New Release: Contract of War by Tammy Salyer!

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Contract of War, the final novel in Tamy Salyer’s Spectras Arise Trilogy is out today!


If you haven’t read any Tammy Salyer, you owe it to yourself to pick up boon one and give it a rip. Tammy is a top notch military science fiction writer who likes to keep her characters flawed and realistic. (Something I like to do in my work as well.) It won’t take but a few paragraphs for those of you who love my stuff to fall right in love with Tammy’s as well.

Here’s her official announcement:

Contract of DefianceContract of Betrayal, and Contract of War follow heroine Aly Erikson and her crew of anti-Admin smugglers through an ever-escalating glut of life-and-death adventures and trials of a living on the side of liberty and freedom—whether they agree with the law or not—in the far future of the Algol star system. As former Corps members, most are no strangers to fighting and dissent, but more than anything, they want to spend their lives flying under the radar without control or interference from the system’s central government, The Political and Capital Administration of the Advanced Worlds. But the Admin’s greed-drenched dualism of power and corruption has other plans, and throughout the series, Aly and her crew are reminded of one lesson time and again: when all other options run out, never let go of your gun.
Contract of War begins in the aftermath of the system-wide war between the Admin and Corp Loyalists and the non-citizen population of the Algols, where everything once resembling order has been leveled. Scattered enclaves of survivors dot the worlds, living, however they can, in snarled lawlessness. Aly and her crew have carved out a niche of relative peace, doing their best to go on with their lives through salvaging, scavenging, and stealing. But with no force left to keep the lid on the pot, the pressures of chaos and discord soon cause conflicts to boil over. As enemies close in from all directions, even, sometimes, from within, the crew once again must fight—not just for survival, not just for their way of life, but this time for a future that can finally lay to rest the system’s bloody and savage past. 

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How to Think About a Tagline!


So a few weeks ago a friend Tammy Salyer was working on a tagline for the third book in her Spectras Arise series, Contract of War. She had a whole bunch of options listed on her website, and she invited her fans to give her feedback.

I ended up writing her an email with an opinion that she promptly disregarded and went a different direction, which kept her tagline lighter and more snarky than mine. However, she thought that what I had to say was a really great way to suss out how to write a book tagline, and she encouraged me to post it here for the benefit of other writers. Here then is my email:


Here are my two cents on your tagline:

The best starting phrase on your site is “When the fight is over.” It tells me so much about character, plot, and setting of the book.


I think the best character in all of these taglines is Tyranny.
Tyranny is an evil actor. Tyranny coming to get the good guys makes me want to read the book. Tyranny has to be stopped. All of which means we have a plot that I need to read. How do we stop tyranny?
So if you put the two together like this–When the fight is over, Tyranny…– then you have a setting, a character, and a plot. So far so good.
In the tag line Tyranny has to do something… In all your choices, I like the word “feasts” the best. It’s the most visceral and active.
So you end up with “When the fight is over, Tyranny feasts…”
So the next question is what does it feast upon, and that I can’t answer. I don’t have enough information and you seem to be struggling to identify what it feasts on in your description.
To help you answer that for yourself here is my question: Who is the crew primarily fighting to save, themselves or others? If its for themselves, then tyranny should feast on the crew. If they are fighting for other things like the peace of the system, then you should aim toward that. If it is the latter, here is a thought. What about adding another character like, “the innocent,” or “the people?”
Tyranny could feast on them and you would have a fantastic tagline.
Feel free to throw it all out. These can be really frustrating.


I have to say, I can’t really claim it’s all my idea. It was Jason Gurley who was encouraged me to make sure I had a narrative arc to my blurb for The Far Bank of the Rubicon, so some of the credit has to go to him. Anyway, I hope you find it helpful.

Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t read Tammy’s Spectras Arise series you owe it to yourself to read book one Contract of Defiance. Tammy has a writing style similar to my own, and her work is top notch science fiction.


Discovered in the basement of a Rotterdam Shop is a recording from a Hobbit Party put on by the Dutch publisher of The Lord of the Rings. (Take a deep breath. Sit down.) On it, Tolkien reads a lost poem of his and tells us the true meaning of The Lord of the Rings. The remastered recording comes out in the fall. You can read more details over at HuffPo.

I will no doubt be hosting my very own Hobbit Party to listen to this for the very first time. If you want to join me drop me a note in the comments.

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Preview The Far Bank of the Rubicon

(Read the first few paragraphs on my Kickstarter Preview Page.)

….In his heads-up, Summers noticed the heat signature of a car descending onto the well lit, snow-covered street. He knew the vehicle. The Browns were home early. Summers cursed under his breath. Any sane person would have just descended directly into their driveway, but the Browns insisted on pulling up to the gate and having him open.

Summers threw a higher level set of code crackers at the AI in the limousine, put the pistol back in his pocket, and stepped into the guard house. The Browns drifted up to the gate. He punched the button in the booth, and the gate squealed as it started to open. Summers stepped to the door. The Mrs. liked to talk.

“Anything of interest happen on our street tonight?” Continue reading

The Far Bank of the Rubicon is coming to Kickstarter

So Kickstarter it is for this novel. I will have more information in a day or two including  a start date and a chance for those of you on my blog to get a sneak peak. For now enjoy the video I made for the project.