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The BEST Cyber Monday Deal EVER!

If you think this blog site has some cool stuff – wait till you read my awesome books!

At Kindle you can get the following awesome books for:

JUST  99 cents to read the novel The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship – Book one in an historical adventure series.  It’s steampunk – that is science fiction adventure set in 1880.


JUST 99 cents will also get you Twisted Nightmares!  This is an awesome anthology of short poems and stories featuring horror and freaky plot lines with frightening twists.


JUST $2.99 will get you The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash – Book two in the series and my best written novel yet published.


Nothing makes a better Christmas present for both you, your friends and family, and for me as an author, than for you to reach in your pocket (figuratively) and buy these timeless literary treasures.



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You’ve Been Asking – Here She is… (Warning: Graphic Images)

Kiera Von Seirbigh (Ketaklysm) is a very cool person who created the character “Blademouth.”  She was kind enough to give me permission to use it on the cover of Twisted Nightmares. (Available on Kindle)  She is a young make-up artist at NitroxSFX and can be found on Facebook and Deviant Art.  If you appreciate her work, give her a shout out.  If you need a make-up artist, you can see she is extremely talented and doing techniques that are pretty unique.  Please keep her in mind for projects.

Here is a collage of her characters and some of her.  If I find out any of you act like jerks, I will hunt you down, find you, and do a Liam Neeson.

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Binge-Watching. A New Trend to Watch Whole Seasons in One Sitting

Do you binge watch?  I have, a lot.  My wife and I rarely find anything on TV worth watching and there are only so many movies worth seeing.  So my son hooked us up with Roku.  It’s a device that hooks up to your system and you get access to Netflix, Hulu, and like a dozen other services.  You still have to pay any fees of course, but you can pretty much access the world.  Add to this option, our cable provider which allows you to watch episodes you miss on TV, AND the digital recorder that lets you record as you go.  I even have access to these on my smart phone, my wife’s Kindle, our computers, and my laptop.


Roku – Your conduit for everything

It starts out with looking for something to watch.  “Hey, I heard Breaking Bad was good, but we never really watched it.  Look, it’s on Netflix.”

So we curl up with the hounds and check out the first episode.  “Wow, that was pretty good.  Would you like to see another one honey?”  “Sure sweetie, why not?”

Twelve hours later in the wee hours of the morning our bodies are insisting that we stop and get some sleep.  Watching episodes one after the other is like a form of visual and auditory crack.  Not all shows do this of course.  Some we watch for fifteen minutes and never watch again.  Others though were popular for many years and have tons of episodes.  Did you know that Deep Space Nine had over 170 episodes?  The best and worst for me is the access to some great BBC programs.  Foyle’s War was awesome!  Catching up on all the Dr. Who episodes that my wife had never seen – awesome!  Watching a few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, or reliving a few original Mission Impossible shows… where does it stop?

breaking bad

Is this an addiction you also suffer from?  I get 1,000 channels on my TV but rarely watch anything live.  I usually record things and then zap the commercials.  I can watch a 3 hour University of Oklahoma game in about 30 minutes now.  (My alma mater – Go Sooners!)  If you binge watch is that good or horrible?

Other than the obvious health concerns of sitting prolonged periods and the hygiene issues, some have noted other, artistic issues.  Here are some points made by Jim Pagels at Slate:

1. Episodes have their own integrity, which is blurred by watching several in a row.

TV series must constantly sustain two narrative arcs at once: that of the individual episode—which has its own beginning, middle, and end—and that of the season as a whole. (Some shows, like Breaking Bad and The Wire, operate on a third: that of the entire series.) To fully appreciate a show, you must pay attention to each of these arcs. This is one of the defining features of television as a medium and one of the things that makes it great. A TV show is not “an imagistic tone poem,” and it shouldn’t be viewed as one.

2. Cliffhangers and suspense need time to breathe.

Taking the time to ponder which Oceanic flight 815 member the Dharma Initiative brought back to the island or why Peggy decided to tell Pete she had his baby are an essential part of the experience of a series. Take the first season of Homeland: Much of the pleasure it provided came from wracking one’s brain each week—and changing one’s mind multiple times—trying to decide whether or not Brody was a double agent. That pleasure evaporates when you simply click “play” on the next episode.

3. Episode recaps and online communities provide key analysis and insight.

Contra David Simon, TV recaps really do enhance one’s experience of a TV show. Even if you’re catching up on DVD or Netflix, you can still take the time to read recaps of nearly any episode on the A.V. Club, Hitfix, and here on Slate. They all provide great perspectives that you likely wouldn’t have picked up on your own.

4. TV characters should be a regular part of our lives, not someone we hang out with 24/7 for a few days and then never see again.

