First Day Free

I hate talking about me so much, so I’ll try and make this my last “Hey, look at me and my books!” post for a while. But, I have to post just a quick screen grab of my Amazon rank since going free with the first part of Liquid Blue yesterday. It’s so rare that I have something in one Top 100 category, so I’m pretty stoked that I’ve had a rash of sales in the last 24 hours that’s put my book into 3 Top 100 categories.

GoneFree

Sorry for the fuzzy screen grab.

Of course, going free will be all for naught if it doesn’t lead to sales of Parts II and, eventually, III. But, it gets my writing into the hands of potential readers and that’s really what it comes down to. Ok, end “me” talk. I promise. 😉

Cover blurb for Danny Dirks

Now that I have my (nearly) final draft in hand (it arrived tonight from my editor!), I’m working on crafting the cover blurb for the paperback. See blurb below:

1st draft:

Danny Dirks wants nothing more than to play baseball in his father’s orchard now that school is out and the summer has begun. But, with the approach of his 15th birthday, strange things begin to happen. He hears voices, sees visions of his dead mother, sleepwalks in the middle of the night, and wonders why the cute new girl next door seems to hate him so much. Then, on the day of his birthday, Danny’s grandfather reveals a long-kept family secret. A legacy that makes Danny the linchpin in a pact that keeps peace on Earth. But war is approaching. An unseen war that could tear apart the dimensional fabric of Earth. It’s up to Danny, along with his small band of allies, to learn to control his new found powers, keep the peace, and become the true Heir of Pendragon.

2nd draft:

Danny Dirks wants nothing more than to play baseball in his father’s orchard now that school is out. But, with the approach of his 15th birthday, strange things start happening. He begins to hear voices, see visions of his dead mother, and sleepwalk in the middle of the night. Worse still, he thinks that cute new neighbor’s daughter might be a dragon… which she is. She is sworn to protect the line of Arthur Pendragon, the keystone in a pact made centuries ago between man and dragon. But, there are dragons who are not happy with that pact and are bent on re-opening the portal through which they originally came, back to their homeworld, unleashing an army to rule over Earth. It’s up to Danny to accept his fate, control a power passed down through the ages, and, with the help of  his new friends, prevent the portal from being opened.

Let me know what you think. Also, if you’re a YA book blogger interested in reviewing Danny Dirks and the Heir of Pendragon, please leave a comment below. 🙂

Danny Dirks is Coming…

… back from my editor… soon. It’s scheduled to be back to me next Monday. It’ll probably still be another month or so before I’m able to release it (unless it comes back spotless, but let’s be real), but I can’t help but get excited about the prospects. This is a bit of a favored child for me. I kept it on a shelf for so long because I wanted to make sure it got the best treatment possible. This year, I finally decided to pay for professional editing and reached out to a fairly well-known indie cover creator. I’m really looking forward to being able to release Danny Dirks and the Heir of Pendragon. It’s my first full-length YA novel and is book 1 in a proposed 3-book series. If you like The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, then you’ll hopefully like Danny Dirks, which takes a modern twist to the Arthurian Legend.

Stay tuned for more info on cover reveal and release date down the road. In the meantime, you can read a sample chapter right here.

Part II of Liquid Blue is now available

Liquid Blue Cover 2

The second part of my 3-part science fiction adventure, Liquid Blue, is now available at the retailers listed below.

Amazon
Smashwords

In addition, check out the cover art for Part III, which I hope to have complete in September.

Liquid Blue Cover 3

 

Part I of Liquid Blue is Available at Amazon

You’ve seen the cover reveal, now you can read the book (at least Part I). Click on over to Amazon and pick up this quick read (~17,000 words or 1/3 of a novel) for just $0.99. While the book will eventually be available for Nook, iPad, and the like, if you’re impatient you can head over to Smashwords and pick up the appropriate book file there.

While I’m at it, I’ll give you a peek at the cover for Part II, which should be ready for publication in July. Enjoy!

 

Liquid Blue Cover 2

Cover reveal: Liquid Blue – Book 1, Part I

Liquid Blue Cover 1

While I’ve been waiting for the next round of revisions to Danny Dirks from my editor, I’ve knocked the dust off an older sci-fi project that I’m going to release in smaller parts. Above, you’ll find the cover for the first part, I’ll be releasing shortly. I’ll have part II ready by August and part III will wrap up book 1 in the fall.

Below is a brief description:

The year is 2074. It’s been 60 years since first contact. Sixty years since the creature entered Dr. Nigel Llewellyn’s office and handed him the device that would spark man’s venture into interstellar travel. His great-great grandson, Caeden Llewellyn lives in a mining colony on Jupiter’s moon, Callisto. It is on the giant gas planet that man mines the mysterious element that makes instantaneous travel and their technological advances possible; Llewellium, better known as Liquid Blue.

Part I finds Caeden on a school field trip that goes terribly wrong.

The first part is now available on Amazon and Smashwords.

The book cover was created at Canva.com. I purchased the rights to use the artwork for all 3 parts for $3. While it’s not exclusive, I think it’s pretty nice for pretty cheap.

Why YA? Why the heck not?

So, by now you might have heard about the whole Slate article kerfuffle over shaming adults for reading YA (ie, young adult) books (I won’t link to it. It doesn’t deserve the added traffic). In response, everyone and their brother has come to the defense of some of the most popular writing of the day. And why not? Just because writing is targeted to a particular audience, doesn’t make it any less poignant if done properly. YA novels are entertaining and typically focus on a time in our lives when we felt most vulnerable.

To be honest, I never read the article. Why? Because I saw through the title for what it was: link bait. I’m going to denounce one of the most popular reading trends of the day. Watch how quickly the hate mail and comments come flooding in. It’ll be our most “popular” article ever! So, I ignored it. Apparently, I was the only one. Sigh! And, I guess I’m not surprised. Should I be more offended about an article that belittles my chosen audience? Perhaps. But, honestly, has that article changed anyone’s mind? Do you now feel shame when reading your YA novel? No, and you shouldn’t. Do you know why? Because the argument fails at its core.

The simple fact is, if you’re reading, you have already won. Reading is good for you. It’s proven. Reading can prevent Alzheimer’s, make you smarter, make you less stressed, and improve your memory, among other things. Read what makes you feel alive. Read what touches your heart and motivates you to be a better you. Read whatever makes you want to keep reading! Whatever you do, don’t ever fall into the trap of believing that reading and shame should ever go hand in hand. Read on.

snap2