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Trade Paperback Version of That Which Elevates Us is Now Available

That Which Elevates Us Paperback CoverI got the printed proof and all seems well, so I flagged it for publication. You can get a copy HERE.

Interesting side-note: If I had used the same formatting as my previous trade paperbacks (11 point font size), this one would have come in at 865 pages, including the prologue, etc. That is larger than Amazon allows for trade paperbacks, however, and I have to assume it is because the binding would tend to fall apart with such a thick volume. That means this book would have been 70 pages longer than book 4, had I not changed the font size to 10.5 to get the page count down under the max pages limit, and even with the tweak, it comes in at 801 pages.

As far as the Dragonlinked Chronicles, like Aeron, I had a few things I wanted to see happen in the stories, and they now have, so this likely brings the Chronicles to a close. When more tales about Lethera, the dragons and people living there, come, they will be stand-alone stories or will be part of a new series. As for what I will be jumping into next, I have an idea for something a little different in a new fantasy universe. Where it stands now, there will be humans, magical creatures and beings, and of course magic, including transformational magic. I’m still playing around with the idea, tossing around various ways to expand on it, so I can’t go into more detail than that right now.

Until I talk to you again, happy reading!

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That Which Elevates Us, Dragonlinked Chronicles Volume 5, Now Available in Kindle Format

That Which Elevates Us - eBook CoverGood and exciting news, folks! It took some time, and 3 final read-throughs instead of 1, but That Which Elevates Us is now complete, and the Kindle version is available on the Amazon store HERE.

I’ll work on getting a trade paperback version up as soon as I can, but I’m not certain how long that will take, as Amazon has pulled that process in-house rather than through CreateSpace as it used to be, and I am not yet familiar with their process. I will make a new post when that version is available.

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Of Gods, Trees, and A Sapling Kindle Version is FREE for Limited Time!

My series of books, Dragonlinked Chronicles, is an lgbt-friendly young adult fantasy series, and the Kindle version of book 4, Of Gods, Trees and A Sapling, is FREE from 11/13/2017 until 11/15/2017 on the Amazon.com store, HERE. Take this short opportunity to read the latest volume while I work on the next book! The Kindle versions in the entire series are Kindle Lending Library enabled, so feel free to lend them to your friends with Kindles. Have no fear, Amazon pays authors who participate in that program.

Happy reading!

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First Draft of Book 5 Started!

I have begun writing the first draft of book 5 in the Dragonlinked Chronicles series. In fact, I finished the last scene of the Prologue yesterday and started on Chapter One today. I’m looking forward to all the interesting stuff coming.

In the meantime, happy reading!

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This Man Gets It. Why Can’t Everyone?

The world already has hurdles built in, and some get more hurdles put in front of them right from the get-go, right from birth. One of the reasons I decided to include LGBT characters in prominent roles in my books is because LGBTQ people, young people especially, need representation in media. In songs, art, movies, television, and in books. What they do NOT need is people who don’t understand, who don’t seem to want to understand, adding more hurdles to their lives. Dale Hansen says it better than I can, so please read the article I linked below about a video of his posted to Facebook concerning student wrestler Mack Beggs, then watch Mr. Hansen’s full video which is included at the bottom of the article.

Sportscaster Dale Hansen defends trans student wrestler Mack Beggs in amazing takedown

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For Christmas, it’s Freebie Time!

Dragonlinked coverDid you give a Kindle? Get one? Know someone who is getting one? Or, do you know someone who reads eBooks and likes fantasy, magic, or dragons? How convenient!

It’s the perfect time to get started on Dragonlinked Chronicles, because starting tomorrow, December 24, 2016, and running through December 27th, 2016, the Kindle version of Dragonlinked, volume 1 of the series, will be FREE on Amazon!

Here are some direct links: US — UK — AU — CA — DE — JP — IN

Not from one of those regions? No worries, the book is also available at the Amazon sites for Brazil,  France,  Italy,  Mexico,  Spain, and the Netherlands. Note that, currently, the book is only available in english.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy Holidays!

