Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 In Review - Music


Last day of the year – good excuse to look back and assess stuff as the year draws to a close. Here's a little list of great albums for 2012. Played songs from my Top Five albums of 2012 on The Point earlier today – I'll include the song I played next to those five in this slightly longer list:

Top Albums of 2012 - In No Particular Order, Kind Of...

The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter ("The Once And Future Carpenter")
John Fullbright – From The Ground Up ("Jericho")
World Party – Arkeology ("Everybody's Falling In Love")
Joe Jackson – The Duke ("I'm Beginning To See the Light...")
Django Django – Debut ("Default")
Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
The Beach Boys – That's Why God Made The Radio
Frank Turner – Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
Shearwater – Animal Joy
The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
Swale – A Small Arrival

There were more cool albums released, some I'm just not remembering as I write this, others just didn't click with me personally – this is a subjective list, not a critical assessment.

Up next – Creative Highlights!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Daddy Issues....

Alibi Jones is in disguise as part of a Dakhur delegation on a mission to Kismet – where he's supposed to be a dead man! He's got to be very careful as he tries to find his friends... and plan their escape. Chapter Nineteen of my science fiction audiobook adventure Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur on this new episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!



Black Oak Media's new anthology Hunting Ghosts: Thrilling Tales of Paranormal Investigation - featuring a brand new Alibi Jones story - "Alibi Jones and the Ghost In The Machine".
Available now as an eBook - coming out in paperback in early 2013! Get it at:

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Alibi Jones Off to HUR... And KISMET?!?!

Alibi Jones is off to the Dakhur homeworld of Hur on a mission for his Aunt Anita. He may be traveling on to Kismet – where, supposedly, he's a dead man! Hear chapters seventeen and eighteen of my science fiction audiobook Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur on this new episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! More of The Adventures of Alibi Jones – and as ever I'll bring you quickly up to speed on the story before we get back into the adventure.


Black Oak Media's new anthology Hunting Ghosts: Thrilling Tales of Paranormal Investigation - featuring a brand new Alibi Jones story - "Alibi Jones and the Ghost In The Machine".
Available now as an eBook - coming out in paperback in early 2013! Get it at:

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com.

Read A New ALIBI JONES Story in the New HUNTING GHOSTS Anthology!

Black Oak Media has just released the new anthology Hunting Ghosts: Thrilling Tales of Paranormal Investigation - featuring a brand new Alibi Jones story by yours truly!

"Alibi Jones and the Ghost In The Machine" is the new tale:  A hulking, ancient, abandoned alien ship appears at the edge of human space. A ship approaching the wreck gets a terrifying visitation - a ghostly form begs them, "Don't let me die AGAIN!"
Now, the Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force tasks Alibi and his crew with an investigation of the ancient dreadnought...

Available now as an eBook - coming out in paperback in early 2013! Get it at:
Amazon Kindlehttp://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Ghosts-Thrilling-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B00AQ18N3E/
B&N Nookhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hunting-ghosts-buck-weiss/1113994150?ean=2940016107608
Kobo eBookshttp://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Hunting-Ghosts/book-uGOCvbAo-kuRzyeHhop3sg/page1.html?

Here's a taste of the story:

ALIBI JONES AND THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE
By Mike Luoma


