Restoration is now available for you to enjoy! And it’s on sale for 99 cents!

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Restoration is now available on Amazon!

I’m thrilled to announce that Restoration is now available for download! It’s the story of Junie Wye, an urbane and sassy young woman from the Bay Area who finds herself living in the culchie farming town of Utility. Why? Her father just got a new job taking down the last big dam on the Columbia River, which flows nearby.

Junie hates the idea of living in a tiny desert town, especially when she learns everyone is dead-set against her father. But what happens when she meets Don Rast, the handsome son of the town’s most powerful landowner? Find out by downloading Restoration now.

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The print edition of Restoration will be available in 24-48 hours. I’m grateful to my cover artist Christian Bentulan, my editor John Paine, and my proofreader, Edith Follansbee, for their help!

I’d love to get your feedback on the Warming Planet series via a review on Amazon. Here’s the links for my other books:

The Mother Earth Insurgency | Carbon Run | City of Ice and Dreams

Stay tuned for more announcements about the Warming Planet series and new book projects!

Just five days to go until Restoration is launched!

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Less than a week remains until the launch of Restoration!

The final novel in my series Tales From A Warming Planet is almost ready to go! Set in the same near-future, climate-changed world as The Mother Earth InsurgencyCarbon Run, and City of Ice and DreamsRestoration is the story of Junie Wye, an urbane and sassy young woman from the Bay Area who finds herself living in the culchie farming town of Utility. Why? Her father just got a new job taking down the last big dam on the Columbia River, which flows nearby.

Junie hates the idea of living in a tiny desert town, especially when she learns everyone is dead-set against her father. But what happens when she meets Don Rast, the handsome son of the town’s most powerful landowner? Check out the book and you’ll see. Restoration launches Thursday, May 10 on Amazon.

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Pre-order the ebook for 99¢ on Amazon through May 10.

Have you finished reading the other books in the Warming Planet series? Please take a moment to review them on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews help independent authors like me get the word out and even help my eligibility for certain advertising programs. Here’s the Amazon links to help you. Thanks!

The Mother Earth Insurgency | Carbon Run | City of Ice and Dreams

BONUS! Check out this free flash fiction story, War of Water, which is set in the world of the Warming Planet series. It’s published in the literary magazine, Children, Churches, and Daddies.

Let me know what you think!

The Warming Planet series is complete! Check out Restoration’s new cover.

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What do you think of Restoration’s cover image?

It’s finally here! Artist Christian Bentulan has done another stellar job designing the new cover for Restoration, the fourth book in my series, Tales From A Warming Planet. With Restoration, the series is now complete.

You can pre-order Restoration today on Amazon. The official launch is May 10, 2018. Here’s the blurb from the back cover.

What if you fell in love with a man whose father hated your father? In a near-future wracked by climate change, Junie Wye is an urbane, sassy 17-year-old forced to move from her big city to a divided desert town. Her dad, Ed, has a difficult, dangerous job: removing an enormous hydroelectric dam blocking a beautiful river. Junie meets a young man, Don Rast, whose father, Covington, opposes taking down the dam. Though the government wants it taken away, others will do anything to keep it, including sabotage and threats. Meanwhile, a conspiracy brews that could mean the deaths of thousands downstream. Will Junie and Don overcome their parents’ hostility? Is the dam a million-ton bomb waiting to go off?

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It’s been so much fun writing and publishing the Warming Planet series. The other books, including The Mother Earth InsurgencyCarbon Run, and City of Ice and Dreams, are available today on Amazon. In addition to ebooks, you can purchase print versions for all, except Insurgency.

Thank you so much, and stay tuned for offers and other exciting news!

Have you read any of my books? Any thoughts to share?

City of Ice and Dreams is released! Download now for limited time intro price.

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It’s release day for City of Ice and Dreams!

I’m thrilled to announce that City of Ice and Dreams, the third book in the Tales From A Warming Planet series, is now available on Amazon in print and digital formats. I’m so grateful for all the support from family, friends, and colleagues throughout this journey, including my editor John Paine, my cover artist Christian Bentulan, and my proofreader, Edith Follansbee. The Kindle ebook is available now for a limited-time price of 99¢.

City of Ice and Dreams is a dystopian thriller full of action and suspense. And don’t forget to check out the first two books, The Mother Earth Insurgency, winner of a Writers of the Future sci-fi award, and Carbon Run, the first full-length novel of the series.

One more book to go in the series! Look for announcements soon on Restoration, another full-length novel. What if you fell in love with a man whose father hated your father? Coming soon!

Have you read the Advance Reading Copy of City of Ice and Dreams? Please post a review on Amazon.

Exciting news! City of Ice and Dreams is now available for pre-order on Amazon

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The ebook of City of Ice and Dreams is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

I’m excited to report that City of Ice and Dreams, the second full-length novel in the Tales From A Warming Planet series, is available now for pre-ordering on Amazon. The 292-page book has a special pre-release price of 99¢. The ebook and print book go on sale February 15. The print book will be priced at $14.99. Here’s the blurb.

