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This weekend, I’m running a special promotion on the first three books of my five book Frank Rozzani Detective Series. You can pick up Books 1-3 plus a bonus Frank short story FREE for your Kindle this weekend (4/29 – 5/1). You can get your copy HERE.

Here is a bit about the books:

This is the complete three book arc that introduces Frank Rozzani and his team including Jonesy, Anita, Nancy, Fat Sam, and, of course, Lucy. This collection is available for one low price. Here is a synopsis of each book:

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to…

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Meet Guest Author, Patrick A. Roland…

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My name is Patrick A. Roland. I am a bi-polar, alcoholic, drug addict widow who is sober happy and healthy.

I use these powerful, stigma-filled words and identify myself in the brave and powerful way I do because I am taking my life back. If I own who I am, I can no longer be undone and broken by others in the way that I have been all my life before I boldly and loudly proclaimed my truth. I am no longer a victim of my past. I am now a survivor, dancing swiftly and joyfully into a future filled with possibility.

I’m doing what I do to save myself and others like me from the pain and hurt caused by name calling and abuse. I am beautifully broken and perfectly imperfect and I don’t care if you know it. I am not afraid of who I am, and it…

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Goal Post: I Swear I’m Falling Literally Falling Apart

Progress has been made on various fronts, including cooking a new dish that didn’t make anyone sick.  Skillet Hash was interesting, but I think it works a bit better as a side dish than a main course.  Mostly because it didn’t mix well with the salad and it’s starch redundant to put it with potatoes or rice.  Are starches still a thing?  I haven’t heard much about them ever since gluten and trans fats showed up.  Whatever, I’m still planning on my pizza reward next week.  Before anyone judges, I put it off after I finished writing Legends of Windemere: Baron of the Forgotten Age, put it off after I published Chasing Bedlam (GET IT FOR 99 CENTS), and put it off a few more times for various reasons.  Twice that reason was because people bought pizza earlier in the week and foiled my plans.  This is what happens when I write this post on an empty stomach . . . or a full stomach.

Where to start with the progress?  Well, I have 4 chapters of Protecting Bedlam to go and I hope to finish by Wednesday.  If promises hold then I get to write throughout the weekend too.  I’ll be happy getting even one chapter out of the way considering what else is coming down the pipeline.  I contacted a cover artist about The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks, so I’m looking forward to getting something there.  I also added ‘THE’ since it started sounding lazy without.  I just finished implementing the beta reader suggestions.  Not everything, but the stuff I agreed with.  It was fun for my first time really using beta readers.

Jason got back to me with a nearly done cover for Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb.  I’m still nervous about this one, so I might do an editing run before I release the book.  At first, I didn’t think I’d have the time, but I might have been wrong.  Jason is aiming to get the cover to me by the end of next week as long as things run smoothly.  I would release it over that weekend, but there’s a few problems. Saturday is busy, Sunday has a birthday party, and then the dentist on Monday, which could knock my mood down for the week.  I might set up some advance promos that involve interviews, but the release date might be pushed to May 12th to make sure I don’t have to battle against other events.  Feel free to tell me what you think about this idea.

Going back to Ichabod, I’m trying to figure out pricing for an 11 book collection.  I’m also trying to decide on if I want to do more than free promos.  Was thinking of writing up some promos next week for Goodkindles and AskDavid.com.  I have time since it won’t come out until July 1st, but each one needs its own blurb.  It’s really hard to come up with those for a single book, but I’m having trouble with the collection idea.  Think I’ll take a little time to investigate and see what others did.  I saw a lot of ‘brief explanation and title list’ posts on AskDavid.com.  If I’m lucky, I can get things set up and do a test next Thursday with an expendable post.

