Garlan has finally arrived

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It’s been a long time coming, but the continuing adventures of Garlan of Whitestone Castle is finally out. Pre-order your copy today by clicking the cover image. The book becomes available on October 6th, but you can pre-order it now so that it ends up in your Kindle as soon as it’s published. There will also be a paperback version, if you still like the feel of a real book in your hands.

Garlan has passed his trials and has now left the Land Of The Dragons, only to find that evil is rising again in the Eastern Desert, just as it did four hundred years ago. This faceless threat seems to have come out of nowhere and some believe it is the same evil that arose four centuries ago. Others know better.

All the wizards, including the older ones, are looking to Garlan to be their leader in this coming war, but he isn’t so sure they have the right man. All he really wants to do is find Marnell and start a life with her. However, there are forces, both good and bad, that are trying to keep them apart.

Follow Garlan, Marnell, Sigarick and Mirroth as they fall into this conflict that causes much pain and suffering and asks the ultimate sacrifice of those it touches.

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First full length novel is up

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While Wicked Rising is still out with the editor, I’ve put the finishing touches on another novel that I was writing.

Into The Wishing Well is the story of Melanie Peters, a good, little preacher’s daughter, who finds herself at the “Gates of St. Peter” long before her time and they are quite surprised to see her. They can’t just let her in because she isn’t supposed to be there, so they decide to put her to work until they can find a spot for her.

So, what’s a spirit supposed to do while waiting for them to let her into Heaven?

Get this book to find out about a “guardian angel in training” and how she deals with all the daily happenings in her world, including how she deals with the dark angels that also walk among the living.

I am thinking this could be the beginning of a series or a prequel to a trilogy, but I’m not sure about that yet. I guess it will depend on how this first story is received.

As for Wicked Rising, as soon as I get the edited manuscript back, I’ll have it cleaned up and published as soon as possible. I know there are a lot of readers out there that are wondering what’s going on with Garlan and Marnell. I know because I’ve received messages asking about them and when their story will continue. Soon dear readers. Soon.

Anyway, click on the cover image above and it will take you straight to the pre-order page for Into The Wishing Well. The book is set to go live on the 8th and I’m hoping to also have the paperback formatted and ready for sale at the same time.

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What’s happening now?

Cover 01aThe first Chronicles of Wyndweir novel, Wicked Rising, is still with the editor and I’m not ready to start with the second story just yet. I have started working on the timeline and outline and that should be finished in the next month or so. I am looking at a begin date of November for the second novel.

In the meantime, I am working on another novel, called In The Beginning. This will be the first novel in The Pale Riders series that I have envisioned. This will not be a trilogy, but more of a serial, with each novel standing on its own.

And lastly, I am putting the finishing touches on a novel called Into the Wishing Well. This is a novel that started its life over fifteen years ago as a movie script and I just couldn’t get it finished. It sat around, gathering dust for the last ten years before it crossed my mind again. I decided to see if I could turn it into a novel and the results are less than 10,000 words away from being finished. I hope to have it done and published by the end of next month, probably about the time In The Beginning is ready to be published.

So, let me get back to my writing.

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It’s Finally Done!

Cover 000dI have finally finished the first book of The Chronicles of Wyndweir, Wicked Rising. But, that doesn’t mean that you can buy it. Yet. That only means that I have finished it and sent it out to my editor. She, who is overworked and underpaid, shall now take a look at it and tell me everything wrong with it. When she returns it to me, mostly likely covered in red “ink,” I shall make all corrections and have it up on Amazon within a few days.

Now, I’m going to take a break for a few days and do some painting. Then, I have to get busy on another novel that I am working on and have it almost 70% finished.

Also, NaNoWriMo is getting ready to kick off its July Camp NaNoWriMo for which I am looking at writing 65,000 words of a new novel.

Then, and only then, I will start preparing for Book Two of The Chronicles of Wyndweir, which will see the bulk of it being written during the November NaNoWriMo challenge.

I need a vacation.

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New Progress Report

cover-001bYes, there has been progress, for those of you that think the novel is stuck deep in the Eastern Desert and won’t see the light of day. The first half of the novel has been sent off to my editor, so she can get a start on it. I still have a few pages left to write to end the second half and then that will sent off to her.

