A Giveaway Celebrating Three Years as a Published Author

A Giveaway Celebrating Three Years as a Published Author

Three years ago this month, I published my first novel, The Prophecy. It was a huge step for me. I’d always wanted to write fiction, but could never get past the initial idea and first few scenes of a story. That changed in November 2013, when I had a huge epiphany: writing fiction wasn’t all that different from writing non-fiction, something I’d been doing for a while. All I had to do was translate the outlining and other skills I’d…

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The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

I released the first edition of my first novel, The Prophecy, a little more than three years ago today. Since then, I’ve worked hard to refine my writing process, increase my writing and story crafting skills, and fulfill my ultimate long-term goal as a writer: To earn a full-time living writing fiction. About a year and a half ago, a series of events interrupted what had previously been a well-oiled writing process. I’ve spoken about those before in other places,…

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Mega SciFi and Fantasy Sale: 100 Books at $.99 Each!

Mega SciFi and Fantasy Sale: 100 Books at $.99 Each!

Fantasy author Patty Jansen is hosting a mega $.99 sale on over 100 books in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Dystopian, and Post-apocalyptic fiction, plus SciFi and Fantasy Romance. Hop on over and check out the excellent selection! Hurry, though. The sale ends tomorrow, February 5.

Book and Author News

Book and Author News

Lots going on across my various pen names. First up, two GoodReads giveaways, one for A Warrior’s Touch (The Pruxnae Series, Book 4, written under the name Lucy Varna) and a second for The New Vampire (The Vampyr Series, Book 3, written under the name V.R. Cumming). Both begin on January 10 and end on January 20. Three copies are up for grabs to US residents. Click below to enter. Good luck to each of you! A Warrior’s Touch giveaway Goodreads…

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Review: The Gunslinger (Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King

Review: The Gunslinger (Dark Tower, Book 1) by Stephen King

Stephen King was an oft-read author during my teen years, primarily because he’s one of my father’s favorite authors and his books were in our home library. King’s dark imagery has the infinite power to draw the reader in, like a spider luring a fly, and snare the imagination in the vividly drawn worlds he creates. The Gunslinger in its revised and updated version is no different. While King readily admits in prefatory comments to updating the language of this, one…

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Friday Finds

Friday Finds

Header image: Smoke has become a real problem across Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas as wildfires burn in several national forest locations. Photograph courtesy of Cris Bessette. A roundup of interesting books, movies, and tidbits, some old, some new, and some stuff I just wanted to share. Halloween may be over (unless you’re a Hobbit, in which case, Second Halloween!), but this movie is one I’ll be watching again soon.  Because I only watched it twice leading up…

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Book News

Book News

Here’s a round up of news about the books I write. Alien Mine, the third novel in the Pruxnae Series, was released on 21 October 2016. The digital edition is available exclusively at Amazon for $3.99 and is also available in the Kindle Unlimited program through the end of the year. The print edition can be purchased for $11.99. An audio edition is in the works. The first scene can be read here. The audio edition of A Warrior’s Touch (The…

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A Vampyr Series Movie? Here’s How You Can Help.

A Vampyr Series Movie? Here’s How You Can Help.

My son recently attended DragonCon, and because he’s a good son, he sat in on a panel discussing how to turn a book into a TV series or movie. We’d been discussing this in particular with the Vampyr Series. I mean, let’s face it. Vampires make for good TV, so why not a Vampyr Series movie? Here’s the thing. In order to do that, the most basic requirement is social credit, which translates (according to the panelists) into a minimum…

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Knitting Travel Clothes

Knitting Travel Clothes

A few months ago, after deciding I would definitely be traveling to the South Pacific by hook or by crook, I began planning for the journey by making notes on travel needs, getting a passport, and researching housing arrangements. I also took the not-quite-radical step of revamping my wardrobe with an eye toward natural fabrics that would travel well and hold up in a variety of climates. Now, I’m not exactly easy to fit. Most clothes are geared toward women with…

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Positive Content Creation

Positive Content Creation

Note: Originally published on my blog for authors. At its core, Internet marketing is all about publishing, and the better the content you publish the better your results… [I]t’s absolutely critical to publish assets that can have a positive impact on your business. –Brian G. Johnson, Trust Funnel: Leverage Today’s Online Currency to Grab Attention, Drive and Convert Traffic, and Live a Fabulous Wealthy Life (pp. 21 and 22) When building an online platform, authors are often overwhelmed by the…

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