What a pleasant surprise to discover I’m the “Rising Writer” this month! I love this group! If you’re a writer looking for a group that provides great support check out RRBC and RWISA!
What could be more perfect to celebrate World UFO Day than a great UFO story? And better yet, it’s on sale at Smashwords for half price! If you’re an audio book fan and liked the old TV show, ALF, you’ll love Thyron. If you’re an Audible member and would like to listen for free, I still have a few promotional codes left, so give me a holler in the comments if you’re interested. If you’re not a member, you can get two free audible books when you join. Sign up here. Find out more about the story on the Star Trails Tetralogy website.
I believe. How about you?
Getting my first audio book produced was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, thanks to the talents of my narrator, Hollywood actor, T.W. Ashworth. You can learn more about him and his credentials on IMDB. Meanwhile, he was willing to participate in a short interview so I could show you the face behind the many voices you get to enjoy in the audio version of “The Terra Debacle: Prisoner’s at Area 51.”
MF: How long have you been acting? How did you get your start?
TW: I’ve been performing since 1970 in a pretty varied career. Ballet dancer, Classical regional Theatre as an actor and director, national tours in musicals, movie musicals, commercials, music videos, and television. I got my start when a friend in high school dared me to audition for Eugene Ionesco’s RHINOCEROS…I got cast and fell in love with the stage.
MF: What’s your favorite part about narrating a book?
TW: Like Bottom in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, I get to play all the roles. I enjoy finding different voices in my story telling.
MF: What was your favorite role so far as an actor?
TW: Let me give you an answer as varied as my career: Classical Stage – Face in Ben Jonson’s THE ALCHEMIST, Musical Theatre – Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN, Stage – Pastor Brian in Christine Ashworth’s two person play CASSANDRA CRIES, TV – Mr. Fisher in HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, sketch comedy – Pat Bristow’s HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.
MF: What are you working on now (either acting role or narrating, or both)?
In narration I’m working on A Fairy Night’s Dream: or The Horn of the Oberon by Katharine Elise Chapman, Samantha V. Hutton and Symbols: Book Two of The Allegoricon Parables by Jason P Doherty. It’s the off season for TV and a slow time for film, so I’m primarily working on narration.
MF: Who was your favorite character in “The Terra Debacle”?
TW: Gabe, a gentle telepathic intellectual botanist, who is more than a bit bothered by his psychic gift.
MF: Did any part of “The Terra Debacle” surprise you?
TW: The bittersweet ending.
MF: Who do you think would enjoy this story the most?
TW: A person with an intelligent heart.
So now you know what the man behind the voices you’ll hear in “The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51” looks like and a little bit about him. You can get your copy of the audiobook on Amazon (where you can listen to an excerpt), Audible, and iTunes. If you’re not already a member, you can get it for free if you sign up for a 30-day trial. If you’re already a member and would be willing to give the story a review, contact me at email@example.com and I’ll make arrangements for you to get a complimentary copy.
May the 4th Be With You! And better yet, May the Four Books of Star Trails Be With You!
To celebrate, don’t miss this FLASH SALE! Each of the four volumes of the Star Trails Tetralogy, plus “The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51”, is on sale for only 99c!
If you’re a hard science fiction fan, this series is for you! But don’t take my word for it. Being the author, you know I’m seriously prejudiced, and not to be trusted. So here’s an excerpt from an Amazon reviewer who’s read the entire series and left this comment under “Refractions of Frozen Time:”
“I love seeing the threads from all the books come together, and the climax is so amazing and unexpected, I kept waiting to hear a huge pipe organ chord! Wow! I love this family and how they all grow in unexpected ways, even when facing death. This series has made me remember why I love science fiction–it stretches my brain in mind-bending ways and opens new ways of seeing the universe. Thanks to the author for a great read and a wild ride!”
And thanks to that wonderful reviewer as well for sharing her feelings about Star Trails!
You can find out more about the series on the website StarTrailsSaga.com. There are videos for each book, links to excerpts on Bublish, and various other things, including forms to request your local library to carry the series, newsletter signup, and coming events.
Here are vendor links to the various books. [Note that “Beyond the Hidden Sky” is always FREE, everywhere but Amazon where it’s 99c.]
