February Updates

I’ve got a few updates for you all.  The first, in case you missed it, is that Forged by Flames is now out in Audio and whispersynced.  You can pick it up at your preferred retailer, but anyone who owns the ebook through Amazon can get the digital audio for $2.99.  For those who are wondering about Christmas with Dragons, Marguerite Gavin will start recording it next month so it will have a spring release (exact date to be announced).

The other big news is that the Dragon’s Breath Series is now back in Kindle Unlimited.  I just finished moving them into the program early this morning (which required me taking them off of the other retailers because Amazon requires exclusivity for enrollment), so those who have been waiting can now borrow the books.  This is the first time Forged by Flames and Christmas with Dragons will have been in KU!

On a final note, the cover model photo shoot went well for the Dark Destiny Series (the first two books featuring Cori and Bartol).  I should have a cover to reveal within the next couple of weeks and some behind-the-scenes pics to show as well.  Stay tuned for more on that!

Dragon’s Breath Series News

I’ve got a few updates for you all on the Dragon’s Breath series.  A lot of people are wanting a date they can mark on their calendars for when future books will come out.  Also, I’m still getting asked about audio for Dancing with Flames.  Plus, I’ve got news about upcoming holiday novellas.

Forged by Flames release date and cover info

My goal is to have the novel out on October 27th.  It’s looking like it will be at least as long as Dancing with Flames, maybe longer.

I don’t have a cover for it yet because I’ve had to switch photographers and models (long story).  This means getting all new shots done for the rest of the series (which is going to be at least 5-6 more books).  On a bright note, I’ll be using a team in the Oklahoma City area so I can actually be at the photo shoot, whereas before everything took place in Boston, MA.  Other than one especially long trip, I couldn’t make it up there.  I have the photo shoot scheduled for the middle of this month, and I’m in the midst of getting wardrobe and props organized for it.  As my team of helpers can testify (thank God for their help), there is a lot that goes into these because you have to plan the poses, mood of the shots, and which garments/props the model will be using.

It will take at least a week or so after the photo shoot for the photographer to get me the final images.  I’ll pick the ones I like and get those to the cover designer to start work.  For the dragon series, all the artwork is done from scratch so it can take another week or two for the artist to finish the design.  Then I’ll have to have typography added.  So the cover reveal will be much closer to the release date than what I normally do but please hang in there.  I think this next cover is going to turn out awesome based on what we have planned.

Dancing with Flames audio

The audiobook is set to release on October 18th.  Marguerite Gavin (the narrator) has had a rather full schedule, but she tweeted recently that she’d started recording the book.  Those of you who are waiting for the audio don’t have too much longer to go!

Holiday novellas

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I would be re-releasing the Kerbasi holiday story that was originally part of an anthology.  That will be coming out on November 28th.  I will probably put up a pre-order for that one once I have the cover designed.

The Dragon’s Breath series will also be getting its first holiday novella.  Book 3 (Forged by Flames) takes place from late November into early December.  The Christmas novella I’m going to write will start about a couple of weeks after that on the series timeline.  It will focus on what it’s like to celebrate the holidays in a post-apocalyptic world, and it will be a bit lighter than the main series novels.  My plan is to make it somewhere between 30-40k words so it will be longer than any of the other holiday stories I’ve written so far. I’m hoping it will be meaty enough to have a paperback version as well for those who’d want it.

My design helper team and I have some fun plans for the cover.  It’s definitely going to have a Christmas with dragons sort of theme.  The expected release date for it is December 15th.

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That’s it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

April update

First of all, thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of Darkness Wanes.  I’ve appreciated all the wonderful feedback I’ve received via email and Facebook messages.  If you’d consider leaving a review on Amazon or whichever retailer you use, I’d greatly appreciate it.

The paperback should be out within two weeks for those interested.  I’m getting it formatted now.  Many people have asked about the audiobook and my publisher has set it to release on June 21st.  Sorry it can’t be sooner, but hopefully the time will pass quickly!

As for Dancing with Flames (book 2 of the Dragon’s Breath series), I have begun working hard on it.  I’d done some of the preliminary work last year after finishing the first novel, but now I’m getting deep into the writing.  One thing I’m enjoying is that with the apocalypse and basic world-building tasks are out of the way, I can focus more on the characters and plot threads with this installment.  There will be some recap of events from the first book, but mostly I’ll be pushing the story forward.

