Monday, May 17, 2021

New Giveway, and of all things, a comic!

 So first, this week's giveaway covers "The Emperor" and "Stormbolt Turns It Around."

"The Emperor" is free today only:


 And "Stormbolt" is free today and tomorrow:

And finally, I've made a comic! I originally wrote it a couple years ago, never intending to do anything with it. Then last fall while working from home I drew it as a 16-page comic. Then over the last few weeks I retouched it, toned it, and lettered it. And now here's "Sick Day"!

I've also added a link from my Artwork page.

Thank you for reading!


Friday, May 14, 2021

New Release: "Across the Street From What"

I was originally going to publish something else this week, but I was behind on the illustration, and this one happened to open up. It's a science fiction story called "Across the Street From What."

On a dare, Jack and Oscar sneak across the street to a house that's been under construction far too long, and with far too many scientists and guys in hazmat suits involved. Inside they find a structure twisted in on itself, with rooms and hallways leading where they couldn't possibly go. Can they find a way out while avoiding the mysterious man in the gas mask patrolling the site?

 You can order it on Amazon here. And of course, a paperback version should be ready later today!

*UPDATE*

I've also finally set up a fanart section. So far, I've got drawings of the monsters from the NES Final Fantasy, but more is to come.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Latest Giveaway: "In-Flight Encounter" and "Blackout at Irene's!"

 On one hand, a meeting with an old (and regretted) teacher during a bout of airsickness:


 

On the other, three sisters running their parents' diner when a blackout hits:

If you order these stories, be sure to leave a review! And if you really like them and want to help out a little further, just click that "Support Me" button in the corner to donate!

Thank you for reading!

Friday, May 07, 2021

New Release: "In-Flight Encounter" now available!

The flight is bumpy, and Peter is sick to his stomach, when his ninth grade algebra teacher Mr. Glick turns up wanting to talk about old times. But Peter's once-fond memories of Mr. Glick are now tainted by betrayal. Mr. Glick wants closure before it's too late, but is Peter ready to give it?

Order now on Amazon!

 

Monday, May 03, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

New Short Story, "Inappropriate Content" is Now Available!

 

Eric's comic book store has a problem. A strange pair of tricksters have somehow inserted themselves into several of the comics, as if they were penciled and inked there in the first place. First Eric has to figure out how many of his books now feature their antics. Then he has to figure out how to stop them. Will he still have a store when this is through?

Click here to order!

The paperback is also on its way shortly!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Two Giveaways and a Discount

First off, I'm doing a Countdown Deal on my short story "Marisa at the Beach." It's only $0.99 now, then will increment up to $1.99 in a couple of days, before going back to its original price. So for less than the cost of a convenience store bottle of Coke, you can get an original short story about robots!


In addition, "The Fortuna Givers' Festival" and "This Wasn't Part of the Lease" are free today and tomorrow!


All three books are also available in short paperbacks, if that's more your taste. And if you get one of the free stories and want to show some support, you can order any of the other books in my Quick Fiction series, or come back here and click on the "Support Me" button in the corner!

Thank you for reading!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Now Available: The Fortuna Givers' Festival

 

Mount Me has erupted, choking the town of Fortuna in smoke. Harold Garland and his wife are about to move out when Harold is chosen by lottery to present an offering to an ancient beast that's believed to live inside the mountain. He's given no choice, but if this creature is real, will Harold make it home in one piece?

For this one, I'm trying something of an experiment: I also whipped together a paperback version, so if ebooks aren't your style, you can still order this story in print!

"The Fortuna Givers' Festival" is available here!

Monday, April 19, 2021

This Week's Giveaway: A Door in the Sky, and a Monster Chase through the Streets

Escape to Sanctuary and The Door Up There are free today and tomorrow, and Same Faces will be free tomorrow only! Go give them a look, and if you want to chip in and help me out a little, check out the rest of my Quick Fiction series, or just click "Support Me" down in the corner of this page!




Saturday, April 17, 2021

New (Old) Story Now Available!

Allergic to Astroturf

Dara adores her new pet, a strange critter from outer space. But her friend Keli can't stand him, and starts claiming to be allergic to him. Will Dara have to choose between her friend and her alien?

