So I was looking at numbers and a few of you used KU and KOLL (lending library) to pick up a few of my books. Thank you very much.
The free promotion was a success as well. My two short stories, Urban Werewolf and Billy the Kid, reached #11 and #20 on the Top 100 Short Reads (1 hour) for Fantasy and Sci-fi list. The novel, She Called It, Wolf, jumped to around 3,000 in the ranking.
At this time, I have a new story called Norn’s Judgment that will be free at the end of this week. If personal things don’t get in the way, I will remind you guys of it. As for my writing, I am in the middle of a Green Knight Terraforming Story– about Tiny working in a call center. My other book that I am putting together is a cozy mystery, which will be around 30,000 words. I need to come up with a pen name for that one because it is a break from my genre.
I came up with a few names– Da Tune, Cee Tune, … if you can come up with a good name for a cozy mystery author, I would be grateful.
Thank you so much for making my Bash successful. May you live long and prosper– Vulcan salute
When I was in elementary school, my birthday was about two weeks before school started. We would pack up a lunch, drive to the mountains, eat, and dabble our toes in a cool stream. The stream was hard to find except for locals. The reason we went there was because it had the most delicious rainbow trout I had ever tasted. We would take our sweaters because it was cool up there. A day in the sun near water was heavenly.
Nowadays the children are in school a week before my birthday. It is strange to feel the heat on my skin and NOT hear the yells of children as they run and play in the apartment complex.
So in honor of surviving a chronic illness, the Navy, and various other life changes, here are the freebies:
EJ Hunter comes home from Afghanistan when her unit is slaughtered by a man in cammies with an M16. They were sitting ducks. In a rage, she changes into a wolf and rips his throat out. The Army decides to give EJ an honorable discharge and send her home.
At home in Felony Flats, Nevada, her uncle, a Vietnam War Vet, dies leaving her a small piece of land, a silver bullet trailer, and a gold mine. She meets Sheriff Adam, who is also the alpha of the were-wolf pack.
There is a government researcher who is researching were-wolf DNA in hopes of making super soldiers, kidnapped children, and a were-cat. Also, EJ discovers that she is different from the pack. She can shift into other forms besides the wolf.
The story has elements of the West, paranormal, and mystery.
Betsy was the were-wolf pack’s legal representation. Her life was pretty boring and man-free until Billy trotted into her life. He was a shifter and he was ready to join the pack. There is only one problem Billy is a goat.
EJ Hunter and her mate Adam help Billy gain Betsy’s trust and when she is kidnapped, Billy is there to be her hero.
John, a mechanic, meets Tina when she arrives at the shop to fix the copier machine in the office. For the first time in years, John is fascinated with this woman. There is something different about her that appeals to his werewolf heart. But Tina has secrets and when her son is kidnapped, John calls on the pack to rescue her son.
We finally got a diagnosis for the hubby and it is cancer. He starts chemo this week.
I have no words to express the ups and downs my hubby and I have been going through the last few weeks.
As for my writing. I am editing some short stories I had written about Perry Doyle, black marketeer and adventurer a few years back. I added things and changed things around. Plus I lengthened a few of the stories. I will get this published in August. It is called “Perry Doyle’s Traveling Black Market.”
It is space opera so for the sci-fi fans. More story and less hardware, I’m afraid. Also, I am starting the process of getting more of my books on Kindle Unlimited. On August 2nd, “I’m a Flasher & Too” an ebook full of micro-fiction will be free. Please note that on your calender.
Thanks for the support.
These last few days have been extremely stressful. It feels like I am being sucker-punched over and over. So that is all I am going to say about this foray into medical other than I hope I can stay well as I help the hubby.
So when I am really stressed, I cross-stitch. My writing has taken a major hit–sorry– and I hope I’ll be able to concentrate enough to write something after Monday. The cross-stitch piece I have been working on– I think I have said it here– is a stylized Japanese raven with Katana. I am posting a picture that I took when it was half-way done. For my sins, it is hard to tell what it is, but every stitch is stitched which makes it more a tapestry than a normal cross-stitch pattern.
My hubby and I will have to make some hard decisions after Monday. Wish us luck, good thoughts, and if you pray– please keep praying for the hubby.
So I won’t say much here except that we haven’t found out what is causing the extreme weight loss and muscle loss in the hubby. He is getting some tests done this week, but still feels worse than last week. I am worried, of course.
It is escape time for me. I usually read books like Kate Paulk’s Con series. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is about a snarky vampire who is a sci-fi/ fantasy con-goer. It is a humorous glimpse into the con fans. Plus it is a rousing story. I have been asking her for another story in the series.
Also Pam Uphoff’s Wine of the God series is another bunch of escapist reading that makes me happy because even in the midst of the sex and violence, her characters show independence and grow as people. Just a hint, the sex in these books are enabled by an aphrodisiac wine that causes extreme lustiness. Even her sex scenes are humorous.
I am writing — or back to Dark Moon Rising. I was so consumed with getting the hubby to several doctors (three in the last week) that my writing has suffered. I am also revising Conjure Man so that I can get it up on D2D (Draft 2 Digital). It is similar to Smashwords, but their meatgrinder is easier to use.
My other stress relief has been working on a cross-stitch Japanese stylized raven with Katana. Every square has floss in it. I have been working on this piece for a year now. I do an inch square while watching some Netflix.
As for my illness, I have been extremely stressed so I keep taking my vitamins in hopes that I don’t flare. So far I am doing okay.
My hubby has been having health problems for a long time, so this week I got the go ahead to start the diagnosis process. We have seen two doctors in two days and today we are seeing the third doctor. Wish us luck. I have hinted about the this problem off and on for the last year.
It means that I will be pretty spotty about posting here. Thanks. And I will get back to my short story when I have a moment to think.
So I started “Dark Moon Rising” a couple years ago after I finished “She Called It, Wolf.” I am doing some editing towards grounding the characters into their surroundings by using the five senses. It was an obvious tip I received from one of my classes with Dean W. Smith. If you want some good grounding in writing stories. He is the best for that type of instruction.
I noticed as I was editing the first 9,000 words that I like to use “he knew, she realized”, and other filler words. Also, I was talking to another writer who easily writes 85 to 100 thousand words. I don’t have that much in me for stories. My stories are 500 to 30,000 words (shorts and novellas). When I stretch to 50 or 60 thousand words, I find it hard. I know I shouldn’t have a problem if I use the try/fail cycle (another DWS tip). Plus as I am looking at the storyline, I am better now than when I first wrote the first story. Yeah! It is good to see some progress.
Now if I can write well enough for readers. I am improving. I hope to be a better writer before I die.