We had some home damage but all the work is basically done and I’m back to writing. Gunboat Diplomacy, book 14 in The Empire of Bones Saga, is about 50% written. I hope to have the first draft done by the end of April and get it off to the editor late-May. Next up after that will be book 3 in The Imperial Marines Saga, as yet untitled.
Back to Writing and Reading
I’ve gotten back on the horse and have started writing on the book again. Things are moving well.
The first pass for Imperial Recruit (formerly Imperial Marines: Recruit) has come back from the editor, been dealt with, and is back for the second pass. It’ll be published late this month or early next.
I’ve been listening to audio books in my pile as I work and I’m going to posts short reviews here over the next few days. I figure if people like what I write, they’ll have a chance of liking what I read. If I don’t really like something, I won’t mention it. No need to be that guy.
That’s it for me. I’ll have a newsletter coming out next Tuesday, so keep an eye out for it. Later.
Updating the Website and Writing
I took a break in writing the tentatively titled Gunboat Diplomacy, book 14 in The Empire of Bones Saga, to update my website to use a new plugin and add content. I think I have it the new look basically set up. The book is 1/4 done. I’ll get back to writing on it this weekend. The plan is to have the next book wrapped up by the end of February.
The book I just finished writing, Imperial Recruit, book 2 of The Imperial Marines Saga, is at the editor. I’d wager it will be published in early March.
When Luck Runs Out – Book Thirteen in The Empire of Bones Saga
After years of battle, Kelsey Bandar and Jared Mertz are finally ready to face the master AI enslaving the Terran Empire. With just a bit of luck, this nightmare will finally be over.
Only luck can run out just when you need it the most.
Outnumbered and outgunned, they must salvage victory from certain defeat. Failure means extermination, invasion, and the loss of everyone they love. Can they beat the odds just one more time?
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “When Luck Runs Out” today!
Spoils of War – Book One in The Imperial Marines Saga
They thought they could force her to conform. They were wrong.
Inside a dystopian school in the Singularity, the twelve-year-old girl known as One Twenty-Four struggles to survive. Failure to conform means death at the hands of her teacher.
Assuming her clone sisters don’t kill her first.
The Terran Empire has tasked Imperial Marine Lieutenant Grace Tolliver to lead her platoon into the Singularity as a privateer. Her mission: to tear a great bloody strip off their enemies and to take anything that isn’t nailed down.
The collision of this unlikely pair will change the humanity in ways that no one could predict. If they survive.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Spoils of War” today!
Author’s Note: This novel takes place more than five centuries before The Empire of Bones Saga and the events unfolding here have implications there.
Victory on Terra – Book Twelve in The Empire of Bones Saga
Kelsey Bandar and Jared Mertz must retrieve the electronic override buried under the ruins of the old Imperial Palace to win the war against the AIs. Oh, and get off the planet in spite of the murderous warships orbiting the destroyed world.
How hard could that be?
Imprisoned in a dead megacity and surrounded by howling savages thirsty for their blood, they must triumph or die. And if they die, humanity dies with them.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Victory on Terra” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
Ruined Terra – Book Eleven in The Empire of Bones Saga
Marooned on ruined Terra, Kelsey Bandar and Jared Mertz must march to the Imperial Palace to recover the key to defeating the savage AIs that have enslaved humanity.
If, of course, the fierce and primitive Terrans don’t kill them first.
Trapped without their advanced technology, they must overcome foes determined to take everything they have left, including their very lives. If they don’t find allies fast, humanity is doomed.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Ruined Terra” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
Blood of Patriots – Book Four in The Humanity Unlimited Saga
Harry and Jess thought they had enough on their plates: genetically altered humans bent on world domination, interstellar aliens that thought humans made decent slaves, and a government determined to arrest them for treason.
Then the universe said, “Hold my beer.”
With war brewing over the alien technology, a secret society determined to betray Earth, and a head-to-head fight with the aliens on the horizon, they gather both enemies and allies alike to fight for humanity.
If their shaky alliance fails, humanity faces slavery or extermination. They must not fail.
If you love adrenaline-pumping science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Blood of Patriots” and the rest of The Humanity Unlimited Saga today!
Bound By Blood – Book Five in the Vigilante Series
The President is dead.
The outer colonies are in revolt.
One man will make himself Emperor.
The Commonwealth must stop him…or fall.
In the chaos after the death of President Barnes and the revelation of his betrayals, Brad Madrid has been imprisoned because of his relationship to the pirate known as the Phoenix. His relationship takes on a new edge when the Phoenix declares himself Lord Protector of the Outer Worlds—the unquestioned dictator of a nation born to wage war against the Commonwealth.
Released from his prison and drafted into the Commonwealth Navy, Brad is sent out to wage war against his last living relative. As his own home, Jupiter, tries to step aside from the conflict, he finds himself with a sparse list of allies—and facing a far more powerful enemy than he’d ever feared.
The Phoenix promised that he would be Emperor. As years of hidden work comes to fruition, Brad isn’t sure he can stop him. He only knows one thing: brothers or not, he will defy the Phoenix to his last dying breath!
Race To Terra – Book Ten in The Empire of Bones Saga
Separated by an almost unimaginable gulf in space, Princess Kelsey Bandar and Admiral Jared Mertz must fight to stop the diabolical artificial intelligences that destroyed the Old Terran Empire.
Though unable to communicate with one another, they must overcome terrible odds and defeat foes determined to kill or enslave them. They cannot allow themselves to fail.
