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  • The Highest High—Reaching the Summit of Mount Sherman
    “It’s a test of ultimate will, a heartbreak climb uphill”—Rush, “Marathon” Yesterday, I led a group of dedicated Rush fans up to the summit of Mount Sherman (14,036 ft) in Colorado. It was a hard climb, especially for the flatlanders—members of our group came from all across the country, from Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, California, and Colorado. This was our second year in a row, reaching the top of the world. In 2011, I climbed a mountain with my long-time friend, Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for legendary rock group Rush, when they were in Denver for their Time Machine Tour. During that climb to the summit of Mount Evans (14,265 ft), Neil and I plotted the characters ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-06
  • Chills in the Heat of Summer: the Bump in the Night Thriller bundle
    If you’re ready for summer thrills and chills (ones that don’t even require air conditioning), I’m happy to show off the brand new “Bump in the Night Thrillers” storybundle, which just launched today. Sixteen suspenseful, fun, and entertaining reads. http://storybundle.com You name your own price, get the eBooks via instant download in your preferred format. You support indie authors, and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to charity, to support the worthy cause of the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. The bundle books include compelling urban fantasy reads with some of the strangest detectives you’ve ever met, including Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. in my own Unnatural Acts, as well as ghosts, elves, vampires, sorceresses, modern-day dragon ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-26
  • The Doomsday Cascade
    I’m thrilled to announce the sale of THE DOOMSDAY CASCADE, a new high-tech thriller with my frequent coauthor Doug Beason, which deals with the growing international crisis of nuclear waste storage. Bob Gleason, editor at Tor/Forge Books acquired the book via John Silbersack at Trident Media Group. Film and TV rights are being shopped by Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management. THE DOOMSDAY CASCADE is a gritty survival story of people trapped inside a high-security nuclear waste storage facility deep inside a mountain, trying to escape as security systems break down, possibly leading to a nuclear disaster. The novel is meticulously researched and extremely plausible. Both Doug and Ihave direct first-hand experience with government bureaucracy, the military, and the nuclear industry.  ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-24
  • Finding the Way
    (Found some unposted blogs from last year’s hikes!) On some of my mountain climbs, there isn’t always an obvious trail. The way is marked with cairns, piles of stones that tell hikers they are on the right track. The problem is that not all those who build cairns know where they’re going. You can be easily led astray. My hardest hike of the year, circling the beautiful but rugged “Halo Ridge” in the Holy Cross Wilderness, was a 15-mile hike that carried me over four separate 13,000-ft peaks. In order to descend, I had to take a straight shot down off the ridge to a pair of mountain lakes more than a thousand feet below. I had to ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-16
  • TALES OF DUNE just released
    Brian Herbert and I are pleased to announce the release of TALES OF DUNE, the expanded edition that collects all of our published Dune short stories, ranging from “Hunting Harkonnens,” the earliest chronological tale in the Dune timeline all the way to “Treasure in the Sand,” which takes place at the very end of the long Dune history. CONTENTS: The Butlerian Jihad time period •  Hunting Harkonnens •  Whipping Mek •  The Faces of a Martyr •  Red Plague The Dune time period •  Wedding Silk •  A Whisper of Caladan Seas After the Scattering •  Sea Child •  Treasure in the Sand Available in trade paperback and all eBook formats.  A hardcover edition is forthcoming the next couple of weeks. ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-10
  • A Day in the Writing/Publishing Life
    Several people have asked what my typical day is like. And the appropriate answer is “what’s a typical day?” I wear many hats, work on various projects, and wrestle with countless distractions. So, yesterday I kept a log of my activities from the time I got out of bed to when I went back to bed (i.e., the “work day”). 7:30, get up, coffee and breakfast. While eating breakfast, read and answer the overnight email. (Nine emails since midnight, which was the last time I checked mail: 2 of them about writing projects, including one from my coauthor Doug Beason about revisions to our new high-tech thriller, The Doomsday Cascade; the other 7 are WordFire Press matters, book schedules, author ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-29
  • Start your day with a bang! New Military SF Mega Storybundle
    Stay on target!  Game over, man! It’s a bug hunt! Military science fiction is one of the most gripping subgenres in the field, and now we bring you 15 books in one storybundle, the Military SF Megabundle from storybundle.com, which runs only through June 8  https://storybundle.com/scifi Nsme your own price for a big grab-bag of Military SF stories. $5 for the basic six books, or $15 for all fifteen books in the bundle.  Baen Books, the preemininent publusher of military SF, contributed four books to the bundle, with Better to Beg Forgiveness from Michael Z. Williamson, One Day on Mars from Travis S. Taylor, Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo, and the Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF edited ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-18
  • Witness the Birth of a Novel! SPINE OF THE DRAGON draft chapters
    I’ve never done anything like this before: You can read my new epic fantasy SPINE OF THE DRAGON *as I write it*. I’m giving unprecedented access to my fans and to aspiring writers who want a deep inside look at the process of creating a novel. As a special Sneak Preview, I will grant subscribers access to my first-draft chapters, one at a time, as I write them. For $30, about the price you’d pay for the published hardcover, you will read each chapter as it comes back from the typist, and you can also participate in a forum discussion as the book develops, where I will interact directly with readers and talk about the changes I am making. At a higher level ... read more
    Published on 2017-04-08

 


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