.

As always, my thanks to all the readers who have made the Daedalus trilogy a success, and to those who are actively introducing the books to new readers. You all rock, and I hope MJ-12: Inception will be up your alley as well.


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Back from vacation with tidbits of news

I’m back from the wilds of the Adirondack Mountains and once again ensconced in the day-to-day. We had a great time, and I even managed some intermediate trails on Gore Mountain (I’m typically a green-circle skier, so this was a nice thing for me). Took a bit of a spill on an icy patch and pulled a muscle in my chest, which has made for less-than-optimal sleeping, but it’s healing up. On the bright side, I sampled many fine beers and hung out with my family and other lovely people. Overall, it was a win.

And now that I’m back, I wanted to point out a few things:

After a short delay, The Gravity of the Affair is now free on Amazon as well as Google Play, iTunes and Kobo. (Due to arcane policies, it remains 99 cents at Barnes & Noble.) We’re going to keep it free for a while as part of a ploy to get people to check out the Daedalus series in paperback. So if you haven’t read it yet, please to enjoy!

I’m very OK with Barnes & Noble of late, despite the whole not-free thing, because The Daedalus Incident is on its list of “Alternate Realities – Alternate History” best sellers. And in some seriously fine company, too.

And hey, speaking of The Daedalus Incidentit’s on track for a March 15 release in mass-market paperback! And it’ll have the first chapter of MJ-12: Inception tucked in the back. The Enceladus Crisis follows in May, and The Venusian Gambit arrives in July, and they’ll both have different MJ-12: Inception excerpts as well. Collect them all, as they say.

Operation: DAEDALUS is still a going concern, and I’m excited to see all the love out there. As a reminder, if you leave reviews for The Daedalus Incident and/or use your social media superpowers to talk up the impending release, you’re entered to win a signed copy of the paperback and a preview copy of MJ-12: Inception. The more you review/post, the greater the odds of winning.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding material to MJ-12.net for your enjoyment. As you may know, MAJESTIC-12 is the conspiracy theory surrounding the government’s involvement in capturing aliens and using their technology. My take in the MAJESTIC-12 spy-fi thrillers will be…very different. But pretty darn fun.

I also want to point out that Geeky Giving has released its first story bundle! You get four great short stories and novelettes for the low price of $5, which goes toward neurological research. I urge you to check it out and donate. My novelette, “Mind Flight,” is in the March bundle, so get ready for that, too.

Finally, I did a guest post over at kt literary, my literary agency, as part of its “Peace, Love, Books” series. In it, I talk about unexpected joys of having fans. Because, to my very great surprise and delight, I have some fans. And they’re all awesome.

And that’s it for now. I’m working on MJ-12: Inception edits and outlining MJ-12: Shadows, which coming out around autumn 2017. Next week, I go to Los Angeles for the day job and will likely have some killer ramen and excellent tacos. It’s good to keep busy, right?


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Winter break has arrived, and I am outta here

Hey, look! A trail I will never, ever ski.

So the kid is out for the week and, to my very great surprise, I have more than enough vacation days to make the three-day weekend into a week-long excursion. Thus, we’re heading for the hills — the Adirondacks to be precise.

I have a post ready to go on something kind of cool I expect to happen later this week, but otherwise you won’t see much here. If you want to see what I’m up to, I suggest Twitter (as I tend to tweet a lot more when I travel) and Untappd (my beer app, and I tend to enjoy more beer whilst on vacation).

While I’m skiing and enjoying the company of family and friends, I’ll remind you that Operation: DAEDALUS is still in effect. In short, please review The Daedalus Incident on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc., and tell your social media peeps on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, et. al., that the mass-market paperback is coming March 15 to a fine bookseller near you.

The more you review and use your social media superpowers, the greater the chance you have to win a signed copy of The Daedalus Incident paperback as well as one of the very first advance copies of MJ-12: Inception.

Contest runs until March 15, so get reviewing, posting, tweeting, pinning and…whatever other sites do. Peaching? Whatever. It’s greatly appreciated! And hey, here’s a handy graphic you can use for your social media accounts. Easy peasy!



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Check out the nifty digital thing created for The Daedalus Incident!

The people in my corner are awesome. Look what I have!


It’s so pretty.

Please feel free, gentle readers, to grab this and post it on your favorite social media platforms. As part of Operation: DAEDALUS, you’ll be entered to win a signed Daedalus Incident paperback as well as an advance copy of MJ-12: InceptionSo use your social media superpowers and win my gratitude and, potentially, free books!

Remember, the paperback is out March 15. And there’s an excerpt of MJ-12: Inception in it, too. Really looking forward to seeing HMS Daedalus sail once more!


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Operation: DAEDALUS is a go! Spread the word about The Daedalus Incident and win books!

TDI-mmpb-coverThe Daedalus trilogy is coming out in paperback, which is awesome on so many levels. For me, it’s really about reaching new readers who may not have had a chance to climb on board yet. And to do that — I’m going to ask for your help.

Yes, you. Stop looking around. Really. You.

See, chances are that if you’re reading this, you’ve already enjoyed the books and that’s very gratifying for me. But there’s still folks out there who could use a kick in the pants to get in on the fun. And that’s where you come in. I’m calling it Operation: DAEDALUS.

I know. I couldn’t resist a bit of theater.

Here’s how it works. The Daedalus Incident comes out in paperback on March 15. I’m hereby asking you to tell folks about the book and this auspicious event by leaving reviews and posting to your social media. Each time you do that, you’re entered into a drawing to win not only a signed copy of The Daedalus Incident in paperback, but also a signed advance reader copy (ARC) of MJ-12: Inception when they’re made available to me later this spring.

The more you post, the greater your chance to win both books. There’s a tl;dr summary below if you want to skip the minutia, which now follows.

So what qualifies for an entry?

  • Social Media. I’d love to see more stuff on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs and whatever other flavor of social media is out there. So each social media post about The Daedalus Incident gets you an entry. I’m going to limit it to once every 48 hours per platform, though, because it’d be easy to throw down 100 tweets in about 20 minutes and try to stack the deck. (Not that you would do that.) You can Instagram or Pin the book cover, related images, whatever — just so long as you mention The Daedalus Incident is coming out March 15 in paperback and that your peeps maybe should check it out. You can link to stuff, too, whether it’s this blog or your favorite bookseller or whatever. Or not. All I ask is that you keep it clean and avoid spamming/trolling/etc. (Yes, reposts and retweets count. Likes or the equivalent don’t count, however.)
  • Reviews. I would love it if you added your reviews of the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, Books-A-Million, indie booksellers’ sites and, most especially, Goodreads and LibraryThing. Now, I’m asking for an honest review here. If you thought it was fun but worth just three stars out of five, do that. Feel free to quibble. (Now, if you thought it was a one- or two-star book…well, I suppose that’s fine, but I would then question why you’d want a signed copy. Just saying.) Reviews matter in aggregate, especially on Amazon, and I’d love to get some more going. Each review on each site is worth five entries because they take time to write, and I’m highly appreciative of it. And yes, if you write a review of The Daedalus Incident somewhere that’s linked to your Facebook and Twitter and whatnot, then…well, you’re a lovely person who just earned additional entries.

Feel free to game my system as you like, but remember the 48-hour rule. I don’t want your social media friends and followers to grow to hate you for this. You can post more, but I’ll only count one every two days. That said, you can end up with a goodly number of entries if you’re persistent and have a lot of social media going.

Note that if you’ve already written a review, I’m totally willing to give you credit for it. Just drop me an e-mail (which is here) and I’ll add it to your tally, but you’ll have to drop me that e-mail. Otherwise, I’ll only be looking at the Feb. 1-March 15 time-frame. No, you don’t get credit for old social media posts, sorry. Also, if there’s a platform you use for reviews or social media that I haven’t mentioned here, an e-mail will likewise help your cause.

You have until March 15 to do all this. After that, I’m going to take a couple days to search the various social media platforms and review sites for your handiwork, and then tally it up. (Hence, it’s important to use “Daedalus Incident” in your posts so I can find them!) After that, the random-number-generator will do its magic, and I’ll contact the winner via said social media platform or review site.

I admit, this is a little complex, so if you need clarification, drop a comment here and I’ll answer it. My advice is to not think about it too hard — just go out there, write reviews and spread the word, and I’ll let you know if you win. And this is just for The Daedalus Incident, by the way. I’ll do similar contests for the next two books as their launch dates approach, so yes, you’ll have two more shots on goal later on.

tl;dr. The idea here is that if you liked The Daedalus Incident, please tell folks about it by leaving reviews and posting on social media! And if you’re lucky and/or prolific enough, you’ll get a signed paperback and become one of the first people to read MJ-12: Inception. That’s my big thank-you to you readers out there, because I wouldn’t be here without you. You’re awesome.

That’s it. Get posting!


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