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13 Week Streak: 04

[500 words]I skipped last week because I had a deadline to take care of for War of the Worlds: Firestorm. I’m back this week with a little taste of the Sixteen Sunsets Saga before the first book. Enjoy!

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“Hurry up, man, someone’s gonna bust us!”

Joaquin ignored Tyrone, and focused on working the slim jim. “Chill,” he replied.

“You said you did this before,” Tyrone wheezed. His wheeze subsumed to a wet cough.

Joaquin paused and met Tyrone’s eyes. “You need a hit?”

“Bitch, you ain’t my momma.”

Joaquin focused on Tyrone’s bulging eyes and pale lips. “Look like youse dyin’, man.”

Tyrone gave him the finger, and reached into his jacket, and pulled out his inhaler. He breathed out twice in rapid succession and depressed the cylinder.

Joaquin returned to jimmying the lock on the Plymouth Duster. He couldn’t quite work the thin metal correctly. The only other tool they had was a flat-head screwdriver for the ignition. Be easier if we just smash the window, he thought, ain’t nobody gonna send a couple fourteen-year-olds to jail. Especially since… It was easy for him to justify stealing Tyrone’s mother’s white boyfriend’s car. Poor white families had been moving into his neighborhood for years. They thought they could get cheap property and fix it up. The racial divide in Seattle wasn’t as bad as LA, but you still had to watch yourself.

Joaquin felt his arm jostled. “Check out this bitch,” he whispered.

Joaquin turned from the Duster and saw a white kid, about he same age as them walking down the sidewalk brandishing a wooden sword. Every few steps, he would swing or stab at imaginary foes.

Joaquin grinned, elbowing Tyrone. “Probably fightin’ ninjas an’ shit.”

The white kid slowed his roll and watched them. He sidled up to them. “Yo, Dawg, you need help?”

Joaquin closed his eyes. “Whaddaya know ‘bout jackin a car, uh dude?”

The white kid smiled. “Andy, Andy Kitz.” He ran his fingers along the slim jim and it swayed back and forth. “You can learn all kinds of stuff on Youtube.”

Tyrone smirked, but Joaquin stepped away and motioned for Andy to prove it.

Andy dug his fingers into the seam where the door met the frame. He pried the door away, and shoved his wooden sword into the gap. He pushed on the sword until the gap was big enough to get his small hand and arm in. Andy grunted as his fingers brushed against the door lock. Finally, he gripped the cylinder between his knuckles and the door popped. “Where you guys headin’?” he asked.

Tyrone gave Andy a shove. “Nunya business, homey,” he replied at the same time Joaquin announced, “The beach.”

Andy frowned.

Joaquin sighed. “Fine, we headin’ to Whidbey Island.”

Andy nodded, shrugged his shoulders, and turned to walk down the street.

Joaquin grabbed him by his skinny arm. “You know what happens to snitches, right?”

Andy shook his arm free. “You don’t have to worry ‘bout me,” he declared, “They’re always watching.”

The Duster purred to life. “Move over, bitch,” Joaquin barked at Tyrone, “We got places to be.”

They drove past Andy and his wooden sword and made their way to Whidbey Island.

16Sunsets on NetGalley

Hello, all you NetGalley members! During the month of April, 16Sunsets will be available on NetGalley: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/87142 Be sure to add it to your shelf so you can read it for free!

16Sunsets Promo Interview #4

I was in the call screening booth minding my own business when Steve Blair sprung a mini promo interview on me. We talk about where to get 16Sunsets, and the importance of book reviews.


16Sunsets Promo Interview #4

A little over two minutes, Mary Ann Suttles and I talk about 16Sunsets, Nala’s Story, War of the Worlds: Retaliation, and fellow Northern Arizona author, and SciFi collaborator, John Rust.


Launch Party!


So, 16Sunsets is out today as a paperback, and at most digital retailers. It’s $4.99 for the eBook, and 14.99 for the paperback. Be sure to pick up your copy at Amazon, Kobo, Scribd, Page Foundry, or your paperback at Createspace. This one won’t be available on iTunes due partly on technology, and partly on Apple’s policies. If you’re inclined to read the very first 41,000-word draft of cobbled-together flash fiction, be sure to check out the 16Sunsets tag. You’ll miss out on a great character who will have a larger role in the sequel, and of course, the various rewrites and editing. If you’re looking for a copy of 16Sunsets for review purposes, shoot me an email, and I’ll send you one. Alternatively, I’ll be running a NetGalley co-op for 16Sunsets in April.

