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The Permanent Man #8: Secret Agent Red is Live!

I'm going to dispense with the typical template post to announce a new episode of The Permanent Man. If you really like those, then check out the previous posts announcing each episode.

For this one, here's the blurb and the links for your copy. Enjoy!

The Permanent Man #8: Secret Agent Red:After his recent interaction with Dr. Blue, Agent Red suspects he’s hiding something. He decides to investigate the matter to uncover the truth. But what he discovers goes beyond his expectations and could lead him directly to the object of his obsession: The Permanent Man.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations:Amazon|iTunes|Barnes & Noble|Google Play|Kobo Books|Smashwords

And remember, it's never too late to get into the series by starting with the first episode, Pilot.

The Permanent Man #7: Reservations for Blue is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy ???today on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital (there's absolutely nothing worth inserting into this template post that comes out today) or
2. You can buy the seventh episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #7: Reservations for Blue:Because Kim Avant helped him “borrow” the prototype Molecular Regeneration Gun from the Agency, Dr. Blue promised he would take her on a date. But when the day comes for their rendezvous, events cause him to run behind schedule. As a result, he worries Kim will expose he took the gun and assisted the Permanent Man—threatening not only his career as a scientist at the Agency but the existence of space and time itself. He must do everything within his power to keep Kim on his side.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like lone…

The Permanent Man #6: Whiskeyade is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy One Direction: This Is Ustoday on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital or
2. You can buy the sixth episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious. Actually, it's too obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #6: Whiskeyade:Patrick Hold has learned that Clyde Calvin and his gang are holding a Cahilla Indian woman hostage. That woman might be the wife of Takoda that he wants to find. Patrick must infiltrate the gang to see if it is her, and that carries the danger of suffering under Calvin’s wrath.

As an added bonus, if you pick up this episode on iTunes you can get it with a wonderful typo in the recap's very first sentence. How's that for quality? But you have to act fast because this will be corrected within a few days.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like rough and tumble cowboy gan…

Character Inspiration in Stories

You might wonder where I get inspiration for characters in my stories. It comes from all sorts of places which shall remain confidential. Because a magician never reveals his secrets. Now, I'm not a magician and that's not secret, but I like to keep that secret like a magician.

But I will reveal the inspiration for one character. Wes Cooper from The Permanent Man series. He's a cowboy who lives in southern California during 1864. He's tough. He's emotional. He's dirty and grimey. He rides a horse. He loves his family.

And here's his inspiration. Someone not born until 2013. My youngest son!


My Spotify 2013 Year In Review ... A Little Early

Spotify decided to send me an email with a year in review of 2013. This showed stats for Spotify and also for my music listening habits on the service.
I know what you're thinking. "The year isn't over." OK. I know that. But who cares. I highly doubt the numbers with change too much over the next couple weeks.
Below is a graphic that shows my stats. But I really feel these stats are inaccurate to my listening habits because my wife also uses Spotify under my account. So looking at the stats, everything listed except the top album and top artist are a direct result of her listening habits.



The Permanent Man #5: Barter Me Love is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Fast & Furious 6today on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital or
2. You can buy the fifth episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #5: Barter Me Love:Convinced he’s responsible for sending Patrick Hold to the past, Dr. Blue is determined to bring him back to the future. He concludes the Molecular Regeneration Gun is the key to making this happen. The gun is under heavy security at the Agency and impossible for him to “borrow”. Unfortunate for Dr. Blue, it’s nothing a little love can’t fix.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like experimental scientific devices, awkward crushes, and non-traditional ways to ask a woman on a date, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations:Amazon|iTunes|Barnes & Noble|Google Pla…

What I Won't Write

If you've read any of my books, you might have noticed a few things missing that most books have today. In fact, what you see missing was absent from a lot of science fiction books from the 1950's and earlier.

What am I referring to?

Mainly gratuitous sex, violence, and profanity.

There's a reason for these things are missing from my books. The main one has to deal with my beliefs and how I live my daily life. As a result, the books I write become quite a challenge in a world where vulgarities and gore abound. The challenge to write the story is small compared to the challenge of selling a story devoid of this content.

