Interview over at Sherry Ramsey’s Site

My short story Watcher Ghost is in a bundle called Short Flights (of the Imagination).  You can find more details at this link about the bundle.  Story bundles like this are pretty cool because you can buy one book and get a bunch of different writers.  I bought one last year and found a series that I had to buy all the books for because it was so good.  So it’s a great way to find new books to read.

Sherry’s got up an interview with me on her site.  It was fun to do, so drop by and take a look.

Short Flights (of the Imagination)

Fantasy bird on a tree branch
This bundle features my story Watcher Ghost from the GALCOM Universe Series. I’m alongside premier writers like Kristine Katherine Rusch and Douglas Smith.

Flights of imagination needn’t be long in order to weave a wonderful tale. Join these authors in their shorter flights for a broad array of fabulous short stories in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more. Perfect imaginative getaways for commuting, breaks and lunchtimes, bedtime reading, or anytime you want to pack a great read into a short time.

Your itinerary of short flights includes:

Watcher Ghost by Linda Maye Adams (Interview with me!)

In Search of the Perfect Cup by Russ Crossley

Chimere by Marcelle Dube

Finder by Michael Jasper

The Bear in the Cable-Knit Sweater by Robert Jeschonek

Unsafe, Unsound by Kate MacLeod (Interview)

Ghosting by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Moon Spell by Rita Schulz

By Her Hand, She Draws You Down by Douglas Smith (Interview)

The Librarian by Blaze Ward (Interview)

And some package deals (collections!):

One Horn to Rule Them All by Lisa Mangum

The Cache and Other Stories by Sherry D. Ramsey

Decision Points by Bryan Thomas Schmidt (ed.)

Bad Ends by Rebecca Senese

S, F & H by Harvey Stanbrough (Interview)

Pick up your copy here!


Ghost Ship: GALCOM Universe 2

A spaceship wrecked on a planet

A spaceship appears out of nowhere…then disappears.  Like it never existed.

Hope Delgado, GALCOM’s only ghost expert, confronts the impossible.  Can a spaceship be a ghost?

Cryptic clues lead to the planet below.  And a deadly secret in space threatens the lives of everyone on the S.C. Kangjun.

Hope must solve the mystery before time runs out.

A page-turning story in the GALCOM Universe series.

A short novel available from your favorite booksellers.

Crying Planet: GALCOM Universe 1

Shuttle leaves space cruisar
Ghosts in space.  How cool is that?  But putting a civilian on a military spaceship was also an easy way to do a fish out of water.

Recruited for her ability to see ghosts, Hope Delgado’s first mission into space may be her last.  Alien ghosts infest a planet, threatening to destroy it.

But can Hope communicate with alien ghosts?

She faces distrust from the S.C. Kangjun’s skipper and his crew.  Her only friend: The ghost of the dead first skipper.

With the odds stacked against Hope, if she fails, a planet dies.

A riveting space adventure that takes you on a roller coaster ride.

A short novel available from your favorite booksellers.

Featured in the 2018 Military Science Fiction Storybundle!

Watcher Ghosts Available in Rabbit Bundle

My story Watcher Ghost, from the GALCOM Unverse series, is in a story bundle called Short Flights (of the Imagination).  The bundle is available for preorder, with a release date of March 1–so only a few days away for some awesome fiction.

I’ve been having fun doing ghost stories that aren’t the expected scary ones.  When I was growing up, my mother received the digest sized Fate Magazine.  I loved reading all those stories about encounters with ghosts.  They were presented with hope, not fear.  When I did this story, I thought every place in space that had been around for a while would have a ghost to kind of keep an eye on things.

Short Flights (of the Imagination)

Writing in Public: Story 4, Last Chapter

Cover for 49er PlanetCHAPTER 32

Four days after everyone had returned to Kangjun, Graul went down to Hope’s stateroom  in Women’s Country.  She’d been released from medical, but he knew that even with the healing bots work on the severe bruising, she would be sore for several days.

He found her pale and drawn and moving stiffly.  Too quiet, for Hope.

“Another mission?” she said.  She was dressed in a simple shift, which was probably the easiest piece of clothing she could get on.

“From my wife.” Graul gave her a small smile.  “Mel wanted me to check up on you.”

“Mel could have come down here.”

“She says I know you better.”  He rested his backside on the corner of her desk.  “It’s not your fault, you know.”

