Beacon this weekend

Got an update during my daily walk that Beacon, a short story tied to the Ghost Games series should be available Saturday.

In the meantime I’m reworking Rainmaker.

It’s interesting – you have a plot and when you start filling in the pages you see where things work and where they just don’t feel right.

Changes necessitate I get reacquainted with the characters.

  • I changed one of the character’s cultural backgrounds which necessitated a change in where they grew up.
  • I changed a couple of last names
  • I gave siblings to a character who was slated to be an only child
  • I switched up the back story for multiple characters

I’ve also reworked other short stories.

The next full-length novel release will be Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core Series.

Release date will be late spring/early summer 2020.

Stay tuned!

Beacon (deja vu) Landing Page

I am happy to report that the landing page for Beacon (formerly known as Deja Vu) is now available.

In addition to the title, I changed the last name of one of the characters

I anticipate this story, first in the Ghost Games series, will be available for download by the end of the week.

I’ve started work on Rainmaker, 2nd “case file” in the series.

I have no release date yet.

I have full-length novels for the Dragon Core and Ghost Games series at various stages of completion.

I also have at least one additional full-length novel tied to the Metatron’s Army series.

Stay tuned!

Deja Vu update and name change

So, happy to announce that Deja Vu, a short story that will introduce readers to the Ghost Games series is in post-production.

I hope to have the landing page up by the end of day Monday.

I was chillin’ last night and came to realize that a plot device I’d intended to use never made it into the story. Here’s the thing. The plot device drove the name of the book!

Oops! I guess that’s why they call it a “working title” until it’s released.

So, Deja Vu will be released by next weekend but it will have a new name.

I’ve enjoyed working on this story, the way it challenged me as a writer.

I had to come up with a story that would do justice to the overall series plot and yet be able to stand on its own.

I had a lot of information to cover in a short amount of time – I mean pages – and while I wanted readers to love the characters and the setting, the nature of the series makes it so they play a unique role in that they are front and center in their own story and yet bit players in the bigger picture.

The stories in this series are “case files” and while readers may see some characters in more than one story or even throughout the series, the files are about specific events/incidents/etc.

Ghost Games is a contemporary technology driven science fiction series.

Although some “case files”, including the upcoming Rainmaker, will have a looser tie to the technology-centric theme.

Everything is on schedule. In the meantime, I wish readers a Happy AND HEALTHY Easter.

Stay tuned.

deja vu with rain on the way

So, just got back from my somewhat daily walk.  

I don’t get out every day.

It was wonderful to be out in the sun.

Even if it was cool enough to justify wearing my Red Wings jersey.

It’s a Fedorov (91).

For most of the walk I mentally wrote the ending to Déjà Vu, the upcoming story. As I neared the end of the walk I decided on my next project.  Titled Rainmaker, it will be another short story tied to the Ghost Games series.

And yep, I’ll do the same as I did with Karma in terms of pricing.

I wasn’t passionate about the next project and in fact, doing another short story solves a problem.  A few actually.

  • I’m able to creatively channel excess energy created by the chaos
  • I didn’t think I had enough to make Rainmaker a full-length novel but loved the plot
  • I needed a break from series fiction.  Even standalone books in a series are intense

I’ve had fun working on Deja Vu though it was challenging, too.

It’s really different than anything I’ve worked on and short stories have always been a challenge for me.

Deja Vu solved a unique challenge I was having with the Ghost Games series.  Namely, What was going to be the inaugural story?

I had three very cool book ideas but couldn’t decide which one I wanted to release as the first in the series.  By releasing a short story, I was able to introduce readers to the style of the series without the pressure of having to choose.

I was also able to double back.  

When first considering the plot for the initial short story, I had two ideas.  I liked both but ended up choosing one for Déjà Vu.  I figured I’d eventually use the other one somewhere along the series way.  By doing it as another short story I tie all that creative chaos into a neat bow.

I’m guessing I’ll have Déjà Vu available for download within 10 – 14 days. 

Stay tuned. 

Here is an excerpt from Déjà Vu:

River’s stomach twisted at the look on his face.  She’d obviously ruined the moment.  “Sorry.”