This is actually an old story I've published before. I had it on Kindle for a while, then included it here on the website and in my collection, Unheard Of. I decided I needed something of a break this week--I've been preoccupied with drawing--so I decided to make it part of the Quick Fiction series as well. As such, I'm (possibly temporarily) taking it off this website, except for a preview.

And since it's already available in other venues via Smashwords, I sadly won't be able to do any giveaways for this one.

The cover is actually the same artwork as before, just recolored. And it actually went up on Amazon yesterday, but I wanted to change the background color before I started promoting it. Naturally I'll be adding the cover art to the gallery.

Thank you for reading!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Today's latest giveaway: A blackout, a supervillain, and a man in a mask.

"Blackout at Irene's" and "The Emperor" are free today (4/12) and tomorrow (4/13), while "Stormbolt Turns It Around" is free today only! Just follow the links below, and if you want to show any further support, you can check out the rest of my Quick Fiction series, or click the "Support Me" button down in the corner!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Updated Cover For One Story, Updated Price for Another

I made a few tweaks to some of the Quick Fiction stories.

First, as of now, the first story in the series, "A Meeting of Minds," is now only $0.99—permanently!

Second, I've modified the cover art for "The Emperor." Amazon doesn't seem to have quite pushed it through just yet, but here it is right here:

Thank you for reading!

Friday, April 09, 2021

"Escape to Sanctuary" now available!

Monsters roam outside Pearl's apartment, but she's through letting them keep her prisoner. Accepting an invitation to meet up with her brother, she slips out and leads the monsters in a chase through town. The journey is perilous, but Pearl knows if she finds her brother, only then will she be safe.

"Escape to Sanctuary" is available only on Amazon Kindle for $2.99, and once again, Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read for free! I'll also be adding the cover art to the gallery shortly. Just click here to buy!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Thanks, and new artwork.

"First Defusion" and "Advanced Color Theory" are back at their original price. I'm still amazed at how many people ordered; if nothing else, I've learned promoting on r/FreeEbooks definitely works. If you liked these stories, please check out the rest of my Quick Fiction series, or if you just want to chip in, click "Support Me" down in the corner.

My first KDP Select renewals are coming up soon, so I'm changing things up a little. I'm still doing giveaways on new stories a week after releasing them, but for stories over 90 days old, I'll be doing Countdown Deals. I'm also going to see if I can make one of them permanently free.

Finally, I'm still adding new artwork to the illustration gallery. This time, it's a quick paint sketch of Sonia, the heroine of my novel Thresholds of the Grand Dream, this time showing off her anger issues: 

You can see more art on my Instagram.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Number One!


It finally happened. One of my short stories has topped a category on Amazon! "First Defusion" is now #1 in free 40-minute science fiction & fantasy short reads! Thanks to everyone who downloaded a copy!

Meanwhile, "Advanced Color Theory" is currently #2 in Free 30 minute SF&F Short Reads, and #3 in Fiction & Literature! Let's see if I can top 2 categories!


New Artwork and New Giveaway

First off, I've added a new picture to the illustration gallery, of a character from a yet-to-be-published manuscript I have sitting in my hard drive: 

Second, it's time for another giveaway! This week, it's "Advanced Color Theory" as well as my latest, "First Defusion," both science fiction. Just click on the covers to go to their Amazon pages:

Thursday, April 01, 2021

New short story, "First Defusion," is now available!

 A little later than usual, but here it is: 

FIRST DEFUSION

As a child on the planet Vemmler, Larin Nichols was blinded and scarred by a forgotten explosive from an old war. Now she uses her cybernetic eyes to work in search-and-rescue on the frontier. When two children get trapped in a cave, Larin finds herself having to defuse the same type of bomb that injured her and killed a dear friend. She's done well in simulations, but this is the real thing, armed and ready to detonate. Only by going in and staring death right in the face will Larin save these kids.

