Category Archives: SciFi/Fantasy

MonsterCon and The Devil You Know

In honor of the Magic City MonsterCon (which I’m attending all weekend!) I’m doing the cover reveal for my newest writing project: The Devil You Know.

You can read the first four chapters of the book (what will comprise “Episode 1” in the final product) right now at Wattpad! Here’s a link: https://www.wattpad.com/user/TuckerAuthor

Two alien races vie for control of Earth amidst a human population decimated by a merciless plague, famine, and war.

Meanwhile, the denizens of Hell grow restless. The apocalypse they were supposed to instigate and revel in is happening without them…

Doing their best to create new lives in the aftermath of the chaos triggered by the aliens’ arrival, Abraham Black and Neri White come from backgrounds about as different as their last names would indicate. Yet, together, they may hold the key which allows humanity to remain the primary tenants of Earth. The question is: how much are they willing to give up to save the world? Their memories? Their lives? Their souls?

I’m describing this story as a Post-Apocalyptic, Epic, Suburban Fantasy… with Aliens. Yes, I think it’s going to be something unlike anything you’ve read before and I’m very excited about it. The story is more adult in nature than my previous works and it’s in the final stages of editing and rewrites and my goal is to have it available this winter, hopefully in time for the holidays.

So, without further ado, here is the cover:

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What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and I hope to see some of you this weekend!

The Roller Coaster of Crowd Funding and Free Stuff!

Being a writer is often a lonely occupation.

I spend a great deal of time inside my own head. Too much time almost certainly. For me, writing stories mainly involves staring at a computer screen while my fingers peck away to fill the white space with darker pixels, punctuated by periods of gazing at a blank spot on the wall of my office while I ruminate on how best to continue the current scene or chapter. In the realm of spectator sports, it ranks just below watching grass grow or paint dry.

Unless you’re inside my head.

In there, the action flies at a blistering pace, with a multitude of permutations for each action by the characters playing out almost simultaneously until I settle on one with the most conflict/danger/insight/humor and the process starts anew. Have you ever read a book, or watched a movie, where something happened and you thought, “Man, it would have been so much cooler if they’d done _______”? That’s basically my creative process, for each and every scene. I don’t always get it right, but I examine a number of possibilities before deciding on any particular path for each story. It’s sort of like a choose-your-own-roller-coaster.

Recently, I signed up for another type of roller coaster: crowd funding. I’ve seen a number of other authors try this route to gain exposure and help with the expenses of publishing and promoting their books. One of my writer friends showed me a site called Inkshares.com, which is a new take on crowd funding, exclusively for books. Skeptical, I took a look at the long, steep uphill stretch of track before me and shuddered. The lonely introvert within me reigned supreme and I stepped away, giving it little thought after that.

Sword-LaserThen, the Sword & Laser stepped in. Now, if you’re a scifi/fantasy fan and haven’t heard of the Sword & Laser, let me direct you to their YouTube channel and Podcast. Oh, and they have a thriving GoodReads group as well. Tom and Veronica are smart and funny and do an amazing job of presenting scifi and fantasy books and authors to the world through their monthly book club, interviews, and news discussions. For the second time now on Inkshares, the Sword & Laser is sponsoring a contest where the winning book will be published and promoted in conjunction with the group, as well as the other top two of three receiving the full backing of Inkshares, regardless of the number of copies preordered. The contest runs until January 15, 2016.

Unlike my first foray, this time I’ve jumped into the front seat and thrown my arms up high, a look of glee mixed with sheer panic plastered on my face.

Here’s where you, dear reader, come in.

Having the opportunity of presenting my work to such an active and vibrant fan base as the Sword & Laser commands is amazing, to say the least. Achieving that goal requires pledges in the form of pre-orders for the book I’ve entered in the contest: The Devil You Know. Here’s the cover I’ve worked up, along with some “back cover” copy:

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Two alien races vie for control of Earth amidst a human population decimated by a merciless plague, famine, and war.

Hell is not pleased and the denizens of the Underworld have decided it’s time to fight back.

Doing their best to create new lives in the aftermath of the chaos triggered by the aliens’ arrival, Abraham Black and Neri White are about as different as their last names would indicate. Yet, together, they may hold the key which allows humanity to remain the primary tenants of Earth. The question is: how much are they willing to give up to save the world? Their memories? Their lives? Their souls?

I’m describing it as post-apocalyptic, epic, suburban fantasy… with aliens.

You can read the first two chapters on the Inkshares site.

“How can I get my hands on this enormous slice of awesome?” You ask. Here’s how:

  1. Create an account on Inkshares.
  2. Once you’ve done that, Inkshares will gift you with $5.00 in credits you can use toward funding the project of your choice! (Sometimes the credits take a few minutes to a couple of hours to show up, so be patient)
  3. Click on The Devil You Know and pre-order an ebook for only $5.00 (after applying your credits) or a printed copy, shipped directly to you when it’s published, for only $10.00 more.
  4. Tweet or Share on Facebook the fact that you’ve just been a completely awesome person and done the above!

“Why do I need to do that last step if I did all the rest?” You wonder.

