Dying To Live Forever returns to Amazon Kindle

wpid-wp-1439815498058.jpgMy book Dying to Live Forever has returned to Amazon Kindle and is on sale this weekend until July 4th, 2016.

Celebrity scientist and inventor Rik van der Gelder finds his lust for living waning after having lived two full lifetimes, courtesy of the ‘fountain of youth’ rejuvenation technology he helped to introduce. Bored nearly to death, he escapes alone in his starship, desperately searching for some relief from the never ending job of living. But a deadly attack and crash landing on an isolated and dangerous planet force him into a desperate struggle for his life.

Surviving the bizarre, deadly terrain and venomous creatures won’t be easy. Assaulted at every turn, Rik encounters an alien artifact that leads him down a rabbit hole of discovery and intrigue. Standing together with artificial intelligences and the insect-like race that built them against a common enemy could result in a deadly battle and the end of Rik. Or maybe it’s just the beginning…

Publishing by Unpublishing

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The home-made cover for my first book.

I’ve decided to submit my book first book, Dying to Live Forever, to a “real” publisher. My marketing and sales skills and inclination to spend time doing those things are virtually nil. I want to have someone else who likes and has talents for these things actually work on them for me. And book publishers – they’re pretty good at these sorts of things, yano? At least I hope so.

My book will reappear when/if some publisher decides to become my publisher. If not, maybe I’ll look at other options. In the meantime, which is, by the way, many months in the slow world of traditional publishing, my book will be unavailable.

Fortunately for everyone, the new version of the story will be much improved. I’ve made another pass through it and it’s substantially better already – with having even been seen by a professional editor whose job it is to make books better (or suck less).

My second and third books are still in the pipeline, and this very morning I (re)started my work on the first of the ANGEL series of stories, going through it with a fine toothed comb looking for badness, building better character development into the story, finishing up scenes, etc.

Please, if you love me, or if you love science fiction by geeks and for geeks, stay tuned…

In the Beginning: A.N.G.E.L. – Sample Chapter

angelMy next story is the first installment of a series of novels set in roughly our time. The second one is already started, and the third is plotted. I’m excited about this series!

A bored software developer and an NSA agent join forces with an artificial intelligence called A.N.G.E.L. to become the Triumvirate – the world’s first provably benevolent secret society. And they’re only just in time to save the world from disaster.

I’m trying something new here – publishing via pre-order through a company that will do my publishing, editing, marketing, etc. if they get a large enough collection of pre-order customers.

Here’s a sample chapter to whet your appetite. You can pre-order a print or eBook copy there if you like it.

Whither an Agent?

fingers-crossed-smallMy lovely wife submitted an excerpt of my first book to a few literary agencies as I lay gasping in exhaustion having just completed my first book and self publishing it. I knew self publishing was not likely to yield many sales. What I don’t know about marketing and the publishing industry could fill volumes — and it has, as anyone who has looked at books on these subjects can tell you. There are many.

Wonderfully, as I was traveling on business last week, a reply came from one of the agencies, asking for the full manuscript. I sent them a copy of my book in manuscript form this morning with fingers crossed and a few other superstitious observances for additional luck. I have high hopes to take this young man’s advice and guidance and connections and turn them, along with my stories, into a successful publishing partnership.

For me, this is something that needs to happen. I want this, and badly.

Now we wait.