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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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I Will Be Signing books at Hob Nobs This Friday

I will be at Hob Nobs Cafe and Spirits in Phoenix on Friday, August 2nd, signing copies of The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, Twisted History and Twisted Nightmares.  Come join me for this First Friday event.  They will have a live band playing starting at 8 pm.  I will be just inside the entrance starting around 7:30 pm.  I look forward to seeing you there!

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Hob Nobs – 149 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85003


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Birthday Present

By the way, if you are interested in wishing me Happy Birthday in a REALLY cool way…

Please check out my first book for just 99 cents on Kindle:  (That way you will give yourself the gift of a fun story as well.)  The book is an adventure story like Jules Verne, HG Wells, Sherlock Holmes, rated PG, with a fun science fiction twist referred to by many as “Steampunk.”


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My Interview with Ruth Jacobs – In the Booth with Ruth

I am pleased to say that Ruth Jacobs of Hertfordshire, England, “In the Booth with Ruth” has posted her interview with me.  Below is the link and the text.  Please check out her blog at ruthjacobs.co.uk and also her store.  She has novels for sale and also petitions for various human rights causes.  Thanks Ruth!



Michael Bradley

What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you? 

I was an abused child and escaped from reality by reading. I started reading encyclopedia at age four. I have read at least a book a week since I was twelve, and probably close to 5,000 at this point. I have always wanted to be a writer, but adults discouraged me and I went into various fields. Finally, at age forty-seven, I retired on my savings and started writing full time on April 1, 2011. 

How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments? 

I write every day and can pace up to a chapter per day. I write full time for the most part, but also do some consulting, public appearances, and teaching. I am a bit of a word processor. I have so many ideas and stories fully written in my head, that the actual act of writing feels like dictation from my own internal voice. 

In which genre do you most enjoy writing? 

I like writing the same genres I love to read. Fiction, historical fiction, steampunk, and fantasy. I write what I refer to as “pulp fiction” in that it is story and character rich, enjoyable, easy to read, and takes the reader away from the normal world. I do not try to write deep literary fiction with nuanced meanings you have to dwell on for days to understand. 

What draws you to write in that genre? 

I am a strong believer in writing what you enjoy reading. I feel you are a bit of a charlatan if you try to write something because it is popular or marketable. Ideas and writing come easily if you would want to read your own novels and stories if someone else had written them. I tell my readers honestly, that had I not written the stories, I would love to read them. 

Tell me about your current project(s)? 

I work on several things at once. For novels, my next is Blood Bank, a unique post-apocalyptic vampire novel, that is more about what it means to be human than about vampires. It is due out late summer 2013. After that, the third in the Travelers’ Club steampunk series will come out, The Travelers’ Club and The Lost City, late Fall 2013. I am working on next year’s Twistedanthology series, and on The Second Civil War, a political thriller set in 2024. Both I hope to release in early 2014. 

What are your writing plans for the future? 

My goal is to continue to release two or three books per year and a dozen short stories. My career goal is to have thousands of readers who enjoy my writing and look forward to the next story. Financially, I plan to break even, but I would trade profits for readers any day. I have stories bursting to get out and on to paper, and I just want others to read and enjoy them. 

Where can people find out more about you? 

My blog site at www.mbtimetraveler.com is a very eclectic selection of posts that interest me. Usually, I update the blog two or three times daily. Some are pictures, some are reposts of stories, some are original writing of mine. If you follow my blog, you will certainly gain insight into the unusual mix of interests floating around inside my head.

Twitter: @mbtimetraveler

My books can be found on Amazon: Twisted NightmaresThe Travelers’ Club and The Ghost ShipThe Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, and Twisted History. I also write movie reviews, book reviews, true science and other columns for multiple magazines, and I have had around forty short stories published in various publications.

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Excitement and Frustration

So, I am going to be at booth #1629 at Phoenix Comic Con 2013 from Thursday May 23rd through Sunday May 26th!  That is the really exciting part.  I will be selling signed copies of Twisted History, The Travelers’ Club and the Ghost Ship, The Travelers’ Club – Fire and Ash, and the newly released Twisted Nightmares.

My wife will be selling vintage jewelry, Gatsby like hair decorations and pop culture creations at the same booth with me, from her Susanne’s Passions craft store.  I am really looking forward to this awesome event, both as a vendor, and as an attendee.  My friend and fellow author, Chris Wilke, and his family will be helping out at the booth some as well.

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So why the mixed feelings?  Why the frustration?

It is because the “powers that be” at Phoenix Comic Con refuse to consider me for any panels.  I will not name the person, but I write articles for the same publication as this person.  Despite the fact that I have appeared at numerous conventions and appeared on local panels at LepreCon, DarkCon, and the Wild Wild West Con, the folks at PCC won’t return my calls or emails.  They even refused to talk to me in person.

Why?  Because I am Indie-published.  Despite the fact that PCC has panels each year on how to Indie publish, their guy in charge of writers only invites those published through traditional publishers.  In fact, the panels on Indie publishing have all authors who are traditionally published.  The exception of course is Michael Stackpole, a great guy who has been a mentor in my journey, who had many books traditionally published and now Indie publishes.


It is a shame that even at a cutting edge cultural event, the old social morays still stay in place, that some how an Indie published author is a “vanity press” author.  Some of their guests in prior years I have actually outsold as an Indie, and one of them had a book deal but did not even have a book out yet.  I know we each have our own path.  I even feel petty and small for being irritated by this.  However, I have real experiences to share with authors who go to events like PCC to see a panel on “Indie publishing.”  I have been on dozens of panels on the topic, been written up in local newspapers and media, and appeared at many writer conferences to give seminars on the topic.

I am very happy for the authors who are appearing, including a great person I worked with years ago named Amy Nichols who has her first book published, an awesome Children’s book.  Also there will be Jenn Czep, who is a wonderful person with a story in Twisted Nightmares.  Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Terry Brooks and Cherie Priest are all great people too.  Sam Sykes and Gini Koch I know and enjoy as well from meeting them and being on panels together.  I don’t even care that much not to be selected – it is not even being considered because I am an Indie that is frustrating.

I don’t usually rant.  I am a very upbeat guy in general.  For some reason this just annoys the heck out of me.


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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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Steampunk Style

Steampunk is sci-fi mixed with the 1830-1900 period, the Age of Steam.  It often supposed advanced technology based on steam power rather than modern oil and electrical power.  Two of my novels, The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship. and The Traveler’s Club – Fire and Ash, are both steampunk adventures.  I post steampunk vehicles separately, as I do steampunk animals, steampunk insects, guitars, and steampunk people.  You can find all my steampunk related posts by typing “steampunk” into the search block on my home page.  This then, is the catch-all representation of some steampunk style.  Enjoy!


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