Book Title Re-Announcement

No sooner did I announce the name of Book 3 of the Chronicles of the Mages series, I find out a group of very militant and scary people use the same the same name. Needless to say, I’m changing the book title.

Book 3 is now titled IMMORTAL RELEVATION!

I got a look at the first draft of the of cover art today. When the final cover is ready, I’ll do a big reveal party on Facebook. That will likely be this summer. Current plan: release of Book 3 this winter.

Other news:
Charles II.2 (Dacre) is currently at the editors. Everything there is on schedule for the June 16th release.

When Gods Wake is coming back to life after a few months of dormancy. I’m trying to have the first draft of that done in time to pitch it at RMFW Gold Conference in Sept.

Short Stories galore! I have three short stories submitted for inclusion in various anthologies:
Nikita Saves the Empire was submitted to the Historical Novel Society Short Story contest. It’s an alternate history based on the concept that someone was there to save the life of Tsar Alexander II.

Charlotte’s Passion has been accepted for inclusion in a royalty-generating anthology of Denver writers. The release date is not yet confirmed. This is another alternate history starring Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only legitimate child of the future King George IV.

The Do-Over has been submitted to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s for consideration in their anthology “Crossing Colfax” which is to be released the September 4th. This is a time-travel story involving a man down on his lucky who gets the opportunity to do it all again.

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The Pot Holes of Life.

Life is full of pot holes. There is no two ways about that. You can try to avoid them all you want, but sooner or later, you’re going to crack an axle in one.

That happened this past week. I finally had to make a painful decision I have been avoiding for months. I had to fire my publisher and regain the rights to my fiction books. After three quarters of not getting a royalty statement in anything resembling a timely manner, I finally pulled the plug on Monday. Thankfully we had a contract that spelled out exactly what happens in the event either side chose to terminate it. This made the process very smooth, and allowed us to part the friends we were before entering into business together.

Not one to mope around about things that don’t go well, I’m now looking at the future with happy eyes again. I announced that Bygone Era Books would now be accepting queries for historical fiction now, as well as non-fiction. This should hopefully bolster BEB’s roster of authors as well as give me the latitude to re-publish my novels under the BEB imprint.

I managed to get them both uploaded and started through the publishing process last night and today they are coming back on-line again and becoming available for sale.

So, as much as I tried to avoid and give wide berth to this unpleasant pot hole, I ultimately had no choice but to drive through. Now that it is behind me, it looks a lot less threatening than it did from the other side.

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New Book Title Announcement

I have long maintained that those odd moments in the early morning hours when I am somewhere between being awake and asleep, the answers to the great riddles of the universe come to me. Then I wake up and promptly forget them.

This morning, I was dozing on the train on my way to work and I got one of those flashes. This time I wrote it down right away so I would remember. I haven’t solved world hunger or figured out a practical means of interstellar travel, but I did map out the entire plot of the last book of the Chronicles of the Mages trilogy. I have always had a general idea of the nature of the conclusion, but only this morning did the details come to me in those 10 minutes I spend on the train.

And now I also know the title (fanfare please!): Immortal Apocalypse

I’m not ready to give the plot away yet, but I think this one might actually get some groups to try to ban it. That should help sales! Let the games begin!

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More news

I’m such a bad blogger! I never seem to find time to update this thing. Even now I’m doing it when I should be doing something else. Oh well.

Several months ago, I had set the arbitrary goal of trying to quit my day job at the end of June this year to be a full time writer/publisher. That does not seem very likely at this point. In fact, I think 2014 is going to be a write-off year.

I am planning on spending most of this year promoting, promoting, promoting. I’ll try to get some writing done in between. I am going to attempt to go to as many book events as I can afford. My current schedule is shaping up like this:
Mar. 28-30: The Novel Experience Event (Atlanta)
Apr. 11-13: Missouri Writer’s Guild Conference (St. Louis)
May 16-18: South Carolina Book Festival (Columbia)
Aug 8-10: When Word Collide (Calgary)
Sep 5-7: Rocky Mountain Fictions Writer’s Gold Conference (Denver)
Oct. 24-26: Novelists, Inc. (St. Pete’s Beach, FL)
Feb. 2015 (dates TBD): Coastal Magic (Daytona Beach, FL)
Feb. 2015 (dates TBD): AWP Conference (Seattle)
Apr. 6-8, 2015: London Book Fair (London, UK)
Apr. 10-11, 2015: Royalty Weekend (Ticehurst, UK)

These will mostly be opportunities to promote my novels and myself as an author, but I’ll also be pushing Bygone Era Books as I go. At the South Carolina Book Fair and the London Book Fair, the publishing company will be the primary focus.

My only books I foresee coming out in 2014 are the annual Reference Guide to the Royal Families (came out at the beginning of January) and volume 2 of The Descendants of Charles II which is scheduled for release June 15th.

I am still picking at When Gods Wake, but have not made any measurable progress on it. Once I get “Charlie 2.2″ to a point where it is not absorbing every waking minute, I’ll get back to it.

