Merry Christmas to One and All

The month came and went too quickly. For me, this is the time to reflect upon the best memories from your childhood. It’s funny, but my main memories are the moments of anticipation, the tree in the same corner of the living room near the fireplace, and the trips to my grandparent’s houses. The presents I received are barely recalled. I hope my son has similar memories in his future.

Black Friday from the Author

Well, it’s close to another Christmas (and my links to 50% off printed books are below).

Latest news: I’m wrapping up work on two more books (hopefully to be complete by end of the year). Here are their working titles and a short description about the stories. You can find

The Bleeding Mountains: A Clovel Sword Saga (click link to read the first two draft chapters on Wattpad)

This is Saga #4 and a full book of Urith’s adventures in the time before the Clovel Sword Chronicles. Not long after the death of his wife and father, the Esterblud warrior travels into the kingdom of Rarfell as a volunteer to fight against a tribe known as the Borrs. Before he joins the volunteers, the capital city is overrun and the king killed.

In a series of twists and turns, Urith finds himself escaping with the young queen and a new comrade. However, their freedom is short lived and Urith nearly dies. Returning to kill his betrayer, the Esterblud must grapple with his need for vengeance and the honorable ideals to help those in need. To make things worse, Urith finds himself in unfamiliar waters of diplomacy trying to stop an embittered queen from causing a war between his homeland and the powerful kingdom of Cahmais.

Shadow Over Charax – A new fantasy book. (click link to read the first two draft chapters on Wattpad)

It is a world where the necromancer, Pirwa, extends his power over the remaining kingdoms using the cruel butchery of his undead ‘gravers’. Pirwa plans to unleash his hordes upon the last two bastions of those who follow the ways of the Chara.

The fortress island of Charax is one spot that stands in the way of the necromancer. However, the fortress is much like the society, a decaying symbol of the past. Strict social and economic stratification allows the Chara to control the island along with the help of pirates who dominate the waters.

When an offer of quick wealth leads Hilko, a young smuggler, into his betrayal. The man uses his ability to communicate with ghosts to aid in his escape. Ending up on a ship filled with pirates, Hilko slowly understands the power of the object he’s stolen. In his quest to avoid the ‘gravers’ and comrades with ulterior motives, Hilko discovers that true friendship and loyalty can come from any social class, living and dead.

Christmas Savings on MY PRINT BOOKS

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Draft Updates on Wattpad

To keep my blog refreshed on a consistent basis, I’ll be sharing my draft updates as they occur on Wattpad.

You can find most of my stories out there. I invite you to take a look if you’re interested in the development of the stories.

I’ve been working on another follow up story called Grave’s Peril that follows the Infinite Loop story arc. You can see that below. Please excuse the cover which is strictly for the draft.

Curse of Blackbane is another story in it’s early stages which is a dark fantasy based in the age of pirates. Again, just a couple of chapters available for the first draft.

Drafts of Upcoming Books on Wattpad

As part of my efforts to engage my readers more directly, I’ve started using Wattpad to reveal my drafts as I work on a couple of books. You can find some of my finished works out there as well. I’m using just rudimentary covers for the drafts and the editing is a work in progress. However, if you’re interested in my process for writing, just stop by and give me your feedback.

I’m always interested in your thoughts and suggestions.

The Latest Covers and Work

The Clovel Sword Sagas have new covers as well as an updated story. As part of my efforts to revamp the look and feel of my older stories, I’ve combined my first 2 stories of the Clovel Sword Sagas which were previously released separately. It’s available only on Kindle Unlimited.

Plus, the new story 3 that continues the adventures of Urith. This novella is available on Kindle Unlimited as well.

The Clovel Destroyer Awaits

For the next two days, you can get the Clovel Destroyer for free on Amazon. In this backstory to the Clovel Sword Chronicles, you will discover some of the reasons for Urith’s distaste for the gods of Kamin and his friendship with Guthlaf. It’s a perfect start to the epic series.

The Clovel Destroyer

Also, a quick update for my future stories coming in the next 30 days.

  • Reaper Walks the Garden: Ray Irish Mystery Case File #2
  • Skeletons of Nilgava: Clovel Sword Saga 3

These stories are completed and working through the editor. You will see them available on Kindle Unlimited in June.

Into the New Year

Well, it’s two weeks into 2019 and I’ve discovered I’m behind like normal. That said, I’m working heavily on my third book of the Ray Irish series so I should be grateful for the progress in at least one area.

Not trying to let bring a downer to start the year but I’ve notice comments on FB and other places about delays in royalties. It got me to thinking about earnings and such for independent authors. In my research I happened upon a podcast on Publisher’s Weekly about a recent income survey for authors. It’s kind of interesting, if a bit depressing. From my view, the good news was people can do well in the independent route. It appears that the salaries have increased significantly along that route for top tier writers since the last survey. Now I need to track down those numbers.

Here’s a link to the latest news from PW which is always a good scan just to keep up to date on the world.

On a positive note, I found this tidbit on Christmas sales and the indie authors from the ABA.

And, of course, I have to put in a plug for an upcoming sale for my book, Infinite Loop. Starting 1/17/19 it’s only 99 cents.