Hello everyone! I feel like it’s been forever since I posted even though in reality it’s only been a few weeks. There’s an explanation–I promise. And that explanation is: life has been crazy. The work life that is. I’ve been assigned several projects that are all due at the same time, and so, most of my mental energy has gone into keeping those projects going successfully.
I also took a much needed vacation last week to Miami which was ridiculously hot and sticky but still lots of fun. I even took a little jaunt down to Key West. If you’ve never been, you should definitely check it out. Very nice, cool little beach town. I even got to check out Ernest Hemingway’s house, which I thought was pretty cool. And taking a stroll down Duvall street and eating key lime pie at one of the numerous bakeries was pretty sweet.
I will admit, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t thought much about the release of Dark Sun Rising, which is just a few weeks away, incase you didn’t know. As the time draws nearer, I keep wondering if there’s more I could do to make it more successful. Should I have reached out to more bloggers? More readers? Just more…
In these moments I tell myself that I’m doing the best I can with the knowledge I have. It’s all a learning experience. Trial and error. And all I can do is try to grow my readership. And lastly–I’ll make up for any shortfalls with book 2.
One good decision I made was setting up a blog tour with the nice folks from Rockstar Book Tour. Hopefully you guys see that in the internets in the next few weeks.
Anyway, that’s all from me today. Hope you guys have a good one.
Hello Everyone! Happy Fourth of July!
It’s been awhile since I posted and that is mainly because I’ve been working on marketing for Dark Sun Rising. I won’t lie–it was so much work (and so time consuming) reaching out to book bloggers that it kinda put me off of writing. I didn’t even really get a chance to work on book 2 either. Between work and all the other life stuff it was hard to do anything creative. I spent most of my free time recharging.
I think by now you all can tell how I recharge my batteries–Netflix!
So what show has caught my eye, you ask? Well, Lucifer, of course. For awhile now, I had heard about this show–how good and entertaining it is–but I had no idea how fun a watch it was. It’s kinda formatted like Law and Order and CSI in the sense that Lucifer helps the local police department with solving murders. The only difference is he has a secret power of making people tell the truth. Very handy for solving murders, that is.
Lucifer is also a lovable guy, not quite the fire and brimstone characterizations that have been done in the past. He’s actually a bit of a dolt when it comes to self awareness, which makes for some good comedy. The fact that he’s very honest about the fact that he’s Lucifer Morningstar, the Devil of Hell, and no one believes him make for some funny situations. I’m on season three, Chloe (the female lead and love interest) still doesn’t believe he’s the Devil, so I’m eagerly waiting for that reveal.
So yes, this show has been used to keep me from doing the thing I should be doing: writing. But it’s not a complete waste of time… I mean inspiration and all that.
So good news. The Dark Sun Rising eBook is now available for pre-order. Get it for $0.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. The paperback is also available for pre-order through Barnes & Noble.
I thought you guys may want a sample, so I’ve uploaded the first chapter as well under the My Books section. Check it out!
Also, if there are any book bloggers interested, please message me and I will send you a free ebook copy for your review.
Around fall of 2015, I went New York City on vacation, and at the time Hamilton was all the rage. Personally, I had no idea what the musical was about, but I really wanted to check it out. Unfortunately, the tickets were well over a thousand dollars and way, way to pricey for me. But I did promise myself that when the Broadway show came to Texas, I would buy a ticket, and get myself to the show and see what all the fuss is about.
Flash forward–and here we are in 2019, and finally, Hamilton came to town. Now first of all, not much has changed since 2015, I really don’t know much about the musical other than it was based off an Alexander Hamilton biography. That’s it. I wasn’t familiar with any of the songs, I hadn’t read any reviews, I just had a clean slate–a blank paper of which to scribe my own conclusions.
So what did I think of the musical, you ask?
It was amazing. Like, seriously amazing. From the opening of “Alexander Hamilton” to the last song, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”, it was non-stop energy. This had to do with the fact that most of the music was hip-hop with rapped versus that were catchy, educational (who knew Alexander Hamilton lived such a dramatic and interesting life?), and full of such passion that I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed at times. I admit, I cried. I cried quite a bit. Not because there were maudlin parts (there were), but because there was just so much. So much emotion. So much life. I can tell you, I’ve never experienced a live performance that moved me as much as this musical.
If you ever have a chance to experience Hamilton, I suggest you do. I assure you, you will not regret it.
Hi everyone! Can you believe it’s already May? The year is going by soooo quick. Before we know it summer will be here, and all the things that come with it.
So in between prepping Dark Sun Rising for release and writing book 2, and all the other day to day life stuff, I’ve been watching a few good movies.
Like half the world population, I recently saw Avengers: Endgame, and–like most people–I enjoyed it very much. There were several times I teared up, but that’s to be expected because I’m pretty much a sap when it comes to sentimental or sad movie moments. And Avengers had quite a few. But those parts were secondary to the action scenes–which were awesome! The battle at the end was probably the best battle scene I’ve ever seen. It’s worth buying the $14 dollar ticket just to experience it.
Another movie I recently saw was The Big Country. It’s actually a classic 1950s western that my father recommended. My dad is a big classic movies fan and every now and then one of his faves catches my interest. This one stars Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and Jean Simmons. Gregory Peck stars as James McKay, a former sailor who travels to the American West to join his fiancé, a native westerner. Since McKay is from the east, almost everyone he encounters treats him as a city slicker and refer to him as the dude. If you like a good movie with a good plot, I recommend checking out this movie–even if westerns aren’t your thing.
Anyway, that’s all I have for this week! I’ll see you guys soon.
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some quality family time. And for those of you that didn’t–well ‘me’ time can be just as good.
So… not much going on with book 1. Still working on the formatting. It’s actually taking a bit longer than expected even though there haven’t been any issues. I’m hoping it’ll be complete by end of next week. After that, I’m sending it off to book reviewers. Blog tours are an actual thing, and I’m attempting to have one for Dark Sun Rising.
As for book 2–I’m basically writing every day, trying to get the first draft done. It’s slow going, but I’ve made an effort to write at least one page a day. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up. Plus on the weekends I binge write–sometimes ten to twenty pages a day–which for someone like myself who is notorious for being a slow writer, it’s quite a bit.
Wondering what I have been up to other than writing? Not much. Well, other than getting excited about Game of Thrones, but then, the whole world is all up in arms about that: Who’s going to live? Who’s going to die? Is there a bun in Daenerys’ oven?
I don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but I sure hope Daenerys and Jon live. And Arya.
The Night King can have Sansa.
Thanks for all of you that helped by voting in the cover poll. It is greatly appreciated, and I have to say, it was actually a pretty good experience! So good, I might have to do a cover poll for future novels as well.
In other news, Book 2 is coming along very nicely. Just a month ago, I was stuck, not knowing which direction to take. I had a general idea on how I wanted the story to begin and end, but the rest, well, it was all up in the air–and worse, I had a bit of writer’s block. Since then, I’ve succeeded in writing myself out of the block, and basically decided to push some of the action that occurs in the beginning of the story to the middle. I’m sure that might sound a bit confusing, but when you guys read it, you’ll get to see what I mean.
Other than that, I’ve been trying to get through The Ways of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a monster of a novel, and I’m trying to juggle that with all the other things I have to do, so I’m guessing it’ll be about three years before I finish it.
But really, it’ll be awhile before I get through that book, because hey! Writing my own is more important.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Same time next week? Yes? Good!