“I just saw Mac.”
“Mac?”
“Mac. My old boyfriend.”
“The bad ex? Out here? What, he bothering you again? Calling you on the com? I warned him about...”
“No. Not him. The one before him. Peter MacDonald.”
“The SAIF Captain? But I thought... isn't he? He died.”
“Yup.”
“So how did you 'just' see him? Watching old footage?”
“Alibi, tell me... Do you believe in ghosts?”
***
Reality rippled.
Space blurred, refocused, readjusted around an ebony shape as it materialized and obscured the velvet black, purple-red nebula beyond it. The hulking alien leviathan, an interstellar traveler of ancient appearance, loomed over the Librecampista and Librecampista de Dos, two small cargo vessels owned by the “Independent” Hector Ruiz.
Hector captained the interstellar trading ship Librecampista, had for over ten years, plying trade lanes around and across the border of the Solar Alliance near Depot colony. His long-trusted associate Bob Bond piloted the other ship. Both men would bristle if you called them pirates. They didn't steal from other people, but didn't always operate above the law, either. Like most people around the borders of the Solar Alliance, they got by.
As their new visitor appeared, surprising them, Bond began running every scan available to him from the bridge of the Librecampista de Dos. The new arrival could be a threat. Could be harmless. Hard to know. Thing was mammoth and tenebrous enough to seem a threat. Something about it rubbed Bond the wrong way. It felt like death.
Bond called over to Hector's vessel as he scanned incoming data.
“Holy... Hector, you seeing this?” Bond asked. “That's one giant, dead old ship out there!”
“Seein' what, Bobby?” Hector said. He peered at the viewscreen in front of him, trying to make out any details in the inky black surface of the new arrival.
“Very funny, Hector,” Bond said.
“Space junk, amigo,” Hector said. “Could be some serious salvage money.”
“That thing is huge!” Bond said. “I don't know, Hec – there's something not right about it.”
“It's dead. Inert. Muerto. Didn't know you were so superstitious, Bobby,” Hector ribbed his friend. “You sound like my mother!”
“Tell you what. You want it? You can have it. We're going back to Depot.”
“What?” Hector asked. He couldn't believe what he was hearing.
“It looks... wrong,” Bond said. “All wrong, Hector. I don't know how else to put it. I'm sorry, Hector. You want the salvage, it's all yours.”
“If I find something worth hauling off of there, you're comin' back to help, you hear?” Hector warned him.
“Maybe,” Bond said.
Hector watched as the Librecampista de Dos turned and flew off far enough to safely make the jump into Transpace. Then it disappeared.
“You're a superstitious old woman, Bobby!” Hector shouted at the com. Bond would hear the message once he crossed back out of Transpace.
“All right. Let's see what's up,” Hector said to his crew. “Bring us in closer to that thing.”

“Looks like someone's been here before us,” Hector said as he squinted at an unexpected feature mounted on the side of the shipwreck. On the screen in front of him searchlight dots from the Librecampista played over a small section of the alien vessel's surface, occasionally lighting up an incongruously normal, human-sized airlock door. “That's a portable airlock someone installed in this old cascabillo,” Hector said.
“Work of the SAIF Corps of Engineers,” Hector's ship's own engineer, Dr. An Ryoshi, said from her perch on one of the passenger seats at the back of the bridge. The trading ship's crew of six were all gathered on the bridge. Each wanted to see more of the spooky old ship that had appeared outside. “At least, looks like their work. From here,” she added.
Hector brought the Librecampista closer in to the giant old wreck. His copilot Janice ran new scans on the anachronistic airlock as they drew nearer.
“Definitely SAIF handiwork,” Janice said. “Few years old.”
The lights on the bridge dimmed.
“What the? Janice, what's going on?” Hector demanded.
“Power drain!” she said. “We're getting drained – power plant is down to eighty percent power.”
Ryoshi stepped up to the console next to Hector. She appropriated one of the floating viewscreens and began looking through incoming scanning data.
The lighting dimmed more.
“Seventy-five... and dropping, Hector!” Janice warned.
“If it's that ship that's draining us, we're not detecting any connections,” Ryoshi said. “And no sign of an energy build-up over there.”
“Dios mio... if?” Hector said, exasperated. “Something's draining our power! Bet it's that ship. Easy bet!” He punched at the bridge controls.
The Librecampista turned around and began pulling away from the old hulk.
“Tell me when the power drain stops,” Hector said to Janice. “Is it slowing down as we move away?”
“Yeah. Looks like,” Janice said.
The trading ship continued pulling away from the old wreck.
“Okay, it's stopped,” Janice said, after just over a minute had passed. “The draining effect has ceased. We're at sixty-eight percent power, but we're not losing any more.”
“Nor are we gaining power back, however,” Ryoshi said, nodding at the controls in front of her. “We should keep moving so the power reserves can build back up.”
Hector nudged the controls to keep the ship moving away.
One of the hired muscle spoke up.
“Not getting' any brighter,” Mercer said as he looked around the dimly lit bridge.
'Neither are you,” the other muscle, Swenson, snarked at his fellow Security and Handling Officer.
“Shut it, you two,” Hector said.
He was beginning to feel the same sense of unease Bob Bond had been describing. Just an uneasy feeling that something wasn't right. Something was wrong.
He felt cold.
Their eyes were blinded as a pillar of light appeared and glared a sickly greenish yellow in the center of the bridge. The light became a blurred and strangely shaped man, and then seemed to focus. In the middle of the room stood a translucent green astronaut, in a helmeted SAIF EVA suit.
Hector could not make out any details of the phantom astronaut's face inside of the helmet. If the ghostly astronaut even had a face. The figure raised its right arm, as if grabbing for the crew of the Librecampista.
“No!” The figure rasped in a rough mechanical voice. “Don't let me die! Don't let me... die again!”
“Dios Mio!” Hector gasped. He turned back to the ship controls.
Hector punched in a Transpace jump and prayed they were far enough away from the gravity footprint of the old ship to make it clean. As the engines complained at the sudden demand for Transpace, Hector also prayed the ghostly green astronaut would go away when they jumped.
“No!” the glowing green apparition cried. “Don't let me die AGAIN!”
***
Alibi Jones sat on the bridge of his Cruiser watching footage from the mission package sent by SAIF Command. His Covert Ops team's members were posing as independent contractors to work openly with the Project and the Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force on this current investigation, as a favor to his aunt Anita. His Cruiser was masquerading as the Free Trader A.D. Foster, working the Depot trade routes.
The recording in front of Alibi alternated between a humorless man with a severe crew-cut in a SAIF Commander's uniform and an Independent Trader dressed in flamboyant maroon, gold and black.
“A haunted ship? Are you kidding me?” Garrison Commander Sharkovski asked.
Alibi knew the man was still new to his post, appointed a few months ago after a corruption scandal cleaned out the old SAIF hierarchy on Depot. He obviously didn't suffer fools.
“You want me to believe there's some kind of old, haunted ship out there?” Sharkovski said.
“Look, man, I know you're new there, I get it. Respect. You don't have to tough-guy me,” Hector Ruiz said. “Maybe you don't realize this, but I'm an Independent – ain't my habit to call in to the SAIF garrison to chit-chat. Just trying to tell you there's some sort of old alien husk floating out at those coordinates I sent ya. And some kind of spaceman ghost with it that appeared on my bridge, saying 'don't let me die'! It was messed up!”
“What sort of cargo are you carrying, Independent?” Shakovski asked. “Hallucinogens?”

