New Release – Facilitated Interrogation

In accordance with my plan to release a new title every month, on Monday, 15 May, I released a novelette called Facilitated Interrogation.

Doctor Luisa Melendez works for the FBI, specializing in a revolutionary facilitated interrogation technique that renders a suspect unable to tell a lie, without causing injury or trauma of any kind. Though initially controversial, the technique passed every test and has now become completely mainstream.

She never dreamed the technique might be used for nefarious ends. But after her colleague disappears, evidence of a high-order conspiracy to conceal the truth about facilitated interrogation puts her square in the path of danger, as she struggles to decide what to do next.

Facilitated Interrogation is a 10,000 word science fiction novelette, about 30 printed pages in length.

You can find it pretty much everywhere for $2.99.  Alternately, if you support me on Patreon or become part of my Advanced Reviewer Program (via my newsletter), you can get a copy for free.

Enjoy, amigos!  Until next time.

Batman in a White Hood

A little while back I told you guys that my friend Blaze Ward was putting together a Superhero Anthology, and he invited me to participate.  I submitted a story and he accepted it, and I fully expect to catch all sorts of hell over what I did.

A little background.

I am a big fan of The Dead Robots Society podcast.  It is on my short list of podcasts I listen to every week, without fail, and wish they would put out more.  Great show; check it out if you are interested in writing and publishing, and enjoy irreverent joking around in between a multitude of cogent points.

Anyway, about a year ago, maybe a year and a half, the guys were having a discussion about what makes for a good protagonist in a story.  They discussed the notion that the protagonist has to be sympathetic and, correctly imho, dismissed it in favor of the following: the protagonist must be interesting.  Big, and important, difference.  A good protagonist doesn’t have to be a good person, but he must be compelling.

At some point in the discussion, Justin Macumber, one of the hosts at the time, stated that there were limits to that proposal.  For example, a Ku Klux Klan member could never be a good protagonist, because evil racist.

I perked up when I heard that and thought, “Bullshit.”  Not because I approve of the Klan or anything it stands for, but because I am grown up enough and, not to toot my own horn too much, thoughtful enough to realize that membership in that group, and holding the opinions that membership requires, is not the sum total of the person, any more than my status as a Naval Officer summed up my entire being.  That person has a family, a job, challenges to deal with, and legit (in his mind at least) reasons to believe what he believes.  The only reason he couldn’t be a good protagonist is Political Correctness, that is to say the refusal to even consider a point of view other than that which is in accordance with accepted and approved dogma.

The modern Social Justice Warrior shares many things in common with the ancient Pharisee, or Inquisitor, or Witch Hunter, or not-so-ancient Brownshirt.

But, you know, there’s no point arguing with a podcast, so I shrugged and went about my business.

When Blaze invited me to his anthology, titled Hiding Behind The Cowl, I flashed back to that discussion and my disagreement with Justin’s assertion, because cowl…hood…

I really wanted to write something else, but nothing else seemed nearly as intriguing.

So I wrote a story about a super hero who is a Ku Klux Klan member.

Blaze describes it as Batman in a White Hood, and I think that’s fitting.  Hats off to him for not turning his nose up at the protagonist.  Many others in today’s world are spineless around this kind of subject matter.  I really appreciate him rolling with it, and I think it speaks volumes about the story itself that he did.  After all, if the story sucked, it would have been extremely easy to say no, right?

No doubt there will be people who cast dispersions my way because of the story, willfully ignoring the fact that the story is not the writer is not the story.  I really don’t care.  Because I’m a grown up.

Anyway, mine isn’t the only story in the anthology, and let’s be frank I am far from the best writer featured in it.  Even if my story sounds like nothing you ever want to consider looking at, the other stories are awesome.  It’s totally worth your time, and it’s out in just a few hours.  Official release is tomorrow, 2 May.

Go grab a copy and see for yourself.

It’s available just about everywhere books are sold.  Enjoy!

Release Day!

Hi friends.

It’s April 15th.  Tax day in the United States (most years).

And more importantly, it’s the day The Falconer’s Stairs (Glimmer Vale Chronicles #5), has finally released to the public!

Jared Tolburt twice almost cost Raedrick Baletier and Julian Hinderbrook their lives: once when he turned on them while they were fleeing the Army, and again when he unwittingly led a group of bandits into Glimmer Vale. While fighting off the bandits, Raedrick and Julian found a cryptic, magically protected letter that hinted at the location of a great treasure. Now, with help from Melanie Klemins, Lydelton’s resident mage, Tolburt intends to claim that treasure for his own.

The treasure is hidden far away from Glimmer Vale, and guarded by both physical and magical obstacles. With Raedrick unable to travel due to his wife’s pregnancy and Melanie eager to assist Tolburt in his quest, Julian has to do the last thing he ever wanted: travel with and help the man he trusts least in the world.

Far from their home and beset with dangers of all kinds, Julian, Melanie, and Tolburt will have to depend on each other even to survive, let alone succeed in their quest for The Falconer’s Stairs.

But Tolburt already sold Julian out once when the going got tough. What’s to say he would not do it again?

You can get it for $4.99 pretty much anywhere ebooks are sold.  The print version will be out in the next week or so.  Normally we do better at having print and ebook ready to go simultaneously, so apologies for the delay there.  Couldn’t be helped on this one.

Read!  Enjoy!  Leave a review.

See you next time.

Release Day

It’s December 4th, which means….

*drum roll*

It’s release day!

*cheers echo throughout the room*

 

That’s right!  Robbed Blind, the fourth book of the Glimmer Vale Chronicles, is now out there for the world to grab and enjoy.

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A stunning robbery threatens to bring Lydelton’s economy to its knees, and it is up to Julian and Raedrick to find the culprits. With the year’s first trading caravan in town and the missing funds needed for vital transactions, time is of the essence. Fortunately, the Constables have assistance in the form of a team of Royal Marshalls, in town for a prisoner transfer. But they have an agenda of their own, and Raedrick and Julian must tread carefully to avoid revealing the secret of their own past.

With few leads and little time, the Constables will need to use all of their skill and wit to solve the case and save their adopted home from ruin.

 

The ebook is $4.99 and can be found on Amazon, KoboiBooks, SmashwordsInktera, and Scribd.  Nook and Google Play are still processing, but it should be live there shortly.

 

Alas, it is not available in print at this time, because of an unexpected problem with the cover art for the print version. I expect the problem to be resolved shortly, and will get the print version out there as soon as possible.  Stay tuned here for updates.

 

So that’s what’s new around here.  Go pick up a copy already!