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A decision has been made…And update on Starkiller Bundle

First off, I have decided to take a small break from working on Wrath.  Probably the weekend and a day.  Monday is my birthday so I might take that day off.  Or not because I want to keep working on something.

I will be working on Janus City and Starkiller for the next few days.

I also have dropped the price of the bundle of Starkiller Part 1-3.  It is currently on sale for $0.99.  It will last until August 7th.

Also, Void Emissary is free until the 7th as well.

And yes, I am currently in the works of writing a sequel to Void Emissary, which I hope to get out before the end of the year.

My current plans are as follows…

Until the 7th of August, work on getting Janus City Part II and Starkiller Part Four out asap.

From the 8th until 20th, work on and turn Wrath of the Empress out.

21st to the 31st, work on Tears of the Empress and the unknown title of Void Emissary II.

Then, in Sept, really pull back into my little writing hermitage and just write and write and write.  By the end of September, I hope to have Tears and Void Emissary II done as well as the skeleton of a series of urban fantasies.  And maybe the spine of an epic fantasy as well.

Why a series for urban fantasy?  Well, I have to say I have been flailing about with sci-fi.  I love it, and always will.  I am not saying urban fantasy or epic is going to do me any favors.  Yet, I want to try and get a few books int he series written instead of dribbling them out once a year or twice a year as I have done with my other books.  I have written, tossed them up and not really done anything to help move things forward.  If I have, say four urban fantasy books written, edited, covers and even some ads ready to go and I pull the trigger, every month dropping another book in the series, I will–hopefully–build up an audience and readers who will look at my catalog on Amazon and read my other stuff.  And hope to pull in more of my thousand true fans.

In November will tell you all now, I will be in Chicago for a day, then heading down to New Orleans.  I might have told you this all before.  But I am joining a few other indie authors and hoping that by the time this confab is over on the 10th of November, the group of indies will have a book or the first draft of a book, that we will send out and sell.  Keep you all updated on that as well.

And I wish to thank you all for continuing to read the blog.

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Work(s) in Progress

So, I am going to do something with this post.

There are currently four different work in progress, from hence forth referred to as WIPs, pieces I am working on.  I will also give you a sample of each of them:

Wrath of the Empress:

Jonica felt the wind on her face and smiled. She hadn’t felt this free in a long time. She took a deep breath and felt that something was amiss. The air was dry and thin and her body felt numb. She tried to grab onto the cockpit frame, to brace herself and she felt nothing. Her eyes snapped open and she realized she wasn’t in the Runner, wasn’t flying through the fields, and wasn’t even in a ship. She plummeted towards the red orange sand of Mars without anything except the clothes on her back.

“Slag! Where in the Pit am I!”

Her arms and legs started to work, pumping around trying to move around, flailing around, trying to do something. She knew was going to die. A chunk of debris shot by her, a firey and smoking bit of the Bloody Bitch’s ship.

“At least I got the pod out. Meph might find someone,” she whispered to herself.

Skygirl, you are safe.

 

 

“What?” Jonica came to in the crash webbing of the grav-chair of Zas’ ship. She flailed around for a moment, coming out of the Gate sleep suspension. She wasn’t sure why Zas demanded that they do that. But, that was the deal. And for her left hand to be whole and for Lyra to be safe, she had to do what Zas said. She hoped that Lyra and Meph were safe on Poveglia.

 

Janus City Part Two:

Once outside of the complex, I turned to business. Finding Kenneth’s leg. Soon as the thought came to me, there was a soft orange glow that settled over the glasses and I saw a ribbon of orange extend out away from me. The glasses wouldn’t solve the case for me. But, they were keyed to his DNA and would lead me to where he lived and his daily routine.

There was a danger if I ran into Kenneth, hence the reason I told him to stay home. Otherwise, I’d end up blind. Or worse. The perks of the job I guess.

