Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Bellbottom Incident - paperback available early!

Psst! 

A bit of news just for my mailing list subscribers (well, and for anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook, and possibly some places I've forgotten my feed goes to...) Anyways, here it is: The Bellbottom Incident paperback has gone up on Amazon TEN DAYS EARLY. The Kindle version is still on track for release at the end of this month, March 31. But as of today, you can find the papeback for sale on Amazon US and on Amazon UK

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Bellbottom Incident

Amazon's algorithms sent out the "Coming Soon" email this morning, sooner than I expected, so this isn't exactly a cover unveiling as everyone can already see it on the Kindle preorder page.  But here goes anyway. Ta-da:



The Far Time Incident, the first book in the series, had a cover that was on the light side, off-white and gray. The Runestone Incident cover was mostly black with some red accents. So for this third one we went with lots of color, which also happened to match the time period the book takes place in. That it's the seventies is pretty clear from the title, I think! TheBookDesigners get the credit for turning my vague word-sketch into a lovely and eye-catching cover.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014 Welcome 2015


Season's greetings and best wishes for 2015! May the upcoming year treat you and yours well, and may any and all surprises be good ones.

I’m going to skip the obligatory recap of last year, as I feel it’s always better to look ahead than to sneak glances backward. Book-wise, here is where things stand going into the new year:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Guest Post by Charlie N. Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician

Today I welcome Charlie N. Holmberg to the blog -- her just-released young adult debut, The Paper Magician, is already rocking the Kindle bestseller lists! Charlie stopped by to talk about one of the less glamorous tasks faced by a writer, designing promotional materials, and how things didn't quite go according to plan. Read on:

The making of the bookmarks for The Paper Magician was fun, but also ended up being quite a handful! This is namely due to my publisher’s decision to change the book’s cover literally days after the first set had been printed up. But it all worked out in the end.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Guest Post: Michael Tinker Pearce Talks Aliens

Today on the blog we have one half of the writing duo of Michael Tinker Pearce and Linda PearceThe couple's second novel, Rage of Angels, a military science-fiction story, is now available on Kindle. Michael stopped by today to talk about fictional alien invasions of Earth, and how they often seem to involve aliens that aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the galaxy. Read on: 



Earth is maybe the luckiest planet in the cosmos. Sure, we keep getting invaded but the invaders are always, well, stupid.  From the very first alien invasion story, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, the prerequisite for attacking Earth seems to be that you must be dumb. Wells’ Martians had overwhelming technical and military superiority and they steamrolled us. It seemed like the perfect plan… except they forgot to filter their air-supply, caught colds and died.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Update on Book 3 of the Incident Series

I've had a couple of readers email asking me when the final book in the Incident series will release, so here's a quick update:

  1. There's a working title (ta-na!): THE BELLBOTTOM INCIDENT
  2. The book is in the developmental (content) editing stage at the moment.
  3. Depending on how long the editing takes (and obtaining permissions for any quotes I include in the text, cover design, etc) the expected publication date is sometime this winter, that is to say, late 2014 or early 2015. 
Also, this final book in the Incident series may just be my favorite of the three. Just sayin'. Hard to comment further without giving away key plot points, but let's just say Julia and the others get to go to near-time, meet a famous author... and, oh, all sorts of stuff happens.

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Q & A with Scott James Magner

Today I welcome Scott James Magner to the blog. He's a "writer, editor, designer, developer, and world builder" who has worked on everything from science fiction novels to card games to radio ads. In between all that, he found time to answer a few questions. Read on:



Monday, May 12, 2014

Pics from Uncle Hugo's

My thanks to everyone who came to Uncle Hugo's this past Saturday or preordered books -- I had a great time, met some lovely people, and even got to sign a T-shirt! Here are some pictures:


Uncle Hugo's, and next to it, Uncle Edgar's.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

News This Second Week of May

Finally some nice weather here in the Twin Cities - sixty degrees and (partly, but we'll take it) sunny. The flowers aren't blooming yet, but there's hope.

There are various May promotions going on for my series starter, The Far Time Incident, so if you're in the mood for a time-travel mystery, it's a great time to pick up the audiobook (wonderfully narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal and $6.95 for Audible customers until May 10) or the ebook ($1.99 on Kindle until Memorial Day) or a print copy ($7.99 until May 15 on Amazon). In the UK, both The Far Time Incident and The Runestone Incident are £0.99 on Kindle for all of May.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Meet 47North Author Melissa F. Olson

Today I welcome fellow 47North author Melissa F. Olson to the blog! Melissa writes urban fantasy -- her short story Sell-By Date, an introduction to her Scarlett Bernard series, releases today. Read on:




Neve: Tell me about your books, Melissa – what drew you to writing an urban fantasy series?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Order a Personalized Copy of My Books

Uncle Hugo's is a science fiction bookstore here in Minneapolis. They've just celebrated their 40th anniversary, which makes Uncle Hugo's the "oldest independent science fiction bookstore" in the U.S.! Needless to say, forty years is a long time to be in business, especially in the publishing business, so a big congrats to Don Blyly--you can read his take on How's Business? in this store newsletter. The store is next door to its mystery twin, Uncle Edgar's, and is packed from floor to ceiling with new and used books. It's an excellent place to find out-of-print and vintage books.

Uncle Hugo's is also the one place you can get signed copies of my books (unless you run into me somewhere). They do ship, so you don't have to come by in person.