Alibi laughed as he switched off the footage. His feline-like Dakhur co-pilot Kat appeared on the bridge and made his way up to his flight seat on Alibi's right.
“What are you watching?” Kat asked. “Some more of your human com-eh-deeee?”
“Not exactly,” Alibi said. “The mission package. The first report of the 'alien derelict' – our 'ghost ship' – at least this time around.”
“This time?” Kat asked. “I did not realize there was another time.”
“Yeah,”Alibi said. “It appeared before. About five years ago. No talk of any ghosts back then, though, according to the reports. No talk of anything, really.”
Kat cocked his head to the side, inquisitive.
“None of it was made public knowledge. I never heard anything about it, myself,” Alibi explained. “Another covert ops team investigated back then. But most of them didn't make it back. Commander of the mission actually got ripped in half.”
“Yeoewerrr,” Kat growled.
...

CONTINUED in the anthology Hunting Ghosts!
Available now as an eBook - coming out in paperback in early 2013! Get it at:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Back From Exile!

Alibi Jones travels back to Ceres Central to see his Aunt Anita on a new episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio. He's also in for a surprise! Find out what it is – listen in for more of The Adventures of Alibi Jones – hear chapter sixteen of my science fiction audiobook Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur on this episode. As always, you'll get quickly brought up to speed before diving in to the adventure!


Free Downloadable Audiobooks on Podiobooks.com: http://podiobooks.com/contributor/mike-luoma/
We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Consequences...

Mike Luoma reads from his science fiction adventure Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio. Alibi Jones's mission to the water world Kee'Ere to negotiate with the Kee'Klick has been a failure – thanks to the interference of the Greater Tah. Tune into today's episode to find out what happens when he reports back to headquarters. Hear a quick story summary and get up to date before the chapter begins.


Get your copy of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur as an ebook or paperback:

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com.

Promo on board for Flash Pulp! More info at http://flashpulp.com/

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Artist Wanted: Romantic Comedy

Want to try something different? I've written a romantic comedy, a three-act – three issue – miniseries called Strike Out! I'm looking for the right artistic collaborator to bring it to life.