What if the key to your past lay at the South Pole? In 2261, Sento, a beautiful, intelligent, tormented young woman, is obsessed by Isorropia, a city in Antarctica that is half-myth, half-legend. Surviving a shipwreck, Sento resolves to trek south with immigrants on a suicidal one-way journey across the melting ice. She leads the pilgrims across a raging river, weeps beneath a massive natural sculpture draped with blue ice, and defends an endangered fur seal. Meanwhile, in the secretive city, First Citizen Elita Soares watches the growing threat of the pilgrim train. She wants no more climate refugees within the city walls. When Elita learns her half-sister may be among the immigrants, she vows to stop the newcomers at all costs. Will the pilgrims reach the fabled city before Antarctica’s harsh climate kills them? And why is Elita afraid of her half-sister?

City of Ice and Dreams is a dystopian thriller full of action and suspense. It’s a stand-alone novel, meaning you don’t have to read the first book, The Mother Earth Insurgency, or the second book, Carbon Run, to follow along.  All three books take place in the same world ravaged by climate change.

Stay tuned for updates on City of Ice and Dreams. The third novel, Restoration, will come later this spring.

Have your read the first two books or the Advance Reading Copy for City of Ice and Dreams? Please leave a review on Amazon.

What do you think of the cover for City of Ice and Dreams?

I’m so excited to show you the brand new cover for City of Ice and Dreams, the second full-length novel in my dystopian thriller series, Tales From A Warming Planet. I’d also like to offer you an Advance Reading Copy of the novel, available free and securely through Instafreebie and Bookfunnel. Download now!

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Here’s the new cover for my next novel, City of Ice and Dreams.

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City of Ice and Dreams is scheduled for release February 1, 2018. Here’s the blurb for the novel:

What if the key to your past lay at the South Pole? In 2261, Sento, a beautiful, intelligent, tormented young woman, is obsessed by Isorropia, a city in Antarctica that is half-myth, half-legend. Surviving a shipwreck, Sento resolves to trek south with immigrants on a suicidal one-way journey across the melting ice. She leads the pilgrims across a raging river, weeps beneath a massive natural sculpture draped with blue ice, and defends an endangered fur seal. Meanwhile, in the secretive city, First Citizen Elita Soares watches the growing threat of the pilgrim train. She wants no more climate refugees within the city walls. When Elita learns her half-sister may be among the immigrants, she vows to stop the newcomers at all costs. Will the pilgrims reach the fabled city before Antarctica’s harsh climate kills them? And why is Elita afraid of her half-sister?

I’d like to thank my designer Christian Bentulan for his wonderful work. He also designed the covers for the first and second books in the series, The Mother Earth Insurgency, and Carbon Run. Check out the great reviews for both books on Goodreads and Amazon.

Thank you so much for all your support of my series. Look for more announcements soon on City of Ice and Dreams, as well as deals and giveaways for my other work. And there’s still another novel to come in the spring of 2018. Whew!

Comment on my book covers below.

You’d better start reading Chinese science fiction right now

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Chinese science fiction, including the Hugo Award-winning novel, The Three-Body Problem, is breaking through in the West.

China is a rising power. China’s economy is the second largest in the world, after the United States’, as measured by gross domestic product. China is the most populous nation the world. The power of its leader, Xi Jinping, is now compared to Mao Zedong, the emperor-like founder of the modern Chinese state.

If you want to understand the Chinese mind, read its science fiction. It’s probably already in your Kindle, if not on your bookshelf.

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For a limited time, Carbon Run is available on Amazon Kindle for 99¢.

In 2015, Chinese writer Liu Cixin won the Hugo Award, the most prestigious award in science fiction literature. I read his novel The Three-Body Problem in translation by Ken Liu, himself a Hugo Award-winning author. The word “ambitious” does not begin to describe the novel, which opens with the Cultural Revolution, a bloody civil conflict of the 1960s defined by deadly purges of intellectuals and teenage Red Guards waving copies of Mao’s sayings. Thirty million people died.

In the midst of the paroxysm, astrophysicist Ye Wenjie loses her father to murderous radicals intent on eliminating Western ideas from China. She finds herself exiled internally after a Kalfka-esque charge, but her unique expertise gets her a job at a top secret communications base run by the People’s Liberation Army. She sends a message to an alien intelligence inviting them to Earth, because she knows they will destroy her species to save themselves. It’s an act of revenge. Continue reading

At last! The Mother Earth Insurgency is on sale now at Amazon.

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The Mother Earth Insurgency, the first release in my Tales From A Warming Planet series, is available now on Amazon for only $0.99.

