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  • #FREE 2 Days Only! 10/1-10/2 Space Cowboys & Indians – Come & get your love. #SFR #SCIFI #ROMANCE

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  • Space Cowboys & Indians has landed! New Release Day!

    Houston, Space Cowboys & Indians has landed!

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    How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

    Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

    But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

     

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  • Print Cover Reveal for Space Cowboys & Indians Landing July 15

    Just look how pretty the print version of Space Cowboy’s & Indians is going to be!

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    Jaycee at Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs did a fantastic job. I ordered my print proof today. It will go on sale on or around July 15 on Amazon. Or you can just hunt me down for a signed copy.

    Sign up for my New Release Newsletter to be notified of all upcoming releases.

    Can’t wait? You can read Chapter One and an excerpt of Chapter Two now!

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    How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

    Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

    But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go horribly wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

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  • Space Cowboys & Indians: Asteroid Mining of the Final Frontier

     

    SPACE COWBOYS & INDIANS IS AVAILABLE NOW!

    Last week I wrote about the Rosetta probe, the Philae lander, Comet 67P and how they influenced the writing of Space Cowboys & Indians. The heroes of SC&I don’t mine a comet however, they are attempting to be the first to mine the asteroid Amun.

    According to Mining The Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets and Planets by John S. Lewis, the asteroid Amun is a NEA (near-earth asteroid) only two kilometers in diameter, the size of a typical open-pit mine on Earth. What’s especially appealing about Amun is its makeup. Amun is projected to be made of a typical iron meteorite composition of iron and nickel with a mass market value of $8,000 billion. Another $6000 billion in cobalt and another $6000 billion in platinum-group metals. The total market value of that one small asteroid could be close to $20,000 billion.

    It’s no wonder several companies are scampering to get there or to other NEAs first. Money like that could fund all sorts of space firsts: space tourism, space colonies, space recreation.

    One of the very best articles I found on the subject is How Asteroid Mining Could Pay For Our First Space Colony. This one story really launched my plot. Pun intended.

    All you need is startup money and willing souls to make the trek. Here are a few space pioneers to follow if you are interested:

    Planetary Resources

      SpaceX

      Moon Express

      Spaceport America

     

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    Space Cowboys & Indians lands July 15.

    Available now on Amazon

    SpaceCandIw (533x800)How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

    Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

    But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.


  • Why I Wrote Space Cowboys & Indians

    Every story has a genesis. Something that sparks the imagination and begins the what-if process. For Space Cowboys & Indians that spark was an NPR (National Public Radio) story I listened to in my car one morning as I was driving for my day job.

    You can read the story here: When Science Beats Fiction courtesy of NPR

    The gist of it is that after 10 years and 4 billion miles, a probe called Rosetta was about to harpoon a comet, and then place Philae (an exploratory lander) onto that comet. What? What? What?

    Space?! Comets?! HARPOONS?!

    What is this? The Wild West?

    I was hooked. Of course, the writerly wheels began to spin, and I sped down the Google rabbit hole. I followed the Rosetta lander and the exploration of comet 67P. You can too. There are several stories here at NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=rosetta

    You can Google Rosetta or Philae or Comet 67P and find more than you could dream of. The Rosetta Probe even has a Twitter account. https://twitter.com/ESA_Rosetta

     

     

     

     

    I incorporated a few of the real-life details into Space Cowboys & Indians, then tweaked them to my liking. Instead of a comet, my astronaut explorers are commissioned by a space profiteer intent on mining an asteroid called Amun, reportedly rich in precious metals and other resources. The first to reach the asteroid and mine its resources is sure to enjoy a financial boon that’s never been seen before opening the last frontier up the prospecting of near-Earth asteroids far surpassing to the California gold rush.

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    SpaceCandIw (533x800)How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

    Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

    But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

     


  • Chapter One Reveal: Space Cowboys & Indians Landing July 15. #SciFi #Adventure #Romance #SFR

    I’ll admit it. I can’t wait for you to read Space Cowboys & Indians.

    Even though it’s still a bit away from release, I feel compelled to share the first chapter with you. I’ll plan to share a few more excerpts in the coming weeks leading up to the July 15 release day.

    Untiil then…

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    Chapter One

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    Alaskan gold mine, the Hudson Claim—the near future.

    “Goddamn it, Hudson. The washplant is down again.”

