Thursday, January 5, 2023

Follow the White Rabbit

For the past three consecutive years I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo which, along with thanksgiving, is a November tradition at least among writers. The idea is to start from scratch each November 1 and write and finish a short novel by November 30. My initial entry was Wonderland, in which we follow Detective Alice Dodson to the city of the future (picture Fritz Lang’s Metropolis) in response to a summons from Police Detective O’Hare. Yes, Alice followed the white rabbit to Wonderland. She meets a variety of vaguely familiar characters, such as the Tweedle twins, officers Dee Tweedle and Dom Tweedle; Mademoiselle Milliner (a mad hatter and socialite), her manservant Haigha and her ever-present tea party guest the narcoleptic Mr. Dormaus; socialite the Duchess and her mysterious daughter Cheshire; and Alice's new partner, Police Capt. Jim Hooker, aptly nicknamed “Hook” because of his metal appendage. Alice hunts for her missing sister Wendy, whom she fears may have fallen victim to a white slavery ring run by Wonderland’s gangland element led by Edmund Tusk  (“the Walrus) and his partner-in-crime Carpenter. Alice fear she is losing her grip on reality and wonders if she is slowly going mad.


The following year, in my second NaNoWriMo entry Oz, readers meet Zebediah Hugson who has booked passage on The Wizard of Odds with Cap'n Bill and his first mate Trot to sail from Emerald City, Kansas downriver to Wonderland in search of his missing cousin, newspaper reporter Dorothy Gale. A guilt-ridden Tinka Belle has fled Wendy and Peter Pan’s luxury penthouse suite in the Wonderland Arms Hotel towering over the futuristic art deco city of Wonderland and returned to her roots in the dark underbelly of the city of tomorrow – the slums of Wonderland, where she shares an alley squat with her young friend Tip, a boy with a long-held secret and a hidden past.


This past year, my third NaNoWriMo entry Neverland finds pedophile Peter Pan enticed into joining river pirate Jolly Roger and his vegetarian pet vulture Gertrude on a quest for buried treasure: casks of water from the legendary Fountain of Youth that hold the promise of eternal youth. But also searching for the treasure are pirates Gentleman Starkey and Mister Smee; the dragon lady Tiger Lily and her assistant Jack Pumpkinhead; and Gen. Jinjur and her army of punk rock lesbians.


While the trilogy will eventually be collected into an omnibus edition later this year, Neverland, the third and final volume, has just been published and to celebrate Amazon is offering the predecessor volume Oz for only for only $5.78 (paperback and e-book) -- an insane 61 percent discount! All three volumes are available in print, e-book, and audiobook formats.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

A Double Halloween Treat!

 Are you ready for a Fang-tastic Halloween? The witches, ghosts, werewolves, and vampires are gathering in at least one small town and lives there will be forever altered! Amber Book Company is proud to release not one, but two, new Vampires Vs. Aliens books!  Book Seven is the perfect jumping on point for new readers in the hit Young Adult science-fantasy series, as several new protagonists and antagonists join the story.

In the wake of the revelation of Courtney Cartwright and Nicholas Reznikov's fate, a new Cartwright and Reznikov come to town: Courtney's 15-year old cousin Brandon and the mysterious Alexander Reznikov, a vampire claiming to be Nucholas' brother, long presumed dead. But Alexander's arrival heralds a new alien threat, while Brandon harbors a  deadly secret and an uncanny ability that might save the world. Brandon's accompanied by Clarissa Hobbes, an older girl who recently came into his life at a traumatic juncture and turned it upside down with her unearthly presence. Vampires Vs. Aliens, Book Seven is available now in paperback, Kindle, and EPUB editions.

Don't worry if you're a new reader who wants to catch up on the series:  Vampires vs. Aliens, Omnibus Edition: Volume Two collecting Books Four, Five, and Six in the series has just come out on Amazon now; and Vampires vs. Aliens, Omnibus Edition: Volume One collecting the first three books is also available on Amazon.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Age of Magic is Here!


I’m pleased to announce the third story arc in the Halos & Horns fantasy saga, The Age of Magic, has finally been collected in omnibus form. Hot off the presses, this new volume includes the novels Alterverse, Warriors & Wizards, and Return of the Djinn as well as an exclusive interview with the author. The Age of Magic Omnibus is 556 pages and, at its larger deluxe 7x10 size, will fit perfectly on your bookshelf beside the first two story arcs, the Halos & Horns Omnibus and the Fangs & Fur Omnibus. The softcover edition is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and the ebook edition is available at Kobo, Google Play, Apple Books, and many other fine retailers. Please see my blog below for links to retailers.