Tuesday, June 12, 2018
If you're in the area, don't hesitate to join me as I present/discuss strategies for editing manuscripts.
Time: 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm
Place: 126 South State Street
Here is the link for more information: Self-Editing: Strategies for Writers
Note: I will have copies of my novels should there be interest.
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I just got notice today that the 2018 River City Comic Convention will not happen this summer.
Here is the note from the event coordinator:
In a difficult and unforeseen turn of events, this July’s show has been canceled. I have been fighting some health problems the past few weeks, and have sadly come to realize I wouldn’t be able to put on the quality of event we’ve always tried for and the fans of the Mid-Ohio Valley deserve. Artists and vendors will be receiving table refunds shortly. Thank you for your understanding.
While I'll miss crossing paths with a lot of folks I've come to know, I look forward to participating next year.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The Shorty Mystery Fiction Society has announced its Derringer Award winners for:
Flash (Up to 1000 words)
Short Story (1001 to 4000 words)
Long Story (4001 to 8000 words)
Novelette (8001 to 20,000 words)
Here's a link to the Announced Winners: Derringer Awards
Saturday, May 12, 2018
As you may know, my publisher is Gryphonwood Press. Two days ago my publisher was accused by Amazon of violating its terms of service, and had all of its ebooks removed.
The allegation apparently centered around the belief (likely determined by one of Amazon's bots) that my publisher was engaged in activities related to inflating page reads with respect to Kindle Unlimited. Amazon is what Amazon is, a mega-large corporation that is largely indifferent to anyone or anything that is not of sufficient size affect its profits.
My publisher discussed what happened (based upon what my publisher absolutely did not do), the possible cause for the false accusation of violating Amazon's Terms of Service, the ramifications, and the results in the podcast Wood on Words, Episode 55.
Here are the links:
55- My Kindle Nightmare (Blog post where read the details, the back and forth and consequences)
Podcast: My Kindle Nightmare (discusses in more detail beginning at 14:43 into the episode).
The issue is not an isolated incident. It is affecting dozens of authors and publishers that I know of, and my connections in the publishing words are fairly limited. As for me, it has already had deleterious effects on my novels and reaching readers.
How bad and long-lasting is yet to be seen...which makes me feel extremely bad for those whose livelihood (like my publisher) is being negatively impacted.
** As of last night, the ebooks published by Gryphonwood/Adrenaline Press were returned by Amazon, and my publisher taking steps to ensure there will not be a recurrence.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Here's my most recent article that may be of interest to readers and writers. John Wayne, Dirty Harry, Lenny (from Of Mice and Men) and the characters in my Monsters, Maces and Magic novels: What do they have in common?
If you have a moment, find out by taking a look at my article.
Link: Is Being Dynamic Necessary?
Monday, April 9, 2018
The publication of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal brings the total word count for my published fiction to 1,060,000!
Eight Novels (960,000 words)
Two Novellas (35,000 words)
One Short Story Collection (65,000 words)
I know that there are many authors out there that have far surpassed this mark. Maybe I'll catch a few of them in the next few years. We'll see!
Friday, April 6, 2018
The LitRPG Podcast did a review of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal.
It's what I expected from Ramon Mejia, the reviewer. It's not exactly the reviewer's cup of tea, but not a bad review either.
Take a quick look and see what you think.
(The video picks up right when the review of Betrayal begins)
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Betrayal, the 2nd novel in the Monsters, Maces and Magic Series is now Available!
Check it out and hope you enjoy Jax's second tale!
Amazon US Amazon US Print
Friday, March 30, 2018
I am looking forward to the release of Scourged, the final novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles (by Kevin Hearne). I actually have the hardcover and audiobook pre-ordered.
Atticus O'Sullivan (Siodhachan O Suileabhian) will die in the final novel during the battle to put down Loki's attempt to bring about Ragnarok, or the end of the world.
One of the main clues is that of the POV characters (all in first person), the telling (journal) of Atticus is written in past tense, while Granuaile's and Owen's are written in present tense.
Oberon was devastated when Atticus 'died' in Hunted, but now he has Orlaith and their litter of puppies to care for. It will give him purpose and the ability to move forward despite the loss of his long-time friend. Plus, a short tale in Besieged, both prepared Oberon for the potential loss while setting the stage for it.
Owen is busy rebuilding the druids with his current grove of apprentice druids, so the death of Atticus will not deprive the world of druids.
Granuaile will feel the loss, but the Morrigan's unnecessary 'sacrifice' in Hunted, while battling Diana and Artemis in order allow Atticus and company to escape, is actually part of her long-seeing plan to reunite with Atticus in the land of the dead. The Morrigan has repeatedly proven her vision of future events, such as providing placing Atticus's Arch Druid (Owen Kennedy) on the time island, with information that his youth could be returned to him, or giving Odin the gem to let him know of her death and the what actions he should undertake when that occurs, etc.
Okay, I could be wrong. We'll see. In any case, I expect Scourged will be an excellent read/listen.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
The LitRPG Podcast did a review of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost.
Overall I'd say it was a fair and accurate review.
