I’m pleased to announce that I have not one, but two audiobooks being produced at the same time! Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1) is predicted to be just over 11 hours long, and Case of the One-Eyed Tiger (Corgi Case Files #1) is predicted to be a little over 7 hours. I’ve already listened to the first 15 minutes from CCF1, and I think you guys are really gonna like it! The first 15 minutes from ToL1 is due in a week or so. Can’t wait to hear that preview, too!
I also wanted to announce that the pre-order for Case of the Muffin Murders (Corgi Case Files #5) is already in place at Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc. Unfortunately, it’s not at Amazon yet, but since I can get a title uploaded and listed within 12 hours, I’m not too concerned. The other retailers are hit and miss when trying to get an exact date to have the book appear. So, a pre-order was necessary.
In the fantasy department, work progresses on the second Pirates of Perz story. The Hammer is Strong With This One will see our unruly band of pirates face off against the dwarves, as ol’ Captain Flinn is determined to get his hands on one powerful hammer. For those of you familiar with my Tales of Lentari series, you’ll know which hammer I’m talking about. Care to see a preview of the new cover? Check it out! Courtesy of Alexandru Stoica, the Romanian artist who is currently working on a graphic novel version of Lost City.
In other news, I have made the transition from Lake Havasu City to Phoenix. My wife has essentially been relocated to the big city for nearly two years, and this was much easier on her. I can essentially write from anywhere, especially where there’s an Internet connection, so voila! Here I am! Livin’ the good like in one big-ass city!
That’s it for now. Gotta get back to Lentari! Those damn pesky pirates are becoming quite the nuisance for the dwarves.
Coming soon to Google Play!
A super secret project, and I’m not even the one doing it. :)
Ok, in case you’re wondering just what I’m talking about, I was contacted by a fan in Romania and asked a very important question. He’s an art student, and for his final school project, he would need to take a favorite novel and turn it into a comic book. Or graphic novel, depending on the length. Well, he has chosen Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1)! He wanted to know if I’d give him permission to turn the story into a comic book. He then sent me some samples of his work, one of which I have posted below. Now, he tells me that it’ll take some time, probably in the neighborhood of 6 months, but he intends to tell the full story in comic book form. Any guesses what answer I gave him? :)
Based on what I’ve seen thus far, I can’t wait to see the finished project! I’m sure you guys will love it, too! Now, in case you’re wondering, we haven’t really discussed plans on what will happen to the comic book once it’s finished. However, I think we’d both like to see it published, so I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.
Fingers crossed! Oh, here’s one of the sample pages I was sent. Pretty cool, huh?
A few moments after this scene is where poor young Lukas acquires the mark on his back which will forever change his life.
Stay tuned! I’ll be posting more sneak peeks not long after I get them!
First and foremost, my fourth mystery novel, Case of the Pilfered Pooches, has been completed. It’s now in the hands of my primary proofer and soon to be given to my Posse so they can start breaking it down. As for me, I’m already hard at work on the 2nd Pirates of Perz novel. It’s time to see what those devious pirates are up to and figure out why they’re about to head underground to pay a visit to the dwarves. :)
Astute observers will notice a new page has been added to the blog. It’s called ‘Promos’. That page has the current listing of all places where you might be able to find a deal on one of my books. There are entries from Smashwords (several of the titles are presently 50% off!) and a few from Instafreebie (several titles are currently free!). If you’ve been holding off purchasing some titles, or else you need a few to complete your libraries, head over there to take a look. You never know. You might be able to pick up the next title in the series at a discounted rate.
I’ve also added a Fan Art section to my ‘Art’ page. I recently commissioned one of my nephews for a drawing of an oskorlisk, since the giant serpent was featured in the first Pirates of Perz book. Well, he delivered! I would also like to encourage anyone else who might have more of an artistic background than myself to submit drawings of your favorite character/scene. Not only will it be posted on my Art page, but I’ll also give you a free ebook of your choice (using Smashwords’ coupons).
That’s it for now. It’s time to head back to Lentari to see what mischief Captain Flinn has gotten himself into this time. Happy reading!
I hope everyone is having a great summer thus far. As many of you will recall, I’ve stated for the record – numerous times – that I’m not fan of the Arizona summer. What do you expect? It can easily hit 120+ during the day and only drop to the mid 90s at night. Oh, we mustn’t forget to factor in the fantastic monsoon seasons which plague the desert. Just a few days ago it looked (& felt) like a horizontal tornado touched down outside. Houses sustained roof damage. Trees were knocked over. Hell, even mailboxes were blown into the street.
Be that as it may, I wanted to give you guys an update. As you can probably see from yesterday’s protected post, my latest fantasy novel is in the hands of my Posse. By now, I’m sure they’ve ripped it to shreds. Oh, well. I’ll take whatever help I can get, guys. And for those of you that know me, I really could use the help! :) May the Fang Be With You (Pirates of Perz #1) is slated to be released at the end of the month. I’ve got the preorder in place for Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and so on. Amazon is a little easier. I can upload the files directly to them and have the book ready for purchase in probably less than four hours.
