Happy Thanksgiving!

I am most grateful for my family and my faith, but I am also grateful for my readers.  As a thank you, and as a bit of a promotion, I’m offering the first book of my science fiction trilogy, The Hrwang Incursion, for free over the holiday weekend.

Enjoy!

The Hrwang Incursion Trilogy

Book One: Earth    

Book Two:  Hrwang   

Book Three:  New Israel

Also, check out the wonderful message below about giving thanks.

Cheers,

Bernard

#GiveThanks

The Trilogy Is Complete!

Finally!  The third book in the Hrwang Incursion Trilogy is published!

It features cover art by my good friend, Meggan Hayes.  She does great work.  In fact, in celebration of releasing the entire trilogy, she has created new covers for Earth and Hrwang also and they are now available on Amazon Kindle.

I also reformatted the text a little using Amazon’s new Kindle Create tool and fixed a few typos along the way.

I removed “Omnibus” from the title of Earth.  Originally, I was copying how Hugh Howey entitled his series, Wool, but it turned out to just confuse people.  Like Wool, Earth was released episodically, and the omnibus edition combined all of those episodes.  But now, the first nine episodes are just compiled as book one, Earth.  Hrwang, book two, has four episodes and those are renumbered 10-13.  New Israel also has four episodes and they are numbered 14-17.

Each of the books is named after a planet, with New Israel being the name given to Earth by the alien invaders.

I hope you enjoy the series.  I’ve been laboring the past few years on an historical fiction novel, but some day plan on returning to writing science fiction.  It’s often my first choice when I pick something up to read and it’s terribly fun to write.

Book One: Earth    www.amazon.com/dp/B01EUP5NEI

Book Two:  Hrwang   www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0J3UBZ

Book Three:  New Israel     www.amazon.com/dp/B0893MJVM5

Cheers,

Bernard

 

An Update

New Israel, the exciting conclusion of the thrilling Hrwang Incursion Trilogy, is way behind schedule.  Beta reading is complete and I have some final touches to put on the work.  I hope to release it by June or July of this year.  There are also all new covers for all three books created by my good friend, Meggan Hayes, that will also be released at the same time.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

The primary reason for the delay is that I’ve ventured into a new field.  Never one to stick with a specific genre for too long, I’ve moved temporarily away from science fiction and fantasy to a work of historical fiction.  Not One Stone is about the Jewish-Roman war of 66-70 A.D. that culminated in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.  It was a devastating period of time, and the loss of the temple as prophesied by the Savior had a profound impact on both Judaism and Christianity.

Historical fiction is much harder for me to write than science fiction.  It takes me so much more research.  For my other works, I would spend time researching and then lots of time writing.  For Not One Stone, it’s research, then more research, then write a little, then research some more.  Sometimes I worry that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

But, it’s as they say in football:

GO BIG or go home!

Cheers,

Bernard

Descent is out!

Episode 3 of the second book in The Hrwang Incursion series is available!  Take a look!

Episode 3, Descent, is now available at Smashwords.  There will be four episodes in this book.  Not quite as long as Earth, but more along the lines of a standard length novel.

A note about pricing.  I’m experimenting with Smashword’s ‘You set the price’ feature.  If you’d like a frame of reference, when I publish all four episodes in one novel on Amazon, the price will be $2.99.

Eva’s adventure on Hrwang continues in Descent.  Face to face with the Lord Admiral, she has to figure out how to deal with him while also dealing with a surprise traitor.

Enjoy!

Cheers,

Bernard

My Favorite Martian

Mark Watney is much smarter than Alexander Crayton.  But then, I suppose, Watney didn’t have alien robots actively trying to kill him during his stay on Mars.

I just finished Andy Weir’s The Martian, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Watney is great.  A fun character to read about.  I understand why the book has been such a big hit.

I also saw the movie (I actually saw it first) and was surprised at how faithful it was to the book.  In fact, except for an extra dramatic touch at the end (I won’t spoil it) and a brief epilogue, the movie stays extremely true to the story in the book.  Drew Goddard did a fantastic job with the screenplay.

I’m glad I wrote Earth long before I heard of The Martian.  I’m not sure I would have had Alex attempt to cross Mars in quite the same way had I done so.  I probably would have written that part entirely differently, not even allowing him to try.  I was pleased, though, that Watney used the second rover as a trailer in much the same fashion as Alex attempted.

I highly recommend The Martian, and after you finish reading that, read Earth and let me know what you think Alex might have done differently, or if there even was anything he could have done differently.

Cheers,

Bernard

 

Pre-order

Pre-order Earth now!

I’ve been releasing episodes of Earth for free on smashword, and now I’m releasing the final episode.  I’m only charging 99 cents for the entire book (all 9 episodes), or, if you’ve been downloading them for free on Smashwords, the final episode is the same price.

It’s been a fun ride writing and releasing this science fiction work.  There’s more to come!

Insertion

Episode 4 of Earth is out.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/585967

I’m enjoying writing this series. I love the characters and it’s fun writing the action.  It’s intense at times.  Everyone seems to love the cliffhangers at the end of each episode.

I’ll compile all of it into an omnibus edition when I’m finished and plan on including the first episode of book two.  There are nine episodes for book one, ‘Earth’, but I don’t know yet how many episodes there will be in book two.  I do know book two will be called ‘New Israel’ for reasons that won’t be apparent until you read episode nine.

So, for now, enjoy episode 4, Insertion, and let me know what you think!

Cheers,

Bernard