Thursday, July 3, 2014

Yet Another Rejection

My paranormal short story The Forever Bond was rejected based on my horrid use of commas and the fact that I didn't get Sally together with Buddy soon enough.  There were other issues too.  I sent an email of my disappointment of yet another rejection by this editor.  This will probably be my last submission to this publisher.  The editor worked on the first twelve pages and basically she changed many of my phrases and used her own.  She said she would be essentially a ghost writer.  I replied and agreed with that but also stated that her and I have our own way of expressing ourselves and her way of expressing is not my choice.  I see nothing wrong with my way of expression myself.  It is just as clear and is my style of writing.
I'm plugging along with my new science fiction novel The Silver Dart and have passed 57,000 words now.  I'm also proofreading my religious manuscript In Remembrance of Me.  Methinks I'll try Create Space via Amazon with this one.  I still have in the back of my head a novella or novel based on the Shunnamite Woman which begins in 2 Kings 4.  I'll have to do some research on living in Old Testament times before tackling that one.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Marcy's Struggle available digital anthology

Marcy's Struggle is already out in digital form with four other author's stories available from Smashwords and Amazon.  The print version will be available probably next week.  Some of the stories in this anthology are of a sensual nature.  I don't know which ones yet as I've not read them.  The title says Sweet and Sensual.  Mine is Sweet.  Here are the links.  First from Smashwords: and is available for $2.99.  The link for Amazon is a long one so here it is:
The cover is attached.  Laura Shinn and Rebecca Vickery are great to work with.  This story of mine was rejected by another publisher.  Marcy finally gets closure on romance after being left hanging in my novel A Change of Heart.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Short Romance Story Accepted

I received word today that my short romance story, Marcy's Struggle has been accepted by Victory Tales Press for their summer anthology coming out very soon.  I read through the edits and agreed with everything except the blurb briefly describing the story.  My first two paragraphs of my synopsis was taken as the blurb which made it sound like Marcy's love interest, Ross was the one with the struggle.  Yes, he has a struggle but I wrote back and suggested three additional sentences emphasizing Marcy is the one who has the struggle in trying to convince Ross she's over Leroy and wants Ross in her life.  I don't know if they will accept my addition or not.  I'm waiting on word from Laura Shinn about that.  This story will release as an anthology to Smashwords and Amazon as an ebook and later will come out in print.  At this point I don't know who the other authors are but I'll probably recognize their names, at least some of them.  Now poor Marcy will have closure with romance in her life.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Writing and trying to heal

I am 47,000 words into my new science fiction novel The Silver Dart.  Also I received a wonderful review of my ebook SF novel Higher Mission.  Joy gave me five stars and wrote a nice long review on Amazon.  I left a comment for her and hope she reads it.  Likewise, I received the 50th vote for my free read Ice Rink Romance which had to be five stars because it has lifted that story from third place back into second place on that website.  I'm trying to work on my youtube for Higher Mission and have made a little headway.  I'll have to do some art work myself to get what I want before I publish it.
I'm over a month into healing from my back surgery and am still in pain.  It is wearing me down and I'm unable to do the things I need to do.  Sue, my poor wife is having to do a lot of things.  My doctor told me I'm healing just fine.  Define "fine."  I see him again in early June.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Surgery and Writing

My surgery is over with.  I'm not bouncing back very well.  I still have lots of pain and a new batch of pills in hand to help.  One positive note is that I'm having time to work on my writing.  I really feel  useless at this point, unable to take out the trash, run to the gym for a workout and do other errands in town and the list goes on.  I was just awakened from a sound sleep on the couch, my usual resting and sleeping place for now.  The phone woke me.  Presently, I'm home alone.  I would love to have a comment on my blog to know somebody is thinking about me.
My revisions on The Forever Bond for my part are done and need typed in.  I've worded a synopsis as well.  Unfortunately, my hip pain prevents me from sitting at the computer for very long at a time.  I'm thankful there are nine followers to my blog and an occasional viewing.  I would be incredibly grateful if someone would comment.  Needless to say I've not felt like doing much of anything right now.  My wife, Sue, has lots of people depending on her right now and if she ever gets down a lot of people are going to realize just how useful she is and how taken for granted she is, with me at the top of the list.  Our grandson, Townes, is going to be with his "Papaw" for this weekend and I'll really miss him.  He's six years old and is living with us.  I've gotten him interested in chess to go along with his other interests.  I thought I'd include one of my images I paid for regarding chess for an eye catcher for you.
Your comments would be most welcomed.  Sorry for a double post of this lovely chess player.  I've tried to eliminate one of the images but am unable to.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New face for blog

Thanks to Miss Mae who commented in kindness about my purple background being tough on the eyes.  I've changed that as you can see.  Hopefully, this will help.  I've still not done much with my website which has the domain name of and I hope to do something with that or pay someone to do it for me.  I certainly ought to get busy on it as I'm paying for the domain name.
On the writing front, I'm still proceeding on my new science fiction novel, The Silver Dart.  I've not reached 40,000 words yet.  On my novella The Forever Bond I'm reading through it again and will submit it to Wild Rose.  My recent novel submission, A Reason For Rescue was rejected by them.  Hopefully, I can determine another submission site for that one as I believe in it.  A lot of research went into that novel.
Also, I'm trying to construct a youtube for my ebook novel, Higher Mission.  Sadly, that novel isn't doing very well.  At least two author friends have downloaded it I believe.  Those are Anne Patrick and Gail Pallotta.  Thanks, Anne and Gail.  Someone else may have too and I apologize if I've missed you.  I gave a copy away via Amazon on Linda Weaver Clarke's blog interview and it went to Regina Andrews (Gina).  Thanks to Gina for the nice review.  Burst Books still has it at a reduced price of three dollars, I believe.
Your thoughts and prayers are welcomed for my upcoming surgery April 10.

Friday, January 31, 2014


My submitted story, A Reason for Rescue, to Wild Rose has been rejected.  Initially, I thought my editor was going to recommend a contract and thought my writing was one of my best efforts thus far.  Today, I received the rejection email finding many faults with it.  The novel was submitted to "readers" and they found all sorts of problems.  It is counterproductive of me to reply to those points as the readers take on submissions are accepted without question. One thing I did make a point of  in my reply was that my research and details of foreign lands could not be faulted.
It seems my characters are wooden and flat but also overdramatized.  I don't understand how they can be one thing and also another.
I'll concentrate on my two new stories, not knowing now where I'll submit either one.