History’s Forgotten Moonlight Towers

Moonlight tower in San JoseEvery era has technological innovations that seem significant at the time (and sometimes are) but somehow slip out of the history books to fade from the collective memory. During research for the second novel in my Reeferpunk series, I found one of these innovations too irresistible to pass up. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century moonlight towers illuminated cities across both Europe and the United States.

While these towers populated dozens of cities for almost half a century, illuminating city blocks with powerful arc lamps, they quickly dimmed into history’s forgotten archives. Bizarre to the modern eye, these towers often ranged from 150 to over 200 feet high and were used during an era when standard, smaller-sized street lamps were impractical and readily-available electricity had yet to burgeon. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Me

That’s right. December 10th is my birthday, and I remember the day like it was 37 years ago… “Good Lord! Are babies supposed to be furry?”

The Austin Job on AmazonAnywho, I’m celebrating by releasing a new novel, The Austin Job. To commemorate my glorious entrance into this world, I’m offering you the gift of escape from the drudgery of reality into a sensational world of adventure that will surely ruin you for everyday life. It’s the least I can do. So set aside some time to curl up with your smartphone or eReader and cinch your girth, because The Austin Job is a cheek-puckering exploration of a Texas you never knew (see below for more on the book).

But as we all know, I’m a demanding and delicate artist type always insatiably hungry for the approval of others. [Read more...]

Gifting an eBook for Christmas

GreenPorch Winter of eReadingWhere would lazy schmucks like me be without the gift card? I could write a sonnet to the gift card… if I weren’t so danged lazy.

But in some circles the GC (as it’s known in the biz) has become highly maligned as a gift indicating disrespect for the giftee and the whole gift giving process. (Personally I say it’s still a win/win, but what do I know? I think I’ve given someone a stick of butter for their birthday. Hey, it’s not like they were vegan.)

With the GC stolen from the holiday gift repertoire, where is the giving-impaired to turn? Well, if the person you are targeting has a smartphone or a tablet (iPad, Galaxy) or an eReader (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.) then here is your answer. Gift card. Oh wait. I meant to say, eBook. [Read more...]

Help Make Reefer Free on Amazon

Fans of Fistful of Reefer (the cult classic novel, not the herb), to arms! The need has arisen to take action.

You might have known that Amazon/Kindle has an extensive listing of free novels. What you might not have known (of course you didn’t. Only a nerd would have any reason to) is that gaining admittance to this list is reserved for Amazon’s whim. An author cannot simply choose to list their book on Amazon/Kindle for free. Amazon must choose it to be thus (by the waving of its kill-bot arm!).

Thus I am asking you to help me gain the attention of Amazon’s roving mechanical eye in making Fistful of Reefer absolutely FREE! Two questions may arise for you at this point. I will address them each in turn:

1.) Why, on God’s green earth, would you want to do this!

2.) How can I help!

First. Amazon’s list of free books is substantially shorter than its list of paid ones. Thus it is much easier to rank in the top 100 of free books. Ranking in the top 100 will gain me hundreds (if not thousands) of extra “sales.” Despite these “sales” lacking actual financial profit for me, they will gain me considerable traction with readers thus driving up sales of my next novel (The Austin Job) as it is released around Christmas.

screen shot of amazonSecond. Take this link to where I have Fistful of Reefer listed for free on iBooks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fistful-of-reefer/id453382917?mt=11. Go to my Amazon book page for Fistful: http://www.amazon.com/Fistful-of-Reefer-Reeferpunk-ebook/dp/B005DUB4X4/. Click on the blue lettering “tell us about a lower price” (as seen in picture). Paste the smashwords link onto this short form, enter “0.0” as the price and submit the form. All done!

Word on the street is that if Amazon receives enough of these alerts of a free listing elsewhere that they will lower the price on Amazon to match. Here is to hoping! Thanks for your continued support![divider]

The second Reeferpunk novel, The Austin Job, is coming along nicely and will be available around Christmas. More information coming shortly. Enjoy the show!

More Bionic Horses

Malcolm Reynolds from FireflyAt times like these civilized society needs more celebrities and swindlers like it needs a pudding can without a pull tab. They promise you sweet chocolaty goodness, but then stiff you when the cows come home.

In past posts I’ve written about the sustainable ethics of such outlaw heros as Bo and Luke Duke and Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. And it still stands true, what we need today are outlaws with a heart of gold — bad guys who make us want to be good. But where have they gone? (click here to jump ahead to the punchline.)

In a day and age too glib for good guys to survive and too corrupt for the general populous to continue its complacency, we need these law-flauting, damsel-rescuing, firebrands more than ever, and yet… where can we turn? [Read more...]

Reeferpunk 2.0

In celebration of the reemergence of ticked-off Americans via the Occupy Wall Street movement I’ve decided to totally revamp Reeferpunk.com. (Actually my decision had nothing to do with OWS, but I wanted to sound like I’m on top of current events. Besides, the characters of Reeferpunk where sticking it to the man back when the man was still be-speckled with pimples.)

First off, I apologize for the lack of transmissions lately. But I promise my next novel, The Austin Job, is coming along nicely and will hopefully be available in electronic and paper format by Christmas!

Yes, you heard me. By 2012, Reeferpunk will join the tree-gobbing ranks of other best-selling paperbacks such as, Jimmy, Crack my Corns*, and Get Confident, Stupid!* (*Titles may not actually exist).

It has come to my attention that not all readers own madfangled reading devices, and that said devices cause spontaneous brain gnomes (or some sort of similarly dreaded condition). O.K. fine. Paperbacks for some! And brain gnomes for others! I’ll keep the faithful abreast of further developments as paper release draws near.

That being said, I will continue to enhance my electronic profile by beefing up the old website sometime this winter. Until then I will only be posting sporadically as I attempt to finish up the next couple of books. In the meantime you can send me feedback in regards to any trouble you’ve had with the site or suggestions for the new Reeferpunk merchandizing brand name empire.

You can also stop by http://www.thegreenporch.com for all my regular posts.

Viva this!

July 28th is the Date

Get your mouse-clicking finger ready. Thursday, July 28th the world will discover Fistful of Reefer with your help.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Fistful-of-Reefer-Reeferpunk-ebook/dp/B005DUB4X4

Use this wonderful link on Thursday to get your Fistful of Reefer. You can enjoy the ebook anywhere you have the Kindle app: on your smartphone, your iPad, your computer. You can also gift the book directly from the buy page at Amazon. (Look for the tab on the right that says, “Give as a gift.”) Don’t forget to spread the word via your social media networks by using the “share this” at the bottom of the post.[divider]

Thank you so much for your support. Yeehaw! And enjoy the show.