Here's the text review (link to the review on the LitRPG Podcast's website)
Here's the video review below (link to the review on the LitRPG Podcast's Youtube Channel)
The review of Outpost begins at 39:44 in:
The podcast review, again, is accurate and fair, although the reviewer (Ramon Mejia) spent a lot of time discussing how Outpost lacked elements of what he believes LitRPG should fully incorporate (frequent reference to stats, dice rolls/results, game references with blurbs of detailed information, etc.) and leaned more toward fantasy storytelling. Still, he indicated it had enough of those elements to qualify it as LitRPG, just not the sort of balance he really enjoyed reading. Again, fair and honest, which is what one hopes for in a reviewer. Plus, he did point out good writing and other things about Outpost :)
Take a listen and see what you think.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Robert Bevan's entire Critical Failures Series is on sale March 12th to 18th.
If you enjoy your fantasy laced with humor (sometimes a bit course), then Bevan's novels are for you.
Check it out: Caverns & Creatures Special Offers
For a little background, you can check out the interview I did with Robert Bevan a few years back: Interview with Humor/Fantasy Author Robert Bevan
Monday, March 12, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018
The Spanish translation/version of Blood Sword has been released!
Currently it is available through these vendors:
Barnes & Noble
Will update as more vendors make it available.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Over at Kevin's Corner, my article on co-authoring has been posted. Talks about the process and benefits and more.
Link: Value in Co-Authoring
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Click on over and get your copy! --subtle huh ;)
Amazon US: Print or Kindle
Amazon UK: Print or Kindle
Amazon Australia: Kindle
Amazon Canada: Print or Kindle
Amazon Germany: Kindle
Amazon France: Kindle
Amazon Japan: Kindle
Amazon India: Kindle
It is available via Kindle Unlimited in the USA, and in ebook through many more international Amazon outlets.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Had a great time at the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo this past weekend. Connected with folks who'd read some of my works, and picked up one or two more, and met some new readers and got to talk reading and writing with so many visitors to the event.
Here are a few pictures:
|Captain Marvel Supporting Outpost!|
|Me and Brandon from the Dueling Ogres Podcast|
|Me and Remington from the Dueling Ogres Podcast|
Monday, March 5, 2018
Ever wonder what LitRPG is? Here's a quick article I wrote that Dueling Ogres published the other day in conjunction with the upcoming release of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost!
Link: What is LitRPG?
Friday, March 2, 2018
If you have a chance, click on over and check out my article over at Two Ends of the Pen.
Link: Readers and Genre Crossover
The article discusses reader trends and the rate of movement from one genre to another.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
A quick reminder that I will be at the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo this upcoming weekend.
It's being held at the Parkersburg Art Center
(725 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV), which is a pretty neat venue.
Saturday, March 3: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 4: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
There is a whole list of events over the weekend, from Cosplay to video game tournaments.
You can find me on the main floor and, of course, I will have copies of all my novels.
Link for more Info: 2018 Classic Plastic Toy & Comic Expo
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, February 17, 2018
The LitRPG Podcast is having a large number of giveaways in preparation for its impending 100th episode, discussed early in the podcast (in case you might be interested).
Pre-order ebook: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost
Print book: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost (Now Available)
Below is the LitRPG Episode 96:
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost is available for Pre-order (ebook) at a discount ($2.99)
Ebook Publication Date: March 7, with retail price at $3.99
Pre-order Link: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost on Kindle
Order Link: Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost (Print) (Now Available)
Saturday, February 3, 2018
My wife and I will be here March 3rd and 4th.
Here's a link to the event: Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo
Should have copies of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost available (if thing go smoothly).
Will post more details later in the month.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Just a quick update.
I have completed the first draft of Monsters, Maces and Magic: Betrayal. Actually it's more like a second draft for most sections. I am now working on final edits/revisions with Monsters, Maces and Magic: Outpost, the first book in my new Fantasy (LitRPG) series.
When I get the edits for Outpost finished, I'll send it to my publisher (Gryphonwood Press), who will assign an editor. While that is happening, I will begin the revision process on my end for Betrayal. It will then go to Gryphonwood for editing.
I will have to incorporate/approve all recommended corrections/edits/revisions and then return the manuscripts for Gryphonwood to prep for publication.
I have one blurb in, and the cover art for both novels is completed (although the second is not cleared for preview yet). The titlework and other bits have yet to be finished, as well as the back of the book teaser.
Not yet solid on when the release for Outpost will be, since there are still a lot of moving parts. But the plan is to release Outpost, with having Betrayal ready as a pre-order. The goal is to have two books in the series available in relatively close release.
Then, I will begin work on completing the third novel in the Crax War Chronicles (Relic Shield). It's outlined and I began writing it, but it's not been touched since January of last year. During most of 2017 I focused on the two Dane Maddock Kindle World releases (Rock House and Cavern) as well as writing Betrayal.
So it's possible I may have three novels published in 2018. :)
After that, either work on the next Monsters, Maces and Magic novel or the next First Civilization's Legacy novel.