The 5th Black Sheep novel, Parno’s Gift, is now available for pre-order on Amazon! It is scheduled to ‘drop’ on August 3! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D1K4HTF/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420&linkCode=sl1&tag=creativ030-20&linkId=184ff5617343937786c21a15f3478198&language=en_US
I sent the fifth and final Parno novel to the publisher this morning. The title is “Parno’s Gift”. It will now have to go through the editing phase so that I don’t look like a third grader who stole his mom’s typewriter, and then once that’s done I will get a release date for it, which I will pass along to you here, and on Facebook.
I hope you are all safe and well. And in the shade. Although it’s hot in the shade here as well, so. . . .
Dear friends, I have neglected this blog for far too long, and I apologize for that. The truth is, I haven’t know what to say of late. I suspect my situation is much like many of you, trying to sort through endless waves of media misdirection to find what I need to know and decide what actions I need to take to protect my family.
I’ve tried to stay silent about all of this, because if I don’t, my mouth will almost certainly get me in hot water. I’ve also tried to work, though I admit it’s been difficult. I hope to finish the 5th Parno novel soon, though I cannot give even an estimate of the date due to problems in the past with such estimates being reported as ‘missed release dates’, which has caused a great deal of trouble. Once Parno #5 is finished, I will move on to other projects, and try to focus on them rather than the doom and gloom we’re surrounded by.
I hope that our nation will calm at some point. I suspect we will never have things back to normal, but if we can regain at least some semblance of normal then we should consider that at least a small victory.
Please take care of yourselves, and try to avoid dangerous situations. Sometimes we can’t, and that’s an unfortunate truth, but I hope all of you will remain well and safe.
I will try to update more often, though that’s a promise I’ve failed to keep more than once. I hope to get this blog back on a regular schedule and perhaps speak of good things to come. I am trying to increase my work load despite all the crazy in the world, so perhaps I can be more productive going forward. We’ll see how far that gets and how long it lasts before something else smacks me in the head 😀
Please take care, and thank you, always, for your support.
I hope that these holidays are filled with warmth and friendliness, love and family, good times and lots and lots of hot chocolate.
May you have good health, good vibes, good food and good fun in mass quantities.
Thank you all for giving me a fantastic year of surprises and firsts. I sincerely appreciate it.
N. C. Reed
I’ve been absent for some time both here and on any social media platform. Truth is that my family has suffered a tragedy and I just. . .I just haven’t been able to think past that very often.
I’m still writing, because it’s therapeutic for me, but anything else has just fallen by the wayside for the time being. I’m sorry for any inconvenience, but hopefully you can overlook it.
I’ll be back. I haven’t left. I just. . .I need time to deal with what has happened.
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.
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!
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.
Book 4 in the “Fire From the Sky” series is now available on pre-order. It will ‘drop’ on June 18.