Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Discounts from Black Friday until January 4, 2014

From now until January 4, 2014 all of my books are discounted. All my novels and short story collections are $2.99 (regularly $4.99). All my shorts (as in short stories) are $0.99 (regularly $2.99). The entire Miscorrection trilogy is $7.99 (regularly $13.99).

Below are links to all my books at the various retail stores:

Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo Books | Smashwords



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Permanent Man #3: Where Loyalties Lie is Live!


You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Despicable Me 2 today for digital download (I'm sure the kiddies will love it) or
2. You can buy the third episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #3: Where Loyalties Lie: Cassy Hold is worried about her husband, Patrick. Government agents had arrested him for an unknown reason. Fortunately, Patrick arrives home. Unfortunately, he’s shot and bleeding. She wants him to go to the hospital, but he insists she seek help from an unlikely source: One of the men who arrested him.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like shifty secret agents, doctors pretending to be secret agents, and wives doing whatever they can to protect their husbands, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations: Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo Books | Smashwords

And remember, it's never too late to get into the series by starting with the first episode, Pilot. And easy way to do that is to tune in this Saturday at 1 P.M. Eastern time when I do a live reading of The Permanent Man #1: Pilot.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Live Reading of The Permanent Man #1: Pilot on 11/30/13

UPDATE: I never did this reading due to my busy schedule. However, tonight (March 21, 2014) I may have an opportunity to do it at 8 PM. Stay tuned.

This Saturday, November 30, 2013, I'll be doing a live reading of the first episode of The Permanent Man. It will be at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. There are a couple places where you can view this reading:

You can follow along with your copy of the book, or simply listen in to the reading.

If you plan to tune in to the reading, you can let your friends know by joining the Google+ Event or Facebook Event. Feel free to invite your friends, too! Your support in this way is appreciated.

After the broadcast, the video will be posted to YouTube for you to watch at your convenience. Also, I will post an audio file of the reading for you to download on The Permanent Man Episode Guide page.

This will be a real reading and not what you might be accustomed to hearing in audiobooks. In other words, the reading will be extemporaneous with the possibility of improvisation. It may also include author commentary regarding specific scenes.

I hope you can make it!

Live Reading - 11/30/13
Private Investigator Patrick Hold expects to find the unwanted for his clients. But when the unwanted arrives at his door in the form of a government agent, it is anything but expected. The agent claims Patrick is a wanted man called the Permanent Man—a man unable to experience death—and arrests him. Sorties he'll be imprisoned for life, Patrick attempts to escape ... but he might escape to the unwanted.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Xbox One Day One Edition - I Remember When....

Eight years ago, I went out very early in the morning in hopes of snagging the then hot new console, Xbox 360. I stood in line at Circuit City (yes, that long ago) and was somewhere around 15th or 16th in line.

Unfortunately, they had about 11 Xbox 360s in stock, and I didn't get one. I then proceeded to go to Target, Best Buy, and online to find an Xbox 360.

Still, I was unsuccessful.

Black Friday approached and I thought for sure I could get one then. But alas, after standing in line at several stores, I had the same result from the previous week.

It wasn't until a month later that I finally picked up the console. I bought it on Circuit City's web site when they got a few in inventory. The stock sold out quickly, but my console finally arrived a few days later.

Fast forward to now, and the successor to the Xbox 360—titled Xbox One—is out today. Instead of waiting in line and searching all over the place, I pre-ordered the console (a smart thing to do by the way, especially with upcoming episodes of The Permanent Man coming out over the next several weeks (Hint: See book listings to the right and above)) and it arrived today. It's also a Day One edition console, which makes it even harder to acquire.

But times are different for me now. I barely have time to play video games. Don't get me wrong, I wish I still could. But three kids has an affect on the time for recreation. In addition to that, my firstborn son who was not even two at the time I bought the Xbox 360, plays video games way more then me. He's perfectly content with the games on the 360 as it is. His current obsession being Disney Infinity.

So why did I buy the console? Back in June, I thought I might play it. But I don't want to sacrifice my time writing fiction in order to play video games. I've considered selling it on eBay to make my money back. But my wife, in her loving and sympathetic way, suggested I keep it. She actually thinks the features of the box look cool.

It's up in the air right now as to what I will do. That being said, I still have my Xbox 360, and if you'd like to send me a friends request on it, feel free. My gamertag is dreamcast (and that's a whole 'nother part of my gaming history past).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Comcast ... I Mean Xfinity Internet Speed

I recently received an email from my Internet provider, Com ... I mean Xfinity, informing me that they had increased my internet speed.

So I'm like, "Great. Things just got faster."

That's good for my household where we've cut the cord on cable/satellite and get all our programming through Netflix, Hulu, PlayOn, and an over the air antenna. Not to mention the music we stream, along with our web browsing.

