It’s that time of year again! Convention time.

This weekend Mike McPhail and Danielle Ackley-McPhail represent eSpec Books at Balticon, in Baltimore, MD.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Saturday May 27, 2017

Sunday May 28, 2017

7:00PM – eSpec Books Launch Party – With John Hemry, Mike McPhail, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Lee C. Hillman, Brian Koscienski, Chris Pisano, Jeff Young, Robert E. Waters, Peter Prellwitz, Chris Hiles, John L. French, Patrick Thomas and more.

Mike McPhail

Saturday May 27, 2017

Sunday May 28, 2017

Monday May 29, 2017




edited by Mike McPhail

Beyond the Cradle of mankind, the universe is vast, unknown,
dangerous to the unwary…or those caught in the path of intrepid explorers proceeding without forethought.

Thirteen authors explore what it is to pioneer the future with tales fraught with danger and remorse, tempered with hope, luck, and serendipity. We face the monsters. We face the truth. We face ourselves.

Whether the frontier is that of science or space, there is no doubt that at some point one must ask …If we had known, would we have followed this course?


The Necessary Enemy by Ian Randal Strock

The Steady Drone of Silence by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Last Man on Earth by Jody Lynn Nye

Chasing the Ball by Peter Prellwitz

The Janus Choice by Jeff Young

Between Scylla and Charybdis by Patrick Thomas

The Star Gazers by James Chambers

Giraffe Children by Robert E. Waters

Good Advice by John L. French

Egg by Christopher M. Hiles

Youth by Judi Fleming

Meeting the Other by Nancy Jane Moore

The Third Heaven by Robert Greenberger


lamp-text-3There isn’t a bad story in here. The tone of the stories ranges from funny to sad to though provoking. Pick this one up! – Amazon Reader

consigned-to-the-sea-2x3Overall this is a fun, albeit very short, collection, well-worth a read. -David Felts, SFReader

proof-front-sisterAs expected this author has performed with excellence. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. – John Krizo, Amazon

mam-proof-finalAnyone who enjoys military science fiction in general, and speculations on the future of machines, and machine/human interfacing and machine intelligence specifically, will be thoroughly entertained. -David Felts, SFReader

Gaslight and GrimmLiked the premise of the book and thought the authors all did a good job of successfully merging fairytale tropes with steampunk ambiance, to create a whole that was greater than the sum of its (carefully geared and lubricated) parts. Anna, Kobo


proof-front-sisterAdult author Campbell (the Wrath of the Great Guilds) makes a foray into YA with a breezy contemporary fantasy. […] [The Sister Paradox]  is a light, zippy escapade. Publisher’s Weekly

Wow. This is the best example of the guy who gets sucked into another world that I’ve read lately. 5 Stars, Amazon Customer

New-Proof-DTF1bIf you like to read military science fiction this is a great book to add to your collection! 5 Stars, L. Pierce, Amazon




heliosphere_logo_wptheme5Hard to believe Heliosphere is just two weeks away, in Tarrytown, NY. I was pretty sure I had at least three weeks to get ready. :::sigh::: 

If you aren’t familiar with the convention don’t feel bad. This is the first year. I’m excited to say I am one of the guests of honor, along with David Gerrold and Jacqueline Carey. I don’t have locations, but below is the current schedule for both myself and Mike McPhail.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Autograph Signing – Friday 4:45 – 5:45pm

Meet and Greet – Friday 8:00 – 10:00pm

Reading – Saturday at 10:00am.

Guest of Honor Spotlight (with Keith R.A. DeCandido) – Saturday 2:30 – 4:00pm

The Die Is Cast Launch Party – Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm – There will be food, fun, and prizes, as usual, but this time around the only cooking I need to do is make some nummy baked goods to supplement what will already be there.

Kickstarter 101 – Sunday 10:00 – 11:30am


Mike McPhail

Starting Your Own Small Press – Saturday Noon – 1:30pm

The Die Is Cast Launch Party – Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm

Breaking into the Industry as an Artist – Sunday Noon – 1:30pm

Books-n-Brews – to be scheduled



eSpec Books is proud to present, The Die Is Cast (From the Archives Book 1) edited by Geg Schauer, a collection of short stories by Mike McPhail and Danielle Ackley-McPhail set in the Alliance Archive Role Playing universe. The book was funded through the Man and Machine Kickstarter campaign and is scheduled to release in March 2017. It will launch at HELIOsphere, a brand new science fiction convention in Tarrytown, NY where Danielle is one of the Guests of Honor, along with David Gerrold and Jacqueline Carey. There will be a launch party the Saturday of the convention, details to come.