Publishing and Jogging

Today I began going through comments and corrections found by my beta readers. Some of the suggestions have been really helpful, and I’m already excited about the result. Look for the next book, Danger Under Ocean’s Tides (The Gifted Series-Book 3), to be released on November 11th.

In other news, I have officially taken up jogging. This has been a long time coming. When I was in college, a student for one of his classes interviewed me on my exercise habits. His first question was, “Do you exercise regularly?” to which I responded, “yes.”

To his next question, “How often?” I responded, “Once per month.” A confused expression overtook his face, so I explained. “Precisely once per month I feel bad about the fact that I am so out of shape, and so I take off down the street to run one to two miles. I always feel better afterwards, and then I am good for another month. It happens like clockwork.”

Since then I have tried numerous to make a regular habit of exercise, but failed. But now I have gone for over a month, running at a minimum of three times per week. This is a personal record, I think. Yeah, me!

Out to Beta Readers & Planning

My third novel in The Gifted Series is out with the beta readers now. Since I am an English teacher, I give it to willing students for extra credit. They hone their skills in reading for errors and common issues and I get more sets of eyes to read my book for the things I might have missed. The official release date is November 11, but the Kindle version is out for pre-order now. The paperback will be out around the same time, but it is not up for pre-order.

While going through one last revision, I got bored and decided to start planning my next book. That is why you will see the progress increased for planning of The Last Place to Stand-Book 2. My plan is to write the first draft during NaNoWriMo and go from there. The reason I am excited about this one is because The Last Place to Stand has always been my favorite book, and one of the benefits of being the writer is that I am also it’s first reader. And, quite frankly, I want to know what’s going to happen to my characters. I like these people, and I like the world.

What else is going on? Well, I’m tired and have done very little revising in the last couple of days, and I realized I am in desperate need of a break. For that reason, I am taking it easy. Tonight I will spend a restful time with my family, and tomorrow I will be running a 5k with my oldest son for a school fundraiser. Sunday I preach and soak up the goodness of God, and then Monday I am taking the day off to be with my wife. That’s right, we’re dropping the kids off at school and then we’re going to have some “us” time. I think we’ll take advantage of that beach we live not too far from. Or maybe we’ll find some trees and look at them, because, as I said, I’m tired. And as Robert Frost says:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
(excerpt from Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening


Very soon now

I am so excited that my new baby (that means book, am done with the biological kind), will soon be out in the world. The new book will be called Danger Under Ocean’s Tides, and it is the the third book in The Gifted Series. If you would like get an unfinished sneak peak at the beginning, sign up for my newsletter on the right.

The order of the series is:

  1. The Gifted (currently free on Amazon, iTunes, B&N, and Smashwords)
  2. Assault from Space
  3. Danger Under Ocean’s Tides

The Prequel, Tracy’s Escape, is a novelette that can also be downloaded for free. It gives you the backstory of Tracy, and how she got her start.

If all goes well, the new book will be published at the end of October.