Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Permanent Man #8: Secret Agent Red is Live!


I'm going to dispense with the typical template post to announce a new episode of The Permanent Man. If you really like those, then check out the previous posts announcing each episode.

For this one, here's the blurb and the links for your copy. Enjoy!

The Permanent Man #8: Secret Agent Red: After his recent interaction with Dr. Blue, Agent Red suspects he’s hiding something. He decides to investigate the matter to uncover the truth. But what he discovers goes beyond his expectations and could lead him directly to the object of his obsession: The Permanent Man.

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

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.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Permanent Man #7: Reservations for Blue is Live!


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

You can:

1. Buy ??? today on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital (there's absolutely nothing worth inserting into this template post that comes out today) or
2. You can buy the seventh episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

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

The Permanent Man #7: Reservations for Blue: Because Kim Avant helped him “borrow” the prototype Molecular Regeneration Gun from the Agency, Dr. Blue promised he would take her on a date. But when the day comes for their rendezvous, events cause him to run behind schedule. As a result, he worries Kim will expose he took the gun and assisted the Permanent Man—threatening not only his career as a scientist at the Agency but the existence of space and time itself. He must do everything within his power to keep Kim on his side.

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

If you like lonely women waiting for their date, men doing anything they can to avoid a scorned woman, and malfunctioning vehicles that drive themselves, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations: Amazon | iTunes (available 12/28/13 | 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Permanent Man #6: Whiskeyade is Live!


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

You can:

1. Buy One Direction: This Is Us today on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital or
2. You can buy the sixth episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious. Actually, it's too obvious.

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

The Permanent Man #6: Whiskeyade: Patrick Hold has learned that Clyde Calvin and his gang are holding a Cahilla Indian woman hostage. That woman might be the wife of Takoda that he wants to find. Patrick must infiltrate the gang to see if it is her, and that carries the danger of suffering under Calvin’s wrath.

As an added bonus, if you pick up this episode on iTunes you can get it with a wonderful typo in the recap's very first sentence. How's that for quality? But you have to act fast because this will be corrected within a few days.

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

If you like rough and tumble cowboy gangs, rescuing damsels in distress, and old codger fathers who are bumbling fools, 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.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Character Inspiration in Stories

You might wonder where I get inspiration for characters in my stories. It comes from all sorts of places which shall remain confidential. Because a magician never reveals his secrets. Now, I'm not a magician and that's not secret, but I like to keep that secret like a magician.

But I will reveal the inspiration for one character. Wes Cooper from The Permanent Man series. He's a cowboy who lives in southern California during 1864. He's tough. He's emotional. He's dirty and grimey. He rides a horse. He loves his family.

And here's his inspiration. Someone not born until 2013. My youngest son!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Spotify 2013 Year In Review ... A Little Early

Spotify decided to send me an email with a year in review of 2013. This showed stats for Spotify and also for my music listening habits on the service.

I know what you're thinking. "The year isn't over." OK. I know that. But who cares. I highly doubt the numbers with change too much over the next couple weeks.

Below is a graphic that shows my stats. But I really feel these stats are inaccurate to my listening habits because my wife also uses Spotify under my account. So looking at the stats, everything listed except the top album and top artist are a direct result of her listening habits.




The Permanent Man #5: Barter Me Love is Live!


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

You can:

1. Buy Fast & Furious 6 today on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital or
2. You can buy the fifth episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

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

The Permanent Man #5: Barter Me Love: Convinced he’s responsible for sending Patrick Hold to the past, Dr. Blue is determined to bring him back to the future. He concludes the Molecular Regeneration Gun is the key to making this happen. The gun is under heavy security at the Agency and impossible for him to “borrow”. Unfortunate for Dr. Blue, it’s nothing a little love can’t fix.

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

If you like experimental scientific devices, awkward crushes, and non-traditional ways to ask a woman on a date, 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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What I Won't Write

If you've read any of my books, you might have noticed a few things missing that most books have today. In fact, what you see missing was absent from a lot of science fiction books from the 1950's and earlier.

What am I referring to?

Mainly gratuitous sex, violence, and profanity.

There's a reason for these things are missing from my books. The main one has to deal with my beliefs and how I live my daily life. As a result, the books I write become quite a challenge in a world where vulgarities and gore abound. The challenge to write the story is small compared to the challenge of selling a story devoid of this content.

Most readers today are looking for the "realism" of these added items within the plots. Why? I'm not sure.

Let me explain. Most of the science fiction I read is what I would call "classic" science fiction from authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Philip K. Dick. Now, these authors, as their careers moved forward into the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond, became influenced by what was acceptable.

For instance, Issac Asimov's Robot series is some of the best reading I've experienced. They were published as follows:

  • I, Robot (1950)
  • The Caves of Steel (1953)
  • The Naked Sun (1955)

The above books follow what I would call my guidelines for writing a book. Even given the title of The Naked Sun there isn't anything sexual in content within the pages of the story.

But fast forward to 1983 when the next book in the Robot series, The Robots of Dawn, came out. In this book, Asimov was comfortable enough to feature sex. Not only that, but the possibility of sexual relations between a human and a robot.

Similar things happened with books written by Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick. For example, A Scanner Darkly was laced with enough profanities to make Quentin Tarantino blush ... maybe.

Many might think of my point of view as prudish, and you're right. They might even think it makes my books unrealistic. You know, because people time traveling, orphan's having superhuman abilities, and imaginary friends telling a story from their perspective is realistic. ;)

But to me, it is a realistic way to write my stories. Because in my world, that's what I like to read. It's what I like to watch. It's what I like to listen to. It's how I live my daily life.

Maybe you feel the same way. In which case, my books are written for you. And maybe you don't feel the same way. Guess what? The books are written for you, too. Like the bygone days of classic science fiction writers, I follow their formula of old. And that formula can appeal to anyone.

So, in a way, I guess I'm stuck living in the past when it comes to writing stories.

The Permanent Man #4: Let Sleeping Dogs Bark is Live!


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

You can:

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

The choice is obvious.

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

The Permanent Man #4: Let Sleeping Dogs Bark: Between the death of his family and the apparent poisoning of Patrick Hold, Wes Cooper trusts Cahilla Indians as far as a tumbleweed travels on a calm day. But when a gang of cowboys takes Wes hostage, his only chance of escape rests in the hands of the Cahilla Indian, Takoda. Will Takoda’s help rid Wes of his prejudice?

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

If you like gangs of cowboys, shooting arrows, and unlikely escapes from being held hostage, 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.