The Art of Science Fiction Book Covers


This is a fascinating look at the old pulp covers of year’s past.

5 Futuristic Women


Cover for 5 Futuristic Women

Five stories of futuristic women, from an artist who makes a first contact in “Sky Hair,” to the private who finds herself in hot water after aliens eat her officer in “Rejected by Aliens.”  In “New Robot Smell,” a female soldier has to choose between the military and her life.  In “The Scientist’s Widow,” a detective tracks a woman she thinks murdered her husband, and in “Theater Ship,” actors defend a planet from an alien invasion.

This science fiction collection is available from your favorite bookseller.

Men From the Horizon


Tall ship sailing against the sunrise - cover for Men from the Horizon
This was inspired by disability and steampunk. I thought about what it was like for the Hawaiians when the first missionaries came to the island and what they might have offered.

Men visit Rewa’s island with monstrous automatons and promises–and the ability to help her walk normally again.  They just want to farm the sugar cane fields for Rewa and her people.  If one farmer agrees, everyone will agree.  The decision hangs on what Rewa does.  And no matter what her decision Rewa makes, it will cost her.

A science fiction short story available from your favorite booksellers.

Theater Ship


A spaceship hovers above an alien landscape, a planet in the background
A woman actor ages out of roles much faster than men. So my character takes to space travel to continue doing what she loves.

Actress Catherine Mason is old enough that Hollywood no longer wants her, so she performs theater in space for the soldiers.  But it’s dangerous duty for the actors.  As they land on a military post, Catherine discovers the aliens are watching.  She’s about to give the performance of her life, if not her life.

A science fiction short story available from your favorite booksellers.

Spotlight on 5 Selected Links About Books


Girl lays on a bed, reading a book with a big smile on her face

Reading isn’t just the books, but sometimes the history of them, the libraries, or even how the world used them.  And sometimes it’s just wandering through the aisles looking at all of them and not knowing where to start.

7 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Bookstores This is a mostly fun list about bookstores.  I had no idea that books from different publishers had different smells! (16).

25 Interesting Facts About Libraries Did you know that there are libraries  where you can check out a storyteller?  Might have to steal that for a story.

Coalesce . . . A Bookstore & More.  This is a shout-out to a bookstore in Morro Bay, CA.  When my family visited my grandparents, I always ended up in this little bookstore, just a few blocks from the harbor.  Despite all the changes in the industry, the bookstore is still there.

Book Castle/Movie World: This bookstore in Burbank does not appear to have a website.  It’s a place I would check out frequently because I could find books and scripts and photos.  Just an awesome place to explore.

20 Interesting Facts About Science Fiction.  This has a lot of predictions that science fiction writers made in their stories that came true…like the internet.

Blink of a Moment


Back of man with digital code on his skin
This was for an anthology call and provided the opening sentence.  Everyone was going to do first person or dialogue, so I wanted to be different and started with a tweet.

The world stops for Trey Howard, like a camera rewinding and then starting up again.  All he wants to is hide in his job as a janitor and pretend like he doesn’t exist, like can’t make the world blink.  Then the government finds him,  men who are not affected when the world blinks, and they want to talk to him…

A time travel short story available from your favorite booksellers.

Alien Traps


Cover for Alien Traps

Thirty years ago, Lily Chun saw a UFO in the desert and the memory disappeared into a child’s fantasies.  But after a dream called to her, she’s back out to the same place, drawn by the emptiness of the life she’s abandoned.  A chance meeting with a stranger convinces her that maybe there’s a reason to be here now, and it isn’t just to see aliens.

A science fiction short story available from your favorite booksellers.

Story Bundles


These are story bundles that I’m featured in.  If you haven’t been introduced to the world of the story bundle and you love reading, then start exploring right away.  Story bundles consist of books or short stories by multiple writers, and usually for no more than $15.

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.
Remembering Warriors cover
Raise money for veteran charities and get good fiction and non-fiction. This book features my memoir Soldier, Storyteller.

Watcher Ghost


Space station orbits planet. Shuttle heads for station
I was writing Crying Planet and just realized I had a series. I was still fresh on these characters, so I thought haunted space station and the rest is story.

This story won an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest.

Hope Delgado specializes in alien ghosts in space.  But her latest mission to a space station is a challenge even for the woman who can talk to ghosts.  Because this ghost isn’t able to talk to her, and he’s escalating his efforts into frightening attacks.

Hope thinks he has a warning, but she is running out of time.

A science fiction short story available from your favorite bookseller.

 

Science Fiction Books


After seeing Star Trek and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, I have a special love for adventuring out into space.  There weren’t many women in the science fiction books I read growing up, so I have lots of women having adventures.  Links to pages with blurbs coming soon.

 

Back of man with digital code on his skin
This was for an anthology call and provided the opening sentence.  Everyone was going to do first person or dialogue, so I wanted to be different and started with a tweet.
Cover for 5 Futuristic Women
A sampler of 5 of my short stories.  All of these feature women having adventures.

 

Cover for New Robot Smell
This is a dark science fiction story, a legacy of my Desert Storm days.  I knew a person like the character’s friend in the story.
Cover for Alien Traps
People creating cat traps (a box) went viral on the Internet, so I thought why not alien traps?
Tall ship sailing against the sunrise - cover for Men from the Horizon
This was inspired by disability and steampunk. I thought about what it was like for the Hawaiians when the first missionaries came to the island and what they might have offered.
A woman space soldier stretches.
This story started as an assignment from a workshop, inspired by a fuzzy blue pillow. Stranger things happen when creativity is involved
Cover for Theater Ship
A woman actor ages out of roles much faster than men.  So my character takes to space travel to continue doing what she loves.
Brain with lightning
I looked out the window and saw a woman in a bright red coat towing a cooler.  What’s in that cooler?  Read the story to find out.

 

Cover for Sky Hair
I attended an art exhibit at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum.  Wonderful exhibit, and I thought about the stories art tells us, even when we don’t realize it.
Cover art for Curseo of the Cat
I ran across a very old book at the library that mentioned a cursed painting of a cat that had caused all its owners to die.  Oddly, the sketch of the cat looked like one I had growing up, Dum-Dum (my mother named the cat).