Judges Wanted For Reader’s Choice Award

The publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press (RDSP) is holding a Reader’s Choice Award and needs judges to participate. Judges will read four books published by RDSP in 2014 and select a winner. RDSP specializes in science fiction and horror.

If you’re interested in being a judge, send an e-mail to books@rawdogscreaming and put “Volunteer Judge” in the subject line.

My novel Wasteland Blues may be one of the books up for judging.



‘Wasteland Blues’ Book Signing In Bryn Mawr, PA

I’ll be signing and selling copies of Wasteland Blues at Luddington Library’s Local Author Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15. If you’re in the Bryn Mawr area, stop by and say hello. I’ll be signing books from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Fair features 30 local authors as well as free workshops on writing, publishing, and finding an agent. The event runs from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. The library is located at 5. S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. I hope to see you there!

Luddington Local Author

Summer Reviews Praise Wasteland Blues

Several new reviews for Wasteland Blues were posted in August, and I thought I’d share some excerpts. I read every review with a bit of trepidation because you never know how your work is going to be received, but so far the feedback is encouraging.

The book got a four-star review recently from a reader named Samantha. Thanks Samantha! You can read the full review on the Wasteland Blues book page at Goodreads, but here’s a couple of highlights.

Samantha’s review starts off pretty good, though with a bit of a back-handed compliment:

Oh this book. I’m really glad I read it, in spite of no hype around it and an almost seemingly boring plot. [Hmmm. Seemingly boring? Scott, we may need to work on that.]

Overall, the review is positive. This paragraph made me happy:

It has most things I love in books: interesting characters (everyone in this book is legit crazy which just makes it more perfect,) exciting surprising things that happen on their journey without being ridiculous, and a slightly confusing world that you get absorbed in.

And this is a great line:

…you can picture everything so clearly, from the dust caked on your face to the debris from the Before Times you have to maneuver over.

Last but not least, I was really pleased to read the conclusion:

In short I loved this book, and the only reason it’s missing half a star is because I felt it ended too soon. I wanted more awesome things to happen.

New reviews also showed up on Amazon. LeaG wrote:

This was a great read that was hard to put down.

And Joyfulintaos wrote that the book:

…easily belongs with the likes of Howley’s Wool, McCarthys, The Road, and King’s Gunslinger series. A surprising array of travelers and events keep the reader enthralled. I HOPE this is the first in a series because I did not want my adventure with this crew to end.

Thanks to everyone for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts! It’s encouraging to hear that readers want more of the story. Scott and I are working on the next book, so stay tuned.

Robots: Friend Or Foe?

Dog Star Books, the excellent publisher of my novel Wasteland Blues, is hosting a feature called Tech Tuesday, in which they invite authors to write about how technology influences their writing.

I submitted an entry that Dog Star posted at the end of August. You can find it here. My subject is whether the increasing sophistication of robots will become a boon or a bane for humanity. The subject was on my mind because of an editorial in the New York Times promoting the use of robots for people who need long-term care.

I’m of two minds about the potential role that robots could play in our society. My sci-fi mind would love to have smart, independent robots (think C3P0 or R2 D2) around to do chores or be an interesting companion. At the same time, robots and more advanced computers displace human workers, which is troubling. And of course we can thank science fiction for numerous examples of robots or intelligent machines gone bad (HAL 9000) or used as a tool of oppression and control (Terminator, the hulking police robots from Robocop).

Are you eagerly awaiting the rise of the machines, or will robots and super-intelligent machines end up taking over? I’d love to hear your most optimistic and most bleak scenarios.