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I do my best to offer plenty of free books. Some authors are against doing this, but I’m also a reader and I happen to love free books. It gives me a chance to try out a new author and then decide if I’m buying more of their work. If you download any of my freebies and enjoy them, you can grab plenty more here. Even then, I try to offer my work at a very reasonable price. Even authors have to eat.

 

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Scott Lane

I lost a good friend to cancer today. Truthfully, since the wife and I have had kids, I haven’t seen Scott a lot. But prior to having kids this guy was in our life and pretty much a part of the family. We watched countless football games together and even went to one (my first live NFL game). The best way I can describe Scott is one of the toughest son of a bitches I’ve ever known, who was never short on advice and was usually right to boot. The first time I actually used the internet was at this guy’s house and he laughed – called it a “fad”. I’m an author – I get paid to put things into words and right now, I can’t put into words how much this guy meant to me during my 20s and 30s. A complete father figure.

Today I learned a very hard lesson that we all already know, but sometimes forget. Life is short. We take things for granted even when we’re trying to keep life in perspective. I’m going to miss this guy a whole lot, but life must go on. I’m quickly learning that this is the hardest part of life. Not “figuring out what life is all about” or “making the kind of money I need to make”, but losing people who are irreplaceable. It has to be the most helpless feeling in the world.

Rest in peace, my friend.

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Gunship/Fleet Data

Skyla System: Home to 1,278 planets, including 27 giants, 13 suns,  41 non-habitable moons and 5 large space stations.

Humans: The most dominant race of beings in the Skyla System.

Husk: Orc in appearance. Green skin, exceptionally muscular and several feet taller than the average human. Sworn enemies of the hunters.

Hunters: Gothic vampires who generally push for the destruction of humanity, but not always. They prefer sleek weaponry, but use everything from a basic sword to laser rifles.

Benzan Mafia: Humans who are well-trained in the art of war. Gangsters in every sense of the word, and generally work for the highest bidder.

Krall: Wolf-like warriors who stand upright and have proven incredibly tough to kill. They also depend heavily on technology.

Viscion: Thin alien beings who are the most tech-heavy of the Skyla System. Their race is powered by self-charging crystals and their motive is clear. Cannibalistic toward any and all other races.

Glimmeria: The central most planet in the Skyla System. Primarily a desert planet and heavily populated.

Colonials: Faction comprised of human, husk and benzan forces.

Legion: Faction comprised of hunter, krall and viscion forces.

Goliath: Robotic super soldiers that were first developed by the Colonial Army.

Swordfish: One man ship-to-ship fighters aboard the Colonial Starships.

Colonial Starship: Largest Colonial warship. Capacity, 10,000 soldiers.

Carrier Ship: Used by human, hunter and viscion forces. While smaller than the Colonial Starship, the carrier is a destroyer class ship. Capacity, 6,000 soldiers.

Knocker: Pirate-style gun used heavily during the first great war. Single shot with a large brass handle, often used to “knock” the hell out of an opponent.

Mack Cannon: Underground surface-to-space cannons capable of punching large holes in ships that are in orbit.

Elite: Very large hunter unit capable of defeating nearly a dozen human soldiers on its own. Often a legendary warrior who’s been converted with vampire DNA.

The Drifts: A string of both planets and small moons on the outer most part of the Skyla System. A very simple lifestyle, much like that of the American Wild West. Also the birthplace of the Mortakin Virus. Nicknamed the bone harvest because of its abundance of living dead.

Mortakin Virus: An infection which nearly wiped out the entire Skyla System, affecting only the human race. Those who are infected become zombie-like and while they remain widespread throughout the drifts, most of the star system has recovered.

Alphas: Infected with the ability to reason. Rare, and very deadly opponents.

Exodus Fleet: During the first year of infection, humanity forms the Exodus Fleet and hosts a lottery. Those who are selected will accompany the fleet away from the Skyla System in search of a new home.

Chopper: Small squad-sized skiff ship with engines that thump similar to the blades of a helicopter, hence the nickname.

First Great War: Short-lived war in which the Colonials were crushed.

Second Great War: Lasted the span of five years. The Colonials ultimately defeated the Legion.

Third Great War: Both factions have built themselves up to the point of invincibility. Now, the Legion promises that it will be the “thousand year war”.

Please note: I am currently working with several people to build this list of details and information, complete with a map of the Skyla System. It’s a labor of love, and will take some time. Check back soon (and often)!

 

TNA Wrestling isn’t dead yet.

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It’s become an annual event of sorts, hasn’t it? Around this time of the year rumors tend to swirl that TNA Wrestling is going under. Well this year I’m not buying it. Sure, there’s no question that Impact Wrestling is well below par, which has long been set by the WWE.

That said, TNA continues to move forward. That’s not exactly an easy thing to do when you’re living in the shadow of the WWE. A place where many of wrestling federations have fallen by the wayside.

The TNA needs to continue doing things that the WWE blunders. The WWE is top-heavy with talent, which means plenty of folks aren’t getting over. This is a golden opportunity for TNA Wrestling. The Hardy Brothers are fantastic, but you need more. You need your own network (an online version would do just fine). You have a rich catalog of content, TNA, which is why the WWE is interested. Don’t sell that content to them – use it to your advantage instead. Become the wrestling federation that I know you can be. Trust me, millions of wrestling fans are waiting for you to rise up and begin pounding the stale WWE brand.

