Monday, December 26, 2022

Short Story Takes First Place

I'm honored to announce that Tell Me What I Want to Hear won first place in this year's St. Louis Writers' Guild Short Story Contest.

The contest, which has been held every year since the founding of the Guild in 1920, is considered one of the oldest and most prestigious in the nation. And since Tennessee Williams was the first winner, Tell Me What I Want to Hear joins some distinguished titles.

Now, you can pick up your own copy HERE by subscribing to my newsletter. You can, of course, unsubscribe anytime you wish.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

For Three Days (Dec. 14, 15, 16), In the Space of an Atom is Free

There’s nothing like someone trying to kill you to give your life direction.

Yes, I had been in a funk, drifting from job to job, but that all changed when Jones came at me with a gun. And when he, the research lab where I had worked, and the chief scientist all disappeared, I was left with nothing but a piece of mind-blowing technology and a story so bizarre that the police were more concerned about my mental health than the attempted murder. I needed help to understand what I’d gotten myself into. Enter young, beautiful Dr. Diane Stapleton. And when I accidentally involved her in this deadly nightmare, I knew only one thing for sure. I couldn’t let her die.

As a finalist in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards and 2018 EPIC eBook Awards, In the Space of an Atom is fast, light suspense with a bit of science and a touch of romance that you won’t put down until the final page.

Pick up your free copy HERE

Monday, December 12, 2022

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Book Launch

No, I'm not changing genres; I'll still be writing future-oriented mysteries and thrillers.

But for all of you who came to this blog for the fantasy part of sci-fi and fantasy or are a fan of paranormal romance, here's a friend's book launch worth checking out.

The fae, shifters, and humans of this world are not one big happy family, and in this massive collection of new tales, their worlds are about to collide. There won’t just be danger; there will be an all out war.

Pick up your copy at your favorite book seller:



Barnes and Noble

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Check Out this Huge Book Fair and Giveaway

After you browse through more than 200 Free and Discounted Science Fiction and Fantasy books in the book fair, many of which are on Kindle Unlimited

Then enter for your chance to Win a prize package that includes a Kindle Fire, a one-month gift subscription to Owlcrate, and a $10 Starbucks gift card!

Enter here:

Don't delay, because this promotion ends Dec. 31.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Can You Keep a Secret?

Hopefully, not, because then you wouldn’t be able to tell your friends about this great, 20 plus-book Giveaway of Thriller, Suspense, and Mystery stories.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Check Out these Characters Discovering Their Truth


Including what Doc and Rebecca discovered about a bizarre, political conspiracy theory in A Wrinkle in the Mind.

“A truly mind-bending suspense/thriller …. Mix in a flawed hero clawing his way back to a relationship and reality, and this book is one well worth the read.”

Monday, November 14, 2022

A Wrinkle in the Mind is On Sale

For the first time since it's release in May, A Wrinkle in the Mind will be on sale for 99 cents through Nov. 19.

When Violet Cruz accused a U.S. Representative Alan Barclay of being “the spawn of a Martian whore” and took a shot at him, the question became: Conspiracy theory or a brilliant smokescreen for political assassination?

Long before PI Rebecca Marte has the answer, she has to bet the life of one of her best friends on the little she knows and all that she suspects.

Pick up your copy here:

Monday, November 7, 2022

Boxsets on KindleUnlimited?

Yes, 30+ of them to be exact; more than 15,000 pages in this collection.

And they’re all Science Fiction and Fantasy – enough to keep your imagination racing for weeks.

Monday, October 31, 2022

If Midnight on Halloween Isn't Scary Enough for You ...

Then check out this collection of 50+ exciting Dark Mysteries, Thrillers & Horror books from BookSweeps (including my book, From the Mind of a Witch)

You could also win a brand new eReader!

Enter for your chance to win:

These sweepstakes end November 9, so don't delay.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Saturday, October 22, 2022

eBook & Paperback Sweepstakes!

Two People will win "Gift Baskets" of ALL of the ebooks!

Others will win an individual ebook or a paperback (randomly selected)

Sweepstakes end October 25

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

In Recognition of the Spooky Season

You can pick up a copy of From the Mind of a Witch for only 99 cents, now through October 24.

