Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Summer 2018: Update and some freebies!

Yes, I know it's not technically summer yet. But I'm already exhausted. And there's a long way to go.

After an extensive campaign, I have finally acquired my building permit for my small addition! I started back in March, and after a series of modifications, finally got approval a couple weeks ago. I've already begun construction. Well, demolition, which this week consists of cutting, hammering, breaking and moving large chunks of concrete. Last week, it was the tear-down of a two-story redwood deck that I built almost fifteen years ago. Can I just say that I wish I was a millionaire right now, so I could pay professionals to do some of this miserable work? I know, don't we all?

Oh, well. The labor is good for me. I've been too lazy the last couple years. Plus, it's a teaching opportunity for my kids, which is really the best reason for doing anything. In fact, I had my teenage son and daughter both helping me demolish some concrete this afternoon. This brief tutelage ended about twenty minutes after it began, when my son hit the garden hose outlet with a 10 .lbs sledge hammer and sheered it clean off. Water came out in a wild gush that he tried in vain to hold back with his hands as I ran to shut off the water at the street. I sorted frantically through my plumbing supplies to find what I needed to enact a repair. Thankfully, the break was clean, and in such a place that I could reuse existing materials without a trip to the hardware store. The repair only required some soldering work. (Thank God for small miracles, right?) Strangely, after all the excitement, my kids lost interest and returned to their seemingly never-ending stream of Netflix anime. I don't blame them. I'd rather be doing that, too.

So, in the midst of the chaos that is my life this summer, I have been working on revisions to Valkyrie Smith Book Three, and I have a few plans for my next Iron Horse novel revision. I have also been planning some promos. Here's the part you've been waiting for:

First, I'm giving away my short stories this week. Starting tomorrow and running through the weekend, you can pick up a Kindle version of my fantasy shorts for free. That's it, the whole collection: FREE. Just look me up on Amazon, or check the links on my fantasy books tab. Also, next week, beginning on Sunday, June 10th, look for The Clockwork God -free- and the rest of the series will be running at promo prices.

'And what else?' you say... Well, I've been experimenting with recording my own audiobooks for the Hank Mossberg series. I played a sample for my wife and she loved it. Problem is, I don't have the slightest ability to do an Irish accent, so how can I play Butch? Should I just play it straight, with no accent? Or should I humiliate myself by trying something beyond my ability? Hmm.... Maybe I'll have some more time to work on that skill later this year. Speaking of, that's when Valkyrie III and Iron Horse V should be available. But I don't need to tell you how to stay updated, do I?