Weekly Update

I’m settling into the school year routine. Bethany is back at college, and Gareth is at school all day. I love having large unbroken chunks of time to work on my writing. For the next couple of months Gareth has marching band rehearsal until 6:30 every afternoon, so I’ve got even more time than the rest of the school year. I’m going to try to put it to good use. I’m working with a cover artist and beta readers on Nothing But the Truth, so expect to see it soon. I’d like to leave around a month between it and the Noblebright Fantasy boxed set release in October.  If people get back to me quickly, I may be able to get it out by mid-September.  Otherwise look for it in November. Other than that, I’m focusing on my sci-fi romance.  Once I choose a pen name and get a new website set up, I’ll link it here. PS: I’m running a quiet free sale of The Fuller’s Apprentice this week. I’m testing out Facebook ads, playing around with targeting them to different audiences. I expect most people reading this will have a copy already, but now would be a great time to recommend it to a friend you think might enjoy the Tevenar books.

Weekly Update

Hello, everyone. Sorry it’s been so long since I posted. Remember the part in my “About the Author” where I say that one of my hobbies is performing in amateur musicals? That’s what I’ve been doing. My church staged a production of “Mary Poppins,” and my whole family took part. I played Miss Smythe, the bank chairman’s secretary, as wells as singing in the chorus. It was lots of fun and lots of work, and we’re all happy and exhausted. Gareth and Bethany both go back to school next week, so I’ll be back to writing full time. I’ve got a lot of different projects in various states of completion, and I’m still deciding which I’m going to focus on first. A high priority is going to be finishing the rough draft of Book 2 of my science fiction romance series, so I can start Book 3 in November for Nanowrimo. Those will be published under a pen name, because they’re definitely not YA, and I think it’s best to keep them separate. I’ll link to it here, though, so those who are interested can find them. Some photos from the show: Gareth, Bethany, Rachel, me, Anthony The bank employees celebrate “Precision and Order.” The grand finale: “Anything Can Happen.” “Anything can happen if you let it, Life is out there waiting, so go and get it, Grab it by the collar, seize it by the scruff, Once you’ve started living life you just can’t get enough. Anything can happen, it’s… Read the full article.

Weekly Update

Hi, all. Sorry for the irregularity of the updates lately. Summer is in full swing and my schedule is crazy, with lots of travel, events, and activities for all the members of my family. The Tale of Gurion Thricebound is out and available for you to buy or borrow. I hope you give it a try; it’s got some of my favorite characters and story arcs that I’ve written. It covers a lot of territory. I considered breaking it into four books, because it’s made up of four distinct parts, each of which could have stood on it’s own with a little tweaking. Ultimately I decided it worked better as a single volume. But it’s like you’re getting four books in one.:) Right now I’m working on Into the Storm. I’m very close to finishing all the editing. It’s going to be part of a multi-author box set coming out in October. More details will be forthcoming soon! I’m helping my daughter launch a beta reading/editing business. While she’s gaining experience her rates are very affordable! If you have a project you need feedback on and don’t have the time to swap critiques with another writer, give her a try: https://www.fiverr.com/lexterre/beta-read-and-proofread-5000-words-of-fiction

Weekly Update

Sorry I missed writing an update last week. I’m busy getting settled into the summer (lack of) routine. My family is involved in a production of the musical Mary Poppins at our church, which is going to take lots of time for rehearsals and set construction. And next week we’ll be leaving for our annual vacation to visit my parents in South Carolina. Before that, this weekend I’ll be a guest at Comicpalooza, Houston’s big comics/science fiction/fantasy con. I’m going to be speaking on three panels, at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm on Friday, and at 7:00 pm on Saturday. Plus I’ll be attending lots of others. You can find out more about it at http://www.comicpalooza.com. Hope to see you there! And here’s a special announcement just for those who have read this far. The Tale of Gurion Thricebound, a prequel to The Chronicles of Tevenar, will be released on July 1, 2016. If you’ve read the Tevenar books, you’ve heard a lot about Gurion, but there’s much more to his story. Now you get the chance to hear it in his own words. It will be on sale for $0.99 for a limited time only, so be sure to get your copy right away.

Tuesday Update

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day long weekend. I’ve got the comments on Gurion Thricebound back from my beta reader, so this week will be devoted to making revisions. This will be the last pass before I send it off to Createspace and get a proof copy, which I’ll use for the proofreading pass. I really hope to have it ready to release at the beginning of July, so I can include it in Patty’s July promo. Her promo back in September helped Fuller’s Apprentice get off to a terrific start, and I’m hoping to do something similar with GT. Speaking of Patty’s promo, there’s another one coming up this weekend. This one is all free books – some which are always free, some which are only free for a few days. Calling is included this time. Also, this time there will be links to other retailers, like Apple, Nook, and Kobo, as well as Amazon. I’ll be posting a link on Facebook like usual. Liking, sharing, and/or commenting on my posts helps get them out to a wide audience. Even if you’re not interested in lots of free books, your friends may be!

Monday Update

Into the Storm is off for beta. I’m working on various bits and pieces of things while I’m waiting on Gurion Thricebound stuff to come back. I ordered two new maps but haven’t heard back from my artist yet. Haven’t yet heard from my cover artist either. I’ll need to touch base with both of them and make sure it will all be ready on time. I’m kind of frustrated with Hero’s Journey right now. It’s such a good story, but it’s got a few problems I know are there but I haven’t figured out how to fix. And there’s research I’ve intended to do for a long time and need to actually get out there and do. That’s the problem with writing a portal fantasy that partially takes place in the real world – I can’t just make everything up. Val, the main character, is a police officer, and I want to get at least the basic facts correct. I have a lead on an actual female police officer I can talk to, but that means I have to set up a meeting or at least e-mail her, which is hard for my introvert self. I also want to take a beginner handgun class at a gun range, since I realized exactly how little I know about how guns actually work as I was writing it. I ought to at least know how it feels to fire one, as well as how to reload. So to avoid working on… Read the full article.