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“Easy to read, difficult to put down”…

So, The Wrong Stuff has been out for a couple of weeks and I’m doing everything I can to promote it, including an upcoming interview on the local radio book club hour and a piece in the local paper. 
I have also joined some Facebook author groups and I’m in the process of plugging away at a few of those each day.

The book now has its second five star review on Amazon, including my favourite quote so far, which I’ve pinched for the title of this post; “Easy to read, difficult to put down…”  which is, if I do say so myself, pretty accurate.

I’m still waiting to hear when the Kindle edition comes out, but here once again are the Amazon links for the beautifully designed and glossily covered paperback;

IF YOU ARE A UK READER, THIS LINK’S FOR YOU

IF YOU HAIL FROM ELSEWHERE, USE THIS ONE.

Don’t forget to order early, to get yours in time for Christmas.

By the way, should you have a sudden urge to share this post, don’t fight it.
And, to end on a sad note; one of my musical heroes died yesterday. Greg Lake, from Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson also produced the only truly acceptable Christmas record and I think it’s only right to let him play us out…

 

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New Starship Gypsies post: 22. The lure.

It’s been a while since I added to the collaborative sci-fi space opera that is Starship Gypsies, but I’ve finally got around to writing a new chapter and here it is…

Starship Gypsies

“Hey, Zeet, I’m picking up some sort of distress signal.” Lazzaro’s voice broke Toes’ reverie and he turned from surveying the starry blackness outside and ground out the Jamaican Gold he’d been smoking in an ashtray, “It seems to originate somewhere around Mars, but I’m having trouble getting a more accurate fix on it than that.”
Captain Zachary “ZT” Toes sighed and punched the talk button on the comm panel, “Ok, Eric, I’m on my way up now.”

“Roger that, cap’n. Lazzaro out.”

Toes reluctantly kicked off his comfortable sandals and crammed his feet into the new boots he’d ordered during their brief stopover in Earth orbit. He had hoped they would have started wearing in by now, because they pinched like a bitch when he walked and he already had a blister coming on one heel. But Lazzaro had been hassling him for a while now, about his somewhat…

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#atozchallenge: D is for Dreeb…

#atozchallenge: D is for Dreeb…

Today’s A-Z challenge is brought to you by the name of a villain in Starship Gypsies, the collaborative writing project from myself and Jerry at jdawgswords.

If you haven’t come upon our little space opera before, click the link at the top of this post and check out the site.

Here’s my latest contribution…

#atozchallenge

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Starship Gypsies

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Dreeb watched the uneven, crater-strewn surface of Phobos roll slowly past the observation window of his cruiser and congratulated himself on how close he was to finally catching up with the man who, he was convinced, had robbed him of the last fifteen years of his life.

“Six,” he barked, “when will we be above the target crater?”

The mercenary who Dreeb had christened number six checked a readout on his console, “We should be within range of the drop zone in just under ten minutes, sir.”

Dreeb ignored the sarcasm in the man’s tone; he wasn’t paying his crew of disgraced soldiers and hardcases-for-hire for their manners, just their loyalty and silence. Besides, if the operation went according to plan, he wouldn’t need to pay them the balance of their fee.

“Have the device ready to deploy on the next pass.” said Dreeb, “I don’t want there to be any disturbances on the surface…

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19. Save Thyself

Here’s the next chapter of our little space opera, Starship Gypsies, this one written by Jerry…

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Pentaethymethalyne-metalliod, commonly called “liquid hell” because of it’s extremely hot and explosive reaction with oxygen, non-reactive with nearly all chemicals and compounds, the stuff hates oxygen. One single molecule of oxygen will spell disaster every time. Therefore, after a short life as a weapon of mass destruction Pentaethymethalyne-metalliod was banned from Earth. It was quickly accepted as a rocket fuel, but it took several deadly explosions to finally isolate it from oxygen. The only safe exposure was in the combustion chamber. Very little oxygen was needed which was ideal in deep space and speeds of near-hyper could be reached. Also special fuel tanks were created to direct any explosions away from the ship structure. Legal tanks had a “rip seam” and extra plating on the vessel-side of the tank. Luckily the The Three Zees had such tanks and only one blew up, leaving them with a engine and fuel.

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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in Fiction, The write stuff.

 

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New Starship Gypsies post – 18. Dangerous games.

The plot thickens in my latest post on Starship Gypsies…

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Now they were safely in Earth orbit, Carli knew she only had a few days to prepare, but since the success or failure of the operation depended largely on keeping Lazzaro off balance and distracted, she had to spend at least some time each day working on him.

Whether that meant finding an excuse to wander onto the bridge whilst Toes was doing his gripe ‘n’ groan session and stand in Eric’s line of sight until he noticed her, sitting at his table in the canteen when he was chatting to other crewmen and flashing him an occasional coy smile, or “accidentally” running into him in the corridor when he was taking his morning run, Carli made sure he saw just enough of her to make him uncomfortable, but not enough that he had a chance to talk to her about anything except official ship’s business.

She felt bad about…

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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Fiction, The write stuff.

 

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New Starship Gypsies post…

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Here’s a link to Jerry’s latest installment of our co-written sci-fi adventure, Starship Gypsies, click the following link to continue the story…

The Three Zees

…or, if you’re new to our little space opera, START READING HERE.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Literature and writing

 

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Just Jot It January: Day twenty six – New Starship Gypsies post…

image Ok, I’ve only just this minute finished writing this new episode of Starship Gypsies, so you can have this for today’s JJIJ post.

Fasten your seatbelts…

#JusJoJan

Pingback to Linda G Hill.

Starship Gypsies

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Colan Dreeb lay on the new, non-regulation, divan bed in his cell, idly scrolling through the huge collection of murder-porn on his virtual reader unit.

He could hear the sound of his fellow prisoners being marched out into the force-shielded exercise area, from where they would have a 360° panoramic view of the endless, desolate and toxic surface of the planet on which the maximum security prison complex was located.

The designers of the facility had originally intended to make the dome-shaped shield completely opaque, given that there was literally nothing to see outside, apart from the occasional flashes of an electrical storm above the range of immense mountains that encircled the featureless plain where it stood. However, the company who ran the prison wanted the inmates to be able to see just how pointless an escape attempt would be, much like the infamous Alcatraz prison on late twentieth century…

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