|Posted by douggoodman on May 28, 2017 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
I have a new link I've found that I wanted to share:
Newfreekindlebooks gives exactly what you think: new *FREE* kindle books. They have a blog that you can sign up for and everything (free, of course) so go check them out!!!
|Posted by douggoodman on April 26, 2017 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Hello, everyone! My new monster book, Kaijunaut, is out now. Please go check it out. Download it for free on Kindle if you have unlimited, or download a copy from Amazon for $3.99.
Every time I see this book cover, I get a Steve Irwin voice in the back of my head, saying "Isn't she a beaut?" She is!
Seriously, I had such a wonderful time writing and researching this book. I originally pitched it as "The Martian" meets Godzilla. What it allowed me to do, however, is talk to so many of my friends and co-workers about life at JSC and get their opinion on things like, say, how many ways can we die between here and Mars. We talked gravity, gravity reacclimation, space protocols, and this was all before I sent the book to them for review. Trust me when I say they had no problem telling me, "Doug, that doesn't work." So I like to say that after all that research and referencing, this is probably going to be the most realistic "astronauts meet kaiju" book you read this week. Not only did I work with people on this book, but I also did some reading of my own. Chris Hadfield's "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth" and Robert Zubrin's "The Case for Mars" were big influences on this book, as well as Andy Weir's "The Martian." (Duh!)
In Kaijunaut, five astronauts have ventured across the galaxy to the system 51 Golgotha. They are there to investigate the first known remains of an ancient alien civilization. They are really excited to be there, and they all work really well together. Except for Cole. Cole is a good man, but he is also the replacement linguist on this expedition. He was chosen as the replacement because a. he is an expert in the language, and b. his wife is the commander of the expedition. And this couple is a happy married couple. In fact, everybody is pretty happy and excited about the whole adventure until the mountains they just crossed start to rumble, and things start turning upside down on them, and what they assumed to be one thing becomes another thing altogether. Pretty soon, they are caught between an alien race that's come back to life and the kaiju monsters out to raze the aliens. I don't want to spoil any more of the book, but let's just say things get weird, and the astronaut's training gets really pushed because who trains for kaiju? Not these astroanauts!
So if any of this sounds interesting to you, go grab a copy! Have an adventure. Learn about the ancient language of the Jedik-ikik. Walk among their pyramids. Fight giant monsters in your NASA-made mechs! Debate whether, as a famous NASA astronaut, you'd rather have a school or a porn star's move named after you!
Thanks for reading!
|Posted by douggoodman on December 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! Cadaver Dog made it into the Horror Maiden's Top 12 Books of 2016. I have to be honest. I'm really honored by this. Horror Maiden is a book reviewer of all things horror who I'd been kind of watching and stalking for a few months. I didn't think she'd actually read my book, if I'm being completely honest. But I fired off an e-mail and hoped for the best. The Good Lord must have been watching over me because she accepted the book, and she gave it a really good review, and now it's on her list of the top 12 books of the year! Wow! I am very humbled. Go check out her post and give Horror Maiden some love. She gives of her time, not just reading the books but critiquing them, too. I really mean it when I say that the publishing world needs more people like her, people willing to give an honest opinion of the book and help steer readers to the best of them. Thankfully, this year, she chose Cadaver Dog as one of the best.
|Posted by douggoodman on October 1, 2016 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
FREE to a good home:
Good morning, everyone. This weekend (of October 1), Cadaver Dog is FREE on Kindle.
I hope you take a chance on my book like these people did:
“It's an action packed adventure that will keep you turning the pages.”-Brandi
"Really, you have got to read this book! I couldn't put it down." - Margaret Lane
“An absolutely awesome version of the zombie apocalypse.”-To Read, Read, and Reviewed Book Reviews
“Are you kidding me? It can't end like that! I want more!”-Kim
“I can't wait to read more!”-busymomof4
“What a great read!”-Beverly
“I really liked the idea of training a dog to find zombies and missing people.”-Bernadette
“It's rare that a zombie story gives us something beyond the usual end of the world scenarios but this book delivers a whole new, and chilling take on how zombies are created. The ending left me heartbroken and wanting more.” – Horror Maiden Book Reviews
“I fully enjoyed this read." – JenacidebyBibliophile Book Reviews
“I think this book is a perfect example of how a short novel can be as good as or better than a 500 page book.” - Laura
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/1nCx0yG
Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/1KeT1gZ
Amazon (CA): http://amzn.to/1OU0qRA
|Posted by douggoodman on July 18, 2015 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
I know it says "Texas Horror Writer" at the top of the page, but today I am taking a break from that today. Why? Because this week has been one of the most incredible weeks for scientific discovery and because I am talking about one of my science fiction stories. I started writing The Ice Dwarves, a story about mammoth ranchers on Pluto, back in the early, early 2000s. Maybe even 2000. I finally published it in 2007. This is the link. So I have been a fan of Pluto for a long time. This week, New Horizons flew by Pluto and started sending NASA unbelievably inciteful images. They are truly revolutionary, these images. I am geeking out over all these revelations. Every day is something new. What is the heart, what is in the heart, what is the dark area, the planet is active - the planet is active? Un-be-lievable.
