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  1. The Witching Hour: an Advance Guard Halloween ghost story

    by , October 30th, 2009 at 12:51 PM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    Attempting to clear my mind on the day before Halloween, so here goes with a short lark. I'm writing this on the fly, so please bear with me, and I'd love for any and all to comment. This uses my Advance Guard characters, and takes place after the book. Enjoy!

    The Witching Hour

    Darkness, the normal terrain of a basement, cracked as the light switched on in the barracks room. The hand on the switch, coated in orange fur, preceded the entry of its owner, Kitty Lazarus. ...

    Updated October 30th, 2009 at 12:59 PM by Desert Coyote

  2. A Second Round of Analysis ... please reply if you can.

    by , October 8th, 2009 at 09:52 AM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    After taking a few days off from blogging, I decided to check on the hit counters on not only the "Characters in Action" entries but the sample chapters as well, just as a means of trying to see which characters seem to be liked the best. This time I'm only focusing on this blog.

    The (again, unscientific) measure I'm using is views of entries for each character. This time, the "Phantom Squadron" chapter will count for all four, so each character is spotted 18 ...
  3. Preview Chapter #5: Phantom Squadron

    by , October 2nd, 2009 at 10:45 AM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    From The Advance Guard, available now from

    “I hope this works for her.”
    Ken Sharpe sighed deeply as he knocked on the steel door. Cyrus Salem looked up at him, smiling.
    “I think it will. Trust me.”
    The door opened. Ariel Vibria poked her face through the opening, looking half asleep but still smiling when she saw the two men. “Come in, guys.”
    “Actually, we need you to come with us. We have somewhere

    Updated October 2nd, 2009 at 10:48 AM by Desert Coyote

  4. Preview Chapter #2: Cyrus

    by , September 29th, 2009 at 12:36 PM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    Again, no preliminaries. A Cyrus-centered chapter from The Advance Guard, available now from

    In two weeks’ time, the Marines set up a camp, on the outskirts of a small village near Khe Sanh. Sergeant Rich had some uncomfortable questions about the location, which Cyrus had quick answers for: on a hot afternoon, the smaller man took a quick reconnoiter through the village and, finding it deserted, granted permission for Rich and his men to drive stakes.
    In the
  5. A bit of analysis ...

    by , September 21st, 2009 at 11:35 AM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    As I've been blogging Advance Guard-related blogs on three sites over the past weeks since it went to press, I've been keeping an eye on two of them (this one and where I posted the character profiles individually. (The third blog, at, had them posted in one shot)

    Being strictly unscientific, I decided to see which character seems to be the most popular among the four central characters. After having all four character blogs up for two weeks now, ...
  6. 9/15: Advance Guard Tweet Feed

    by , September 16th, 2009 at 05:35 PM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    For those who don't latch on to Internet trends, let me reproduce the next step in my promotion of my book The Advance Guard (on sale now at The next step is daily Tweet feeds of AG-related content.

    On Tuesday, which I am reproducing here, it was Character Tweets. Ten mundane posts by Advance Guard characters, constrained to the 140-character limit. Some are funny, some are weird, some lend themselves to the reader making their own joke. All of them reveal a small ...
  7. Characters in Action: Cyrus Salem

    by , September 8th, 2009 at 11:01 AM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    Continuing with my promotional series, I will keep on profiling characters from my novel The Advance Guard, on sale now. (Coming soon to Amazon!)

    This time around, it's Cyrus Salem.

    Cyrus is a wizard by trade and soldier by profession. His presence has been known to the U.S. military since at least the earliest parts of the 20th Century. He has seen action in several wars prior to this, though, not necessarily on the American side of things ... and even back further ...
  8. Self-promoting the self-published "Advance Guard"

    by , September 2nd, 2009 at 12:35 PM (Desert Coyote Productions publishing blog)
    My first novel went to the presses last night.

    I'm enthusiastic about this, but at the same time scared, because now I have to promote the book. What makes this even more difficult is that it's self-published, which puts up road blocks to traditional promotional avenues.

    I'm on a strict budget, so buying advertising space is kind of a non-option. I'm publishing through a POD supplier, so getting my book into brick-and-mortar booksellers is a challenge as well. The ...

    Updated September 2nd, 2009 at 01:45 PM by Desert Coyote