He’d contacted the 49ers with the help of the translator Orson and told them if they wanted the ghost problem fixed, they should move away from the ruins.  It had been the best Graul could do, and should have been obvious to the 49ers.

Red Stone had refused.

The next message Graul received—two days later–was that White Crystal was evacuating everyone.  Then filed a complaint with GALCOM against Hope specifically for not fixing their problem.

The complaint was scathing.

He also knew she’d seen it.

“I’m the ghost expert,” she said, and she was trembling.  “I’m supposed to be able to help with ghosts.”

“But you can’t help people—or ghosts—who don’t want to be helped. And you’re doing what they did to yourself.”

That got her attention.  “What do you mean?”

“You’re focusing on what’s wrong.” Graul shrugged.  “It’s easy to do.  I’ve been used for target practice by senior officers who only looked at what was wrong, and not what went right.”

He stood.

“You risked your own life to save fourteen people.  Fourteen!”

Her voice was sharp. “What else was I supposed to do?  Just leave them there?’

Graul waggled his forefinger at her.  “That’s what you would do.  We all have a tendency to think everyone thinks like us.  And you know better than anyone else that’s not always true.”

His words cut deep into her heart.  Not in a bad way, just in a remembering way.  All those people who had been cruel to her, and how she had vowed to never be like that.

“C’mon,” Graul said.  “Mel’s waiting for us in the mess. It’s ice cream sundae day.  I hear the fudge is pretty good.”

“Ice cream?” Hope’s stomach growled at the thought of ice cream and fudge and sprinkles.  She’d struggled to eat since she’d gotten back.

As they exited Women’s Country, she was surprised to see one of Mel’s Marines waiting in the passageway.  He weren’t dressed in a CTU, but in his spiffy dress uniform with a midnight blue coat.  She could have stared at him all day.  He looked that good in the uniform.

The Marine stepped forward, offering her a perfectly crooked arm.

“That’s your escort, Ms. Delgado,” Graul said.

She glanced back at him.  She wanted to say, Who me?

Graul answered the unvoiced question with a grin. “Two of the Marines were seriously hurt enough that if you hadn’t helped, they might have died.  So you have an escort until we meet up with the passenger transport.”

Hope was chuffed.  The first smile she’d had in many days stretched across her face.  She slipped her hand through the Marine’s muscular arm.  It was time for some serious ice cream.

Coming Attractions for June

This weekend, I made an attempt to see Wonder Woman.  But when I showed up an hour in advance at the movie theater, it was sold out except for a few seats in the front.  So I’ll try again next weekend.  But it’s a good sign … especially for a movie the studio gave up on.  They hardly even advertised it, but word of mouth is pretty potent.

So I spent Saturday building book covers.  These are the covers for short stories coming later in June.

And these are the ones for July, including a GALCOM universe novella and short story.  It also marks the first mystery I’m publishing.

My research topics for this week were:

  • Son-Ly War
  • Prefecture
  • Province
  • Mistletoe
  • Harvey Kurtzman
  • Tents (research for GALCOM 3)
  • Grizzly Adams (no relation to me)
  • Japanese Battleship Mutzo
  • Pagoda mast
  • Edward Teach
  • sloop
  • Gilbert Baker
  • Military name tag placement (Research for GALCOM 3)
  • locusts
  • Kylfings
  • algebra
  • Auroras
  • Plasma meteor (doesn’t that sound cool?)
  • William Mulholland
  • California Water Wars
  • St, Francis Dam

It’s interesting looking at this list after a week.  There’s a lot of topics on here that I don’t remember anything about, and others that, as I typed them, I remembered what I enjoyed about the topic.  Despite growing up in Southern California and seeing places like Mulholland Drive, I had no idea why it was named that, nor did I know about the California Water Wars.  The St. Francis Dam ended William Mulholland’s career in public works when it collapsed only a few hours after he inspected it.

Crying Planet (GALCOM Universe Book 1)

Cover of spaceship near planet as shuttle heads below

Hope Delgado has only one goal: to be an old woman. But the ghosts have other ideas. When Galactic Command comes calling with an offer–a bracelet to block the ghosts–she realizes that it might save her life. But GALCOM wants her to travel in space to another planet to fix a ghost problem that is threatening the population. To save her life, Hope must do the one thing doesn’t want to do. Things are never fair, and it’s about to get worse …

Available from your favorite booksellers including Amazon.