I’m happy to announce that The Mother Earth Insurgency, the first story in my series Tales From A Warming Planet, is now on sale exclusively at Amazon for 99¢. After nearly ten years of work on this series, it’s thrilling to see it out in the wild. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

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If you were one of the lucky readers to download a free copy of The Mother Earth Insurgency over the past month or so, please consider writing a review of the book on Amazon or Goodreads. You’re under no obligation to do so, but reviews are very important to the success of independent writers, such as myself.

Also, I’m still on track to release Carbon Run, the first novel in the series, on October 21. Watch this space for information about an upcoming Goodreads Giveaway of the print book.

Thank you so much for your support!

Available now: Free, limited-time download of my first TFAWP story!

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The Mother Earth Insurgency, the first release in my Tales From A Warming Planet series, is available for a limited time as a free download.

Today is the official launch of my new dystopian thriller series, Tales From A Warming Planet. I’m celebrating by offering a free novelette, The Mother Earth Insurgency. It’s available for a limited time only via Instafreebie and Bookfunnel. Set in the future when climate change has taken hold of our planet, The Mother Earth Insurgency tells the story of Nick Sorrows, an agent of the Bureau of Environmental Security.

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Nick infiltrates a terrorist organization opposed to corporate monopolization of wind and solar energy companies. Led by Jon Janicks, the Mother Earth Insurgency believes the takeovers harm the planet, and it’s planning a major action. Nick must stop Janicks before he kills thousands and destroys the tallest structure on the planet.

Instafreebie members can download it as an ebook. If you’re not a member, signup is easy, and costs nothing to join. Bookfunnel downloads include online support if you have trouble loading it into your reader.

Bundled with The Mother Earth Insurgency is a free sample of the first ten pages of Carbon Run, the first full-length novel in the series. Carbon Run will be released in the fall on Amazon as a print book and an ebook.

Please let me know what you think of the Mother Earth Insurgency and my Tales From A Warming Planet series.

Thanks to everyone who has supported me during this amazing journey, including my editor John Paine, my cover artist Christian Bentalan, the South Seattle Writers Meetup, and my wife, Edith Follansbee.

I plan to make The Mother Earth Insurgency available on Amazon in the fall. Watch for the cover reveal for Carbon Run in the next few days! Update: The giveaway of The Mother Earth Insurgency ends September 12.

Five Questions: Sherry Decker, author of A Summer with the Dead

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Sherry Decker’s A Summer with the Dead is scheduled for release May 1.

I heard author Sherry Decker read from her upcoming novel A Summer with the Dead at Two-Hour Transport, a monthly open mic and guest reading series at the famed Cafe Racer in the city’s Roosevelt neighborhood. I’m not normally a fan of horror, but her reading was so compelling, that I thought she was perfect for my Five Questions project. From her novel’s blurb:

“On the run from her abusive husband, Maya Pederson takes refuge with her Aunt Elly on her farm. Her first night there, Maya is wakened by a whisper. ‘Help me,’ someone begs. ‘Don’t leave me here.’ Thus begins a string of nightmarish events in Maya’s already stressful life. Disturbing dreams that seem far too real, dreams about the farm’s history, dreams about murder and blood and bodies buried under the house.”

Sounds pretty cool!

Do you remember the first character you created?
That would have been in fourth grade. The protagonist’s name escapes me, but it was about a little Native American girl who wanted to do something important, but was sickly and smaller than all the other kids. All I remember is that someone shot at her with an arrow. The arrow went through one of her long braids and she was carried up into the sky where she became a bright star.

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How did you feel when you saw your work in print for the first time?
That was a short story was titled The Lender. It appeared in local writer/editor Lisa Jean Bothell’s magazine Heliocentric Net in 1994. I recall standing in my kitchen, holding the publication, heart pounding, staring at the story and my name in print, thinking . . . wow! It was a surreal feeling, something I had tried to picture since second grade. Even now it’s a miraculous feeling. I always feel honored and confused both. It’s amazing that other people not only want to read what I write, they apparently like it and will actually pay me for it.

What is your favorite piece of advice for new writers?
Persevere! Don’t give up! Don’t write what you know; write what you love! Also, read everything: advertisements, comic books, classics, experimental, fiction, nonfiction, movie reviews, books reviews, anthologies, collections . . . everything! Writers have their favorite parts regarding writing. Some love the imagination-creative process where we “open that vein and spill our blood all over the paper” and some love the editing process where we perfect our work. I’ve gone from one to the other and back again.

I also love marketing and communicating with editors and publishers. I pay close attention the writer’s guidelines provided by most editors and advise beginning writers to do the same. You can seriously irritate an editor by ignoring those guidelines.

This is usually ignored by most beginning writers: avoid adverbs! Seriously. Not in dialogue, of course, because people use adverbs when they talk, but you’ll be way ahead of other beginners if you refuse to use adverbs in your narrative. Instead, go to the effort and agony (I went through verbal gymnastics) to find a powerful verb instead. Dig for your verbs. And, attend conventions. Take a big breath and approach those editors, publishers and other authors. Continue reading