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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:
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Gareth, Bethany, Rachel, me, Anthony

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The bank employees celebrate “Precision and Order.”

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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 official,

You can choose the super or the superficial,

Sally forth the way we’re steering,

Obstacles start disappearing,

Go on chase your dreams, you won’t regret it,

Anything can happen, anything can happen,

Anything can happen if you let it.”

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!
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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.
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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 HJ I’m taking care of whatever other little things need to be done. I’m trying to write a blurb for Gurion Thricebound, which is difficult since it’s got such a wide scope – it’s got four parts that could be separated out into four different books, though I wrote it all as one story. So I’m focusing the blurb on the first part while trying to hint at the whole thing. And it’s in first person, so I’m trying versions in both third person and first person. Both need more work before they’re good enough. I might hire someone to help me with it. At least I already have a killer blurb for Hero’s Journey ready for when I need it. Blurb writing is strange for me – sometimes I’m just in the mood and the words flow, other times it’s like beating my head against a wall. I have to keep coming back to it, because I never know when will be one of the good days, but if I work for a little while and nothing’s happening I might as well leave it and work on something else, because more time won’t help.

Monday Update

I’m going to start doing my Monday Updates here on my blog, then sharing them to Facebook, instead of posting them to Facebook directly. We’ll see how that works.

Last week and this week have been a little crazy, because we’ve been getting painting and tile work done on our house. It’s looking great, but there have been workers in and out all the time, and access to the kitchen and living room have been cut off at various times. I leave the house to write anyway, so it hasn’t completely disrupted my work, but I’ll be glad when they finish and I can go back to my regular routine. Of course, we’re already shifting to a summer schedule. Bethany is home from college for the summer, and Gareth will be finished with his freshman year in high school in a couple of weeks. I usually get less work done when the kids are home all day. But now that they’re both old enough to take care of themselves and maybe even get jobs, I hope I’ll be able to continue to get in 3-5 hours most days.

I’m continuing to work on revising Hero’s Journey. I’m also going over Into the Storm one more time before sending it of for betaing. Whenever the edits on Gurion Thricebound come back, I’ll drop Hero’s Journey and go to work on the final revision pass for GT. Then I’ll format it for print so I’ll be ready to order a print proof as soon as the cover art is ready.