Yesterday, I spent some time on research I needed for the novel, going to visit a couple of sources for various information (don’t want to spoil anything).  It’s amazing how many people are patient with me when I ask crazy questions related to the series and that they’re willing to help.  I also walked through the location for one of the battle scenes and took a bunch of pictures I’ll refer to later.  There was a skateboard park nearby.  The guys there were giving me strange looks because I had to pass by them along my way while snapping photos (in another direction), but I ignored them.  Unfortunately, their colorful ramps couldn’t figure into my story due to their location.  This particular battle scene is already written, but my first drafts are bare bones with little description so I needed to get the proper lay of the land for when I do my revisions.

I know a lot of people want a hard date for when the novel will be out.  Believe me, I wish I could give it to you, but after all the delays with Darkness Wanes I’m a little nervous to do that just yet until I reach a certain point in the book.  Nothing bothers me more than letting you guys down when I miss a target date.  At the very least, we’re looking at two months from now.  That is doable, barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It’s spring, though, so keep your fingers crossed that Oklahoma doesn’t get another spat of tornadoes to distract me.  Speaking of which, there are storms forecast for the next couple of days so I should probably get off here and get some writing done while the weather is still calm.

Thanks again for all the support you’ve given me and for your patience.  I’ll post another update later in the month.

Discount sale on Stalked by Flames

Stalked by Flames cover (small)For today (October 13th) only, Stalked by Flames is a Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon U.S.  You can pick up your copy for just $1.99.  It has been whispersynced so that if you get the ebook you can also choose to get the audio version for only $2.99 (combined price for both formats is $4.98).  This is a great deal and one that won’t come up again for a long time.

This is the purchase link.  Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

September publishing updates and a giveaway

First of all, thanks to everyone who has read/reviewed Stalked by Flames.  I’m pleased to announce it made it into the top 100 most read titles on Kindle Unlimited for the month of August with both Amazon U.S. and U.K.  It did far better than I imagined.  I must admit I was a little nervous about how people would react to me combining dragons, the modern world, and an apocalypse, but I absolutely felt the story in my head had to be written down.  The overwhelming positive response for the novel was amazing and very encouraging.  I’ll look forward to giving you more books in the series next year!

Truly, thanks to everyone who picked up a copy.  In appreciation of that I will be doing a few giveaways over the next couple of weeks with the first one starting today (see below for details).  I’ve also got several updates for you all including audio, paperbacks, official Darkness Wanes release date, and a giveaway.

Stalked by Flames paperback cover

STALKED BY FLAMES PAPERBACK

For those of you who prefer to have a paperback copy of the novel or use retailers other than Amazon and can’t access the ebook version, there is a hardcopy now available for Stalked by Flames.  Some of you may have already picked it up, but for those who haven’t here are some links:

AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE     BOOK DEPOSITORY


Stalked by Flames audio CD cover

STALKED BY FLAMES AUDIO

The audio version of Stalked by Flames just released last Thursday (September 24th).  As I mentioned on Facebook a while back, the Dragon’s Breath series is being narrated by Marguerite Gavin.  She has done a fantastic job with the first book and I love the voices she gave the characters.  If you enjoy audio at all you should check it out.  Here are some links for you:

AMAZON     AUDIBLE     ITUNES


DARKNESS WANES RELEASE DATE

The official release date for Darkness Wanes is November 18th.  I’d hoped to get it out by the end of October, but with the delay on Stalked by Flames and other personal issues there was no way I could get it finished and edited in less than three months.  I know there are some speedy authors out there, but for me I need a little more time to write full-length novels.  Every author has to work at their own speed.  Thanks for your patience.  I will be revealing the cover and summary around mid-October.  Be on the lookout for that.  I’ll also post the first couple of chapters by early November so you can get a sneak peek!


GIVEAWAY!!!

 Three paperback copies of Stalked by Flames are up for grabs, along with bookmarks to go with them.  All you have to do is comment on this post no later than midnight (U.S. Pacific time) on November 2nd.  After that, I’ll randomly select three winners (who will get replies on this post if they won).  Be sure to put a valid email address in the appropriate field so that I can contact you for shipping details.  If you are reading this on Goodreads, please come to my website to comment.  This is open to international contestants.

The next big giveaway will be next week!  (Yes, if you enter this one you can still enter the others whether you win or not)