Vince Bernhardt is a futurist, app developer, humorist and writer. His apps are designed to make the digital world more accessible and humorous; his books try to do the same for the real world.
Some of his interests include economics, technology, life's surprises, and reading. He might believe in UFOs, except he isn't sure what they are. He does believe in unicorns.
In his free time, Vince creates other worlds, both by writing and by enjoying video games with his lovely wife and his collection of charming children. He lives in Texas and blogs at o-dark-thirty.
Who are your favorite authors?
Though I admire a lot of authors, David Gemmell remains my favorite. Druss the Legend is an awesome book, but all his books are outstanding. Tolkien, of course, is high on my list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play computer games. I backed a number of game developers on Kickstarter and I play through most of those. I am currently playing the new version of Leisure Suit Larry, and I anxiously await the release of Wastelands 2. Besides computer games, I do write some apps for iOS and Droid, but I'm usually pretty far behind on those. And there's our garden... We have lovely plants - really, our tomato plants are over five feet tall and no tomatoes! What's with that? And I read, of course...
August Moon keeps a secret, a secret shared by his brother, Lone Wolf. The secret almost killed him years ago, and the man responsible reforged the world.
But August doesn't know this yet. He simply struggles with a world gone mad, a world where he thinks he might be a monster.
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In his usual tongue-in-cheek style Vince writes about the years of living with his Mother-in-law. Some are poignant, some are outlandish and all of them will make you smile. His last chapter gives details of when his mother-in-law was a young woman, fleeing the Nazis in WWII.
Smashwords Style Guide
on May 24, 2013
There is a lot to like about this book, and not just for Smashwords. Just the section on how to do links in Word was worth the price (well, it IS free). I did a page by page walkthrough on my first book and it worked flawlessly.
For any writer out there, this is a must-have, even is you don't use Smashwords (and why is that, again?)
The Unsuspecting Mage: The Morcyth Saga Book One
on May 24, 2013
I'm a big science fiction and fantasy fan, and have been for over fifty years (yes, the sci-fi genre is that old). This book is not a bad book, but not outstanding in the fantasy genre. I did like the premise, though, as one reviewer said, there is a lack of tension in the book itself. The present tense style of writing didn't put me off from reading it, but didn't detract from the book, either. That's actually a positive note, since I think present tense is tough to pull off well.
Overall, it's an okay book, and it's free, so you should at least give it a try. It might make you interested enough to get the next book, which is the author's thinking, I'm sure.
The Aurora City
on May 29, 2013
It's hard to write a good book. It's even harder to write one that is 112K words long and keep the reader happy until the end. That's exactly what E.R. Mason does. The pace of the book is superb; the very few times I felt things slowing down, felt myself losing a little interest, the author spiked the story and I was back in the middle of it. I plan to read the rest of Mr. Mason's book. I suspect I will enjoy them all immensely. Keep an eye open for further reviews...