Monday, February 1, 2016

7 Reasons Why 2016 Will Be a Banner Year!

2016 is on schedule to be a banner year for myself as an author, and for my publisher, Amber Book Company. January marks the release of a special 10th anniversary edition of Issues in Internet Law: Society, Technology, and the Law available exclusively on Two months earlier, the same edition was published in paperback and hardcover mass-market editions, and in digital format from VitalSource. Over the past decade, Issues in Internet Law has grown from an obscure 250-page book to a 586-page book used not only as a resource by business owners, lawyers, and IT professionals but also as a textbook by colleges and universities around the world.

February kicks off the launch of my Fangs & Fur fantasy series with Flashbacks, the first book in the series. Fangs & Fur takes place in the same universe as my previous four-volume fantasy series, Halos & Horns, telling the stories of the vampires and werewolves you only think you know! First introduced in the Halos & Horns fantasy saga, these vampires and lycanthropes have their own tales to tell in Flashbacks, shedding light on their dark pasts while sowing the seeds for the next two books in the Fangs and Fur trilogy. Flashbacks can be enjoyed as a freestanding book of vampire and werewolf stories; or read by Halos & Horns fans to learn more about the characters populating that saga; or viewed as the prologue to the larger story unfolding in the Fangs & Fur trilogy.

March sees the return of Mackenzie Mortimer, the 13-year-old boy with the time controlling pocket watch, last seen in The 25th Hour, published last July. The Tomorrow Paradox is the second novel in The Adventures of Mackenzie Mortimer trilogy and picks up where The 25th Hour left off. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you thought nothing could top the cliffhanger at the end of the first book in this young adult science fiction series, think again!

May is National Short Story Month and to celebrate, Amber Book Company is publishing an omnibus edition of Shards, my short story collection from 2011. The original edition was a whopping 540 pages of cross-genre speculative fiction, but the new Shards: The Omnibus Edition contains an additional 210 pages of new stories, weighing in at a mind-blowing 750 pages!

Over the summer, look for More Essays of a Reluctant Blogger, the sequel to 2014’s Collected Essays of a Reluctant Blogger. Like its predecessor, my new book features the best of my blog, from humorous anecdotes to philosophical musings to insightful commentary on today’s societal concerns.

When winter arrives as 2016 draws to a close, one item you’ll want to be sure to include on your Christmas list is my forthcoming novel, All the Time in the World, the final book in The Adventures of Mackenzie Mortimer young adult science fiction trilogy. Of all the books I’ve written, I found All the Time in the World to be the most difficult to write. The conclusion of Mackenzie Mortimer’s coming-of-age story is intense, dramatic, and action-packed. Plan on spending an entire evening reading it, because once you start you won’t be able to put it down.

And the seventh reason 2016 will be a banner year? Next month marks five years of my writing and publishing this blog! To quote the inimitable Mortimer Snerd: “Who’d a thunk it?”

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