Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book cover gallery

Here are a few of the book covers I've created that I'm particularly fond of. I made all of these using Pixelmator on my MacBook. For the most part they all utilize stock photography that I purchased from BigStockPhoto, which I then manipulate with Pixelmator's built in graphics tools.


















Friday, November 8, 2013

Writing update, The Sixth Seal and more

Book two of the Protectors trilogy is coming along nicely. I'm extremely excited about the story, and I hope fans of The Sixth Seal will enjoy it as much as I do.



The book starts right where the first left off with Ana and Frederick on a strange new world. But Ana's plan to discover her roots and find help for Earth are quickly dashed when her father realizes that they've just stepped into a trap and played right into the hands of an enemy larger and more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Like The Sixth Seal, Ana Unbound will be told from multiple viewpoints in different times, and in this case, on different planets. For those of you who read the serial in its entirety, you may recognize the young ship mate from the Sea Dragon, Kang. So if you were wondering what actually happened to Kang when he jumped on his master's horse and charged overboard with the book of power, this book will answer that question.

This book will also delve into the history of the books of power and their creators. Of course, like any book worth its salt, it will raise more questions. But don't worry, book three will tie it all up nicely :)

If you still haven't read The Sixth Seal, it's still available to read for free at JukePop Serials. And if you're more of a YA fan, you can read my other serial here. And as always, your +votes on each chapter are appreciated.

Also, I've given the completed manuscript of The Sixth Seal to my editor. When I get her notes back, I'll begin working on the revisions. I'm confident that when I'm finished it'll be a stronger and more cohesive work.

The nice part is that it will be available in eBook and paperback for readers who don't particularly care for the serial format. I've noticed now that the Sixth Seal is complete at JukePop, it's picked up quite a few more readers. I'm certain those are readers who don't want to invest their time until they're certain the story will be completed.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My NaNoWrimo donation gifts

I usually check the box to decline my NaNoWriMo gifts when I dontate, as I did this year, but for some reason they still sent me these nifty retro book marks and cards. I'm kind of glad they did; they look right at home sitting on top of my trusty old white MacBook.


If you take part in and enjoy NaNo, I highly encourage you to donate. They do so many great things to promote literacy and writing, especially for young writers, and every little bit helps. Plus you get these awesome 80's retro cut-outs...and a bright and shiny halo on your avatar :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My day job

For those of you who wonder what I do when I'm not writing, here's a map I created for our company's environmental department. I can't show our pipeline systems to you since they're proprietary, but it still gives you a pretty good idea of what I do all day.

This is a map of Oklahoma that shows interstate and navigable waterways, as well as water compacts that our state has with surrounding states.

















Anyway, just thought I'd share :) Back to work!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Unbound

Ana Unbound, the second book of The Protectors trilogy is pouring out of me. I almost didn't do NaNoWriMo this year, but I'm glad I changed my mind. The words are coming out pretty easy so far. Which I don't believe has anything to do with writing talent; rather it's a result of how excited I am about the story.

Here's the synopsis and excerpt I posted on my Author page at NaNoWriMo...



Synopsis:

Ana Eloise Bertrand, after centuries of anguish and torment, has finally thwarted the Horsemen and bound the destructive powers of the ancient book of power. At least that's what she thought.

Now she's unbound from the great book and alone with her father on a strange new world. Events bigger than she could have ever imagined have been set into play by an unknown power, and she may just have inadvertently delivered herself and the key to the universe right into their hands.

But if they think for a minute that little Ana Eloise is going to play by their rules, they've got another thing coming.

Excerpt:

He shook his head again. Ana could see the lights turning on in his eyes. It was as though she were watching all the gears of a long dormant machine falling into place, turning for the first time in ages.

“Gabriel said that once they had activated the higher functions of the book and delivered the first, they would be granted immortality and allowed to rule however they chose. I didn’t understand at the time, and frankly I thought he was full of shit, but they had been promised these things as long as they delivered. And I think they have, although inadvertently.” He laughed again. “Of course you made sure they wouldn’t benefit from their treachery.”

“Delivered what?”

He grabbed her by the shoulders. “You. Don’t you see? They activated the higher functions, which is what made it possible for you to open this portal. Afterwards you delivered yourself.”

“That’s crazy. Delivered to whom? There’s nobody here.”

“Not yet, but I have a hunch that somewhere, somehow, someone is aware of our presence and that the way has been opened.”

Frederick scooped up his pack and hefted it over his shoulder.

“Wait a minute. You can’t really believe all this.”

He looked back at her. “I do, and I think deep down you believe it too.” His eyes pierced hers. “Come on, Ana. Something beyond our understanding is at play here, and we need to get moving before we become pawns in a game not of our own design.”

He was already halfway to the foothills before she caught up with him. “So what are we going to do?”

“We’re going to get to that damn metallic whatever it is before they think we can, and then we’re going to get the upper hand.”

“Before who thinks we can?”

There was a fire in his eyes now. “Whoever made that centuries old deal with the Horsemen.”