I wondered to the cable car and hopped on. One good thing about the cable cars was the price. Anyone could ride one anywhere in Janus City. One of the few perks of the city. There was an elf sitting by himself, or herself, you never know with the Fae. And this elf was one of the “heavies.” It had become part of this world more than say, Moira or Mick. They could head back to the Fae whenever they wanted. Granted, I knew both of them would prefer to die than ever go back and deal with the Shadow Court.

The elf looked haunted, his eyes sunken and clung to a thick wooden blanket which he wrapped tight around himself. The thing that drew my attention to the elf in the first place was the orange hued aura around him when I got on. He was connected to Kenneth and his missing leg.

Somehow.

 

Starkiller Chronicle Part Four:

Garret looked at the two Eridani and smirked. “So, what to tell me why I shouldn’t kill you where you stand?”

“Peace, peace, peace…” one of them said, over and over. His spindly arms were up and quivering with effort.

Garret nodded. “Alright, relax. I won’t kill you. Yet. But, if you think I’m going to let you off, you are mistaken. I want to know what the hell is going on?”

The two Eridani cocked their heads to one side. Garret shook his head. “Thought the Eridani were suppose to be smart.”

“They are,” a voice said from behind him. “Humans, usually aren’t.”

Garret turned to see an Eridani that stood over six foot. His thick barrel chest was smooth and rippled with muscle. In his hands was a nasty looking pistol. “I suggest you put your weapon down. From what I understand, they don;t need all of you to make this experiment work.”

“What are you talking about?” Garret asked, making sure to point his weapon down.

“Blaster on the ground, please,” the Eridani said. He smiled and it was more creepy than Garret thought an Eridani could be.

He dropped his weapon with a clatter.

 

Summerland:

I looked at the scumbag in the seat across the desk from me. He gave me his normal smile, without his fangs. “Look, Nash, you know I’m good for it,” Pyke said while dry washing his hands. He opened his mouth, closed it, working his lips for a moment to not fumble his words. “Really, I mean–”

“Uh huh, tell me another.” I held a small silver dagger in my hand, giving him a raised eyebrow. The Witch-Eye flared up, seeing the aura of black around Pyke. It would be black, Pyke’s a vampire after all.

His eyes flicked outside to the window.   I’d purposely left the screen open to make the vampire twitch a little. “Can we hurry this up? I need to get back home.” Best thing is to show them you know what can hurt them, start from a position of strength. Only thing fangheads respond too.

“I still want my money, Pyke,” I said, “Then we can hurry this along.”

“I truly hate that nickname, Nash. Please you know I’m good for it.” Pyke’s voice fumbled back to a slight Irish lilt with the word “hate.”

I continued to give him the cocked eyebrow. “And when can I expect the payment if I do let you go now?”

“Next week.”

I did some math tricks in my head. “Isn’t that when your ancestor’s going to be revived?”

 

Wasn’t that fun?  Now, it is almost 3 am where I am, so I am going to crash.  But, if anyonre has something to say, please don’t hesitate to send me a message on here.  Thank you for reading.

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Been thinking…

Been thinking things over recently.  Yes, it did hurt, thank you. 😛

I am hard at work with the next in the trilogy, Wrath of the Empress.  And, I also need to focus on that and that alone for the next few weeks.

Once that has been edited, read and re-read, I might take a bit of time off of all things social media.  It will be tough, but I am going to try.  I want to focus much more on writing.  Need to finish up a few serials that I have in the pipeline and at the moment, I can’t do that while at the moment.

Or I might change my mind at the last minute like I do often.  Eh, I’m just rambling at the moment…

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Ah a new month

I know I didn’t get a post out with the end of the countdown.  I did screw up the count anyway because I can’t use a flipping calendar for some reason.  😛

Anyway, we enter into August.  I will be turning 39 very soon.  Not sure how I feel about that.  I mean, I can’t stop it from happening…and I do feel a bit more comfortable in my skin as a person than I have for some time.

Anyway…

I am hoping that by the middle of the month I will have Wrath of the Empress done.  It is currently about 60 percent done.  I will be going back to work on it later today.

