Uploaded on the 4th of July

To m American readers: Happy 4th of July! Please stay safe and sane.

New release update!

This was a story I wrote a couple years ago. It ran here on my blog for a week, then turned back into a pumpkin. I held onto it. I just didn’t feel it was ready to go out into the world at since then.

Our planet has had some trying times lately. COVID, racial violence, suicides, and all manner of things that the news likes to spew around. (I will keep my personal opinion out of this, I swear! – that’s a chant I’ve been saying to myself for 2 days now when I’ve tried to write this post.)

As it turned to July, I started thinking about this story. I don’t know why it popped into my mind, perhaps because of the title, and I laughed at myself that another year was going to pass without me being able to release it.

That’s when I got the sense I’d be releasing it on the 4th.

Here it is July 1st and I’m thinking of releasing a story I hadn’t looked at in nearly two years within three days.

Thank goodness the story is very short!

As I was reading through it, I saw why I needed to release it now. I think the story reflects the demoralized feeling many in the world have today and gives a message of hope.

Uploaded on the 4th of July was born out of a “fear” I had two years ago, along with some of my own personal feelings. At that time, we approached the 1 year mark for my father’s passing. I feel like this story helped me purge some of the emotions from my system and refocus. I hope that those who go and read this story have the same kind of healing I experienced.

For the moment (and this could change in the future), Uploaded on the 4th of July is only available on Amazon as an ebook. You can read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription, otherwise the ebook is only $0.99.

As an added bonus, there is a sample of Tangled Magic.

Keep believing that everything will work out in the end. Tough times come around and we must go through them as best we can. We may have different skin colors and different customs, but we are humans and we are all that humanity has. Be excellent to each other.

P.S. This was actually uploaded on July 3rd, but let’s not split hairs. (grin!)

Young Adult Time Travel

I learned about this last Friday night. As of this writing, I see that the deal is still going on, so I’ve decided to share and hope that it continues for a little longer.

The Crystal Doors series (3 books included in the box set) by Rebecca Moesta is on sale for $0.99 USD. These books are normally $4.99 each. I don’t know when it will end, so grab it fast.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca at a masterclass we were both attending a couple years ago. She is sweet lady. Considering that her husband is Kevin J. Anderson, I have no doubt that she is a great writer too.

Yes, I bought the set and I’m looking forward to reading it. You can see it in my Current Reads bar (which I had to completely wipe clean because because I either finished the book or I have given up on it. So, everything there now is back to being current.

Read on!

Alexander’s Den

I mentioned Alexander in Cirvel’s story, Palladium, a few weeks ago. I said that I had a short story about Alexander coming soon.

Tomorrow, that story releases.

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I wrote Alexander’s Den several months before I started Palladium. It really was only when I needed the mention of a dragon that Alexander started to take part in Palladium at all. Granted, he is only a side note in Palladium, but of course my head expanded the story so much more. Much like a novihomidrak, I knew exactly what would happen if Cirvel actually did find Alexander. Of course, I can’t say much more because Palladium isn’t far enough along for you to have read exactly what the Onesong had in mind for Cirvel instead.

Currently, only the ebook version is available. I’m considering options for the print version. And, I’m working on an audiobook version which will be releasing soon. Stay tuned for those. Meanwhile, you can find your favorite ebook distributor here.

Thoughts on Write, Publish, & Market Like a Boss

I am often asked how someone can get their book published. Or I get asked, “What advice would you give someone writing a book?”

Most people don’t want the real answer: finish the book you’re writing first.

Just finishing the book (whether fiction or non-fiction) is usually the most challenging for anyone. See, it seems simple to sit down and write a book. If you just leave the bull your mind will try to feed you at the door, yes, it is that simple. However, most people can’t do that; the myths that an artist must suffer for their art is just too alluring, especially to those who like the idea of writing but don’t actually want to write. So, I always tell the inquirer to write the book first.

Surprisingly (not!), no one has every come back to me and said, “Okay, I wrote the book, now what?”

For a long time I wished that I’d had something I could tell people to go read and it would help them answer a lot of questions on their journey, including step 1: writing the book.

Now I do.

Enter Write, Publish, and Market Like a Boss.

I picked up this set because I really wanted to listen to Market Like a Boss, but the price on the audio for all three was irresistible.