PI Rebecca Marte expects every client to proclaim their innocence, but a witch claiming it by reason of possession?

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Check out these 25+ free crime and detective mysteries

There's plenty in this StoryOrigin collection to satisfy your whodunit requirements.

And trust me, they're not all about who stole the Halloween candy when you weren't looking.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Mind in Chains is on sale for 99 cents through Oct. 14

I never knew medicine could be so divisive until St. Louis exploded in domestic violence.
After an attempt was made on the life of a medical researcher at my fiancé’s home, Nicole and I were plunged into a war on US soil that could have no winners. The Crusader’s for Common Sense would impose their sense of morality on medical policy or more would die. Replaced as the lead of the investigation when the violence escalated, rookie FBI agent Rebecca Marte was willing to listen to my thoughts—however bizarre they might seem—until they proved true, and Nicole and I were brought face to face with the killers in a final, deadly gambit. And as it unfolded, I wondered if its cost would be more than I could pay.

“… you will not be able to define the line between reality and speculation in this tale torn from tomorrow’s headlines.”

Pick up your copy here:

Or try a sample:

The Series:

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Hmm.... Tough to make this collection sound scary with this banner image.

But if nothing else, these audiobooks will cover up the sounds of the floor creaking behind you.

If you'd consider leaving a review, then pick your next terrifying listen here: 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Amazon to Stop Being a Library

If you're thinking, I didn't know Amazon was ever a library, they weren't ... well, not officially anyway. But their Kindle book return policy let people act like it was one.

Specifically, Amazon allowed the return of any Kindle book within seven days for a full refund regardless of how much of the book had been read. And so, some people would order a book, read it in a week, and return it.

For authors, this practice didn't just result in lost royalties, it was a cost. That's because Amazon charges a delivery fee for Kindle books that is not refunded to authors when the book is returned. As a result, some authors ended up owning money despite heavy sales (see the tweet at

The Authors Guild, a professional organization for writers, brought this to the attention of Amazon, and as a result they "... will deactivate the self-service return option for any book read past 10% by the end of the year."

Thanks Amazon. I love libraries, but I'm glad you're getting out of that business.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

In the Space of an Atom is Free on Oct. 1 Only

A Thriller with a Bit of Sci-Fi and A Touch of Romance

An EPIC eBook Awards Finalist
A Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist

Or Start Reading Now:

Always free with Kindle Unlimited

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In Memory of Matthew Mather

There are a few young authors whose work I like so much that I subscribe to their newsletter. Matthew Mather was one of them. So, I was shocked and saddened to receive a note yesterday saying that he had passed away.

Matthew wrote in genres that I enjoy--technothrillers, suspense, hard science fiction. If you are a fan of those genres, I strongly encourage you to check out his work. Here is his link to his author page on Amazon:

I'll end this post with a few words from the email I received.

"It is with profound sadness that the family and friends of Matthew Mather announce that he was tragically taken from us in a car accident on September 13th.

Matt was a beloved science fiction author, husband, father, brother, son and friend. He was a warm, loyal and generous man who loved and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will live on in his books and children."

Friday, September 16, 2022

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Looking for a bit of excitement ...

For those lazy September afternoons and balmy evenings?

Then, this collection of free thrillers, including my novel, From the Mind of a Witch, has just what you seek!

Monday, September 5, 2022

It's Been Almost a Year ...

Since Mind in the Clouds has been on sale (November 19, 2021, to be exact). That changes today through Sept. 9, when you can pick up a copy for just 99 cents.

A suspenseful whodunit, where not all the suspects are human.

When Dr. Sam "Doc" Price finds himself in a fight for his life, he asks, how do you match wits with the mind in the clouds when you’re not sure if you’re facing the cold, exact logic of machine intelligence or the coldblooded urges of a human killer?

Or listen for $3.99: (Authors Direct only)

Friday, August 19, 2022

There's Still Time to Enter this Giveaway

“I must also add how very much I liked the protagonist; she's tough, smart, but a little vulnerable too ….”  A Wishing Shelf Review of From the Mind of a Witch.

