Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Seasons In Time and Space: An Update Before Docking The Cosmic Laire For An Undetermined Duration

Hey, guys! It's been too long since I last posted, and there's no good reason for this lapse of time other than exploring several options that the universe has placed before me--among others issues. I'll get to that in a second. But first I just want to let you know what's been happening on my end of the universe these last couple of months.

First, a special shout-out to new readers and followers from Brazil who have given Woven a wonderful reception there. In fact my social media has exploded with new followers as well. Thank you for finding me and for enjoying our enduring little ghost story. Muito obrigado!

Since my unemployment scare a few months back, I am now working two jobs over 6 out of 7 days a week. And what I am doing is making a significant impact for my colleagues, in a capacity that I have never experienced until now. It's fun and I love it. To be of even greater value to the team, I will be returning to school this Fall to obtain a certificate in substance abuse counseling. Didn't see that coming!

Now comes the hard part--I'm about to be brutally honest with you here. Some incredible things have happened these last three years. With it, I have also taken more hits that has all but derailed me from pursuing this writing dream. I haven't exactly recovered from them. After 20 years of doing everything in my power to improve my craft and become a published author, I have succeeded both traditionally and self. But now life has caught up with me and I have to adult now. Not forever. After many discussions with myself and authors, I have determined that other matters need my attention. A new foundation needs to be laid before I can resume writing. This will take time, which means I will be bowing out of the writing forefront for a season.

I will continue to work quietly on my stories when I can. A sequel to Woven has taken great strides in recent months as well. I just won't have much of a presence on this blog or on social media. I fully intend to finish Jeremy's story along with the 20+ tales that endlessly swirls around in my brain day and night. They just won't come as quickly or as readily as readers may like. Please excuse me while I secure home base, so I may later be the prolific writer I've always wanted to be.

This is far from a formal goodbye. I will still poke into the Blogosphere and social media when I can. I will still participate in book and author events whenever possible. I just had to get this off my chest, to not let you guys stay in the dark any longer. Until then, stay awesome!

Wish me luck! Have you had to put a hold on your writing for a time? How did you get back into it? How's your summer so far?

I'm David, and I've left the the keys in the ignition.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guest Post: Excerpt from The Inferiors, A New Story By The Author of From The Ashes, Jessica McKendry!

Hey guys! This week I'm giving the helm to one of the Blogosphere's awesome young writing talents (and a wicked cool skating violinist), Jessica McKendry! She has a new book coming soon, of which she has graciously offered to share a sample of her sequel to her first novel From the Ashes. Congratulations on your new book, Jessica!

I'll step aside now and let you take things from here ...

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Hello lovely people! I'm really very excited, because in a week or so I'll be sending my second novel, The Inferiors, off to my editor! The Inferiors is the sequel to my debut novel From the Ashes. After that, I'll make a few changes and then I'll be self publishing again, which is very exciting.

So, I'll just share an excerpt of Chapter One with you today :)

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I stare blankly at the silver screen, but the words I read don't make sense. I reread the message several times over, hoping there has been some sort of mistake. Maybe they got the name wrong.

Maybe this wasn't intended for me.

It couldn't be for me.

Yet as my eyes follow the strokes of each letter, and the letters that form each word, no amount of lying to myself will blind me from the truth.

Jaina Indera,
You have been selected as a genetic match for Sean Maralo, 22 standard years of age. You shall report to building 21147, room 1217 at 8:00 tomorrow night for the physical compatibility test. Proceed about normalities until you receive further instruction.

I run my fingers through my hair. By the stars, what do I do? I feel lightheaded, and I realize how quickly I'm breathing. Genetic match. They found my genetic match. My heart is racing in my chest and I feel sick.

This can't be happening to me.

Not this soon.

Not yet.

The last few months are blurry. Each day lasts both a minute and a year. It feels like only yesterday we were on Virana. Oblivious to the pain we'd come to endure. The suffering.

If I hadn't entered the Trials, maybe nothing would've happened. Maybe I wouldn't have met Azad. Maybe __(spoiler)__ wouldn't be dead. Maybe I wouldn't have fallen in love.

Dragon. It's been four months on the day since I last saw him. I keep count.

It feels like a lifetime.

I look back at the silver screen and read it all again. Tears fill my eyes. I'm so confused. For so long, I thought I knew what I wanted. I had it all planned out.

But now…

I am so afraid.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Guest Post: Roland Yeomans' The Not-So-Innocents Abroad "Don't You Hate Book Tours" Book Tour!

Hey guys! I've been gone from the blogging waters for so long I'm not sure where to start. All good things, I can assure you. Thankfully, I have a blogging legend here who is willing to take control of the helm for just a wee little bit longer. Please welcome the wisdom and might of Roland Yeomans! What knowledge have you for us?

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the internet waters, here comes another guest post in my
“Don’t You Hate Book Tours?” Book Tour!
A Kindle book is always a live book. A print book withers off the shelf of a bookstore within weeks.

Why do I mention Kindle books? THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD is now available in affordable Kindle format. Isn’t that cooler than the other side of the pillow?

Did you like my A TO Z CHALLENGE series of posts sparkling with the banter between the ghost of Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud?

Well, old Mark’s wit can be seen striking sparks from the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Sitting Bull, a vampire Benjamin Franklin, 11 year old Nikola Tesla, and more …

What more? Well, there is that incident where Mark Twain, just innocently mind you, finds his hand on the naked thigh of a beautiful alien assassin!

So if you’ve enjoyed Mark Twain in my A TO Z posts, he is waiting for you in THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD …

Along with Samuel McCord, his newly wed alien Empress wife, an insane Abraham Lincoln, Horace Greely, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Captain Nemo, and many more.

Have a book coming out? Are you writing a book? Have you written books already?

It is important, not only that you have them in affordable Kindle format, but regularly write interesting posts on your blog.

You never know when a blog visitor will be so taken with your posts that she or he will want to take a chance on one of your books.
 THE ODDS ARE NOT IN YOUR FAVOR … UNLESS YOU MAKE THEM SO! With Kindle books you can publish new books more frequently unlike traditional print.



After which your books will make fewer waves in the Amazon algorithm.

What this means is that 90 days after you publish a book, it’s less likely to sell.

Some authors have used this cliff to their advantage, by making sure they publish a book every 90 days without fail.

It can be a novella, a short story, or a multi-author box set. It doesn’t seem to matter what you put out, as long as you’re publishing something every 90 days.

Beginning to hyperventilate?  Don’t stress over this.

Simply make sure you’re publishing as often as you can to keep your books higher in Amazon’s rankings.

Still reading this? What are you waiting for? Get to it and write.