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I am Walter Knight, and I wrote the humorous 23-book military science-fiction series "America's Galactic Foreign Legion," published by Penumbra Publishing. AGFL is available online at www.Amazon.com in paperback and E-book. I am proud to report that Kindle book sales of "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" are a modest 40,000+ (see Amazon Kindle book sales ratings).

I'm also pleased to announce that I'm branching into the horror genre with the release of VAMPIRE IN THE OUTFIELD.

Please cruise all six pages of my web site. I am always adding something new, including free sample chapters and cover art. Check below for updates on the latest and greatest news...

AMERICA'S GALACTIC FOREIGN LEGION  features the adventures of compulsive gambler Joey Czerinski, who was tricked into joining the United States Galactic Federation Foreign Legion by a deceptive-talking ATM who loaned him cash for more gambling. Czerinski did not read the fine print, and when war broke out on the far off colony of New Colorado with spider-like invaders, he was enlisted into the Legion for the duration.

PENUMBRA PUBLISHING www.penumbrapublishing.com will be releasing in print and E-book each of the following books in the America's Galactic Foreign Legion series, so look for them in the coming months: Feeling Lucky, Reenlistment, Silent Invasion, Demilitarized Zone, Insurgency, Culture War, Enemies, Allies, Scorpions, Peacekeepers, Cemetery City, The Ark, Salesman From Mars, and Embassy War.  AGFL is a three year project beginning in January of 2010.



FEELING LUCKY, the first book in the 22-book series, is available in ebook www.amazon.com. The first nine books in the series have already been published, and as an introductory measure, the price of FEELING LUCKY has been reduced from its regular $2.99 to $0.99 at Amazon's online Kindle store. The paperbacks sell for $9.99 and can be purchased from Amazon and other online retailers including Smashwords by clicking on the link for the print version.

My intent in writing the 22-book science fiction series "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" was to use military science fiction, humor, gambling, and human / alien culture clash themes to create a fun read.  If you want mystery, chase "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."  If you want lasers and tacheon particles, watch "Star Trek."  But, if getting laid by aliens or kicking ass on Evil Empires far far away rocks your galaxy, then "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" is the science fiction series for you.  WARNING:  This is not your grandfather's science fiction.

I sincerely thank the thousands of Amazon Kindle readers who are buying my "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" series.  AGFL's great success is both startling and gratifying.

 See this website's BOOK page for free sample chapters.

 

UPDATES...

April 27, 2010: my second book "AGFL - Reenlistment" is available in paperback  at www.amazon.com.  www.smashwords.com has AGFL 2 in E-book.  The cover art and sample chapters can be viewed at the Penumbra Publishing website:  penumbrapublishing.com and on page 2 (Books) of this website.  In AGFL-2 Czerinski reenlists after aliens destroy his casino during a nuclear attack.  Czerinki finds himself adminstrating spider towns and fighting an insurgency after America wins the war.

If you like science fiction humor you will have some great fun following America's Galactic Foreign Legion as they do battle with aliens and take humanity and American culture across the galaxy. Readers can enjoy humorous, action-packed science fiction in the tradition of the Foreign Legion.  A friend described my humor as so dry, cactus grows next to it.

July 12, 2010:  Cover art and a sample chapter for America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Silent Invasion (Book 3) is now posted on the Book Page.   I am excited about book 3.  Kindle sales are increasing, and sales momentum is increasing as each new book in the series is published.  In AGFL-3 spiders and humans rush North after the discovery of gold.  Humanity and spiders are forced to live together, but it's tough.  Humor abounds.  And then, aliens join the Hells Angels.


August 10, 2010:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 3) Silent Invasion is now available online in paperback and E-book (and Kindle) at www.Amazon.com.

August 30, 2010:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 1) Feeling Lucky has reached group best seller status among its science fiction/adventure/war peers in the online Amazon Kindle E-book catalogue.  I did it!  My books are selling as well, if not better, than many of the other better known science fiction authors.  WOW!

September 9, 2010: started a readers discussion on Amazon.

October 1, 2010:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 4) Demilitarized Zone is available at www.Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle, and at www.Smashwords.com.  To read an excerpt, see my BOOKS page, link above.