And I suspect every writer, including myself, is looking at some of this stuff and wondering, how much did I get right, and how much did I get wrong? For me, the answer seems to be, a lot of both, actually. But the general geological setup to the story I got fairly accurate (at least at first glance). See, William, the story's protagonist, and his family live on the ice plains of Pluto:
Cerberus’ yellow eyes watched me as we hiked back through the freezing hell of Pluto’s ice plains. Funny, I thought, that most people think of Hades as a fiery scorched land. To the Greeks, Hades was cold and foreboding; hence, Pluto. My Hades.
It isn't the best part of Pluto, though, because it doesn't face Charon:
And of course, my dad refused to pay extra for land with a moon-view. All I could see was a lot of over-sized pebbles and stars. Gobs of stars. They were a long ways away from me. Then I looked at my feet planted firmly on the ground.
The scifi story pits William against an exotic species of dragon, which crawls through the ice:
Two slitted eyes blinked up at me from below the ice, and I froze. The nacreous white lizard moved, crawling through the crevices below the surface of the ice.
Now, here is a photo (courtesy of NASA) of Pluto and Charon. If William existed, his family would likely live in the ice plains, the Tombaugh regio, aka, the "heart" of Pluto.
When I saw this online, I went OMG WTH how crazy is that??? As you can see, the Tombaugh regio isn't facing Charon at all. That put a big smile on my face. And then I saw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtzsycP8VD0" target="_blank">this video of the ice plains. (Video would not embed, so please follow the link to Youtube.)
The video shows crevices/troughs/breacks in the ice. This one feels like a bit more of a stretch, but there is a chance the dragon could have been crawling through the ice, as described in the story. That is hellacool! I didn't think there was a snowball's chance in hell of getting it right, so to be in the vicinity? I will declare victory! I should declare victory and go home because I had my fair share of wrong.
For starters, I have rock and ice, and the area is completely ice. I also have a revelation toward the end (I really wanted a planetary revelation) that is bonkers. I won't spoil it, but it is bonkers and probably 100% chance of being wrong. Then there is the obvious things I go wrong because I put mammoths on a planet with little to no atmosphere, but those kinds of details I was taking as poetic license.
There are other things I got right, and it was interesting to see those revelations, too, but honestly, they are in unpublished pieces, so I don't really want to go into them. They will have to be little smiles for me alone. What will be crazy cool to me is to see what stories about Pluto come out now and how they reflect all we have learned about the ice dwarf in the past week, and all we will learn in the coming weeks, months, and years.
|Posted by douggoodman on July 16, 2015 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
Since the Stan Lee Foundation chose to make me their Artist of the Week for this week, I wanted to take a moment to write about one of Stan Lee's books, How To Write Comics. A friend of mine gave it to me as a present about a year ago, and I've kept it at my bedside ever since. The book is a great tool for all writers, not just comic book ones, but because of Stan Lee's familiar, affable style. Also, because of how well the book is organized, it is a very accessible tool that I can pick up for a few minutes before I go to bed. So if I want to ready about different approaches to writing, I can go to his description of Full Script vs. Marvel Style. Or I can read about three-act structure, or character development. It is all right there in the chapter headings and sub-headings. The Tech Writer in me LOVES this in ways that I should probably keep to myself.
And if you want to get inspired to write, How To Write Comics is full of little phrases to inspire you. Here's one I like: "An idea is like a guitar-it doesn't mean a thing unless you know how to use it!"
