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Aug 102016
 
 Posted by on August 10, 2016 Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »

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Now available in all formats!

Get your copy today from your favorite online retailer:

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What is the truth behind the legend of Science Fiction great, Philip K. Dick?

In spring, 1972, Phil Dick moved to Fullerton, CA, where he met Theatre student Mary (Maer) Wilson. Amid marriage proposals, marathon talk-fests and a love for music and films, they forged a strong friendship that would last the rest of his life.

Wilson’s quirky, yet unflinchingly honest, memoir reveals a funny, compassionate and generous man. She captures an inside view of one of our literary greats – a brilliant writer who gave the world some of its most revered Science Fiction.

 

Excerpt

But first let’s set the scene.

It’s April, 1972 in Fullerton, California around 7:00 PM. The sun has set and the night is cool, balanced between full spring and hints of summer. Can you feel the slight breeze?

The street is Quartz Lane. Some of the many apartment buildings in the area line the short road. We’re going to go to the first complex on the right, just past the church. There’s a small courtyard and the residents all have their curtains drawn. Most are translucent and clearly show the light from the apartments. But there. That first apartment on our right? The one upstairs. Yes, that one with the light shining through a gap in the curtains.

And the one across from it. The light isn’t as bright, but we need to note that one, too.

We can almost hear the giggles of two girls as we make our way up the stairs and fade through their door. Shhh… We’ll be as quiet as the ghosts from the future that we are.

The scene is set. The actors and orchestra are in their places as the curtain rises.

The stage lights come up.

The conductor taps his baton on the music stand.

The music begins.

Chapter 1 – At First

“It happened back when I was still immortal.”

Early Reviews

“I found this book engrossing and authentic – a truthful and serious account of the last part of Phil Dick’s life by someone who was a fundamental part of it and who has the skill to write about it. There is evident love and friendship in this book, but also honesty. This was the Phil Dick I knew.” James P. Blaylock, World Fantasy Award-winning Author

“As a literary figure, Philip K. Dick is popularly perceived as a crazed, drug-addled mystic with a sinister Third Eye. Nothing could be further from the truth – the Phil I knew was a warm, humane, very funny man. Maer Wilson understands these truths far better than I, and The Other Side of Philip K. Dick casts a welcome shaft of daylight upon the real PKD, as opposed to the dark, distorted caricature Dick has become.” Paul M. Sammon, Author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner

“The strongest piece of writing I’ve read in years. Wilson’s pacing is perfection. The Other Side of Philip K. Dick is filled with laughter and the kind of love only true friends can share. Even if, for some reason, you’ve never heard of Philip K. Dick, you will fall in love with him and Wilson. The ending had me crying, like “end of the Notebook” crying. Utter perfection.” M. Joseph Murphy, Author of the Activation series

“There are many tales of epic friendships, but there is one huge difference here: The Other Side of Philip K. Dick is real. Wilson’s prose gives us an inside view into two minds, a genius and a young girl. Through her eyes I am left with one thought — this is a man I wish I had known.” –Danielle DeVor, author of the Marker Chronicles.

“Frank and revealing. One part faithful memoir, one part a wonderful evocation of Phil’s final 10 years. Writing with crisp clarity, Maer’s humorous anecdotes wonderfully evoke both the times and the man. Her conversational prose sparkles with truth and winning story-telling. Best of all, this warm tribute replaces the oft-told myths about Phil with unique insights into his caring, compassionate and generous nature.” Daniel Gilbertson, Friend of PKD

“As a fan of Dick’s fiction, I was engrossed by these amusing, insightful, and poignant reminiscences of the last ten years of his life. Wilson evokes a human portrait of a warm, funny, unassuming man who was a good friend to a young student. This memoir is well-written and heart-felt. It illustrates not only the private world of a great writer but what it was like to be young in the seventies in California.” Carol Holland March, Author of The Dreamwalkers of Larreta

 

Apr 242016
 
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Maer Wilson – Panelist at PKD Con

Going back to my alma mater is always a treat. Going back after 17 years to be a panelist at the Philip K. Dick Conference is even more exciting!

