Novel number 4 is officially beta

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Novel number 4, Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons has officially gone beta as of 2015/10/30.

Where a sufficiently advanced entertainment system is indistinguishable from magic.

Vance Coreman wakes in a bathtub full of ice water fully dressed, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. He finds a scarlet-skinned and devil-horned woman in neat business attire standing over him telling him he has an appointment with a potential client and to stop lazing around. Miss Doolittle, his secretary, tells him that, yes she is a demon and that his name is Vance Coreman and that he’s here to undertake investigations. The client turns out to be a beautiful angel fearful of her sorcerer husband and wanting to recover an artifact before her husband discover that she has stolen it. As Coreman tracks down the brazier he must also find out who he is and why someone trying to kill him.
Parallel Visions: City of Angels, City of Demons is an urban fantasy novel with a twist, and is the first of the Parallel Visions stories featuring Vance Coreman and his quest to uncover his past and those who stole it from him by retracing his path through the varied and fantastical Realms of AMBR.

You can read the first chapter here.

Announcing Liberty IV Newsletter

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To celebrate finishing the first draft of my fourth novel, Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons I’ve decided to burn more of my copious spare time by starting a newsletter. While the underlying goal of the Liberty IV Newsletter is to provide updates on the status of my fiction as various stories as I publish them, I intend to focus the majority of each newsletter’s content on things that interest me that I hope will be of interest to the readers. The inaugural issue contains:

  • An Augmented Reality (AR) reading list
  • A handful of short reviews, including Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) and Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
  • Ann Arbor Area Writers Group news
  • A short introduction to Inkscape (an open source / free vector graphics program)
  • As well as a links and news items that I find worthy / interesting / exciting

The wiki version of the first newsletter is here.

Fritz.

You can sign up here.

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LibreOffice 5.0 stands out from the office suite crowd (link)

The latest version of LibreOffice is out. I’ve upgraded and am checking out the new user interface features (a bit of bummer that they haven’t fixed the “stickiness” of the Styles and Formatting view in the sidebar when restarting Writer).

A few more quick links:

Here’s a screenshot from LibreOffice v5 Writer showing the new WYSIWYG Styles and Formatting sidebar.

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If you’re interested in writing with LibreOffice, check out Authoring Novels with LibreOffice.

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Bethany Neal’s My Last Kiss released

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My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

I’d like to announce the release of Bethany Neal‘s My Last Kiss. Bethany is a member of the writer’s group I have been known to frequent. If you’re into YA paranormal romance with a murder mystery plot, I then I suspect you will like My Last Kiss (the book, rather than something I might do with my lips).

Blurb

What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.

Bethany Neal’s suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.

My Last Kiss at Amazon

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The Red Rook now available on Amazon

The Red Rook, sequel to Dispensing Justice and the second novel set in Nova Genesis World is now available as ebook at Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DW0NLAG

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You don’t get to choose what piece you are, only how you play the game…

You’d think that being stronger and tougher than everyone else at Centurion High would go down in the plus column. And it had, as far as the athletic crowd was concerned. Enough that the jocks forgave Penny for her preference to hang out with a small clique notorious for being hardcore board-gamers and role-playing eggheads. But it seemed like a small consolation.

Maybe it’s because Penny just wants to be appreciated for her brains rather than her brawn. Or maybe she hangs out with the nerds because of Michael. Michael—her childhood best friend and the boy-next-door—certainly appreciates Penny for her smarts—and maybe, sometimes, she wants him to appreciate her for more than that. Penny’s been spending a lot of time with Michael recently, helping him to take up his dead father’s superhero identity. Besides, despite Michael being a straight up genius, he’s “common sense” challenged.

If that wasn’t enough, Penny’s superhero mother has ramped up her passive-aggressive campaign to convince Penny to take up the mask and start crime fighting; her two younger sibs—almost as strong and tough as Penny—are superhero crazy; a series of mysterious attacks seems to be targeting Penny directly; and her other best friend is dating Michael.

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Read chapter 10 of Dispensing Justice

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 10 – Diana to the Rescue at Nova Genesis World.

Previous installments:

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Read chapter 9 of Dispensing Justice

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 9 – Mom Burns a Roast at Nova Genesis World.

Previous installments:

Read the entire novel