So, the end is nigh. Hang in there for just a little while longer.

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Progress report

the-wizards-journeyI just wanted to stop by and leave a quick update as to how Wicked Rising is coming along. I had intended to have it done and off to my editor by the end of March. But, plans like that are best left open-ended.

After reading through it and doing some final editing, I could see that there needed to be some major revisions. Half of a chapter was moved to a different place in the story. Two whole chapters have been removed from the story altogether and are being moved into the next book in the series and there is the distinct possibility that one or both of them may get axed completely.

Now, I’ve put myself into the position of needing to rewrite part of the moved chapter and come up with two completely new chapters to tie off the ending of the book. Now that Camp NaNoWriMo has begun, I am using this month to get those tasks completed so I can get the manuscript off to my editor. Depending how soon she can get it back to me, I could still have the story published by the middle of this summer.

Rest assured, Garlan and Marnell are still starry-eyed about each other, Mirroth and Agoroth are still getting on each other’s nerves and all the senior wizards are wondering what in the world is going on with all their apprentices. I think there’s something in the water. Some pretty girl bats her eyes at one of them and they get all googly-eyed over them. I don’t know, maybe it’s just spring in the air.

Anyway, I have to get back to work on the story. Garlan still hasn’t figured out his place in all this and without me, he’ll be lost forever.


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Where does the time go?

series-covers-001Yes, it’s been two months exactly since my last post. Even I can’t believe that. January was spent with my pencils and brushes, participating in the 30-in-30 painting challenge. I did some work on the novel, but had to put it on the back burner for a little while to give me the time I needed in catching up on my art.

I have now gotten back to the novel and I am working on it, still with the deadline of getting it to my editor by the end of March and then hopefully, published by the beginning to middle of summer.

I have had to make a couple of major revisions in the story and some reworking of the timelines, but it all seems to be coming together now.

I think it was quite naive to think that I could tell the first part of the story in 100,000 words. If it comes in under 140,000 words, I will be surprised. It’s getting more and more interesting as the story continues. I can’t wait to see where it goes.


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Wicked Rising – progress report

the-wizards-quest-cover-06aJust a quick update on the progress of Wicked Rising. Another battle scene written, another disaster averted by sending a dragon as a messenger to another wizard that was walking into a trap and Whitestone Castle has been attacked. Just another day in the land of Wyndweir.

NaNoWriMo ended a week ago and I needed to take a few days off to recover from the pace I set during that little challenge. Hitting 100,000 words in 30 days was a bit of work, but I was able to do it. Now, that I’ve had a few days to sit back and relax and work a little on some art that has been ignored for the month, it is time to get back to work on the novel. I won’t be setting the 3400 words per day pace I did during the challenge, but I will be writing each day for a set amount of time.

I still expect to have this novel ready for publishing by the beginning of summer 2017.

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NaNoWriMo progress – Finale

cover-001bWell, it’s been one long month and it had to come to an end sometime. I’ve put that final period on the last sentence of this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, Wicked Rising. As I said before 100,000 words wasn’t going to get the story told. I have at least another 20,000 words to write. Hopefully I’ll have that done by the end of the week, maybe two weeks.

Then I’m going to let the book sit and marinate for a couple of weeks before I jump into the editing and rewriting. I am still looking forward to having it ready to publish by early summer of 2017.

Then there is always the other two NaNoWriMo month-long challenges to look forward to. April and July are just a few months away.

Here is the final screenshot of my month’s work at the NaNoWriMo website.


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NaNoWriMo progress (cont 15)

51zz1m2b3t3l-_sy346_Garlan begins to realize that the dark wizard is finding it difficult to fight his war on two fronts, in the real world and in the mind of the comatose wizard. And Pendivall has now found out who is behind their troubles in the northern lands.

One morning the army awakens to find the sky is filled with dragons. These are the older, more experienced dragons coming to join in the fight.

Just a couple more days to go for NaNoWriMo and I should hit 100,000+ words. But, as I said earlier, it appears that this novel is going to take at least another 20,000 words to complete. Should be interesting.

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