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How can one man convince the world to unite?

Ufologist Jack Slater needs to convince world leaders that they must forget historical differences and unite to withstand a looming alien threat. Jack races through space and time in search of advanced technologies that will help save the planet. If he doesn’t find what he’s looking for, Earth has no hope of defeating not one, but three hostile alien races.

Along the way, Jack discovers answers to age-old mysteries, makes new friends, and evades capture by the masters of illusions, the Greys.

Earth is running out of time. Will Governments unite to face their common foe? Can Jack come up with the answer to hold off the alien horde? The alternative is unthinkable in CONFLICT: EARTH!

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News from The Jupiter Factor Series

My editor and I parted ways last month after a little situation with my second book. I’ve self-published my first book, USA: Eliminated!, and my second book, Conflict: Earth!, on Amazon last week. Today is the official release for both. Announcements to follow…

Don’t Take the Cheap Route With Your Baby

Here’s a vital tip for my fellow authors. Don’t go cheap with editing your book. Plan your budget to include a reputable editor/proofreader. Don’t try to save money by doing it yourself. You won’t catch everything. In fact, you will be surprised by what you miss. Also, don’t ask family or friends to help.

I once bought a book for authors that stressed the importance of editing your work. The funny thing is the book was full of typos. Evidently, he didn’t practice what he preached.

I would also avoid most people of FivR, or whatever it’s called. I’ve seen proofreader ads with typos in them.

The best thing to do to find help is to ask other authors for recommendations. That’s how I discovered my proofreader/editor. She did a great job on book 2 (I wish I found her before book 1 went to the publisher), and I’m planning to use her for book 3. And she wasn’t expensive, which surprised me. I guess I got lucky.

Most importantly of all, have fun with your writing.

San Andreas: Mega Quake Movie Review

As a sci-fi writer and lover, I grew up watching a lot of sci-fi shows. I was a Trekkie before it was a word. Since I started writing, I find myself more aware of bloopers in film. For instance, my wife and I were surprised to find a new disaster movie on Amazon we hadn’t seen before called San Andreas: Mega Quake. It was made by Asylum this year. It’s full of action, and the acting is pretty good, considering past Asylum movies we’ve watched (sorry, guys, no scantily clad women in this movie). It starts out right after the big one hit California, a 12.7 earthquake. But it’s not over yet, a bigger one is coming within 7 hours that will send half of the state into the ocean.

Then came the bloopers. The first one is in the scene where two of the main characters are racing through Berkely, CA, in their car when a smaller quake hits. As they show the scene of the two people inside the car, look out the windows. You can’t see anything, they’re all white. No buildings or anything. My wife said it’s from all the dust in the air from the quake, but when the movie showed the scene of the car speeding on the highway, there’s no dust.

The second blooper? Well, when the main character picked up his ex and started racing through Berkely, the time remaining was 7 hours. They almost crashed into a truck during the quake and passed out. When they came to later, the show stated it was 5 hours to the mega quake. Later, after they got to their destination, the show showed 6 hours.

And don’t get me started on how long 4 hours till the quake lasted with everything that was going on.

Asylum needs a new continuity person because whoever they have now don’t seem to be paying attention.

Hey, Asylum, I’m available. And I’ll work cheap.

Check out more reviews from this Old Fart here at www.scifiufo.com .

Just a quick word…

Whew! It’s been a while since I last posted. I just didn’t have anything new to say, and I just didn’t want to tell you about the food I ate that day.

Yesterday I set up a book signing table at Lancaster’s 2nd Saturday on the Square, an outdoor event. Now, to those who don’t know, Texas in the summer is full of 100 degree days and, boy, did we have one yesterday. It was a bright, sunny, hot day, but it didn’t keep people from coming. It was a great turnout. I met a lot of interesting people and learn a few things. Two other authors were there, as well. Linda Carlow, who wrote Seth’s Door and Deanna King, author of Twist of Fate – A Jack West Novel.

Hopefully, when I go back again in September, it will be a little cooler. And I hope to see ya’ll there.

Tip for Writers About What Time the Sun Comes Up…

A little tidbit for my fellow authors…

My wife and I just got back yesterday from a 9-day road trip. We drove from Dallas, Texas, to a resort about 90 minutes west of Chicago, Illinois. We took out time traveling, taking about three days to get there. Each morning we woke up to a cloud cover and some rain. We were wiped out once arriving and didn’t do much that day. The next morning, I was shocked when I woke up. By the sunlight streaming through the windows, I thought it was after 7 a.m. When I checked the resort’s clock, it wasn’t even 6 yet. Thinking it was wrong, I checked my watch. It wasn’t even 6 yet? I knew we didn’t cross a time zone, so I hit the computer. It seems the sun rose 58 minutes in Chicago before it rose in Dallas. I knew there might be a few minutes difference, but I didn’t realize it was that much. (I think I once knew but forgotten or it just slipped my forward mind.) I made a mental note to check my timing in my third book, where I have different groups of characters in different locations.

I wanted to share this because I think some of us may forget the differences in timing as we write our stories. And I believe there are some who may not even know about this.

If you want to check the sunrise and sunset times for locations in your stories, you can Google sunrise and sunsets to get your choice of free websites that can help you to stay on time.

–Fly It Like You Stole It!—
USA: Eliminated! now available on Amazon at…

Coming soon to a bookstore near you, the second book from The Jupiter Factor Series. Look for Conflict: Earth!

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How can one man convince the word to unite?

What would be your first reaction if you saw a landed UFO?

–Excerpt from USA: Eliminated

Bright, white light almost blinded him; what he saw made him drop his PADD. The most beautiful sight sat in the middle of the room. He started walking forward. His mind raced full speed, several thoughts competing. Excitement brewed deep inside his chest, waiting to burst. He felt like a kid on Christmas morning, discovering all the gifts under the tree. In fact, the last time he felt this way was when he was three on Christmas morning.

He reached with one hand, and he touched it. For most of Jack’s life, he had been chasing flying saucers. Now he caught one. A real flying saucer!

–Available at Amazon, Kindle, KU, and other fine bookstores.