Consider this an Announcement

Dear readers, I took longer than expected (Don’t I always…) but I can finally say that Beloved of Death, Twisted Gods book 2, is coming out next week! Editing this little book really punished me for a while, but I ended up with a fast-paced book I love a great deal. Hopefully that book will be out by Tuesday the 21st of September.

In the mean-time, I have a sale for those of you who haven’t picked up book one of the series, yet.

The Forgotten Mask is on sale for 2.99 USD on Amazon.com right now. I’ll be up front with you. If the book does well at this cost, I may reduce the price to 3 dollars permanently, and the equivalent world-wide.

Anyway, I’ll be back with more about the book soon.

I have a book description and author’s note still to write. Then all that’s left is to input the proof-reads.

Thanks for reading.

Temple Theater

Hi folks,

I’m writing even more briefly than usual today. I have a couple new stories out in this series that you can read right now.

Temple Theater Book One: The Forgotten Mask is out on Amazon in ebook format, and all print-on-demand stores online. It’s a great place to start this story of lazy gods, heroic mortals, and mechanical foes.

You can also get War Machine, a little prequel short story on Amazon, or for free if you click here.

I’m doing a lot better mentally than I expected this summer.

I’m short on time today, but please check out those books, and I’ll writer again soon.

Stay safe and thanks for reading.

7 Years to Remember

Hi.

It’s been a bit since I posted, but I’m back for the moment, and I have a new book out!

The Forgotten Mask” is the start of a new series, called Temple Theater, but it’s also one of the oldest books I’m publishing. I wrote most of the novel in 2014, but only finished the draft in spring 2021.

Why is that?

The book didn’t take seven years of WRITING time, and no, I didn’t revise it completely at any point, though I’ve done so with other books before.

Why leave a book on the shelf for so long?

This first book of Temple Theater and the premise of steampunk fantasy really interests me. Gods and monsters, magic and machines. I dig that vibe.

I did at the time of beginning the book in 2014 too.

When I started Temple Theater I still planned to submit to publishers, rather than independently releasing books. I wrote 50,000 words and stopped because (If I recall) I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to build up to a huge finale over another 50k, but something stopped me.

That’s the little voice I now associate with my thoughtful side. I don’t consider the voice to be part of over-thinking, it’s about actually having thoughts. I often push that voice away, but when there’s a problem with a writing project it always prompts me to consider what the real issue is, often stopping my progress in making new words.

Well, earlier this year I figured out why that part of me stopped writing the book in 2014.

I’d been closer to the end than I thought.

So if you ever want to see what a book that took seven years to write reads like, here is a link to the ebook on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099X4J3JB. It will be out in print on all major on-demand platforms soon.

In spring I added 10,000 words or so. With some serious editing I tuned the whole novel. And now, it’s done. It’s out, and I’m working on the sequel.

And here I go waxing on, when I should be writng.

Thanks for reading, folks.

Stay safe.

I’ll write again soon.

Tim

7 Minutes of Demon Scroll Launch Day

Demon Scroll launches today!

The book is out! After just over 50 days, Demon Scroll has gone from concept to release. The link above will take you fantasy fans to Amazon.com where you can get the ebook for 99 cents US if you get it before the 9th of September 2019.

I loved creating this book and while it was my first (Almost) fully-dictated novel it most certainly will not be the last.

Writing by dictation is counter-intuitive procedurally for me. However, as a tool it cuts down on the time it takes me to write a rough draft by a considerable margin.

I created all the major elements of the book, including the cover and the internal map.

How did I, who until recently suffered from major lack of energy on top of depression and anxiety, amass energy to do all this in less than two months? I guess I owe the result to a stable situation in my life when combined with the addition of a CPAP machine, which I started using in late June. I never imagined the effect the machine would have on my life and my work. I’ve never possessed more get up and go as an adult.

Mentally speaking, I am very happy to add my thanks to Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way” for helping me clear the mustiness from my mind each day with morning pages prior to dictating each day during my rough-draft process. Anyway, that’s 7 minutes.

One last thing. The first edition of the ebook lacks a dedication just on account of my hurry to release the novel. Hopefully that’s all I’ve forgotten going into publication.

This one’s for Joe.

Thanks for reading, everyone.

Genre Direction

So, I have been remiss in blogging. Again.

One could assume this is my natural state of being, but given the recent introduction of a sleep aid machine to my life, I have a feeling I may be posting more often in the future, given the additional energy.

I have been considering my next move as an independent author even as I keep writing on various works in progress. I wrote two short stories in the past thirty days or so, and am planning to use dictation to speed my completion of the current novel I’m working on (The Pillar Universe Book 4).

I’ve known for a while now, my first love is fantasy, despite having written predominantly science fiction this year. I know these genres are close to each other in qualities, which is probably why I enjoy them both. However, my particular brand of writing I think lends itself more toward the worlds of fantasy, rather than the more futuristic worlds of space opera or cyberpunk.