As a celebration, I’ve set up three of my short stories to be free today and tomorrow. Go ahead and download them even if you’ve read the early drafts here. If you leave a review on Amazon after purchasing these three stories, then your review gets the “Verified Purchase” tag which is worth something, I just don’t know what that is! Anyway, I need reviews for these three stories, and I’d appreciate it if you did so.

Here are the free stories:
Nala’s Story

Once again, reviews are the goal here. I need 20 reviews for each title so I can do some targeted advertising that will only accept titles with 20 or more reviews. Let your friends know too – spread the love around. Also, if you’ve already read the early draft of 16Sunsets, please leave a review on Amazon. I think an influx of reviews on the first day and first week do something good in the Amazon algorithm.

16Sunsets Promo Interview #3

Here’s a little radio interview I did with Steve Blair. We talk about 16Sunsets releasing tomorrow, the War of the Worlds sequel I collaborated on with John J. Rust, and the sci-fi space disaster I’m collaborating on with David Kristoph and Greg Dragon. **Checks calendar** Well, that project is only two weeks away. You’ll be hearing more about it soon. Be sure to reserve your copy of 16Sunsets by preordering it right now on Amazon or Kobo. I do believe that Kobo is doing some sort of promotion that gives you a $5 credit for creating an account, making 16Sunsets free.


16Sunsets Promo Interview #2

I’ve done a few radio interviews for 16Sunsets, releasing on February 29th. (Go pre-order it right now!) These are just short little segments, but I get to talk about the book and other writing things. Dr. Terry J “The Professor of Freedom” Lovell and I talk about 16Sunsets, the current availability of my audiobooks, the need to support artists, and a brief segue on Steven King.


16Sunsets Promo Interview #1

I’ve done a few radio interviews for 16Sunsets, releasing on February 29th. (Go pre-order it right now!) These are just short little segments, but I get to talk about the book and other writing things. I believe that with Phil King, on the KYCA morning show, KYCA Talks, this was the second segment. We talk about the book, the different covers, and the upcoming War of the Worlds sequel.

Only a week until 16Sunsets!


Many of you have watched 16Sunsets evolve from a response to Chuck Wendig’s weekly flash fiction to the novel it came to be. You all had wonderful comments for each serial flash fiction, and many of you also assisted in some way in converting this into a novel.

I appreciate each and every one of you who helped, and/or read the story. You’ve all been so wonderful, and your encouragement turned this from a solitary writing endeavor to a finished novel we can all be proud of! I’m a week away from the digital and (hopefully) paperback release, and I couldn’t have done it without you all.

If any of you would like a digital copy of the novel for review purposes, shoot me an email, and I’ll send one your way. The bulk of the story hasn’t changed from the web serial, so it’s likely you’ll see your suggestions in the final novel. I’d appreciate if you could share the Amazon link on your various social media platforms:


Kindle Scout Campaign for 16Sunsets


Hello teh interwebs! (Stupid autocorrect kept fixing my intentional misspelling of ‘the.’)

16Sunsets has been the long grind, and it’t finally ready for a Kindle Scout campaign. I’m sure most of you are already aware of what KS is, but here’s a refresher:

Kindle Scout is Amazon Publishing’s slush pile. People like you and me nominate books we’d like to see them pick up and publish with a $1,500 advance and a 50% royalty rate. Amazon has some mysterious wording on what books they actually pick up, and having the most nominations doesn’t necessarily guarantee a contract, but since they’re so secretive about everything, no one really knows what is going on. Unlike some other reader-nominated contests, you don’t have to sign up for anything or create a new account, because your Amazon credentials allows you to nominate. If 16Sunsets is contracted by Amazon, everyone who nominated it will get a free copy when it’s published.

In the words of Princess Leia, “Help me interwebs, you’re my only hope!”

The 16Sunsets Kindle Scout Campaign starts November 4th, 2015: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/26EAV4XHXJW33

*Yes, you all know I like Star Trek over Star Wars, but I can’t think of a great Star Trek quote that I could slot in there.