Lone Star Renegades … Available Now!

Mark_lonestar_fa1I’m halfway finished writing the next Scrapyard Ship book,  Call to Battle. Please be patient … it’s coming soon!

But right now I’m super excited about my latest science fiction novel, Lone Star Renegades. It was fun to write and, from what I’ve been told, is even more fun to read. The concept of a bunch of older teens … a high school football team (Lone Stars) along with a handful of smart ass cheerleaders, all being abducted into a massive space ship and how they deal with the ensuing life and death situations, not to mention, the typical immature crap that comes along with being a teenager … well it made for the beginnings of an off-kilter, fun, adventure. I started with the least likely kid, the nerd … who certainly was not the one you’d expect to rise up ultimately to being the Lone Star’s reluctant hero. The E-book is available now on amazon.com here:  Lone Star Renegades. Below is the official blurb …

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From author, Mark Wayne McGinnis, who brought you the hit series, Scrapyard Ship and Tapped In, comes a new and exciting new science fiction saga and the rise of the most unlikely new hero.

Seventeen-year-old Collin Frost, the kicker for the Lone Stars high school football team, was not enjoying the bus ride back to the school after a game that hadn’t gone so well. The ride was made worse for him when Bubba, the team’s defensive tackle, decided Collin should sit in the aisle instead of the seat next to him. That’s why when the bus pulled to a stop at a railway crossing in a small town in Middleton Texas, Collin didn’t actually see what the bus driver, the cheerleaders, and his teammates saw … a hovering, goliath-sized space ship.

And here the journey of the Lone Star Renegades begins. Abducted into the belly of a sim rover collector ship, sent from a distant galaxy, the Lone Stars must find a way to survive long enough to escape their deathly confines. When that escape finally does come, the teenagers find themselves twenty-three light years from Earth and smack dap in the middle of an interstellar war. Young and irreverent, the Lone Stars must bargain with the Brotherhood forces for passage back to Earth—a bargain that would require them to complete a military basic training program and inevitably have them fight against Brotherhood’s enemies for the duration of one year.

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The Great Space Audiobook – Get it Now!

audiobook_GS_thum_med copySo you’ve gotten hooked on listening to the Scrapyard Ship audiobooks and you’ve made it all the way to book five …  and you’re now looking for book 6, the Great Space … Right? Well, as of today, it’s now available!  Thank you for your patience. A lot goes into the production of these books, L.J. Ganser, the voice of the series, has to find an opening in his schedule, the engineer has to do the same, things need to be initiated with the ACX and Audible.com … that’s all before one word is recorded.

We’re all proud of the audiobooks in this series … we feel they are just plain fun. The kind of entertainment that transports you to another place—another reality. Those of you that grew up with episodic TV SciFi shows like Star Trek, may especially like the high-action and engaging, quirky, characters.  If you’re like me, you totally immerse yourself in the book series you’ve gotten hooked on and  when that last page of the book gets turned (or listened to), you’re totally bummed. It that’s the case I’ve done my job. The other part of my job is to keep new books coming. Rest assured there’s a lot more Scrapyard Ship in the hopper. There’s also a new SciFi series almost ready for publication called Lone Star Renegades—if you like Scrapyard, you’ll probably like this new series just as much, if not more.

The Great Space is available on Audible.com and Amazon.com. Feel free to peruse the Audiobooks section of this site to see/hear samples from all the other books I’ve written.

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The Great Space

great_space_cover_smThis 6th book in the Scrapyard Ship series is now available on Amazon.com. This was a fun book to write … it took a little longer than the others being 80,000 words vs. the typical 70,000 words.

There’s a lot happening in this episode. The series is maturing and you’ll see dramatic changes in the status quo of the Earth / U.S.A. led Alliance and the Craing Empire.  While the Craing populace on the seven worlds revolt, the Great Space initiative continues. Jason must lead a team back to Terplin to deal with acting Craing Emperor, Ot-Mul, once and for all. As you’ll discover, this will be unimaginably difficult. The other aspect of this book takes place on Earth, which is finally attacked … but it’s not by the Craing directly — it’s molt weevils and they’re pretty disgusting. Nan and Mollie take the ride of their lives and it isn’t in a spaceship.

By the way, the new cover for The Great Space is another fantastic design by Eren Arik – I think it’s my favorite to day. The print and audiobook versions are in process – they take a little longer to get published.

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What’s next?

YES!  There will be another Tapped In book … coming soon

Mad Powers continues to grow in popularity. I’ve gotten more than a few email inquiries about the progress of the next book, Deadly Powers. This is terrific news not only for the story’s fans, but for me as well. I love the characters and the off-kilter espionage/paranormal storyline.  It’s a nice change from all the space SciFi I’ve written over the last year.

As of today, October 15th, 2014, I’ve written more than half of The Great Space and I’ve decided to go ahead and write two new novels, Deadly Powers (the sequel to Mad Powers, and another book that I first wrote as a screenplay for a movie, Ask Raymond – a SciFi thriller. Estimated release dates?

The Great Space … mid November (2014) timeframe.

Ask Raymond … late December / early January (2015) timeframe.

Next Scrapyard Ship Book (still un-titled) … Mid March / early April (2015) timeframe.

Deadly Powers … late May / early June (2015) timeframe.



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Craing Dominion Audiobook Now Available!

I’ve received more inquiries/update requests for this audiobook than any of my others in the past.

audiobookCD_thumb_audio_thumbL. J. Ganser does a great job as the ongoing voice for this series and he’s gone above and beyond in this latest book too.

Experiencing these books through the audiobook version and listening to all the voices, the performances, is like being right there on The Lilly — fighting the Craing!

The new  audiobook is available on Audible.com now (search Craing dominion) and will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com within a day or two… if not already.  Enjoy!!!

Craing Dominion audiobook

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Craing Dominion – Scrapyard Ship Book # 5 – Available 09/13/14

Craing_Dominiaon_cover_amazonThe much anticipated 5th book in the Scrapyard Ship series, Craing Dominion, will be available on Amazon.com late Saturday, September 13th, 2014.

I took a few months to write Mad Powers in between scrapyard book 4 and book 5, so some of you are probably anxious to see what’s happened.  I must say, I love all of the scrapyard books I’ve written – they’re like offspring … you help create them, care for them, nurture them, and then you must send them of into the world to experience a life of their own… Anyone who has read the books has come to realize they are all very much different from one another. But I have to admit, this one is special – it’s a fun read.

And this fifth book is really different… It’s darker and the bad guys are really really bad. Some readers will be frustrated with the level of destruction/carnage going on – others will say, it’s about time!

No matter what, you will experience a book that is non-stop action, while still maintaining the wit and humor you’ve come to expect from the series.

I’d like to mention the outrageously great cover design by my creative artist friend Eren Arik – truly a master SciFi artist. Those that have wondered what a Craing heavy cruiser looks like – well here you go. The Lilly is there too and kicking ass, as always.

I hope you are enjoying reading the series as much as I am writing it. Please leave a  review on Amazon  – it really really helps.


Mark Wayne McGinnis

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