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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Seven Years of "Lords of Kobol"

Thank you for downloading and reading the book!  I really, really appreciate it and hope you have enjoyed it.  Please, do me a favor and rate & review the novels online wherever you got them (or, for that matter, wherever you can).  That will really help me.

To celebrate, I thought I would make available the trailer I put together in the months before the books were published seven years ago.  The editing isn't great and some of the lines were ham-fistedly shoved into the video, but ... what can I do?  This is what I made and uploaded to YouTube before they quickly killed it for the music and TV clips.  BUT, you can download it now and watch what I'm sure would have made Lords of Kobol an even bigger success:

Thanks again!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Get part of "COLONIES OF KOBOL" right now!

Today, August 3, marks the seventh anniversary of Lords of Kobol - Book One: Apotheosis.  I just want to say "thank you" to everyone who downloaded it and gave it a read.  Big thanks to those of you who rated and reviewed it wherever you got it.  (It's not too late; go ahead and rate & review the series online wherever you can.)

To say thanks, I'm offering up the two (mostly) completed parts of my upcoming Colonies of Kobol series: Book One: Earth and Book Fourteen: The Colony.  Since these two have a common theme, a special cover seemed to be a logical thing to do:

Yes, these two books involve the fall of Cylon Earth and the trek of the Final Five from there to the Colonies, where they put a stop to the First Cylon War.  Then we get to see the creation of the Colonial skinjobs and the rise of Cavil.

Both are early drafts, so be forgiving.

A good knowledge of Battlestar Galactica is (obviously) recommended, as is at least a passing familiarity with Lords of Kobol.  Also, knowing a bit about Caprica would be helpful in places, too.

To get your copy, click this link:  You have only 24 hours to do this!  Once we hit Saturday, August 4, your time is up!

Each person will get a PDF.  Please don't share it.  Thanks again!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Did you get a new Kindle, Nook, iPad, Fintoozler, or other device?  Fill it up with my books.

My Lords of Kobol books are always FREE.  Download them in a host of different file formats for your device's needs HERE.

Displaced is a scifi, time travel action piece.  A Baltimore cop wakes up on a farm in Georgia ... along with cavemen, dinosaurs, a robot, and more.  Sounds crazy, but it's fun.

Get it for 99¢ at Smashwords here.  Also available at B&NKoboiTunes, and Amazon.

Diary of a Second Life is a post-post-apocalyptic zombie story.  It's not like any zombie thing you've seen.  This is set centuries after the end of the world we know and it follows one teen as he breaks out of his insular community to try and understand himself and the world.  Crassly, I call it a "teen zombie road trip novel," but it's deeper than that.

Get it for just 99¢ at Smashwords here.  Also available at AmazoniTunesKobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Whereas Diary takes place after the end of the world, 8 Days takes place in a world that almost ended.  Imagine what it would be like to discover that an asteroid was only a week away from destroying all life on the planet?  What would you do with your remaining time?  Now ... imagine that the asteroid missed.  How do you feel about what you've done?  Those are the basic questions posed to all humanity in 8 Days, my "near apocalypse" novel.

Get it for just 99¢ at Smashwords here.  Also available at Amazon, B&N, and iTunes.

The Art of Death is a horror action novel that follows an evil old man, an art museum director.  He's designed a new museum, found a Babylonian artifact, and gathered monsters from the world's folklore for one purpose: to kill a lot of people so he can live forever.  Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, zombies, and a whole lot more populate this supernatural Die Hard of a story.

Get it for just 99¢ at Smashwords here.  Also available at Amazon, B&N, and iTunes.

Maybe you want something more ADULT?  Yes, I've written some erotica, too.

Sexcalation is a semi-autobiographical story about a married couple who end up having "fun" (shall we say) with another couple next door.  It started off as a sex-filled romance novel with little-to-no romance, but it ended up as a bit more than that.

If you get Sexcalation HERE at Smashwords, use coupon code BP27Z to get it for just $2.99.

The Red Kick is written like a comic book series.  The action (both in the bedroom and not) is written with POW, BANG, BIFF punch-ups.  It follows the titular character, a stripper who uses her seedy nightlife for intel on the criminal underbelly of her city.  When her time on the pole is done, she puts on her mask and becomes a vigilante who prowls the streets and puts a stop to nefarious deeds.  In this series, she uncovers a plot that could destroy her city and kill thousands.

You can download the first "issue" HERE for FREE in multiple formats.

If you like that and want all five "issues," you can get it HERE at Smashwords for just $2.99 if you use the coupon code NT23S.

Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Colonies of Kobol" First Drafts Giveaway

EDIT: We have winners!  Chris, Josh, and Mark ... congrats!