Rebecca Marte, PI, is just one of the strong women of Sci-Fi/Fantasy to celebrate with this giveaway.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

August Mysteries Giveaway

In this 40+ story collection of mysteries running the gamut from cozy to gut-wrenching, you're sure to find something to satisfy your whodunit craving.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Looking Back Since Killer in the Retroscape Was Published in 2018

I’m not sure if George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, or Aldous Huxley ever looked back five or ten years after publishing their seminal dystopian novels, but curiosity got the best of me. Obviously, I knew that Killer in the Retroscape: A Near-Future Mystery had foretold the challenges of the COVID pandemic more than a year before they occurred. As one reviewer put it, it accurately anticipated “… the effects of a pandemic on the population - social distancing, lockdowns, masks, and all the other precautions people were forced to take in 2020 – 2021.” The fiction did, however, miss on the pandemic’s duration and so, it doesn’t speak to the COVID fatigue we are all facing today.

Killer in the Retroscape predicted a threat from declining world population. In all fairness, however, the population of some countries was already decreasing in 2018. Japan’s population, for example, has been going down since 2008. But the issue has certainly received a lot more attention recently, with Elon Musk declaring that "Population collapse is the biggest threat to civilization" in a 2022 Twitter post. I’m not sure I’d raise it to the “biggest threat” just yet, but unfortunately, it's climbing the charts.

The book also foresaw workers coming to accept intelligent machines … albeit after some resistance. And are we starting to see that? According to one tech company, Zebra Technologies Corp, while some remain wary, many warehouse workers “… credit AMRs [autonomous mobile robots] with helping to increase their productivity (80%), reduce the number of mistakes they make (73%), and facilitate advancement to new roles or opportunities (65%).” And these are autonomous units rather than pre-programmed machines, which in many ways is the holy grail of artificially intelligent robots.

Of course, there are a few predictions in the book that have me concerned. In it, for example, the world beats climate change. I hope that one isn’t slipping away from us. As for the rest of the events that led to the downfall of humanity? Well, discussing them would make this note one gigantic spoiler, wouldn’t it?

So instead, I’ll let you find out for yourself for less than a dollar, now through August 12.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Please Join Me ...

For the Douglas County Local Author Showcase on Saturday, August 13, at 1pm at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.

Eleven local authors will have five minutes for introductions and then, the rest of the afternoon to sign books, answer all your writing-related questions, and enjoy some light refreshments provided by the library.

Attendance is free, but to make sure there is adequate seating, they are requesting that you RSVP:

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Celebrating our Favorite Strong Women of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

“I must also add how very much I liked the protagonist; she's tough, smart, but a little vulnerable too ….” - A Wishing Shelf Review of From the Mind of a Witch

Celebrate Rebecca Marte (From the Mind of a Witch) and all the other strong women of Science Fiction and Fantasy by entering this giveaway. You could win paperbacks of Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer, Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik, Book of Night by Holly Black, Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long and much more. 

(I'd enter for the "A Woman's Place Is In The Resistance" mug alone!)

Saturday, July 30, 2022

👀 I spy a steal!

If you haven’t read Of Half a Mind, you can enter to win it on BookSweeps today ...

Plus 50+ other exciting dark mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels …

AND a brand new eReader! 

Here’s the link to enter for your chance to win: 


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Can’t get enough of Paranormal Mysteries?


This sweepstakes might just satisfy that craving.

Two winners will receive ALL of the eBooks. Other winners will receive one eBook selected randomly.

Enter here for your chance to win:

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Spies? Maybe not, but ....

There aren't any spies in the book I contributed to this collection, but suspense and amateur sleuths? Absolutely!

Check out the collection and pick up your free copy of Of Half a Mind here:

Monday, July 11, 2022

From Now until July 18, From the Mind of a Witch is Only 99 cents

When ex-FBI agent Rebecca Marte considered the possible challenges of her new career as a private investigator, she never thought one of them would be to clear a witch charged with killing a man during a coven ritual. The strange case becomes nearly impossible, however, when the witch offers her defense. She's innocent by reason of possession.

Thrust into that uncharted territory, Rebecca involves her psychologist friend, Dr. Sam “Doc” Price, both to help her with the case and him with a losing battle to find his kidnapped fiancée.

