Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t made an update in almost six months! While I don’t update frequently, I try to do it more often than this. I hope all of you are staying well during this pandemic. While I am a stay-at-home writer, I have not been as productive as I’d hoped to be during this time.
With smoke blowing in from the California fires, it’s tough to wrap my mind around creative writing or any writing, for that matter. My book that I had planned to release in May or June, it is now delayed until 2021. I’ve gone through three edits on it, but I’m giving it one more pass with my critique partners before I publish, so that is taking time. But I would rather put out a better book than rush it.
So, Splintered Time, the second book in the Time Threads series, is now scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2021. But I do have a gorgeous cover for it, done by the wonderfully talented Barb Hoeter at Coverinked. So, if you haven’t been on my Facebook page and seen it already, that’s it on the right side. I am so thrilled with this cover and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Once again, I have two books in two separate giveaways on Prolific Works. They are both previews with about one-third of the books in the download and a sale on through September to purchase the books at 50% off, if you want to read the whole book. Over 40 books are in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Giveaway while about 30 are in the Heroes, Romance, and Time Travel one. Check out both of them to possibly find some new writers to read.
November’s Nano Project
NaNoWriMo is coming up in November – after doing July’s Camp – and I have my project picked out for it. Incredibly it’s been four years since I released O’Ceagan’s Legacy and the second book is long past due, so I’ve been working on the plot for that and plan to write it in November with an eye to releasing it in toward the end of August 2021. I have a cover picked out that is similar to the original novel and I’ll be posting that about the time I begin writing the book. I love having the cover when I write since I make it the background on my computer screen , and it inspires me throughout the writing.
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.
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.
Happy cold February. It seems like just about everywhere is getting hit with winter storms. Even Las Vegas is shimmering under a pretty decent dusting of snow. When I lived there, I think I only experienced one dusting of it. Reno, on the other hand, has been getting pretty good snowfall this month. We’ve had nine storms come in although the first two were heavy rain in the city while the mountains took the brunt of it. The Sierras are entirely coated with the white stuff and look gorgeous.
But I digress… I am actually wanting to remind you that the Light Up the Galaxy free science fiction and fantasy giveaway only has five days left for you to go check out the books offered and grab yourself a free copy of a few of them. My book, O’Ceagan’s Legacy, the full novel, is available for free.
One of the hardest things for a writer to do is get noticed amid the tremendous number of authors publishing now. So, this giveaway is a way to combine the power of all the participating authors to try to reach more readers, so we invite all of our readers to explore the books offered. No obligations, but if you do read and enjoy the books, a review would be greatly appreciated. It really does help others to connect with the books.
So, please, before this promotion ends on February 26th, go out and download a few books that sound interesting to you.
Exploring barriers between reality and other realities… Is it fantasy or just a step through a dimension portal?