Category Archives: Novel

My Christmas Gift to Everyone

Merry Christmas all. It’s a beautiful morning here on the plains.

As my special Christmas gift to everybody I am offering my novel HAUNTING INJUSTICE, as a FREE GIFT to download at Smashwords. This is a TODAY ONLY deal.

Head on over to  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55588, give it a download and enter the coupon code PB84D on Checkout. You will be given a %100 discount and my novel for FREE. (Today only so act fast)

Haunting Injustice“A bona fide, page turning thriller!” – Apex Reviews….

Ghosts, murder, kidnapping, technology, love and romance. This ghost story has it all. Phoenix Worthy, noted paranormal investigator, lives in the most haunted city in America, Savannah, Ga. His latest hunt brings him face-to-face with a brutal killer. The only question is… Who is more deadly–the killer or the ghosts of his victims?

The Glendale Witch

The Glendale WitchJust released in Paperback and for Kindle — The Glendale Witch written by my favorite writer, Deborah Winter-Blood and available at Amazon.com

Seventeen-year-old Celeste must use her newly discovered magical powers to save her ancestors from an ancient demon as environmental catastrophe hangs in the balance. Luckily, she has a pet iguana and a lovestruck Satyr to show her the way as she battles through strange elemental worlds, breaking hearts and casting spells as she goes.

This is a marvelous read for young adults. If you like contemporary YA fantasy with a magical outcome check out this title. This book is extremely well written with a very distinct voice. The author has managed to take an extraordinary adventure and wrap it around a very diverse character set. The story moved quickly as the main character discovers her magical heritage and goes through some serious challenges, growing stronger along the way, yet managing to stick to her core values.

The ending will make you want to stand up and cheer!!

This work is listed as a Young Adult Fantasy but had everything I like in a good book. Adventure, action, wonderful environments, great characters and splashes of humor. It held my attention throughout.

Check out The Glendale Witch. More info available at the website: theglendalewitch.com.

Back on Haunting Charleston

After completing the edit on my friend’s memoir I am finally back on Haunting Charleston.  I needed a break and as it turned out I needed the experience of editing someone else’s work. It was easy to see the problems with my own writing when I see it other places. The end result is my second novel should be much better because of it.

Because I have been away from it for a little while I read back through the first of the manuscript. I’m pretty pleased with where it is. In many ways it’s better than Haunting Injustice.

I am looking forward to finishing this and getting the whole thing in second edit.

So far my favorite line is: “I hate to sound cliche, but I see dead people.”

 



“Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.” ~James Norman Hall

Haunting Injustice Price Drop

I know lots of you received eReaders for Christmas.  I heard from some of you asking for an ePub version of the book so you can load it into your Kobo, Nook, Sony, or other reader not compatible with the Kindle version.

I heard your pleas and rushed to get Haunting Injustice converted into a format readable in your readers.  If you will go to my website you will find a BUY NOW button to get your ePub version for the amazingly low price of $2.99.

(eReader not included)
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Download Kindle version at Amazon

Haunting Injustice at “The Deepening”

The Deepening world of fiction is devoted to fiction, its readers, its creators and authors. They have a real taste for the paranormal. The are highlighting my novel, Haunting Injustice, today. I am honored to be recognized by their excellent team of editors and book reviewers. The editor confirms what I always knew about this work. The prologue is a bit rough but the story is superb.

Thank you to the editors at The Deepening for highlighting my debut novel.
The Deepening and Haunting Injustice

 



Everyone is psychic to some degree, and really successful paranormal investigators even if they do not realize it are using their own psychic ability to sense the environment. ~Rosemary Ellen Guiley Quote

WriMo in the RearView

The annual novelist’s thrash known as NaNoWriMo is history, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Haunting Charleston is in a state of flux. During the course of the WriMo effort, I wrote myself into a bottomless plot hole from which there is no easy escape. The plot scenario was falling quicker than GM stock.

I stepped back to look at the big picture with a reader’s eye.  There are some semi-major changes that must be made which involve re-write and character changes, but the end result will be a better story. I always had a vision that sounded good, but once it was on paper it lacked sizzle. The changes are necessary and better now than to try pushing forward along a flat storyline. It’s not as bad as it sounds and I should recover from the changes in the next 3-4 days.



I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. ~James Michener

 

NaNoWriMo – Day 24

Words today: 1,261
Total Words: 50,004

Finale… Finito… Terminado… or as Toe Mater might say… Got ‘er done!

I will admit to being quite rushed today just laying down word count. I couldn’t see me going another day without reaching the finish line. The last few pages are a little wordy and will be in severe need of severe edit, but the deed is done. I’m still fighting the headache and need to take my eyes off this screen for a couple of days, but as far as WriMo goes. The deed is done!

The challenge may be complete, but the book is far from finished. The goal now is 80,000 words by Dec 15.

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And from there it’s at least 4 rounds of thorough edit before I ever put it in the hands of my test readers. I’m thinking that will be around mid February. I’m hoping to have this ready for the Amazon contest which is around the end of Feb.

Thank you NaNoWriMo for the push.



“Never throw up on an editor.” ~ Ellen Datlow

NaNoWriMo – Day 23

Words today: 615
Total Words: 48,743

It’s a good thing I jumped out ahead of myself early on, because the last few days have been a struggle. Today started early when I woke at 3:30 with a ferocious headache. I got some drugs in me and finally laid back down to get some much needed sleep. Unfortunately I woke up with the same headache.

I wrote what I could and finally had to give it a rest. I think it’s an eye thing. The eyes are not what they once were.

Anyway, come hell, high water, or headache, tomorrow I’m gonna stick a fork in WriMo, because I want to be done.



“This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again.”~ Oscar Wilde

NaNoWriMo – Day 20

Words today: 2,390
Total Words: 46,212

Close to end – focused on the big picture.

There’s the finish line. Right up there. It’s within reach and the I’m still pushing forward. At 92.5% of goal with 66% of the month behind me, there’s not much that will keep me from crossing the finish line a winner. The focus has shifted from where I was on November 1st with a blank screen and a fresh idea. Then it was, get down word count – 50K in 30 days. Honestly, I didn’t see how it could be done. Now I can.

So with the new perspective, I’ve shifted my vision from the WriMo challenge to the body of work being developed because of it. My goal was 80K words, thinking that in edit I would get it down to somewhere between 73K and 77K. Haunting Injustice was 65K and truthfully was not long enough to attract an agents interest. (There may have been other reasons, but why give them another ‘no’ box to check by a short word count)

So here I am looking at the story, compared to where I am and where I need to be at the end of the book, I’m going to be falling a bit short, perhaps in the 70-72K range – a long way from where I wanted to be.  So, I’ll be figuring out how to add some bulk once I see where I finish. First edit is going to be a doozy.

Soldier on!



A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.” ~ William Faulkner