My fourth book just hit the (Internet) streets!

29 June 2014

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I was surprised to realize that I hadn’t posted anything since the release of my third book, “The Glory of a King” (still available for only 99 cents at Amazon.com and BN.com!). In my defense, I’ve been busy … working on my fourth book. And now “One World, Infinite Possibilities” is done, and it’s out, and its beautiful bold cover is staring you right in the face! Yayyyy!

And of all my books so far, I’m kind of happiest about this one. Not because it’s the latest, or that it’s intrinsically better than all my other books (I love ALL my books equally). But because it’s representative of a lifelong love affair with science fiction.

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“The Glory of a King” – my third book is out!

31 May 2014

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Getting the word out – my latest book is now available! “The Glory of A King” is a romantic novella set in a post-apocalyptic, post-technological future. Andrew I, monarch of the Kingdom Between the Rivers, is doing his best to rule wisely, with justice and mercy. He guides the army as they defend the borders, adjudicates disputes, manages economic affairs, whatever it takes to provide some stability for his people. But he does it alone – there is no queen by his side …

And then one morning, a mysterious – yet oddly familiar – woman, dressed in rags, shows up in his throne room, sees him … and passes out cold.

The simple, unexpected event, and everything that flows from it, turns Andrew’s life upside down. Who is this woman? What does she want? What will happen as a result of her arrival in the palace? And could this poor, homeless woman really be true love for a lonely king?

Well, to find out, you’ll have to read it. “The Glory of a King” is available for 99 cents (WHAT A DEAL!) at for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook e-readers. Amazon also has a free downloadable app that will allow you to read it on your PC or smartphone, so if you don’t have a Kindle or Nook, you’re covered.

“The Glory of a King” was actually the first work of it’s size I ever wrote – I created the first version of it in 2000 as a present for my wife Nina (to whom this version is dedicated). It’s one of the longest stories I’ve ever written, at over 20,000 words. And it ended up serving as a dry-run test for some of the concepts in my first novel, “The Slave Auction,” which I hope to have out this autumn – they both take place in the same “story universe,” with the same post-apocalyptic background.

Anyway, check it out, buy it, read it, review it and tell your friends about it. I think you’ll enjoy it a lot. I know my wife did.


Don’t call it a comeback! (… but okay, it’s a comeback)

22 May 2014

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Yes, indeed – after two years plus, I have returned to the blogosphere! (Loud, clamorous applause.) It’s been a long, difficult time – full of personal growth, adjustments to circumstances, and a few hospital visits – but I’ve come through (most of) it and am, I think, the better for it.

However, right at the start I must admit that I’m returning with an ulterior motive. Namely, promotion. You see, in the 25 months since I put this blog into mothballs, I’ve become a published author.

No, really, I have! In December 2013, I released my first e-book, a short-story collection entitled “Labors of Love: Three Short Tales of Hard-Won Romance.” I followed that up in April 2014 with another collection, “Survivors’ Tales: Stories of Lives, Loves and Dreams that Go Against the Odds.” (Both of these links are for the Kindle edition; Amazon also has an free app you can download to read them on your PC, tablet or smartphone.  If you have a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, you can go here and here.) They’re only short books, but I’ve been told not to “despise the day of small beginnings” – and let’s face it, one has to start somewhere. Besides, I think they’re really good (granted, I’m biased, but still).

And this is only the start. My hope is to have six books in circulation by the end of the year:

  • The Glory of a King – a romantic novella; aiming for a May 30 release.
  • One World, Infinite Possibilities – a collection of Earth- and near-Earth-based short science fiction stories; late June/early July.
  • The Slave Auction – my first novel, a post-apocalyptic/quasi-medieval romance; September.
  • An Unwanted Arrangement – another novel, this one set among the nobility of a similar-to-Earth world; November.