I’m excited to announce that the audio version of “The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51” has just been released! You can find it on Amazon/Audible here. It will be available via iTunes in a few days. If you’d like to give Audible a try, you can get the audio book for FREE! If you’re already a member, it’s out there now and I’d love to start getting some feedback via reviews! So far people have loved it as you can see from the reviews for the printed version on Amazon as well as the Star Trails Website.
Hollywood actor, T.W. Ashworth, did a fabulous job narrating! You can find out more about him here. T.W. has been busy auditioning for a variety of roles during this time while still doing a fabulous job of bringing the story to life. Check it out! There’s no time like the present to give audio books a try. They’re a multiplexer’s dream and the ideal way to make that long commute more enjoyable!
HOLIDAY SALE! All my books are only 99c/each until December 31. If you or someone you know likes science, this science fiction is just for them! As one reviewer stated, “Seamless integration of real science with an eye toward plausibility reminds me of Asimov.” The Terra Debacle, the story of a sentient plant stuck on Earth, will undoubtedly put a smile on the face of any botanists out there.
Sign up before October 30 for a chance to win one of three autographed copies of “The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51” being given away through Goodreads. Details here.
What you’re looking at are photos of the latest and greatest way to share your books! As an author I think this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Its actual size and dimensions are the same as a credit card, but the awesome part is that it contains a USB drive loaded with my Star Trails Box Set and latest novel, “The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51”.
These work great for book signing parties, especially for those who prefer an ebook, as well as for giveaways, drawings, and anything else you can think of. They have a variety of styles, but I thought this particular one was best suited to show my books on one side and have the website and QR Code on the other. Just think how much easier it is to haul a box of these around versus print copies!
I got mine from https://www.usbmemorydirect.com. Check it out!
I can’t think of any better way to celebrate World UFO Day on July 9 than a flash sale of my latest release, The Terra Debacle: Prisoners at Area 51. Not only is it on sale for 99c, but A Dark of Endless Days, volume II of The Star Trails Tetralogy, is as well.
Why? Because that’s where The Terra Debacle began. Thus, if you haven’t read it yet, especially if you’re the type who’d like to get it all in context, you can grab that one, too, for a bargain price. (Note that since The Terra Debacle is a standalone book it’s not necessary, but it does fill in numerous blanks.)
So far, The Terra Debacle has been collecting great reviews. Here are some excerpts:
“Scintillating science and side-splitting humor.”
“Unique and titillating sci-fi entertainment.”
“Brilliantly conceived and finely crafted.”
“The research is profound and convincing.”
“Off-the-wall in a way similar to how Tom Robbins grabs the reader & shakes him.”
“A brilliant story, extremely well written and with great character development.”
“Easily comparable to a dark version of ET – The Extraterrestrial”
“Highly entertaining, suspenseful and thought-provoking”
“What an ending! What a story! I will always think differently about plant chloroplasts and bulbs in the future.”
And don’t miss the latest video, which gives you a glimpse of its darker side.
Happy reading! And remember: The truth is out there.
Book Descriptions on the Star Trails Website:
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I’m happy to report that my latest novel has finally been released! If you’re a fan of UFOs, Area 51, or have read Beyond the Hidden Sky and/or A Dark of Endless Days, volumes I and II, respectively, of the Star Trails Tetralogy, you’ll enjoy this one.
Writing this story, which is a spin-off from the Star Trails Tetralogy, was quite a trip. Every time I thought it was done, I’d realize there was something missing. Usually that entailed more research, which took more time than the actual writing.
Nonetheless, it was an adventure and fun, especially getting to know a new character, Gabe Greenley, after spending so much time with the Brightstar clan.
For those of you who don’t know the premise of the story, here’s the Book Blurb:
In May 1978 a UFO lands at Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah. NASA astrobiologist, Gabe Greenley, is called in to investigate a strange plant found onboard. Psi-sensitive, he quickly learns the specimen is highly intelligent and potentially dangerous. Taunted by a ground-breaking discovery he can never share, his security oaths eventually result in an ethical dilemma with treasonous and deadly implications.
More information, including the promotional video, are on the Star Trails Tetralogy website.
I’m grateful to the author/bloggers who have given me of their time and talents in both reading, offering feedback, and ultimately reviewing the story, particularly Stephen Geez of Fresh Ink Group, who did a tremendous job editing, both the book and the video. You can read the blogs as well as some excerpts and find buy links to several online retailers below. A button to add the story to your Goodreads TBR list is there as well. Remember reviews are always welcome and the best way to thank an author if you enjoy their work.