I've been very pleased to see that Under the Ember Star has been getting some really good reviews. The latest comes from Chris La Tray over on his blog with a post called Keeping it Pulpy: http://chrislatray.com/keeping-it-pulpy/ Thanks, Chris.
Two things I'm particularly pleased with hearing about the book is that the setting, a planet called Kelmer, is rich, and that the main character, Ginn Hollis, is believable and sympathetic. The name of the planet Kelmer comes from an amalgamation of Kenneth Bulmer, who wrote some really great sword and planet fiction under the pseudonym Alan Burt Akers. Ken also wrote a lot of SF and fantasy as well. The planet of Kelmer, though, owes more to the works of Leigh Brackett, especially her Martian stories, than to Ken's worlds. I put a lot of effort into developing the Kelmerian landscape and societies and I'm glad it seems to have paid off.
Under the Ember Star also marks the first time I've tried a female protagonist for a long work. I knew I wanted to try it and was happy when Ginn Hollis leaped into my mind. She seemed just right for the setting and background, and I definitely want to tell more stories about her. I'm glad she seems to be resonating with readers.
Here's a (hopefully) funny ad I cooked up for Under the Ember Star.
FIRST CONTACT! I’m sure you’ve heard of SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Well, NASA has a new project out now called SETG, the Search for Extraterrestrial Gramlich. Even though they have been working on a shoestring budget of Cheetos and Beer, they got a hit in their first week of operation. Less than a light year away, they discovered a novella by a “Charles Allen Gramlich” entitled Under the Ember Star. Both a print version and an electronic version of the work have been detected using sophisticated infrared scanners and a fine toothed comb . On the Beat for NASA, it’s Graham Charleston reporting for the Deerhaven Excalibur. Remember, NASA owns space!
If you're interested in reading Under the Ember Star, it is in print (as a double with a military SF novel by Mark Burgess) and in ebook. Both are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.