Thursday, October 29, 2009

Free Ebooks for ALL Gryphonwood Titles on October 31st!

Hey Folks,

I just received word that as a special promotion all Gryphonwood titles will be available on Halloween (October 31st) for free! That includes Flank Hawk!

Normally Gryphonwood Ebook titles are only $1.99--a great deal but free is even better.

You'll need to enter codes to get your free novels. To get the codes just visit the Gryphonwood Blog.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

First Signing Event

My first signing event will be at Around About Books this Friday (October 30th) from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. A number of other authors will be in attendance as well.

Location information:
Around About Books
8 West Main Street
Troy, Ohio 45373
(937) 339-1707

Look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Flank Hawk Now Available to Order

Flank Hawk is now available for Order!
(Official Release Date is October 27th)

What happens when fire-breathing dragons battle Stukas for aerial supremacy over a battlefield? Can an earth wizard’s magic defeat a panzer? Krish, a farmhand turned mercenary, witnesses this and much more as he confronts the Necromancer King’s new war machines resurrected from before the First Civilization's fall. Worse yet, a wounded prince tasks Krish to find the fabled Colonel of the West and barter the royal family’s malevolent Blood-Sword for a weapon to thwart the Necromancer King’s victory.

Flank Hawk is set in the distant future where magic exists and brutish ogres are more than a child’s nightmare.

Available at:
***All Bookstores, if not on the shelf then through special order
***Online through, and Barnes & Noble
***Ebooks available through, Amazon Kindle and (soon).

ISBN 13: 978-0-9825087-0-1
ISBN 10: 0-982-50870-0

Signed copies available. Contact author through for details.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cover for Flank Hawk

Observations? Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shadowfae by Erica Hayes Released Today!

Fans of Urban Fantasy, Erica Hayes' debut novel Shadowfae was released today by St. Martin's Press. Check out the book trailer!

No, I haven't read it yet (I pre-ordered it, however, so it should be in my hands soon), but I have had the pleasure of editing some of Ms. Hayes' work through an anthology she was published in. Yes, Shadowfae will be bumped to the top of my 'to read' list.

Shadowfae is available at and in bookstores everywhere.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Galley Proof of Flank Hawk

I have been busy reviewing the galley proof of Flank Hawk sent to me by the managing editor at Gryphonwood Press. A time-consuming process. Fortunately, I am not finding much at all to correct. The goal is to be finished by tonight.

The scheduled release date for Flank Hawk is October 27th! I'm very much looking forward to it.

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Fictional History" published by Bewildering Stories

My short story "Fictional History" was published today by Bewildering Stories.

This story required more than a bit of research, most of which never found its way into the story's final version. That's usually how it works. But having sufficient background knowledge helps keep the relevant content accurate and flowing.

Click on over, give it a read and let me know what you think.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sometimes It's a Matter of Perspective

Digging in and directing enormous effort on writing a manuscript, driving to get it finished can cause one to lose focus on the big picture. There is nothing wrong with dedication and making persistent progress toward completion, but sometimes a writer has to step back and get out of the weeds.

Getting too close, without an occasional step back can cause a writer to lose touch with the story’s direction. Dialogue becomes stilted, descriptions become wordy and ineffective, losing color, opportunities for effective characterization are overlooked, and the plot direction bulldozes ahead according to the established outline, often leading to a dead end. Some might call that dead end ‘The Wall’ or the dreaded ‘Writer’s Block.’ In any case the result is that the story stumbles off kilter until it utterly stalls.

What to do? Take a couple weeks off from the project. Work on something different and then come back, reread and revise, take a few notes, then move forward. If possible, have a crit partner or willing trusted reader give the manuscript in progress a look and provide insight and suggestions.

Then chances are you’ll be once again up and out of the weeds.