“Marching Time” Release and More!

Wait! Wait! I have an excuse for my absence! Because we’re finally about to release this!


After months of work, we’re finally about to release the new anthology from the Bolthole, Marching Time. A collection of stories involving the various aspects of war and time traveling, Marching Time is the second anthology we’re to publish.

Marching Time should be available on Amazon later this week. I should also note that we’ve started work on a third anthology and the call for submissions will be going out shortly. If you’re new to writing and want to get a tale in or an old hand who wants to try, keep an eye out and expect the submission flyer real soon. But you may want to check out and read the anthology to make sure it’s your cup of tea.


‘Under the Knife’ Available Now!

There's pretty much no healthcare joke I can make that won't anger somebody right now...

There’s no time for a second opinion! We must order now!

My life has been a whirlwind of work, work and more work. The job has been hard but rewarding, and the writing has been tough.

But there have been some developments for on the writing. I wrote a few good tales and am working on another two. I’d like to finish the month with three flash pieces. I foresee a writing break for half the month of June.

But there’s one really important tidbit. At long last, it’s finally out. Under the Knife from Cruentus Libri Press is finally out. Click on the picture to order!

Also available for Kindle.

PR Slingshot Effect?

I’m in a possibly curious position.

Here’s what’s going on. A few months back, I mentioned my work being accepted for a couple of anthologies. Due to a few events, Under the Knife and War is Hell will not be released for a while. Although frustrating, there’s nothing I can do but wait it out and continue to write. However, thanks to the Bolthole Writers’ Fair, I’ve gotten four submissions into various publishers, and more are on their way at all times.

It suddenly occurred to me that given the time frame, it could be a blessing or a total curse. It’s certainly possible that anywhere from two to six stories (maybe more) bearing my name could suddenly “explode” onto the scene mid-summer.

If it does occur, it’s neither how I intended nor wanted to. I was hoping to have a gradual build up of my name. Like every other month, a new story comes out. “Oh James, the author of that previous story you liked, just pushed out something new.”

And in terms of sales, I doubt it’s beneficial. Books cost a small amount and take a while to be used. So other books I wrote might be “drowned out” by the onslaught. But on the bright side, it’s not impossible to take the sudden interest in my name and use the momentum towards something bigger and better. But I don’t know what.

If summer sees a spike in new traffic, I’ll have to be ready.

Spares by Alec McQuay

In the future, the homeless shall beg you for a spare pinky instead of change.

If you’re looking for something bizarre and amazing, something between a horror vein and a real new twist on science fiction, check out “Spares” by Alec McQuay and published by Fox Spirit Books. 

That’s Alec with a C, not X.

Taking place in a world after a viral-war, no one dies. Everyone lives forever. But to get by, they need fresh body parts grafted on. The description I gave to this story is ‘fleshpunk’, a biological twist on William Gibson’s cyberpunk. 

If you like horror, unusual sci-fi or just a damn fine story, check out McQuay’s tale. Available in EPUB/MOBI format at Wizard Tower Books.