We Are Mars – Part One of the Rubicon Saga

Mars’s Rubicon settlement is home to Dana, Jaxon, Ridley, Chuck, Lenny and Maliyah. When they are taken by surprise by a deadly threat, it’s a desperate fight to stay alive. Battling unseen evils, can they work together to avert disaster?
Five Star Readers’ Favorite Five Star Review:
We Are Mars is a good, solid science fiction novel with all of the elements that make for a great read: action, adventure, excitement, duplicity, complex relationships, and even some romance thrown in.
This is a great read, and I highly recommend it! READERS’ FAVORITE REVIEW by Sherri Fulmer Moorer.

The Rubicon Saga, Part Two, Storm at Dawn tells the story of Dana, Jaxon, Darius, Lenny, Chuck and others as they continue to fight for their lives and freedom on Mars.

5 Star Review for Storm At Dawn:

“Just about every sequel you ever see will tout itself as “anticipated”. Storm at Dawn, however, is a sequel I really have been anticipating. Since putting down We Are Mars, I’ve been impatiently waiting to jump back in to this world with Dana and Jax. Picking up the action right where the first book left off, the sequel doesn’t waste a single page diving back in to the excitement. It’s a rare instance in which the author manages not to sacrifice character development in exchange for thrills. We still get to spend a lot of time with the characters we’ve already come to love, while meeting some new ones along the way, while the tension is building.

If you’ve read We Are Mars, you’ve got to pick up Storm at Dawn immediately. If you haven’t, well, you’d better just go ahead and pick up both.”

I was recently invited to do a talk via Zoom by the Thompson Nicola Regional Library and the Kamloops Society of the Written Arts. It was a real honour to be asked to do the talk and I chose to focus on how science fiction and society share a connection – how one influences the

With the announcement of NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover name today we are standing firmly on the threshold of a great era of Mars Science which is set to swing into full gear this year. NASA’s Perseverance Rover will launch in the summer, heading for our distant neighbour, and is expected to touch down on Mars

  • December 6, 2019

It’s been a little over a year since NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars on Elysium Planitia on Mars. In that year a remarkable amount of scientific data has been recorded and analysed by NASA. But before we get into what’s been happening on Mars, here’s a quick recap of InSight’s incredible journey and

  • September 23, 2019

“Storm At Dawn is my difficult second child.” Is how I recently described the continuation of the Rubicon Saga. But why it has the dubious honour of being a “difficult child” goes back many months. In fact, it sort of started with her older sister, We Are Mars. Here’s what happened… In May of 2018,

  • August 28, 2019

Storm At Dawn quietly entered the arena this past weekend on a little table, in a curling arena in the middle of southern BC, Canada. It was an inauspicious launch for the second book in the Rubicon Saga, but it was exactly how I wanted it – no Drama! Well, maybe there could have been

  • August 2, 2019

A little over a year ago, I only had one novel. I was a bit panicked because I’d set a precedent and I had to write a follow-up to We Are Mars. To say I was intimidated, is an understatement! How was I going to write a new book to compete and compare to a

If you had told me five years ago, that I would be a science fiction author with one book out, and another on the way, I would have laughed at you. Seriously. Even today, I have a hard time grasping what has happened since I dived in and did this thing. I sit here today,

  • March 28, 2019

The promotional journey for We Are Mars has been an interesting one. As an indie author, I’ve found events are the hardest thing for me to organise and to get onto my calendar, but when I do, I have loads of fun and wonder why I’m not doing more. In recent months, I’ve attended a

In recent years, we’ve seen much news and hype about space-related programmes that feature Mars. Mars is nothing new in science and media. In fact, early stories written about Mars date back hundreds of years. There is a fascination with Mars that stems from our drive as a species to know more, explore and discover

  • January 3, 2019

2018 was a great year for me. We Are Mars has been a success, in spite of it being a debut novel. More importantly, it has connected me with amazing people, the world over, who share a love of space and books. I couldn’t have asked for a more positive start to my career as

Whether you’re a science nerd like me, or you are someone else getting on with life, you’ll probably know Mars has been in the news a lot in 2018. The momentum has been gathering for some time, but an announcement in late 2017, by Elon Musk, caused a stir that threw a spotlight on our

  • November 28, 2018

It has been an exciting week in science this week. On Monday, November 26th, the Mars InSight Probe landed on Mars to begin its science studies of the interior characteristics of the Red Planet. But the journey started years ago with plans to send a planetary probe that would investigate the inner workings of Mars.