It took me about thirty seconds of reading to find that little nugget of wisdom. That's what I mean about the book's accessibility. No wonder it is considered a valuable reference book for writers. So that's my shout-out to a Stan Lee book. (This wasn't solicited, btw. I just think you should pay back in kind where you can.) If you are a writer and you are looking to build your toolbox beyond Strunk and White or Stephen King's On Writing, go to the local bookstore/comic book store and check out How To Write Comics.
|Posted by douggoodman on July 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
Today I feel overjoyed to be the Stan Lee Foundation's Artist of the Week. Just to be associated with the name is enough, but also, when you read about all the great things they are doing to promote literacy, it makes you appreciative of their time. I am going to try to post what they are sharing on Facebook. I'm not sure if it will work, but if not, go to Facebook and like their page (or Friend me) and you will see all the information. Here is the link to the announcement:
Here is my page on Fb:
And here is the Foundation:
As Stan would say, Excelsior!!!!
|Posted by douggoodman on July 13, 2015 at 5:35 PM||comments (0)|
I had a moment, so I wanted to post a few links to my latest writing. A little over a month ago, my second book with Severed Press, Kaiju Fall, came out. It is already getting some pretty sweet reviews, so if you have a second, go take a look:
“Goodman taps into the genre in a way unlike other books I’ve read before. He brings the monster experience into a believable level.”-Book Sandworm
“I found the book at times scary, funny, touching, desperate, exhilarating, and sad because of the breath of human moments we are shown.”-Angela
“This was fun…It read a little like rebuilding after an earthquake or tornado, but with a Kaiju monster taking the role of a natural disaster.”-Chris
This is the story of what happens to a town after the kaiju is killed. What do you do with a body longer than your city limits? Where does the skeleton go? What do you do when you were supposed to be vacationing in summer, and now your house is ravaged? How do you piece back your life after such a cataclysmic event? And then there is another kaiju sighted off the coast. A scavenger kaiju, and it is headed straight to home…
Yeah, I had fun writing that one. It really brought me back to some of my Hurricane Ike experiences. I live in Kemah, which while it wasn't the hardest hit, did get its share of coastal damage. There were lots of concerns, lots of fear, and a lot of processing. It was weird and surreal, and I had only recently moved into my home. I hope I caught some of the surreality of the experience (and multiplied it by a hundred by throwing a giant kaiju into the mix.)
Kaiju Fall is $8.99 paperback and $2.99 Kindle.
Amazon (US): http://goo.gl/WazBO0
Amazon (UK): http://goo.gl/gCBFQ7
Amazon (CA): http://goo.gl/5d2fJC
If you like it, leave me a note or a review or something. You don't know how important your words are.
|Posted by douggoodman on November 18, 2014 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
I forgot I had this bookmark. I received it for attending a safety review, and the project manager wanted to thank us. Great positive reinforcement. Here is the bookmark, and belows is a close-up of why the bookmark is so cool.
It actually flew in space! STS-135, which was the final shuttle mission. Normally, this is just cool all around, but since it is 135, it is even better. I took my family to the Teague auditorium at JSC and we watched the liftoff there. I am very fond of that memory. It was a great moment that we shared together.
But you know, the horror writer in me got to thinking about these bookmarks. They are just bookmarks. Rarely do people go bonkers about bookmarks. (That sounds like a mall kiosk: Bonkers for Bookmarks. Coming this holiday season to a mall near you!) Along the same lines, Steve Martin's infamous for the business cards he gives out to people he meets.
I need to mash up the two. And why not? Bookmarks should be fun. You aren't going to make a living selling bookmarks, but you might make a living as a writer if you hand out enough of them. Maybe I should write on my bookmark something like "This bookmark certifies that you met a genuine horror writer. He was scary at first, but eventually you came around and decided you liked him. Also, he may have licked your bookmark, so congratulations! You have a horror writer's DNA! Create your own mad scientist."
"Thanks for taking my bookmark. Enjoy feeding it to your book every night. Also, don't forget to close the closet door."
"Ignore that shadowy figure lurking in the shadows."
"If you stop reading this book, it means you will have to turn off the light and go to bed. If you want to keep your sanity, don't turn off the light. Nothing good (except being eco-friendly) comes of it. And is your death really worth being eco-friendly?"
Okay, time to hit the presses and start making bookmarks!
|Posted by douggoodman on October 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
I hadn't realized how easy it is to blockade the League City area east of I-45. (This is research for a book, not an actual thing that's happened.) Robinson and Dickinson Bayous and the Galveston Bay are such natural barriers with few bridges that stopping people from entering via cars and trucks would be SO easy. You block off Galveston Rd, Egret Bay, and 146, and you have almost cut off all traffic. There is still I-45 to contend with, so blockades would need to be set up at 518, 96, 517, and 646. Unless you have a friend with a boat willing to transport you illegally, you're not getting in!
Here's my crude map of the area with all the road blocks marked in fancy stars: