Awards

Awards

This morning, I found out that Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers earned some awards. These weren’t something I sought out. It was a very nice surprise, and I’m still trying to process it.

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These are given by Peter Younghusband and David Bergsland, who work together on this. The link in Peter’s name will take you to the page where Peter posted the award citations. The link in David’s name takes you to the Radix (Reality Calling) site.

I’m humbled by this. There is a whole team behind the production of the two novels and they deserve a lot of the credit, too. I mention them the acknowledgements in each edition. I hope they see these awards as praise for their efforts as well.

Awards and recognitions are always welcome after the hard work of writing and publishing. I appreciate these and I thank Peter and David for their kind consideration.

Keep writing.

 

It’s Launch Day

It’s Launch Day

It’s Launch Day for Nasty Leftovers today! As I write this post, my publisher is getting the book up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple iBook. The ebook is available, but print copies may be a few days out, yet.

Nasty Leftovers-correct (1)You should see some reviews right away. We sent advanced review copies (ARCs) out to some reviewers ahead of the launch and most of those should be coming in over the next few days. One of my reviewers is caught in the Louisiana floods right now, so we may not get her review right away. The first review is already up on Amazon.

Getting the book ready for publishing isn’t a simple task. For just the ebook, getting the format and cover put together isn’t too difficult. A print version involves getting the format done first, then getting the cover done with the correct size spine for the page count, and the images set with the correct color settings. I’m just glad I have Vox Dei Publishing and Booktrope Editions to handle those tasks and get the book launched.

Getting the book written, edited, rewritten, edited again, revised, proofread, corrected and finally uploaded is enough work to keep me busy. My team at Vox Dei has been a real blessing and they all worked hard to make Nasty Leftovers a strong, powerful story, with a drop-dead gorgeous cover. I have to thank Scott Deyett for this cover (and link to his business).

Nasty Leftovers is available at:

Paperback or ebook on Amazon: Nasty Leftovers

Barnes & Noble Paperback or Nook ebook: Nasty Leftovers

Apple iBook: Nasty Leftovers

(Note: Links have aged. See the Books page.)

Thank you for your patience and support. This has been a wonderful journey. Now to start on the third installment.

Keep writing.

 

New Cover Reveal

Nasty Leftovers Cover Reveal

Here it is, the cover for Nasty Leftovers!

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Our cover designer, Scott Deyett, came through again with a cover full of color, drama, and intensity. This image will be on the ebook for Amazon, iBook, and Barnes & Noble Nook. We’ll get the full cover (front, spine, and back) in a few days that will be on the paperback.

We are on track for the March 15 launch date for the book, so check back for updates as we approach the date.

Here’s a short excerpt to whet your appetite.

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Amy shivered and Paul felt sweat trickle down his spine. He patted his vest, then reached into his pack and felt the hilt of the sword. His stomach churned and he felt his will begin to whither.

“It’s just standing there,” Amy said. Paul looked back out the window.

The hound swung its huge head left and right, slowly, several times. Through the binoculars, Paul could see that the head was broad, like that of a mastiff, but the snout was long and massive like a Great Dane. The ears stood up straight and pointed. A thick neck connected the head to a powerful, heavily shouldered body.

Paul’s stomach churned again and his abdominal muscles fluttered.

“Father, I’m in Your hands,” he said, eyes closed. “Guide me so I can do what You require. May Your will be done.” The churning and fluttering stopped and he felt a warm comfort in his chest.

Amy put her hand on his shoulder.

“It’s moving again,” she said.

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Keep writing.

 

 

 

 

 

Awaiting Dates

Awaiting Dates

Nasty Leftovers is in proofreading. I’m on pins and needles.

Then, yesterday, a review of Sudden Mission from Peter Younghusband, Australia, came out. The excitement is building. Here is the link to that review:

Booktrope (parent of my publisher Vox Dei) approved the cover concept. And, Scott Deyett, who did such a bang-up job on Sudden Mission, is hard at work getting the art for the Nasty Leftovers cover ready. This’ll be great!

Due to holidays and schedules, we’ll likely push the publication date from the original March 22 (proposed way back last fall), to early April. I’m waiting to get confirmation on that date. I have a few events to schedule around that.

