Are you a Fantasy fan?


So I am trying to post to my Royal Road account every week.  This time out I put up a chapter from a new one I am working on.  It’s action, medieval style.  Here is the direct link: Fallen Stars II – Chapter 2

Or you can always just use the link at the top of the page to go to my profile page and see all the stuff I am tossing up there.  Be aware though that this is a first draft, so there might be some rough edges.  That is what I am planning on using Royal Road for.  Just to toss out ideas, like I did with the Magical Permutations chapter, which is pretty much just a premise.

I will also put up short stories and other things that I have dabbled with.  The goal is to post at least once a week just to get a flavor or what i can do out there.  it is also a good source for interaction and comments on my stuff, you know to let me know how bad it sucks.

The kicker for this weeks piece is that it is chapter 2 in something I am working on that is a sequel to a book I’ve already finished, well that I have written.  It is by no means finished.  I still have to go back through it and then have it edited.  If it moves along I might even put it out there before I finish releasing the City State Trilogy…..   Which I must say I am trying to spice up book II.  I might have to put something about funny little hats in it too…. (inside joke).

I still have that contest going too for another week to win a signed copy, YES A REAL BOOK!!, of Remnant.  Just follow me on Book Face or the Tweeter and insult me here.  Then I will toss all those names in a hat or something and pick one.  I guess if you follow me on Amazon as well I can do that.  Cause why not?  It’s not like there are thousands of fans yet.

Hey I am getting better at the writing thing, I promise.  I am not promising that it will reach the levels of prose of the masters though.  So don’t get your hopes too high.

The Review is in?

I mean I knew it wouldn’t take off like gangbusters.  There is a lot of content out there.  The key is to at least out something out there.  But I have moved a couple of copies of the things and here we are now.  I am not disappointed, I am actually good with the slow pace, granted it has only been like 4 days.  But 5 copies sold and some KU interest.   And you know what? That is fine.  But I did get a 4 star, and no it’s not from a family member.  To be honest I was thinking I would get a 2 or at best 3, so YEA!!!!!!  This was for reasons listed in the review.  Editing is expensive and I am bias to my own work.  But someday you might get a cleaned up version of Remnant…… one can hope.

It all comes down to if someone is willing to put it out there.  Do you know someone who likes to say they have a better idea? A better story? A better thing for a thing?  We have all heard people say they could think of something better, or that they had an idea when they see a device on TV or in the store.  The difference between them and the maker of that “thing”?  The other person actually did it.

I learned this lesson a long time ago when I was dabbling in game design.  I was an avid board gamer and always heard people that I played with, “I could do better than this.”  And I always though, well why don’t you then.  I wasn’t one to say I could do better, at least not a lot.  But one day I decided to try.  It took a while, I tried the big expansive games and all that jazz.  None of them came to fruition, but I finally made a little card game that was fun.

I even self-published it over on a POD site called  It is a cool place.  I even sold a few copies of that one, a whole 9 at the time of this writing.  But it has been available for almost two years.  So I knew going into the writing game what to expect.  The whole point here is though is that I did it, I put my money where my mouth is and did what so many others say they can do but never actually do.

You don’t know if you will be the next James Patterson or Shakespeare, but if you don’t even put your stuff out there you will know you won’t be for sure.  The attempt should not be made to succeed alone, in that sense I mean to sell 100,000 copies and get a movie deal.  The attempt should be for yourself, to show that you are capable.  Heck I would even say to put something out there before you even make a page.  Nothing elaborate, a short story, some poems, etc.

This will give people an idea of what you are capable of, and a back catalog in case you do hit it big.  So I will trudge forward with what I do and maybe someday I will have a decent hit, and if so it should also drive up sales of my old stock.  But I am publishing because, why not?  I like to write, I write for myself anyway, so why not put it out there and see how it does in the wild?  If I just wanted it to sit on a hard drive and be the topic of family gatherings then sure keep it to yourself, but if you are one of those people that think they can do better than what you see out there, then prove it, even if just to yourself.

Hey it’s live!

So my book dropped on Kindle today, I had a few pre-orders so I guess I am a professional author now WOOT!!!  It is also on Kindle Unlimited so go read it there.

Kindle Version here!

Print Version here.

For KU ASIN: B07DKSC9DS, if that helps.

Hard to believe the amount of work that you have to put in to get one of these things out.  One would think the actual writing would be the hardest part, but nope.  It’s learning how to do everything, get the word out and all of that stuff.  Not to mention the editing, the rewrites, and more editing.

The writing was the easy part, at least the first draft.  It just kind of flowed out and manifested itself onto paper or screen, pick your medium.  I type it all out on computer, but after each chapter I print it cause I like to red pen when I edit.  Then I back it up in like five different places because you never want to lose something that you have put so much work into.

Looking for reviews as well, so feel free to go to the links above and tell everyone what you think.  I still have the contest going as well on the site, any followers on my social media will have a chance to win a signed proof copy I have at the end of June.  Read my previous blog post for all the details.

But go forth and read and enjoy!!!

Contest? Sure!!

Remnant is up and live for Pre-Order on Kindle: PRE ORDER HERE!!  In the mean time I have a couple of copies of the proof versions laying around and thought I would give one or two away.

That being said you can also get the print version now: Like paper better? Get this one!!  The process of linking the e-book and print version can take a couple of days, but when they do you should be able to get a free copy of the e-book when you get the print version.

So I figured anyone that comments on this blog, responds to the tweet (like, etc), likes or comments on the post to the Facebook page, even those that actually review the darn thing, will get a chance to win one of those old Proof copies, signed by me, cause I mean we all know it will be worth a lot some day.

I do have to confess though, these are older and missing four chapters, but the honor of having my signature should offset anything like that.  I will let this run till the end of June and them pick someone based on sticky notes with darts thrown at them on a wall, or some other random determiner.  This also means you can have multiple chances if you comment and/or like on the multiple platforms.

Just throwing that out there…….