Hundreds of orbs are sailing through space, moving toward Earth. ETA: six days. Nobody knows what in the open-face hell is going on, but there’s no shortage of speculation and panic. The government has already been caught lying about what they know, and society is on the brink of collapse.

The family at the center of this adventure novel is attempting to get from New York City to a vacation home in the Colorado mountains, where they plan to hole up and hopefully ride out whatever is to come. You might find this difficult to believe, but they encounter quite a few problems along the way.

I read this one a couple of months ago, and had a great time with it. I like how the titular invasion is something ominous and threatening, but not actually happening until deep into the book. And even then… it’s not exactly clear what’s going on.

But there’s always book two… and three… and four. This is the first entry in the so-called Alien Invasion Series, which contains seven books. I plan to read them all, and own most of the novels already. This first installment is free today, and probably tomorrow. Oh, these guys know what they’re doing.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

In Times Like TheseI finished reading this one a few weeks ago, and had a great time with it. As the title suggests, it’s, you know, an adventure story involving, well, time travel.

It begins with a group of friends waiting out a thunderstorm in a dugout, hoping to get their planned softball game in once the rain and wind moves on and becomes somebody’s else’s ¬†problem. But it’s not to be. A power line is knocked loose by the storm and drapes the dugout, blasting our new pals ass-over-tits. When they regain consciousness, something feels a bit off, and it doesn’t take them long to learn the reason. They’ve woken up in freaking 1985!

The novel is a lengthy, fun ride. The characters are likable and real, and there’s no shortage of twists and turns in the plot. Will they figure out a way to return home to 2009? Will they even want to? Along the way they meet plenty of memorable characters, ¬†and encounter any number of compelling situations. It’s highly entertaining. And today it’s free for Kindle. If it sounds like your kind of thing, you won’t be disappointed.

wilco-star-warsA few days ago my email inbox was bombarded with messages about a new Wilco album, which is always exciting news. But this time it’s a little different. For one thing, nobody knew it was coming — the release is a legitimate surprise. Plus… the band is offering the full download for free.

Here’s the link to Wilco’s website. You’ll need to provide an email address, confirm that address by clicking on a link in a message sent there, and receive the full mp3 version of the album. Very cool.

I’m only listening for the second time, but digging it. There are a lot of positive reviews online already, and here’s an example. Here’s another.

Star Wars will be available as a free download through August 13. The CD will appear on August 21, and the vinyl LP on November 27. I have everything this band has ever released (and more), so it was — as annoying people often say — a no-brainer for me. Snag it if you’re so inclined. You have about three weeks to get it for free.