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Fun Friday – What’s New Vol. 1

I’m adjusting my posting schedule a bit for a while. On Friday’s I want to share specifically about newer writing projects. On Tuesday’s, I’d like to post about whatever is on my mind so that day will be more of anything goes. On Thursday’s, I’d like to post about The Bow of Hart Saga and related news or announcements about it.

With that out of the way, let’s pay a visit to a new project brewing in my head these days. I’ve shared a bit about this one but here’s more about it. The idea is to write the books in this series in more of a pulp style meaning that they are shorter at between 50-70k words. Additionally, they are intended to be more straight forward in plotting with a goal/problem and an assumed solution with a number of twists. Since these are shorter pulp fiction novels, they will be heavier on the action.

I haven’t settled on a title for the first book but that will come as I plan it – hopefully next month. However, I think the series will be titled something like: The Hopeless Knight Chronicles or The Broken Shield Chronicles. See the poll below and vote on the series title or suggest your own based on the premise. I suppose this will be more of a semi-gritty sword and sorcery series that I think may be rather fun and entertaining.

The main character will be a knight living off his wits and skill as a former member of an elite company. He formerly served a kingdom which fell in a sudden coup. He survived but presumes no one else of his cohorts still lives. In surviving that attack he used a broken shield – meaning that it’s cracked and floppy – but it somehow never fails him. He’s kept the shield and uses it as he earns a living fighting in tournaments. Because of his unique training, he’s very successful. However, because of the danger of being discovered as a survivor of the coup, he stays on the move and doesn’t reveal his true name or background.

As such, the main character stays to himself while traveling and makes few connections among other knights he meets. Additionally, he has essentially lost hope in any grand causes or service to anything because his idealism as a member of his former unit has been destroyed in the overthrow. As you can see he’s got some problems that can present some interesting challenges, mainly whether to get involved in some worthy cause or just mind his own business.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll share a bit more and offer some polls about the title of the first book, names for the main character and even get into sharing drafts of the early chapters. Readers will be able to help shape the book and provide opinions about what I’m writing. I may even invite some frequent participants into a private group on Goodreads where I’ll share more about the first book and the series as I develop it.

Now here’s the first poll:



Thanks for taking part in the poll today. Please leave your questions, thoughts and other ideas in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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The White Arrow Release News: Support Request

Hi everyone! The White Arrow will release on 10/3 – next Tuesday! The day is fast approaching. Release days are exciting and fun. I’m planning a lot of activities but I need some help getting the word out. I need 100 (more than that are welcome!) people to support my announcement that goes out next Tuesday via Thunderclap.

Please take a few moments to click over to my announcement page on Thunderclap and add your support to my crowdspeaking effort. When the message goes out, it will send a social media blast to a large number of people. Your help is appreciated and I hope everyone will drop by this site on Tuesday to have a look at the release festivities and see what the book if you haven’t pre-ordered it already. Feel free to share or reblog this post so more people will have a chance to support the message.

I’ll post more about my release day schedule tomorrow and over the weekend so check back for those details.  Click on this link for more information about The White Arrow.

Also, I have one other small tidbit to ask. The Bow of Destiny has been short-listed for Book of the Month over on Readfree.ly. I also need support there so if you have another moment, please click on the link and support The Bow of Destiny with a vote. I appreciate the help on both of these efforts.

Indiegogo Anthology Project: Still Waters

Looking for hopeful fantasy? A noblebright fantasy may be just what you’re seeking. Check out this Indiegogo anthology project for “Still Waters” and consider lending your support. The page explains everything.