Monday, June 20, 2016

House Keeping Items

I’ve recently started receiving questions about the status of various sequels, which is something I love getting asked about. It means that someone out there is enjoying the worlds I created enough to want to spend more of their precious time reading about these characters. That's an awesome feeling. I could do that all day, but to make things a little easier I thought I’d answer the question in a place everyone can read it.

The good news is I plan sequels for both Dragon-Ridden and Pathfinder’s Way. The bad news is this may take time as I have two books in a separate series scheduled next. The first, Shadow’s Messenger, is already written and will be released in fall of this year. Its sequel will be released early 2017. From there, I plan to write the sequel to Pathfinder’s Way and after that the sequel to Dragon-Ridden. The sequels may change places based on reader responses, but for now this is the plan I'm going with.

It may seem strange that I’ve decided to go with another series before revisiting my two previous ones, but I feel that Shadow’s Messenger is a very strong book. Quite frankly, the characters in that book shouted loudly enough that they drowned out both Tate and Shea’s voices, making it almost impossible to move forward with their stories.

I’ve found I can only push my creativity so far, and while I probably could write one of the sequels first, I do not think the books would be as strong as if I had waited for the characters to start speaking to me again. Because I write in part based on that inspiration, that means this schedule may change depending on if another book shouts loudest. I am going to try to stick to this schedule though.

Once the cover from Shadow’s Messenger comes back, I will post the synopsis and an excerpt here on the blog so make sure you check back.

 I hope this sheds some light on any questions you may have. As always, feel free to contact me through one of the various platforms I’m on or email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy reading.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Home again. As much fun as I always have while on vacation, it is always so sweet to come home. There's something about the place you lay your head on a regular basis, the place your heart is. I always get this special charge when I turn the corner and see my city in the distance. When I walk in my door and my cat greets me and I'm surrounded by the life I've built, it's like a part of me sighs and closes its eyes in bliss. It's my special spot in the universe and no matter how great my vacation, I am always ready to return to it.

And my vacation was awesome!

I've been to Charleston, SC before. Many times in fact. I always have a blast there, and no matter how many times I visit, I can always find something to do. This time I walked around the Battery, found an old church and visited Boone Hall, the plantation where they filmed part of the Notebook. We also took an eco cruise that ended with watching the sun set over the harbor. The company I kept made the trip all the more special to me, and I don't think we had a bad meal the entire time we were there. Since I judge a place by my meals, this is especially important.

I've included photos below, but for now it's back to writing for me.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer - My Favorite Season

Ah, summer. The time for cooking out on the grill, going to the farmer's markets in search of the best produce, and lazing by the pool. I love everything about this season, even the heat. I love the clothes, the food, the flowers blooming. Everything.

I've got an exciting summer planned, too. From camping to hiking to airshows. I think I'll even manage a few days by the pool. I might not get into the pool because I usually only brave the chilly water when it's boiling out, but reading by the pool is one of my great pleasures in life. I'm even going to the zoo because baby polar bear!!

Perhaps the plan I'm most excited about is my trip to Charleston, SC. Mostly because it takes place next weekend. I've already started packing, and I don't leave until Wednesday morning. I've got a list of restaurants started and a tentative idea of a day jaunt down to Savannah. Don't know if we'll have time for that last one, but it'll be fun to try. I went last year with a big group of friends and had a blast. Hopefully this trip is just as fun.

What's your favorite thing about summer? Any fun summer plans for you guys?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Adulting isn't for the weak of heart

Being an adult is hard. I miss the days, few though they were, when I lazed around the house on a Saturday with nothing on my mind beyond how I was going to get to the movie theater to meet friends. Gone are the days when I could sit and read a book-- All. Day. Long. From start to finish.

I miss those days. Granted, I could choose to spend my time like that. I am an adult and can do what I want. But then I'd be plagued by thoughts of how the bathroom won't clean itself, the kitchen looks like a murder victim was slaughtered in it (I made meat sauce for my spaghetti squash), and my next book ever be written if I don't plant myself in the chair and type. Rather than giving myself an ulcer, I just do.

For instance, this past weekend was a three day, but I spent most of my time in some form of activity, whether that was writing many, many words, cleaning after a week away traveling for work, or taking care of much needed gardening. All of which gives me this feeling of accomplishment. Also, I'm always mad impressed with myself when I hit a really high word count goal.

Still, I do miss reading. And lazing.

How does everyone else spend their adult time, and what from your younger years do you miss?