The White Arrow

Boomerang Book

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote an update so  it’s about time to share what’s been going on at the writing homestead. I’ve been making slow progress developing on my two new projects. However, the patient work on them will pay-off once they are written.

My editor just sent an email indicateding she plans to complete work on The White Arrow around next Wednesday. It’s coming back like a boomerang! Her initial reaction is that the book didn’t need much structural editing. I’m sure some necessary changes will be required but not as much as the last two books which bodes well for a possible earlier release than late October. Stay tuned for word on that front as the current price of $2.99 is only for release day.

Additionally, I’m working on the possibility of the series being published in audio format. That will likely take place beginning sometime in the first quarter of 2018. The details are still in the works so I’ll pass that along when I know more. I think the prospect of a digital audio edition of The Bow of Hart Saga will pair well with the currently offered ebook format.

Also, I’m looking into the possibility of a graphic novel deal. That’s a bit of a longer shot but I may be able to land some concept artwork. After that, it’s a matter of putting together a proposal. Since graphic novel editions would be in print, I’m seriously considering options to put the series into regular print too since these two format pair well like ebook and audio. There may be several new releases for The Bow of Destiny and An Arrow Against the Wind – interesting times with the writing!

Otherwise, it’s back to school for the teacher in my life and my college student daughter. The house is empty during the day – except for the dogs and the cat. One of the dogs has taken to going with me on runs so she’s a bit disappointed when she can’t go but when she does she keeps up well for a few miles, then lags because it’s really humid.

Our wet weather summer continues and I’m very glad the mower deck was repaired a few months back because the grass grows fast. I can almost watch it grow since it’s rained so much.

For those who want the latest news of our foundling cat, Minou, he’s quickly growing into a full-sized tom-cat. Minou has taken to charging my hand from the kitchen into the living room where he leaps onto wrap-around couch and ends with a crazed, helicopter pounce that sometimes carries him several feet in the air (I’m working on getting a video because it’s both very daring and very funny). He’s already going on about 9 pounds and has recently decided he wants to go out with the dogs since he sleeps and eats with them. We’re waiting to let him loose on the chipmunks until after he has “the operation”. However, Minou is doing a good job taking out any bugs that get into the house so he’s doing some of his vermin-hunting job.

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and catching-up. Leave your comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

5 Counter-Intuitive Reasons to Read this Book this Summer

An Arrow Against the Wind was released in late April right into the vacation season over the last several months but it’s setting is more wintry. With vacations wrapping up this month, here are 5 reasons why you should consider reading it this summer:

  1. It’s a walk in the mountains so it’s much cooler than all those summer destinations in other books.
  2. Did I mention the temperature is cooler? Well, it really is – as in blizzard conditions. Read this book, as opposed to all those “steamy” books and it just might help keep you – or your beverage of choice – frosty in the heat and humidity!
  3. You’ll gasp. Seriously, much of the book takes place in high altitudes so you’ll have to gasp at what happens instead of all those “hot” (see #2) books that just make you sweat more.
  4. You won’t get sunburned from this book. I mean, look at the cover – cold weather. You might get wind-chapped if you’re really into the book but not sunburned and that’s a plus when you return from vacation.
  5. It has a layover in a cool location where there aren’t as many people in your mind as there are at the airport. And the food is better than the airport too! As an added bonus, it doesn’t have all those over priced rides and souvenir shops crowded with all those people smelling vaguely like sun-tan lotion and sweat.

So there you have it: reading An Arrow Against the Wind can help you cope with the summer heat while you get some epic fantasy adventure out of it.

Find out more about the entire series at The Bow of Hart Saga page.

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The Weekly Writing Round-up

Last week was rather busy for a number of reasons so I didn’t get a chance to share all that’s happening. I finished the rough draft of The White Arrow, as noted by the announcement last week, is now in pre-order and off to my editor. That pre-order process was more involved than I intended but I finally completed all the work around it.

I had intended to get more done on a new project last week but work on The White Arrow seemed to swallow all the time for it. This week is feels much better for gearing up with the new project with a nice start. I’m working on a new novel in a new series for the first time in a very long time while The White Arrow is off getting tuned up. I’ll work on this new project as far as I can until it’s time to finish the final details on The White Arrow.

I’ve held off on this post because I’ve been working on another bit of news that’s baring fruit as I write. Not to give anything away just yet, but, I’ve been contacted for an opportunity to expand The Bow of Hart Saga into another format which I’m now taking into consideration. I’ll pass along the specifics when there’s more to report but this looks very promising.

In more mundane news, we finally finished with the daily rain pattern so it’s now hot and muggy most days. I have to go running either in the morning or very late in the evening to avoid the extreme heat index which has been over 100 several days.

We recently took the dogs out to a local park which had a lake and our male went for a swim. He got into a splash battle with my wife and daughter – yes, he actually did! It’s unbelievable how much that dog loves swimming. He’s a little older so it helped him with his arthritis.

For those who have become fans of our cat, Minou, he’s quickly headed toward full-grown status, though he’s still just as playful as ever. He’s even gotten our male dog into playing between the stair rails. It’s almost time to put him to work catching chipmunks around the house since he keeps practicing for that job with his antics. He knows when someone comes home because the dogs bark, sending him to the window to check. He’s also on the same dining schedule at the dogs and quite vocal about making sure he’s included in the food service!That’s all for this week for this writing update. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back with more updates next week or post anything big in an announcement.