The Truth Inside the Lie

"Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists." – Stephen King, IT If there’s one question writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their many sub-genres are asked by readers it is likely some permutation of "How do you make all this stuff up?" While all writers of fiction, by definition, make stuff up, it is far easier to understand the origin of stories that take place in the world we know. But when the stories involve strange lands, creatures, magic, or even alternate versions of our own…

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Get Your Warpworld E-book Signed!

Yes, through the wonders of technology you can now get an electronic signature for Warpworld and Wasteland Renegades right from the comfort of your living room, bathroom, or even at work (we won’t tell your boss, don’t worry). Rest assured, our handwriting is just as illegible in this format as it is with pen on paper! Actually, I think it’s worse.  Have you ever tried signing your name with a mouse? So if you see this… That’s the electronic version of “Kristene Perron”. Or “Joshua Simpson”. Possibly both together. Oh, and it may also a contain a mathematical equation that…

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Goodreads Giveaway Time!

It’s that time again! If you know the drill, just follow the widget below to win a signed (SIGNED!) copy of Wasteland Renegades. If you don’t know the drill, what’s wrong with you? Have you been napping? Okay, okay, here’s the drill: Josh and I have opened our black, evil, and stingy hearts to offer five, signed (SIGNED!) copies of the second book in the Warpworld series for five lucky winners on Goodreads.com. See that widget below? Just click “ENTER” and you’ll be taken through the warp gate to the exotic world of Goodreads giveaways. This Wasteland Renegades giveaway ends…

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Journey to the Land of Misfit Toys (aka Worldcon 2013)

I was unsure about attending my first Worldcon.  Concerns… Cost: My spare funds have been almost completely directed to production costs of Wasteland Renegades (almost ready, promise!), so the timing was bad. Geography: Ucluelet is a long way from anywhere. To get to San Antonio, Texas (on my budget), would take me two full days, including five hours on the bus. THE BUS! *shudders* Aloneness: Due to other work commitments, Josh was unable to attend. And, sure, I’m okay with attending events solo, I tend to make friends with relative ease, but I also know these sorts of events are…

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Book Review – Chimerascope by Douglas Smith

If you’re wondering what writers do on their time off, the answer is usually: read. We are currently waiting for our graphics and formatting guru, Miguel, to finish packaging and polishing Wasteland Renegades, which means Josh and I have free time to play. Of course, by “play” I mean “work on the third book”, but I’d also like to spend this warp bubble of extra time to tell you about some of the spec fiction I’ve consumed lately. First up: Chimerascope by Douglas Smith I must preface this review by shouting my love for short stories from the rooftops. Well,…

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The State of the (Warped) World – Field Report

I’ll keep this transmission brief as heightened Storm activity is playing hell with the comms. Progress report: Wasteland Renegades Status: Copy editing – complete We’re on the final read-through before the manuscript goes off to be formatted, typeset, and all those other fun things manuscripts have to do before becoming a real book. Our goal is to have Wasteland Renegades live by Sept. 1st. If you’ve subscribed to our newsletter, you will be the first know when it’s ready. For those of you who require proof of our effort, or who are just curious about the glamorous behind-the-scenes life of…

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Women of Character – Laura Lee Connery, The Real Girl On Fire

Today we talk to professional stunt woman Laura Lee Connery, but before I jump into our final Women of Character interview, just a few reminders! 1. Our 10-stop review tour begins July 15th. Hosted by Tribute Books, you can read the full schedule here and find out how to win $25 in an Amazon gift card or PayPal cash. 2. Check out the cover for Wasteland Renegades, (coming soon!), and you’ll have another chance at a $25 Amazon gift card. Just in time to re-stock your bookshelf for summer reading. Now, back to our incredibly awesome Woman of Character already…

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The Big Revealski…Wasteland Renegades

What more could an author ask for on her birthday than a shiny new book cover? Here it is, the cover for Wasteland Renegades – the second book in the Warpworld series! And since it’s my birthday, and both Josh and I are in such a good mood, and our shiny new cover is out for all to see, we’re going to give away a present in our… SHINY NEW BOOK COVER CONTEST! On July 15, we will choose one name from the proverbial hat to WIN A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD! (Keep scrolling to find out more.) Thanks so…

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Women of Character – Amy Stevenson, Dam It!

On the docks of Ama’s world, you’re likely to see a bunch of burly, bearded, foul-mouthed men roaming around. It’s a tough place for a young woman to make her living, and yet that’s exactly what Ama does. Today’s Woman of Character, mechanical engineer Amy Stevenson, knows all about working in a “man’s world”. I met Amy when I moved to Nelson, BC, in 2006, and was surprised to learn she was one of the people behind the massive hydro power plants in our area. You see, Amy was the exact opposite of how I imagined an engineer who worked…

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