Good news…and bad news

The second book in my Unlikely Hero series, Unmasked, launched today, after being on preorder for several weeks. I was excited about today’s launch, but when I opened the book on my Kindle to check it out, I was extremely disappointed.

Let me step back a bit. For this who are not aware, the preorder process goes like this. The information (cover, title, author, all that stuff) for a book is uploaded to Amazon to establish the preorder. In order to start it, the interim book content is also uploaded. Because this is a month or more before actual launch, it is rarely (and for me, never) the final version. It hasn’t been completely edited and proofread at that point.

When the launch date gets nearer, I am responsible for uploading the final file, the one to be put out on the Amazon store. I do that, without fail. I even post several files along the process, just in case there is a mistake with the final file, as I have seen happen with many authors.

I have done many preorders, and launched many books on Amazon. I know the process. I follow it. I expect that things will run smoothly.

They don’t always do that.

On today’s launch, the file that was pushed out to the store is the original file I uploaded. You know, the one with all the errors, the lack of good formatting, even some random letters as text placeholders.

To say the least, I was mortified. I don’t know how this happened, but I contacted Amazon immediately and uploaded the correct file. Again. The problem is, it’ll take twenty-four hours or so to get things straightened up. In the meantime, those who preordered the book have a substandard version.

I can’t apologize enough for this. I am working with Amazon to get the correct file up. Please contact me if you preordered or bought the book and I will get the correct version to you.

So, it’s happy news that the book is out, not so happy that there was a mixup. I’ll try my best to consider this a plot twist, one I would cut from my story in editing if I could.

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“We All Fall Down”

So, it the fall season. It may just be my writer’s imagination buffeting my mind with stray images and thoughts, but in thinking of the season, the snippet of lyric from a well-known children’s song keeps repeating in my head. Do you recognize it?

Now, I’ll admit that it’s sort of a morbid thing to think about, considering the popular interpretation that this particular rhyme is referring to plagues that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Europe in the Middle Ages. But really, isn’t the fall seaons about dying and non-action anyway?

If you think things are getting darker and darker as this article goes on, well, that’s a normal part of the fall season, too, isn’t it?

Do you save daylight?

In the United States (at least in the states that participate), the clocks were just turned back this last weekend to go from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, wreaking havoc with many people’s regular daily rhythms. And yes, days are now darker in the afternoon. If you are in an area that doesn’t follow the ridiculous practice, consider yourself lucky.

But I digress. It’s true that the fall is dark and nature begins to slow things down, even in a relatively moderate weather pattern like Southern California where I live. But that doesn’t mean people necessarily follow suit. Holidays, cold-weather sports, and other seasonal activities make the months from October through December some peoples’ favorite time of the year.

Falling Faster

And you know what else? All activities involving books increase during this time of year. Sales, events, even publishing is thriving in the fall months. From National Novel Writer’s Month (NaNoWriMo; see my posting from my experience with it in 2015 or my post on what NaNoWriMo is) and special sale prices to multi-author boxed sets, it’s a good time to be a reader. Or an author.

So, it’s not all doom and gloom. We can all fall down, but there’s nothing saying we need to stay down. Enjoy the cooler weather (if you’re in the part of the world where it is indeed cooler at this time of year), pick up a book by your favorite author, and let your imagination take you where it will.

I plan on having a good fall season. How about you?

 

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Unmasked, Wanderer’s Song, and a Boxed Set

Wanderer’s Song: Song of Prophecy Book 1

I have three things to report. First, Wanderer’s Song, the book I wrote for the Magic After Dark boxed set, is now available as a standalone title in Kindle and paperback formats.

The one to crush the darkness…

Nearly three thousand years ago, the Prophet penned the Song of Prophecy, foretelling a time when darkness would engulf the world and threaten all life. The Malatirsay would come, the Chosen One to save the world of Dizhelim, wielding magic unseen in centuries. To prepare for this future time, the Hero Academy was built, its sole purpose to train the One. But it has lost its focus throughout the ages, not watching vigilantly for the signs of the end.

The time has arrived and the animaru have come, dark creatures of un-life, intent on snuffing out all living things and light itself. But where is the Malatirsay?

Aeden Tannoch, trained as a highland clan warrior, raised by the Gypta traveling people, could be the One, but he cannot use the promised magic. Yet. In the midst of the dark swarm invading his world, he must travel to the Hero Academy to seek the aid and tutelage of the masters there. The enemy has caught his scent and pursues him. If he doesn’t learn to use the power he is prophesied to employ, not only will he fall, but the entire world will die with him.

