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51jMrOM6TBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ While doing research for my novel I ran across Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden and bought it.

This is the story of a widowed bisexual detective, Kyle Dubois, who is investigating the murder of a young man. The body is found by Jesse Morales, who just finished college and wants to write mystery novels.

Jesse wants to learn as much as he can about crime investigation to write his novels; Kyle wants this kid away from his crime scene.

What they both want is to be with each other.

Jesse wants to help; Kyle wants Jesse safe. Jesse is dealing with his obnoxious co-worker ex; Kyle is dealing with the death of his wife, his bi-virgin status, and insecurity at the age difference between them.

But Jesse is a persistent little cuss, inserting himself both into the crime investigation and into Kyle’s affections, to the point that things get much too serious – and deadly.

There are some fairly funny scenes (Kyle has to deal with his slightly homophobic yet good-natured partner) as well as some excellent description.

The only real criticism I have is that it dragged a bit at the beginning. But halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. Definitely reading more from this author.

I give this four thumbs up!

four thumbs up

I’m writing a novel (the first of a series) which publishes in six weeks and decided to resurrect this blog, simply because I want to write a spin-off which spins into erotica. Having a nom de plume comes in handy in cases such as these.

So I’ll be doing a bit of tidying here, and most likely will change this to a hosted blog somewhere. I’ll let any of you still following  know where that ends up.

If these guys have anything to say about it, yes.

Researchers have been experimenting for some time with the idea that biology can be harnessed to perform computations. Biological systems can amplify and sample a large collection of molecules simultaneously, and they can register states that are far more subtle and complex than the binary ones handled by standard computers. Although there are no clear cases where a biological computer will outperform standard silicon, a biological computer may be useful for detecting the state of other biological systems, and it may find uses in diagnostics or environmental sensing. A potential step forward for biological computing was just reported in Science, where researchers describe logic gates built from RNA…

Sweet.

I just joined the Muse Online Writers Conference, presented by author Lea Schizas and the MuseItUp Club:

My vision for organizing this first ever Online Writers Conference as an annual affair is to bring the writing world a bit closer for you. I understand many writers out there do not have the monetary resources to attend outside conferences, or perhaps they are situated very far and even some may be incapacitated in some ways making it difficult for them to travel. Within the world of the Internet, everything is possible and with this in mind I offer you this chance to come out, have a chat with our Presenters, ask them questions and even attend a few of our FREE workshops to be held throughout the week.

The conference will be completely online, running from October 13-19, 2008. Registration is free, and the deadline to register is September 1st. Here’s a list of the workshops.

Hope to see you there!

Just got done reading Sly Mongoose (which comes out in hardback August 19th), and this is the best one yet.

Set seventy-five years after Ragamuffin, a teenager who supports his family on the planet Chilo by scavenging metal from the toxic surface loses his best friend in a freak accident caused by falling debris. Someone hit the city … from space … and lived!

Who the stranger is, why he’s there, and what he’s running from lead to Tobias Buckell’s wildest SF adventure novel yet, as well as his best-developed characters and plot of the three. If you liked the others, you’ll love this one. He just gets better with every book.

Highly recommended.

They have the novel on preorder at Amazon. For more information, visit Tobias Buckell Online.

Thumbs down on The Test of Time. But some good comments.

Personalized rejections from L. Perkins Agency, for a limited time only.

I’m wondering if there’s something wrong with me to be so excited about this. But, hell, this seems full of win-win.

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