It’s been a busy week:
The Eastern Factor is off to the editors, and I just finished with the re-edit of The Order of the Wolf and it is now live on Amazon. You can also get a free copy if you sign up for my brandy new Author Newsletter. I will be sending it out monthly to begin with, at least until my next book is released in January. After that, we’ll see, but it’ll be quarterly at a minimum.
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I also just found out that I won the Charlotte Geeks flash fiction contest with my story “Geekzilla Saves the Gala”. It was featured on their Guardians of the Geekery podcast. I also received some cool prizes. You can find the podcast here (the story starts at 07:30).
You can find my short story “Santa Doesn’t Work Here Anymore” in the Short & Twisted Christmas Tales anthology that just became available on Amazon.
Give it a read.
George R.R. Martin is on everyone’s lips because of Game of Thrones. Many people have seen the HBO series, but I’m sure many fewer have read the books. In addition to Martin, Tolkien and J K Rowling are also household names, known way beyond the fantasy genre. These are the mass media darlings, but are they the heart and soul of the fantasy genre. I say no.
The genre has changed over the years. It seems like YA fantasy is very popular, but wasn’t it always that way? Fantasy is one of those literary genres that has always been accessible to readers of all ages. It cracks me up to see the YA fantasy section in the bookstore. It’s just marketing because of the success of Harry Potter.
So if you’ve already read Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and are waiting for Martin to finish writing Game of Thrones, what should you read? Well since I’m an old dude, I’m going to give you my recommendations for the best fantasy series of the last several decades. (I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones I have read and can recommend)
- Glen Cook – The Chronicles of the Black Company; The Dread Empire.
- Roger Zelazny – The Amber Chronicles.
- Mickey Zucker Reighert – The Renshai Chronicles.
- Michael Moorcook – The Elric Saga.
- Steven Brust – Vlad Taltos Series.
- Dave Duncan – A Man of His Word; A Handful of Men.
- Katherine Kurtz – The Chronicles of the Deryni.
- Terry Pratchett – Discworld Novels.
- Tad Williams – Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
- Janny Wurts – The Cycle of Fire; Daughter of Empire.
- C. S. Friedman – Cold Fire Trilogy.
- Harry Turtledove – The Videssos Cycle.
- Jennifer Roberson – Chronicles of the Cheysuli; Sword Dancer.
- Raymond E. Feist – The Riftwar Saga.
- Louise Cooper – Time Master Trilogy; Books of Indigo.
- Eric Van Lustbader – The Sunset Warrior Trilogy.
- Patricia A. Mckillip – The Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy.
- Lawrence Watt-Evens – The Obsidian Chronicles.
- Angus Wells – The Books of the Kingdom; The God War.
- David Farland – The Runelords.
- L.E. Modesitt Jr. – The Saga of Recluse.
- Steve Bein – The Fated Blades.
- Patrick Ruthfuss – The Kingkiller Chronicle.
- Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files.
I almost feel bad about leaving Wheel of Time off this list because it started out so good, but I couldn’t keep reading it much like Game of Thrones – They both grew into this huge web of story arcs that lost my interest. Anyway, this is my list. I do prefer my fantasy a bit dark and gritty, but they don’t all fit in that category. Many of these books are a bit older, but hey, so am I. Try a couple of these if you haven’t read them already.
I finally finished the last revision of The Eastern Factor. Maybe I should call it the latest revision. This is the one where I made much-needed cuts based upon feedback from readers. It is the last revision before going to the editor. Which means it isn’t really the last revision. Wow, I talked myself down from that exciting moment way too quickly. Let me try that again.
Last revision! Last revision! Last revision! For Now. (No, I am not dancing around, but I did spin my chair around a couple of times.)
Wow, that felt better. (Still a little dizzy though.)
I’m talking to the editor and will have a bit of a break before it comes back to me. This gives me some time to work on something else. I’m looking forward to writing something new for a change. I actually have a couple of short story ideas that I want to pursue.
Speaking of short stories, my story Granny May Saves the Day will be coming out soon in Issue 4 of Broadswords and Blasters. Look for it in January.
The Eastern Factor, book 3 of my Kingdom of Haven series is coming soon. Just to get things rolling a bit, I am giving away 5 copies The Order of the Wolf, the first book in the series, over at Goodreads.
So head on over to sign up for the book giveaway. While you’re there, go ahead and friend me, or ask me a question on my author page, or leave a book review.
The giveaway is going until September 30th.
I’ve been working on the final revision of this novel. It is the third book in my Kingdom of Haven series. Soon it will be off to the editor, and then out in the world. It will be available around November. More details to come.
In the meantime, here is the cover design by my friend Don. He does a great job, and is very patient with my requests. I’m sure he gets tired of me asking: Can you do this? So far he hasn’t said no, so hats off to his talent.
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I attended ConCarolinas yesterday with my daughter. It has become somewhat of a tradition for us to attend cons. We shoot for the smaller local cons because they are typically more intimate than some of the bigger ones. We started years ago with MarsCon out of Williamsburg, VA; tried out RavenCon in Richmond, VA; StellarCon in Greensboro, NC; and now have zoned in on ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC. Now that we live in Charlotte, ConCarolinas is definitely the most convenient to attend.
My daughter likes to cosplay at times and likes to talk to people at the convention, where I am the proverbial stick in the mud. Yes, I’m the author. Yes, I’m supposed to mingle, and meet other authors, and promote my books. Yes, I suck at it.
I always make the rounds and talk to the authors hawking their wares. I typically buy a handful of books from said authors, not the bookstores in the dealer room. I hope they will do the same for me, in the future—next year.
I will be releasing the third book in my trilogy this winter (in time for Christmas), and next year will be the big marketing push to promote the series. I plan to attend as many conventions as possible in 2018. I’ll be the one sitting behind the table watching people walk by and hoping they’ll stop and talk. I won’t lie—I’m a bit apprehensive about it, but excited at the same time.
Stop by and say hi. It won’t matter if you buy a book, I’ll be happy to see you.