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.

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!

Excerpt from The Fuller’s Apprentice

Chapter One Master Sef stretched the wet woolen cloth to its full extent. He walked his fist, thumb and little finger spread wide, across the fabric from one selvage to the other, measuring its width. “It’s coming along well. Give it another five hundred strokes, lad, then come fetch me.” He scowled at Josiah. “And mind you don’t go off into one of your dreaming fits. There’s a representative of the Wizards’ Guild coming to check on their order, and we need to show him our best work—not cloth beat full of holes because a lazy apprentice couldn’t keep his mind on his task.” “Yes, Master Sef.” Josiah gathered the loose end of the bolt of cloth and returned it to its place, bunched in even folds against the back of the long, low box. When he moved clear, Master Sef scowled at him for a moment, then pulled the lever that set the fulling mill in motion. With a creaking groan the gears engaged, and the six stocks began to move. The heavy wooden heads crept back and swept down. They slammed into the folds of wet wool, sending spray flying. The mill beat the newly woven cloth rhythmically, binding the loose threads together, shrinking and thickening the web into a dense, warm fabric. With a pointed look at Josiah, Master Sef left the room. Josiah grabbed a bucket and went to the open arch to dip it in the millrace, just below where the great water wheel turned… Read the full article.

Fuller’s Apprentice is here!

My second novel, The Fuller’s Apprentice, is now available for purchase in trade paperback and Kindle editions. The Fuller’s Apprentice is the first book in a new series, The Chronicles of Tevenar. All Josiah wants is a little excitement. His work as an apprentice fuller is boring, and playing in the mill’s machinery isn’t that dangerous. Everything goes fine—at first. All right, he’s lucky the wizard Elkan and his familiar, a donkey named Sar, are there to save his life. Even better, when his furious master fires him, Elkan offers him a job as his assistant. Josiah jumps at the chance. Traveling around Tevenar for a year, meeting all sort of interesting people, helping the dedicated young wizard and clever donkey serve them with the Mother’s healing magic—what could be more fun? But Josiah soon learns that while matters of life and death may be exciting, they’re seldom fun. Impulsive actions, even when taken with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences. And some choices have the power to change the future of Tevenar forever.