Currently, all four Milligan Creek Series books are in the top 20 on Amazon.com's Canadian Literature's best-seller list, and two of them are in the top 10. That's pretty exciting. I'm also getting a lot of great reviews, including a rating of 4.8/5 on Up the Creek! after 40 reviews. If you've read any of the books in the series and haven't reviewed or rated them yet, please take a moment to do so on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Goodreads. Such reviews and ratings improve the search rankings, meanings more people will be exposed to the books. Thanks!
I'm very excited to announce the publication of GEO, a science-fiction story. Currently available in Kindle format. Soon to be available as a paperback. Here's a synopsis:
The inauguration of the world’s first space elevator is about to usher in a new era of cheap space travel, eliminating the need for rockets to reach Earth’s orbit. However, on the elevator’s first trip, the crawler stalls 22,236 miles up, which is precisely at GEO—geosynchronous equatorial orbit. No one understands what’s going on, but with the entire world watching, and a group of increasingly nervous VIPs trapped inside, pressure mounts to get the elevator moving as soon as possible. All hope rests on one man, Clarence Ackerman, creator of the proprietary diamond-thread cable that was the key to the space elevator’s inception. But even though Clarence might be able to save those stuck inside, whether he wants to do so is a completely different matter.
I've been a fan of science-fiction ever since I first read Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. I still consider him to be one of the pre-eminent masters of the genre. I've always wanted to publish my own science-fiction book, and I'm about to do that. It's a novelette--not quite as long as a novella--and it's about a space elevator. That's all I'll say for now. Here's a sneak peek at the cover. Coming soon!
It's from Briar's Reviews. She's been a big fan of the other books in the series so far as well. Here's an excerpt:
Milligan Creek is one of the best middle grade series out there. Seriously – it brightens up my mood like Harry Potter did back in my youth. This series is packed full of fun, small town vibes, amazing friendships and hilarity. It’s the perfect series for those middle grade readers who want more than picture books but less than the big Harry Potter series (this book is under 200 pages!) . . . Overall, this book is an absolute gem as expected! I absolutely loved this book and I’m so happy I was able to jump back into this world. It’s one of my guilty pleasures that brings a big smile to my face and makes my days brighter!
You can read the rest of the review here.
For some reason that I'm still trying to figure out, the Milligan Creek Series is currently exploding on Amazon, particularly my first book, Up the Creek. Ever since The Great Grain Elevator Incident came out, sales of Up the Creek have skyrocketed, particularly in the United States--to the point that as of this very moment, Up the Creek is at the top of the Canadian Literature chart, Unlimited is in the number seven spot, and The Water War is gaining fast at number thirty-four. It's probably only a matter of time before The Great Grain Elevator Incident also finds its way onto the chart. It's a bit surreal, but I'm enjoying the moment while it lasts!
It's always fun for me to see an author's creative space. Seeing as I (finally) cleaned up my office last weekend, I thought I'd take a photo of it in its pristine state. It's in a loft above our main living space, so I get plenty of light and a great view of the outdoors. Currently anxiously awaiting snow. Ski season is only a few weeks away.
You may be wondering why I have a battle-axe on the wall above my comic books. Good question. I actually found it under the porch of the first house we ever bought and have been looking for a place to put it ever since. My wife isn't a fan, but you can't please everyone.
That is, I've just been profiled on Effective Nerd in regard to my work on Meth the Immortal. Check out the interview and reviews here.
A brief excerpt:
Unpredictable and uncategorizable, Meth the Immortal is shaping up to be a really fun series. It’s tough to pinpoint the key demographic for a book such as this – it has the heart and aesthetics of an all-ages book but a level of graphic violence that may disturb younger readers. Younger teens and adults with a tolerance for quirkiness, however, will lap up the Meth’s unique premise, politically-charged first act and eventual descent into fantasy horror. I wholeheartedly admire the series’ refusal to be pigeonholed into any particular genre.
You can read the rest of the review here.
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