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This coupon offer is in effect now through Black Friday 2017. Download some engrossing fantasy literature. It’ll help pass the time if you’re traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. And if you have a day or two off work, you can curl up and escape to new worlds.

Fantasy readers worldwide have access to any of my fantasy titles in Epub, PDF, or Kindle format. Also find audiobook mp3s of Union of Renegades and The Goddess Queen.

Save 25 percent on any titles in the following series:

Rys Rising

The Rys Chronicles

Werewolves in the Renaissance

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Archeology a constant source of inspiration for my fantasy writing

This article about a 1,000-year-old Viking sword found by a hunter in the Norwegian Mountains easily suggests a story to me. Unlike the speculation in the article that someone dropped the sword while lost in a blizzard, I like to imagine someone trekking up to 5,000 feet above sea level and hurling a magic sword into the snowy waste to escape its curse. It might explain why archeologists have not found any other artifacts or a body near the sword.

1,000-Year-Old Viking Sword Discovered In Norwegian Mountains

A reindeer hunter in the mountains of southern Norway stumbled upon a Viking sword that has survived exposure to the elements for more than 1,000 years. Einar Åmbakk found the sword because half … Continue reading

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Predators and Prey react to molecule in spilled blood

This article about the E2D molecule shows how the microscopic world influences the macro world. The process of fats breaking down in blood exposed to air creates the molecule. Scientists have concluded that E2D provokes interest and excitement in predators, like wolves, and bothers prey species, like bunny rabbits and humans.

While writing my werewolf novels, I’ve considered the olfactory sense quite a bit because the werewolves base many decisions on scent information. And my werewolf hero, Thal, is always deeply sensitive to bloodshed. It beckons his wolfish knowledge of feasting on a kill but worries his humanity.

Scientists find blood molecule that attracts wolves, repels humans

The faintest whiff of a molecule from mammal blood known as E2D sends some animals into a predatory frenzy but frightens others — including people — into retreat, scientists have discovered. Never before has the same molecule been known to provoke diametrically opposite behaviours in creatures ranging from horse flies to humans, hinting at deep evolutionary roots, they reported in the journal Scientific Reports. Continue reading

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Wolf attacks at Israeli campsites result from humans feeding them

Writing the Werewolves in the Renaissance series has included researching wolf history and behavior. This information guides the portrayal of my werewolf hero Thal. Because wolves have been cultural bad guys for centuries, I investigated just how dangerous wolves are to people. Recorded events showed that on rare occasions wolves target poorly attended children. Essentially, they don’t hunt us unless vulnerable young stray from safety or a parent, like Red Riding Hood’s mother, sends a girl alone into the woods with a basket of food.

The news below details the recent rash of wolf attacks against children at campgrounds in Israel. Although the headline raises the usual alarm about the big bad wolf, the article eventually reveals that people had been feeding wolves, which allowed them to lose their historic fear of interacting with humans. Now that they felt comfortable entering campgrounds, stray juicy children proved to be tempting targets. Fortunately, the families successfully defended their children from the wolf attacks.

Wolves in Israel are raiding campsites to try to snatch children, experts warn

There have been ten attacks by wolves on humans in the past four months in Israel, and in most cases the animals were trying to make off with infants or babies, the Haaretz daily reported on Tuesday. In what is becoming an increasingly common phenomenon, wolves are approaching campsites to try and snatch what they can… Continue reading

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Women driving in Saudi Arabia could let Genie out of the bottle

I was very happy to see the news that Saudi Arabia has ended its ban on women driving cars. I hope it is a tiny step forward for women in that country that will lead to additional destruction of the tyranny that imprisons them. The unreasonably strict patriarchy of that kingdom essentially makes all women criminals, subject to perpetual house arrest. My readings about the abuses suffered by women in that country have been a source of inspiration in my writings. As a fantasy writer, the civilizations I create are pre-industrial and modeled on patriarchy, which imposes tyranny on all people, men and women, so that a few can hold great power. The tyranny of the home upholds the tyranny of the state.

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

In a reversal of a longstanding rule, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will now allow women to drive. In a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the order said it will be effective immediately but the rollout will take months, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. A high level committee of ministers has… Continue reading

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Linda Hamilton to appear in 6th Terminator Film

If there’s one famous science fiction heroine that women like, even those who don’t call themselves sci fi fans, it’s Sarah Connor from The Terminator. I’m pleased to see in the news below that Linda Hamilton has joined the cast for the next Terminator movie, the 6th in the franchise. Her performance in the first movie, The Terminator, released in 1984, was crucial to the movie’s success.

She was just a young woman, living the life of most young women. A job. A roommate. A little freedom.

She wasn’t some corseted female trained to kill by the CIA that Hollywood loves to fling upon audiences. Her natural tenacity to survive and willingness to fight embodied the ancient ferocity of womanhood. Her upcoming appearance in the new film will round out her development of the character beautifully. In The Terminator, she was the maiden. In T2, the matron, and I’m sure that her next performance as the crone will be inspiring as well.

