Thursday, 1 August 2019

Recording of my Radio Show

As I mentioned previously, I was interviewed on Midnight in the Desert. The folks at the radio station were kind enough to send me a dropbox link to the show. It's an hour of me talking about the history of the Flat Earth theory.  No, I'm not a Flat Earther, I just spend a lot of time researching weird beliefs. We also somehow got on a tangent about Ethiopian werehyenas. If you give it a listen, I'd love some feedback. They've booked me for a two-hour slot in September. You can hear the show here.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

A New Collaboration Out Now!

I've hinted before on this blog that I was doing a collaborative project. Well, now it's out! I teamed up with bestselling science fiction author David Ryker to write a space opera with a lot of political intrigue, friendly and hostile aliens, and a colony ship that's going to have to go through hell to save the last remnants of the human race. A blurb is below:

The Earth is dying.
Her people have fled.
And Mitch Ayers is having a real bad day.
Fifty years ago, our home was dying. We identified worlds that might be able to support human life. We built Ark Ships: huge colonization vessels carrying thousands of crew. And we set out, not knowing if we could make it to the other side of the blackness, or whether there would be anything there if we did.
Mitch wasn't supposed to have to care about any of this. He was supposed to be happily dreaming in stasis for another twenty years. That's until he wakes up on the Ark Ship Nansen, three light years off course, staring right up at the barrel of a gun. All around him, he hears the screams of the dying. Terrorists are wiping out the Nansen's crew while they sleep, and he's the only one who can do a damn thing about it.
But ain't that always the way.
Mitch knows the Nansen's crew might be the only humans left in the universe. The problem is, he quickly learns that humans aren't alone in the stars. Aliens aren't just out there, they're everywhere. And the first one he meets tries to sink its teeth into his neck...
Mitch is a long way from home, and it's not just the aliens he's up against. It's the traitors within his own crew.
Now humanity's fate rests on his shoulders. So he'll have to think fast...

David and I are hard at work finishing up the trilogy and books two and three will be out later this year.

Right now it's available at an new -release price of 99 cents. It's available here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

I'm being interviewed on the Midnight in the Desert Radio Show

Writing can take you to some strange places, and tonight it's taking me on the air to talk about the origins and development of the Flat Earth theory. It's a call in show, so if you've always wanted to hear me berated by irate Flat Earthers, now's your chance. I'll be on the air LIVE on Midnight in the Desert with Dave Schrader, 9pm – 12am Pacific Time (12am – 3am EST). To listen click here:

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Fourth in the Toxic World Series is Out Now!

The fourth book in my Toxic World post-apocalyptic series is out now. It's called Emergency Transmission and takes up where We Had Flags left off. Yu-jin is back, and we get to learn more about some of the other characters who have been in previous books but haven't had their chance to shine. A blurb is below:

Trust is the only thing that can save the world.
The problem is, everyone has their own agenda.
When an offshore platform starts emitting toxic fumes that threaten to destroy the last outposts of civilization, the residents of New City have to team up with a foreign freighter to fix it. But a lingering mistrust remains, and neither side has the resources to stop the leak.
That is, until help comes from the least reliable source.
Can old enemies finally set aside their differences for the greater good?

Emergency Transmission is available on Amazon US and all the other Amazons.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

It's the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Here Are Ten Reasons the Conspiracy Theorists are Stupid

We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. Sadly, there are some people who think we never went to the Moon. While I have a healthy mistrust of government, I find this conspiracy theory silly to say the least. Governments lie on a regular basis, especially the U.S. government, but that doesn't mean they lie all the time. Here are ten reasons that this conspiracy theory, peddled by people who want to make a quick buck off of public credulity, is total bullshit.

1. The testimony of thousands of people involved in the project.

2. The fact that none of them in the past 50 years have blown the lid on the "conspiracy", despite the potential to get millions for their story.

3. The hundreds of professional and amateur astronomers worldwide who saw the reflected light of the Apollo spacecraft through their telescopes, and the countless people they showed this wonder to.

4. The fact that the Soviet Union, despite its extensive spy network and a very big motive, never called the U.S. on the "lie."

5. The fact that no other nation hostile to the U.S. has done this in 50 years.

6. The hundreds of pounds of Moon rocks divided up and sent to researchers in dozens of countries, including Russia. Moon rocks are unlike any rocks found here on Earth. Where did the conspirators get them?

7. The fact that actually going to the Moon is not a great technological feat for an already space-faring nation, merely an economic challenge, and we're talking about the richest country in the world here.

8. A NASA satellite has photographed the Moon landing site from space. Of course they're part of the conspiracy, but are Japan and India?

9. The weak arguments in support of the "hoax" has been debunked in several venues. Here's one of the best.

10. Given all the above reasons, it would be easier just to go to the Moon!

Photo of Charles Conrad Jr., Apollo 12 Commander, courtesy of NASA. This photo is not faked. People really can achieve amazing things when they try hard enough.

Monday, 20 May 2019

New Print Edition Available and New Release Soon to Come

The print edition of The Case of the Shifting Sarcophagus, the second in my Masked Man of Cairo historical mystery series, is out now. There was a big delay thanks to a hopeless layout company I will never hire again. Publishing is full of landmines. Now, at last, it's available.

The third in the series, The Case of the Golden Greeks, is moving forward again after a long spell of ghostwriting that will fund some trips later in the year to Morocco and Egypt. I'm also in final edits for Emergency Transmission, the fourth in my Toxic World post-apocalyptic series. That will be coming out in early June. I'll be sure to announce it here.

If you want to hear more from me, you might consider joining my Facebook page, where I make all my announcements as well as share my online writing for other sites and one or two interesting articles on archaeology or history every week.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Busy with Ghostwriting: Back to my own stuff soon!

I've been quiet on here for the past couple of weeks, and the word count meter for The Case of the Golden Greeks hasn't moved much lately. That's because I've been busy with a couple of different ghostwriting projects.

Ghostwriting fiction and nonfiction is my day job, and I've had to take on some extra work because the tax man is going to be expecting a check on April 15. Yeah, death and taxes, you can't avoid either of them. Taxes have the extra annoyance of coming every year.

I should be back to normal after a couple of weeks. While I'll still be doing ghost work, I'll have time again for my own projects. By the end of April I plan to have finished a rough draft of The Case of the Golden Greeks, come out with a newsletter, and started a new novel. I haven't decided what yet, perhaps the fourth in the Trench Raiders series. Fans of that series have been a long time waiting. Sorry about that! The next in the Toxic World series, which is in edits, will come out in April or May.

I also have a collaboration in the works. Can't really talk about that yet, but I might have some exciting news before the summer.

Stay tuned!

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