I do have 3 short stories either awaiting publication or under consideration. They are all alternative history stories:
Charlotte’s Passion centers on Princess Charlotte of Wales, daughter of George IV, who was heiress-presumptive until her death in childbirth. This explores the world if Charlotte had lived. It reads a lot like a romance novel. This story has already been accepted for an anthology of Denver writers to be published by Thursday Night Press. However, there is no publication date yet.

Nikita Saves the Empire is set in Russia and explores the outcome if Tsar Alexander II had not been assassinated. This has been submitted to the Historical Novel Society for a short story contest. The top prize is $2000, but the top 10-12 stories will be published in an anthology produced by the HNS.

The Do-Over is more of a time travel story. A middle-aged man who never really got a break in life is given the opportunity to go back to being a teenager and doing it again. The ending is a pretty special little twist. This story is very Denver-centric and has been submitted to be considered for an anthology that is being published by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers to showcase their members’ writings and has a theme of “Crossing Colfax” which might end up being the title of the anthology.

Book 3 of the Mage trilogy will happen eventually, but It’s still on the horizon. It will start as a historical novel but its plot comes to the present day, and I am kind of waiting to see how some big current events play out before I get going on it.

I have two royalty-related books planned in addition to the Charles II series. One will revisit the Habsburg family to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my first book being published. That will come out in 2016 sometime. I am torn between two titles: Habsburgs in the 21st Century, a reference to the style in which my Romanov book was written, or Forever Habsburg. At the moment I’m favoring the latter.

The second is a biographical work of the Mountbatten/Battenberg family as a group. That one is still in the earliest “thinking it through” stages so there is no prediction on when it will come out yet.

So yes, I am keeping busy; and I will try to post more often, but no promises!

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Another New Year, Another New Enterprise

I’ve been kind of quiet lately because I have been extremely busy. Recent activities have included writing and submitting short stories for two different anthologies. One is an anthology of Denver writers and the other is for one featuring stores that are about Denver. The first is an alternate history story based on the concept that Tsar Alexander II was not assassinated. The second is a Denver-based time-travel story.

I’ve also been plugging away at my latest novel, tentatively called When Gods Wake. It is an urban fantasy set in the immediate future and has strong ties to Greek mythology. Kind of Percy Jackson meets Damian from The Omen.

In the midst of all of this Immortal Duplicity was released, sort of. I have to say I have been a little disappointed in my publisher’s efforts to get this book out. It came out for Amazon sales on November 18th, yet now (I’m writing this on New Year’s Day) it still has not been released for distribution to other retailers. I have been trying to promote independent book stores, but if they can’t get my books, it makes that a little difficult. This is one of these situations were I am constantly reminded “patience is a virtue”, to which I always point out that I have never been accused of being virtuous.

But my big new adventure is the formation of my own publishing company, Bygone Era Books (of BEB for short). BEB is a small press dedicated to publishing only nonfiction in three categories: History, Biography, and Genealogy. Much of the past month (any even more of my paycheck) has been spent setting up the company and getting the ball rolling. I already have two authors who have expressed interest in having BEB publish their work. Today is our official “start of business” day.

Jumping right into the fire, BEB released its first book today: the 2014 edition of my Reference Guide to the Royal Families. I’m using this as my practice baby to get used to the new software, programs, and processes associated with this new venture. The next few books to come will be re-releases of four of my nonfiction titles. Publishing under the BEB imprint puts them in catalogs for consideration to be carried by retail stores. Something I did not have previous access to.

My not-so-secret hope is BEB will be successful enough to allow me to quit my day job and focus entirely on writing and publishing. Let’s see what 2014 has to offer!

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It’s out!!!!

After a few twists and turns along the publication highway, Immortal Duplicity is now available on Amazon!

Ebooks will be available in a few days and retail stores will be receiving their copies by the end of the month.

YAY!!!!!

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Next Project

I still have one more book to write for the Chronicles of the Mages series. But before I do that, I’m writing a stand alone novel. My goal is to get an agent with this one.

The general premise of the new novel, tentatively called When Gods Wake, is that the ancient Greek gods were real and their spirits are lying dormant inside ordinary people all over the globe. As each host of a godly spirit dies, the spirit goes to a newborn, the cycle having been repeated for nearly 3000 years.

Now an event has happened to trigger an ancient prophecy about their return. Our heroine, Nikki, who has regular conversations in her head with the spirit of Gaea, has to locate the people who are currently playing host to the spirits of the six children of Kronos. When she gives them a piece of an ancient artifact it awakens the spirit of the god within. But the gods cannot regain their powers until all six have been awakened. All of this is being done with the Catholic Church using all of its resources to prevent the Awakening.

There are several subplots, one involving an actress who gets pregnant with a child who figures prominently into the prophecy and a religious zealot who begins by assuming this child is going to be the Anti-Christ. He tries to destroy he child, but Nikki intervenes and the two end up working together, but for different purposes.

There will be plenty of action, drama, sex, and humor throughout the book. So far I am only on Chapter 4, so I have a long ways to go. I’m trying to set everything else aside for now so I can finish the first draft by the end of December.

Another thing that I have done recently is written some short stories which have been submitted to be considered for inclusion in Anthologies that are to be published soon. The first is an alternate history story based on the premise that Tsar Alexander II was not assassinated. The other is a time travel story involving a prostitute in Denver.

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