Also, I am setting up a free five day plan for Void EmissaryIt will start tomorrow and go until my birthday.

But the big news is that the audio book for Mostly Human is ALMOST done…I am waiting for my narrator to get back to me on a few small changes and then it will be out.  I am going to put up the cover for the audio book.  It has the name of my narrator.  Does a good job as well, in my opinion.

I am off to try and get some writing done.  Hope you all have a good day.

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Day 87/Day 28 And Lucky 13…

Hello all.  I think I’ve gone past my date of starting…one sec…

Yeah, so I was WAYYYYYYY off.  My challenge stopped on July 22nd.  Oh well…

So, the Three Novels in Three months did not go according to plan.  I did get one book done, which is out now.  I also have a more fleshed out “Draft Zero” of the second book, Wrath of the Empress, and that is waiting for me to tackle when I wake up.  I also have notes, which will grow I am sure as I work on Wrath and things will be pushed to Tears of the Empress.

I also have a new (sorta) book out.  It is Void Emissary: Book of the Void Part One.  I know it is a long title.  Th shorter one is just Void Emissary.

But this is sorta new and sorta not.  I did publish this about a year ago.  But, I pulled it since it wasn’t fully ready and needed a bit of a re-write.  Now that that is done, I have republished it and hoping to get some people interested in it.

Also, that brings my total number of titles I have published to 13.  Yes, lucky number 13.  We will see how this one goes.

Starting tomorrow, I will probably stop the Day ?? totally, since I haven’t done a word count in a long time.  I will keep one, just in case.  But, we will see.

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Day 86/ Day 26

Hello again all of those who read this blog of brain droppings…which is probably not many…or is and you are all quiet.  Who knows.  😛

I am currently working on something else that is not part of the Empress series.  I have talked about it on here and hocked it on here.  It is called Void Emissary.  It was up for a long time, then I pulled it when I realized how bad it was.  It needed a serious polish.  And, that is what I am currently doing.

And, when I am done with it I am also going to start the process to get a print copy of it as well.  And I will give you all a notice when that happens.  And, going to shoot for an audio book as well…

I’d forgotten how much I loved this book and wished to continue with it.  And I am still a little shocked I was able to write such a long book so quickly.  It was about a year ago, I had just watched Chris Fox talk about writing a book in 21 days.  I made that commitment and had a big stick to help.  If you follow me at all on twitter or have found me on Facebook, I am not a fan of Trump.  I used him as a stick.  I said if I didn’t have the novel written, and up on Amazon KU in 21 days, I’d give $500 to his campaign.

I did not give money to his campaign.  It wasn’t a pretty book.  And, I was all set to start the next one when I went on vacation.  Beautiful thing, down the Danube.  However, that was also when my mother had a bad fall and she has never been the same since.  I will go into that at a later date.

Suffice to say, the Book of the Void was delayed and delayed.  And I just let it fall by the wayside.

But now, because my brain likes to try and shirk work, and I kinda took a week off from working on Wrath, well I found my hand edited copy of it and have been slowly slogging through it the past day or so.  I’m on page 120 of it, out of about 290 pages.  So, close to half way done.

And, there is one character that is much like Meph in the Empress Trilogy…in fact, there are many parallels between this book and the trilogy.  Both are very adventurous and not very hard sci-fi.  Much softer and in the case of Void Emissary, I’d say down right fantasy oriented.  That character, by the way, is Toph.  There is a lot to love about this sarcastic, snarky cat-like creature.

Anyway, I am going to hit the word mines again.  Keep you all informed when it is done.  Since it has already gone through several editing phases, I am just going to plug away at the corrections, then pop it back up on Amazon.  Not sure if I am going to make it wide or keep it in KU for awhile.  We will see.

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Day 85/ Day 25

Well, I am five days away from the end of the 90 day three months to a trilogy challenge.  And it has been a spectacular mess for the most part.