Mike Luoma here – http://mikeluoma.com – looking for the right artist or team of artists to collaborate with on this unique project, primarily pencilers, but this is a different sort of story so I'm open to different ideas, so long as the storytelling works. The books will be published by Earthbound Comics in the new year – very cool they believe in this. The script is ready to go. I'll be handling the lettering and production.

Still trying to make a name for myself and get my work out to a wider audience. Have gained enough traction that my books get reviewed and the work gets noticed. You may have seen or heard about The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1, Introducing... RED HOT! #1, Souverain #1 and Good Samaritan: Unto Dust #1 – all released by Earthbound Comics. I've also released books under my own imprint, Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics, like Vatican Assassin, Panthea Obscura: Deifornication, Everybody Lies and more.

One caveat - This is not a cash up front job. Creators working with Earthbound Comics get a comp and can then buy issues at cost to sell to make profits, somewhat akin to putting out your own book. Beyond that, Earthbound does offer back-end percentages dependent on sales. There's more information at their site: http://earthboundcomics.com/index.php/submissions/terms-for-creators/ As your collaborator, I'd be sharing the IP on the story with you. If you're in for all three issues, we're co-creators.

If all this sounds good to you, maybe you'd like to join my team. Get in touch – email me at glowinthedarkradio (at) gmail (dot) com.  

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Off To the Water World!

Back at work for the Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force's (SAIF'sMediation CorpsAlibi Jones is on his way to the water world Kee'Ere to negotiate an initial contact agreement with the aquatic race known as theKee'Klick. The aggressive, reptilian race the Greater Tah show interest in the Kee'Klick as well. To complicate things, they're also already there, on Kee'Ere...



Join in the science fiction adventure as Mike Luoma reads from his Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Huron Glow-in-the-Dark Radio. There's a bonus this week – hear the short comic book adaptation "Alibi Jones In Over His Head" after the main presentation – the comic story actually expands on a small occurrence inside the novel's chapter. The comic story is also free to read in Earthbound Comics Presents #1 – check out the art by Juan Carlos Quattordio, who also does the music for this podcast!
There's book news, too. 

Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://alibijones.com
Earthbound Comics Presents #1: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product/93771/Earthbound-Comics-Presents
Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alibi-Jones-The-Sunrise-Hur/dp/1300203315/
iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alibi-jones-sunrise-hur/id563111382?mt=11
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alibi-jones-and-the-sunrise-of-hur-mike-luoma/1113573582
Combo eBook/Paperback at DriveThru: http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/105874/Alibi-Jones-and-The-Sunrise-of-Hur
Lulu Paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-luoma/alibi-jones-and-the-sunrise-of-hur/paperback/product-20393535.html
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236604

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com.

Promo on board, too - for the Functional Nerds Podcast. Listened to a few episodes while driving over the holiday weekend. Wanted to pay 'em back for the entertainment: http://functionalnerds.com/

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Promo!

Just put a new promo together for me and my books and, specifically, Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur - please give it a listen. And if you have a podcast, let's trade promos - I'll play your if you'll play mine!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

ALIBI JONES: Back to Work!


Alibi Jones has returned The Sunrise of Hur to the cat-like aliens the Dakhur. Now he must face his SAIF Commander Brandywine – scarier than any alien! What's in store for Alibi as he tries to return to his diplomatic career? Listen for more of the Adventures of Alibi Jones on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio, as Mike Luoma reads from his science fiction. There's book news, too.


The Adventures of Alibi Jones Bundle at DriveThru:
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador at Amazon:
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback at Lulu:
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback & ebook at Drive Thru:

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wow - Get 30% Off My Books At Lulu.com! Thru Tuesday!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Sunrise of Hur!


More from The Adventures of Alibi Jones on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Alibi has found The Sunrise of Hur! The titular relic of the Dakhur can now be returned to the cat-like aliens. Will they let Alibi do the honors? Listen and find out on a new chapter of the science fiction adventure Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur - Mike Luoma reads from his new novel and there's book news, too.


Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://alibijones.com

Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alibi-jones-sunrise-hur/id563111382?mt=11

New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vatican-Ambassador-Assassin-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B001GPOR5C/
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback at Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-luoma/vatican-ambassador/paperback/product-20472406.html
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback & ebook at Drive Thru: http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/107730/Vatican-Ambassador

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find GITDR every week at http://ComicRelated.com

All the Adventures of Alibi Jones - Just $5.99!

