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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New writings and submission

I'm working on two new stories.   One is done on its first draft.  It is entitled The Forever Bond and numbers 32,000 words so won't make novel status.  The second story I'm hoping will stretch to novel status.  At present it numbers 22,000 words and is science fiction.  Its title is The Silver Dart.
The first story is a sweet romance involving Buddy, Nina and Sally.  Which girl will Buddy wind up with?  Did the dimensional rift really happen?  The second story is science fiction and involves the abduction of Jade Cromwell's wife and daughter.  Cromwell sets out on a long journey to find them and has the companionship of Spike, his Australian Sheep Dog and the Silver Dart, a high tech space ship his wife, Darla, who is a genius, has constructed.
A bit of exciting news is my submission of an older novel, A Reason for Rescue to The Wild Rose Press.  My editor of past stories, Nancy Swanson, likes the novel and has indicated she will compose a letter to the senior editor for a contract.  She still has to finish reading it but is anxious to see how it ends.  That's a good sign and she said it is one of my best writings so far.  I had submitted this novel to several agents but only netted rejections.  I spent a lot of time in research for this novel as the protagonist, Clay, travels to many foreign lands to treat sick people with the herbs and plant extracts of those lands.  He has a romance interest, Julianne, who saves his life many times, being in the right place at the right time.  Clay must deal with a terrorist, an arms dealer, a strict Army Captain, a beautiful woman named Gretchen, dangerous lands, an island and its goddess, a prophetess named Lana and of course Julianne.
Sorry, no image available for any of these yet.

Friday, December 6, 2013

A bit of writing news

I've been remiss again on posting.  I hope someone reads and maybe will comment.  It has been a while since commenting has happened on my blog.
I'm working on two novels at once now.  One is a clean romance entitled The Forever Bond and the other is a science fiction story entitled The Silver Dart.  The romance I intend to develop so I can use a portion of a former novella to put at the end.  The science fiction novel now stands around 10,000 words.  The title is about a man whose wife is a genius who has constructed the ship.
Also, I've submitted one of my older novels which made the rounds in search of an agent with no luck there.  I've submitted A Reason for Rescue, its title, to Wild Rose Press.  I'll not hear word from it until after the first of the year.  It is a clean romance with perhaps a touch of paranormal or mystery elements.
I've inserted my science fiction cover for Higher Mission which has been out over a month now.  It is available in ebook form from Champagne Books.  Just go to Champagne Books and look for my author name and click on it.  I would give you a link but they don't seem to be working right now.  Also, I'm trying to construct a youtube for Higher Mission but I don't know when that will be done.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Higher Mission now available at Champagne Books

I've been remiss at posting.  Two things have happened since last post.  One, I participated in a book signing in Paducah, KY which was organized by Linda Swift, an author and resident there.  I joined five lady authors: Linda, Celia, Laurie, Danielle and Pam.  I only sold one book and gave away one away one and swapped with Danielle for one of her books.  That's okay because it was a good experience for me.
The other bit of news is my science fiction novel Higher Mission is out in ebook form priced at $4.95 at Champagne Books.  I'll see if I can give the link.  Yes it works.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cover for SF novel Higher Mission

My cover has just arrived for my science fiction novel Higher Mission.  The novel will release in October this year.  I have yet to read the final version and when my editor sends it I'll have ten days to read it and send it back. I questioned the man on the cover holding a blaster.  My main character, Cramer does not use a blaster and in fact never held one.  He kicked a blaster out of an enemy's hand once.  My editor told me oftentimes that the cover captures the essence of the novel.  In this case it pictures Cramer as a person who plunges headlong into any situation he faces.  Put that way I guess it is okay to show him holding a blaster.  I won't have a buy link until a week or so before release.  I plan to have book markers made with my romance novel cover and blurb on one side and the SF novel cover and blurb on the other side.  I'm going to a book signing for my romance novel on September 28 in Paducah, KY.