Most readers today are looking for the "realism" of these added items within the plots. Why? I'm not sure.

Let me explain. Most of the science fiction I read is what I would call "classic" science fiction from authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Philip K. Dick. Now, these authors, as their careers moved forward into th…

The Permanent Man #4: Let Sleeping Dogs Bark is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy The Wolverinetoday on Blu-Ray/DVD/digital or
2. You can buy the fourth episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #4: Let Sleeping Dogs Bark:Between the death of his family and the apparent poisoning of Patrick Hold, Wes Cooper trusts Cahilla Indians as far as a tumbleweed travels on a calm day. But when a gang of cowboys takes Wes hostage, his only chance of escape rests in the hands of the Cahilla Indian, Takoda. Will Takoda’s help rid Wes of his prejudice?

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like gangs of cowboys, shooting arrows, and unlikely escapes from being held hostage, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations:Amazon|iTunes|Barnes & Noble|Google Play|Kobo Books|Smashwords

And remember, it…

Book Discounts from Black Friday until January 4, 2014

From now until January 4, 2014 all of my books are discounted. All my novels and short story collections are $2.99 (regularly $4.99). All my shorts (as in short stories) are $0.99 (regularly $2.99). The entire Miscorrection trilogy is $7.99 (regularly $13.99).

Below are links to all my books at the various retail stores:

Amazon|iTunes|Barnes & Noble|Google Play|Kobo Books|Smashwords



The Permanent Man #3: Where Loyalties Lie is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Despicable Me 2today for digital download (I'm sure the kiddies will love it) or
2. You can buy the third episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #3: Where Loyalties Lie:Cassy Hold is worried about her husband, Patrick. Government agents had arrested him for an unknown reason. Fortunately, Patrick arrives home. Unfortunately, he’s shot and bleeding. She wants him to go to the hospital, but he insists she seek help from an unlikely source: One of the men who arrested him.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like shifty secret agents, doctors pretending to be secret agents, and wives doing whatever they can to protect their husbands, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations:Amazon|iTunes|Barnes &…

Live Reading of The Permanent Man #1: Pilot on 11/30/13

UPDATE: I never did this reading due to my busy schedule. However, tonight (March 21, 2014) I may have an opportunity to do it at 8 PM. Stay tuned.

This Saturday, November 30, 2013, I'll be doing a live reading of the first episode of The Permanent Man. It will be at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. There are a couple places where you can view this reading:

The Time Capsule: Bookmark this link and come back Saturday to view the reading within this postOn Google+: Add me to your Google+ Circle and join the live Hangout.YouTube: Subscribe to my YouTube channel and watch it there. You can follow along with your copy of the book, or simply listen in to the reading.

If you plan to tune in to the reading, you can let your friends know by joining the Google+ Event or Facebook Event. Feel free to invite your friends, too! Your support in this way is appreciated.
After the broadcast, the video will be posted to YouTube for you to watch at your convenience. Also, I will post an audio file of the readin…

Xbox One Day One Edition - I Remember When....

Eight years ago, I went out very early in the morning in hopes of snagging the then hot new console, Xbox 360. I stood in line at Circuit City (yes, that long ago) and was somewhere around 15th or 16th in line.

Unfortunately, they had about 11 Xbox 360s in stock, and I didn't get one. I then proceeded to go to Target, Best Buy, and online to find an Xbox 360.

Still, I was unsuccessful.

Black Friday approached and I thought for sure I could get one then. But alas, after standing in line at several stores, I had the same result from the previous week.

It wasn't until a month later that I finally picked up the console. I bought it on Circuit City's web site when they got a few in inventory. The stock sold out quickly, but my console finally arrived a few days later.

