Saturday, July 30, 2016

Youtube Interview: Story Time with Megan Fox

Here is my first ever live appearance on Youtube. For those burning with curiosity as to what I look like, here is your chance. For the rest, check it out anyway for an in-depth conversation about culture, SJW takeover of the arts, Hollywood's Epic Fail at accurately portraying both male and female characters, and the reason why both creatives and minorities should get off the Progressive train while the going's still good.

Oh yes, we're also discussing my book, Chasing Freedom. Believe it or not, all of the topics above are relevant. Enjoy!

The link to the interview is here. Shares and likes are appreciated. 

For those who don't know Megan herself is a writer. You can check out her (non-fiction) book here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

It's Book Bomb Time!

It's that time of the year when book store and libraries put out their Beach Reads recommendations, so Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance decided to get in on the action. Of course, cultural contrarians that the CLFA-ers are, as the old ad for a now-defunct car goes, "this is not your father's" (or mother's) beach reads. We've got historical fiction and fantasy, thrillers and satire, dystopias and alternate history, among others, and these novels will stay with you long after your swimwear and flip flops are packed away for another year. So before you put on that sunscreen and head to your favorite vacation spot, even if it's the one in your own backyard, be sure to stock up on some of the most exciting new fiction out there that is guaranteed to make your summer even more memorable.

The full Book Bomb list is here. Please read responsibly and re-apply sunscreen as needed. Have a great summer everyone!

Note: Not every author on this list is a member of CLFA. While most of the novels are written by members, some were chosen on the basis of simply being quality fiction that fits into our general mold. Enjoy!

Monday, July 4, 2016

On Winners and Sore Losers (CLFA Book of the Year Awards Wrap-up)

First things First: We have a winner!

From Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance News Release:

First Place went to action favorite and Sad Puppy extraordinaire Larry Correia for his novel Son of the Black Sword (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior Book 1).
In second place, the winner is Michael Sheldon with his debut novel The Violet Crow: A Bruno X Psychic Detective Mystery.
Jack July took third place with the second in his contemporary warrior series Amy Lynn: Golden Angel.
It was especially gratifying to see the variety of novels in competition this year, everything from thriller to military sci-fi to dystopia, with self-published authors holding their own against some of the biggest names in genre fiction. And that, of course, is how it should be. What we as readers want is great stories above all, and authors who produce them deserve recognition, both tangible (sales) and intangible (complimentary reviews and awards).
I also want to congratulate the rest of the nominees for making it into the Top 10 and encourage the readers to add those novels to their (no doubt over-grown) To-Be-Read list. 
Who were the losers, you ask? Good question. One would think that both writers and readers everywhere, no matter their political persuasion or literary preferences, would be happy to see quality novels get some love. One would, of course, be wrong.
Fueled by resentment of those whose views don't match their own, in combination with truly bizarre grudge against this year's winner, the usual suspects have engaged in laughably petty hate-fest against both CLFA and the winning novel. And these, my friends, are the true losers, no matter how much money or accolades some of them might have earned, no matter how prestigious they consider their position in the industry, no matter how many sycophant journalists they have at their disposal.
If you come across a group of fellow readers and writers celebrating the kind of art they happen to enjoy, and your first reaction is to denigrate, mock and search for reasons to complain, then YOU are the loser, not only at your craft but at life. I'd like to feel resentment towards this type of person because their venom is in fact directed at me as those I consider friends, but all I can muster at the moment is pity. Contrary to their ever more strident protestations, they are the past, and their world is small and dark, getting more so at time goes on. They are not worth our attention and energy. Let them have their little corner. We have too much work to do in the real world, and we have only just begun.
Happy 4th of July to all!