May Update: Great Things Happening

May Update

May Update Memory Leak CoverMay update Death Wish CoverIt’s been an amazing year, so I thought I’d give everyone a May Update to catch up with what’s been going on in my corner of the internet.

1. Death Wish Cover Reveal. I recently released the cover of my upcoming novel Death Wish, the third in the Corsair Uprising Space Opera Series. I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback about the cover and I’m excited to release the novel this summer.

2. Dirge of the Corsairs Music Video. It’s not every day an opportunity presents itself to do something unique and exciting that you’ve never done before. While I was writing Death Wish, I wrote some song lyrics that really fit well into the context of the story. I decided not to stop there and I recorded the song. Next, I went out into the desert and filmed a music video to accompany the song. The moral of this story is don’t write an idea off as silly or not feasible. If you put your mind to it you can accomplish great things. You can read about the making of the music video or watch the video here.

3. Memory Leak Gets a New Cover. Memory Leak is a science fiction thriller that I released originally back in 2010. The cover was dated and I didn’t feel it conveyed the right tone, so I made a new one that matched the branding on my most recent novels since 2014.

4. Symbiote to be released as an audiobook in Summer 2015. Books In Motion has picked up my science fiction thriller Symbiote and it’s currently being read by a talented reader in a studio.  Stay tuned for the release date and more details.

5. Amazon Bestseller status. Last weekend, The Corsair Uprising #1: The Azure Key reached bestseller status on Amazon, hitting #1 in Steampunk and multiple other categories. I’d like to say thank you to the more than 500 people who downloaded my book over the span of a couple of days and the thousands of people who’ve read my books so far. Without your help, none of this would have been possible.


I have a lot more great news coming later on this year, so please keep an eye out for those updates as they come in. Things are definitely changing for the better and my name is getting out there. Once again, thank you to anyone who has read my work. Without early adopters, there would be no superstars.

The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish Cover Revealed!

The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish Cover Revealed!

Death Wish Cover

The Corsair Uprising #3: Death Wish cover is revealed! It is a little bit of a departure from the covers of the first two novels as far as the background. Tell me what you think of the cover in the comments below. Have you read the series yet?

For those who haven’t yet read the series, here’s a link to Book 1 and Book 2 to get you caught up. Death Wish comes out this summer, 2015, so you have a few months to get up to speed!

Also, the Dirge of the Corsairs companion music video to Death Wish has been released on Youtube.

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Making of the ‘Dirge of the Corsairs’ Music Video

Making of the ‘Dirge of the Corsairs’ Music Video

Music Video Desert Filming

On Friday morning, I decided to film a music video.  I took a stroll up into the hills outside Sparks, Nevada to scout for a location. I was hoping to find a desert landscape that would serve as the Planet Garuda, which is a fictional desert world that I created for my science fiction series, The Corsair Uprising. It was a beautiful day and I found that the desert landscape wasn’t as barren as I’d thought. There were lizards, spiders, crickets, jack-rabbits, birds, and a number of other small creatures.

I hiked about a mile up the side of a large hill (I guess where some people live they’d call them mountains, but living near the Sierra Nevadas means they get downgraded to hills). I didn’t know this before going out on my little journey, but there are some seriously massive rocks just jutting out of the Earth all over the high desert.

Desert Filming Music Video RockI continued walking up the side of this hill, realizing that running a few days a week was no match for the kind of workout I was in for. My pack had about 15 pounds of gear in total, which isn’t a lot, but became far more noticeable the more I walked. Apparently being in shape and being in ‘hiking’ shape are two different things.

Before filming my music video, I had made a list of a few shots I wanted to get, but on the whole I was pretty open to just seeing what I could find. The song I had created was about two and a half minutes long and I needed quite a bit more footage than that for the editing process. It took just an hour or two to get the shots I needed, but I hung around a while longer just to see what I could find. I’m really lucky I did, because I found this little guy (at right). At first he was a little skittish, but I followed him and he let me get my camera within a foot of his face. Pretty brave!

Desert Lizard Music Video

After walking around a little more, I found another lizard of the same species that was a little smaller, and that one did not cooperate so well. I decided after that it was time to head home and start editing. On the way back down the hill I saw something zip past me. It was a fairly large jack-rabbit and it was fast. Though I had my Nikon D5100 in my hand, I wasn’t fast enough to get it on film. This thing was tearing by!

All-in-all I think my little adventure was a blast. I didn’t see any tarantulas or rattlesnakes, so that always makes for a good day. I really lucked out seeing this photo-friendly lizard as well. To see the results of my project, I’ve embedded the completed video below. I added a yellow filter in the editing process to make it look more like the alien planet I had imagined, with a sun far more intense than our own. Enjoy!

To see the finished music video and more of my videos on writing, social media, and the publishing industry, visit my youtube channel.