Fast forward to now, and the successor to the Xbox 360—titled Xbox One—is out today. Instead of waiting in line and searching all over the place, I pre-ordered the console (a smart thing to do by the way, especia…

My Comcast ... I Mean Xfinity Internet Speed

I recently received an email from my Internet provider, Com ... I mean Xfinity, informing me that they had increased my internet speed.
So I'm like, "Great. Things just got faster."
That's good for my household where we've cut the cord on cable/satellite and get all our programming through Netflix, Hulu, PlayOn, and an over the air antenna. Not to mention the music we stream, along with our web browsing.
The speed increase from Xfinity takes it to speeds up to 25 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up. Which is funny because I thought those already were my speeds. Oh well, what do I know? Unless this is a clever marketing scheme to make me thinking they are offering something more when they offered it all along, I'll accept what they say.
In the notification, they also mentioned I should check if my cable modem is a DOCSIS 3.0 standard modem so I could take advantage of the speed increase. A quick check on the Comcast (or is it Xfinity, I'm so confused) web site showed…

The Permanent Man #2: How The West Was Done is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Planestoday on Blu-Ray/DVD (I'm sure the kiddies will love it) or
2. You can buy the second episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you're still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #2: How The West Was Done:Having successfully escaped imprisonment by the Agency and Agent Red, Patrick Hold finds himself in the care of a cowboy named Wes Cooper. The cowboy insists on taking Patrick to town to see a doctor for his injuries. But something stands in their way, and most likely, it’s death.

There will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like coyotes, tumbleweeds, and people hanging on the side of a cliff for their dear lives, then this episode is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations:Amazon|iTunes|Barnes & Noble|Google Play|Kobo Books|Smashwords

And remember, it's never…

Falling Babies Are Funny

Having a child is a roller coaster emotionally, physically, mentally, and whatever else you can think of.

When they're first born, they cause lots of sleep deprivation and tiredness. But that doesn't mean having a baby isn't fun.

Our third child, Parker, is five months old now. The other day, I tried getting him to sit up without me supporting him. He was able to do it somewhat, but ultimately, he's not ready for it. Check out the YouTube video below and you'll see what I mean.

And don't be afraid to laugh at the cuteness!


The Permanent Man #1: Pilot is Live!

You have two choices. And you want to choose carefully.

You can:

1. Buy Man of Steel today on Blu-Ray/DVD or
2. You can buy the premiere episode of The Permanent Man

The choice is obvious.

If you are still having trouble deciding, maybe this will help:

The Permanent Man #1: Pilot: Private Investigator Patrick Hold expects to find the unwanted for his clients. But when the unwanted arrives at his door in the form of a government agent, it is anything but expected. The agent claims Patrick is a wanted person called the Permanent Man—someone unable to experience death—and arrests him. Worried he'll be imprisoned for life, Patrick attempts to escape ... but he might escape to the unwanted.

Beginning today, there will be a new episode of The Permanent Man released every Tuesday until the finale on January 28, 2014.

If you like scientists, Indians, unexpected love, and other stuff you like, this series is for you!

You can pick up your copy now at the following locations:Amazon|iTunes|Barne…

The Permanent Man Blog #20: Mission Completion

Days before the release of the pilot episode of The Permanent Man, I can say that I have officially completed the first season.

That's right! 120,000 words, 12 episodes, 12 book covers, 12 book blurbs, and lots of edits have resulted in a series I'm extremely proud of and that's ready for worldwide release this Tuesday, November 12, 2013!

When I set out to write this serialized fiction, I had ups and downs. There were times when I considered stopping because it was, in my opinion, stupid to write in this fashion. There were times when I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced salami and everyone should write serialized fiction. There were times when I simply sipped some Scotch and didn't write at all. My wife and I had our third child during that time, too! I even fixed a broken TV. It's surely been an eventful writing experience.

But here we are after this long haul of 20 blog posts that chronicles the journey. I've learned a lot about the writing proc…

Smashwords Interview with Desmond Shepherd

Smashwords has a nifty little thing for indie authors. It's called an interview and it's completely impersonal in that a series of questions generated by their web site can be filled in for the world to view. The indie author can even choose which questions they want to answer, how many, and create their own questions.

That's correct. The indie author can even interview themselves.

The interview is then posted on the author's Smashwords page.

All sarcasm aside, I do think this is a nice addition to the Smashwords site. So I decided to fill in my interview for Desmond Shepherd. I also decided to not take the interview seriously. I did 10 straight questions, using the ones generated by the Smashwords site.

Below is the interview. Feel free to view it on the Smashwords page, too. If you do, it will also show books I've written—all of which you should buy because this is a top notch interview that will surely convince you to read my stories.