I’m still planning on continuing the science fiction series I have out already, but given my fantasy roots and the ease I had marketing my fantasy novella series last fall, I think its time to change course back to what is for me, the core of my genre preferences.

Once this fourth Pillar Universe book is complete, I will make my move to write some more fantasy.

In the meantime, as I wrap up this post, please check out Booksprout and pick up a copy of Storm Fleet for free, in exchange for a review.

Thanks for reading.

I’ll chat at you all again soon.

More than 7 Minutes to Winter…

Before I get writing fiction today, I figured it’d be a good time to announce the book of mine that launched yesterday. Yep, book 3 of the Spells of the Curtain Series is out now! It’s called Winter Mage and covers the rest of the original novel I wrote over nine years ago. The story doesn’t end in this one, but a new arc begins. No spoilers, but I love this book and I’m gonna love the next one

You know, I used to write these blog posts in the same program I write books in, Scrivener. I don’t know why I stopped, but here we are. I like typing straight into the posting window. It feels more immediate somehow.

Also, my glasses broke this morning. I just picked them up and it’s a good thing I had a backup pair because one of the parts that hangs over an ear (Arms? Is that what you call them?) broke off. I’ll get them fixed or replaced soon, but the only reason I can see to type this is my older glasses now perched on my nose. It’s oddly present to me how fragile my sight really is these days. I can navigate outside without glasses, but good luck indoors.

Anyway, I am very excited for how well my books are doing out there right now. Compared to a lot of people I’m just now seeing a little success, but I’m grateful for all of it. One step at a time, folks. One step at a time.

Well, the timer never started, but I think I’m getting there. That sure seems to be the way of things today.

Thanks for reading.

Talk to you again soon.

 

New Release – Battle Mage


I hope you’re ready for a new book!

That’s right, Spells of the Curtain 2: Battle Mage is out today! I briefly mentioned this on my facebook page and personal page earlier today. This story has been a long time in the making, just like book one. I am thrilled to finally be releasing these books and the future ones in this series.
Anyway, I am totally brain-fried today, but here is the link to the book again.

Thanks for reading.

7 Minutes to Book 2!

Hi people! Above you can see the cover for the second book in the Spells of the Curtain series.

Of the first three books in this series, I have to say this one is probably my personal favorite. We go from high to low and all over in between in this story. The work in this part didn’t feel like work at all. That’s the best kind of writing for me when the real world and words disappear and I’m somewhere else, discovering what happened in this other place with its own rules. That doesn’t happen often for me. In the past ten years, maybe 2-3 books felt that way.

I recently started reading a book by James Scott Bell called “The Mental Game of Writing.” In this book, Bell discusses a side of playful creativity at a few points. So far, my favorite delve into this subject refers to play as chaos, a lawless freedom to write whatever the writer wants at that moment. However, one must always restore order for the readers’ sakes later on. I think that’s true. I also think I managed to coordinate play and order well in book two, out next Tuesday!

Also, book one is out today! Click here to get it right now!

Thanks for reading.

7 Minutes to a New Series!

Hello folks! Another 7-minute blog coming at you today.

This is an announcement for my new series, Spells of The Curtain, and especially the first book, Court Mage, available for pre-order at the link in the image below.

I’m very excited to finally have a pure-fantasy series in the works, though I will continue supporting the Root Conspiracy series as well.

I have the time and writing speed to keep this new magical world going alongside the odd future of Memory Lost and the newly released sequel, Mind Chase (Out today! Click here to check it out).

I enjoyed writing the Root Conspiracy books so far, but I LOVED writing Court Mage and the other books in this series.

Follow Edmath Donroi, a young mage on his path to joining the imperial court and making a name for himself.

Mysteries, magic, and love await in…

Thanks for reading!

I really appreciate all of you and your support. The more of you who buy my books as they launch, the more chance I have to keep working on all my series.

So, thank you all much. I’ll write to you again soon.

 

Dreams with a Hint of Barnacles

I had an unusual dream last night. For one thing, it wasn’t a nightmare.

I enjoyed this dream.

In the dream, I witnessed a dark fantasy world, which appeared as a nested set of tales, one hidden within another down a few layers deep. For this reason,, it is tough to remember what the overall story was about.

Dark armor. Bright blades. Powerful heroes. Tragic and dramatic results.

All surrounded in wind and rain, possibly a result of the winter storm going on in my area last night.

Right now, it seems to me this dream could apply to an odd set of worlds I have been fiddling on, involving space-traveling fantasy with barnacles on giant spacefaring creatures. But now, as I unpack the dream, it fits a much older setting I’ve created a lot better.

That setting has gone by the name of Fantasy A (I know, I’m terribly creative).

This is a setting I’ve probably mentioned before on this blog, but likely that was years ago. I can’t recall precisely.

It’s a world of demons and magic, but regardless, I’m excited to pick it up at some point in the near future, especially after this night of dreaming.

For now, though I have other work to pursue. Such is the life of a writer.

Thanks for reading.