I talk Star Trek Titan with Literary Treks

lt-213-th-widescreen.jpgHear me wax poetic about Husnock, Pakleds, Ferengi, and more as I answer questions for Bruce and Dan of Literary Treks about my new Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War.

Our hosts dig into the novel’s story, characters, and more in this deep-dive Q&A with yours truly. We yakked for over and hour and a half and left no narrative stone unturned. So go give it a listen!



First early trade review of The Midnight Front

The release of The Midnight Front, the first book in my new Dark Arts series from Tor Books, is still a few months away, but the folks at Kirkus Reviews have already weighed in with the first early trade review of my new opus.

I’m pleased to report that the verdict from Kirkus is quite favorable:

“Mack’s novel is … propulsive, with well-crafted characters and cinematic set pieces culled from the war’s most momentous crossroads. Equal parts brimstone and gunpowder, the book deftly mixes the tropes of high fantasy into a semirealistic portrayal of WWII…”

“A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a ‘chosen one’ hero arc among the dogs of war.”

Not too shabby!

The Midnight Front will be released on January 30, 2018, in hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, and digital audio formats. You can pre-order a copy in the format of your choice from your favorite retailer now.


My Desperate Hours press roundup (#SFWApro)

Over the last few weeks I’ve granted a number of interviews concerning the writing process and inspirations behind my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours. In case you’ve missed my myriad social media posts about each one, here’s a quick roundup of all of them to date (though more are soon forthcoming):

October 8, 2017: Literary Treks (Audio)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

October 2, 2017: TrekLand (Video)
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 28, 2017: TrekCore
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 27, 2017: Once and Future Podcast Blog
Topics: why Desperate Hours isn’t like most tie-in novels

September 25, 2017: StarTrek.com
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 25, 2017: Unbound Worlds
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

September 1, 2017: Inverse.com
Topics: writing Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours

If you want to check out more of my blatherings in print and other media, check out my Interviews page for a listing that goes back many years.


Star Trek: Discovery’s “Desperate Hours” Have Begun

After a very long process of development, writing, and editing, I am thrilled to announce that publication day has at long last arrived for my new novel, Star Trek: Discovery – Desperate Hours.


The first reviews are in, and they are laudatory, indeed. Dénes House at TrekMovie.com had this to say about the book:

“Mack has crafted an absolutely thrilling novel that had me turning the pages furiously to find out what happened next … .”

“I was stunned at the amount of insight the novel gives into the characters of Captain Georgiou, Michael Burnham, and Lieutenant Saru, but also by the excellent treatment of some old Trek favorites, as well. … It’s a great sci-fi book in general, and an outstanding Trek novel in particular. Well worth the purchase for any fan of the franchise.”

“…exciting and emotionally resonant…”

“I give this book my highest recommendation.”

Not too shabby, eh?

The book is available now in trade paperback, eBook, and digital audiobook formats. It’s also available today in a German translated edition from the fine folks at Cross Cult Romane.

Grab your copy today, and be sure to order a few extras — it makes a lovely gift for the Star Trek fan in your life!


A Tale of Two Covers

Two weeks ago, I showed off the cover for my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War. I felt pretty good about it at the time.

The wrong cover, featuring an Akira-class starship.

And then eagle-eyed fans started to notice that there was something … *off* about the cover.

We had featured the wrong type of starship on the cover. Instead of the Luna-class USS Titan, we had used an Akira-class starship.

The two classes of ship have many similarities. But they are far from interchangeable.

Both Luna– and Akira-class ships have the same style of warp nacelles extended downward and set at angles to their pylons. Both  have structures connecting their saucer sections and secondary hulls. But the similarities end there.

The structures on the undersides of the two ships are very different. The Luna class, designed by Sean Tourangeau, is much larger.

The new-and-improved cover — this time featuring the right ship.

Also, on its dorsal (upper) hull, the Luna class has a superstructure inspired by those of the Miranda-class and Nebula-class starships.

Once the error on the cover was pointed out to us, everyone involved felt embarrassed. All of us — art director, editor, author, licensing team — felt that we should’ve caught the mistake before it reached the public.

We then scrambled to fix it before we missed the printer’s deadline. We weren’t going to just shrug and print a cover we knew was wrong.

Fortunately, VFX artist Darth Mojo (aka Adam Lebowitz) came to our rescue. In record time he made a new-and-improved cover, this time with the right starship.

How did all this happen? We’re not sure. What matters is not how it went wrong, but how quickly the team pulled together to make it right.

Thus I am proud to share with you all, the new-and-improved cover of Star Trek Titan: Fortune of War, coming Tuesday, November 28, 2017.



Cover reveal: Star Trek Titan – Fortune of War

If you’ve been waiting for the cover reveal of my upcoming Star Trek Titan novel Fortune of War, here it is! (Updated on September 16, 2017, with the corrected cover.)

The novel comes out in mass market paperback and eBook on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. You can pre-order your copy now directly from the publisher or from your favorite retailer, using the links on my site’s page for Fortune of War.

Need more info? Here’s the book’s back-cover copy:

Death slumbers in the ashes of silent planets,
waiting to be awakened and unleashed….

Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential.

Now a discovery by a Federation cultural-research team has drawn the attention of several ruthless factions. From black-market smugglers to alien military forces, it seems every belligerent power in the quadrant hopes to capture the Husnock’s lethal technology.

All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.



If you’re a fan of Will Riker and the valiant crew of the Starship Titan, this is one adventure you won’t want to miss!


How to Support Authors Whose Work You Love: Pre-Orders

When you like certain authors’ work, there are three key things you should do to support them: Pre-order their books, post online reviews, and promote them through word-of-mouth.

Word-of-mouth praise for authors’ work is the greatest gift readers can bestow. Reviews rarely lead to sales. Praise often does.

Online reviews of books are vital to authors. It takes 25+ reviews to trigger beneficial effects from most retail sites’ algorithms. The most important thing to remember when leaving reviews of a work you’ve read is to be truthful, thorough, and fair.

That brings me to pre-orders. Online pre-orders are critical to the success of many books. I know some fans resist them. Don’t.

Waiting for a series to finish before you decide to buy it is a good way to guarantee that your favorite authors will get pushed off the shelves. It serves to kill new series before they get started.

Publishers and retailers use online pre-orders to gauge public interest in new books. This determines how they treat those books. Strong pre-orders for a book can inspire a retailer to increase its print order. It can propel a book onto bestseller lists.

When a publisher sees that a book has garnered strong support from pre-orders, it might invest more in its marketing.

Pre-orders help readers, too. Many online retailers guarantee pre-order prices, so you can lock in the best price.

So, if you love books, or like the work of a certain author, be sure to pre-order their books. It matters quite a bit.

FYI, The Midnight Front, Book 1 of my Dark Arts series coming January 30, 2018, from Tor Books, is currently available for pre-order in the format of your choice—hardcover, paperback, eBook, or digital audio. I’m just sayin’.

Also, if you’re an author who has a new book coming out in the next five to six months, and if that work is now available for pre-order in at least one format, please feel free to post links to your pre-order pages in the comments below!