Because I’m sweetening the pot, that’s why! For every 10 new readers, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for a Print$10.oo Amazon gift card. (I’ve already given one away!) Yep, every time we hit another 10 readers, all the previous readers will have a chance to win a $10.00 Amazon card. So, the more you share and get the word out, the more chances you’ll have to get a little bonus for yourself! Additionally, if someone places an order based on your Inkshares recommendation, you’ll receive more credits to spend on other interesting works from the site. How cool is that? You get an amazing book, chances to win Amazon gift cards, and credits to get even more amazing books — all for just a $5.00 investment! They even accept Bitcoin if you happen to have some of those lying around.

Now, I realize for many folks even $5.00 can seem like a lot to spend on someone you may not even know or have read before. Believe me, I’ve been there. Rest assured, you aren’t tossing your money away on nothing. If the project doesn’t reach the top three in the contest and isn’t funded, you’ll get your money back and you might have even won a gift card along the way.

Being the lonely, introverted writer type I referenced at the beginning of this post, it’s extremely hard for me to ask others for help. I don’t like doing it. My anticipation at realizing a dream, however, has overridden my fears of reaching out and asking for this assistance. I can’t do this alone. So, please, if you can sacrifice that double mocha latte, or a Happy Meal, on fulfilling a dream, I’ll be forever grateful. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

You Are Here

The universe is a big place.

It’s so big, the vastness is difficult to comprehend for even seasoned astronomers. I never get tired of contemplating our place in the universe. Recently, a group of scientists studied the dynamics of several thousand galaxies around our own Milky Way and discovered some incredibly interesting patterns. Yes, the universe as a whole is expanding, but the relationships among the pieces within that expansion are even more complex than it first appeared. Have a look at this fascinating video (about 4 minutes) and see for yourself where we fit into the cosmic scheme of things.

Tween the Weekends: News From Hollywood!

Here we are again, ‘tween the weekends in the last week of the month! Where did August go? Today I thought we’d look at some upcoming movies that are sure to be of interest to Tweens in the next few months. First though, I want to show you some fun pics from one of the Teen Choice Award gift lounges. Copies of A Measure of Disorder and Knot in Time were on display and picked up by two up and coming young actors.

 

Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 8.14.06 AMJoey Luthman is a talented young performer who appeared most recently as Teen Zoltan in an episode of Disney’s A.N.T. Farm this year. Ironically, his character built a time machine and now he’s reading my time travel adventure! He has also appeared in episodes of iCarly and How to Rock on Nickelodeon.

Joey will be starring in a movie titled Opening Night that is currently filming and releasing some time in 2014. It’s a comedy about a high school production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and looks like it could be a lot of fun!

Ty Parker picked up both A Measure of Disorder and Knot in Time. He’ll be appearing in the highly anticipated Ender’s Game, coming this November. Ty’s also performed in several skits on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year.

I love the fact that these busy teens are still taking the time to read books! I wish you boys nothing but the best in all your future endeavors!

Okay, let’s have a look at some of the movies on the horizon that Tweens, Teens, and even Moms and Dads are salivating for! All links go to YouTube trailers for each movie.

Screen shot 2013-08-27 at 1.20.52 PMAugust:
One Direction: This is Us
Getaway

September:
Battle of the Year
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

October:
Grace Unplugged
Romeo & Juliet

November:
Ender’s Game
Frozen
Free Birds
Thor: The Dark World
The Book Thief
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games 2)

December:
The Hobbit, Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug
Walking With Dinosaurs
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

There’s a lot of stuff to get excited about in that list and something to please just about any kind of moviegoer. I’m going to have to save my pennies to get to watch all those I’m really jazzed for, especially in November and December! Which ones are you most looking forward to? Did I miss any you’ve been dying to see? Let me know in the comments and enjoy your Tween the Weekend! Don’t forget to head on over to the Emblazoners site for more Tween the Weekend posts!

This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Time Travel Story

I’m very excited to announce the release of my latest book: Knot in Time. It’s currently on Amazon in Kindle format. Paperback and other formats will be coming in the next couple of weeks or so. Here’s the back cover blurb once again:

My name is Darius Arthur Heisenberg, but most people call me Dare. If the last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of my great-great uncle, Werner Heisenberg. He was a scientist who came up with something called the Uncertainty Principle. But, listen, Uncle Werner had no idea how uncertain things really are.

I work for a group, called the Keepers, that consider themselves the custodians of time. And, believe me, time is a mess. It needs all the custodians it can get. Which is, of course, why the Keepers selected me, a nineteen-year-old high school dropout, to join them. I had some recent experience as a janitor.

Okay, it didn’t make much sense to me either, but I wasn’t in a position to turn down a steady job and a roof over my head. Besides, all I’m supposed to do is travel through time and save the universe as we know it, how hard could it be?

Yeah, better hold on. This could get ugly.

I will be signing books at the Writer’s Roundup in Billings, Montana, on December 1st and I’m crossing my fingers and toes to have paper copies there to sign! I’ll have all the Mother-Earth series books there as well, so at least I won’t be empty handed.

Thanks to all those who have followed my writing for the past three years or so, I appreciate everyone who’s taken the time to read any of my scribblings!