51K And Counting

Happy to say that Redemption, a Dragon Coreshorter” story is at 53K plus and counting.  And counting.  And…

So much for shorter.  This book is writing itself.

I am always amazed by the fact no matter how many stories I write there’s always a new way, a new angle. 

Something new to learn.

Redemption started as a maybe, turned into a this would work, and evolved into a runaway horse.  Fortunately, I managed to lasso the beast and get things under control.  

I think.

Maybe.  Months back and in response to the global chaos I decided to do shorter stories that were filed under the various sci-fi series I have going.  I quickly kicked out three “shorter” Bite Size Pieces that fit within two of the three series.  

All that was left was to do something for the Dragon Core series.

I was surprised by how difficult it was to come up with a story I was happy with for this series which is itself evolving into more than I imagined when I initially conceived it.

I think it’s because for the depth of passion I include I felt doing something short would “short change” author and reader both.

This Would Work.  As I worked on BeaconRainmakerKarma, and Mirror, I mentally chewed on an idea for the Dragon Core series.  

But it felt lukewarm.

Runaway Horse.  Determined I put fingers to keyboard and forged ahead figuring after I got past the initial “oh my god this is going to take forever” I always feel when starting a new novel, it would smooth out.

Little did I know.

This smoothing out process took far longer than I’m used to.

More than once I worried I was forcing it – never good.

I continued to push through.

What choice did I have?  Quit?  After talking about the story for weeks if not months?  Um – no.

suddenly, like the sun bursting through the clouds, the thing took off.  

Twenty thousand words turned into thirty turned into …

Lasso to the Rescue!  Worried I’d lost the thread of intention if not the story, I took time to go back and read what I had from the beginning.

I’d started the book with a significant event in mind but wasn’t sure where in the story the event would take place.  I worried I’d backed myself into a corner and would have to rip out sections to fix it.

To my relief I ‘d written the book in such a way I could decide later on.

I’d written everything so it could go in either direction.

Rather than just moving on ahead, however, I took time to do research.

  • Podcast of Templar Battle Tactics**
  • Article on sleeping habits of horses

Redemption continues to evolve, dragging me along for the ride.

But I’m holding on.

This Dragon Core story which is a full-length novel that will – as promised – be put under the Bite Size Pieces umbrella will be available for purchase Autumn 2020.

I will work on a landing page in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

**To listen to the podcast by JStephen Roberts click here.

Full steam ahead

So, sitting here working to develop the characters for the upcoming Redemption, one of two Dragon Core short stories I will be releasing. It’s proving a bit of a unique challenge. I have two plots, either one of which could fit Redemption.

This happened with Beacon and Rainmaker.

Though the characters in the stories are not interchangeable I’m having a hard time working on more than the fundamentals because I have both plot lines going through my head.

I have a feeling I’m going to end up writing both stories simultaneously.

Over and over in recent years I’ve found the path to story development – my career development – taking some unique and interesting twists.

Often I’ll have an idea for a book or a series years before I start to work on it.

The idea for Dragon Core came while I was still finishing Metatron’s Army and though I began researching for Cauldron of the Gods while working on Adjudication, it was several months before I started the series.

The idea for Ghost Games came as I was about to go for a walk along the Embarcadero in San Diego. As I was making my way down the stairwell of the high-rise we were living in, an image flashed in front of me. I stopped on the stairwell to study the image and though I was unable to glean much outside a location and a generic nature of the image, I understood enough about it to know that at some point it would be a novel.

At that point I thought it would be a one off. By the time I set to work on Mirror, I knew I had a series.

Metatron’s Army was a project that spanned decades. As I hadn’t intended to publish the story working out the details once the decision was made took time and also had to brew in the background.

I was still publishing nonfiction works regarding EMF Sensitivity.

I also have an app I’ve been working on and will be releasing late summer/early fall 2020.

I’ve been testing it and so far so great. I’m very happy with it.

I will be releasing videos in the coming weeks to provide details.

The plot for the app like my novels evolved over time.

26 years to be exact.

I’m excited about all the projects in the queue and look forward to sharing details in the near future.

Stay tuned.

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!

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..