Our best friends are the ones we see every so often for years, and TV characters should be the same way. I feel like I grew up with Michael Scott, because I spent 22 minutes a week with him every Thursday night for seven years. A friend of mine who recently cranked through all eight seasons of The Office in two weeks (really) probably thinks of Carrell’s character like someone he hung out with at an intensive two-week corporate seminar and never saw again. Binge-watching reduces the potential for such deep, Draper-like relationships. While the Grantland piece argues that binges are the only way to forge “deep emotional connections,” in fact, the opposite is true.

5. Taking breaks maintains the timeline of the TV universe.

There are many exceptions to this rule, but TV series tend to place a few diegetic days between episodes and a few months between seasons. Thus, its rhythms match our own—when we watch them on their schedule. Watch an episode of Party Down a few days after finishing the last one, for instance, and notice how all the caterers have also had a few days off since their last gig. Or return to a new season of 30 Rock after a summer away, and see how the TGS writers are also returning from their vacation.

If you need to catch up with a show, here are the guidelines: Wait a minimum of 24 hours between episodes and at least a couple weeks between seasons. If one TV show doesn’t provide a full night’s entertainment for you, pick out a few programs you’ve been meaning to catch up with and watch one episode of each.

For the whole article you can read his commentary here:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/07/09/binge_watching_tv_why_you_need_to_stop_.html

I am not sure I agree with him on those points.  It sounds more like the controversy when Ted Turner colorized movies that no one was watching.  People started to watch them.  Without Netflix, I would never have watched Breaking Bad.  There had been too many seasons gone by for me to figure it out.  I am SO glad I did see it.  The same with Walking Dead and many other shows I only saw because I could “catch up.”

walking dead

As a futurist, one has to consider what this trend will develop into when it is fully implemented.  Just think, one day you will be able to watch anything, listen to any music, watch flash videos, plays, whatever you want, whenever you want, where ever you wish.  As an author, that certainly gives legs to my books that did not exist when traditional publishers left you on the shelf for a few months then replaced you with a newer book.  Something to think about, in between watching whole seasons…


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Anthology Submissions Needed!

Twisted Futures!

Visions of the Future Anthology

Submissions Needed, 5,000 words or less, only futuristic themes.  Short stories, flash fiction and poetry are all welcome.  Paint your picture of a dsytopic, utopic or otherwise unique vision of the future.  WORD format preferred, only electronic submissions accepted.  Submission is FREE and you can submit multiple entries if you wish.

Publishing by Michael Bradley, President, Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd., An Arizona Corporation in Good Standing.  Earlier anthologies were Twisted History and Twisted Nightmares.

Submissions required by December 15, 2013.  Expected publication prior to May 2014 both in print and published in Kindle format.

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Please send inquiries and submissions to:


For the subject put:  Anthology Submission

Selected authors will receive two free printed copies of the final anthology and will be able to purchase unlimited print versions at cost.  All other sales will be retained by Eiverness Consulting Group, Ltd.


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Twisted Nightmares now on Kindle for just 99 Cents!

Twisted Nightmares now on Kindle for just 99 Cents!  I definitely recommend you pick up a copy of this anthology of horror short stories and poems.  It is a steal at 99 cents and includes works from yours truly – Michael Bradley.  Edited by Andrew Terech.



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Thank You! Over 200,000 hits!

As of right now, my blog site received 201,600 plus hits!  As you regular followers know, I put a lot of work and love into posting one to three times a day with a peculiar mix of things I find interesting.  I am so happy that my weird interests are also often of interest to you as well.  I do not get any compensation or advertising dollars for the blog site, but I would appreciate you consider stopping by my store on occasion.  If you get a copy of The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship, you can buy it on Kindle for just 99 cents, of which I keep 35 cents.  Obviously, not in that for the money either, I just want more readers.  Thank you for your ongoing support!



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Amazon Buys Goodreads

Amazon purchase of Goodreads stuns book industry

Alarm from Authors’ Guild, and many Goodreads users, over ‘shocking vertical integration’ but at least one writer declares move ‘cool’


Goodreads news, bad news? The Goodreads website

“Truly devastating” for some authors but “like finding out my mom is marrying that cool dude next door that I’ve been palling around with” for another, Amazon’s announcement late last week that it was buying the hugely popular reader review site Goodreads has sent shockwaves through the book industry.

The acquisition, terms of which Amazon.com did not reveal, will close in the second quarter of this year. Goodreads, founded in 2007, has more than 16m members, who have added more than four books per second to their “want to read” shelves over the past 90 days, according to Amazon. The internet retailer’s vice president of Kindle content, Russ Grandinetti, said the two sites “share a passion for reinventing reading”.

“Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike,” said Grandinetti, announcing the buy. Goodreads co-founder Otis Chandler said the deal with Amazon meant “we’re now going to be able to move faster in bringing the Goodreads experience to millions of readers around the world”, adding on his blog that “we have no plans to change the Goodreads experience and Goodreads will continue to be the wonderful community we all cherish”.

