Liberty Bell and the Last American

This month and through much of March, I’ve joined with several other writers to offer free books, sample chapters, or short stories through Bookfunnel, including a copy of my short story, “The Star Watch,” which is set in the same universe as my Evenmere novels. You do have to sign up for each writers’ newsletter to obtain their free book, so be aware of that. If you’re already subscribed to my mailing list, you can still sign up for my short story, and my mailing service will ignore duplicate email addresses.
The giveaway is for clean Science Fiction and Fantasy, meaning there shouldn’t be any sex or gratuitous violence in any of the stories. If that interests you, you can click here

We’ve recently released a 25th Anniversary Edition of The High House. I’ve written a new introduction for it and am quite pleased by the cover and interior design. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been twenty-five years since I wrote it. It continues to amaze and gratify me that I still get emails from readers about it.

For several years readers have been asking for a collection of my published short stories. As of October 2023, that collection is finally available. Following each story, I’ve written a short note describing how it was written or other insights. For this volume, I also wrote a novella entitled The Leechmont, set in my Evenmere universe. The book also includes The Battle of York, the original short story that was the inspiration for my novel, Liberty Bell and the Last American. A number of the stories were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Besides writing books, I’m also a musician and recording engineer. A number of years ago, I wrote an album’s worth of music based on my novel, The High House. At the time, I was raising my family, teaching fulltime, and writing books, so I tinkered with recording and producing the music off and on. Now that I’m no longer teaching, I’ve finished the album. Is it any good? Beats me. But it’s now available for download on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Cover art by Scott Faris. Additional mixing and production by Chris Neal. To hear snippets, go to my Music tab.

I recently received an email from science journalist Charles Q. Choi, who has written for Scientific American, The Washington Post, The New York Times, National Geographic News, and many others. I’m familiar with his articles in Scientific American. He’s written a review of my novel, The Back of the Beyond on his website. I didn’t click on the link at first, thinking the email might be from an imposter, pretending to be a famous journalist. I’m thrilled to hear from him. The review can be found here.