05 February 2016

SFFS: Snippet #3 From ALL GOOD THINGS

Welcome back, everyone, to another week of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday.

For those who didn't already know, my new Aston West "series" novel, All Good Things, is now available for pre-order over at Amazon through the link. It goes live February 12, and I'll continue posting snippets for the next several weeks.

If you've missed an excerpt or more, be sure to check them out through the following:

Snippet #1
Snippet #2

First, the blurb for All Good Things:



 A new ship. A new love. A new life.
An old nemesis could end it all.
Space pirate Aston West never truly came to grips with the death of his friend, Leah Jordan. He’s tried to move on, falling in love with his best friend, Rione Sc’lari. But the memories of Leah’s murder at the hands of twin brothers Lars and Elijah Cassus still linger, gnawing at Aston’s soul as he blames himself for her death. Even though he exacted fatal vengeance on Lars, Elijah has promised revenge for his brother’s demise.
Elijah finally reveals himself, and Aston believes his life is over. But rather than carry out his prior threat, Elijah, possessing a new miracle drug, promises to bring Leah back to life if Aston goes along with his latest diabolical plan. Will Aston risk his newfound love and join forces with the ultimate evil, just to find absolution?


And now, here's the snippet:
I followed, keeping an eye on Rione, but also trying to look off into the darkness for any sign of trouble. If I saw a piece of dust floating in the air wrong, I planned to grab Rione and race out of here. She reached the huddled mass on the ground, kneeling down beside her.

“Are you okay?” She gently pushed the figure to no avail. I saw a small pool of blood below the woman’s head as Rione pressed fingers against the woman’s throat. She bowed her head. “She’s dead.”

I looked at the pool of blood again, and my gut instinct screamed. My eyes went wide and I grabbed Rione’s arm. “It’s a trap!”

“Right you are...” A familiar voice carried in from elsewhere in the room. My skin crawled.

“Elijah?”
Hope you enjoyed it! (And if you don't know who Elijah is, why not pick up a copy of Friends in Deed?) If so, pick up a copy of All Good Things from the link above. And of course, be sure to check out all of the fabulous SFFS snippets through the link at the top of this post.

29 January 2016

SFFS: Snippet #2 From ALL GOOD THINGS

Welcome back, everyone, to another week of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday.

For those who didn't already know, my new Aston West "series" novel, All Good Things, is now available for pre-order over at Amazon through the link. It goes live February 12, and I'll continue posting snippets for the next several weeks.

If you've missed an excerpt or more, be sure to check them out through the following:

Snippet #1

First, the blurb for All Good Things:


 A new ship. A new love. A new life.
An old nemesis could end it all.
Space pirate Aston West never truly came to grips with the death of his friend, Leah Jordan. He’s tried to move on, falling in love with his best friend, Rione Sc’lari. But the memories of Leah’s murder at the hands of twin brothers Lars and Elijah Cassus still linger, gnawing at Aston’s soul as he blames himself for her death. Even though he exacted fatal vengeance on Lars, Elijah has promised revenge for his brother’s demise.
Elijah finally reveals himself, and Aston believes his life is over. But rather than carry out his prior threat, Elijah, possessing a new miracle drug, promises to bring Leah back to life if Aston goes along with his latest diabolical plan. Will Aston risk his newfound love and join forces with the ultimate evil, just to find absolution?


And now, here's the snippet:
Rione turned and looked down the corridor opposite the one that we’d used earlier. I knew what she was going to do, and wanted to object since we had no weapons and didn’t know what we were getting into. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance before she sprinted off, leaving me no choice but to follow.

I wasn’t sure if the corridor we ran through was being built, or in extreme disrepair, but half of the lights were out overhead. Several panels were removed along the walls, and resting next to their openings. My infamous gut was screaming at me that we needed our weapons for heading into the unknown like this. Rione apparently didn’t have those same qualms, as she kept up her sprinter’s pace until she came to a stop near an open doorway.

I finally caught up to her, while I huffed and puffed from the exertion, and peered inside into near darkness. The only light came from the corridor, which barely gave enough to see some sort of huddled figure on the floor.

“We have to help her.”

Rione stepped toward the doorway, but I grabbed her arm. “Something doesn’t feel right about this.” That was an understatement, as far as my gut was concerned.

“Stay here if you want, but she needs help.” She broke free and continued into the room.
Hope you enjoyed it! If so, pick up a copy of All Good Things from the link above. And of course, be sure to check out all of the fabulous SFFS snippets through the link at the top of this post.

