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Please Help: Review Toils and Snares for FREE!

Hey folks, one of the hardest things to do for an author is literally to say, “Will you read my book?” In about 10 days, I’m planning to submit TOILS AND SNARES, the parallelequel/prequel to ALL IS SILENCE/STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS for a BookBub promotion.

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BookBub is currently as close to a sure thing as one can find in publishing today and they only accept about 10% of the books submitted to them for promotions. They also like books to have been out a while and have a significant number of reviews. What is a significant number of reviews? Who knows? More than thirteen, I may suppose. That’s how many TOILS AND SNARES has.

So, if you are interested in reading this apocalyptic novel, less profane and violent than its parallelequel, please send me an e-mail or comment on this post. I will give you a read and review copy of the e-book in the format of your choice: mobi/kindle, epub/nook/kobo/ibook, or pdf.

I would ask that you be willing to read it and give it an honest review. So far it has only received four and five stars. Now, I am not asking for three star reviews, unless the book deserves it in your opinion, in which case, I am asking for less than four/five stars. I’m afraid 13 reviews is still in the All these people are friends and relatives category even if they are neither friends nor family.

If you have already read TOILS AND SNARES and not left an honest review, would you please take a few minutes to write a few sentences and give me a few stars, or however many you feel the novel deserves? Here’s the Amazon link for leaving reviews. If you’re feeling especially generous, you might also past a copy into GoodReads Link here, if you’re a member. And if you’re not a member and you’re a reader, I’d suggest joining. It’s really cool!

To sweeten the pot, when TOILS AND SNARES gets 25 reviews, I will give away a signed paperback copy of either Deserted Lands Book I – ALL IS SILENCE or Book II – STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS to one of those 25 reviewers! That’s pretty good odds. To make it even better odds, I won’t give the book to family or close friends. So, what are you waiting for? 😉 “Will you read my book?” If you have a friend or family member who reads Apocalyptic Fiction, tell them to send me an e-mail and accept my gratitude.
Thanks again,

Now is YET! Live, but not Memorex.

I’ve been telling people for six months about when to buy STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS. That answer was always, NOT YET, please. Well… Now is YET! It’s LIVE!

If you want a copy of the ebook, buy it from your favorite ebooksellers: Amazon/Kindle, B&N/Nook, Kobo, iBooks.

If you want a print copy, it’s available signed from . It is live on VillageBooks.com (Signed with $0.99 shipping and handling! If you want it personalized, leave a note in the Order comments box at the bottom.) and Amazon as a print book.

It will be a few weeks before you can get it at your local bookstore (Unless you’re lucky enough to live in Bellingham!) or your library, but it should be available soon. I’ll be sure and announce it.

If you haven’t read ALL IS SILENCE, order it here:  Amazon here, or Kobo here, or nook here or iBooks here! Thanks.

Get Ready, Get Set… It’s almost Yet!

Now is almost yet! I’ve asked those of you who are regulars to these parts to wait to buy your ebook/book version of STRAIGHT INTO STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS-frontDARKNESS until the book goes live. This will give the book a boost if bunch of folks all buy it close together. This increases its visibility and hopefully more people will fall in love with the cover, realize it’s book II and buy book one as well! So. It is live on VillageBooks.com  (Signed with $0.99 shipping and handling! If you want it personalized, leave a note in the Order comments box at the bottom.) and Amazon as a print book. It will be live as an ebook on September 8th on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iBook, Smashwords and other ebooksellers!

So, please consider purchasing Straight Into Darkness and/or All Is Silence September 8th. If you have read All Is Silence and have not left a review on Amazon, you can do that here, or Kobo here, or nook here or GoodReads here or iBooks here!

Hope to see you all this year. If you live in the PNW and have a book store or library you’re friends with that would host, I’ll come to your town for a reading and signing!


Have you read a book not written by a bestseller…

…that you really enjoyed? Would you be so kind as to do me a favor and rate and/or rank it honestly somewhere? Especially if they are small-press or Indie published. We can handle the harsh reviews. We love constructive reviews. And everyone likes the reviews that say the story is amazing or perfect! 😉  [Personally, I like the ones that give me some idea of what didn’t work.]

As a writer, asking for reviews feels weird. It’s like asking for a tip if you are wait-staff and you didn’t just serve a party of 18.  How do we get around it? Building up a quantity of reviews opens doors. Some quality promotions, like BookBub, require that enough people have rated the books submitted to give some verification of quality past the writer’s best friends. Some writers have even got desperate enough to pay for reviews.

