Monthly Archives: December 2013

My thanks for downloading The Hive

I want to thank everyone who downloaded my award-winning novel, The Hive, from Story Cartel. I hope you enjoy it and will write an honest and thoughtful review. To the winners of the prizes, Story Cartel will give me your names later this week.

The Hive is book 3 of the Dave Brewster series of science fiction novels. During this epic story, Dave Brewster finds that humanity did not originate on this planet at all. His journey of discovery leads him to another galaxy where he finds that even though mankind can conquer the stars, innately, we are still weak, and easily overcome by our basest instincts. It is a tale of tyranny, indentured servitude and man’s inhumanity to his brothers. Still, people who are dedicated to righting the wrongs of the universe can succeed if they refuse to give up.

Please also check out Story Cartel. They have free books available all the time in all different genres. The authors who put their books on that site are looking for honest reviews to help them further their writing careers. Here is the link to that site.



December Microstory Contest Entry

Once again, I posted my microstory to the monthly contest on the LinkedIn Group “Science Fiction readers, writers, collectors and artists”.  It’s a great group and if you like sci-fi, you should check it out! The stories this month had to include the longest night, fear, and not here/not now. Here is what I came up with:

The Hunt

Dread crawled up my back and sat at the base of my neck as we trudged through the knee-deep snow. The night was pitch-black, pierced only by lights affixed to our blasters. In the distance, a stand of trees marked the beginning of a forest, which might offer some cover from the kartok that followed us. Why do I let Chad talk me into this stuff? “Come to the moon Aki, Tom. It’s the best place this side of Nargo for hunting,” he said, and I fell for it.

“Tell me again why we didn’t go out west to hunt something less deadly, like grizzlies?”

“You have to test yourself and try new things to grow, Tom. Back home we get two weeks of vacation. We get one week a month off here, and the work isn’t hard either.” Chad was right. On Aki, robots did the work. Our job was to repair them and fill out reports for HQ. Room and board were free, so we were saving a ton of cash.

A deep guttural growl snapped me back to reality. We knelt back to back, searching for the beasts. Kartok travel in packs, so only one growl seemed odd. My beam caught it first. The male was massive, eight feet tall at the withers. Its thick dark fur obscured a muscular frame. The back four legs supported the beast, while the front pair was short and used to shovel food into the enormous mouth. Those short arms and large head made it look like a furry T-Rex. It was hunched down, trying to decide how to attack this odd creature with lights shining out. “Should I shoot?” I asked.

“It seems to be alone. I wonder why.”

“Maybe I’ll ask him why he’s chewing on my head.” I aimed my blaster, waiting for it to make the first move. “Why isn’t he attacking?” After a few tense minutes, it turned slightly, exposing a deep gash on one of its rear legs. The fur was soaked in blood. The kartok turned to look at us again, and then laid flat on the snow, whimpering. “Chad, I think it wants us to help him.”

“I’m not getting close to that monster. Did you see the teeth and claws on that thing? Let me just put it out of its misery.” He leveled his blaster and the beast closed its eyes.

Pushing his rifle down, I said, “That’s messed up, Chad. You’d kill an injured animal.”

“It’s better than being killed.”

“Tell you what. You keep your blaster on it and I’ll go take a look.” Chad stared at me in shock, but said nothing. He followed me halfway to the animal and stood guard while I examined it. First, I melted some snow with my blaster and used the water to clean the wound. Then I applied a whole tube of antiseptic cream and used a sewing kit to close the cut. Finally I shaved the nearby fur and placed a bandage over it. The kartok never moved, and I thought it might have died. When we backed away, it looked back at its leg and licked the spot. Then it stood again and bowed its head. I instinctually bowed back.

The clearing filled with a pack of twenty kartok females. They were much smaller, but no less deadly. They growled and licked their lips as they circled us. We were back to back again as we watched their eyes. We might kill a few, but there was no way we could survive this night. “You were right about the grizzlies, Tom,” Chad said.

“It’s been good knowing you, pal.”

The male let out a deafening roar, shaking the snow off the trees. He pushed the others back, growling and hissing at them. Then sounds changed to clicks and whines, and seemed almost like conversation. The females turned and slowly retreated into the forest. The male watched them leave, and then began to come toward us. We pointed our weapons and it stopped and bowed, and moved forward again. I was shaking in fear. It towered over us, its breath creating a fog around our heads. I noticed it was extending one of its arms. Not knowing what else to do, I shook its claw-like hand. It stepped back and bowed again, and then turned to follow the females into the night. “Did that really happen?”

“I think so. We’re still here.”

“This has to be the best Christmas ever.”

Available at a bookstore near you

I just received a second approval from a major national bookstore chain (I am not allowed to mention the name). Once they process the orders, six of my seven novels will be test marketed in different stores across the country. Please look for The Dave Brewster and Heartstone series books at your neighborhood store in the coming months.

Also, while you’re thinking about it, download a free e-book of The Hive right now! There’s only a week left on the promotion, so hurry. Here is the link.


The Hive Promotion Now Live

Sign up now for your free e-book version of The Hive, my award-winning science fiction novel, on Story Cartel, in exchange for your honest and thoughtful review. If you have not heard of Story Cartel, please check them out at Click the link below to get your copy now! And please share this note with your friends. As a new indie author, I appreciate the opportunity to share my works with you and your friends.

Updated Cover for The Hive

HIVE-ebookcover-SCBFI have updated the cover for The Hive, Book 3 in the Dave Brewster Series, to include the badge for my award at the 2013 Southern California Book Festival. Isn’t it pretty?

If you are interested in my award-winning book about intergalactic travel, tyranny and redemption, you can now sign up for a free e-book on in exchange for your honest and thoughtful review. You can also look inside on or and experience some of the story before you choose to buy. Join the Adventure!

The Hive on Story Cartel

I have decided to do an e-book giveaway of The Hive on the website On this site, authors give away copies for 20 days. By accepting the download, the readers agree to write a thoughtful and honest review on or other sites or blogs (like this one).

Obviously, the reason I am doing this is to attract more readers to my books. Different readers like different things, and I hope people who like my writing style will be introduced to my work. Since The Hive has won an award already, I thought it was the best choice to try Story Cartel out.

If you have not signed up for a free account on Story Cartel, I encourage you to do so. There are many books being given away all the time, although I’m certain you want to read mine first. Once The Hive deal is ready to start, I’ll post again and provide a link to the book page there. Thanks for your interest in my works.