Friday, April 8, 2016

All Good Things....

All good things must come to an end. Sadly, that plays true for SFFSat. This site has been a great outlet creatively for me over the years, and Laurel, we all owe a big tip of the hat to you for running it all this time. When I saw the post that this week would be the last, I knew I had to contribute something as a thank you for all the hard work that you've put into it, just for the sake of other writers and authors. When people say that the writing community is truly a unique place where instead of competition we strive to help and boost each other, they're talking about people like Laurel. So to end my personal journey on SFFSat, I figured that I'd go back to the beginning and re-post my very first snippet on the site, way back from May 19th, 2012. This is from my then manuscript, now published novel, Welcome To GreenGrass. I even resisted the temptation to edit it! Enjoy....and, oh yeah, for the last time, check out all the other tremendous contributors' work this week over at the main site - Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday 
          “Thunderin’ newbies.”  Traveller whispered as he racked a round into his shotgun.  The sound of the weapon chambering echoed down the alley as the figures below him froze in place.  Leveling his head into the weapon’s sights, Traveller spoke, “Load.  Stun.”
          A blast of energy exploded from the barrel, hurtling across the alley and hammering into Gatto’s chest.  The creature hissed as it tumbled away from its intended prey, dropping to the ground as swirls of red light danced across its chest.
          Finding cover behind a couple trash cans, Slythe peered into the corridor’s dark recesses. Watching his partner writhe in pain, his eyes widened with realization.  “Aw no, not you.”
          Slythe sprinted in the direction opposite the blast.  Jumping over his fallen partner, he bounded over a fence at the alley's end, his lupine silhouette outlined by the twin red moons overhead.
Thanks again to everyone who followed me along on this site, and thanks to the many friends that I made here. I'll even refrain from my usual plugs, though if you happen to like the Three Stooges, make sure to check out the just released Three Stooges comic book by American Mythology with original stories by me in comic shops nation-wide and my upcoming stories in the new Pink Panther series starting in May, also from American Mythology. Sorry, that slipped out. Thanks Laurel - you're one of a kind! Enjoy the weekend everyone and see you in......... 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Maxx Fragg - Domestic Miss

Welcome to 2016! What? It's February already. Where does the time go? Thanks for joining me for another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. I hope the year has been good to everyone so far. This week, I'm sharing from my latest novel, Maxx Fragg, VPI and I've decided to share something different from the book. I hope you enjoy it. Make sure you stop over at the main site by clicking SciFiFanSat and check out the contributions from the rest of this week's authors.
“Don’t make me rip that thing off you!” The voice was female, angry, and Maxx guessed about six inches from his face.
He felt the pillow under his neck and gripped the leather arms of his chair. Transferring back from Other Syde was always a little disorienting and it took a minute to get his bearings. Having someone screaming in your ear didn’t help.
“You’re missing supper, again.”
Her curly brown hair wrapped softly around her face, barely touching the wire rims of her glasses. The worry lines surrounding her eyes spread to her temples. Maxx grew to recognize the look well over the last six months. A lecture loomed in his immediate future.
“We’ve talked about you spending all your time in that computer world. It’s not healthy. You’re going to be nothing but a bag of bones. Not to mention you’re responsible for the garbage, which is three bags deep in the kitchen.”
“I know, Mom, computers bad, garbage good.”
A little domestic turmoil for poor Maxx. If you haven't already, check out the blurb for the book, or pick up a copy of your own at my website S.A. Check . I won't mind. Really. If you get a chance, take a second to check out the Kickstarter running for the new The Three Stooges comic that I'm a contributing writer on from American Mythology Productions. Here's the link -
 Make sure you check out American Mythology's Free Comic Book Day issue out this coming May - The Pink Panther. I'm a writer for the upcoming series and they have a preview of one of my brand new adventures for Pink featured in the issue - 99 Pink Balloons.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Maxx Fragg, VPI - The ghost of crisis past