Linda Hamilton is back: Actress joins Schwarzenegger, Cameron on ‘Terminator’ franchise

Actress Linda Hamilton is ready to once again save the world as Sarah Connor. Science fiction fans have wondered whether producer James Cameron and star Arnold Schwarzenegger could convince the iconic female lead in the franchise’s first two films – 1984’s “The Terminator” and 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” – to join them for the franchise’s… Continue reading

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Eastern Coyotes in the news stalking dog walker in New Jersey

Eastern coyotes, also known as coy-wolves, have become prevalent in the Eastern United States. They live near me in Michigan, and I have both heard them and seen them. They creep into my neighborhood in mid to late summer to hunt juvenile geese before they can fly away.

Although pet owners need to take precautions against their animals getting eaten by these wily animals, it does comfort me to know that the wild world persists. Coy-wolves have adapted to our urban and suburban environments. They appear to be thriving even though they can be hunted at will, at least in my area. To learn more about this species that emerged from matings of wolves and coyotes, I recommend the documentary Meet the Coy-wolf.

Band of aggressive coyotes surrounds dog-walker in Saddle River

SADDLE RIVER– Police issued an alert after approximately five coyotes circled a person out walking a dog Thursday. The incident occurred on Oak Road, where the band came within six feet of the person and tried to snatch the dog, police said. A passing motorist honked and then left the vehicle to help scare the animals… Continue reading

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20 Quotes About the Love of Books and Reading

I found this collection of quotes extolling books at the International Business Times. Books offer a unique form of entertainment and education that engages the mind in an active give and take. Books make us feel and think, which are two tremendous achievements because many people seem capable of neither. My favorite quote on the list comes from Julian Barnes about how books offer explanations and life tends not to.

National Book Lovers Day 2017 Quotes

Aug. 9 marks the National Book Lovers Day. It is unclear how this day was first marked, however, many celebrate it by picking up their favorite book and settling down in a nice reading spot. On National Book Lovers Day, you can visit one of the 120,000 libraries in the U.S. and grab your favorite book.… Continue reading

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Medieval History supports killing many noble characters in fantasy fiction

A PhD student from the University of Oslo took the time to examine the validity of the number of characters that George R. R. Martin likes to kill in his Song of Ice and Fire Series. The author is famous for the mortality rate among his characters, and the student’s analysis of historical data from the War of the Roses confirmed that Medieval warfare took a high toll on people, including important people.

During this English civil war from the Middle Ages, people who started wars actually had to pay for the consequences of their actions with their lives. Looks like important people have solved that problem in modern times and just leave the dying to the peasants.

The kill rate in Game of Thrones is actually quite realistic, a new study reveals

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die,” Queen Cersei said. Apparently, she was right. Sorry, Jon. Your world is just as brutal as the real one was in Medieval times. George R. R. Martin started writing the first Game of Thrones (GoT) novel in 1996. That’s right kids, A Song of… Continue reading

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I’m a tiny atom bonding with readers

reaction of joined imaginations

I think I can speak on behalf of most indie authors by saying that it’s frustrating to be a quantum particle in a vast universe of reading choices. Visibility is the number one barrier to authors finding readers, and it’s a small atomic miracle that a few people every month stumble across my fiction and make purchases. I’m grateful to at least be swirling in a cosmos of infinite choice and making some connections. Independent digital publishing gave me this gift.

An article published at Which-50, a digital intelligence company based in Australia, sums up the altered landscape of book publishing, particularly ebook publishing. The author described the new growth within the industry as “explosive, but invisible.” Independent publishing by thousands of authors and small digital publishing houses and their attendant publishing-as-a-service companies are growing the industry as the large publishing houses, known as the Big 5, stick to big-name famous authors with a focus on the print market.

The author cited Data Guy at Authorearnings.com who has calculated that indie authors hold 30 to 40 percent of the global ebook market. Also quoted is a former Big Five publisher who has turned independent. He said that “atomisation rather than destruction” will be the force at play in the future.

He explained that large publishing companies will claim the big fiction brands while indies and small presses command the genre markets. This will result in a huge but spread out market.

This is where I fall. I’m an atom that bonds with a few readers at a time. Individual readers come across my work, and we bond for a while before we part ways, and my fiction goes on to seek another reader with which to build a magic molecule of the imagination.

Although my success has been modest due to having visibility in the marketplace that approaches zero, the market forces at play are very validating for me. They show that millions of paying readers find genre books that they enjoy that were indie published. The great gatekeepers at mega corporations had nothing to do with their publication, which in this day and age very likely means that the content was not selected to promote a narrow worldview that supports the status quo. Big Publishing is part of the media business, and that business is meant to set messaging agendas that steer society.

My artistic goals guide my fiction instead of editorial formulas that satisfy marketing departments.

My stories focus on outsiders and rebels who play by their own rules and sometimes overthrow powerful empires and religions or at least defy them and survive.

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Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Rys Rising: Book I

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Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

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