“Come Apart” Will Be On Sale for .99 Cents through 3/31

I have decided to offer my latest novel Come Apart for a one week sale.  From today through the 31st it will be on sale for the measly price of .99 cents. Synopsis: In our lives there is always one event that we wish we could change, to travel back and make a step to theContinue reading ““Come Apart” Will Be On Sale for .99 Cents through 3/31″

Friday Fiction: Bahamut

The heat from the white dunes caused a mirage effect on the construction site as Harold wiped his brow again, taking a long swig from a jug of water and letting out a quickly drying breath. The wind, like the unforgiving blast of a hair dryer, did its best to absorb any leftover moisture onContinue reading “Friday Fiction: Bahamut”

Shade: A Short Story

Colonel Hall lay beneath a jagged shelf of black stone, a sloppy trail of dust behind her on the coal-dark rock which led out into the white-hot heat of the alien day. Her ship crashed in the distance, her crew all forever silent, she pressed the beacon on her yellow environmental suit and listened toContinue reading “Shade: A Short Story”

Using Setting to Develop a Plot

I’ve seen many different articles around the inter-webs about plot development.  Usually there are two schools of thought: Create highly developed character bios and then they will inform what kind of plot needs to develop. Create a highly developed plot and then the characters will take shape based on the plot created. I have anotherContinue reading “Using Setting to Develop a Plot”

The Reverse Outline

I have accomplished a great personal best: creating a complete pre-history, flora, fauna, culture, alien races and government for five alien planets that the humans or Terrans in my new novel series “The Five Rims”.  It came in at just over 15K words as well. Now to write the first book set in that universe.Continue reading “The Reverse Outline”

New Podcast Up: Too Much Exposition on Halloween

Eat too much candy last night?  Well there is also such a thing as feeding too much exposition to an audience and thereby creating the same situation with their “reader’s stomach.”  In this episode we discuss the all important subject of exposition. How much is too much? Do we assume that our audience is wellContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Too Much Exposition on Halloween”

When Designing a Setting, Use the Kitchen Sink

Last night I wrote over 1500 words on my latest WIP, and that was just backstory.  I have only crafted three characters, one fully crafted and the other two somewhat realized.  Mostly I’ve been working on the setting since it is realized completely from my own imagination. As I follow in the footsteps of J.R.R.Continue reading “When Designing a Setting, Use the Kitchen Sink”

Notes from Middle Earth: Every Novel Needs A Detailed Back Story

Backstories are extremely important in creating a setting. We must write a history, an ecology, a governmental system and many other things to make a believable setting.

5 Websites To Help Authors Build Fanciful Worlds

Currently I am working on a short story collection to release sometime at the end of October.  I’m currently calling it Headless White Horse, and I’m in the throes of editing through the stories to make them perfect. In the mean time, I’m kicking around an idea to create a fictional system of planets for aContinue reading “5 Websites To Help Authors Build Fanciful Worlds”

5* Reviewed Novel Only .99 Cents For A Limited Time

It’s time for another promotion, and so I have listed my latest science-fiction mystery-thriller novel Come Apart for a low low Kindle price of .99 cents for this week.  It will remain .99 cents for the week, but revert back to $2.99 on Monday the 22nd.   It has garnered some really good reviews, butContinue reading “5* Reviewed Novel Only .99 Cents For A Limited Time”