    Cole ground his molars together before he could unleash the torrent of swears that coursed through his brain in reply. Of course, the washplant was down. Again.

    This claim would be the end of him.

    “Show me,” Cole said.

    His foreman, Todd Cargill, held up four shredded washplant screens with holes the size of bowling balls, useless now for the first step in screening for gold.

    Cole squeezed his eyes shut and wondered for the eleven-millionth time this summer why the hell he’d come to Alaska.

    Redemption, he reminded himself.

    Wasn’t worth it, he retorted.

    “That was my last replacement screen. Be a week before the supply plane can bring us more,” Todd said. “No use running dirt until it’s fixed. This way, we’re only making mud.”

    Most expensive mud he’d ever not made. A week in the bush with no work? He’d have to pay the crew regardless, or he’d lose the whole lot of them. Hell, he still owed them from last month. They were running out of summer to mine, and they’d barely collected any gold so far.

    “Shut it down. I’ll call in the order.”

    “What do you want me to tell the guys?” Todd asked.

    “Tell them—“

    The chop, chop, chop of helicopter blades slowly pounded across the sky until the beast came into sight on the horizon. What the hell was a chopper doing out this far?

    The copter landed on the flat several hundred feet from their dredge, stirring the dust up from the broken ground and tailings. Covering his face with his arm, Cole coughed into his elbow and waited for the cloud to settle. The copter blades whirled to a stop and his small crew gathered around him from their work detail to see what was going on.

    A white-haired man, maybe 50, maybe older, emerged from the helicopter cabin, quickly followed by two men wearing sleek black suits, wrinkled from the tactical fire arm harnesses strapped snuggly across their chests. They were loaded for bear.

    That wasn’t what concerned Cole. He knew he was in for trouble the second the guy’s thousand dollar cowboy boots hit the turf. The man swatted at the swirling dust on his white shirt and designer jeans, then brushed his hands through his shoulder-length hair three or four times, shaking it out like the mane of a horse. He cranked up a smile as he made a bee-line for Cole.

    “Mr. Hudson?” the man asked.

    “I’m Hudson.”

    “You look exactly like your NASA application photo Mr. Hudson. Haven’t changed a bit in the past five months. It was five months you were detained. Yes?”

    Todd coughed loudly beside him. “Okay, I think we have things to do. Let’s go, boys.” Todd urged the crew back toward their office trailer.

    Cole was going to have to give his foreman a raise. Right after he beat the dandy in front of him into a bloody pulp.

    “Who exactly are you and what the hell are you doing here? Surely you didn’t fly that deathtrap all the way out here just to insult me in front of my crew. Or did you? You with Montoya?”

    The man appeared bewildered for a moment. “Oh my. Let me start over. I…this wasn’t the impression I intended to make. I’m afraid I started off badly. I’m simply so excited to find you. Out here.” He motioned toward the distant tundra. “It’s a very, very long way out here.” He flashed another smile at Cole and offered his hand. “Duncan Janson. You might know me from the airline ads?”

    Cole stared at the man’s smooth tanned hand. The guy had never worked a day of hard labor in his life if those hands told the right story—that much was obvious. He knew exactly who he was now. Billionaire airline owner and profiteer. What he didn’t know was what he was doing on his little piece of Alaska.

    “You answered the first question. Now answer the second,” Cole said, purposely not taking the offered hand.

    Janson pulled back his hand, then clapped them together, clearly proud of himself. “Well, I’m here to offer you a job.”

    “I have a job.”

    “This would be quite a different job. Well, maybe not all that different. You’d still be mining, but you would also have a chance to partake in some of your other passions.”

    Clouds slid past the sun and a gust of wind stirred up a dirt devil near the copter, cooling the air noticeably.

    “What is it you think you know about my passions. Exactly,” Cole asked.

    Janson twisted his expensive Rolex around his wrist nervously. “Was it not your passion for space that led to your gambling problem? Trying to raise enough money to continue in the program? Which led to your legal issues, which led to your detainment and now self-exile here in this god-forsaken place? Isn’t your work here an effort to earn enough money to finance your first two passions? It’s a bit of a vicious circle it seems.”

    Cole could feel his blood pressure rising. This asshole was on his last nerve five minutes after meeting him and about one more sentence away from a shallow Alaskan grave.

    “What if all of your skills could be utilized to fulfill each of those…passions? You’d be paid well. Very well.”