Hey all! Welcome back to another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve participated but I wanted to make sure I snuck one more in before the end of the year. I’ve been busy working with a new comic book company, American Mythology, and we’re getting ready to launch some fantastic new titles coming this April starting out with Stargate: Atlantis  Season Six and brand new The Three Stooges adventures, some of which to be written by yours truly. Hopefully you’ll check them out. Enjoy this week’s contribution from my latest novel, Maxx Fragg, VPI, and before you’re done – stop over at the main site and enjoy all of this week’s offerings by clicking SCIFIFANSAT
Two steps from the kitchen and a blue blur shot over Maxx, knocking him back into the living room. The creature floated above the frightened couple, holding a long silver butcher knife and wearing one of Debbie’s cooking aprons.
Travis slipped Debbie’s hold and tumbled over the back of the sofa.  
Maxx focused on the knife. They never added props to their ghost because it only cheapened the effect and the cooking apron was way over the top.
Tane stumbled out of the kitchen and saw their wayward spirit.
“Why is our creature from beyond wearing a cooking-”
“Look out!”
Something hit Maxx from the side and he tumbled to the floor. He spun around, looking for Tane, but no one was there. Maxx noticed the knife handle sticking out of the wall, the blade embedded in the plaster.
“Jason?” Maxx asked.
Maxx knew that voice. It was Jason. But how? His brother died six months ago.

And there you have it. Thanks for reading and if you’d like to pick up your own copy of Maxx Fragg, VPI – you can find it on Amazon in eBook or print. We’re running a Kickstarter for the next couple days for the upcoming Stargate: Atlantis launch and there’s still time to contribute – here’s the link if you’re interested - Kickstarter - Stargate: Atlantis . I hope you enjoyed this week’s snippet and I’m hoping you and yours have a great holiday season! See you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Stargate: Atlantis - American Mythology Kickstarter Campaign

So I've been working with American Mythology comics for some time now and the company is looking to launch the first of several major titles this spring with Stargate: Atlantis! Check out the Kickstarter campaign they just launched and come along for the ride!
And so starts the 12 Days of Stargate...just in time for the holidays. Check out this link for American Mythology and its Kickstarter campaign to bring new StarGate: Atlantis comics back to eager fans. They've already lined up an award winning list of artists and writers to make sure the books are top shelf. Don't believe me - just ask Greg LaRocque Mark Wheatley Jeffrey Vaughn Mark L. Haynes Ken Haeser Buz Hasson and more! Stop over and check it out, lock a chevron level if you'd like to participate! Everyone's participation is truly appreciated and will help to bring this awesome title back to comic book readers. Join the mission as American Mythology goes Back to Pegasus!
Click on the link below to check it out!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Maxx Fragg Snippet #8 - Fear the Corn Flake

Welcome back to another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday! I’m glad you’re here. You’re just in time to share in another new set of great writing snippets from an equally great group of authors over at SciFiFanSat. Stop over and make sure you check them all out. This week, I’m still sharing from the opening chapter of my new novel, Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. Things are heating up for our two ghost hunters and not just because they’re chasing a ghost in the kitchen who apparently likes or strongly dislikes microwave popcorn.  I hope you enjoy this week’s snippet.
                       Maxx whispered in his friend’s ear, “We’ve been through this a hundred times. Remember, it’s just a computer program. Think of it like a level on Planet of Punishment and kick some ghost butt.”
           Maxx reached for the handle just as a flaming microwave smashed through the door, shooting out between the two ghost hunters. The burning appliance rolled across the living room floor, sputtering and sparking its last breaths inches away from Travis and Debbie.
           Maxx grabbed Tane as he waved back to Debbie. “We were just coming up with a battle plan,” he said, pushing Tane into the kitchen.  
           Yanking the door shut behind his friend, Maxx heard glass shattering and wood breaking in the kitchen. He bent down to peek through the hole in the door as a tidal wave of corn flakes spewed out, covering him in crumbs.
           “I think it’s getting tired,” Maxx said, ducking down to avoid a burst of water. “What are you trying to do in there? Drown it?”
           “This isn’t easy, you know,” Tane shouted. “I could use some help in here. No! Do not squirt that.”

