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October 31, 2014

The sixth PIT book is out, The Celeran Ruins. It is my 17th novel.

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It is active at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and Google Play. Still waiting for iBooks to release it.

Thanks all for reading and reviewing my books!
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Published on October 31, 2014 10:08 • 21 views • Tags: celaran, mccloskey, trilisk

August 31, 2014

I finished the rough draft of The Dreamslayer today.

Tomorrow: Editing the Celaran Ruins.

I hope to release these two novels soon. The final word counts will be greater than they are now; unlike most authors, I add words in the edit phase rather than cut.

Then, I have a pile of errata to process for the Synchronicity Trilogy. I will re-release those three books with a lot of fixes.

Finally, I might be able to release The Eimar Beacon by the end of the year.

As usual I will send out announcements on my mailing list as these become available.

These projects are described on www.squidlord.com
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Published on August 31, 2014 21:16 • 42 views • Tags: mccloskey, trilisk

July 3, 2014

I signed the petition "Authors: To Thank Our Readers" on Change.org.

http://www.change.org/petitions/autho...

Amazon has helped both authors and readers by taking a much smaller cut than the traditional New York publishing industry does.
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Published on July 03, 2014 09:39 • 43 views

March 25, 2014

Over the years, some have noted that Telisa does not act very "archaeologist-like" in the Trilisk Ruins. Here is my response. Some minor spoilers, though not major ones.

1. Telisa isn't acting as a xenoarchaelogist in the book, she's a smuggler. She was added to the team partially because she could identify what might be valuable; not because of her ability to sift through dirt inside cordoned off squares.

2. Telisa does not have access to the expensive equipment a full UNSF expedition would have. So she has to do without extensive scans down to the molecular level and powerful AIs to analyze everything on the spot.

3. Telisa is working under severe time pressure because the team knows they will get caught if they linger.

4. Everything they find is being recorded as they find it by links and robots; no need to sit around taking pictures before you touch anything.

5. Nothing is buried beneath the ground and needing sifting through; what they find is quite durable and not likely to shatter upon picking it up.

6. You may have to resort to putting together pieces of pottery in archaeology; in xeno, finding one high tech artifact could tell you more about someone faster than studying one of our ancient sites here on Earth for a year could do to tell you about our ancestors.

7. It's not a very exciting book if they cordon the area into quadrants, take pictures, and start sifting through dirt for five weeks.

8. Yes it's dangerous; they all know that and decide to do it anyway because the rewards are very high.
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Published on March 25, 2014 18:19 • 102 views • Tags: mccloskey, trilisk

January 9, 2014

Three recent releases:

The Trilisk Revolution, book 5 in the PIT series.

Archon Than, my first superhero book.

The Flutes of Aeran, a fantasy novel.

All available for sale at
http://www.squidlord.com/
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Published on January 09, 2014 10:52 • 58 views • Tags: fantasy, mccloskey, pit, superhero, trilisk

December 5, 2013

I passed 500 ratings on Goodreads today. THANKS everyone for reading, rating, and reviewing.

Trilisk Revolution and Archon Than should be out around Dec 25th. Flutes of Aeran will take a few days longer to get fixed up and ready to go, so it might be January 2014 before that one goes on sale.
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Published on December 05, 2013 09:11 • 78 views • Tags: goodreads, mccloskey, trilisk

September 14, 2013

Today passing my 50,000th sale. My latest PIT book, The Trilisk Hunt, is in the top ten in Science Fiction --> Space Exploration category at the US kindle store, and top ten in three categories in Amazon UK.

Big thanks to all my fans, I'm so glad I got to write these books and sell them. I also hope at least one young person out there has been inspired to achieve great things in their life like being an astrophysicist, space explorer, or even just a novelist :)

Though I am bragging today, and celebrating, I guess I will take this opportunity to remind my readers that characters in my books are often blown up, eaten, or exsanguinated.

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Published on September 14, 2013 18:26 • 104 views • Tags: mccloskey, trilisk

August 31, 2013

The Trilisk Hunt has been released.

On the cover: Caden, Siobhan, and Arakaki.

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Published on August 31, 2013 04:04 • 93 views • Tags: mccloskey, trilisk

July 6, 2013

As I began writing on the fifth Trilisk book, The Trilisk Revolution, I was very pleased to discover some of my books on Sci-Fi Indie eBook Reviews:

http://scifi.indieebookreviews.com/ta...
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Published on July 06, 2013 13:59 • 121 views • Tags: michael-mccloskey, trilisk

May 3, 2013

A mixed, but 4 star, review of Force Cantrithor over at Dave's Free Press:

http://www.cantrell.org.uk/david/revi...
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Published on May 03, 2013 14:39 • 48 views • Tags: force-cantrithor, michael-mccloskey