MaAH – And Now for Something Completely Different

On March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Henrico Parish Church in Richmond, Patrick Henry spoke to the House of Burgesses. His speech changed the minds and hearts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and became a beacon of freedom for all of America.

Happy Independence Day, everyone.

This re-enactment was recorded in February for a project still in the planning stages over at community website. I decided to release it here because… well, because I wanted to :-)

Thank you to Nathan Lowell for his introduction at the beginning of this audio file. Be sure to check out his Golden Age of the Solar Clipper novels over at

The image you see in iTunes is a cropped image from Peter F. Rothermel’s “Patrick Henry Before the Virginia House of Burgesses,” from 1851. The photograph of this painting is released on Wikimedia Commons as a public domain work.

I will be doing a live listener appreciation show on Sunday, July 6th. Please check out my page on stickam for more information on this show (and add me as a friend while you are at it!).

Murder at Avedon Hill Ep. 41 – Chapter 41

0:00 – Intro

  • DYH “Network ID” – Michael Spence
  • Intro Bumper – J.F. Lewis
  • Intro Chatter
    • Episode 41 was a bear! 50+ hours of production. Am I crazy! YES!
    • Thanks again to my assistant producers
    • I will list all the episode info after the chapter… but I must recognize Scott Sigler, the godfather of the podcast novel, (it’s part of the contract that I call him that) and thank him for joining the podcast!


Appearance: Dead Robot’s Society, Ep. 77

I’ve joined the crew over at The Dead Robots’ Society as a co-host. DRS is a roundtable podcast — writers talking about writing. Justin Macumber, Terry Mixon, and Ryan Stevenson (along with other hosts past and present) share their experiences attempting to become published authors. Some episodes center on aspects of writing and/or the business of writing, while others contain interviews with other authors.

This is the first episode where I appear as a regular host. Ep. 77 is an interview with Nathan Nowell, author of the Share Series. We focus on podcasting your fiction, contrasting our styles and explaining the decision process one should take before podcasting their novel.

Later this week I’ll drop ep. 78 of the DRS podcast in this feed. If you want to listen to more of the DRS podcast and/or subscribe (to get future episodes), please visit The Dead Robots’ Society website!

Murder at Avedon Hill Ep. 42 – Chapter 42 and 43

0:00 – Intro

  • DYH “Network ID” – Michael Spence
  • Intro Chatter
    • Welcome to the final episode of the MaAH podcast novel!
    • We’re jumping right into the narrative. You’ve waited long enough.


Short story in The Sovereign Era: Year One

Matthew Wayne Selznick wrote a wonderful novel called Brave Men Run. In fact, it was the first podcast novel I listened to when I started listening to podcasts back in 2006. In June of 2008 (if I remember right) Matt asked if I would write a short story for a live web-a-thon he was planning to do the day of his book release. I was so excited I wrote a first draft that was almost 10,000 words… hmm… he wanted 3-4K. Oh well.

I edited it down to 5-6K, I believe. It was definitely the longest story in the web-a-thon (Matt read seven stories I believe during his live show). I was very happy with the response I received from people about the story.

Flash forward to Friday, April 10th. The text that follows if from Matt’s website:

I’m very pleased to announce the release of “The Sovereign Era: Year One,” an anthology of seven tales written by authors who are pretty well known in certain circles — folks like J. C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty, P. G. Holyfield, Nathan Lowell, Matt Wallace, J. R. Blackwell and Jared Axelrod!

This collection has its origin in the all-day web-a-thon I produced on the occasion of the Swarm Press release of “Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era.” On that day, I read each of these stories live on streaming video… but they’ve never been seen in print until now.

As of right now, the collection is available on this site in a bundle of eight DRM-free e-book formats and from for the Kindle. Soon enough, it will also be available in paperback in every online bookstore you’d care to patronize. To be honest, if you like e-books, I encourage you to purchase it in that format, since the authors involved stand to earn more of a percentage from each e-book sale.

In “Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights,” we’re seeing a little of what happened in the months before the Sovereign Era began. The Sovereign Era’s beginnings are depicted in “Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era.” I hope you’ll purchase “The Sovereign Era: Year One” and take in seven different glimpses into how things went in the months that followed. On behalf of the authors and cover artist Jeffrey Himmelman, I thank you very much!

For those of you that haven’t read Brave Men Run, it feels like a teen movie mixed with a superhero novel… The Breakfast Club and X-Men all rolled into one. Please go check out the anthology, and listen to or read Brave Men Run.

As for The Sovereign Era: Year One – electronic versions are already available for the book, and the print version should be out in a few days!