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First Sentences, Examples From the Pulps

In the interests of learning from the masters, here are a few examples of evocative first sentences taken from a random scattering of works.  As with yesterday’s assignment, consider how each sentence hooks your attention, declares stakes, identifies the mood … Continue reading

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First Sentences – An Exercise for Readers and Writers

First impressions matter, all the more so when you’re writing a short story.  Having just dropped three to twelve bucks on a novel, a reader might give you a few pages to correct for a rough opening.  When you’ve only … Continue reading

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A Light Review, “Lil Gotham”

Here’s a fun little number. My youngest wasn’t sure about this, but she’s learning how to read and we’ve been enjoying a little Lego Batman on the Xbox 360 lately (so retro!), so it seemed right up her alley. Also, … Continue reading

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who ordered a copy of Barbarian Emperor over the last few weeks.  It’s been trundling along in sales that represent a step-up from my last few offerings.  Your faith in my ability to keep you entertained … Continue reading

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Cirsova 8’s “Party Crashers” by Ken McGrath

 The cover story for Cirsova 8 brings us a near future, superhero tale dressed up in tech-noir trappings.  The two heroes of the piece, Haywire and Scramble, are hired guns ready to engage in a little corporate espionage or black-op … Continue reading

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IF: A Sci-Fi Anthology

When the Isolate and Swarm crowd decided to take a swing at the good guys over at Alterna Comics, I (along with a few thousand other comic book fans) advanced my purchase schedule to send a financial signal to Peter … Continue reading

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Cirsova 8’s “Only a Coward” by Jennifer Povey

If you want to catch the eye of a Catholic, you could do a lot worse than the opening to Jennifer Povey’s Only A Coward: “Only a coward chooses death over a difficult life,” Selien spoke those words as the … Continue reading

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Happy BE Day

Today’s the day that my loyal fans receive their comeuppance in the form of the high-octane adventure of a slave turned emperor.  Pre-orders are over, it’s time to sit back and let the struggle of a regular guy forced to … Continue reading

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The Barbarian Emperor On The Air

Soon. If you already pre-ordered a copy of Barbarian Emperor, thank you.  If you haven’t because you’re still sitting on the fence, here are a couple of interviews that I did over the last week showcasing the work and a … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Barbarian Emperor

Newsletter readers and those who follow me on Twitter already know about my next release.  As a quick break from the Heroes Unleashed Universe, I knocked out a nice fantasy epic that features a gladiator clawing his way out of the … Continue reading

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