November 17, 2010:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 5) Insurgency is published and available at www.Amazon.com


December 11, 2010:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 6) Culture War is published in both Kindle and paperback.  The cover art is an alien riding a mule, and drinking a Starbucks coffee through a straw.  The alien commander read on the internet that Pancho Villa attacked the heart of the United States Galactic Federation (Texas), and now seeks to imitate the feared Mexican general by riding like the wind on his captured war-mule.  "Culture War" is a fun read, and the cornerstone of the "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" series, exploring culture clash issues that develope when aliens and humanity are forced to share the same colony planet of New Colorado.  Aliens riot in front of Walmart on Black Friday for equal shopping rights.

February 4, 2011:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 7) Enemies is now published.  Remember, even the paranoid have enemies.  Everyone wants to kill Colonel Czerinski:  aliens of two species, friends, insurgents, bandits, even his own girl friend is plotting with terrorists, but she is too hot to break up with quite yet.

February 20, 2011:  Penumbra Publishing advises that the "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" series has sold 10,222 books at Amazon.com (mostly Kindle).  While that is a modest amount for some authors, it is a great start for me considering I am a new author, and my AGFL series is only half complete.

April 4, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 8) Allies" is now published.  Also attached is a short story about aliens suing Walmart for injuries during the Black Friday riot.

May 15,2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 9) Scorpions" is now published.  I think sales are about 15,000 now.  Sales are down from the holiday season, but still averaging over 2,000 per month.  That is not a bad beginning, but my AGFL project is not complete yet.  Also, I submitted a vampire manuscript to Penumbra Publishing.


June 22, 2011:   I published "Vampire in the Outfield" today, a novella about a struggling minor league baseball player who discovers he can hit and play better after being bitten by a vampire.  He still has a problem with day games.  Can the rookie vampire survive playing against the 'Evil Empire' (the New York Yankees)?  Maybe.  "Vampire in the Outfield" is a fun read, and my first venture outside of the science fiction genre.


 

My nephew Thomas Smith-Hurt drew a cool alien soldier (depicted below) after visiting our colony on Planet New Colorado.  The alien has issues.  He carries an AK-47, drinks coffee, is lighting a cigarette, and wears a NIKE swooshsticka on his sleeve.  I will use him for AGFL Book SIX "Culture War."  More aliens are on the way.

How about the scorpion aliens on the cover of "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 9) Scorpions?"  In case you are wondering, those two scorpions are fighting.  Really, nothing else.  Just a good dust up.  Penumbra Publishing has great artists working on my cover art.  Check page two for cover art and sample chapters on all my books.

Write long and prosper.

July 13, 2011:  Philip Chen, science fiction author an accomplished cartoonist, drew an Emblem of the Legion you see posted below:  An American Eagle carrying in its strong claws a UFO flying saucer and an unhappy E.T.  Philip is the author of "Falling Star (The Watchers)" and "There is Strangeness in the Universe (Volume 1)."  Philip's cartoon art work is featured on his website at www.strangenessinuniverse.com.  Give his books a try.  Thank you very much Philip for the Eagle / UFO.

July 16, 2011:  The "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" series has sold over 20,000 books.  I mention that because milestones are an important measure of success.  I plan on selling a lot more.  The AGFL series has five more books to be published.  It has been quite a ride.

August 14, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 10) Peacekeepers" is now published in paperback and Kindle formats.  'Peacekeepers' has been ranked #1 for political humor in the Amazon Kindle catalog.  There is not that much politics in "AGFL (10) Peacekeepers," but I am excited to be noticed for the humor as well as the science fiction.  I always thought wearing a blue helmet in a war zone was crazy, and had fun writing about how crazy it can be separating aliens who want only to kill or eat each other.

September 7, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 11) Cemetery City" is now published.  In this latest AGFL tale humanity fakes the discovery of a long lost colonial cemetery to gain title of land inside alien territory  so we can secretly mine rare metals needed for our technology.  It's a fun read.

September 23, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 12) The Ark" is now published.  The Legion and spiders tunnel to a lost alien spaceship to tear out its secrets.  Meanwhile, the mob is building casinos, and tourists and pilgrims are flocking to see the buried Ark.

October 7, 2011: Military Science Fiction site (MilSciFi.com) interviewed me. See my 'Events/Contests/More' page 4 of my web site for full details.

