First Quest is published!

I cannot express how exciting it is to look at my book shelf and see my own print next to some of my favorites.  The book is now available for purchase in digital or print format!  While I know that I likely should be adding a wall of text to accompany this post, I am working on marketing and other forms of getting the word out.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me grow my reader base, supported me in my times of uncertainty and discourage, and posted an uplifting comment to this stranger-in-distress in her times of need. I appreciate all of the words of encouragement I’ve received from friends and strangers alike, and am excited now to have my dream a reality. The second book is on its way to being ready, as well, and I cannot wait!

My book on a shelf

 

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An Aptly-Titled Update

I just took a glance through all of the topics I’ve breached since the very beginning of this, and wanted to post a summarized update (you know, an actually-up-to-date-update) on all topics for anyone who is interested. So, let’s get started.

Children’s Books:

Honestly, I have all but given up finding an illustrator that can do this at a price I can afford. I have hope that, eventually, the funds will be there to make this work. I’ve not made any progress, or attempted to make any progress, on furthering this project. I do have good reason for that, though: I have too many other things going on. It makes more sense to prioritize what’s possible, instead of focusing on trying to fix what cannot be fixed. I am still keeping my eye out for someone to partner with on this, but it’s no longer an active search.

Poetry Book:

As some of you already know, this book is on another Free Promotion that runs from May 11 to May 15, over Mother’s Day weekend. After that, the price has dropped down to a dollar. I much appreciate all those that invested in the work when it first released, but not a single copy has sold since then. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me, since I figure there’s not a giant market on poetry to begin with. To any who are interested in the free download during the timeframe, or purchasing the book for $0.99 USD, you can click here to access the page.

First Quest Novel:

There are reserves/pre-orders being taken for the digital version, which was intended to give me a chance to change a few little things before the launch date. However, it took me several days to get the cover to fit the requirements for the paperback copy and, once it did, Amazon published it without an option for pre-order. So, despite the counter-intuitive nature of what I’m about to say, the digital copy can be pre-ordered now for its release on May 17th, but the paperback is available for purchase right now. The digital copy can be pre-ordered by following this link, and will have a $6.99 price point. The paperback copy can be purchased outright at this link, but will have a $12.99 price point.

I have already gotten several purchases on the paperback copy, and appreciate all of the support of my friends, family, and strangers in trying to help me market this by myself. If things go well, I want to set up a way for people to get their copies signed that will not break the bank for anyone, but for now I am settled on a plain release. Any input on this topic would be more than appreciated, but I will be looking it up as well in the near future.

Boulder City Chronicles:

Most of what has already been posted for BCC was content that I have had for years, save for the last 2 (maybe 3?) parts. That said, anything else that goes into the chronicles may be reserved for future publications, or the potential for a webcomic series. I feel it would do really well with visual aide, but am not actively pursuing this as I haven’t seen much of an interest in the series. Granted, that is likely due to my own inactivity. If you haven’t yet taken a look at the series, go here to get started reading it in its entirety. I highly recommend starting with Part 0 and working your way up, but whatever makes you happy.

If anyone is opposed to me stopping this series or has feedback on that topic, please let me know. It’s hard to tell what people are reading, what they like, and what PARTS they like in order to justify continuing dedicating time to a project. Your feedback might just get you what you want 😉

Cooking:

I moved, and since then have barely cooked. Anyone who likes being in the kitchen should understand when I say: I have none of my tools, I can barely fit in this room, it’s uncomfortable and seems dirty no matter how much I clean it, and I refuse to work under these conditions!

General Update:

It is getting warmer, and I live in a house with no air conditioning. My computer is meant for gaming, and so only contributes to the heat in this place. The hope is that I can find a window-unit before it gets too gross in here so that I can continue to write without my hands sticking to everything (it gets really humid here, as well).

 

Those are all of the points that I think needed to be made. If I missed anything that you were wondering about, though, let me know in the comments. I would be more than happy to fill in the blanks.

As always, thank you for reading.

“First Quest” Releases May 17th! Finally!

2.2Pre-orders are finally available for First Quest, the first book of a 3-book series called The Mentalists.  The book is a full-length novel available from Kindle Direct Publishing as an e-book. I intend to have this available for print by the time the book releases on May 17th,
2017, as well. Click here to pre-order now, or read the rest of this article for a short synopsis.

First Quest follows Daveth Dwight, a stable-boy whose dreams of becoming a White Knight are realized in a string of events that most others consider coincidental. Daveth knows a dark truth about his timely fortune, but convinces himself that the ends justify the means.  Once joining the Knights, the young man is faced with the realization that he’s barely suited for Knighthood.  Desperate to prove himself to the heroes of his youth, Daveth takes on a mission to rescue a princess from the grips of a thieving dragon. Princess-kidnappings are commonplace in the land of Alffa, and a staple to any aspiring-Knight’s claim to fame.

The whole trip goes south quickly as Daveth faces constant reminders that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, and he finds himself faced against powers that have lain dormant for centuries. More troublesome than that, though, is the young man’s stature and physique being unsuited for the task that he had taken on. Struggling with his pride and perceived inadequacies, Daveth faces each challenge head-on despite the odds being against him in every fashion.

