Hostile Fire released early, and Odd Billy Todd audio book now available!

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Hello all!

Hostile Fire, the seventh book in the Fire From the Sky series, was released early, and went ‘live’ on July 9 rather than waiting until  July 18. Super thanks to Creative Texts in beating their deadline to have the book out!

 

Also! Great news about Billy’s audio book! There have been many requests for it, and it’s taken a good while to get done, but Billy is now available in an audio book. Here’s a link to the audio book.

https://www.audible.com/pd/Odd-Billy-Todd-Audiobook/B07V57GDNH?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-157268&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_157268_rh_us&fbclid=IwAR3Qv0a7f_arXK88CS0kcLpPFFnLyky1a6DgW_vYRD2AKOeRFHicZ6aDYBw

 

I hope you enjoy both!

 

NCR

 

Hostile Fire – Fire From the Sky Book 7

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Book #7 in the Fire Series, entitled “Hostile Fire”, is now available for pre-order with a mid July release date. This is the longest pre-order we’ve done as we are beginning to try and schedule books farther in advance. Here’s a link, if you’re interested.

Also, has anyone seen Avengers Endgame? I still have a chance to go and see it, but I’m wondering if it’s worth it. I think I already know I don’t like how it ends. Opinions are welcome!

Love to all and have a great Memorial Day. And please, take just a minute from the fun weekend to remember why we have a Memorial Day to start with. And who made it possible.

 

NCR

 

Finally!

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I remember a song years ago called ‘Finally’. I can’t recall who sang it right now, since I just used all my memory to remember the song, but it was a good song.

A song with a name like that could describe me at the moment. After all this time, I have finally been able to finish Fire From the Sky book 6, and send it to the publisher. The title of the book is not Finally, but instead is Friendly Fire.

This Fire novel clocked in at just over 130k words, which is about 30-40k more than usual for a Fire novel.

I feel like I have gone ten rounds with. . .well, I can’t think of anyone, since I don’t keep up with fights anymore, but it would be somebody big and that punches like a mule kick.

Just as I was finishing, the tension bar for my computer ‘shelf’ decided to go on strike. I heard it and looked up just in time to get the top of my laptop computer right across the bridge of the nose. I thought ‘ow’, but it wasn’t that bad, right?

Few minutes later I feel something cold on my nose and reach up to wipe whatever it is off and my hand comes away bloody. My laptop top (and say that three times real quick 😉 )  had cut my nose and I was bleeding rather profusely. So. . . .

I also now LOOK as if I went ten rounds with someone who can punch like a mule kick.

At least now that I’ve managed to get book 6 finished, the stage is set for the next arc and I can probably get that working much better and maybe faster.

Assuming  I don’t get whacked again by my computer and end up with a concussion.

ON a completely different subject, I have yet to see Avengers;Endgame, and never saw Captain Marvel at all. I am feeling a bit ambivalent over the whole thing at this point, looking back at the mess made of the whole thing since CA:CW. I probably will see the movie, but. . .I know I won’t like it.

And I missed seeing the Aquaman movie in the theaters. Durn it.

I did however see that a new Dune movie is in the works, and appears to have a great cast, including said Aquaman, Jason Momoa, as Duncan Idaho. I have always been partial to the newer three part series over the movie from 1984, but I do admit to wondering how such a new movie now will play out. The effects should be pretty awesome, especially if they have a big budget, but they will have to step it up a notch to beat the series. We ‘ll see I guess.

So, it’s back to work for me, and hopefully faster now that I’ve gotten past so much change. I hope those of you who enjoy Fire will enjoy this latest novel and that it will have been worth the wait.

I appreciate all the notes wishing me well, and the encouragement you all send me. Sometimes that’s all that keeps me from giving up and just going fishing 😀

Thank you.

 

NCR

Where in the world is NC REED?

Well, it’s complicated.

He’s been sick through New Years, after which he had to go and have a test done. Routine they said. Just a thing. In and out, back home and done.

Then, after the test it was “we’re gonna need to do something else.”

So I had another. This time someone hit a nerve in my leg. Ever had that happen? No? Well, it’s like this. Imagine you’ve sat on your leg watching the full length version of Fellowship of the Ring, and then you get up to change over to “The Two Towers”.

Bam. Leg is asleep. Can’t walk on it, tingles, feels funny, hurts really.

Now imagine that it doesn’t go away for a month. At all. Nothing works.

Well, there you have it. You now know what it feels like when a ‘procedure’ (an insurance term for SURGERY) nicks a nerve.

And thus I have been in pretty much constant pain for. . .how long have I been gone again? Anyway. . . .