The Adventures of Alibi Jones [BUNDLE]


Cool - just figured out how to make a "product bundle" at DriveThruFiction.com! In celebration, I've made a bundle that gathers together all of the ALIBI JONES ebooks & comics currently available - and priced at just $5.99 - over 30% off their prices when purchased separately.

That's the original novel Alibi Jones - the short Alibi Jones: Vacation - the brand-new novel Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur - plus The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 comic from Earthbound Comics! All together in pdf form for just $5.99! Woo-hoo!

Just go here: http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/108131/The-Adventures-of-Alibi-Jones-%5BBUNDLE%5D

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Save 20% on My Paperbacks!

In honor of Veteran's Day, Lulu.com is offering 20% off everything on their site through November 13th!
My books are here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikeluoma
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Newly Recorded Versions of VATICAN ASSASSIN & AMBASSADOR @ Podiobooks


This past summer, as I was gearing up to release my new ALIBI JONES AND THE SUNRISE OF HUR, I had a period on the Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast without any new material, and so embarked on a re-podcast of Vatican Assassin and Vatican Ambassador. Being a bit of a perfectionist, I ended up re-recording chapters 26 on to the end in Vatican Assassin - those new recordings are now up at Podiobooks: http://podiobooks.com/title/vatican-assassin-remastered/

Got even more ambitious with Vatican Ambassador - the first half of the book, through chapter 12, has been completely revised, rewritten and rerecorded! It's now a better book than I was capable of writing ten years ago.: http://podiobooks.com/title/vatican-ambassador/

The new recordings also reflect - I hope - a greater knowledge of audio book presentation than I had four years ago when first releasing the audiobooks. These new files are longer and larger, not so much due to the rewriting as to the slowed-down pace of the presentation.

Hope you enjoy BOTH the new recordings for VATICAN ASSASSIN and the newly revised and rerecorded chapters of VATICAN AMBASSADOR. Let me know what you think of the fresh takes!

Time To Find Finder...

The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue! In this new chapter of the science fiction adventure novel Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur, Alibi meets up with Finder to arrange an exchange – Alibi may finallly get his hands on the Sunrise of Hur! Find out, on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio.



Listen in as writer Mike Luoma reads from his new novel and get book news, too - ; Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur is now available in the iBookstore - the iTunes Bookstore - for your iPad, iPhone, etc. Listen in for more details.

Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://alibijones.com

Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alibi-jones-sunrise-hur/id563111382?mt=11

New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Vatican-Ambassador-Assassin-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B001GPOR5C/

New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback at Lulu:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-luoma/vatican-ambassador/paperback/product-20472406.html

We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network - you'll find us every week at http://ComicRelated.com.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur - AudioBook Part One

For those who might want to get the first third of my new novel Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur as audiobook files, I've uploaded the original .wav files of the first eight chapters to Bandcamp. Chapters are Free or Name-Your-Own Price - for all eight chapters in Part One.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Travel By Thought?

On this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark RadioAlibi Jones has uncovered alien tech over a million years old – The Travel Chair of Enokata supposedly let the Ancient Enemy travel by thought. Alibi is going to see if it will work for him in a new chapter of Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur – the science fiction adventure novel you're about to hear!


Get quickly caught up on the story so far and then dive into the chapter as writer Mike Luoma reads from his new novel. There's book news this week, too – Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur is now available in paperback at Amazon.com as well as for your Kindle as an eBook. Listen in for more details.

Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://alibijones.com
Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur paperback at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Alibi-Jones-The-Sunrise-Hur/dp/1300203315/
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Vatican-Ambassador-Assassin-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B001GPOR5C/
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback at Lulu:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-luoma/vatican-ambassador/paperback/product-20472406.html
We are also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – you'll find us every week athttp://ComicRelated.com.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book "Birth" Announcement

Been sending out my good news! Here's the "birth announcement" email:


Hope you don't mind a note from me about my new novel – my books are like my babies – this is a kind of "birth" announcement! I'm proudly announcing the wide release of my new science fiction adventure Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur!

