Interview with S.G. Redling, author of Damocles

May 28, 2013 Rob 0

One of the best novels I read last year was S.G. Redling’s Flowertown. So I jumped at the chance to get an advance copy of Sheila’s latest book, Damocles. I just finished reading it, and I was not disappointed. Damocles is officially out today, so you can get your own copy now. As Meg, the linguist in Damocles, would say, “Trust me, you want/need this book. It’s very good/okay.” Here’s an interview I recently did with Sheila. Your first novel, Flowertown, […]

Wanna help make Schrodinger’s Gat a reality?

May 21, 2013 Rob 0

The Schrödinger’s Gat project is now live on Kickstarter! What does this mean to you? It means you can help me get this baby in front of readers, and get some really cool stuff in the process. Advance copies of the book, copies of my other books, posters, custom USB drives… all kinds of neat stuff (I will not be using the word “swag.” You’re welcome.) Check out the project on Kickstarter, and if you want to be part of the […]

Win a complete set of Mercury audiobooks!

May 16, 2013 Rob 2

  I’m giving away five complete sets of the Mercury trilogy on mp3 CD! To win, just go here and enter your email address. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your address. That’s all there is to it. I will pick five winners at random at noon PDT on Friday, May 24, 2013. Enter now! And Good luck!

Guest post: Helen Smith, author of Invitation to Die

May 14, 2013 Rob 0

Q) Your latest book is called Invitation to Die. Can you tell us a bit about that? Invitation to Die is the debut novel in my Emily Castles mystery series. It’s an entertaining British mystery featuring twenty-six-year-old Emily Castles. She teams up with eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to investigate a murder at a romance writers’ conference in London. Emily has already appeared in two novellas I have written, Three Sisters and Showstoppers. Thomas & Mercer asked me to write […]

The feds fall for a plastic gun

May 13, 2013 Rob 0

My latest piece for The Blaze deals with the federal government’s attempts to shut down Defense Distributed, the company offering plans for a printable gun: This isn’t the first time ITAR has been used to prevent the promulgation of information: until 1997, for example, strong cryptography could not be legally exported from the U.S. The strange thing about the invocation of ITAR in this case is that the information ostensibly being guarded is for relatively low tech weaponry. Other than […]

Kickstarting Schrodinger’s Gat

May 11, 2013 Rob 0

Recently I mentioned on Facebook that I was planning on doing a Kickstarter project to fund my nearly finished novel, Schrödinger’s Gat. Someone left a comment asking why I don’t just handle the release of Schrödinger’s Gat the same way I handled the publication of Mercury Falls. The short answer to that question is that essentially I am handling it the same way. For those who don’t know, Mercury Falls was my first novel. At the time I was writing it, […]

Review: Iron Man 3

May 8, 2013 Rob 1

There’s a scene in Iron Man 3 where Tony stark is testing out a new super-powered suit whose pieces can fly autonomously and self-assemble. The various pieces – gauntlets, chest piece, boots, codpiece, helmet, etc. – whizz across the room and affix themselves to Stark’s body. The codpiece and helmet give him a little trouble, as you might imagine, but ultimately the pieces come together to make Stark into the Invincible Iron Man we know and love. That scene is […]

Pub date set for Schrödinger’s Gat!

May 4, 2013 Rob 0

Many of you know that I’ve been working on a book called Schrödinger’s Gat, which I describe as a “quantum physics noir thriller.” I’ve decided to self-publish the book, which is good news for you, because it means I can get the book out much faster. I’m tentatively setting the publication date for August 13, 2013. If you’re interested in learning more about Schrödinger’s Gat and keeping up with what’s going on with the launch, please sign up for the interest list […]

Channeling my rage

May 1, 2013 Rob 0

Those who follow me on Facebook or Twitter know that I hold some strong political opinions. I used to be pretty careful about not explicitly stating my opinions for fear of alienating readers. Lately, though, my philosophy is “Fuck it. If people can’t take a different opinion, they aren’t worth having as readers anyway.” And frankly, the way things are going in this country, I don’t want to have to explain to people in twenty years why I didn’t use […]

Sign up for the KDD and get a free book!

May 1, 2013 Rob 0

Every day I wake up to several automated emails in my inbox. The only one I actually look forward to is Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal. I’ve gotten books by Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Dick, Terry Pratchett and lots of other talented authors for as little as $1.99. If you’re not signed up yet, you totally should. As a special bonus, if you sign up before May 31, you can get a free book. You can select from sixteen options, including books […]