The Star Wizard: Release Date Pushed Back

BLOG cover4Whew! What a November it’s been. Life has been wild here in Iowa, I’m not ashamed to say. Between teaching voice, hacking away at the dreaded dissertation, chasing a toddler around the house, and writing, I’m amazed I’m still getting any sleep! I know, I know: first world problems. But I’m not writing this to complain; more to explain why I’ve pushed back the release date for The Star Wizard: Starship Fairfax Book 4It’s been on preorder on Amazon for a couple of weeks and was supposed to go live December 3, but if I’m being honest with you and with myself, it needs a little more time. I don’t want to rush it to make the deadline and release a book that isn’t worth reading, so I’ve pushed the release to December 11. It’s just an extra week and a day, so never fear! Book 4 will be along, and, if all goes well, Book 5 will follow in the last few days of 2017.

Thanks for your patience with me as I figure out this writing gig. I also have some very exciting news I’ll be announcing soon regarding an upcoming co-authoring project to come out in 2018. Stay tuned!


The Guardian: Eleven Short Science Fiction Stories

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Just in time for Christmas:

Good news! “Stowaway,” one of my Starship Fairfax prequel stories, has been included in another of Alasdair Shaw’s short sci-fi story anthologies. The Guardian is available as an ebook for just 99cents from multiple retailers, with an affordable paperback option as well. Could be the perfect Christmas gift for the sci-fi reader in your life! Check it out here.

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His ship is wrecked. His guns are empty. And he’s been thrust into command on his first tour. What could go wrong?

Lucas Odin seems like a qualified first officer–on paper. But his only battles so far have been simulations, each one a miserable failure. He just isn’t a “take charge” kind of guy. To be honest, he’d rather spend his first tour gaming on the ship’s modded sims than dealing with real people. But when the Starship Fairfax is waylaid by pirates, Lucas inherits a mission already doomed to fail. If he wants to keep the ship flying, keep his crew alive, and take back what was stolen, there’s only one way:

By taking charge.

They abducted her father, murdered her family, and chased her across the Kuiper Belt.

Ada Xander is away from the family mine on Cyron-2 for the first time, and running for her life. To evade her hunters and find the answers she seeks, she needs to do more than just survive. Space pirates, the inner-system mafia, and the looming Old Earth Empire are just a few of the formidable obstacles in her path, and she’ll do anything to clear it. So when her path and that of the Fairfax collide, all hell breaks loose. Will Ada find what she seeks before becoming the enemy herself?

The Lunar Gambit is the first-in-series of Starship Fairfax, a military science fiction adventure set in the Kuiper Chronicles universe. You can learn more about the series and the author at:


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The Lunar Gambit goes live TOMORROW!


LOTS OF NEWS! My debut title The Lunar Gambit, which has been on preorder, goes live on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited TOMORROW, 6/29!!! It’s just 99cents for the first week, then the price will go up to $2.99–so get it now!

I’ve also had my short prequel story “Totaled” included in an anthology, The Officer, organized and edited by Alasdair Shaw, and that title is live TODAY on multiple retailers (here’s a link to it on Amazon)! It’s also 99cents.


“Totaled” is also FREE as an ebook for Kindle“Totaled” is also FREE as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and on Smashwords Direct.

And, finally, you can still get my other prequel short story, “The Trials of Io,” only if you subscribe to my mailing list. If you do, you’ll get the free story, plus a bimonthly message with news on new releases, upcoming deals, etc. No spam, no sharing of your information with any third parties.

Lots of stuff happening this week! Keep coming back to find more 🙂

NEW COVER REVEAL: The Lunar Gambit

Hi All!

I’m very happy to announce that my forthcoming debut title, The Lunar Gambit (Starship Fairfax: Book 1) is now on preorder on Amazon, and will go live on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited on Thursday, June 29 (my birthday!). A couple of months ago I revealed a mock-up cover I’d been working on. It’s come a looooong way since then! Have a look:


The Kuiper Fleet has two duties: keep the peace; and protect the colonies.
The people of the Belt left Earth long ago to seek their own way of life, and have been fighting ever since to stay free of the Old Earth Empire. But Earth is still the most precious treasure in the Sol system. So when both sides agree to a peace summit on Pluto, the Fleet’s first objective has never been more important.

Lucas Odin looks like a qualified First Officer–on paper.
But his only battles to date have been simulations, each one a miserable failure. Truth be told, he would rather be hacking into the ship’s computer to mod the simulations into awesome games than be in a position of command. The Starship Fairfax is given the task of shuttling an important Earth ambassador to the summit, and Odin thinks he can relax under the temporary armistice. But when they run afoul of space pirates, the Fairfax takes brutal damage and the captain and ambassador go missing. Can Odin harness his true potential and use his unorthodox methods and creative thinking to keep his crew alive and rescue the captives before all hell breaks loose?

The Lunar Gambit is the first-in-series of Starship Fairfax, a military science fiction adventure set in the Kuiper Chronicles universe. You can learn more about the series and the author at:


What do you think? A significant improvement, right?? Enough that you might consider buying the book? 😉

The Lunar Gambit is on preorder for a reduced price of 99 cents, and will remain 99 cents for the first week of publication, after which the price will go up. Get it while it’s hot!

The Lunar Gambit & The Trials of Io


Exciting news! I’ve been plugging away at my debut indie novel, The Lunar Gambit (Book I of The Starship Fairfax), and I’m happy to announce my intended release date: 6/29/2017. I’ll be releasing The Lunar Gambit exclusively on Amazon, at least for the first 90 days, so it will also be available to read on Kindle Unlimited. And I’ll be releasing the prequel novelette, The Trials of Io, exclusively as a mailing-list magnet before then. Details on that to come!

Check back for updates. And get excited! Whoo hoooooo!!!