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The Enceladus Crisis comes out in paperback May 10!

TEC-cover-mmpgApril’s been a very busy month, and I haven’t given the blog it’s due. And I’ve been remiss in mentioning that The Enceladus Crisis will be released in mass-market paperback on May 10, which is super exciting for me and, hopefully, a new opportunity for readers to explore the Daedalus trilogy.

The Enceladus Crisis picks up where The Daedalus Incident left off — two years after the strange quakes on Mars that plagued our heroes in the 22nd century, and nearly twenty years after a young Lt. Thomas Weatherby unraveled the mysteries of Cagliostro’s insidious plot. There’s more twists and turns in this one, new and exotic locations, and the peril — oh, the peril! It’s not an easy time for anyone in this book.

The paperback release, in addition to being easier to carry around and cheaper (ebook prices have already started to come down), also includes a new excerpt from MJ-12: Inception, the first book in the MAJESTIC-12 series of paranormal Cold War spy thrillers out in hardcover this September.

The first excerpt, in The Daedalus Incident paperback, introduced readers to a young Army officer named Frank Lodge as he navigated a particularly harrowing situation in Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. The excerpt in Enceladus introduces Danny Wallace, a Navy man investigating something very unusual in Hiroshima three months after the city was leveled by the world’s first atomic weapon.

And yes, there will be a third, all-new excerpt of MJ-12: Inception released with The Venusian Gambit paperback in July.

I’m quite excited and very gratified at how The Daedalus Incident sold in paperback — thank you, readers! And the support the series has been getting on social media has been pretty awesome. I don’t have plans to run a contest for The Enceladus Crisis at the moment — there’s been too much other stuff to do — but any shout-outs on social media, and any reviews you care to place on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads and the like, is greatly appreciated.

MJ12_FinalAs for other things, I’m busy preparing to draft MJ-12: Shadows (working title), the second MAJESTIC-12 novel. It was a tougher nut to crack since the world of the Variants has expanded quite a bit, but I worked through a bunch of stuff this month and have the whole thing mapped out, as is my wont before I start the actual writing. It feels like I’m a bit behind in the process, likely because I’ve been busy with day-job things, but when I look at the calendar, I feel quite good about where I am.

Advance reader copies (ARCs) of MJ-12: Inception have been printed, and I’m eagerly awaiting my stash. The cover is beautiful, and the interior design is absolutely gorgeous. (I may have mentioned that before, but it bears repeating. Gorgeous.) I’ll also be getting digital ARCs soon for reviewers and the like. It’s a real thing that’s happening, and I’m pretty stoked.

I’m also getting excited for Phoenix Comicon during the first weekend of June. Not 100% sure on panels yet, though I know I’m doing something with Geeky Giving as well as a panel on humorous sidekicks, plus there’s the Elevengeddon signing at the Poisoned Pen and the Drinks with Authors charity thing. I’m bringing some MJ-12: Inception ARCs as well — if you’re going, watch my Twitter feed carefully if you want one.

So that’s what I got going on. I promise to be far more entertaining on the blog in May.



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ELEVENGEDDON returns! Join us in Scottsdale on June 1!

Kevin Hearne made this. He’s a multi-talented fellow.

Going to Phoenix Comicon? Of course you are. It’s a rad con. And if that’s the case — or you happen to live in the greater Phoenix area — you had best brace yourself. Elevengeddon is coming back.

For the second year in a row, the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale is hosting a veritable bushel of fantastic science fiction and fantasy writers the night before Phoenix Comicon kicks off. And yes, that bushel includes me. Last year was so much fun, and this year promises to be even better.

The event kicks off on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd, Scottsdale, Ariz. Here’s the calendar listing. And as for the authors, well….

I mean, good Lord. This is an awesome bunch. I know some of these fine people personally, and know others solely from their work. All are amazing.

Now, if you can’t get to Arizona — though, really, you should — never fear. Just call the Poisoned Pen ahead of time and they’ll have us sign books for you, then ship them right to your door. (Note: You still have to pay for ’em.)

That said, I really hope you can get there if you’re going to be in the area. I may very well have advance copies of MJ-12: Inception to give away to one or two lucky attendees. Plus, of course, I’ll be signing the Daedalus series books — including the mass-market paperback editions of The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis

Finally, my thanks to the incomparable Kevin Hearne for organizing this again. He’s a fantastic fellow, and you should purchase and read all his books.


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Officially heading to Phoenix Comicon this June!

I loved being a guest at Phoenix Comicon last year. The panels were a huge amount of fun, I met a lot of fans, I had a blast hanging out with my fellow authors and more fans, and if I may be mercenary for a moment, I saw a lot of my books get sold.

So yeah, of course I asked to go back. And the most excellent folks at PHXCC agreed to invite me again. So look out Phoenix…I am coming for your tacos and craft beer once more, from June 2-5 to be exact.

Scheduling? Dunno yet. I’m sure there will be panels. No doubt there will be signings, and I’m hoping that the crew at Mysterious Galaxy will be there selling books again. I’ll certainly talk about the Daedalus trilogy, especially with The Enceladus Crisis out in paperback just weeks before the con.

