crowdfund for two nifty new SF books, one of which is by me!


The fine folks at eSpec Books have started a new crowdfund for two nifty new science fiction novels, one of which I co-wrote!

For years, David Sherman’s fans have been clamoring for the final part of his “18th Race” trilogy, following Issue in Doubt and In All Directions. I edited those first two books, and David asked me to coauthor the final book, To Hell and Regroup, with him. This final novel in the action-packed trilogy that pits North American Union forces against the invading alien “Dusters” on a human colony world is one of the two books being crowdfunded here.

The other is the first of a planned duology by Christopher L. Bennett. Best known for his Star Trek fiction (the most recent of which is the newly released The Higher Frontier), Arachne’s Crime, about a harrowing encounter with new alien species in a twisted tale of blame and redemption where responsibility and motives are not as clear as they may seem.

I know times are really hard right now, and not everyone has extra money to spend on things, but I also know that quality entertainment is one of the things that will get us through this nonsense. So please, consider supporting these projects, even if it’s only a $1 pledge. And hey, the first batch of supporters get some free stories, too!

And even if you can’t support, any signal-boosting you could do would be hugely appreciated.

Check it out!


Bad Ass Moms is funded!


The upcoming Crazy 8 Press anthology about bad ass Moms — fittingly entitled Bad Ass Moms — is now funded on Kickstarter! But there’s still five days to go, and tons of stretch goals. As I type this, it’s at $4511 (the funding threshold was $4500), and there’s still lots more nifty stuff available. Now that it’s been funded, you’re guaranteed to get the book if you pledge, so now’s the best time to do it.

The stretch goals include:

$5000 (only $489 away) — the book will also include a story by me! Editor Mary Fan did a nice spotlight on me to that end…

$6000 — all the rewards featuring one autograph will be upgraded to three autographs

$7000 — Crazy 8 Press will also do a hardcover edition of the book

$8000 — each story will have a black-and-white illustration

$9000 — all the rewards featuring three autographs will be upgraded to five autographs

$10,000 — various nifty bits of swag

There are lots of nifty rewards that you can get, including having a character named after you in one of the stories!

This is one mother of an anthology that will feature mothers as heroes, and you need to have this book. Trust me. So please consider supporting it!

you can still support my new Dragon Precinct & Cassie Zukav stories!

Because Indie GoGo is awesome, they let you continue to support projects after their funding period is ended, soif you want to support “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” you still can!

“The Gorvangin Rampages” is a story taking place during the one-year gap between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct, with the Cliff’s End Castle Guard having to deal with riots connected to a charismatic figure named Gorvangin. “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” sees Odin and Loki both returning to Key West after seemingly dying, just in time for the end of the world.

Check them out!

you can still support my crowdfund for new Precinct & Cassie stories!

So cool thing about Indie Go Go — if your project funds on time, then they let you continue to take pledges after the funding period ends. Which is awesome, especially since every time I do one of these, somebody says, “Oh no, I missed this!” even though I’d been talking about it online for a month.

But that’s not an issue here! If you want to support “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” (about an event that happened in the year between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct) and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet” (in which Loki and Odin make a surprise return to Key West and bring the end of the world with them), you still can!

Just click this link and support it! All the perks save for the tuckerizations (which were all bought up before the funding period ended) are still available, too!

we got stretch goals!!!!!

We’ve made our funding goal for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” but that just means we got stretch goals!

If we hit $2000, which we’re only $130 shy of right now, folks who get the story bundle along with the two stories will also get my Super City Police Department novel The Case of the Claw. And there are more for further goals, so please consider supporting the crowdfund!


halfway home, ish

Hey folks! So my crowdfund on Indie Go Go for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet” is going a bit slowly. We’re 11 days into a 20-day crowdfund and only at 52% of the goal. This is way slower than previous crowdfunds, which were only for one story, and I’m a little concerned. I suspect part of it is due to it being on IGG instead of Kickstarter, which is for a number of reasons, but it’s still concerning.

So I ask all my faithful blog readers (you know who you are) to please not just consider supporting the crowdfund, but also pimping it on your own social media — or just like and share the Facebook posts and/or like and retweet the Twitter posts, I’d be excessively grateful.

