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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Parno’s Gambit is in the pipeline

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Book III in the Black Sheep of Soulan series, “Parno’s Gambit”, has been sent to the publishers. After editing and cover art, etc, it will be available.

There are tentative plans at this time to perhaps offer Parno’s Gambit in hardcover, which would be a first for me. If it does go that route I’ll post it here as I scream and shout, lol.

At any rate, it shouldn’t be long now. Thanks for your patience.

 

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RIP Princess Leia

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I am sad beyond words today to hear of the passing of the great Carrie Fisher. More than just an icon to sci-fi fans, she was an accomplished writer as well. If you’ve never seen her one woman show that HBO produced some years ago you owe it to yourself to watch it, especially now.

No idea what will happen to the Star Wars movies without her, and honestly can’t be concerned by it. In the face of her loss, Star Wars means very little at the moment, love it as I do.

 

We will miss you, Carrie.

Good Morning!

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It is a cold and rainy morning here in Badland folks. We need the rain so I don’t complain, and it’s just the kind of rain we need, too. Slow and steady. Only problem is it’s supposes to turn really cold by Thursday so. . . .brrrrrrr. Still, the rain is a blessing and you don’t look a blessing in the mouth. Or something like that.  😀

My heart was breaking this week and still is at the devastation in Gatlinburg. Having lived in that area years ago I visited it often with my family. It always seemed so magical somehow.

We’ve seen a good deal of heartbreak as the death toll rises, too. The loss of natural beauty and economic property is meaningless next to a lost life, and at least 11 have perished that I know of. I learned earlier this morning that a woman and her two very young daughters have tentatively been identified among those who are confirmed dead, and I know their family is devastated, as are so many others. Three brothers from Memphis who were injured escaping the fire learned that their parents were not so lucky.

WE CANNOT say enough about the firefighters who fight these blazes, folks. Walking right into that fire as others run away takes a special courage that not everyone has. May God bless and keep them all and thank you, all of you, for being there.

The fires are not out but apparently are somewhat contained. This rain should help when it arrives, assuming it makes it over the mountains. I know everyone there can use the relief.

Please pray for the people in that area, and for those assisting them in this time of crisis.

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Good morning!

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It is a foggy albeit beautiful Sunday morning in the House of Tyree!

We hope that your Thanksgiving was blessed and happy, full of food, friends and family and maybe a bit too much dessert. We also hope that if you were brave enough to attempt Black Friday that you were unhurt and able to get what you were after, and we applaud your bravery in pursuit of whatever it was. 🙂

Just think, soon it will be Christmas! Where has this year gone? I really don’t know. At first I thought it was me getting older, but even younger people are scratching their heads and going ‘wasn’t it just August?’

I blame the election for distracting us, and the heat of the early fall as well for throwing us off balance. Add to that the late time change and suddenly it’s late fall.

Speaking of the election, it seems about half the public has lost their minds over the election. I guess accepting the election only works for you if you actually won it. Otherwise, ‘protest, protest, protest’. Oh and of course, destroy other people’s property by vandalism or fire.

I hope you stay safe and avoid conflict in the weeks leading up to Christmas and the inauguration. We’ll soon see a new Prez and see what happens then. In the meantime, I must write, write, write, and I am, am, am!

Parno’s Gambit is at least one third finished at this point and moving quickly. It is entirely possible that it will be available for Christmas, assuming I can finish it in time for the editor to get it proofed.

Check out the other writers who work for Creative Texts at their website, including Jerry Young, a PAW writer from way back. Remember, send compliments to me and complaints to them! 😀

I do sincerely wish all of you a safe and happy rest of your holiday weekend. Be safe and be blessed.

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EDITED to ADD: Learned of the death of Ron Glass late yesterday. I was saddened to think of it and hear it. While I remember him on Barney Miller, he will forever be to me Shepherd Book, The Preacher with a Past whose bible is somewhat fuzzy on kneecaps.

RIP Shepherd. You’re flying high now.

 

The return of Stormcrow

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I have completed the second novel in the Stormcrow series and sent it off to the publishers just yesterday. This second novel is somewhat longer than the first in the series and will begin to delve a bit deeper into the backgrounds of Tony, Jessica, and Sean. We will also meet some very interesting new characters and have just a bit of fun here and there despite the serious situation the crew finds themselves in. When I get the cover art I’ll post it here, and I’ll also announce here and on my Facebook page when the release date for STORMCROW: Birds of a Feather, is set.

