4/10/17

Two Series Consolidated


I'm consolidating some of my series books into single volumes this year. The first two are now available. The first is The Case Files of Gwen Conner:

Gwen Conner’s world isn’t your typical fantasy setting. She solves mysteries in a land where magic is used to create telephones, dictation machines, and streetcars. It’s also a world of scheming criminals, cheating spouses, and charming con artists. This collection contains fourteen Gwen Conner stories.

This collection combines the previous two volumes of collected short stories into one single volume. It includes the stories “Spook Wagon,” “The 'Affair' of the Love Letters,” and  “The Plum Grove Robbery Case,” among others.

This is available as a print book and as an ebook. Check this page for store links.



The other is Lisa's Path, a consolidation of the Lisa Herbert series:

Lisa Herbert wants to bring back the life that people had before the "Savage Rain" closed the hyperspace gates and isolated colony worlds. She uses trade, compassion, and her wits to bring worlds together and resolve their problems.

This ebook combines the individual novels and short stories that make up the “Lisa Herbert” series into a single digital compilation. This includes putting the short stories between the first, second, and third novels in the series, and for the first time.

This collection is only in ebook form. Check the Lisa Herbert series page for store links.

4/3/17

Writing Stats for March 2017


Here's the latest post about how much I've been writing.

March was an up-and-down month. When I was been working, I produced. But I had quite a few interruptions, errands mostly. That means I wrote 157 pages during the month. If I had written to my goals, I would have gotten 200 pages written. So, I was about a quarter off the mark for the month.

I have a little ways to go before I hit the end of the current project. I'm working on getting a plot assembled for the next one. Here's hoping that April goes well!

3/13/17

Two Defender Volumes


Tales of the Defender: Volume 6 is now out. Here's the blurb:

Allan began life poor, and knowing that magic was the stuff of ancient legends. One day he discovers that the magic never went away, and that he has the gift of using magic.

He decides to fight injustice as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. His wife Nancy joins him as The Moon Spirit. Although she can’t cast spells, she can fight and use the enchanted equipment Allan crafts.

This volume contains the Defender stories 26 to 30. The Defenders have power and influence, which brings more adventure. They’ve also made friends, one of whom comes from a distant land with an ancient book full of dark knowledge…

This is available as a print book only.



Also out is The Defender Chronicles, Volume 3. Here's the blurb for this one:

Allan began life poor, and knowing that magic was the stuff of ancient legends. One day he discovers that the magic never went away, and that he has the gift of using magic.

He decides to fight injustice as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. His wife Nancy joins him as The Moon Spirit. Although she can’t cast spells, she can fight and use the enchanted equipment Allan crafts.

This volume contains Defender stories 21 to 30. More Defenders are joining the fight for justice. They’re also fighting ignorance, and rediscovering the knowledge that was lost when magic disappeared centuries ago.

This is an ebook. For store links for both of these Defender volumes check the Defender page.

3/1/17

Writing Stats for February 2017


Here's an update on my writing output for February.

I was doing pretty well until late last week, when I came down with a cold. I wrote 131 pages, plus I prepped the next Defender print and ebook collections. That's about 45 pages off what I could have done if I'd made my schedule. Still, I did have a few 10- and 11-page days this past month, and one 13-page day, so I'm not complaining.

Hopefully I'll be better soon and back to writing. I have one story to finish and another to resume. Also, keep watch for updates to some of the books I already have out.

2/13/17

Tales of the Defender: Volume 5


Tales of the Defender: Volume 5 is now out. Here's the blurb:

Allan began life poor, and knowing that magic was the stuff of ancient legends. One day he discovers that the magic never went away, and that he has the gift of using magic.

He decides to fight injustice as The Defender, and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. His wife Nancy joins him as The Moon Spirit. Although she can’t cast spells, she can fight and use the enchanted equipment Allan crafts.

This volume contains the Defender stories 21 to 25. Other Defenders have joined the fight for justice. But justice isn’t always easy to come by, and the Defenders sometimes must make strange and worrisome allies…

This is available as a print book only. The next Defender ebook will be out next month. Check the Defender page for store links for Volume 5.

2/1/17

Writing Stats for January 2017


Another year brings another series of posts about how much I'm writing.

I think due to a little sickness, plus some holiday laziness and a few errands, I didn't write at all the first week of the month. After that the words just flowed. I've had quite a few sessions where I wrote more than the expected 4 pages a session.

That means I wrote 164 pages in January. That's just under 30 pages less that I might have written had I been writing the whole month. In other words, I may have lost a week in days, but I lost less than a week in actual pages written. I'll take that!

I'm close to wrapping up the piece I've been working on. I have another to start on when that's done. In writing the present story I had an idea for another story in this world, though I haven't yet plotted that one out. There's also another story I could continue working on. I think I should be able to keep up a good pace in February. Here's hoping!

1/3/17

Writing Stats for December 2016

Here's the last post updating you about how much I've written in 2016.

I spent part of the month adding material to two novels I'd recently completed. They're both still on the short side, but for now I'm okay with their lengths. I then spent some time assembling some of my series into consolidated volumes, and prepping works for future publication.

In short, I only wrote 72 pages in December. Still, I do have everything ready to be published for quite some time, so that work is done.

As for the year, I wrote a total of 1,483 pages. Honestly, that's about two to three months shy of what I could have accomplished, if I'd stuck to my daily goals. On the other hand, I've written two full-length novels (85,000 words and 72,000 words) and two short novels (56,000 words and 54,000 words). The 85k novel is the longest work I've ever written. I might not be happy with the raw numbers, but I am pleased about having written longer fiction in 2016.

As for January of 2017, I have a new work to start on. Here's hoping for good numbers in the new year!