This has been a difficult year financially speaking, and we kinda need this to get ourselves over the hump to the end of the year. Any help you can provide is hugely appreciated.


now on IndieGoGo: new Dragon Precinct and new Cassie Zukav stories!!!!

I’ve launched a new crowdfund, this one for two new stories, one in the Dragon Precinct milieu, the other a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet.

Details at the link, or in the video above. Short version: “The Gorvangin Rampages” is an untold tale of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard from the one-year gap between Gryphon Precinct and Mermaid Precinct, and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place” is a Key West urban fantasy story that brings both Odin and Loki back after their respective apparent deaths in “Cayo Hueso: Twisting Fate” and “Fish Out of Water,” much to the surprise of Cassie.

Please consider supporting it!



new on Kickstarter: Pangaea III, featuring me!

pangaea cover

Michael Jan Friedman of Crazy 8 Press has just put up a new Kickstarter for the third and (likely) final anthology in the Pangaea shared world series — an alternate history in which the continents never drifted, and so human civilization developed on one continent instead of seven.

The first Pangaea anthology came out in 2015, with the second one — subtitled The Rise of Dominjaron — came out in 2016, and they included contributions from Kirsten Beyer, Ilsa J. Bick, Michael A. Burstein, Adam-Troy Castro, Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Kevin Dilmore, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, Ron Marz, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Geoffrey Thorne, Marie Lillian Vibbert, and Dayton Ward.

Now Mike is putting together a third anthology, which we’re shooting to have out next spring. Given that Mike’s shooting for a March publication date, we’re likely going to try to have copies at Farpoint 2020, where many of the contributors will be.

And who will those contributors be? Well, back for more are Ilsa, Michael, Russ, Peter, Kevin, Mike, Bob, Glenn, Paul, Ron, Aaron, Lawrence, Geoff, Marie, and Dayton.

In addition, there will be three new voices in this one: Mary Fan, Tiffany Trent, and me! I’m going to be doing a story for this, my fourth outing with C8P (having previously contributed to Altered States of the Union, They Keep Killing Glenn, and Thrilling Adventure Yarns). I’ve been fascinated by the alternate history of Pangaea since I first heard about it back when Mike first conceived it. I was sadly unable to participate in either of the first two, but Mike remembered my interest, and invited me to play along the third time. I’m very much looking forward to it.

So check out the Kickstarter, and please consider supporting this nifty-keen anthology!

new Kickstarter: In Harm’s Way, Footprints in the Stars, and Devil Dancers

The fine folks at eSpec Books have a three-part Kickstarter going, for two anthologies and a short story collection, all of which will debut later this year, assuming they’re all funded.

The primary Kickstarter goal is $800 to fund In Harm’s Way, the long-awaited eighth volume in the Defending the Future anthology series edited by Mike McPhail, which will feature military science fiction stories by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, James Chambers, Brenda Cooper, Robert Greenberger, Eric Hardenbrook, Christopher M. Hiles, Lisanne Norman, Aaron Rosenberg, David Sherman, Bud Sparhawk, Robert E. Waters, and Jeff Young.

The other two books will be stretch goals.

At $1900, they will do the second Beyond the Cradle anthology (following 2017’s If We Had Known), entitled Footprints in the Stars. Edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, this science fiction antho will be about what happens when humans learn about other life in the galaxy — not first contacts, as such, but evidence of possible contacts.

I will have a story in this one — it will be the second story featuring a new character of mine named Connie de la Vega, though the first story with her will actually be coming out around the same time in the Brave New Girls anthology Adventures of Gals and Gizmos. The full lineup includes Christopher L. Bennett, James Chambers, Russ Colchamiro, Vincent Collins, Bryan J. Glass, Robert Greenberger, Gordon Linzner, Aaron Rosenberg, Ian Randal Strock, and Dayton Ward, along with me and editor Danielle.

At $2800, the third book will be unlocked: a new short-story collection called Devil Dancers by Robert E. Waters, which will feature both new stories and reprints in this Devil Dancers milieu.

Among the rewards and stretch goals are additional stories and novels, Tuckerizations, critiques of your manuscript, mentoring your crowdfunding, and more! Among the bonuses being provided are eBooks of two of my novels, including my 2011 Afro-futurist novel Guilt in Innocence and my new urban fantasy novel A Furnace Sealed.

So check it out!