The journey is the reward

I am proud to announce that Event Horizon is now available!

While the purpose of the app is defined on the app store and below, I have provided additional information on the Event Horizon landing page.

The journey from concept to release for this app is detailed in a series of videos on this page.

There is an FAQ Section toward the bottom of the page.

I’m proud of the work that went into this project and want to take a moment to express my gratitude to friends and family who have supported me along this journey of creativity.

Especially Aaron who has worked tirelessly to help me bring my vision to life.

I invite readers to check it out!

PURPOSE: Helps reduce the mental and emotional noise that can hinder decision-making and cause creativity and productivity blocks.

Stay tuned!

Up Next: Redemption

So – happy to report I’m finally done with the final draft of Mirror, a Ghost Games Case File.

It is now in the hands of the beta reader.

I anticipate a Late August/Early September 2020 release date.

A landing page will be up within the next couple of weeks.

Though I’m also working on an app I’m hoping to release Late Summer/ Early Fall 2020, I managed to figure out the next story, to work on Redemption, a Dragon Core Short Story.

This will be a Bite Size Pieces offering.

Though not part of the original series, like Shadow of the Gods, Redemption will further immerse readers in the world of Dragon Core, providing insight into a different shadow species.

Readers of the series will find plenty of familiar characters alongside new ones.

I anticipate a Late Summer Early Fall 2020 release for this Dragon Core installment.

Stay Tuned!

Every book has its rhythm

So, happy to have finished “the final edit” of Mirror, I went off to eat dinner then enjoy a relaxing evening reading someone else’s work.

As I was sitting on the sofa reading about the kick ass nuns a thought bubbled to the mental surface:  You know?  You really need to add that scene you’ve been toying with.  You won’t get any sleep until you do.

I wasn’t too surprised.  Edits are never final.

Not even when the thing goes to press.

Ask any author.

With a sigh I shot myself a text I would see in the morning telling me to add the scene – along with the part of the story I felt made the most sense.

Then I finished reading the article.

This morning as I sat drinking my second doppio I decided to finish Mirror,. An interesting thing happened.

As I went about adding the scene, which I figured would take a paragraph at most, I found that I felt connected to my characters in a way that had been eluding me.

Every book is different and I empathize with characters to a different degree.

I’d known something was missing – the way you taste a sauce and ponder which spice might need to be added.  Hint – and this comes from my doctoral side – it’s probably SALT!!!!!!

Salt makes spicy food absorb heat spices – like cayenne pepper – better.  It’s also crucial to human health – an electrolyte critical to muscle function and cellular communication.  Ahhh, but I digress.

The response was so positive I decided to add another scene I’d been toying with.  Another interesting thing happened.  

As I considered how to connect the scenes – which come toward the end of the book – I continued moving forward – tweaking as I went.  

The more I tweaked, the more I connected with my characters.  

I realized there was a familiarity to the whole process.  I’d been in that spot before, though not often.  A quick rifle through the hippocampus gave me the answer.  

The Lover!

I well remember being stuck at the window, a scene where I saw the characters but had no idea what they were doing there.  Oh, the awkwardness between the two I got – I just didn’t know how to express what they were thinking or feeling – yet.  

Because I hadn’t truly connected to my characters beyond surface depth!

A sense of peace came over me because not only did I understand the situation, I knew what I had to do next. 

Edit.

If I released the book today, I would be proud of my work.  However, armed with the knowledge if not the understanding I now have, I believe I can improve the story that much more.

Because I understand my characters in a way I hadn’t.

So, after a short music break, I will have another go at the story – from the beginning.

And as there is no tension, it will be not work so much as joy as I experience the book through characters I now have a better understanding of.

There is a secondary benefit to this.  By going back through the story from beginning to end I can identify any typos like single quotes that should be double quotes before handing it off to the beta reader.  

I can also allow the other stories in the queue to brew on the back burner of the muse’s stove.

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.