Thanks for Reading

I just wanted to express my gratitude to C. Cornell of New York City for posting a most generous review of Star Force on it’s Amazon.com customer review page. The fact of the matter is that I write books to be read and I hope, really hope that if one can walk away jubilant, exhilarated and entertained they’ll feel that they’ve gotten their moneys worth and that I’ve done my job.

That means a lot to me.

But what means even more is when one takes the time to think about why they liked what I wrote and then takes even more time out of the day to tell the world about it…

That’s just gold.

Thanks so much for reading. But thanks even more for writing.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Star Force Sci-Fi with a Mystical Twist,November 10, 2011

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Star Force starts out as a bang it up High Tech Action Sci-Fi. But don’t let that fool you for too long…
The “plot” is action, tech, shoot it out, Sci-Fi classic genre straight from the beginning. If that was all it was I would still insist it is at the top of it’s field. But that is just the mainline mandatory storyline. Barely through the first chapter, I realized that this book was funny, wild, actiion packed, filled with warmth and good cheer, plus a a bit more than a dash of human depth and understanding. And then, it just gets better and better.

Underneath the storyline, which alone made me want to read it every night just to find out what happens next, there develops a deeper understanding of the Human Spirit, the Human Condition. As I would read this book I would laugh one minute, groan the next minute, sniffle a bit the next minute, and then to my utter and very happy surprise, find that all along the Author had spent at least some time studying life from many viewpoints, a few being the Psychological, the Philosophical and even the Mystical.

I knew that this would be a great book from the moment I read his own comments in his brief bio, on his Amazon page! Also the writing was excellent. Well thought out, and actually filled with two, three and even four syllable words, unlike most other books in this genre…..

I am not going into the details of the plot but strongly recommend that you buy it and read it for yourself. All I can say is that while I read this book each night, it made me chuckle and it also lifted the burdens of everyday life from my shoulders. I was looking forward all day long to reading it when when I would finally get to the late evening. I cannot wait for the next one to come out and I highly recommend this book to any and all. Congratulations Mr. Carper!!

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Star Force: Now on Facebook

I haven’t posted in a while but I haven’t had any news in a while. I’ve decided to open up shop on a Star Force Facebook page. Not much there now but there will be. I’m going to be using the pages to drop tidbits on upcoming Star Force projects including Star Force 2: The Fire of Hades and a couple of Tales of the Star Force projects which will be named in the not so distant future.

Star Force: Official Facebook Page! Check it out!

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Thank You

To quote the great Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Save Ferris!

Indeed, Ferris. Indeed. Life does move pretty fast. The miracles of modern technology have insured speed and convenience in this life. We can have damn near anything we want instantaneously. Instant coffee. Instant rice. Music on demand. Video on demand.  Shit, you can even write a book and have it published instantly and purchase the sucker on demand!

Instant demand! Strong words. Nasty sounding words. But those are the words of this modern era. They’re not bad words. Again they’re indicative of this age of technological miracles and it is a golden age in it’s way. But the words still sound ugly. Instant demand! They bring to mind an image of an incontinent old woman instantly demanding a pair of Depends.

I know… it’s just the way my brain works.

Enough of the digression! The reason I’ve spent far too many paragraphs harping on the words “instant” and “demand” is because I wanted to reintroduce a new pair of words that are far more pleasing to the ear than “instant demand” and are in danger of being lost in this new age.

Those words are “thank” and “you”. Or when put together: Thank you.

In the rush to live faster, savvier and more technologically advanced lives a little thing like gratitude and common courtesy should never be lost in the rush.

I have two people I’d like to thank today. One is one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had. The other is a man I’ve never met. I owe them both a thank you and they’re gonna get it!

The first person I want to thank is Hannah Bosworth.  Hannah is a wonderful, lovely woman whom I’ve known my entire adult life. She’s the person I’m closest to in the world. The first person I tell my thoughts and ideas and bad jokes to. She knows the plots of all my books, even the ones I haven’t written yet because I never shut up about them. Nothing is real until she knows it.

Hannah is the cover artist of all my books. She has an amazing eye. She’s able to bring out a feeling of awe in her spacescapes and a tear to the eye when she’s painting animals. She’s an artist with an eye for the romantic and a compassion and great love for animals and the Earth.

In my opinion she’s the greatest artist in the world. But she’s more than that.

She’s the woman I love and the mother of my three children and I don’t think I could do any of what I do without her and them. She’s given me so much and I am eternally grateful.

Thank you, Hannah. For everything.

Once upon a time in space...

Hiyo silver!

If you like what you see head on over to Deviant Art and check out her gallery. And a special note to all you writers out there, if you need a cover artist she’s for hire and more than worth her weight in gold. You can contact her through her Facebook page.

