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.

Win a free copy!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

Forgive yourself for giving away your writing

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Stop worrying about getting paid and keep writing.

A well-known editor slammed Entertainment Weekly recently for offering writers the chance to publish on a high-traffic website in exchange for “prestige” instead of money. Scott Meslow of The Week called the move “a deeply cynical decision that feeds off the dreams of inexperienced writers who are hoping to make a name for themselves in entertainment journalism.” In his view, only EW benefits from this arrangement. The writing community suffers economically, because “free” drives down the price (i.e. compensation) for writing, and creatively, because the site will be flooded with poorly written content that hurts quality all around.

Meslow is right, and he is wrong.

A company with the resources of Time-Warner, which owns Entertainment Weekly, ought to be ashamed of itself for such a blatant attempt to exploit the aspirations of (likely) young people who (probably) don’t know any better. New writers are eager to make their mark, and Time-Warner apparently sees this ambition as an easy way to cut its costs. Low or no-pay also encourages other publishers to follow suit. The practice could lead to lower pay rates for experienced writers, driving them out of the marketplace because they can’t pay their living expenses. In the long run, readers are presented slapdash work that drags all journalism down. Continue reading