I’m also working on a concept for the book trailer.

I also need to get writing on the third installment.

And, I have some granddaughters I must totally spoil for Valentine’s Day.

Looks like a busy next couple of months.

Here’s a little taste of Nasty Leftovers, just to whet your reading appetite.

“Hello, William,” Paul said. “I’m …”

“Paul,” William said. “And she is Amy. I know.”

Something felt unsettling to Paul. William was far more clear-headed than any of the other survivors they had brought in, but he was off-putting in voice and manner, and his face was hard.

“I see,” Paul said. “May we ask you a few questions?”

The man smiled, a cold, confident smile that chilled Paul’s blood. “You can ask me whatever you like.”

“How do you know who we are? Did someone here tell you?”

“No, I know who you are because he told me,” William said.

“He?” Paul said. “He, who?”

“The magnificent ruler of this place, his highness.”

“Do you know his name?”

“Yes.”

Paul waited. William just looked at him, then gave another contemptuous smile. “Do you actually expect me to give it to you? Really, Paul, you are such a child.”

Paul felt like a child. He felt small and weak and hopelessly outclassed.

“Do you—do you remember when we found you and brought you here a few days ago?” Amy asked. Her voice sounded uncertain and Paul suspected she’d spoken just to change the subject.

“Of course,” William said. “I was deliberately taken to a location where you would find me and bring me in.”

Paul suspected as much, but hearing the words made him uneasy. The demon wanted William to be here. It was all part of his plan.

“Yes, Paul. It is his plan. You should have stayed in your little community with your gardens, your solar power, and your church and friends. This mission was just a supreme waste of lives, fuel, and time. You have no hope of clearing this city. It belongs to my master and will stay that way.”

Keep writing.

 

 

Nasty Leftovers

Nasty Leftovers

The sequel to Sudden Mission, Nasty Leftovers, is “edit complete.” It is off to the proofreader and on its way to publication. The planned release date is later in March. I will post the firm date when we get it.

Nasty Leftovers is no longer a working title, so we’re going with it. The story follows Paul Shannon and Amy Grossman as they go on a mission to clean up Washington, D.C. It gets a bit grittier than Sudden Mission, and Paul and Amy face new and dangerous challenges.

Here is a short excerpt:

“This demon, the one you called your master here, had a very tight hold on you,” Paul said. “We need to know the name of this demon.”

“I guessed you would be back to ask that.”

“So, do you remember the name?” Amy asked.

“Yes,” William said. “Do you really understand what you ask? That name, that is just the beginning.”

“Yes,” Paul said, “we’re prepared.”

“I very much doubt it. He rules here. He has hellhounds, and imps, and he plans to use those hounds to drag you two to hell.”

“Kicking and screaming, I’m sure,” Paul said, smiling at Amy.

“Don’t get cute, Paul,” William pointed his finger at Paul’s chest. “This is serious. Once you and Amy are in hell, my master will possess more and expand his rule on Earth. He plans to earn great favor from Satan for taking you two.”

Things get intense. Nasty Leftovers is part dystopian SF&F, action/adventure, thriller, and spiritual warfare. Of course, there is a strong Christian theme throughout. It is categorized as young adult, but is suitable for most younger readers. The language is clean, but parents may want to preview the content for some younger readers.

If you read Sudden Mission, Nasty Leftovers should flow seamlessly. If you haven’t, Nasty Leftovers stands alone with references to Sudden Mission that provide clarity without giving too much away.

The world–or possible future–I created in Sudden Mission continues to play out in Nasty Leftovers. Thing are getting worse and the prognosis is that it will continue to get worse before it gets better.

In the third installment, which is in the planning stages, the infrastructure finally collapses. The government is still struggling to restore some semblance of order in the Capitol, but its influence doesn’t reach beyond the Beltway. Even the gangs and bandit bands are dwindling as the resources in and around larger cities are used up. Paul and Amy are blessed to be part of a robust, cooperative, Christian community.

That is, until a visitor arrives with horrible news. And, aliens return.

I’m having entirely too much fun.

Keep writing.