Under the heading of needless nonsense and felonious flum-dumb, I just began the long process of getting FOXBAT 1 ready for the upcoming racing season. I have mentioned the FOXBAT in several of my books and figured that perhaps several of you were curious about it. Well, it’s a heavily modified 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that Sweet Sue and I track together on road racing courses throughout Colorado. Places like High Plains out east in Byers, Pueblo Motorsports Park down south in Pueblo, and Pike’s Peak International Raceway in Fountain.

What needs fixin’/checkin’ is the usual stuff: all the vital fluids, tires, brakes, put a wrench on all the suspension bits, and continue with my aero-experimentation. People have hobbies and this is mine–other than golf. The only difference is that Sweet Sue and I swap whose driving and whose the pit crew. It’s all good fun and a blast. When “racing season” nears, I will post when and where and perhaps we can meet up. If you are so inclined, you can sit in the passenger’s seat for a couple of laps and feel the wind in your face!

Best always…   

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Hello all!

I have been busy working on The Magician’s Tomb and I have already sent the project off to a beta reader. Yeah, its that close to completion. So here’s my question for you. Should I publish this one via a publisher or self-publish it? Here’s the catch, if I sell it to a publishing house, you might not see it for two years. If I self-publish, then you should be able to get your hands on either the paperback or eBook version no later that March 15, 2018. So let me know, I’m listening.

Also I am actively looking for beta readers. These heroic folks test-drive an electronic manuscript (in my case PC MSWord)  looking for faux pas, inaccuracies, fogging thinking, etc., but get mentioned (by first name only) in the book’s opening credits. If interested, leave a message below and we’ll talk. The more beta readers a manuscript gets, the better the outcome.

Cheers to all!

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Happy New Year to all!

It has been quite a year 2017–two books published and now two full series in the can. The next project, tentatively entitled, The Magician’s Tomb, is well underway and at this point will be a stand-alone work. Lots of Egyptology, mystery, magic, and archaeology. My secret insider reader, Sweet Sue, blew right through the first version and made several wonderful suggestions that I am working on right now.

2018: may you realize your dreams, love your loved-ones, have health, some wealth, and the good sense to care for those in need.

Best always…. 

 

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As the Christmas holidays approach, please accept from my family to yours our very best  and wishes for a Happy New Year!

In three day’s time, I will be putting my nephew Austin on a plane back home for the holidays. He has been living with us while going to film school in Aurora, Colorado. Without question, he’s talented as he plays bass, guitar, piano, and has sung his heart out at a local Irish pub called Shabeens. This is what family does–support one another.

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I am hard at work writing another project with a tentative title of: The Magician’s Tomb. For those of you who like things ancient Egyptian, this will be your cup of tea. If you were a fan of Indiana Jones, well, this will appease your craving for surprises. Lover’s of the paranormal/magical, this won’t disappoint.

When will it be available as a paperback and eBook? Probably no later than June 2018 on Amazon, Createspace, and Smashwords.

Well that’s all for now. Blessings to all.

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MileHiCon 49 here in Denver was a huge success!

I got to see old friends, create new ones, and participate on some wonderful panels.

From it I had two distinct takeaways. One was that I should begin a blog. Up until now, I didn’t think that I had that many fans, but last weekend told me a different story.

So here goes.

The other takeaway was a heartfelt reaction from a fan. In many respects, it was the best review of my work to date. The fan did not like the demise of Alexander Piankoff in The Children of Ptah and thought that Vesna Gregorieva couldn’t fill his shoes—in so many words. Well, Gregorieva had to start her journey as a character somewhere, and it is my belief that she grew considerably in the next two books: Imhotep and Maat-ka-re. I sincerely hope that my troubled fan will see the same and come to like her.

Which leads me to the entire subject of character building. As an author, it is always difficult to remove a character that you have invested so much time and effort in building. They truly become your friends—R.R. Martin notwithstanding. Yet characters, as people, do eventually pass on. For me, the hardest character to move beyond was the old high priest Meryptah. In many respects, he wrote himself, and as you can probably guess, was a composite of several real people who played a significant role in my life. So it’s no wonder that he played an important part in Joseph Richards’ maturation and development.

Now that both of my series are completed: The Manuscripts of the Richards’ Trust and The Adventures of J.J. Stone, a new project is looming on the horizon. This one as it currently stands is another yarn that takes place in contemporary Egypt. It’s about the discovery of a magician’s tomb. That makes it potentially a mix of Egyptology, magic, and lots of intrigue. As I said, it’s looming, probably to appear in the first third of 2018, and its plot is still in flux.

Finally, I want to say something about fan feedback. I don’t know how many times that I have discussed feedback’s importance face-to-face with readers, but it’s the truth. Authors become better because of constructive criticism. If you have a comment about what you liked or disliked, or a wish for something in particular, let me know. This is how I grow as an author. Many thanks in advance!

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