I’ll also be talking about MAJESTIC-12 and MJ-12: Inception. And if all goes well, I’ll have some swag. I’m thinking pin-back buttons, but I’m open to suggestions. Maybe I’ll do a Twitter poll. Oh, and thanks to the good people at Night Shade Books, I’ll have a bunch of advance copies of MJ-12: Inception to give away to those I deem worthy. (I am not, in fact, super-picky on this front. Just be enthusiastic.)

And finally, I do believe the folks at Geeky Giving will be doing something interesting out there. Not sure what, but…I’d keep an eye out.

If you’re anywhere near Phoenix after Memorial Day — or simply enjoy a great road trip — I hope you’ll think about heading to the con. It’s pretty darn awesome. Hope to see you there!


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A little 2016 preview


The new series comes out this year!

I think everyone should be well and truly recovered from the holidays and such, so I figured it was a good time to let you know what you can expect out of me in the coming year, words-wise. And it’s going to be pretty cool.

Obviously, the Big Thing™ will be the release of MJ-12: Inception in September. This is the very first volume in the MAJESTIC-12 series of fantastical Cold War spy thrillers, because that kind of genre-blending is how I roll.

Now, the conspiracy theory states that MAJESTIC-12 is a cabal of government honchos hiding proof of extraterrestrial life from the general populace in order to leverage alien technology on behalf of the United States military. I’m taking that historical theory and running with it, but in very, very different directions. So you’ll see a lot of action and adventure, some truly fantastical elements, a decent dollop of mystery and suspense, and a couple of big question marks in MJ-12: Inception that’ll hopefully have you coming back for more.

So that’s out in September in hardcover. Where do things stand with it now?  Continue reading

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Phoenix Comicon wrapup

I’m finally to the point where I don’t expect to see stormtroopers and superheroes on my way to and from work, so I figure it’s a good time to talk about Phoenix Comicon. In a word…awesome.

The event at the Poisoned Pen bookstore, organized by the indefatigable Kevin Hearne, was excellent. The authors had dinner beforehand at Beckett’s Table, a darn nice place to nosh, then decamped to the bookstore and were greeted by dozens of fans already there. I signed a bunch of books and talked with cool people. Good times.

The con itself was very well organized and they took very good care of us. Pickup at the airport, volunteers greeting us at the hotel as we checked in, excellent guest services (including free breakfast and lunch), you name it. Seriously, I’ve never been treated better at a con. The staff and volunteers were most excellent people, and they worked hard to make it easy for us.

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A giveaway for the last day of Phoenix Comicon

Last day? Say it ain’t so! Phoenix Comicon has been fantastic. The panels have been fun and interesting, the fans have been amazing, and my fellow authors are an absolute joy to hang around with. Yes, I’m exhausted, having been here since Wednesday, but at the same time, I feel creatively recharged and well-fed on positivity, encouragement and beer. Life’s good.

So before I jet off to Los Angeles for day-job meetings tomorrow, I wanted to do a nice thing for folks attending Phoenix Comicon. I’m giving away a complete set of the Daedalus trilogy: The Daedalus IncidentThe Enceladus Crisis and The Venusian Gambit. And the rules are simple. Come find me at the con, and say the password.

What’s the password, you ask? “Monkeys!.” Because who doesn’t like monkeys? Boring people, that’s who.

Anyway. Pretty much walk right up to me and say “Monkeys!” and I will give you books. I’ll also sign ’em and personalize if you like. It’s our little code. It’ll be fun.

As for where I’ll be? I’m doing the Unabashed Full Frontal Nerdery panel at 10 a.m. in room 124 North, then heading down to the exhibition floor at noon for a signing with awesome authors Django Wexler, Naomi Novik, Alex Gordon, Pierce Brown and Shannon Messenger. We’re in the back-right of the hall, in the 16000s aisle across from Mysterious Galaxy, where you can conveniently buy all our books.

Of course, if you’re reading this, you could just walk up and say “Monkeys!” and you’ll get the trilogy for free — if it hasn’t been claimed already. Be sure to follow me on Twitter today to see if the books were claimed or where I might happen to be.

Thanks once again to all the volunteers and staff at Phoenix Comicon. You guys did so good! And while I’m at it, a big thank-you to everyone who turned out for Drinks With Authors last night to raise money for Kids Need to Read. It was a great turn-out, with many fine, upstanding people in attendance. You all rock.


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Saturday at Phoenix Comicon!

Phoenix Comicon is awesome. The staff and volunteers really have a top-notch organization, and the panels and events have been excellent. I participated in last night’s charity poker tournament and, while I busted out, Kids Need to Read got my money and I had a lot of fun.

(But seriously…I had A-8 in the pocket, turned two eights on the river and went all-in, was called. Other guy had K-8. Turn gets nothing, but then what happens on the river? King. Dude made his full house. Gah! But you know, if you gotta lose, you want to go just like that — the poker equivalent of the 300, “Tonight we dine in hell!” kind of way. End of poker geekery.)

Today is another day! At 10 a.m., I’m on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America panel at 10 a.m. in room North 221. At 4:30, I’m doing the Have Your Writing Critiqued panel in room North 125. And at 6 p.m., it’s the Drinks With Authors fundraiser (again for Kids Need to Read) at the Sheraton, Valley of the Sun room. There will be prizes too!

If you’re around Phoenix, come say hello. It’s pretty great out here. But if you can’t make it (or need a break for the insanity), remember you can download my novella The Gravity of the Affair for free on Amazon KindleKobo, Google Play and iTunes. But hurry…free can’t last forever!


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