A mediator for the Solar Alliance in the 2130s, Alibi Jones is searching for a stolen Dakhur artifact - the golden tiara with a blood red gem, The Sunrise of Hur. It's a cultural treasure, the property and pride of the Dakhur race. Unfortunately, Alibi isn't supposed to land on the planet he most wants to investigate – Kismet, home of the crime lord Rene Laveillur, who has claimed Alibi's on-and-off girlfriend Katerina Ramsey as his property. Alibi's warned – he lands on Kismet, he's a dead man!

Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur is now available in paperback & for your Kindle at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Alibi-Jones-The-Sunrise-Hur/dp/1300203315/

There's already a nice 5-star review there: "This book is the second in the Alibi Jones series, but you won't have to read the first book for this to be a good read (and make sense!). ...The story is well written, and you will lose yourself in the characters as they struggle with personal issues while trying to do the right thing. Without giving spoilers, the ending will leave you wanting more."

I'm still doing everything publishing and promotion-wise myself and so appreciate any help in spreading the word you can offer. Maybe there's someone you know who likes science fiction to whom you could forward this email? Or if you feel like it, perhaps you could post a link on facebook or Twitter, or G+? My website http://glowinthedarkradio.com has info and links to all the places the book is on sale. There's also a link there for my podcast - I read the chapters of the new novel as a free audio book each week on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio: http://glowinthedarkradio.podomatic.com. Give a listen if you have a chance.

Thanks for letting me share my good news with you!

Onward...

The Laughing Array!


So what if no one has been to the Mad Planet Metcalf in the last 20 years because the original colonists were mysteriously driven insane... should still be a fun place to visit, right? Alibi Jones is on his way there - in the new chapter of the audio book of the science fiction adventure novel Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur you're about to hear on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!
Get quickly caught up on the story so far and then dive into the chapter as writer Mike Luoma reads from his new novel. There's book news this week, too – Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur is now available in paperback at Amazon.com as well as for your Kindle as an eBook. Listen in for more details.

Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur paperback at Amazon:
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador at Amazon:
New 2nd Edition of Vatican Ambassador paperback at Lulu:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Off to The Planet Depot...

Free science fiction audio adventure – Listen in on The Adventures of Alibi Jones on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Hear chapter eight of Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur – with writer, reader and host, Mike Luoma.

Alibi Jones is about to leave Cat's Eye for the planet Depot. He's hoping old star charts can help him find the actual location of the "Mad Planet" Metcalf. Supposedly, that's where he'll find the artifact he's looking for, The Travel Chair of Enokata. But Depot will prove to be a far trickier place to deal with than Alibi Jones imagines...

There's a quick update on the story so far and then the very long chapter eight of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur!



Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com – http://alibijones.com

Get the Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur Paperback/PDF Combo Pack for $9.99 at DriveThruFiction.comhttp://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/105874/Alibi-Jones-and-The-Sunrise-of-Hur

Get your free copy of Earthbound Dossier at DriveThruComics.com:http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product/106128/Earthbound-Dossier?term=dossier

Glow-in-the-Dark Radio is also a part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network. You can find us every week at http://comicrelated.com!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Mad Planet Metcalf

Hear chapter seven of the science fiction adventure Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur – it's audio science fiction from The Adventures of Alibi Jones on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! With your writer, reader and host, Mike Luoma

Alibi Jones returns to his home on Cat's Eye. His Aunt Anita calls, worried – what is Alibi doing messing around with Richard Wentworth? And is he really going to the Mad Planet Metcalf?

Get a quick update on the story so far and then dive in!





Get the Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur Paperback/PDF Combo Pack for $9.99 at DriveThruFiction.comhttp://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/105874/Alibi-Jones-and-The-Sunrise-of-Hur

Get your free copy of Earthbound Dossier at DriveThruComics.com:http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product/106128/Earthbound-Dossier?term=dossier

Glow-in-the-Dark Radio is also a part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network. You can find us every week at http://comicrelated.com!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Finding Finder


Audio science fiction! The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio with chapter six of Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur. Meet one of my favorite new characters: Finder. He's kind of like The Dude meets Tommy Chong. Finder doesn't find things himself so much as he finds people who can get their hands on the things he needs to track down - or they find him. In tribute to some of my artist friends, Alibi meets Finder on the beach in Mar del Plata, Argentina.


