Since my first published novel was an e-Book, more than once I’ve been stumped by the request for a signed copy. I ordered postcards with the book cover, blurb and QCR code to the buy page, which I’ve used as a proxy for the book. But this outfit called Authorgraph has come up with a better solution, and it seems tons of authors use it. A writer registers his or her books available in Kindle format with Authorgraph–no charge–and readers can request through Authorgraph–also no charge–a signed copy. The writer receives the request and an email notice, and can log in to Authorgraph and provide a signature, and even a personalized message. The message is typed. But the signature is either a canned “script font” signature, or an actual signature, which, for me with a Surface and the pen that comes with it, is really easy to provide.

Don’t ask me how Authorgraph makes money. I think it’s through selling features for purchase beyond the basics I just described. But for my purposes, at least right now, and yours, it’s a gift.

So don’t hesitate. Check out the authors you like to see if they’ve registered their Kindle books with Authorgraph. And another cool thing–I can sign short stories, too, since short stories can also be published as Kindle books. Many of my previously published short stories are now on Kindle for 99¢. Here are the books and stories I have that are presently available on Kindle and at Authorgraph. Some of these are also available for Nook, iPad and other formats.

Books and Anthologies (with one or more of my stories)


Short Stories



Some Q&A from Authorgraphs FAQ:

What is an Authorgraph?

It’s a personal, digital inscription for an e-book. It is sent directly from an author to a reader’s digital reading device.

What does an Authorgraph look like?

Here is an example

Is affiliated with Amazon?

No, is not affiliated with Amazon except that earns an affiliate fee for any books purchased from after clicking on one of the Amazon links on

Do readers need to own a Kindle device to receive an Authorgraph?

No, Authorgraphs are viewable on a wide variety of platforms. Readers can simply enter a regular email address at the time of their request and they will receive an email with links to download a PDF version (viewable in applications like iBooks) or an AZW version (viewable in all Kindle apps on iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, etc.) of their Authorgraph.

Is the Authorgraph inserted into the e-book?

No, it is a separate document. This allows a reader to create a “collection” where she can keep all of her Authorgraphs together.

Can Authorgraphs be personalized?

Yes! Every Authorgraph goes only to the specific reader that requested it so an author can write a custom message for each reader. In addition, readers can include a short message to the author in order to provide a bit more context for personalizing the Authorgraph.

Is there a cost to send or receive an Authorgraph?

Requesting, sending and receiving Authorgraphs are free! However, if a reader uses Amazon’s Personal Document Service to receive the Authorgraph on his/her Kindle then Amazon may charge a small delivery fee.

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Gentle Push Available as a FREE Kindle Download This Weekend

Gentle Push KDP CoverStarting today, Friday 10/17, for the next few days, my short story GENTLE PUSH is available as a FREE #kindle download. So please, head over to Amazon and get it. Both Science-Fiction fans and non-Science-Fiction fans (and even some anti-Science-Fiction readers) have loved this tale. It is about an ancient alien’s first encounter with a human–an abrasive and unusual woman–as the rest of her human colony abandons the Delta Pavonis star system before the arrival of an invading horde.

A short excerpt from early in the story, from the point of view of the alien scout:

…As I skirted the system’s rocky halo, I spotted the small starship drifting quietly in the mid-outer dust cloud–a tug with strong field generators fore and aft. It was not preparing to flee. I looked closer. Its artificial environment was intact. Its engines were functional. It had a single human occupant, alive and well as far as I could tell.

I hailed it. “Do you require assistance?”

It responded abruptly: “Leave me alone.”

It doesn’t know a lot about humans, and things don’t get any clearer for quite some time. This story has been very well received. One reader kindly described it like this: “This is very good writing, has sacrifice, action, planning, some of the best things that humans can do. Even if we suffer from the human condition, there is always hope.”

Please download it now while it is free. After the #kindle giveaway it will return to its regular 99 cent price.

And if you like it, you are welcome to request a free signed copy through Authorgraph. I also have other short stories for #kindle download, many for 99 cents, including:

And many others, including my wife’s very short personal favorite (you’ll understand something about her sense of humor once you read it):


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Looking at NaNoWriMo 2014 and Facing the Decision

I, like many, have participated in NaNoWriMo for a number of years. It sounds like a big demand–write 50,000 words in a month. But really, it’s the fun part and not that tough. Some years I don’t hit 50k. But each effort results in a rough first draft. Since I started keeping track, the following, displayed by working covers with some working titles, have been my NaNoWriMo rough first drafts:


I’m shopping the first, after a major revision and several redrafts, around to publishers. It’s a young teen science-fiction adventure that both male and female middle-grade beta reader’s have just loved.

