Sky Pirate! Ian Thomas Healy and THE LEASH

I LOVE IAN THOMAS HEALY! If you wanna see an interview he did with me, Cody May, and the Colorado Author Interview Circle, bam, click it, baby, click it.


I was so excited when he agreed to write a story set in the world of The Juniper Wars series. If you like sky pirates, well, we have ’em. Ian wrote a story called “The Leash” and it is sky pirate awesome!

Click here for The Leash by Ian Thomas Healy (a zip file containing the *.mobi, *.epub, and *.PDF)



     A young boy dreams of adventure away from the dreariness of ranch life. But in the Juniper, such dreams have a dangerous way of coming true. Especially when sky pirates are involved.

     Ian Thomas Healy has crafted a steampunk adventure and set it firmly in the world of The Juniper Wars where classic zeppelin battles have a gritty Mad Max edge.



Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s an eleven-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month. His original superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is popular and always expanding, with the ninth book due in spring of 2016. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.

When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Follow him on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy.


Ian founded Local Hero Press in 2011. His ebooks can be found on Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook Store, and other online retailers, and print books can be ordered through Amazon, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, your local bookstore or directly from Local Hero Press.


Just Cause, The Just Cause Universe

Mustang Sally has some speedy shoes to fill. This young superhero has waited her whole life to join Just Cause – the premiere team of American heroes. Now she’s hoping her super-speed will earn a spot on the same team to which her parents and grandparents belonged.

A chance encounter with the villain who killed her father changes everything. Even though she’s only an intern, Sally devotes herself to finding the man known as Destroyer. With the help of her eagle-winged best friend Sondra and her super-strong love interest Jason, her investigations uncover a sinister plot stretching all the way back to her grandparents’ era. Sally and Just Cause must risk everything to halt Destroyer’s plans and save the entire world.

Praise for Just Cause

Just Cause is a pure delight from cover to cover . . . It is a most welcomed addition to our library and we recommend it highly. If you grew up with your nose buried in Marvel and DC comics, as we did, then you are going to love “Just Cause.” And as Mr. Stan Lee would say, “Nuff said.”
Ron Fortier, Airship 27

”Ian Healy’s Just Cause really raised the bar to me of how good superhero prose fiction can be.”
Scott A. Story, creator of Johnny Saturn

“Snatch this one up and devour it, boys and girls. Enter into the Just Cause Universe and you’ll find yourself wanting to stay just a little bit longer. That’s perfectly fine. There are more books.”
Tim McCurley, creator of Firedrake


You can find Ian on Twitter as @ianthealy and on Facebook as Author Ian Thomas Healy. He has a website here and he founded Local Hero Press for all your superhero story needs. Click here to be taken away!

 And if you still need more SUPERHERO action, Jason Henry Evans and I wrote a story that is in CAPED: An Anthology of Superhero Tales!
Pow! Bam! Excelsior!

Eytan Kollin and BOOM TOWN

So Eytan Kollin was the first author to write a story in the world of The Juniper Wars Series.

I couldn’t have asked for a better author to work with. He and I worked closely on edits and he was great at every stage. And very patient. You have no idea how patient.

I loved Eytan’s characters. Mad/Sad Sally is a great character and you don’t want to flip her off. And to throw in a con artist, her gay brother, and a bisexual First Nation sheriff was just brilliant. I am so proud of this story!

Here is a link to the BOOM TOWN story page.

Want more on Eytan?


Eytan Kollin is a teacher of history, government and economics currently living in Los Angeles, California. His hobbies include historical reenactments, chess, and battle recreation with historical melee weapons. He is the co-author of the award-winning The Unincorporated Man trilogy and an anthology of short stories coming soon from WordFire Press. Eytan is currently working on his first solo novel, Benjamin Franklin: Wizard for Hire, coming soon from Baen Books.

Contact Eytan at or visit his website at

Other Works by Eytan Kollin

The Unincorporated Man
A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It’s a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves. Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race – owned by no one and owning no one. 

Praise for The Unincorporated Man
“Fans of SF as a vehicle of ideas will devour this intriguing debut.”
―Publisher’s Weekly

“The Kollin brothers’ first novel, chosen as a Sci Fi Essential Book, recalls the emphasis on freedom of the early works of Heinlein and the cutting-edge social commentary of William Gibson and Fritz Lieber.”
―Library Journal

“The Kollin brothers’ debut captivates with unforgettable characters and an ingenious vision of the economic future.”
―Booklist Magazine

Praise for The Unincorporated War
“Appealing characters, ruthless villains, and speed-of-light pacing make this a good choice for fans of battle-oriented sf and heroic space adventure in the tradition of Robert Heinlein and David Weber.”
―Library Journal

“The Kollins’ masterful command of multiple plot threads, characters, and the motifs of grand-scale space opera make for a breathtaking sequel. One more book will complete a trilogy.”

 Praise for The Unincorporated Woman
“Rich with multiple plot threads skillfully handled by the authors, The Unincorporated Woman returns readers to the revolution started by Justin Cord. Well-conceived characters along with intense, battle-oriented space content will keep even new readers glued to the page.”
RT Book Reviews


Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016 – AMR’s Schedule

So, once again, I’m at PPWC, which is a conference I love dearly. Over the years, they continue to be very good to me. Here is my schedule!

Friday, April 15, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Read & Critique Author

Friday, April 15, 2016 – 2:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. – Pitch Wars!

Friday, April 15, 2016 – 4:25 p.m. to 5:25 p.m. – Pitch Wars!

Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Writing on the Edge: The Promise and Challenge of Diversity in YA Literature (Filling in for Judith Robbins Rose)

Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. – The Dance of the Divine: Where Story Arc and Character Arc Meet