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VIRIDIA IS NOW AVAILABLE

Today is LAUNCH DAY for Viridia, the first book in a new series, Dragontek Lore! The ebook is now available on Amazon. The paperback AND hardback versions are available from Barnes & Noble and other sites. (Amazon paperback/hardback versions should be available in a day or two; you can preorder them.)

This series is accessible to all ages, but it’s primarily aimed at teen readers. Much shorter than my other books, fast-paced, lots of action. Give it a try!

For more information, check out the book page. You can read the first four chapters and order it from various outlets.

Read Chapter Four of Viridia

Only five days until release! While you’re waiting, here’s chapter four of Viridia. Shaken by his interrogation, Beryl confronts Rick… which leads to another confrontation…

Why start a new series?

With the upcoming arrival of Viridia, I will have two book series going on simultaneously. Readers might naturally wonder about that. What is wrong with this guy? Does he have no commitment? Will he ever actually finish anything? To explain, I need to get into some details about the reality of being an independent author, as well as some thoughts about the writing process.

First, as an independent author, I have to work extremely hard just to try to get noticed by readers. There is a ton of competition out there, and it’s very easy to be completely overlooked. Because of questions of quality control, editing and so forth, many readers have become very picky about the authors they choose to read. If an author only has one or two books out, they’re more likely to be ignored. But if an author has a lot of books out, it gives readers the idea that if they give this author a chance with one book, they’ll gain a lot of reading enjoyment. As such, many independent authors work hard to get a large number of books published as rapidly as they can.

Viridia was already written several years ago. I had to do some rewriting, editing, and proofing, but the primary work was already done. Getting it together after the publication of Until All Bonds Are Broken wasn’t that big a deal. And by doing so, I get a third book out faster and start to look more like a serious author.

Viridia also may serve to expand my audience. It’s a very different type of book. Whereas the Heart of Fire series is epic fantasy on a large scale, Viridia (and its eventual sequels, the Dragontek Lore series) is fast-paced young adult science fantasy. Many readers will be able to enjoy both, but some will only enjoy one or the other.

Second, it’s hard work to write epic fantasy. My brain needs a break from it every so often. Viridia‘s style is much easier to write (but not simplistic!). This both gives my brain a rest from one type of work, and stretches it in a different direction, improving my overall skill.

So the plan going forward is to alternate books in each series as I continue both. I’m writing the third Heart of Fire book now, Until All the Gods Return. When it’s complete, and while I’m editing/proofing it, I’ll start in on the sequel to Viridia (currently titled Incarnadine). Once that’s done, I’ll shift back to the final Heart of Fire book. After the third Dragontek Lore book… we’ll see. I have many, many book ideas. I hope you stick around to see them!

COVER REVEAL & Pre-orders!

Viridia awaits… but not for long! Coming October 7! Pre-orders are NOW AVAILABLE. (Cover artist: Austin DeGroot)

When Beryl uses his cybernetic implant to help a mysterious refugee escape the police, he finds himself leading a revolution.

Fueled by hatred of Viridia, the green dragon, and hunted by the draconic head of the police, Beryl and his friends conceive an audacious plan:

Kill all six of the immortal dragons who have ruled over humanity for a thousand years.

But killing even one dragon is impossible. Even if they succeed, thousands could die in retribution. 

Will Beryl’s hatred and rage be enough to overcome the odds? Or will it take something more?

Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08K8G7KV6

Chapter Three of Viridia now available

You know the drill by now. Chapter Three is up and ready for you!

Beryl is taken to meet Troilus Green… who is not a nice person at all. (But possibly my favorite antagonist I’ve created.)

Viridia, book one in the Dragontek Lore series, releases October 7. Come back on Monday for the cover reveal!

Read Chapter Two of Viridia!

Viridia, book one of the Dragontek Lore series, launches October 7. You can now read chapter two right here. Beryl’s refugee friend explains himself, but may not be doing as well as he looked.

If you missed chapter one, read it first!

As always, the mailing list gets this stuff first. Later this week, they’ll get chapter three AND the first look at the cover! What are you waiting for? Join the list!

Chapter One of Viridia now available!

Viridia, the first book of the Dragontek Lore series, will be launching October 7, 2020! And you can read the very first chapter right here now.

When Beryl uses his cybernetic implant to help a mysterious refugee escape the police, he finds himself leading a revolution.

Fueled by hatred of Viridia, the green dragon, and hunted by the draconic head of the police, Beryl and his friends conceive an audacious plan:

Kill all six of the immortal dragons who have ruled over humanity for a thousand years.

But killing even one dragon is impossible. Even if they succeed, thousands could die in retribution. 

Will Beryl’s hatred and rage be enough to overcome the odds? Or will it take something more?

Podcast Interview

A little while ago, I was interviewed for the High Fantasy Podcast. That interview is now live on YouTube!

Check it out and hear what we have to say about Peter Jackson’s biggest mistake, why Marshal (in the Heart of Fire series) couldn’t communicate, and the purpose of fantasy stories.

This Friday, it’s about the Children

I’m honored to support a great organization working to rescue children from sex trafficking worldwide. All proceeds from my book sales this Friday, July 31, 2020 go to Operation Underground Railroad.

In the past six years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued 3,800 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 2,100 traffickers around the world. The partners they are empowering have collectively helped rescue the lives of more than 10,000 survivors who were enslaved, exploited or at risk.

By buying my books or any of the other books on the Authors for Freedom list, you will be donating to Operation Underground Railroad and helping to rescue children being held captive around the world.

But you don’t have to stop there! O.U.R. offers free training on recognizing and reporting sex trafficking here.

Here are some downloadable resources and factsYouTube channel, and volunteer website.

I am honored to take part in this initiative and hope you all will join with me in supporting this great organization!

#AuthorsforFreedom #OUR #OperationUnderGroundRailroad #endhumantrafficking

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