What I’m Writing: Novels, Stories and Chapter Books

I thought it might be fun to update readers on what I’ve been working on. You’re probably already aware that I launched the second book in the Spit Mechs series this month (Spit Mechs 2). In December, I hope to launch the first in another chapter book series Squint & Rocket. If I get a reasonable response to these two books, I will most likely continue these two series in 2018.

But I also write adult fiction. Up to this point that has been almost exclusively fantasy and science-fiction, which of course, includes steampunk (greatest sub-genre ever?) I published a short story last year in the British sci-fi journal Singularity. (And have sent out dozens of other stories to other journals.) I have two separate steampunk novels that I have been sending out to prospective agents. Recently, I’ve developed the outlines for two separate novels. One is set in modern day southwest Texas and follows a young woman who, while navigating a sexist culture and a strained relationship with her father, makes a fantastic discovery that transports the story into something bordering fantasy. The second outline is for a full-out sci-fi novel that touches on themes of racism, conspiracy and competitive sports. Not yet satisfied with either, lately I have been pushing around an idea I have for a modern-day literary story with possible hints of magical realism that would focus on somewhat philosophical dialogue.

And I write the occasional poem too. Since there’s not a real monetary market for these, I’ve toyed with the idea of publishing those online (for free).

And that’s it, for now. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Free Spit Mechs Short Story Ebook

I wanted to write a free Spit Mechs short story for several reasons.

First, it gave me a chance to really dive into one of my favorite characters in the Spit Mechs universe (Jane Pemberton).

Second, I thought with a shorter side story, I could create an experience that takes place on a smaller scale than the other Spit Mechs books. Without giving anything away, this story takes place within the kids’ school, so we can learn more about their regular school life. (Well, not too regular. They are Spit Mechs after all.)

And last, it was a way for me to show some gratitude to my Spit Mechs fans. So thanks, guys!

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(Important note: Don’t confuse this free ebook SPIT MECHS 1.5 with SPIT MECHS 2 – which is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and launches on July 1, 2017.)

Spit Mechs 2 – Book Launch Announced

I am excited to announce that Spit Mechs 2 is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Release date is July 1, 2017. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed all the positive feedback I’ve received from kids and adults on Spit Mechs. Keep it coming.

In this humorous, adventurous sequel to Spit Mechs, genius fourth-grader Newton Beam and his friends, Jorge and Jane, don their super suits yet again. This time around, they’ve been challenged to a game of baz ball by the galactic champions and all-around alien meanies. They’re playing for the moon in this hilarious, winner-take-all match-up. The team will have to learn to work together to beat their brawling alien adversaries – or it’s good bye moon!

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