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Book Review: The Change Chronicles

Nora, the main protagonist of The Change Chronicles by Paula Friedman, is a somewhat broken young woman whose fears and anxieties are debilitating, socially, sexually and emotionally
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Let me say this up front. Paula Friedman is a friend of mine. And she has a new book out. Her previous novel, The Rescuer’s Path, was called “exciting, physically vivid, and romantic” by Ursula K. Le Guin, “humane and wise” by Cheryl Strayed, and “lyrically written” by Small Press Review. So, I wrote a review of it of her newest work, The Change Chronicles. Nora, the main protagonist of The Change Chronicles by Paula Friedman, is a somewhat broken young woman whose fears and anxieties are debilitating, socially, sexually and emotionally. She is an activist in the 1960s peace movement against the Vietnam War. ... more »

5 Stars for Agents Of Hope

Aimee Ann over at the Red Headed Book Lover Blog has a review up of Agents of Hope. I love watching and hearing the reactions of people when they find a book they like. Below is a brief excerpt of Aimee's review with a link to the full review.
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Aimee Ann over at the Red Headed Book Lover Blog has a review up of Agents of Hope. I love watching and hearing the reactions of people when they find a book they like. Below is a brief excerpt of Aimee's review with a link to the full review. ... more »

Great Review of Agents of the Undertow

Aimee Ann at Red Headed Book Lover Blog has a great review of the Agents of the Undertow. I'm really happy about the review. First, it's cool that she liked the book! Second, she gets lots of visitors to her site, so that can only help.
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Agents of the UndertowAimee Ann at Red Headed Book Lover Blog has a great review of the Agents of the Undertow. I'm really happy about the review. First, it's cool that she liked the book! Second, she gets lots of visitors to her site, so that can only help. Aimee reviews a lot of books on a wide range of topics. ... more »

IndieReader Interview

IndieReader has a brief interview posted they did with me. The interview took place after Agents Of Hope was published. As you may recall, IndieReader gave the book 4 Stars
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IndieReader has a brief interview posted they did with me. The interview took place after Agents Of Hope was published. As you may recall, IndieReader gave the book 4 Stars and said: "McDaniel has a knack for writing characters that live and breathe across the page like intimate acquaintances. Most of the narration is done by survivors and rebels, who eke out an illicit, off-grid small community in Denver, but even the iniquitous administrators and agents never come across as cartoonish, but plausible as power-hungry, prejudiced, sycophantic, and unreasoning." ... more »

Cover for Agents Of Change

Agents Of Change is finished, and I’m really happy with the book. It is out for review now. Anyone who would like to be an early reader see below.
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Agents Of Change is finished, and I’m really happy with the book. It is out for review now. Anyone who would like to be an early reader see below. ... more »

The Future Is Short Vol 4

I have several, like 7!, short stories in The Future Is Short. The book is available on Amazon. You can purchase the paperback or Kindle versions.
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I have several—like 7!—short stories in The Future Is Short. The book is available on Amazon. You can purchase the paperback or Kindle versions. Jot Russell’s The Future is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash Volume 4 Experience the power of Flash Fiction! 47 thrilling stories, each less than 900 words. New and established authors try their hands at writing to monthly prompts, vying for the coveted title of Science Fiction Microstory Contest Champion. ... more »

HuffPost Best Of: Agents Of Hope

Agents of Hope is listed on HuffPost's "Best Of" for the month of October.
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Agents of Hope is listed on HuffPost's "Best Of" for the month of October. ... more »

Agents Of Hope Available

McDaniel has a knack for writing characters that live and breathe across the page like intimate acquaintances. Most of the narration is done by survivors and rebels, who eke out an illicit, off-grid small community in Denver
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4-STARS: IndieReader
McDaniel has a knack for writing characters that live and breathe across the page like intimate acquaintances. Most of the narration is done by survivors and rebels, who eke out an illicit, off-grid small community in Denver, but even the iniquitous administrators and agents never come across as cartoonish, but plausible as power-hungry, prejudiced, sycophantic, and unreasoning. ... more »