  • October 23, 2018

You may have seen on social media that I attended the Surrey International Writers Conference over this past weekend. I participated in the Author Signing Event on the Saturday evening, alongside sixty other authors – some famous (Tess Gerritsen), and some just like me; an indie. It was a busy and quick hour and a

  • September 5, 2018

Maybe you’ve heard, but if not, there was recently a planet-wide dust storm all over Mars. This is not a very unusual phenomenon – large-scale storms blow across Mars fairly regularly. Their existence was first recorded by the Viking probes that landed on Mars in the 1970’s. What made this storm so unusual was its

Comic Con booth for We Are Mars
  • August 29, 2018

I have a confession to make… I absolutely LOVED the Kelowna Comic Con! The event was amazing and I met so many great people. I enjoyed the vibe and the spirit of the event. If you’ve never attended a comic con, now’s the time to dive in. There were some great celebrities – people that

  • August 13, 2018

We Are Mars is close to its four month anniversary and it’s time for me to take a step back and ask the hard question – How are we doing, book? SALES So far, I’ve seen modest sales. No surprises there – I am bootstrapping into a flooded market place. But the sales I’ve had

Working on the next book of the Rubicon Saga has been great fun. I’m about a third of the way through my first real draft and finding the story developing some interesting twists and turns. As a creative person, I always marvel at how my creative works tend to take on a life of their

About the interview: I have had so much fun encountering a broad spectrum of individuals through my Twitter presence in the past few months. The most amazing people are out there and it’s like discovering a treasure when you come across them – at least that’s how I feel. I’ve felt myself becoming part of

It’s been a busy month since We Are Mars launched and it seems it’s just going to get busier! I was asked to contribute to a blog interview over at Pulp Den with Tom Johnson. So when you have a chance, go take a look. There are other interesting author interviews and guest posts –

We Are Mars is celebrating its one month anniversary and readers are already loving the book. Here’s some of the feedback I’ve received in past weeks: “I’m not normally into science fiction, but this is a real page turner!” “I enjoyed the characters and their the story arc as well as the fact that the

We Are Mars is off to a running start out there is Book Land. I gave it as good a shove forward as any doting parent should. Now we shall wait and see if it will fly on its own. The marketing continues, but all the hard, ‘getting off the ground’ stuff is behind us.

I was recently invited to do an interview on our local tv station (CFJC) for a Midday show segment. I had sent out a news release detailing my upcoming launch party for We Are Mars and the presenter emailed me to find out if I’d be interested in appearing on her show. I thought it

It took so long, yet was here in a flash. Time is peculiar that way. Needless to say, We Are Mars is now for sale and I couldn’t be happier! Today is the culmination of almost 2 years of work and much back-and-forth getting everything perfect for the launch of this amazing book. I always

It’s not always a good idea to answer the direct messages, or DM’s as they are colloquially referred to as, on Twitter. The reasons vary, but invariably, it’s a rabbit hole of spam and unwanted nonsense. Every now and then, though, someone contacts you and you feel a sense of genuine interest. You cautiously engage,

  • April 30, 2018

It isn’t always easy to begin the writing process after a long hiatus. That is why I decided to not leave too much time between We Are Mars and it’s follow-up – Storm At Dawn. I have a good feel for where I’ve left off at the end of We Are Mars, so now is

Some people have been wondering why I chose to write a book about Mars. Let me take it back a little further than that, and explain why I choose to write. Writing a book is no easy undertaking. It is hours, days, months and, sometimes, years of your life dedicated to a project that may,

What does it mean to us as a species to have the desire to live on another planet? What is it that compels us to reach for that dream? Elon Musk has said he wants to die on Mars. The entire Space-X program is designed with one ultimate goal, to land humans on Mars. And

  • April 10, 2018

Welcome to the website of my upcoming book, We Are Mars. It is the first book in the Rubicon Saga, a series of stories about a future settlement on Mars named Rubicon. Here’s a small description of the story so far…   The year is 2128.  For the people of Rubicon, Mars is Home –

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