When writing this story, I liked coming up with the logistical problem of a mine that only activates when you get too close, and only detonates when you get too far away. The cover was a particular challenge--for one thing, I had to figure out how to draw crystals, and with the sphere in front, had to do a lot of overpainting to get the panel the way I wanted. The mosaic effect represents Larin's ability to shift her vision outside the normally visible spectrum.

"First Defusion" is just $2.99, and exclusively available on Amazon Kindle. Click here to purchase. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free, and I still get royalties.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

"This Wasn't Part of the Lease" is free on Amazon today and tomorrow!

 


Imagine moving into the perfect apartment, only to discover that it's haunted. This spectral roommate creeps through the rooms, opens and shuts cabinets in the kitchen, and plays piano at all hours of the night. Can anyone get rid of it? Or is this poltergeist here to stay?

My latest story, "This Wasn't Part of the Lease," is free today and tomorrow, March 30th and 31st! If you like your ghost stories a little more light-hearted, please check it out. Just click on the image or scan the QR code, or just click here.

If you want to show further support, you can:

  • Review the story on Amazon.
  • Buy any of my other stories.
  • Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit.
  • Click on the blue "Support Me" button right there in the corner.

Thank you for reading!

Monday, March 29, 2021

New Section Added To Website!

 I've just added a gallery, which you can access from the cross bar below the title. So far I have sections for my cover illustrations and my weekly story illustrations. I'm also going to be adding a fanart section once I get all that curated.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Subscribe Via Email

I've added a button to the sidebar where you can subscribe to updates by email. It might be better than jamming up my social media feeds every time I have a new project out. This post is mostly just to test it out. Please subscribe!

New Short Story: "This Wasn't Part of the Lease"

 

Imagine moving into the perfect apartment, only to discover that it's haunted. This spectral roommate creeps through the rooms, opens and shuts cabinets in the kitchen, and plays piano at all hours of the night. Can anyone get rid of it? Or is this poltergeist here to stay?

Available on Amazon Kindle!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Three Stories are Free Today and Tomorrow!

 That's right, this week I have not one, not two, but three stories available for free on the Kindle Store! Sale lasts through 3/24!



Click on the images or scan the QR codes to go to their Amazon pages! If you want to show more support, you can leave a review, then donate to my Ko-Fi at this link or using the button in the corner.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

New Kindle Short Story: "The Door Up There"

 

A father and his daughter are out camping one night, when they find a door suspended in the sky, capturing their attention and their curiosity. Something strange has come to visit, and no one's going to sleep until they find out who, or what, it is!

I lifted my daughter Samantha into my arms and held her hand and looked straight up. There in the sky, in front of a sparkling garden of stars, was a door, just as she'd told me back in the tent. Just an ordinary door with a steel knob, facing the ground, suspended in the air with no frame and no wall and nothing to hang from.

"I'm sorry I didn't believe you," I said. Of course I'd thought it was a six-year-old's idea of a joke, or a cute little story she'd made up for herself.

"It's okay, Daddy," she said. "Where do you think it goes?"

I heard a ruffling in the grass, but it was probably some nocturnal varmint. "That's a very good question. I suppose it could go just about anywhere."

"Like another country? Or another planet? Or another galaxy?"

"Don't see why not," I said. Though if it came from outer space, why would it look like a regular door, like you'd see in any home? You'd expect something alien to look alien, right? "We'd have to open it to know for sure."

Sammy stretched her arm up toward the door. "Daddy, I wanna knock. Give me a boost."

"Even if I did," I said, "you still wouldn't be able to reach it. It's too high. Besides, we don't know why it's there. Somebody might not want us to knock."

"Who?"

"Your guess is as good as mine." I had to admit, I'd gotten a little curious about meeting our new neighbors myself. Whoever or whatever had put it there, they'd left it awfully close to the campsite where I'd been spending a quiet weekend with my little girl. But why? Whether or not they wanted to be disturbed, they'd disturbed us. Or at least piqued our interest. Almost as if they wanted us to find it.

Buy now on Amazon! Read for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Monday, March 15, 2021

New Giveaway: "A Meeting of Minds" and "The Emperor!"

 Just click the images to download them on Amazon!

Don't forget, Kindle Unlimited users can read all my standalone short stories for free at any time!




