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The son of two 20-year Navy vets, Don A. Martinez spent much of his formative years around the Pacific Rim before settling in the continental U.S., first in Michigan and New York before eventually landing in Texas.
He has been writing all of his life, getting his start in elementary school as a two-time Young Authors selection in Oak Harbor, Washington.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and a Master of Arts degree in English from Buffalo State College (SUNY-College at Buffalo), where he wrote his thesis on application of mythic storytelling techniques to the modern media.
Currently, he lives with his wife, daughter, and four cats in Texas, where he is a college English instructor.

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Excerpt from Eden Inviolate (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Excerpt from the currently-in-edits final volume of Phantom Squadron, <i>Eden Inviolate</i>, this scene marks an emotional turning point in the life of Alanna Sharpe, both in terms of her relationship with William White Bear and in dealing with the aftermath of her journey into Hell in <i>Infernal Eighteen</i>. This excerpt is currently available at Credit where credit's due: The song William White Bear sings is "With You" from the musical <i>Pippin</i>.
Infernal Eighteen (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Some teaser entries from the next of Alanna Sharpe's journals, also known as the currently-work-in-progress next Phantom Squadron novel, <i>Infernal Eighteen.</i>
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Description: A couple of teaser chapters from the third Phantom Squadron novel, <i>The Insurgent's Journal</i>. Transcriber's foreword and three chapters selected at random.
The Advance Guard (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: A sample chapter from <i>The Advance Guard</i> version 2.0, the assembled team receives a mission to investigate Patmos Island. Enter to win one of three signed copies from Desert Coyote Productions, now until July 4th, 2011. WARNING: some language.
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Description: Pulling out of DCP's archives, this is a story that I'm thinking of reworking into a full-length novel. Currently it exists as a 25-page short story. Let me know with your comments whether I should expand it, or give me some suggestions on how to do it. Anyway, it'll be separated into chapters best as I can. So without further ado, here it is, my attempt at a parodic cyberpunk detective story. (Think Blade Runner by way of Naked Gun.) Incidentally, this isn't one for the kiddies: 18 and older, please.
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“Gabe taps Michi on the shoulder. “I can understand any hesitation on your part, Michika. If you wish, you can stay behind with your family …”
“Nuh-uh, not a chance!” She brushes Gabe’s hand off of her shoulder. “If my best friend’s gonna be risking her life to kick New Empire ass, then I wanna be right there with her in my asskickin’ boots.”
Don A. Martinez, The Insurgent's Journal

“Ariel sighed. “How are you not self-conscious about that?”
Kitty chuckled. “Hey, I got used to it in a hurry, and I kind of like the side perks. I always wanted to … y’know, be superhuman, do some of the things I’ve been able to do with this setup.” She curled her tail up to take it in her hands. “Now I know how the guys feel, having something extra in your pants tends to be awkward after a while.”
Don A. Martinez, The Advance Guard

“As Ariel recounted the events of her dream, two magnificent, batlike wings grew from the backs of her shoulders, stretched as if preparing to fly, then retreated back into their host. The sound heard when the wings disappear is the giggling of Alanna, who watched the event much the same way I did, in rapt wonder.”
Don A. Martinez, Dinétah Dragon

“Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to Heaven where the angels fly
They go to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see 'em again 'til the Fourth of July”

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.

{Letter to celebrated scientist Alexander von Humboldt, 6 December, 1813}”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
Joseph Campbell

“We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
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“Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.”
Thomas Carlyle

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Don Martinez Lucinda wrote: "Dear Don,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on Goodreads, which is an honor and a delight. I am a huge fan of fantasy fiction and greatly admire many of those authors above (to nam..."

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Lucinda Dear Don,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on Goodreads, which is an honor and a delight. I am a huge fan of fantasy fiction and greatly admire many of those authors above (to name but a few!), hence i do hope that i shall have the oportunity of reading your work too.
Lucinda x

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