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Dance of Destinies – Book 5 of the Galactic Mage Series is Now Available

DD_cover_only_webWell, it seems like “at long last” to me, but I suppose I’ve made pretty good progress getting the fifth installment of the Galactic Mage Series out. There are a lot of plot elements coming together in this book, and I really feel like I’m getting almost halfway decent at telling stories in novel form now, after six books.

If past experience is any indication, I’ll probably look back on the fact I said that right now and, in, say, ten years, I’ll think, “No, dude, you sucked back then, but I hear what you are saying.” I’m never good enough. But, such is the nature of the learning curve. And any artist that has worked at their art for very long can tell you there is this weird back and forth between hating everything you do and thinking you are freaking amazing. So for now,  however long it lasts, I am feeling very full of myself and I just love this one. I have to say that it seems like the easiest reading of them all to me, but maybe it’s because I love all these characters so much . I’ve lived with them all in my head for a very, very, very long time. Continue reading

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Dance of Destinies – Galactic Mage Book 5: Progress Update #1

Cover sample 1 - Dance of DestiniesAfter a bit of delay for some personal issues and family stuff that crept in, I can finally take some time to write up a quick progress report for the fifth book in the Galactic Mage Series.

For starters, the first draft of Dance of Destinies is written and has been through beta reading already. The real delay has been in getting back to it to work on revisions. I’ll be cutting down some chapters that I think ran a little long and cleaning up the text with this round of revision. I hope to be done with this pass by September sometime, and then, depending on how it comes out, I’ll either go through it again or call it ready to be sent off to my editor. The draft right now is very clean, so I am optimistic that it will go smoothly. Plus, this book is a little shorter than the last, which obviously speeds things along. Continue reading

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Alien Arrivals is Almost Here!

It’s true, Alien Arrivals is almost here!

Well, it’s been pretty hectic month, but in a super good way lately, and Alien Arrivals (book 4 of the Galactic Mage Series) is a couple weeks ahead of schedule. Which for anyone who’s been following along with me each book as I work on it knows, that never happens. But it’s true.

I finished up about right on time based on the timeline I laid out in my May 1st post, but then my editor, Joyce, really turned it around quickly. She had a clear schedule, so Alien Arrivals got the executive treatment. So, since that got turned around so quick, I was able to jump right on it and get those edits worked in. And then, in another stroke of luck, my new and amazing proofreader, Carolyn, was ready for it right on schedule as well, and she hammered it out exactly as she said, right on time too. BAM, two for two.

So I got it back and was able to roll right through those marks quickly, and next thing I know, I’m looking for formatting two weeks early. And then Fernando, my formatter, well, he turns the thing around in three days, just quick as that. So, today I went through the print file, made sure it was all clean, sent back a few little corrections, which he jumped right on again, and, well, now he’s got that done and is working on the ebook versions for Amazon and Nook and Kobo, etc.

So, that’s where we are right now. He thinks it is possible he could finish them by tomorrow (Friday 6/13) but if not, he said for sure by Monday, end of day. So basically somewhere in the next four days, I should have those files back.

I’m also waiting for Cris Ortega to send me the final paperback book cover files. I had to hold off on getting those finalized until I knew exactly how many pages are in the book, because if you try to guess, the spine doesn’t line up right if you are off. So, now that it is formatted, and I have the print file, I know (542 pages), so that message went off to Cris, she’s received it, and let me know she’s on that part of it now too.

Given that there’s nothing more I can do until I have those pieces back, I am working on book 6, which I’m pretty sure I’m going to call Alien Interests. I finished that too (yes, I told you I had a really awesome month)—or at least I finished it as a first and second draft. It is currently with my Beta readers as we speak. That bodes well for a fairly quick release of it on the heels of Alien Arrivals as well—at least, quick for me—but I’m not going to try to say what date. Every time I get too ambitious with quoting times, I curse myself. So, I’ll just say, it’s at the Beta-reader stage. I will probably not work on it until I finished drafting book 6 (which might be titled Alien Outcomes, but we’ll see if I stick with that). But my plan is to finish that draft (essentially finishing the series), and then go back and do the final revisions of Alien Interests (book 5). That said, I’m hoping for a fall release of book 5. If I can go sooner, I totally will. And in a perfect world, I’d have book 6 out for January 2015, but it might be a big fatty of a book like Rift in the Races is, so, it will take as long to make as it takes to make. A lot of this is in my control, but the muses will have their way, so, all I do is put in the hours and see what comes out when it’s done.

