When is (???) gonna be done?

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No author I ever heard of has ever gotten offended by readers wanting ‘moar’, and I’m no exception. The explosion of the “Fire From the Sky” series left me stunned, though in a happy way, and readers clamoring for more is what every author dreams of. Again, I am no exception.

Let me pause here to say “thank you!” to everyone of you, too. It is an honor to be ranked so high on Amazon’s author list, and I owe every bit of that to those of you who have read my books. I am beyond words to describe how exciting it is, or how much it tickles me to hear that you have enjoyed the fruits of my labor.

And it’s perhaps the ultimate compliment for readers to immediately demand more. I simply don’t know what could be better than that.

In the last few weeks I’ve had questions about Parno, Stormcrow and of course “Fire”, and when they could expect the next of whichever series they were interested in. Why this book was first, or second, or wherever it fell in the order.

First of all, I usually work on more than one project at a time, which is why I sometimes have books of different series released so close together. When I am stuck on one I just move over to another and keep going and so forth, back and forth until they’re finished. So I’m always working on something unless I’m taking a break, (which I do about three times a year for no more than one week, mostly to recharge my batteries if you will).

Fire From the Sky and its follow on novels run about 70-100k at the moment. They have clearly drawn lines and the characters are generally a straightforward group at this point which eases the dialogue challenge a little. As the story grows I expect that to change, with complexity rising as it does, and the length of the books as well, in all likelihood.

Stormcrow novels run anywhere from 90-130k words, give or take, and while those novels are complicated and tangled, the main cast of characters, complex though they are, is small and pretty manageable. Dialogue and movement isn’t terribly complicated to put together once I’ve gotten the plot and scenes sketched out.

Parno has become a monster in both scope, size, number of characters and the complexity of those characters. The story has grown from an original three books to now a minimum of five and more likely six or seven. I still have no idea how that happened other than the story wouldn’t do what I told it. That sounds ludicrous I know but. . .it’s amazing what characters you invent decide to do once you start writing. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had something planned or how well, once you start putting it down, it’s almost guaranteed to change.

And Parno novels at a minimum weigh in at 150k words and every time I end one I know I could have kept going. At some point though I have to start thinking about what the print version will be like and stop.

And this is why some books are faster than others, at least for me. I’m not really familiar with how anyone else does their planning so I may be the odd one out, or I may just be doing the same thing as everyone else in this line of work, I don’t know. My point though is that in the time it takes me to write the next Parno novel, I may very well have been able to write two ‘Fire’ novels and a Stormcrow novel as well. Parno novels are vastly more complicated and have way more moving parts, which slows me down. I like to think it’s worth it and that it makes the Parno series better for it, but it still takes time to put that many wheels into one gear box.

In the time it takes to write the next Stormcrow novel, I still might hammer out two “Fire” novels, again just because the tangled plot of Stormcrow takes longer to work.

So no, I don’t favor one series over the other. I write wherever the inspiration is for that day. Every book has an outline (more like a map, really) so I can pick up where I left off with little to no problem. And I usually write a little bit every day on everything I’m working on at the moment, unless I’m really on a hot streak with one in which case I’ll ride that streak out until I collapse from exhaustion, 😀

So the order of books being finished isn’t a result of my liking one series over another, but simply the fact that each one is so different. They each have their challenges, their advantages, and their drawbacks. Some are easier, some are harder, some are a mix of both.

For those waiting on the next installment of Parno, I’m looking at a Spring release, which I managed to do this year with “Gambit”. One a year in that series is about what I’m going to average I think, and I doubt that would go faster even if it was all I worked on. I would still have times when I couldn’t move the plot along and instead of letting that be idle time, I just work on something else.

For Stormcrow, it may or may not precede the next Parno (tentatively entitled ‘Parno’s Peril’, btw) but I also hope to have it released by Spring, if not sooner.

The next ‘Fire’ novel may well be released around Christmas time.

Remember that all of this is assuming the Lord wills I live so long to get all this done. I do hope that he does of course, but I never take the Lord for granted. He will do as He will.

I hope this helps explain what I know seems to be a complicated system. And it’s just as rough on the proof readers too. Imagine you’re editing the next ‘Stormcrow’ and you suddenly read how Parno is working on the engine of the Celia. Or in ‘Peril’ you read that Clayton has decided to lead a cavalry charge against the Imperial Army. Or Galen working to protect his family farm.

