Exciting News!

{My apologies for the premature post—one my little Freeholders hit a button and published it ahead of schedule…here is the full post!}

As the title states, I’ve got some exciting news!

Thanks to you loyal Freeholders out there, The Shift is off to a great start–I couldn’t do this without you: thank you so very much!

That’s great, but not the news I want to share…

First and foremost, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Apache Dawn is in production right now to become an audio book later this year!

RomickJames Romick is the narrator and from the samples he’s given me, he’s doing an outstanding job.  When I heard his rendition of Old Man Miller (a character from the book’s prologue), I had goosebumps on my arms.  It’s one thing to read a book–it’s quite another to write it.  I created  people out of thin air and know everything about them…but to hear them speak?  It’s amazing.  Just…wow.

You can read more about James here (he’s got quite the impressive CV).  I’m flattered someone as talented as he is wanted to work with me on this project!   Thanks James!

And, speaking of Apache Dawn, I’ve started writing the 3rd book in the Wildfire Saga!  After extensive outlining, I’m confident this will be one action-packed story.  My only concern is keeping my throat healthy–I got on such a roll yesterday dictating 6,437 words in about an hour on the treadmill (and when I write on the ‘mill, I don’t do that sedate stroll thing…I was basically power-walking lol) that my throat felt raw the rest of the day!

My writing habits aside, I’m using my newly discovered henceforth under-utilized powers of multi-tasking to write a new story as well as the sequel to The Shift.  How, you say, do I have time (raising 3 little Freeholders and a hound, plus caring for the Freehold and Mrs. Richardson) to write two separate stories?

Well, I discovered it’s quite easy.  You see, my brain is hard-wired to focus on one task to the almost complete exclusion of the outside world.  I slip into “the zone” so easy it’s scary sometimes.  Writing, reading, drawing, watching the kids, cutting the grass, you name it—suddenly hours fly by and I have no idea what else was going on around me.  This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.

Anyway, for years I struggled with writing more than one story at once (I frequent writer’s forums online–I know: scary, right?—and many of them write multiple stories and edit a third at the same time).  I always–always–end up focused on one to the exclusion of the other.

Not anymore.  For the last few weeks, I’ve spent my mornings working on the Wildfire conclusion.  Inn the afternoons, I work on my new project, a *supernatural* thriller serial.

Yeah, I know.  Pick your jaw up off the table please.  A supernatural thriller–and it’s a serial?  WTH is that?  Don’t worry, despite  the fact that it will cover subjects like lucid dreaming and astral projection, and be inhabited by a few witches, demons and other unsavory individuals, it will also be populated with secret societies, assassins, and political intrigue (and some military-types too!).  The story came to me one day in a bolt out of the blue (just like a large part of Apache Dawn) and I’ve come to recognize when the Muse strikes, the writer should listen.  Anyway, since then, I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head (my Muse is tapping her foot…).

It’s definitely a turn from my other work (though there’s still an element of the modern weaponry and conspiracies and there are no astral entities on Cooper Braaten’s SEAL Team) and I won’t be offended if you don’t like it or don’t want to read something in that genre.  That’s why I’m giving you fair warning right now, so you won’t be flabbergasted when you see the first episode out (hopefully by Halloween) with my name on it.

If you’re willing to follow me on a truly wild ride, however, then strap in and hang on, cause things are about to get weird.

I can see that look on your face as you process the last few sentences.  “Wait–episode?  This is a book, not a TV show…”

Well…Yes and no.

Serialized fiction has been around since Charles Dickens’ time (you know, A Tale of Two Cities).  The modern TV show merely took the format and ran with it.  In writing terms, an episode is a single book (usually a complete story with a conflict and resolution).  A collection of episodes (either linear or stand-alone) is a season.  There is usually a big story arc that encompasses all or most of the episodes but doesn’t have to be touched upon in each episode (think the X-Files).  I think this style of writing is making a comeback (like I said, it was popular a few hundred years ago in Charles Dickens’ time) and it’s fun to write this way and get the story out immediately, rather than waiting until the entire plot is wrapped up.

By writing one episode at a time, I’ll be able to get the story to you faster (my goal is a new episode every 3 weeks).  It’ll be like an hour long TV show in a book.  I think it’ll be cool, and if nothing else, it’ll be a neat experiment.

So don’t worry, I’m writing the third Wildfire book at the same time (remember?) so if the supernatural action isn’t your cuppa, Cooper and the boys will be back for the dramatic conclusion to the events started in Apache Dawn.  And there may be some more adventures for the surviving characters after that

As I get closer to releasing the first episode of the serial, I’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Till then, keep reading and keep your powder dry!

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The Shift now available for purchase!

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, The Shift (sequel to Apache Dawn)!!!

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That’s right, it’s done!  Slogging through the editing over the course of the summer with all 3 kids in the house/yard/park has finally yielded an actual book!  Nothing caps off a summer like getting the kids back in school and releasing a new book…

It’s available now on Amazon to buy or borrow (it you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited) and weighs in around 450 pages (at least the paperback will, the eBooks always have strange page counts).

I hope y’all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

Look for the paperback version to be ready in the next few days–the proof copies are already on their way to me now.   More on that later…

Friday’s Freehold Update is going to be fun–I’ve got some more news for y’all that I’m just bursting at the seams to tell!