Old City, New Blood Raffle

September 26, 2012

The Old City, New Blood convention is an author/reader mini-con, and they are offering…


That’s right, ladies and gentlemen… starting today, you will all have 7 days to hop around from author to author, blogger to blogger, and enter at every stop to win one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February.

You can check out the official website for the complete list of Featured Authors (I’ll give you a hint… one of them is ME!!) and Featured Bloggers. There’s also a main contest post with all the participating authors, bloggers, and dates for the contest. It’s super easy. Visit each of the spotlight blog posts and author websites listed, fill out the Rafflecopter link on each one (one entry PER POST, not per day… and yes, they will be checking), and POOF, multiple entries to WIN!!

The prize is one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to see me and about 49 other authors on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, from Feb 8th-10, 2013. We’re going to be doing panels, readings, meet & greets, and just generally having a fun weekend with our incredible fans!! Please keep in mind, if you win, you’ll have to cover your own travel and hotel expenses, but your ticket into the party will be on Olde City, New Blood!!!

The contest runs from September 30th – October 6th, and the 3 winners will be announced on September 7th. Don’t forget to click the Rafflecopter link below before you hop off to check out the rest of the contest posts!!

Good Luck, everyone!! I hope to see you ALL in Florida this February.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


A Peek Into a Novel

September 22, 2012

I’ve been working on a novel that includes a plot line of colonizing another Earth-like planet. One of the problems that I’ve enjoyed working out has been the means for delivering large groups of colonists to the new world, known as Micasa.

Initial exploratory expeditions required small groups and the ability to both land and return to orbit while the follow up colonial ships need only one-way capability. Additionally, a colonial ship must provide tools and emergency shelter for the colonists after they arrive.

In my tales, we have discovered a working warp-drive system. There is a major drawback, however. The warp transit wipes out the entire nervous system of any mammal, including humans. The problem was solved by placing them into cryogenic sleep chambers called CryDox, that essentially shut down the nervous system and then restart everything after transit.

The CryDox are environmentally sealed boxes about a meter and a half wide, one meter deep and three meters long. Without external power sources, they can maintain the cryogenic state for up to a couple of weeks.

Since the planet Micasa is very similar to Earth, two types of colonial landers are used. The Type One is designed for a parachute-assisted vertical landing on dry land. It holds one hundred and twenty eight CryDox to be decanted after landing and four crew chambers that are decanted after warp, but prior to landing.

The Type Two Colonial Lander has a fuselage shaped like a much larger version of the NASA space shuttle with the addition of biplane wings and twin vertical stabilizers. It is designed with the highly-reinforced bottom hull of a seaplane. Once safely landed, the crew will beach it and unload above the high-tied mark. It holds ninety six CryDox to be decanted after final landing and four crew chambers that are decanted after warp, but prior to landing.

Since these spacecraft will only be used once, they waste no space on monster main engines and fuel tanks. While in orbit, they use small thrusters for attitude control. Plasma Magnetosphere Aerobraking is used for re-entry and upper atmosphere manuvering. The Type Two lander uses normal aircraft control surfaces for final approach.

In both cases, the interior of the spacecraft are disassembled to provide some of the initial building materials for the colony.

After working these ideas out in my head, I decided I needed a break from being a wordsmith and fired up my favorite vector graphics program, Inkscape. The result is this simple, 2D CAD image of the two spacecraft. The green rectangles simulate CryDox. A discussion of Buzzards and Skeeters will have to wait for another post. As usual, comments and questions are welcomed.


Old City, New Blood!

September 12, 2012


I’m going to be attending a brand new convention for readers and authors of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Paranormal Romance. It’s called Old City, New Blood and will be held February, 2013 in St. Augustine, Florida. Besides the literary shenanigans, there will be a ghost tour of the ancient city and time to play tourist.

I’m going to be participating in several panels and am planning a book signing as well.

This is going to be an incredible amount of fun and I’m hoping to meet some of my fans, face-to-face.

Come on! Join the fun!