This is a story I’ve told before, but it’s a good one. And this will hopefully help people who are coming to my blog because of the Storybundle. To which I say…

New Person

One morning, I woke up with a segment of a dream still rattling around in my head. All I had was a single “scene”: Two women, one black and one white, covered in mud, blood, dirt, and grime. One was wearing a heavy leather duster. The other was a redhead. They were joined by a man who was looking much more composed than either of the ladies. The three of them stepped into an elevator. As the doors closed, the women looked at each other and started to laugh. The man rolled his eyes, exasperated. Beyond that, I only knew that their names were Trafalgar & Boone.

It was such a strong image that I went to Twitter and sort of off-handedly described it. Three different followers pushed me to do more with the idea, prompting me into making it a steampunk lesbian Indiana Jones analog. Who wouldn’t want to write something like that?! I had other projects on the table at the time so I set it aside, but I kept coming back to it. Eventually I had to start writing, and the world of Trafalgar & Boone unfolded around me. It was a world just emerging from a Great War, which had been fought with magic. It was a London with airships ferrying passengers across the Thames. And it was a world on the brink of something horrible wrought by the overuse and unpracticed use of magic during the war. Strange and powerful things are afoot in the world, and only by two former enemies joining forces can anyone hope to survive.

Since being published, Trafalgar & Boone have been the recipient of several honors from Kirkus Reviews. It was given a rare starred review, named one of their best Indie books of the month, and one of the best indie books of 2015. The covers, by Rita Fei, are so spectacular that I don’t know how I lucked into getting her to do them. I’m trying not to create plots simply to see what she can do for them.

Melissa Scott has been a champion for Trafalgar and Dorothy Boone from the moment they were conceived, and I’m honored she chose to include them in this Storybundle. They’re taking a position among such giants as Jo Graham, Martha Wells, Heather Rose Jones, and Judith Tarr. For less than the price of any individual books, you get FIVE great novels. And if you decide to pay a little extra, you more than double your haul.

With your purchase, you’re not just supporting creators, you can help charity at the same time. You can donate a portion of your payment to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now. So go! Pretend you’re being selfish in grabbing some great reads and help support young writers at the same time! The Storybundle is only going to be available for a limited time, so get yours now!


If you haven’t picked up a copy of Trafalgar & Boone yet, now is your chance! It’s part of a Storybundle along with books by some other authors, including a few who will be familiar to Stargate readers. Basically, pay a minimum of $5 to get five great books (including the first Trafalgar & Boone, named as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2015). If you pay at least $15, you get six extra books, including an Underdogs tie-in Stag & Hound! That’s eleven books for $15!

Melissa says:
In this collection I’ve been able to bring together an extraordinary group of writers who draw their inspiration from Western history, in periods from Ancient Egypt through the Second World War. There are classics like the World Fantasy Award-nominated Lord of the Two Lands and the Nebula-nominated Death of the Necromancer, and newer novels like Daughter of Mystery and The Emperor’s Agent — and Stag and Hound, just released in April. What these novels have in common, across these very different periods, is a depth to and delight in their worlds, in the precise detail and pitch-perfect moment that not only propels the story, but makes it utterly, dazzlingly real.

The initial titles in The Historical Fantasy Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

• The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells
• The Emperor’s Agent by Jo Graham
• Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
• The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boon e by Geonn Cannon
• The Orffyreus Wheel by David Niall Wilson

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more:

• The Armor of Light by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
• Steel Blues by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
• Between Worlds by Martha Wells
• PIllar of Fire by Judith Tarr
• Lord of the Two Lands by Judith Tarr
• Stag and Hound by Geonn Cannon

The bundle is available only for a limited time via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

• Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
• Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
• Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
• Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Mighty Writers and Girls Write now.
• Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

A few weeks ago, CBS aired the final episode of Person of Interest. It was an early but not unexpected ending, which gave the show time to wrap up their storylines. The result was a series that lasted five seasons and just over 100 episodes. It was a show that told a story with a distinct beginning, middle, and ending, a show that had elements of its endgame hidden in some of the earliest episodes. The characters were given appropriate (if tragic, in some cases) final chapters. And when the last scene faded to black, we were left with a show that had told its story and was closing the book.

There are people passing around petitions for a sixth season on Netflix. I’m not signing any of them, even though I count Person of Interest as maybe my favorite show of all time. I don’t want more. I don’t want forced plotlines and watered down versions of the greatness that came before. Too often, shows overstay their welcome just so they can say it’s still on. I loved The Good Wife, but my love for it waned hard and fast to the point where I haven’t even started the final season. Stargate SG-1 reigns supreme as my favorite show, but even I admit the last few seasons weren’t its best (although I’ll be forever grateful we got to know Vala). I’m not happy that there will never be any new Person of Interest, but I’m very glad that we got what we did and that it never went downhill in terms of quality.

