Friday, April 29, 2011


Today's the day! My new book, "Magic Is Faster Than Light," is now available from the Muse Bookstore at

A blend of Fantasy and Science Fiction, or as I like to call it, SF-flavored Fantasy, it is best described by "Once upon a time there was a spaceship full of witches ..." Here is a short excerpt:

Nobody but Kendra could see into the large cauldron, but soon the watchers noticed its contents were casting a strange green light on the ceiling. When she finally decided things were ready, Kendra opened the valve on the large pipe, and called to the tech at the control panel, "Start the ship's engines." He threw the switch, and after a moment there was a low rumble, similar to that during the first year of the voyage. Nothing else seemed to be happening.

Then someone who was facing the viewplate cried "Look!"

On the viewplate the stars were moving. Soon they were racing across the plate, faster and faster, as the ship gained speed, and after a while it was impossible to distinguish points of light, just streaks. One of the techs stared at the viewplate and said, "I don't believe this is happening, it violates every law of physics! But seeing those stars, we must be moving at several hundred times the speed of light." People started cheering.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

"Magic Is Faster Than Light" Reviewed

My next book, "Magic Is Faster Than Light," is due out in a couple of weeks, so I was pleased that I was able to get it reviewed by Ginger Simpson, a Muse author.

Here is the review that Ginger wrote:

Magic is Faster Than Light is not your mother‘s normal romantic fiction. Or, maybe it is if she‘s a fan of quirky scifi stories told by a narrator instead of stepping into the character‘s shoes and seeing the story firsthand. This is my first experience with this style of writing, and I must admit that author, James Hartley, has a remarkable imagination. He has created a story bound to capture the interest of those who like books featuring more than one POV in a scene. Witches traveling via spacecraft to a new world in a ship destined to kill them, use their magic to save themselves and their family members and land the vessel safely. You don’t have to follow the yellow brick road to get to Oz, and you don’t have to rely on Captain Kirk to steer the Enterprise to a land of people covered with blue fur. Romance? Of course. How else can they repopulate their new home. Magic IS faster than light, and James Hartley proves it with his latest release.

Thanks, Ginger.

Friday, April 1, 2011

$1.99 This Week

Yes, this week, April 1 to April 7, The Ghost of Grover's Ridge is a Book of the Week Special, on sale for just $1.99!! Just go to the Muse Bookstore to take advantage of this special offer.