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As a Trainee, receive two free short stories, plus access to public and Trainee-level member content, including behind the scenes updates, sneak peeks at work in progress, and general updates.

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Astronaut

$3 / month
Light that candle!

As an Astronaut, get Trainee-level access plus access to an audio fiction podcast, pre-release eBooks, and your name acknowledged as a supporter in work I publish while you're a member.

Includes:
  • Pre-release eBook downloads
  • A member-exclusive podcast featuring audio of completed short stories and novels, read by me
  • Your name acknowledged as a supporter
  • Email newsletter with public and member-exclusive content
  • Site membership with full access to member-exclusive content
  • Two free sci-fi short stories!

Colonist

$33 / year
Build a brave new world!

As a Colonist, get a year of access to all the Astronaut-level content and perks, and one month free!

Includes:
  • One free month!
  • Pre-release eBook downloads
  • A member-exclusive podcast featuring audio of completed short stories and novels, read by me
  • Your name acknowledged as a supporter
  • Email newsletter with public and member-exclusive content
  • Site membership with full access to member-exclusive content
  • Two free sci-fi short stories!

Explorer

$20 / month
See what's out there...

As an Explorer, get Astronaut-level content and perks, plus a signed paperback copy of any book I release with your support.

Includes:
  • A signed paperback copy of any book(s) released while you're a member
  • Pre-release eBook downloads
  • A member-exclusive podcast featuring audio of completed short stories and novels, read by me
  • Your name acknowledged as a supporter
  • Email newsletter with public and member-exclusive content
  • Site membership with full access to member-exclusive content
  • Two free sci-fi short stories!

* NOTE: Explorers will sign up via Patreon until this site's software supports membership tiers.

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Learn more about these free stories

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The Rogue Planet Series
For the Not-kid Types

Rogue Planet is an upcoming near-future sci-fi disaster novel featuring Mel Barber and Leala Pendrova who must survive a dying Earth and an unforgiving Mars long enough to save their families and preserve humanity. The novel is currently out on query with several agents, and book two is in active development.

The short story Weekending (~5k words) is set concurrent with the events of Rogue Planet, and featuring characters from the novel.

College buddies Nolan, Tom, and Grant set out for a weekend of camping in the mountains of northern California, anticipating a couple quiet days of fishing, reminiscing, and carousing. Everything’s going well until they’re roused from their tent on the first night to find that the sky, the mountain, and the Earth herself have turned against them.

"The Astronauts Sam and the Unexpected Visitor" cover image
The Astronauts Sam Series
For the Kid Types

The Astronauts Sam is a series of stories for kids of all ages intended to help develop new readers interested in space, science, exploration, and play while demonstrating the values of friendship, helpfulness, hopefulness, and compassion. A picture book and an early reader are in active development, with everything from board books to young adult novels to come.

The Unexpected Visitor is a short story (~5k words) meant to introduce adults to the world of the Astronauts Sam.

Change and uncertainty make Sam anxious, and a stranger crashing their impromptu mission in the middle of snack time is almost too much to accept. While Samantha makes a new friend, their unexpected visitor makes a fascinating discovery, and Sam learns that sometimes something (or someone) different just makes life more interesting.


Don't Just Take My Word For It…

“I read Weekending…omg! I’m hooked! It was a big teaser, but really good. Need to know what happened. Is Rogue Planet out yet?”
– Cori
“Loved the Astronauts Sam story! I just read it from start to finish and found it engaging, creative, and charming. Can’t wait to read the next one!”
- Teresa
“I loved Weekending, and can’t wait to read Rogue Planet to find out what’s really going on. And the Astronauts Sam story was super cute. I think kids will love it!”
– Ruthie

Claim Your Free Books!

When you sign up, you’ll get a welcome email with links to download both stories. Then, as part of your membership, I’ll send occasional email updates including news, stats, or interesting things I’ve dug up during my research; or questions, surveys, giveaways, free stories, or ARCs of upcoming works.

I’m excited for you to join me on this adventure, and hope you enjoy the stories!