Dodi put a hand beneath River’s chin, tilted her face so she’d look at him.  “Do you see, River?  The world is experienced not in fleeting moments but what we capture within through what we see, smell -.”  He handed her a glass of cool water, waited while she sipped before setting it down and continuing.  “Taste.”  He put a finger to her cheek.  “Touch.  Love is everywhere but to connect with it you need to be aware on a level that you have not yet mastered.  How could you?” he asked, “when your experience with the world has been so limited.  If you want to know love – to truly know love – you have to embrace the world and all that is within it.  Only once you let it inside through those senses will you be able to know what it is when you finally find it.”

Karma available for download!

I am pleased to announce that Karma, first of the Metatron’s Army Chronicles stories is available for download.

As I have written, there is a free download available. However, the kindle edition will be 99 cents.

I hope you enjoy Karma, a story that ties into the Metatron’s Army Universe.

I am working on Deja Vu, another short story that will be tied to the Ghost Games Series.

I will be releasing Shadow of the Gods in the coming months.

Stay tuned!

No-Cost Download coming soon

I just finished the final edit for Karma, the inaugural installment in Metatron’s Army: Chronicles.

There’s still work to do but I’m hoping to have the story available for download by the end of the weekend. I should have a landing page up within the next day or so. The cover is finished but I’m still working on the “What’s it all about” task.

Summarizing 50,000 plus words in a few paragraphs is one of the more challenging aspects of postproduction.

I also have about /13 of Deja Vu’s first draft written though I have no estimated time of release.

Lots of other projects are in the works. I will update readers as appropriate. In the meantime, both Karma and Deja Vu, which is an introduction to the Ghost Games series, will be available at no cost.

Stay Tuned.

writing ahead

I’m happy to say that Karma, a short story related to the Metatron’s Army series is in post production.

Those who have not read MA or Metatron’s Legacy will still be able to follow.

This book will be released at no cost as a way to introduce readers to my work.

And help the thousands of people who are now at home find a way to take their minds off the chaos.

I am now working on Déjà Vu which is also a short story that will be released at no cost.  This one is tied to the Ghost Games series.

I have several projects in the queue including Shadow of the Gods and an app I’ve been working on for several years.

I delayed the public release until I’d worked a few things out.  The process behind it was in the works for years.  It’s just automated now.

The order of release of these projects is fluid and will likely remain so though I’ll provide updates as I have them.

A SHORT STORY: My definition of a short story is 40,000 words or less whereas I consider a full-length novel 60,000 or more.

Karma is currently at 50,600.  Not sure what final release will be.

I have to admit, my arms and fingers are a bit tired.  In addition to getting this draft finished in a little over a week I wrote blogs and texts and emails.  I’m ready for a break.  

But my mind isn’t.

I have Déjà Vu going and though I’m anxious to get that one finished I hope I don’t push myself the way I did with Karma.

Part of that was letting off creative steam as an answer to the chaos.  I also cleaned and caught up on all the laundry.  YUCK!  

I’ll post updates as appropriate.  In the meantime, I’m hoping to have Karma available for download within 1 to 2 weeks.

Stay tuned!

learning at home

With l-12 schools across the country closed I thought I would post some information that may be helpful to parents and caregivers by listing resources they can tap while the districts get online learning up and running.

Please be aware that home learning – homeschooling – has been conducted successfully throughout the United States for decades.  Because of this there are a number of great resources to help parents and kids – and educators – during this chaotic time.

Where to Start?  Here is a book that will help guide parents who want and need to be more involved in guiding the education, Home Learning Year by Year.

Kahn Academy:  An excellent online resource for learning.

Singapore Math:  An excellent curriculum for homeschool learning.

They do more than math.

Spectrum Language Arts:  Excellent books and workbooks for language arts.

Owl and Mouse:  Online learning resource

World Geography:  This site is free and fun.

The Learning Store:  Lots of resources including kits for science experiments at home.

There are other online stores where more sophisticated science kits, such as biology and chemistry, can be obtained.

I understand from a woman who homeschools her kids that Brigham Young University has some excellent online classes.  

Her daughter took high school French with them.

There are many successful homeschool stories.  I’m sure some of those parents have blogs where they are sharing information with others.

The woman who homeschools told me there are great online resources for parents who are homeschooling for the college bound, including how to do course transcripts for acceptance.  These individuals are generous with their time and information.

I will update this post if I come across additional resources.  I invite those who follow – if you know of other resources that would help – post in the comments.