Yes, I got the first of the trilogy done.  It is selling well, and right now until the 27th, it is completely free…

And it is number 13 in Space Opera! Woot!!  Granted, it is #13 in the free category, but I’ll take what I can get.  Exposure is exposure…

Now, I just need some reviews…

The unfortunate stuff is that I have the draft zero of Wrath of the Empress which is sitting on my desk waiting for me to start the rewrite.  And Tears is a handful of pages at the moment.

But, I am also trying to finish up the military sci-fi serial Starkiller and releasing something new later today…if Amazon clears it soon.  I will provide a link when it is up.  The Something new I can tell you about.

It is this…

It is the first of all of my serials and the first of my series for 4Pollack.  A “starter set” of sorts.

If you haven’t picked any of them up, give it a look see.  It would be great if you did.

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Day 81/ Day 21

Got a day mixed up somewhere in the 100k challenge.  Eh, happens.

So, some good news.  While doing my words today, going to make a toss up of 1500 words, I finished the first major edit of Wrath of the Empress.  Shaping up to be a good story.  I think at least.  And now, what will I do?

Going to pivot to I.S.S. Starkiller.  That doesn’t mean I am going to forget about Wrath.  I just feel that anyone who has followed all of Starkiller deserves a bit more of a break since I started that series last year and still haven’t finished it.  My plan is to do a deep dive on Starkiller, finish up all three parts in rapid succession and then release them one week after another.  And, I will then bundle it two different ways.  One will be a part 4-6 and the other will be a full six part bundle.

Giving you a preview of the last part because why not?  And, Though it says Part VI on it, I forsee that as being the cover for the actual paperback version of season one.  Plus, both the paperback and the bundles ebook version of Starkiller will have some kick ass art in them!  I have a friend doing some art for this series and when I have permission, I plan on giving you all a sneak peek.

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Day 78/Day 17

Well, it has been hard to truly focus on much of anything the past few days.  I did get more than enough words down for today.  4,100.  However, none of them were for either Wrath or Tears.  They were for a half dozen other works in progress I find myself flittering between.

I do have Wrath printed out and needing a good long edit pass.  And no I am not taking anyone up on giving it an editorial pass because this is still the first draft, well the zero draft really.  So, there isn;t even a coherent structure at the moment.  All I have it about 80 pages of scenes.  I do foresee this getting polished and out the door in mid-August.  But, I will keep you all informed about what is going on.

Blood is slowly getting out there.  More and more people are reading it.  Now, I just need some dang reviews of the book.  If you have read Blood for the Empress I humbly ask for a review.  Even if you thought it was shite and think I need to know in exact detail how horrible of a hack writer I am, head on over to Amazon and hit the review button and let me know.

The little graphic I stuck in there if you can’t see it well is a screen grab from Amazon as of a minute ago.  I am in the top 2,500 for space opera!  That might seem low, but I am pretty happy with that.  We will see if I stay there or if I rise up or lower in the ranks throughout the week.

I have also been thinking more seriously about the serial that I want to post here and another one for my newsletter.  The one in the newsletter will be a little bit longer, just need to figure a way to get a poll in there.  For here, I’m debating on more of Janus City, or maybe something more sci-fi like.  What do you think?  Hit me up in the comments if you have a suggestion for a serial idea or if you want me to continue one here before I pop it up on Amazon.

One thing, the serial here will be once a week.  Probably on a Friday.  Or Sat.  Not sure, just a thought right now.  I will nail down the day and get back to you all.

Until then, goodnight and may evil be confused on the way to your doorstep…

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Day 73/ Day 12

Well, thanks to the way I first used keywords, I lost most of the day trying to get Blood for the Empress on Amazon.  However, it is finally there!

So, get it while you can for cheap.  Once Game of Thrones premier is over PST, I shall be raising the price to $2.99.  And yes, Wrath is being worked on and hoping to get it out before the end of August.

If you want to get in on it, might I suggest going here first.  It will only cost you an email, and I promise I won’t use it for spam.  Just to keep you updated with all of the scribblings and books when they come out.

 

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