Interview with Desmond Sheph…

The Permanent Man Blog #19: A Facebook Event

Less than a month from now, the premiere episode of The Permanent Man will be available worldwide. That's quite humbling. It's also quite awesome.

To celebrate this milestone, I've created a Facebook Event. All are welcome to join the event and invite their friends and family to join, too. For everyone that joins, I will be rewarding you for your support.

What's the reward?

On release day, I will let you know. Until then, I'm asking for as many people as possible to join the event. The more people that join, the more people benefit. Leading up to release day, I'll also do some other fun stuff.

So what are you waiting for? Show your support! Here's a direct link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/450193941767024/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

The Permanent Blog #18: Deleted Scenes

This past week saw a happy turn of events for The Permanent Man series.

Smashwords officially announced that they now allow serialized fiction. That means I can list all the episodes in the series and sell them through many distribution channels exactly as I intended. Did my blog post about them not accepting serialized fiction have something to do with this decision? I'll let you decide that for yourself.

So that's good.

On another note, I have completed writing The Permanent Man season. There is one adjustment to what I did. I intended to write 13 episodes but have settled on 12.

Why?

Because the season wrapped up nicely with episode 12. I did have an idea for episode 12 being something different and 13 being the finale. But that idea, though interesting and neat, didn't lend itself to a good story. Rather, it seemed like filler to me and I doubted the "coolness" of the idea would translate into something interesting to read.

Originally, this episode was to be…

The Permanent Man Blog #17: The Free PreOrder

It's time to have a little fun with the pilot episode of The Permanent Man. It already is available for pre-order. What if it was a no-questions-asked-why-don't-I-just-go-ahead-and-buy-it-since-there-is-no-risk purchase?

So how can this be done?

Simple. Offer the pre-order for free.

For one week, that's exactly the case. From now until next week, October 8, 2013, you can pre-order The Permanent Man #1: Pilot at no risk to your wallet or loved ones. Purchasing the episode will guarantee you first day ownership on November 12, 2013. And far in the future you'll be able to say, "Way back when, I pre-ordered the first episode of The Permanent Man." And your great-grandchildren will say in return, "What's The Permanent Man?" And you'll say, "Well ... gee. You know what? I don't remember." Such fond memories.

The free pre-order is available at two retailers, and they are listed below. So what are you waiting for?

The Permanent Man #1…

The Permanent Man Blog #16 - Stinkin' Smashwords

UPDATE #2: While my complaints below are still valid, I found a workaround that allows me to offer The Permanent Man on iTunes, and Barnes & Noble again ... and for pre-order.

UPADTE: The day after I posted this, Smashwords enabled a Series Manager function on their site. This allows authors to label their books as part of a series. Which makes the below complaint more valid and Smashwords' stance on serialized fiction quite confusing.

Everything has been going swimmingly with The Permanent Man series. I'm on pace to meet all my deadlines ahead of schedule, meaning each episode will release when intended.

But I hit a snag today. After successfully submitting four episodes to Smashwords and Smashwords accepting them for wider distribution to Apple and Barnes & Noble (which allow me to offer the episodes for pre-order), Smashwords has now asked me to unpublish everything I submitted. This includes episodes five through seven that I sent to them.

Why, you ask?

Because appa…

The Permanent Man Blog #15 - Excerpt & PreOrder

A couple things are happening on The Permanent Man front lines.

First, I finished the draft for the last episode. However, I'm not done writing because I still have to write the penultimate episode. I did these two out of order for a specific reason that I don't want to say now. But when the time comes for that episode to release and you read it, you'll understand why I did it.

Second, the first episode of The Permanent Man, appropriately titled Pilot, is now available for pre-order. You can pick it up at these retailers:

iTunesBarnes & NobleGoogle PlayKobo Books And in case you're on the fence about purchasing the book before release, I have an excerpt for you to enjoy. This comes directly from Pilot and is The Tease portion of the story.


The Permanent Man #1: Pilot (Excerpt) © 2013 Desmond Shepherd
If Patrick Hold failed in his mission over the next few minutes, his future would be bleak and his present would cease to exist.
The confines of a cabinet make it difficul…