W. Blake Heitzman


Blake grew up just south of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he spent his spare time exploring the desert in his World War Two surplus jeep. Sometimes he listened to old timers’ tales of Geronimo, Pancho Villa, and Billy the Kid.
Today he weaves his love and respect for the desert along with bits of what he’s heard and seen into his stories.
A retired Professional Engineer in the State of California with Masters Degrees in Energy Conversion and Urban Planning as well as experience as a college math instructor, Blake's interests range from science and history to aliens and the Kaballah.
Heitzman is influenced by his favorite writers: Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Michael Crichton and Tony Hillerman.
He is currently writing The Shaman Gene series, the story of Earth’s rise to join galactic society. "The Robot's Daughter", is the second in the series, although it has been designed to be read as a stand alone novel as well. Two more novels: Seekers of the Scroll and The Forceps of Sharon are in draft.
You can read more and comment at Blake’s website: www.shamangene.com/BLOG
Blake no longer makes his writing available at Amazon because of their treatment of authors.


Seekers of the Scroll- Chapter One
Price: Free! Words: 9,450. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is just the first chapter of the 3rd book in the Far Traveler series. Other chapters may follow. The secrets of Haines Companies' ability to time travel oozes out into the world. Some historians decide that Matt must go back to the crusade of Richard the Lionhearted. Others follow, not all with good intentions. Meanwhile, an interstellar killer wanders about in modern times.
The Robot's Daughter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 123,620. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
A sinister species invades our galaxy and combines with Nirvania's ancient enemy to attack the galactic confederation. Earth is too remote to defend. We must now depend on the aliens who live among us. One of them is the robot's daughter. Alien assisted time travel and history intervention.
Trail of Transformation
Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Trail of Transformation is a short dark fairytale about three exchange students who take a wrong turn in the Irish countryside. How do those who follow them end up? Do the two groups interact?
Home At Last
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A humorous science fiction short story about an impetuous young woman who decides to change our world. Despite being an alien, she has a human quality that people relate to.
The Reserve
Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Something other than the Germans is in the fog. The Reserve is a short horror story about a World War Two patrol that gets lost in a fog. Spooky to the last line. This story placed in an Author Stand contest, and is considered 4.8 Stars in the Booktrack version.
Children From Stone
Price: Free! Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
(5.00 from 1 review)
Children From Stone is a sweet simple short story told in the form of a Norse folk tale, and people love it.
A Far Traveler: The First Alien
Series: The Shaman Gene, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 157,560. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
An ancient alien’s story of our past. The search for his remains. A race to save our world. Hunted by human psychics, a castaway alien seeks refuge with a Bedouin shaman. 3000 years later, Matt Krause is hired to figure out what happened to the alien called Gimish. A Far Traveler is the 2013 Global Ebook Silver Medal Winner in Science Fiction.
Tales of the Weißenbach Bridge: The Bartender
Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.00 from 1 review)
There has always been a bridge near Weißenbach in the Black Forest. At first it was just a fallen log. Later, when settlements developed nearby, a wooden structure was built. Now days, it’s paved and cars pass over it, but since the beginning, locals have known not to wander upon it under a new moon. The bartender’s tale, is the first of several stories about careless or desperate souls who did.
From the Agenda
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The full title is: From the Agenda of the Bicentennial Celebration of the Treaty Between the Sentient Species of Nirvania. Terrestrial beings from a distant planet have established commerce throughout the galaxy but still haven’t given dolphs their rights. Then one night the children of a national hero are threatened by a deep water monster and a team of dolphs sets out to save them.

Smashwords book reviews by W. Blake Heitzman

  • How to Find a Job on Feb. 22, 2013

    You can spend more money, but this little book has the information you need. Larry Gray's "How to Find a Job" is a must read for all college seniors, as well as, professionals who seek new employment. College students, even those who are majoring in technical professions, seldom are instructed in job search tactics. In today's world, the serious job seeker cannot leave their job application to happenstance. There are too many others competing for your job, and it's too easy to be overlooked; or worse, tossed aside for unprofessional or sloppy practices. I divide Larry's book into three keys parts: prior to the interview, the interview, and post interview. All are important, but getting the interview is probably the most challenging for most people. When you finally land the interview that you worked so hard to get, you certainly want to make the most of your chance to land the job. Follow Larry's suggestions. I assure you they have worked for people I have hired, and friends who I have helped prep for their interviews. Often there are two or more candidates that are in the running after the interviews. Use Larry's follow up advice and swing the decision in your favor.
  • Problem Solving - Dealing With Employee Issues on Feb. 22, 2013

    You can always learn from other people. I managed staff for 30 years and still learned something from Larry’s book. Typical of Larry Gray, his books aren’t long and wordy. You get the kernel of his information very quickly, and he gives you an actionable plan. Can you think of a better deal? His book is based on the initial premise, “There is no such thing as a problem, only an unsolved opportunity.” Although you must follow the procedures put in place by your business, maintain this attitude and you can make the difference in the final outcome. If that turns out to be the termination of an employee, his approach to the final meeting is a valuable guide. I give this 5 stars based on its value to managers and employees across all businesses.
  • I Have to Give a Speech - Now What on March 18, 2013
    (no rating)
    “I Have to Give a Speech” is short and to the point. Just like his other books, it gives a quick and simple guide for you to follow while steering yourself through your presentation. A key point is to remember that you aren’t there just to speak; you are there to communicate ideas. Do it as concisely as possible.
  • Phantom Canyon on March 24, 2013

    Joe writes a good old fashioned western adventure with all the touch points: bandits, calvary, ranchers, lost conquistadors, and many more. He starts off with brief descriptions of the key characters, both their physical appearance and the psychological issues that plague them, then he gets right into the action.