A FREE Read!

January 31, 2009

My editor and I decided to share a freebie story to help celebrate the season of love.
This tale should probably be rated “R” so you have been warned.
Please feel free to tell us what you think of betterthanchocolates_final1
This tale is being released under a Creative Commons license so feel free in passing it around to your adult friends.

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RIGHTS

I am releasing BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE under a Creative Commons non-commercial, non-derivative work license. For an official explanation of this, click right here:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

In a more specific explanation, this means that:

1) You are free to share this story with anyone you like, provided you don’t change the document at all or profit from the distribution. (I will be placing a rights page like this at the beginning of the document, so they will be familiar with the license and don’t have to visit this page to read about it.)

2) You may print off copies of the book for personal use, but–again–may not profit from doing so.

3) You may not change the text of the work in any way, or imply that you wrote the book, or anything of that nature.

4) There is a no derivative works clause on this, since I don’t want people adding chapters to the end or altering the work in any way. However, I provide an exemption for fan art, provided you do not attach it to the document and clearly explain that the art is not mine or related officially to the project.

5) I also provide an exemption for fanfics, provided that–again–you do not attach them to this work or imply they are my work at all. In addition, by writing a fanfic with these characters, using this magic, or that is related to this work in any way, you waive all rights to that work. (In other words, you can’t write a BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE fanfic, then sue me for compensation if I happen to write something similar in the world in a sequel to the book. I’m not going to steal your ideas, but I’ve got to write something like this just in case. It’s every author’s nightmare to get sued for writing in their own worlds, and is one of the reasons so many of them are so afraid of fanfiction.)

6) The above also holds for any feedback or suggestions you give me regarding this work on my forums. By offering feedback, you waive all rights to those suggestions and waive all rights to compensation for your help. I love to get feedback. However, don’t sue me if I actually decide to take some of your suggestions!

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A Deeper Blue Review

January 27, 2009

One of my all-time favorite authors is John Ringo.

The other day, I tripped over a paperback release of the latest novel in his Paladin of Shadows (Ghost) series. The first book in that series is Ghost and I highly recommend it.

In A Deeper Blue, the ex-SEAL is once more called to help defend the US against Islamic terrorism. The attack this time is from a deadly nerve gas.

As usual, this action-filled piece is balanced with a scattering of sex and lots and lots of boys toys. He even manages to work in a Ford GT40.

If you’re a fan of military Science Fiction then you can’t go wrong with putting aside a few hours for this fun read.

Shifter in Nigeria

January 24, 2009

It looks like there are shifter goats in Nigeria nowadays. From the article:
“In a front-page article on Friday, the Vanguard newspaper said that two men tried to steal a Mazda car two days earlier in Kwara State, with one suspect transforming himself into a goat as vigilantes cornered him.”

On the Road Again!

January 24, 2009

Now THAT was a long haul! Yesterday, I drove for about 20 hours with an hour and fifteen minute break about 3/4 way through. It was worth it though.
My wife and I drove south on I95 from Alexandria, Virginia to Stuart, Florida.
I’ll grab some pictures and post them in the next few days.
In the meantime, keep on truckin’!

I’ve Joined Good Reads

January 18, 2009

The Reluctant Dom The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton


My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had a chance to read an early release and loved this novel.

This is an awesome piece and the only book in recent memory that brought tears to my eyes.

I will have a longer review here as soon as it is published.

View all my reviews.

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New Cover Art!

January 11, 2009

New Ickford Manor, my medieval time-travel novel, has new cover art. As usual, Renee Rocco has done a fantastic job.

Why are We So Angry?

January 11, 2009

I was just reading the current issue of What’s Next, which I recommend, by the way, and ran into this gem:

“In closing it is probably worth mentioning Elizabeth Kuber-Ross’s five point model of how people deal with death. Stage 1 is disbelief, stage 2 is yearning, stage 3 is anger, stage 4 is depression and stage 5 is acceptance. Is it possible that societally (in the West) we are looking at what we think is an abyss (i.e. economic recession, global warming, the rise of China and so on) and are reacting in exactly the same way as if we were facing terminal illness or the death of a loved one. We are currently in the collective anger stage, falling into depression. But soon we will adjust and accept whatever the new normality is.”

Now that is an exciting observation. What is scary is that the depression stage is often associated with suicide.

Some feedback on this would be appreciated.

Don’t forget the Common Ground Contest that is going on for the next couple of months!

Some Interesting Links

January 6, 2009

I ran into a couple of very interesting links today and since I’m a real ‘sharing’ kinda guy, here they are:

Japanese posable figures (dolls) have grown into a real art form of their own. This link shows more than a hundred pictures.

And here are 40 tips to getting started in Social Media. I found that I’m doing some of them but need to get on the ball with others.

The Essential Guide to Growing Your Blog is another great collection of tips.

And for all the steampunk fans out there, I offer the Evolution of Mechanical Beings.

Predators and Editors

January 1, 2009

It seems that Predators and Editors has a pair of new polls for Best eBook Publisher and Best Editor.

I’d love to see Lyrical Press and my good friend Emma Wayne Porter get the wins. It only takes a few seconds to vote.

Good luck!

MySpace and Updates Here

January 1, 2009

I’ve just done a bit of New Year’s housekeeping here. It includes moving some pages around as well as adding a couple more.

There is a new contest with a whole buncha prizes. Check out the list of prizes and rules here.

Some friends asked me for a little more information about the series of stories I’ve been writing in the Common Ground corner of the multiverse. So, I created a whole page full on background including character profiles and a bibliography showing the proper sequence.

Well, I let some friends talk me into giving MySpace another try. Please drop by and let me know what you think of my initial efforts.