The second, after two major revisions and several redrafts and name changes, ultimately became Hearts in Ruin, and was published by Liquid Silver Books earlier this year and has received terrific reviews. It’s a contemporary archaeological mystery novel with strong romantic elements and an intriguing speculative back story.

The third (working title “Probe One”) has undergone at least two epic revisions and is nearly ready for its fourth rewrite, after which I think it will be ready for submission at around 120,000 words. It’s a fairly hard, suspenseful science fiction that, in my view, effectively questions our predictions of future and presumptions of purpose.

The fourth (working title “Flight of the Minuend”) has been redrafted once or twice since it was created and is in need of its first real major overhaul. I will get to that when I have time. It is a science-fiction romance in the extremely distant future. I like the pace and the characters. But there are many parts now swimming in my head that have not found their way to paper yet.

And the last is just a rough draft. It’s a science fiction fantasy adventure with some fun scenes and good characters, but a serious revision is in its future, and the options for those revisions are still percolating.

So the question is, with all those revisions and rewrites pending, including several novels in revision that were not born during NaNoWriMo, and with the short stories I’m working on, is 2014 a good year for another 50,000-words-in-a-month challenge? And if so, what should I write? Options include:

choices(a) The sequel to my published novel (already in the works, but needing at least 50k of additional writing and/or rewriting).

(b) A lawyer-based romantic suspense with a style somewhat like my published novel. I have three of these to choose from, but I’m pretty sure which one will be first.

(c) A gritty young adult novel involving trauma, mental illness and a love story. This has a great 10,000-word start, and I would simply take off from there.

(d) Another hard-core science fiction novel. I have a handful dying to be written.

(e) A surprise, like two of my earlier NaNoWriMos in which I simply started something on November 1 and kept typing.

I wonder, after all these years of a terrific and inspired NaNoWriMo program, how many writers are in similar boats. It’s not a bad quandary to suffer. I’m not complaining. But I thought at least I would share. Maybe I should consider one of those rewrites as a NaNoWriMo challenge.

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Nickel Stream now Released in PERIHELION SCIENCE FICTION

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The new issue of Perihelion Science Fiction is out today and available to read online for free, including my new short story, “Nickel Stream.” Perihelion is a long-running science-fiction periodical with an impressive tradition. It is now available exclusively online, … Continue reading

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Let’s Support Mental Health and Grow Understanding

This Saturday I will join thousands of Angelinos participating in NAMIWalks Los Angeles County 2014–the county’s largest event to support mental health and fight the stigma people affected by mental illness and their families face every day. The money we … Continue reading

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New Mystery in One of Titan’s Largest Hydrocarbon Seas

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Saturn’s large moon, Titan–the potential fuel depot of the future if we continue to rely upon hydrocarbon technology–has been under scrutiny for some time, and recently NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected an unexplained, changing feature in Ligeia Mare, one of … Continue reading

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Medicinal Need Released as a Kindle Short Story

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Now released as a stand-alone short story for Kindle is “Medicinal Need,” my first Western-based tale. “Medicinal Need” was first released as part of the multi-genre print and e-book anthology, In Vino Veritas (In Wine There is the Truth), still also … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Nickel Stream

Perihelion Science Fiction has accepted for a future issue my new short science-fiction story, “Nickel Stream.” This tale, set in a fairly distant, star-faring future, is about a blue collar worker, Gina, stationed at an outpost close enough to a … Continue reading

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Promotion: Download “Murphy’s Traverse” to Kindle for Free until September 22

“Murphy’s Traverse” answers the question: “What can go wrong?” But not everything goes wrong. Between now and September 22, “Murphy’s Traverse” can be downloaded from Amazon in Kindle format for free. So go ahead. Download it. Read it. Don’t read … Continue reading

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A Science Fiction About Quantum Uncertainty; A Romance About Longing and Doubt

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Join Amy Budge as her life, the world, and the universe unravel and reform around her, again and again. Is there an end in sight? Yes, according to the idiots that got her into this mess. Is it an end … Continue reading

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