THE THRICE-DEAD GIRL is now available

THE THRICE-DEAD GIRL tells the story of Alice Willoughby, an immortal shapechanger. She has lived more than 400 years as many people, including a German soldier, a conquering African empress, and a Chinese artist and counselor to the immortal empress of China.

Her body completely destroyed in a fire while rescuing people from death, years later she awakes inside her mother and helps her mother have a safe and easy birth. She is born at the beginning of the 1900s in the Hill Country in the center of Texas.

She joins a pair of barnstormers who are helping America awaken to the promise of aviation. How high can she go? She is determined to find out.

Click the image to read the first few chapters & to buy the book.

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WORKS IN PROGRESS – starring Amelia Earhart & others

I am always working on several books at once. If I lose inspiration on one I can usually switch to working on another.

Currently I am spending most of my time on the sequel to AMY AND THE STAR RANGER which described the rescue of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan as they were about to crash into the Pacific in their attempt to circle the globe. It is called STAR CADET and tells what happens when Amy begins her apprenticeship as a Star Guardian.

After that – maybe – I’ll begin working on a story with a female Arab superhero. It will be a real stretch because I’ll be culturally appropriating Arab and Muslim culture. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with doing that. But ONLY if I can do it justice, and that means I have to find an advisor who is Arabic and Muslim.

Meanwhile I’ve taken the first step. This is to devise a costume for my heroine. Here is a first try.

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GREAT BOOK – Rarity from the Hollow

I seldom recommend a book until I’ve read the ending. Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is first ever. I’m three chapters in and I already feel this book deserves the Pulitzer and Booker and the HUGO all together.

I was captured by Eggleton’s story from the first page and am steadily reading through it. It’s NOT one of those books which are hard to put down. This is one of those books that are read slowly because when you’re done you will never, ever read it for the first time.

Here is the blurb for the book.

“Life in the Hollow is hard. But Lacy Dawn has one advantage – an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.”

Click image to read first few chapters and to buy the book.

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KATHERINE RYAN – quirky British comedy

I recently discovered a new (to me) hilarious comedienne. She’s Katherine Ryan, a Canadian comic living and working in the UK. She has two comedy specials on Netflix.

Katherine Ryan: In Trouble

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

After watching her comedy specials on Netflix I was intrigued enough to watch the dramedy THE DUCHESS that she’d written, produced, and starred in. It is six half-hour episodes that has a satisfying story arc as well as being funny.

I highly recommend all three. Her humor is frank with a British comedic turn-things-on-their-side weirdness.

Click on the image to see a trailer. To get it click HERE.

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ENOLA HOLMES – Sherlock’s little sister now on Netflix

Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft (who as everyone knows is the smarter of the two) have a little sister: Enola. She has had an unusual upbringing, taught by her mother to fight (among other unconventional skills).

When her mother goes missing Enola does not wait for her brothers to find Mama. She goes herself.

And thus we have a Netflix movie to document her hunt, which turns into an investigation of a larger and more dangerous situation.

Click on the image to see a trailer. To get it click HERE. To get her books click HERE.

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ALIEN DANCE – the STARWALK

 

Near the end of the climactic book of The Space Orphan trilogy, Voyages of the Orphan, Jane Kuznetsov visits a stellar system which is the home base of the Star Guardian who protects our solar system.

During that visit she sees the way citizens of the Human Interstellar Confederation live. I could only give hints as reality would surely overshadow anything my imagination could come up with. My hope is that this will stimulate you, my readers, to imagine it and do it more convincingly than I can.

Part of life is enjoying music and other art forms, such as dance. I skimped on those perhaps most of all. Here is a dance form I might have included.

It is an evolution of a very old style of dancing that Michael Jackson popularized: the slide. He called it the Moonwalk and it has evolved since he did so. I call this new form the STARWALK.

Click on image to see the video.

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FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Footloose.

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Michael Jackson inspired BILLY JEAN dancing

Whatever Michael Jackson did in his personal life, in his public life he gave joy to many millions of people all over the world. Here is a dance mashup of performances by both expert and amateur dancers to the tune “Billy Jean.”

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FUN VIDEO – tune from Status Quo band: In The Army Now

Want to see Darth Vader & Storm Troopers dancing? (And some cute girls and guys?) Watch!

The tune is from an album by the UK band Status Quo. Video by videditor KM Music in Thessaloniki Greece. One of my favorite YouTube channels.

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RESPONSIBLE GUN LAWS

I’m a gun owner and fan from way back. My first gun was a Winchester-like BB gun. The second I got when was I was 17 – a Colt .45 1911 pistol which I customized with Goncala Alves grips. I recently sold it to Gunworld.com as a trade-in on a Glock 19 pistol.

I also carried a pistol as a military policeman, and have experimented with sniper rifles at gun shows. All this and more experience shows up in my books. This includes my Super Olympian books where the heroine is a three-sport Olympic athlete – and a superhuman. And in the forthcoming The Star Woman, whose heroine is a Marine sniper – and another superhuman.

Some of my fellow gun enthusiasts carry our love of guns to silly heights, romancing them, overstating their usefulness, and resisting fanatically any attempt to regulate them. I’m an engineer. I deal in facts. Though I regularly practice at my favorite gun range, firingline.net, there are a few facts that only the fanatics would dispute.

  • Pepper spray is usually a more practical self-defense option than a gun. HERE are some pointers for those who want to buy them. I suggest three PS devices: one on you, one in your car, one in your home.
  • Talent, skill, and control are more important aspects of gun use than the weapon itself. A deadly shooter with a .22 long target pistol is more dangerous than an AR-15 “fun” shooter – or a drugged-out gangbanger.
  • No civilian has a use other than fun for a military-grade gun.

A responsible gun-lover and gun-owner owes it to keeping our right to bear arms to resist both the far-right and the far-left efforts to institute totally free or totally nonfree gun ownership. We can do this by pressuring the NRA to cease its efforts to totally resist RESPONSIBLE gun laws. And to join organizations such as Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership.

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