Thursday, 15 January 2015

The New Year

Well, double-u-tee-eff...
Though I saw it fast approaching as we careened into December, January 2015 barrelled into me at the speed of light. But, as I stand on wobbly legs, life must forge onwards and it's not for the lazy (damn). There's things to be done!

Like all starts to a brand new year, I've made my list of things to do. Not resolutions, I've resolved not to do that any more. Who follows them anyways, right? Exactly.

Before the new year had a chance to gag me with it's exhaust fumes, I cracked back open that beastly work in progress, Bengaria's War. It will be released this year, without fail. To date, it's been through five reviews (ok, six, but who's counting) and several betas and I'm now feeling (fairly) confident to give birth to it. The contractions have started...

My quest now is to search for a suitable editor that will assist me during the labour pains.

My next quest will be to design the cover. That's the easy part (being a graphic artist does help).

And then...I suppose I need to get back into the muck and tackle The Lancaster Trilogy again. And somewhere in there, complete some more Marlin short stories.

That should keep me busy for six months, right? But don't worry, I'll try not to be a stranger again to this whole blogging thing.


Monday, 29 December 2014

It's Been Like Forever...

I know, right?  I can't remember the last time I've posted on this blog.  Oh, wait...six months ago!  I think that's a bit too long a stretch between posts, don't you?

So, what's been up with me?  Well, all sorts of things, and all sorts of nothings.  To say I've fallen into your typical writer's slump is but an understatement.  Honestly, I've not written anything new since my last post back in June.  But don't despair, I have been fixing some of my writing, so, not completely out of the writing game.  Then of course I've been juggling with my graphic arts day job, and life's demands to be social and entertaining with live humans around me, taking the annual holiday, then, whaddaya know -- it's Christmas time and all sorts of distractions bombard you!

To recap, since I've gotten the rights to my Lancaster Trilogy books back from the publishers in April, I've been attacking them and hacking away to make them a more solid read.  That means re-editing them and tweaking the weak areas and hopefully fix the issues I had with it the first time around.  Hopefully.  It's a huge task, but I'm determined to finish it.  Stay tuned.  Once I've gotten them properly edited after I've mucked about with them, I'll be ready to push them out again.

Well...umm...That basically has been taking up most of my time.  And my OCD tendencies won't allow me to continue on with anything else until it's done.

Anyways, in a couple days, 2014 comes to an end.  I can't say it's been an amazing year (writing wise), but it's been a year of re-focusing and re-directing my goals as a writer.  I look forward to 2015 with new focus and hopefully get to achieve all I've set out to do.  Here's hoping everyone else has an amazing 2015!!


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

SLAYERS Anthology is OUT!

Check it out folks, my new short story, WE COME IN PEACE, is part of this amazing SLAYERS collection, which was just released through 7DS Books.

And just what is the Slayer's anthology all about?

SLAY; verb (used with object), slew, slain, slay·ing. kill by violence. 2. to destroy; extinguish… A Slayer has but one purpose. 7DS Books debuts the newest collection of short stories in SLAYERS. Seven short story missions of your not so typical slayers taking on highly unusual targets. These captivating stories slice through tales of aliens, super slugs, demons, and beyond. Did that say super slugs? Yes. Read something dripping in fresh plots and bizarre characters. Discover your next favorite author with Slayers and 7DS Books.
I've been fortunate to be among some truly talented authors, these include Darke Conteur, Quincy J. Allen, Laurie Lyons, Solange Nicole, Alyse M. Gardner and Jae L. Malone.
Pick up your copy now! And if you feel inclined, leave us an honest review.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Meet My Main Character Blog Hop

I was tagged by T.M. Hunter to talk about my main character. For those who don't know, currently, my main character is a charismatic vigilante that goes by the name of Jax Marlin. Let me introduce you to her...

1. What is the name of your main character? Is she/he fictional or a historical person?

Jax Marlin is most definitely all made up. She is a vigilante, a path she chose from very early on in her young life. It's her calling.

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set 300 years in our future. I quite like that era, and I've already done another story in that time, so you can say I'm quite familiar with it. In this future, we've got amazing gadgets and technology, there's space travel (of course!), humongous space stations scattered throughout the galaxy, and space pirates (some of which are really good friends with Jax). In the Marlin short story series, I've have the opportunity to scatter the storylines throughout the world and into space. Makes for such fun writing!

3. What should we know about her?

Jax is a complex person. She's a mixture of characters/personalities all balled up into one. For one thing, seeing someone do bad riles her up. Yet, she'd do anything, even something worse to stop the bad thing from happening without thinking twice. She's a confident woman, smart and well-educated, a techno-geek, an expert at martial arts, but in an instant, real, crippling fear can plague her, cutting her down to an insecure mess. Jax has her own demons, especially the one inside her, that she must fight and control. She also has tendency to be obsessive-compulsive, has a wicked sweet-tooth and unhealthy appetite for junk food, but is also disciplined enough to perform her daily exercise regime without fail. She's cold, calculated, ruthless, determined, has a wicked sense of humour, and walks around with the self-assured knowledge that if you want something done right, you do it yourself. And, as if she didn't already have a complex personality to deal with and all the troubles that brings, she's fallen madly and insensibly in love with the one person that can destroy her, an inspector chasing her. Of course, Special Inspector Pedroni has also fallen for her charms...

4. What is the main conflict?

While each short story, coming off from the main novel, To Catch A Marlin, has its own set of conflicts and story arc, the main conflict throughout the entire series is the fact that Jax has fallen for the cop that's chasing her -- and he's in the same boat. There is much resistance at the thought of falling in love with a cop, everything inside her resists the very notion. As the storyline progresses, we see how she (they both) deal with it.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

To stop bad things from happening to good people. Plain and simple. And how to have a happily ever after despite the life she's chosen. As Jax sees it, it's a tough life, but someone's gotta do it. As much as she wants her own happily ever after, she knows what she must sacrifice in order to fight crime.

6. What is the significance of the title of your book?

The main novel, To Catch A Marlin, well, that pretty much speaks for itself (of course, some might confuse it with a book of fishing...I may have to rethink it and relabel). The subsequent shorts since each have a catchy name, relevant to the storyline in the tale.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

To Catch A Marlin is already out and available at Amazon. You can find the short stories (so far) all listed on my Author Page. So far, there are only 6 shorts completed in the projected 10. So keep checking back!

Well, this has been fun! Next up is Patrick Stutzman. Also, click back, too, to see what characters came before.