Author Archives: cdietzel

Three Predictions for Publishing in 2016

Every year I learn more about the publishing world by listening to other authors share their experiences in both the traditional and indie publishing worlds and also by watching trends in the industry. Here are three predictions for key events I think will unfold in 2016 in the world of publishing.   A previously unpublished

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Five Great Sci-Fi Books I Read This Year

I’ve always been a huge fan of science fiction. Every year I find new stories that remind me of just how good sci fi can be. Here are five of the best science fiction books I’ve read this year (regardless of when they were originally published). Brilliance – If you can get past a couple

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Author Spotlight – Roy Huff

Roy Huff is the author of the best-selling Everville series, an epic fantasy set of books that have been getting rave reviews. Roy has also been very helpful in giving me advice and support when I needed it, so it is a pleasure to help him spread the word about two upcoming promotions he has

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3 Lessons Writers can Learn from Star Wars

With anticipation building for the upcoming ‘The Force Awakens’ Star Wars movie, I’m reminded of what made the original trilogy so great. I’ve also found myself hoping the next movie resembles the original trilogy and not the prequel trilogy, which I don’t like to acknowledge as existing. A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and

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5 Incredibly Haunting Books

There are books you read and quickly forget, and then there are books that stay with you because of how eerie they are. Here’s my list of the Top 5 Most Haunting Books I’ve read. 5. All The Names – Jose Saramago’s book about a clerk who becomes obsessed with finding out more information about

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Now available: The Theta Prophecy

The treasure at Oak Island. JFK’s assassination. A tyrannous regime’s inner-workings. Welcome to The Theta Prophecy, where alternate history meets modern dystopian. Having survived a perilous journey into the distant past, a time traveler grapples with the crushing realization that his sacrifices were in vain. In a different era, the world suffers at the hands

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Cover Reveal: The Theta Prophecy

I’m very excited to share the cover of my next novel with everyone. I hope you love it as much as I do. The Theta Prophecy is scheduled to be released on October 6th. While it takes place in the same world as The Theta Timeline, it has different characters and a different story, so

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Writing Influences

I’ve had a quote on my desk for about ten years. So long that I’m not even sure where I originally found it. The quote is: “William Faulkner imitated Shakespeare and Herman Melville. Cormac McCarthy and Toni Morrison imitated Faulkner. Ernest Hemingway imitated Anton Chekhov. Raymond Carver imitated Hemingway.  Jack Kerouac imitated Marcel Proust and

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Mark Your Calendars

I’m going to be doing two promotions from May 21-23. FREE!!! The Last Teacher, my short story that takes place in the same world as my three Great De-evolution books, will be free. If you haven’t read it yet, now is your chance to get it for free! Always been curious what my end-of-the-world books

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Book A + Book B = Book C

I had a few people tell me they liked a review I did the other day in which I characterized a book I had read as the combination of two other books I enjoyed, so I figured I would make an entire blog post with that approach. The approach is simple: I take two books

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