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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Latest version of short story collection

The latest updated anthology of my collection of short stories in Guest Bedroom now includes 16 titles. Most but not all are available on my author's website. The titles in the collection are:

The Woman With a Rain Pot
The Ancestor
The Bullet That Saved Me
Give Me the Country Life
A Missing Tourist in Mexico
Hunting Season
It Only Cost Two Teeth
An Unwilling Patient
Woman Without a Name
Spirit Journey
The Final Farewell
The Gift
To Steal What is Sacred
Shadows of a Lost Time
Alien Visitors
The Indian Who Defied Coronado

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book signing July 2

I'll hold a book signing and discussion on Saturday, July 2, for my latest book, a sci-fi novel titled War of the Planet Burners, as well as my earlier books -- the historical novel, Winter of the Metal People, and my Albuquerque mystery, A Brother's Cold Case.
     The event will be 1 to 3 p.m. at Treasure House Books & Gifts in Albuquerque Old Town, 2012 S. Plaza St. NW.
     Here's a brief synopsis of my sci-fi novel:
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     Humans fight extinction in War of the Planet Burners, a sci-fi thriller about interplanetary alien invasion in the near future.
     The Master Intelligence came to harvest what it needed from Earth. It sent its slave warriors to fight anyone who resisted. The aliens killed nearly all humans and destroyed technology by eliminating electricity. That tactic had suppressed resistance on other inhabited planets.
     But humanity wouldn't give up.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Another short story added to anthology

One great advantage to a self-published book is that you can continue to make changes and are not locked into having typos appear forever in your work.
     Pueblo Mysteries, my collection of short stories about Pueblo Indian culture and history, started out with only four short stories. Later I added a fifth, and now I've added a sixth. Also over the years, I've often corrected typos, improved the writing, and in the most recent edit I eliminated many unnecessary dialog tags.
     You don't have that kind of flexibility with a commercial publisher. Once a typo makes its way into a commercially published book, for example, it remains there until and if your publisher ever permits another edition. Even then, any edits you would like to see might not be allowed.
     My stories in Pueblo Mysteries, in the order they were written, are Hunting Season, An Unwilling Patient, The Ancestor, The Woman with a Rain Pot, To Steal What is Sacred, and now Shadows of a Lost Time.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Two more blurbs for sci-fi novel

Two avid sci-fi fans who advised on my sci-fi novel, War of the Planet Burners, have also written blurbs that are in the book. They are as follows:

"War of the Planet Burners is an exciting Sci-Fi book about alien invasion of Earth and the desperation of a handful of human survivors fighting to avoid extinction in a world without electricity. An action-packed story that you won't be able to put down."
—Brian Gilmore, retired Navy captain and aviator

War of the Planet Burners is science fiction at its best. A battle with interplanetary dimensions pits the brains and courage of Earth’s humans against an interplanetary force of a scientifically more advanced species in a struggle over who will ultimately own the small planet on which we live. Earth’s military and civilians combine resources, even though deprived of the majority of our current technology, in an exciting story that kept my interest all the way through.
—Jack Ellis, retired Air Force officer and electrical engineer

The book was published by Moonshine Cove Publishing on June 7 and is available at ebook or paperback on amazon.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Short story to be in anthology

One of my short stories, "A second chance on Indian lands," has been accepted for publication in a collection of stories to be titled Climate Fiction Anthology. The book will feature stories from 15 authors about the climate change phenomenon and will be published by Sunbury Press. My story will be available only through the anthology.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Second edition in the works

A second edition of Winter of the Metal People, this one with endnotes, is in the works for publication in the next few months by Sunbury Press.
     Historical notes explaining background and providing sources have always been available online for free, but many readers were not aware of that. In the second edition, they will be at the end of the book.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Blurbs for sci-fi novel

Two promotional blurbs have come in for my upcoming science-fiction novel about a first-contact, alien invasion of Earth with the working title of War of the Planet Burners. The book is scheduled to be published in early June by Moonshine Cove Publishing, and the blurbs will be printed on the back cover or inside the novel.
      Both blurbs are from sci-fi writers with several books to their credit: Jane Lindskold, a New York Times best-selling author, and Craig L. Andrews, another Moonshine Cove author. The blurbs follow:

     -- Jane Lindskold, author of the Artemis Awakening and Artemis Invaded series:
     "War of the Planet Burners has the feel of classic post-disaster SF novels, such as John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids, in which a small fragment of humanity struggles to survive against both technological challenges and genocidal, inhuman attackers."

     -- Craig L. Andrews, author of Sky Fishing
     "If you want to transport yourself into an expanse of space and time on planet Earth where technology has been ripped away and survival teeters on the knife edge of the impossible, you must read Dennis Herrick's War of the Planet Burners. Once you meet Joel, learn of his miraculous survival, see him clinging to threads of life along with others like him, you will need to follow him to the end of the conflict against the machine and those who mistakenly created it."