The second person I would like to thank today is a man I’ve never met. He’s a man from New York City. He’s a man of dignity and taste. A man of wisdom and refinement and unquestioned sophistication.

In other words he’s a man who liked my book and had the class to write a review of it! His name is Antony Chow. Here is his review from Amazon.com:

Star Wars Without the Force

Star Force is obviously inspired by the Star Wars movie franchise, and pays homage in a variety of ways. You have a ship captain who has a quick temper, is heroic, and loyal, just like a Han Solo. Next you have a small furball species, like an Ewok, but this character is a fighter pilot. And then there’s an R2D2 like character, except the mech is a megalomaniac with a bad sense of humor. There are more characters as well that are equally quirky, and they all get into various misadventures while trying to stay in one piece.

The author seems to enjoy situational comedy, as the characters in Star Force often seem to end up in circumstances that are funny but life threatening all the same. And this is what stands out in Star Force, when the characters can act like goof balls in one minute, and all business the next. But in the end, the haphazard crew saves the galaxy, though no one’s around to thank them for it.

Star Force is recommended to a more mature readership, due to a sex scene near the front of the book, and plenty of gore mixed into various action scenes all over the book.

You’re all going to think I’m a girly man but I had tears in my eyes when I read that review. While I was reading the review I cried out, “He gets it! He gets it!”

This is probably hard to understand but this is my baby. My first novel. I spent months and months writing it and polishing it and the whole time I worried. Would it read well? Would people see what I was trying to do? Would they have fun reading it? That was the part that concerned me the most.

Was the book fun enough?

Life can be tough. Yes we have all the technological miracles of the modern age but this age is also incredibly stressful. The economy is bad. Gas is expensive. Money doesn’t stretch anywhere near far enough. There are bad days and weeks to be had.

I wanted to take away from the stress and the strife and replace it with laughter and fun. I wanted to take you on a journey to the bright center of the universe and the blackest pits of the galaxy where you fight the meanest villains and a force with the power to shatter the galaxy in two and come back smiling.

If I could just make you smile, just once, it was worth all the worrying on my part.

Antony confirmed it for me. I did my job. Thank you so much, Antony. Your feedback made me smile on a bad day.

And isn’t that what life is all about? Laughter and smiles? If it’s not then it should be!

See you again when Star Force 2 comes out!

 

 


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Star Force 2: The Fire of Hades

Big announcement time! I’ve just began work on the sequel to my novel Star Force. Not a lot I can tell you right now but I’ll say this; Star Force 2: The Fire of Hades is to Star Force what The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars. It’s darker, more character oriented and takes us to new and exciting worlds. Plus… The Darkness is evolving.

Into what?

Guess you’ll just have to wait! In the meantime please groove to the gorgeous teaser art by the great Hannah Bosworth. Enjoy!

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New Release: The Tales of the Star Force Anthology

Hot off the proverbial presses: The Tales of the Star Force Anthology! Available now on Amazon for the Kindle, Barnes & Noble for the Nook and Smashwords for everything!   The Anthology collects all six chapters of the Tales of the Star Force short story series. That’s right; Stay of Execution, Dangerous, Simon & Cymon, Dark Night of the Snowman, The Great Ramirez and Little Secrets together for the first time under one covers! The Tales of the Star Force Anthology retails for $2.99!

The Tales of the Star Force Anthology

Once upon a time in space…

For the first time ever the complete Tales of the Star Force series is together under one cover!

Thrill to the adventures of Captain Jack Pierce and the crew of the starcutter Quixote on their never ending quest to save the galaxy!

The Tales of the Star Force Anthology- Six epic tales! Together again, for the first time

 

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The End is Here!

No not the end of the world! Not the end of the Star Force saga! Not the end of my writing career! Just the end of the six part short story series Tales of the Star Force. The Great Ramirez and Little Secrets are now available on Amazon for the Kindle, Barnes & Noble for the Nook and Smashwords for all eBook formats.  For just 99 cents each you can own the final two chapters of the Tales of the Star Force!

 

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Enter the Night!

On sale now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords is my newest Tales of the Star Force short, Dark Night of the Snowman! So much adventure for so little price; Dark Night of the Snowman retails for 99 cents.

On one side…

A spaceship lost.
A primitive people.
A world enduring a man made ice age.

On the other side…

A brave starship captain.
A cyborg with intelligence and abilities beyond that of mere human beings.
A brash young doctor with a bad attitude.

And right in the middle…

The Snowman.
Victim or villain?

This is HIS tale.

Enter the night!

The Dark Night of the Snowman!

Enter the Night!

 

 

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