October 31,2011:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion has been added to The Conservative Bookstore  www.conservativebookstore.com.  I am always looking for free press.  Anyone wishing to post my cover art on their website or Face Book wall please feel free to do so. 

November 1, 2011:  Below are Klingon babes.  If humanity ever makes 'first contact' with an alien species, it could be HOT.

November 10, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 1) Feeling Lucky" is offered for 99 cents as an introduction to the 14 book series.  Most of the 25,000+ AGFL sales are from readers buying deep into the series, so I am happy to provide an introductory glimpse at my work.  Kindle ownership is all about economic value for readers, so this type of promotion is a good fit.

November 17, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 13) Salesman From Mars" is published, depicting life in America's Foreign Legion from a lowly private's view.  The recruit meets all the same characters, and has a rough time of it playing cards, getting transfered to the South Pole, facing combat, arrest by spiders, ghosts, upseting Colonel Czerinski, and more.


December 7, 2011:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 14) Embassy War" is published.  America's Embassy and the Scorpion Embassy go to war in the Spider's homeworld capital after the scorpions eat a Mantidae legionnaire and serve him to the Americans for Thanksgiving dinner.  This will be the last book for a while.  I am twelve chapters into writing "AGFL-15 Lieutenant Columbus."

December 12, 2011:  I added music and video to the last page (links) of this website for your entertainment.  Clips include Ballad of the Green Berets (AGFL cover art), Birds of Paradise (Bush War), Mexican Star Trek, Kim Jong Il Show, Heartbreak Ridge, Libyan on a Jet Plane, Dancing Isreali Soldiers on patrol, Mars Attacks, and Kelly's Heroes.  If you have more military or science fiction theme video to suggest, please E-mail me.  Also, please visit the Penumbra Publishing Blog for updates and comments.

January 8, 2012:  Virtual Pulp Press www.virtualpulppress.com did a great interview of me about the "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" series, and about the state of science fiction and the publishing industry.  The interview can be viewed at the Virtual Pulp Press website, the "Two Fisted Blogger" www.twofistedblogger.blogspot.com, and on the events page of this website.

February 1, 2012:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 1) Feeling Lucky" is now part of the Amazon promotion KDP Select, making it available free to certain members.  It is all a part of the marketing genius that is Amazon.com.

February 3, 2012:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 1) Feeling Lucky" got a nice Four Star review on the BigAl's Books & Pals blog.  The full review can be read on the Review page of this website.  BigAl's Books & Pals is a popular readers blog that just celebrated one million visitors.  Usually Big Al does not review science fiction, but I talked him into it with my pushy wayz.

February 22, 2012:  All my books are now available to Amazon Prime members.  I now market AGFL exclusively at www.Amazon.com because Amazon does the best job, and better promotions.  Sales are over 30,000.

February 29, 2012:  Happy Leap Year!  I took the leap, and have been doing some editing for friends.  I'm casting about for projects, and blogging.  Military buffs check out 'The Two Fisted Blogger,' where they celebrate the triumph of truth, justice, and automatic weapons, one book at a time.  Please leave comments as a morale boost.  Fighting the New York publishing establishment is a full time job.

March 29, 2012: I am having fun exploring time travel ideas.  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 15) Lieutenant Columbus is on the editor's desk.  It's about a time-traveling Christopher Columbus joining future America's Foreign Legion.  Also included is a time-traveling General Patton, who joins the Legion, too.  Patton brings buddies from the Third Army  because Legion recruiting quotas were way down.

April 1, 2012:  Happy April Fool's Day.  Go to the following site if you dare: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=316AzLYfAzw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 
May 12, 2012:  Today I was interviewed and featured on the Indie book review site Big Al's Books and Pals http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/
 
May 21, 2012:  America's Galactic Foreign Legion (Book 15) Lieutenant Columbus is published.  America rewards Christopher Columbus just before his death by restoring Columbus' health and bringing him to the future as a reward and thanks for discovering America.  Columbus in disguise joins America's Galactic Foreign Legion.  General Patton is brought to the future, too.  It's a fun read, and my way of tweaking liberals who hate both these great men.
 
