A final reminder about the Dragon Awards

As I mentioned some days ago, a reader contacted me to ask about nominating one of my books for this year’s Dragon Awards.  That was a pleasant surprise, and I invited him to go ahead, on the understanding that there are many good books out there, and I don’t think I’m likely to be in the running this year. Be that as it may, the deadline for nominations is July 20th.  Therefore, if you think the book is good enough, please use the DragonCon nomination form to nominate “An Airless Storm” for this year’s awards, in the category “Best Military

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A bleg for reviews, please

I know many of you have read my two most recent books, the first two volumes in the Cochrane’s Company trilogy, “The Stones of Silence” and “An Airless Storm“.  Each has sold – thank you! – hundreds of copies, with hundreds more read via the Kindle Unlimited subscription library service. The first book in the trilogy currently has 45 reviews on Amazon, and the second just 8 so far.  As I’ve mentioned before, reader reviews are the life blood of independent authors such as myself.  If you’ve read either or both books, may I ask you to please leave an

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In memoriam: Christopher Stasheff

I was sad to learn that fantasy and SF author Christopher Stasheff died a few days ago. I was first exposed to Mr. Stasheff’s work back in 1979.  His first book, “The Warlock In Spite Of Himself“, enchanted me (you should pardon the expression), and, with its several sequels, remains one of my favorites to this day. Later, I discovered his “A Wizard in Rhyme” series, which has been a constant pleasure.  Both are in my bookshelves as I write these words.  Mr. Stasheff had a wry, snarky sense of humor, and loved to sneak jokes, puns, etc. into his

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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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Thank you, readers!

Last Thursday I asked those who’ve read my books, particularly the Maxwell Saga, to give me their views on whether, and/or how, to continue that series, or replace it, or take another direction.  As I write these words, there have been 40 comments on that post, and I’ve received 23 e-mails offering additional perspectives.  That’s a great response!  Thank you all very much. The consensus seems clear.  I’ll include Steve Maxwell as a “visiting character” in other books and series, as he continues his rise up through the ranks in the Lancastrian Commonwealth Fleet, but I won’t pursue the Maxwell

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I need your input, please

More specifically, I need the input of those who’ve read some or all of the books in my “Maxwell Saga” military science fiction series.  I’ve been pondering the future of this series, and I’ve come up with some ideas:  but they may not satisfy my readers, so I’m giving you the chance to weigh in. When I began the Maxwell Saga, I was a novice fiction writer.  It was my first series of books, and I had a lot of learning to do.  I still think it’s a pretty good series overall, and obviously many of you do too, as

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A new book cover, computer vision syndrome, and lots of hard work

Writing a military science fiction trilogy as a whole, publishing the books within a few weeks of each other, is turning out to be a whole lot more work than I’d bargained for!  Not only does one have to format and prepare each book for publication, but one has to ensure a common structure, “look and feel”, etc. across all three volumes – otherwise the trilogy becomes an exercise in frustration for readers, who get used to one format in the first book, then have to suddenly adapt to a new one in the next volume.  That doesn’t make for

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A big “Thank You!” to all my readers

Thank you very much to all my readers who’ve bought, and helped spread the word about, my new novel, “The Stones of Silence“. It was uploaded to Amazon.com last weekend, and officially published on Monday, May 14th.  It shot up the charts very quickly, briefly reaching a peak at #935 in the entire Kindle Store.  To crack the top 1,000 books (out of over 6½ million in the Kindle Store, both paid and free) is very hard to do, so I’m grateful to all of you for making it possible. It’s currently at #18 (out of the top 100 books)

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