I have not been idle despite that, and BOOK 6 of the FIRE series is now just over 60% completed. This book will run longer than usual in the series as it introduces new characters and starts a new arc in the story, where the farm begins to emerge from isolation. This novel is somewhat transitional as it introduces the new characters and sets up interactions that will come into play down the road, establishing the foundation for the next four to six novels in the series. So while there is more dialogue than normal, all of it will be applicable to the new arc.

 

ALSO—-BONUS ALERT

Many people have been wanting more information about a certain character. In BOOK 6 you will finally get it. Won’t say who cause it will spoil it, but if you think hard you ‘ll probably get it!

 

So, stay away from nerve injuries. “Sucks” does not BEGIN to describe it. Sorry for leaving you guys hanging like that, but I have seriously been miserable for so long I can’t remember. Love to all!

 

NCR

Happy Holidays? Humbug

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I’ve gotten a lot of messages and mail the last few weeks about different things and  I’m trying to answer them now. Long story short, my entire household was struck with a severe illness that effectively ruined our ‘happy holidays’ and a good bit more.

As we recuperate and try to move forward I am slowly being able to get back into the groove, but I am behind in my schedule now. We had big plans for Christmas, though not so much for New Years, but all of that went down the pipe thanks to a nasty bug. No idea where we caught it even though we backtracked for several days trying to figure it out.

Meantime, as I said I’m gearing back up and trying to catch up, but I am hopelessly behind in my self appointed schedule and honestly still not completely well.

Ah, the holidays 🙂

Anyway, I hope your holiday was better and that you had a great time.

Thanksgiving

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I look up and ‘bam’, year is coming to an end.

I’ve had a pretty good year productivity wise, I have to admit. While I have not accomplished all that I intended to, I have produced four novels this year and am currently working on two others. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to do that.

I’m also thankful for the people who read my work. A writer is nothing without readers to share his work with. I have been blessed to have so many people read and enjoy my work. Never in a million years would I have thought four and a half years ago (is that really all it’s been?) that I would be saying something like that. I sat at my computer and banged away at the keys with nothing more than a glimmer of hope and the desire to get a story out of my head and onto the screen.

And finally, I did. But the stories kept coming, the ideas kept popping up, and I just kept writing. Head down, rarely looking up, just like now. Then, I look up, and months have gone by. I forget at times how much actual work it is to produce a novel, mostly because I get lost in the tale as I write, I guess. When I’m done and looking back over it, I sometimes have to just marvel at the fact that I created something.

And I marvel even more at how many people seem to truly enjoy the work that I produce. When someone tells me how much they enjoy reading something I’ve written, it makes that hard work, regardless of how much it is, totally worth it.

So I’m thankful. To all of you who have made my dream of being a writer come true. You are the driving force behind me. You’re who I write for.

May you and your families be blessed this holiday season.

NCR

Something to think on

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We are about to commision a rendition of the BlackSheep flag, with the bloody fanged and bloody clawed red-eyed black sheep that depicts members of Parno’s personal regiment.

 

My idea is to make the sheep into a patch, like a shoulder patch. Someone else suggested making them to sell. I admit I hadn’t considered that, but I’m not against it either. Admittedly I have no idea what it would cost to do something like that, and we haven’t yet even found the artist we want to create the image.

But, assuming we can, is something like that anything you guys would be interested in? I have considered having small flags made of Parno’s Regimental Flag, and maybe even tee shirts, since that seems to be pretty easy to do these days.

It’s also been suggested we make a ‘skull and bones’ image for the “Fire” series, either as a patch or flag or both, with the tee shirt also being an option.

 

The question is though, assuming all this doesn’t cost an arm and leg, is this something any of you are interested in? IF not, then cool, no problem. But if you are, I will try and make it happen. I admit I wouldn’t mind a Black Sheep tee myself 😀
Anyway, if you think that would interest you, let me know.

 

NCR

Home Fires

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The reviews for Home Fires are nothing short of amazing. I am rarely at a loss for words, (my wife would be glad to attest to that 😀 ) but truly, the comments for Home Fires are humbling to say the least.

I’d be remiss in my thanks not to say a huge “THANK YOU” to Creative Texts and the publisher, Dan Edwards, for the hard work they do editing and proofing my work. I’m not the best typist in the world, or even in my house for that matter, and it takes a lot of work to make me look good. Fortunately I have Dan and his team who work tirelessly on my behalf to make me look like a real author 😀

Thank you so much to those of you who have so thoughtfully left such glowing reviews. I am so glad you enjoyed the book and the series! Lord willing and the river don’t rise, there will be more of Clay and the Sanders outfit soon!

Thank you again a million times over!

 

NCR