May 28, 2017

Society Agent Series #3 Now Available

Flawed Pearl, the third installment in the Society Agent series, takes undercover agent Shane O’Ryan to New Tahiti. Tourist ads describe it as a perfect pearl. Shane’s mission: expose the planet’s impure, gritty core. Every pearl has one.

Mysterious investors built the colony in defiance of laws designed to protect intelligent indigenous species. The one man who gathered evidence died of a knife in his heart. Shane needs to prove two aquatic species are the lawful masters of the planet, and he must identify the main conspirators before he becomes the next victim. And maybe win Karol's heart along the way.

Mar 12, 2017

Second Installment Released

Life and Death in the Stone Forest continues the adventures of Shane O’Ryan. For his first assignment as a graduate agent, the Society sends him to a dusty planet deep in the M4 globular cluster. An ancient race of alien artists is dying out. The scientist sent to discover why disappeared. Shane’s assignment: solve both mysteries.

His journey takes him to Karst, an economic backwater run by a misogynistic and ruthless autocrat. Among the magnificent dolomite spires of the planet’s remote mountains, Shane uncovers a metamorphosis unlike any in the galaxy. He risks his life to stop human predation of a sentient species. And, he befriends what may be the oldest advanced race in the Milky Way.

This sequel to Final Exam is available on Amazon. The Society Agent series continues. 

Dec 9, 2016

Society Agent Series Installments

In December 2016, author Shaun J. McLaughlin published the first novelette, Final Exam, of a new science fiction series on Amazon.

Nov 8, 2014

Novel: Dark Southern Sun

Dark Southern Sun, the second novel in the Ryan's Journey series, is now available as an ebook on Amazon and Smashwords, and as paperback at Amazon, CreateSpace, and elsewhere. For a pictorial guide, see the novel's Pinterest board.


Dark Southern Sun, picks up where Counter Currents left off and takes place entirely in Australia.

It is a tale of love, friendship, and honor in the goldfields of old Australia. Ryan washes up on the southern shore of Australia near death in 1845. Rescued by two Wathaurung native children and nursed to health by their parents, his life and theirs are entwined through good and sorrow for the next ten years. Set against the historical backdrop of Australia’s formative years, Ryan witnesses the displacement of the Aboriginal people, and he faces the chaos of the world’s largest alluvial gold rush and the bloodshed of Australia’s only armed uprising. Throughout, two very different women—one white, one black—tug at his heart as he struggles from penury to prosperity. As he rises in social esteem as an astute businessman and cunning street fighter, Ryan creates two bitter enemies—one white, one black. In time, they set aside their vast racial and emotional hatreds and combine forces. Can Ryan survive their vicious attempt to destroy him and save the good life he has built?

The cover art is by Wathaurung elder Marlene Gilson, who also reviewed the novel for cultural accuracy.

Tags: #HistoricalFiction #Adventure #HistoricalRomance #Australia #HistoryAustralia

Mar 30, 2014

Seven Best Writer’s Resources to Come By Email

Updated April 2014
I am stingy with my time. In trying to live a full life and write a book or two a year, I rarely indulge in prowling the Web for useful stuff. At the same time, I know I must stay current on the craft and business of writing and indie publishing. How do I reconcile temporal frugality with the need to know?

Mar 9, 2014

IndiePENdents.org: Where Authors Help Authors

Unfortunately, this installment on indie author communities no longer applies. The group ceased activity and is looking for someone to takeover. They still have an active Twitter account.

In a world awash with hundreds of thousands of new books yearly, where many are amateurish efforts, indiePENdents.org provided authors with a method to prove their books meet a basic professional standard.

Feb 10, 2014

Scribophile: Best Peer-to-Peer Writers' Resource

This is the second installment about indie author communities I find valuable. These are places where you can hone your craft and/or contribute to bettering our profession. 

Updated Feb. 14, 2014
Scribophile, online since February 2008, is a friendly and effective peer-to-peer author critique resource. It bills itself as an “online writing community that provides serious feedback for serious writers.” Basic membership is free. A premium membership is available for an annual fee. It provides extra services and privileges.