Sometimes I hate my muse

Many writers and other creators speak of their “muse” – the nameless, faceless being who inspires us with ideas, spurs us on to translate them from thought to action, and encourages us when we’re staring at the metaphorical blank wall.  I’m here to tell you, my muse can be a fickle bitch. My first published book, “Take the Star Road”, involved a protagonist named Steve Maxwell.  It’s grown into a five-book series, which I titled the Maxwell Saga.  A few months ago, I asked my readers for their views on suspending that series, because I’ve gained a lot of experience, and the limitations

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Rolling research

Miss D. and I are heading out for a ten-day research trip for my next Western novel, the third in the “Ames Archives” series.  We’ll be covering large areas of West Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, checking historic locations, following the routes that horse herds and cavalry patrols would have used, and generally making sure I have the terrain properly scouted out before I begin writing.  That’s important if one wants to be convincing.  Louis L’Amour was a great example in that regard, and I try to emulate his accuracy.We’re going to Blogorado, our annual gathering of gun-bloggers and friends, as part of

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Blogorado 2018, Day 4, and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

Sunday saw our last breakfast with the tribe this year.  It was sad to have to say goodbye to everybody, but we’re already looking forward to doing it all again next year.  We really have become one big extended family over the years, and all of us enjoy our adopted brothers and sisters. Miss D. and I headed for the Rocky Mountains after breakfast.  We’re in Cañon City, just outside the Royal Gorge, site of one of the most famous railway wars of the Old West.  We’ll take the train through the Gorge this morning, to get a visual feel for

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An interesting day in Cañon City and the Wet Mountain Valley

Miss D. and I had an enjoyable morning running (well, ambling, really) through the Royal Gorge aboard a tourist train.  We splurged on the deluxe package, which included a very tasty, well-prepared breakfast, equal to anything I’ve had in decent restaurants that weren’t moving.  We sat in the observation car, high up, with big curved windows offering the best view of the Gorge.  It was a cool, rainy, cloudy morning, not the best weather for viewing the sights, but one makes do with what Mother Nature provides.The train moves pretty slowly, probably at no more than 10-12 miles per hour, taking it

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“The Pride of the Damned”

The third and final book in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “The Pride of the Damned“, is now available on Amazon.   It’s the climax of everything that has gone before.  The blurb reads: The shadow war started as a simple contract to defend a system against asteroid thieves. The harder Andrew Cochrane and Hawkwood Security fought, the worse things became. Now they find themselves embroiled in an interstellar war with an entire mafia! Worse yet, the proceedings are so profitable – not to mention bloody – that they’ve attracted the attention of some of the worst criminal organizations in the

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My wife’s latest book is published!

Miss D. has just published her second novel, “Shattered Under Midnight“.   The blurb reads: Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA. Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own. From the back alleys of the souk to the depths

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“An Airless Storm”

The second book in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “An Airless Storm“, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.  A dead tree edition will follow within a few weeks.   The blurb reads: Andrew Cochrane and his mercenaries have warded off a deadly onslaught by asteroid thieves. Now they’re riding high, buying more ships and looking for more contracts. However, the criminal Brotherhood isn’t about to accept defeat – not after Cochrane’s Company killed their Patriarch. They’re out to rebuild, rearm, and get revenge. What started as a simple patrol job in a deserted binary star system explodes into a

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“The Stones of Silence”

The first novel in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “The Stones of Silence“, is now available in print, as well as in e-book format.   The second book in the trilogy, “An Airless Storm”, will be published next Monday, June 11th, initially in e-book format, with print to follow.   The third and final volume in the trilogy, “The Pride of the Damned”, will follow on July 9th, “the good Lord willin’ an’ the creek don’t rise”. Again, the e-book edition will come first, followed by the dead tree edition.   I hope you enjoy them all! Peter

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“King’s Champion”

I’m very pleased to announce that my first fantasy novel, “King’s Champion“, is now available for sale.  It’s currently in Kindle e-book format, and a print edition is well advanced, awaiting only the arrival of the proof copy before I release it for sale.  The dead tree edition should be available within two weeks.   Regular readers will recall that, late last year, I asked you to choose which of two fantasy novels I would write.  You did so, voting with your comments and e-mails after reading excerpts from early drafts of both books.  Last month, I published another excerpt

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