Had a lot of fun recording this chapter, doing the voice for Finder, and voicing Alibi reacting to the man. Add in a brief Wentworth appearance towards the end and the pilot Drex throughout and there are a lot of character voices going on here. Hope you enjoy the interpretation!

Finder has appeared before, actually, in my audio short story ALIBI JONES & THE WISHING STONE. That's in the audio anthology The Adventures of Alibi Jones: Six Short Stories which, although it came out last year, takes place after the new novel. ALIBI JONES AND THE WISHING STONE w/art by Meisha will appear next year in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #2 from Earthbound Comics.

Get the Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur Paperback/PDF Combo Pack for $9.99 at DriveThruFiction.com: http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/105874/Alibi-Jones-and-The-Sunrise-of-Hur
Get your free copy of Earthbound Dossier at DriveThruComics.com: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product/106128/Earthbound-Dossier?term=dossier

Glow-in-the-Dark Radio is also a part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network. You can find us every week at http://comicrelated.com!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

And the Winners Are...

That was fun! Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday's competition and giveaway.

Here's the list of winners so far... if I missed you, please let me know. I'll be getting in touch this weekend via whichever social media we share to get you your download codes.

Twitter:

@dsobkowiak
@jeanettemarsh
@ReaderCo
@edwardshepard
@javamanphil
@pfunk3000
@abarie06
@Steve_McIntyre
@JRDSkinner
@NightmareVT
@elblondino
@whybuckwhy
@jtaylorvt

facebook:
Kaye Winter
Rachel Venooker
Alex Gadd

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Free Kindle E-book Competition Giveaway


Want something for nothing?

Today I'm giving away 25 free copies of my new e-book ALIBI JONES AND THE SUNRISE OF HUR. The rules are simple. All you have to do is tweet the following phrase, or post it as your Facebook status:

I want a #free #kindle copy of ALIBI JONES AND THE SUNRISE OF HUR by Mike Luoma – Love Science Fiction! http://amzn.com/B009BV7CHS

Easy, isn’t it?

You must include the link to the Amazon page for your entry to count (try and include the hashtags if on Twitter).

Once you're done, come back here to the blog and show me proof, a screenshot or whatever. You can put it up on Photobucket or somewhere and put a link below. Or you can get creative.
In fact, you can both tweet it and post it as your Facebook status, and that counts as two entries. If you come up with another creative or amusing way to spread this message, that will count as another entry too.

If you don’t want to post your proof below, you can email it to glowinthedarkradio at gmail dot com and that will also count.
Finally, if you retweet news of this competition, blog about it, put a link to this post up on Facebook, or promote it in some other way, and come back here and show me (or email me), that will count as another entry in the draw.

This isn’t just open to Kindle owners, or those with the free Kindle program installed on their computer or phone that allows them to read Kindle e-books. If you have a Nook or another e-reader, I can provide you with the correct format instead.

There will be spot prizes for particularly amusing, creative or effective entries given at the whim of our esteemed panel of judges, i.e. me. I'm thinking comics, other books...
The competition runs from now until Wednesday night at midnight PDT time (that’s 3 a.m. on the East Coast of the US or 8 a.m. in London).
Winners will be announced tomorrow.
Sound like fun?
Please note that if you are a new commenter on my blog, I have to manually approve your comments. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear – I still got it, and your entry counts!

(This competition is modeled on an excellent one run by David Gaughran - http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com)

Monday, October 01, 2012

Check Out Earthbound Dossier!

Free to download and enjoy!

Earthbound Dossier Digital Download

Artist Sought For 12 Page Science Fiction Comic

I've just finished the script for a 12 page comic book story featuring my character Alibi Jones. Now I need an artist to help me bring it to life! It will be published in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #2 from Earthbound Comics. I'm also the letterer and do the production work. I'd like to find someone who does both pencils and inks – that way the team is close to complete (Earthbound works with some good color people, so that's not essential).

With Earthbound we don't make anything up front, but we do get an issue, back end percentage, and copies at cost for local and con sales. Not perfect but not bad. Working with them is kind of a cooperative effort. I've liked working with Earthbound. If you're on pencils and inks, you're my collaborator on this story, in for 49% of the IP aside from the previously created characters and designs. That means anything more happens with this story, you're part of it.