Not much else is going on here.  I’m working hard and trying to keep my spirits up, which is becoming more difficult by the day.  This is a fairly short post too since it was business usual.  One of the rabbits is back, which is cool.  My son and I got to watch a trio of ducks fly around the block for a few minutes when he got off the bus.  Maybe I’ll take him to the pond when the weather gets warmer and there’s a higher chance of seeing ducklings.  I’m always being told to make this big, ‘memorable’ trips with him, but sometimes it’s the smaller things that create memories.  I don’t have to make everything a grand event for him to have a fun childhood.  Heck, most of my fondest childhood memories involve running around the yard with toy weapons and fighting monsters.

So, what’s for next week?

  1. Finish writing Protecting Bedlam.
  2. Start editing Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb.
  3. Start prepping for book release.
  4. Pray my teeth aren’t as bad as they sometimes feel.  Damn sensitivity.
  5. Possibly read more Soul Eater if the books come into the library . . .

That’s the other thing I was thinking of.  I’m finishing up ‘Soul Eater’ soon and I’m trying to decide on the next manga series to read.  Considering May looks like editing month (3 novels & Ichabod), I’m thinking of pushing Rurouni Kenshin and One Piece back for the summer.  Especially since One Piece is up to 83 volumes.  So, I’m leaning toward one of my newest favorite animes since Fairy Tail is off the table until my wife catches up on Windemere.  Looking forward to this one:

One Punch Man

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Meet Guest Author, Xela Culletto…

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My name comes from Guatemala and is pronounced ‘Shayla’. My mother served as a missionary down there and just loved the spelling ‘Xela’. While I love my name, and its origin, it does get a little repetitive having to explain it constantly, which is why I decided to go with a simple ‘X’ on my book’s cover.

I am a working mother of three, living in the Utah (USA). I have one girl (13) and two boys (5, 2). My daughter loves horseback riding and gymnastics, and my sons are very into science and roughhousing. My husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary this fall, hopefully in Chicago at a Cubs game.

I am currently in my eighth year of teaching secondary education, a calling that I just love. After talking to students for years about following their dreams and doing whatever it takes to achieve them…

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Returning to the Light

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As the path progresses
The night falls upon the heroes
Inky darkness
Consuming all it touches
Devouring stars
To block the light entire

Pain and suffering
Doled out upon the good
Evil gaining ground
To the point where stories twist
Blood and tears are shed
While lines are crossed

Can the light return?
Will the audience remain
After horrors have been unleashed
And nightmares made flesh
Who will stay to witness
The heroes rise from the depths


This stems from me thinking about how dark Ritual of the Lost Lamb gets.  It has a lot more pain and death than the previous stories.  Some really disturbing acts by the Baron and his newest agent too.  Part of the reason for this is because Stephen really upped the sadism and danger bar.  Had to make the big baddie surpass him and make readers really hate him.

I guess my worry is that even if Books 14 and 15 are more upbeat, people won’t get beyond this one.  It’s a moot point here, but I felt like I had to do something to shake everything up.  Luke being tortured was rough to write and sounds like it wasn’t easy for people to get through.  There’s a lot of death and destruction here too.  Again, I wanted the champions and readers to really want the Baron to get defeated in the final battle.  Hopefully that’s what happens.  This is definitely a time where the series isn’t YA.

Still, I am left wondering, and hoping, that a series can rise from the darkness to return to the light.  Fingers crossed.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Heartstone: The Drowned Tower by Nicholas Rinth

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Todays’ author Nicholas Rinth and released the debut novel, a science fiction fantasy Heartstone – The Drowned Tower on April 18th.

About the book

“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours? If the past could chase you, would you run from it? If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts…

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Ritual of the Lost Lamb Cover Teaser

So, I just received a cover sample from Jason as well as a cropped section that can go up on the blog.  The plan is for Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb to go live in early May.  Not the first week, but soon after.  Another wrinkle is that I’m getting really nervous about this book.  Part of me wants to run a 5th edit for word choice and quality.  I don’t think I’ll have enough time since I can’t put the breaks on the current project.  This is more for the Saturday blog post, so I’ll get right to the main event:

Art by Jason Pedersen

A reminder that I’m always taking volunteers for the ‘Book is Live’  post.  I currently have 13 permanent volunteers, but you can never have enough.

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