News

About the news feed aka newsletter

Welcome to the News Feed, where you’ll get the latest news about new releases and other fun stuff. I update the feed first week of every month.

I’ve been resisting the idea of setting up an e-mail newsletter for the longest time. I suspect the last thing you want is another email bashing you over the head with a please buy me!! message. So, this news feed is set up in such a way that you get to control how you’d want to receive updates from me. You can:

  • Follow this newsletter via RSS
  • Have posts sent to you via e-mail (just fill in your details in the “Follow the blog” box on your right)
  • Visit this space at the start of every month

What is this news feed about?

This news feed aka newsletter will feature:

  • Updates on my works in progress
  • Excerpts of upcoming books
  • Announcements of new releases
  • “Interviews” with characters and other fun write-ups about the worlds I create
  • The very occasional piece of art inspired by my worlds
  • The occasional musing about things I find interesting. For one, I’m pretty active on Tumblr, so I may include links to my Tumblr posts

Just a note that this newsletter does not include the free short stories I send out via e-mail. For that, please sign up for my mailing list.

Free short stories? Kewl!

When I have a new release, I gift readers bonus short stories. These stories are about 1,000 to 2,000 words, and are either deleted scenes or a prequel to the book I’m publishing. I’m also a big fan of “slice of life” stories  so you’d get to read stories of my characters doing less-end-of-the-world stuff like going for a vacation on a resort planet. (I love my characters, so sometimes I take a break from torturing them and send them on a holiday.)

Only those on my email list will receive these short stories. I hope you’ll join the fun!

 

 

 

Space Opera is back on TV!

When Stargate Universe bit the dust in 2011, I mourned. And I didn’t even like the show. But it was there – the last space opera on TV, and I need my fix.

Then followed years of no space opera on TV. There were sci-fi, mind you, but just no space adventures. Hollywood wasn’t game. Super high budgets, low ratings. Bad ROI. Even Syfy (once SciFi) was looking elsewhere. Wrestling. Mutant sharks. Anything but producing glorious space epics it was known for like Battlestar Galactica.

And then, this year, a renaissance! We have two space operas showing on TV. There will be a third at the end of the year.  Syfy, after years of ugh programming is finially back on the ball producing awesome science fiction again.

Killjoys

Premise: Bounty Hunters in space.

What I love: Cool heroine: Dutch, the ass-kicking ex-assassin. The two brothers are bland and predictable, sadly. Make one of them a face-sucking undercover alien, and maybe I’ll be 100% onboard.

What I don’t quite love: A been there, done that premise. Although watchable, Killjoys has not offered anything new or groundbreaking in the story department. Though Dutch’s dark history with the mysterious assassin order which trained her since kidhood promises some dramatic tension in the future.

Dark Matter

Premise: A couple of folks wake up from cryosleep and find themselves floating in space in a ship with a serious case of amnesia.

Usually the amnesia plot device makes me groan out loud, but this one promises revelations, surprises and twists. Well, in theory. So far the characters seem pretty … standard. Tough lady who leads the team, bland hero guy with a conscience, mysterious guy with ninja moves, jerk gun-happy grunt and even a spunky teen with ESP. Still, the mystery of who they really are (and who wiped their memory banks clean) is compelling. Here’s to hoping for more exciting developments.

The Expanse

Premise: Men have colonised the solar system. Humanity is under threat (when is it never in danger?), and somehow police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), ship’s officer Jim Holden (Steven Strait) and his crew play a key in humanity’s survival.

ETA: December 2015

Zero gravity sex. Sorry to be pervy, but that’s what first came up when I googled the show. So it promises to be gritty, dark, and maybe the Game of Thrones of Space Opera. (But pretty please without the mutilations, torture and non-stop deaths.) Best of all, it’s based on, awesomely, James SA Corey‘s magnum opus space opera series of the same name. I love the novels and you betcha I’ll be rooted in front of that TV, eyes wide open ready to devour it.