Shadow of the Gods & More

So, just finished the first draft of Mirror, a full-length Ghost Games Case File.

Release summer, 2020.

Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core series, will be available July 4th.

Currently available for pre-order.

Whereas Cauldron laid the foundation for the series Shadow takes readers inside the world of the shifters themselves, through relationships and the unfolding of events that circle back to the first book and go back even further, allowing readers to see what it’s like to be a shape shifter living on Earth in the 21st century.

As I developed the main character, raven shifter Cayden V ale, I considered 

  • how would an individual who was part animal interact on a friendship level? 
  • how would they express intimacy?

Toward the beginning of the story we get a glimpse into how he might defend himself.  Further in we learn how he interacts as a friend and then a lover.  Later we learn more about defense.  

I gave a lot of consideration to how he would behave, what he would do to express feelings or otherwise demonstrate emotion.

He’s Shadow.  

  • What does that mean and how does that fit into the government/order/society of shape shifters?
  • How does his being Shadow affect his relationship with those around him both human and shifter?

I enjoyed this book because it allowed me to explore the complex world of shape shifters through the filter of simplicity offered by Mica Gilotti who is just graduating high school as the story begins.

Mica relays information to the audience not just about having one as a lover but having them as friends or colleagues.

My next project is Messenger of the Gods, third in the Dragon Core series.

For more information about Shadow, see the video on the book’s landing page.

Shadow of the Gods

Going.  Well, as usual, busy writing these days.  I’m pleased to announce that Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core series is on schedule for a Summer 2020 release.  

Check out the landing page to learn more.

I will be posting a video shortly.

Going.  I’m also just about finished with the first draft of Mirror, the 3rd Case File in the Ghost Games series!

Mirror is a full-length novel.

Why Wait?  As this book is way ahead of schedule I will be releasing it when it’s ready which is looking like early to mid summer 2020.

Still Going.  I have a number of stories in the queue, including Redemption, a short story tied to the Dragon Core SeriesMessenger of the Gods, 3rd in the Dragon Core Series, and an upcoming Chronicles, part of theMetatron’s Army family.

And Going.  There’s more.  Details to follow.

Stay tuned!

To put a perspective on the volume of material I’ve released – in the last seven years I’ve had my laptop keyboard replaced four times and the trackpad recalibrated three.  As I was facing my fifth keyboard replacement and fourth recalbration, I decided it was time for a new laptop.

dragon core shirt and shadow

I’m excited to share information about a few projects I’ve been working on

SHIRT: My art team came through for me bringing a vision to life in the form of a new Dragon Core T-shirt.

Perspective is Everything!

This is a whimsical take on Dragon Shifter Lage McAskell’s pub Aesop’s Cove.

SHADOW: I am happy to announce that Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core Series is in post production. It is on schedule for release on or before summer 2020.

I will have a landing page up within a couple of weeks. I’m still working on cover design and need to write the synopsis though I have an excerpt ready to go.

GHOST: I am currently working on Mirror, a Ghost Games Case File.

This full length novel is tentatively set for a late summer 2020 release.

Stay tuned!

shadows in the sun

Just finished the final draft of Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core series. Though work remains I anticipate the release of this novel by or before the start of summer 2020.

It is impossible for me to predict the release of the kindle version as the Amazon e-publishing division is having “technical difficulties.”.

I am still waiting for the kindle release of Rainmaker.

I have been assured via email that they are sorry for the delay.

I will update when it is available in kindle format. Currently, it is available in several other formats.

Looking Ahead. I am working on Mirror, a full-length Ghost Games novel, as well as Messenger of the Gods, third in the Dragon Core series, and Redemption, a short story tied to the Dragon Core series.

As part of my continued efforts to take people’s minds off the chaos, I will be releasing Redemption, as a no cost download for readers.

I do not have release dates for these works.

I will provide updates as appropriate.

Stay tuned!

Weather update

Apparently, there is a backup at Amazon. The good news is that the status of Rainmaker, second case file in the Ghost Games Series, has been moved up from “review” to “publishing.”

I anticipate kindle availability any day.

I just finished the first draft of Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core Series.

It is now in the hands of the beta reader.

I am really happy with how this installment in the series turned out and am excited to share it with readers this spring.

Going Forward. I had been lamenting the fact I didn’t have a short story that fit into the Dragon Core Series, as it would be a great way to provide readers with a Bite Size Pieces introduction to the series.

Then, inspiration struck!

Bite Size to the Rescue! Seriously, I had been toying with a potential sixth book but was unsure whether I could eke the idea into a full-length novel. In the weeks since putting it on the back burner I’ve come to realize it will be a perfect Dragon Core short story.

But First! Before I start to work on this next project I’m going to think of a way to celebrate the milestone I’ve achieved in finishing Shadow of the Gods and Rainmaker.

I rarely celebrate the publication of the books, instead jumping right into the next project.

Given my options I’m thinking of a fancy dessert paired with my favorite champagne, Chandon Brut

NOTE: After discussing it with a member of the art staff I’ve decided to go all out and make a nice dinner – try something I’ve never had before – followed by the dessert etc.

The benefit of spending time at home – opportunity to try new meals. I haven’t cooked this much since I was a kid – when you ground your own meat and got to find weevils in the flour. No wonder I vowed not to cook unless I had to. once I was an adult. The folly of youth.

As soon as the kindle version of Rainmaker is available I will update.

I anticipate Shadow of the Gods being available late May/early June 2020.

Stay tuned!

Rainmaker update

Rainmaker, the second case file in the Ghost Games Series is now available for download, with one exception. The kindle version is still processing.

It should be ready any time.

I will post an update on the kindle version when I have it. In the meantime, the other versions are all available for download.

Including the no-cost option.

I am currently working on Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core Series, which will be available for relese in the coming weeks.

Stay Tuned!

Rain and Shadow

So, on track to have Rainmaker ready for no-cost download by Sunday at the latest.

It’s in post-production.  Hopefully it will be ready by Friday evening.

I’m currently working to finish Shadow of the Gods, second in the Dragon Core Series.

On target for a late spring 2020 release.

Each book in the Dragon Core Series approaches the series storyline from a different character perspective.  As I mention on the Dragon Core page, the members of Dragon Core have watched for centuries as information shared in good faith was reinterpreted, their deeds misconstrued, their people painted as monsters.

Though all members agree with these statements, how each was affected and what they decided as a result is unique.

Each character is driven by a specific motivation that is beneath the overall umbrella of those truths.

While each story revolves around the role the characters play as members of Dragon Core, I also delve into where they fit in the greater shape shifter universe.

In Cauldron of the Gods I provide a historical perspective that lays the foundation for the series.  In Shadow, I introduce a new character whose perspective provides insight into what it means to be a shape shifter.

I add depth to this perspective by providing insight through other shifters and the humans they live with and among.

I’m excited about Shadow of the Gods and look forward to sharing it with readers in the near future.

Stay tuned.

Rainmaker status update

I’m happy to report that Rainmaker a short story tied to the Ghost Games Series is in the hands of the beta reader. This story, which is the third of short stories I’ve made available at no cost was fun but challenging.

I made one change it was like pulling on a thread. Everything started to unravel so I had to reravel it.

Rainmaker is the last short story I will be releasing at no cost though it is not the last short story.

See video.

Short stories will be priced lower than the full-length novels.

Stay tuned..

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!