With October coming to an end and November on the horizon, I wanted to share my writing goal for the coming month. In Italy I started a new science fiction adventure series. From my transitioning back to the States I never got past the first 15,000 words. Knowing this my November writing will be focused on this book and on getting a solid first draft done before the holidays. I'll let you know how things go in the weeks ahead.
If you had asked me this question a few months ago, I would have said dogs without a second thought. Fast forward to the present and I have to ponder as to whether I really have a preference.
To the orange cats that wait patiently for my car to arrive home so that they might run up to greet me and then rub themselves on my legs and purr for minutes on end, they might tell you I favor them. Heck, I even let one of these barn cats in my apartment yesterday simply for a snuggling session.
But don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. Pugs and golden retrievers are my breeds of choice. I appreciate their unconditional love and devoutness compared to the “user mentality” of most cats I have met.
While this is true, more recently, I was attacked by a pit-bull while out for an early morning run. The lingering scar on the middle of my chest from the dog’s teeth has made me skittish among man’s best friend. Then yesterday I was walking on a lake side trail when three unleashed dogs came out of nowhere. Still recovering from my chest wound, I cowered behind a tree, only to be pushed back by the incessant barking and approach of a Doberman and a black lab. The next thing I knew I was falling back down the embankment and then into the waters of Manning Lake.
As I limp around my apartment this morning with a banged up leg and another thrashing to my ego, I think for right now cats have a slight edge. What do you think?
I had a busy week relatively speaking. After doing next to no press with the release of Luza and Riley, mainly because I had just moved to Italy, I have decided to get more active in that area. To that end, I had an interview earlier this week with the Capital Gazette out of Annapolis, MD to discuss my books. The focus was on the Luza series and on how it all came about. Likewise, I spent some time on Friday, in another interview discussing bullying and dealing with loss in my hometown newspaper the Exeter Newsletter. I will share the articles when they are released early next week.
In the meantime, here are some links to previous press. These are all Running With Vince related articles from 2013.
In less than a week I will have been back in the States for a month. To say my transition has been interesting is an understatement. Even with several visits home over a two year period, living in Italy changed my perspective on many things. Lifestyle wise, I am used to walking everywhere. Now in New Hampshire, I find learning how to drive again and what it means to be at the mercy of the roads and potential traffic daunting. Granted American drivers are not necessarily wild or unhinged, but I didn't miss the having to drive for ten to twenty minutes just to get to a store.
Concerning food, I find myself wanting to go to the store daily just to buy a few items. The once a week food purchases prior to Italy are now replaced with this new mentality. I can't complain as my fruits and veggies are not going bad simply because I'm buying them as needed. I miss the cheeses and deli meat from southern Italy. Our domestic salamis are not cutting it for me.
For those that have been reading my blog for a while, you'll be familiar with the challenges of doing laundry in Italy. That part has been a relief. No longer does washing and drying my clothes take days. Last night I was delighted to throw in a load of wash and have the entire process done, including drying, within two hours.
While there are days I miss seeing the waves of the Adriatic and the smell of my olive oil soap, I'm home and for me that's a good thing. Last time I checked, I still have five plus weeks until the new school year, so I should probably get back out on the lake and enjoy a well deserved New England summer.
A Second Chance is now available on Kindle in both ebook and paperback forms. The book is a prequel to My Shenandoah Love and follows Hanna's older cousin Esper. A Second Chance is about choices and young adulthood. The book is also about relationships and the dysfunctions within our family units.
Similar to Hanna who navigated her mother's promiscuous behavior, Esper has a strained relationship with her ultra-religious mother. Being led in a direction she doesn't want to pursue, Esper is torn between a life in Gilmanton under her mother's rules or in Carolina with her controlling boyfriend. If you liked MSL, this new book should be a welcomed addition to your reading collection.
The fourth book in the Luza series will be released on Kindle this week. It is already out on Apple, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. Lane got the thumbs up from my Beta reader group, made up of several middle school aged students. According to them, it is the best book in the series. I still think it's the third book Valo. Regardless, if you have read Luza and Riley, you should definitely check out books three and four.
