Something new.

It has been a long time since I posted on here, and for that I apologize. The reason for that delay is basically that I didn’t have anything worth sharing in regards to my written work. For anyone wondering, writing has been fine, publishing decidedly less so. The reasons for this are myriad, but while I do plan on continuing to work with my friends in Seattle, the time has come for me to do something with some of my work from the last few years.

So, to that end I need your help. I’ve elected to enter a book in a program called Kindle Scout, which will allow anyone access to the first 5,000 words of an unreleased project of mine, The Vanderbilt, starting at midnight on January 5th and running through February 4th. If the project reviews successfully enough, the entire book could be released through this platform. So if you dig the excerpt, please vote so that the rest of it can come out via this interesting new process.

The Vanderbilt

As always, thanks for reading my stuff.


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Weavers is deal of the day on Amazon today!

Just in case you didn’t score a digital copy yet, Weavers is just $1.99 on Amazon for the rest of September 30th!

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Booklist starred review for Weavers!

Amazing new review from Booklist for my new novel Weavers, out now from Thomas and Mercer. Check it out below, and I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of book one in The Moirai Trilogy!

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Galley Giveaway is complete.

Thanks to all who contacted me, but as of last night all of the copies of Weavers set aside for the giveaway are gone. Official release is next week, and you can pre-order copies here:

More news to come tomorrow!

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Galley Giveaway!!!

Hey All,

I finally got Weavers galleys in, and I would love to share some with you. I have five to give away, and as usual, they’re first come, first serve. Drop me a line on either here or Goodreads, I’ll get back to you for shipping and signing info, and I can have a copy to you in the mail as soon as Monday!


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Nickel Plated named one of the top one hundred YA Mysteries of the last ten years!

Booklist Magazine-who are awesome-named Nickel Plated as one of the 100 best YA mysteries of the last 10 years. So cool! You can check out the list below, along with a bunch of other rad books.

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Weavers cover is up!!

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The Moirai Trilogy

Book one of the Moirai Trilogy, Weavers, is due out on July 7th, and I wanted to give you guys a few updates.

1. What in the hell is the Moirai Trilogy?

Great question! The Moirai Trilogy follows the paths of a few telekinetics, and their interactions with modern and recent history, along with the government agency who utilizes them for the greater good.

2. That doesn’t sound much like your other stuff.

Agreed, but it really is. Weavers stars a young girl named Cynthia, it features a pair of idiotic criminals, and much of it takes place on the absolute fringe of society. Basically a typical Aric book, in which really tough stuff happens to good people.

3. All right, that doesn’t sound too bad. When are the next two books coming out?

No clue, to tell you the truth. What I can say is this, all three books in the trilogy are done, so you needn’t worry about any George RR Martin style antics from me.

4. If they’re done, why aren’t there release dates yet?

Doh. When I said they were done, I meant first drafts, There are still a few hoops to jump through before we’ll have solid dates, but in an ideal world, they will release no more than a year apart from one another.

5. That sounds kind of ambiguous. Are you sure they’re done?

I’m positive.

6. So are you just sitting around now?

Nope, hard at work on a new one. So far it’s going good, too, so hopefully that keeps up.

7. What about Nickel? Where’s he fit into all of this?

He doesn’t, regrettably. Fans of Nickel are going to have to wait a little longer for another adventure, but I do plan to write about him again. Not to sound too self serving, but convincing everyone you know to buy Nickel Plated and Tunnel Vision would probably help a lot, to tell the truth.

8. I’m not doing that.

Fair enough. I wouldn’t either.

Can’t wait to share this one with everybody, talk to you all soon.

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Tunnel Vision and The Fort on sale in the US today!

Great deals on Tunnel Vision and The Fort today on Amazon, a little over half off on both titles.

And of course, this guy isn’t available, or on sale, but it sure is fun to see…

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Reviews and Etiquette and Frustration

One thing I need to get out of the way first.

I love that people review my books. Obviously I love the good ones, because it’s just so damn cool when someone really digs my work, but I’ve even taken to heart more than a few bad ones, and tried to use them as critical analysis for future work. There have been a few outright mean ones from time to time, and those I hate-especially the ones that presume because I write about nasty things that I approve of them-but I’m usually pretty ok with even the truly bad ones. I’ve always managed to avoid commenting on them, both on Amazon and Goodreads, as that sort of fits on with the rules of the dance, but man, yesterday was pretty trying.

Tunnel Vision has gotten a ton of great reviews, from new readers and Aric veterans alike, but there have been a few dingers as well. For a lot of these, they simply hated the language-I swear, sorry-they hated the writing-nothing to be done there-or they hated…something else. Not many people have spelled out what that something else is, but for the few that have, yikes.

Yesterday I got a review that accused me of liberal brainwashing, that claimed that I had an agenda of some sort, and that was why Betty’s moms are married lesbians. Yes, with this one book, I planned to change the way gay culture in America was recognized, I alone would be the standard bearer for gay civil rights, and for gay marriage.


I mean, I do think gay or lesbian couples should be allowed to be married, it seems like a really reasonable thing to me. In fact, it seems so reasonable, that I included it in a book. For those who have read my other works, you know that I always have different family dynamics in my writing, and if anything, Betty’s same-sex-marriage-mothers, are some of the most responsible parents I’ve written about. Yet, this is the first time I’ve ever been called to task for the kind of parents that I’ve written about.

I want to respond to these people very, very badly. I’m not going to, at least not anywhere but here. If I did, however, I’d want them to know that I feel bad for them. They’re the ones that will be alienating future family members and possible friends. They’ll be the ones lingering like an old fart in a room where everyone else has long gotten past the stigma they clutch to. It wasn’t long ago that it was perfectly fine to openly chastise a couple for having a child out of wedlock, or for marrying or dating outside of ones race. For the most part, those days are gone, thankfully, hopefully the stigma over same-sex couple marrying will be soon too.

In some ways, I feel like I’m doing these ignorant folks a lesson by including Betty’s moms in Tunnel Vision. Maybe they’ll tell friends about it, like-minded folks who will give them an odd glance as they leave the room. “Does he really think that?” They’ll wonder, “Is he really that bigoted?” Maybe someone will say something, maybe they won’t. All I know is, my generation was embarrassed when our elders were openly racist, and I know my daughter’s children will be disgusted when they hear some bigot prattle on about the olden days when the gays knew their place.


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