That’s the importance of ending. I’ve written a few series in my time, and the first two had very distinct endings. The Claire Lance series was created with a fifth book in mind because I knew it wouldn’t make any sense to have her running endlessly. There had to be an end to her road. As much as I loved her and I loved writing for her, I had to give her peace eventually. The same thing happened with Riley Parra. I didn’t know exactly how long she would go on (it ended up being five books as well). I could have written her until the end of time and been very happy to do so. But I knew that eventually she deserved to rest. She deserved a happy ending. Her supporting cast deserved their endings as well.

I’m currently writing two series that I’ve planned to be ongoing: Underdogs and Trafalgar & Boone. The former is on book 5, with no ending in sight. I’ve crafted that series to have built-in finales every few books. The third book ended one story, and book 5 begins a new arc, with standalones sprinkled throughout. Ariadne and Dale will continue to grow and evolve. The stories will begin and end so new readers can slip in whenever and wherever they want. But eventually I will either end or slow down the series to give Ari and Dale a final ending so they can have some peace, too. Trafalgar & Boone is a bit trickier. I’m not sure how many books will be in that series when all is said and done, but I’m definitely planning for more than five. Seven seems like a nice number, but we’ll see what transpires with the plot.

These days, everyone seems obsessed with continuations. The story must go on, the show must be renewed, the movie must have sequels and spawn a franchise. All good things come to an end, all stories need to eventually stop. The book needs to be closed so a new one can be opened. As much as I loved writing Riley and Claire (who may return in a series epilogue novel… stay tuned) and Ari and Trafalgar & Boone, I know eventually I’ll write them all for the last time. And while that’s sad, I’m excited about the possibilities. It changes how I’ll write them because I know there won’t be a chance to get it right later.

And then there’s the old adage: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” And once the story is done, you have the full story in front of you, and you can go back to the beginning to relive the story you loved knowing how it will all come together in the end. If the series keeps going in perpetuity, soon you have thirteen novels full of references to past stories that you half remember and would be incomprehensible to new readers. At that point it’s virtually impossible to give the series a graceful ending, so instead it just fades away. No one wants a story they once loved to fade into a pale shadow of its former self.

“The End” only means the story has stopped being told. It will always be there, waiting for you when you’re ready to revisit it.

Over the course of the GCLS Award-winning Underdogs series, Ariadne Willow has taken down a group of hunters eager to reignite a war between humans and wolves, fought drug smugglers, and fallen deeply in love with her girlfriend and assistant, Dale Frye. In the fifth book, WILDER ANIMALS, Ariadne and Dale are back in Seattle and back to work. A strange call from Clark Wilcox, a rival private investigator, in the middle of the night piques Ari’s interest even before the police arrive the following morning to tell her Wilcox killed himself immediately after hanging up. Ari and Dale set out to discover why Wilcox would kill himself puts her on the trail of an enemy who is willing to kill to keep his secrets.
Wilder Animals comes out July 1!

Order now, or catch up on the series here!

“…one of the most original werewolf stories I’ve ever encountered,” – Amazon review, Beware of Wolf

“I’m a fan of shifter stories and this is an excellent entry to the genre.” – Elisa (Rainbow Awards), Dogs of War

“Although the main characters are a lesbian couple, this is NOT a lesbian romance, but rather a lesbian action novel with a committed couple at its center. He writes lesbian sex better than some women I know.” – Amazon review, Dogs of War

“This series never ceases to amaze me with the ease I am drawn into each book and there is always something new and captivating happening!” – Inked Rainbow Reads, Red In Tooth and Claw

“It’s been a long time since I have been able to read a real romance/action book that was not based only on the same old story about the brooding butch that meet the perfect femme and how they faced adversity in 80% of the book and finally got together in the final chapter.” – Amazon review, Underdogs: The Novel

Wilder Animals

This month’s Patreon story went up today! It’s a prequel to Radiation Canary that tells the story of Lana Kent’s mother, explaining who she was and how she reacted to Lana’s sudden arrival in her life. Since I know some people may be wary of Patreon, giving their information to a site like that, or just don’t like the idea of a subscription, I’m making this one available as a one-off $1 purchase! Just go through Paypal and you should get a PDF from Dropbox (if not, let me know and I’ll fiddle with stuff). And if you want to see what Patreon is all about, you can find my page here!

