Wow! Things have been busy the past couple of months, but unfortunately, the activity hasn’t included working on my sequel to Time Walker. That is still staring me in the face and saying that spring release is getting closer and closer. I’m still hoping to get it done by the end of Spring, right around June. The book is written, but it needs some heavy-duty editing and I’m trying to get it done.
While the weather in Reno has been pretty nice during the day, the nights have been cold, and our furnace died two days ago. Looking for someone to either repair or replace it. I suspect the latter will be the result.
And I have been working on putting together a small convention that will be happening next week in Los Angeles. Once that is done, I think I can settle down to work on Splintered Time, which is the sequel book.
In the meantime, I put O’Ceagan’s Legacy out into a group giveaway of science fiction and fantasy books. If you’re looking for some new reading, maybe discovering a new author or two, then check it out. Just click on the image below to go to the giveaway page on Prolific Works. This promotion is running through March 4th. My book is a several chapter sample of the novel. Now through the end of the giveaway, it is for sale at half the price in e-book at $1.99.
Book Sniffer App
You might have seen an ad for this new app posted on Facebook, which is where I found it. It sounds like a pretty good deal for both writers and readers, so you might want to check it out.
I’ve added my name to the Book Sniffer family, a great new way to keep up with your favorite authors (once they register on the site) and to find new books and authors.
Hope everyone is well and enjoying the winter holidays. In Reno, we have snow on the mountains, and it rained here in the valley last night, so it’s chilly, but not frozen. I know some of you are getting blasted by snow and rain as well.
Two things to cover with this blog post. I want to remind you about the holiday giveaway promotion, and I am going to tell you a little about my visit to the fantastic Game of Thrones Exhibition in Belfast! Pictures included.
First, my book Time Walker is in a group giveaway through the holidays, so if you haven’t gotten it already, now is a good time to grab yourself an e-book copy. My short story, The Wizard’s Gift, is also in the giveaway, so download that one too. Both are totally free, although it would mean a lot to me if you’d review after you read them. You can review on Amazon and or Goodreads even though you’re getting a copy through Prolific Works. In addition to my book, you can also download either full books or partial books from other science fiction and fantasy authors. Click on the image to check it out.
Last summer, I went to Ireland to the World Science Fiction Convention. What a blast in such a great setting! Lots of panels, lots of people, and I never did make it the few blocks up the street to the building housing the art show. But there was so much to do, and honestly, if you got in one panel room, you tried to hang there as long as you could. The lines were long for each panel, and if you came out of one to go to another, the chances were pretty good you wouldn’t get in.
So, I cut a couple of days of the convention to do some touring on the east coast of Ireland. In particular, I wanted to see the Giant’s Causeway. I’d been there many years ago, but all of my pictures didn’t come out very well – this was pre-digital cameras. So I booked the Game of Thrones tour, which included the causeway. After I’d booked, I got a notice advising the GOT Exhibition in Belfast had just opened, and the tour would include it or the Titanic Exhibit. I went for the GOT. Now, the odd thing about this is I haven’t seen GOT. I don’t get HBO and only saw one episode at the World Con in Reno a few years ago when George R.R. Martin was a guest. In spite of that, I was keen to see the costumes and set pieces that were now in the museum.
First off, the exhibition is at the Belfast docks, and there’s still a set on the lot that we didn’t tour, but I could see when we pulled up. Our group was greeted by a fellow who’d been an extra on the series and took us inside where we got a dragon picture. It’s a pretty neat trick, don’t you agree?
After that, I strolled through room after room of costumes, jewelry, armor, banners, and set items from the series. All of the families were represented. Here’s a few of the costumes and other stuff for your eyes to feast on.
The huge warehouse was split into large rooms with floor to ceiling walls and lighting to be perfect for digital photography from your phone. My camera wasn’t quite as good at picking up the images, so it took a little longer to process the photo since flash would disturb the lighting set up.
One whole section near the back of the warehouse was a dragon skull graveyard. It was amazing as these skulls were dramatically illuminated and were huge. Very realistic. Other bones were scattered around.
By the way, this is a touring exhibition and parts of it will be going on tour. Our guide told us that some of the bigger set pieces will not be on tour, but the costumes, jewels, and swords, along with the smaller displays, will be making their way around the world. It is currently in Madrid. To check the progress, go to:
These photos are only a sampling of the numerous photos I took during the exhibition. If you’d like to see more, I’ve made the whole album at Flickr accessible for you to view. Simply click on the link below:
As the holidays approach, we all get busier and busier with cooking, shopping, and visiting with friends. I hope you’re ready for it. Here’s a book giveaway that some great writers are giving to you. Read on for details.
Exciting Book Giveaway!
Starting today, November 21st, and running through January 7th, the Galactic Greetings & Happy Holidays 2019 group giveaway will be live on Prolific Works. I’m thrilled to have two of my stories, my full-length novel Time Walker and my short story, The Wizard’s Gift included in this giveaway that features over 25 authors. Together, we are offering over 40 eBooks or eBook samples for free. To download, simply go to this link. Choose your books and download them. You may sign up for the author’s mailing list or not. It’s up to you.