Yeah, that happens. 😀

Let me throw in a special thanks to my wife, as well as Creative Text, my publishers, for all the editing and proofing they do. The thing is, I actually spell really well. What I don’t always do well is type. And I am terrible at catching mistakes. I suffer from a malady that affects many readers in that if I’m already expecting to find something in print, (say because I wrote it, perhaps 😉 ), then I’ll read it whether it’s there or not. That doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen enough that I miss many errors.

So thank you honey (da wife) and Dan (da publisher) for the great work you do cleaning up my messes.

And thank all of you again for helping me make it to ‘bestseller’ status on Amazon. I will do my utmost to continue measuring up to your expectations, and showing my appreciation for your patronage and your support, as well as your encouragement!

Thanks,

 

NCR

 

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Hurricane Irma

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Irma is a monster. Largest storm on record for a storm outside the Caribbean or the Gulf. By now maybe anywhere, I don’t know. Mandatory evacuations all up and down the coast now with millions watching and waiting to see what happens.

 

If you had to evacuate with little to no notice, would you be prepared? If you are separated from family do you have an alternate way to communicate? Do you have a disaster kit with food, water and meds for at least three days? You should have two weeks worth of these things in your house at all times just to be safe. Doesn’t have to be pricey, just plain rice and beans will get you by in a pinch. Maybe a canned ham or two, or even Treet or Spam. Canned chili or ravioli. Anything that can be prepared and eaten with a minimum of fuss. A pack of paper plates, a bag of wipes, and a roll of toilet paper and paper towels is also an essential item, as is cutlery and drinking cups.

 

This list could keep going but I think you get the idea. Always be prepared. It might be an out of control fire, a quake, or. . .a monster hurricane. But if you have to move and move quickly, you need to be ready for it.

 

If you pray to the Almighty, please pray for those in Florida, and in the islands already hit. Please remember those who are still digging out from Harvey. And remember those in the northwest who are burning.

 

And give thanks if you’re not in the path of such devastation.

 

 

NCR

Happy Labor Day!

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I hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Remember that if you drink, do so responsibly.

I would ask that you also remember the people of Houston in your prayers as well as everyone else who was in the path of Harvey. I ask especially for Houston because of family that live there. Fortunately they are all safe at least for now. Houston will have a hard job of digging out so let us not forget them as they work to recover.

The second Sanders Saga book, Brotherhood of Fire, is with the publishers. As soon as they give me a release date, I will post it here. Hopefully it will be soon!

Again, have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

NCR

Time has flown!

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Had it not been for a recent comment that appeared in my e-mail, I might still not have realized that I hadn’t posted here in waaaaay too long. I have been working almost every waking minute for two and a half months and did not realize so much time had gone by.

But, the second book in the Sanders Saga, “Brotherhood of Fire”, is finished! I’m checking it for errors right now but it will be making it’s way to the publishers by tomorrow at the latest. After that it will be in their hands. As always, when I know the release date I will post it here, as well as showing the cover art once I get it!

Hopefully a new novel will make up for my long absence from this blog. I honestly had no idea it had been so long since I had even made a post here. All I have thought about for weeks now is this book and the others I’m working on, and time has gotten away from me. It’s almost as if I woke up and it was suddenly the middle of August and I was thinking “huh?”.

I have doubled down so to speak since July 4th, working pretty much every waking hour that I didn’t absolutely have to give to something else on Brotherhood of Fire or one of the other two projects that I currently have going. As a result I seem to have missed the rest of July! 😀

 

BUT!!!! I hope you’ll think it was worth it once you’re reading Brotherhood. Meanwhile, I’ve got other irons in the fire, no pun intended, that I hope you’ll also enjoy once they are complete.

I hope you’ve had a great summer so far, and thanks for reading and supporting my work.

 

NCR

WOW!

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Fire From the Sky has been really well received! Already there are some great reviews and people seem to be enjoying it a great deal. That’s always my main goal is to create something that people enjoy.

 

Thanks to everyone who has read, and an extra thanks to those of you who have reviewed! I really appreciate it!

 

Already at work on moar!