Concerning My Shenandoah Love, I would first like to apologize. Originally released in 2015, I removed the book from Kindle over a year ago. In between my moving and teaching in Italy, I mistakenly lost what I know had to have been the edited file. To that end, there was a promotion last week and the thousand plus downloads might be wondering why their version of the story was so shoddy. The story itself is solid but between the grammar and typos, many might have been turned away. Again, I made the assumption it was the same copy as before until I saw reviews on Goodreads and on Amazon. To make amends, I went over the story and removed over 7000 words. While it is not perfect, I trust it will be far superior to the copy many of you downloaded. With that, the second book in the series, a prequel will be out at some point this summer. If you enjoyed reading MSL, you might also like A Second Chance.
I hope to have another update in a few weeks. I'm finishing up my last week and a half in Italy, before the move back to the States.
While I navigate this move, if you have read any of my books, please post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Apple, Kobo; any venue. The reviews help generate interest and are greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading,
Some have already noticed that a certain book three has been released over the last few days. Valo makes the full release on Monday with the Kindle edition ready for readers to download and read. It can already be found at a variety of other outlets. The link below will take you specifically to your Ebook partner. Paperback is only on Amazon.
As for the cover, one will note this is different than the first two in the series. Not wanting to give away too much, this is from a dream one of the characters experiences. It shows up in Valo and again in Lane.
I should add that my students say book three is the best in the series, well that is up to Lane.
Enough already - take a look at the cover and the book's description.
Enjoy your week!
After the dramatic ending of book two, Keira must better understand who she is and what she is truly capable of doing. Tested throughout by her traveling partners, faces of the past, and Sohon’s approaching army, she must act quickly to get to her father who journeys to the other part of the world.
We have a more information based update today. Some will notice on the website that I have a mailing list button. My intention isn't to have one simply to spam or inundate readers with weekly or monthly newsletters. Instead, I'm simply gathering a list to email readers when my new books are released. For example, an email will be sent out on May 15 to recognize the release of Valo. If all goes as planned another email will be sent out on June 2 for the release of Lane.
This will be a test to see how well the mailing list works. Here is the link to signup if you are interested.
I mentioned this in other updates but I have been in the process of updating book covers. For that matter, I updated some titles too. Standing with God is now known as Going Home. That's book three of the Vincent Chronicles.
As for covers, you should note the new one for Luza and Riley. Valo and Lane will be added early next week. When I am done with the editing process for A Second Chance and Erina, new covers and links will arrive for those too.
Enjoy the rest of your weeks and weekends. I'll be with my fiance crisscrossing the Italian countryside. Expect some pictures and comments to follow.
This is more of an informational post. As Valo and Lane continue to go through the copy-editing process I have been busy updating my back list of books. Our Place by the Sea is now available again or should be in a day or two. A Lightworker's Perspective has also been brought into the Ebook format. These were my first two books published. Some of you might enjoy the easy reads.
I also have a new cover for Running With Vince, in memory of my brother Stephen. The Ebook is now permanently free or at least until I change the price again. If you are looking to be introduced to the world of Christian and Vince, this is a good place to start.
This week I am working on two others books that will get Ebook releases at some point this summer, Erina and A Second Chance. Somewhere between all these releases, I do plan to get some more writing in for a new series I'm developing.
My twin would find it fitting that I ended the revision phase of Valo and Lane on the 13th Anniversary of his passing. He would find it as such because he told me in a dream to keep writing when I was ready to walk away from the craft two years ago. Luza is as much a result of his prodding as it was in creating a series that would serve as a lasting gift to my nieces and nephews. I think Stephen would appreciate those facts and that I put some winks into our childhood summers in all four books.
To that end, I wanted to briefly share that being self-published allows for some flexibility in the release schedule. With both books edited on my end, I have sent them off for my readers to look over. Once they are returned I will review and will then likely release for you the reader to enjoy. I imagine that could be in mid to late May or early June.
That is a significantly faster timeline compared to what I originally had planned. For fans of the series this should be a welcomed development. It also means I can focus on some other projects over the summer. Look for book three and book four descriptions in the weeks ahead. I still haven't decided if I will release both books at once or in a stagger. Regardless, the description for book three will be out before four. You don't want spoilers do you?