July 6, 2012:  I have co-written two AGFL books with Jim Boedeker.  Both books are on the editor's desk.  Jim and I write about a legionnaire who fades in and out of reality.  Jim writes the unreal and I write the reality.  The legionnaire has issues.  It's funny stuff.
 
July 26, 2012:  I've finally caught up watching the TV series "Breaking Bad."  I love a long series with lots of twists and turns in the plot.  The interesting thing for me about "Breaking Bad" is that I do not particularly like any of the characters, but I can't wait to see what happens next.
 
August 27, 2012:  I am having fun putting alien artwork on my Events / Contests / More page.  I just completed "America's Galactic Foreign Legion (18) First Contact," and now have three books waiting for Penumbra Publishing to edit.  Fun times.  My editor wants me to do a zombie book.  Does anyone remember the zombie short story I did at the end of "AGFL-10 Peacekeepers" about a zombie trying to eat a talking ATM machine?  My zombie book would have that sort of humor.
 
September 26, 2012:  My friend Jim Boedeker was interviewed on 94.3 The Talker, a northern Pennsylvania station, about his book Death Spiral and about his collaboration with me on America's Galactic Foreign Legion 16 & 17.  His segment is 9 minutes into the counter: 
 
October 8, 2012:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 16 - Galactic Disney" about building a giant amusement park on a distant planet is now published.  The Legion is charged with security at 'Galactic Disney' and fights off terrorists.  It's an exciting and fun read.  Jim Boedeker co-wrote the last half about legionnaire Randal Telk going back and forth between reality and fantacy.
 
Novermber 18, 2012:  Everything from Outer Space . . . kill it.  This is a great quote from the movie "The Watch."  Good science fiction movies are difficult to make.  Funny science fiction is even more difficult.  "The Watch" is about a group of men who form a neighborhood watch, and discover their town has been invaded by ruthless aliens.  "The Watch" is both good science fiction, and funny.
 
December 22, 2012:  If you are reading this, you survived the predicted end of the world on the 21st.  Hope you had a Happy Dooms Day.  At least one suicide bomber didn't make it.  Too bad, so sad. 
 
January 4, 2013:  "If you think you can, or can't, you're right." - Coach Ollie Mayfield - R.I.P.
 
January 14, 2013:  My latest work, "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 17 - Randal Telk and the 396 Steps to Sexual Bliss" is published.  Co-written with my friend Jim Boedeker, AGFL-17 Randal Telk is about a Legionnaire who fades in and out of reality, and fantasizes about his exotic love Yolanda.  AGFL-17 is a continuation of AGFL-16.  AGFL-18 is already on the editor's desk, but goes back to the origional format of following Colonel Czerinski and his adventures.
 
February 21, 2013:  I am well into "AGFL-19 ATM" about a talking ATM machine that gets a human body and joins America's Galactic Foreign Legion.  I try to write every day.  In between, I'm visiting two Amazon forum sites:  'Al's Place Thirty Two/Too/To on the Kindle Forum, and in the U.K. science fiction forum:  "I don't want to read silly remarks made under this posting.'   I search for kernels of humor everywhere.  Some of the best humor are comments by regular people, lost forever.
 
March 16, 2013:  I changed the price for all odd numbered AGFL books to 99 cents to remain competative with better known authors, and to encourage readers to buy deeper into the series.  I realize a 19 book series can be a bit much.  Initial sales results are brisk.

For fun tonight I watched a two-part DVD movie series called "Atlas Shrugged" about a near future where the government purposely destroys the econemy to gain control over the people.  It seemed a lot like what's happening today with global warming and class envy politics.  Even Barb liked the movie.  I believe you should never be jealous of what others have, but rather should work hard to innovate and better yourself.
 
Happy St. Patrick's day.  Iron Mike at the Rabid Repubican Blog reports that Boston closed the bars early on St. Patrick's Day.  It seems Un-American.
 
April 15, 2013:  I've started writing "AGFL-20 Time Machine."  Also, I'm looking forward to attending the UFO Festival http://ufofest.com/ in McMinnville, Oregon, on May 17th and 18th.  It looks like a fun time with lots of costumes and beer.
 
