Hell’s Reward Promotion

I’m making my new book Hell’s Reward free to download for three days from December 6 through December 8 (Friday thru Sunday). I want to give more people a chance to try my book and spread the world. Now’s your chance.

Even if you don’t have a tablet you can download Kindle Reader for free and read it own your computer or even your phone.

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Fortan Media is Born

Today I want to announce the start of a new media company called Fortan Media. They will be my publishing house for all my new work. In addition to my novels and graphic novels, Fortan will be publishing other great authors books. The first to be published by Fortan is Hell’s Reward and The Secrets of Writing. More announcements to follow in the near future.

Fortan seeks to bring ground breaking and exciting media to the world from some of its more daring voices.

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Blue Cat 3 is Coming

Next issue of Aces Weekly is Issue 8. It starts on December 16th and will feature part three of our continuing series, Blue Cat. Cindy Sparks finds a new mentor who may teach her to protect herself with magic.

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The Secrets of Writing

Here’s the working cover to my next book coming out late December or early January. It’s the second book from Fortan Media, my new publishing company which I will be talking about soon. In the mean time, this is my long awaited book on writing that I have been putting excerpts on my site for over a decade now. This will contain that information along with a bunch of new stuff. It’s received rave reviews over the years from many people and I am glad to finally get it out.

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Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time

If you missed this you really have to make an effort to see it in reruns on BBC America. It’s a little docudrama about the first Doctor Who episodes and is fantastic. Even if you aren’t into the show, this is a marvelously acted and written film about the people who made the show in the early 60s, It does a much better job of capturing the flavor of that era than Mad Men.

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary special, but I doubt it can top this. It’s great television.

New Projects!

I’m working on finishing The Secrets of Writing. I’m shooting for sometime in December. This book on writing has received rave reviews from people over the years as its been excerpted on this site. You can read parts of it now under the Writing section above. The book will contain new material and expanded chapters.

In addition to that Blue Cat 3 is scheduled to be released in the next issue of Aces Weekly. Val Mayerik returns as the artist. Cindy Sparks finds herself a new mentor who can teach her how to defend herself from the magical Sidhe that killed her friend, Faust last issue.

And I’ve started working on a new Thracius strip for Aces Weekly with French Artist Mark Vigouroux. Look for it in a future issue. Here’s a teaser image.

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Sorry I haven’t been blogging much, as you can see I’ve been really busy. All this and a full time job besides.

And since we’re almost in the Holidays I just wanted to remind you Hell’s Reward makes a splendid gift.

Thor: The Dark World

I have to admit, I didn’t expect these second wave Marvel movies to be that great. The first wave films were all relatively solid, though many were not great by any means. But they were well made. However, when they decided to go with TV directors and such on the follow up films, I wasn’t so sure. So I went to see Thor this weekend with low expectations. And I was pleasantly surprised. It was a big improvement from the first Thor movie. And the production values were stupendous from start to finish. I did not get too wrapped up in it but I did think the action was all very well done. The main Villain Maelkith was your basic dour humorous baddie. Loki managed to liven things up somewhat though not as much as I expected. Yet, it all came together fairly well and Jane Foster wasn’t as boring as she was in the first film. Thor is still kind of a one not character but he was better handled here.

The clip in the credits which sets up Guardians of the Galaxies was very comic book, which I suppose is to be expected. It was funny to see the Adam Warlock cocoon in the background. Benicio Del Toro as the Collector was very camp, but we’ll see how it goes in the Guardians movie coming up next year.

All in all, I think they did a decent job and I’m looking forward to Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Night of the Doctor

This is a 7 Minute webisode that’s a prequel to the Day of the Doctor, the 50th Anniversary special coming in a couple weeks. It features an old incarnation of the Doctor One not seen in decades.