Yet time is running out. Unless both quickly make their way to Terra, the computers win and humanity loses.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab Race To terra and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
Bound By Honor – Book Four in the Vigilante Series
An enemy of newfound strength
A friend gone missing in the night
A threat that can be ignored no more
Brad Madrid, Commodore of the Vikings Mercenary Company, has once again been drawn into the war against the resurgent Cadre. Called into action in battles across the Solar System, from the fogs of Venus to the ice fields of Ceres, he faces deadly enemies at every turn.
In the midst of the chaos, Brad learns that his Agency contact and partner, Kate Falcone, has gone missing before she could deliver the evidence of treason she carried. With millions of lives at stake, finding her cannot be his first priority, but he searches as he goes.
Then an old enemy shares a poisonous gift as they flee from battle: the Cadre doesn’t have Kate Falcone. They know who does, however, and the hints they give Brad lead him to the one place he thought he would never make war…
Hidden Enemies – Book Nine in The Empire of Bones Saga
Trapped between murderous xenophobes and calculating artificial intelligences, an interstellar war threatens to wash Princess Kelsey Bandar away in a tide of blood.
With her most powerful ship crippled, only a desperate mission to steal what she needs right out from under the noses of her enemies offers a way to get her people safely home.
As if that wasn’t hard enough, success requires her foes never learn of her existence and therein lies the problem. Few have ever accused Kelsey Bandar of subtlety.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab Hidden Enemies and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
Bound By Law – Book Three in the Vigilante Series
An uneasy peace broken by an old enemy
An old ally owed debts and obligations
A new mission to bring light into darkness
In the aftermath of the destruction of the Cadre’s main base, there was a period of quiet in the Solar System. Now, however, pirate attacks are on the rise again. When the Cadre ambushes a medical convoy under the protection of Brad Madrid and the Vikings Mercenary Company, the attacking warship turns out to be of a type and class the pirates should never have come into possession of.
The Cadre is no longer limited to pirate corvettes and scratch-built destroyers. Somehow, they’ve come into possession of a modern fleet of warships no one outside the Commonwealth should possess.
Brad Madrid owes the Agency and the Commonwealth his allegiance and his life. So when Kate Falcone calls on him to help seek out the Cadre’s new shipyard, he answers without hesitation. Their investigation, however, will draw his mercenary company into a newborn conflict unlike anything he’s ever faced before.
The Terra Gambit – Book Eight in The Empire of Bones Saga
Sent on a mission critical to the survival of the New Terran Empire, Jared Mertz must travel deep into the AI-dominated Rebel Empire on an operation of deception.
Only there are games afoot that no one could foresee and players at the table that no one could expect. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
When unexpected enemies deal themselves in, Jared must bet everything on a single hand. Bluffing might get him killed but folding isn’t an option.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab The Terra Gambit and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
Oath of Vengeance – Book Two in the Vigilante Duology
A mercenary with a secret past
A pirate leader with a secret mission
A clash that will shake planets
Mercenary Captain Brad Madrid has spent years building the resources to go after the man who murdered his family. His new career has benefits—but also duties and responsibilities he cannot lightly brush aside.
A new mission brings him once again into conflict with the Terror, however, and as friends and lovers alike perish around him, he realizes that responsibility and vengeance align. Neither the man he was nor the man he is can suffer the Terror to live.
Aided by allies across the planets and a familiar shadowy spy, Brad will hunt his enemy across the Solar System, chasing down a final confrontation that will shake the foundations of humanity…and fulfil his Oath of Vengeance.
Heart of Vengeance – Book One in the Vigilante Duology
A pirate attack with only one survivor
A conspiracy woven across the planets
A vengeance that will not be denied
When pirates seize the inter-planetary freighter owned by Brad Mantruso’s family, he is dumped into space. Saved from death by a passing Fleet ship, he is left with nothing but his skills, a gun, and a burning desire for vengeance.
Acquiring a ship, he reinvents himself as the mercenary Captain Brad Madrid. Before he can pursue his enemies, however, he finds himself dragged into an unexpected conflict when his ship’s history draws new enemies to him.
Beset by pirates, slavers, and a woman who might be his savior—but definitely is a spy—it will take all of his skill, cunning, and new friends to claim his revenge!
Tree of Liberty – Book Three in The Humanity Unlimited Saga
Harry Rogers and his friends found alien tech scattered across the solar system and the government of the United States wants it. Them and everyone else.
His diabolical family also managed to steal an alien spaceship and flee the system. How long until they bring trouble back?
As the revelations set the world on fire, Harry must stop shadowy enemies from enslaving humanity. If he can.
If you love adrenaline-pumping science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Tree of Liberty” and the rest of The Humanity Unlimited Saga today!
Behind Enemy Lines – Book Seven in The Empire of Bones Saga
Cut off from home, Princess Kelsey Bandar needs a place to hide from the vengeful Rebel Empire.
The secrets she stole give her people a fighting chance in the war that brought down the original Terran Empire. If she gets them home. If her prisoners cooperate.
Should that prove impossible, she must then convince a long-hidden people to help her. After she finds them, of course.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Behind Enemy Lines” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
Scorched Earth – Book One in The Scorched Earth Saga
Author Tom Morgan wrote about the end of the world. He never expected to live it.
Once power failed in Portland, the clock started ticking. Tom must scavenge supplies to get his friends to his home on the Oregon coast.
Only some covet what he possesses. Death rides shotgun on this desperate drive.
When power dies, civilization dies. “The Scorched Earth” chronicles the frantic fight for survival as society collapses around one man determined to save those closest him. And the price he must pay to do it.
Recon in Force – Book Six in The Empire of Bones Saga
Know your enemy. Especially those capable of crushing you like a bug.
Princess Kelsey Bandar must lead a bold strike deep into enemy space to steal the technology the New Terran Empire needs to survive.
Success gives them a fighting chance. Failure dooms them to death and worse.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Recon in Force” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!