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.

Are you on Goodreads? Win a copy of City of Ice and Dreams!

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Enter to win one of only 20 copies of City of Ice and Dreams.

Momentum is building for the release of City of Ice and Dreams, book three of my series, Tales From A Warming Planet. I’m so thrilled to let you know about a special ebook giveaway for Goodreads members. Not familiar with Goodreads? It’s the largest reader community on the planet, with more than 24 million members who love good books, just like you.

I’m only giving away 20 copies of the ebook in its Kindle format. To enter, go to the City of Ice and Dreams giveaway page and click “Enter.” That’s all there is to it! The offer ends February 12.

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I can’t wait for the release of City of Ice and Dreams on February 15. The print version of the novel will be released on that day as well. If you’ve already purchased books one and two, The Mother Earth Insurgency and Carbon Run, thank you! Please consider writing a review on Amazon and Goodreads. These are critical to the success of independent authors, like myself.

More news: If you prefer Kobo, Nook, or another e-reader, The Mother Earth Insurgency is now available for those platforms. Go to my Books2Read link and pick your favorite online bookstore or subscription service.

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Find links to all online stores where you can buy The Mother Earth Insurgency.

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.

Here’s an early holiday gift! Check out these free thriller and mystery ebooks

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Today through January 7, you can download more than 150 free mystery and thriller ebooks for your Kindle and Kobo.

It’s time for another free ebook giveaway! I’ve partnered with dozens of authors to bring you more than 150 free, downloadable thrillers and mysteries for your Kindle, Kobo, or other favorite ereader. The choices include a free sneak preview of City of Ice and Dreams, the next novel in my series, Tales From A Warming Planet. You may already have read The Mother Earth Insurgency and Carbon Run. Both are getting rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Thank you!

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Thank you so much for your support of my work, and the work of independent writers everywhere. We love hearing from our readers. Tell me what you think in the comments area 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

New giveaway: 38 free sci-fi ebooks, including Carbon Run!

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The Autumnal Equinox Sci-Fi Extravaganza ebook giveaway ends Oct. 8.

I’ve partnered with more than 30 amazing science fiction and fantasy authors to bring you the Autumnal Equinox Sci-Fi Extravaganza. You’ll find 38 free ebooks, all available for download today via Bookfunnel. Offer ends Oct. 8, 2017.

The giveaway includes the advance reader copy of Carbon Run, the first novel in my series, Tales From A Warming Planet.

This could be your last chance to read Carbon Run for free. The book goes on sale for Kindle on October 21, less than three weeks from now. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

The first one thousand words of The Mother Earth Insurgency

I’ve been thrilled with the response to my novelette, The Mother Earth Insurgency. It’s already got a 4.6 rating on Amazon! If you’re curious about the story, here’s the first one thousand words. If you like it, please consider purchasing the ebook for your Kindle. Thank you!

The rubber slug glanced off Nick Sorrows’ cheekbone, gashing the skin deep enough to make a scar certain. It stung, but he welcomed the laceration. The blood infiltrating the stubble on his jaw hid his intent and reduced the chance he might hesitate.

He stumbled forward, eyes on his quarry, a single individual ahead of him in the angry crowd. A surge carried him toward the police cordon, each officers’ truncheon at the ready. He pressed his right hand to his bleeding check and his left hand on the backs and shoulders of other demonstrators to maintain his balance.

He was part of the seething mass, but not with it. He chanted the protest slogans, but he didn’t sing them as a true believer.

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He was part of the seething mass, but not with it. He chanted the protest slogans, but he didn’t sing them as a true believer. Nick was like the nano-bots that stalked free-floating cancer cells in the bloodstream. His target was Jon Janicks. Could he stop Janicks before his insurgents assassinated another green energy investor? Maybe Janicks was after a Great Basin solar farm, or one of the Santa Barbara tidal energy converters. Nick had to know. Continue reading

New free-ebook promotion starts today; Another ends 8/31

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Download free stories from more than 90 indie authors. Ends September 2, 2017.

I’m partnering with a community of independent writers to promote each others’ work through Bookfunnel. More than 90 authors have joined to offer free stories, including my novelette, The Mother Earth Insurgency, for one week only. Click the image above or this Fantasy Fiction Giveaway link. You can download as many stories as like with no obligation. The promotion ends Saturday, September 2, 2017. Don’t wait!

I’m also part of a fabulous Bookfunnel promotion of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction called The End. More than 40 indie authors have joined together to bring you free stories about the aftermath of The End of The World. Click the image below or this link to download as many stories as you like. Again, there’s no obligation. The End ends Thursday, August 31, 2017.

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Don’t miss out. Download these stories right now. And thank you for your ongoing support of my work and that of other independent writers!

Look for news of my first novel in the Tales From A Warming Planet series, Carbon Run. Launch is just around the corner!

Five Questions: James Marquis and his Dark Day Dreams

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Dark Day Dreams is a collection of shorts by Seattle writer Jim Marquis.

James Marquis is a Seattle writer and author of science fiction novels, a memoir, and a collection of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories titled Dark Day Dreams, written under the pen name of James Hawthorne. He enjoys writing as a way to explore and expose the ways pop culture, politics, music and literature shape our everyday lives. An Amazon reviewer calls Dark Day Dreams “a book filled with curiosities.” I know Jim exclusively through Facebook. His posts are thoughtful and funny.

Do you remember the first character you created? It was a guy named Time Hunter. He was the hero of a comic book I created when I was around nine or ten. He went back to ancient Egypt.

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How did you feel when you saw your work in print / electronic form for the first time? When I first saw my book in print, I was so happy. It just seemed like a miracle. And I felt reconnected with the creativity I felt as a child but had set aside for several decades.

What is your favorite piece of advice for new writers? Immerse yourself in the writing world as much as possible. Your friends and family will be supportive but networking is what actually gets stuff done. Continue reading

Five Questions: Elizabeth Guizzetti, author of The Grove

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Elizabeth Guizzetti is author of three sci-fi and fantasy novels, including Other Systems and The Grove.

I’m starting a new occasional feature on my blog called Five Questions. I’ll ask an author five interesting questions and post their answers. Check out the answer for the bonus question! My inaugural guest is Elizabeth Guizzetti, a personal friend whom I met through a sci-fi and fantasy writers group in Seattle. Elizabeth loves to write science fiction, horror and fantasy with a bit of social commentary mixed in, not always intentionally. Her 2012 debut novel, Other Systems, was a finalist for the 2016 Canopus Award. Her most recent novel, The Grove, is on sale now.

Do you remember the first character you created? Tell me about him/her/it.

This wasn’t my first character, but the first character I remember was a ten or eleven-year-old girl trying to survive a werewolf apocalypse. I tried to write her tough, my mother said she was kind of rude to the two young men who she was with. (I think they were high schoolers, because at that age, high schoolers are super cool.)

How did you feel when you saw your work in print / electronic form for the first time?

My first published work was Faminelands: The Carp’s Eye which is a self-published graphic novel. It came out in print first and then we started the webcomic. It was (and always is) a roller coaster. It felt wonderful the first time I flipped through it, as well as terrifying. We were making changes up until it had been printing and I had a table at Emerald City Comicon 2008. It was crazy. Those feelings have been just as intense for every book that has gone through the publication process.

I made a video about I feel when holding my book for the first time if anyone wants to check it out on my YouTube Channel. Continue reading