About Time Walker:
For Mali Harper, getting in the time monitoring unit of TIM (Time Integrity Management) is the first step to realizing her dreams and building relationships. When an opportunity presents itself, she has a chance to make a big leap.
A growing time anomaly requires a Time Adjuster team to go back to the 18th century to correct the situation by whatever means necessary. Failure could mean the end of everything humanity has built in the future, including the space station Mali is living on. As an era expert, she is added to the team, but she isn’t trained for fieldwork yet. Now, they must hope that her adaptability and knowledge are enough to save the future.
Time Walkeris the first book of a trilogy that combines time travel with the steam-driven era in an exciting story that keeps you guessing. If you enjoy time travel novels with punches of action and adventure, then this book is for you. Pick up your free copy during this giveaway.
About The Wizard’s Gift
When his kingdom is threatened by a powerful wizard, a Wizard King must conjure a method to leave his knowledge to his heirs. Calling on his skills, he devises a unique plan.
The Wizard’s Gift is a fantasy short story to be enjoyed by teenagers to adults of all ages.
That’s it for this short post. I hope you will enjoy a happy holiday season and will pick up some books to read. They make wonderful presents.
First off, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since August before I went to the World Science Fiction Convention! Well, I have been busy, but most of it has been catching up after that incredible trip.
World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin
The convention was great although somewhat exhausting. So many panels and things to do. I loved the concert featuring music from various science fiction films. Awesome musicians. Costume contest was amazing. Dublin fandom outdid themselves to make this a fantastic convention. The biggest drawback was that the art show and a few other things, including George R.R. Martin signing autographs, were in a different building several blocks away. I never made it down there. With so many people and multiple panels at the same time, you had to choose wisely.
I spent an additional two weeks in Ireland, rented a car – will not do that again – and drove to the west coast where I did a little research and enjoyed the beauty of the country. This was my fourth trip to Eire over the past forty years. The last time I’d been over was in 1989, and I can say the place has changed considerably. Many more people, cities growing bigger, but at the heart of the towns, it is still the same Ireland. Unfortunately, it was also the wettest August they’d experienced in many years, or so the locals told me. I was rained on most every day and the Galway area experienced heavy rains. And cold… it was cold!
An amazing experience over all and I had a grand time. I enjoyed the welcome of several bed and breakfast places and renewed my spirit while I was there.
Starting in late October, I attempted to plot the second book in my Time Threads series with an eye to having it out in late Spring. It didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped, so I leaped into NaNoWriMo with a poor plan. In spite of that, I did complete the challenge of 50 thousand words on November 15th, so that is true to form for the past few years I’ve been doing it. I am still working on the book and hope to complete the first draft by the end of the month.
I have three other novels that are drafts that I need to either rewrite or edit before I can publish them, so I hope to focus on one of them over the next couple of months before I begin editing the book I’m working on now. I will be busy, busy.
I am thrilled to be part of another great Science Fiction and Fantasy Giveaway on Prolific Works that will begin on November 21st and run through January 22nd. This is a great opportunity to pick up some terrific science fiction and fantasy novels, including Time Walker, the first book of my Time Threads trilogy. I’ll send out a blast when the giveaway goes live so you can go check out the 40+ books available. I also have my short story, The Wizard’s Gift in the giveaway, so if you haven’t read it yet, you can grab it then.
I’m looking forward to the holidays and I’ll tell you all about my Game of Thrones tour that I did in Ireland. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate, and a very merry holiday season. Winter is definitely coming.
Back in the previous century, 1979 to be precise, my friend Patricia and I flew to the UK to attend the World Science Fiction Convention in Brighton, England. This was my first time at the world level as well as the first time in the UK. Both proved to be great fun although quite a bit different from the American conventions we’d been to before that. World Con isn’t a media con like WesterCon or ComicCon, but focuses more on books, the writers, and illustrators. While there was a bit of movie promotion, it wasn’t something supported by the film studios or as likely to have an actor appearing.
While I went to a couple of more World Cons over the years, this August I am going to the one in Dublin, Ireland … 40 years after that first convention in 1979. So many panels on the schedule and so many of them in the same time slots. I fear many more attendees as well, so I don’t know how many I might actually see, but I am excited to be going.
If I have access to the internet from my little computer, I will send back a con report or two, especially if I hear any interesting news. And I am going on a Game of Thrones tour of filming locations so I will have some photos from that also.
Since I am at World Con, I sent over a stack of postcards for my latest book, Time Walker, offering a free download e-book to the convention attendees. Not wanting to shortchange my followers, you, too, can download a free copy by clicking on the link below and then clicking on the link for Prolific Works. The link will take you to the book download page. This will be free until the end of August, so be sure to grab your copy before then.