Over a hundred science fiction and fantasy books FREE – including “The Summer Apprentice” – from November 1 through 15. Just click on the following logo and claim as many as you want …


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I was recently offered the opportunity to join in eBookaroo’s November giveaway, which puts books in front of a lot of prospective readers, but to do so, I had to join Instafreebie. What is that, you ask? It’s a service that provides free copies of author’s books to readers on demand, without me having to do anything more than upload a copy! What’s not to love?

Anyway, the eBookaroo giveaway runs from November 1-15 and, as of the moment I’m writing this, is offering 85 different books for the price of zero dollars…nada bucks. (There will likely be more than 85 by November 1.) Summer Apprentice is right there in the mix, ready for you to claim your copy! this is the link to get a copy of Summer Apprentice:


Or, to browse the whole lineup of 85(+) this link:books, follow this link:


Either way you go, happy reading come November 1!


It feels like finally arriving. I’ve always had this weird notion that a book isn’t real until there’s a hardcover edition … and now the first two books of “The Seasons of Elsewhen,” The Summer Apprentice and The Fall of Magic, are finally available in hard cover!

These editions are published by Barnes and Noble Press and are thus exclusive to B&N.com (though I’m sure B&N retail stores can order them in as well). Still, it’s a head rush! Plus, priced at only $19.95, they’re affordable! (Actually, that’s cheap for hardcovers, check it out).


Both are for sale NOW and B&N promises they’ll be in your hands in about a week.  And I promise, for what it’s worth, that the rest of the “Seasons of Elsewhen” will find hardcover editions as well. Why not plan now to collect the whole set?

Tim and I are proudly…

Participating in the Smashwords

2017 July Summer/Winter Sale!

July 1 – 31, 2017

ONLY at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Psiwriter

The Fall of Magic – $1.00!  Shadows – $.99!

The Summer Apprentice – Relics – Captain – all FREE!!!

And if that’s not enough: The Summer Apprentice will be $.99 for the first week of July at ALL retailers! So, if you want to download directly to your Kindle or Nook or iPad, visit the appropriate store and spring for a buck.

Hey, the weather’s hot and so are the deals in July. Or is it, the deals are cool? Maybe both! Check it out!

OK, first the sad part: My K9 friend and companion of the last dozen years, Sadie, passed away the Wednesday before Easter. Old age. At twelve. Well, that’s 84 in dog years, but still. Sadie was my dog, the first pup I’ve had who didn’t tend to favor my wife, Jeannie. That makes this doubly hard. I really miss her.

But, this past weekend, Jeannie and I picked up a couple of rescue dogs who have set the entire household on end. There’s more energy within our four walls today than there’s been in several decades.

The causes are somewhere around 15 pounds each and named Cisco and Cindy. They’re a bonded pair of miniature poodles (bonded, not mated; they’re correctly spayed/neutered) who are clearly inseparable whatever they’re doing: Walking me, eating dinner from the same bowl, or getting cuddled (one on each side of me). They share the same Costco dog bed/pillow at night — well, they are small.

But wow! Are they ever full of life. When I first got Sadie, back in 2005, I thought she was fast when she put on the afterburners to chase a squirrel. Well, these little guys could give her a run for her money, despite being a fifth her size! Fast. And apparently, no ability to downshift. Walking them is … interesting.

Very different personalities, too. Cisco is normally a shy little boy, but this morning he thought nothing of accepting an ear scratch from a stranger on the walking path. Meanwhile, Cindy, who’s usually Mama-in-charge, hung back. Sensible, but weird.

And they’re both apparently afraid of the rain. Wouldn’t go out this afternoon to save their lives. I’m sure there’s some deep, psychological reason for this, but given the length of Seattle’s Rain Festival (365 days) it could be a problem soon. Guess we’ll have to take it as it comes.

So where am I going with this? Nowhere. Just sharing that I have a pair of new friends who are running me ragged. I already love them dearly (even though I will miss Sadie forever and a day … or until I get to the Rainbow Bridge) and thank heaven they were saved from their high-kill California shelter.

Oh, and they’re not puppies, the title of this piece notwithstanding; Cindy is 6 and Cisco is 4. Hopefully, they’ll be with me well past their 84th birthdays.

Read about how Sydney’s meteoric career all began in the new novella, SYDNEY CHAMBERS: CADET MIDSHIPWOMAN, now LIVE on Amazon! The Kindle edition is available for pre-order for only .99 (and it will be FREE on Kindle Unlimited once it releases May 30!). If you can’t wait, or you love the feel of paper in your hands, A PAPERBACK VERSION IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW! The PB is only $5.99.

Join Sydney on her senior year Middie cruise – an honor only the top six TSM Academy grads receive – and thrill when things go terribly wrong, and the ship crashes on an unexplored planet. The law says only commissioned officers can be captain of a TSM ship . . . but circumstances leave Sydney as the senior cadet on board, so she has no choice but to sit in the captain’s chair . . . because they’re trapped in the middle of a temporal anomaly, a place so dangerous even military ships are warned to keep away!

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This is our first shot at Kindle Unlimited. Since this is a novella rather than a full novel, it seems reasonable to limit availability to just Amazon, which you have to do to participate in KU. Full novels will continue to be available at multiple retailers; we’re not about to put ALL our eggs in one basket! On the other hand, all novellas – and we have four more coming in the Sydney series, plus some in other series as well – will be limited to Amazon and KU … though they will also be collected in Omnibus form, which WILL be available everywhere.

Meanwhile, the paperback version of Cadet Midshipwoman is available for anyone without a Kindle!

Next weekend, November 5-6, RELICS will be available for less than a buck at all major retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes). It’s a part of the indie author promo sponsored each month by indie author Patty Jansen (her website is here: http://pattyjansen.com/, check her out!


Relics, of course, was Tim’s and my first book, and as such is special to us. Besides, the hero of Relics, Christina Amies, is one of my favorite people and someone I really wish I could meet someday! Seriously kick-ass.  If you haven’t yet sampled our Keepers universe, this is your low-cost chance. And who knows? You might get hooked and move right on to SHADOWS. And RUINS, the third book of the trilogy, is scheduled for this winter! Check it out!