Writing Update

Hi there everyone, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. It has been a busy summer, but I haven’t had much to blog about.

For any of you that are in college or planning to go to college, you know that preparing for college is daunting, and that is what I’ve been doing this summer. Taking CLEP tests for college credit.

In addition, I and my two brothers have been bean-walking for a local organic farmer. Bean-walking is basically weeding the garden but on a massive scale.

Now, on to writing. I haven’t done as much writing this summer as last, but my two brothers are beta-reading Retreat and I’m inputing their suggestions.

Have a great last month or so month of summer, everybody!

Kindle and E-Book Giveaway

Hey there, everyone! Hope you’re having a great week. Today I discovered another giveaway! Woo-hoo! Rachel Starr Thomson is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite pre-loaded with books from several Christian Speculative Fiction Authors. You can enter the giveaway here.

Stronger than the Sword Update

I am almost done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (With the first draft)

Right now I’m in the middle of a dilemma. I wrote the scene where my MC completes his character arc, except that I added in a huge explosion *maniacal laughter* and now I’m torn with letting my characters escape relatively easily or having one final climactic scene. One of the problems is that a scene that I envisioned putting into this book, doesn’t fit unless I keep on going, but if I keep on going, I run the risk of losing readers, since they might think that the main climax is over. Right now I’m planning on putting that scene in, finishing book, look at how everything reads, and possibly cut it during the editing process.

Before this book is ready for any type of reading, I must edit, severely. Several scenes will have parts cut off. Whether I just don’t like it, or I changed the direction of the story (did that at least once).

In case you’re wondering, I haven’t hit my goal of 80,oo0 words. Right now I’m a little below 72,500, so the chance of me reaching my goal is slim, unless of course I decide to keep the above controversial scene I was talking about and I may be short even then, but I’m just going to let the story finish itself out, even if it’s well below my goal.

Once the rough draft is finished, it’s on to editing, Retreat, my Civil War sequel. So, it’s going to be a long time until Stronger than the Sword is ready for publication, and it will take even longer since I am thinking about pitching the book to a traditional publisher.

When I started this Stronger than the Sword, I categorized it as a futuristic, medieval dystopian. Now it seems more a fantasy book, set in a futuristic medieval culture, with the oppressive government characteristic of dystopias.

One dystopian cliche I want to crush is the depressive series ending. In all fairness, I really have only read one secular dystopian series (The Hunger Games), but the last book in that series was terribly disappointing!

Recently, Stronger than the Sword has been a long slog, but the end is finally drawing near!

Keep on writing for His glory, everyone! Have a great Monday!




Reapers Free on Kindle

Bryan Davis, my favorite author, has made Reapers, a dystopian adventure written by a Christian (what a novel idea), free on Kindle until April fourth. Here’s the Amazon description.

413sw1agtul-_sx311_bo1204203200_Reapers is a dystopian tale with a supernatural twist. Taking place in a futuristic, urban setting, this first book in a planned trilogy will appeal to readers of The Hunger Games and similar fast–paced stories for young adults. Along with a blend of real life and imagination, it delivers action, danger, and suspense through the adventures of three teenagers—Phoenix, Singapore, and Shanghai—Reapers who collect the souls of the dying or already dead and transport them to the Gateway where they will travel to their final destination … or so they are told.

This book is for teens, not for children. The atmosphere is quite dark, but, if you finish this book and read Beyond the Gateway, Reapers Series #2, it will get lighter.

In addition, there is some content for more mature readers. Use your discretion. But, if you’ve read a book like The Hunger Games, this book is probably has less of such content.

Personally, I liked the second book in the Reapers series more, but you can’t get to the sequel without reading the original. 🙂 (Well, technically you could, but I wouldn’t recommend it)

If you’re disappointed with the depression and darkness of the dystopian genre, start this series. It may start similar to others you’ve read, but by the end of the second book, it will be different and so much better.

You can download your free book here or you can visit Mr. Davis’ blog here.

Happy early weekend, everyone! Keep on writing! Now I had better leave and follow my own advice ;).

Quote from Retreat

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I just wanted to share this brief quote I just ran, or I should say read across, from the book I’m currently editing, Retreat.

Within a couple of hours Fred was fast asleep, dreams of war in his head. Though, they were less dreams, and more nightmares.

Right now I’m taking a break from writing the rough draft of Stronger than the Sword and implementing the changes my editor (aka Mom) suggested, as well as what my writer instincts tell me to change.

I’m not for sure when this book’ll be coming out, as I want it to go through a much more rigorous editing process than my first book. Also, I may have to do some rewriting in order to set the stage for the next book in the series.

On another note, today I learned the winners of The Five Magic Spindles contest hosted by Rooglewood. My story did not make the cut, but eventually, once I can get to it, I’ll edit, and probably start a rewrite. I hope to someday publish it in some form, either on this blog or through Kindle.

Good luck writing!

Another Giveaway

51no4nnjfal-_sx319_bo1204203200_I have another giveaway to share with you guys. Author Daniel Schwabauer is giving away his third book in the Legends of Tira-Nor series. To enter the giveaway you can visit Kingdom Pen by clicking on this link. There is also an interview with Mr. Schwabauer, which you might want to read.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

Audio Book Series for Children of the Bard

Hey there everyone, hope you’re having a great Monday!

I just wanted to share a crowdfunding campaign with you guys. Bryan Davis, author of the bestselling series Dragons in our Midst, Oracles of Fire, and Children of the Bard has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to fund the creation of audiobooks for Children of the Bard.

Here is a link to the Tilt page and a link to Mr. Davis’ blog.

I’d be obliged if you check the project out. 🙂 Funding stops in 28 days.

Keep on writing for His glory!