 

NCR

Fire From the Sky

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My newest novel, Fire From the Sky, is now available on Amazon. This is the first book in a new Post Apocalyptic series I have been developing for a while now. At this point the series is open ended as I try and come up with as many torments as possible for the protagonists in the series 😀 (insert evil/sinister laugh here)

 

ANYway, here’s a link where it can be found.  If PAW is your thing then I hope it’s worth checking out and you enjoy it.

 

Have a good weekend~

 

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I have not met my demise as yet

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First I have to apologize for being out of touch for so long. There are times, as most of you know, where I literally don’t realize how long it has been since I’ve been here because I’m working. I also during those periods rarely know exactly what day of the week it is, or if I’ve eaten recently. That’s just the way it is when I really get going on something. It consumes every waking minute and sometimes even my sleeping ones.

 

This time however I did something foolish and ignored a problem until it became an issue. Which in turn made me sick enough to think I had the flu. Fortunately I do not have the flu, but I have suffered murderous headaches and other side effects because of a severe sinus problem that I allowed to get out of control. That was not my intent of course, just a by-product of me thinking I knew more than I actually did.

I am better today than I have been in weeks thanks to the miracle of antibiotics, though still a long way from well. Regardless, I am working so there’s that.

Fire From the Sky should be nearing publication soon. I have seen tentative cover art and really liked it. Once it’s finalized I’ll show it here. As soon as I know when it will be released I will pass that information along.

 

Meanwhile, I am currently working on Parno IV, Stormcrow III, and Fire II. I have a couple other projects that I’m looking at as well, but they are more drawing board at the moment.

 

I hope you have a great weekend!

 

NCR

Fire From the Sky

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I have now sent the first volume of my new Post Apoc series “Fire From the Sky” to the publishers. Fire From the Sky is a contemporary story set in the present (well, now it’s the near past, to be honest) and focusing on one family and their friends as they try to survive in a world gone wrong.

UNLIKE Odd Billy Todd and Roland, this book is intended to be the start of a series, so there will be questions that don’t get answers here, probably, and there will be things and people that you may not see again until Book 3 or 4. It is meant to be an ongoing story and at the moment is open ended. I guess as long as I can make the story interesting, I’ll keep writing.

As soon as I  know the release date, I’ll post it here and on Facebook.

I have to give a big thanks to my readers as Parno’s Gambit has done well so far. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to know that people are enjoying a story that you put together and wrote basically from scratch. I really appreciate all of you who had taken the time to write and let me know you enjoyed it. As I’ve said before, some nights, when I really wanted to throw my hands up and say “I quit”, that encouragement from you is what kept me working.

So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

NCR

Parno’s Gambit to be released MARCH 10

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Parno’s Gambit, Book III in the Black Sheep of Soulan, will hit the market March 10! Featured here is the dust jacket image for the hardcover edition (YAY) and the blurb from that back cover;

His father murdered by his insane sister. His older brother in exile for attempting a coup against the Crown. His oldest brother very nearly dead at the hands of the same sister and now on the throne only by the grace of a skilled surgeon who wanted to see the man she hoped to marry.

All in all, Parno McLeod’s family troubles have gone from bad to worse of late. And if that wasn’t enough for the young Marshal of the Army, he’s also facing an army that outnumbers his almost three-to-one, fighting on two fronts and stretched thin in numbers, equipment and supplies.

Add to that now an insane sibling controlling an elite regiment of Soulan cavalry and heading south to free her traitorous twin in hopes of putting him on the throne, a flood of refugees from the war torn area of the invasion path of the Norland Imperial Army, spies and saboteurs in their midst, and a sudden startling revelation that despite his successes so far, he is as close to losing the war as he has been since it began.

It’s enough to give anyone a headache.

As Parno struggles to adapt to his new position of importance after so many years of being ignored, he likewise struggles to prevent the enemy from driving any deeper into his Kingdom’s territory and with getting ‘reluctant’ bureaucrats to help him by simply doing their jobs correctly in the King’s name!

Parno has been fortunate, and he is a gifted leader for one so young, but he is young, and inexperienced. He has a plan that will save his people, but he’s about to learn a very important lesson; no plan survives contact with the enemy.

Gambling with his people’s freedom, Parno tries to do too much, too soon, and with too few men. A gambit that he admits is dangerous, and may yet see the capitol of Soulan in flames!

I know it’s been a long road to book Three, but I hope you find it has been worth the wait.

Thank you all so much!

 

EDITED TO ADD: Just got an update, and Gambit is available for pre-order HERE!

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