Oh, the condiments!  Maybe an otherworldly cook-off is in order.  There’s only one way to find out.  Come back next week to see what happens OR if you really have to know right now – you can always check out your own copy of the book by clicking Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. It’s okay, I won’t mind. Hope you had fun. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in seven!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Maxx Fragg - Snippet #7 Kitchen Apparition

Welcome back to another Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - a place where fans of their respective genres can stop by and get a quick fix of some quality writing by some fine authors. Oh yeah, I post on here too sometimes. This week, I’m still posting from my new novel, Maxx Fragg, V.P.I.  Maxx and Tane just came face to face with the spectral intruder in Travis and Debbie’s apartment and they’re in full ghost-hunting mode – kinda. In case you missed any of the previous posts, I put links to each of them at the bottom of the page. I hope you enjoy. Make sure you stop over at the main site SciFiFanSat and read all of the great contributions this week.

“Get ready,” Maxx said as he dropped to one knee and took aim.
Tane mimicked his friend’s lead and answered, “Eady and rable.”
Maxx sneered as he fired. A stream of blue energy spewed from the nozzle, splattering against the wall next to the ghost. Tane fired the same pressurized current and watched as it exploded against the ceiling. The rampaging wraith darted between the beams and soared over the terrified couple, disappearing through a door leading into the kitchen.  
Maxx raised a finger to his lips.  
He pushed Tane towards the door. Cabinets slammed and an alarm chimed as something exploded. Smoke billowed out into the living room and Maxx swore he smelled burned popcorn. The ghost shrieked as something white poured from beneath the door, soaking the carpet. 
“This is bad, folks,” Maxx said. “It’s hungry, and I don’t think it’s looking for a pot pie.” He nudged Tane’s shoulder. “What are you waiting for? Get in there.”

Tane ain’t afraid of no ghost. It only gets worse from here. Wait until they break out…the condiments. I hoped you like it.  If you did, leave me a comment on the way out. I’m doing a book giveaway for Maxx Fragg over at Goodreads – stop over on my author’s page and check it out - Goodreads / SACheck.  If you like what you’ve been reading, pick up a copy of the book by clicking here - Amazon / S.A.Check.  Have a great weekend and see you in seven!



Friday, October 9, 2015

Maxx Fragg Snippet #6 Bump in the Nite Lite

We’re well into October, which means Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it all of the ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. What better time to be sharing from my latest sci-fi / horror novel Maxx Fragg, V.P.I.? The ghost’s out of the bag and Maxx and Tane have their hands full dealing with this glowing horror for my contribution to this week’s Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. I jumped ahead a bit to get into the ghost-hunting action. Don’t forget to stop over at the main site SciFiFanSat and check out all the work from some amazing authors. Enjoy.
A rush of blue light exploded from the chimney, flooding into the living room.
Travis’ voice jumped two octaves. “Keep it away!”
Clawing over his girlfriend, Travis scrambled to the edge of the couch and pulled his way to the floor.
Maxx shouted, “Debbie, keep him there and don’t move. It reacts to sudden movements…and screaming like a girl.”
She grabbed Travis’ collar and twisted him back to the couch. Gripping him around the waist, she pulled him down and locked him in place with a full nelson. His face forcibly stuffed into the back of the couch, she called back to Maxx, “Okay, I got him, just get rid of that thing.”
Maxx’s eyes adjusted to the light burst. Hovering above the fireplace, a billowing green wraith snarled at them. Its unhinged jaw dropped down to its chest as it wailed out a blistering scream, wisps of jade fog flowing from its mouth. A viridian glow oozed from its skin as gossamer hair stretched out, like tendrils feeling for prey. Blackened eye sockets slowly scanned the room as its arms stretched and lengthened along the walls, each ending in razor sharp claws.
Maxx hinted a small nod of approval. What Tane lacked in the performing arts category, he made up for in the detail he crafted into their targets.

Well, looks like the boys have their hands full. Let’s hope they’re up to the task. If you enjoyed the snippet, check out the entire first chapter over on Goodreads or get even more adventurous and pick up your very own copy of Maxx Fragg, V.P.I. by checking it out here - Amazon / S.A. Check. To find out more about the book, stop over at the Facebook / Maxx Fragg page – any and all likes are appreciated. Hope you enjoyed it. See you in seven!