The speed increase from Xfinity takes it to speeds up to 25 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up. Which is funny because I thought those already were my speeds. Oh well, what do I know? Unless this is a clever marketing scheme to make me thinking they are offering something more when they offered it all along, I'll accept what they say.

In the notification, they also mentioned I should check if my cable modem is a DOCSIS 3.0 standard modem so I could take advantage of the speed increase. A quick check on the Comcast (or is it Xfinity, I'm so confused) web site showed that my Terayon TJ715 cable modem is on their End of Life list and not DOCSIS 3.0 compliant.

So I contacted Comfinity about this. Because I rent the modem I have, they will send me a shiny new DOCSIS 3.0 modem to replace my old tech that they soon won't support. The downside is that, instead of having a modem instantly because I went out and bought one, I have to wait 4-6 weeks to receive it.

Until then, I thought I'd do a speed test with my current modem and compare it with the new one when I get it. Below are the numbers for my current modem test:


So my download speed is well below the maximum, coming in at 17.97 Mbps. My upload speed is right on target, reaching 4.95 Mbps. Which has me confused because I thought I needed a DOCSIS 3.0 modem to achieve this level of velocity. (I'm shrugging my shoulders as you read this.)

When I receive the new modem, I'll hook it up and run a test and post it here to show the differences between the two.

For anyone in a similar situation as mind, I suggest you upgrade, too. I guess it's a good thing. I really don't know. Who am I to argue with Xcast? But at least won't cost you anything to upgrade.

UPDATE: You can see the results of my upgrade by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Permanent Man #2: How The West Was Done is Live!


You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Planes today on Blu-Ray/DVD (I'm sure the kiddies will love it) or
2. You can buy the second episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #2: How The West Was Done: Having successfully escaped imprisonment by the Agency and Agent Red, Patrick Hold finds himself in the care of a cowboy named Wes Cooper. The cowboy insists on taking Patrick to town to see a doctor for his injuries. But something stands in their way, and most likely, it’s death.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like coyotes, tumbleweeds, and people hanging on the side of a cliff for their dear lives, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations: Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo Books | Smashwords

And remember, it's never too late to get into the series by starting with the first episode, Pilot.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Falling Babies Are Funny

Having a child is a roller coaster emotionally, physically, mentally, and whatever else you can think of.

When they're first born, they cause lots of sleep deprivation and tiredness. But that doesn't mean having a baby isn't fun.

Our third child, Parker, is five months old now. The other day, I tried getting him to sit up without me supporting him. He was able to do it somewhat, but ultimately, he's not ready for it. Check out the YouTube video below and you'll see what I mean.

And don't be afraid to laugh at the cuteness!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Permanent Man #1: Pilot is Live!


You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Man of Steel today on Blu-Ray/DVD or
2. You can buy the premiere episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you are still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #1: Pilot: Private Investigator Patrick Hold expects to find the unwanted for his clients. But when the unwanted arrives at his door in the form of a government agent, it is anything but expected. The agent claims Patrick is a wanted person called the Permanent Man—someone unable to experience death—and arrests him. Worried he'll be imprisoned for life, Patrick attempts to escape ... but he might escape to the unwanted.

Beginning today, there will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like scientists, Indians, unexpected love, and other stuff you like, this series is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations: Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo Books | Smashwords

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Permanent Man Blog #20: Mission Completion

Days before the release of the pilot episode of The Permanent Man, I can say that I have officially completed the first season.

That's right! 120,000 words, 12 episodes, 12 book covers, 12 book blurbs, and lots of edits have resulted in a series I'm extremely proud of and that's ready for worldwide release this Tuesday, November 12, 2013!

When I set out to write this serialized fiction, I had ups and downs. There were times when I considered stopping because it was, in my opinion, stupid to write in this fashion. There were times when I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced salami and everyone should write serialized fiction. There were times when I simply sipped some Scotch and didn't write at all. My wife and I had our third child during that time, too! I even fixed a broken TV. It's surely been an eventful writing experience.

But here we are after this long haul of 20 blog posts that chronicles the journey. I've learned a lot about the writing process with this series. Things that will help me as I write other stories in the future (even now as I'm deep into the third Fram Gage book).

To top it off, I received an email this week from someone I don't know. And they said they can't wait to read the series. That put all the hard work in perspective to have them reach out to me in that way.

A couple things of note:

  • If you were to buy every episode of the season, that would cost you $11.88. Or as I like to put it, $0.000099 since per word. You can't beat the cheap on that.
  • This will be the last The Permanent Man blog post. Starting Tuesday, I will post about the release of each episode and where you can buy it.

Thanks again to everyone who has read these posts and shown their support over the nearly eight months I've been blogging and writing the series!