 

Unmasked: Unlikely Hero Series Book 2

Also, Unmasked, the second book in the Unlikely Hero series, is now out for pre-order on Amazon. The official launch date is December 8, 2017.

Being a hero just became a tougher gig.

Daniel and Amy, as the superheroes Angel and Kestrel, have defeated Crusher, ending the supervillain’s plans for domination. All that’s left to be done is to clean up the non-super criminals and Sueño will be safe again. Or so they think.

Crusher’s father, going by the supervillain handle Pestilence, has other plans for the two heroes, and the city they protect. He won’t stop until both of them are killed in the most painful of ways and the city that supported them is punished. With his powers and the resources he commands, it’s not an idle threat.

Meanwhile, other criminals with super powers seem to be popping up like proverbial weeds. Some of them join Pestilence in his quest for power…and his plans for revenge.

When Angel and Kestrel’s biggest secret is revealed to the world, things get even worse. How can the two young heroes stand up to the

 

HMS Boxed Set

Third, I have finalized the cover art (see below) for the Harmonic Magic series boxed set. The set will include Vibrations, Harmonics, Resonance, and Gray Man Rising. For those who are subscribers of my newsletter PEP Talk, I am swapping out a brand new story in the Tales of Gythe collection for Gray Man Rising as a free book for being a newsletter subscriber. I’ll be sending out a newsletter shortly to explain it. The HMS boxed set will launch probably sometime in early December.

 

 

 

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Resonance is out!

Resonance, the third book in the Harmonic Magic trilogy, is out. Experience the end of the quest for the three artifacts of power. Find out if Gythe will begin its new government or fall under the tyrannical rule of Chetra Dal. This third book completes the story about Sam and Nalia’s adventures in Gythe. For now.

 

The master revealed…the end in sight.

Ayim Rasaad is dead, the threat apparently ended. After all the battles, all the death, all the heartache, Sam and the other heroes of Gythe thought they had finally won.

They were wrong.

Somehow, Rasaad’s master pilfered the two artifacts of power his apprentice had found. Only one remains hidden. When the three are united, magical might as had not been known for ages will be at the user’s fingertips.

Sam Sharp intends to be the one to obtain the last object, stopping his mysterious enemy once and for all.

All he needs to do is find the missing item that has been hidden for millennia, destroy the army trying to crush everything good in the world, and defeat a villain who may or may not be the most renowned Zouyim master who ever lived.

Get the final book in the Harmonic Magic trilogy and experience the struggle, the danger, the liberation of Gythe…or its destruction.

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Magic After Dark Boxed Set Now Available

The boxed set including my brand new novel Wanderer’s Song (Song of Prophecy Series Book 1) is now available on most e-book marketplaces. Check out the page dedicated to it for details.


These heroes and heroines are redefining the meaning of their lives…and the villains are about to get what’s been coming to them. 

Journey from the hills of Ireland to Victorian England, from medieval Italy to eighteenth century Egypt, from the United States to the sand-baked Middle East and beyond to explore forbidden magic, navigate the pitfalls of ancient prophecies, battle vampires and shifters, and defeat evil sorcerers and hellish demons.

This unique collection, inspired by the ability to empower yourself by redefining your identity on your own terms, contains over one million words of captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance fiction that’s guaranteed to keep you up long after dark.

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else. Get it now for a future filled with mystery, adventure, romance, and magical thrills!


Here is some information on my novel Wanderer’s Song, included in the boxed set:

The one to crush the darkness…

Nearly three thousand years ago, the Prophet penned the Song of Prophecy, foretelling a time when darkness would engulf the world and threaten all life. The Malatirsay would come, the Chosen One to save the world of Dizhelim, wielding magic unseen in centuries. To prepare for this future time, the Hero Academy was built, its sole purpose to train the One. But it has lost its focus throughout the ages, not watching vigilantly for the signs of the end.

The time has arrived and the animaru have come, dark creatures of un-life, intent on snuffing out all living things and light itself. But where is the Malatirsay?

Aeden Tannoch, trained as a highland clan warrior, raised by the Gypta traveling people, could be the One, but he cannot use the promised magic. Yet. In the midst of the dark swarm invading his world, he must travel to the Hero Academy to seek the aid and tutelage of the masters there. The enemy has caught his scent and pursues him. If he doesn’t learn to use the power he is prophesied to employ, not only will he fall, but the entire world will die with him.

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