22 January 2016

SFFS: Snippet #1 From ALL GOOD THINGS

Welcome back, everyone, to another week of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday.

It's been an extremely long while since I last posted a snippet. With a new year, I'm going to try and make a run at it again. For those who didn't already know, my new Aston West "series" novel, All Good Things, is now available for pre-order over at Amazon.

I've posted a few snippets over the last several years from this manuscript, even if it had about two or three other names at the time. I'm going to attempt to post a snippet from never-before-seen sections of the book. So, here goes...

First, the blurb for All Good Things:

 A new ship. A new love. A new life.
An old nemesis could end it all.

Space pirate Aston West never truly came to grips with the death of his friend, Leah Jordan. He’s tried to move on, falling in love with his best friend, Rione Sc’lari. But the memories of Leah’s murder at the hands of twin brothers Lars and Elijah Cassus still linger, gnawing at Aston’s soul as he blames himself for her death. Even though he exacted fatal vengeance on Lars, Elijah has promised revenge for his brother’s demise.

Elijah finally reveals himself, and Aston believes his life is over. But rather than carry out his prior threat, Elijah, possessing a new miracle drug, promises to bring Leah back to life if Aston goes along with his latest diabolical plan. Will Aston risk his newfound love and join forces with the ultimate evil, just to find absolution?



And now, here's the snippet:
We stepped toward the doors to the landing pad, which opened a moment before something clanged, echoing around us. I peered out at our ship, but saw nothing out of the ordinary. Six containers were all lined up neatly underneath the ship. A yard technician was driving his tracked vehicle toward the ship, dragging along three more containers behind it as columns of smoke bellowed out of its vertical exhaust shafts. Another vehicle with huge wheels grabbed the first container with some sort of claw-like attachment on its front. Then, the second yard technician moved rapidly from the container drop-off point over to the first of the twelve bay loading platforms that were resting on the ground. Dropping it off, he went back for the next container while the lift pad began a quick trip up into its respective cargo bay. The tracked vehicle dropped off its load, and sped off toward its final load beyond my line of sight.

“Think it could have been the cargo containers?” Rione asked.

“Maybe,” I said with a grimace, “but I haven’t heard it again since we opened the doors.”

Yet again, I found myself debating the rationale behind leaving our weapons on the ship. Since that couldn’t be helped this time, I decided discretion was the better choice. “Let’s get back to the ship.”

Before we had a chance to make a move, a woman’s scream filled the foyer.
Hope you enjoyed it! If so, pick up a copy of All Good Things from the link above. And of course, be sure to check out all of the fabulous SFFS snippets through the link at the top of this post.

16 January 2016

ALL GOOD THINGS Now Available for Pre-Order

For those who haven't already been following my Facebook fan page, my fourth "series" novel All Good Things is finished, and now available to pre-order for your Kindle. The release date for both the e-book and print version is slated for February 12. So, without further adieu, here's the cover and tagline/blurb from All Good Things:



A new ship. A new love. A new life.
An old nemesis could end it all.

Space pirate Aston West never truly came to grips with the death of his friend, Leah Jordan. He’s tried to move on, falling in love with his best friend, Rione Sc’lari. But the memories of Leah’s murder at the hands of twin brothers Lars and Elijah Cassus still linger, gnawing at Aston’s soul as he blames himself for her death. Even though he exacted fatal vengeance on Lars, Elijah has promised revenge for his brother’s demise.

Elijah finally reveals himself, and Aston believes his life is over. But rather than carry out his prior threat, Elijah, possessing a new miracle drug, promises to bring Leah back to life if Aston goes along with his latest diabolical plan. Will Aston risk his newfound love and join forces with the ultimate evil, just to find absolution?

02 January 2016

Writing Goals for 2016

Well, now that 2016 is here, it's time to start putting together a list of the writing goals I'd like to accomplish this year. It's actually pretty scary, because this is the first time in a long time that I don't already have another novel planned in my Aston West series. So, my guess is that there will be a lot of planning goals here.

 So, here goes:

1. Plot out a fifth Aston West series novel.

2. Finish a third Aston West novella.

3. Publish my new Aston novel All Good Things.

4. Publish another Triple-Shot.

5. Finish the next novella in the Max McCannor series.

All in all, it's going to be a busy year. Thanks to everyone who's purchased a copy of one (or all) of my books, and I'm looking forward to bringing you even more great stories in the near future.

01 January 2016

2015 in Review

So, 2015 is now finished, and time to look back at my goals for the year, and see what it was that I completed...