    “Is this prospect legal?”

    “Yes, but it’s not without risks. I want to hire you to do some mining for me.”

    “Where? You have a claim in Alaska?”

    “I’m afraid my claim is quite a bit farther than Alaska. Your gambling problem and detention might have gotten you booted out of NASA’s space program, but your personal problems are not a deterrent to me. Your other skills and expertise are exactly what are needed for my project.”

    Skepticism scratched at the back of his mind, but Cole couldn’t deny he was intrigued. He hated Janson’s manner, but he could take his money. No problem. Hell, this job might be the financial boost he needed to finally make this claim profitable.

    “How long is the job and where is it?” Cole asked.

    Janson smiled again, clearly certain he’d already sealed the deal. “I expect the job to take around six months. All expenses paid, of course. With an option to renew for a second mission after that. If you are so inclined. Your season here is winding down? Am I correct?”

    Considering the ruined washplant screens? Yeah, winding down would be a kindness.

    “You didn’t tell me where the job is,” Cole pressed.

    “Ah, that’s the best part, Mr. Hudson. The job is on Amun. It’s an asteroid. I want you to mine it for me.”

    That’s all for today, folks. Want to read more?

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    How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

    Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

    But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go horribly wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

    Pinterest book board https://www.pinterest.com/medley3/space-cowboys-indians/


  • Writing in the Wormhole

    I finished Space Cowboys & Indians last Saturday on May 2. I started it on January 30, 2015. Want to know the crazy part?

    I actually wrote it in 27 days.

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    Granted, it’s a novella and is sitting at 37K (around 140 pages), but I’m pretty happy with that. I had a couple of power-writing over-2K days, but it averages out at 1,380 a day.

    Twenty-seven days of writing, which took me a bit more than three months to accomplish.

    Folks, that’s wormhole time right there.

    Space Cowboys & Indians goes for editing June 1, and you can expect to have it on a Kindle near you by July 1. SC&I is my first sci-fi adventure-romance and early reviews are good. Wondering what it’s all about? Think of a movie mash-up of Cowboys vs Aliens meets Six Days Seven Nights, and you’ve got Space Cowboys & Indians.

    I did a ton of research for SC&I. This is just the stuff I printed out for quick reference:

    IMG_9709I learned a lot! I can’t wait to share some of it with you in the coming days leading up to release. Things about asteroid mining, astronaut training, wormholes, magnetic X-points, Roswell, NM, Richard Branson’s Spaceport America, the Apaches of the Mescalero Reservation in NM,  the private race for space and more. Stay tuned for some excerpts too.

    In the meantime, here’s a tease:

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    How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong?

    Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance.

    But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go horribly wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

    Pinterest book board https://www.pinterest.com/medley3/space-cowboys-indians/

     


  • COVER REVEAL: Space Cowboys & Indians – Episode 1 of the Cosmic Cowboys Series

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    Well? What do you think?

    I’m one day away from writing the ending of the first draft of Space Cowboys & Indians. I didn’t know when I started, but Space Cowboys & Indians is a novella (approximately 150 pages) and the first in a series of sci-fi adventure-romance episodes.

    There’s adventure, asteroid mining, time travel, romance and much, much more.

    It will be available mid-summer (sooner if the stars align).

    Look for a sneak peek right here on Sunday as part of the Weekend Writing Warriors’ #8Sunday series.

    What’s your favorite sci-fi book, television series or movie?


  • Work In Progress: Space Cowboys & Indians

    shutterstock_64087615I may have gone slightly mad.

    I’ve been working feverishly on a sci-fi romance, which I’ve named Space Cowboys & Indians. So far, it’s been really fun. I’m a couple hundred words shy of 20K and expect it to end up around 60K, which is near 250 pages. It will be available in e-book and print sometime this year.

    SC&I is a mashup of the movies Cowboys vs Aliens meets Six Days Seven Nights.

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    Right now, my hero and heroine still hate each other. That’s fixin’ to change 😀

    Be prepared for space tourism, asteroid mining, Mescalero Apache Indians, aliens, Roswell, NM, time travel and romance. I see it as a trilogy.

    You can find my Pinterest Inspirational Book Board here https://www.pinterest.com/medley3/space-cowboys-indians/

    I hope you’ll join me as I boldly go where I’ve never gone before.

    What’s your favorite sci-fi book or movie?