May 20, 2013:  A reoccurring theme in my books is the impact of TV as America takes humanity and American culture across the galaxy.  America is a country too big for homogeneity, filled with people from across the globe.  What do we all have in common?  We all watch TV.  It's what America does, a pervasive pastime that cuts through ethnic, class, and cultural diversity.  So, it stands to reason that when humanity meets aliens on a shared distant planet, our secret weapon is our culture and TV.  Resistance is futile.
 
June 10,2013:  I have finished writing "AGFL-20 Time Machine" and will submit it to Penumbra Publishing soon.  I go on a month long cross-country road trip vacation to Nashville in July.  I hope to get lots of writing ideas and visit lots of casinos along the way.
 
July 7, 2013:  "Boomer Lit' may be the next big thing, and I'm on the cutting edge.  What is 'Boomer Lit?'  Novels that deal with aging and mortality, and issues of the 60's and 70's.  In "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" the main character, Joey Czerinski, buys the Fountain of Youth in a computer chip.  In the AGFL series he duels with the Grim Reaper, who is upset that Czerinski is too tough to kill, constantly cheating Death.  Aliens on a planet shared with Americans are contaminated by our culture, TV, gambling, marijuana, democracy, nukes, football, fast food, freedom, Nike sports wear, baggy pants,  the McDonald's Corporation, the Mafia, and sex with humans.  Aliens try to pass laws against Americanization, but resistance is futile.  Yes, it's all 'Boomer Lit' for sure.  Far out.
 
AGFL18 cover
 
July 27, 2013:  Leaving my science fiction comfort zone, I published "Zombie Missouri" about the end of the world as we know it when the zombie apocalypse hits Missouri.  Missourians won't lay down dead without a fight.  It's a fun read.
 
August 4, 2013:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 18 First Contact" is now published.  Yes, that bright yellow sports car featured above with the mounted gun shooting at Burger King is actually an alien probe sent to make first contact with humanity.  The problem is humanity doesn't want to make first contact back, and mistakes the space probe for a Toyota.  The probe gets impounded for illegal parking, and starts a war between McDonald's and Burger King.
 
August 11, 2013:  I have noticed a large number of people, implying with bad jokes and anecdotes, that Louisiana Cajuns aren't smart.  I would like to state for the record that I disagree with that assessment.  Anybody who would build a city five feet below sea level, in a hurricane zone, and fill it with Democrats who can't swim, is a damn genius . . . . Too soon?
 
August 29, 2013:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 19 ATM" is now published.  A favorite character in the AGFL series is the talking ATM, a sentient machine dedicated to meeting Legion recruitment quotas, and conquering the galaxy.  In AGFL-19 the ATM is given a cloned human body, and recruits himself into the Legion, thus making his quota for the month.  Private Atm becomes the next Hero of the Legion.  It's a fun read.
 
September 18, 2013:  My wife Barb finally got around to checking out my website, after some co-workers brought it to her attention.  Too many boobs?  Maybe.  I reasoned with her that most of my fans are male, so the artwork is for them.  Fortunately I am tech challenged, and do not know how to remove artwork.  The boobs stay!
 
September 26, 2013:  I am published through Penumbra Publishing www.penumbrapublishing.com.  Penumbra publishes books of many genres.  Because Penumbra Publishing is new, it's authors are new, too.  Editor Patricia Morrison has high standards, and I assure you that Penumbra Publishing novels are quality work.  Please consider cruising the growing Penumbra Publishing catalog to find a gem from one of our talented authors.  I will be forever grateful to Penumbra Publishing for taking a chance on me, and hope you will take a chance on Penumbra.
 
October 5, 2013:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 20 - Time Machine" is on the editor's desk.  I just started "AGFL-21 Breaking Very Bad" last week.  Sample chapters will be provided at the end of AGFL-20.  Details are a surprise, and will be provided later.
 
November 4, 2013:  "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."  I just got back from a month's vacation to Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona.  I attended my 40 year high school reunion, showing up at 11:30 P.M. to talk about old times with the die-hards.  We were really something 'back in the day' at Tucson High.


 
December 19, 2013:  "AGFL-20 Time Machine" is still on the editor's desk.  I've also sent "AGFL-21 Breaking Very Bad" to the editor's desk.  AGFL-21 might be more controversial than usual because it spoofs the popular TV series "Breaking Bad."  Walter White and Jesse Pinkman change their names and travel through time to enlist in America's Galactic Foreign Legion.  Several other characters join them.  Also, people have asked if I'm bringing the AGFL series to a conclusion.  Apparently not.  Actually, I'm undecided.  One thing for sure is that I will not stop writing.
 
