Sorry for the delay in updates. I’ve recently moved from our downtown apartment and can now proudly say we’re back in a house. Finally. That means all of our crap can finally be under one roof again. So, I had to organize not one but TWO moves: get our stuff from the apartment to the house, and pull our furniture out of storage in Lake Havasu and have it shipped here. Needless to say, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it.
With that out of the way, I can get back to working on CCF9. Case of the Dysfunctional Daredevils should be finished and in the hands of my Posse in a few weeks. Directly after that, it’ll be on to writing CCF10, Case of the Abandoned Bones. With those two novels completed, I can finally turn my attention back to my new fantasy series, the Dragons of Andela. Creating a brand new world, assigning rules, magical limitations, and colorful characters is quite a chore and more daunting than I realized. It’s taking me longer to get it going, so therefore, I’ll get a couple of the Corgi Case Files books out of the way to appease the readers. 🙂
Before I go, I have to ask… have you seen this? Movie star Michael Biehn, star of Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, and Tombstone, has kindly left a video recommendation for people to pick up CCF1 and give it a try. To say I’m thrilled is a serious understatement! Thank you very much, Mr. Biehn!!
The next mystery story, Case of the Ostentatious Otters (Corgi Case Files #8), has been completed and is ready for preorder! This was last month’s NaNoWriMo challenge, and I’m pleased to say that I beat it in less than three weeks. 🙂
So, if you haven’t already, stop by Amazon using the link below and preorder your copy today!
Up next will be the brand new fantasy series I’ve had in the works for a while. No, this isn’t the dark fantasy (which is STILL in the works), but instead, a brand new magical world, with new characters, new magic, and a new story. The Dragons of Andela features dragons and their riders, living in a remote kingdom where the rules of magic have isolated the different climes: ice, fire, wind, and so on. All dragons strive to find a human rider, and all humans strive to be chosen by a dragon. The problem is, only a very select few of the dragons can bond with a human, and only a very low number of humans can bond with a dragon. Further complicating matters is the Rule: no dragon can bond with a human who doesn’t reside within their clime. For example, a fire dragon cannot bond with a human who lives in the Lower Plains, home of the ice dragons.
It’s been the way of the world for many thousands of years. However, none of that matters now, as a new threat has been discovered.
A new power has manifested, and it is threatening to destroy all life on Andela. The Lava Fields are cooling; the Ice Plains are thawing. It could only mean the magic is leaving Andela. Desperate to save their world, the human king and the High Dragon task the Kai, an archaic name for dragons and their riders, to eliminate the threat, only the Kai have been dwindling in numbers.
Now, more than ever, the dragons are vying with each other to try and find a human to bond with. Why? Because they know that together, as Kai, they are more formidable; powerful. Dragons and humans both know that a bonded Kai could draw upon a mix of both powers. Mix a boulder-conjuring human with a fire-breathing dragon and you’d get the ability to conjure flaming boulders. The more unique the ability, the more powerful the union becomes. And yet… a human has been discovered who can bond with any dragon, regardless of region.
Imagining magical combinations never before conceived, the rush is on to locate and identify this magical being! But… will it be enough to defeat the force that threatens Andela?
Expected release… Spring, 2020!
Amazon took longer than I would have liked, but I can finally say my latest mystery is now available. Case of the Highland House Haunting (CCF #7) is currently for sale at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, and Smashwords. Print edition is available here.
Also available is another audiobook! This one is the fifth in the Corgi Case Files series: Case of the Muffin Murders. If you prefer the Audible.com link, click here. Once more, it’s narrated by the talented Bob Johnson, who does a superb job telling the story. If you haven’t already, check it out!
NaNoWriMo starts November 1st. I’m proud to say that I’ll be participating once more. Yes, it’ll be for another mystery title, namely Case of the Ostentatious Otters (CCF #8). After that, I should have my brand new fantasy ready to write. New characters, new world, new magic, and new creatures! For those fans of Lentari, fear not. We haven’t seen the last of everyone’s favorite husband and wife team. They’ll be back!
One last thing to tell you guys. Audible.com informed me that all the promo codes they have given me with regards to my audiobooks will be expiring November 18th, which means I have several dozen promo codes I can give away. They’ll work for any of my audiobooks, so if you’re willing to leave a review, send me an email and I’ll send you a code. It’s first come, first served, so let me know as soon as possible if you’re interested.
Until next time!
The long awaited finale to the Pirates of Perz has been released! These are Not the Stones You’re Looking For (Pirates of Perz #3) is just over 103,000+ words and wraps up the story of Captain Flinn and his quest to pilfer magical items from the magical kingdom of Lentari. Will Steve finally be able to beat Captain Flinn, or will the surly pirate finally get the advantage over everyone’s favorite Fire Thrower? Pick up your copy today!