But despite Chandler’s reassurances, many readers and authors reacted negatively to the news. American writers’ organisation the Authors’ Guild called the acquisition a “truly devastating act of vertical integration” which meant that “Amazon’s control of online bookselling approaches the insurmountable”. Bestselling legal thriller author Scott Turow, president of the Guild, said it was “a textbook example of how modern internet monopolies can be built”.

“The key is to eliminate or absorb competitors before they pose a serious threat,” said Turow. “With its 16 million subscribers, Goodreads could easily have become a competing online bookseller, or played a role in directing buyers to a site other than Amazon. Instead, Amazon has scuttled that potential and also squelched what was fast becoming the go-to venue for online reviews, attracting far more attention than Amazon for those seeking independent assessment and discussion of books. As those in advertising have long known, the key to driving sales is controlling information.”

Turow was joined in his concerns by members of Goodreads, many of whom expressed their fears about what the deal would mean on Chandler’s blog. “I have to admit I’m not entirely thrilled by this development,” wrote one of the more level-headed commenters. “As a general rule I like Amazon, but unless they take an entirely 100% hands-off attitude toward Goodreads I find it hard to believe this will be in the best interest for the readers. There are simply too many ways they can interfere with the neutral Goodreads experience and/or try to profit from the strictly volunteer efforts of Goodreads users.”

But not all authors were against the move. Hugh Howey, author of the smash hit dystopian thriller Wool – which took off after he self-published it via Amazon – said it was “like finding out my mom is marrying that cool dude next door that I’ve been palling around with”. While Howey predicted “a lot of hand-wringing over the acquisition”, he said there were “so many ways this can be good for all involved. I’m still trying to think of a way it could suck.”

“Right now, I spend a lot of time on both sites in both capacities,” said Howey. “My guess is that we won’t see many changes at all. I’m betting that the real acquisition here is all the data behind the scenes. The algorithms that tell me what to buy (and almost always nail it) are going to get better. The social networks that feed my reading habit are going to get stronger. The people who helped make Goodreads awesome are going to get richer. And the people at Amazon, who I have gotten to know this past year and who to a man and woman love the fuck out of some books, are going to keep trying to get the right ones in the hands of readers.”

The acquisition of Goodreads follows Amazon’s purchase of Shelfari, another social reading site, in 2008.

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The Travelers’ Club Sequel is Released! For a Limited Time Book One on Kindle for just 99 Cents!

The Travelers’ Club Sequel is Released!  For a Limited Time Book One on Kindle for just 99 Cents!

The sequel to the highly rated, The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship is now on Kindle, available in book format on this site under the Store page, and can also be purchased in local bookstores.  The first book starts with a ghost ship drifting in the Mediterranean Sea.  Our intrepid members of Her Majesty’s Travelers’ Club go to find out why in early 1880.  In the new second book, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, our explorers are sent from London, across the pond to the United States in late 1880, an expedition that takes them across the nation to a fiery conclusion near Phoenix, Arizona.  While they can be read in any order, the first book has been dropped in price on Kindle to just 99 cents!  That is right, the entire full length adventure for less than a dollar.  This has been done so readers can catch up on this adventure from the very start.  You won’t want to miss the excitement!


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You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Be a Fan!

Just a reminder to all you great blog readers that I am in fact a full time author.  The great news for you is that if you bought EVERYTHING I produce each year, it will cost you less than a movie.  For a movie, you get around 90 minutes of possible fun.  Each of my novels is about ten hours of solid fun, what a value.  Right now, Twisted History is just 99 cents on Kindle!  Twisted History includes stories from several local authors who got into it through an anonymous submission process.  I was lucky enough to have five stories selected.  Or, you can buy the full length novel The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship for just $3.99 on Kindle today!  That is right, as an author, I can only produce three or four books per year.  You can be my best friend for only around $20 a year.  I promise I will give my heart and soul to making each book enjoyable for you.  What a bargain?  My next book is due out soon, delayed by my recent surgeries.  It will be The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, Book 2 of the series.  Please remember to check out the store once in awhile, or look for me on Kindle.  I promise you will enjoy yourself and I will never cost you much in return.  🙂

Please remember that if you like what you read, taking the time to post a review on Kindle, Amazon, Goodreads, or even your own Facebook page is most appreciated.  If you hate what you read, feel free to keep that to yourself.  🙂


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Twisted History – The New Anthology is NOW out on Amazon Kindle!

Here is a link to an awesome anthology of alternative history – Twisted History.  I have several stories in it as well as many rising literary stars here in Arizona, Christopher Wilke, Andrew Terech, Cameron Milkins, David Nicol and Vincent Alascia.   Best of all – it is only 99 cents!  The print version will be out later this week.  Here is a link:


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