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It’s here! The foul-mouthed space marine mystery-thriller that reviews hate because of curse words! THEY HATE CURSE WORDS!
But now you can make your ears bleed by listening to those horrible, awful, no good, very bad words straight from the device of your choice!
For 2,000 years, Earth and her many colonies across the galaxy have fought against the Estelian menace. Having faced overwhelming losses, the CSC has instituted the largest military draft ever, conscripting millions into the battle against the aliens. Major Bartram North, Chief Training Officer on the CSC Training Station Perpetuity, has been tasked with the unenviable task of coordinating the military education of hundreds of thousands of recruits and turning them into troops ready to fight and die for the cause.
As Major North struggles to maintain a training pace that the CSC insists upon, he realizes something isn’t right on the Perpetuity. But before he can investigate, the station dissolves into madness brought on by the physical booster known as pharma. Unfortunately for Major North, that is not the only nightmare he faces- an armada of Estelian warships is on the edge of the solar system and headed right for Earth!
Major North has one chance to find out the truth, rescue the Perpetuity from its madness, and defend the Earth from attack, or all of humanity could be lost forever!
That’s right, y’all, Team Grendel returns in another high seas adventure!
But, this time, things ain’t going so great for Grendel and the crew of the Beowulf III. Nope. Not good at all.
Mega 5: Murder Island is ready now for your eager eyeholes!
Team Grendel is out of options.
With a mysterious enemy destroying their refuges, the crew of the Beowulf III is forced to seek sanctuary on an island that wants nothing more than to kill them all, an island that is pure death and evil.
While Ballantine struggles to find them a less deadly option, Team Grendel must risk their lives to help a teammate. Something is wrong with Darby and an answer must be found before it is too late. But finding that answer may mean not all of them will make it out.
Fear! Death! Terror! BLOOD!
Nothing is right, nor will it ever be again, when Grendel and the crew land on Murder Island!
Bell Bridge/BelleBooks is a small publisher that has been putting out consistently great work for the past sixteen years. That’s a nice track record for a small publisher which is why I considered signing with them. As a dozen new small presses enter the marketplace each year, finding one that has actual longevity and sales is a plus.
The deal is for three books: one stand-alone urban fantasy novel and two urban fantasy novels in the same series (although they will be stand-alones and not dependent on each other). They’ll be published over the next year/year and half, so be on the lookout for announcements!
What’s the first novel? Well, I’m glad you asked!
It’s actually an idea I have been playing with for some time. Here’s the pitch I proposed that got me the gig:
“Stone Cold Bastards–
Genre: urban fantasy/action adventure
Imagine the Dirty Dozen as a team of gargoyles that must defend their Sanctuary against a raving horde of demon-possessed humans that want nothing more than the destruction of the entire human race and all that is good. Imagine that.
Stone Cold Bastards is set in a world where Hell has released its demons, leaving most of humanity a puke-spewing, blue-skinned, head-spinning mess. Humanity’s last hope? A team of misfit gargoyles, come alive and ready for battle during the End of Days. Unfortunately the gargoyles could care less if humanity is wiped out. The only thing they will fight for is their Sanctuary that they had perched on for centuries as stone carvings. Luckily for some survivors that have found the Sanctuary, the gargoyles’ protection extends to everyone that can make it inside the walls and away from the demon hordes.
But when a wandering gargoyle and a small child, who apparently holds the last hope for humanity, show up at the Sanctuary, things get tricky. Will they be given protection or left out in the Hell that Earth has become?
Stone Cold Bastards offers rip roaring action, over the top violence, and pulpy good fun of the Lee Marvin kind in an urban fantasy setting.”
How’s that work for ya? As soon as I have a publication date, I’ll let you know!
As for the other two novels, they’ll be urban fantasy also since that is a genre that Bell Bridge has found quite a lot of success with. Announcements for those will be soon.
Why’d I sign with another publisher when I already work with Severed Press and Permuted Press? Good question. In fact, it’s a question that I’ll be answering on the latest episode of Writing In Suburbia. If you want more in-depth details then I suggest you subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss the episode when it drops later today (subscription info below). Cool? Cool!
That’s it! Looking forward to working with Bell Bridge Books and all the great people there!
It has arrived!
The second novel in everyone’s favorite far-future mech western is now available!
Check out Fighting Iron 2: Perdition Plains! Clay and Gibbons are in way over their heads in this one!
Barred from crossing the NorthAm border, Clay McAulay, his AI co-pilot Gibbons, and their battle mech, are forced to flee into the warped and twisted territory of the Midlands. A desolate, dreary landscape filled with denizens of questionable character, the Midlands has the reputation of a place folks want to avoid on their travels.
Few ever enter, almost none ever leave.
Clay is quickly embroiled in a conflict between the townsfolk of Perdition Plains and a mad scientist that may have discovered the secrets to immortality. Clay tries to extricate himself from the volatile situation, but as always, trouble keeps its grip on him and he is soon fighting against a foe he’d never thought possible: a mech made entirely of dead flesh!
Quick announcement about two new releases.
First, there is my latest novel, Drop Team Zero! Set in the same universe as Salvage Merc One, this novel is part of a companion series, but isn’t a sequel to SM1. New characters and totally separate story.
With the War treaty signed, the Galactic Fleet is now on permanent stand down. But a treaty doesn’t mean an end to the violence, corruption, piracy, or tyranny in the galaxy. The Galactic Fleet’s solution is a crack team of Special Ops Marines: Drop Team Zero.
Made up of the absolute fighting best from humans, alien races, hybrids, and even AI androids, Drop Team Zero is called on to handle the worst of the worst, missions that others would tag as pure suicide. But when Drop Team Zero arrives, the only threat of suicide is for the ones that stand in their way.
The next new release is the audiobook of Dead Team Alpha! Lots of teams happening today! I know folks have been waiting patiently for this to be in audio format, so thanks for sticking with me, y’all!
For decades, the inhabitants have fortified and defended the Stronghold from zombie hordes, building their society and culture on military precision.
And chosen from the best of the best is Denver Team Alpha. DTA is the elite strike force used to rescue survivors and refugees that have made it to the hellish wasteland of Denver below. But because of the unbelievable risks, and high mortality rate, DTA has come to stand for something else: Dead Team Alpha.
Now DTA will be put to the test as something far worse than zombies comes at them out of the wasteland.
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Wow, this post is just chock full of exclamation points! !!!!