Parno’s Gambit, the third novel in the Blacksheep of Soulan series, will now be my primary focus though I do have other projects simmering on the back burner that I’m working steadily on when hung up somewhere else. I don’t know exactly when Parno’s Gambit will be finished since it really does take a while to hammer out a 150k+ novel,  even when you know how you want it to go. 😀

Election Day will be on us come Tuesday. If you haven’t voted early, please remember to exercise your right to vote. Many people over the last 200+ years have made great sacrifices to insure that right for us. I fear if we don’t exercise all of our rights these brave men and women fought and often died for, then we’re making light of those sacrifices. I’d not want to do that. They deserve better, because they earned it. Lets give respect where it’s due and exercise our rights. Not just in voting, but all of our rights. Insist upon them when they’re infringed upon.

I hope all of you had a safe and fun Halloween, and I wish all of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving as we head that way. This year has left us behind in a hurry it seems.

Thanks for now,

 

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Long time gone

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I’ve been updating some fanfiction stuff I’m slowly posting here on the blog and I guess because of that I didn’t realize I hadn’t made any posts in a while. I looked at it tonight and realized that I hadn’t made a post in over a month. Sheesh.

The good news in that is that I am almost finished with the second Stormcrow novel, tentatively entitled ‘Birds of a Feather’. I’m not completely sure I’ll stick with that title, but that’s what I’ve chosen for now. If all goes well, it should be headed to the publishers before the month is out. Depending on how quickly they can get it edited and what have you, it might be available in less than a month.

 

Meanwhile I’m plugging away at Parno’s Gambit, the tentative title for Parno Novel Three. As I’ve mentioned before, I had always planned for Parno’s tale to be a trilogy but at the end of Destiny I realized that wasn’t going to happen. There’s just too much story to tell to end it in one last book. As of now it will be at least four books, and if Gambit keeps going like it is, it could stretch to five. That wasn’t my original plan, but. . .there it is.

 

And in the middle of all my own crazy I’m watching the election. Whenever I think my little world is too nutty, all I have to do is tune in to the news for maybe fifteen minutes, and I feel so much better about myself and where I’m at, lol. It’s like watching a circus of clowns, where the other acts have all gone home and left the folks with the big shoes and funny make-up to run the asylum.

 

We may be doomed, I don’t know.

 

Anyway. I got a chance to watch the Dawn of Justice movie a few nights ago on DVD. I didn’t see it in theaters because it got such bad reviews. That was a mistake. I don’t know what movie those guys were watching, but there was nothing wrong with that show except that it ended.

I wasn’t too happy about Ben Afleck and Gal Godot being cast as Batman and Wonder Woman, mostly because I felt there were others better suited for the role. There may be, but I have to admit that both of them did an absolutely outstanding job in this movie, playing the iconic heroes as well or better than most anyone, Lynda Carter excepted. (she will always be Wonder Woman)

 

If you haven’t seen it, give it a look. I’m telling you that the reviews were unfair, seriously. It’s a great movie.

 

SO anywho, that’s what’s going on in my world. Hope you and yours are good too. Got something to say? Don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

 

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Hello from the land of Bad!

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, the more so since I spent my sick, lol. Recovering now from surgery I’ve had time to do a bit more work and also to actually read a bit and take it easy, even if it’s painful. 😀

I saw today that my recent fanfiction for High School of the Dead is getting a lot of traffic so I hope that means you’re enjoying it if you’re reading it. I apologize again for the roughness and for any sort of mistakes, but. . .as I said earlier, while these stories are pretty much finished, they aren’t beta’d or proofread. I do try to at least check for glaring errors such as spelling and what have you, but with stuff this long I just don’t have the time to go over them like I once did. I hope that doesn’t take away from their value as entertainment, since that’s all they are meant to be.

I’ve had a few messages and e-mails about why I ‘refused’ to post this and other fics on FF.Net, but. . .I never said I wouldn’t put them there, maybe later on. I just said I wasn’t going to right now because it’s time consuming. Believe it or not it’s a lot easier to just put something already written up here on my blog than to upload it to fanfiction.net. If I get the time or if there really is a lot of interest in seeing it there then I’ll still try to do it later on, (like I said, time permitting). But, honestly, I figure if you’re seeing it here, it won’t make any difference to you to see it there, later on. Right?

At any rate, after this one I have one other HSOTD fic, one from Fate/Stay Night, and one from another anime or two that I honestly don’t know how long ago I wrote. As I get time I’ll probably post them all, sooner or later anyway, though I warn you again that they aren’t polished, beta read, or anything else. They’re just. . .for fun. Just something to share with those of you who follow my writing and frequent my blog page.

I hope you enjoy if they’re your cup of tea, and in the meanwhile, I do hope all of you are having a great summer!

 

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