I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy during this difficult time for all of us. Please take extra care and avoid any close contact with anyone.
I popped into Los Angeles at the beginning of this month for a convention with the Peter Wingfield Fan Club. Peter used to be an actor on Highlander the Series where he played Methos. He’s since become a doctor and is currently on a fellowship in Los Angeles. It was great to see everyone in the fan club again and to catch up with Peter and Jim Byrnes (Joe Dawson in the series) as well as the show runner for the series, David Abramowitz. We were just starting to hear about COVID-19, which has dominated our lives every since, so we felt lucky to have managed to sneak in a get together of over fifty people and get away unscathed.
Editing Begins in Earnest
Yeah, I am behind in my schedule for the sequel to Time Walker. The book is basically written, but I am just getting started in the editing process. April is Camp Nano, one of the two lesser events sponsored by the NaNoWriMo people. While I had originally intended to write a new novel, I’ve decided to devote the entire month to getting Splintered Time edited and ready for my beta readers.
Speaking of beta readers, I am looking for a few more willing folks to read and comment on the beta copy of the book. I need the feedback from readers to make the book the best I can and to help me look for weak points and plot holes. So it’s a really important job. If you’d like to give it a try, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the list. The only things I ask are that you read it within one month and give me honest notes.
Sale on the Funeral Singer series!
All five e-books of my Funeral Singer series are now available for 99-cents each at all book outlets – Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Apple – through April 4th. If you go here you’ll find a link to the first book (A Song for Marielle) at each of the available sellers. This series is complete.
Until next time when I hope I can tell you that Splintered Time is edited and out to beta readers, I am signing off. I wish you well. Escape into fantasy or a distant world. Read a book to pass the time while you’re stuck at home.
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.
Here we are at the end of March. The month came in like a lion and today is lamb-like calm and sunny for the most part. The past few days are suggesting that spring has finally arrived in my part of the world (Reno, Nevada) but I know as soon as my pear tree blooms another freezing, windy storm will be along. Never fails.
But I am here to let you know that I am doing another book giveaway!
I am thrilled to have one of my novels, Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle, be part of a month-long giveaway for paranormal and urban fantasy starter books in a series. This begins tomorrow, April 1st, and runs until April 30th. That means you have the whole month to check out the link (click on the picture above) and choose as many of the books offered as you’d like to read. We have 32 books in the giveaway, so hop over there and pick out a few to read…or take all of them!
Of course, I hope you will download and read my book, A Song for Marielle, which is the first book of my five-book series. The series is complete, so if you like it, you can find the other four on all the major stores.
Meet Gillian Foster–
A struggling musician, Gillian hopes to parlay her talent into a successful career. But a blow to the head, throws a wrinkle in her plans. A request to play for a funeral leads to a starling discovery. She can talk to the dearly departed while singing.
As she sings, she is spiritually transported to an ethereal graveyard where she finds a confused spirit who needs guidance. She can speak with the man and can even guide him to the next level. Okay, no problem. But this odd ability can also lead her to more trouble than she could have imagined as one of her spirit clients demands her assistance in locating the person who killed her.
Gillian draws the interest of a sheriff’s detective, who thinks she may be connected to the case. If that’s not enough, she also draws the murderer’s interest. Will she be able to fulfill her promise to the spirit and save her own life?
Reader comments for this book:
“I must say, it’s been a while since I’ve had a book keep me up at night. I read this book in three days. It’s a well-written tale and has an unusual plot. The main character is relatable and likable. The secondary characters are well drawn as well. It did get scary so…” J. Turner
” I once read that a good book or movie is defined by the ending whether one cares about what will happen to the characters when it’s done. “Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle…” gave me that feeling and therefore I recommend this book to anyone and everyone and can’t wait for the next installment!!!”
Warning, this book does contain some sexual abuse, so take that into consideration.
Click on the image above for my universal link to the second book, “A Song for Menafee” at Draft2Digital.
For the entire month, I am lowering my price for the digital books in the series by $1.00, so it’s a great time to buy them. They are all available on Amazon as well as Nook, Apple, Kobo and other formats. The first book will not be free on Amazon, so use the link for the giveaway to download it.
New Book Cover Reveal
I am also revealing the cover of my new book that will be coming out in early May, Time Walker. Isn’t that cover gorgeous? The incredibly-talented Barb Hoeter at Coverinked.com created it. I absolutely love it. My novel is a time travel fantasy with a touch of steampunk. More on that when I’m ready to release it.
Hope it’s looking sunny where you are. Be sure to check out the Urban Fantasy Series Starters giveaway.
Exploring barriers between reality and other realities… Is it fantasy or just a step through a dimension portal?