Parno’s Peril is now available on Amazon!
Well, Parno’s Peril has been sent off to the publishers. It will have to be sent through the editing process and cover art will have to finalized and all the other things that publishers must do with books, but hopefully I can announce it’s drop date soon. Creative Texts are very good at their work and also very efficient so it shouldn’t be long now.
Parno is an exhausting work as it has so many moving parts as it was once described, and that’s why it takes so long between novels. I find myself checking old works to make sure I’m staying with characters and plots and what not, and after 600k words it’s not as easy as you might think. Or as easy as I thought for that matter, 😀
Anyway, with Parno’s Peril off to the publisher, it’s time for the next “Fire” novel, tentatively entitled “Home Fires”. And (deep breath) I have also decided to try and novelize the story of Detective Bonespear, which so far has appeared nowhere else but on this blog. I have had numerous requests to do so and I have decided to give it a try. We will see what happens.
I am also working on a secret project of my own which I will reveal if it works out. If not then I ‘ll try and think of another secret project, lol, but seriously I do have what I hope will be a pleasant surprise for some, depending on whether or not I can make it work.
I know that I don’t update on this blog as frequently as I should, but as I mentioned once before, time literally escapes me. If I didn’t have a wonderful wife to remind me I needed to eat, I’d probably starve. I’d certainly not make it to doctor’s appointments or important social functions. I don’t mean to be that way, it’s just that my sense of time and my memory don’t work quite like they should. I suppose I spend too much time in the fantasy worlds I create.
At any rate, this is what’s going on in my world. I hope your worlds are turning like they should and wish good things for you all!
Thank you all for your support and encouragement !
I cannot believe how long it has been since I made an entry on this blog, but it actually seems as if I just did it last week or so. I literally cannot comprehend how fast the last month has passed me by. I admit I have been extremely busy, but I didn’t know I was that far behind the time.
I have finished Book Four of the Fire From the Sky series, called Firestorm, and it will be sent to the publisher probably on Friday after I have read through it one more time and made sure there are no glaring errors. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY A PROMISE OF RELEASE DATE! I don’t want to go through that again. This, as I promised before, is simply letting you know that it’s done on my end. Remember that editing, cover art and so on still have to be completed before it’s released. When Creative Texts gives me the release date I will post it here and on FaceBook, and on Twitter if it allows me to.
There is a bit of a love hate relationship between me and Twitter. I love to use Twitter to inform people about my book, and they hate to let me do it 😀 We’ll see if they let me this time or not, lol.
Anyway, with summer coming up, I hope all of you that are traveling are able to do so safely. Be aware of your surroundings and take proper precautions whenever possible.
As for me, I am already back to work on Book Four in the Parno series, entitles “Parno’s Peril”. I suffered a massive writer’s block on that project for far too long but finally had an epiphany a little while back that I think has solved the problem and so far it’s working.
Enjoy your summer!
So. . . . . .
Apparently my publisher received complaints from Amazon that had been forwarded by readers about two missed release dates on my books. Since we’ve never announced a release that wasn’t already set to go, and since none of them has ever not been released on the date set by the publisher, all I could figure was that it was coming from the updates I sometimes post here about what I’m working on and when I hope to have it available.
But all that has ever been, all it was ever meant to be, was simply letting anyone who wanted to know what I was doing get an idea of where I was on a particular book and when I hoped to have it ready for delivery. I’ve never posted a release date, by which I mean an actual “book available on such and such a date”, that we have missed. There have been times when I couldn’t get a book out in the time I had meant to, most recently with Trial by Fire, but that was simply a case of my believing I could get the work done by then, only to discover that I couldn’t. There had not been a ‘hard’ or set delivery date for Trial by Fire, just an estimate that I had provided based on where I was in the book and how quickly I thought the rest of the book would develop.
In view of this difficulty, though, in order to avoid any further misunderstandings or misconceptions that might create difficulty for my publisher, and ultimately for me, I have decided that in the future I won’t give updates like those. Doesn’t mean I won’t respond to questions, and I can still reply that “Such a percentage finished” for whatever book in question, which is probably a better way to do things like that anyway had I thought it through. Hopefully doing things this way will smooth out any problems and make for better communications about future projects.
I apologize if my estimating when I could have something done has led to this misunderstanding, and hope this new way of doing things will make things better.
As always, thanks for your support, your encouragement and your patronage.
Trial By Fire, (Book 3 in the Fire From the Sky series) is now on a countdown to it’s release day on MARCH 12. It will be available for pre-order on Amazon, possibly as soon as today, and then will officially ‘drop’ on March 12. Creative Texts, my publishers, are doing a live countdown for the release on their website.
Here’s a peek at the cover!
I’d like to wish everyone a safe, happy and blessed holiday season. Many will be traveling this year, myself included, and I hope you have a trouble free and pleasant journey.
I’ve had many inquiries about “Trial by Fire” which is the next Sanders’ novel. I had, as I said before, hoped to have it released before Christmas but due to circumstances completely out of my control that wasn’t possible. Making a long story short, my doctor didn’t like my check up and ordered me up a rather invasive test to check my heart. Bad news was that it cost me a trip to Rocky Top with my family, put me weeks behind schedule, and hurt like a – – – – it hurt. A lot.
GOOD news was that the test revealed there was nothing wrong. So, while regretting the difficulty it caused, I find it difficult to be angry about things. The doctor gets paid to look after me and did just that. And I got good news. How often does that happen? So I decided to be thankful for what I had and hush.
Meanwhile, my schedule for next year is pretty intense and now Trial by Fire will be added to that as the first novel out of the gate after the new year. Assuming the Lord is willing, plans for 2018 will include a number of projects, including at least two Sanders’ novels as well as the fourth Parno novel and third Stormcrow novel. There MAY be others added to that as time goes along but until I see how quickly work progresses I will not be adding to the ‘official’ schedule.
Thank you all so very much for a wonderful year. That seems so inadequate and yet it’s all I can offer you, other than to keep writing. And I promise to keep writing so long as any of you want to read.
God bless and may you all have a prosperous, healthy and happy new year!
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!
No sooner said than done apparently! 😀
BROTHERHOOD OF FIRE, the second novel in the Sanders Fire From the Sky saga, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be delivered/available on September 6!
I hope you enjoy and HAPPY LABOR DAY!
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!
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.
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