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From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #9

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #9

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #3

From the Liberal Ten Commandments, #3

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

From the Liberal Ten Commandments

From the Liberal Ten Commandments

Imagine if the United States had an egomaniacal president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences. What if you could go back to AD 31 and present the people of Galilee with a new liberal version of the Ten Commandments? How would that affect our culture […]

Win a free copy of Time Is Irreverent!

Win a free copy of Time Is Irreverent!

Help me win publishing’s version of American Idol and you can get a free copy of my new science-fiction political-satire, Time Is Irreverent! When Donald Trump got elected, my way of dealing with the tragedy was to create my own world, where time travel became an option for giving “President Handley” a career change and […]

Two-for-one special on signed copies of Endangered Edens!

Two-for-one special on signed copies of Endangered Edens!

Signed books are always special gifts, and Black Friday crowds are a bitch. Today thru Sunday I am offering a two-for-one deal on my second book, Endangered Edens. The book retails for $19.95, but this weekend you can get two signed copies for $19.95, plus $6.05 Priority Mail shipping. This book features 180 stunning color […]

Right-Wingers: Just be consistent!

Right-Wingers: Just be consistent!

Because I write liberal newspaper guest columns, right-wingers frequently criticize me in follow-up letters to the editor. I don’t have a problem with their letters. After all, I got to say my side; it’s only fair they get to respond. That being said, I find it amusing that by far their most frequent criticism of […]

My new novel is coming along great!

My new novel is coming along great!

Yay! I just finished the first draft of my new novel. My two previous books were nonfiction, so this is my first attempt at fiction. I started the book right after Christmas, with the goal of having the first draft done by the end of May. It’s amazing how much easier it is to write […]

Smile! You’re on motion-sensing camera.

Smile! You’re on motion-sensing camera.

Marty’s photo of the day #1948: Here’s a photo from the motion-sensing camera behind my house. Every once in a while I get shots like this that aren’t technically good but just crack me up.

Marty Essen wins National Indie Excellence Award for Nature

Marty Essen wins National Indie Excellence Award for Nature

My first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet, won six national awards. So naturally, I entered my new book, Endangered Edens, in some contests as well. Because Cool Creatures, Hot Planet won awards so easily, I was a bit cocky, thinking Endangered Edens would do the same thing. When the results of the first two contests […]

My Missoulian Guest Column

My Missoulian Guest Column

Here’s my guest column in today’s Missoulian newspaper. http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/republicans-can-t-be-concerned-about-environment/article_1b304f15-99c2-5641-8832-374cb3e9eace.html

No, you can’t be a Republican and still be concerned about the environment

No, you can’t be a Republican and still be concerned about the environment

Oh, my! I read every review my books get, and on Amazon my latest, Endangered Edens, is doing great. Until recently it had a rating so high, it was almost unbelievable. Of the 40 reviews, 37 were 5-star, and none were lower than 4-star. Then some right wingers found my book. For some reason the right wingers […]

Marty Essen’s Earth Day interview on the Dancing Dog Blog

Marty Essen’s Earth Day interview on the Dancing Dog Blog

Check out my fun and informative Earth Day interview on the Dancing Dog Blog! http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2016/04/earth-day-cool-creatures-hot-planet-interview/  

Warning: Do not drink liquids in public while reading this book!

Warning: Do not drink liquids in public while reading this book!

If you like to laugh (and who doesn’t?), you need to read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I downloaded the book to my Kindle shortly before leaving on a college speaking and book signing tour. I knew nothing about the book, other than the reviews I saw on Amazon. Oh, my, God! Let’s […]

Surviving a hippo attack

Surviving a hippo attack

Marty’s photo of the day #1750: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo shows Deb and me laughing, after we were attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe. The below excerpt from my book documents what happened. Enjoy!: Deb and […]

Polar Bear vs Human Hand

Polar Bear vs Human Hand

Marty’s photo of the day #1737: It’s Photos of Endangered Edens Week Pt 2, featuring pictures from my new book Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. This photo from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may be tough to make out, if you are viewing it on […]

Hanging with the Howlers

Hanging with the Howlers

Marty’s photo of the day #1735: It’s Photos of Endangered Edens Week. In the past I’ve avoided posting photos from my books, and instead featured photos that didn’t quite make it. But the more I think about it, there really isn’t any reason I can’t post my published pictures. After all, they’re copyrighted, and the […]

Endangered Edens Review (Mr. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews)

Endangered Edens Review (Mr. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews)

Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews posted a really nice review of my book, Endangered Edens. To read the review click here.  

Marty Essen Interview

Marty Essen Interview

I recently did an interview with the Booksjia blog. To read the interview, click here.

Marty Essen on the Rick Steves Radio Show

Marty Essen on the Rick Steves Radio Show

Yesterday, I recorded two interviews with famed travel author Rick Steves, The interviews will run this spring and summer on the Travel with Rick Steves Radio Show, which airs on roughly 400 radio stations from coast to coast. I knew Rick Steves was popular, but it was amazing walking into the Rick Steves’ Europe Building […]

Marty Essen’s Speaking Schedule

Marty Essen’s Speaking Schedule

Here’s my upcoming speaking schedule. I’ve added several more appearances since the last time I posted this, including Winston-Salem, NC, Albany, NY, Ithaca, NY, Missoula, MT, Skokie, IL, and Spokane, WA. More coming soon! 2/23/16, Pierce College Puyallup, Puyallup, WA 2/24/16, Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA (San Francisco) 2/25/16, Santa Rosa Jr. College (SRJC), Petaluma, […]

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