Pick up your 99 cent copy from Amazon HERE

Friday, July 1, 2022

It's the Final Week for This Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win print copies of The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, Verity by Colleen Hoover, A Flicker In the Dark by Stacy Willingham, I Am Not Who You Think I Am by Eric Rickstad, and much more.

Enter HERE

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Last Chance at These Free Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories

Grab your copy from more than thirty stories from sample chapters to short stories to free books!

But hurry, because this giveaway ends July 1.

Enter HERE

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Looking for a Book Fair for Free Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads?

Well, you’ve found it!

And check out my book, Killer in the Retroscape, a 2019 Eric Hoffman award finalist.

Select your stories HERE

Thursday, June 16, 2022

There's Still Time to Win this Mystery/Thriller Prize Package

This giveaway package is filled with some awesome prizes you'll love!

Enter for your chance to win print copies of The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, Verity by Colleen Hoover, A Flicker In the Dark by Stacy Willingham, I Am Not Who You Think I Am by Eric Rickstad, and much more.

Enter HERE

Thursday, June 9, 2022

A Spectacular Collection of Over Fifty Free Stories!

What this collection lacks in the banner image it makes up for in size. It includes all sub genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

And any length from book samples to complete works.

Find your next favorite author HERE

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Back to What I Enjoy Most

Indie authors wear a lot of different hats - writer (of course), publisher, marketer. And in that last role, book launches are the high point. They are the culmination of months of work (thirteen of them in my case between the releases of From the Mind of a Witch and A Wrinkle in the Mind).

But to modify an old adage, the worst day of writing is better than the best day of marketing. It's good to be back to writing!

Next up for me? Book 6 in the series, tentatively titled, The Beating Heart of a Mind. And although all of my books give a nod to psychology, Heart will be the first I'd consider a psychological mystery/thriller. 

More in the weeks to come ....

Thursday, June 2, 2022

If You're Thinking Greek Mythology ...

Sorry, but how about Science Fiction and Fantasy stories instead?

Includes short stories, novellas, novels, and even a box set or two!

And who knows, maybe one of them is based on Greek mythology.

Grab your free story HERE

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Attention Mystery and Thriller Fans

This giveaway package is filled with some awesome prizes you'll love!

Enter for your chance to win print copies of The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, Verity by Colleen Hoover, A Flicker In the Dark by Stacy Willingham, I Am Not Who You Think I Am by Eric Rickstad, and much more.

Enter HERE

Monday, May 16, 2022

Get Every Book in the Mind Sleuth Series for Less than a Buck

As the reviewer from the Wishing Shelf Book Awards said about A Wrinkle in the Mind, "This is a ´stand alone´ novel but I´d still recommend reading them in order. Why not? You'll have a blast!" 

So, I'll make "having a blast" easy by putting all four previous books on sale, now through May 18.

Book 1, Of Half a Mind, is $0.99.

“Intriguing, compelling story that gave me goosebumps! The characters are likeable, the science is intriguing and the twists unpredictable.”

Pick up a copy HERE

The box set, A Mind Sleuth Triple, is $2.99. It includes books 2, 3, and 4.

Three Award-Winning Books
840 Pages of Twists, Turns, and Suspense

Pick up the box set HERE

And you can still pre-order A Wrinkle in the Mind for $0.99 until May 18. Pre-order your copy HERE

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Congratulations to the Goodreads Giveaway Winners

The Goodreads Giveaway of a Wrinkle in the Mind ended at midnight (Pacific time) May 14. One hundred lucky winners will be receiving their Kindle copy from Amazon in a few days when the book releases.

If you weren't lucky enough to win a copy (sorry about that), you can still get one for the special pre-order price of 99 cents through May 18.

Pre-order your copy HERE

Monday, May 9, 2022

Still Time to Enter the Goodreads Giveaway


Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Wrinkle in the Mind by Bruce M. Perrin

A Wrinkle in the Mind

by Bruce M. Perrin

Giveaway ends May 14, 2022.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Two Weeks to Pre-order A Wrinkle in the Mind at 99 Cents

All good things must end ... including this limited-time price! 

Pre-order your copy of this "... pacey thriller, packed full of twists and turns" now and save a couple of bucks.

Pre-order Here

Or try a sample first

Saturday, April 30, 2022