I did listen to most of it at double speed. I found the narrator painfully slow at regular speed and 1.5 speed was about what I considered normal reading speech. At double speed, I felt like he was really at 1.5 speed.

Since I’ve been writing nearly all my life and have published 25 titles, I wasn’t certain there would be much information there for me. I was surprised that I did find a few nuggets of good information — you can always learn something. Besides, it was a good pep talk for me too.

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For Sale, Call Loki – the audio

Yes, it’s now live and available most everywhere you get audiobooks. See below for links.

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Yes, I tinkered with the cover a bit for this version. I’m still on the fence whether or not I want to change it for the ebook and print version, especially now that the 5 novellas are all put together into 1-800-CallLoki; I’m just not sure that it would be a good use of my time. Maybe. Maybe someday.

But for now, you can get this lovely cover on your audiobook!

Here are some links. If you shop at another audio store, just search for my name. My books should come up. If they don’t, please send me a message and let me know where your store is. I have a good reach, but it might not be everywhere since there are so many. So do let me know.

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Amazon

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Side note – This is my 700th blog post. If someone had told me that I would write 700 blog posts, I would have laughed. There’s no way I could be at a task for that long – I don’t have that type of consistency in my nature. Well, here we are!

Loki is back at it!

It’s out!

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Loki of Midgard – not something he ever thought he’d be – is back in this new adventure.  Up until now, he’d always liked sending unauthorized visitors to Midgard back to their home realms.

Now it no longer feels like retribution, but a chore. Can’t he sit back, drink his coffee, and run his businesses? Why must Bronwyn call him yet again?

All to check out alleged poltergeist activity centering around a lowly janitor at the mall.

Really?!! What does he look like? A security guard?

But the temperature is about to drop as Loki discovers the truth. And someone is going to take a fall.

Get it now.

Alert! The eggs are at play!

Just a reminder that Eggs at Play released for Kindle this week.

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I do have the other platforms (mainly Kobo, Nook, and iBooks) as well as print coming soon.

This is a new process for me – not something I have down as slick as publishing normal books. The epub version (which is why none of the other platforms are ready) has all sorts of coding issues to it. I’ve decided to resize the print book since I really had nothing working on it (yeah, that’s a mess of I-don’t-even-know-where-to-begin).

I’m glad for the struggle. I’m forced to think outside the box and learn something new, even as frustrating as it is. Yes, the eggs are definitely amuck and reeking havoc on this book. When I’m done, I will truly feel as if I’ve conquered.

Oh no, not another prophecy

It seems that every fantasy book has some sort of prophecy in it. I tried so hard when I was writing Quest for the Three Books to keep the word prophecy out of it.

I used “legend” instead.

I get to book 4 of the series and I realize I must just give in to the Dark Side.

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The prophecy has been fulfilled: the Bloody Saint has returned.

Steigan was known as the saint and betrayer for a reason: where ever he went, death and destruction followed.

Now his enemies attack the gates of the ruined city of Lilinar to capture him. There will be no escape for him this time and no saving his friends. He has nothing but the debris around him.

And the advantage of a lifetime to plan.

Will it be enough to stop the threats retaking the land or to save his friend from turning to the evil powers that he knows will possess Martias?

The fourth story in the legend of Dominus Steigan continues in this epic fantasy adventure.

Releases Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Pre-order now.

No, wait! I better start the series first!

Gifting an ebook on Amazon

Did you know that you can give an ebook as a gift to someone on Amazon?

I only discovered this because my son recently asked me to purchase an ebook for him and we were trying to figure out how to get it to him rather than it coming to my device. I admit that I might have been a bit slow to notice this feature, but I’m betting there are many other people who don’t know this feature exists or how easy it is to use.

Especially if you have people in your life who love to read!

Here’s how to purchase an ebook as a gift.

Once you have an ebook up on Amazon, click the “Give as a Gift” Button.

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The next page that comes up will ask for information on where to email the book. The best part about this is that you can select a date for the ebook to ship to the person on. So, if you wanted to set up birthday, anniversary, holiday, just because gift dates ahead of time, you can!

You can even have the gift sent directly to you, which you can then deliver to them. This is great if you have older people in your life who enjoy technology but maybe don’t completely understand how to use it and they just need a little extra help.

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Then, personalize it with your message and place your order.

Gifting done!