Tuesday, March 09, 2021

New Short Story: "The Emperor"

 

When Maurice misses a train stop on the way to his return flight from Japan, a mysterious masked man calling himself the Emperor offers his aid... for a price. The Emperor can take him to the airport, but Maurice must first run a set of errands that bring him face-to-face with the supernatural underbelly of modern Tokyo. But who, or what, is the Emperor? And what scheme are these errands setting in motion?

 $2.99 | Free for Kindle Unlimited Users

Click here to purchase!

Monday, March 08, 2021

New Giveaway: "Blackout at Irene's," free on Amazon!

 

"Mom and Dad are away, so Nora, Taylor, and Sylvia are looking over the family diner when the electricity goes out. It doesn't look like the power will come back any time soon, so will the sisters hold the fort? Or wind down and go home?"

Free today and tomorrow!

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Cover Preview: "The Emperor"

My next Kindle short story is "The Emperor," about an American tourist in Tokyo who's about to miss his flight home, when he meets a mysterious figure calling himself the Emperor. This strange masked man says he can help get to the airport... in exchange for running a few errands. But who is he really? Are these errands harmless, or part of some master plan?

Here's the preliminary cover:

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Extra Illustrations for my Short Stories

In case it's not clear, I do most of my own illustrations. Also, more recently, I've been getting more practice in digital art and posting most of the results on my Instagram. They include redraws of Final Fantasy monster sprites (up next is Ochu), and sketches and new illustrations based on my stories. For example:

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

New short story: "Blackout at Irene's" now available!


My new short story, "Blackout at Irene's," is now available on Kindle! Kindle Unlimited users can read it at no extra charge!

Mom and Dad are away, so Nora, Taylor, and Sylvia are looking over the family diner when the electricity goes out. It doesn't look like the power will come back any time soon, so will the sisters hold the fort? Or wind down and go home?

"Blackout at Irene's" brings back the main characters from "Pest Control," part of my 2018-2019 weekly story series, and included in The Complete Fourth Season.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New Releases Since My Last Post

Didn't mean to let this sit quiet the last month or so, but I have been working on things.

First, The Complete Fourth Season is now available, completing the Four Seasons of Short Fiction:

(click on the images to go to where you can purchase them)


I've also put out the following short stories:




Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Now available on Amazon: "Marisa at the Beach"

 

Alice and her adopted robot sister Marisa are taking their first-ever trip to the beach together. They make new friends, find a mechanical dinosaur, and set out to foil a crime. And here they'd just planned on going swimming!

Buy now on Amazon Kindle!

Free today (Jan. 26)! Regular price, $2.99.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Coming February 1: The Complete Fourth Season

 The last of four collections of short stories written as part of a challenge to write--or at least publish--a story a week for a year. Includes snoring, an extradimensional sword fight, an antique painting, a diner, a doohicky, a street preacher car thief, a martial arts tournament, fire, a princess, a Frankenstein, a talking asteroid, a legendary guitar, and a dream monster.
 
Features the story, "Thresholds of the Roaming Nightmare," returning to the world and characters of Thresholds of the Grand Dream.
 
Just click this Universal Book Link, and you can preorder it from whichever ebook vendor you choose!

Four Seasons of Short Fiction, and "A Meeting of Minds!"

So a few years ago, I posted a short story every week just to see if I could, and followed that up in 2019 by illustrating all but one of them (which already had an illustration).

Now I'm putting them all out as a series of ebooks with modest revisions to the stories and illustrations. Three of them are out so far—The Complete Third Season just came out today—with the fourth coming in the next few weeks:


The Complete First Season

Amazon
Smashwords
B&N.com


The Complete Second Season

Amazon
Smashwords
B&N.com


The Complete Third Season

Amazon
Smashwords
B&N.com

Coming Soon: The Complete Fourth Season


In addition, last week I put up a short story, "A Meeting of Minds," about a psychic on a business trip. A lot of it reflects anxieties I had about my job at the time I wrote it—I've since quit. Normally it's $1.99, but today I'm giving it away for free, only on Amazon!

A Meeting of Minds

Amazon