You go, DARPA!

A robotic, reusable space plane. Gundam, anyone? :)

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Too Funny Not to Share :)

File this under spy tech, just because it is made of awesome. Archer, reviewing every Bond movie ever made.


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Pitch Madness!

pitch-madness-blog-hopThe novel is done, querying has begun, and I am taking part in #Pitchmadness! Woohoo!

The characters from my Paranormal short stories are now in a finished novel.  “The ghosts of the Tactical Paranormal Response Unit have turned against their handlers. They’re after a top-secret project called Orpheus, and if they are not stopped, the dead may well inherit the earth.

Ghosts! Psychics! Espionage! What’s not to love? *grins* I’m already outlining book 2, another stand-alone case file with the agents from the TPRU.  Should be fun, and will keep me from refreshing the #pitchmadness feed like a nutter ;)  Good luck to my fellow writers, and many thanks to Brenda Drake for hosting!



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File Under: Spy Tech

DonAdamsPictureIn the course of doing research for my stories, I’ve come across some pretty cool articles on real-world spy technology.  And since everyone loves spy gadgets, I’ve decided to start a section here on my site dedicated to sharing these wild, but totally real espionage tools.  This first article takes on the ‘air gap’ – computers completely cut off from any outside network. Normally you have to either have a person on the inside, or plant a virus-infected thumb drive of some sort on a worker to get access to the system.  But now, it turns out all you need is a flip phone.  Check out the Wired article for the details and watch the video on YouTube :)

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On the road again – to #WDC15

Well, it’s been a while, but I am back on my feet at last and hitting the ground running with the writing gig.   I will be at the Writer’s Digest annual conference tomorrow, Aug. 1 in NYC – look for @techtigger on the ID badge and say hi!  :)  I will also be live-blogging from the conference at the #wdc15 tag, so watch for that if you can’t be there.  Should be fun, my trips to NYC have been… eventful in the past, in that “may your life be interesting” kind of way.  Let the games begin…

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Books are now available!

World Enough and Crime is now available in both print and ebook through Amazon!   And for our Canadian friends, you can buy them through .

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World Enough and Crime – Official Launch Party!

EFD2-World-Enough-Cover-FINAL-199x300We have launch dates for the ebook and print copies!  Join the virtual launch party on Sunday, October 26 at 2pm on facebook.  Carrick Publishing will be giving away 5 copies of the book, so you have a great chance to win this awesome anthology. (and i’m not just saying it because i’m in it, there are a ton of amazing authors included!)

The live launch of the print version of the book will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2-4pm Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore in Toronto – 907 Millwood Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1X2   You can visit their website here.

Sadly I can’t make the road trip to Toronto, but I do plan on being online this Sunday.  I hope to see you there!

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A New Look, and a New Story!

Yes, PDP is getting a facelift – please excuse any oddities that crop up while I reboot the site.  But in the mean time, I have some fabulous news!

The wonderful folks at Carrick Publishing accepted one of my case files from the Tactical Paranormal Response Unit for a new crime fiction anthology coming out this fall, World Enough and Crime.

“Ghost Protocol,” once again features Virgil, the chain-smoking, gun-toting psychic, and this time he’s on loan to the FBI.  He’s got a new partner, the ghost of hacker, and their current mission is a little bit of corporate espionage. Everyone knows the Stoblenski Arms Corporation is dirty, but no one has been able to prove anything. Until now…

Here’s a quick snippet from the story:

Purgatory, thought Virgil, is a designated smoking area outside of an office building. All of the unclean souls gathered there, reeking of nicotine, huddled together in a feeble attempt to ward off the elements. They stood there every day, unable to pass through the steel and glass gates until their penance, in the form of a tiny white stick was paid out in a cloud of smoke.

Virgil, in his disguise as ‘Algernon P. Stoblenski’, was an outcast amongst the damned.  He slouched up to the entrance, took a spot to the left of the doors and tapped a cigarette out of its pack. The real Algernon was sleeping off the mickey Virgil had paid a hooker to drop in the man’s beer the night before. With any luck he wouldn’t make an appearance till long after Virgil was gone.

A few of the other smokers were casting wary glances in his direction.  Virgil used his Telepathy to broadcast a mild suggestion that they were seeing Algie sucking down his first cigarette of the day. A slight touch of his Empathic Talent enhanced their natural dislike of the man, (he was a bit of a toad), which made sure no-one would get close enough to see through his disguise. 

He hung around outside just long enough to make sure he had plenty of eye witnesses to say that Algie had shown up for work. Then he ground out his cigarette and shoved through the doors into the lobby of Stoblenski Arms Corporation…

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