The two novels, if things work out, will become the first books in their respective series. And by “if things work out,” I absolutely mean “if they sell enough copies.” Because, while I write because I can’t not write (to quote Judy Blume), I publish to support my family. I sell books, I have money to support them better. I don’t sell books, I don’t have that money. That’s, alas, the way the world works.

So at least part of the time, this blog will be devoted to promoting my books in the hope that people will like what they see and buy them. I’ll also be talking about the state of Christianity in America, my wife’s and son’s disabilities, politics, movies, sports, pop culture and whatever else chances to tumble out of my flea market of a brain – just like I did from 2009 to 2012. But the books, and the process of making them, will make up a goodly percentage. And if you’re inclined to help, the best way you can do so is to click the links above, buy my writings (don’t worry, they won’t break the bank), read them, love them, leave positive reviews for them and tell your family/friends/neighbors/co-workers/missionaries that come to your door to do the same. It’d sure help. And I think you’ll like them, so it shouldn’t be a hardship.

Glad to be back. Let’s do this.

 


On depression and grace

23 February 2012

Another week and a half, another absence from the blog.  No matter how often this happens, I never seem to get used to it.

I know I should be more consistent with this.  For one, I have plenty of things to say.  For another, people seem to like them (or at least read them).  And I know the best way to “build traffic” to a blog is to post something, anything, every day.  So I know these long absences are working against my best interests.

And yet they still occur.  The reason they still occur, while simple to state, is not so simply remedied.  Basically, I find it hard to write when I’m depressed.

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On the shoulders of giants: samples from my quote collection

15 September 2011

If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants. — Isaac Newton, in a letter to Robert Hooke, 1676

I love quotations.  There are so many times when I’ll run across something that was said by someone else, and it is so appropriate to a situation, or so relevant to my life, or so matches my way of thinking — but phrased so much better than I ever could’ve — that it just hits me amidships.  I love those moments.  And whenever a quote like that comes along, I steal it.  It’s true.  I steal it, and place it in an alabaster box lacquered with pictures of encyclopedists dancing in flowery meadows.  (Okay, not really — I use copy & paste on my computer and save it in a Microsoft Word document, but if I could keep them all in an alabaster box, I would.)

Today, dear reader, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.  Like Gaul in the days of Julius Caesar, they divide roughly into three parts: quotes about writing and creativity; quotes about theology, religion and ethics; and everything else.  This is just a sample from my collection — I’m holding back some stuff so I can do this again down the road.

Ready?  Let’s climb up on those shoulders, then …

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Cleaning out the closet — and long overdue!

23 August 2011

Some random bits and pieces from the pages of my mind — none of them enough for a full blog post, but still worth passing on:

* Regular readers of this space know that I’m a big fan of Bill Simmons, ESPN.com’s “Sports Guy” since 2001.  Well, Bill has gone and done something new, starting his own website called Grantland.  Named after 1920s sportswriter Grantland Rice, it’s sort of a clearinghouse for feature and opinion pieces on sports, popular culture and the intersection of the two.  Besides Simmons, the featured writers include Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Katie Baker, This Recording’s Molly Lambert and ESPN’s Jonah Keri, plus a half-dozen others that you may not have heard of but will become a fan of before long.  The level of authorship ranges from pretty good to excellent, they put up about a dozen pieces a day, and I probably spend more time reading it Monday-Friday than I can really afford.  But I never seem to regret it.

I just added a link to Grantland to my list o’ links on the right — or you can click here to check it out.  Try it, you might like it.

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Out on a literary limb

26 October 2010

I did it.  Yesterday afternoon, I clenched my teeth, summoned up my courage, went ahead and did it.

I still feel nervous about it.  I know there will be people that will think I’ve been wasting my time and energy.  I’ve got a good chance of facing rejection by some very respectable people.  I did it anyway.  I had to.  If I was going to obey what I perceive to be God’s will (not to mention keep my sanity), I needed to do this.

Simply put, this wannabe novelist is back on the horse once again!

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