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Of Gods, Trees, And A Sapling Now Available in eBook Format!

It took some time, but the eBook version of the latest book in the Dragonlinked Chronicles series, Of Gods, Trees, And A Sapling, is now available at Amazon.com (and all amazon sites, actually). The trade paperback version will be available within the next couple of weeks, depending on shipping times and whether I have to make adjustments based on the sample.

Many apologies for how long it’s taken. There are two main reasons it took as long as it did for me to finally finish this book. The first is that my life has been ridiculously hectic these past eighteen to twenty months or so. I won’t bore or bring you down with the details, but suffice it to say I wore black a lot and made a few trips to visit relatives in the hospital. There were a lot of days where I struggled to write.

Now, the biggest reason it took so long–and I mentioned I had suspicions about it in a previous post (which turned out to be true)–is the length of this book. In between uploads to Amazon after tweaking the format and fixing the two spelling errors that somehow sneaked through, I started work on another document, the trade paperback version. My preliminary pass at formatting that version indicates that, in print, this book will be seven hundred and seventy-three pages long. That’s more than double the length of book 2. I suspected it might be longer than book 3 based on how long it was taking me to complete a read-through, but it didn’t feel that long to me while I was reading it. My test reader’s only comment that was even remotely related to the length was that she couldn’t stop thinking about getting back to reading it in between her job as a substitute teacher, working on starting her business, and picking up her kids. So, she apparently didn’t think it felt long either.

At any rate, here you go. ENJOY!

(And for those of you who want a physical copy, I will continue working on the trade paperback version tomorrow, I swear!)

P.S. OH!  If any of you followed me on my Amazon author page and you did NOT get notified about the release, could you please post a comment below? If some of you were not notified, I want to speak with Amazon and find out if there is anything I can do to fix it. Thanks!

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Draft of First Few Chapters of Book Four Complete

A quick update for everyone. I just finished a read-through of chapters one through six. I normally do that every five chapters, but in this book, the events in chapter five lead right into six and I didn’t want to lose the writing momentum, so I kept going until I had finished chapter six.

Things are looking good, so far. I found that I needed to add a scene to expand a bit on a character and her actions, which is another reason I do read-throughs. The outline is a great guide, but it is in the writing and re-reading of the draft where you will often find better ideas or discover a better flow. I also find that re-reading the manuscript from the beginning every time I finish writing another five chapters helps keep the events in the book alive in my head and allows me to catch mistakes, duplications, and better judge the pace of the book overall.

Now on to chapter seven!

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The Bond on Sale for Limited Time

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The Bond

If you have friends who haven’t read it yet—or if you haven’t, The Bond, book 2 of Dragonlinked Chronicles (an lgbt-friendly YA fantasy series), is on a Kindle Countdown Deal promotion at amazon.com until the early morning of April 14th, 2015, and at amazon.co.uk until the early morning of April 12th, 2015 (early morning eastern time). These deals work by offering a larger discount at the beginning of the promotion period, which drops as the deal runs. So, the earlier you buy, the bigger the markdown you get from the regular price.

The UK deal runs a shorter time because amazon only allows minimum discount increments of 0.99, and those increments are in the currency of the host website. For the UK site, that’s GBP. Because of that, there are fewer increments at the UK site (GBP are higher value than USD, and my book prices at the various amazon sites are all based on a USD price converted to equivalent native currency price). But enough weird financial babble.

Happy reading!

P.S. Fan extra! The hand/arm on the cover image? It’s mine. I only wish I could bond with a dragon for real!

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Dragonlinked on FREE Promotion for a Limited Time

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Dragonlinked, the first book in Dragonlinked Chronicles, is free for a limited time. Now’s a great time to get started on the lgbt-friendly young-adult fantasy series.

I’m trying some advertising with this promotion as an experiment to see how it goes. I’ve got the promotion listed at GoodKindles and at Freebooksy. As much as I’d rather spend all my time setting words to paper (or keying them into a computer, as the case may be), this is part of being an author, too. I’ll report back on what I find.

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