Author Archives: JBM

Santa Fe Book Signing Information

New Mexico Science Fiction fans and book lovers…or just anyone interested in watching me embarrass myself…come see me at George R. R. Martin’s awesome movie theater/genre bookstore the Jean Cocteau  Cinema on March 10th in Santa Fe. I’ll be reading from my latest book The Razor, answering questions, and signing copies in the lobby. If that’s not enough, the bar […]

John Steakley’s Armor

I have a guest blog post over at TOR.com about a novel that meant a lot to me growing up, John Steakley’s science fiction novel ARMOR. Give it a read, if you have time:

The Razor Book Giveaway

Want a copy of The Razor, but don’t want to have to actually pay for it? Hey, I’m broke too, I get it. That’s why I’m giving away eight signed copies here: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/70954c79176/  That’s way better than shelling out cash.

The Razor Picked by Amazon as Best of 2018

Amazon Books has published their list of the Best Books of 2018, and guess what science-fiction-prison-planet-adventure got included? Check out the full list of other syfy titles here: ow.ly/qdZy50jDnkj  Congrats to the other winners, especially everyone from TOR Books. Amazing company to be included in. Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it, and you can pre-order The Razor […]

The Razor ARC Giveaway

Tor Books is giving away an ARC of The Razor. Sign up for it here: bit.ly/2yWw6oS And if you don’t win that one, don’t fret…I’ll be doing my own giveaways very soon, both ARCs and signed final copies.

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The Razor Audiobook Sample

The awesome Travis Baldree just posted a video with a sample reading from The Razor audiobook, and it’s one of my favorite chapters. You can tell he’s a pro because he has only a few “Whiskey Flubs”.

First Sci Fi Fan Art for The Razor

Given that it’s from Travis Baldree, the awesome voice actor (and game designer and artist and all around journeyman) who’s recording the audiobook version of The Razor for Highbridge Audio, I’m not sure if it totally counts as “fan art”… Then again, maybe it double counts in that case? We’ll go with that. Either way, check out Travis’s awesome syfy […]

Announcement: Book Trailer for The Razor

Here’s something no one asked for, yet is pretty kick ass: the book trailer for my new science fiction novel The Razor, from TOR Books. Just another SyFy, Prison Planet, Action Adventure book. Check it out in HD on YouTube:  Probably the best voice acting on any book trailer ever (yes, yours truly, so the previous observation is sarcasm). […]

The Importance of Finishing Stuff…No Matter What, Part Two

It’s not about reaching a completed version of something (with a true beginning, middle, and end; what we generally call a draft). This is about knowing when something is finished. When it is at the final draft. The hard part is, a final draft doesn’t always equal a success.

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Strong Female Characters

Female characters are often labeled “strong” because there is an element to them that’s self aware they are doing things not stereotypically associated with being female. As much as they pretend to shrug off the “male gaze”, they’re actually just another version of it. Physically strong perhaps…but not well written.