I haven’t succumbed to that. What I have decided to offer is a chance at winning a random drawing of a signed physical copy of my debut novel, ALL IS SILENCE, for people who leave a review of either ALL IS SILENCE or TOILS AND SNARES on AMAZON. When the novel reaches 50 reviews [It’s at 41 47 reviews now!] on ALL IS SILENCE, I will pick a random number and send that reviewer a free signed Hardcover copy of ALL IS SILENCE.  For TOILS AND SNARES, my goals are lower and so is the prize. When it gains 25 reviews [Only 6 reviews currently.] I will use the same procedure to give away a signed paperback copy of ALL IS SILENCE.

Hopefully, it’s someone halfway around the world who couldn’t afford a signed copy! I won’t give it to a family member or close friend, but will draw another number if that happens.  So far this method seems to be working well for ALL IS SILENCE, but not so much for TOILS AND SNARES. To further sweeten the pot, I will give readers who promise to give an honest review, a free ebook of TOILS AND SNARES.

If you want a copy of TOILS AND SNARES. please send me an e-mail requesting a copy in one of the following formats: nook/kobo[epub], kindle[mobi], or pdf. Thanks for reading all of these words and so many more!

Want to read my new Deserted Lands novella for FREE?

Last week on WattPad. TWO stories in the top
100 in Science Fiction!

JOIN MY NEWSLETTER AT THE bottom of this post by the end of this week to read the rough draft of Toils and Snares as a beta reader. The link will go out in my newsletter only on the 15th! Sample it here on Wattpad.

  • What will you get? Free short fiction on a monthly basis.
  • Opportunity to be a beta reader for my new stories, novellas and novels.
  • Information on appearances and sales.

What do I have to do if I’m a beta reader?

  • Well, you don’t have to do anything really.
  • You get to read the story. You get to help me make it better.
  • You get to quit reading it if it doesn’t work for you.
  • You get my eternal thanks.
  • You may get a copy of my book if you give me significant feedback.
  • I may also thank you in the next print book as well as my website.
  • I would love it if you would give me feedback.
  • I will have a survey with some questions that you can answer anonymously if you don’t want to hurt my feelings!
  • When it comes out, I would love an honest review or a rating.
  • I’ve got Rhino skin, really. I’ve collected 600+ writing rejections, lost roles to actors I thought were not very good and been told the ‘truth’ about myself by my own kids and many other people’s kids! 😉
  • I will have it available as pdf, epub [for Kobo/Nook] and mobi [for Kindle.]
  • If you really want to be intense I can share a google document and you can rip it apart with comments/suggestions word by word!

Thanks for the help and support. Please share this with parties interested in Apocalyptic Science Fiction.



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Hey folks,

Tired of Black Friday where people stumble over each other to get more things? What better way to compensate than by going GREEN? Buy eBooks for $0.99, 99 cents! Help save the planet, starving writers and give yourself something to read when you’re waiting in line for that special deal, a latte or in the returns line after the holidays are over. Books that will last a lifetime, or until you delete them, for about 1/3 the price of that latte!

Outward Bound” ON SALE for $0.99. Fill up your Kindle, your Nook or your Kobo!




“Outward Bound” is ON SALE for $0.99 on the KOBO, NOOK, and Kindle from now until the end of the year.

GoodReads Giveaway to begin Thanksgiving and run through Black Friday up to Cyber Monday Eve. Seems like a good time to give away copies of a book, no?

All is Silence by Robert L. Slater ALL IS SILENCE by Robert L. Slater

Giveaway starts November 27th and ends December 1, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

eBook is available now!

“Outward Bound” is available on the KOBONOOK, GoodReads, Scribd, eBookPie, Copia, iBook (iTunes), Sony Reader, and the Kindle. Coming soon on Baker & Taylor and Gardner’s. Perhaps eventually on Smashwords. Any Smashwords readers out there?

The title, the name of one of the stories in the collection, may have been a poor choice. There are many other “Outward Bound” titles including a collection of Heinlein’s! But good company to be in.

Learning Curves on ePublishing.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the intro story, Beginnings, and the cover art for Outward Bound: Deciding to release an eBook collection made of mostly previously published works was one of the best decisions I’ve made in the past six months. I’m learning all sorts of things about Scrivener, eBook formatting and marketing. Unfortunately for the release of the eBook, the only distributor that may be up and running on August 20th may be Kindle. I’m finding the Nook and Kobo sites more difficult to deal with and so I may let BookBaby distribute to everyone, except Amazon. I want the best looking version of the book, the .mobi file that I have created with Scrivener to be at the biggest eBook market. I will also have individual download cards for all major eBook formats, but those won’t be available until Mid-September. Hopefully, what all these delays mean is that when the novel comes out everything will be releasing within days of each other.