Stay tuned, as they say. And keep an eye out next week for a release announcement. If you haven’t signed up for my email newsletter, and want to get an email when it’s out, go for it (form on the sidebar and at the bottom).  And when it does come out, and you do read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon when you are done. That really matters for my writing career, so I need your help to make those happen. I wish it didn’t matter as much for how Amazon sells books, and how other stuff in “the machine” of selling books works, but it does. So, if you do, I’ll be grateful. I read them all, even the bad ones, although I don’t comment back on any, so please don’t be insulted if I don’t respond to something nice or critical that you say … I just feel the reviews portion of Amazon is a ‘for readers’ place. But I will see it, I promise.

In the Wind: The Magic of Flying in Suburbia

In DrivewayThe wind blew so hard it hushed the trees to song. The leaves all crowded together, whispering and flashing their silvery-green bottoms like schools of fish swarming in the air.

I was reading a book about a 19th century man who was teaching children how to fly. I had to hold the pages down so the wind wouldn’t turn them as the man told the children they were born knowing how to fly. He told them that they knew how when they were born but that people grow older and they forget. The things that grownups need to know takes up too much space. Continue reading

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Alien Arrivals: Galactic Mage Book 4 Progress Update

AA_cover_only_webBook 4 of the Galactic Mage Series is getting close. I finally got the last comments back from my Beta readers, and they are all totally freaking raving about this book. They’ve always been very positive about my books, even though none of them are shy about pointing out which book they think is the best of them … until now. Now I have the lot of them telling me they think this one is the best one yet. I can’t tell you how encouraging that is for me! Continue reading

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Hostiles – Galactic Mage Book 3 Audiobook Exclusive Sample

Hostiles - audio cvr 1 - webWell, David Bodtcher has done it again! Another incredible performance awaits audio book lovers as Hostiles is just about to hit the Audible.com shelves. Bodtcher’s range of voices in this one is mind blowing. The story required vocalizations not only of humans and living Hostile planets, but orc shamans and even a demon God. Man, Bodtcher just nailed it all.

This audio sample  is an exclusive for readers on my website (and my Galactic Mage Facebook page), because it’s a little too sexually suggestive for a free sample on a public site like Audible. Continue reading

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Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild Now on Sale

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I am happy to announce that the Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild is out. It’s currently available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback, and it’s up at Barnes and Noble for the Nook. I will have versions available for Kobo and Google Books and possibly iTunes in the near future, but for now, that’s where it is, so grab a copy. I hope you laugh and have fun with this one. I tried to make it both funny and a cool adventure story.

I sent out an email today to announce it, so if you are on my email list and haven’t checked the email yet, still go look at it. There’s a surprise in there for people on my list that nobody else will get to see for at least another month. So even if you have already popped over to Amazon and got your copy, still open the email and check it out.

On a related note, well, if you check that email you’ll see why it’s related, I posted the image you see at the top of this post onto Facebook today to announce the launch. I had to laugh, because the first comment I got on it said, “Wow! She’s got a nice pair of wings.” I was still chuckling about that ten minutes later. I suppose that probably makes me immature or something, but I can live with that.

So that’s my big news. I’m super excited. Hopefully everyone who has been following the series will grab a copy and enjoy it. Thank you for supporting my series and my work. And if you are the reviewing sort, thank you for your reviews on Amazon or B&N. Those help a ton as well.

If you want to see the book description, you can check it out in the bookstore tab up top, or go straight to it from HERE.

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Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild – Cover Revealed

It’s time to reveal the full cover on the upcoming Galactic Mage Series prequel Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild. I figured since my editor is done, and I’m getting it delivered to proofreaders now, I’m close enough to release to bust out with the whole cover.

As usual, Cris Ortega rocks it with this new fantasy novel book cover, and she’s really captured the feel and flavor of the story. The story takes us back before Altin Meade is even born, and it follows Ilbei on his adventures as a sergeant in Her Majesty’s army. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything, even by accident, so with that, I’ll just show it:

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Galactic Mage Series Book 4 – February 2014 Progress Update

Alien Arrivals is the title of the new Galactic Mage Series book four, which is expected to be released in late spring or summer of 2014. I had planned on putting it out sooner, but I am working on the whole second trilogy of the series at once, so I really want to get through the end of books five and six before I go back and polish out book four. However, Alien Arrivals is written, and as soon as I get the prequel novel I’ve just about got ready to release out (Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild), then I’ll be off like a shot for the rest of the year trying to get the fourth, fifth and sixth books out. I’ll be posting short, periodic updates on the Alien Arrivals page in the bookstore section of my site: here. And, of course, more blog posts to come.

If everything goes smoothly—unlike December and the first ten days of January— Continue reading