These are the first two out of sixteen books I've finished in the Colonies of Kobol trilogy (Confused? Read this.)

Why did I do these to start with?  Because they follow the Final Five.  Book One is about the Five on Earth and their escape; in Book Fourteen, they reach the Colonies during the Cylon War, put an end to it, help create organic Cylons, etc.  (Largely, the latter book is about the rise of Cavil.)

What may change?  A lot.  Anything.  I'll likely be inserting additional chapters, changing word choices, altering dialogue, ...  These are first drafts, after all.  (The first draft of Lords of Kobol - Book One would be nigh unrecognizable to you guys.)

Answer me these questions three.

  1. What was the name of the ship Kara was given to aid in her quest to find Earth?  (BSG, "Six of One" - "The Road Less Traveled")
  2. What was the name of the Tauron businessman whose company created a critical component used to complete Graystone Industries' U-87 Cylon prototype?  (Caprica, "Pilot")
  3. Which Lord of Kobol did a Messenger of The One True God impersonate as it guided Aurora in her mission to aid the Thirteenth Tribe's flight from Kobol?  (Lords of Kobol - Book One: Apotheosis)

Answers: 1. Demetrius; 2. Tomas Vergis; 3. Hades

EDIT: We have winners!  Chris, Josh, and Mark ... congrats!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Writing Colonies, Part IV: Merging "Galactica" and "Caprica"

Since I'm currently writing Book Fourteen: The Colony, I have to work with the Final Five and their efforts to stop the Cylon War, as well as the rise of Cavil and the Cylon society we know from the show.  Part of this involves Caprica and what would have happened in a second season.

Thanks to interviews, we know that there was a plan involving Zoe and the Graystones' attempt to make a new body for their daughter.  We glimpsed that new body in the series finale (a mechanical body covered with life-like skin emerging from a Cylon-like bath).  In interviews, the showrunner said the key to this body would be given to the Graystones thanks to a V-World link with the Final Five, who were nearing the end of their journey to the Colonies.

"OK, cool," you're thinking.  Well ... there are several problems.  Among them is the fact that the Five were in a severe time dilation thanks to their relativistic speeds.  They were still light years away, when we saw no such form of FTL communication in the shows.  And then there's language.  Surely, planets separated by thousands of years would have differing tongues.

I came up with a solution while preserving the intent of the producers in blending these two shows.  You can read it after the JUMP.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

I made a trip to Ticonderoga, NY and got to see the amazing work that went into recreating the sets from the original Star Trek series.  Check out my nearly 200 photos here or here:

Star Trek Tour

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Writing Colonies, Part III: Mapping the Galaxy

You know me.  I love making making maps.

This time around, I felt it necessary to provide a depiction of the fleet's journey to Earth II (aka "New Earth," "our Earth").

There are three astronomical tidbits we know to be true, by virtue of science and of the show.
  1. Earth II is 4,100 light-years from the Lagoon Nebula (astronomy)
  2. Earth I is just under 2,000 light years from the Colonies (due to the Final Five's sublight but relativistic journey)
  3. The Colonies, Kobol, Earth I, and Earth II are very closely aligned in the same direction with the Lagoon Nebula (we know this thanks to the Tomb of Athena and the star alignment viewed by Gaeta in "Revelations")

These things make it pretty easy to arrange stuff along a line-of-sight that stretches through Earth II and the Lagoon Nebula.  Thanks to the similar appearance of constellations Gaeta verifies in orbit of Earth I, we know that Earth I is in the same line with Earth II and, basically, in the same "neighborhood."

In the show, it is said that the Ionian Nebula is 13,000 light-years away from the algae planet (Oasis).  Since that figure is way, way beyond any other distance in the show (and would actually put it near the galactic center), I'm forced to say they misspoke and that it should actually be 1,300 light-years.  I also put it beyond Earth I and Earth II, because of the distance and because "WE'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY."  It's fairly obvious that the fleet was lost for several episodes after Starbuck's return and the signal from her Viper on Earth I led them back in the right direction.

Given the stops the fleet makes along the way post-New Caprica, that's where I placed the Lion's Head Nebula and the Magadon Star Cluster (with Oasis).  Slightly off the line-of-sight with Lagoon, but close enough to make sense.

Does it seem small?  It shouldn't.  That's nearly three thousand light-years.  That's a ridiculously vast amount of space.  Plus, there's a fact about our galaxy that can't be adequately conveyed in this map: space is three dimensional.  More than that, our galaxy is about 1,000 light-years thick, so that makes the volume of space to be explored for Earth (I & II) even more mind-boggingly huge.

Here's another map to give you some perspective on how big a percentage of the galaxy the fleet traversed:

Crazy, huh?

More to come ...