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Friday, May 27, 2016

What Am I Working On?

The cover for my next book.
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Hey guys. I just wanted to post a little update sharing what I'm working on right now. My oldest son started to really enjoy reading this year. Since then he's turned 8. I started buying all kinds of books for him. I read some of the books too. They were fun! It made me really want to write a book for kids my son's age. These books are called chapter books. I'm setting out to make mine about 10,000 words long with nice short zippy 500 word chapters. So that's 20 chapters. I'm also going to be doing a bunch of illustrations for it. That will be really fun. So far I've only sketched out one illustration. I've written the first 7 chapters and you can actually read those here on Wattpad.

Here's what the book is about:
Barnabas and his friend Jeff made a great snowman but the next morning it was gone! From the huge round footprints in the ground it looks like something unbelievable happened. The crimes get worse and affect Barnabas's father. Now Barnabas has no choice but to solve this mystery or his innocent father will be in a lot of trouble.

This grade school chapter book is full of laughs, adventure, mystery, and magic. It's great for intermediate readers ages 7 and up but adults will love it too! A great story to read to kids or to give to children who have started reading longer books.

So that's what I'm up to! After I finish it I'm going to revise a full length Science Fiction novel I wrote a long time ago. It's been through like 5 revisions but I tucked it away for years. Recently I started re-reading it. I was surprised to see that it's really good! I think with some chapters getting erased and some tweaking to fix the flow and plot it's going to be an amazing read. I think I set the wrong expectations for myself and the beta readers about the story. I touted it as a SciFi adventure. In fact it's a family drama dealing with the theme of a recession set in space mostly about the main character learning that family is more important than work and money. The recession we went through back in 2008 inspired this novel and I'm excited to dust it off and revise it and then get it in the hands of beta readers again and eventually get it published. I hated my names for it, but first it was titled "The Trading Family." Then I named it "Recession." Now I've come up with the title I'm going to stick with. It will be called "We're Moving to Space." I can't wait to dig into it again. But first I have to finish this chapter book. Well I better get back to it! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sword and Urn Flip-through Video!

Last night I made a little video of me flipping through my first novel out in paperback. I talk a little about the cover and the interior. It's hopefully the first of many videos I will make after one of my novels is published. Now on to writing the next one! Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hometown Reads

I've signed up on the website. Here's a link for your convenience: I hope any other local authors will do the same. It seems like a great avenue for getting the word out about your books. Check it out and sign up! It's free. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Beauty Thief by Rachael Ritchey | Book Review

This was a beautiful fairy tale. It was really fun to sink into a world of princes and kings and castles and princesses. I think a lot of young readers of fantasy will love this book. The story starts off as a perfect fairy tale but then something goes very wrong.

It was great to go along the journey with the characters as they deal with the horrible crime that happened to the princess having her beauty stolen. The heroes go on a quest to get her beauty back. I thought it was really cool the way the author made the magic work. Her outward physical beauty wasn't the only thing stolen. It affected her inner beauty too. So instead of the traditional character arc where the character starts out with some flaws we start out with an almost perfect princess. She's beautiful on the inside and out. But then her beauty is stolen from her and she not only looks different but becomes a different person entirely. Her loved ones almost don't recognize her not only from the physical change but from the way she speaks and acts. So that part was interesting and great.

I really liked the last part of the book too. It was a fun rescue adventure that took some interesting turns. I really felt for the character who gets put in a really bad position. I'm not going into detail because I don't want to spoil anything.

So if you or your child is looking for an awesome fairy tale with magic, a dark villain with a cool evil lair and magical powers and an awesome rescue quest give this book a try.

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The Beauty Thief (Chronicles of the Twelve Realms) (Volume 1)

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sword and Urn Out Now!

My fantasy adventure novella Sword and Urn is out! It is now published in paperback and eBook!

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Here's the description:

Drade is just a villager manning a merchant table with his father Aren until two mysterious swordsman come to town. They claim they are there to take Drade and every other young man with them in their caged wagon. After a brutal sword fight helped with a magic potion Drade journeys north to the farm of his grandparents to fulfill a promise. Along the way he meets some colorful characters. He helps some of them. Others help him on his quest to reach his grandparent's farm before the villains he fought get there first. There is no way he will be able to face them again without a lot of help.

It's a fun quick read and it could really use your reviews. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 43
Destroyer by Chris Fox

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In this 43rd episode I review "Destroyer" by Chris Fox. I loved this book! Unlike some other Military Science Fiction novels I've read this one was never boring! Tons of awesome characters, alien races, and action scenes. Even some cool Indiana Jones style exploring and discovering scenes! Give this one a listen, you're not going to want to miss out on hearing why this book is so cool and you should go buy it now!

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Destroyer (The Void Wraith Trilogy) (Volume 1)

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5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter (Volume 1)

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Exiled by Chris Fox | Book Review

This book is the prequel to the great Military Science Fiction novel Destroyer—which I really enjoyed. Although it is short this story has a lot to love about it. Awesome Science Fiction action and adventure. I read the novel Destroyer that comes right after this book and it was really cool getting to find out first hand events that were only hinted at in that book. Also it was cool to see just how all of the crazy events got put into place for the next book Destroyer.

One of my favorite things in this book was when I went from hating a character who is a villain in Destroyer to feeling really bad for them in this story because I saw just why they were doing what they did. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into any details but it was a powerful experience going from hating a character to feeling sorry for them and getting a broader view of them as a character.

Besides that there was a really cool firefight in the story. It came off as very authentic and I felt like I was there with the characters making a stand against the enemy that would likely end with all the good guys dying. The author Chris Fox did a great job building the tension in this book, especially for such a short story. It was so cool seeing the two main characters put clues together to discover the bad guy's plans and try to track where they were headed next.

I really enjoyed this little Sci-Fi adventure. You'll definitely want to read it if you loved it's sequel Destroyer like I did.

Check my review of Destroyer, the book this one is a prequel to!

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Exiled: Void Wraith Prequel Story (The Void Wraith Trilogy Book 0)

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I Ran a 12K Race Called Bloomsday!

And now I can barely walk! :) I should have trained way more. My training consisted of running two to three miles once or twice a week and sometimes with many weeks between any running. I would like to run this race again after training way more. I know I could get a better time than this. That said I'm really happy with my results and today every time I get get up after sitting for a while I hobble around until my extremely sore muscles get warmed up again. Even though it was a tough race to finish I had a lot of fun and I miss pushing myself physically like that. I was a distance runner in high school and we used to do hard work outs all the time. I think it's good for you to push yourself like that every once in a while. I'd do this race again.