For your convenience, I’ve included some links on where the book is available. For whatever reason, the Barnes & Noble listing doesn’t have the cover yet. Will have to check into it if it doesn’t show up shortly. 🙂
I can also tell you that I’ve already started the next book. This time, it’s back to Pomme Valley to see what Zack and the gang have been up to after solving his late wife’s murder in Arizona. If I’m not mistaken, Jillian has just purchased one of PV’s historic houses, and everyone seems to think it’s haunted. Case of the Highland House Haunting (Corgi Case Files #7) should be ready for release by the end of next month. The plan is to finish the book before my wife & I head out of country to celebrate our 20th anniversary. How, you may ask? We’re going on a 2 week European cruise. To say that we’re stoked would be a serious understatement. 🙂
Also in the works is my 6th audiobook, which will be Case of the Muffin Murders (Corgi Case Files #5). Once again, the very talented Bob Johnson is narrating it for me, and it should probably be done within the next month. I’ll let you know when it’s ready!
For those of you who have been wondering whether or not I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, I can safely say that I haven’t. 🙂 Been hard at work wrapping up the final title in the Pirates of Perz trilogy: These are Not the Stones You’re Looking For (PoP #3). And after that? I can tell you I already have the next novel in my cozy mystery series planned out and is currently ready to write: Case of the Highland House Haunting (CCF #7).
After that, I’m going to try my hand at another fantasy novel, but this one will be something brand new, meaning it won’t be set in Lentari. What is it, you may ask? The only thing I’ll tell you is that it will have plenty of dragons, riders, magic, and a helluva lot of humor! With that being said, I’ve been pondering what to name the world, and am open to suggestions. Feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have any ideas you’d like to share. If I end up using your suggestion, or basing a name off of your suggestion, I’ll most assuredly give you credit.
The final novel I’m going to try and squeeze out by the end of the year will happen over NaNoWriMo, and it will be another CCF story. That’ll make #8 in the series. I’ve got several more titles planned out, so it should be ready (fingers crossed!) to be released by the end of the year.
That’s it for now! It’s back to Lentari for me. Those pirates haven’t been having a good time lately, and the final showdown is just around the corner!
Well, that was the longest 2 weeks imaginable. While my wife and I would’ve loved to see what has to be the most hyped movie in recent history the second it was released, we had to wait. Talk about a pain. Everyone wanted to talk about what happened. Trying to avoid spoilers proved difficult, but doable. I’ll hide any spoilers here, in case you haven’t seen the movie yet.
Okay, I usually look for three aspects of a movie when critiquing it: story, f/x, and acting. First up is the story. Personally, I thought they did an absolutely fantastic job. The writers managed to wrap up all 22 previous Marvel movies with one magnificent story, using not-unheard of methods to correct the events of Infinty War. Thanks to the last couple of minutes of Ant Man and the Wasp, we know Scott Lang is stuck in the quantum realm. How’s he going to get back?
A rat. Wouldn’t have called it. Plus, I wouldn’t have called the passage of five years before any action is attempted, either. But, for Ant-Man, time hasn’t touched him. Why? Because of the quantum realm, which, if someone could build a “quantum GPS”, someone could then theoretically go back in time.
So, with a “Fix” now plausible, it’s up to the survivors to pull it off. Do they do so? Yep, but not without some major setbacks.
We all knew from Infinity War that he/she who searches for the Soul Stone will only get it if someone sacrifices another. In this case, Hawkeye and Black Widow are sent to retrieve it, meaning one of them has to die. Both fight for the “honor”, but Black Widow is clearly a better fighter. Natasha dies.
I figured most of the characters would come back to life if they reversed Thanos’ almighty Snap o’ Death (and those that “dusted” do), but there were some who didn’t. Plus, others did die during the battle.
But Tony? Didn’t see that one coming. Oh, sure, I heard RDJ was tired of the role, and wanted to move on, but I didn’t think they’d seal his fate. Same for Chris Evans. Captain America didn’t die, but did end up going back in time to be with his one, true love: Peggy Carter, effectively retiring himself. Who becomes the next Capt. America? Not Bucky, but Sam!
As I said, I thought the story was fantastic. The special effects? Mind blowing. They must be seen to be believed. That last battle will leave you breathless. As for the acting, I really didn’t have any problems with anyone’s performance, either. Guys, if you’re a fan of the Marvel universe, you gotta see this on the big screen.
Final grade: A
Why the A- for the story? Well, that’s because I have a gripe or two. Yep, spoilers follow.
First (and biggest gripe) happens at the extreme end of the movie. We’re shown what life is like after the events of undoing The Snap. Peter Parker is back in school, embracing his friends. Ok, hello? Peter was gone for 5 years. Presumably, so was half the school, yet when Peter goes back to school, it’s like no time has passed? None of the people that survived the Snap would still be there, having GRADUATED.
Second gripe: are we to believe that Tony and Banner really have the ability to create a gauntlet of their own which will harness the power of all 6 Infinity Stones? In Infinity War, we learn the huge dwarf, the same one who forged Thor’s new axe, was the only one who could’ve made the gauntlet, which he admits he did. By the way, my wife and I argue about this one. She feels, since both Tony and Banner are brainiacs, then they’d be able to figure it out. Agree to disagree, dear.
That’s it for me. Avengers – Endgame was a highly satisfying 3 hour movie that deserves to be seen, especially in the theater. Two thumbs way the hell up!