As the trip progresses, it becomes clear to the hero that there is more to his mission than your run-of-the-mill princess-kidnapping. With help from a few friends he makes along the way, Daveth must overcome trials of wit, strength, and meddle to save the princess and return her home safely…if he can.

First Quest is a full-length novel that is appropriate for all ages, with one extremely subtle sexual reference, and a handful of curse words (hell, damn, shit). While targeted toward adult-readers, this book also fits in the Young Adult category due to its easy-reading format.

Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments here, or click here to pre-order now!

“Last Resort” is Free! May 11-15

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I am putting up another promotion for the poetry book that I put out quite a while ago. This promotion will be over Mother’s Day weekend, just before the launch of my Fantasy novel “First Quest”.

The promotion goes from May 11th-15th, 2017 on Amazon’s marketplace.

You can get to the book itself by following this link.

If you miss out on the promotion, don’t worry!  The price of the book is effectively going down to $0.99 USD starting TODAY.

 

Lost Myself for a While

I lost myself for a while in a mess of normalcy and expectations.

There’s this constant struggle between following your dreams and sticking with the tried and proven methods that work.  I’ve been living in the latter for too long, again, true to my patterns of ebbing and flowing between passions and necessities.

No more.

No more, she says, as if that were a solid statement meant to finalize this ever-changing mess.

No more, for now.

Queries to Agents and Publishing companies alike have resulted in nothing but automated responses (at best), and my obsessing over how much they really mean it when they tell you not to submit more than once.  That being said, I have decided that the Mentalist series will be self-published, and it will be launching within the week.  If I fail, I fail, but I have never been the type that can sit around waiting for someone’s approval in order to further my own goals.

Hasty and foolish of me, perhaps, but if ever there were a time when this might be wise, it is now.  I am presently a body containing nothing but free time, and it’s time that I move toward building my own bridges instead of petitioning someone to build them for me.

Once the Mentalists: First Quest is out there, I have a handful of smaller projects that I will be working on to really see where my forte is.  There are a few genres I’ve been interested in dabbling in to see if I would be any good at them, and it will be a nice distraction from this major project I’ve been absorbed in (as well as the plethora of other things I need distracting from).

I will keep this blog updated on progress and teasers for those other projects, as well as any new information on the second book of the Mentalist series (which I have outlined in full already and am just waiting for the inspiration to return).

Thank you to all of the people who have been reading this blog, even when I haven’t been updating it.  I look forward to bringing new content, once again. 🙂

It’s Okay To Make Mistakes – Self-Talk – Commission

I was commissioned to write this, but they didn’t want to pay for the copyrights.  Given that fact, I am posting them here both to show it off, and to maintain my ownership.

 

You are good at what you do, and one mistake won’t change that.  Everyone makes mistakes every once in a while, and you will become stronger for it.  Learning from your mistakes in the past is what has made you as smart as you are today.

You will be able to continue to succeed in life, because you are a strong person with great potential.  Things happen sometimes that might make you think that you aren’t capable of succeeding, but you will overcome them.  Strength comes from surpassing your expectations for yourself, and doing the things that you once thought that you couldn’t do.

You have a long road ahead of you, and you may make more mistakes down that road.  People will remember you for the good that you do, not the brief follies. Trust in your support network, and know that it is okay to make mistakes.

10 Things I Learned From My Rats

Sometimes it takes the love of something smaller than you, to understand just how big you are

Rats are incredible pets and teachers. Those of us who are blessed to spend time with these balls of fur have learned some important lessons from them, and I hope to one day have life as figured out as they seem to.

10. There is no such thing as being to curiuos

Rats will investigate anything they can get their paws on. If they can reach it or smell it, they are going to do everything within their power to understand it. As humans, we only investigate things that we believe will benefit us. However, we would be much better served to investigate everything and figure out how we can make it benefit us afterwords; like a rat.

9. Instant gratification is not always the best gratification 

When a rat gets curious about something, it is relentless. When that curiosity rewards them, you can’t mistake the self-satisfied look on their…

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5 Signs the Guy You’re With is a Waste of Time

 

He’s not supporting himself, but “will be soon”.  He’s got so much potential, and there’s always a new plan to make a lot of money.  Even so, somehow you’re still paying for every date, and probably driving him everywhere, too.

After you made it official, he turned out to be a completely different person.  He tells you all of these cool hobbies that he has and skills he’s gained, yet you’ve never once seen him do any of them.  For someone who said they don’t drink, he probably spends a lot of time at the bar.

Some things just don’t add up.  Most of what you know about him, you learned through conversation.  Now that you’ve spent some time together, you’re starting to wonder if he’s the person he made himself out to be.

He doesn’t see the problem with innocent flirting with girls that aren’t you.  While at dinner, he cracks a flirtatious line to the waitress.  You’re offended, but he doesn’t seem to understand why that would bother you.  He may even try to make you feel bad for being offended in the first place.

When you start to talk about your day, he picks up his phone.  He says that he’s listening, but he never seems to have much to contribute to the conversation.  Most days, a simple “yeah, tell me about it” is the most you’ll get out of him unless the conversation is about him.

 

This list is incomplete, and will be added to and elaborated on very soon.  I am posting this preemptively to maintain my copyrights.