I first attended CSU Fullerton back in fall, 1971. I met Philip K. Dick the following spring when he moved across the hall from my apartment. The story of our ten-year friendship is the subject of my forthcoming memoir,  The Other Side of Philip K. Dick, due out summer, 2016. Please check back for more information on that.

The opportunity to do a panel and talk about Phil and his influence on the future is quite thrilling. I’ll also be able to see old friends and catch up on their latest news, as well as attend what promises to be some fascinating panels. There are many academic panels as well as non-academic panels throughout both days. And registration is only $5 for the non-academic panels! So if you live in Southern California or plan to be there the end of April, consider adding this exciting event to your schedule. If you do drop by my panel, please feel free to mention you read my blog. 🙂

I’m scheduled for a panel on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM.

Library Panel – Pollak Library North 130

Philip K. Dick in the Future

Greg Benford, Bruce McAllister, Maer Wilson

Moderator: David Kelman

 

Here are the overall details for the PKD Con:

Dates: 4/28 and 4/29, 2016

Times:  9 AM – 5 PM, with Registration opening at 8 AM and special events after 5 PM

Place: California State University at Fullerton, 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

Registration Info: https://sfatcsuf.wordpress.com/registration-and-accommodation/

Prices: $5 for Membership. Academic Presenters are $40 for faculty, $20 for students.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Jan 182016
 
 Posted by on January 18, 2016 Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »

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Rob Sacchetto’s Zombie Art

I just love Rob Sacchetto’s zombies. So I commissioned a special one reading Apocalypta Z! And she turned out awesome! Thanks so much, Rob!

Want to see more of Rob’s work? You can find him at these links:

Website     |     Facebook Fan Page     |     Rob’s Divas of the Dead

 

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Apocalypta Z

First – meteors. Now – zombies. Ninety-nine percent of humans and animals have become zombified, leaving the rest scrambling to survive. Maddie Worthing and Nick Stanton are among the few not infected. They’re gathering survivors and doing what they can to preserve life in their isolated desert town. Joined by the remaining townspeople and a few scientists, they search for a way to make it through the apocalypse.

The key to humanity’s continued existence may lie within the mystery surrounding Maddie’s puppy. But they need to survive the roving gangs, crazy scientists and troublemakers within their own ranks in order to discover it.

“Not since World War Z have zombies been presented in such a unique light. Give Wilson some props, and her little dog too.” Danielle DeVor, Author of Sorrow’s Point

And you can buy Apocalypta Z at these Links!

Amazon     |     iTunes     |     Barnes & Noble     |     Smashwords

 

 

Oct 082015
 
 Posted by on October 8, 2015 Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

Now Available!

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It’s here! My new zombie book is now available at Amazon and will soon be released at other vendors and in paperback. I had so much fun writing this one. As always a special thank you to my editor, Jen Ryan and cover artist, M Joseph Murphy.

 

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Apocalypta Z

First – meteors.

Now – zombies.

Ninety-nine percent of humans and animals have become zombified, leaving the rest scrambling to survive. Maddie Worthing and Nick Stanton are among the few not infected. They’re gathering survivors and doing what they can to preserve life in their isolated desert town. Joined by the remaining townspeople and a few scientists, they search for a way to make it through the apocalypse.

The key to humanity’s continued existence may lie within the mystery surrounding Maddie’s puppy. But they need to survive the roving gangs, crazy scientists and troublemakers within their own ranks in order to discover it. “Not since World War Z have zombies been presented in such a unique light. Give Wilson some props, and her little dog too.” Danielle DeVor, Author of Sorrow’s Point

Get your copy today at Amazon!

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Sep 102015
 
 Posted by on September 10, 2015 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  No Responses »

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This is the cover for my newest novel which will be releasing this Fall! The cover is by M Joseph Murphy. You can find his other work here.

