Saturday, January 30, 2016

Enter for a chance to win a print copy of Dancing With The Dead

Don’t you love the feel of a book in your hands: the heft, the texture, the sheer tactile pleasure? We all agree, e-books are handy, dandy, economical, green, neatly collected in one accessible hand-held reader, but still, there’s a sensual pleasure that only a bound book can provide.So I’m giving away three bound copies of Dancing With The Dead, the science fiction novel that readers have said is “visionary as well as topical”, “fascinating and unique”, “profoundly moving”, and “both gripping and philosophical at the same time”
Some readers have said, “shades of the great SF writer, Isaac Asimov, appear”, “his concepts surrounding the dead are fascinating,” and "the interaction of various sentient alien races gives the narrative a C.J. Cherryh vibe"
Find out for yourself what the buzz is about. , Enter for a chance to win a bound copy at the Amazon giveaway,  No purchase is necessary. Ends the earlier of Feb 06, 2015 11:59PM PST, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules for Amazon Giveaway at

Friday, January 8, 2016

Shazam, the Tavak

Tavak: An all-white wolf-cat, native to the Sacred Yarr-Tun mountain, home of the Va-Tor Masters of the planet Narr. It has a long, plumed tail, large black eyes, 40-50 cm in length, 30-40 cm at the shoulder, 4-7 kilos weight.  Telepathic, solitary, long-legged predator that barks like a dog and howls like a wolf, but is capable of great cat-like leaps to bring down prey, has fangs both fore and mid jaw, retractable razor-sharp cat-claws on all four feet. On the rarest of occasions, chooses to “adopt” and look after a being of another species. Ferocious when aroused, capable of killing humans but also hopelessly cute, and it knows that.
Vice Marshal Natil gazed down at the wolfcat. “May I,” she asked, inquiring if she could pet it.
“Certainly, vice marshal,” Val responded, gently stroking the tavak’s back and taking its long white plumed tail in his hand to assure it everything was all right.
Natil stretched down and tickled Shazam’s white head with her claws. Shazam did not move away, but neither did he sheath his claws nor take his eyes off the Krieg warrior’s throat. “I have had the good fortune to behold a Yarr-Tun tavak in action. It tore the throats out of two Kuldorian assassins faster than I could have dispatched them with my Kuldai. I did not wish to give it cause to mistrust me.” 
The telepathic tavak has a habit of referring to itself in the third person.
Quote: “It will always protect you and the Terran boy and wishes to always remain with you,” the wolfcat telepathized.