The Science Fiction Blog

GUNSHIP: 8 BOOK COLLECTIONFLEET: 8 BOOK COLLECTION

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It ain’t rocket science, folks. When you write good stories about characters that people care about, they tend to ask for more. Now I hear that there’s another series based on the Skyla System. The same place that I call home. Well no shit; it was bound to happen. Readers want to know more about this infection of ours and how it led to people becoming undead. Hell, I want to know more about it. Other science fiction franchises are spewing out all this mumbo jumbo about the diameter of spaceships and how the overhead lighting works. Here, it’s about vampires in space, bedding down women as they come and sucking a whiskey bottle dry.

Here…it’s about adventure.

I ain’t coming out of retirement, if that’s what you’re thinking. Na, I reckon I’ll sit here and smoke cigars until the first book of Lagoon is ready. Then we can read it together.

-Dalton James

Will You Visit the Graveyard?

One brother is secretly dealing with addiction problems and the other brother doesn’t have the right temperament to lead. They now find themselves on opposite sides of a civil war that is ripping the galaxy apart at its seams. Once a year, both men agree to meet under a flag of truce at their mother’s grave.

This year will be different.

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Available on: Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and in Paperback.

The Next Gunship

Gunship: 8 Book Collection  –  The Fleet: 8 Book Collection

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the newest chapter of the Gunship universe. You folks have asked for more and I’m proud to announce Lagoon, a brand new spin off of everyone’s favorite science fiction franchise!

If you’ve followed the story since the beginning, you already know about the civil war and infection that nearly ended humanity (if you haven’t, see the links above). When thousands of ships are destroyed and left to float throughout space, and when complete worlds are overrun with infected, who cleans up the mess? Scrappers, of course!

Lagoon follows Captain Lara Christopherson and her crew as they seek out the destruction of years gone by, in hopes of turning their findings into profit. Along the way they’ll encounter other scrapping crews, infected, strange new worlds and all kinds of other science fiction goodness.

For those who’ve supported Gunship since day one, thank you. Your feedback and encouragement has led to plenty of great adventures (as well as a #1 bestseller). Now, buckle up and prepare for the next great series.

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Stephen King

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Today I’m blogging about Stephen King. I happen to think he’s the most brilliant author of all time, and I realize that’s a leap for plenty of folks out there. This isn’t based on book sales or gimmick lists, but rather the fact that I’ve read a lot of his work, as well as lots of work by other legendary authors. Trust me when I say that as both a New York Yankees fan (King likes the Red Sox) and a Republican (King is a Democrat), it pains me to put him at #1. I respect the hell out of his literary career and he’s a guy that I could sit down and get along with just fine, so long as we weren’t talking sports or politics.

Stephen King is the master of hitting the perfect medium. He describes well in his books, but doesn’t overdo it. King uses words that can impress seasoned readers, while also describing plainly enough to keep brand new readers interested. In the world of writing, this guy is neither Macy’s or Dollar General – he’s Amazon, the happy medium. His broad appeal is what (in my opinion) sells so many damn books.

I chose Joyland for a specific reason. If you haven’t read this book, I encourage you to do so. Nothing truly memorable happens during most of the book, yet it’s a page turner and then some. Stephen King is the master of character creation and he forces you to care. His dialog is spot on and he writes in a very truthful way. Especially in Joyland.

Lovecraft couldn’t write dialog. Fitzgerald didn’t have King’s broad stroke of appeal. Hemmingway didn’t publish nearly as many books as King has (all of them bestsellers). I mean, let’s face it. There are plenty of people who could be considered for the top spot. People like Rowling, Tolkien and Dickens. I happen to like R.A. Salvatore, and believe he’s very underrated. But when it’s all said and done, how many authors have lasted as long as Stephen King, on the level he enjoys and with the sheer number of bestselling books he’s written? It’s up in the air and I’d love to hear your comments on this, but Stephen King has entertained multiple generations of readers (and has done so under different names). To me, that speaks volumes.

The Netflix Divorce

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A few years ago I posted a Netflix vs. Hulu Plus blog and let me just say that my heart is in a different place these days. Netflix and I just suffered through a rather painful divorce and I’m a better man because of it.

The content just isn’t there anymore. Well, technically it is, which is part of the problem. While Netflix does offer plenty of original series entries, none of them were for me. I tried each of them and quickly moved on, though my wife (in real life) continued to watch Fuller House. Why…I don’t know.

Netflix has grown stale. While it’s still better than shelling out a hundred bucks each month for cable or satellite, it can’t compare with my new television love.

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My biggest complaint back in the 2013 blog was the fact that Hulu Plus lacked movies and honestly, they are still behind Netflix on this. But they’ve closed the gap considerably, and I dare say that Netflix’s top movies pale in comparison to Hulu’s current offerings. On Netflix, I was hit with monthly updates of shows I didn’t care about with a decent season here and there. On Hulu Plus, I get daily content added to the library and they are relevant shows. I jumped a couple of dollars more each month and now I’m watching them commercial free, just like Netflix.

This week I’m watching Seinfeld in HD. All of ’em. It’s a pretty exciting time. I’m sorry Netflix, but you had to go. I thought about keeping you both for a while, but after not watching you for well over a month, your offerings became white noise.