Oh, and for anyone who may be worried about spoilers, you don’t actually have to read very much at all in order to read this. If you know what the Radiation Canary novels are about, you’re already more spoiled than this story will make you.

Summary: 1979. Metairie, Louisiana. Debra Kent and Celeste Lafitte begin a friendship that will take them through their final year of school and into a life neither of them ever anticipated.

The Remnant Fleet is out today!

A space opera epic with elements of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Firefly, and Defiance, The Remnant Fleet tells the story of a diverse group of aliens living and working on a space station at the edge of the Sol system. The Humans built the station and immediately found themselves in the midst of a wide and dangerous universe where they’re nowhere near the top of the food chain.

“This fascinating novel once again shows Mr Cannon’s versatility as a distinguished and entertaining writer.” – Inked Rainbow Reads

“For those that look to Cannon for positive women-loving-women portrayal, that point is more than satisfied with a diversity of couples, tastes, and persuasions. If you’re looking for a one-stop sci-fi romp to scratch that space-faring itch with a good amount of LGBT+ representation among the characters, The Remnant Fleet delivers.” – Ruth Moore, Goodreads

In paperback and ebook versions!

By popular demand polite request, I’ve written the official backstory of Dash Warren and Naomi Marrow. I’ve left a few things out because I felt they deserve their own stories that I might go back and cover at some point. I just don’t want to throw all my Dash Warren stories into one pile. I may have let her die, but I won’t let her pass away completely. 😉 And because this ended up being such a large story, I decided to do something different. Sort of an experiment, suggested by one of the people who requested the story (thanks, Britt!). You can download the story in PDF format from Dropbox by following this link. I tried to make an option where you can pay zero and still get the story, but apparently Paypal isn’t going to play ball with that. So I made the cheapest option paying a penny, because that seems like the closest thing to nothing you can get. And I’ve always wondered what it would be like to busk as a writer. 😉 If there are any issues, please let me know!

Lessons in Cartography

Set after Radiation Canary: Greatest Hits: The offices of Cartography Records plays host to a documentary crew interviewing people from Dash Warren’s life. Naomi Marrow is more than happy to help, even if some of the memories are more painful than others.

Pay What You Like!

Want a signed copy of Radiation Canary: Greatest Hits or my upcoming scifi novel The Remnant Fleet? It’s easy as hitting one of these buttons! There are only three copies of RC:GH available and only five of TRF, so if you want one you shouldn’t delay! Just click through and voila! You’ll get your copy ASAP. If you order Remnant Fleet now, you’ll get it before the June release! The price will be $25 for Radiation Canary and $20 for The Remnant Fleet. Order yours now before they’re all gone! If you live outside the US, leave a comment before making your order and I’ll see what we can work out (since shipping will probably be a bit trickier in those cases).

Radation Canary Greatest Hits SIGNED hardcover!

The Remnant Fleet SIGNED paperback!

We’re just a few days away from the release of Radiation Canary: Greatest Hits! Just like how I didn’t want to write the first novel, I didn’t think there was ever going to be a sequel. But the Canaries kept pestering me until I discovered there was indeed another story waiting to be told. So I went got the band back together! Lana, Karen, Codie, and the newly-rebranded Vanessa (formerly Nessa) are back onstage and in the studio working on their comeback album. But will the audience be willing to welcome them back?

In honor of the release, I sat down one night and began doodling. The end result is a picture of Lana and Karen as I’ve always seen them in my head (notice I kept their faces turned away, just in case your idea of their faces differ from mine). But I couldn’t resist sharing this as part of the roll-out.

Lana and Karen

Get your copy here, or wherever hardcovers and ebooks are sold, add it to your Goodreads, tell your friends about it!

And let me know in the comments if you’re interested in buying a signed hardcover directly from the source. I’m not sure when I’ll open that up, but if the demand is there, I’ll make sure it happens as quickly as possible! If you want to buy a signed hardcover of The Rise and Fall of Radiation Canary, that can definitely be arranged as well. If you want one of each, well… kudos to you, Moneybags! But I’d be happy to give you the details for that as well.

See you February 1!

This was originally going to be the first book in a new series. For one reason or another, it never happened. Since this book sets up a mystery I’ve given up solving or resolving in any way, I decided not to publish it. But I want to offer it up for free for completion sake. This book is set on Squire’s Isle, so you might find a connection or two to the official stories that will be fun. And even if the series was abandoned, I feel it’s a pretty solid novel on its own. The main story IS resolved, it’s just the overarcing story about Elizabeth that is left open-ended. And you never know, I might bring her back in one way or another.

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