This has been such a fun project writing about the zombie apocalypse…with a twist, of course! My thanks to my awesome beta readers, especially the awesome M Joseph Murphy, the fabulous Danielle DeVor and the wonderful Steven Ramirez. Writers all, so check out their work!

 

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First – meteors.

Now – zombies.

Ninety-nine percent of humans and animals have become zombified, leaving the rest scrambling to survive. Maddie Worthing and Nick Stanton are among the few not infected. They’re gathering survivors and doing what they can to preserve life in their isolated desert town. Joined by the remaining townspeople and a few scientists, they search for a way to make it through the apocalypse.

The key to humanity’s continued existence may lie within the mystery surrounding Maddie’s puppy. But they need to survive the roving gangs, crazy scientists and troublemakers within their own ranks in order to discover it.

Not since World War Z have zombies been presented in such a unique light. Give Wilson some props, and her little dog too.” Danielle DeVor, Author of Sorrow’s Point

Coming soon to Amazon – Be sure to check back for the release date or follow me on Facebook or Twitter .

 

Aug 032015
 
 Posted by on August 3, 2015 Tagged with: ,  No Responses »

“Ghost Dancer” and “Unwanted Ghost” are Free!

The 5 star novelette, “Ghost Dancer,” is available for free download from your favorite retailer! “Ghost Dancer” has held a top 50 spot (and usually in the top 20!) in Amazon’s Short Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads for over six months. This one-hour read is perfect for lunchtime and is a great introduction to Thulu and La Fi’s adventures!

 

“Ghost Dancer”

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Ten-year-old Danika Samms was going to be a dancer. She was even going to be on TV for a big national contest. Until a serial killer put an end to her dreams. Now her ghost has come to Thulu and La Fi to save her dog from the killer. La Fi is a medium and Thulu is a finder and together they find justice for the dead.

The detectives take the case, but they find more than a lost pup. They discover a heartbreaking secret and a seasoned killer already on the prowl for his next victim. And this time their walk on the darker side of the paranormal puts their own lives at risk.

“Ghost Dancer” is the third novelette from Modern Magics.

Available for FREE Download at These Retailers

 

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“Unwanted Ghost”

I’m also giving away a FREE copy of “Unwanted Ghost” to those who join Maer’s Book Club.  I share my latest news throughout the year to club members only. Join today for your free copy of “Unwanted Ghost.”

 

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Thulu & La Fi have inherited an old, furnished Victorian. What they weren’t expecting was that the furnishings included a ghost.

Usually the Thulukans are happy to take on supernatural clients for their detective agency. But there’s something about Darla Redding that bothers La Fi – and with good reason. They discover that Darla has a much darker past than hinted at by her “normal” life. She’s definitely not a ghost they want haunting them. So, if they want to be rid of their unwelcome house ghost, Thulu and La Fi need to solve her murder.

“Unwanted Ghost” is the second novelette in the Modern Magics series.

To get your free copy, simply join Maer’s Book Club.

Jul 182015
 
 Posted by on July 18, 2015 Tagged with: , , ,  7 Responses »

Celebrate Magics and Win!

The third book in the Modern Magics series, Magics, is out in the world. With three books, four novelettes and one short story, the series is now complete! To celebrate, I’m having a Giveaway for not one, but two months! Be sure to enter for a chance to win books, swag and gift cards.

Check out the Giveaway below. One of the ways to enter is to join my book club. If you join through the Giveaway link, you will not only enter to win one of the prizes, you’ll also receive a FREE ecopy of “Unwanted Ghost”!

 

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Prizes include:

2 Winners – $5 Amazon Gift Card

1 Winner – ecopy of RELICS

1 Winner – ecopy of PORTALS

1 Winner – ecopy GHOST OF MODERN MAGICS

1 Winner – ecopy of WEDDING GHOST

1 Winner – ecopy of UNWANTED GHOST

2 Winners – Signed RELICS Bookmark

***Open internationally, with one exception. Signed bookmarks are USA only.
Must be 13+ to win.

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