December 25, 2013:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8D-OL-KQOt4
 
January 7, 2014:  It's official.  All my 'children' have moved out.  All their problems are in my books.  Guess I can't pick on them anymore.  Where does the time go?  On an even more personal note, has anyone ever come home drunk and placed their eye glasses inside the freezer?  If so, seek help.
 
January 20, 2014:  In my books I depict a future where the Seattle Seahawks go to the Super Bowl.  But now, the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl is no longer science fiction.  It's amazing that what's science fiction today can be real tomorrow.  Kind of like Star Trek cell phones, and electing a Republican President.
 
February 2, 2014:  Congratulations Seattle Seahawks 43-8 Super Bowl victory.
 
February 3, 2014:  I went to the range to get some firearms instruction.  Everyone should know how to properly use a firearm:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iDnEkFSMRik
 
February 14, 2014:  Happy Valentine's day.

Only three percent of mammals find a life's mate. Those include humans and prairie voles. Research on the poor voles indicates staying together is not learned, it's in our DNA. It's splitting up that is a learned behavior. Voles even breathe in unison when sleeping. They'd hold hands if they could.

Ever been love-sick after a break-up? That's in our DNA, too. We're addicted to love, and go through withdrawals when we lose it.

How's that for psychoanalyzing love?
 
March12, 2014:  My publisher is having technical problems, slowing production of new books.  What else is going on?  Slow news day.  Researchers discovered a clam estimated to be 507 years old -- the oldest living animal ever -- and they accidently killed it.

May 1, 0214:  Fans of "America's Galactic Foreign Legion" know that Colonel Joey R. Czerinski's middle name is top secret.  However, there is a very obvious clue located on one of this website's pages.  Figure it out, and I will feature your name in one of my books.  Good luck, good hunting.

May10, 2014:  I am now on Facebook.  I've always made my E-mail public, but Facebook will help me  reach out to fans, politicos, and the writing community.  Also, it's fun. 

May 13, 2014:  "I told you so."  Worldisflat.gif

June 23, 2014:  I just got back from a vacation in New England visiting relatives on my wife's side.  It's a very beautiful area.  I still have two books on the editor's desk, and one book a work in progress.  Facebook has turned interesting, with a few old high school friends and football players reaching out.  A few tried to knock me into yesterday they hit so hard, back in the day.

September 5, 2014:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book20:  Time Machine" is just published.  If it can go wrong, it will....................................................  

September 11, 2014:  Remember the 9-11 attacks, and that we are still at war with terrorists.

October 19, 2014:  I'm back from vacation in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, and back to writing.  Along the way I visited the Homestead Cavern hot spring in Utah, an abandoned hot spring resort near Goldfield, Nv, the Kertchner Caverns near Tucson, and the historic Hotel Nevada & Gaming Hall in Ely, Nv.  Reno and Las Vegas were great, too.  I made money for a while using the same progressive field betting scheme described in "AGFL-1 Feeling Lucky."  Later, I resorted to card counting at the Blackjack tables, ending up at the casino in Pendleton, Ore.  My favorite stop was at the Crystal Craine hot spring resort near Craine, Ore.  There is nothing like gazing up at the Milky Way while bobbing in a large outdoor hot spring pool. 

October 24, 2014:  All of my books are now available through Amazon Prime.  This excludes my books from other venues, but Amazon Prime members can now acquire my books for free.

October 31, 2014:  Happy Halloween. 

November 4, 2014:  No more free stuff.  For a while I gave away a few free  books as promotions, but that's over.  Sales are at 40,000+ and I'm good with that.

December 8, 2014:  In several of my books I wrote about riots between humans and aliens on a distant planet.  People riot when they can become anonymous.  There is never a good excuse to cause harm. 


January 10, 2015:  People used to laugh at me when I would say, "I want to be a comedian."  Well nobody's laughing now.

March 13, 2015:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 21 - Breaking Very Bad" is published.  It spoofs the popular TV series "Breaking Bad." 