1. Publish my new Aston short story collection, The Dirty Dozen.

Dropping "The" in the title, Dirty Dozen is now published and available for your reading pleasure.


2. Publish my new Aston novella Fallen.

Fallen is finally published and available. Pick up a copy if you haven't already.


3. Finish and publish my new Aston novel Life and Death.

Now that the book has been given another new title (All Good Things) for the second year in a row, I can happily say that I just finished final edits on this one. Hoping to have the cover art complete and printed copies ready in time for my annual pilgrimage to Dallas.

4. Publish another Triple-Shot.

This is another goal I actually did finish in its entirety...and if you haven't already picked up a copy, be sure to check out Sweet Embrace and its companion stories.




5. Finish the next novella in the Max McCannor series.

Lyndon Perry and I have both been neck-deep in other projects for most of this year. Although I've been able to get a few more chapters written on the next installment, tentatively titled Runaway, started, it hasn't gone anywhere so far.

All in all, it looks like I did a lot this year, even though I've felt like a complete sloth. Should be getting another set of goals put together for 2016 shortly.

05 December 2015

Sales Update - December 2015

Yikes, guess it's been a whole year since my most previous sales update. I'm finally getting around to posting some updated numbers. Here goes:



Heroes Die Young has sold 504 copies (print and e-book total), which means 24 copies have sold in the last year (for a total of around 2 copies a month). This compares to 13 copies sold in the prior six months, so sales are holding fairly steady. September was the seven-year anniversary of its release, so around 70 copies per year.

Friends in Deed has sold  is chugging along at 143 copies (print and e-book total), which means that 9 copies have sold in the last year. This compares to around 9 copies sold in the prior six months, so sales are a bit down (cut in half). January marks the six-year anniversary of this one, so the average is around 25 copies per year.

Seeker is struggling along at 112 copies (print and e-book), so 15 copies have sold since the last update. This compares to 5 copies during the prior prior six months, so sales are a bit up for this one. December was the 5-year anniversary for this novel, which means we're running just under an average of around 25 copies per year.

Fallen is new since the prior update, and is struggling along at 27 copies sold (print and e-book), April is the 2-year anniversary for this novel, which means we're running around 15 copies per year).

Dead or Alive has sold 103 copies, which means 2 copies have sold in the last year, compared to 3 copies over the prior six months. This title came out in February 2011, which means that we're seeing an average of around 20 copies a year. My publisher on this one has indicated that the rights will be coming back to me on this one soon, so stay tuned...

Dirty Dozen is new to the update this year (from around August 2015), so we'll forgo any sales info on this one for now.


The Cure has now sold 119 total copies (print and e-book total), so 14 copies have sold in the past year, compared to 1 copy during the previous update. The sales on this one seem to roller-coaster, with terrible sales in the previous update, and great sales in the update before that. This book came out in July 2011), so I'm seeing sales of around 25 copies per year.

Death Brings Victory was released in March 2012, and 76 total copies have sold in the last year, meaning 6 copies have sold since the last update, compared to 6 copies during the prior six months, so sales are again cut in half. This puts it on track with most of my other titles, at around 20 copies per year.

I now have five Triple-Shot collections out, with the first having been released in November 2011, the second in July 2012, the third in September 2013, the fourth in August 2014, and the fifth in October 2015. 120 copies have sold, so 13 copies sold since my last update (versus 21 copies from the previous update). Breaking this down, 59 total copies of the first have sold (3 since the last update), 31 of the second (3 since the last update), 20 of the third (2 since the last update), 5 of the fourth (0 since the last update), and 0 of the fifth.


I also have my collaboration with Lyndon Perry, Escape. This title has been out two years now. I haven't gotten an update from Lyndon on all of his sales, but counting the last numbers I had from him and including my own personal sales, 25 copies have sold, so 9 copies have sold in the last year (compared to 2 in the previous update), for an average of around 2 copies per month.



Now for the analysis of this latest period:

Since my prior update, I've sold 119 books (compared to 60 books during the previous six-month update), so sales are still holding steady at about an average of 10 books per month.

And so I have a statistic when people ask (and quite often they do), the latest "total sales" number now stands at 1229 copies (counting all titles). This is why daddy drinks (if I did)...

Sadly, the low numbers cause me to lament why I spend time writing, which means I don't feel like writing more or promoting, which means the sales numbers will continue to stagnate...a vicious cycle.

Until next time, enjoy the statistics, and good sales to us all!
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