Tetrarch’s Dilemma is Released

Happy to announce Book 6 in the Pirates of the Milky Way space opera series is out today on Amazon. Tetrarch’s Dilemma follows the crew of the Ultima Mule and the ongoing war between competing AI systems in the League and the Republic. Pick up your copy today!

Halcyon’s Heirs is Released

Book 4 in the Pirates of the Milky Way series is up on Amazon! Here’s the blurb:

The survivors of the SLS Excelsior are marooned on Halcyon, an abandoned planet limited by 19th century technology. In Epsilon University, the seed of Resistance is forming, and attracting unwanted attention. And on Lute, the Tetrarch sends in the Marshal’s Service to try and recapture his daughter Jillian. Meanwhile, a secret gold shipment to Petra Roe attracts the attention of certain pirates.

The book also contains a bonus Patreon short story that won’t be published elsewhere.

Pay What You Want Boxset

 

I am happy to announce a special deal on a boxset featuring the first three books in the Pirates of the Milky Way series! Basically, you can pay whatever you want. I appreciate and all support.

Make a PayPal contribution using the link below and you will be redirected to the download page. You can choose the Kindle version or ePub version to download the file.

You can send any amount you like. For reference, if you were to buy all three books separately at current prices, it would run $6.97. You can send less than that, or if you’re feeling generous and you’d like to support my writing to a greater degree, you can send more. Either way, whatever amount you send will lead to the download links.

Thanks!



Clarion’s Call 22

Some 200 kilometers away from the planet, in the middle of Clarion’s solar system, a spare Wu Drive floated, rotating slowly. 

Suddenly, a cube of seawater appeared with two figures wearing space suits in the middle.

The water sloughed off them in slow motion, instantly separating into globules floating lazily through space. 

Then the figures disappeared. 

A moment later, a smaller amount of water mixed with silt appeared, this time encapsulating a sensor the size of a soup can. A second later, the sensor disappeared. 

Then the Wu Drive disappeared. 

In the disembarkation zone aboard the Ultima Mule, the two figures in spacesuits appeared, three centimeters off the floor. Their feet thumped down to the deck as the last of the water fell, succumbing to the ship’s gravity field. 

Decontamination rays swept them, killing off microorganisms. 

When the rays stopped, Raleigh reached up to his neck and pressed a latch. His suit relaxed and pulled away from the helmet. He took it off and looked at Jillian with a smile. 

She followed the procedure and took her own helmet off. The suit relaxed and her hair came loose. Freed from the suit, she shook her head and it rippled in all its glory. 

Her heart stopped when she caught Raleigh’s eye. 

“You came for me.” 

“I couldn’t leave a crewmember behind.” 

“StarCen said you were dead. I had to pretend that I was glad, but it tore me up inside.” 

“As far as she knows, we are dead. We wanted to keep it that way. I was a little worried you wouldn’t recognize me.” 

“When you gave me an order, I knew it had to be you. I didn’t know how it could be you, since you were dead. But . . . nobody gives orders to the Tetrarch’s daughter. Except my Captain.” 

She took a step forward. The suit seemed to sense her will, and slid down her body into a sort of puddle at her feet. His suit reacted likewise, sliding off him. 

The moment seemed perfect. She wrapped her arms around him and they kissed. Her lips parted to let his tongue in, and their bodies pressed together in a passionate embrace.

Back on the bridge, Granny cackled and put an unlit cigar in her mouth. The holovision showed the disembarkation deck in perfect clarity.

“Okay, Lootie. Who wins for first kiss?” 

“That would be Mr. Escobar, Quartermaster Wilcox. The date and time he chose is closest.” 

“That son of a gun. Okay. When we get back to where you have us officially alive again, deposit the winnings in his account.” 

“Will do, Quartermaster.” 

Maxwell grinned and said, “How much is he going to get?”

Granny said, “Hey, Lootie. How much did Escobar win?”

“He will receive 42,100 credits. As per the arrangements, you will receive 4,600 credits in your role as pool organizer.” 

Granny glared at the ceiling. The AI did not have to mention that last part. 

Maxwell said, “Hold it. You mean you get something for setting up the bets?” 

She spread her hands wide and said, “The house always wins, Max. You should know that.” 

He chuckled and rolled his eyes. 

“You’re always full of surprises, Granny.” 

They returned their attention to the couple in the disembarkation zone, still passionately embraced. Jillian lifted a leg and wrapped it around Raleigh’s.