May 16, 2015:  I attended the McMinnville UFO Festival to sell my books at a vender booth, and to party with the aliens.  It was fun.  I ate dinner on the roof of the Oregon Hotel and listened to live music.   Drink long and prosper.

June 10, 2015:  My view on the police is that it's their job to protect your ass, not to kiss it.  'Police brutality' is a fake agenda driven issue by those who hope to tear down or gain a few votes.  America has the most professional police in the world.

September 20, 2015:  I had a good vacation driving from Washington state to Tucson.  In Reno I won $5,000 playing progressive field bets in craps.  In Las Vegas I lost it all.  In between I enjoyed desert hot springs and rock collecting.  Visited Jerry's Barbershop in Hawthorne and rock shops in Shurtz, Nev and Burns, Ore.  Got sideline passes to a Tucson High football game and visited friends and family in Arizona.  Barb flew in to meet me for the return trip.  I love road trips in my van.  Won some money back at the casino in Pendleton, Ore.  I'm told Penumbra is working on artwork for AGFL-22, and publication is dayz away.  We'll see.

October 25, 2015:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 22 - Blue Powder War" is finally published.  I love the cover art.  If you look closely you can see a cow and mobile home swirling around a tornado.  I also game a cameo to my daughter's pet prairie dog.  As usual, cameos were written into AGFL-22 for friends.  I hope that goes well, humor can be a difficult thing. 

January 2, 2016:  I'm well into writing AGFL-23-Bandits.  I'm posting daily on Facebook, join me.  https://www.facebook.com/walter.knight.948

March 5, 2016:  I was at the UFO Summit at the Quinalt Beach Casino in Ocean Shores, Wa. selling my books.  Met lots of people, some of whom have been abducted.  I was filmed for a U-tube TV program  by Pacific NorthWeird (see my Facebook postings or look up Pacific NorthWeird). 

April 28, 2016:  My publisher, Penumbra Publishing, announced they are either going out of business or changing their business model, and intend to delist all their books, including mine, on June 30th.  I retain most rights, but will be forced to self-publish.  Being computer illiterate, that will be a problem.  I'll probably give writing a rest for a while before attempting to publish my books again.  Penumbra has yet to E-mail me necessary files. Communication is sparse.  What a pain in the ass.  It's a shame, because my books are still selling.  I still intend to sell paperbacks at the UFO Festival in McMinnville, Oregon, on May 13th and 14th, but won't be as into it as I might have been.  I'll be drinking lots of green beer with the hot aliens at the parade.

May 16, 2016:  I met a lot of people at the McMinnville UFO Festival, but got rained out the 2nd day.  Also, I am now completely self-published.  All royalties go to me.  I told Penumbra Publishing we're divorced now, but they say it's more of an open arrangement.  Hmmm.  Sales continue, which is exciting.

May 21, 2016:  "America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 23 - Bandits" is now self-published.  The cover art depicts Americanized alien bandits on a planet far far away.  They're made in America with alien parts.  My ex-publisher Penumbra Publishing gave me the cover art for free.


August 8, 2016:  I got back from vacation to Niagra Falls on the Canadian side aye.  There was a large casino next to my hotel.  took a boat under the falls.  I also went up the Empire State Building.  A man got his foot blown off by a bomb while I was in Central Park.  Met an old soldier from my past Steve Mack who took me on a tour of Atlantic City.  Clinton blocked the boardwalk to shake hands with demonstrators at the Trump casino.  I won a few dollars there playing craps.  Spent a few days at the Thayer Hotel at West Point.  Got the grand tour.  It was a nice vacation.   Got stuck on a few toll roads touring around.  Toured an old colonial steel mill.  I'm writing America's Galactic Foreign Legion - Book 24 - War Crimes.  I think I might scale back to writing one book a year.  I have a few more books to write before I break the record for series length of the 'Casca Eternal Warrior' books.  That author died and someone else restarted the Casca series.  It's harder to self edit and publish now that Penumbra Publishing is out of the business.  Sales have slowed.  This week I'm giving away a few hundred "AGFL - Book 20 Time Machine" E-books as an introduction to the series.  It's been a good run, but I really should start a new series.  We'll see.  Going to Reno to gamble in October.  Maybe I'll get inspiration.

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