Handicap Jesus

Maybe He looked out upon humanity and decided we were more work than He imagined. He could be tired of being handicapped at every turn by our inability to progress in the ways He imagined.
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I rounded a corner on my bike toward the end of my normal Saturday morning ride and there He was. It was the first morning in a long while where the sun was secluded, hidden behind clouds and a general mist that also made the morning feel quite cold. Fifty degrees in September in Denver used to be illegal. Now, unexpected weather thrusts at the extremes at odd times and is sprouting up all over like weeds and becoming the norm. But Jesus didn’t seem to notice or care. He wasn’t wearing lycra ... more »

AGENTS OF HOPE Cover and Release Date

BOOK TWO IN THE PAN21 SERIES. Survivors of Pan21—who didn’t report to one of the camps—are being hunted by a ruthless group of Texas Rangers throughout the Republic.
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Agents of HopeBOOK TWO IN THE PAN21 SERIES. Survivors of Pan21—who didn’t report to one of the camps—are being hunted by a ruthless group of Texas Rangers throughout the Republic. Destin, a young survivor and one of the terrorists at large, has learned to cope and survive on his own, traveling the Republic and staying ahead of the law, developing back up plans and contingencies, always contingencies. ... more »

Agents Of The Undertow at Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is carrying Agents Of The Undertow in both eBook and printed format. If you local store doesn't stock it, you can ask them to order it through their network.
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Barnes and Noble is carrying Agents Of The Undertow in both eBook and printed format. If you local store doesn't stock it, you can ask them to order it through their network. ... more »

Barnes & Noble and Another Review

"Agents of the Undertow" is not a beach rescue organization. Nor is it affiliated with the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” It is a world of drone surveillance, drug abuse, discrimination, violence, fake news and dictatorial leaders.
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"Agents of the Undertow" is not a beach rescue organization. Nor is it affiliated with the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” It is a world of drone surveillance, drug abuse, discrimination, violence, fake news and dictatorial leaders. Yet for all of its dystopian undercurrents – or dare I say, undertows – it is a story of hope, persistence and the unlimited potential for unselfish acts of human kindness. ... more »

New Novel

Helen Small is journalist at the largest news organization in the Republic of Texas, and a survivor. Seven years after a plague—known as Pan21—has culled humanity in half, the Republic is falling into a totalitarian state.
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Helen Small is journalist at the largest news organization in the Republic of Texas, and a survivor. Seven years after a plague—known as Pan21—has culled humanity in half, the Republic is falling into a totalitarian state. Survivors - the few who contracted the virus and survived, though they lost all pigmentation in their skin and hair and eyes - are being vilified by William Chaste, the new Administrator of the Republic. An army of Chaste’s zealots known as the Grey Alliance has taken on the “patriotic” call of protecting the Republic from survivors, who they believe—based upon false information from Chaste—are still spreading the plague. ... more »

Invest In Me

It looks like Trump really is a Russian puppet and conspirator. The evidence rolls in hourly and the muck is getting deeper. No surprise there.
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It looks like Trump really is a Russian puppet and conspirator. The evidence rolls in hourly and the muck is getting deeper. No surprise there. For all of their flag-waving, fist-pounding, constitution-celebrating madness, the Republicans seem to be comfortable turning a blind eye to our new president's treasonous machinations. Again, no surprise there. When were they ever anything but myopic, self-serving simpletons who put beliefs before truth? I could see The Donald saying to Putin: “Make America great again. Invest in me.” ... more »

The Great Wall and Logan

I recently saw two movies I liked for vastly different reasons--Logan and The Great Wall. I loved the grittiness and dark tone of Logan.
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I recently saw two movies I liked for vastly different reasons—Logan and The Great Wall. I loved the grittiness and dark tone of Logan. ... more »

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