Jack Bauer’s actions while living on the run between the end of Season 8 and Live Another Day might not have been officially sanctioned by the U.S. government, but the manuscript and cover for my all-new thriller 24: Rogue have been approved by the powers that be at Fox.

To whit, feast your eyes upon the awesomeness of the cover:

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This fast-paced, action-packed adventure will be coming to all your favorite book retailers this September courtesy of the fine folks at Tor/Forge Books. So if you’re a Jack Bauer fan, pre-order 24: Rogue today.

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In his final tweet, posted Monday, February 23, 2015, Leonard Nimoy wrote:

This sentiment brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of Neil Peart’s poignant lyrics to “The Garden,” the final track on the album Clockwork Angels by RUSH​:

“The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn, so easily burned

In the fullness of time,
A garden to nurture and protect
(It’s a measure of a life)

The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
The way you live, the gifts that you give

In the fullness of time,
It’s the only return that you expect

The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between.
Forever dwells in that moment,
Hope is what remains to be seen.”

Now as I listen to this song, I can’t help but think of Leonard Nimoy’s poetic valediction and be moved. He gave generously of his gifts, and he served as an inspiration to more lives than can easily be counted.

If the measure of a life is one of love and respect, Leonard Nimoy’s was off the charts.

Thank you for everything, Leonard. Long may your garden continue to bear fruit.

 

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Around this time last year, I started posting about a Kickstarter-funded anthology of short fiction called Apollo’s Daughters. Like its companion volume, Athena’s Daughters, it is a collection of tales ranging from science fiction to fantasy, all featuring female main characters.

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The difference between the two anthologies is that the stories in Athena’s Daughters all were written by women, and those in Apollo’s Daughters all were penned by men.

I’m pleased to report that the Kindle version of Apollo’s Daughters is now available on Amazon, and that the paperback version is at the printers and coming this spring.

The new anthology contains my original novelette Hell Rode With Her,” which tells a story that for space reasons I needed to cut from the manuscript of The Midnight Front, my current novel-in-progress and the first volume of my new original trilogy for Tor Books. So if you’d like to get a sneak peek at what I’m cooking up, you’ll want to snag a copy of Apollo’s Daughters on the double.

As if that weren’t enticement enough, Apollo’s Daughters also features stories by such bestselling, award-winning, and acclaimed authors as John Jackson Miller, Aaron Rosenberg, Donald J. Bingle, Joshua B. Palmatier, David R. George III, and Michael Stackpole. It also features the last original work by the late New York Times bestselling author Aaron Allston.

Athena’s Daughters was published last year in both eBook and paperback formats. Apollo’s Daughters was released in December 2014 in generic eBook formats on the website of its publisher, Silence in the Library. Get your eBook copy now, and remember to pick up the print edition this spring!

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