New Site Design


A Redesigned Website with a New Purpose

I thought it was time to bring my author website into the 21st Century. I’m still tinkering with it but at least I have it ported over to Squarespace where I can do a lot more customization. As I have mentioned too many times to count in other posts and tweets, staying the course with writing is hard for me. I write something and then start the next thing and then I stop. A half-written, wonderful story, just sitting there waiting to be finished. I have a dozen or more of those and it makes me sick.

I’m going to have to approach this as a full-time job. Not out of excitement or joy or anything, but rather, a commitment to just sit down and write at a specified time. I have a leg up because I know that inspiration doesn’t strike you always before you write, but mostly during the act of writing itself. The work is the thing. So get to it David!


The Audiobook for The Tempest Guild is Now Live


After going through several revisions with the narrators of my audiobook, I am happy to announce the audio form of my book, The Tempest Guild, is not for sale online at Audible. I was happy to have found a couple to give a more dynamic performance between the characters. I think they did a great job and I look forward to finishing the second installment of The Talam Chronicles and producing another audiobook. The process was fun and interesting and I will be creating a post detailing the process in the near future.

I've had a couple of requests from friends for an audiobook version so I am thrilled to be able to offer this version of my book for them, and for you who prefer to read your books while driving or other forms of listening.


My Book is Entered Into the SPFBO Contest


August 1 marked the official beginning of the Self-Publishers Fantasy Blog-Off contest. This was something started by author Mark Lawrence to help showcase self-published fantasy authors. How it works is every year Mark opens up the contest for new submissions, usually sometime in June, and when it reaches the first 300 submissions, the contest is closed. The only guidelines are that they can't be short stories and they must be in the fantasy genre. This last part gets stretched a bit if you read some of the blurbs from the pool of submitted books. Anyways, then the books are broken out into groups of 30 books and each group is assigned to one of the ten fantasy blogs personally picked out by Mark.

Then, starting August 1, each blog picks out their favorite book from their assigned pool and that book advances to the finals. Then in December, all the blogs vote on the last 10 books to pick the winner. So the cut is pretty quick and deep. That puts the odds of your book winning at something like 0.33%. But that's not the point. Being part of the contest has brought my book wider attention than it ever would have achieved otherwise and I am in the process of meeting lots of fellow writers.

For the first five days of August, over 120 authors offered their ebooks for a special $0.99 sale. It worked out well as my sales spiked for those few days. As I write this I'm smacking myself in the head for not promoting the sale on this website. Oh well, that's how we learn.What chance does my book have in making the cut, you may ask? Practically 0. Since The Tempest Guild is a novella, it tends to get looked down upon by the bloggers as not a "true fantasy novel." One blogger from my pool even wrote a blog post about it saying that he wouldn't consider any books under 200 pages. That's okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

So far, I've been getting positive feedback and reviews for my book and I'm really happy about that. My hopes at this point are to get at least a review from one of the bloggers. That would make me happy. Also, I was interviewed by two other bloggers from outside the contest and I hope those will be up soon. I will link to those from my social media accounts as soon as they go live. It could be a couple of months, though, as they are going to spread their SPFBO interviews out over the course of the entire contest.

I continue to work on volume two of the Talam Chronicles and my hopes are getting it out there for a holiday release. That's a pretty tight schedule, however, and even in self-publishing things take longer than expected. There's a lot of work that goes into publishing a book properly and deadlines tend to slip. I will keep the progress widgets updated with my progress, so you can always see where I am in the process.


The Tempest Guild is for sale on Amazon

I am very proud that The Tempest Guild has been published on Amazon. Through all the starts and stops, time off, rereads, redos, edits, second-guessing, et al., I can't believe it actually happened. I want to mention again those I thanked in the Acknowledgements of the book who helped me along the way in reaching such a milestone and accomplishing one of my dreams. First and foremost my wife and two lovely daughters. Without their support and guidance, I would never have had the courage to finish. Next, my editors, Nichole Strauss and Jessica Nelson. Their recommendations and proofreading comments improved the book immensely. My two beta readers, Noelle DeLaney and Jennifer Lane gave valuable story feedback early on in the process. The wonderful fantasy map was designed by Hiru from MysticMapz. And last, but not least, the cover art was a dual affair between Avery Mullin and Adam Isailovic.

If your interested in reading a quick-paced, easy read, here's the jacket blurb:The fragile peace in Talam is disintegrating. The northern ice pack is melting and the king of Sinistra plots to take advantage of the calamity to start a conflict.Oblivious to the looming natural disaster and a coming war, street urchin Phaedra lives in the underbelly of the capital city. She has a unique and powerful ability, but she is too frightened to use it. Shunned by society, she longs to fit in. When two factions in the underworld clash, Phaedra is caught in the middle. Forced to defend her life, she finally unleashes her power with deadly consequences.With Talam on the brink of doom, Phaedra is thrust into a conflict she doesn't understand. She must flee the city in possession of a plant that could change the course of history, but she can't do it alone.With her antagonistic band in tow, Phaedra must find a way to escape Sinistra with hundreds of thousands of lives hanging in the balance. 


The Tempest Guild Cover Reveal

I've had the cover for The Tempest Guild done for a while now but since I just sent the manuscript in for a final proofread, I thought I'd reveal the cover. My daughter Avery is quite the artist so I commissioned her to give it a go. She came up with the initial look and feel of the illustration but she and I both felt that it needed more of a professional touch to make it more realistic. So we commissioned Adam Isailovic to take what Avery started and give it a more thorough polish. Once I approved the illustration, I worked on the cover layout myself using Derek Murphy's Creativeindie as a guide. I think it turned out pretty good. I think Derek's best advice is that you don't want your cover to be so original that it doesn't fit into the genre people are looking for. If it's too far out of the "norm" for that genre, people will actually be put off by it instead of flocking to it because it's so "original."Anyways, without further ado, here's the cover for The Tempest Guild: