Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bernard Schaffer's Epic Interview

Tony Healey grilled me for FIVE (count 'em) interviews that he is publishing on his site.
You can read Part One Here.
Part Two is live Here.
Some highlights? Well...I do call Stephen King a sellout. And much, much more.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Store is OPEN

I've added a STORE button to this page + my blog to make things easier for people to find. You can see it on the toolbar above, or somewhere down the left hand side. Every title is broken down by category, including fantasy, science fiction, etc.
Right now all my novels are discounted to .99 (collections are also discounted to $2.99). 
Let me know if you pick anything up!
THE BERNARD SCHAFFER STORE 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CONFEDERATION REBORN has ARRIVED


RETURN FIRE 1-3

and MUCH More

After months of planning, the Confederation Reborn series has finally arrived on Amazon, but that's not all. In addition to Return Fire 1-3, and the Collected Edition (available for just $2.99), my friend Tony Healey and I managed to bring a BRAND NEW tale to you as well.
Available right NOW on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited 
Return Fire 1 "Return Fire" .99 
Return Fire 2 "Resistance is Hostile" .99
Return Fire 3 "Darkwater" .99
the Return Fire 1-3 Complete Edition $2.99
AND
A Brightly Flickering Flame by Tony Healey and Me for just .99
If you are a Star Trek Fan, a Grendel Unit fan, a Far From Home fan, or just love science fiction, you need these stories. 
The Confederation Reborn series is going to grow like Tribbles friends. Tell everyone you know that you were here first. 
As always, reviews are greatly appreciated. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ready for the Interview Chair

It's been several years since I've given any interviews, but I'm ready. If you have a blog, webpage, book club, YouTube Channel, well-attended sobriety meeting for penguins, it doesn't matter. Let me know. No holds barred. 
I want to talk about the Confederation Reborn project, but we can discuss independent publishing, writing, other authors, my personal life, and anything else you want to throw at me. 
Let's go.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Confederation Reborn

Several years ago I began a project called Return Fire, set in the Star Trek universe approximately fifty years after The Next Generation. Because it was a licensed property,there was always little hope of doing anything beyond publishing it as "fan fiction" and giving it away for free.
That didn't bother me. I love giving books away, but because there are only a few limited outlets for "fan fiction" it was only read by a small handful of people. Needless to say, time passed, and I only ever wrote two of the three episodes.
There were two brief glimmers of hope for Return Fire. First, Amazon began offering licenses for various properties, including Vampire Diaries, GI Joe, etc. I became hopeful that they'd get Star Trek as well, but that didn't happen.
Then, I asked my agent to contact the Star Trek rights holders directly and see if they'd be interested in letting me take a crack at it. As far as I know, they never even emailed him back.
Judging from the abysmal quality of what passes for Star Trek fiction these days, I can't say I'm either surprised or disappointed by that. As anyone who knows me will attest, when enough people tell me no, I tend to come out swinging.
Thus: Confederation Reborn.
I am beyond excited to announce that I am heading up an incredible new project that will unite multiple best-selling science fiction authors. We'll all be coming together under one banner, to reignite the flames of wonder. Kicking things of will be Return Fire, parts 1, 2 and 3. I've written all three before publishing anything, because I want them to all release on the same day. No one will have to wait.
After that, my good friend Tony Healey and I will be releasing another three-parter set in the same universe.
And after that...well, it's just going to keep on growing.
Thank you to everyone over the past few years who asked me about Return Fire. I'm so glad to tell you that it will be finished soon, and the wait has been worth it.
I'll keep everyone posted as to when it is coming out.

Friday, October 3, 2014

I Choose to be Alone

Been giving this a lot of thought lately. What could a man accomplish in a year if he focused on himself?
Imagine If I shed the distractions and requirements of being in any kind of romantic relationship, choosing instead to focus on three specific areas: Health and physique; Financial prosperity; Literary Supremacy.
For just one year. I think, if I could manage to do that, and apply myself completely, I would emerge at the other end like a king.
That one year of investing, and the foundation it lays, would pay dividends for the rest of my life.
It's a scary thing for me to decide to be alone.
I was married at 25, + that lasted eight years. Since then I've been in one relationship that lasted a year, and an engagement that lasted over five. Okay, there were a couple other things in between also, but that is not the point...The point is, I've never spent a significant period of time working on me. Doing things for me. Investing in me.
My ex-wife told me today that she got hired to shoot someone's 40th Surprise Birthday costume party celebration. Someone loves that guy enough, whoever he is, to plan all that out and make it come true.
I turn 40 in ten days.
There will be no surprise Birthday costume party celebration.
In some ways I feel guilty for not having my life together enough to warrant that. I worry that I should be settled down and not still have so many questions about my future.
It just feels like this is the perfect opportunity for me to step away from the relationship circus and reboot the entire situation. Sure, I could run out and find the first person who would have me and sigh a breath of relief that I won't be spending the rest of my life alone. Or I can be brave, throw myself on the forge, and see what kind of new thing I can become.
If you keep repeating the same steps, you keep getting the same results. I want something new. Something amazing. Something shockingly good. I fully believe that will take hard work and serious effort, but like anything else, you get what you put into it.
I'm going to put my everything into it and see what comes out next October.