Yearly Archive: 2016

Pirate Queen concept art

I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback from my beta readers on the concept art so far, so I thought to share and get your opinion too! This is for my upcoming book Pirate Queen, Book One: The Navigator. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with the talented artist, M. Wayne Miller and can’t wait for you to see the art!

I’ll be posting a series of concepts for the cover and I’d love to get your opinions and feedback!

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This is the first of five different concepts, I’ll post another tomorrow, so stay tuned! #amwriting

By the way, If you are looking for a cover illustrator or artist, I HIGHLY recommend working with M. Wayne Miller Illustration. Be sure to stop by his site and check out the other work he’s done.

http://www.mwaynemiller.com 

Quick Update on Pirate Queen

The re-writes to Pirate Queen Book One: The Navigator are done and we have moved on to beta drafts and editing, so not long now! Stay tuned, I might have some cover concept art to share very soon!

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I’ve had a couple of people ask, see so if you want to help be one of the Beta readers for the next book (now in production), be sure to comment below or shoot me a note!

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so I can let you be the first to know what’s coming up!

HNK

A Shadow all of Light

One of my college mentors, Fred Chappell released his latest fantasy book, A Shadow all of Light the other day. If you are looking for an engaging fantasy with touches of humor, this is your book!

AShadowallofLightDescription:

Fred Chappell’s “A Shadow All of Light,” a stylish, episodic fantasy novel, follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco’s potential and puts him through a grueling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests.

Falco’s adventures coalesce into one overarching story of con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates. A wry humor leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope for from Chappell, a distinguished poet as well as a World Fantasy Award-winning fantasy writer

 

Pick it up at:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble’s

Scuppernong Books 

Quail Ridge Books

Find an indépendant bookstore near you

Worth a Listen: Dragon Brides by Nghi Vo

I love a good story, stuff don’t you? Well if you are looking for one, check out the latest on Lightspeed Magazine’s podcastDragon Brides, by Nghi Vo. T’s a good story, well read (I love their audio quality) and VERY worth your time!  I look forward to hearing and reading more of Nghi Vo’s works!

Direct link to the podcast (25:30)

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Fantastic artwork by Sam Schechter

Link to the story here

Link to Nghi Vo’s website

Quick Book update

My upcoming fantasy book, The Navigator, is well on its way! I’m finishing up edits and shipping them out to the editor next week. In the mean time, line edits continue and my beta readers are starting to get their copies of chapters and setting up interviews. outside office

Currently, I’m in the process of talking with cover artists and I think I’ve found one I really like who’s work really captures the feel of this book. Unfortunately, this artist is in high demand, so there may be a delay of the April 30th release a few weeks, but it would be well worth it! Advance reader copies for reviews should still go out on time, though.
This has been an immense learning experience and I really want to thank all the people that have helped me along the way! I especially want to thank K.M. Weiland for recently reviewing the storyline and giving her time, notes, and critiques.

I’ll post more as things progress.

HNK

Down the Rabbit Hole….

I love distractions, try don’t you? Unfortunately, it takes me away from writing. With my book deadline coming up, I can’t afford to indulge myself as I used to. With all this information at your fingertips, it’s hard not to go out there and look something up and find yourself, hours later, miles away from where you started. When I do this, my wife likes to call it, “Going down the rabbit hole” because, in the end, I usually come up with some pretty strange things.

I had to look something up the other day about a fish and, after an hour, ended here. Enjoy the distraction.

video credit to zefrank

In the beginning….

Where do I begin? Well, tadalafil to start I am currently working on (or procrastinating on, whichever point of view you would like to take) the second and third drafts of my latest Sci/Fantasy book with a title yet to be determined. I’ll work out the title with the editor, but I have a few ideas.

Notice I did not say that this is my first book. I have written several table levelers in the past, but this one has legs. Its main character keeps nagging at me to come back, again and again, to get the story out there, so I oblige.

I’m hoping to have the drafts done and shipped out to an editor before the end of the month. Between now and then I have to find said editor, of course. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

So, why am I doing this? Well simple story really. My dad passed away a few years ago. He was a great guy but always tied up in work. He was good at his job, incredibly good, but he didn’t really enjoy it. It took him away from the things and the people he loved. He was always traveling and working late. As a selfish little boy, I never understood why my dad was always gone. Sometimes I thought it was because he didn’t love me. It turns out it was because he loved me very much.

He worked the long hours, endured the frustration and the strife, and traveled the globe not to seek wealth or glory. He did it to put his kids in private schools, give them braces, and pay for wonderful summer camps that they would never forget. He did it all for his family.

He confided to me one night when we were alone that it was his one regret was that he missed so much time with us and that we grew up without him. I replied to him that the boy never understood, but the man did and truly appreciated his sacrifice. We did our best to make up lost time.

I would call him and check in as he drew closer to retirement. Part of it was cheering him on and the other was trying to urge him to retire sooner. He had a whole list of things he had put off in his life and planned to do every last one of them. I tried to encourage him to get to it now rather than later.

The day finally came for him to retire and there were celebrations, but the parties didn’t last. Not long after he retired, he was diagnosed with Cancer. About a year later, he was gone. I still have some of his notepads filled with lists of things he planned to do.

Not long after his passing, I was laid off from my job at a tech company. Word got out to my friends and former colleagues and I received phone calls and some really great offers. Most positions required either moving, which I couldn’t do, or traveling up to 80-90% of the time. Thinking about my father’s regret in missing us grow up and how it felt too selfish little me growing up and decided that I couldn’t do that to my daughter or my wife. I wanted to see my little girl grow up.

My wonderful wife sat me down and we had a long talk. She told me that I needed to learn from my dad’s lessons and pursue my dreams right now instead of waiting around for the right time. She made a lot of sense.

Ever since I could write my own name, I wanted to write. I wanted to tell stories. I have filled enough notebooks with books and stories over my life that I could easily triple the insulation in my house. I could do this, right?

We have a family friend that was a Marine Corps Colonel. He said that in any decision-making process you need to ask the 3 R’s:

  1. Is it Right?
  2. Is it Ready?
  3. Is it Reasonable?

If you can’t answer all three with an affirmative, then you cannot proceed.

My wife and I sat down and we checked our situation against the 3 R’s. It was right, I was ready, and it was reasonable. So here I am, taking the leap of faith.

I have several projects in various stages of motion, but this current book is a monster. It seemed to shove everyone aside and take over. I’m just along for the ride on this one.  I’ll tell you more about it in my next post. Stay tuned…

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