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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“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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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 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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“The Stones of Silence” is now available!

After several months of hard work, I’m delighted to announce that “The Stones of Silence“, the first volume in the “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.com.  All three books will be published in print format in about three months’ time. The blurb reads: The secret is out – the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it’s about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have

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Justice Gorsuch sides with the law, not the politicians. Good for him!

I’m getting very annoyed with idiots sounding off about Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch for voting against what they see as Trump administration priorities concerning immigration.  I’ve seen blog posts and other ideologically-blinkered ramblings denouncing him as a “traitor”, or something similar.  For those not familiar with the news report, here’s one version.  I’ve underlined the key sentence. The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court’s 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil

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Can anyone comment on Logitech keyboards and mice, or alternatives?

I’m having difficult with some Logitech keyboards and mice, and I’m wondering whether it’s just my bad luck, or whether others are finding the same issues.  In summary: I bought a K800 wireless keyboard in May 2016.  It’s just stopped working, and won’t re-link (or re-sync) to the computer.  It’s fully charged, so I’ve no idea why that should be. I’ve had three MS510 wireless mice for a couple of years.  One has died, another has given trouble that was resolved when I threw it across the room in frustration (!), and the third has been OK so far. I’m

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A proverb I’d never heard before

A tip o’ the hat to Larry Lambert at Virtual Mirage for bringing this Russian proverb to my attention: The only place you find free cheese is in a mousetrap. I’d never heard it before.  It’s a good one, and I’ll be using it from now on, to go with Robert Heinlein’s famous TANSTAAFL. Peter

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