I'll also create an audio version of the story to help promote it, and distribute it on my Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast, found each week on iTunes and at ComicRelated.com.

If your interested in doing the pencils and inks for this 12 page story, please get in touch with me – Mike Luoma – at: glowinthedarkradio (at) gmail (dot) com.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Alibi Jones Meets The Most Powerful Man In The Universe?

Hear free science fiction adventure – the new novel Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! I'm writer, reader and your host – Mike Luoma. Let me catch you up on the story so far and then join me for chapter five of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur!


Alibi Jones is searching for the alien artifact "The Sunrise of Hur." He's had his life threatened and his ex-girlfriend kidnapped. He's now about to visit the home of the wealthiest and most powerful man in the Solar Alliance – Richard Wentworth. Find out what happens when they meet on this episode!

Want to read past chapter five? The book is out! Listen in for news about the Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur paperback and eBooks! Or just visit my http://glowinthedarkradio.com – or – http://alibijones.com. We're also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – find us every week at http://comicrelated.com

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Search for The Sunrise Continues...


Science fiction adventure on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio... Get a quick rundown of the story so far and then dive into Chapter Four of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur! Mike Luoma is your writer, reader and podcast host. In this brand-new adventure, Alibi Jones searches for a stolen cultural treasure of the Dakhur race – the tiara called "The Sunrise of Hur." He's recently had his life threatened, his ex-girlfriend kidnapped, and his (now former) best friend's new wife killed. Can Alibi Jones stay alive long enough to track down the Dakhur artifact?



Free science fiction adventure – the new novel Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! The Book is now OUT! Listen to the episode for news about the Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur paperback and eBooks! Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.comhttp://alibijones.comhttp://podiobooks.com

We're also part of the Comic Related Podcasting Network – find us every week at http://comicrelated.com

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Get The New "Sunrise of Hur" eBook!


Get my new science fiction adventure novel Alibi Jones and the Sunrise of Hur for just $4.99 for the eBook, now exclusively available at Amazon.com for the Kindle and Smashwords.com for every other Reader!

Mediator for the Solar Alliance, Alibi Jones searches for a stolen Dakhur artifact, a golden tiara with a blood red gem – The Sunrise of Hur – a cultural treasure, property and pride of the Dakhur race. But Alibi isn't supposed to land on the planet he most wants to investigate – Kismet, home of the crime lord Rene Laveillur, who's claimed Alibi's on-and-off girlfriend Katerina Ramsey as his own property.

Alibi's been warned – if he lands on Kismet, he's a dead man!

Get it for your Kindle: Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur
Get it for every other Reader: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236604

Monday, September 17, 2012

Get 'Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur' in Paperback - 15% Off!

So, yeah - my new science fiction novel is out! Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur - it's a brand new adventure for Alibi Jones. Doesn't matter if you haven't read anything else about Alibi - this is a new, stand-alone adventure, new-reader friendly:

Mediator for the Solar Alliance Alibi Jones searches for a stolen Dakhur artifact, a golden tiara with a blood red gem – The Sunrise of Hur – a cultural treasure, property and pride of the Dakhur race. But Alibi isn't supposed to land on the planet he most wants to investigate – Kismet, home of the crime lord Rene Laveillur, who's claimed Alibi's on-and-off girlfriend Katerina Ramsey as his own property. Alibi's been warned – if he lands on Kismet, he's a dead man!

It's available now in paperback from my Print-On-Demand source Lulu.com:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-luoma/alibi-jones-and-the-sunrise-of-hur/paperback/product-20393535.html  And Lulu just sent me this in an email:
Avast! There will be savings! Save 15% on any order. Ends Friday, September 21 2012 at 11:59 PM. Visit Lulu and use coupon code PIRATA get your savings.
(Friday is Talk Like A Pirate Day... thus the code PIRATA)
It's 15% off any order - but you could use it to get my brand new book!
ALL my books on Lulu? Find 'em here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikeluoma
Lulu is POD - so there is a slight wait for printing, but it's not long - my copy shipped the day after it was ordered. In case you missed that link?
http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-luoma/alibi-jones-and-the-sunrise-of-hur/paperback/product-20393535.html

There's a two chapter sample below on the blog. And I'm reading it chapter by chapter on my podcast each week - those podcast episodes are embedded on the blog, a bit further down as well. Just click on 'em to listen!