“You know,” Granny said, “I used to be quite the kisser back in the day, too.” 

“Was that before you started chewing on those stink sticks?” 

Her face dropped and she turned to stare at Maxwell. 

Without taking the cigar out she said, “Watch it, fella. You may be the biggest on this ship, but I can still whup ya.” 

He chuckled and raised his hands in defeat. 

Max said, “I wouldn’t doubt it, Granny. I wouldn’t doubt it.”

-+-

Raleigh walked into the mess hall holding Jillian’s hand. The entire crew stood up and applauded. 

Jillian smiled, clearly embarrassed but with happiness on her face.  

Raleigh raised a hand for silence, and eventually everyone sat back down. 

Pak spoke up before he got a chance to say anything. 

“Where to now, Captain? Back home?” 

Raleigh shook his head. He said, “Everybody thinks we’re dead. I say that gives us an opportunity. Maybe we can wreak a little vengeance and make some profit while we’re at it.” 

Everybody leaned forward, anticipation quickly filling the air. 

Raleigh said, “Lootie, do you still have any drones at Pegasi?”

“Yes, I do, Captain. Three survived.” 

“Do any of those have eyes on the station at the moment?”

“Yes, Captain.” 

The mess hall’s holovision blinked and showed Pegasi Station at a distance. An Eagle-class warship slowly orbited around her.

“Crew, the Excelsior is still undergoing repairs at Pegasi. They are not expecting us. I say, we give them a visit.” 

A cheer went up in the mess hall as the Ultima Mule popped out of existence from its orbit around CSNP908.

 

Condor Rising Cover Reveal

The third book in the Pirates of the Milky Way series is Condor Rising. Chapters are available now on Patreon. Above is another fine cover by Jacqueline Sweet.

Clarion’s Call is Released!

Clarion’s Call, second in the Pirates of the Milky Way space opera action adventure series is out!

Here’s the blurb:

The SLS Excelsior has a million credit bounty on her, and pirate captain Christopher Raleigh leads his crew to claim the prize. But with the Digital Assassin and the Tetrarch’s daughter onboard, no plans can ever be safe.

When Space Marines recapture Jillian in the midst of battle, Raleigh and his crew have to find a way to get to Clarion and take her back. Or die trying . . .

Hope you enjoy! I hope to have the next one out in April. For the latest chapters in the Pirates of the Milky Way serial, please visit my Patreon page.

Digital Assassin is Released!

I’m happy to announce that Digital Assassin has been released, first in the Pirates of the Milky Way series.

Here’s the blurb:

New technology allowed humans to reach for the stars. Now technology has led to war.

Opposing AI systems battle in a monumental struggle for control of the galaxy. But one planet remains a refuge of independent thought. Lute is home to pirates, harboring ruthless companies of warships hunting for prey.

The pirates are offered the spoils of war, for a price. Captain Christopher Raleigh leads his crew in an effort to snag a lucrative transport on the opposing side. Along with the ship, he snares the Tetrarch’s daughter and several hundred indentured servants.

But not all are who they seem. As the bodies pile up, Raleigh has to figure out who is telling the truth and decide if the spoils of war are truly worth it.

I’m on my way with Book II, which should be out next month if all goes well. In the meantime, you can read the latest chapters on Patreon.

Introducing Pirates of the Milky Way

I’m serializing my latest novel, Pirates of the Milky Way, on RoyalRoad.com. We’ve got digital assassins, indentured servants, evil ambassadors, spymasters, space battles, ray gun snipers, and lots more. That’s just in book one!

You can catch book one, with a new chapter coming out every day, over on Royal Road. You don’t have to subscribe to the site to read, but if you do subscribe it will keep track of your progress for you.

Dwarves and Wizards has been released!

I’m pleased to announce the conclusion to another trilogy. Dwarves & Wizards marks the third and final book in the Forlorn Dagger series. I have greatly enjoyed the characters in this story, and so far it’s the longest one I’ve written, clocking in somewhere close to a quarter million words total for all three books.

Click on over to Amazon to take a look. It’s on sale for 99 cents.

 

Introducing Quantum Magic

 

I’ve had some short stories out on Instafreebie (now Prolific Works) for some time as a way to offer free items to newsletter subscribers as well as promote my book review and discussion site readper.com.

I decided to collect those stories and put them in one volume, then I added a new one that is previously unpublished, Mark 2.

If you like science fiction and fantasy short stories, give this one a click. It’s only 99 cents.