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comes to a close and schools around the country start up again, the third
novel in the Fairlight series nears editorial completion. Read on for
more information about Faith in the Past, my other upcoming projects
and the latest regarding the online stores (yes you heard correctly --
I used the plurel).
Since I've been
dealing with them for the past couple months (and for the remainder
of this one and likely into September), this month at Chance Encounters
I thought I would pull back the curtain and let you all in on how I
work with editors and test readers and the distinctions I make between
I hope you enjoy
Editors and Test Readers: A Distinction Made
The second installment of my cover design series, Crafting the Cover:
Hope For Tomorrow.
Since I'm currently
making the editorial changes to the FITP manuscript and writing Travel
Tips for Every Day, I don't have a lot of time for booksignings
at the moment. However, rest assured, with the release of FITP (probably
October or November this year), I will likely resume my events and signing
schedule with my faithful compadre, Jonathan Martin. Jon also hopes
to have a Special Edition of Threkjshanelle Two available for
More info as it
Save big on selected apparel and caps including Jerseys, Tank Tops,
and Golf Shirts. Plus purchase as much as you want, and shipping is
only $5. Spend $50 or more, and receive FREE shipping. Sale ends August
click here to go to the CFTF Online Store! New
items have also been added to the CFTF store including license plate
frames, black caps and a briefcase. 16" x 20" posters have
also been added for each novel to each of the stores (see below). And,
if you'd rather not buy online, make note of what you would like and
call the toll-free
Hope for Tomorrow Online Store!
The time has come to expand your options. Now, caps, shirts and
other items are available imprinted with official HFT artwork, logos,
cover designs. And good news: The Summer Special mentioned above is
good for both stores. Click
here to go to the HFT Online Store!
There's more! Also Introducing the Faith in the Past Online
With the imminent release of Faith in the Past to the
public (see below), I've gone ahead and put up a store featuring
artwork and logos from the upcoming third book in the series.
This is the first place you'll be able to see how it all fits
in with the other two books and the only place you can get the
coolest wall clock ever to be created by man (in my humble opinion).
from the three stores overlap (caps, shirts, etc.), but others
do not so make sure you check out all of the stores before making
all of your buying decisions. Each store also includes links to
the other stores in the introductory paragraph and the shopping
carts are shared so buy what you want from the different stores
as you go and check out only once.
You want to visit the FITP Online Store? Then
THIS CLOCK IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
for the Future & Hope
Those of you who have read HFT might argue this point with me. However,
this month, Riot Act, a short story featuring Nik Tavarone has
been accepted into an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short fiction!
Although the title and cover art has not yet been determined, the current
frontrunner is "In Other Worlds." Riot
Act tells the story of Nik's internment in a cleansing camp and
the events that ultimately lead him to join up with Chance and the resistance.
Unlike Taking Chances, which was made into a booklet and distributed
at my author events and signings, Riot Act has not yet been made
available to my readers. It'll be exclusive to this collection, so you'll
want to get yourself a copy of this anthology when it releases! You'll
also be able to check out a lot of other great modern speculative fiction
voices at the same time. I'm excited about this opportunity to be included
with many of my peers in this collection. More information next time.
Nik Tavarone is
also featured on the cover and in the pages of the next book in the
series, Faith in the Past. Speaking of that...
in the Past
Lots has been finalized
over the past month.
The cover for FITP has finally been completed to my satisfaction. As
you can see, it's been used extensively in the FITP
Online Store as well.
FITP Online Store
See above. Now you
can be the first person you know to have exclusive FITP merchandise
even before the book is available. Check out the cool
A Special Surprise
FITP will indeed include a special sneak peak at Fairlight #4, currently
titled Faith Restored.
I expect my final edits to be in by the end of August (only a few days
from now). Once those suggestions and changes have been incorporated
into the manuscript (probably early September), I will give it one more
final polish. I expect to submit it to the publisher by the end of September.
With the increased speed this new technology provides, I would not be
surprised if Faith in the Past would be available to the public by late
October or early November... Just in time for Christmas.
The new layout for my website has been completed. Since I've got a lot
more books available than I used to and since I am working on even more
projects, the new design will be expandable to allow for additions as
needed. Not only will it feature a section for the Fairlight series
of novels, but it will also touch upon some works in progress as well.
Look for the new design in early October (just before FITP becomes available).
You may notice my priorities shifting once again.
for Every Day
While FITP has been with editors and test readers, I've been moving
full steam ahead on this list book of useful tidbits that I discovered
while traveling that can also be applied to every day life.
Not sure how this one got on top, but I think I can get it wrapped up
before I start my next novel in September. Speaking of my next novel...
One of the
non-Fairlight series adventure story of twin teenage girls, one of whom
discovers that she has extraordinary abilities, has finally been plotted!
Woo hoo! I'm looking forward to getting started. It's going to be a
fun, character-driven rollercoaster of a story. During the plotting
process, I discovered plenty of situations and ideas that just simply
wouldn't fit into this novel. The sequel possibilities are indeed numerous.
don't expect to curb my vocabulary or the theme, OOTG might even wind
up with a Young Adult label on it. Don't let that stop you from reading
it though. After all, Narnia, Middle Earth and Hogwarts all started
out as "kids" locales.
is the never-ending series of "enhanced" short stories about
a friend Chris (co-author, Chris Weil) and I share... A guy I've known
since kindergarten named Shawn Crockett. Oh the humor. Oh the exposition.
Oh the inside jokes. The sad reality of this project is that Shawn continues
to provide ammo for the stories. Chris and I have drawn a line in the
sand though. It's time to share the exploits of our friend with the
world. Despite the sometimes ruthless nature of our ribbing one another,
I expect this book to be a testament to friendship, despite the differences
of those involved.
Life is But
I hate to leave this nonfiction piece about discovering and following
one's dreams this far down on the list, especially since I've got some
potential agent interest. I'd like to sit down and write the whole thing,
but I'll probably put the thing into a proposal. Expect this one to
be shopped around, folks (which could mean quite a while before anyone
sees it on a shelf). I hope to get an agent and a hefty advance out
Although a teaser for Fairlight #4 will be included in the published
version of FITP, I probably won't get around to actually plotting or
writing Faith Restored anytime this year. However, this story
is tied very tightly to FITP so I don't expect it to languish very long.
God bless! Thanks
again for your support and readership.
Author, Chance for the Future, Hope for Tomorrow and Faith
in the Past (coming soon)