Case of the Pilfered Pooches (Corgi Case Files #4) should be finished by the end of the month, too. That should (knocking on wood) mean that it’ll get a mid August release. Then it’ll be back to Lentari for me as the second novel of the Pirates of Perz series will be at the plate.
Also, I have a Goodreads Giveaway going for Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy (Corgi Case Files #2). If you haven’t already, jet over there to check it out and sign up! I’d also like to tell everyone that Smashwords is having a month-long sale for those authors who have enrolled their books. Well, I’ve enrolled mine, which means the 9 books I’ve published that has a price tag on it will have dropped in price by 50%. If there’s a title or two you haven’t picked up yet, and have been waiting for the most opportune time to finish your library, now’s the time. Use the “Smashwords” link on the right side, under “Retailers”. The coupon code is “SSW50”.
I’d also like to reveal the covers for my next two books. You might have noticed the tiny thumbnails on the right of the blog, under “Works in Progress”. Here they are, in better resolution:
Joe Shawcross, the same gentleman who drew the Close Encounters of the Magical Kind cover, kindly took on the commission to create this one. Once more, I think Joe did a fantastic job. I told him I needed an oskorlisk attacking a pirate ship, with a green dragon in the air and – if possible – a castle in the background.
Then we have the cover for my next mystery novel. This one is a tribute to my family’s dogs. My father has three chocolate labs. You’ll see two of them in the background, playing with a rope. My mother has the two cocker spaniels, and of course, I have the red & white corgi. I thought it was a novel way to get everyone’s dogs on the cover of a book. An artist by the name of Felipe, living in Brazil, is responsible for this cover. He also illustrated #2 and #3 as well. Felipe, you’re doing a helluva job!
I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone is in the mood to read! I’m gonna be having two releases fairly close to each other. I hope my fantasy fans will give the mystery a try, and I hope the mystery fans will pick up one of my fantasies and give it a try. But, even if they don’t, I am damn proud to be writing books that you’re enjoying. Feel free to look me up on Facebook to say hello! I’ll always take the time to answer any messages that come my way!
Well, it took wayyyy longer than I had hoped, but the first novel in my new Pirates of Perz series has been finished. I’m giving it to my primary proofer (my wife!) as soon as she returns from her business trip. Once she goes through it, it’ll then be given to my Posse.
Meet the pirates:
- Flinn – one pompous, over-confident captain with a very surprising jhorun.
- Rusty – quartermaster. Always seem to know where to find the treasure.
- Von – pirate with an indefatigable sense of direction. Would much rather be anywhere else than here.
- Jino – a vicious fighter with an inferiority complex.
- Casimir – brings out the fear in everybody.
- Pedr – lowly cabin boy.
- And Puck, and Arik, and Grenden, and Alquin, and…
There you have it. That’s the crew of the Emberbrand. Quite possibly the most notorious pirate ship of the Seven Kingdoms. If only they would have stayed retired, then they would have stayed out of trouble. As it is, they’re looking for an all-powerful stone. Guess where they think it is? Yep! In everyone’s favorite magical kingdom… Lentari!
Now, with that out of the way, guess what? It’s time to return to Pomme Valley for a spell. A rash of dognappings has been happening, and its up to Sherlock and Watson to figure out who is responsible, and poor Zack to decipher the clues he’s been given! As always, it’s chock full of humor, corgi antics, and colorful relatable characters living in a small southwestern Oregon town. I’ll keep you posted on its progress!
Anyone see any good movies lately? My wife and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 last week. Well, did we like it? Hmm. I do think there was more humor and more fun in the first. I’m not really sure what the point was to the second movie, nor how it was supposed to fit into the Marvel “master plan” they are always touting. I guess time will tell. The first Guardians got a solid A. The second Guardians gets a B-. Maybe you guys liked it a little bit better.
Starting tomorrow, there’s a new Goodreads giveaway happening for one of the mystery novels. Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy (Corgi Case Files #2) is up for grabs for residents of the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and Australia. I think that’s all of them. Anyway, the giveaway goes live at midnight tonight! It’ll run from the first of June all the way through the end of July. Good luck! I hope everyone enters!
I think that’s it for now. Stay tuned! I will be posting the completed cover for Pirates of Perz #1 shortly!
Yep. I’m currently working on 2 books at the same time. Those would be books #13 & #14. I’ve had numerous people ask about the 7th Tales of Lentari novel. What I can tell you instead is that there’s a brand new Lentari series starting up. It’s going to be a trilogy. If you want to get technical, it could be called Tales of Lentari #7, but instead, it’ll be Pirates of Perz #1.
May the Fang Be With You (Pirates of Perz #1). It’s the 10th novel set in Lentari.
Case of the Pilfered Pooches (Corgi Case Files #4). For those of you who enjoy mystery novels, feel free to return to Pomme Valley for a spell!
Both books should be written by the end of the month. I already have the cover made for Pirates of Perz #1. I’ll contact my artist in Brazil (for the mystery novels) in a few weeks so he can get started on that cover.
It’s going to be a great month! Stay tuned! Oh, I’m also thinking about starting up some Goodreads Giveaways again. Which book should I put out there? You can vote for your favorites below. Be sure to include which title you’re interested in AND which country you’re in so I can be sure they’re included!